Chucktown Bommie Reef
I've been reefing for close to 6 years now and have been a pretty active member around here for the last few. I started with a 55g softie reef back in 2005 and was really happy with my first foray into reef-keeping. After keeping it for a little over a year, I randomly heard about nanos and have been hooked ever since (kept a BC29, then a 20H SPS, and now the 17g). The overall goal for this tank started as a "a simplistic yet colorful mixed reef; including some select SPS, top-notch Euphyllia and Acans, and hopefully some Zoanthids and Palys."
As you can see from my sig, this tank has actually been up and running for almost 15 months now. You can find the first 41 pages of my original thread HERE. I decided to start a new thread because it had been so long since I updated the thread that things were more than stale and some of the changes I've made over the last week have completely changed the way and direction I'm taking with the tank. Hopefully some of the old followers will keep tabs on things over here now and hopefully some new faces will become regulars as well.
Here are the specs on the tank and equipment, along with current tank inhabitants and a series of FTS's starting from the month I started last June/July.
- 17g 60-L from Green Leaf Aquariums
- Dimension: 23.6 x 11.8 x 14.2in
- Glass Thickness: 5mm
- Vortech MP10
- Koralia Nano
- Pendant - Ryujin LED Lighting -- Made By NanoBox (DaveFason)
- Heater (eventually will be an in-line)
- Deltec MCE300
- Green Slimer
- Red Bug Monti (Green w/red polyps)
- Green/Purple Hammer
- Todds Torch (eventually)
- Blue Cloves
- Red Mushroom
- Blasto Merletti
- Green/Purple Favia
- FnF Sunset
- Orange Rainbox
- Armor of God
- Fruit Loops
- Eagle Eyes
- Various others
June - I was using my Aquatinics TX5 fixture with these while the pendant was built.
November/December - This is when I got Dave's first LED fixture prototype for testing.
January - Starting running into some phosphate issues here
March - First attempt at rescaping into one large island/bommie
At the end of May, this happened....effectively tossing the reef into auto-pilot (water changes every 2-3 weeks and just keeping up with top off and feedings)
Now that he's almost 4 months old, I feel like I finally have my feet under me and have enough time to dive back into reef keeping with the enthusiasm and interest I had before. Here's a recent shot of the lil guy, who by the way loves staring at the tank and watching all of the movement.
So that pretty much brings everything up to about a week ago, when I decided to pull the trigger on a number of changes that I've had in mind for a while now.
Hopefully I'll have another post up later this afternoon/evening as I'm excited to share how things look now.
As with my past threads, feel free to ask questions, post observations, let me know when I'm off in left-field, and general heckle from the peanut gallery (I'm counting on you D). Hopefully you find the information and discussions useful.
Since photography is one of my hobbies and side businesses, there will be plenty o' pictures to come.