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Rob's Shallow Mixed Reef – Finally Up and Running

Postby rgh » Tue 12 May, 2015 6:58 pm

Introduction:
I've had a few different tanks over the years, but gave reefing away after a catastrophic failure on my dream tank when the front pane separated just before Christmas 2010. I still have a 500lt FOWLR idling away with a Kleins Butterfly and a pair of Ocellaris, but have not had the heart to dive back into a reef. Did a big house cleanup and decided it was time to do something with all the gear I've got stashed away. So, here we go again!

System Objectives: A simple and affordable mixed reef tank to introduce my kids to reefkeeping and get me back into the hobby. Reusing as much of the gear I have sitting around as possible.

System Type: Mixed Reef


Display System:

Strike up Date: May 2015 :crossfingers:

Display Tank: 1200x600x440 – around 400lts incl. sump

Display Lighting: AquaRay AquaBeam system with Controller. 2 x 1500 XG Ultima, 3 x 1000 HD Ultra, 2 x 600 Reef Blue. On AquaRay rack on DIY frame on tank rim.

Stand: Timber frame, ply cladding, open framed to allow easy access.

Sump: Std 4ft 1224x340x450 – 3 main compartments – skimmer, fuge/frags/dsb, return with FBF

Refugium: Middle section of sump, section for macro, DSB with frag area over.

Refugium Lighting: TBA


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water (1,000lt IBC under house)

Display Water circulation: 1 x Jebao WP-40, Eductor/flow accelerator on return for now. 2 x Vortech MP40 and Modded Maxijet's on standby for additional flow/dead spots.

Return Pump: Aquamedic Oceanrunner OR 3500 65W 3,500lph 3.2M Max. Head. Tee'd with gate valve to FBF.

Skimmer: Marine Sources SDC-900 – yes a cheap skimmer, but got some OK reviews, budget is tight, so thought I'd give it a go, going well!

Evaporation Top Up: Auto topup – DIY with Williamson Peri Pump. Renovated PSI RO unit with new cartridges and filters.

Controllers: STC-1000 for Temp. AquaRay for lighting. Jebao DP4 for dosing

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Randy 2 part dosing via Jebao DP4

Alkilinity Addition: Randy 2 part dosing via Jebao DP4

Other Chemical Maintenance: Magnesium via Jebao DP4, BioPellets via FBF. Carbon on standby via FBF.

Current Water Chemistry 20/09/2016:
Nitrates: 5ppm
Phosphates: 5-10ppm
Alkalinity: 10dKH
Calcium: 380ppm
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 35ppt/1.026 by calibrated refractometer
Magnesuim: to be tested
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Re: Rob's Shallow Mixed Reef – Dipping my toe back in!

Postby wayne2.0 » Tue 12 May, 2015 8:03 pm

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Re: Rob's Shallow Mixed Reef – Dipping my toe back in!

Postby rgh » Tue 12 May, 2015 9:28 pm

Thanks Wayne, I needed a bit of a break after the last tank! This setup will be much simpler.
The tank is an old propgation tank I inherited from Greg Hammond (Hammondo).
Being shallow, I can use some old 150W shopfitters I have rather than having to shell out for LEDs or the running cost of 250W or 400W (got them in stock also :konk: )
Anyways, on with some pics! (click for larger image)

Kieran has approved the choice of tank:
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Tank has a corner weir, with a single 32mm drain. I'll use this as a full syphon and drill a 2nd 32mm in the back of the weir for an emergency overflow. Have drilled for a 25mm bulkhead at the other end for return.
Found that taping the back of the glass works a treat when drilling, saves the cutout dropping and potentially cracking the tank, and you can see when the hole saw is just breaking through - neat trick!
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Sorry, pic of drilled hole a bit fuzzy, background is sharp tho!
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I don't want to get into how many tubs of plumbing bits I have, suffice to say I put together what I needed without visiting the shops:
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Postby rgh » Tue 12 May, 2015 9:43 pm

Stand is pretty straight forward. I wanted easy access, so big open doors and no central post. Door on end helps also.
One complication was that the sump (imperial) is actually 25mm longer than display (metric), but a ledge around the display will fix that.
Framing cut:
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Glued and screwed:
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Ply sheeting on, fitting doors:
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Holes for plumbing and exhaust fan:
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Trims on, ready to sand and paint:
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Re: Rob's Shallow Mixed Reef – Dipping my toe back in!

Postby rgh » Tue 12 May, 2015 10:37 pm

Sump Baffled, gear fits:
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Postby saltymike » Sat 23 May, 2015 6:20 pm

Nice work mate.

