January '11 - Rene Rocha's 525 L Reef Aquarium. (Brazil)
Here's a nice reef aquarium put together by an avid coral species collector.
|Owner:||Rene Rocha, 30, from Curitiba (Brazil), 12 years of fishkeeping.|
|Volume:|| 525 L tank + 100 L sump (nominal).|
|Filtration:||DIY skimmer made of PVC using 3x 2000 L/h pumps.|
|Lighting:||2x150 W HQI 10000 K, 1x250 W HQI 14000 K, on for 12 h/day; 2x40 W actinics, on for 14 h/day.|
|Heating:||300 W Atman.|
|Substrate:||75 kg of ground Halimeda (7 cm), 50 kg of Aragonite SS, and 25 kg of Aragonite from Praia de Bombinhas.|
|Decoration:||Only live rock.|
|Others:||5 internal circulation pumps 2300 L/h each; 3500 L/h inline pump; timer for the lighting; calcium reactor for 2000 L; 36 W UV filter.|
|Įgua:||Temp 27°C, pH 8.3, KH 9, NO3 0, PO4 0.|
|Maintenance:||Partial water changes 30% monthly, addition of iodine 5 drops daily, deionized water refill with level sensor.|
1 powder blue tang, 1 yellow tang, 1 scopas tang, 1 ocellaris couple, 1 sebae couple, 1 male mandarin, 1 neon goby couple, 1 Stenopus couple, hermit crabs, 50 turbos snails.
Soft Corals: leather yellow tonga, leather umbrella, leather yellow, green, white, toadstool, hairy, several zoanthus, ricordia yuma, ricordia pink, ricordia orange-mouth red, xenia pulsing, xenia giant, cloves, elephant green.
LPS: fine grape green metallic, frog green, frog green pink tip, blastomussa green and red, galaxea green, galaxea brown, sun coral, Duncanopsamia axifuga.
SPS: prostata blue, prostata yellow, milepora yellow, milepora purple, table blue-tip red, humilis yellow, seriatophora green, turbinaria yellow, somoensis purple, montipora cup orange, montipora cup purple, montipora green metallic, echinopora, echinata blue, montipora digitata green, brown e pink, stylophora, pocilophora pink, pocilophora purple, seriatopora orange, seriatopora hot pink, valida purple, aculeus blue among others.
|Comments:||In the beginning I took quite a beating but the will power and interest overcame all the problems. When setting up a marine aquarium we must know that we may face many difficulties in the beginning: algae, parasites, etc. One piece of advice for all: PATIENCE is at the heart of this wonderful hobby, have a lot of it and you'll be great aquarists.|
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Photos taken by Rene Rocha and displayed here with his permission.