Marcus' Reef - 80 Gallon Mixed Reef

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  1. MulletBoy

    MulletBoy Member

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    Hey Everyone

    Been meaning create a thread to document the journey of my tank for a while now. As of today (12 Feb 2019) my tank is been wet for about 10 months

    So to start off this first post I am going to outline my equipment, the journey so far, and some select full tank shots over the last 10 months. Going forward I will post updates roughly monthly or whenever I have something interesting to post about.

    Equipment
    Tank - Neptunian Kube K90
    Return Pump - Maxspect Turbine Duo
    Flow - 1x Maxspect Gyre XF230 and 1x Glamorca GP02
    Lighting - Illumagic Blaze X90 Leds and Key Lighting T5HO Enhance Tube Bar (2x 39watt T5)
    Filtration - RAIN2 Algae Turf Scrubber, Nyos Quantum 120 Skimmer, ~20 Small Marine Pure Cubes
    Auto Top Off - Auto Aqua Smart ATO Micro
    Heater - Forget the brand, ill look it up and edit this later... but its a titanium one I had a glass one that failed after less than 6 months

    Dosing
    I run Kalkwasser in my ATO reservoir, 100grams per 25 Litres and 120ml of Vinegar
    I run Coral Essentials Power Trace A+B+C, 4 drops of each every morning

    Water changes
    Currently ~25 liters per week manually, will be looking to automate this soon

    Feeding
    I have 3 different pellets mixed together in my autofeeder which spins 3 times a days
    Every morning I add a small square of nori to a clip for the tangs
    Once or twice a day I manually add a pinch of random flake foods
    I add a cube of frozen every day (rotate between mysis, brine and others)
    Every 2-3 days I add 1/4 of a teaspoon of reef roids to the frozen food and target feed it over my LPS

    Livestock
    2x clownfish
    1x blue tang
    1x yellow tang
    2x dispar anthias
    2x Mandarins
    1x Coral banded shrimp
    1x Blood shrimp

    Clean Up Crew
    Bunch of stomatella snails (they breed in my tank)
    2x Nassarius Snails
    2x Strombus Snails
    1x Sand sifting starfish

    Coral - too many to document, look at the photos and ask me if you have a specific question :p

    Pictures speak louder than words so here is a series of full tank shots to show my tank progression over the last 10 months :)

    Sump
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    Algae Scrubber Growth
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    June 2018
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    July 2018
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    August 2018
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    September 2018
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    October 2018
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    November 2018
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    December 2018
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    February 2019
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    Excellent work. Wow! The colors in your tank are incredible. Well done!
     
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  3. MulletBoy

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    Challenges I have faced to date

    As you look through the progression of my tank you may notice some fish disappearing and re-appearing, some coral being added and then removed etc... So I'll discuss the challenges I have had below:

    Ich Outbreak - Roughly June through end of September 2018
    Once of my original fish (I believe it was the yellow tang) introduced Ich into my tank. I did not quarantine new fish originally. As a result of this outbreak, I lost my original yellow tang, 2x clowns and a royal gamma. The only survivor was my blue tang, still in the tank today.
    I dealt with this outbreak by removing the fish into a quarrantine tank and treating them with copper followed by a round of tank transfer method transfers.
    The main display was run fishless for 90 days to eradicate the ich.
    Lesson: quarantine your new fish. All my new fish go through TTM quarantine now.

    SPS false start - August to end of October 2018
    I started introducing SPS throughout August. While initially they seemed okay, over the next 2 months I lost most of them. Looking back I realize the tank was not yet stable, there were parameter swings, the lighting at the time was LED only and probably not on the right spectrum, the flow was less (only one gyre at the time) and the overall maturity was not yet at a point for SPS to do well.
    In November I added some more hardy SPS such as birdsnest, stylopora and poci's. Also some montipora. In December I added some more acro's. As at Feb 2019. All of this second round of SPS are still alive and doing well. So it appears I have reached a point where the tank is mature and stable enough for SPS. The addittion of the T5's, more flow, and more stable dosing/overall maturity appears to have been key here.
    Looking at the SPS between the December 2018 and Febuary 2019 photos you can see some real improvement in the coloration of the larger colonies which is a great sign.
    Lesson: dont bother adding SPS until you tank is at least 9 months old, and when you do, start slow with some cheaper or more hardy SPS.

    Heater failure - November 2018
    Luckily I caught this early, and it was not cold in Melbourne at the time, so the impact to the tank was minimal. I plan to add a redundant heater in the near future.
    Lesson: Glass heating tubes are rubbish, go with the more expensive titanium ones, consider redundancy.
     
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  4. MulletBoy

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    So here is my monthly update for Feb 2019.

    This month I have
    - noticed better coloration and growth on my SPS, in particular check out the difference in the strawberry shortcake acro from my last update to this one, gone from basically white, to full coloured!
    - re-arranged my torches, moved them a little lower down onto the sand-bed and away from the orange hammers which were starting to sting them
    - added some new SPS and re-arranged a couple of them
    - changed nothing as far as tank chemistry, maintenance and lighting goes. Just tried to let everything stabilize further around the addition of T5's from December

    I have had no moralities of fish or coral for a while now. I am still running kalkwasser and vinegar in my ATO And my parameters have been very stable averaging:

    My water parameters are averaging:
    Alkalinity 8.0 dkh
    Calcium 430ppm
    Nitrate 0.25 mg/L
    Phosphate 0.06ppm
    Magnesium 1350ppm


    My last RAIN2 harvest was the biggest yet, to 99grams of the more 'fluffy' or 'krinkly' green hair algae.

    Anyway here are some pictures!

    Full Tank Shot
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    Strawberry Shortcake Acro - check out the coloration improvement from the picture of it in my last update!
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    Zoa Garden
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    Top of the birdge is looking great
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    New Chalice that I added last week
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    Scollys are starting to crowd each other a bit, will likely need to move them soon to make space
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    Hammers were stinging the torches which were stinging the duncan. So moved the torches to the sandbed below and put the new chalice in their place, which hopefully will sit underneath any tentactles from the hammers, ill watch it closely
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    Side View
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    Goni Garden - the one on the lower right has been slowely recovering for the last 2-3 months now, slowly but surely getting better
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    Most recent RAIN2 Harvest pictures, biggest harvest yet (it was 10 days from previous harvest)
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  5. MulletBoy

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    I recently started a Youtube Channel where I am going to do reviews, videos about my tank, some DIY and other stuff

    Here is my first video a review of the Coral Box WF-01 Wifi Dosing Pump that I am doing to use to dose Kalkwasser through a reactor rather than having it tied to my ATO as it currently is

     
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