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Old 04/23/2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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May 2014 Tank of the Month

This month we are featuring Nicholas Le's (stonecold) 180 US-gallon reef aquarium.





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Congratulations, Nicholas!


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Old 05/02/2014, 04:19 AM   #2
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I love this tank. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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She's well over 230 years old, but way too young to die. Her name is 'America'... And I love her and I have always been proud of her.

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Old 05/02/2014, 04:48 AM   #3
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This is an amazing tank, I am glad the recognition has been made. This tank certainly deserves TOTM. Well done my friend!


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Old 05/02/2014, 07:54 AM   #4
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amazing tank, one of my favorites in a long time. Well done.


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Old 05/02/2014, 09:11 AM   #5
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Nick, absolutely amazing tank, great job!!!


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Old 05/02/2014, 11:19 AM   #6
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Wow this is gorgeous! Love the variety of colors!


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Old 05/02/2014, 01:19 PM   #7
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I'm very jealous here ..

Awesome tank.. Congratulations.


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Old 05/02/2014, 01:30 PM   #8
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oh wow ! amazing color, amazing growth, and the aqua-scaping is out of this world !

would you mind telling us more about how you "suspended" the rocks from the sand bed by 1-2" ? any pics of the tank before corals went in ?

Thank you for sharing your system with us.


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Old 05/02/2014, 04:40 PM   #9
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incredible looking tank, are your phosphates really .21, as it goes against all the supposed rules.


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Old 05/02/2014, 05:04 PM   #10
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Just beautiful ....love the dimensions....
So, on a cloudy day... Lights are turned off..... Very interesting, please tell us more on why?

I ask because I live in western NY..... I see many cloudy days!!

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Old 05/02/2014, 05:10 PM   #11
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Excuse me while I pick my jaw off the floor! Who needs a Television when you could look at that all day. Just amazing


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Old 05/02/2014, 05:13 PM   #12
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You have set an incredibly high standard with this tank. When my wife saw it, and looked at my still cycling 110, her first response was "Make it look like that!!"

Just beautiful.


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Old 05/02/2014, 05:24 PM   #13
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Im speechless..... congrats!


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Old 05/02/2014, 05:56 PM   #14
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Nice tank.. congrtas..

How long have you had the goni? is it as big as it looks...


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Old 05/02/2014, 07:37 PM   #15
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This month we are featuring Nicholas Le's (stonecold) 180 US-gallon reef aquarium.





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Congratulations, Nicholas!
Again, I sincerely would like to thank Reef Central and ReefKeeping Magazine/Nate for this great opportunity!!


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Old 05/02/2014, 07:47 PM   #16
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I love this tank. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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amazing tank, one of my favorites in a long time. Well done.
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Wow this is gorgeous! Love the variety of colors!
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I'm very jealous here ..
Awesome tank.. Congratulations.
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Excuse me while I pick my jaw off the floor! Who needs a Television when you could look at that all day. Just amazing
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Im speechless..... congrats!
The recognition would not be possible without the great hobbyists; therefore, I also would like to thank each and everyone for your precious time and generosity in making this all possible. Thank you so much!!


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Old 05/02/2014, 07:48 PM   #17
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How long have you had the goni? How do you not get algae blooms with your phosphate at .21??


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Old 05/02/2014, 07:53 PM   #18
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Well deserved!!!!!!


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Am I really doing all of this for a fish tank??????

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Old 05/02/2014, 08:28 PM   #19
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This is an amazing tank, I am glad the recognition has been made. This tank certainly deserves TOTM. Well done my friend!
Sahin. Thank you for following and the nomination. IMO, you're 1 of the biggest contributor in this great hobby of ours.

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Nick, absolutely amazing tank, great job!!!
Jeremy. I'm sure that you have a lot of Nicholas/Nick in your database, but I am that Nick that you, your wife, Michelle, and your crew has helped throughout the years with all those crazy questions. As you can see, it has finally paid off. Thank you your precious time and patience. You, your wife and your crew are all SUPER STARS!!

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oh wow ! amazing color, amazing growth, and the aqua-scaping is out of this world !

would you mind telling us more about how you "suspended" the rocks from the sand bed by 1-2" ? any pics of the tank before corals went in ?

