This page will contain an updated (hopefully) full-tank shot of each of the tanks, as well as all of the technical specs on each of the tank, with supplemental pictures and/or videos if they are helpful.
150G Saltwater Tank:
- 150G glass display tank – 24″D x 72″W x 36″H
- 20G acrylic sump with mechanical filtration, it used to be an EShopps wet/dry filter setup, but I took out the bio-balls and replaced it all with live rock.
- 20G glass refugium
- Sump/refugium together add about 30G of water volume for a total of 180G in the system
- 2 eShopps Hang-On-Back overflow cups — one going from the display tank to the sump, the other going from the sump to the refugium
- 2 Koralia 4 pumps in the display tank
- Mag Drive 12 return pump going from the refugium to display tank.
- A Tunze 9006 Protein Skimmer in the sump.
- 75 lbs. Aragonite live sand
- 250 lbs. live rock – used for biological filtration: 50 lbs. Pomphnei, 50 lbs. Key West, 150 lbs. CaribSea Reef Rock
- The tank was cycled without fish, using pure ammonia from November 10-28, 2009; from that point livestock was added.
- There’s a population of various “copepods” living in the sump and refugium.
- The refugium has a boring 15W compact flourescent light bulb from Wal-Mart, which is off 24 hours/day
- The display tank is lit by a Nova Extreme Pro T5 72″ system on a day/night cycle which is on for a total of 6 hours/day
- I use tap water, SeaChem’s Prime water conditioner, and Instant Ocean reef salt and do roughly 10% water changes every other week. I keep the specific gravity around 1.025, and the temperature around 78F using three 150W submersible heaters.
- Five days each week, the fish are fed pellet food and red and green marine algae. They also get a rotation of several different types of frozen food.
55G Freshwater Tank
- 55G glass display tank – 12″D x 48″W x 21″H.
- One AquaClear 110 filter – no carbon insert.
- 110W submersible heater, I keep the temperature between 78F and 80F.
- Three large pieces of driftwood used for decoration along with some Lace Rock and some Black Shale.
- Substrate: 40 lbs. Tahitian Moon Sand.
- Lighting: 48″ Marineland LED system, which is on for 8 hours each day.
- Every few weeks I do a 50% water change using tap water and SeaChem Prime water conditioner.
20G Planted Tank
- 20G long glass display tank – 12″D x 30″W x 12″H
- Two AquaClear 20 filters – no carbon inserts, I use an extra foam insert instead
- 50W submersible heater, I keep the temperature between 78F and 80F
- Four small pieces of driftwood used for decoration. The java fern is attached to one of the pieces of driftwood.
- Substrate: there’s a little bit of Flourish EcoComplete fertilizer at the bottom, with an inch of Flourite red gravel above that
- Lighting: Nova Extreme T5 10000K 30″ system, which is on about 8 hours each day.
- Every other week I do a 50% water change using tap water and SeaChem Prime water conditioner.