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  1. This story begins way back at Christmas 2018... As it was our first Christmas together, I decided she deserved a second ADA 60P. This where the addiction truly began for me... EQUIPMENT: ADA-60P Vortech MP-10 Cobalt Neo-therm 100 watt heater Aquaclear 70 Hang on Back Filter Mame Design Skimmer AI Hydra HD 26 w/HMS Mount Inkbird Controller (controls heater and clip on fan in the summer) This tank was designed for a dual purpose. The tank keeper wanted a mantis (G Smithii was at the top of the list), and I wanted a rock flower garden. We decided to compromise, like all good couples and do both. We spent the next few weeks designing and building this tank out. We wanted to make a box that would be a den, for the mantis with dual entrances, made out of PVC, but would be sturdy enough to hold 30-40 pounds of rock. We cut out our pieces of acrylic and glued them together with Weldon 16. We wanted something fun, to fill the box with, when the tank keeper suggested Gummy Bears, I knew that’d be a perfect match for rock flowers. Roughly 30 pounds of gummy bears later, our box was filled and sealed. Unbeknownst to us, that wasn’t enough weight to keep the box from floating... Once our box was made, we set out to make a rock wall for the rock flower anemones. The wall was also meant to hide our equipment. What we didn’t expect, was for the the box of gummy bears to float. So, we had to get enough rock, to weigh it down. We also had to tweak our original plan, to now make the rock wall one solid piece. The idea was that it would be heavy enough to keep mantis den from floating in the tank, or being able to push rocks out of the tank. We used Marco and Stax rock to complete our rock wall. It’s got space for the AquaClear 70 intake tube, and room for our skimmer. Our heater is also hidden below the AquaClear, and behind the rock wall. Throughout the last year, I found rock flowers are really, really, really dirty in a small water volume. I’ve also found that zoas LOVE the filth of rock flowers. So I’ve set up the base of this tank as my zoa grow out to help support my addiction to buying new corals and additional rock flowers. Also - I found the best time to get the tank keeper on board with larger rock flower purchases is when she’s had one too many craft beers and is falling asleep on the bar. (Note this is at home, not at an actual bar. She’s usually my DD when we go out.) Here’s a few shots from the tank this evening.
  2. Andreww

    ADA - the 2 island reef

    FTS - 02/05/2019 FTS 09/11/2018 FTS 10/30/2018 FTS 01/01/2018 Glad to be sharing my humble tank with you guys. My tank has been set up for 2 years now..it’s had its ups and downs in the first year but after that it stabilized itself. As of late, I drilled the tank and installed a Synergy reef overflow...it replaced a MAME glass overflow...Best move yet. Tank - ADA 60P ~17 gallons Sump - 20g long DIY with refugium Tank light - AI Hydra 26HD w/DIY diffuser Sump light - 2 x Taotronics grow lights Flow - Vortech MP10 & 2 returns Skimmer - Aquamaxx WS-1 Synergy reef shadow overflow - bean animal configuration 2 x Eheim 1250 return pumps Tunze osmolator ATO 10g Trigger systems ruby ATO container Not sure if I forgot something but that’s the main stuff. Dosing is done manually since I don’t have anything too demanding but will get a doser eventually. Amino acids dosed regularly. I ‘ll add a couple iPhone pictures , this will have to do for now. Hope you enjoy! New aquascape 12/24/2017
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