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TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby davez104 » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 2:51 pm

The winner of the September 2011 TOTM competition is:

Rod the Reefer with his forever inspirational reef system.

Kindly donated by:

Aquablue Distribution

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Rod has 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 September 2011 WINNER!

Postby davez104 » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 3:03 pm

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Well, what a surprise, a privilege and an honor to be considered for Tank of the Month once again!!
After my current tank was voted Tank of the Month in July 2009, I thought my award winning days were over. I was very happy to just sit back and watch this tank grow out.
As this is the same tank as in 2009, I thought what I could do is report on my updated equipment, how the set up is going and the highs and lows of this fabulous hobby.

Firstly, once again, I would like to thank my lovely wife, who supports me in my hobby and helps me to make this dream a reality - she loves it as much as I do! I would also like to thank all my fellow hobbyists and friends who have supported me over the years, you know who you are!

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System

The tank is 6’ x 28” x 28” and sits in my lounge room with a big sofa right in front of it. We often sit and chill out in front of it at the end of a big day. The stand was fabricated from 50 x 50 steel that has been sand blasted, zinc coated and powder coated, then clad with granite and has two large doors which have been vinyl wrapped front and back. After a couple of years of service the powder coating is as good as the day it was done. The granite and vinyl wrapped doors still look sensational. All I have had to do is recently replace the hinges as they were beginning to rust.

The acrylic sump has been brilliant and still offers the flexibility to drill holes and add and remove equipment as I wish. The frag area has been abandoned as I just didn’t have the time to do it justice. The Reef Octopus NW 200 skimmer hasn’t missed a beat, as is the case with the unbreakable Eheim 1260 return pump. The auto top off incorporating a solenoid and float switch to control the flow of fresh water has been a triumph although the kalk stirrer has now gone, as it was the main cause of a major Alk spike, which caused huge problems.

It was my fault entirely, but one night I put the stirrer on to manually top off the evaporation and as we had people over for dinner, forgot it was continually pumping kalk into the tank. As our visitors were leaving one of them said “Is the tank supposed to be all white?” Ahhhhh!!!! That ended up being a very late night with water changes and trying to get the pH down to somewhere approaching reasonable.

That little mistake took many months to overcome and get the tank back on track.

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Backup Power

My latest piece of equipment probably brings with it the most peace of mind. Backup Power.
I decided that with all the time invested and my commitment to my livestock a backup power system was a must. After some research I went with ATJ’s DIY system that I had my electronics friend help me with. Find out more here: http://atj.net.au/marineaquaria/backup_power.html

Lighting

My Sola Tubes continue to pump beautiful, free sunshine into my reef every day and I never get tired of the natural dawns and real moon light! The metal halide’s are now gone and wonderful LED lighting has taken its place. This decision has to be up there with the best I have made. The corals and clams just love it. The DE Lightings T5 unit with ATI Blue Plus, ATI Pro Color, KZ Fiji Purple and ATI Actinic bulbs really make the colours pop and I wouldn’t have LED lights without them.

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Flow

This is one area I really love!

My decision to base the setup on the Gyre flow system, where you don't just have random currents, but rather imitate tidal flows and wave action was sound. The more I watch and learn the more I appreciate the changing flow patterns around the corals.

Here is a link explaining more on this concept;

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2007/1/aafeature/view

And a link to another tank design based on the Gyre method;

http://www.reef-eden.net/2006_reef_9.htm

I kept the rock work off the back and side walls and created flow right around it. One pump creates flow anti-clockwise for three hours, then the second pump reverses it. I have programmed in a storm where they're both on a couple of times a week. I also have 2 Iwaki pumps to create additional wave action. For the main two Gyre pumps I decided to go with Pan World 150PS-MD55R pressure pumps with Penductors which give me over 20,000lph per pump. On the Iwaki’s I have flow accelerators to increase and direct the flow. These pumps have proven themselves as being quality that was worth the investment.

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Supplementation

In my opinion there is no aspect of reef keeping more important than maintaining stable water parameters. I saw the wisdom right from the start in setting up a system that would keep my water chemistry stable.
The Calcium Reactor and Kalk stirrer have gone. In their place now sits seven channels of dosing pumps. I currently dose Calcium, Bi-carb, Magnesium, Strontium, Iron and Iodine. I am very impressed at how effortless this system is in maintaining these levels. I am a bit compulsive about testing the water parameters and do so regularly and record all details.

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Live Stock

Most of my SPS corals have grown from small frags and as they have grown I have had to remove other inhabitants to give them room. I also, through necessity need to fragment some of my faster growing species on a regular basis, which is great for trading with other society members.

