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Unread 12/26/2006, 05:42 PM   #1
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Thank you all for voting for my tank!!
Victoria’s 29 gal cube reef tank
Introduction:

I fell in love with this hobby back in 1974. I walked into a LFS and saw saltwater fish and invertebrates and said, “I must have those” I bought my first tank a 20 gal, and quickly upgraded to a 300 gal. Of course it was a fish only, not many people were keeping coral alive at that time. Over the course of time I worked at that very LFS and then went on to start a business of aquarium maintenance. I continued that for about 10 years. I sold it and moved back into the hobby still in a fish only mode. I really had little contact with other hobbyist at that time. And so for another 10 years just had a small tank, not thinking much about the hobby.

Then one day I thought I would look on the Internet, to see how far the hobby has come. I could not believe what I saw… Reef tanks… got to have one of those. So I went to a LFS and purchased a 100 gal sea clear, it had a sump in the back of the tank. I started of with some soft corals, and advance to a tank filled with LPS and a few stony corals. I plumb in a 40 gal fuge, and the tank was beautiful. We had planned on moving in a year or so. So at that time we sold the tank and everything in it. When the new owner moved it I took a few frags of so of my favorite corals and started my 29 gal.

I started it in April 2005. Here is a clip of the growth
http://s41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1162667214.pbw

Aquarium profile:
Size:
Standard cube 29 gallons Oceanic 18x20x21.


Circulation:
I use 1 Maxi jet 1200 power head (295gph) and 1 Rio 800 (171gph). I also have a canister filter (Hagen Fluval 305) which adds (185gph) for a total (in theory) 651gph circulation. I have the two power heads on a nature wave maker. 10 seconds on one power head, 10 sec on the other, 10 sec both on, and 10 sec both off.

Filtration:
I use a Fluval canister filter in which I run Carbon and po4 remover 24/7. I also run bags of Miracle Mud. I also use floss to trap particulates.

Lighting:
Current USA fixture
24" Current USA Outer Orbit 10000K HQI Metal Halide
1x150W Dual Daylight / 2x65W Dual Actinic & 4 Lunar Lights *

Photo period:
Actinic on at 6am and off at 9PM
Metal Halide on at 8am and off at 8pm
Moon lights on 24 hr for 6 days a month.
Refugium:
CPR AquaFuge 2 Hang-on Refugium, Medium
In here I have Miracle Mud and Cheto and lots of pods. The lighting on the fuge runs 24/7 and has a 13 watt PC. The makers of Miracle Mud recommends changing the mud every six months. I find it disrupts my fuge and pods so I keep a bag in the canister filter.

Feeding and Additives:

I feed twice once in the AM and once in the PM after the lights of out. I feed the fish a variety of food. Frozen Mysis shrimp, flakes (formula one), pellets (sinks for the hermits and shrimp) Cyclopeeze.
I feed my coral Cyclopeeze, DT’s , and Kent marine phytomax, Reef nutrition Roti-feast.

I use an Aqua medic-dosing pump to dose ESV 2 part additive. It doses alk before the lights go on in the morning. I also dose ESV magnesium. I occassionally add strontium. And add Lugol’s once a week (one drop).


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Unread 12/26/2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Tank Parameters:
Alk 10.2 dkh
Ca 420
Mag 1350
S.G 1.026
Temp 77-80 degrees
Ph 7.9-8.4
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Po4 0
Maintinance:
I do a 30% water change every week. I use water from an R.O unit and use Instant ocean salt. I buffer it to match the tank.
I change carbon / po4 remover 1x month along with the floss.
I change PC’s every six months, and MH 1 x year. I clean my light fixture off every week.
Clean Power heads once a month.
I look at my reef tank every day!





