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  • House Reefer 525

    Hello fellow reefers, and welcome along to my latest tank build.

    So where does 'House Reefer 525' come from?

    Well, ever since I visited the Maldives on my Honeymoon a few years ago now, I have been hankering for an upgrade from my old 3' (the build is on here somewhere) with the intention of replicating what I found myself mesmerised with whilst snorkelling on the house reef of our island - thats where the House Reef part comes in. Finished off with the tank being a Red Sea Reefer 525. So the amalgamation of the two gets me to a handy build title.

    Anyway...

    The dream is to recreate (to an extent - its not a biotope) a lagoon reef found just a few kicks of your flippers from the sandy beaches of the Maldives, particularly Vilamendhoo where we stayed.

    I have moved all of my fish over from the old tank, and I still have a few LPS from that which I will be moving on in due course. The fish I have added since I started this build, and those I will continue to add, are all variants that can be found in the Maldives. It will be SPS heavy with maybe a few LPS scattered along the bottoms of the rocks, and again with the corals I will try to stick with species that I saw in my time on honeymoon.

    The tank itself has been running since just after Christmas, so I'm 5 months in and I really wish I had more to show you!

    Only recently have I moved over to the ZEOvit system after initially starting it up using Fauna Marin ZeoLight. The change was mainly down to me nearly shutting down completely and needing to inject a new lease of life into the tank (I know, its only 5 months old as it is ) along with a cyano issue which I was struggling with. I've always looked at ZEOvit as being the pinnacle SPS system so I'm really happy to be living my dream as it were, and I'm finding it much easier than FM anyway! Bonus.

    So here is a little run down of the system as it stands, with a few pics of some of the livestock I have in it at present. There will be much more to come of that I can assure you. Once I am past my troubles with it which I nearly am, I'll get onto stocking it up

    Tank: Red Sea Reefer 525
    Lights: Radion XR30 Gen1 / TIR x3
    Pumps: VorTech MP40QD x 2
    Return Pump: Vectra M1
    Skimmer: Deltec SC-1456
    Zeo Reactor: Bubble Magus (piece of crap but does the job)

    Please ignore the haziness and emptiness of the tank. It is MUCH better that what it was before I moved over to KZ!

    FTS 1-6-16 by Andy, on Flickr

    And my precious fish:

    Male Timor Wrasse

    Skittles 2 10-8-15 by Andy, on Flickr

    Female Timor Wrasse

    Starburst by Andy, on Flickr

    Convict Tang

    Convict 1-6-16 by Andy, on Flickr

    Longnose Butterfly

    Bruce by Andy, on Flickr

    Tailspot Blenny

    Gary by Andy, on Flickr

    Chalk Bass

    Chalk Bass 1-6-16 by Andy, on Flickr

    Female of my Ocellaris pair

    Penny 25-1-15 by Andy, on Flickr

    Finally the shyest Wrasse of them all, female Yellow Wrasse

    On The Hunt by Andy, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking, I'll update soon with some coral pics

  • #2
    Hello,

    Nice presentation and nice setup also. I love your timor wrasses pics ! They are wonderfull ! I am looking forward to see the corals pictures .

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    • #3
      Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
      Hello,

      Nice presentation and nice setup also. I love your timor wrasses pics ! They are wonderfull ! I am looking forward to see the corals pictures .
      Thanks Damien

      The Timor wrasse are beautiful fish, the male is such a beast though

      Hoping to add some Acros in a few weeks, getting fed up of looking at my lonely Stylo!

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      • #4
        Looks like the start of what's going to be a great looking system.
        Those pics are excellent and particularly like your wrasse 👍

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        • #5
          Well a lot can happen in 5 months

          I had real issues with nutrient levels and algae with the reef bones, which was a mix of not having enough, and the bones themselves leaching nutrients constantly.

          On top of that I wiped 70% of my fish out with what I believe to be an issue with washing my filter socks in the washing machine

          So I took the decision to move my remaining fish and corals into a quarantine tank in the garage, and get on with the task of stripping the tank down, giving it a good clean, and starting again.

