Lowco's 80 Peninsula

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So my fiance and I just got our own place. In the midst of planning a wedding and moving, I had the bright idea to upgrade my tank size from a 40 breeder to an 80 rimless. I found the perfect tank to make this the center piece of our apartment. Slapped some paint on the stand, cleaned up the glass, and started to fill with water. Add some salt, a heater, and some powerheads. Let it sit for a day.

Moving day of my 40 breeder comes. Getting ready while thinking of ways to transport all of my livestock 40 minutes away. Ended up winging it. Gave it my best aquascape. Two islands. Coral randomly placed. Using my old reefbreeders value light which only covers half the tank. One mp10 for flow.

A few days passed, UPS finally shows up. New reefbreeders photon v2 and RPM wavemaker in the mail. Re-organize corals. Finally ready to take a picture of my display.
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Display: 80 Rimless
Sump: 20 long, 3 baffles
Skimmer: Bubble Magnus C6
A poor attempt at growing chaeto
Flow: Reef Power RPM, MP-10

Fish
2 Amphiprion ocellaris (Ocellaris Clownfish)
Nemateleotris decora (Purple Firefish)
Cryptocentrus cinctus (Yellow Watchman Goby)
Chrysiptera parasema (Yellow-tail Damsel)
Gramma loreto (Royal Gramma)
Synchiropus splendidus (Mandarin Dragonet)
Neocirrhitus armatus (Flame Hawkfish)

Invertebrates
Alpheus bellulus (Tiger Pistol Shrimp)
Mithraculus sculptus (Emerald Crab)
Nassarius sp.
Clibanarius tricolor
(Dwarf Blue Legged Hermit Crab)
Cerithiidae sp. (Cerith Snails)
Polychaete (Bristle Worms, multiple different species)
Ophiocoma sp. (Mini Brittle Starfish)
Asterina starfish
Sabellastarte sp. (Mini Feather Dusters)
 
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And the newest addition that was added today. A Purple Firefish Goby. Purple and orange, perfect. Just need to fatten him up.

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My goal of this tank is to have as much biodiversity as I can. Fish, invertebrates, and corals of all kinds. My tank has two zones. One strong current zone. Dominated by SPS corals. One slow flow zone. For thing's to slow down for the gentler LPS. And a food trap for their hungry stomachs.

Some things I need to figure out in the future. Finish my electrical work. Find a way to grow chaeto. All it does is wither away.

Something I want to build. A cryptic zone, full of life that will help feed the display. A Reef-Pi controller. Don't know anything about code or computers but it would be cool to learn.

I've been wanting to get this thread post started. That's done. Goodnight from the LowCo.

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Really cool setup! I love the peninsula style, who’s the tank made by?
 

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It seems like your timing is perfectly logical to me!!! Congratulations on a successful tank move and a beautiful tank! It will be fun to watch this system continue to mature - thanks for sharing your adventure!
 
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Really cool setup! I love the peninsula style, who’s the tank made by?

It is a 80 Deep Blue Rimless. Found it on facebook for $200. Stand included. Had to jump on it.

It seems like your timing is perfectly logical to me!!! Congratulations on a successful tank move and a beautiful tank! It will be fun to watch this system continue to mature - thanks for sharing your adventure!
Thank you. I plan to update as much as I can.
 
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So lets talk about the guts of the system. 20 gallon long sump. Drain --> Chamber 1 --> Heaters --> Skimmer --> Chamber 2 --> Chaeto, and one leaf of caluerpa --> Bubble trap --> Sicce 3.0 Return Pump.

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The electric system is run on two outlets. One is a DJ power bar running my pumps in both the display and sump. The other is just a powerstrip connected to the heaters, grounding probe and refugium lights.

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This guy here is going to need a lot of copepods. And I am sick of buying them. I really like the idea of adding a cryptic zone to increase the diversity of the tank. Feather dusters, sponges, and micro-fauna would dominant this zone. My old 40 breeder was prolific in growing sponges and feather dusters in the low light regions.

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Holy montipora! I picked up a frag pack from Carolina Kids Coral. Got a great deal for it too! Added nine different types of montipora, on top of the six different kinds I already have in my tank. They will look nice when they are grown in. Ill have to post shots when I choose my favorites.

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