This month, we are featuring our new winner for the Tank of the Quarter !! Mengyang_neo aka Gary has been awarded as the winner. Congratulation to gary for wining , and Kudos to him again for the passion and dedication toward this hobby !
Title : My Dream Tank
Brief Introduction of your history of setting up your tank
It all started in 2007 when my bro in law decom and pass me his full set of 4x2x2.5ft tank and equipment, as it is a new hobby to me; I paid a lot of fee and earn it the hard way. Starting with a LPS tank, then when I enlisted, I changed it to a FOWLR. It is really very disappointing with so many failures that I decided maybe I should just decom or change a new tank and have a new start.
I change to a 5x1.5x2ft tank, going full zoas with LPS and slowly into full SPS, the journey is fun and I know a lot of reefers and close friend in this fruitful journey. Starting of SPS is plain coincident as I am the lucky winner for Dr Cedric lucky draw and I get to try SPS FOC. From the few frag, I manage to hold the colour and start to get more and more SPS. Advice from Cedric and other SPS keeper are very helpfully and I get to keep SPS more successfully. With SPS getting more and more, manual dosing seems impossible and very troublesome. So I get a dosing pump and keeping the parameter constant becomes a lot easier.
With all the success, I tried to go Full SPS with angels; I stock up too fast and end up crashing my tank, lost a lot of SPS. Lucky I do trade with other reefer so I get to get back some of my SPS. With all the up and down, I decided to once again get a new tank and do all the basic stuff and keeping everything consistence. Finally this year with a clear idea of what my tank is going to be, I change to my present tank – My Dream Tank
Tank details and specification
Main Tank size ; 5x2.4x1.6ft
Sump tank size ; 4x1.8x1.5ft
Types of Glass / thickness ; 12 mm crystal clear glass for 3 side of my main tank
Total Water volume of system ; around 600 litres
Tank system parameter
Calcium - ca ; 400
Alkaline - KH ; 8-8.5
Magnesium – mg ; 1300
Tank system profile ( Equipments list and lighting period )
Skimmer - H&S Skimmer
Return Pump - 2 x Eheim 1264
Wavemaker - 2 x tunze 6095 ,and muilt controller 7096
Chiller - Daikin compressor with coil drop in
Lighting - 2 x 250w MH- 4hrs and 2 x 80w De-lighting Retrofit -9hrs
Reactor - Dosing pump
I do use a dosing pump to dose Ca and Kh and change a pail of water every week. During water change, I will add zeovit Coralsnow and Zeozym, I will add coral vitalizer randomly into my tank when I remember.
List of live stocks in your tank
I am keeping full SPS with zoas and the following list of fishes
Picasso clown pair
Some personal Q & A questions
1. Are you a fish guy or a Coral guy ?
Ans ; I am a Coral guy
2. What is your main concern when looking around for your reefing equipment
Ans ; I will go for trusted German brand or brand that has good after sale support. This is very important for reefing as a lot of thing can go wrong.
3. What is your favorite past time
Ans ; Go LFS shopping and chit chat with my group of reefer friends.
4. What is the satisfaction you got from this hobby ?
Ans ; The satisfaction is having small achievement like a brown SPS colour up and to have a slide of ocean in your own living room.
5. Any advice for newbie in this hobby ?
Ans ; I feel reefing is not difficult with all the equipment available to help reefer, and there are a lot people sharing different method of keeping a successful tank. The problem is all the method mentioned take time, and when I said time, it is not 1-2 days; rather it is 2-3 weeks or maybe months. So be patient and you will be rewarded, consistent is the key. All the Best.
Final Acknowledgement and thanks you note
Firstly I will like to thanks my family member for their tolerance and understanding for my passion in this hobby. It really bonded the whole family together as it will be a common topic for the whole family, when thing happen to my tank, sometime they are more nervous than me. Lol
Next will be my reef buddies cum close friends, whom shared sleepless night chiong shipment or early in the morning whatsapping reefing stuff, you know who you are. Cheer!!!!
Last but not least, I want to thank SRC staff and the reefing community for having this platform so that, we reefer can learn and share our experiences.
By Singapore Reef Club
SRC is proud to showcase this quarter TOTQ winner ezman aka Paul simple and beautiful nano reef tank. This is just another proof that with proper knowledge and patient, a successful mixed reef tank for a nano tank with bare minimum equipment is deem possible.
Ezman Nano Mix Reef Tank
I am someone who loves fishes since young and I was a freshwater monsterfish keepers for more than a decade. I have a cousin who was a reefer and used to have a beautiful 6 footer mixed reef. Whenever I goes to his house during CNY, I will get stuck in front of this tank for easily 1-2 hours. After about 4yrs later, I happened to come across this little tank of mine and bought it. That’s how my journey to reefing got started….
My first 4 yrs of reefing was only using a LED lightset + fan + skimmer keeping only fishes and LPS. I have never bother to test my water perimeter and have never understand why do I have to do so until the day when i realize that my beautiful coral is dieding one by one without any apparent reason. That is when i have to learn through the hard way of reefing which i glad that many do not need to embark on this path due to the amount of knowledge that this forum and the internet can offer.
Tank Size : 50 x 50 x 70 ( cm ) With Internal Overflow System
Temperature: 26 Degree
Calcium - 380
Magnesium – 1380
Skimmer: SKIMZ HS1
Mechanical filtration: NONE
Dosing pump: NONE
Chiller: ARCTICA 1/10
Biopellet / reactor: NONE
Chemical filtration: NONE
Main return pump: CHINA BRAND 3800L
Wave maker: MP10WES X 2
Others Equipments : AI HYDRA 26 X 1
Lighting period : 1PM – 10PM
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We are proud to showcase this quarter TOTQ winner - Tofubox beautiful SPS tank setup !! Congratulation ..
