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MAY ToTF 2015 Winner - Kirsto71

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MAY ToTF 2015 Winner - Kirsto71

Postby chromus » Fri 12 Jun, 2015 10:01 am

The winner of the May 2015 TOTF competition is:

Kirsto71 with his amazing Mixed reef Centrepiece tank !

Prizes kindly donated by:

Aquablue Distribution


Marc has won:

Ocean Nutrition Foods Prize Pack


You can find out more about this tank in Kirsto's Journal

1) How Long have you been in the hobby ?
10 years plus in marines who can remember in freshwater
2a) What size is your winning tank, dimensions and litres?
1000l 2000x900x600
2b) Any reasons for that size tank?
Fits my tangs without too much attention. :cop:
2c) How long has this tank been setup?
Since March 2015
3a) What is your goal for this tank?
An automated slice of the reef
3b) Have you researched anything specifically to reach this goal?
Everything and anything. I have certainly learnt a great deal from sites like RTAW and I could not think of a single piece of equipment, fish or coral I havnt researched.
3c) BIggest lesson you've learnt whilst planning/setting up this tank?
Be prepared for disasters
3d) Any tips you'd like to pass on for others to learn from?
Read, read and read and spend money on the best gear possible it is just a quicker way to get to the same final destination.
4) Do you have a sump and/or refugium? If so, what size?
Sump which holds around 100l and a refugium that holds around 50l
5) Filtration eg. amount of live rock, sand bed or bare bottom, mechanical filtration etc?
Live rock, skimmer, filter socks , bio pellets and a decent skimmer
6) Do you have a skimmer? If so, what?
Yes a BK supermarin 250
7) Water flow/movement (power heads etc)?
5 DC water pumps in tank around 100,000l at full tilt but on various flow patterns and two running as wave pumps
8) Lighting, type and times?
3xMitras LED and 2xATI 4x80w T5 lights
9) Other equipment such as auto top-off, Ca reactor etc?
System has full control using Aquatronica controller, Aquamedic kalk reactor, bunch or other bits
10) Water parameter targets?
Alk - currently 8.9dkh (looking to lower to 8.0)
Calcium - 435ppm
Nitrates - <5ppm
Phosphates - 0.1 (seem to be seeing leach from rocks)
pH - 8.1 - 8.2
11) Additives and conditioners (kalk, phosphate removers etc.)
Alk, calcium and magnesium using 2 part and mag chloride through dosing pump
Also considering setting up kalk stirrer as livestock increases
12) Fish stock
Powder blue tang
Scopaz tang
Tomini tang
Orange shoulder tang
Blue tang
3 assessors
2 zebra darts
6 blue chromis
Lawnmower blenny
Bristle tooth tang
Unicorn tang
2 fire fish
3 pyjama cardinals

13) Coral stock.
Minimal at this stage. Struggling with SPS and I think it may be higher alk? Chime in if people have any ideas. I will let the tank settle for a few more months before I risk any corals. I do have LPS and clam which are happy and my wife's favourite
14) Other Inverts.
Snails, redline cleaner shrimp, abalone
15) Maintenance such as water changes, cleaning etc?
10l water change automated everyday, cleaning glass etc as required.
16) Acknowledgements, thank-you's and any other comments you would like to make that don't apply elsewhere.
Anyone and everyone who answer one of my stupid questions or posts information about their tanks and equipment. This is certainly a hobby that is best learnt from everyone's exprience. I would also like to thank the support one can get from their local MASx clubs. I am a member of MASRQ.

Grats to Kirsto71 :thumbsup: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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