Ok weekends here! Time for details and more pics! Got A little camera crazy, Tank was just waking up so not everything is fully opened yetThe Tank
This tank was started late December 2008. A local fish store owner agreed to build a 9" cube for me for $23, a pretty sweet deal, and he did a decent job of it too. I purchased about 4 lbs of live rock from a local reefkeeper here who was tearing down his tank. You really can't beat $3 (and this is in Canadian dollars) per pound of fully cycled live rock
. Not wanting to take any chances, I let the rock sit in the tank for 5 weeks before doing anything with it.Lighting
My initial setup were two coralife mini aqualights (two because I wanted to control the actinic and daylight separatly); but, they were putting out way too much heat, and everytime I came home from work I could smell warmed up plastic from the acrylic splash screen; not something I wanted to inhale everytime I was in my room. Not being very impressed, I deceided to look online for a better option and I narrowed it down to either the 12" Dual sattellite from current and the fishneedit 70W metal halide fixture. With both of them being almost the same price I opted for the metal halide fixture. Heat and too much was a concern for me so I decided to "build" a suitable stand for it that wouldn't cost too much would match the stand and could be adjusted for height. Being limited with the tools I had at hand (I had only recently switched pronvices and was starting out life in a new city and new place), I went down to home depot to see if I could find something to build the stand. What I ended up coming home with was a vertical post they sell for building stairways and a few brackets. On the way home the busdriver joked with me "what are you building a stairway one post at a time?"
. A few hours later with only a screw driver and a few screws
I had the stand to hang my fixture from.
It's ghetto, it looks ugly, but it works
My decision to add actinics came about 2 weeks ago when I wanted to reduce the photo period of the metal halide but still wanted to have something to look at when I got home from work. So I decided to hack up one of the coralife mini aqualights and attach it to the metal halide fixture. Luckily the screw holes in the PC compacts were the exact distance of the screws on the fishneedit fixture so that was a bonus!Filter/Fuge/Water mover
The filter I use is the AC50 with the standard fuge mod except I didn't glue anythign in place. I found that
everything presses quite nicely against the walls and there's a tight fit. At first I cut down the impeller to half
the length because I thought the flow would be too much, but after a while I decided I needed more flow and
purchased a replacement AC50 impeller. In side the fuge/filter I have a tetra heater some quilt batting from
walmart (filter floss) and some calurpa for macroalgae that actually came as a hitch hiker on one of the coral
frags. It's grown quite a bit since then
. For lighting I am using an LED desklamp I found at Walmart. I picked it because it fit behind the filter and could be pressed right up against it without any problems with heat.Auto-Topoff
For now this will have to do:
High-tech gravity drip system
. I plan on having an air powered top off like el-fab has for his. I ordered a float switch from ebay and right now and I'm just waiting for it to come in.Livestock
So far I have the following frags:Frogspawn
(although it looks like a hammer to me):Candycane
, one of the heads has started splitting.Pally's/ ZoasBluey purpley green mushroomsToadstool leather
(or what looked like it) - Leathers are by far my favourite coral. It'll grow big I know but I intend on fragging it when it doesBrown Finger leather
which I recently discovered was suffereing from a munching nudibranch!
Hopefully it will recoverXenia
- Can't live without the soothing motion of these!Green and brown star polypsBlue yuma
with green mouth and a baby attached to it. Got this one from a local reeferHitch hikers/clean up crew
4 stomatella started of as 2 two months ago ( hitch hiker)
brittle /serpent star (hitch hiker)
2 turbo snails (bought about 2 weeks ago)
lots of amphipods
Leather coral eating nudibranch (now deceased
oh right... and a few flatworms Maintenance:
For maintenance I do 1 litre water changes every other day about (0.3 gallons). So that's a little less than a
gallon a week. I have just started dosing small amounts of Iodide in the make up water. After reading
GobyInPeace's featured reef tank profile, I do 3 day black outs every month and it's really amazing how much it really does help.
For now I'm just going to wait and watch the tank grow. In the future when the tank matures more, I intend to add either a monti cap or a birdsnest.
Also I intend to find a supplier that has a quality 70 watt 20000k or 14000K bulb in stock and will ship to Canada. It's been really frustrating trying to find a supplier
So stay tuned for updates! I will try to update with growth (if there is any, every month or so)
Metal Halide on:
Edit : Damn I double posted so many images ><
Edited by xlzerolx, 28 March 2009 - 12:10 PM.