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TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Deester » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 5:21 pm

The winner of the June 2012 TOTM competition is:

Mr Reefer with his tricked out heavily modified RSM 130 mixed reef tank. :pirate:

Prizes kindly donated by:

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Mr Reefer has won:

Ocean Nutrition Foods Prize Pack

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You can find out more about the winning tank tank in this Tank Journal
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Deester » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 5:35 pm

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1) How Long have you been in the hobby (eg. start date or length of time or a whole paragraph or two on your history in the hobby)?
I've been in the aquarium hobby since I was 14 years old (I'm now 29), so I guess you could say for more than half my life I've had my hands wet in a fish tank of some kind. Like many I started with simple Comet Goldfish, which progressed to Tropical varieties like Gourami's, Tetras, Barbs etc, onto Cichlids, and eventually Marine. Its basically me setting myself one challenge after another, and once I become successful at one species, I move onto the next.

I have had 2 marine setups before this one, the first a 2ft corner tank, which I sold to fund my second 2ft standard size setup. It was actaully a RSM before its time becuase I made a false back with baffles in it just like a RSM instead of running a sump - so it was essentially an all-in-one tank before you could buy one off the shelf. This was around 10 years ago when the technology and equipment that make the hobby easier today was not around or was very expensive. The 2ft system crashed one sweltering day when everything cooked in the tank as I did not run a chiller. I lost interest in Marine and a couple of years later setup a custom 3ft Discus planted aquarium. After 12 months of successfully maintaining that tank, I sold it all up with the intention of building a 3ft Marine setup from the ground up. One thing let to another in life and that plan was put on hold. Then one day trawling through online classifieds I found a RSM130 with Teco chiller, UV, etc, at an absolute bargain price that I couldn't pass up, and the rest as they say is history.

2a) What size is your winning tank, dimensions and litres?
610W x 500D x 500H (mm)
130L capacity, plus chiller and UV capacity, minus live rock. Probably 120L or so.

2b) Any reasons for that size tank?
The price was cheap as chips and too good to pass up. Would have preferred a bigger tank, but I wasn't going to be picky!

2c) How long has this tank been setup?
Since 24th August 2011 - approx 11 months.

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3) Anything you want to say about your stand?
It is the standard RSM130 stand but has been dismantled and 2-pack painted gloss black and re-assembled. Alot of people don't realise that the whole tank and cabinet started out as the factory silver colour. The tank and anything else exposed to visual view have been 2-pack painted gloss black. What generates far more interest than the stand though is the custom made hood. I wanted to run LED lighting and so rather than try and retro-fit something to the stock hood, i ditched the hood altogether and opted to make my ownt that was better and more user friendly. It is completely fabricated out of gloss black acrylic. The front and both sides are one piece bent around the curve of the tank, and are rebated at the bottom so it sits snug on the stock trim around the top. The top section has been CNC routered with a hole in the back for skimmer access and 3 large openings for the lighting fans to consume fresh air. It is glued directly to the top of the one piece front/side section to create a lightweight solid hood that looks factory but is very sleek, and light enough to simply lift off by hand to access the tank.

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4) Do you have a sump and/or refugium? If so, what size?
No sump, small refugium inside the overflow area (a couple of different species of macro cultivating in there).

5) Filtration eg. amount of live rock, sand bed or bare bottom, mechanical filtration etc?
Approx 20-25kg of live rock.
1-2mm coral sand substrate.
Seachem Matrix bagged in Frankenstein Fabrication RSM130 Media Rack.

6) Do you have a skimmer? If so, what?
Yes, a Tunze 9002 Nano skimmer - arguably the best nano skimmer on the market.
Custom made Frankenstein Fabrication skimmer cup, with airline mod.

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7) Water flow/movement (powerheads etc)?
Stock RSM twin return circulation pumps (2 x 500LPH), Tunze Nanostream 6015.
Approx 2800LPH flow.

8) Lighting, type and times?
No name 100W 50/50 1W LED White/Blue - came with optics but I quickly removed them for better spread.

9) Other equipment such as auto topoff, Ca reactor etc?
Tunze Osmolator for ATO - the best thing I have ever put on the RSM130, I think everyone who owns one should have a Tunze Osmolator. Water level is so important on an all-in-one tank and the Osmolator keeps it perfectly consistent. Also plumbed into the system is a Teco TR5 Chiller/Heater, and a Jebo 24W UV Steraliser.

