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Old 03/30/2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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April 2015 Tank of the Month!!!

This month we are featuring Peter Eichler’s 156 US-gallon reef aquarium.





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Congratulations, Peter!


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Old 04/01/2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing with us


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Old 04/01/2015, 02:40 PM   #3
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Old 04/02/2015, 07:50 AM   #4
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Congrats Peter, nice tank.


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Old 04/02/2015, 01:32 PM   #5
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nice and simple...


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Old 04/02/2015, 04:02 PM   #6
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Beautiful setup. If I didn't know better, I'd guess I wrote the write-up, exactly my approach to reef keeping!


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Old 04/02/2015, 04:07 PM   #7
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Congrats man!!

Can you please give more details on what lighting you are using? Are you running 250 or 400 watt radiums? Are you using any supplementation?


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Old 04/02/2015, 04:33 PM   #8
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Awesome. I love these Tanks of the Month. So inspiring!!


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Old 04/02/2015, 06:06 PM   #9
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Congratulations Stunning reef !!!!


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Old 04/02/2015, 06:15 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the kind words!

I will answer the questions that have been asked after I return from some travels this evening.


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Old 04/02/2015, 07:36 PM   #11
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Peter - Fantastic reef and collection of amazing corals!! Congrats on a well deserved TOTM.


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Old 04/02/2015, 08:01 PM   #12
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Congrats Peter,beautiful corals loves all.


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Old 04/03/2015, 12:01 AM   #13
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Absolutely stunning tank and superb photography!

Curious, what does your daily lighting schedule look like?


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Old 04/03/2015, 01:37 AM   #14
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Lighting...

3 x Radium 250w on Lumatec variable wattage ballasts on the "HQI" setting run for 9 (4:00pm-1:00am) hours a day. In recent months there has been a build my LED's blue and violet strip on there on the same photo period. It was added in hopes of helping to light some corals that have been shaded, and I don't think it's done much to help or hurt things. The frag tank has a 6 bulb T5 fixture with 3 x blue+, 1 x UV actinic, 1 x Coral + and 1 x Aquasun. The anemone tank has a 250w DE phoenix on an M80 ballast.


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Old 04/03/2015, 03:31 AM   #15
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Congrats peter
Such an amazing tank.

You mentioned you have been doing NO3 source .
Can you talk about it please. Do you see any benefits? Why are you dosing it ?
You are feeding heavily , is not that enough to get your No3 up?

Thanks in advance


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Old 04/03/2015, 04:21 AM   #16
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lost for words. your corals (and just everything about the tank) are/is just unbelievably good. do you find you often have to does calcium & magnesium? or do they maintain fairly easily?

love the corals on your plating rocks - what are those types called?

congrats again - simply stunning.


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Old 04/03/2015, 02:24 PM   #17
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Well done Peter, much deserved honor.


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Old 04/03/2015, 04:04 PM   #18
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very nice. Grats!


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Old 04/03/2015, 06:08 PM   #19
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Congrats peter
Such an amazing tank.

You mentioned you have been doing NO3 source .
Can you talk about it please. Do you see any benefits? Why are you dosing it ?
You are feeding heavily , is not that enough to get your No3 up?

Thanks in advance

The nitrate dosing is something I started because I could not get readable nitrates no matter how much I dosed. For a time I was struggling to maintain deep colors on some corals, especially Orange/red montipora. Feeding response and messenterial filaments during feeding was also a perceived issue. Water changes helped this and I speculated it was due to slightly higher nitrate levels in freshly made water vs. my tank water. Once I bumped up the nitrates to a few ppm the frequency of water changes needed to maintain these colors shifted dramatically. In fact there was a point where I was able to maintain deep colors and not do a water change for over 3 months, something I was unable to do prior to dosing. However, fast forward and now I'm struggling to keep phosphates at detectable levels despite not having used GFO in months. I'm now having some of the same issues I was before, but now I feel it's because phosphates are too low. So, I'm still evaluating a strategy, but my gut and experience is making me lean towards heavier feeding and continued nitrate dosing.

Let me know if you'd like me to expand on anything.

Thanks for the question and the kind words!


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Old 04/03/2015, 06:13 PM   #20
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lost for words. your corals (and just everything about the tank) are/is just unbelievably good. do you find you often have to does calcium & magnesium? or do they maintain fairly easily?

love the corals on your plating rocks - what are those types called?

congrats again - simply stunning.
The reactor is taking care of calcium and alkalinity. Magnesium is dosed a few times a year on average.

The plating corals... A. solitaryensis in the center right, center left is red planet, lower right and lower left is A. Efflorescens, and up right is just a big tabling strawberry shortcake.

Thanks for the great compliments!
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The reactor is taking care of calcium and alkalinity. Magnesium is dosed a few times a year on average.

The plating corals... A. solitaryensis in the center right, center left is red planet, lower right and lower left is A. Efflorescens, and up right is just a big tabling strawberry shortcake.

Thanks for the great compliments!
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thanks for the reply and congrats again!! definitely need to get myself some plating corals!


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Old 04/04/2015, 05:06 AM   #22
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Congratulations Peter.


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Old 04/04/2015, 08:56 AM   #23
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Congrats peter,simply amazing tank


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Old 04/04/2015, 09:28 AM   #24
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pm sent...Congrats and well deserved!!!


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Old 04/04/2015, 10:10 AM   #25
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Congratulations Peter very well laid out


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