AOTW: greeni’s 211g Reef
This Friday we are featuring an absolutely vibrant 211 gallon reef by AquaticLog user greeni.
The tank has been up and running for over 2 years and offers a lot for your eyes to feast on.
AquaticLog is excited to unveil a brand new feature. Now you will see your actual PAR values through out the day adjusted by depth and your fixture brightness level.
This feature works with any EcoSmart Live profile and is currently optimized for Radion Pro values. Support for Radion G1 and G2, plus a Wide Angle option is coming soon.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
This Friday we are featuring a spectacular nano reef from Holland, by user schaaped. This 8 gallon aquarium has got everyone’s attention recently and gets high points for being nicely laid out and is filled with great looking corals.
It is hard to believe that this tank has been running only 6 months.
Here are a few words from its owner, Edwin Schaap:
"First of all I am quite honoured by the fact that I could attract some attention beside the much wider, larger tanks stuffed with the latest equipment.
For me the goal was this time, after a break of ten years, having a much larger tank fullgear, a minimalistic nano-reef with the least possible aid of technical supplies. Quite hard because I loved all the novelties and developments since I stopped this hobby.
So the hardest thing was: small, no biological filtration ( besides 6 kilos of fresh cured Indonesian rock ) no skimmer .The major factors of success are I believe, the provided light and the water movement.
So, after just a half of a year I created the smallest possible environment possible for a small piece of reef, trying to get the whole thing in balance without the hardware,sensitive as I encountered by introducing fish.
Biggest issue now is the control of the war between the corals,less space more hassle. Much more species I would like to introduce but that,s the choice of having a Nano reef.
In the future for me, the only investment I would like to do is the purchase of AI Nano/Sol, programmable. For the rest… the less is more.
Thanks to the AquaticLog, a great feature. It helped me to develop and the biggest thing,gives me a lot of inspiration.”
Well done, Edwin! To find out more, head over to the aquarium’s profile.
This Friday we are featuring an absolutely stunning all-in-one 29 gallon aquarium, TinPan’ Reef by AquaticLog user tinpanva.
Many of us had started with all-in-one tanks, but not many have progressed this far before venturing onto something bigger. This 1.5 year old aquarium is definitely on its way to reach its peak.
Here are a few words from the owner Paul Ledford himself:
"For starters, a big thank you out to AquaticLog! I don’t know how I would manage all my information, reminders, and measurements without you!
Although this is my first aquarium, it’s not the first time I’ve been involved with one. Back in the late 70’s my father had multiple fresh and saltwater setups. I was always right there, just itching to get my hands wet. My friends and I would spend hours watching the fish, shrimp, and crabs. We would even scrape the algae off the glass top covering the tank and look at it under my microscope. We were fascinated with the pods and worms that grew there. Those were good times. Here we are, some 30 years later and I find myself thinking of those colorful tropical fish, and how relaxing it was to watch them. Over the years I always wanted to start a saltwater tank, but never found the time to research it. It was always on my “to do” list. It wasn’t until a few years ago while I was watching an episode of Tanked that the seed got planted in my head. I got on the internet and started looking for more information. I discovered reef tanks. Without having to do any further research I was hooked.
I read everything I could find on reef setups and decided I didn’t want to do all the upgrades I was seeing people do on the forums. I decided to just go ahead and buy all the cool gadgets I wanted up front. I knew it would take me longer to get the tank wet this way, but felt in the long run I would be better off. First off, an all-in-one tank with Halide lights. Pretty much turn key ready for a mixed reef. I knew I wanted a controller, an upgraded skimmer, MP10, and all the media racks. Even with all that planned out, I still ended up upgrading the skimmer even larger with the HOB-1. A Tunze ATO was added to help maintain the water height. And of course I just had to have the AI Vega’s I just saw at my local fish store. Well, there goes the promise I made my wife that this wasn’t going to be an expensive hobby.
Of course I still had to learn a few things the hard way, red bugs and bryopsis just to name a few. It’s a great hobby and I’m already planning a 60 cube with a 40b sump, so much for the other promise I made, only one tank.”
Head over to the aquarium’s profile page to read up more on its water parameters, maintenance routines, inhabitants and a gallery of beautiful photos and videos.
Paul, your achievement is truly remarkable and is certainly an inspiration for all those Nanocubers out there. Well done.
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What are great story James…your tanks are amazing and I can see you may have yourself more that a hobby…I think you are looking at a career in salt water tanks and set ups! Thanks for sharing your story and looking forward to more amazing set ups of salt water .by James…
This Friday we are featuring James Mason’s 180 Gallon Reef aquarium.
I first got into fish when I was 11 years old I started in freshwater and after setting up 8 successful aquarium systems I decided I was ready to move into Saltwater when I was 12 or just about 13 years old. I Sold my Frank Mahovlich and Henry Richard etc and Mario Lemiux and all my old Parkhurst Hockey Cards to come up with 400 dollar to buy my first Saltwater system which was in 1993 so 400 bucks was a bad deal for me at that time but being young I was very excited to get into the beautiful hobby of keeping marine Fish and not 20 minutes after the sale I was at big als in Whitby buying a 35 gallon aquarium which I was told was the smallest size tank you could have a successful marine system in at the time.
