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TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby StripestheEel » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 3:37 pm

The winner of the January 2011 TOTM competition is:

Jason Scarlett aka r0cksteady with his mixed reef, fish paradise.

Kindly donated by:

Aquablue Distribution

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Jason has won:

$100 in Ocean Nutrition Foods

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You can find out more about Jasons tank in his Tank Journal
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby StripestheEel » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 3:43 pm

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Introduction:

I first got into marine after observing my brother-in-law’s fresh water aquarium and realised I would like to do something similar (a peaceful ecosystem). When I went into a local fish store with him I ended up in the Salt Water section and realised I didn’t want to waste my time on something as bland as fresh water :spit:

I started my venture into Marine Aquariums with a 5ft x 2ft x 2ft which was riddled with disasters and flaws using cheap equipment, poor design, poor advice and ultimately poor understanding. Having glimpses at times of how amazing the setup could have looked I set to the task of planning a much larger setup and righting all the wrongs. I read every book I could find and decided to stick with the methodology of Anthony Calfo who I had come to respect through his experiences and refreshing view on our hobby. In particular I settled with his ‘Book of Coral Propagation, Volume 1 Edition 2: Reef Gardening for Aquarists’. I would have read this about 5-6 times cover to cover as the more I read, the more I started to fully grasp everything he was trying to impart.

I spent a full year planning every step of my intended 8ft x 2.5ft x 2.5ft, finding the best products\brands available at the time (I decided to spend the extra $$$ even if it meant I had to wait months longer because I wanted to do everything I could at the planning stage to hopefully ensure success for years to come). I read every tank journal I could find for inspiration and then highlighting\printed out the parts I liked, even getting family & friends to tell me what they also liked and didn’t like.

Still not trusting myself to get the design 100% right and knowing how bad you can feel when you’re looking at irreversible mistakes (after you’ve spent the money) I decided to get a cheap 6ft x 2ft x 2ft prototype version made up, and it was the best decision I could have made as often plans look great on paper but when taking physical form the shortfalls stand there glaring you in the face.

The Tank:

I decided on.....well that’s not true...my wife decided on 8ft x 2.5ft x 2.5ft as the maximum allowable size. I decided to base the whole theme on Angelfish who are probably my most favourite species of fish. This involved a lot of thought into Coral selection as most of you know Angelfish aren’t exactly reef safe. To date I’ve done a pretty good job in keeping the fleshy types of corals away and keeping my angels well fed including my large adult emperor angel.

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DISPLAY TANK SPECS
*8ft (96") x 2.5ft (30") x 2.5ft (30") - Approx 1312 Litres
*16mm Starphire Glass \ Low-Iron (front, sides and top ie bracing)
*Polished Edges
*Tinted Weir (sides and front but not bottom)
*Black Silicone
*Silent\Fail-Safe Siphon (BeanAnimal Design)
*Horizontal Weir\Overflow (Calfo Style) - Tinted Black sides and front but with clear bottom to allow light to get through to below sand bed etc.
*Euro Braced (Single laser cut star fire piece with one central cross beam as per engineers requirements)

Filtration:

I decided to follow both methods of both mechanical and natural filtration which seems to be the standard now.

Mechanically I use a Protein Skimmer (Reef Octopus Hurricane 4000 4X) in combination with a Ozonizer\Redox Controller (AquaZone Ozone Generator 200 Deluxe w/built-in controller & air dryer)

Natural filtration consists of a 5” Coral Sand DSB and the 220kg of live rock in my display. In my sump\refugium (7ft x 2ft x 1.5ft - 594.6 Litres) through the use of glass baffles I have divided it into 6 sections. From left to right filter media is:

*Carrib Sea Mineral Mud (8" DSB) & Macro Algae. There’s a lot of conflicting studies in regard to the use of mud. I made the educated decision to try it out anyway as there was certainly no negative effects in using mud and if indeed any of the positives were true then it was at least worth trying. The main motivator behind the move was taken from Anthony Calfo’s book where he explains that different substrates promote different forms of micro organisms.

