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Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby alvin » Thu 25 Jul, 2013 1:16 am

Introduction:
Hi, I have had a lot of tanks but never a reef tank, always thought they would be too expensive and hard to look after. After seeing a reef tank at my LFS I decided to do it. I was originally going to build a tank from scratch but after seeing the bargains on eBay and gumtree I bought second hand.
It took a few weeks of searching and a few wasted trips before I found the right tank, it came with everything I needed to start, live rock, tunze wavemaker, Eheim pumps, skimmer, chiller, heaters, 120w LED lights, heaps of test kits and red sea chemicals, it even came with fish, among them was a purple tang, all for $600.
Just letting people know u don't need to spend thousands of dollars to get started if your willing to spend a bit of time looking, problem is after u are set up and the bug has bit, that's when things get expensive.
My tank is still in its early stages and has a bit of algae, trying to get No4 & No3 down, its doing OK for its age, I’m slowly adding fish and coral.

System Objectives: To have a self-contained living wonderland in my living room that won’t break the bank.

System Type: Mixed Reef.

Display System:

Strike up Date: 26th May 2013

Display Tank: 10mm curved glass 100x63x50

Display Lighting: 120w Leds white/blue

Stand: 110x85x52
Hood: 110x45x52
Sump: 65x46x36
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Chiller: HAILEA CHILLER
Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water NSW
Display Water circulation: 1 Jeboa WP40
Return Pump: Eheim 5000.
Skimmer: Reef octopus
Evaporation Top Up: manual
Chemical Support:
Calcium Addition: Red sea
Alkalinity Addition: Red sea
Other Chemical Maintenance: Red sea
Current Water Chemistry:
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: 5
Phosphates: 0.3
PH: 8.3
Calcium: 420
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1025
Magnesium: waiting for test kit

Stock:
Fish:
Purple Tang
Blue Tang
Yellow Tang
Breeding pair Ocellaris clownfish
Comet grouper
Cleaner wrasse
6 line wrasse
2 damsels
Blenny
Starfish
Bannana nudibranch

Corals:
1 hammer
1 cat
1 plate
Zoos
Morphs
2 fungi
1 Anemone
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I added a yellow tang, my purple tang wasn't happy and showed him who is the boss, they are friends now.
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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby alvin » Tue 06 Aug, 2013 5:01 pm

My phosphate's are still high, I have been using nopox for a week now with some success.

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Ive added another tunze powerhead and did some rearranging to help with flow, hopefully that helps get rid off that nasty brown stuff.
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my 1st sps, thanks Daz.
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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby tradam » Tue 06 Aug, 2013 5:41 pm

Some nice fish in there... I especially love the Comet Grouper... one of my all time fave fish.
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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby alvin » Tue 06 Aug, 2013 5:55 pm

Haley the comet is my favorite, slow eater thow, I have to hand feed her. Tank has nice fish, I have to work on the corals now.
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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby notsomot » Sat 24 Aug, 2013 4:54 pm

Looking good man

Not to be a downer but the three tangs in a tank that size is going to cause problems later down the track... be prepared to have to re-home a couple of those tangs in the short term.
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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby Kransky » Sat 24 Aug, 2013 5:20 pm

Nice tank :thumbsup:
Comet is an awesome looking fish. Tangs will outgrow your tank so hope your "budget" build extends to a 8x3x3 atleast so you can house them in the future
sry to hear about the cleaner wrasse, apparently a mongrel to keep alive in a tank.

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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby alvin » Sat 24 Aug, 2013 11:17 pm

when things get unconfutable for them I will find a larger home for them, for now they are very happy.
I am giving the 6 line and the damsels away, that will make it less crowded.
I really enjoyed watching my cleaner do its cleaning thing on the other fish, still a mystery why it died, I suspect the 6 line, that's why its going.
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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby Kransky » Sat 24 Aug, 2013 11:33 pm

the 6 line was probably not the problem.
some fish, for example cleaner wrasse are hard to keep in any tank.
it died because its a hard to keep species.

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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby alvin » Thu 29 Aug, 2013 10:31 pm

The tank is 3 months old now and I am finally getting some coralline algae to spread, I have been using nopox to get my po4 down but it seemed to encourage cyno outbreaks.Imagee]

I have stoped using nopox now, my po4 is down to 0.03, hope it stays there.
I am fairly happy with the tanks progress, its been hard work keeping the brown and green algae under control, I have taken all the live rock out and scrubbed them clean on 3 occasions, the last time was a week ago, its amazing to see the beautiful coralline algae that is growing under that nasty brown stuff. I hope now that I have the phosphates under control, the coralline will take control over the brown algae, or is that just wishful thinking.

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I have had my 1st death in my tank, it was one of my favourites, for no apparent reason my cleaner wrasse died, it was eating well and had no enemies, I have heard they are hard to keep.Image

my tangs and myself had been missing the cleaner, so I bought another, also purchased a CB which I have been thinking about for a while now.
sorry to say I found the wrasse dead the next day, don't think I will purchase another, but on the bright side, the CB has been going fine, he is very friendly and has not harmed or harassed my fish or the other ghost shrimp.
I have heard some horror story's about Coral bandit's, but I am glad to say my CB is great, I think he even has ago at being a cleaner shrimp, my purple tang keeps parking himself in his cave, and it looks like the CB is picking parasites, or its trying to get rid of the tang. I will try and record it.
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these are my latest tank parameters.
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: almost 0
Phosphates: 0.03
PH: 8.3
Calcium: 470
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1025
Magnesium: 1400
Alk: 10.5/3.7

just did a 30% water change, maybe that's why alk is high.
That's my story so far.
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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby alvin » Fri 27 Sep, 2013 11:13 pm

did a bit of a rearrange, and bought a new fish.
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tank is 6 months old now and looking ok.
I just purchased a red line shrimp seems to be getting on with my CB, cant fit much more in this tank, I think a larger tank is on the cards in the new year.

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Re: Jorgeos Reef tank on a budget

Postby alvin » Mon 23 Dec, 2013 10:23 pm

stock update
Stock:
Fish:
Purple Tang
Blue Tang
Yellow Tang
Breeding pair Ocellaris clownfish
Comet grouper
2 damsels
Blenny
2 Starfish
mandarin
coral bandit shrimp
redline cleaner shrimp

Corals:
toxic fungia
2 hammers
2 gonis
1 cat
1 plate
2 acans
Clove Polyps
duncans
scolly
bubble coral
3 Cladiella
maze coral
2 Waving Hand Coral
Zoos
Morphs
2 fungi
1SPS
1 Anemone

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