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Old 06/28/2015, 07:09 AM   #1
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July 2015 Tank of the Month!!

This month we are featuring Bryn Roberts’ 360 US-gallon reef aquarium.





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Congratulations, Bryn!


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Old 07/02/2015, 05:31 AM   #2
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Love your tank Bryn! Thanks so much for sharing it with us


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Old 07/02/2015, 10:04 AM   #3
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Congratulation. Beautiful tank. Thank you for sharing.


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Old 07/02/2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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Congrats! Gorgeous tank and great photography.


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Old 07/02/2015, 06:39 PM   #5
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Fantastic reef . I love your choice in fish the most. Congratulations.


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Old 07/02/2015, 06:53 PM   #6
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Congrats!

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Old 07/03/2015, 06:32 AM   #7
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congrats bryn,tank is amazing!


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Old 07/03/2015, 07:04 AM   #8
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Beautiful tank Bryn! Congratulations!


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Old 07/03/2015, 10:58 AM   #9
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Thanks for the kind words everyone its very much appreciated


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Old 07/03/2015, 01:28 PM   #10
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I really like this tank for several reasons. It goes to show that stability is key and that there are no magic numbers. Job well done.


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Old 07/05/2015, 05:50 AM   #11
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Amazing tank Bryn, can you teacher me how you set up on your JS1 Ca reactor like which media are you using and how you set it out and in flow rate ,Thank you !!!


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Old 07/05/2015, 05:17 PM   #12
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Amazing tank Bryn, can you teacher me how you set up on your JS1 Ca reactor like which media are you using and how you set it out and in flow rate ,Thank you !!!
Sure, personally I don't use a pH controller, I simply test the effluent . For years i have used ARM extra course media though these days i use Triton which is fairly similar in size. If you have a variable speed peristaltic pump, set it to about 50% , if not then don't worry. All you need to do is then start by opening up the needle valve on your c02 regulator so that you get 1 or 2 bubbles per second. After half an hour to an hour test the kh of your effluent , I like to aim for between 30-40 dkh though don't sweat it if its slightly higher. If its lower than that range open up you valve ever so slightly, if its higher close it down a little, wait an hour and test again. Continue this process until you hit the right range. After this leave it alone and just test the kh of your tank water every day or two , if you see its slowly creeping up then you can either adjust the peristaltic speed down and close your needle valve a tiny bit but keep your effluent kh the same, or alternatively just close the needle valve a little so that the effluent is a lower kh. Eventually you will find the sweet spot and you'll find your tank kh levels out. The key is to relax about it and make your changes slowly , the only way you can go wrong is by adjusting too fast , err on the side of caution with the CO2 and you'll be fine.

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Old 07/06/2015, 09:59 PM   #13
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Hi Bryn, congrats reef tank very impressed for your ability to keep all together angels and butterfiles in a reef tank full of SPS.

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Old 07/07/2015, 01:35 PM   #14
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Great tank!!!

Just a question, did you QT your regal, and if so, how did you do it? I am about to take the plunge and would love some tips on it


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Old 07/08/2015, 03:16 PM   #15
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Hi Bryn, congrats reef tank very impressed for your ability to keep all together angels and butterfiles in a reef tank full of SPS.

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Thank you, these days Angels with SPS is becoming standard practice and more and more are trying Butterflies which for me is a great thing. All of the butterflies I have tried have been based on the experience of others , most notably the great "butterflies in reefs" thread on this forum. So I give credit to those Guys for providing the green light to experiment.


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Old 07/08/2015, 03:23 PM   #16
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Great tank!!!

Just a question, did you QT your regal, and if so, how did you do it? I am about to take the plunge and would love some tips on it
Hi Big Blue, I did QT my Regal, despite eating well in the shop it stopped eating in my QT though fortunately it was a nice fat specimen. After entering the display tank it refused prepared food for nearly two months , I have no idea what it was living on but can only speculate it was living off the numerous sponges and pods .

All of a sudden it was like someone had flicked a switch and it started taking everything, frozen, pellet the lot.

The experience was unusual for me , I've never previously had any problems with this species. Nowadays its one of the most aggressive eaters in the tank.


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Old 07/09/2015, 02:59 PM   #17
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Congratulations, I have been reading on your tank on Ultimatereef before and this TOTM is very well deserved.
How long do you already have the borbonius and at what temperature do you keep your tank?
Again: very very nice and I like your attitude on fish keeping: angels and butterflies in reefs.


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Old 07/09/2015, 03:53 PM   #18
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Congratulations, I have been reading on your tank on Ultimatereef before and this TOTM is very well deserved.
How long do you already have the borbonius and at what temperature do you keep your tank?
Again: very very nice and I like your attitude on fish keeping: angels and butterflies in reefs.
Thanks very much Tanu, I checked out your tank thread all I can say is wow! A phenomenal reef you have there, I see you have a similar taste in fish too , those mitratus are beligerant little fellas aren't they! Your photography by the way is outstanding. One day I'll get myself a decent camera and give that side of the hobby a decent go.

The Borbonius I have had for about 2.5 years now I think , I love them , they've really come on in colour as they've matured.

I tend to keep my tank between 22 and 23c though in the summer it sits around 25. I started lowering it to that level when I was about to pick up a bandit around 3 years ago , the fish never made it out of the shop however I saw no I'll effects on my sps so I just left the temp where it was.


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Old 07/11/2015, 11:20 AM   #19
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Gorgeous tank! Congratulations!


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Old 07/11/2015, 05:05 PM   #20
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Beautiful tank Bryn! I really like your fishes.
Congratulations!


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Old 07/11/2015, 05:20 PM   #21
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Hi, amazing tank!
I was surprise your NO3 -15 and PO4 -0.3, KH 6,6.
How long time you are keep these parameters?
Are these parameters good for the corals growing or with these parameters corals growing slowly?
With these level of N03 15, PO4 0.3 bid risk to get cyano and dino.
Do you have them?
If no, what do you think why you don't have microalgae?
What bakto preparates do you use?
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Old 07/12/2015, 07:09 PM   #22
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That's an amazing tank!!


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Old 07/12/2015, 07:29 PM   #23
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Beautiful Tank and really cool fish.


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Old 07/13/2015, 05:03 PM   #24
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Thanks for the plaudits everyone , I'm flattered you like my aquarium. McPaul in answer to your questions:

In all honesty I can't tell you how long the tank ran at those parameters, I can't remember the last time I tested for nitrate or phosphate prior to testing for the TOTM article. Kh wise I found my tank ran best at or around the 7 mark though on occasion I know its been as low as 5 when I haven't noticed my c02 running empty !

I do get small patches of nuisance algae but nothing major and nothing I would describe as a big issue. I know common wisdom is that low nutrients are what we strive for however when my tank is looking good I don't feel the need to try to remedy anything. Growth wise my sps have increased in size exponentially , if you could see what a small proportion on the tank is actually rock it may surprise you.

Bacteria wise I don't dose anything , I have in the past carbon dosed though I found it paled out my montis so I stopped.


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Old 07/14/2015, 07:04 PM   #25
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WOW! What a gorgeous tank!

Do your pair of C. Paucifasciatus stay close together most of the time?


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