First of all I want to be thank theteam of Advanced Aquarist for allowing me to publish my secondaquarium. After my NanoCube (16g.-64 l.) I realized I wanted to move toa larger one (42g.-160l.). For this transfer, I used the water and therock from my smaller tank, but since the quantity was insufficient andI did not wish to wait for maturation, I took rock and water from theaquarium of a friend (316g.-2000 l.). This lets my corals continuedwith good growth.
The aquarium is glass and it measures(31.5×15.75×16.7 inches 80x40x50 cm). Initially I had only SPS tosupport and so I organized the lighting with 8x36w PC’s, but they werenot giving me the results I wanted. I changed to 2 MH of 150w jointlywith 4x36w PC’s as light actinic supplement.
The circulation ofthe water is realized by means of a Tunze Stream of 7000 l/h adjustablyconnected to a Multicontroller that creates alternating current and forbeing such a small aquarium, this one covers completely all the zones.To create the fluctuations, I have placed a bomb of 1000 l/h faced. Thesystem is a Pure Berlin (BB). For biological filtration I had anapproximate whole of 20 kg of alive rock (I have never weighed it)accompanied of a mangrove. The mechanical filtration is a skimmerBiostarFlotor de Aquamedic with an OR of 1250l/h. The circulation ofthe water is provided by means of a Tunze Stream of 7000 l/h adjustablyconnected to a Multicontroller that creates alternating current and forbeing such a small aquarium, this one covers completely all the zones.To create the fluctuations, I have placed a bomb of 1000 l/h faced.
Thelighting consists of 2 Mh of 150W with bulbs of 14kºK and 4x36W PC’s. Iknew that alone a MH could already cover the whole aquarium, but Iinstalled two to have more zones of light and not to leave dead angles.They are positioned 10cm above the surface of the water. It ignites at12:00 pm for the actínics, at 13:00 pm for the HQIs, at 23:00 pm theHQI’s go out and at 24:00 pm the actínics go out.
Therest of the setup is composed of a calcium reactor equipped withAquamedic substrat and mixed with magnesium of Grotec. It works duringthe whole day and with CO2 during 90 minutes in the evening. Theevaporation of the aquarium is controlled by an osmolator that isconnected to a peristaltic pump that feeds a reactor of Kalk.
Sincethe temperature is very high due to the lighting there is a connectedTemperature Controller that takes charge driving a fan of 30w, whichsupports the temperature between 25 and 26 degrees C.
Thebiggest problem that I have suffered was an attack of nudibranchs thatalmost destroyed my population of montiporas. It was a struggle withoutend; first eliminating them every night with a syringe, but every nightthey were appearing again. Finally I tried with Levamisol, to the costof that died many small invertebrates. And the nudibranchs stillcontinued to live. I continued withdrawing them manually. After onemonth they started going at last and two months later they disappeared.Now I have been clear of them for 2 months. Finally I can say that mymontiporas are safe! Not if it was the Levamisol, but surely it helpedvery much in its disappearance.
- One pair Amphiprion ocellaris.
- 1 Pseudochelinus hexataenia.
- 1 Dascyllus aruanus
- 1 Chrysiptera cyanea
- 1 Juvenile Zebrasoma flavencens.
Polyps and soft corals:
- Several colonies of zoanthus. (15 varieties)
- Xenia pumping
- Pachiclavularia violacea
- Network actinodiscus
- Blue actinodiscus
- Orange ricordea Florida
- Flowery Blue ricordea with green bubbles
- Caulastrea curvata
- Caulastrea furcata
- Micromussa minus
- Euphyllia paradivisa
- 3 colonies of Stylophora
- 3 varieties of Porites in block and 3 in branch.
- 5 varieties of montipora in branch (Blue, with brown polyps, Orange, Green and green-yellow)
- 4 varieties of montipora plate (Orange, violet, green-fluo and green)
- 7 varieties of Acropora
- 2 colonies of Seriatopora histrix
- 1 Turbinaria reniformis
- 1 RBTA
- 2 tridacna Maxima
- 1 Hippopus hippopus
- 5 hermit crabs
- 1 hemerald crab
- groups of stomatellas and of small snails.