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    Tank Spotlight Q2 2015: 5150REEFER



    Introduction / Back ground
    I would like to start out with a big thanks to everyone who voted and to the CVR board members for all their time devoted in keeping this club running smoothly.

    This journey began for me as a child, when visiting grandma one summer she gave a 5 gallon aquarium with an old bubble filter. From that moment on I’ve been hooked. I’ve kept fresh water aquariums for years then eventually moved over to salt water as most of us do. My first reef aquarium was a 30 gallon aquarium and oh my, what a disaster that was, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. It was a bit discouraging but I learned a lot with that tank. Since then I’ve had multiple reefs that I set up through the years. I went from a 55g to a 135g then to a 240g cube, then a 75g to a 45g cube that is now my frag tank.

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    System Summery
    I am currently running a custom 150 gallon euro braced, Dimensions are 48”X30”X24”Tall I really love the depth (front to back) of the tank it let me get a little creative with the rock work. The tank has been up for a 1 ½ years

    Stand
    Tank sits on a custom stand. This was another great project and a fun building experience.

    Lighting
    Tank is lit with all LED 3 AI Vega colors and 2 AI Sol blues that are ran for 10 hrs a day. Lights are fully programmed with the Aqua Illumination controller.

    Filtration/skimmer/sump
    Originally started the system with a Cad light 1220 and current skimmer I’m running is the ATB 840 that thing is a beast!!! Skimmer/ heaters are sitting in a Trigger sump. I also have an ATS that hasn’t been fired up yet in till I see the need.

    Flow
    Water is being pushed by two 150 Gyre’s one on each side of the tank and two MP40s against the back wall. Combined all four pumps make an awesome random flow patterns. Recirculation from sump to tank is being driving by a reef flow dart.

    Maintenance
    I do weekly water changes, Change out socks with water change. I test maybe once a month give or take. I dose daily with 2 part and use Acropower every other day. Clean glass every 3 days.

    Coral
    Warning I am highly addicted to SPS!
    Tri color vilada
    Garfield bonsai
    Tierra de fuego
    ASD rainbow milli
    RMF Diablo milli
    RR Bubble yum milli
    RR unnamed orange w/green polyp’s milli
    RR unnamed reddish w/ green polyp’s milli
    Ultimate tenuis
    Green milli
    Midnight milli
    Sunset milli
    RMF bubble gum milli
    Green slimer
    RR Asia Red Bull
    JF Pink lemonade
    Raspberry lemonade
    Tanzinate terror
    MC purple rain acro
    Blue slimer
    Blue tip tenuis
    Ultimate purple monster
    EF Thanos
    Purple rain milli
    RG Blueberry dreams
    Blinding tenuis
    Blue voodoo
    Red planet
    ASD purple berry milli
    Sunset Monti
    RR Blazing milli
    ASD yellow milli
    ASD strawberry shortcake
    ASD Fuzzy red milli
    ASD hot pink milli
    RR pink Prostrada
    Orange Passion
    Predators blood
    Palmers milli
    Stellata montipora
    WT mother of pearl
    Unknown tort
    Red dragon
    TB Mrs Pacman
    ORA insignis
    Blueberry Prostrada
    Joe the coral
    ASD cosmic milli
    ATL jolene
    I also have various Torches, frogspawns, Scolys, Acans, zoas and palys.

    Fish
    Lawn mower blenny
    Blond Naso
    Purple tang
    Ornate wrasse
    Diamond goby
    I would love to add more fish but my Purple Tang is a major bully!

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    Tank(s): 112G Display, 55G Fuge, 30G sump
    Lights: 4x80w ati sunpower
    Experience: 5 years

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    Editors notes/ comments: Louie has quite the collection of high end SPS and his tank is truly one of the nicest I have had the pleasure of seeing and photographing. His rock work is amazing and really gives you the feel that you are on the reef out in the wild. Please join me in congratulating him on being our tank spotlight winner for Q2 2015!
    Last edited by alexander; 07-02-2015 at 01:56 PM.

    Tank(s): 112G Display, 55G Fuge, 30G sump
    Lights: 4x80w ati sunpower
    Experience: 5 years

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    clean tank! How are you liking the dual gyres?

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    that tank look awesome congratz again
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    Cockroaches will survive a nuclear attack. So will GSP.

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    Thanks guys!

    Kevin, I'm loving the gyres. I have them both set on pulse but one is pulsing slightly faster then the other. The current crashes in different parts of the tank creating random waves that I think are freaking awesome.

    Tank(s): 150g mixed reef and a 45 frag tank.
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    Nice I think that dual action is the best. Theyre about to release the apex module for it and you can program it now

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    Congratulations, I had the pleasure of seeing this tank in person, awesome!
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    Congrats Louie. Well deserved, but this tank is going to need another spotlight in a couple years once that SPS fills in

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    Thanks guys!

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    Wow cray cray...

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    Congrats! Nice!


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    Very nice !!

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    Thanks guys!

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    I can't wait to see this tank grown in. Clean build!
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    Past: ADA 5G, 100G Signature, 20G Elos, 20G High

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    Nice, I've thought about putting rock work against the wall a few times by using Emaco to make a flat surface on one side. However, even with an almost completely flat surface on the backside, I'm still afraid of trapping detritus and/or getting an algae bloom back there on such a large structure. If I started having issues with my tank and the source was behind the wall I would have a hard time figuring out the problem. Has this ever been an issue for you? How is the rock wall attached?

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    Quote Originally Posted by natedogg View Post
    I can't wait to see this tank grown in. Clean build!
    Thanks Nate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iCephalopod View Post
    Nice, I've thought about putting rock work against the wall a few times by using Emaco to make a flat surface on one side. However, even with an almost completely flat surface on the backside, I'm still afraid of trapping detritus and/or getting an algae bloom back there on such a large structure. If I started having issues with my tank and the source was behind the wall I would have a hard time figuring out the problem. Has this ever been an issue for you? How is the rock wall attached?
    Yeah it definitely collects but I left a few holes in to blow it out....I learned from my last wall lol, it's hard to tell in the picture but there's a tunnel I left around the whole bottom section for the fish,crabs, snails to go for cover and forage, I think this helps out as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5150REEFER View Post
    Yeah it definitely collects but I left a few holes in to blow it out....I learned from my last wall lol, it's hard to tell in the picture but there's a tunnel I left around the whole bottom section for the fish,crabs, snails to go for cover and forage, I think this helps out as well.

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    Ok good to know, I'll keep that in mind and maybe try the wall effect sometime.

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    I did a search to see who was dosing with two part and your thread came up. You have a solid tank my friend. I've never seen those gyre power heads and did some research on them after seeing them in your tank, they look nice. Are you still enjoying them? Do you have them dialed down or are you running them full bore? I'm putting up a 75g and think I might look into the x130 for it. Also, are you using dosing pumps, if so what kind?

    Your tank looks amazing. It has been 7 months, any chance of a updated full tank shot?

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    Thanks Dave, I have then running at about 50% and these things are beasts. I like the amount of area they cover, my tank is 30" front to back and I have no dead spots in the tank. cleaning them is pretty easy as well which gives it another plus for me. I think the 130's would be good for a 75 .

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    NICE SETUP.. WELL DONE AND WELL DESERVED CONGRATS

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUAMAN View Post
    NICE SETUP.. WELL DONE AND WELL DESERVED CONGRATS

    Thank you!

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