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TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby davez104 » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 11:56 am

The winner of the May 2011 TOTM competition is:

Dan and Cathy with their beautiful SPS reef system.

Kindly donated by:

Aquablue Distribution

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Dan and Cathy 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 May 2011 WINNER!

Postby davez104 » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 11:56 am

Congratulations Daniel and Cathy on winning TOTM for May 2011 with their beautiful, clean SPS reef.
Daniel is known simply as Dan on the RTAW forums and you can find out more about his tank in his tank journal.

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Both Cathy and I have always had a love of the ocean. I have, like so many others kept and bred freshwater fish for many years and then about 6 years ago I finally decided to take the plunge into the world of marines seeking more challenges than freshwater could have given me. The first year a LOT of mistakes were made and lessons learnt and a move to Perth saw me have to give up my tank. 3 years ago we were back in the sunshine state, we found RTAW and marine aquarium keeping has slowly changed from hobby to obsession.


Display tank:

3ft x 2ft x 2ft eurobraced in 10mm glass, tank custom made by Dennison from MaryAnnes Aquariums.


Stand:

Custom pine stand stained dark brown. The left side panel is removable which allowed us to have the largest sump that could fit underneath and it also allows for better side access to the sump when doing routine chores.


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Sump:

30in x 18in x 18in split into 3 sections (skimmer -> refugium -> utilities/return)


Filtration:

Filtration is primarily through the live rock and skimmer. There is however a small amount of macro algae in the sump but this does not grow due to low nutrient levels


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Skimmer:

ATB Nano Cone (B version) with Airstar pump. Whilst I was always skeptical about spending money on a good skimmer, this extra performance has allowed us to feed corals an inverts in the tank almost nightly. Large input, fast removal is helping to ensure the sps growth rates are strong.


Water flow:

Single Vortech MP40w which is dialed in at around 50% on lagoon mode. This provides the tank with approx 20x turnover and pushes the limits of flow without causing a sand storm. We also have a battery back up system to give us peace of mind.


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Lighting:

We originally had a DIY LED over the tank however found the corals did not seem to adapt well so we decided to go with T5’s as they are widely used and have been for many years. The current fixture is a Solarmax 8 x 39watt which has individual reflectors for each tube. We choose to use ATI tubes and replace these every 8 months.

Dawn Channel – 11am – 10pm
Daytime (full light) – 12pm - 9pm


Other Equipment:

2 x TLF Fluid Bed Filter running ROWAphos & ROWAcarbon (changed monthly)

Scheago 300watt titanium heater & controller

Bubble Magus 3 Channel dosing pumps running solutions of Randy Holmes Recipe #1 and set to 6 cycles / day to ensure there is minimal daily fluctuations

Auto Top Up float switch connected to a 60lt reservoir of RO water

RO/DI unit from PSI Filters

Hailea 150a Chiller fed from the return pump


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Water Parameters:


The best thing I have learnt in this hobby is stability, this isn’t always easy and I am still finding challenges keeping important parameters like Alkalinity stable due to the ever increasing uptake by my corals.

Current water parameters:

Salinity – 36ppm (refractometer)

Nitrate – Undetectable (Salifert)

Alkalinity – 8.0dKH (Salifert)

Calcium – 420ppm (Salifert)

Magnesium – 1280ppm (Salifert)

Phosphate – 0.00ppm (Hanna Checker)


Additives:

Prodibio (Bio Optim & Bio Digest) - fortnightly
Prodibio (Reefbooster) - twice weekly
Kent Iodine – 4-6ml weekly spread over 2-3 doses
Red Sea Potassium – 6ml weekly spread over 2-3 doses


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Coral Feeding:

Those who know me know how much I believe in feeding corals more than just light. Most marine aquarists go to great lengths to maintain ‘natural reef conditions’ however the high volumes of marine planktons which feed the reefs are often overlooked or avoided due to potential issues with water fouling in our small closed systems. We currently hatch our own Artemia (enriched with greenwater) and use PolypLab Reef Roids to supplement the live Artemia. This coral food mix gets fed to the tank 5-6 nights per week.


Fish:

We have both always loved fish and felt that they are as integral to the tank as the corals unlike many dedicated SPS tanks which have few fish to keep bio-loads down. We are currently searching for one last fish for the tank but this is proving difficult due to size of tank, compatibility and availability.


Current Fish List:

Amphiprion ocellaris – Black & White Clownfish x 2
Halichoeres chrysus – Canary Wrasse
Pseudochromis fridmani – Orchid Dottyback
Zebrasoma xanthurum - Purple Tang


Corals:

Mainly SPS but with a few LPS scattered around the base of the rockwork.

Acropora sp.
Millepora sp.
Stylophora sp.
Poccilopora sp.
Ricordea sp.
Montipora sp.
Euphyllia ancora
Fungia sp.
Ricordea yuma
Scolymia australis
Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Symphyllia radians
Zoanthid sp.


