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SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Sun 28 Oct, 2012 2:55 pm

Hello Australia,

Hope everyone is doing well across the pond. :wavey:

It's been quite a while since I posted and thought I would share some recent pics of my tanks. The tank is uses ZEOVit. I have provided Actinic and Daylight shots for your viewing pleasure.

Quick Edit: I have a fist size piece of LR holding down some egg crate in my sump. I have a couple cups of sand for my wrasse to sleep in and I also have some sand in a small container to support some hammer coral. Other than that, no LR and no sand.

Warmest Regards,
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby ssscuz » Sun 28 Oct, 2012 2:57 pm

Very cool, a lot of nice colours in there!
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Sun 28 Oct, 2012 3:00 pm

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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby pleco4me » Sun 28 Oct, 2012 3:02 pm

:-x Stunning!

One question though, how do you remove the corals that have fully encrusted to the rack?
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Sun 28 Oct, 2012 3:06 pm

I've had to do it a couple times already :) Unless the coral grows through the holes in the rack, it pops right off. I reach under the rack and push on the bottom of the plug and "pop" off comes the coral. The encrusting growth is paper thin and is very delicate though. Since the racks are made of acrylic, they are non-porous and do not allow the coral to attach to the rack.
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Mon 29 Oct, 2012 8:13 am

A couple details about the tank:

I do feed the tank oyster eggs (Reef Nutrition Oyster Feast) on a nightly basis. I've found that feeding has become more important to the general health of my tank when using the ZEO system. When I did not feed the tank, the corals became very pale and lost tissue at the base. Here is a breakdown of my dosing on 150 gallons net.

Zeobac 6 drops 2 times a week
Zeostart3 1.1ml throughout the day
Pohls Extra 6ml nightly
AAHC I used this prior to dosing the Extra. When I combine with extra, I get a nice coating of brown algae on the glass. I no longer dose.
CV I dose 24 drops per night. This is way more than is recommended, but it works the best with my coral population.
Zeospur2 I have used this, but now use it very rarely due to the strength of this additive.

As for the lighting, I use an ATI 8x80 Sunpower over a tank that is 60 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 18 inches tall. The bulbs in the actinic shots were ATI Actinics. The Daylight shots are 3 Geisemann Mid Day, 3 ATI Aquablue, and 2 ATI Actinic. Using an Apogee PAR meter, I target PAR at the center of my tank to be 480. My skimmer is an Super Reef Octopus XP-3000 Int with an automatic head cleaner. There is a small amount of carbon used only to help with water clarity. I use artificial saltwater and use Brightwell Aquatics brand. Every Friday, I perform a 25 gallon water change. Below are my parameters

Phosphate .02 using a hanna meter
Nitrate .5 using a salifert test kit
Potassium 400
Calcium 430 using a red sea pro test kit
Alkalinity 7.8 using a hanna meter
Ph Day 8.15
Ph Night 7.95
Temp 79.5
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby ssbk23 » Mon 29 Oct, 2012 9:34 pm

Some very impressive colours :bow: :bow:
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby Byronredsea » Mon 29 Oct, 2012 9:40 pm

Most of us do like colored sticks very nice :thumbsup:
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 10:20 am

Thank you SSBK23 and Byronredsea,

I hope to keep the thread updated with growth shots every couple of months. I just changed the bulbs so I'm curious to see if I get any coloration change in the corals.

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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby fishwhisperer » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 11:48 am

Freaking love this tank!!!!
Love how tanks are going this way! Well done!
Can't wait to see the grow out.
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby Basenji » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 3:42 pm

Good work, and brilliant results :clap:

For what it's worth, I much prefer the colour balance in the last 7 photos on the series. Your coral colours are beautiful. They don't need to be exagerated by cranking up the saturation.
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 9:12 pm

Thank you for all of the kind comments everyone. :) The photos were taken under two different types of lighting. The first are actinic only and the second are the daylight shots. I use a grey card for white balance. I think I may have used auto correct on some of the day light shots, but if I remember correctly, the actinic shots are raw images. I'm very new to photography and still learning the basics. If you want, you can give me some tips and I can take some new photos for you. Just let me know what coral you would like to see and how to set the camera.

Warmest Regards,
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby Jaguar » Fri 02 Nov, 2012 1:57 pm

:nut: :-x FAN*TABULOUS! Completely awesome! How long have you had this system up and running? I reckon take a video! :clap: Did I mention gorgeous tank!!
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby jayellul » Sun 04 Nov, 2012 9:22 pm

damn this will look cool if your gonna let it grow right out?

Love it :-)
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Sun 04 Nov, 2012 11:29 pm

Hi Jaguar and Jayellul,

Hope all is well!

