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TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Mon 08 Oct, 2012 11:51 am
by Deester
The winner of the September 2012 TOTM competition is:

Dorz with his 4x2.5x2 SPS dominated reef tank.

Prizes kindly donated by:

Aquablue Distribution

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Dorz 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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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 have had aquariums for roughly 3.5 years now, starting my first marine aquarium a little over 2 years ago. it has been an interesting transition from freshwater to marine, especially getting to know the parameters, livestock compatibility, equipment and maintenance required, is a huge leap from the simple water tests of freshwater.

2) What size is your winning tank, dimensions and litres?

My current tank is 4'x2.5'x2' in 12mm float glass, with a euro brace flush with the top of the glass.. It was made by Marine Plus here in South Australia, and i am very happy with the build. it has an overflow box in the right corner with a siphon/open standpipe arrangement, and return using locline. I am not sure on an exact water capacity, but i can assume that with the sump plumbed in it is probably around 700-750L (display should be 550L, the height of the water level is lapping on the underside of the euro brace.) The tank size was determined by the amount of room i had, and what i thought i could get away with, as at the moment i am still living at home. (however dad mentioned i should have got a 6x2x2!). i like the extra depth it has, and prefer it to a wider tank. the tank has been running for almost a year now.

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3) Anything you want to say about your stand?

I wish i had gone and got my stand made out of galv steel! the current stand is made primarily with mdf and pine, and is a 2 pac painted, gloss white. it looks nice, however it is actually bowing a bit from the lack of bracing, which should have been considered when the cabinetmaker knew it was for an aquarium, and should need to hold a tonne.

4) Do you have a sump and/or refugium? If so, what size?

I have a sump, it is 100cmx45cm with the water at about 25cm high. it currently contains a skimmer section, LR section, frag rack and return.

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5) Filtration eg. amount of live rock, sand bed or bare bottom, mechanical filtration etc?

I have somewhere around 40kg of live rock, around 60kg of 1-2mm sand in the bottom, so it does make the sand bed a little deep. i am running rowaphos, though i am not sure if it is necessary at the moment.

6) Do you have a skimmer? If so, what?

I have a bubble Magus NAC-7 skimmer, however for the past month or so it has been turned off, and i have been maintaining the tank by performing regular water changes. this is due to it overflowing a few times on me lately, and haven't been able to set up an auto cutoff yet.

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7) Water flow/movement (powerheads etc)?

Currently have 1xjvp5000, 1xtunze 6045, 1xtunze 6105 with battery backup. return pump is a laguna 6000 plumbed into a tee, to display and to chiller returning to sump.

8) Lighting, type and times?

Tank is lit by an inwatter 4' unit, set to 85% white and 93% blue, raised slightly higher than usual above the water level to cover the width of the tank. the frag rack in sump is lit by a DIY Aquastyle online 72w kit, which is currently running around 60% white and blue.

9) Other equipment such as auto topoff, Ca reactor etc?

Tank is currently being monitored and controlled by a GHL Profilux 3.1N eX. ATO is controlled by a tunze osmolator. dosing pumps have been turned off.

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10) Water parameters?

Water parameters have not been checked in the past 2 odd months, however regular water changes seem to be assisting in the balance of parameters. i am currently doing around 80 to 100L per week.

11) Additives and conditioners (kalk, phophate removers etc.)

Dosing pumps turned off, currently using rowaphos to control phosphates.

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12) Fish stock. Preferably scientific name followed by common name if known.

- Amphiprion ocellaris, ocellaris clownfish (flipper)
- Siganus vulpinus, foxface rabbitfish (foxy)
- Acanthurus japonica, powder brown tang

13) Coral stock. As above, scientific and common names if known

Acropora, Millepora, lots of poras! also lots of zoanthids!

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14) Other Inverts. As above, scientific and common names if known.

I have one peppermint shrimp which seems to still be living since the tank swap, and a coral banded shrimp, affectionately named shrimpy. also, trochus snails, and ellie JR, the stromb.

15) Maintenance such as water changes, cleaning etc?

At the moment the only maintenance i have been doing is my water changes, as i haven't had time lately to test and set up my dosing pumps with the new sump.

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16) Acknowledgments and any other comments you would like to make that don't apply elsewhere.

I would like to thank my loving girlfriend Emma, for being so patient whilst i do 'aquarium stuff', and my parents for putting up with the constant trekking of water through the house, paying the electricity bill, and supporting my hobbies!

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Mon 08 Oct, 2012 5:25 pm
by Rod the Reefer
Well done Reece, very well deserved. :clap:

This tank is a credit to you.

Rod. :thumbsup:

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Wed 24 Oct, 2012 2:24 pm
by shzeming
Awesome looking tank! :)

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Mon 29 Oct, 2012 2:19 pm
by jason angel
niceeeeee

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Mon 29 Oct, 2012 5:56 pm
by Rod the Reefer
Pity to see it being pulled down. :(

Rod. :thumbsup:

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Wed 31 Oct, 2012 5:03 pm
by Bandit
Whoa, Freaking awesome tank... congrats!


Rod the Reefer wrote:Pity to see it being pulled down. :(


What do you mean Rod?

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Wed 31 Oct, 2012 8:09 pm
by Thommo01

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Wed 31 Oct, 2012 9:03 pm
by Rod the Reefer
Hey Thommo, only MASAOG members can see that thread.

Unfortunately he is shutting it down.

Rod. :thumbsup:

Re: TOTM SEPTEMBER 2012 WINNER !

PostPosted: Wed 31 Oct, 2012 11:56 pm
by Thommo01
Oh yeh!!! Duurrrrrrr :nut: Silly me :roflmao:

What Rod said :thumbsup: