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  • Christopher Marks

    Congratulations to DeMartini for being selected for our December Reef Profile! Her 14 gallon nano reef houses a diverse array of LPS and soft corals, invertebrates, and fish. Below she has written a profile of her aquarium's progress over the past two and a half years, and shares her experiences in the hobby. Check it out and share your comments and questions in DeMartini's featured reef profile thread.

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    I am extremely honored to have my tank featured this month. There are so many beautiful tanks on here and they have all been a big inspiration, so thanks guys and keep up the great work!

    Tank Specs

    Display: 14 Gallon BioCube: 15.5" x 15" x 16.7"
    Lighting: 16.5" Sunpod 70w HQI
    Circulation: Stock pump and a Maxi-Jet 900 with a U-tube return in the first chamber
    Filtration: Purigen, carbon, filter floss
    Refugium: 6 gallon Eclipse

     

    Established June 2006 in a 12 gallon Cube Master aquarium.

    Fish

    • 2 True Percula clownfish
    • Royal Gramma
    • Sixline Wrasse

    LPS Corals

    • Red and green Blastomussa
    • Frogspawn
    • Red acanthastrea
    • Candy canes

    Soft Corals

    • Various Florida Ricordea
    • Various Yuma Ricordea
    • Tyree Toadstool
    • Green Star Polyps
    • Blue Clove Polyps
    • Gold Laced Clove Polyps
    • Blue Spotted Mushrooms
    • Zoanthids
    • Palythoas (Nuclear Green, Purple Death, PPE, Armor of god, Devil's Armor, Darth Mauls)

    Invertebrates

    • 2 Pom pom crabs
    • Cleaner shrimp
    • 2 Emerald crabs
    • Red Coco worm
    • Blue crocea clam
    • Red Sea starfish

    Maintenance & Feeding

    I dose calcium and dkh buffer to maintain a good pH and calcium level. I feed all of my fish ORA Glo and a mixture of mysis, cyclopeeze and Dt's phytoplankton for my corals.

    History

    In 2006 I started a freshwater tank and enjoyed it for about a week, but goldfish aren't very exciting, so I ditched them and started up a 12 gallon Cube Master. I soon bought my first clown fish which I still have today. I was happy with my tank for a while, but then the crappy ballast kept blowing out, so I decided to upgrade to a 14 gallon BioCube. Eventually I removed the hood and upgraded the lighting to a 70w HQI SunPod, which made my corals pop and allowed me to keep a clam...YAY! About half a year ago I added a refugium to keep nitrates down; I drilled holes in an old 6 gallon eclipse and placed it on a little stand right above my main display.

    Future Plans

    I eventually plan on moving all of the livestock from this tank to an 18 gallon ADA aquarium. I already have the tank, but I still need to buy more equipment. I'm going to be getting a 150w HQI Aquamedic Ocean light. I plan on running the tank filterless, but will use a Current USA Subcurrent to filter the water for a little bit after water changes. I also plan on using two Koralia nanos for water circulation.

    Words of wisdom

    Keep up with water changes, don't rush things, and do your research!!! =)

     

    @DeMartini

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    ^yeah...

    what Lalani said...

     

    i always enjoy the TOTM.. and look forward to seeing who and what have been chosen as the feature..

    Congrats DeMartini...

     

    im sure MUCH time and effort has gone into your now famous display...

     

    Kudos!

     

    Mercuryne

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