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Richmond, TX 150G Tank
150G display
~35G Sump contains live rock, a skimmer, mechanical filter, and return pump
Plumbing was done on my own

Equipment
3 Kessil A360WE Controllable LED lights
220G Coralife Protein Skimmer w/pump
2 Hydor Koralia circulation pumps
1 Supreme Classic Mag Drive 1800 return pump

Corals
Branching hammer, octospawn, acans, red zoas, green zoas, stylophora, red montipora, duncans, birdsnest, and a couple of others I don't know the names of.

Livestock
2 Blue/Green chromis
1 Tomato Clown
1 Ocellaris Clown (started with it 5 years ago)
1 Banggai Cardinal
1 Sailfin Tang (master of the tank)
1 Yellow watchman goby
1 Lyretail Anthias
1 Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp
2 Peppermint shrimp
2 Small sized Turbo snails
Handful of coral crabs

Daily feeding of livestock = 1/2 cube frozen food (San Francisco Bay: Marine Cuisine, Mysis, Brine, Emerald Entrée...usually a 1/4 cube of 2 of these) and a small portion of greens on the veggie clip.
Lighting schedule starts at 12:30 pm, peaks at 70% intensity around 3:30 pm, reducing gradually until 6:30 pm.
Salinity at 1.023/1.024, temperature at 78-79F.
Water changes are performed no later than every 2 weeks, but usually every week, ~20%
 

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i_am_poor

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Richmond, TX 150G Tank
150G display
~35G Sump contains live rock, a skimmer, mechanical filter, and return pump
Plumbing was done on my own

Equipment
3 Kessil A360WE Controllable LED lights
220G Coralife Protein Skimmer w/pump
2 Hydor Koralia circulation pumps
1 Supreme Classic Mag Drive 1800 return pump

Corals
Branching hammer, octospawn, acans, red zoas, green zoas, stylophora, red montipora, duncans, birdsnest, and a couple of others I don't know the names of.

Livestock
2 Blue/Green chromis
1 Tomato Clown
1 Ocellaris Clown (started with it 5 years ago)
1 Banggai Cardinal
1 Sailfin Tang (master of the tank)
1 Yellow watchman goby
1 Lyretail Anthias
1 Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp
2 Peppermint shrimp
2 Small sized Turbo snails
Handful of coral crabs

Daily feeding of livestock = 1/2 cube frozen food (San Francisco Bay: Marine Cuisine, Mysis, Brine, Emerald Entrée...usually a 1/4 cube of 2 of these) and a small portion of greens on the veggie clip.
Lighting schedule starts at 12:30 pm, peaks at 70% intensity around 3:30 pm, reducing gradually until 6:30 pm.
Salinity at 1.023/1.024, temperature at 78-79F.
Water changes are performed no later than every 2 weeks, but usually every week, ~20%

Very nice and clean system!
 

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Richmond, TX 150G Tank
150G display
~35G Sump contains live rock, a skimmer, mechanical filter, and return pump
Plumbing was done on my own

Equipment
3 Kessil A360WE Controllable LED lights
220G Coralife Protein Skimmer w/pump
2 Hydor Koralia circulation pumps
1 Supreme Classic Mag Drive 1800 return pump

Corals
Branching hammer, octospawn, acans, red zoas, green zoas, stylophora, red montipora, duncans, birdsnest, and a couple of others I don't know the names of.

Livestock
2 Blue/Green chromis
1 Tomato Clown
1 Ocellaris Clown (started with it 5 years ago)
1 Banggai Cardinal
1 Sailfin Tang (master of the tank)
1 Yellow watchman goby
1 Lyretail Anthias
1 Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp
2 Peppermint shrimp
2 Small sized Turbo snails
Handful of coral crabs

Daily feeding of livestock = 1/2 cube frozen food (San Francisco Bay: Marine Cuisine, Mysis, Brine, Emerald Entrée...usually a 1/4 cube of 2 of these) and a small portion of greens on the veggie clip.
Lighting schedule starts at 12:30 pm, peaks at 70% intensity around 3:30 pm, reducing gradually until 6:30 pm.
Salinity at 1.023/1.024, temperature at 78-79F.
Water changes are performed no later than every 2 weeks, but usually every week, ~20%

Very nice. Thank you for sharing.
 

