I guess it is time I finally post our little reef. I joined NR just over a year ago and spent a few months lurking, learning, and reading as much as I could in the forums. Thanks to all the other BC14 owners who inspired and helped me with this tank.
Here are some details about our tank:
14 pounds live rock and 10 pounds live sand.
Lighting - Nanotuners 72 watt 3.24 upgrade kit with one 10k, actinic, and 50/50 bulb.
If you are thinking about getting the upgrade I highly suggest it. Was very easy to install even for someone who is construction challenged like myself.
Heater - 50 watt Finnex heater
Temp stays between 76.5 & 77.7 during the day
Chamber 1 - Rubble and heater
Chamber 2 - Rubble, chemipure, purigen, and filter floss
Chamber 3 - Rio Hyperflo 4 HF pump (have tried the MJ 1200 but prefer this instead).
I have opened up the slot between the 1st and 2nd chamber for better water flow.
Hydro Flow in one corner and have loc lined an outlet to the other corner to increas flow thru the tank.
I do a 1 gallon (10%) water change every week.
1 - Peppermint Shrimp (Pepi, my wife named him, not me!)
1 - Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Ralphie)
1 - Emerald Crab ( Rob Jr. aka RJ, after a freind who had a problem with the other type of crabs in his younger days).
1 - Red Mithrax Crab
3 - Scarlet Hemits
2 - Dwarf Blue Legged Hermits
1 - Orange Turbo Snail
3 - Nass Snails
2 - Cerith Snails
1 - Cowry
Torch, our newest addition.
Branching Hammer, started as 4 heads has now grown to 8 heads in 6 months
Candy Cane, has grown from 7 heads to 13 heads in 6 months
Chaeto in back corner
Onto the Pics
Its humble beginning May 7, 2007, during the cycle:
November 2007, was very dirty. I was having a algae problem, have since cut the lighting time down to 10 hours which has solved the problem.
Full tank shot as of today 1/19/2008:
If you look in the upper right hand corner you will notice a Nimble Super Magnet Cleaner, if you don't have one get one they are GREAT!!! I threw out both of my mag floats after using it. It is more powerful so it cleans better and is only a 1/2 nch wide so it fits into all of those tight spots.
It sits in the corner of our family room:
Ralphie and Pepi
If you look close you will see RJ under the zoa
Thanks for taking the time to look at my tank. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. I will continue to update the thread as I progress.
Edited by hairoids, 20 January 2008 - 06:29 AM.