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gtareef
03-22-2016, 07:21 PM
Hello everyone,

I can't believe it has been more than 5 years since I started my first 90g SPS dominated reef aquarium but never posted a full tank shot. So here it is and hope you guys would enjoy it. Any comments or feedbacks are welcomed 

System Profile
• Setup Date: October 2013
• Display Aquarium: Miracles 270 gallon starphire (72” x 36” x 24”) with bean animal coast to coast external overflow
• Stand: Miracles Custom Skirt
• Sump:54″x30″x19″
• Skimmer: BUBBLE KING SUPERMARIN 200 with Vertex Vectra Engine Universal Cleaner Unit with Lid.
• Return Pump: Water Blaster 10000 output to two Sea Swirl
• Internal Flow: One MP60, Two MP40 and RW-20
• Main Lighting: 60” 10 bulbs ATI Power Module
• Supplement Lighting: Two ReefBrite XHO LED
• Reactors: Georeef CR618 Calcium Reactor with CarbonDoser Electronic Co2 Regulator , Georeef KR618 and BRS GFO
• ATO: Gravity feed with float valve
• RO/DI: 5 Stage with a Booster pump
• Frag Tank: 50 gallon
• System Controller: Apex, WXM, PM2, 3 EB8, Auto feeder

http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/system/fts2016.jpg

gtareef
03-22-2016, 07:28 PM
for photos

gtareef
03-22-2016, 07:34 PM
photos 2

Rog
03-22-2016, 07:37 PM
That is absolutely STUNNING!

maron6977
03-22-2016, 08:02 PM
Awesome !!!

Tyfighter
03-22-2016, 08:02 PM
Wow! Pretty amazing setup you have there.

gtareef
03-22-2016, 08:10 PM
Thank you everyone your compliments. Here are some pictures of my sps. Most of these have started from a frag :biggrin:

RR Pink Matrix
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Pink-Matrix1.jpg

RR Pink Cadillac
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/RR-Pink-Cadillac.jpg
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/RR-Pink-Cadillac-2.jpg

RR Wolverine
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/RR-Wolverine-3.jpg
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/RR-Wolverine-4.jpg

BlueBerry Wine
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Blue-Berry-Wine.jpg

Autumn Blaze
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Autumn-Blaze.jpg

RR SSC
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/RR-Strawberry-Shortcake-SSC-4.jpg

Blue Cali Tort
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Cali-blue-tort-2.jpg
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Cali-blue-tort-3.jpg

RR Dynamite Rainbow chlice
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Dynamite-chalice-2.jpg

gtareef
03-22-2016, 08:13 PM
RIP - Pearlberry :(
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Pearlberry.jpg
http://www.coralid.ca/web_images/canreef/Pearlberry-2

Bblinks
03-22-2016, 10:27 PM
Very nice!

zoapaly
03-22-2016, 11:03 PM
Wow very nice tank Thang ;)

gtareef
03-22-2016, 11:24 PM
Thanks everyone. But I'm still not satisfied. I want to add more sps colonies within the next few months and maybe redo the rock. Hopefully Reef Raft will bring in some crazy Aussie pieces soon.

SeaHorse_Fanatic
03-22-2016, 11:36 PM
Gorgeous. What happened to the Pearlberry? One of my favourites. If too painful, no need to reply.

gtareef
03-22-2016, 11:48 PM
Lol no worries. I killed over 200 or more because of rookie mistake or equipment failure since started this hobby. Although this one was painful, it wasn't that bad compared to when clams spawned and killed over 70% of my sps within 24 hours.

A store in Toronto asked me to hold their corals for a few months. I took the challenge and put about 50 pieces in my 270g. Within two weeks a lot of my sps started rtn and all I could think of is chemical warfare.

Prior to that those pieces have been with me for more than 2-3 years.

SeaHorse_Fanatic
03-23-2016, 12:28 AM
Although this one was painful, it wasn't that bad compared to when clams spawned and killed over 70% of my sps within 24 hours.


I've had this happen to me before too. I was holding some giant clams for a local reefer who was supposed to have his new tank set up and pick up the clams in 3 months. At the 6 month mark, they spawned, tank and house smelled like the ocean (and not in a good way) and lost 70+ percent of my corals too. I was a bit choked to say the least.

