Feature Aquarium: TugaReef – The Aquarium of Julio Macieira

geral_11112006.jpgOn 01/08/2005 I started the setup of this aquarium. After going through a soft corals aquarium and another more mixed one, I decided that this time my aquarium would be mainly of SPS corals. My entire lighting has been changed and replaced by T5 light tubes (2 canopies 1.20 T5 ATI 4x56W + 2 canopies of 90 T5 ATI 4x36W). Until present this kind of lighting remains in my system, eventhough I’ve changed on a regular basis the light tubes (every 6 months), and I’m satisfied with this kind of lighting, both on the level of growth rate and coloration.img_4946.jpgimg_4983.jpg

This system has 150 Kg of live rock and 10 cm of sand bed. The sand bed is a mix of several granulometries, being mainly CaribSea.

Tank Information

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  • Length 210 cm x Width 60 cm x Height 60cm – 756L

Substrate:

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  • 60Kg Calcite (Aquatic Nature – CALCIALITH)
  • 60kg Argalive (live aragonite Caribe Sea)
  • 30kg Silica white sand
  • 45kg Argamax (Caribe Sea aragonite)

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  • 150 kg

Sump:

  • DIY (1.10x45x40) 198L

Skimmers: (Both work alternatly)

  • H&S 3×2001
  • ATI Skimmer

Chiller:

  • Model built by Fernando Ribeiro from Seahorse
  • Deltec PF 601S (2500L) fed by a IWAKI KBR3X bellows pump of 180ml/minute. (Works 24 hours) having RowaLith C+

Kalkwasser Reactor:

  • Deltec KM 500S fed by a Prominent DULCO flex (0216) peristaltic pump of 1,8l/hour. The Kalk reactor is connected to a Deltec Aquastat 1000 level buoy with a timer, which replenishes all the evaporated water only during the night period of my tank, between 08:00 and 16:00.

Lighting:

  • 2 canopies 1.20 T5 ATI 4x56W + 2 canopies of 90 T5 ATI 4x36W

Internal Circulation:

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  • 2 Turbelle Stream 6000 + 2 Turbelle Stream 6100 (with multicontroler 7094 )

Return from the Sump to the aquarium:

  • OR 6500 (Aqua Medic)

1 Grounding Probe

pH controler Aqua Medic connected to the calcium reactor and set to 6.20

Salt:

  • Tropical Marin (Pro-Reef)
  • Red Sea
  • Aqua Medic
  • Reef Cristal
  • Ocean

I use several brands of salt which I sucessively use every time each bag finishes. I normaly perform weekly partial water changes of 125 liters.

Maintenance

Daily actions:

  • Aminoacid (Korallen-Zucht) 6 drops
  • Weekly additions:
  • Reefbooster (Prodibio) 2 vials (I alternate the addition of this product with Oganics (Fauna Marin)

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  • Biodigest (Prodibio) 1 vial (1/1000L)
  • It is rare for me to add Iodine to my system. Without that much regularity, I use sporadically Kent Iodine.

Feeding:

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  • Very varied: Artemia, white larvae, red larvae, minced shrimp, Cyclope Ezz, granulated, Freeze dried Algae (several), Zooplex (Kent), minced shellfish, fish, decapsulated artemia, etc.

 

Parameters

  • Ca: 390 ppm
  • Kh: 7 dKh
  • Mg: 1280 ppm
  • PO4: 0 ppm
  • NO3: 0 ppm
  • Salinity: 35%

 

Invertebrates

  • 1 Enoplometopus occidentalismini_paguro.jpglysmata_amboinensis_.jpg
  • 8 Serpent stars (ophiuran)
  • 60 Nassarium
  • 1 Formia Sp.
  • 6 Lysmata seticaudata
  • 4 Lysmata debelius
  • 4 Lysmata amboinensis
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  • 5 Protula magnifica
  • 4 Tridacna crocea
  • 6 Tubo snail
  • 1 Holothuria edulis
  • 1 Strombus snail
  • 4 Calcinus laevimanus
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Fishes

I have at is time 15 fishes in my aquarium:

  • 1 – Zebrassomas flavescens
  • 1 – Euxiphipops navarchus
  • 1 – Ctenochaetus strigosus
  • 1 – Zebrasoma gemmatumblack_ocellaris_5_.jpgzebrassoma_flavescens.jpg
  • 1 – Pseudanthias squampinnis
  • 6 – Pseudanthias squampinnis
  • 2 – Clowns (Black ocellaris)
  • 1 – Paracirrhites forsteri
  • 1 – Six Line

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Corals

  • 4- Pocillopora damicormis
  • 2- Stylophora pistillata (Rose and Green)
  • 1- Seriatopora hystrix
  • 1- Euphyllia ancora
  • 1- Euphyllia divisa
  • 1- Acanthastrea lordhowensispseudanthias_20squampinnis_b_201.jpg
  • 1- Blastomussa merletti
  • 1- Catalaphyllia jardinei
  • 3- Seriatopora caliedrum (1 Rose and 2 Greens)
  • 1- Acropora echinata
  • 1- Pavona cactus
  • 1- Acropora efflorescens
  • 1- Acropora humilis
  • 1- Acropora lila
  • 1- Montipora australiensis
  • 3- Montipora incrustata sp.pistillata.jpgimg_3861.jpg
  • 3- Acropora hyacinthus
  • 2- Ricordeas

 

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Some growths after one and half year (approximately).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My name is Julio Macieira and I am the administrator of a marine aquariums forum in Portugal (www.reefforum.net) which has been serving me for several years to learn and share knowledge with Portuguese speaking aquarists.

I am very honored for the fact that Advanced Aquarist has chosen this time my aquarium.

I do not know how to speak in English, but with the help of a friend, I will try to answer you all, about any doubt that you may wish to place concerning my tank.

Thank you,

Julio Macieira

Editor’s Note: More photos can be found here on the author’s website. There’s also a thread on ReefForum.net to discuss this article for those interested.

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