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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.
Location: West, Jordan
Occupation: Student / Lab Tech.
How long have you been in the hobby? About 4 years
How long have you been a member of the club? About 2 years
How did you hear about the WMAS? Through a friend
2) Describe your tank. Acrylic or glass? Size in dimensions and gallons. How long has it been set up?
Size in gallons: 46 Gallon Bowfront, 30 gallon sump/refugium
Age: (how long has the system been running) My current tank was setup in May of 2004, previously it had been a 20 gallon tank that I had running since about 2001.
3) Describe your lighting system, including your photo-period. Add what you would change if you could.
I really wish I had some actinic supplements. When I first got my spacelight, it came with a 20K XM bulb. The color was awesome, but I wasnít getting very much growth with them. When that bulb burnt out, I switched to a 10K bulb. The colors seem to be washed out a little, but the growth on my corals has increased dramatically. So I tried some fluorescent bulbs for actinics, but that didnít do much. My next bulb for the spacelight is going to be the Phoniex 14K. Hopefully get a good blend of growth and color.
I run a 30 gallon sump/refugium. Half of the tank is a refugium, and the other is my sump. The refugium has its lights on 24/7 and has a lot of extra liverock pieces. I primarily have one type of macro-algae, C. Mexicana. I have some spaghetti Caulerpa growing, but its being out competed by the C. Mexicana. My return pump is a Mag 7, and I run a maxijet powerhead in the tank for added circulation.
I really donít do very many water changes. Maybe once a month. As long as everything is looking good and growing well, I donít really change it. I clean the glass daily and usually will do a deep cleaning about once a week. But other than that, I donít do much.
I dose with Iodine about once a week. And use kalkwasser about every three days.
I feed my fish a combination of 3 foods. I feed daily with spectrum pellet food, and every couple of days I feed them frozen mysis shrimp. I also feed about every couple of days cyclopleez. For the corals, Iíll give them some phyto about once and week and then they also eat the cyclopleez that I feed to the fish.
I bought the tank, stand and canopy from another member on the board. The tank was a standard 46 bowfront, which the previous owner drilled. When I bought the tank I ended up sanding both the stand and canopy down, and repainting it to a different color.
Color: Black with a rustic look to it.
Favorite Fish: Both my
clowns, theyíve been in the tank the longest.
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