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Old 05-26-2012, 08:50 PM
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Hi all, I'm new in here !

I'd like to present you my current set-up ; it's a 135 gallons with a 50 gallons sump in the basement.

To make it short, it's been around ten years now that my boyfriend and I are blowing money on that awesome hobby. We started it up with a small 25g reef tank to quickly turn it over to a 77g one. A year passed and once again we started to think this was too small and we wanted a bigger set-up. We transfered everything in a 90g. Thereafter we still weren't happy yet. We needed something new... we always had a crush on butterfly fishes and angel fishes, since most of them aren't reef safe we changed our reef tank into a fish only one. So we bought a small 60g for our corals and things and we transformed our 90g into a FO.

Months later we found out this was lots of work taking care of two salt water aquariums considering we weren't at home during the week and we had to take care of our two dogs while at home. So, we bought ourselves a house last year and started to build up our dream tank : a 180g reef tank in the dining room with a 90g sump in the basement. Now we were happy.... throughout a year at least. The house experienced some humidy problems with that much water and the electricity bill was a bit expensive for us considering we had three 175watt MH, a large water pump in the basement that's riding up water 13' high and a deshumidifier running 24/24 7/7. So we had to think this over........ again.

I then suggest my boyfriend to sell everything out... but of course he disagreed on this. So we reached a compromise on decreasing in size everything. That's where we currently are in the story, since 3 years now we own a 135g cube tank of 36x36x24 with a 50g sump. Since we wanted it to be our LAST reef tank, we equiped it with the best hardware.

Here are some pics of our evolution during those past years, enjoy !

Our first reef aquarium 10 years ago (25g)



Our second reef aquarium (77g).... observe the fixtures ! A Giesemann MH at the left and a PC Coralife one at the right... lol



90g reef tank (and FO time later)



60g reef tank



180g reef tank



and then, our current 135g cube.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:03 PM
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Here are some pics of the project build up 3 years ago.

My boyfriend and I made the stand ourselves


Tank was ordered from Aquarium Obsessed (AO), I think they closed last year.


That picture gives an idea of its size. ^_^


The stand is still not finished, but the switch has been done


Stand is done now


What it looks the first year :


The second year :


What it looks today :
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:21 PM
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Now let's talk about more serious matter.

EQUIPMENT
Lighting : Giesemann Spectra 24'' 250w MH + 4x T5-HO 24w
Skimmer : Deltec TC1655
Controller : Profilux plus II
Powerheads : 2x Tunze 6055 + 1x Tunze 6045
Others : Media reactor Phosban150 | Avast Kalwaser Stirrer | Emperor Aquatic 40w UV filter


LIVE STOCK | Fishes
1x Achilles Tang
1x Pyramid Butterflyfish
1x Declivis Butterflyfish
2x Oscellaris Clownfish
2x Scissortail Gogies
1x Hellfrichi firefish
1x Red Head Goby
1x Engineer Goby
2x Yellow Clown Gobies
1x Swissguard Basslet
1x Lubbocki Fairy Wrasse
1x Adornatus Fairy Wrasse
1x Flame Fairy Wrasse

LIVE STOCK | Inverts
1x Serpent Starfish
2x Sandsifting Starfishes
2x Cleaner Shrimp
1x Bullseye Pistol Shrimp
1x Emerald Crab
3x Mini Carpet Anemones
1x Purple Long Tentacles Anemone

LIVE STOCK | Corals
Purple Monticap
Green Monticap
Pink Bird's Nest
Puple Millepora
Pavona
Frogspawn
Hammer
Green & Purple Blastomusa
Favia
Candycanes
Trumpet
Green Duncan
Rhodactis
Discosoma

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Old 05-26-2012, 09:44 PM
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Finally, here are some pics.







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Old 05-26-2012, 09:51 PM
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Wow that's a nice tank I too hope to upgrade my little cube to a larger one one day
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:46 PM
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That looks fantastic! Great choice of fish too! Is that Declivis well behaved? Any nipping?
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:36 AM
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That looks fantastic! Great choice of fish too! Is that Declivis well behaved? Any nipping?
Actually he really is not reef safe at all. lol

He ate all my zoas, killed 2 mini carpet anemones out of 5 and likes to nip at SPS like pocilopora and acropora.

But besides those things, he really is a nice and very interesting fish to observe. He's very lucky to be my favorite fish in the tank....
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:41 PM
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Very nice, but now the very serious question.
Who's the dead guy in the 77 gal, a former boyfriend maybe?
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:19 PM
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Very nice, but now the very serious question.
Who's the dead guy in the 77 gal, a former boyfriend maybe?
lol !!! That skull makes people talk a lot. I know a lot of you doesn't approve those kinda thing in a reef aquarium, but I just happen to LOVE that skull head.

I bought it 10 years ago and it's in my reef tanks ever since.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:33 PM
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I meant to ask, what kind of camera did you use for the pics?
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