          I chose to go with Real Reef rock this time around as it's a very clean rock, and it afforded me the opportunity to scale it dry again. Now I'm not keen on the over purple nature of the rock but I had to compromise somewhere - and it's not all that bad under my lighting.

          I ditched the Fiji Pink live sand in favour or Carribsea Special Grade Seafloor (which I've had before) and can say that it's been a very wise decision to do that. Not only to avoid Cyanobacteria issues with the live stuff, but I find the Seafloor sand looks more natural and doesn't blow around anywhere near as much.

          As ever, I used KZ Reefer's Best to salt the tank, and started the cycle off again as per the guide. And apart from having a massive algae bloom this past week, everything has gone well, it's cycled really quickly, and my levels are looking really good

          I had to place my corals out of the QT in the Reefer after day four because they were suffering in the QT, but they have looked great ever since I moved them across. I dipped them in Dettol before transferring and all seemed OK, bar the LPS becoming a bit pee'd off at the dip.

          The only terrible picture I have on my Flickr is one before I filled it, but I'll grab some more soon, once the green mist has vanished

          House Reefer 525 v3 by Andy, on Flickr

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          • #6
            A little update on the tank.

            It's been running nicely for the past two months, fish have settled in well and getting some nice colour and growth on the couple of SPS pieces I've had in there a while - the pics below will document what I have, plus the new ones I added this week, of which I am already seeing a change in - especially the pink Millipora.

            I have some trouble with my pair of Halichoeres Timorensis wrasse in that my female spent so long in the sand when they were in QT that she has started to turn male now she is out and about - much to the dislike of my original male. So I shall be borrowing a fish trap off a friend and removing the changing female :thumb down Last in, First out as they say.

            The thing on my mind lately the most is my lighting. I have real concern that the Gen1 Radions won't be able to provide the right light and spread that I need for consistent and uniform growth on my SPS, so it's something at the top of my list once I see how these corals develop.

            Hopefully more soon with some new fish additions and more SPS :smokin:

            FTS 17-12-16 by Andy, on Flickr


            Fish first:


            Sid 28-11-16 by Andy, on Flickr

            Sid 2 28-11-16 by Andy, on Flickr

            Starburst 17-11-16 by Andy, on Flickr

            Mr Longpenis 9-11-16 by Andy, on Flickr


            SPS that have been in from as long as two months to as little as two weeks:


            Green Millepora_ by Andy, on Flickr

            Green Millepora TD by Andy, on Flickr

            Blue Millepora by Andy, on Flickr

            Blue Millepora TD by Andy, on Flickr

            Green Stylophora by Andy, on Flickr

            Green Stylophora TD by Andy, on Flickr


            The new SPS:


            Pink Millepora by Andy, on Flickr

            Pink Millepora TD by Andy, on Flickr

            Yellow Millepora_ by Andy, on Flickr

            Yellow Millepora TD by Andy, on Flickr

            Red Planet by Andy, on Flickr

            Red Planet TD by Andy, on Flickr

            Green Tenius by Andy, on Flickr

            Green Tenius TD by Andy, on Flickr

            Green and Red Millepora_ by Andy, on Flickr

            Green and Red Millepora TD by Andy, on Flickr

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            • #7
              Popped over to my LFS on Friday and I couldn't resist but to take two new fish home, all helped by the store owner (also a good friend of mine) giving me a little discount for the holiday season

              As ever, only Maldivian or at the least Indian Ocean fish, so I went for an Exquisite Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus Exquisitus) and a Regal Angel (Pygoplites Diacanthus)

              They have both settled in well, feeding happily, and have brought so much colour and vibrancy to the tank - very pleased with them

              Exquisite Wrasse 25-12-16 by Andy, on Flickr

              Regal Angel 25-12-16 by Andy, on Flickr

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              • #8
                I decided to treat myself to a new Sony A68 as I was finding limits with my old A300. Here is the new guy with my 105mm macro attached, and the 35mm my wife bought me for Christmas waiting for its turn

                New camera body by Andy, on Flickr


                I've also decided that I'm going to ditch the Radions and replace them with an ATi Powermodule 8x80w in the near future, quite a big step but I really don't think the Gen1 Radions will be able to give me what I want for my tank, even if I did add one or two more.

