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Old 11/07/2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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November Tank of the Month

This month we are featuring the beautiful Reef Puddle of Tom Zielinski (TMZ).



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Congratulations, Tom!

Also check out the Reefkeeping Blog!








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Old 11/07/2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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Congrats Tom, beautiful tank.


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Old 11/07/2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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I agree...nice work!


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Old 11/07/2011, 05:17 PM   #4
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Very nice puddle! Congrats.


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Old 11/07/2011, 05:29 PM   #5
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Tom,
you have an absolutely amazing reef.


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Old 11/07/2011, 11:16 PM   #6
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As a personal friend, I'm very proud to see you win this award. Next time I'm in town, I think I'm due for a visit (and some of those delicious cookies your family made)! Congrats!


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Old 11/07/2011, 11:33 PM   #7
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Love to have you . Might try one of those cookies myself.. Haven't had any in quite a while . Thanks for all the discussions and trades ,it's always a pleasure. it ws nice seeing you at the rag swap.


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Old 11/07/2011, 11:35 PM   #8
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Oops fragswap. I once typed that frag wasps and took a few stings from other posters.


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Old 11/07/2011, 11:38 PM   #9
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April, Thank you for the nice comment and for your help pulllingthis together.

Nate, great work thanks, it's good to know you and to discuss stuff with you.


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Old 11/07/2011, 11:53 PM   #10
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Rybren,Brett, Jack.Thanks for your comments.


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Current Tank Info: Tank of the Month , November 2011 : 600gal integrated system: 3 display tanks (120 g, 90g, 89g),several frag/grow out tanks, macroalgae refugia, cryptic zones. 40+ fish, seahorses, sps,lps,leathers, zoanthidae and non photosynthetic corals.
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Old 11/08/2011, 04:57 AM   #11
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Congrats Tom! Pictures don't do this justice, absolutely stunning!


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Old 11/08/2011, 05:28 AM   #12
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Beautiful tank/s and great system, congratulations. I do have a question for you. I noticed that you use Purigen and carbon. Can you tell me why you use both? I was under the impression that they basically do the same thing. I ask because I'm striving to reach the high level of success that you have obviously achieved.

PS- I also grew up in Queens (Flushing) and I'm also retired and now live in New Mexico.


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Old 11/08/2011, 06:14 AM   #13
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Old 11/08/2011, 07:55 AM   #14
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Tom, very well deserved! I always enjoy reading your comments and have even more of an appreciation for your "Puddle" after having a behind the scenes look. Well done good sir, well done!

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Old 11/08/2011, 08:00 AM   #15
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Awesome! Well deserved. And the flower wallpaper is a nice touch


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Old 11/08/2011, 08:11 AM   #16
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Beautiful tank/s and great system, congratulations. I do have a question for you. I noticed that you use Purigen and carbon. Can you tell me why you use both? I was under the impression that they basically do the same thing. I ask because I'm striving to reach the high level of success that you have obviously achieved.

PS- I also grew up in Queens (Flushing) and I'm also retired and now live in New Mexico.


Thankyou,

I use both because both grab organics but not all organics are the same; they vary in hydrophobic and hydrophylic qualities for one thing . The resin (purigen) likely favors some lower on the list of carbon's favorites and vice versa. So I may get a broader range of organics removal with both.

I lived in Flushing from about 1952 to 1959, near Kissena boulevard. It was good ; lot's of kids roaming around to play with , open spaces, stickball games , free reign on my bicycle . Great place and time to be young.


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Old 11/08/2011, 08:18 AM   #17
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great tanks! well deserved. Also thank you to your son, hes a smart man.

I also love how your wallpaper matches the tanks!


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Old 11/08/2011, 12:18 PM   #18
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awesome tank..so jealous...also would love to see how you made the DIY CO2 scrubber for your skimmer.


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Old 11/08/2011, 12:31 PM   #19
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April, Thank you for the nice comment and for your help pulllingthis together.

Nate, great work thanks, it's good to know you and to discuss stuff with you.



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Old 11/08/2011, 01:29 PM   #20
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Beautiful system, Tom! Congratulations on TOTM!


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Old 11/08/2011, 01:37 PM   #21
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beautiful setup. nice work and congrats!


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Old 11/08/2011, 07:38 PM   #22
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Really enjoyed your Puddle analogy.

Can you better explain how you run your cryptic zone. Is it a dark / low flow type.? What kinda critter's are in there.?

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Old 11/08/2011, 07:58 PM   #23
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Congratulations Tom!!!! Not only on your beautiful system but to you for being a phenomenal reefer and person.. I don't know you personally, but You have always chimed in when I needed help along the way and given me great advice! Thanks you!


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Old 11/08/2011, 08:35 PM   #24
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Grampa. They usually calll me that these days.

Glad you liked the puddle analogy.

I run a drain from one of the frag tanks ( about 400gph) into a covered rubbermaid brute garbage can filled with live rock, The water goes down a pvc pipe and enters about 2inches off the bottom of the can . It exits from a bulkhead on the side near the top of the can that feeds into the top of a 36 x 18 inch bin filled with 7 inches of sand and piled with liverock in ambient light. Then it goes to the skimmer area of the sump. On the other side of the system a drain feeds a 110 g plastic water trough which also has live rock piled in it. There are lots of sponges, feather dusters and pods hanging around that are visible. Don't exactly know what microfauna there are.



The hose with water flowing out, in the picture above, slips into the pipe when the lid is on.

The water flows up and then out via the bulkhead near the top and goes here:




Goes across the surface and then to the sump.


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Old 11/08/2011, 09:04 PM   #25
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Congrats Tom!! I agree with all of the earlier comments. You are always so generously sharing your knowledge with all us up and comers ... Very well deserved, and very well composed system.

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