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Old 08/01/2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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August 2015 Tank of the Month

This month we are featuring Randall Douglas' (rhdoug) 58 US-gallon 'Studio Reef' Aquarium.





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Old 08/01/2015, 08:20 PM   #2
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Bravo, Randall! Thank you for sharing with us


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Old 08/01/2015, 08:22 PM   #3
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Beautiful tank!


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Old 08/02/2015, 06:35 PM   #4
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Great Tank!!! Nothing better than some old school reefing, 'cause it works! It's refreshing to see a softie / LPS tank!

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Old 08/03/2015, 06:43 AM   #5
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That's just an awesome tank! It's really gratifying to see TOTM's under 100g, and such an inspiration. Congrats!


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Old 08/03/2015, 08:39 AM   #6
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Thanks for the kind words everyone, glad you like the tank.


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Old 08/03/2015, 05:23 PM   #7
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Wow Crazy how someone from a small town can get totm..I use to work in fishkill..Crazy..congratulations on your hard work and dedication..inspiring for sure..


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Old 08/03/2015, 06:12 PM   #8
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Congratulations on TOTM!!!
And thanks for confirming to me that it's possible to have 2 assessors (let alone 6!!!) in a 56g tank


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Old 08/03/2015, 06:19 PM   #9
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Great tank Randy! I have owned several Oceanic 58's over the years, it is a fantastic size. What you have accomplished with yours over the years is awesome and you are very deserving of the honor of TOTM.


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Old 08/04/2015, 08:05 AM   #10
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Good job Randy! Couldn't of happened to a nicer guy. I always loved coming to check out your tank.


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Old 08/04/2015, 09:07 AM   #11
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Wow Crazy how someone from a small town can get totm..I use to work in fishkill..Crazy..congratulations on your hard work and dedication..inspiring for sure..
Hey thanks!

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Congratulations on TOTM!!!
And thanks for confirming to me that it's possible to have 2 assessors (let alone 6!!!) in a 56g tank
Well to be honest I'm not sure how many are left at this point. They have steadily become more secretive and I rarely see them now. I know I lost one blue on for sure when I forgot to turn the heaters back on after some maintenance this spring. (I have terrible luck with heaters.) I had one yellow which stayed visible most of the time but I haven't seen him for a couple of weeks now. I haven't seen any blue ones for months. Years back I had a yellow one that disappeared for over a year. When I removed a coral that outgrew the tank and it's rock, the assessor fell out of a hole and plopped into the bucket. So there may be some in there still.

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Great tank Randy! I have owned several Oceanic 58's over the years, it is a fantastic size. What you have accomplished with yours over the years is awesome and you are very deserving of the honor of TOTM.
Thank you! I was tempted to upgrade many times, but the thought of disturbing everything has always made me reconsider. It is a good size and shape and I am happy with it, and unless it springs a leak it will stay.

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Good job Randy! Couldn't of happened to a nicer guy. I always loved coming to check out your tank.
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Old 08/04/2015, 08:10 PM   #12
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love the tank. great job
im so happy we have a totm the softie and lps as main attractions


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Old 08/05/2015, 08:17 AM   #13
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love the tank. great job
im so happy we have a totm the softie and lps as main attractions
Thanks! I have never been able to keep SPS corals, my hat is off to those who do. I have always found them to be too unforgiving for my style of reefkeeping, but they are beautiful. From the beginning, I have always been captivated by the movement of LPS and softies in a reef, so that has been my focus.


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Old 08/05/2015, 08:49 AM   #14
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Very nice tank.


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Old 08/05/2015, 08:50 AM   #15
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Congratulation. How do you raise the baby clown fish? Thank you for sharing.


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Old 08/05/2015, 11:03 AM   #16
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Very nice tank.
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Congratulation. How do you raise the baby clown fish? Thank you for sharing.
It is a fairly labor-intensive and involved process that requires setting up both phytoplankton and rotifers as sustainable "farms". If you are really interested this link http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...hreadid=240158 has quite a bit of info. I did it a few times, it is rewarding to the hobbiest, not to the bank account!


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Old 08/06/2015, 09:19 AM   #17
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Congrats randall!
Tank looks really nice


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Old 08/12/2015, 12:59 PM   #18
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Great Job Randall.....beautiful tank!


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Old 08/12/2015, 09:09 PM   #19
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Wow! Such an amazing tank! Great job!


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Old 08/16/2015, 04:01 AM   #20
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stunning tank Randall!! congrats!


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Old 08/18/2015, 04:37 PM   #21
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Old 08/20/2015, 04:55 PM   #22
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my 5 month old 60 Gallon reef tank

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Old 08/21/2015, 06:07 PM   #23
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What a beautiful tank. The happy clowns and the stories/movies were fantastic. Too bad about the heaters. Just wondering how someone with all that experience had this happen. Not a criticism, just hoping to learn. What could have prevented the mishaps?


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Old 08/24/2015, 08:30 PM   #24
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Congrats randall!
Tank looks really nice
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Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the nice words for the old tank!


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Old 08/24/2015, 08:35 PM   #25
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What a beautiful tank. The happy clowns and the stories/movies were fantastic. Too bad about the heaters. Just wondering how someone with all that experience had this happen. Not a criticism, just hoping to learn. What could have prevented the mishaps?
Well I run a pretty bare bones setup, without a lot of equipment like controllers and such. Short of some kind of alarm to indicate a temp drop, I don't know what I could have done to save the little clown in the nano. As far as the electrocution event, I am open to suggestions. In fact, I am open to suggestions as to how to get an alert of some kind in the event of any heater failure that does not involve a controller.


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