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TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby davez104 » Wed 18 May, 2011 6:19 pm

The winner of the March 2011 TOTM competition is:

Trish_P and Jason with their beautiful hard coral reef system.

Kindly donated by:

Aquablue Distribution

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Trish and Jason have won:

$100 in Ocean Nutrition Foods

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You can find out more about the winning tank tank in this Tank Journal
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby davez104 » Wed 18 May, 2011 6:27 pm

Congratulations Trish and Jason on winning TOTM for April with your gorgeous hard coral reef.
Trish is known as Trish_P on the RTAW forums and you can find out more about their tank in their tank journal.

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Our interest in fish keeping started about 10 years ago when we kept a planted discus tank. Things were going smoothly until we found a Local Fish shop in Adelaide called Marine Plus, which specialised in Marine tanks. The comparison in aesthetics between a green planted tank and the colourful reef tank made it an easy decision to change. So began out journey into reef tanks more than 2 years ago.

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Tank, Cabinet and Sump

The tank measures 5x2x2 and sits on a 2-pac white painted cabinet with 2 access doors and a grid to help with air flow. The sump is a 4 foot tank, divided into three sections. The hood was made at same time as the cabinet and has same finish. 2 small fans are fixed onto the cabinet to help with cooling the LEDs.

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Filtration and Flow

We currently have the Reef Octopus Classic 800, although we will be upgrading in next few months due either a Skimz or a Bubble King. There is about 80kg of live rock and a handful of macro Algae. Flow is with 2 VorTech MP40Ws placed at either end. Mode is in Reef crest in anti-sync which seems to reach the places where our corals are.

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Lighting

We have 3 of the Eco-Lamps model number KR-92. Each is 18 inches long which cover the length of the tank very well. We also use an Eco-lamps LED for our sump light.

Equipment

• Auto top-off
• Haliea Chiller 250A
• Schego 300W titanium heater, with controller
• 150L storage bin for salt water
• 2 x Cheap pumps for water transfer
• Bubble Magnus Dosing pumps
• 2x Two Little Fishies Fluid bed filters
• PSI RO unit

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Additives

• Prodibio – One Bioptim every week, one Biodigest every fortnight, Iodi and Stronti every fortnight, one Reef Booster every 3 weeks.
• 1/2 teaspoon Potassium Chloride every fortnight on alternate water change weeks
• Use Randy Holmes-Farley’s recipe #2, currently Calcium is 80mL per day, Alkalinity is 70mL and Magnesium is 50mL.

Current Water Parameters

Temp: 25-27c
• Salinity: 1.026
• PH: 8.2
• Ammonia: 0
• Nitrite: 0
• Nitrate: <1
• Cal: 470
• Alk: 8.6
• Phosphate: 0.01-0.09
• Magnesium: 1320

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Corals

• Montipora spp.
• Various Acropora spp.
• Eupyllia glabrescens
• Lobopyllia sp.
• Various Acanthastrea lordhowensis

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Fish

• 2 x Amphiprion ocellaris (Clownfish)
• 1 x Zebrasome xanthurum (Purple Tang)
• 1 x Acanthurus negrofuscus (Chocolate Tang)
• 6 x Pseudanthias dispar (Dispar Anthias)
• Pair of Pseudocheilinus hexataenia (Sixline Wrasses)
• Pair of Gramma loreto (Royal Grammas)
• 1 x Gobiodon citrinius (Yellow Coral Hoby)

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Maintenance

• 15% water change every fortnight
• Fortnightly testing - Calcium, Magnesium, kH, Phosphate
• Activated Carbon changed monthly
• Rowaphos changed monthly
• Fill top-off container weekly
• Twice a day feeding of corals and fish
• Daily observation and check of equipment

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank everyone on the forums as the help here has been fantastic, especially Angie (Pebbles), Ben (n0rk) and Murray (Semillon) who have gone out of their way to help with any questions we had. Also to the MASAOG crew who have made this hobby fun. And finally, to Milton, Riki, Jackie and James at Marine Plus whose help, fantastic stock and willingness to answer questions has definitely helped us get to this stage.
Jason and I are truly humbled and honoured.
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby davez104 » Wed 18 May, 2011 6:29 pm

