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Old 01/01/2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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January 2016 Tank of the Month!!!

This month we are featuring Michael Cuttone’s 140 US-gallon reef aquarium.





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Congratulations, Michael!


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Old 01/01/2016, 12:12 PM   #2
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What a great way to start 2016!
Your tank is beautiful Michael, thank you so much for sharing it with us


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Old 01/01/2016, 05:47 PM   #3
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Old 01/01/2016, 08:45 PM   #4
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Wow.... that is an awesome tank. Keep up the good work.


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Old 01/02/2016, 05:24 PM   #5
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Gorgeous tank, excellent work!


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Old 01/02/2016, 10:37 PM   #6
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Stunning reef you have there. Congratulations.


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Old 01/02/2016, 11:01 PM   #7
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Wow amazing tank! Wondering what two corals are that I don't think I've ever seen before. First is this green one: http://reefkeeping.com/joomla/images.../Jan201632.jpg

Second is this blue thing: http://reefkeeping.com/joomla/images.../Jan201639.jpg

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Old 01/03/2016, 08:07 AM   #8
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Congrats,that's a very beautiful and colorful tank


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Old 01/03/2016, 08:53 AM   #9
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Wow! Really impressive tank, and even us stony coral guys can have a deep appreciation for softies. My first large reef tank in 1992 had a number of stony corals, but easily my favorite coral in the tank was a very large mushroom leather.

With respect to your comment about the common misperception that "softies are easy", I'd challenge anyone that thinks so to successfully keep dendronephthya for longer than 6 weeks.

I've a curiosity question - I can identify most of the corals and fish in the tank from the pictures, but I'm unfamiliar with the cardinalfish. Do you have a common or scientific name for them?


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Old 01/03/2016, 09:15 AM   #10
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I've a curiosity question - I can identify most of the corals and fish in the tank from the pictures, but I'm unfamiliar with the cardinalfish. Do you have a common or scientific name for them?
Thank you for your compliments!
The red line Cardinal(Ochrestriped Cardinalfish) are among my favorite I have 6 in the tank and they are approaching 3"


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Old 01/03/2016, 12:19 PM   #11
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Very nice, and well deserved. Congratulations! I like the look without pumps in the tank.


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Old 01/03/2016, 12:42 PM   #12
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Absolutely stunning tank!

I would have never guessed that it was a cutting board on the bottom, looked like sand to me. Great Idea! Even though its not technically a BB(IMO your still not "on the glass" so to speak), I'm curious if you get detritus building up between the glass and cutting board?


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Old 01/03/2016, 01:13 PM   #13
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Beautiful!
I have a question about feeding...
You mention in the details that you make your own food and feed this 4 times a day. What is in your food? I am assuming that the food you make is frozen? If so, do you have an automated way to feed them so often in a day?


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Old 01/03/2016, 01:29 PM   #14
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very beautiful tank! Very well deserved. Makes me want to setup a softie/lps tank now. This tank proves that a great soft/lps tank can be equally stunning as some of the great mature SPS systems that were previous TOTM.


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Old 01/03/2016, 04:27 PM   #15
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Absolutely stunning tank!

I'm curious if you get detritus building up between the glass and cutting board?
No not any to speak of, my previous tanks a 120gal & a 30gal I had the same set up both had a stand that you could see the bottom of the tank from underneath.
I attribute this to using 3/4" cutting board so it does not warp and allow anything to get underneath.
Whatever might manage to get underneath there is way less than what settles in a sand bed.


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Old 01/03/2016, 04:41 PM   #16
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Beautiful!
I have a question about feeding...
You mention in the details that you make your own food and feed this 4 times a day. What is in your food? I am assuming that the food you make is frozen? If so, do you have an automated way to feed them so often in a day?
This is what I use in my food.I make it up every two months in a small blender/chopper,



I found these small ice cube trays on amazon.


This is my squirter. I put eight cubes in here with RO water every two days and keep in the fridge. When Im ready to feed I just squirt some in the tank.
So Im feeding about 4 small cubes a day.



I have a EHEIM auto feeder that feeds pellets (spectra pure) at 10am & 12noon
I get home from work at 1:30 in the afternoon so Im able to feed the blender mush every few hours after that. Its not regimented and I have been known to skip a feeding or two.


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Old 01/03/2016, 07:18 PM   #17
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Congratulations! Awesome tank you have there. And its nice to see a LPS dominant tank making TOTM. And even nicer that its from local reef club member.


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Old 01/03/2016, 07:23 PM   #18
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Looks awesome Mike. I am very happy for you. You deserve it.


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Old 01/03/2016, 08:29 PM   #19
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Thanks for taking the time to describe your feeding process.
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Old 01/03/2016, 08:31 PM   #20
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Hi Michael,

awesome reef tank like very much your combination of softies and LPS corals.
congratulations from Panama.

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Congratulations!! This is probably the nicest lps/softy tank I have ever seen

Maybe I missed it, but I do wish that there was a livestock list for some of the softies. What is the bright yellow gorgonian-type coral? Is it an east gorg to keep? Also, is that a tree sponge? If so, how is it doing in your tank?


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Old 01/04/2016, 05:44 AM   #22
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Maybe I missed it, but I do wish that there was a livestock list for some of the softies. What is the bright yellow gorgonian-type coral? Is it an east gorg to keep? Also, is that a tree sponge? If so, how is it doing in your tank?
Hi Jamie thank you for your compliments.
Sorry about the livestock list Im not big name kind of guy.
If I see somthing I like I google it and try to mach up a photo and research it from there but after its in my tank I just enjoy it.
Remember my goal is to have a stress free tank lol

A quick Google search of Yellow polyped gorgonian gave me this from one of our own members "Aquabacs"

Common names: Menella Gorgonian, Golden Sea Rod
Note: coral also comes in blue and brown variations Blue Sea Rod

Type of Coral: Gorgonian

Care Level: Intermediate

Reproduction: most likely sexual, can be fragged

Coral Placement/Orientation: Insensitive to light. Coral in not finicky in placement, does well in laminar flow or turbulent flow, can be glued or epoxied vertically or horizontally

Feeding: Gorgonians are suspension feeders that filter small food particles from the water column: zooplankton, eggs/larvae, possibly bacterioplankton and detritus. Food should be no larger than frozen cyclop-eeze, with the majority being much smaller such as rotifers. Polyps will retract without constant food in the water.

Additional tips or words of wisdom This large polyp species of gorgonian is one of the more easier species of non-photosynthetic gorgonians to keep. They are still difficult relative to most photosynthetic corals and should be attempted once Beginner non-photosynthetic corals have been able to be sustained in the aquarium for a period of time. You should feed small amounts as often as possible. A continuous feeding system (dry or liquid) will yield the best results as the polyps should stay open almost 24/7. If the polyps stay closed most of the time, either you don't have enough flow, enough food in the water or your water quality is too poor. This coral will grow vertically from the tips and "encrust" from the base if it is healthy. It will grow in the direction of the strongest flow and can handle literally being blasted with it. The tissue gets algae and detritus build up easily and should be kept clean (high flow will help a lot).
Note: Coral can "wax over" and shed. While this process is occurring, polyps will not expand. The process can be assisted by using a turkey baster to gently remove the "waxed over" coating. Coral will have a "new" appearance after this takes place.

The Orange sponge is dooing ok I have had it for 7 months but I must admit it did look better when I first got it and recently has been not as full but we will see it could be a number of things only time will tell.


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Looks awesome Mike. I am very happy for you. You deserve it.
Thank you John
I will have to post up some photos of your contributions made after the photo session was completed for TOTM that make my tank even more special to me


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Congrats, beautiful tank.


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