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Current Species

Coral
Acropora
Pocillopora
Montipora
Seriatopora
Stylophora
Lobophylia
Symphylia
Euphylia divisa
Euphylia Ancora
Blastumosa
Acanthastrea
Caulastrea

Fish
Yellow Tang - (Zebrasoma flavescens)
Majestic Angel - (Pomacanthus navarchus)
Anthias - (Pseudanthias dispar)
Threadfin Cardinals - (Apogon leptacanthus)
Green Coris Wrasse - (Halichoeres chloropterus)
Six Line Wrasse - (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia)
Yellow Coral Gobys – (Gobiodon okinawae)
Green Coral Gobys – (Gobiodon histrio)
South Seas Devil – (Chrysiptera taupou)

Clean up
Pair Coral Banded Shrimp
Pair Red Line Shrimp
Cucumber x 2 (Black sausage)
Sandy Cucumber
Acro Crabs

The Trochus snails and Turbo snails are now gone. I found that the Trochus were continually knocking things over and I didn’t like the look of a tank full of snails. In their place I now have three tropical abalones.

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Acknowledgements

Thank you to all those people over the years that have helped me realize my dream of owning my very own slice of the Great Barrier Reef.
The information and help I have received from MASA and MASAOG members and “Reefing the Australian Way” is second to none.
A huge thank you to everyone for choosing my tank, once again, as “Tank of the month”.
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby trish_p » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 3:43 pm

A well deserved winner. Congrats Rod, once again. :bow: Easily the best tank on MASA. :cheers:
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Fugly » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 4:15 pm

E.. P.. I.. C.. :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Sin » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 4:30 pm

:clap: :clap: Congratulations on TOTM Rod!

Absolutely amazing tank and a well deserved win.

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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Doomant » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 4:47 pm

Well done, wonderful tank
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby n0rk » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 5:35 pm

It was only a matter of time. Hail to the king, baby... hail to the king :)
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby reefsecretsaquariums » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 6:46 pm

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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Thommo01 » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 9:19 pm

Congrats once again Rod. Well done and deserved.

I think that we should all invite ourselves over for a MASAOG something or rather..... maybe a staring session with a few amber coloured auto top offs :-D

The tank looks to have come back really well from the alk incident. Probably has allowed for some of the more hardy colonies to really take off even more.

As before, well done.
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Dan » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 9:27 pm

To watch this tank evolve is truly inspirational stuff Rod, well deserved :bow:
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Scutzy » Mon 10 Oct, 2011 11:18 pm

What an incredible achievement. Awesome set up great job.

Cheera Peter :bow:
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Rod the Reefer » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 5:44 pm

Getting a bit monotonous though, don't you think?

Rod. :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Deester » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 5:48 pm

Congrats Rod :thumbsup:

This tank deserves every award it receives mate :bow: Stunning !

Rod the Reefer wrote:Getting a bit monotonous though, don't you think?


Nope :poke:
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby n0rk » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 5:56 pm

When you go to a reunion gig, you don't go to hear new stuff :wink:
BENJAMIN ::: If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU ARE LOOKING FAR TOO CLOSELY. I FEEL VIOLATED.
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Rod the Reefer » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 5:58 pm

Wha? You got me with that one Ben.

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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby n0rk » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 6:21 pm

Haha... I'm saying, why mess with the classics? They're classics for a reason! :pirate:
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby adamfenessy » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 8:25 pm

Inspiring Tank!
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby terbit » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 10:29 pm

Congrats Rod.
Like I said in another post possibly TOTY yet again :-D
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby galleri3090 » Tue 11 Oct, 2011 10:44 pm

Congrats, Rod.

An inspiration to all of us. I know it sounds abit monotonous but without your tank and journal many of our tanks wouldn't be half as good.

IMO the country's best reefer, and well deserved.

Well done! :clap:

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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby aufo8mycat » Thu 13 Oct, 2011 1:12 am

Top job, and greatful i got to see this one in person the other day truely stunning
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Rod the Reefer » Thu 13 Oct, 2011 8:16 pm

I'm glad my ups and downs have inspired a few people. :roflmao:

In all honesty though, it's been some of you and your tanks that have inspired me and kept me going, especially when things just aren't doing as well as hoped.

Thanks guys. :cheers:

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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby marcus2529 » Fri 14 Oct, 2011 9:42 pm

Amazing and truly inspirational tank.

Congrats on the TOTM win!
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby StripestheEel » Mon 17 Oct, 2011 4:44 pm

Still watching from behind the fence. Nice work mate!
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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby Rod the Reefer » Thu 20 Oct, 2011 5:48 pm

Thanks everyone for your kind words. :)

And a big thank you to Aqua Blue for sending me a very much appreciated prize pack that arrived today.

There's pellet and flake food, marine algae (with garlic!), coral food, seaweed clips and more.

Thanks guys. :cheers:

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Re: TOTM September 2011 WINNER!

Postby oldsalty » Sat 29 Oct, 2011 6:54 pm

A well deserved TOTM Rod , congratulations

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