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Postby green troll » Sat 23 May, 2015 11:14 pm

Cant wait to see it wet. Top work on the stand mate
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Postby damer » Mon 25 May, 2015 3:14 pm

welcome back Rob :thumbsup:
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Re: Rob's Shallow Mixed Reef – Dipping my toe back in!

Postby rgh » Mon 25 May, 2015 9:17 pm

saltymike wrote:Nice work mate.
Tagging along

Thanks Mike - I might host a MASS meeting once I got it sorted!
green troll wrote:Cant wait to see it wet. Top work on the stand mate

Thanks, it's getting there slowly!
damer wrote:welcome back Rob :thumbsup:

Yes, it's been a while - thanks Damien! :cheers:
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Postby rgh » Mon 25 May, 2015 9:26 pm

So, I've made some progress.
Crawled under the house and reinforced the subfloor with an extra pier and bearer.
Test fiited the tank and sump to the stand, it all fits which is good!
Got poly sorted for under tank and sump.
Painting stand nearly finished, just a clear polyurethane to go on the outside, then I'll start fitting the electrics and trying to do something neat with the cables...
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Postby jordan » Tue 26 May, 2015 12:02 am

Welcome back Rob. I'm still using those plastic cable/clamp ties your helped arrange a GB for those many years ago! Holler when you are ready for some frags!
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Postby rgh » Tue 26 May, 2015 5:56 pm

jordan wrote:Welcome back Rob.

Thanks Justin, 'tis good to be back and see so many ol' faces still about!
jordan wrote:I'm still using those plastic cable/clamp ties your helped arrange a GB for those many years ago!

Hehe, I've still got a bunch of 'em also, plus a couple of other old GB items! I haven't had to buy much for this build, just unpack old boxes. :wink:
jordan wrote:Holler when you are ready for some frags!

That'd be much appreciated! You've always been very kind with frags, it'd be great to catch up once I get this puppy sorted!! :cheers:
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Postby Sailfin » Tue 26 May, 2015 6:10 pm

Looking the goods so far Rob

Will have to catch up soon for a chat

And welcome back mate

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Postby bubbleboy » Wed 27 May, 2015 10:56 am

Welcome back Rob ! :clap:
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Postby Biggie Reefer » Wed 27 May, 2015 2:37 pm

Nice Dimensions,

Pretty much the same as mine :)

Following along!!! Looks great so far!!!

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Postby rgh » Wed 27 May, 2015 5:13 pm

Sailfin wrote:Looking the goods so far Rob
Will have to catch up soon for a chat
And welcome back mate

Thanks Wayne! This tank is in part inspired by the shallow tank you had!
Looking forward to catching up once I get this tank wet!
Bubbleboy wrote:Welcome back Rob
Cheers Dave, whereabouts you living now? Still running the 8ft?
Biggie Reefer wrote:Nice Dimensions,
Pretty much the same as mine :)
Following along!!! Looks great so far!!!

Thanks Biggie! Yep, pretty much the same size tank, but you got 'em fancy LED thingys that are way outta my budget for now. Nice stand also!! I'll be following your thread with interest :thumbsup:

I've got my ol' multicontroller (from an ancient GB) functioning I think and made up some brackets to stick on the back of the sump. My Chauvet powerboard is looking a bit crusty after the great flood of 2010, popped it open and it's all good inside, just needs a good clean and a bit of a spruce methinks. Will get there eventually, but recycling gear takes a bit longer than the new shiny stuff!
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Postby saltydog » Wed 27 May, 2015 11:16 pm

Welcome back Rob.

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Postby bubbleboy » Thu 28 May, 2015 9:29 am

rgh wrote: Dave, whereabouts you living now? Still running the 8ft?


Still the Same place you drop by last mate !
Yeah 8ft still going mate :thumbsup:
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Postby rgh » Sun 31 May, 2015 2:10 am

saltydog wrote:Welcome back Rob.

Thanks Chris, I might hafta bend your ear about them Raspberry Pi's - I've got a couple sitting around. I'm pressing the old GB Multicontroller back into service, but I'm not sure how long it'll last and it's probably overdue for an update - it was oldish technology when we put them together, but we went with available, affordable tech - things have really moved on a ways since then!

bubbleboy wrote:Still the Same place you drop by last mate !
Yeah 8ft still going mate

Must be time for a TJ update Dave :poke:
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Postby rgh » Sun 31 May, 2015 12:57 pm

So I reckon the stand is pretty close to done, I'll hinge the doors once everthing is fitted and so have started on the electrics.

