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Tank of the Month - April 2016

April 2016 Tank of the Month - ANDY

 

I have had a saltwater tank since I was 13 yrs old ( now 51).  After my father died at 13 my mom & I needed something to do together.  Saltwater was our choice.   We used to shop at a store named Hawaiian Marine Imports in Town & Country area.  They were a distributer & had tanks with 100’s of tangs.  We were lucky back then to have this store but did not have the knowledge we have now on how to keep everything alive.  I have had a saltwater tank ever since then, could have a had a Ferrari, or 2....

 

Aquarium Profile:

 

  • 90 x 36 front to back x 27 tall tall Planet brand Aquarium / 379 gallons
  • Starfire glass front and both ends
  • 1.25" stainless steel frames
  • Black silicone
  • Corner overflows in each back corner. Overflows include custom durso / Adjustable noise reducing plumbing.
  • Black vinyl back wall
  • Bottom 1" PVC

 

Stand

 

  • Metal stand, powder coated & skinned with cabinetry covered in granite formica.

 

Sump

 

  • 80 gallon sump built by precision Marine
  • Protein Skimmer PM Mach IIo Carbon/phosphate filtration (reactor brand, type of media)
  • Return Pump Cascade
  • Water Circulation 2 Grye 150’s , 1 MP60, 1 MP40, 1 Jebro to move water behind rocks
  • Lighting 12 XR30 Pros
  • Ca/Alk/Mg dosing GHL Dosing with BRS products
  • ATO  Gravity fed with float in sump
  • RO/DI
  • Heating/cooling (brand, wattage for heaters, HP for chillers)
  • System controller (model & attached peripherals)

 

Water Circulation & Flow Summary

 

  • Good to & fro current

 

Water Parameters

 

  • Temp  78
  • pH  8.05-8.35
  • Specific gravity 1.025
  • Ammonia 0
  • Nitrate   4
  • Nitrite  0
  • PO4   .00 - .03
  • Calcium  450-470
  • Alkalinity    8.0-8.5
  • Magnesium   1300

 

Chiller outside & plumbed thru window.

 

150 Watt emperor aq. UV Steralizer

 

Lighting summary & objectives

(Photoperiod – Detailed account of when each portion of lighting turns on/off.)

 

7 am as I like to look over everything before work – 9 pm.  The tank is in my bedroom so I like to lay in bed while watching evening tv & pause the show every once in a while & go take stare at the tank.

 

Filtration & water quality summary & objectives.

(Frequency of water changes, other methods of nutrient control such as refugiums, etc.)

 

100 gallons a week.   Make up water is on patio, & plug in a pump, turn 2 valves & new water goes in as the old comes out & drains into patio drain, EASY

 

Tank inhabitants

 

FISH:

 

TANGS

  • Cheveron
  • 2 yellow
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Powder Blue  5 yrs old
  • 1 Blond Naso
  • WRASSE
  • Melanurus
  • Chekerboard
  • leopard
  • Male & Female  flame
  • 2 grn mandarin
  • 2 spotted mandarin

 

GOBY

  • 3 Blue Goby
  • 2 Scissor Goby
  • 3 bar goby
  • 2 yellow clown

 

Anthesis

  • 4 fancy
  • 4 sunburst

 

Firefish

  • 5 regular
  • 1 purple

 

Clown Fish

  • 3 Wyoming White

 

1 Hybrid

 

1 Hawk Fish

 

4 Cleaner Shrimp

2 Blue Linkas  ( 5 yrs old)

1 long spined urchin

1 tuxedo urchin

1 pinl urchin

 

Corals

 

  • A Bunch of SPS,
  • A Bunch of LPS
  • A Bunch of Softies -- Green Colt is 25+ yrs old
  • Other inverts (CUC, starfish, clams, etc.)

 

Fish & Coral feeding

Fed at 7 am, 6 pm, & small amounts about 4 times until 8:45

Pellets, flake in morning, & frozen mixture of about 6-8 foods in evening

 

Just like a boat, Nothing good happens fast...Andy