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kien
02-16-2012, 04:50 AM
I was just curious and wanted to take a current snapshot to see how long people have had their current tanks running. If you have multiple tanks, you can decide which one is your "primary" tank. I would guess the one that's been running the longest though :-)

The Grizz
02-16-2012, 04:58 AM
See ticker below :biggrin:

fishoholic
02-16-2012, 05:04 AM
I hit 5-6 years but when I thought about it a bit more it's been just over 4 years since I first set up my 230g reef tank.

Mike-fish
02-16-2012, 05:14 AM
The 175g is going on 4 years the cube is at 7 months

Snufflupagus
02-16-2012, 05:19 AM
Less than a year for me.

SeaHorse_Fanatic
02-16-2012, 05:53 AM
Just shut down and sold off my main display tank (210g with 75g sump) in the fall so the main tank now is under 2 years old (165g Starfire with 90g wide sump). Some of the livestock and rock have been with me for much longer but are now in either the 165g or 2' cube.

soapy
02-16-2012, 06:04 AM
Just coming up on 3 years.

lastlight
02-16-2012, 06:51 AM
I like how you put an option for Ryan in there =)

FragIt Dan
02-16-2012, 06:59 AM
My 33g has been running 13y (1998) with the same substrate and power head (running 24/7 without a complaint ever!) as a primary pump for a hang on sump I bought in 1991. I have grown a little since then with my main 90g running 6y and my 33 demoted to a qt tank.

kien
02-16-2012, 06:59 AM
I like how you put an option for Ryan in there =)

Didn't want him to feel left out. There's room for everyone in this hobby.

kien
02-16-2012, 07:02 AM
My 33g has been running 13y (1998) with the same substrate and power head (running 24/7 without a complaint ever!) as a primary pump for a hang on sump I bought in 1991. I have grown a little since then with my main 90g running 6y and my 33 demoted to a qt tank.

Whoa! That's inspiring! Do you have pics of the geezer?? ( the tank, not you ).

ScubaSteve
02-16-2012, 07:23 AM
Current set up is at 5 months now after building a new tank at the end of the summer but the same rock, sand and livestock has been with me for about 3 years.

evaneatspie555
02-16-2012, 07:23 AM
I had a 10gallon fowlr for 2 years the. Upgraded to a30 and 3 months upgraded to my current 55 Wich has been up for 4 months and will either be broken down in 2 months or will be. Coming with me when I move to st Catherine's it all depends on what I get for a place to live and costs

jjntm
02-16-2012, 08:19 AM
Just shut down and sold off my main display tank (210g with 75g sump) in the fall so the main tank now is under 2 years old (165g Starfire with 90g wide sump). Some of the livestock and rock have been with me for much longer but are now in either the 165g or 2' cube.

And I am getting close to finally finish setting up the new Version of this tank ;0) Going to be a pretty sweet system. lots of nice frags are already rdy to go... just needs a little work on the rockscaping...

letsgofishin
02-16-2012, 08:21 AM
26 gallon for almost 1 yr and 55 for 1 month.....soon upgrading to 120, I was planning on putting contents of both tanks into the 120 but just received some advice to keep the 26 running

FragIt Dan
02-16-2012, 08:26 AM
Whoa! That's inspiring! Do you have pics of the geezer?? ( the tank, not you ).

I have moved most of the livestock over to my other tanks over the last few months and just run frag pucks in their final curing stage in it, so I am afraid it is rather anticlimactic. I might have some old pics kicking around of a couple of years back, I'll take a look around,
Dan

Bblinks
02-16-2012, 08:31 AM
Freshly set up since Christmas 2011. Previous tank was about a year and before that 3 years. The list goes on and on.

Reef Pilot
02-16-2012, 03:26 PM
I have a very, very mature 100 g display tank, just over 10 years now running. And some of the fish in it now, are originals from back then.

I inherited it, when we bought the house almost 2 years ago. It was a real mess, overgrown with algae and detritus everywhere. About 6 months ago, installed a bio pellet reactor along with the use of MB7. Nitrates hit as high 100 before, and now down to less than 20. Algae and detritus on rock completely gone. Rock is growing coralline really good. It actually looks pretty clean now. Fish and coral (softies and LPS) all seem happy.

Having said, that I will be totally redoing it in next couple months. Currently setting up a new tank downstairs so I can transfer live rocks, sand and livestock during the process.

muck
02-16-2012, 03:54 PM
I like how you put an option for Ryan in there =)

Didn't want him to feel left out. There's room for everyone in this hobby.

And I used that option. Thanks!! :lol::lol:

Skimmer King
02-16-2012, 03:59 PM
My 33g has been running 13y (1998) with the same substrate and power head (running 24/7 without a complaint ever!) as a primary pump for a hang on sump I bought in 1991. I have grown a little since then with my main 90g running 6y and my 33 demoted to a qt tank.
well lets see some pictures

Myka
02-16-2012, 04:08 PM
My 90 has been setup since May 2009 so it is 2 1/2 years old (I voted 2-3 years), but some of the rock and corals came from my old 33 gallon tank that I setup in BC in Dec 2006, and moved to SK in June 2009. So I guess some of my tank is a little over 5 years old.