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Unread 12/26/2006, 05:46 PM   #3
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Inhabitants:
Coral:
Acropora 7 species
Hydnophors 2 species
Seriantipora (pink) has produced Planula Larvae in tank.
Euphyllia Torch
Green Star Polyps
Yellow Polyps
Montipora 4 species
Poricillipora has reproduced in my tank
Merulina sp.
Montipora digitata
Asst mushrooms
Fish:
Amphipron Ocellairs
Gobiosona Multafasciatus
Blue devil Damsel
Hector gobi
Invertebrates:
Scarlet cleaner shrimp
Peppermint shrimp
Blue legged hermit crabs
Red scarlet hermit crabs
Sponge, featherduster, worms ect
Rock boring sea urchin
Cucumber
2 Crocea clams
Final thoughts:
I have a simple system, one anyone could have. I think my success comes from learning as much as possible before I add things. Learning what there requirements are. And above all else caring my tank like it was a pet like a dog or cat. It has living breathing life in it and it’s my responsibility to care for it.




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Unread 12/26/2006, 05:47 PM   #4
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Unread 12/26/2006, 05:52 PM   #6
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again thanks to all of you!!

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Unread 12/26/2006, 08:05 PM   #7
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Wow! Fantastic tank. I just started a nano and your tank makes me want to consider sps. Great example of what a nano can be.

Stephanie


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Unread 12/27/2006, 07:59 AM   #8
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That's an inspiring tank, Victoria...

Reading about your tank makes me want to run off, empty the skimmate, scrub the glass and wash filter floss!


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Unread 12/27/2006, 08:33 AM   #9
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Stunning system Victoria... this tank really, really makes me want to set up an SPS nano. Absolutely inspiring!


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Unread 12/27/2006, 10:32 AM   #10
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Much thanks Stephanie, Louis, icemine2005. I just love this hobby!!SmileyCentral.com


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Unread 12/27/2006, 10:39 AM   #11
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love the pink milli in the cap are they not killing each other


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Unread 12/27/2006, 10:47 AM   #12
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beautiful tank Victoria...after looking at those pics, there's no way i'm going to be able to stay away from SPS in my 20L.


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Unread 12/27/2006, 12:38 PM   #13
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Are you running a skimmer in the refugium? How do you like the dosing pump? I've been seriously thinking of getting one. Beautiful!!!


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Unread 12/27/2006, 12:43 PM   #14
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That's a great tank!


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Unread 12/27/2006, 01:55 PM   #15
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The nicest nano I have ever seen.


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Unread 12/27/2006, 03:21 PM   #16
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It's something I have to watch. I just cut back the monti after the milli kills it. The milli always wins. But the monti grows faster. I really like the look!


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Unread 12/27/2006, 03:23 PM   #17
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Yes I forgot to mention the skimmer. Its just a DIY addon, no biggie. I do like having a dosing pump, but If I had to do it again I would of bought a better one.


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Unread 12/27/2006, 03:26 PM   #18
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Thank you both so much!


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Unread 12/27/2006, 04:13 PM   #19
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the same thing happens to me the acro allways wins but the mont just grow so blanking fast that in the long run the mont wins


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Unread 12/27/2006, 06:10 PM   #20
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i see you have a skimmer in there
is that the one that came with it or did you add that

and witch one is it


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Unread 12/27/2006, 08:41 PM   #21
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That's an inspiring tank, Victoria...

Reading about your tank makes me want to run off, empty the skimmate, scrub the glass and wash filter floss!




lol same here

Very Nice Job Victoria


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Unread 12/28/2006, 11:19 AM   #22
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The skimmer I have in there is not the one that comes with the unit. I got cpr that did not have the skimmer, because it was cheaper. Then I just used some odds and ends to make my own. It works ok I get plenty of skimmate.


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Unread 12/29/2006, 05:27 PM   #23
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one word: awesome


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Unread 12/29/2006, 06:20 PM   #24
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Paladin thank you very much!!
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Unread 12/29/2006, 07:36 PM   #25
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Victoria, quick question on your Merulina sp. Was that a difficult coral to keep?


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