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tOiletducks Reef Octopus Tank Journal. (Updated 16/6.)

Postby tOiletduck » Sun 25 May, 2008 6:49 pm

Hey everyone!

I have been lurking this site for a few years and i thought i would post up a tank journal to get some feedback and maybe some suggestions and criticisms on my tank and current setup. The knowledge and information of the people that post on this forum is incredible and i have had a great time reading about everything marine.

I had a small 24"x18"x18" tank last year that went fantastic until i had to move locations and thus, sold off all my livestock and corals. I only recently got the bug again when i went down and saw the boys at Seca Marine Life, when i intended on getting a small nano made up to have in my room... i ended up with a Reef Octopus Biolife cube a few days later. :thumbsup:

So gradually i purchased all the equipment i needed and was pretty much ready to roll!

Here are the details on my current setup at about 8 weeks old.

- Reef Octopus Biolife Cube 2x2x2 with included sump.

- Hydor return pump - 2800lph. (looking at upgrading to a Eden)

- 300wt Jager heater.

- RO NW110 Skimmer.

- 2 x 5000lph copy powerheads.

- 150wt 20000k SunSun Halide and 2 x 24 T5s from my old tank. Have a 250wt 20000k SunSun unit awaiting repairs.

- 20kgs of premium live rock from Michelle at Angelfish.

- 20kgs or more of crushed coral sand.

- All the test kits i could think of and a Refractometer and digital temp gauge.

I also made a DSB in a small container in the sump that houses a bit of live rock and a small amount of macro.

My tank is about 8 weeks old now and going really well. Had a mantis issue that caused me to rip out the side of the tank today causing me to drop a rock on my Elegance and some of the zoos. So its in a bit of a mess at the moment, but should clear up and they will recover soon.

Current livestock and corals:

- 2 small clown fish.
- Small colony of various zoos.
- Elegance.
- Small torch coral.
- Red acan.
- Small sun coral, been going great with regular feeding.
- Small piece of Acro. (shh)
- Various snails and stars which came from the live rock.

Looks a bit overstocked for 8 weeks in now that i think about it.

Plans for the future include:

- Chiller before summer hits.
- Eventually start keeping some more SPS.
- Dripping Kalk.
- Keep a small clam (long way off)
- Keep a pair of mandarins in a year or so.
- Get a few more small fish and a pair of CBS.
- And joining MASOV and meeting some fellow reefers, and seeing some fantastic tanks.

Other than that i think ill just keep slowly stocking it and watching my water parameters. :thumbsup:

Well thats it from me, would love to hear what you guys think, both positive and negative. Will get a fresh round of parameters this week.

Just want to say thanks to Seca, Reeflections and MASA for being awesome and always having the time to chat and help me out.

Sorry for the poor photos, will get some better ones asap.





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Postby Dallas » Sun 25 May, 2008 6:52 pm

looks good, mate!
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Postby Adam007 » Sun 25 May, 2008 7:34 pm

Looks great ! lets see a FTS and some sump / equipment shots.
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Postby tOiletduck » Sun 25 May, 2008 7:36 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys!

Ill get some more detailed shots of the sump and equipment tomorrow when i have my camera. The sump is nothing special let me assure you. :thumbsup:
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Postby shumie » Sun 25 May, 2008 11:29 pm

looking awesome james.
doing a good job.
should be nice with the new fish on the weekend.

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Postby mnemonix » Mon 26 May, 2008 2:17 pm

Those blue shrooms near the sandbed in the first pic are just sexy. Where did you source those from?
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Postby tOiletduck » Mon 26 May, 2008 4:03 pm

mnemonix wrote:Those blue shrooms near the sandbed in the first pic are just sexy. Where did you source those from?


I got that piece from Seca Marine Life. Really glad i grabbed it now. The morphs look great mixed with the zoos.

Thanks for the compliment. :thumbsup:
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Re: tOiletducks Reef Octopus Tank Journal.

Postby Rod the Reefer » Mon 26 May, 2008 6:22 pm

Hi James,

Looks great. It's fairly heavily stocked for 8 weeks old. You must have had a very short cycle. :thumbsup:

tOiletduck wrote: Plans for the future include:

- Eventually start keeping some more SPS.