Though it's a pretty simple build, I'll need around 16 power outlets and some double adapters:
- Return (65W)
- Skimmer (13)
- Fluid Bed Filter pump (50W?)
- 2 x circulation pumps (MP40 - 2 x 30W = 60W)
- 2 x heaters (2 x 300w schego titanium = 600W)
- 5 x lights - 2 x 150w metal haildes (300W), 2 x 3 x 54W T5 fitting, (300W) 1 sump/fuge (70W?) so 700W tops
- 3 x Peri pump - Topup, Ca and alk - I forget specs - but 60W tops I reckon
- 3-5 x fans for evap/cooling - some in hood, some in sump - hoping avoid chiller, but got an old one on standby when summer comes. 10-20W each - allow 100W

Total potential wattage is around 1650W, well under 2400w which I can draw from a single powerpoint.

An old GB DIY multicontroller gives me control of lights, heaters, fans and timers for Alk & Ca pumps via 10 outlets and a Chauvet power rack gives on/off for 8 sockets.

First trick was to fit the old multicontroller, which were never very mount friendly.
I still get a kick outta what you can do with a strip of acrylic and some heat:
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A small ledge of wooden angle supports the weight of the multicontroller and the acylic bracket holds it in place.
The Chauvet is just screwed to couple of small blocks and fits pretty snug!
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Postby Amphibian » Sun 31 May, 2015 4:09 pm

good to see some veteran reefers making a come back .
no doubt you will end up with a awesome build .
I'm sure you will do well with out those "fancy LED thingys " :roflmao:

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Postby rgh » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 2:30 pm

Amphibian wrote:good to see some veteran reefers making a come back .
no doubt you will end up with a awesome build .
I'm sure you will do well without those "fancy LED thingys " :roflmao:

Thanks Nick!
It's pretty much a low budget build, but hopefully it'll interest my kids in reefkeeping!
I'm a bit envious of those LED's - the controllers available now are pretty impressive and the running costs attractive.
Once I get things up & running I might have a go at a DIY version...
:cheers:
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Postby rgh » Tue 02 Jun, 2015 11:00 pm

Some more progress pics!

As said earlier, I've put in a supplementary bearer and post to help support the tank, other end of bearer sits on an existing brick pier - bearer is 1800mm long and runs parallel to length of tank about 1200mm from back wall, post does most of the work:
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Installed the exhaust fan, an old DIY auto topup and the LCD screen to monitor and adjust the multicontroller, haven't gotten to the tidy cables bit yet!:
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Siliconed in a removable weir. I've also added small braces in each corner of the tank - still a bit paranoid from the front pane coming off my big tank years ago and this tank is older than that one was:
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Plumbed the tank to sump, just gotta cut the hoses to length and attach return pump:
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AND, tah dah, full of freshwater :banana:
No leaks - yet :crossfingers: :
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I hope to get the return pump cranked up tomorrow!
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Postby Amphibian » Tue 02 Jun, 2015 11:25 pm

Well done Rob , lots of progress . You'll be up and running by the weekend :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Postby rgh » Tue 02 Jun, 2015 11:41 pm

Amphibian wrote:Well done Rob , lots of progress . You'll be up and running by the weekend :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Theses no holding you back :pirate:

Cheers Nick - just hoping I've got 400odd litres of NSW left in my IBC...
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Postby rgh » Tue 23 Jun, 2015 11:24 pm

The freshwater test went pretty well, except the water height in the display was a little high for my liking, and the front and rear panes had about a 5mm bow, which is more than I'm comfortable with. I've dropped the height of the mount for the comb at the weir by about 7mm and have plumbed the return to go through a fluid bed filter (using as a bio pellet reactor), reducing the volume of water going into display and over weir, so combined, I hope to drop the water height 10-15mm. After thinking about a simple centre brace, I've decided to eurobrace the tank to allow more flexible lighting options – centre braces always end up being a pain. Eurobrace will also help contain the odd splash if the water height combines with a bit of wave action. Glass ordered, should be picking up tomorrow.

