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Old 11/08/2008, 04:39 PM   #1
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3 year old skimmerless 40G.

On Dec 7th my 40G. skimmerless, sumpless LPS and softie tank will be 3 years old. Here are a few pics:

Filtration is mainly biological. The only mechanical filter is an HOB with carbon in it and nothing else.

Here is the original start up thread.

I will be posting some more pics tomorrow.

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Old 11/08/2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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Beautiful tank! keep up the good work.

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Old 11/08/2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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Looks awesome, keep doing what you're doing. It definitely seems to work for you. Are you doing water changes or just topping off? Thanks for sharing, again pretty sweet reef. Have a good weekend.

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Old 11/08/2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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That's just awsome. Its amazing what you can do when you don't follow conventional wisdom. How often and what % water changes do you do? Fred

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Old 11/08/2008, 05:14 PM   #5
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Wonderful setup, thanks for sharing the pictures. Proof that all kinds of filtration can be successfully employed. Kudos!


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Old 11/08/2008, 05:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for the kind words! I just did a 9 gallon water change last week. The last wc before that was in June. After the tank hit the year and a half mark I cut down on the water changes. Before that I did them once a month or more.

Top offs are done everyday with distilled water. I also dose 2 part every day or every other day. Magnesium, strontium and trace elements are also added once and awhile. The tank also goes dark for 3 days every 2 months or so.

The key is most of the corals I stocked the tank with can adapt well to this type of set-up. Macro algae is hidden behind the rockwork and helps to keep phosphate/nitrate levels low. The tank has never tested over 3ppm nitrates and typically reads 0. I have never tested for phosphate.

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Old 11/08/2008, 05:53 PM   #7
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That's an awesome looking tank and you make it look very easy to keep. Great job

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Old 11/08/2008, 06:03 PM   #8
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Gorgeous tank!!

Make it a Great Day!!!!

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Old 11/08/2008, 06:22 PM   #9
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Awesome tank! How many fish do you have?

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Old 11/08/2008, 06:31 PM   #10
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very beautiful. unbelievable colors.

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Old 11/08/2008, 07:22 PM   #11
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I have always loved your setup Aquabucket, TBH I am just sorry I didn't vote in the TOTM... I would have voted for yours in the category. Great job!


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Old 11/08/2008, 09:12 PM   #12
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Very nice!

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Old 11/08/2008, 09:59 PM   #13
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Are the glass always that clean? or how often do you have to scrape it? And how do you get to the back glass if you do have to scrape it of algae? Nice looking tank by the way.

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Old 11/08/2008, 11:09 PM   #14
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Awwww, it such a pleasure to see your beautiful reef tank again! Since I began reading your original thread about a year ago, I have had a 20 gallon and 50 gallon skimmerless reef tank and they both just flourished! And now we have a 125 gallon that has all of things that were in the 20 and 50 combined together along with a 30 gallon sump and a Berlin skimmer.

It has only been set up for about 2 weeks now, but we used allof the sand, rock and water that were in the two smaller tanks. It is doing very well with the exception of my pumping zenias (sp?). At first they were doing great, fully opened, waving around in the current and pumping regularly. But in the past several days, they have closed up, shrunk down and appear to be upset about something. This is the only thing in the 125 that has taken a turn for the worse. They look very much alive, just not as tall or open, waving about or pumping.

Any ideas as to what they might not be liking? I am doing all the same things that were done prior to adding the sump/refugium and skimmer.

Your pictures are as always, gorgeous!



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Old 11/08/2008, 11:37 PM   #15
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I also noticed your stocking levels are nice, not 10 fish swimming around in there. Thanks for helping me to inspire a skimmerless 50 cube thought I will be running a refugium.

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Old 11/08/2008, 11:39 PM   #16
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Looks like just 1 chromis, so very very lightly stocked.


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Old 11/09/2008, 01:21 AM   #17
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Originally posted by MazdaSPD3
Looks like just 1 chromis, so very very lightly stocked.
There are at least 3 fish in the first pic


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Old 11/09/2008, 06:32 AM   #18
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Wow jam packed. Very very nice Aquabucket!! Is there any warfare going on in there? Have you had to move corals around because of it? Do you have to run carbon? I have often thought about starting a softy tank. Hummm.


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Old 11/09/2008, 06:55 AM   #19
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Simplicity at it's finest. Truly inspiring tank!!!

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Old 11/09/2008, 08:45 AM   #20
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ver nice tank and coral colors amazing that you dont use a skimmer and just carbon and hob filter really does go to show that you don't need fancy equipment to maintain a healthy reef

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Old 11/09/2008, 08:54 AM   #21
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My skimmer stopped working well a few weeks ago. So I just took it off. I spent big bucks on a new skimmer at that point in time, now I feel silly, because I haven't seen any real change since my skimmer stopped working (of course it wasn't a very nice skimmer), and because I see a tank can be successful without a skimmer.

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Old 11/09/2008, 09:01 AM   #22
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Great looking tank! I have a mainly softie/lps tank myself.

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Old 11/09/2008, 09:20 AM   #23
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Thanks for all the responses everyone! I know the tank is stocked with many corals that may not be so exotic but it still looks pretty good I think.

Before I post a couple of more pics I'll try to answer everyone's questions.

tkeracer619 ~ Right now I have 4 fish: 2 chromis, a damsel and a yellow watchman goby. The damsel and the goby were stocked when the tank was first set-up. I usually have 5 fish though and have raised 2 yellow tangs which were traded out to suitable homes when they reached a certain size. I am currently looking to add another small fish possibly a yellow fang blenny.

vietcu ~ Yes the glass stays pretty clean. There is room around the entire rock structure that enables me to keep it that way. The tank gets scraped down with a razor during every water change. Otherwise a mag float does the rest.

SLODEN53 ~ Nice to hear from you again Susie! Sorry to hear about your xenia troubles. I can't keep xenia alive very long in my tank and have no idea why. I do know that in nature it can grow wildly for awhile then can die off suddenly. Some say iodine can help, others say intense light keeps them pulsing.

Dave VG ~ I do run plenty of carbon to help with warfare. I think a big factor is just plain luck or the fact that the corals grew into each other rather than just plopped down as larger colonies.

I did have to remove a large bubble coral as it was beginning to take up a 1/4 of the tank. I also lost a red lobo when it got stung by a rhodactus mushshroom. When stinging does go on I just break up the fight and try to move things around a little or cut something back.

Thanks again for all the kind comments everyone! Here is another pic. I am going to try to take some close-ups later today.

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Old 11/09/2008, 09:25 AM   #24
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Your corals are looking great! Excellant picture quality!

It is what it is!

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Old 11/09/2008, 09:38 AM   #25
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What an inspiration. I can only imagine all the naysayers on this forum, trying to justify there thousands and thousands of dollars investment in equiptment. Proof is in the pictures.

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