The whole startup kit ended up costing me exactly $400 dollars. And that was with a 50 gallon box of salt ,a plastic canopy with a t8 florescent light I think it held 1 actinic t8 and one cool white or day bulb/white , a Fluval internal Bio life filter which I thought was the best filter in the world, To me it was anyhow it had a little window in it and man it look cool it even held the heater inside and i Think it came with it , also included a bag of crushed coral a salinity Gauge the old Instant Ocean square shaped ones I believe that was the salt as well (they have been around a long time) Also came with an IO Nitrate and ammonia kit and that was it I went home set it up and let it run for 4 days then I bought 4 Damsels which to me was one of the happiest days of my life as I had always wanted to keep saltwater fish :) with that system I ended up keeping a 5 lb piece of live rock and back then it was really alive rock the stuff we get now they called base rock IMO..
I remember a little purple crab crawled out of it and polyps started to grow on it little feather dusters etc I thought it was like a surprise bag I fell in love with the hobby completely after that I ended up successfully keeping a green Goniopora and a Perc Clown (it was a false perc now that I think back but big als just called them percs ,They probably didn’t know the difference, a tomato clown along with the 4 damsels which was a 4 stripe a yellow tail a blue and a domino as well as a couple Hawaiian feather dusters and even a yellow tang and everything did well as I was a hard worker and I did my water changes to the day every 30 days back then from what i read and heard from big als this was the best thing and way to do water changes. I eventually got an air pump powered skimmer from big als after having the tank for 6 months but i never really understood skimming as I do now back then so it just looked cool hanging on the back and made me feel good about the tank lol but really didn’t pull much skim-mate as i never got it dialed in.
Also was a crap Skimmer. I ended up getting a job at 13 my first real job at a pet store in port Perry Ontario and I was the fish expert there and i loved it even though it was only fresh water I really felt good giving people advice and learning from others well i worked there and it gave me some money to care for my fish and get a new fish now and then.
Anyway I stayed in the hobby for another 2 years and then I moved around so I had to leave the hobby I was out of the hobby until I was 24 or 25 and I got back into it by starting a 10 gallon piranha Tank and that wasn’t enough for me so I setup a 27 gallon cube mixed reef,after that I bought a 20 gallon long system then this wasn’t enough so I switched to a 75 gallon mixed reef also .
Then from there I went to a 65 a 90 and a 75 at the same time all mixed reefs all with sumps I got out of the hobby to go abroad for a couple of years where I lived in Cancun Mexico and saw the reef a lot also traveled around all of Central America and saw all the reefs along the way..Also I should mention when I was 17 I went to Australia for the 2nd time for 6 months and did some ocean fishing in Perth and a dolphin popped up one day right between my legs (at the time it scared the hell out of me but after I saw what it was it was beautiful) .
On the way home from Australia I stopped in Bali and saw what I though was the most beautiful reef I ever saw (my first reef was at 16 years old in Cozumel Mexico where I grabbed on to a wild manta ray and hitched a ride was very exiting) and I thought it was amazing seeing all the species I had kept, in there natural environment. I also swam with nurse sharks and picked up some played with them and sting rays in the wild in Belize Caye Calker was the first time the 2nd time in Belize I was in Placencia and I went to The Silk Caye and swam with a 5 foot lemon shark with myself and my 2 year old son at the time later that day I was stung by Fire Coral (and there is a reason they call it fire coral) all this was in the past 3 years I am 33 years old now and I have traveled the world 2 times and seen a lot of reefs , most of my friends and family know me as an animal lover hell at one point I even had a pet Crocodile and every place I went I was Catching stuff in the wild from when I was 7 catching blue tongue Skinks in Australia to flipping stingrays out of the water with my flippers in Mexico to isolate in tide pools to red eyed tree frogs in Costa Rica and poison dart frogs , Full sized Iguanas , Boa Constrictors in belize swimming with Crocodiles all the way down to catching hermit crabs to give to locals in Central America who kept sea horses in 5 gallon tanks that they had caught in the mangroves I could go on and on But I will save that for another time.
To sum up what I am trying to say is all animals have and always will be my passion and I will never stop trying to master this hobby which is my favorite of all hobbies, It keeps me out of trouble and is a major passion in my life and I plan to do it my whole life (or as long as my wife lets me do so lol).
My current system is a 180 gallon tank that was bought at an estate sale, a 115 gallon sump and a 75 gallon frag tank all plumbed together there is a video coming soon so please keep watch. My Objective with this system is to eventually have only sps and maybe the odd lps but not much and I wanna grow them out with a really natural look. Also I would like to start selling frags to keep up with some of the costs of my reef keeping. I fee like I am getting close to my objective but as most reef hobbyists know you are never really done when it comes to this hobby! :) I have been through many trials and tribulations and I will never stop keeping Marine life and I love it more everyday .
Thanks so much for looking, Please feel free to ask anything about my story/stories I would be more than happy to answer There is a lot more to my story but like I said I just don’t have enough time to write it all right now
Thank You and Happy Reefing :)
AquaticLog wishes James all the best with his tank and this wonderful hobby!
This Friday we are featuring a very special aquarium: vancouverreefer’s 75 Gallon Reef.
What makes this aquarium so special? Not only it is nicely laid out and meticulously planned, it features a custom controller, designed and manufactured by the owner. This is definitely one of a kind. Imagine a controller that has been custom tailored to your individual needs with a physical button and a status light for every single activity. And there you have it and it is called Aquatroller.
Make sure to check out those photos.
This Friday we are featuring Chris Neill’s spectacular 130 gallon reef.
This aquarium has been running for almost a year, spotless black background certainly helps to highlight all that open space.
Feast your eyes on the beautiful photography and video of this tank.