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8 x 2 x 2.5 FOWLR

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8 x 2 x 2.5 FOWLR

Postby biglil_blue » Fri 01 Apr, 2011 11:44 pm

Hi all, thought I better add a tank journal finally after being on this site for a few months

System Objectives: I love keeping big fish with plenty of character. I went for a low maintenance setup and hardy fish due to busy work commitments

System Type: FOWLR

Display System:

Strike up Date: 2006

Display Tank: 8 x 2 x 2.5 ft

Display Lighting: 2 x 6ft fluros with natural globes in one and blue in the other

Made my own cabinet from standard white board, definately not up to scratch as its all bowed and buckled. Timber floors dont help


Sump: 3 x 1.5 x 1ft

Refugium: 3 x 1.7 x 1ft

Refugium Lighting: Fluros

Support systems:

System Water: Artificial salt water

Display Water circulation: 1 x large powerhead

Return Pump: 2 x 2500lph pumps (I think)

Skimmer: Died, these fish can live without one

Evaporation Top Up: Manual

Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: NONE
Alkilinity Addition: NONE

Other Chemical Maintenance: NONE

Current Water Chemistry: Havent tested for over a year. Very stable system with hardy fish
Nitrates: Probably high
Phosphates: Got algae growing, probably high
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.018-1.020

Not sure on how to do photos yet. I will add some once sorted
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Re: 8 x 2 x 2.5 FOWLR

Postby biglil_blue » Sat 02 Apr, 2011 12:26 am

Ok havent sorted the photos out yet but I thought I might aswell put up a fish list of my 4 tanks.

8x2x2.5ft FOWLR
-Panther grouper
-Big eye squirrel fish
-Candy cane squirrel fish
-Stars n stripes puffer
-Dog face puffer
-ET puffer (who said puffers cant be housed together)
-Blue tang
-Sailfin tang
-2 x humbugs
-Fox face
-Zebra Mooray eel

Refugium (well it used to be, now it just holds my fish with attitude)
-Strawberry or Leopard cod? Unsure of its actual name. Need to find a new home for this guy as he has to much attitude and picks on my puffers

3ft x 500mm x 550mm Coral tank
This tank is my practice tank for my next project. When we move house (hopefully this year) I want a reef tank the same size as my FOWLR.
I currently run it with a simple cannister filter and has been quite succesful with corals popping up out of nowhere. Manually dose with calcium
-2 x Domino damsels
-Yellow tang
-Occelaris clown
-Long spine urchin

4ft x 450 x 500
-Currently housing a small epaulette shark given to me by a friend who didnt want it after 2 weeks. My aim when we get the new house is to also have a shallow but wide tank for this guy and a mate for him. Am currently thinking a 4 x 4 x 1.5ft tank, will depend on what house I end up buying and where it will fit

-Queen angel
-Blue ring angel
-Guinea fowl puffer
-Blue throat trigger
-Atlantic blue tang

All tanks recieve a 30-40% water change once a month taking approximately 3 hours with a bit of a scrub
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Re: 8 x 2 x 2.5 FOWLR

Postby nick_s_h » Sat 02 Apr, 2011 1:24 am

I love panther groupers! PICS are a must :) Try Photobucket.
Sounds like a great setup.

Quick word of advice im not an expert so im not putting my opinion but;
People will probably say 4x4 wont be enough for 1 shark let alone 2.
And others might say youre not doing enough water changes.

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Re: 8 x 2 x 2.5 FOWLR

Postby RedSeaSharks » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 3:50 am

Sounds good pics too pls :)
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Re: 8 x 2 x 2.5 FOWLR

Postby biglil_blue » Fri 19 Aug, 2011 2:14 am

So moving house hasnt gone so well as I have lost my fox face, sailfin tang, humbugs and my candy cane squirrel. I had setup 3 small tanks to house the fish while I moved the big tank and one of my brand spanking new aqua one heaters (bought just for the move) cranked the temp up to 36 degrees despite being set at 22. Not happy to say the least!

Big tank is running smoothly again and just waiting a week or two to chuck the other fish back in, then I will finally get photos up although it will look a bit empty with the losses.

New fish on the way tho, just have to be patient for a healthy specimen
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