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Inverts:

Lysmata amboinensis – Redline Cleaner Shrimp x 2
Tridacna crocea – Crocea Clam
Tridacna maxima – Maxima Clam
Trochus sp. - Trochus Snail
Strombus Sp. - Stromb Snail


Maintenance:

Daily visual inspection of all equipment
Daily visual inspection of livestock
Daily/Weekly algae cleaning (viewable sides & back wall)
Weekly 10% water change with natural sea water – I keep to this religiously ensuring trace elements we do not have the ability to test for are replenished
Weekly water parameter testing


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Acknowledgments

Firstly I want to thank Cathy who put up with this obsession day in day out during the early days, but is now as bad as I am. I also want to thank my cousin Brad (Bradw6860) who introduced me to RTAW and inspired me to keep persisting with a reefers ultimate challenge, the colourful sticks. A massive thanks to Heath, Bruce & John from QLD Coral Creations who time and time again give us access to the very best quality livestock (:clap:) I also want to thank the MASQ crew who without fail are always there if you ever need a hand, we’ve made some great friends along the way with a special thanks to Derek (Deek) and Heath who dropped everything to save our reef during Brisbane’s floods earlier this year. Lastly thanks to those who volunteer to keep the RTAW forums running and those members who continue to share their knowledge along the way, our tank inhabitants have a much better life thanks to the resources RTAW provide.

Cathy and I are honored and proud to be nominated and included in a collection of some of the best tanks down under.

Happy Reefing.
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby terbit » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 12:02 pm

Congrats Dan and Cathy :clap:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Sin » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 12:28 pm

:clap: :clap: Well done guys. I can't think of a tank more deserving for TOTM than this one.

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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Deester » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 12:36 pm

Congrats Guys :thumbsup:

A very deserving TOTM for a great set up ... gotta be proud :pirate:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby DAY1 » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 1:24 pm

Congratulations Dan and Cathy :clap: :clap:
Keep up the good work :cheers:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby bradw6860 » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 6:53 pm

Thanks for the mention guys you have done so well! :clap: :clap:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby dannyb5 » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 7:31 pm

Well done guys, Well deserved! :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby nUm » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 7:33 pm

Congratulations guys

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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby galleri3090 » Wed 08 Jun, 2011 11:10 am

Congrat's Dan & Cathy.

Truly one of the more uniquely aquascaped tanks on MASA. A picture of health and brilliantly photographed.

Very well done :clap: .

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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby mattgreen » Wed 08 Jun, 2011 1:50 pm

deffinetly deserved not sure how it wasnt totm sooner!
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Dan » Wed 08 Jun, 2011 2:25 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words :bow: I hope we can keep it together long enough to get some serious growth from the acro like so many really established sps tanks I drool over.
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby oldsalty » Thu 09 Jun, 2011 8:43 pm

Congratulations, a well deserved TOTM
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Kapyong23 » Fri 10 Jun, 2011 5:49 pm

Congrats Dano, well deserved mate. :clap:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby spinjunkie » Fri 10 Jun, 2011 7:58 pm

:withyou: CONGRATS!!! :clap:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Scutzy » Sat 11 Jun, 2011 7:09 pm

I just knew it Dan when I saw your tank last week I thought that is an award winning reef - I'm proud to be the owner of a frag from your tank with an incredible pedigre

Huge congratulations and thanks again for the frag :cheers:

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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Synodontis » Tue 14 Jun, 2011 10:10 am

That reef looks brilliant.
Congrats,

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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby trish_p » Tue 14 Jun, 2011 7:22 pm

Well done Dan. Looks great and especially love the clam.
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby bambampow » Mon 20 Jun, 2011 7:04 pm

WOW! What a great looking tank! :clap:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Tom the Reefer » Thu 23 Jun, 2011 2:53 pm

looks awesome :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby waxie_f » Sun 26 Jun, 2011 6:52 pm

I spuer like it!!!!
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby StripestheEel » Sun 26 Jun, 2011 7:45 pm

Congrats bud.
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Dan » Fri 01 Jul, 2011 12:34 pm

Just want to say a massive thanks to Tim and the staff at aquablue for the prize i recieved recently :clap: I have had many dealings with them and its always been A+ :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby RedSeaSharks » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 3:52 am

Love it!
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby Mr Miagi » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 11:16 am

This is a gorgeous tank, and I think what appeals to me is its simplicity! Awesome! :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby shannonpayne86 » Sat 09 Jul, 2011 8:43 pm

Something to be real proud of guys! You deserve every bit of this award with the trials and tribulations you guys have been having!

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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby reefsecretsaquariums » Sat 09 Jul, 2011 8:59 pm

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Re: TOTM May 2011 WINNER!

Postby oldsalty » Fri 15 Jul, 2011 6:30 pm

Love the arrangement, well deservered TOTM
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