You may want to plan for that now and make sure your Zoos and Morphs aren't able to climb up to your SPS and kill them off. This is achievable by keeping them segregated on their own island, or in my case make the decision to not keep them at all.

Keep up the good work.

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Re: tOiletducks Reef Octopus Tank Journal.

Postby tOiletduck » Mon 26 May, 2008 6:32 pm

Rod the Reefer wrote:Hi James,

Looks great. It's fairly heavily stocked for 8 weeks old. You must have had a very short cycle. :thumbsup:

tOiletduck wrote: Plans for the future include:

- Eventually start keeping some more SPS.


You may want to plan for that now and make sure your Zoos and Morphs aren't able to climb up to your SPS and kill them off. This is achievable by keeping them segregated on their own island, or in my case make the decision to not keep them at all.

Keep up the good work.

Rod. :thumbsup:


I didn't even think of that Rod! I might have to make a island as you said to keep them on, i really like the zoos and it would be great to be able to have both, looks like i have got some aquascaping to do.

And yes, the cycle only took 3 weeks, i was very surprised. It took over 6 on my last tank. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the compliments!
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Postby richofoz » Mon 26 May, 2008 8:53 pm

Nice tank! Looking great for only 2 months old.
Do you get most of your stuff from seca?

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Postby tOiletduck » Mon 26 May, 2008 11:15 pm

richofoz wrote:Nice tank! Looking great for only 2 months old.
Do you get most of your stuff from seca?

Rich.


Thanks rich!

Yeah i purchased most of my stuff from Seca, also a fair bit from Reeflections too. They are both great stores with cool people running them. My wallet always feels much lighter when i walk out of either store. :thumbsup:
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Postby pazz » Fri 30 May, 2008 9:57 pm

tOiletduck wrote:
richofoz wrote:Nice tank! Looking great for only 2 months old.
Do you get most of your stuff from seca?

Rich.


Thanks rich!

Yeah i purchased most of my stuff from Seca, also a fair bit from Reeflections too. They are both great stores with cool people running them. My wallet always feels much lighter when i walk out of either store. :thumbsup:

haha true there am the same when i go to seca , great looking tank by the way
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Postby tOiletduck » Fri 30 May, 2008 11:35 pm

pazz wrote:
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richofoz wrote:Nice tank! Looking great for only 2 months old.
Do you get most of your stuff from seca?

Rich.


Thanks rich!

Yeah i purchased most of my stuff from Seca, also a fair bit from Reeflections too. They are both great stores with cool people running them. My wallet always feels much lighter when i walk out of either store. :thumbsup:

haha true there am the same when i go to seca , great looking tank by the way


Haha, so hard to resist buying things there.

Thanks for the compliment!

I purchased some more goodies and got my 250 watt halide over it now.

Pics and water testing are on the agenda for tomorrow, will post up the results.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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Postby tOiletduck » Mon 16 Jun, 2008 9:35 pm

Hey Everyone,

Hope everyone is well, and everyones reefs are going smoothly. :thumbsup:

Sorry for my lack of updates, i have been very busy with work and other commitments. But the tank is going really well, with a few nice new additions!

Not all that much has changed, i had to aqua scape a fair bit due to a pesky mantis that was a nightmare to catch. Also to make it a bit more stable as one of the top rocks fell onto the elegance, which i did not want to happen again.

Keeping up with loads of water changes as usual.

Some of the new additions include:

- New 250wt 14000k halide with 4 T5s which we had some troubles with early on, still getting sorted out hopefully.

- Couple of new corals, some brain corals, and a few more nice zoo additions. Scored a really lovely dark purple and black with white specs have not seen one like it before.

- Some new fish which include a pair of yellow coral gobies and a gorgeous flame angel who is terribly shy and only just starting to come out. They are all feeding well on a good mix of food.

- Some new live rock that i cut up to form some small shelves down the front side, hopefully i did not add to much to cause a spike but parameters seem to be pretty spot on.

- Also purchased a 400wt halide with a XM 15000k SE globe, just need to work out how to fit it, so that will be in the next update.

Salinity - 1.028 - might look at lowering this a tad.
Ph - 8.3
Calcium - 440.
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

Other than that there is not much i really else. Looking at getting small pair of CBS soon enough and a nice BTA for my clowns. Then would also like so start on some SPS, currently reading up all i can so i get off to a good start. Maybe a small clam in the future too if i come across one.

Looking at upgrading to a 4x2x2 aswell... looks like i have been well and truly bitten by the reefing bug, totally loving it.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to post em up!

Sorry about the dodgy pics, camera is getting old.

Take it easy everyone.

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Postby moreadon » Mon 16 Jun, 2008 11:59 pm

Great photo James :)
All the best,

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Postby richofoz » Tue 17 Jun, 2008 2:05 pm

What did you do with the mantis? If you don't want him I'll take him off your hands!
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Postby tOiletduck » Tue 17 Jun, 2008 4:10 pm

richofoz wrote:What did you do with the mantis? If you don't want him I'll take him off your hands!


Hey Rich,

I tried to remove the mantis so i could keep him but i accidentally drowned him with soda water while i was trying to get him out of his hole. You looking for a mantis for your sump?
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Postby boofla » Tue 17 Jun, 2008 4:22 pm

Awesome tank mate!
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Postby Haydse » Tue 17 Jun, 2008 10:47 pm

looks great cant wait to get mine up and running!!

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Postby tOiletduck » Tue 17 Jun, 2008 11:44 pm

Thanks for the compliments guys, really appreciate it. :thumbsup:

You still working on your nano tank Boof?
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Postby land_lubber » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 2:18 pm

Have you got any pics of the tank and cabinet? and the sump?
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Postby tOiletduck » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 3:22 pm

land_lubber wrote:Have you got any pics of the tank and cabinet? and the sump?


Hey mate,

I can do some pics for you later on if you like.

Tank has gone through some big changes. :pirate:
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Postby land_lubber » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 7:24 pm

Yeah that would be great thanks I am trying to decide to make a custom one or get the reef octopus one so am just sussing out what they are actually like.
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Postby Namn8r » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 7:46 pm

Hey James,

How is the flow from the return on its own? Are the internal power heads definately required?
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Postby Namn8r » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 7:47 pm

Hey James,

How is the flow from the return on its own? Are the internal power heads definately required?
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Postby tOiletduck » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 7:47 pm

land_lubber wrote:Yeah that would be great thanks I am trying to decide to make a custom one or get the reef octopus one so am just sussing out what they are actually like.


I'm not too sure on availability of the Octopus tanks at the moment, pretty scarce here in Aus, but it might be a different story over in NZ.

They are a good unit and i am very happy with mine, but there is a few annoying points. The sump is very awkward to work with, and is a crazy shape, but i guess that's what happens with such a small cabinet.

Actually there is not really any bad points about it, i love it. But the lack of space is starting to get to me slowly so a 4x2x2 will be on the cards very soon.

Hope i helped, if you have any more questions just let me know.

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Postby tOiletduck » Fri 25 Jul, 2008 7:53 pm

Namn8r wrote:Hey James,

How is the flow from the return on its own? Are the internal power heads definately required?


Hey Nam,

Hows it going? :thumbsup:

I have a 2800lph return going on full and it really doesn't push out all that much of a current, even with the return pipes facing inwards to the tank. I think if you decided on a bigger return pump you could probably get some decent flow going. But i think the power heads are needed.

I only run my second 5000lph occasionally because it causes some really really serious movement and most of the softies don't like it, but my acros do... oh well.

Any more questions just ask mate.

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Postby shumie » Mon 28 Jul, 2008 7:57 pm

hey james.. tank is looking good think you should chuck some new photos up of the tank.. big big changes since the last photos.
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Postby tOiletduck » Mon 28 Jul, 2008 8:20 pm

Just a teaser.. :thumbsup:

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Postby shumie » Mon 28 Jul, 2008 8:23 pm

unfair.. would like to see the whole thing. showing all the new things we have bought. ive almost had to fight people for arcos and you dont even show them... :poke:
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