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10) Water parameters?
Nitrates = 0.0 (Undetectable on my kit)
Phosphates = 0.04 or less (mostly 0.00 when tested on a Hanna Checker)
Alkalinity = 9.0dkH
Calcium = 440ppm
Salinity = 1.024
Magnesium = 1350ppm
Temperature = Kept around 27 degrees

11) Additives and conditioners (kalk, phophate removers etc.)
Seachem Reef Advantage Calcium
Seachem Reef Builder
Nano Reef Roids
100% Reef Safe Amino Acid
Seachem Reef Iodide
Aqua Pure Phosphate Remover

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12) Fish stock. Preferably scientific name followed by common name if known.
Centropyge Bispinosa - Ultra Coral Beauty (more intense purple strain)
Amphiprion Ocellaris - Black & White Clownfish
Siganus Unimaculatus - Onespot Foxface Rabbitfish
??? - Lyretail Damselfish

13) Coral stock. As above, scientific and common names if known.
LPS
Acanthastrea Lordhowensis - Orange Acan, Orange/Mint Acan, Green Camo Acan
Trachaphylia - Bright Yellow/Green Trachy, Purple/Pink Trachy
Zoanthids - Aqua, Orange, Red Frill/Blue Centre, Green, Eagle Eye, Green Frill/Blue Centre
Scollymia Australis - Bleeding Apple Scolly
Lobophylia - Tricolour Green/Red/Green Lobo, Tricolour Bronze/Toxic Green/Dark Green Lobo
Corallimorphs - Red Morphs, Blue Morphs
Ricordea - Green Rics
Rhodactus - Green Rhodi
Euphyllia Glabrescens - Gold Torch
Echinophyllia Aspera - Hot Pink/Blue Chalice
Goniopora - Hot Pink Goni (small frag)
Symphillia - Bright Orange Symph
Clavularia Viridis - Green Star Polyps
Euphyllia Ancora - Bright Green Stem/Pink Tip Ancora
Catalaphyllia Jardinei - Teal Elegance

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SPS
Unsure of many of the scientific names for these guys but will list what I know...
Acropora Dallas Warren - Dallas Acropora
Red Table Acropora Sp.
Purple with Green Polyps Acropora Sp.
Pink Lemonade Acropora Sp.
Light Green Acropora Sp.
Teal with Red Polyps Acropora Sp.
Light Blue with Bright Yellow/Green Tips Acropora Sp.
Seriatopora Hystrix - Pink Birdsnest
Seriatopora Hystrix - Pink Birdsnest with Green Tips (Rare) - recent aquisition haven't got any good pics unfortunately!
Pocillopora - Purple Poci
Pocillopora - Green Poci
Montipora - Green Monti (Plating)
Montipora - Green Monti (Encrusting)

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14) Other Inverts. As above, scientific and common names if known.
Entacmaea Quadricolor - Rose Tip Green Bubbletip Anemone
1 x Stromb Shell Snail
3 x Trochus Snails
Several Turbo Snails
2 x Peppermint Shrimp
1 x Blue/Grey Starfish
And I'm pretty certain theres a Pistol Shrimp in there somewhere!

15) Maintenance such as water changes, cleaning etc?
Dose Ca & Alk Supplements every night
Dose Reef Roids & AA's every other night
Dose Iodide twice a week
Dose Phosphate Remover once a week
15% NSW change once a week
Glass cleaned every 2-3 days
Coarse filter sponge in the overflow rinsed out once a week

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16) Acknowledgments and any other comments you would like to make that don't apply elsewhere.
Alot of people who have seen the RSM130 'Frankenstein' as it is affectionately called, have commented that it is probably the most heavily modified RSM130 in Australia. I don't know if it is or not, but I'd think its up there. Modifying is a part of my life (I am a Graphic Designer), if something doesn't work for me I modify it. If something doesn't exist I custom make it. Its a part of who I am so I guess this tank is as much an extension of me as it is a little work of modified art in its own right.

