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Old 09/04/2008, 06:48 AM   #1
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Tank Of The Month - September 2008

This month we are featuring Ron Shively’s beautiful 180g reef aquarium:



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Congratulations, Ron S.!







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Old 09/04/2008, 08:22 AM   #2
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I would like to thank Melev for all his work putting this together and everyone else for choosing my tank.

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Old 09/04/2008, 08:46 AM   #3
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Great looking tank, congrats on the TOTM.

One question about your skimmer. Looks like you might have turned it into a recirc at some point and then undone it?


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Old 09/04/2008, 08:47 AM   #4
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great, great Tank! Very inspirational. Congrats on keeping such a treasure!


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Old 09/04/2008, 08:52 AM   #5
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UrbanSage, Good eye. I had it feed off the overflow with both pumps as recircs. I didn't like the performance so i changed it back.

Hop thank you.

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Old 09/04/2008, 09:00 AM   #6
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Very nice to see a beautiful tank getting recognition. And, without the $2,000 skimmer, $1,000 controller, $1,000 chiller, etc. DIY calcium reactor and kalk reactor, very nice setup.

Gives me encouragement that a TOTM can be achieved without spending your life savings.


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Old 09/04/2008, 09:05 AM   #7
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masharp1126 after reading past TOTM articles I felt unworthy due to my lack of equipment. As you see my results are the same as them, a healthy full tank. I hope it shows others that you don't have to throw money at a tank to make it thrive.

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Old 09/04/2008, 09:25 AM   #8
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very nice Ron, literally looks like a slice of the ocean, congrats!

you mentioned that if you were to do it again you would have a drilled tank, why?


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Old 09/04/2008, 09:29 AM   #9
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Elliott by that I meant drilled for overflows, I have hang on overflows and they are a pain. The biggest problem is the air bleed plugging up.

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Old 09/04/2008, 10:27 AM   #10
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ahh, I see

wow, your tank is impressive by any standard, but even more so that you achieved this success with minimal technology, outstanding!


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Old 09/04/2008, 11:41 AM   #11
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Nice looking mixed reef. Congratulations on being selected TOTM.


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Old 09/04/2008, 01:25 PM   #12
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yes congrats on the totm honors.... i hope to be there in the next 5 years!

could you post more pics of your diy calcium reactor, and how you did it?

thanks mike


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Old 09/04/2008, 01:35 PM   #13
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Great work, I really love this tank! Do you have any pics of the rockwork before you added corals, that would be very interesting to see.


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Old 09/04/2008, 01:46 PM   #14
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Oldud and am3gross thank you I will try to get some more info up on the calcium reactor later when I get home from work, I have had a few request about it.


Cantonesefish I wish I still had pictures. I didn't save them when chaging computers because I never thought I would be a TOTM. I do have a older pic about 3 mounth after setting the tank up.




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Old 09/04/2008, 02:28 PM   #15
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Congrats Ron! Your tank is simply amazing to look at, thanks for having me over to take pictures.


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Old 09/04/2008, 02:52 PM   #16
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Thank you for coming over, It's only thru good pictures that tanks like this can be enjoyed by all.

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Old 09/04/2008, 05:36 PM   #17
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I have had many PM's about my calcium reactor. I want to give credit where credit is due so thank you duhfactor for your thread that I used when making my reactor.


http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...n&pagenumber=1

It's a dual stage unit, the primary hold about 25 lbs of media and the second holds about 20 lbs. It is made from 3.5 O.D. tube, I used ball valves on top to make the addition of media simple. I choose to use a coarse media to allow a lot of water flow thru the media.

I found another thread Debbie64 by that has some inprovment to the design that I think I will add to mine this winter. The only problem I have had is stray light from the tank has caused some algae to grow in the reactor. I'm going to cover it to prevent this in the future.

Now some pics, I will do my best to answer everyones questions.

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trying to add more pics but they are not resizing right.







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Old 09/04/2008, 06:36 PM   #19
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Nice tank! Really an inspiration for me. I don't have all of the fancy equipment either, actually it is quite similar to what you're using. My tank is young, and I hope it will look like yours someday.

By the way, is this a standard 180? 6x2x2?


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Old 09/04/2008, 06:50 PM   #20
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IFbettas thank you, yes it is a standard 180.

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Old 09/04/2008, 07:57 PM   #21
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beautiful tank, the more you look the more you see. hard to believe you can get all those varieties of corals (sps, lps softies) and clams to look so healthy in one environment - great job and congrats on TOTM


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Old 09/04/2008, 09:35 PM   #22
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It's refreshing to see so many softies in a large tank. The way you combined the textures and colors is very pleasing to the eye.


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Old 09/04/2008, 11:50 PM   #23
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Great combination of corals in a 180-g. Well done....


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Old 09/05/2008, 04:52 AM   #24
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psteeleb thank you, even when Mike was here taking photos I had to show him some of the hidden things. I love corals of all types and for some reason the seem to thrive together, I have no secret just lucky I guess.

Chihuahua6 thank you. When I started if was you basic softie tank, the toadstool was one of if not the first coral I bought. The leathers on the right side of the tank had a nice green color to them when I had the XM 15k bulbs in there but seem to have faded with the current lights.

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Old 09/05/2008, 04:59 AM   #25
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really beautiful ron, looks a dream, congrats, i think its well deserved


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