My 33g has been running 13y (1998) with the same substrate and power head (running 24/7 without a complaint ever!) as a primary pump for a hang on sump I bought in 1991. I have grown a little since then with my main 90g running 6y and my 33 demoted to a qt tank.

Cool! Would love to hear more about your tanks, and see some pics! In another thread of course...maybe you could make a thread in Tank Journal forums? :D :D :D

christyf5
02-16-2012, 04:30 PM
My 180 rolled over 2 years this month,. Yay!! :) The first year was fun, second year not so much as I didn't have as much time for the tank. Hopefully I can tweak things a bit and get it back to its former glory. Before that my 90 was up for 5 years (but with 3 moves so I don't know if that counts).

Lampshade
02-16-2012, 04:37 PM
My 150 was made from my old 55. The 150 has been 1.5 years, the 55 was up for 3 years before that.

Dez
02-16-2012, 04:47 PM
Exactly 2.5 years ago today I got water into my 150 gal. Still going strong *knock on wood*

kien
02-16-2012, 05:55 PM
Exactly 2.5 years ago today I got water into my 150 gal. Still going strong *knock on wood*

Happy 2.5 anniversary! I'm at 2.5 years as well and mine is 150g too. They're like twins separated at birth!

Ironically (or maybe not), I've had people locally refer to me as "Dez" by accident. Ya, that is as creepy as it sounds..

whatcaneyedo
02-16-2012, 06:25 PM
I setup my 120gal in December 2005 so its over 6 years old now.

Cugio
02-16-2012, 07:36 PM
Ironically (or maybe not), I've had people locally refer to me as "Dez" by accident. Ya, that is as creepy as it sounds..

You both do look some what a like. I never met Dez before but saw his image on his journal. If you bought a mini cooper, then you'd be twins.

lastlight
02-16-2012, 07:40 PM
When you guys are taking your long walks on the beach I can barely tell you apart it's crazy.

BC564
02-16-2012, 08:19 PM
I am halfway to my 5th year. Doesnt seem that long .....time flies when your having fun....it is fun right?

Mrfish55
02-16-2012, 08:23 PM
Reef is at 3 1/2 years but only cause we moved, my bubble coral is in its 4th tank and is 24 years old this year, just about lost it last year when a hitch hiker crab decided it tasted good.

lastlight
02-16-2012, 08:46 PM
my bubble coral is in its 4th tank and is 24 years old this year

ok that has to be a record here. can anyone top that? AMAZING.

Mrfish55
02-16-2012, 09:53 PM
Was the very first coral I ever bought ( along with an elegance, but I lost that one about 10 years ago) barring something bad happening to the tank I will have this forever, or at least part of it as there is little baby bubbles forming on the sections that were damaged by the crab.

kien
02-16-2012, 10:59 PM
my bubble coral is in its 4th tank and is 24 years old this year

According to a recent poll that coral is older than 1/3 of Canreefers. :surprise:

Lance
02-17-2012, 12:21 AM
my bubble coral is in its 4th tank and is 24 years old this year


And has sweepers to match. This coral has the longest sweepers I've ever seen. It can sting 5 to 6 feet away, if it takes a disliking to another coral.

Lance
02-17-2012, 12:22 AM
My 90g for over 4 years and the 225g for over 3 years.

Mrfish55
02-17-2012, 12:24 AM
And has sweepers to match. This coral has the longest sweepers I've ever seen. It can sting 5 to 6 feet away, if it takes a disliking to another coral.

Probably why nothing else seems to thrive in the tank, tried moving it to one side and it was not happy, likes to be front and center.

Delphinus
02-17-2012, 01:09 AM
I get to vote 1-2 years because that's where my current primary (280g) is at .. prior to that though the 115g and 75g tanks it replaced had a few km's on the odometer. 115g at around 6 years and the 75g made it close to 9 years or possibly beyond (I can't remember if it was 2000 or 2001 that I set that one up .. I think it was 2001.). The 75g itself replaced a 50g that was setup around 1998. So while I can't top a 24 year old coral, my oldest fish are my clown pair at around 14 years and my tang is now 11 years in my care. Time flies after a while.. Heck my "new" green gigantea carpet is now at 8 years (purchased 2004). Wow, it doesn't feel that long ago I was telling someone on RC about it being 2-3 years in my care. Holy schnike!

untamed
02-17-2012, 02:37 AM
IME, things do get more difficult at the 2 year mark. Accumulation of things, and failure of things. Tearing all the rock down and replacing it counts as starting over!

fishytime
02-17-2012, 03:02 AM
V2 of my tank is at about 1 1/2 years old.....V1 was 3-ish years old before the move/crash

Fish Friendly
02-19-2012, 12:56 AM
110gal Display tank 20yrs
55gal sump 1 month
What a difference!