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Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef - TOTM April 2012

Postby uglyman » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 5:46 am

Introduction:
Hi everyone :)
I have been keeping aquariums for about 20+ years, mostly fresh water tropical but I decided to get into marine about 5 years ago and have been loving it ever since. This tank has been a learning experience all the way from drilling it to making the cabinet (Thanks to my better half/cabinet maker). I have changed it a lot along the way and have experimented and learnt new things as it has evolved, the latest evolution being LED lighting and I am sure I will be learning more as I continue in this mad hobby.

System Objectives: My objective for a tank has been to create a mixed reef which is heavier on the SPS side and to have more corals than fish so the corals become the centre of attention.

System Type: Mixed Reef/SPS.

Display System:

Strike up Date: July 2007.

Display Tank: 4’ x 18” x 18”
Display Lighting: Two Maxspect G2 160w.

Stand: Custom built (by my wonderful girlfriend/cabinet maker) out of recycled victorian ash and corrugated iron.

Hood: Open top no hood.

Sump: 2.5’ X 15” x 15” with 2 compartments, one for inflow/skimmer feed pump/return and the other a refugium. Both chambers are fed from overflow with their own feed lines.

Refugium: 4” DSB with caulerpa.

Refugium Lighting: PAR38 LED Spotlight.


Support systems:

System Water: NSW/ASW

Display Water circulation: 2 Vortech MP40w ES.

Return Pump:Aquaone 2000lph.

Skimmer: Reef Octopus Hurricane 500

Evaporation Top Up:Tunze Ozmolator

Dosing Equipment:Bubble Magus BM-T01


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Calcium Chloride (Premier Chlor pool brand)

Alkilinity Addition: Sodium Bicarb (PQ pool brand)

Magnesium Addition: Mag Chloride/Mag Sulfate aka Randy’s recipe

Strontium Addition: Seachem Advantage Strontium

Iodine Addition:Seachem Iodide

Other Chemical Maintenance: Brightwell Silicate additive 4 drops a week.


Current Water Chemistry:

Nitrates: 0 (API)
Phosphates:Have not tested for 12 months
Alkalinity:9 dKH (API)
Calcium:410ppm (API)
Salinity / Specific Gravity:1.026 (Refractometer)
Magnesuim:1380 (Salifert)
Strontium:10 mg/L (Salifert)
Iodide/Iodate:0.03 (Salifert)
PH: 8.3


Fish:

1xScopas Tang
1xBi-colour dottyback
1xBangai cardinal
1xGoldline cardinal
1xCoral beauty
1xScooter blennie
2xocellarus clownfish (MASOV meeting door prize, thanks to Damer)


Invertebrates:

1xCoral banded shrimp
2xpeppermint shrimp (in sump)
1xStromb snail
Tons of Turbo snails
3xTrochus snails
4x Hermit crabs


Corals:

1xLarge Duncanopsammia (duncan)
2xScolymia australis
1xAcropora tricolor
2xTurbinaria sp (Cup Coral)
1xMontipora supermann
1xStylophora pistillata
1xSeriatopora hystrix
1xAcropora millepora
1xCarpet morph
2xGreen ricordia
1xBlastomussa wellsi
3xEuphyllia (Torch corals)
1xAcanthastrea (Rainbow Acan)
1xGreen encrusting montipora
1xOrange & green trachyphyllia
1xCaulastrea (Candy cane coral)
1xLobophyllia
1xPocillopora
1xFungia
1xGoniastrea palauensis
1xEchinophyllia
1xXenia
1xPachyclavularia violacea (Star polyp)
1xTubipora
1xSarcophyton (leather coral)
7xunidentified Acropora colonies
Various zoa colonies and mushroom morphs

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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby Haydn24 » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 8:41 am

Wonderful tank and corals! Look forward to see it progressing :)
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby Deester » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 10:37 am

Very nice :-x

Great looking tank :thumbsup:

How long have you been running the LED's for ?

Keep the pics and updates coming :pirate:
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby locuus » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 6:19 pm

Very nice :clap: more pics :)
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 6:53 pm

Thanks for the comments guys :-D

Deester wrote:How long have you been running the LED's for ?


I have been running the Maxspect led's for 2 years now Deester and I am glad I went with them even though they have had a few annoying problems.

Oh and I will put up some more pics when I get a chance. :thumbsup:
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby Deester » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 9:21 pm

uglyman wrote:I have been running the Maxspect led's for 2 years now


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Well looks like the "LED's cant keep birdsnest's and pinks colourful" theory is blown then :pirate: Nice work man :thumbsup:
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby old_mr2 » Tue 14 Feb, 2012 1:14 pm

I approve!
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby Matt the twin » Wed 15 Feb, 2012 3:30 am

WOW :clap: your tank is looking amazing! can we get some closer FTS?? :thumbsup:
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Wed 15 Feb, 2012 5:45 pm

Couple more shots including a closer FTS, although I am having a hard time getting the true colours shown in these pictures (LED lights and digital camera's) :wall:


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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby scotto » Sun 04 Mar, 2012 10:31 pm

Awesome, some you beaut colonies in there :-x
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby Dan » Mon 05 Mar, 2012 8:10 am

Deester wrote:
uglyman wrote:I have been running the Maxspect led's for 2 years now


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Well looks like the "LED's cant keep birdsnest's and pinks colourful" theory is blown then :pirate: Nice work man :thumbsup:


indeed that looks like a pink birdsnest :bow:

Does your maxspect have the violet LED's?
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Mon 05 Mar, 2012 9:22 am

My maxspect have had the 4x violet(UV) LED's in them until 2 months ago when I noticed quite a few of my blues and also the violets were showing signs of lens darkening/melting. So I have replaced all of the blue LED's and the violets have been replaced with 2 red and 2 pink LED's.
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby Dan » Mon 05 Mar, 2012 9:28 am

Thanks for that info :)

were those photos of the pink seri taken before or after the change and have you noticed any pigmentation changes since switching over the LED's?
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Mon 05 Mar, 2012 10:56 am

The photos were taken before changing the UV's and blues, since the change the birdsnest has not changed colour at all although it looks a little pinker because of the red LED's I think. I must admit though the growth rates of all my sps have increased and I am having to increase my dosing pumps schedule of Alk and Cal to help keep up.

