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Tank Update!!!


It’s time for a tank update, lot of stuff happening! I should have probably broke this up into a couple different posts but I’ve not been on the computer much lately and still have lots of work to do.

Here are a couple update photos of the 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank acting as the temporary home for our fish. ¬†We actually really enjoy watching the fish and corals from above. The clams are very neat to look at too! So far the fish and corals haven’t protested the temp setup.

300 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium - Temp with 90 Gallon Refugium

Temp Saltwater Aquarium - 300 Gallon Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clams in Temp Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clam

Squamosa Clam

LPS Coral, Mushrooms, SPS

In the fish room, behind the display tank, I have set up a metal rack to hold the 90 gallon refugium and 90 gallon salt mixing tank. The refugium will go up high and have a drain that drops down into the display tank (to the right). Hopefully the refuge will produce lots of bugs for the fish to eat. ūüôā We’ve also painted everything white in the fish room with Kilz primer, added some can lights, and put in a small sink and hookup for the RO/DI unit.

Metal Rack 90 Gallon Refugium & Salt Mix Stand

Saltwater Aquarium Sink

Just got the ATO (Automatic Top Off) up and running this evening. I used a small pump and a 10 gallon tank for top-off water. I also got my APEX controller back up and running on the temp system.

Auto Top Off (ATO) 10 Gallon Reservoir Tank

While building the stand we ran three new lines to the breaker box, one for lights, one for pumps, and one for the refugium area. I’m really happy to have the aquarium system on its own set of breakers.

Moving the display tank…

6 guys, a trailer, suction cups, straps and an hour of grunting we had the tank moved. We think the tank weighs around 600+ lbs. (.5 inch glass with a bit of re-enforcement glass in the bottom). Luckily everything went well although we did bust off a fitting on the bottom for one of the returns. I think I might actually cut out one overflow (right side), deleting the broken return, and rely on my VorTech MP40s to create the majority of the flow/turnover in the tank. Originally I thought I would get a lot of flow from the return pumps (2 – Mag Drive 24s) but that just didn’t happen.

Moving a Large Aquarium with Suction Cups

Strapping down the tank on the trailer

Moving a Saltwater Aquarium

Moving of the Fish Tank

After a bit more thought and my wife’s “Not to scale” disclaimer drawings (lol) we had the stand figured out. Here’s where we are now.

Saltwater Aquarium Plans/Drawings

300 Gallon Saltwater Display Tank in Progress

Saltwater Tank Canopy Doors

(tops to be installed soon!)

Next time around we should have the tops installed, tank painted and the right side overflow removed… ūüėČ Time for some sleep.

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Tearing Down the Tank, Planning a New One


Well I just got the news that we need to move houses this summer… So, that means I need to take our system down.¬†

But, it gives me the opportunity to plan another tank build when we find a new house. This time I will put a tank in a wall and give it its own room. 

So, over the next few months I am going to try and sell my coral, livestock, then my tank. If anyone is interested in my livestock or knows someone interested in my 270 display tank (90″ L x 20″ W x 30″ tall)/oak stand/40 sump/.3 HP chiller/ Mag return pumps, please send me a PM. I hope this won’t be a terribly difficult process but something tells me it will be. I plan on keeping my controller, vortechs, refuge, mixing tanks & rock for the next build.

As we all know this is an expensive hobby to get into so please do a little research and shoot me a fair price via private message of the things you are interested in. Everything needs to be picked up (Missoula, MT) as I will not ship.

I would rather remove my coral from the tank first as catching the fish will be an adventure. I have linked to some photos and videos of my corals and fish but more can be found on my reef blog and youtube channel.

Coral:¬†–¬†Video

Hammer Coral (will break into multiples) –¬†Video
Tree/Stick Polyp –¬†Video
(2) Pagoda Turbinaria Coral –¬†Video
Blue Stag Acro – Top right in video –¬†Video
Purple Stag Acro – Below Blue Stag Acro on right¬†–¬†Video
Green Birdsnest – Top left in video¬†–¬†Video
Orange Birdsnest – Top left in video¬†–¬†Video
Deep water acro – Top middle, left of hammer¬†–¬†Video
Encrusting Monti –¬†Photo
Yellow Scroll Coral – Left of hammer¬†–¬†Video
Green Pavona
Green Red Wellsophyllia¬†Brain –¬†Photo
Montipora Cap (Red, Orange, Green, Puple, etc) – Far right –¬†Picture
Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australia) –¬†Video
Etc.

My livestock:

Squamosa Clam ~ 15″ –¬†Video
Squamosa Clam ~ 7″ –¬†Video
Radiant Wrasse (prefer he goes with the clams) ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Zebra Eel ~ 3′ –¬†Video
Radiant Wrasse ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Achilles Tang ~ 5″ –¬†Video
Two Bar Rabbitfish ~ 4″ –¬†Video
True Percula Clownfish ~ 3″ –¬†Video
Marine Betta ~ 6″ –¬†Video
Red Hawkfish ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Mantis Shrimp ~ 6″ –¬†Video
Lyretail Anthias 3 females (orange) & 1 male (red). –¬†Video
Orange Spot Shrimp Goby
etc.

