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Old 12/18/2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Tank of the Month December 2012

This month we are featuring Darryl Vanacker's (dvanacker) 200 US-gallon SPS dominated Reef Aquarium.

More details can be found here.

Congratulations, Darryl!

Also check out the Reefkeeping Blog!

If you'd like to nominate a tank for Tank of the Month, click here or use the button to the right.


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Old 12/18/2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Beautiful tank! Well deserved.

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Old 12/18/2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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A work of art.

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Old 12/18/2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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Awesome growth! Congrats!

Visit my Homepage or "My Albums" (via Profile) for hitchhiker pics.

Current Tank Info: 55g softy/LPS tank & 20L reef tank
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Old 12/18/2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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"Just one day, the ocean will be dominated by clownfish, and you will no longer hear of a shark attack, but rather a clown attack!"- MYSELF

Current Tank Info: JBJ 28 Nano Cube, 14k Metal Halides, UV Sterilizer, HOB Protein Skimmer, 30 Lbs LR Main display; 30 Lbs rubble in sump, 10 Gallon Sump, 2 Hydor Koralia 240's, RIO 2100 Return Pump
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Old 12/18/2012, 08:22 PM   #6
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Congrats Darryl!!!

They were all in love with dying, They were drinking from a fountain, That was pouring like an avalanche, Coming down the mountain

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Old 12/18/2012, 08:25 PM   #7
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Simply gorgeous!

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Old 12/18/2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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Very well deserved. I was wondering when he was going to get this honor. Congrats Darryl!

120 gallon mixed reef
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Old 12/18/2012, 08:54 PM   #9
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That is magnificent! Well deserved!

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Old 12/18/2012, 09:24 PM   #10
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awesome - congrats

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Old 12/18/2012, 10:10 PM   #11
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Great tank... congrats...


“Jellyfish are 97% water or something, so how much are they doing? Just give them another 3% and make them water. It's more useful.” Karl Pilkington
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Old 12/18/2012, 10:27 PM   #12
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Beautiful tank! i love it.

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Old 12/18/2012, 11:05 PM   #13
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Gorgeous tank. So colorful! Congratulations!

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Old 12/18/2012, 11:37 PM   #14
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Well done Darryl!
Your tank is an inspiration. I especially like your taste in Acros. You seem to get excellent coloration and growth and to top it off your photos are exceptional.

Thanks for sharing your reef and knowledge with us.

Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.
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Old 12/19/2012, 12:55 AM   #15
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Congrats, I knew this day was coming. Your tank is truly amazing and one of my favorite tanks here on RC. I have learned a lot from watching your tank evolve. Keep up the great job.

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Old 12/19/2012, 08:16 AM   #16
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You colors are perfection!!! Seriously well deserved honor. Congrats.

Just curious, when did you start using bio pellets? Did you see a big difference? Approximately how much do you use for your water volume?

Richard - Officially done shipping coral. Don't ask!"]http://www.reefcentralcom/forums/showthread.php?t=2357196
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Old 12/19/2012, 08:45 AM   #17
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Cool tank. What's your daily lighting cycle?

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Old 12/19/2012, 08:57 AM   #18
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Awesome tank! Congratulations on tank of the month!

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Old 12/19/2012, 09:37 AM   #19
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Wow! That is gorgeous!


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Old 12/19/2012, 10:33 AM   #20
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Very nice
do you have a build thread?

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Old 12/19/2012, 11:43 AM   #21
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Congratulations Daryl...


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Old 12/19/2012, 11:54 AM   #22
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I will admit that I read your article with hopes that this was a LED driven tank but I see MH is still king. I recently went the LED route and so far have seen success. Do you plan to change anything?


AWESOME TANK DUDE! (whats the yellow sps?)

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Old 12/19/2012, 12:43 PM   #23
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Congrats Daryl.This is a great Reef and very worthy of this recognition.Growing from captive fragments IMO is the pinnacle of the Reefkeeping hobby and a yard stick to measure the dedication and planning worthy of a TOTM.

Bravo your tank never looked better.Long term observation of the progress of your reef has been a pleasure.Thanks for sharing !!!

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Current Tank Info: 180 gal SPS dominated display, 3 X 250 watt Radiums , lumenarc III minis , with VHO actinics, ETS downdraft skimmers, closed loops and 2 Tunze 6105 & 7095 controller,DIY calcium reactors DIY custom built sumps,since 1992
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Old 12/19/2012, 05:35 PM   #24
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The most stunning explosion of colour I've ever seen, you da man! Congrats on your achievements

Mixed reef emphasis on SPS. Tangs, Triggers, Bartlets, CBB, Goldflake Angel, and a Pigmy or two.

Current Tank Info: 250G SPS Mixed Reef. ATLAS 84x28x24. SuperMarin 250. Cebu Sun 3 x 250WMH Radiums 4 x 80W T5. Profilux 3 w/GHL dosing CA-ALK-MG. Moved by Tunze and Vertex. Reef Octopus 5K return.
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Old 12/19/2012, 08:27 PM   #25
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Dear RC team,

I like your decison now by choosing many TOTM tanks that really deserve TOTM, my opinion and many reefers in the world that i contacted, since the last totm in JUNE 2012 that you choose, i read many comment that say very controversial about the tank, if i may say TOTM june 2012 is just about photo editing, i dont see extraordinary, mature, and beautiful in letter2no tank, especially sps coral sorry to say again !


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