Congratulations guys, a deserving winner this month :thumbsup:

Dave.
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby n0rk » Wed 18 May, 2011 6:42 pm

Congratulations guys :clap:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Sin » Wed 18 May, 2011 7:00 pm

Congrats on TOTM guys! :clap: :clap:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby rnscross » Wed 18 May, 2011 7:10 pm

nice looking tank and congratulations.
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Dan » Wed 18 May, 2011 7:49 pm

great tank, congrats guys :clap:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby camo1 » Wed 18 May, 2011 7:56 pm

Well done :clap:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby chriso316 » Wed 18 May, 2011 8:10 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: congrats
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Thommo01 » Wed 18 May, 2011 8:13 pm

Well done Trish and Jason :clap: . Well deserved winners. I was only thinking the other day the we(MASAOG) should start hinting that this is a TOTM quality tank.

That's 2 in a row hey! GO MASAOG!!

I agree that M+ are a great shop and very passionate and helpful to all.

Once again well done. You both should be very proud. :nod:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Rod the Reefer » Wed 18 May, 2011 9:03 pm

Congratulations Trish and Jason, a worthy win, well deserved. :clap:

How many is that for MASAOG???

Onya guys.

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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby kj52faith » Wed 18 May, 2011 9:16 pm

Awesome guys!! Youve done an extremely good job!
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby pebbles » Wed 18 May, 2011 9:27 pm

Well done trish.



:wavey: cheers
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby adamfenessy » Wed 18 May, 2011 11:21 pm

:bow: great tank.
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Bradc » Wed 18 May, 2011 11:40 pm

What a great looking tank :-x ..... congratulations .... a worthy winner :clap: :cheers:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby galleri3090 » Thu 19 May, 2011 11:03 am

Congrat's Trish :banana:

Very well deserved.

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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby fishguy23 » Thu 19 May, 2011 12:03 pm

congratulations Trish tank looks amazing
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby nUm » Thu 19 May, 2011 12:47 pm

Congrats Trish, tank is looking good as always.

Cheers,

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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Assist » Thu 19 May, 2011 2:17 pm

Well done Trish looks great amazing colours!!
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby terbit » Thu 19 May, 2011 2:40 pm

Well done Trish and Jase :clap:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby paul1986 » Thu 19 May, 2011 5:27 pm

:withyou: :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Deester » Fri 20 May, 2011 12:50 pm

Congrats guys ... Much deserved on a great system :bow: Some very nice and healthy looking SPS in there :-x
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby trish_p » Sat 21 May, 2011 9:36 am

Thanks everyone for your congratulations! It does mean a lot. :thumbsup:
Cheers, Trish

Tank Owner.. for now lol
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby terrar » Sat 21 May, 2011 10:52 am

Fantastic tank guys, as I am just starting a new sps tank you have provided inspiration.
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby oldsalty » Sun 22 May, 2011 6:44 pm

Cogratulations a well deserved TOTM

Regards

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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby ariedavo » Wed 25 May, 2011 1:48 pm

Lovely Tank

Well done guys, :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Jamess » Wed 25 May, 2011 2:55 pm

Brilliant. Something to aspire to.
James' 4x2x2 Decommissioned and recycled to make....

950x600x450 LED Study Escape
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby hyjak71 » Wed 25 May, 2011 11:05 pm

Nice on Trish, well deserved win!
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Re: newbie say hello to all

Postby adamfenessy » Thu 26 May, 2011 8:49 pm

eva wrote:Hello,my name is Eva,just letting you know you have another member on your forum. This is such a great set up here. Looking forward to get to know everyone Cheers Eva :roflmao:


Heya. Are you Hungarian?
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Re: TOTM April 2011 WINNER!

Postby Doc_omo » Fri 27 May, 2011 3:09 pm

Grats guys great looking tank and inspiration.
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