Thank you for sharing your system with us.
Thank you. Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of the aquascape w/o corals.

Regarding the "suspended" rocks. I have a total of 5 structures in the tank. With the exception of the left front structure (where the Efflo is) and the Goni, the other 4 are supported by small rocks. These rocks serve as "legs" ie our chair legs. Not very good pics, but I hope the pics below will illustrate what I am speaking off.







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Just beautiful ....love the dimensions....
So, on a cloudy day... Lights are turned off..... Very interesting, please tell us more on why?

I ask because I live in western NY..... I see many cloudy days!!

Thank you,
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Thank you, Sean.

Before our "3 Days Light Out" thread and when I first started the hobby, I used to have algae outbreak. The gentleman that assisted had advised me to turn off my lights a few days, cover all of the viewable panels with newspaper and the algae will die as they need light to grow. What I notice each time is not only the algae are gone but my corals seem to look better; therefore, I have continue to do this. I choose a cloudy day because it will be dark and I don't have to cover the panels with newspaper.

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You have set an incredibly high standard with this tank. When my wife saw it, and looked at my still cycling 110, her first response was "Make it look like that!!"

Just beautiful.
Thank you. With patience and good husbandry, we will all get there. With all the TOTM articles that I've read, I think that JPMagyar, Joe Peck and mpoletti, Mark Poletti said that best. Joe - Follow/focus on 1 tank that we idolize. Mark - Enjoy and learn from our trial and errors.

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Nice tank.. congrtas..

How long have you had the goni? is it as big as it looks...
I have had the Goni since 2010. Upon purchase, it was half dead midway down. Today, the base is fully encrusted and fully open its a foot all around. The length of my tank is 48" and height is 24". If we look at the FTS, we can have an idea of its size. A lot of hobbyists have asked me for caring tips. I wish I could share, but till this day I honestly don't know what it eats. When I brought it home, I used to feed it Cyclopeeze, but I never saw any feeding response so I gave up. Just like every coral, it has to eat something. Unfortunately, I just don't know what. :-(



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How long have you had the goni? How do you not get algae blooms with your phosphate at .21??
Sorry, I missed your post.

Goni, please kindly reference my response above.

Algae Bloom. I think that by turning my lights off once a month has helped with this.

Phosphate. I know this is not the norm, but I never saw any ill effect on my corals. When it gets "outrageous" my SSC will tell me, the body will turn green. When it does, I will add a little more ROWA than normal and everything will be back to normal.

This is kind of funny so I thought that I'd share. Since I only test 3 parameters, a lot of hobbyists have asked in my thread for parameters. I took my water for testing. Sure enough, the tester told me among others my phosphate was "out of range". I asked, "do you think that I can keep these sticks? (pointing to the SPS). Tester, "no way, your water is no good. These are acroporas small polyps stony. They require pristine water." Me, "thank you."

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Thank you for your nomination, Steve. I will be following your epic build!!


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Old 05/02/2014, 10:30 PM   #21
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Congrats & great tank.

That Goni is to die for, such orange delight!!!!


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Old 05/03/2014, 05:23 AM   #22
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Very nice job! Your tank is amazing! Do you shut the lights off every cloudy day or just one day a month? That Goni is beautiful.


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Old 05/03/2014, 06:03 AM   #23
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Really, really congrats. I was waiting to see Your tank as TOTM.

I love your tank. I think the simplicity and constancy of your husbandry is the main key to success.

I also think that Radium (driven by PFO HQI), GFO, GAC and regular water changes have proven in many occasions to be a successful mix.

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Old 05/03/2014, 06:46 AM   #24
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Before our "3 Days Light Out" thread and when I first started the hobby, I used to have algae outbreak. The gentleman that assisted had advised me to turn off my lights a few days, cover all of the viewable panels with newspaper and the algae will die as they need light to grow. What I notice each time is not only the algae are gone but my corals seem to look better; therefore, I have continue to do this. I choose a cloudy day because it will be dark and I don't have to cover the panels with newspaper.
Do you have any idea if the Alk builds up during this phase? Or the corals continue to take up Alk?


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Absolutely beautiful, very well deserved. Congratulation on TOTM!


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