*Carrib Sea Aragonite\Aragamax Select (8" DSB) – As well as promoting different micro organisms I chose the Aragonite fine sand to see if it worked as a minor calcium buffer by observing if the height would slowly drop over time.

*Coarse Coral Rubble (8" DSB) – The reason for this was purely to act as a copepod\mysis shrimp haven allowing them to breed deep down with a reduced risk of predation. This appears to have worked as I can constantly see them swimming around in the minor pockets even during the day.

*2mm Coral Sand with Live Rock (8" DSB) – This is my real DSB as the display DSB though 5” is more of a support DSB. This has about 120kg of live rock on top and is the heart of my refugium.

*Return Section

*Split Weir\Overflow Return & Equipment\Treatment Section. ie. Heaters, Skimmer, Carbon, Reactors etc. – I run a filter sock with a fist full of carbon changes weekly.

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Flow:

For flow I have 2 x Tunze Turbelle Stream 2 (6205's 5,000 - 22,000 l/h each) & 2 x Tunze Turbelle Stream 2 (6305's 9,000 - 30,000 l/h each).
I also use a Tunze Wavebox 6212 & Tunze Wavebox Extension 6212.50 and have a Return Pump (Reeflo Hammerhead Gold - 21,000 lph) but I don’t actually count these towards my flow.

Lighting:

Ive stuck with MH lighting as I feel that LED still hasn’t offered something to compete with it for deeper tanks (2.5ft +) but am excited to see the next few generations coming out to deal with this.
4 x CLB DE Pendant (Coralvue Lumen Bright Double Ended Pendant Reflection)
4 x IceCap 250-MH Ballast
4 x Phoenix 14,000K DE MH
Sump Light - 6FT Double T5 54W High Output

LIGHTING PHOTO PERIOD:
MH Pendant 1 - 14:45 - 22:45
MH Pendant 2 - 14:00 - 22:15
MH Pendant 3 - 15:00 - 32:00
MH Pendant 4 - 14:30 - 22:30
Sump Light - 24:00 - 08:00
Frag Tank Light - 01:00 - 09:00

Other Equipment:

*Calcium Reactor (Reef Octopus SNF-200) connected to c02 bottle - Brewcraft 6.8kg & PH Controller (Tunze PH/C02 controller set 7074/2)
*Sulphur Denitrator (Octopus CalFusion 2500:CR-140) plumbed in line with Calcium reactor to reduce the amount of c02 used by naturally dropping the PH.
*Phosphate Reactor (Reef Octopus PhosFusion 1500) - Now redundant as I treat with Lanthanum Chloride.
*Chiller (Supreme Aqua 1.5 HP) + (Plumbed inline with return)
*Generator (GEN4500ES ie 4.5Kva)
*Heater 500W + Digital Controller (Mercury Aqua) x 2
*Auto top off - Tunze Osmolator Universal (3155.000)
*RO/DI - PSI-019B-DI
*PAR Light Meter - Apogee Instruments Quantum Meter Dual Calibration
*American Marine Pinpoint Conductivity \ Water Hardness Monitor
*American Marine Pinpoint Oxygen Monitor
*American Marine Pinpoint Salinity Monitor
*American Marine Pinpoint Calcium Monitor
*Mercury Aqua PH Monitor
*Mercury Aqua ORP Meter

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FOR NSW COLLECTION:
2 X 1000L IBC Containers for NSW collection
1 x Water Pump 6.5HP 1000 L /Min Petrol 4 Stroke Cara
1 x Dual Axel Tandem Trailer with light truck tires and raised suspension rated for 2 tonne

FRAG TANK:
Plumbed inline with DT
FLOW - Tunze Nano Wavebox (6206)
LIGHTING - Solarmax T5 AQUARIUM LIGHT 4x39W H/O 900 Long Individual Reflectors /w 4 x Ati Aquablue Special 39w Globes.