After reading a thread on Reef Central in which Randy Holmes-Farley recommended bleach and acid baths to clean up dead rock, I decided to have a go with some of the dead rock I have. Washed rock in tap water, mild bleach bath, rinse, Hydrochloric Acid bath, rinse, pressure wash, soak in RO. Rock seems to have come up well, RO soak water has very low PO4 – shall check with shiny new Hanna HI-736 Ultra Low Range Phosphorous Checker after another soak in RO/DI.
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Setup a 3ft quarantine/holding tank as I had offered to rehome a Foxface Rabbitfish from jaguar.
Simple in-tank filter, LR from my FOWLR, powerhead, heater and a 2x39W T5 – all stuff I had, so zero cost. Had it running for a few days before fish and urchin were slowly acclimated, both have settled in well. No measureable ammonia, so no real cycle. Foxface happily munches the hair algae which sprung up in the FOWLR after I put a new light in, so I'm feeding the QT a new rock every few days to clean it up – bargain!
I was given the 3ft tank by a lovely older lady I worked with – she used to keep cichlids. I've had it sitting around unsused for years until now. On Sunday I found out she had died suddenly, RIP Helen – a gentle kind soul was she.
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Decided it was time to change the filters on my decade old RO unit, output TDS was 14 from an input of 120, so it was on it's way out and it had been leaking for months. A quick chat to Callum at PSI, and all new filters, o-rings, a twin point TDS meter and an upgrade to refillable DI were sent my way. Got off phone at 4:30pm and the package was on my doorstep next day. Love PSI Filters!
Got it all swapped over and plumbed in the DI, but had a leak from the main inlet (to sediment filter). Unscrewed nipple, more threadtape, screw up, still leaking, more threadtape, more leaking, took a closer look and perhaps my old o-rings were fine, as the housing has split. Bugger! Back on phone to Pete from PSI, new housings sent, virtually a new system now!
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Aside from RO/DI expenses and the Hanna HI-736 Ultra Low Range Phosphorous Checker, I picked up 1,000ml of NP All-in-One BioPellets from 100% ReefSafe Sunday Sale, making good use of my $50 MASS Members Monthly Draw Prize - thanks AlfD and all my fellow MASS members!. As always, it was great to deal with Pete & Sue! :bow: Added a tube of Weld On to the order to glue together a custom acrylic reservoir for topup water! :pirate:

Hopefully the tank will be wet with salt and cycling in a week or so!
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Postby rgh » Mon 29 Jun, 2015 7:55 pm

Eurobracing done!
The glaziers took most of a week to cut the 8 strips of 6mm glass. I can take the edge off cut glass with a file, but they insisted they arris it, and so the ground the hell outta it!
Anyways, two strips each side, one 60mm wide, the other 50mm, leaving a 10mm overhand so that the wider strip goes over the top edge of the tank and the narrower one butts against the inside of the tank. Siliconed 8 strips to make 4 x 12mm thick sets - two long for front and rear, plus 2 sides.
Side pieces:
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Once the strips had a couple of days to set, I siliconed them to the tank. Despite masking and planning, the result was a bit messier than I had hoped and I have a refreshed respect for tank builders - perhaps a slower set silicon would've been the go. Anyways, all done now, $50 for glass plus a tube of silicon, the tank should be much stronger and it doesn't look too bad if you don't get too close!
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Coupla days and it'll be ready for subsrate and some salty stuff!
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Postby rgh » Tue 20 Sep, 2016 10:21 pm

Well, I got pretty close to having the tank all setup and then life got in the way once again! Almost a year went by before the tank got wet. :konk:

My middle son Kieran’s impending 13th birthday seemed a good opportunity to pull my finger out. Added the acid washed dead rock and some very old live rock from my FOWLR, then filled it with NSW. After a week, added a 5kg piece of the freshest LR I could find at my LFS Reef River Reptile at Hornsby. Then I just fed the tank and let it cycle.

I’ve made a few changes to the original equipment list. Firstly, I ditched the old Group Buy Controller. Some of the relays were switching intermittently – must’ve been fritzed in the great flood when my big tank split years ago.

For temperature control, I’ve installed a simple STC-1000 in the end door of the stand. The tank is in my kids room, so I can check temp as I walk past their room. I’ve used some oversized shrinkwrap to waterproof the electricals and secured the cables with a drip loop. My DIY ATO (another old Group Buy item) is now located above the return section of the sump.
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I’ve added a Jebao DP4 dosing controller and 3 section reservoir for Calcium, Alkalinity and Magnesium supplements. I was going to DIY all this, but the Jebao is such an affordable piece of kit, why bother. Only took a few minutes to calibrate and program. I’ll monitor and tweak over coming months, but I’m really happy with such an easy way to keep these parameters stable. DIY’d a tray from some 5mm perspex coz I’m cheap and enjoy mucking about heating up perspex. It's angled so I can see the screen to program without having to move it - easy!
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When Dviv and Stoli shut down their beautiful big tank I picked up their AquaRay LED’s, some Ecotech MP40’s, and a Jebao RW40. Gotta like the flexibility of the rotating head on the Jebao, allows me to direct the flow where I need it, in this case a random flow into the return eductor/flow. Anyways, sorted my lighting and flow - thanks guys!

