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Postby ssbk23 » Thu 13 Jun, 2013 1:50 pm

The winner of the MAY 2013 TOTF competition is:

slawman with his amazing solar reef tank !

Prizes kindly donated by:

Aquablue Distribution


slawman has won:

Ocean Nutrition Foods Prize Pack


You can find out more about this tank in his Tank Journal

1) How Long have you been in the hobby ?

30 years

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

1500 x 800 x 600 (h), external coast to coast Bean Animal built by Craig and the team at Dalbarb

About 800 liters with sump

2b) Any reasons for that size tank?

I like the look of a wider tank and the length was to fit in a particular spot in my house

2c) How long has this tank been setup?

May 17

3a) What is your goal for this tank?

Healthy, thriving tank for myself and the family to enjoy

3b) Have you researched anything specifically to reach this goal?

Many, many things!!

3c) BIggest lesson you've learnt whilst planning/setting up this tank?

Patience and to double check everything.

3d) Any tips you'd like to pass on for others to learn from?

Read everything you can and seek out great tanks that look like what you hope to achieve and see how their owners run them

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

Sump. 900 x 600 x 500.

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

About 30 kilo of live rock, 2cm to 4cm of reef sand for cosmetics and maybe a fugia.

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

RLSS V2002.

7) Water flow/movement (power heads etc)?

2 x Tunze 6105 and one or two 6055s

8) Lighting, type and times?

Sunlight from the tubes. 3 x 60w LED DIY bars, each running 10 white, 8 royal blue and 2 UV run off my Profilux.

9) Other equipment such as auto top-off, Ca reactor etc?

Osmolator, Profilux 2, probably Kalk reactor for top off and eventually Korralin calcium reactor all going to plan

10) Water parameter targets?

Natural sea water

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

GAC, Kalk, occasionally Rowaphos and potentialy Bio Pellets

12) Fish stock

Tiny something that came in on live rock. Looks like a baby flathead!

13) Coral stock.

Unidentified LPS came in on live rock.

14) Other Inverts.

Trochus, Strom, Turbo,

15) Maintenance such as water changes, cleaning etc?

At the moment I am changing out 20 litres a day using dual head peristaltic pump (Stenner). Will slow down to about half that for normal operation.

16) Acknowledgements, thank-you's and any other comments you would like to make that don't apply elsewhere.

Big thanks to my wife Jo for putting up with the obsessive building over the last few months.



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Postby Reefspec » Thu 13 Jun, 2013 2:18 pm

Congratulations on TOTF nice setup loving the solar tubes such a great idea!

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Postby slawman » Sat 15 Jun, 2013 7:21 am

Reefspec wrote:Congratulations on TOTF nice setup loving the solar tubes such a great idea!

:bow: :bow: :bow:

Many thanks Reefspec. Wer'e very happy with the tubes as well. They light the tank up very well, just hope they help me grow a thriving tank!

A big thanks also to Aquablue, got the food pack today and it is full of goodies, fantastic :thumbsup:
The winner is the one who has had the most fun at the end

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Postby some_one » Wed 19 Jun, 2013 8:56 pm

Congrats on TOFT :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing it develop
My 850L SPS Tank Journal -TOTM October 2013, TOTY R/UP 2013

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