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Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sun 12 Jun, 2011 4:04 pm

Introduction:
Hi, this is my first marine aquarium. I have two pre-school aged boys who, like most kids, love Nemo. So this is really their Nemo tank. I'm sure I'll take over as time passes.

System Objectives: A nice little display tank wit a couple of Clownfish, couple of other fish, easy to keep Corals and an Anemone down the track.

System Type: Mixed reef.

Display System: Aquamarine 900

Strike up Date: 10/5/2011

Display Tank: 3 x 1.5 x 1.7

Display Lighting: Maxspect Razor 160W 16000k LED's

Stand: Standard Aqua One stand

Hood: None

Sump: DIY 2 compartment sump went in on 4/07/2012

Refugium: Macro & live rock

Refugium Lighting: Ecoxotic Stunner LED


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: 2 x Tunze 6045 nanostream.

Return Pump: Marisys 240 pump

Skimmer: Aquamedic Turboflotor 1000

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze Osmolator


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Red Sea Calcium +3

Alkilinity Addition: Aquasonic carbonate hardness generator

Other Chemical Maintenance: Phosguard in TLF 150 reactor

Current Water Chemistry:

Ammonia: 0.0
Nitrite: 0.0
Nitrates: 0.5
kH: 130ppm
pH: 8.2
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.026
Phosphates: 0.02
Calcium: 350ppm
Magnesuim: Not tested

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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sun 12 Jun, 2011 4:52 pm

This is a pic of the tank with the water just added.
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I follwed the instructions in Reefpedia for cycling and added my live rock a week and a half after starting up. After 2 1/2 weeks ammonia and nitrites were 0.0 and nitrates at 5. Another week passed and levels were the same.
I spoke with my LFS and was advised it would be ok to add a couple of small fish and a coral or two. I got 2 small Clownfish and a Slipper coral last week.

The LFS got a new delivery of corals yesterday and I grabbed a nice green Hammer and a Duncan with 13 heads/polyps whatever they are called.
Its a pity they didn't get any snails etc for a clean up crew. I need some to knock down a bit of algae that is growing. It's not much but would like to see it gone.
Does anyone have a recommendation of how many snails I might need? looking at a Stromb and 4 Turbos. Maybe a Lawnmower Blenny. Might not have enough food for the lawnmower though?

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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby kj52faith » Sun 12 Jun, 2011 5:05 pm

lawnmower b eenies are on 100 percent reef safe and there are guys around selling turbos. You would need 10 to 20 baby ones. Or 9 adults.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sat 25 Jun, 2011 10:29 pm

Stock update: Have now got some Turbo's and a Strom Snail.
I also got two Redline Cleaner Shrimp :-x from Reef Secrects and one small red Starfish from my LFS.
I will add some pics in the morning.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby reefsecretsaquariums » Sat 25 Jun, 2011 10:34 pm

:cheers: yes were are the pics :poke:
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sun 26 Jun, 2011 4:01 pm

Ok, here are some fresh pics of our new additions with the names the boys gave them.

Redline Cleaner Shrimp Rocky and Boo.
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Starfish named Jim.
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Marlin and Nemo (Marlin is the one with "sideburns")
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Still looking for ideas for other Corals and Fish. Looking to get a Bicolour Blenny from my LFS this week. Hope to get an Acan like the one Reef Secrets has as profile pic on FB. It looks awesome! :poke: Darren, can you send me a pic when you get a similar one in?
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby reefsecretsaquariums » Mon 27 Jun, 2011 11:47 pm

:poke: i would but my underwater camera is broken... ;)
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23/07/2011 new pics added

Postby joker959 » Sat 23 Jul, 2011 10:58 pm

Here is some pics of the tank I took today.

Full tank shot
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Bruno the Blenny
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The rainbow acan I got from Darren at Reef Secrets.
With flash

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under actinics

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Micromussa
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Duncan
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Brain
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Torch
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The tank has been running well. No dramas as of yet. I added another large piece of liverock which caused a very small ammonia spike but that was sorted with two 25 litre water changes the next two mornings.
will let the tank settle for a while before adding any more fish or corals.