Anthony

gtareef
03-23-2016, 01:19 AM
Wow. That’s sucks. I spoke to other reefers and the same thing happened to them but their system was able to handle it.

I have a great skimmer but that wasn't enough. After that incident I sold three large clams and just kept one.

gtareef
03-23-2016, 01:21 AM
I hope your friend gave you some freebies for your lost.

gregzz4
03-23-2016, 01:21 AM
Awesome FTS bud

Taipan
03-23-2016, 02:54 AM
I have had the privilege to be invited on many occasions to visit member "gtareef" and I am always awe struck. He is humble, generous with his advice, and a hobbyist of the highest order. An asset to this community.

The great thing (for me) - he and member Explor3r (Alex) are only a few minutes away from me. :drinking:

gtareef
03-23-2016, 03:35 AM
Awesome FTS bud

Thanks bud!

I have had the privilege to be invited on many occasions to visit member "gtareef" and I am always awe struck. He is humble, generous with his advice, and a hobbyist of the highest order. An asset to this community.

The great thing (for me) - he and member Explor3r (Alex) are only a few minutes away from me. :drinking:

Thank you my friend! Those exact same words can describe you both as well :)

shiftline
03-23-2016, 06:28 AM
Beautiful shots

gtareef
03-23-2016, 11:49 PM
Beautiful shots

Thank you! Just saw your Adruino project and I think it’s awesome.

daniella3d
01-17-2017, 06:53 AM
wow, you did great, more than great! Your photos are very good too!

DKoKoMan
01-17-2017, 11:21 AM
I want my tank to look like a nice full Reef like yours! Tank looks great and keep up the good work with all the nice growth.

gtareef
01-18-2017, 12:01 AM
wow, you did great, more than great! Your photos are very good too!

I want my tank to look like a nice full Reef like yours! Tank looks great and keep up the good work with all the nice growth.

Thanks guys. I don't do anything special other than dosing alk, cal, mag and occasionally amino acid.

Finding the right balance is key. E.g. Fish, feeding, lighting and skimmer.

Every tank is different. Therefore, what works for me may not be ideal to others. Feel free to ask me any questions and I will try my best to answer.

SoloSK71
01-18-2017, 01:01 AM
I am confused, do you dose Ca, Alk and Mg or are you using a CO2 reactor or Kalkwasser?

Charles

gtareef
01-18-2017, 01:10 AM
I use both. Cal reactor during the day and dosing at night. I tried kalk reactor via ato before but always have issue with dosing too much so I stopped.

SoloSK71
01-18-2017, 01:46 AM
I see. Thanks for the reply.

Charles

DKoKoMan
01-18-2017, 03:53 AM
What are your water parameters currently at (CAL/ALK/MAG et al).

Myka
01-18-2017, 01:55 PM
I didn't see your thread before now! Nice sticks! Do you have an Oregon Tort in there somewhere? I think I asked you before, and you said no? Any new pics? :D It looks from the pics that you have a fairly heavy bioload, that should help with lots of fish urine for the Acros. :)

Scythanith
01-18-2017, 05:53 PM
Looking great! I need some frags :)

Stones
01-18-2017, 11:32 PM
Amazing looking display. Keep up the great work and sorry to hear about the pearlberry Acro. You've got some stunning SPS in there!

gtareef
01-24-2017, 12:07 AM
What are your water parameters currently at (CAL/ALK/MAG et al).

I tried to keep them in this range.
CAL 420-440
ALK 7-8
MAG 1350-1450
PO4 0.06

I didn't see your thread before now! Nice sticks! Do you have an Oregon Tort in there somewhere? I think I asked you before, and you said no? Any new pics? :D It looks from the pics that you have a fairly heavy bioload, that should help with lots of fish urine for the Acros. :)
LOL. Seriously I have to stop this madness. I keep adding corals to my display tank.

Looking great! I need some frags :)

PM me :)

Amazing looking display. Keep up the great work and sorry to hear about the pearlberry Acro. You've got some stunning SPS in there!

Thank you! I was able to track down a piece that I sold to another reefer. It's growing nicely :)

DKoKoMan
01-24-2017, 05:22 AM
Thanks Gtareef! Your parameters are definitely fuelling growth and beautiful colours!