Good day! My name is Jarrett, but I go commonly by the nick of tofubox. I would like to thank SRC for nominating my tank, and allowing me to share my passion for marine tanks with everyone here. I’ve been reefing for about 5 years now, starting off with Soft corals, LPS, Fowlr, Nano, and finally down to SPS corals in this 125 gallon tank. Throughout this hobby, I’ve went through plenty of ups and downs, both good and frustrating moments, but nonetheless I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. I thank everyone for their support and may we continuously make this hobby a fun and interesting one!
Tank size : 48" x30" x20" rimless
Volume: 125 gallons
Materials: 12mm low iron glass (3 sides)
Overflow: External 2/3rds Coast to Coast with Bean Animal 1.5" Overflows (3 pipes). Overflow box is 36”x5”x6”
Tank Builder: CRA (Coral Reef Aquarium)
Temperature: 26 - 27
Ph: 8.1 - 8.3
Calcium – 410
Alkalinity– 6.8 – 7.5
Magnesium – 1480
Tank: Hardware equipments
Skimmer: Aquamaxx coneS CO-3
Mechanical filtration: 1 x Filter sock
Dosing pump: Currently not in use
Chiller: Hailea 1/2hp
Calcium / reactor: GEO 618 Calcium Reactor with Digital Bubble Counter
Chemical filtration: Zeovit System, Seachem Matrix Carbon
Main return pump: Reef Octopus HY 10000 w
Wave maker: 2 x Jebao rw15, 1 x Jebao wp25
Lighting : ATI Sunpower 8 tube
Auto Topup: JBJ ATO,
Reactor : Zeovit Reactor
Return Pump: Ehiem 1262
Lighting period : 10hrs Two Blue plus, 8hrs 8 Bulb combination (blue+, coral+, Aquablue Special, Purple+)
Zeovit stones: 1250ml x 1 x 7 weeks
Zeobak: 3 drops x 1 x week
Spongepower: 4 drops x 3 x week
Zeostart: 0.46 x 2 x daily
Coral Snow: 1 capful x 1 x week
Biomate: 5 drops x 1 x week
Flatworm Stop: 5ml x daily
Fauna Marine Colour elements : 5ml x 3 x week
We are pleased to share with you this quarter TOTQ winner - Weiloong
Tank Size : 3 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft
Ph: 8 ~8.3
Calcium - 460
Alkalinity– 8 ~ 8.3
Magnesium – 1420
Skimmer: Deltec AP600
Mechanical filtration: Filter foam with basket
Dosing pump: Bubble Magus
Chiller: Arctica 1/4HP
Biopellet / reactor: TLF 150
Chemical filtration: Rowaphos , Rowacarbon. Bio pellet
Main return pump: Eheim 1264
Wave maker: WP40 and Tunze 6025
Others Equipments : Red starfish Auto top up
Lighting period : Photon 32 led set, 4sets of Par38
Polyp Lab Reef-resh set
Every 2 week
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SRC is proud to fatured this quarter TOTQ winner - Kylve beautiful Mixed reef tank.
It all started when my BIL tempted me into this hobby with 1 pair of nemo ( clownfish ) with live rock in a simple 1ft tank. Within 2 weeks, I started to fall in love with this wonderful hobby and got another 2ft tank, keeping zoas . After less than 5 month, found my current tank being too small, and it so happen that a reefer is decommissioning his tank, and wanted to give away his 5 ft tank that landed me into my current 5ft setup.
I Started my new tank keeping zoas and pratas with lots of fishes. Unfortunately , Murphy's law always happens when you are not around. My chillier pump spoilt suddenly and it causes the water temperature in the tank to rise which result in all pratas melting off. Shortly after this lesson learn, I Change to a compressor chiller together with a auto temp cut off system install with my MH lighting. In 2009, when i decided to try keeping SPS corals , all the corals was growing well. That is also when I decided to rescape my tank and sold off all my fishes and corals to try out my current system with lesser rock and bioload.
I started off my tank again this time round with numerous frags and small bioload of minimum fishes. One fine day, i was poison by a SRC reefer ezman with angels fishes, that i decided to setup another tank for these beauty, so i transfer all my zoas over to another dedicated running system so that i can keep my angelfishes in my main tank. By doing so, this also helps to increase my water volume and enable me to add more fishes which i loved !!!
I still love to see my tank fill with corals with many fishes swimming around freely which looks colorful and make my tank lively !
Calcium - 430
Magnesium – 1500
Skimmer: deltec 851
Dosing pump: Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump with timer
Chiller: 1HP compressor drop in coil
Biopellet / reactor: Biopellet reactor
Main return pump: OR 3500 and eheim 1260
Wave maker: 2 x Vortech MP40W, 1 x Tunze 6250, 1 x Tunze 6850
Others Equipments : JBJ auto top up
Lighting period : De-Lighting tube
2 x Blue Plus + 2 x aquablue special (From 11am to 11.30pm)
3 x 250W MH 15K Bulb : aqua lighting(From 3.30pm to 8pm)
No, i dont use much addictive on my tank as I tend to feed my fishes a lot which i belive in turn will the corals in my tank.
7 to 10 days change 25L of pre salt mix using DD salt. 4 to 5 days cleaning of skimmer cup and changing of cotton wool. Every 1 week mixing and topping up of cal,mag and alkalinity solution using food grade powder.