Mark's 150 gallon SPS heavy reef

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  1. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Howdy,

    This tank is a combination of 2 smaller tanks and has been running for about 9 months now. I've become rather addicted to growing and coloring Acropora of late but this tank is still a mixed reef.

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    May 2017, back in shape after a rescape, pest coral removal, and a mini crash.
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    Tank Specs:

    Marineland/Perfecto 150 gallon (72x18x27) tank with dual corner Durso overflows and glass tops
    Monterey Stand

    2 - MP40's and 2 - RW 15's
    Ecotech Battery Backup
    ATI Sunpower 6x80W supplemented by 2 BuildMyLED 72" strip lights (20K 3 channel and a custom ~18K)

    Trigger Systems Ruby 36S sump (36x15x16)

    EHEIM 1262 for the return pump
    Eheim-JAGER TS Heater - 250 watt
    Reef Octopus XP-2000 Cone skimmer with neck extender
    TLF PhosBan reactor with GFO

    Bubble Magus doser using TLF C-Balance 2 part

    APEX Controller

    KH is kept steady near 7.8, Calcium around 420 (I rarely test), Mag around 1500.

    I had a long standing issue with high nitrates but I've recently dropped it down to 2 by using Red Sea NOPOX and BioDigest. Phosphate has been kept low using the GFO reactor, last test was .025 using Salifert high rez, but not sure of the accuracy. I currently have the reactor off while dosing NOPOX.
     
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  2. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    This tank started out under all LEDs, I used and still own these Maxspect Razors.

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    I was not happy with the shadowing, though the coral colors looked great from the top looking down. I added a BML strip in from aimed back but was still not completely happy so I switched to T5. I wouldn't say the tank looks better with T5's, just different. I do have more color looking into the front of the tank but I've lost a lot of shimmer and brilliance to the non acro SPS and LPS corals. This is why I still have the Razors. :)

    Some tank setup shots.

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    Installing shower pan liner, which saved a lot of grief when my skimmer overflowed into a bucket which overflowed into the liner. Yum :)
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    Switch to T5's and added a simple board to act as a light shield.
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    The only other major changes I can think of was the need to run the skimmer intake to a conveniently located small outside window and adding a RO/DI topoff container sized to fit snugly on the right side of the sump.
     
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  3. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Just after I switched lighting I carelessly let my Alk spike to over 10 from 7, which harmed a lot of SPS. I lost most of the larger birdsnests (saved frags) and a few acros, while the others browned out. This was in November 2014 and recovery took until late January. Now I have some acros with good color, and some that remain brown, so I'm at the next stage of the SPS addiction, getting nutrients low and figuring how much to feed. :)
     
  4. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Most colorful acro in the tank at the moment ... well, if I ignore the big green slimer

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  5. Jet_Pilot

    Jet_Pilot Member R2R Supporter

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    Very nice setup!
     
  6. trickedout900

    trickedout900 Active Member

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    Thanks for sharing. Love the liner!
     
  7. Rob.D

    Rob.D Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award ETRC Member

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    Fantastic set up!
     
  8. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks all. A couple more pictures.

    A big block frag that was unknown to the current LFS owner. Hoping this is some red coming out. :)

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    Big Aussie colony. Was mostly bluish when I got it, now mostly brownish.
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  9. golfnut1232

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    Tank looks great and you're getting some nice colors out of the acros.
     
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    Really nice looking sps. Agreed good color.
     
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  11. ReeferEric

    ReeferEric Resident Reef Junky R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award Partner Member

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    Those drains... I know gravity will take over but that's kind of crazy going down and then up. Why not hard plumb them in and make it more of a decline so it doesn't have to go through a pee trap type of deal?
     
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  12. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Not a plumber and no real love of rigid PVC. :) Unless a hose breaks and falls outside of the sump worse case scenario is a leak fills the sump area with a few gallons of water before return section runs dry. A clog would also dry the return section before any overflow happens. I can easily remove the hose to clean it, then replace. I'm not for a second suggesting this is better than hard plumbing. :)
     
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  13. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Not a lot of color changes. I've got a recirculating reactor now with all-in-one biopellets that I'm trying out. If these don't work well I'll probably use regular biopellets for nitrate and GFI for phosphate reduction.

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  14. markalot

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    Thanks for the replies, sorry I missed these earlier.
     
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    love the shower pan liner tip ... thank you sharing
     
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    Very nice colors and the mix reef is awesome. I have to hand it to you, you did a great job with your tank. All the way from the beginning of the building it together. Thank for letting us be a part of your piece of the ocean.
     
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    TUSI Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award Reef Tank 365

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    Very nice tank and corals
     
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    Love this tank
     
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  19. markalot

    markalot Comic Relief R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Been a while since I updated, thanks for all the compliments above.

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    Colors are improving, blues and greens are better, reds not so much. I've been slowly reducing my lighting schedule, I think it was way too long, over 12 hours total. I've also replaced the T5 bulbs with all Giesemann this time around.

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    Actinic Blue
    AB Azure
    Actinic Blue
    Super Actinic
    Super Purple
    Super Actinic
    BML 20K MC 50/100
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    This gives me 375 PAR at the base of the highest acro, 320 1/2 way down, 240 on the sandbed.

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    The way I have my lighting setup, if anyone is interested. :) When this picture was taken I had the Giesemann Actinic Blue in the middle and a Blue+ on the left (rear). You can see how much greener the blue+ bulb is. I prefer the Giesemann, at the moment anyway. :D
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    It's been three months now. How is the all in one pellets working out for you?
     
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