reeftice 50 gallon tank

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  1. reeftice

    reeftice Member

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    After lurking for quite some time on the forums, I have decided to open a build thread here as well.

    I'm Thijs, a Dutch reefer, living in Groningen, The Netherlands (thats 2 hours North of Amsterdam). I'm slowly progressing towards larger tanks, having started out 2.5 years ago with a small 15 gallon tank, then upgrading to a 30 gallon tank, and now having moved on to a 50 gallon tank. I'm sure once my wallet has grown some body again, I will upgrade a bit at some time :)

    I am currently running an Eheim Proxima Reef 175 liter (46 gallon display tank, some 4-6 gallon in the sump). I use the following equipment:
    - ATI sunpower 6x24W (3x B+, 2x AB+, 1x Actinic, I change them about every 7-8 months)
    - Aqua Medic Evo 1000 Skimmer
    - Tunze 6040 & Sicce nano 2000 for flow (thats 4000 + 2000 l/h)
    - Wifi Doser

    I dose EZ-DSR, which contains four components: KH-Buffer (Natrium Carbonate), Ca-buffer (Calcium Chloride + Strontium), Trace (Magnesium + Iodine and many others) and a Carbon source (Vinegar + Sugar + Iron chelate). With these, I try to keep my parameters stable at KH: 8, Ca: 440, NO3: 3, PO4: 0.06.

    The tank has been running now for about 1 year after upgrading from the 30 gallon. Two months ago we moved house, so the current aquascape is now up for about 8 weeks. I'm again seeing some growth, and am generally very happy about how everything is panning out.

    Upcoming plans are to get some more acros, and allow the current acros to grow out. Also, I'm making a DIY temp-ph sensor (arduino), and am looking forward to monitoring the pH of the tank. Also, I would like to add a Tridacna squamosa to the tank (already have a maxima that is doing really well).

    Some pictures (I will post some better quality overview pictures later)

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  2. ScottR

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    Looks great! Welcome to R2R, the friendliest reefing community on earth.
     
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    Welcome to the Reef!! Very nice system! In the pictures I noticed that you don't seem to have many fish in this system.
     
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  4. reeftice

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    Thank you!

    That is true - I like corals much more than fish. Also, I try to avoid any wildcaught fish if I can - I prefer to leave those in the ocean. My current inhabitants are:

    2x A. ocellaris (tankbred)
    2x P. fridmani (tankbred)
    1x P. kauderni (tankbred)
    1x Elacatinus oceanops (tankbred)
    1x Synchiropus picturatus (LSD, WC, brought in to fight flatworms)
    1x Salarias ramosus (bought from fellow reefer)
    1x Yellow Watchman Goby (a goby-pistolshrimp pair was a must-have for my wife)

    Apart from the fish, I have one cleaner shrimp, a pistolshrimp and a sally-lightfoot crab. (and some snails etc).
     
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    Tiger Brown Member R2R Supporter

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    That tank is chock-full of goodies! Beautiful. Welcome to the community.
     
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  6. reeftice

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    List of corals and associated (probably incomplete):

    Acropora tumida
    Acropora hyacinthus
    Acropora frogskin
    Acropora humilis
    Acropora echinata
    Acropora sp. blue (?)
    Acanthastrea
    Alveopora sp.
    Many different Zoanthus (LOTR, Eagle Eye, Lord of War etc)
    Seriatopora caliendrum
    Seriatopora hystrix (birdsnest)
    Caulastrea
    Cyphastrea
    Duncan
    Echinopora lamellosa
    Fungia
    Goniopora (red + green)
    Heliopora coerulea (this one I'm particularly proud of, very hard to get)
    Hydnophora
    Montipora digitata
    Montipora hirsuta
    Montipora capricornis
    Pavona maldiviensis ("sp gold")
    Pavona decussata
    Sarcophyton toadstools (3 different variants)
    Stylophora "blue"
    Stylophora "multicolor"
    Pocillopora sp.
    Ricordea florida orange
    Tridacna maxima
    Xenia sp.
     
  7. reeftice

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    And some higher quality pictures:
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    I love this Lobophytum:
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    And some pictures of the inhabitants (they are much harder to photograph, so I often only do the corals)
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  8. reeftice

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    Did I already mention that I love shooting macro photos?

    I use an Olympus TG-3 Diving camera, in macro setting. The advantage being that I can make the photographs up close: underwater.

    Enjoy!

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