Water Parameters:

Phosphate - 0.10
Salinity/Specific Gravity - 35ppt/1.026
Temperature – 25
Alkalinity - 9dKH
pH - 8.2
Magnesium – 1300 mg/L
Calcium - 450 mg/L.

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Fish:

ANGELFISH
1 x Potter's Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)
1 x Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loricula)
1 x Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)

BASSLETS
2 x Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)

BATFISH
1 x Pinnate Batfish (Platax pinnatus)

BLENNIES
2 x Bi-Colour Blenny (Ecsenius bicolor)
1 x Seaweed Blenny (Parablennius marmoreus)

BUTTERFLY FISH
1 x Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus)

CARDINALS
2 x Bangaii Cardinals (Pterapogon kauderni)

CLOWNFISH
1 x Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) paired w/
1 x Black & White Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
2 x Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus)

DRAGONETS
2 x Male/Female Pair of Green Mandarinfish (Pterosynchiropus/Synchiropus splendidus)
2 x Scooter Blennys (Synchiropus ocellatus)

EELS
1 x Zebra Moray Eel (Gymnomuraena zebra)

GOBIES
1 x Yellow Clown Goby (Gobiodon citrinus)

HAWKFISH
2 x Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus)

TANGS
1 x Achillies Tang (Acanthurus achilles)
1 x Blonde Naso Tang (Naso lituratus)
1 x Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)
1 x Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus) - Hawaiian Species
1 x Power Brown Tang (Acanthurus japonicas)
1 x Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)
1 x Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

WRASSE
2 x Canary Wrasse (Halichoeres Chrysus)
2 x Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lineatus)
1 x Green Wrasse (Halichoeres chloropterus)
1 x Six-line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia)

WANT LIST:
1 x Potter's Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)
1 x Regal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus
2 x Blackcap Basslet (Gramma melcara)
2 x Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)
2 x Midas Belnny (Ecsenius midas)
1 x Longhorn Cowfish (Lactoria cornuta)
2 x Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus)
4 x Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani)
1 x Harlequin Tusk (Lienardella fasciata)
1 x Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus - canescens)
1 x Japanese Pygmy Angelfish (Centropyge interruptus)
1 x Clarion Angel (Holacanthus clarionensis)

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Invertebrates:

ANEMONES
Red Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)
Yellow Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)
Blue Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantean)
Red Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)

SHRIMP
20 x Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni) - 10 in DT, 10 in SUMP\REFUGIUM
2 x Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) - (Mated pair, Yellow bellied\Blue legged variant)
4 x Red Line Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)
4 x Blood Shrimp (Lysmata debelius)

STAR FISH \ SEA STAR
1 x Large Blue Sea Star (Linckia laevigata) - HAD FOR 3+ YEARS

CRABS
2 x Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes spp)

ABALONE
2 x Abalone (Haliotis spp)

SEA CUCUMBERS
1 x Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber (Holothuria hilla, Thymiosycia hilla)

SNAILS
6 x Banded Trochus Snail (Trochus sp)
20 x Turbo Snails (Turbo sp)
20 x Zebra Snails (Austrocochlea porcata)
Zounds x Large Stomatella Snails (Stomatella varia)

CLAMS
1 x Blue Squamosa (Tridacna squamossa)
1 x Brown Squamosa (Tridacna squamossa)

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Maintenance:

Every Thursday night religiously I perform my weekly maintenance which involves:
1. Clean the glass
2. Dose 40ml Lanthanum Chloride diluted in 10L of RO/DI water via the skimmer over 24 hours with a 10micron filter sock at the skimmer outlet. Dirty filter sock is removed after 24 hours
3. Wipe the skimmer cup soon to be made redundant with one of these: http://coralvue.com/octopus-automatic-s ... k-cleaner/
4. Perform a 20% water change
5. Change carbon filled filter sock
6. Add a cup of a cup of bicarb soda (Alkalinity)
7. Add 750grams of Epson salts (Magnesium)
8. Testing the water parameters (further manual dosing may be required depending results)

