WMAS - Tank of the Month
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Hi, Future Tank of the month WMAS member! Thank you for allowing us
to showcase your tank on our website. To assist you in your write
up, we have compiled a list of things to consider:
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: Marzena Blundell
Location: Centerville, UT
Occupation: Currently a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse, but
still a Pirate at heart
How long have you been in the hobby? 6 years
How long have you been a member of the club? 6 years
How did you hear about the WMAS? Dated the club president, and
then married him
2) Describe your tank. Acrylic or glass? Size in dimensions and
gallons. How long has it been set up?
Acrylic / Glass: Acrylic tank with a glass sump
Size in gallons: 150 gal tank, 75 gal sump
Dimensions: 5 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet
Age: (how long has the system been running) Less than 4 months,
started June 2006!
3) Describe your lighting system, including your photo-period. Add
what you would change if you could.
Currently running two bulbs. Just two 400 watt 14K halides. They
come on at 8am and go off at 10pm. That is it.
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.
Very detailed setup. Medium sand bed made of half Utah Oolitic
and half CaribSea Aragonite. About two inches thick in general. Some
live rock (25 pounds?) and some Utah rock (50 pounds?). Plus a lot
of rock attached to the back wall making a rock face. One return
pump (1,000 gph) but TWO closed loops each running at 3,500 gph. So
8,000 gph water flow in the tank. Closed loops each have 4 returns
through spa fittings. The return drains through a filter sock, which
has been a fabulous addition.
Skimmers, skimmers, skimmers- four to be exact. Four skimmers
running 24/7 and a phosban reactor with occasional use.
No refugium. No algae.
5) What are your maintenance techniques? Include water change
Change the filter sock every day. Water changes every 6 weeks
(50 gal at a time). Empty the skimmers once per 3 months.
6) What additives do you use? Kalkwasser, Strontium, Molybdenum,
Iodine, Magnesium, Other
About 1 teaspoon of carbonate buffer per day. Once a week a
little bit of calcium additive.
7) Describe your feeding philosophy. Include your schedule, and what
you prefer to feed your system?
Usually feed Adamís Gumbo. Sometimes cyclopeeze, golden pearls,
rotidiet, arctic pods, and a ton of other foods that weíve
accumulated over the years. We have more of a variety of foods than
Nori sheets added about once per week.
8) DIY ie, Calcium reactor, stand / hood, skimmer, sump, ect. Any
Do-it-yourself items of interest? Web-sites that you may have
The stand and canopy have been re-built. We added several
supports and a new frame work to the stand. Best move we made was
re-wiring the room. This tank is running on THREE completely
separate 20 amp circuits. No other real DIY items.
9) Stand and Canopy
Wood: Light Oak looking surface
Color: Light Oak looking surface
Special Characteristics: None
10) Items of interest: Favorite or unusual Fish, coral, or
Favorite Fish: Tangs, Tangs, Tangs. All Marzena wants are Tangs.
The more unusual the better.
Favorite Coral: SPS, Marzena loves tabletop across and acro
that is blue.
Favorite Polyps: Adam loves the Blundell Buttons, but Marzena
only has a few.
Favorite Sponge: Yuck!
Favorite Crab: Little hairy brown guy that lives in one of
Favorite Worm: Yuck!
Favorite Clam: Two crocea, but hoping to get a nice gigas
11) Can you include a table showing your elemental levels of Ca+,
alkalinity, S.G., temperature, pH and other interesting testables?
The tank has never been tested for anything besides salinity.
New water is tested for salinity at the time of a water change.
Anywhere between 1.022 and 1.026 is good enough and is added.
Temperature stays between 80 and 83.
12) What experiences and challenges have you had with the tank? Any
lessons learned? Is there anything you would do differently than
others (or differently than previously)? If so, why?
Utah rock has lots and lots of dirt. May not be worth the hassle
to use on future tanks. Drilling the tank and planning the plumbing
really helps out. Having a big sump with room to work can help out.
Best move we made was re-wiring the room for the tank.
You have to know how your tank is going to work. In this case
Marzena doesnít like algae and didnít want a refugium. To make that
possible she used 4 skimmers in her setup.
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