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Unread 06/02/2007, 06:43 PM   #1
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MAY nTOTM - Anguswu's Mushroom Tank

It is great honor to be elected as MAY nTOTM. Thank Junkidu keep pushing join nTOTM program. And especially thank the people that keep following my tank and encouraging me to keep my tank progress.



I started reefkeeping since 2005¡¦ Aug. when I bought a 24¡¨x 16¡¨ x 16¡¨ bowfront tank. At first half years, I used a canister and a hang-on tank skimmer as my filtration. But my tank was always not stable, and not decides what I should keep in my tank. I learned a lot lessons. I started readng books and some forums to study my hobby. And then I was thinking to design a back sump with a better inter-water skimmer to replace my canister and old skimmer. I am glad to say I have succeeded to use my sump after I install it after one month. I also decided to my main inhabitants are mushrooms and ricordeas.

CURRENT TANK:

Main tank : Bowfront 24inch x 16inch x 16inch

Sump tank: Custom made 55cm(H) x 45cm(L) x 15cm(W)
Main tank volume is approximately 96 liters (25 gallons). The total volume is approximately 126 liters (33 gallons), including the sump. The sump is separately behind the main tank.

FILTRATION AND CIRCULATION:

I am sorry it is hard to take a good shot for my sump that is behind my main tank. I make a picture to show it up.


I use Eheim 1250 pump to suck the water from main tank to the sump. The water comes through the left side of the sump. And go through the Pura filter pad, one coarse filter pad, Rowaphos, zeolite, and live rocks. The skimmer inside the sump is Marco 150p. Another main circulation pump inside the main tank is Rio 1400. Eheim water flow is from the left bottom to the right top and the Rio water flow is from right bottom to the center top surface of the water in the main tank. I also have a little pump Rio 600 for the chiller. I also stock lots live rocks in the main tank and sand bed 10cm. Please forgive me I did not weight my live rocks. I cannot tell you the exact quantity.

CHILLER AND HEATER

Chiller: GXC 200, set at 25 degree Celsius and working whole year. I use a Rio 600 to be the water supply for the chiller.
Heater: 100 Watt, set at 24 degree Celsius and only working during winter.

MAINTENENCE AND FEEDING:

I change 20 liters salt water every 5 or 7 days depending on my work schedule. I also dip one drop iodine and 3ml Kent marine Strontium & Molybdenum each weekend. Before I change the water, I measure the gravity in the tank and make sure the water I put in is at same gravity.

I fed flake food every day for the fishes. Sometimes I fed half cube of brine shrimp. For the ricordea, rhodactis, brain corals and other corals, I fed with Cyclop-eeze or fresh sliced shrimp meal every three days.

WATER PARAMETERS

pH: 8.1-8.3
Temperature: 24-26 degree Celsius
Specific Gravity: 1.022 ¡V 1.024
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: <10ppm
Phosphate: <0.25ppm
Calcium: about 420ppm
Alkalinity: 6-8 dkh

LIGHT PLAN:

HQI: 20000K 150W 14:00 ¡V 19:00
HQI: 20000K 150W 17:00 ¡V 22:00
T5 Actinic: ATI Blue plus 24Wx2 12:00 ¡V 24:00
Moonlight: Blue LED 10:30 ¡V 01:30

LIVE STOCKS
FISH
Red scooter blenny


Twin spotted wrasse


Porters angel


Orange spotted goby


Bicolor blenny


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Unread 06/02/2007, 06:50 PM   #2
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Invertebrate

Red fire shrimp and red hard tube


Urocaridell cleaner shrimp


Hermit crab


Boxing crab


Anemone crab


Whit/purple feather duster


Yeallow feather duster


And sorry no pictures for Cone trotus and cucumbers.

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Unread 06/02/2007, 06:55 PM   #3
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Ricordea Yuma







New yuma that I recently colloected


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Unread 06/02/2007, 06:58 PM   #4
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Unread 06/02/2007, 07:01 PM   #5
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Unread 06/02/2007, 07:05 PM   #6
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Discosoma Santisomae




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Unread 06/02/2007, 07:10 PM   #7
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Unread 06/02/2007, 07:49 PM   #8
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This is by far the best nano aquarium i have every seen. There is so much color even though it is only zoo's and mushrooms (dominated) . I like how you show that you dont need all of those fancy sps's to have a absolutly stunning tank.
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Unread 06/02/2007, 08:04 PM   #9
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I second that , Ive never seen such beautiful shrooms . I especially like the Discosoma Santisomae . Great work .


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Unread 06/02/2007, 08:11 PM   #10
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Very nice tank! I have never seen so many mushrooms. Very neat. Congrats!


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Unread 06/02/2007, 08:54 PM   #11
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Absolutely fantastic! I hope my tank turns out half as good as yours!!

What kind of lighting are you using?


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Unread 06/02/2007, 09:08 PM   #12
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Man, those 20k's light up my life Sick colors man, 20k's + Actinics FTW!


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Unread 06/03/2007, 11:25 AM   #13
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its about time u posted in the TOTM, congrats, and keep up the good work.

by the way, how hardy is that Potters Angel. I heard they are Somewhat Difficult, to keep?


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Super tank. I too like the mixture of colors and textures. In addition, your photography is also excellent. Very nice job. Congrats on totm.


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Unread 06/03/2007, 02:05 PM   #15
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By the way, great choices on the fish and their tank mates.....


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Unread 06/03/2007, 03:06 PM   #16
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amazing tank, awsome pics too.


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Unread 06/03/2007, 03:15 PM   #17
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I'm really interested in that Potter's Angel too! what a gorgeous fish, great setup! I'm always so impressed with the nTOTMs!


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Unread 06/03/2007, 03:25 PM   #18
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I have been thinking about doing a simmaler tank,and you have inspierd me to do so... realy cool tank!!!


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Unread 06/03/2007, 03:27 PM   #19
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How can you keep that twin spot wrasse in there? i thought they where aggressive and not reef safe? is he like that in your tank?


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Unread 06/03/2007, 07:19 PM   #20
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Thanks all for the compliments.

My twin spot wrasse is not aggressive and it is reef safe. I bought it when it is 2cm length, now it's 5cm. Actually i am planning to change the bowfront tank that is not good for taking shots. I may get the wrasse to a bigger tank because the wrasse is getting bigger.


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Unread 06/03/2007, 08:49 PM   #21
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Very nice, Well done. One of the best nanos I have seen...

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Unread 06/03/2007, 09:27 PM   #22
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I really like that yuma you recently got. I had one like that, but it died.

Very nice tank!


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Unread 06/03/2007, 09:48 PM   #23
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Very nice. Is that an Acropora lokani in the upper middle left. Could we get a close up of that?


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Unread 06/03/2007, 10:58 PM   #24
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angus,
just a spectacular tank all around. glad you won it and you really can take some out of this world photos of all your tank mates.
I don't think you could get any closer on some of those shots you took, But I bet you can...

congrats..!!


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