Current livestock list:
2 x Ocellaris clownfish
1 x Bi-colour Blenny
2 x redline cleaner shrimp
1 x Strombus snail
Red Starfish
Turbo snails (started with 5 now have lots of tiny ones as well)

Corals
Hammer
Torch
Slipper
2 x Rainbow Acan
Micromussa
Duncan
Brain
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sun 29 Jul, 2012 9:11 pm

Well I thought it was time to do an update since it has been 13 months since the last one.
Summer was not kind to my tank. A combination of the temp getting as high as 30 deg in the tank and a malfunction in the lights (my LFS replaced the whole hood unit under warranty) resulted in the loss of my Acans, Brain and slipper coral. As a result I am upgrading my lighting to Maxspect Razor LED's and getting a chiller before summer. Just waiting for the light to come in as I pre-ordered it about 6 weeks ago, have been told to expect delivery this week.

I have also done away with the Marisys 240 filtration. I now have a DIY 2 part sump in the cabinet. The left side has my new Aquamedic turboflotor 1000 skimmer which pulls 20 time more gunk than the Marisys and a filter sock. It also has room for a pump for the chiller.
There are 3 holes drilled for plumbing through the dividing wall to the right side. This side has macro and live rock as well as the return pump I took out of the Marisys. Lighting is 1 x Ecoexotic stunner white strip.

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The new sump set-up has seen my Nitrates reduce from above 20 down to 4 in 3 weeks using the Red Sea pro test kit.

Current stock list:
2 x Orange Occellaris Clowns
1 x B&W Occellaris Clowns
2 Clarkii Clowns
1 x Royal Gramma
1 x Bi-Colour Blenny
2 x Redline Cleaner shrimp
1 x Strombus Snail
4 x Mini Hermit Crabs
1 x Starfish
Turbo Snails
1 x Orange tip BTA
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby dorz » Sun 29 Jul, 2012 10:01 pm

looking very nice! id be interested to see how the overflow is done, i used to have an aquamarine 900 too so if youre after any ideas, the link to the thread is in my sig :)
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sun 29 Jul, 2012 10:20 pm

Here are some pics I have taken tonight.

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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sun 29 Jul, 2012 10:24 pm

Dorz, as you can see by the pics I just put up, I still have the overflow box from the Marisys. I was following your journal when I first got this tank. it has given me a lot of ideas along the way. As you know, it's not the best system, but is a good beginners aquarium. I am already planning to upgrade to a bigger 5 or 6x2x2.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (now with DIY sump)

Postby priscacara » Tue 31 Jul, 2012 1:23 pm

Looks stunning! I keep umming and ahhing about any shrimp for my tank once its running so seeing yours has made be backflip quicker than a politician :-).
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (now with DIY sump)

Postby joker959 » Tue 31 Jul, 2012 11:14 pm

Thanks Priscacara.
The Redline shrimp aren't cheap but they are a great addition to the tank. They try to clean my hand whenever I reach in to add new coral or clean corraline algae off the glass. The Bi-colour Blenny lets them clean him every now and then, the clowns and Gramma dont go near them though.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (DIY sump & Fan worm on glass)

Postby joker959 » Sun 05 Aug, 2012 9:47 am

I opened the sump cabinet this morning to check out the new live rock I put in there yesterday and was surprised to see this.

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I haven't seen a fan worm on the glass before, has anyone else?
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (DIY sump & Fan Worm on glass)

Postby priscacara » Sun 05 Aug, 2012 12:01 pm

Nice find!
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (DIY sump & Fan Worm on glass)

Postby spwa » Sun 05 Aug, 2012 1:07 pm

Great system love the sump. must confess I am a DIY addict.
The Fan Worm.
Maybe you buried his tube at the bottom of the live rock?
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (DIY sump & Fan Worm on glass)

Postby joker959 » Thu 23 Aug, 2012 4:06 pm

Here is a video of my Clarkii feeding the anemone. I only have the white lights on as the video looked too blue with both on.

http://youtu.be/GHXBQ121msU


The Maxspect Razor LED lights have been on for 2 weeks now and they are awesome! :pirate:
Well, 2 dolphin torches strapped to the tank would be better than the compact fluorescent lights that were in the hood before. :roflmao:

I have some new acans from reef secrets that I will take pics of and put up later too.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (DIY sump & Fan Worm on glass)

Postby priscacara » Tue 28 Aug, 2012 1:36 pm

Liked the vid, I might have to do a bit of research on anemone's .......................told myself I wasn't getting one and I wasn't getting clowns but slowly changing my mind after seeing vids like yours.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900 (DIY sump & Fan Worm on glass)

Postby MBJManning » Sun 14 Apr, 2013 1:04 am

Hi!