Unfortunately atm I am losing one of my acro's the pale purple one (10th photo from top) I have lost about 70% of it so far, ever since I purchased this colony it has never had much polyp extension and very little growth. After a recent serious Alk swing I think it had finally had enough and I dont think it will pull through.
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Sat 10 Mar, 2012 1:21 am

2 quick shots, one is of my favorite cup coral.

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Postby coral1 » Sat 10 Mar, 2012 6:56 am

Very nice !!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby slin1977 » Thu 15 Mar, 2012 10:06 pm

Great tank , I think you have done a awesome job,
So nice to see a mature looking tank too.
Always knew those G2 were a fantastic unit!
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Fri 16 Mar, 2012 6:37 pm

slin1977 wrote:Great tank , I think you have done a awesome job,
So nice to see a mature looking tank too.
Always knew those G2 were a fantastic unit!


Thanks :-D

I do :-x the Maxspect G2's
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby oceanarium » Sat 17 Mar, 2012 10:00 am

uglyman wrote:since the change the birdsnest has not changed colour at all although it looks a little pinker because of the red LED's I think.


I find the pink corals and corallines etc really pop under the red pink emitters :nod:

Love the tank :)

Curious what the methodology is in adding silicate?

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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Sat 17 Mar, 2012 6:47 pm

I find the pink corals and corallines etc really pop under the red pink emitters :nod:


:withyou: Very True


Curious what the methodology is in adding silicate?



After reading about Randy Holmes Farley's silica dosing I felt that his opinion as to the benefits for sponges has it's merits and since dosing silica I have seen a noticible increase in sponges in my tank. Recently I have had a blue coloured sponge appear on my maxima clams shell and it has grown to about the size of a 10 cent piece, previously I had very little in the way of sponges in my tank and as far as I can see they should be beneficial since they filter the water. Another thought I have had about dosing silica is would increasing the diatom levels in the tank due to dosing silica help feed certain corals as when I overdose by one drop I find I will have a small diatom bloom on the front glass which when scraped off is distrubuted throughout the water column. I have noticed a feeding response from many of the corals shortly after using the algae magnet to remove the diatoms from the glass so I assume the corals may be consuming the diatoms from the water column.

Anyway here's a link for silica dosing http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/index.php halfway down the page.
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Postby oceanarium » Sat 17 Mar, 2012 9:32 pm

:cheers: and thanks for the read :thumbsup: I will look into that further myself I have some beautiful big sponges in my sump I attribute a lot to their filtration capacity.

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Postby scotto » Sun 25 Mar, 2012 12:37 am

Great read on the silica dosing...
Hey how's your macro grow under the PAR38 bulb?

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Postby uglyman » Sun 25 Mar, 2012 2:19 pm

scotto wrote:Great read on the silica dosing...
Hey how's your macro grow under the PAR38 bulb?

scott :thumbsup:


My macro used to do quite well under the PAR38 bulb but I had to replace it every 6 months as I found the bulb lost intensity and macro growth slowed. So switched to a PAR38 led bulb that was given to me by a MASOV member and found macro growth to be amazing until the bulb died in a puff of smoke unexpectedly. Currently I am running a DIY LED that has four 3watt 10,000k bridgelux led's using a Jaycar led driver and a laptop power supply and the macro growth has been amazing. I will post up a few picks of the new DIY led when I get a chance. :thumbsup:
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby scotto » Sun 25 Mar, 2012 5:31 pm

Cheers Shane that would be great :thumbsup:
Got some plans for a fuge, would be better if I can keep it under the tank (using LED) rather than a stand alone (using a 250 halide).
Bit of a novice with the LEDs - I have 3 white and 3 blue Cree bulbs (3w) I put together as an experiment.
Is that on par (heh heh) with what you have set up?

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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Tue 17 Apr, 2012 1:37 am

A few shots of the new experimental LED fuge light, excuse the ghetto hanging kit but I did not want to go all out with a sexy hanging setup and find the LED's were not up to the task.

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Oh and scotto those LED's you have would be enough depending on the dimensions of your refugium although the blue leds are not necessary as macroalgae grows well under white leds just fine.
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby dejavu » Tue 17 Apr, 2012 10:19 am

Beautiful tank! Love all those big colonies of SPS in there.
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Postby scotto » Thu 19 Apr, 2012 8:55 pm

Thanks dude :cheers:
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef

Postby uglyman » Tue 01 May, 2012 5:27 pm

Quick update.

Thought I would add a pic of some new zoo's that I got recently and a bunch of green zoo's that have started to grow like crazy.

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old colony that is doing really well the photo does not do these justice, in the flesh they are zombie green hehe
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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef - TOTM April 2012

Postby Deester » Wed 02 May, 2012 3:23 pm

Shane ...

Let me be the first to congratulate you on the TOTM win mate ... Stunning tank :-x

Well done.

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Re: Uglyman's 4ft LED lit mixed reef - TOTM April 2012

Postby dejavu » Wed 02 May, 2012 4:31 pm

Congrats on your TOTM win! Well deserved
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