reefs magazine

Winter 2009

Tank of the Season

By Randy Donowitz

fts-a2Full tank shot as of August, 2008.

Some Specifics

Setup:

8/06 though all the rock and many of the animals are far older

Tank:

240g .(8′ x 2′ x 2′) Glass Cages tank with low iron glass, 75g. sump

Lighting:

4x 250W Ushio 14K DE lamps in Luminarc mini (2 center lamps) and Icecap (two ends) pendants driven by Icecap electronic ballasts.

Filtration:

skimmerless with large Chaetomorpha chamber, carbon run 24/7

Sand:

2-3″ ESV coarse and fine mixture

Circulation:

Sequence Dart return pump and 3 Vortechs

Additives:

ESV B-Ionic, occasional additions of Iodine, Strontium, Iron, Manganese and Magnesium

Corals:

Over 40 Acropora species, Over 10 Montipora species, and a variety of other stony coral species including Acanthastrea, Blastomussa, Cyphastrea, Echinophyllia,Echinopora, Euphyllia, Favia, Fungia, Goniopora, Leptoseris, Lobophyllia,Pachyseris, Pavona, Psammacora, Seriatopora , Stylococcinella, Stylophora, and Turbinaria.

Fish:

There are approximately 25 fish including Amphiprion ocellaris (False Percula Clownfish) (3), Genicanthus watanabei ( Watanabei Angelfish) ( pair), Zebrasoma flavescens (Yellow Tang), Zebrasoma desjardinii ( Indian Ocean Sailfin Tang),Paracanthurus hepatus ( Hippo Tang) (2), Neocirrhites armatus (Flame Hawk),Calloplesiops altivelis ( Marine Betta), Anampses meleagrides (Yellowtail Tamarin Wrasse), Halichoeres biocelatus ( Biocellatus Wrasse), Pseudanthias Bartlettorum(Bartlett’s Anthias), Pseudanthias squamipinnis ( Lyretail Anthias), Pseudojuloides cerasinus, (Small-tail Pencil wrasse), Macropharyngodon ornatus (Ornate leopard Wrasse), Pomacentrus rolandi (Roland’s damsel) (3), and Labroides dimidiatus(Blue-Streaked Cleaner Wrasse)

Clams:

Tridacna maxima (3)

Invertebrates:

Assorted Shrimp, snails, crabs, cucumbers and sea-stars are employed for sandbed maintenance.

randyold-smallFull tank shot as of March 17, 2007.

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