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75 Gallon Rimless (Glass Cage)
Modular Marine Overflow
Modular marine sump
Built my own stand and did my own plumbing and wire management

Equipment
2x hydra 26 HD
Aquamaxx Co-1 skimmer
2x coral box qp-16
3 channel doser
Apex Jr
Tunze ATO

Livestock
helmet head clown
snowflake clown
Six line wrasse
Small blue hippo tang
Yellow tang
mated pair yellow watchman goby paired with one pistol shrimp

Corals
Little bit of everything

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Both of those tanks are awesome. What a neat contrast!
I love your planted tank!

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Thanks y'all!! I've been way more into the planted side of things for the past couple years but couldn't imagine getting completely out of saltwater. This system was designed to be as simple and low maintenance as possible so that I could focus more of my efforts on the planted scapes.

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Thanks y'all!! I've been way more into the planted side of things for the past couple years but couldn't imagine getting completely out of saltwater. This system was designed to be as simple and low maintenance as possible so that I could focus more of my efforts on the planted scapes.

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What have you found the difficulty level of the planted tank vs. saltwater reef tank to be like?
 

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What have you found the difficulty level of the planted tank vs. saltwater reef tank to be like?
I find the planted tanks to be more complex and challenging honestly. That being said, I also have many years more experience with saltwater tanks so perhaps part of it is just level of experience.

Also, either can be as difficult or simple as you make them. My softy/anemone tank is ultra simple - no dosing, no drama, and I only do a 50% WC once a quarter (yes, that's every 3mo, people never believe me :) ). I've had wall-to-wall SPS tanks that were unlimited drama between dialing in dosing, dealing with bleaching, parasites, water changes, massive amounts of equipment, etc.

Planted tanks are the same. You can do a simple yet beautiful low-tech tank with easy plants and it won't be much fuss. Or on the opposite side you can do CO2 injection + strong lighting on a complex scape with challenging and fast growing plants. This requires effort to get fertilizers dialed in, keep up with trimming, manage algae, etc.

All in all I enjoy the planted because you can achieve an end goal much quicker. Where it may takes years for a reef to fill in, you can have a fresh planted scape filled in to final form within a few months. And when you get bored, you just reboot the tank and try a new concept. I've been rebooting my planted tanks every 6mo-1yr and that keeps it fresh and interesting.

Sorry for the novel of a response, lol!

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I find the planted tanks to be more complex and challenging honestly. That being said, I also have many years more experience with saltwater tanks so perhaps part of it is just level of experience.

Also, either can be as difficult or simple as you make them. My softy/anemone tank is ultra simple - no dosing, no drama, and I only do a 50% WC once a quarter (yes, that's every 3mo, people never believe me :) ). I've had wall-to-wall SPS tanks that were unlimited drama between dialing in dosing, dealing with bleaching, parasites, water changes, massive amounts of equipment, etc.

Planted tanks are the same. You can do a simple yet beautiful low-tech tank with easy plants and it won't be much fuss. Or on the opposite side you can do CO2 injection + strong lighting on a complex scape with challenging and fast growing plants. This requires effort to get fertilizers dialed in, keep up with trimming, manage algae, etc.

All in all I enjoy the planted because you can achieve an end goal much quicker. Where it may takes years for a reef to fill in, you can have a fresh planted scape filled in to final form within a few months. And when you get bored, you just reboot the tank and try a new concept. I've been rebooting my planted tanks every 6mo-1yr and that keeps it fresh and interesting.

Sorry for the novel of a response, lol!

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No its a great response and what I was looking for. Really appreciate the time you took to write it up!
 

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Both tanks are beautiful.

Do you have a lid of some sort that you removed for the pictures, or do you really have well-behaved wrasses and hawkfish that don't jump? I recently had a wrasse jump out in the brief moment I lifted the screen top just enough to toss some food in.
 

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