Tank of the Month - February 2006

February 2006 - Tank of the Month
Ross & Carolyn Bagshaw

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1. Your name, location and occupation. Include how long you have been an aquarist, how long you have been a WMAS member and how you heard of our club.

Name: Ross & Carolyn Bagshaw
Location:  729 Lacey Way
Occupation: Retired
How long have you been in the hobby? 8 years
How long have you been a member of the club?
8 years
How did you hear about the WMAS? Advertising

2.  Describe your tank. Acrylic or glass? Size in dimensions and gallons. How long has it been set up?

Acrylic / Glass: Glass
Size in gallons: 180g
Dimensions: 6 x 28 x 24
Age: (how long has the system been running) 2½  years

3. Describe your lighting system, including your photo-period. Add what you would change if you could.

3 – 150k DE MH
Moon lights
2 – T5 (blue) 6’
2 – VHO (white) 6’

4.  Describe your filtration system. Include: How deep is your sand bed, plenum, your skimmer size and model and how long you run it, your circulation pumps (how many and their size in gallons per hour), your sump/refugium  including Reverse Daylight, biowheels and skilters, HOT systems, clean up crew.

40g refugium
Protein Skimmer
Reverse daylight
4” sand bed
Return is 1100 gph

5.  What are your maintenance techniques? Include water change schedule.

10g water change every two weeks…has an RO unit with a 55g resevoir

6.  What additives do you use? Kalkwasser, Strontium, Molybdenum, Iodine, Magnesium, Other

Iodine, Reef Builder, Reef Plus, Reef Advantage Calcium

7.  Describe  your feeding philosophy. Include your schedule, and what you prefer to feed your system?

Prefers to feed brine shrimp

8.  DIY ie, Calcium reactor, stand / hood, skimmer, sump, ect.  Any Do-it-yourself items of interest? Web-sites that you may have referenced?

The stand and hood are all DIY.

9.  Stand and Canopy

Wood:  Knotty Pine?
Color:  Natural Stain
Special Characteristics:  With the hood, the front folds down and the top lifts up to provide LOTS of accessibility.  The Stand has two doors on the front AND doors on each side.  The stand also has a small shelf on it.

10. Items of interest: Favorite or unusual Fish, coral, or invertebrate

Favorite Fish:  Wants to figure out how to keep a Copperband Butterfly, long term.
Favorite Coral:    Most people like the GIANT toadstool, but favorite is the HUGE Hammer coral

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