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Unread 04/03/2007, 12:56 AM   #1
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MARCH nTOTM - EZ'S 24 Aquapod

Thank you for the predecessors of this program for making March nano-tank of the month happen again. Thank you for the people that have entered their nano tanks for this month as well, it would not have been possible without your tanks, and the biggest thanks goes to the people that have been following my tank for quite some time now. You guys and girls have always pushed me to do the most for my tank, and have been faithful with me on our journey.

I would also like to acknowledge my local club in the forming, the Socal Nano Reefers (SCNR) group, for they have also been a great support for this hobby.

I have had numerous experience with FW, especially with keeping Asian Arowanas. My saltwater journey started last year when the girlfriend surprised me with a 1.5 gallon pico, clownfish, shrimp, and a fiddler crab. Needless to say, I was determined to provide them with a better place to live, and thus the adventure started. (none of them are with me now)

This tank is still my rough draft for a future set up I have in mind. All the equipment I am investing in is transferable for the slightly larger project I have in mind, which hopefully one day will be born.

Please forgive me if some of the pictures conflict with one another as I am forced to use a few old pictures due to the current state of the tank. (explained below)



Here are the specifics of the system:

Tank : Current USA Aquapod 24

Age : 11 months

Lighting : Sunpod 250 14k stock Sunpaq bulb w/ external magnetic ballast

Filtration : Protein Skimmer by Deltec MCE300, AquaClear 70 hob filter with Black Diamond carbon, Warner Marine Phosar HC, Boyd's Chemipure & 100 Micron Filter Pads, 20 lbs personally selected Vanuatu Liverock and Chaetomorpha run on reverse lighting cycle 8k 8 watt bulb



Water Movement : Tunze Nanostream 6025 x 2, Maxijet 1200 return

Temperature Control : JBJ Arctica 1/10th HP (Not yet set up), Azoo clip on dual cooling fan, 100 watt Visitherm Stealth Heater, all equipment controlled by a Reefkeeper II

Channel 1: Metal Halide on 1:30 pm off 11:45 Emergency Shut-Off 84.5F off at 11:30 pm
Channel 2: Sunpod fan on, same setting as above
Channel 3: none
Channel 4: Chiller on @ 84F off at @ 81.5F (not yet set up)
Channel 5: Cooling fan on @ 82F off @ 81F
Channel 6: Heater on @ 79.9F
Channel 7: Always On (Tunze 6025)
Channel 8: Always On (Tunze 6025)



Calcium, Alkalinity, and Dosing : Currently manually dosing Randy’s 2 part solution, Deltec PF509 to be installed in the next few weeks. Tropic Marin essential K & A elements 1.5 ml daily



Water Parameters :

pH: 8.2-8.4
Temperature: 79.9 – 81.9
Specific Gravity: 1.030
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: <10ppm
Calcium: 400-450
Alkalinity: 9-11 dkh

Livestock

Fish:

1 Female Lyretail Anthia
1 Six Line Wrasse

Crustaceans:

5 Scarlett Hermit
1 Tiger Pistol Shrimp
3 Acropora Crabs

Snails:

x nassarius
x astreas
x ceriths

Softies:

Purple People Eater Zoanthid
Pink Elephant Zoanthid

LPS:

Red skirt neon green center blastomussa wellsi
PPE blastomussa wellsi
Neon green candy cane
Acan Lord 2 types

SPS:

Neon Green Birdsnest
Pink Birdsnest
Tricolor Acropora Tenuis blue orange yellow
Tricolor Acropora Subulata colony tan body, purple tips, neon green polyps
Unidentified White/Silver Deepwater Acropora
Patrick Monaghan Teal Stag
Garf's Purple Bonsai
Purple Bonsai
Oregon Tort
Neon Green Millepora
Blue Millepora
Red Millepora
Acropora Turaki
Tricolor Acropora Valida
Green Montipora Capricornis
Orange/Red Montipora Capricornis
Pokerstar Montipora
Superman Montipora Danae
Sunset Montipora x2
Leng Sy Cap
Purple Monster
Maricultured Purple Acropora with white polyps
Maricultured Neon blue Acropora with neon green coralite tips
Pink Catspaw Stylopora
Unidentified Acropora
Acropora Abrotanoides

Clams:

2 ORA Black and White Zebra Maximas 5 inch +
1 Blue Teardrop Maxima 3 inch +
1 Blue with Red rim Maxima 5 inch +

Feeding and Upkeep :

Random feeding schedule (whenever I feel like it)
Fish are fed cyclopeeze frozen, formula 1 and 2 flake, krill, PE mysis, Hikari mysis, Hikari mega angel formula, Vitachem and Selcon.
SPS are fed Liquidlife Coral Food II with enhanced rotifers, DTs oyster eggs.
LPS are fed cyclopeeze and reef roids.
Clams are fed supplemental DTs phyto plankton reef blend from time to time.

Water change is done once a week of 4-5 gallons using Tropic Marin regular salt. Once the PF509 is up and running I plan to use Tropic Marin Pro. Sand is vacuumed during the water change, and pumps are vinegar soaked when they turn ugly. Skimmer collection cup is emptied once a week for enhanced performance.