A big thanks go out to several people who have helped get this tank to where it is in 10 short months. Some have been direct influences and some have been inspirations to me and probably never knew it. Its probably easier to list them as follows...
- My wife Rebecca and daughter Ella, who inspire me everyday to create and maintain the beautiful reef aquarium you see before you.
- Ben, Dave and the rest of the boys at Atlas Aquarium, most of the corals in my tank come from there, and they are always up for a chat and look after the regulars which is a rarer thing these days.
- DanH for several frags that have grown into small colonies that make up some of the SPS population in this tank. Some of my first SPS frags came from Dan and they have thrived. His tank was also an inspiration for its sheer colour and clarity.
- Grim Reefer (Jono) for kindly donating many frags and morphs in the early days of setting the system up, and always willing to have a chin-wag on all things marine aquarium related. His tank is another that inspired me to push on with a smaller setup.
- The MASA community and moderators for providing such a rich wealth of knowledge and opinions throughout the forum. The most successful reefers are the ones who read lots and take other peoples mistakes and advice on board. Without this forum and community this setup would not even exist.
- Iwan Lasser, if you don't know who this guy is Google it! A legend in the marine aquarium world and his tanks, use of colour and aquascape are what fuelled the interest for me to get back into this amazing hobby.
- A huge thanks to Aqua Blue for the cool prize!

As a final note, thanks to everyone for liking my tank and voting for me. It totally came out of the blue and I had no idea that other members put this setup in such high regard. It really humbles me, especially to think that this is a relatively small, all-in-one tank that is holding its own against the big boys (and girls!) It proves that you don't need thousands of dollars, or high tech gadgets or even equipment like calcium reactors or a stand alone sump to create a successful and stable reef aquarium. It proves you don't even have to start with something all that grand. It was a tired secondhand RSM130 that was given a new lease on life and alot of TLC. It was made to be grand from humble beginnings. Its nothing a little modification and enginuity can't fix. if I can do it, anyone can. ;)
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Deester » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 5:37 pm

Let me be the first to congratulate you on a great smaller system :pirate: A worthy July TOTM winner :)
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby chromus » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 5:41 pm

Congratulations. :bow:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Dan » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 5:42 pm

congrats mate, great little set up you've got and really great to see a smaller tank win :clap:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby MeLLeR » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 6:15 pm

Congrats mate, a fantastic setup I have enjoyed following ;)
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby locuus » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 6:23 pm

Congratulations :clap:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Reidy » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 6:42 pm

Well done. Lovely tank :clap: :clap:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby ssbk23 » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 6:47 pm

Congratulations :clap: :clap:
Top looking tank :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby GrimReefer » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 7:46 pm

Good Work mate! It is an awesome tank, and the mods are just fantastic!
Also, thanks for the kind words..... but you have not seen my tank lately :roflmao:

Really deserving winner!
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Rod the Reefer » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 7:47 pm

Well done. :clap:

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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby terbit » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 7:57 pm

Congrats Mate :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby peekandboo » Mon 30 Jul, 2012 9:10 pm

Congratulations, top tank :clap:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby DAY1 » Tue 31 Jul, 2012 9:23 am

Congratulations on TOTM :clap: , Beuatiful set up , Ben and the boys at Atlas , do get some nice stock in , Will have to catch up one day , i am over the hill :roflmao: , at the Gap :thumbsup: :cheers:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Tone » Tue 31 Jul, 2012 11:02 am

Fantastic display and a worthy winner ! :clap:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby atlasaquarium1 » Tue 31 Jul, 2012 3:59 pm

Awesome work josh!

Always great looking after you!

See you in a few days!

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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby greeni » Tue 31 Jul, 2012 7:07 pm

well done, that's a nice mixed tank :clap:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby some_one » Tue 31 Jul, 2012 8:14 pm

Congratulations awesome looking tank :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby priscacara » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 10:50 am

Grats! A beautiful looking tank, love all the colors!
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby uglyman » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 10:27 pm

Congrats, nice tank and very sexy acrylic mod. :thumbsup:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby roscoaus » Sat 04 Aug, 2012 10:18 am

wow awesome tank, I want to set one up just like this one day!
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby wiggly1 » Mon 06 Aug, 2012 8:05 pm

Beautiful :bow:
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby kit » Fri 10 Aug, 2012 8:56 am

Congratulations! What a nice setup! :)
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby dejavu » Fri 10 Aug, 2012 11:40 am

Congrats on winning TOTM. Great looking tank both in livestock and the beautiful worksmanship you put into the tank itself.
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby Jim » Fri 10 Aug, 2012 12:41 pm

Great looking tank and top customisation work.
Congrats!
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby culturedreef » Sun 12 Aug, 2012 12:28 am

Congratulations a great looking tank.
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Re: TOTM JULY 2012 WINNER !

Postby parrdog » Mon 13 Aug, 2012 6:17 pm

Congratulations :).
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