Acknowledgements

Id like to firstly Acknowledge my amazing wife Naomi who has been up with me at midnight cleaning up wet floors from leaking plumbing, turned a blind when it comes to asking too many questions about how much something cost and ultimately being my biggest supporter in this hobby. I would surely have given up by now at my low points in this hobby if it wasn’t for her encouraging me to keep going. Also I couldn’t have achieved what I have without the assistance and advice of Mick Dunne who maintains my tank when I’m out of town and is the first person I call if something goes wrong.
Finally the MASA community have helped bring me from a ‘New to the hobby’ ignorant poster to years later winning TOTM now trying to return the favour.

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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby Jesster » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 5:37 pm

:clap: :o

tank is stunning, well deserved! another TOTM for us Aussies to be proud of!!!

congrats :clap: :clap:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 5:42 pm

Congrats on TOTM. :clap: :clap:

Well done, a testament to your efforts.

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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby dannyb5 » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 5:53 pm

StripestheEel wrote:The winner of the Novmber 2010 TOTM competition is:

Jason Scarlett aka r0cksteady with his mixed reef, fish paradise.



TOTM Novmber 2010? Haha, Jan 2011 and its November! :roflmao:

Well done mate, Well deserved!
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 5:58 pm

Fixed it for you Matt.

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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby StripestheEel » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 6:04 pm

These people don't give you a break do they? :poke: :roflmao:

Ta Rod.
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby dannyb5 » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 6:22 pm

Oh, I didn't mean it in a rude way. I just had a bit of a chuckle, you do a great job ste.

Sorry if it came across wrong.
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby StripestheEel » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 6:30 pm

I'm only kidding. I have done it a few times :roflmao:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby fishlover » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 7:27 pm

Congratulations Jason absolutely beautiful tank.




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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby n0rk » Sat 12 Feb, 2011 7:35 pm

I'm glad you finally won it Jason, for so long your tank has been overlooked. It's stunning :clap:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby blags » Sun 13 Feb, 2011 1:26 am

Congrats Jason a excellent tank :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby SmallAnf » Sun 13 Feb, 2011 11:41 am

That's awesome!

Would love to see more livestock photos.

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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby Brengun » Sun 13 Feb, 2011 1:10 pm

Amazing tank and a write up so well done you could publish it I reckon.
Congratulations Jason. :clap:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby galleri3090 » Mon 14 Feb, 2011 3:52 pm

Congrats on a deserving recognition. Some killer livestock in there. :clap:

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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby Sailfin » Mon 14 Feb, 2011 5:13 pm

Well Done Jason lookin mighty fine
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby sydneydrewid » Mon 14 Feb, 2011 6:08 pm

congrats.. an amazing tank :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby dargonk » Mon 14 Feb, 2011 6:50 pm

really great tank, great start for TOTM 2011
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby r0cksteady » Tue 15 Feb, 2011 11:06 am

Thanks everyone, greatly appreciated. Ill be sure to do a decent update shortly.
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby fishguy23 » Wed 16 Feb, 2011 3:23 pm

congratulations, the depth perception in the tank is insane it looks amazing.
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby scotto » Thu 17 Feb, 2011 9:27 pm

Bee-yutiful mate. Well done :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby vman » Fri 18 Feb, 2011 6:26 pm

well done mate :clap:

now thats what i call a rip snorta of a set up well deserved!

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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby Tom the Reefer » Mon 21 Feb, 2011 3:38 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: great tank :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby curr4n » Thu 17 Mar, 2011 11:43 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: well done i can only aspire to have tank as beautiful as yours.. maybe one day see this in the flesh :thumbsup: well deserved :cheers:
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Re: TOTM January 2011 Winner

Postby fongyfong » Sat 07 May, 2011 5:47 pm

beautiful tank this tank isnt linked up on the feature tank page? http://www.masa.asn.au/masa/content/blogcategory/19/58/
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