It was after some five years of keeping my own fish only that I decided I wanted a more natural looking tank. As a lad I remember being transfixed by the likes of Cousteau and Attenborough on the box, where were all my plant like animals called corals they used to bang on about? After a few comments like ĎYou wonít be to able keep those!í from the father-in-law my first soft coral reef tank was born.
My current tank is an SPS dominated system, it does take a little more effort to keep it looking good as opposed to a soft coral system but I think the rewards have been worth it. That's not to say that I donít miss my soft corals I just found them not to be compatible with SPS in my tank due to chemical warfare.I have also been able to learn a great deal via the internet and U.R and have made many great friends. We meet socially to share our experiences and we are always on hand to help each other out when required.
The Display tank has a central weir containing two 40mm standpipes. The primary standpipe is around half the height of the weir, the second standpipe sits around one inch lower than the top of the weir glass. The primary standpipe is throttled back using a ball valve until the water in the weir just seeps over the full height standpipe. This set up results in a near silent weir with added protection against flooding due to the second standpipe if the ball valve on the primary standpipe should block.
The dimensions are:
Tank: 60" by 30" by 30"
Cabinet: 60" by 30" by 39" tall.
Back to the drawing board, I sold the lights and hung a set of triple 250 Arcadias up. This did the business and coupled with a 5 foot Deltec mega twin T5 unit built into the hood for extra actinic it really hits the spot.
3 Arcadia 14k Metal halide lamps
2 built in 5 foot T8 actinics
2 5 foot Narva blue T5 actinics built into the hood
Total wattage 1018 watts
Halides on 8 hours a day
T5's on 10 hours a day
T8's on 12 hours a day
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