Misc:

Serpant Star
Dolabella Sea Hare –¬†Video
Orange Pincushion Urchin ~ 3″ –¬†Video

Any questions? Send me a message 

Hammer Coral Zoom In


Zoom IN!

 

Hammer Coral, Anchor Coral, Macro, Saltwater Tank, Saltwater Aquarium

 

Hammer Coral Polyps, Heads, Saltwater Tank, Coral

Big Hammer Coral, Saltwater Tank, Reef Aquarium, Reef Tank

Reef Tank Pan Left to Right


Panning from the left to the right of the tank.

 

Reef Tank, Saltwater Tank, Reef Aquarium, Saltwater Aquarium

Hammer Coral Macro


Macro view of our Hammer Coral.

Hammer Coral Macro, Anchor Coral, Saltwater Aquarium, Reef Tank

Hammer Coral Macro, Anchor Coral, Saltwater Aquarium

Quick Reef Tank Pan


A quick video pan from right to left of our reef tank.

 

Reef Tank, Saltwater Tank, Reef Aquarium, Saltwater Aquarium

I Have a Big Brain… Coral


Brain Coral

Usually this Brain Coral (¬†Red Wellsophyllia)¬†isn’t as “poofed” up but something was bugging him. He’s since returned to normal size. Lots of crabs and such tend to walk over the edges.

Reef Club Meeting – May 2012 cont.


Here are a few more pictures from our last reef meeting (earlier post) that thought I would share. Great shots Kim!

Lyretail Anthias Goldy Marine Fish
True Percula Clownfish in Elephant Ear Mushroom

Giant Squamosa "Squami" Clam Aquarium

Pin cushion Sea Urchine with shell on his back

Red and Green Open Brain Coral

Reef Club Meeting – May 2012


Here a few shots taken from our local reef club (NWMRC¬†– threads) meeting this past weekend that we hosted. ¬†We discussed a bit about tanks and controllers but mainly I think people were hungry. ūüôā

Thanks to all who showed up for the BBQ and a special thanks to Charlie for taking photos!

Aussie Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australis) Feeding


It’s very difficult to feed some of the LPS corals with their tank mates around so I built a little enclosure.¬† With all the flow the Vortech pumps put out I had to use something a bit more sturdy, or heavy so it didn’t get pulled/pushed over. So, I drilled small holes in a plastic container and added a piece of base rock for a little weight.

The Scoly is a slow eater so it gets most of the special treatment. I feed it a small piece of shrimp in the evening, cover it, then remove the cover in the morning to let the vultures in.

Scolymia LPS Coral Feeding

Aussie Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australis)


A short video of our Australian Doughnut Coral in the morning.  This is one of my favorite large polyp stony (LPS) corals.

NWMRC Meeting – Charlie Ehler’s 300 gallon SPS Tank – Part 1


Here are a few videos from our last Northwest Montana Reef Club (NWMRC) meeting (2-11-2012). Charlie Ehler was nice enough to host our meeting at his house up the Fleathead. Hope you enjoy his 300 gallon SPS reef tank! More pictures to come.

Open Brain Coral Time Lapse Video


I came across this time lapse video I took of my open brain coral (Red Wellsophyllia) a while ago, thought I would share.

Brain Coral Pictures


A few shots of the corals this morning under actinic lighting. The looked happy :).

Saltwater Reef Tank Update Video – Right Side SPS


A quick underwater tour of the right side of our reef tank.  Mostly montipora caps, acros and birdsnest.

Yellow Scroll Coral (Turbinaria), Hammer (Euphyllia paranchora), Acropora


A quick macro video highlighting our yellow scroll coral, hammer coral and deep water acropora.

Saltwater Reef Tank Update Video – Center


An underwater adventure update film of the middle section of our display tank. There’s a nice close up of the Hammer coral and a deep water Acropora, etc.

Green Stylophora (Stylophora pistillata) and Pink Birdsnest (Seriatopora Hystrix)


Close up quick video, in the tank, of our Green Stylophora (Stylophora pistillata) and Pink Birdsnest (Seriatopora Hystrix) corals.

Orange Guttatus Birdsnest Coral (Seriatopora guttatus)


Just a short close up video of our Orange Guttatus Birdsnest Coral (Seriatopora guttatus) and a Pajama Cardinalfish. I got this coral from Live Aquaria a few years ago and it has grown pretty well.

Coral Fragging


The EcoTech Marine Facebook crew sent me a small bottle of their coral glue after winning a contest. The new EcoTech Coral glue (gel) makes fragging kind of fun actually as it cures extremely fast! I have to say that I really like it, better than my other fragging glue (BSI IC-GEL).

My friend Kelan and I did a little coral fragging this evening. I hope the montipora caps grow in a neat pattern!

Coral frags by devonmorton, on Flickr Coral fragging by devonmorton, on Flickr

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