I’ve made an aluminium frame that sits on the tank rim for the AquaRays. It allows me to easily move them if needed for maintenance and eliminated the need to build a hood. I modded the AquaRay rack to hold the blue strip LEDs perpendicular with some alu angle. The rack can slide for and aft on my frame and the whole thing can slide left and right on the tank rim. It’s not the most minimalist look, but it’ll do for now. Nice to have a controller that does the whole sunrise/dusk/moonlight thang. A modded laptop charger on a timer controls the extra lights the controller can’t handle.
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After a few weeks of idling away and throwing in a bit of food, I figured the tank was ready for livestock. There’d been no measurable ammonia spike (new Salifert kit) after adding the fresh LR – transferring old LR from my FOWLR meant a minimal cycle IMO. I picked up seven sml to med Blue Green Chromis (Chromis viridis), a handful of hermit crabs and a Lawnmower Blenny (Salariias fasciatus) from Mark of Aquariums @ Asquith to start with. Also bought a fat Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosa) and an active looking juvenile Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma veliferum) which both went into QT. Kieran enjoyed his birthday presents and was able to show off his fish and tank during a great party with 25 of his friends. He’s been really involved in feeding and testing and been a great help installing gear and getting everything setup – another reefer in the making!

With still no measurable Ammonia, we now added the Coral Beauty and Sailfin from QT.
Shopped around for some corals and spotted an active Cherub Angelfish (Centrpoyge argi) that had a bunch of character, so added it in as well. All settled in nicely.

Current Parameters are:
Temp.: 25C
Salinty: 35ppt (calibrated refractometer)
Alkalinity: 10dKH (API)
Calcium: 380ppm (API)
Ammonia: 0 (Salifert)
Nitrate: 5ppm (API)
Phosphate: 5-10ppm (API)

Nitrate (5ppm) and Phosphate (5-10ppm) is a little higher than I’d like, but I’ve setup a Fluid Bed Filter (custom jobby from Turbo, years ago) with 150g of NP all-in-one BioPellets (which I’ll gradually up to 500g) to keep that under control longer term and in the meantime will do a few extra water changes to get them down until the BioPellets kick in. Sadly, my original plan of running the FBF from a tee off the return is not delivering enough flow to get pellets bubbling nicely, so I’ll have to get another pump or re-jig the plumbing to get more flow – bugger!
I’ve also got some lanth standing by if the phosphate gets stubborn.

I’m using the API Marine Master kit from the LFS for most testing as it was pretty cheap and knew I’d be doing a bunch of tests. I need to get a fresh Magnesium kit (Salifert) and will upgrade the rest of the API kits to Salifert. I’ll use the Hanna ULR Phosphorus Checker once phosphate is down within range. Pete and Sue from 100% Reef Safe need to get back from their shenanigans in the US so I can put in an order!

I must get around to putting the black corflute up on the back and right hand side of the tank - that light wall ain't helping the optics!

Current Fish:
7 x sml to med Blue Green Chromis (Chromis viridis),
Lawnmower Blenny (Salariias fasciatus)
Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosa)
Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma veliferum)
Cherub Angelfish (Centrpoyge argi)

Planned Additional Fish :
2 x Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) (from existing FOWLR)
Kliens Butterfly (Chaetodon kleinii) (from existing FOWLR)

On the shopping list:
2-3 Banggai Cardinals (Pterapogon kauderni)
Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus)
Rainfords Goby (Amblygobius rainfordi)
Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis Fridmani)
Schooling Bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes)

Current Corals:
Green star polyps (pachyclavularia violacea)
Clove polyps (Clavularia sp.) Hitchhiker on LR
Toadstool Leather (Sarcophyton sp.)
Finger leather (Sinularia sp.)
Hammer (Euphyllia ancora)
Frogspawn (Euphyllia divisa)
Sun Coral (Tubastraea faulkneri) – target feeding every other day, going gangbusters.
2 X Acans (Acanthastrea) – these were a bit ‘tired’ when I got them, but got a pretty good deal on them, hopefully target feeding after lights out will see them perk up!
Duncan (Duncanopsammia)

Once tank is settled and nutrients under control, I'll look around for SPS.

Meanwhile, more piccies!

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Thanks for reading my mammoth update! :cheers:
Cheers,
Rob

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Re: Rob's Shallow Mixed Reef – Finally Up and Running

Postby Alf D » Wed 21 Sep, 2016 8:19 am

About time Rob :clap:
Love the look of shallow tanks.
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Re: Rob's Shallow Mixed Reef – Finally Up and Running

Postby Sailfin » Wed 21 Sep, 2016 10:02 am

Hi Rob

I'm with Alf about time you got things going looks great so far :thumbsup:

Cheers Mate
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