Going SPS

I was in the beginning shooting for a mixed reef with LPS and SPS, and found out pretty soon that many LPS pieces got simply too large and started killing my SPS pieces pretty fast, such as the frogspawn. It was then I decided to convert to an SPS dominated tank. A lot of people said it was too much work. Many said they needed PERFECT water conditions. I will say that the journey hasn’t been very easy, and my water conditions aren't perfect at all, but it definitely took me for an adventure I would’ve never have come close with soft corals and LPS. Working on the tank made me feel like I was growing and trimming my own garden everyday.



Tridacnid Clams

A lot of you may know that I am an avid clam lover, especially for Maximas. My two black and white Maximas are my most prized specimens in the tank. Me and my clams have battled through thick and thin, where one of the black and whites even arrived to me in a sopping wet box with no water in the bag. Recently however, one of my black and whites has acquired Pinched Mantle, a disease still widely unknown in our hobby. After a freshwater dip, the clam, in its weakened state was voraciously attacked by my sixline wrasse, and ended up having 2 extra holes in addition to its incurrent siphon. She is now in its own temporary acrylic box within the aquarium, healing slowly, albeit still looking horrible. Calvin415 has graciously accepted my request to build my clam his own custom acrylic box for improved flow and more light penetration, so a big thank you goes out to him! This is also the reason I cannot currently post a most recent FTS, due to this huge acrylic box sitting in the front, so please understand as the clam heals.





Fish

My female lyretail anthia has been my oldest fish in the tank. She has been very good to me, and despite the cramped space I provide her with as much nutrition as possible. A strong swimmer and a voracious appetite, she is well suited for the strong flow of my tank. A lot of people have said that anthias cannot be kept in small tanks, and I 100% agree with them. If you must have an anthia, the female lyretail is probably your only choice, where most of the others will succumb to a stress related death. The purpose of the sixline wrasse is to keep unwanted organisms at bay. Despite him gouging my clam, he is still a good fish and I do not blame him. (well, not too much)

Bonsai



Birdsnest



PPE Blastomussa


Continued...


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Unread 04/03/2007, 01:04 AM   #2
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A. Abrotanoides


Sunset Montipora


Monti Caps


Acans


Blue Millepora


Growth Shots:









Continued...


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Unread 04/03/2007, 01:05 AM   #3
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Tank Growth:

June 06



August 06



September 06



October 06



Continued...


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Unread 04/03/2007, 01:07 AM   #4
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November 06



December 06



March 07



That about sums it up! Thank you everyone for your time, I hope you enjoyed my tank as much as I do, good night, and good luck with your tank!

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Unread 04/03/2007, 01:25 AM   #5
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beautiful tank! congrats on the win... hope your clam pulls through. it's amazing how much your tank progressed since june '06. any more pics of the back chambers? curious as to how you organized the ac70 and the skimmer. err edit again///lol also why such high salinity?



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Unread 04/03/2007, 03:18 AM   #6
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congrats! Nice work! See you at the meet.


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Unread 04/03/2007, 07:49 AM   #7
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Congrats Ez...Making our So Cal Reefers proud


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Unread 04/03/2007, 07:53 AM   #8
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very nice tank, well deserved recognition!


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Unread 04/03/2007, 08:24 AM   #9
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Congrats EZ!


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Unread 04/03/2007, 10:43 AM   #10
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thank you guys!
kigs, if you look at the tank from the front, the hob is in the left, and the skimmer is on the right i will try taking a pic though.

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Unread 04/03/2007, 11:48 AM   #11
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Man thats a nice tank, good job


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Unread 04/03/2007, 02:28 PM   #12
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Sweet tank. Congrats EZ!


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Unread 04/03/2007, 02:44 PM   #13
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Gorgeous tank! ::wiping drool from my mouth::


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Unread 04/03/2007, 03:23 PM   #14
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Great job,well deserved. I hope mine will be that nice.


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Unread 04/03/2007, 05:39 PM   #15
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WOW nice set up EZ. As I have seen this tank in person it never stops amazing me how beautiful it is. Congrats on the win EZ. Oh and nice job plugging in that SCNR club, lol.


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Congrats!!! Sweet tank....


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Unread 04/03/2007, 06:52 PM   #17
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Very n ice just a quick question, did/do your acans do well on the sandbed? because mine were doing terrible down there and ive moved them since to a rock and they're recovering (just curious)

Btw: tanks definitly an inspiration for fellow nanoers


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Unread 04/03/2007, 07:57 PM   #18
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Congratulations! I'm soooo jealous of your white sandbed!


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Unread 04/03/2007, 09:56 PM   #19
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congrate EZ!


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Unread 04/04/2007, 05:58 AM   #20
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congrats man.. much props for keeping such a clean looking tank...


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nice tank!!!
can't wait to see the next one

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Unread 04/04/2007, 10:54 AM   #22
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Thank you everyone!
emerald- the acans are kept in the shade and seem to do just fine there. i hardly pay attention to them


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That tank is unreal good job man you deserve it.


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I should not see this tank. I need to focus my shrooms. I am jealous!


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nice tank. award well deserved


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