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First off, if you do not agree with my methods, my stocking list or how I run my tank, move on. This is to document how "I do things that work for me". Questions on these things or the live stock is fine, but I will not listen or respond to junk posted about how I run "My" tank.

Last Update: 07.19.2022 (New FTS)



Doing a build for this tank, as the Fish Barn is soon to be no more. This tank has been through about 100 different setups over the years, and even a dual 180 setup sharing the same sump, so will outline a few of those and then the current state of things. This tank will make a move from TN to FL sometime late next year, so figured would add that in as well to show that process once it happens.



The setup currently is the following. Note: I may have missed some things, so will edit if I did and report those edits.


Equipment

Old Marineland 180 dual corner overflow with return over the back and dual full siphons with an E-Drain in each overflow.

Custom display sump (shout out to @Joe Glass Cages for taking a crazy idea and making it a reality)

Simplicity Return Pump (2100DC)

Jeabo UV in line with return. Helps with keeping phyto from going nuts, as I feed the tank alot of live phyto. (newer model and no black sludge yet)

Reef Octopus 110int Skimmer hooked to a hose that runs outside. Mainly used to help with PH and is set to skim very dry, as I am already nutrient limited.

ApexEL (mostly just to monitor things)

2x Gyre 4ks and old style dual wifi controller

3x MP40s using individual MP controllers (Hidden behind rocks on back glass and used to keep the macro flowing and clean)

3x Hydra 32hd

1x Grow light for fuge

Jeabo 4 head doser

DIY ATO

20g high tank as ATO reservoir

Cheap amazon dosing container

Gyre 1k in sump for flow

2x 300w heaters set to 79 and then Apex set to maintain between 77 and 78



Rock

Mix of KP, TBLR, Old Fiji rock that has never been dry, old Marshall Islands rock that has never been dry and a few pieces of BRS Reef Saver to fill in some gaps.



Live Stock (Coral/Nems)

A little of everything lol.



Fish

7” Achilles Tang

4.5” Yellow Tang

4.5” Purple Tang

4” Dussumieri Tang

4” Half Black Mimic Tang

3x Talbot Damsels

2x Springerii Damsels

5x Sunburst Anthias

1x Decorated Goby

2x Pink Spotted Scorpionfish

1x Seaweed Blenny

1x Mandarin Pair (Mated)

2x Tomato Clowns (18 year mated pair)

1x Blue Chromis

1x Slippery Dick Wrasse

1x Leopard Wrasse

2x Moyeri Leopard Wrasse

1x Carpenters Wrasse

1x Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse

1x Katherines Fairy Wrasse

1x Splendid Pintail Wrasse

1x McCosker’s Flasher Wrasse

1x Gold Nugget Wrasse

1x Kuiter’s Leopard Wrasse

1x Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse

X Barnacle Blennies

X Hairy Blennies (Think their are 2 that are a pair, as there was some aggression in QT)

1x C. brunneus wrasse (thank you @Crabby48 for helping my dead brain on this one)



Fish in Sump
26 year old Clarkii Clown

3 year old Clarkii clown

2x Pinfish (one is 3" and the other is 1.5")

1x Springerii Damsel

1x Yellow watchman goby

1x candycane pistol shrimp

1x Leaffish

1x hawkfish

~6-7 random blennies from tide pools in FL. Not sure on exact ID, but they look very similar to Goldline Blennies
5x green pistols from FL




Yes that is a lot of fish, but I have zero aggression and do not have any nutrient issues. It helps to have macro that grows behind the rocks and houses pods along with other things. This gives the tangs all the grazing they want and the wrasse a constant supply of food. That combined with feeding 6 times a day even sweetens things a bit. Even with all of that, I have to dose NO3 or it bottoms out lol.

Current FTS 07.19.2022

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Not mad. Here it is on a 10 point system. 10 points being super happy and 1 being not happy at all lol.

Redneck: -2 happy points
Retired Recon Marine: -6 happy points
Married for 20 years to someone who puts up with me: +5 happy points
Paying for Mechanical Engineering Degree for oldest son: -2 happy points
Knowing he will have a usable degree: +2 happy points
Reefing and keeping my tanks looking good: +2 happy points
Having Jason snag the first post after me: +1 happy point
Having Brendon post to my thread: -2 happy points

That leaves me at 8 points, so relatively happy lol.
 
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Dude, you don't have nearly enough fish (I'm pushing 44)... I also feed 6x daily, although I am running higher nutrients in my system (maybe I need more corals!) :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:
There are more. i will have to update when I get home and count the barnacle blennies lol.

But you know the deal, most people will say we are over stocked, etc. etc. etc.
 
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There are more. i will have to update when I get home and count the barnacle blennies lol.

But you know the deal, most people will say we are over stocked, etc. etc. etc.
Also forgot fish in sump lol. Ehh will update later lol.
 
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There are more. i will have to update when I get home and count the barnacle blennies lol.

But you know the deal, most people will say we are over stocked, etc. etc. etc.
I had to start keeping a spreadsheet. I'm sure my tank is overstocked, but everything is healthy, there aren't any outright aggression issues (other than the occasional "mad chase") and it's nice having a lot of movement in the tank.
 
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I had to start keeping a spreadsheet. I'm sure my tank is overstocked, but everything is healthy, there aren't any outright aggression issues (other than the occasional "mad chase") and it's nice having a lot of movement in the tank.
Exactly. I have a SS, but I have been teraing down the tanks in the fish barn and moving thing into tanks int he house, so it is all messed up. There is actually one wrasse that I love that needs to be on the list, but for the life of me I cannot remember the name and it is a very elusive little guy. Myabe @Crabby48 can remember, as he has told me a 100 times lol.
 

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Not mad. Here it is on a 10 point system. 10 points being super happy and 1 being not happy at all lol.

Redneck: -2 happy points
Retired Recon Marine: -6 happy points
Married for 20 years to someone who puts up with me: +5 happy points
Paying for Mechanical Engineering Degree for oldest son: -2 happy points
Knowing he will have a usable degree: +2 happy points
Reefing and keeping my tanks looking good: +2 happy points
Having Jason snag the first post after me: +1 happy point
Having Brendon post to my thread: -2 happy points

That leaves me at 8 points, so relatively happy lol.
I noticed you forgot some.

Receding hairline -2 happy points
ChJewbacca face in the summer: -1 happy points
Being called Grandpa by at Least a Dozen people..... POINTLESS
 
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I noticef you forgot some.

Receding hairline -2 happy points
ChJewbacca face in the summer: -1 happy points
Being called Grandpa by at Least a Dozen people..... POINTLESS
That puts him at 5 at best...
 

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Exactly. I have a SS, but I have been teraing down the tanks in the fish barn and moving thing into tanks int he house, so it is all messed up. There is actually one wrasse that I love that needs to be on the list, but for the life of me I cannot remember the name and it is a very elusive little guy. Myabe @Crabby48 can remember, as he has told me a 100 times lol.
Sixline wrasse?
 
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Not mad. Here it is on a 10 point system. 10 points being super happy and 1 being not happy at all lol.

Redneck: -2 happy points
Retired Recon Marine: -6 happy points
Married for 20 years to someone who puts up with me: +5 happy points
Paying for Mechanical Engineering Degree for oldest son: -2 happy points
Knowing he will have a usable degree: +2 happy points
Reefing and keeping my tanks looking good: +2 happy points
Having Jason snag the first post after me: +1 happy point
Having Brendon post to my thread: -2 happy points

That leaves me at 8 points, so relatively happy lol.
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