Found this forum post via google. I have just recently bought an Aquamarine 900 with the MariSys 240 Filtration system with a chiller as well due to the heat we get in summer.

Im 18 and my tank will be a nemo tank too :)

Hoping your tank is still running and good
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sun 21 Apr, 2013 11:03 pm

MBJManning wrote:Hi!

Found this forum post via google. I have just recently bought an Aquamarine 900 with the MariSys 240 Filtration system with a chiller as well due to the heat we get in summer.

Im 18 and my tank will be a nemo tank too :)

Hoping your tank is still running and good


Hi mate,
The tank has been running pretty smoothly since I got the chiller back in September. I haven't had anything major go wrong (touch wood) since I started the aquarium.
The best thing I have done since I started all of this was to get rid of the Marisys and build the sump and get a proper skimmer. The standard one just wasn't coping with the parameters I was aiming for.
Enjoy your new tank, it's a very addictive hobby.
You have a great LFS at Thornton too, I have bought a lot of my hardware and livestock from Hunter Pets, they have a great range.

Cheers - Brett
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Mon 22 Apr, 2013 6:21 pm

Ok, here is a few pics of my tank today.
The BTA is hiding in the rock work and has bleached out. It began to bleach after I added the LED lights. I have read Chromus' thread on reviving anemone's and will give it a try to see how it goes.

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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby priscacara » Tue 23 Apr, 2013 2:41 pm

Hope the bta makes a comeback! Some beautiful corals, they really stand out with those lights.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sat 18 May, 2013 10:48 pm

I have recently fragged some of my Acan's and Zoas and sold them. I picked up some Dallas frags from Tim and Chris when I was in Newcastle a few weeks ago, they are my first attempt with SPS corals. They haven't lost any colour and are even growing! :clap:
Here is a few more pics of the tank including my homemade frag rack and new Catalaphyllia Jardinei (Elegance coral) that I picked up at Mik's Pet Barn here in Forster.

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Sorry about the iPhone pics, it's the best I could do. Click the pics for the full photo.

I bought a TLF 150 Phosban reactor that I'm running Phosguard in to reduce Phosphate levels. It tested at 0.25 (LFS api test kit) 4 weeks ago and after running the Phosguard for the last 2 weeks is down to 0.20 on my new Hanna checker.
I don't want phosphates down to 0.00, just below 0.1 should be ok for the corals I have at the moment.
Thanks for looking.

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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby priscacara » Thu 06 Jun, 2013 2:15 pm

Looks great, love that elegance its one of my favorite corals.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Thu 27 Jun, 2013 11:04 pm

So I've worked out how to take more pics that look more like what the tank does in person. Had to turn off the "B" channel blue led's.

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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Sat 13 Jul, 2013 11:07 pm

It has taken my Redline Cleaner Shrimp 18 months to work out what his job is. Here's a quick video of him in action. Click the picture to watch.

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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby potatocouch » Wed 16 Oct, 2013 2:44 pm

Hey joker,

I was just wondering with your return pump (Marisys 240 pump) - doesn't this include protein skimmer built-in already? Because I noticed that you have a separate protein skimmer (Aquamedic Turboflotor).

Just an extract from the item description "The skimmer has also been upgraded to a more efficient and powerful pump driven protein skimmer".

Just for my knowledge because I may need to get sump and return pump too.

Perhaps I misunderstood the item description.
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Re: Joker's Aquamarine 900

Postby joker959 » Mon 21 Oct, 2013 8:35 pm

Potatocouch, I am using the return/skimmer pump from the Marisys 240 as my return pump and the new Turboflotor skimmer has its own pump.
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