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                • #9
                  Hi folks,

                  A little update on the tank.

                  Currently I am suffering with a real bad case of green algae on the glass, thankfully it isn't on the rock work or sand, but it's taking constant cleaning to keep it at bay for only a few hours. Po4 and No3 measure undetectable with Elos HR and Salifert respectively.

                  My main concern for the cause of this algae are the Radion lights. I'm about done with them and LEDs now, so will be ordering my ATI 8x80w Powermodule early this week - seriously cannot wait!

                  I've had some average growth (average but very random on some pieces) on my SPS and the new pieces have settled in well and coloured up to some extent so am really looking forward to what a fresh start with T5s will bring. I'm very hopeful that it will be the making of this tank

                  Here's a few recent pictures of the tank and livestock - really enjoying my new camera.

                  FTS 1-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Sump 1-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  I had to say goodbye to my female Halichoeres Timorensis as she was turning into a male, and that was really upsetting my established male as he was constantly being forced into the sand by her - it was the right decision as my male is now out and looking amazing as he always does

                  Starburst Farewell 7-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  My male back out and looking good

                  Untitled by Andy, on Flickr

                  Untitled by Andy, on Flickr

                  Sid the Scopas

                  Sid by Andy, on Flickr

                  In the location where the tank is, through the winter you can catch a nice bit of natural sunlight through the patio doors, so I took advantage of that and grabbed a few pics - I'm much more a lover of whiter light spectrums rather than blue so it's really nice to see the tank in what would be a more natural light - it also really helps with photos as there's so much strong light entering the camera.

                  Untitled by Andy, on Flickr

                  Untitled by Andy, on Flickr

                  Finally on the fish front, an unusual photo of my Valenciennea Longipinnis hanging out mid aquascape, rather that on the sand bed

                  Untitled by Andy, on Flickr

                  Finally onto an update on the SPS corals in the tank. Some have improved, some have had a hard time of it - I guess that's the game with some pieces

                  Green Millepora Top Down 35mm 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Yellow Millepora Top Down 35mm 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Green-Red Millepora Top Down 35mm 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Red Planet Top Down 105mm 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Pink Millepora Top Down 35mm 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Blue Millepora Top Down 35mm 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Tenius Top Down 35mm 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Had some really nice healing on my Red Planet. This section what were it was cut off from the main colony at one of my LFS, it's healed superbly and it growing nicely from there - considering that's the underside of the coral

                  Red Planet Growth 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  And finally, I have two nice snails with fancy hair doos - just don't really colour up I'm guessing because they are constantly on the move

                  Snail Coral 18-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                  Thanks

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                  • #10
                    I ordered my ATI Powermodule on Monday through my LFS, which was all very exciting as the distributor is really quick with delivery so it would be here either yesterday or today...

                    But they don't have the 80w in stock! So it's a 3-4 week wait whilst ATI make it for me

                    On the plus side at least it gives me time to strengthen the ceiling I guess, and work the wife around on how it'll look.

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                    • #11
                      Is that a deltec zeovit reactor I wish I could get my hands on one

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bugger View Post
                        Is that a deltec zeovit reactor I wish I could get my hands on one
                        Yeah it's the ZA-509. I'm just about on the limit for that model and the tank size but it's a great piece of equipment - I'm not sure how I ever coped with my previous Bubble Magus manual filter!

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                        • #13
                          Picked up a lovely Tenius this weekend, it's lost some colour after a dip but it'll come back around once it's settled.

                          New Acropora 5-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

                          New Acropora Macro 5-1-17 by Andy, on Flickr

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                          • #14
                            Great pictures Pandy, and great setup.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Edmond D. View Post
                              Great pictures Pandy, and great setup.
                              Thanks Edmond

                              Only 2-3 weeks until the Powermodule arrives hopefully

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