Yes, I am letting it grow out. I spent yesterday building out a new section in my sump for all of the montis and smaller pieces. Now I can add another rack and spread out some of the larger pieces so they have even more room to grow. With that said, there are a couple lucky reefers who have received some frags from me, but I do not sell that often. It helps subsidize the cost of the salt, electricity, and most of all, the ZEO.

I'm working on a video for you this morning. I Have a Canon Rebel T2i, and am limited by its video capabilities, but I should be able to have something nice for you.

Quick Edit: I completely forgot to say that after removing my monti frag rack, my pygmy angel had no where to sleep. I broke down and added a piece of rock that I've had in a bucket for over a year. Not sure if I need to change the title of my thread now. :)

Warmest Regards,
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Mon 05 Nov, 2012 5:15 am

Links to the videos. For some reason, I was not able to embed the video.

http://youtu.be/uI9bZovDXvk

http://youtu.be/T4FdMRw0QuE
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby priscacara » Mon 05 Nov, 2012 8:11 pm

So much color, looks awesome!
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby WIGARUS » Thu 20 Dec, 2012 1:12 am

The colours look amazing :)
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby StripestheEel » Thu 20 Dec, 2012 8:49 am

Stunning. Any bioload from fish in this system or purely sps
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby jason angel » Tue 01 Jan, 2013 6:08 pm

Looking great. Im also running a SPS, no sand, but have around 8kgs of branchy rock just support the SPS off the bottom, to prevent detritus build up.
Your colors are great. I too am currently researching the pros and cons of target feeding SPS vs not.
Are you running any macro? as a refugium will generally provide all the larvae and particulate food matter that SPS will require, Or does the growth of macro conflict with your zeovit program?
What kind of skimmer are you running aswell? Do you use balling method (dosing pumps), or CaRx?
Do you test for trace elements, (other than potassium) and also one more question... do you supplement any trace elements besides alk/ca? :)
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StripestheEel wrote:Stunning. Any bioload from fish in this system or purely sps

CUNAReefer wrote: I completely forgot to say that after removing my monti frag rack, my pygmy angel had no where to sleep. I broke down and added a piece of rock that I've had in a bucket for over a year. Not sure if I need to change the title of my thread now. :)

Matt I think the first post also mentions a wrasse..... not to mention the videos which clearly have fish in them. :roflmao:
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby CUNAReefer » Sun 28 Apr, 2013 3:28 pm

jason angel wrote:Looking great. Im also running a SPS, no sand, but have around 8kgs of branchy rock just support the SPS off the bottom, to prevent detritus build up.
Your colors are great. I too am currently researching the pros and cons of target feeding SPS vs not.
Are you running any macro? as a refugium will generally provide all the larvae and particulate food matter that SPS will require, Or does the growth of macro conflict with your zeovit program?
What kind of skimmer are you running aswell? Do you use balling method (dosing pumps), or CaRx?
Do you test for trace elements, (other than potassium) and also one more question... do you supplement any trace elements besides alk/ca? :)
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StripestheEel wrote:Stunning. Any bioload from fish in this system or purely sps

CUNAReefer wrote: I completely forgot to say that after removing my monti frag rack, my pygmy angel had no where to sleep. I broke down and added a piece of rock that I've had in a bucket for over a year. Not sure if I need to change the title of my thread now. :)

Matt I think the first post also mentions a wrasse..... not to mention the videos which clearly have fish in them. :roflmao:


Hey Jason, Hope all is well! Sorry for the delayed response. I get on the forum once every couple months. Thank you for the kind words. Since my tank is a full zeovit tank, I cannot keep any forms of macro algae. My phosphate is .02, nitrate is .2, Alk is ~7.3, Ca ~ 430. I feed Reef Nutrition Oyster Feast every other night. Here are some updated pics for your viewing pleasure. If I do not respond to any posts quickly, you can send me a PM. I am also on RC quite a bit. Enjoy the pics. :wavey:

All pics were taken with a canon rebel T2i with stock lense. Absolutely no photo shopping. These are the colors under two ATI Actinics.

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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby jayellul » Sun 28 Apr, 2013 3:34 pm

Again, awesome!!!
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby priscacara » Sat 04 May, 2013 4:47 pm

Love it!
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby jason angel » Sun 05 May, 2013 9:31 pm

Amazing Cuna!!! Yes catch you on RC mate I've subscribed to your thread over there its awesome! :thumbsup:
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby DanMang » Thu 16 May, 2013 5:39 pm

I didnt even know sps got to those sorts of colours. Amazing
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby gazman33 » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 12:00 pm

damn all these zeo tanks are really begining to convince me to take the plunge!!! they are some sweet colours you have looks awesome!
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby jayellul » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 9:37 pm

UPDATE!
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Re: SPS Only - No Rock and No Sand

Postby izzywitt » Fri 25 Apr, 2014 1:40 pm

jayellul wrote:UPDATE!


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This tank has such awesome colours!!!!! Shame its not in Aus, a few frags would be nice :thumbsup:
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