Rob’s little slice of salinity. (Melbourne Australia)

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  1. RobbieMVFC

    RobbieMVFC Member

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    System Objectives:
    To feed my addiction to this beautiful but crazy expensive hobby

    Type of reef:
    SPS reef with few LPS

    Initial Fill Date:
    26/12/2016

    Display Tank Dimensions:
    5x2.5x2 with perimeter bracing and a centre brace. 2 sides with low iron

    Display Lighting:
    Giesemann infiniti 2x250w MH & 4x 80w T5s
    with some cheep blue LEDs as a moon light

    Stand:
    Built from marine ply and pine with a few coats of enamel paint

    Sump
    Standard 3 part sump with an extra section for RO
    1050x600x500

    NSW or ASW:
    AWS Red sea (Blue bucket)

    Display Water circulation:
    1 Tunze 6095 (with backup battery) 1 6055 & a 6105
    2x Jeabo rw15s (were on trial now gone )
    Return Pump:
    Vectra M1
    Skimmer:
    RE Bubble king double cone 250
    Evaporation Top Up:
    Tunze ATO /APEX

    Extras
    Hellia 1000 chiller

    SO....Just prior to Christmas I took delivery of the tank . I filled it and then on boxing day in the following few days (once all the parameters were correct)
    I transferred all my live stock from their holding tanks into the new tank.
    it been had holding steady since but I was facing a battle with cyanobacteria.

    You would think after 20 years in the hobby that I wouldn’t make basic errors. This would be true however I sometimes operate on half a brain.
    For months I was saying to myself, it’s just the natural progression, just let it run its course because I had a new sandbed.
    Then I had one of those periods of operating on half a brain and in the blink of an eye I had a box of Chemiclean in my hand.
    I am adamant that I used it as recommended and dosed slightly less than recommended.
    None the less in the coming 2 weeks I had STN and for reasons I cannot explain I lost all my Millipora’s.
    I also had some STN on other two Acros but managed not to lose the whole colony.
    I lost most of the colour from the rest of my SPS.
    I also had a month where I was reminded how expensive this hobby can be.
    Out of the blue one of my 250w MH globe blew.
    So I decided to replace both globes (Giesemann MEGACHROME blue 21k)
    At $180 each I took a hit there and as expected a week after I replaced the globes the ****** Jeabo wavemakers gave me hell. one died and the other wasn’t turning over half of what it originally doing.

    So I reinstalled my Tunze 6095 & 6055 and purchased a 6105. There goes another $400+.
    A few weeks ago I lost one of my paired Banggai Cardinal who had been sick with an inflated tummy for at least 6 months. I had had the pair for at least 5 years so it was very sad to lose him/her.
    I have sinced replaced it but I think I now have two of the same sex as the don’t like each other and hang out at different ends of the tank.
    All in all things are finally looking up with colour retuning to most of my SPSs .

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  2. RobbieMVFC

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    Robink Valuable Member ETRC Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Beautiful!!
     
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    Maritimer Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter CTARS Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Beautiful indeed!

    Those look like healthy corals and happy fish - which is a pretty good combination.

    ~Bruce
     
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    Mattres Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    You have some amazing corals in there mate!
    Are you still running 2x Aquablue specials and 2x Blue plus?
     
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    Hey Mate.
    Yes that's right and along side the 2 x 250w MH globes (Giesemann MEGACHROME blue 21k). What did you decide to run in the end?
     
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    Mattres Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Okay nice. At the moment I've got 2x Coral plus and 2x Actinic along side a Megachrome crystal 17.5k. The actinic were meant to be Blue plus' but they got it wrong on the order. I like the look but its hard to judge until there's coral under it. I may change an actinic and coral plus out for 2 blue plus'
    But i'll wait and see :)
     
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    tyler1503 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor

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    Gorgeous tank! I love the birdsnest :)
    You can tell the cardinals sex by the vents on the underside of their bodies. Males have 2 and females have 1.
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    Very nice. :)
     
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    Alfrareef Well-Known Member

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    Love it and know pretty well what have you gone thru... :)
    Hope everything goes well.
     
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    Thank you. I have read that B4 however your post was the first time I have actually seen the vents. Thanks again
     
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    cFloor Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Awesome tank, I love the emperor!
     
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    RobbieMVFC Member

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    My tank Turned one on Boxing day.
    I guess it was time for an update but not much has happen . so I have attempted to do a Video update.
    Please forgive the camera work .
     
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