My Rebounding Reef Aquarium

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    My neo nano aquarium is on the rebound. A cumulation of knowledge and improvements gained from every setback and curve-ball have finally led to stability and coral growth. It was not easy of course. Every tank is different and a successful routine to be discovered - this one took a while. But I think I am "there" - that magic place we reefers strive to reach for. I better share some photos fast.

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    The monti caps are only a couple months old and starting to curve. The digitata came back from the dead. I thought it died off over a year ago. The staghorn are original and have been through hell. They are shooting again. Same with the red planet and aussie coral.

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    I love my Coral Beauty. Over the last couple years it has been pretty good but there have been moments. It seems if I put coral directly in its swim path it gets nippy. A few months back I bought a beautiful Montipora from WT that I fragged and gave away just in time to 3reefer rocketman after the fish started eating it. It also nipped at a clam I had when I had sand. It is fine with the corals I presently have though.

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    Any know the latin name for this coral? I bought it from WT as a colony, accidentally broke it in pieces trying to get the base off and now it has grown back together. The colors are fantastic.

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    This [STRIKE]Aussie[/STRIKE] acropora (told it might be a Tenuis Acropora) is a survivor and the biggest coral in the tank. If you are looking for a coral that can survive low alk and more… this is it. I love this coral.

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    This staghorn has been through a lot and it shows. I still wonder it this piece has something I saw on Advanced Aquarist - white disease? It is rewarding me with new growth these days.

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    I love this slow grower in the back. Again, I am bad with names - can someone share?

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    This coral in the back (a.valida?) was bone white from low alk in the pre-doser 'my God I had a kid' days. Frankly I just left it in the tank. I did not expect to see it come back with vivid green and start to reclaim its former skeleton. So cool to see.

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    I turned the pumps off for these shots.

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    I am loving my rock work now. Less is more. I've removed about 1/3 of what I originally had and the whole thing seems bigger than its true size.

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    I accidentally have figured out how to keep frilly mushrooms nano-sized - a couple years back I nuked them for a few hours with an unshielded new UV bulb.

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    Actinic only. Pumps on.

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    I am currently experimenting with a plastic air-line valve instead of a pinch-roller on my Kent Marine aqua doser for kalk dripping. After a week or more of flawless performance it appears I need to flush it out. I still prefer it for its fine-tuning.


    Specs

    Aquarium:

    34 Gallon Neo Nano Aquarium from Deep Sea Aquatics
    * 24" x 24" x 14"
    * Dual 3" x 3" overflow boxes
    * 2 1" bulkhead drains
    * “Cascade" return system

    Stand:

    * 25" x 25" x 32"

    Sump:

    * 18" x 18" x 18"

    Protein Skimmer:

    Warner Marine MF121
    Fantastic 12w skimmer.

    Lighting:

    Fixture: Aqua Medic Ocean Light (150w halide HQI / T5)
    Halide Bulb: Phoenix 14k
    T5: UVL 22 Inch 24W/40W Super Actinic Bulb 420nm T5 V-HO Fluorescent Bulbs
    Ballast: Lumatek Electronic ballast

    This ballast and light combo is simply the best I have ever had. THe color is great and the soft-start electronic ballast has kept the bulb cake free since day 1.


    Sump Pump:

    Eheim 1260 (630 GPH)

    Powerheads:

    (2) Vortech MP10s
    synched in reef crest mode

    Auto Top Off:

    Gravity Fed. Kent Marine float switch and 5 gallon reservoir.
    http://www.3reef.com/forums/i-made/kent-float-mag-mod-106674.html

    Substrate:
    Cutting Board,
    http://www.3reef.com/forums/sand/back-cutting-board-101688.html

    Refugium:
    chaeto in sump
    air-injected with bubble disc for better circulation and pH
    http://www.3reef.com/forums/refugium/chaeto-air-injection-133820.html
    6500k (i think) cl bulb from hardware store on reverse daylight schedule with hour overlap

    Salt:

    Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
    http://www.3reef.com/forums/salt/coral-pro-salt-test-spin-98040.html

    Water Filter:
    SpectraPure ProPlus 90 GPD RO/DI

    UV filter:
    Aqua Medic 5w. Gravity fed.

    Doser:

    Bubble Magus BM-T01

    This doser saved my aquarium.


    Welcome to my new build thread. Thanks for looking.


    matt
     
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  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Looking great, Matt. Sorry I can't help with names, but congratulations on the recoveries. :)
     
  5. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Thanks Bill. I learn through experience. :)
     
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    Camkha1234 Great Blue Whale

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    The tank is looking great!
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks wonderful Matt.

    How do you like the Phoenix?

    I see the Cardinal pair is alive and well, cool.

    Glad the Coral Beauty is behaving, stunning fish. So just 3 fish?

    Could the coral in the back be a Green Tortuosa? The others I am not sure about, Trent will probably know however.

    How long have you been using the Red Sea Pro?

    Congrats on getting a handle on the it again it looks really good, a lot of Coralline algae going on.
     
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  10. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Thanks all!


    I love the look of the bulb. Decent growth, but I am curious to see how it compares to the Ushio 14k in my garage. The Phoenix is about 9 months old now if my math is right so I am going to change it out soon. No complaints - especially with the Lumatek e ballast.



    Aye. Great fish from ORA.

    Yep just 3. Thinking about a royal gramma or six-line. Undecided. I just lost my cleaner shrimp last week. Found in cut in half in the Vortech. Probably died before that though of old age - it was over 2 years old. I won't replace it though. Spot feeding the corals will be a lot easier now.


    That sounds right actually if memory serves. Thanks

    Since Nov 2010 it looks like based on my review thread. I like it a lot. No problems at all - nice numbers too.

    Thanks. Getting the numbers in line with my doser and fixing issues with the hardware all made things come together. :)

    matt
     
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    Congrats Matt on getting everything going well again. Some of the corals look like they had light inhibition hence the white coloration.
     
  12. sailorguy

    sailorguy Torch Coral

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    Love the low camera angle shots,looks like a little persons dream tank.