Friday, August 21, 2009

New dosing schedule

I use Randy's DIY Two-Part solution (Recipe #2). My dosing schedule is as follows:

Daily: 125 mL of Calcium, 125 mL of alkalinity
Weekly: 40mL of Magnesium, two drops of Tropic Marin Pro Coral Iodine
Monthly: 25mL of Seachem Stability, 10mL of Seachem Reef Plus

Updated equipment and stocking list

I figured since I won't be purchasing more equipment and livestock while I'm away at school I would post my current stocking list.


120 Gallon Perfecto Glass Aquarium (48”x24”x24”) with internal overflow

30 Gallon Sump with Refugium (36”x12”x16”)

Water Movement Equipment

One Danner Mag Drive 12 (1,200 GPH, 110 watts)

One Danner Mag Drive 5 (500 GPH, 45 watts)

Loc-Line return hose (0.75”)

Two Hydor Koralia 4 powerheads (1,200 GPH, 12 watts)

Lighting Equipment

Two Lumenarc III mini Stealth Pendants (14.5”x14.5”x7”)

Two 250 watt 14K Phoenix DE Metal Halide Bulbs

Two 250 watt Lumatek Electronic Ballasts

One TEK II retrofit T-5 48” lighting 2x54watt (2 bulbs total)

One UVL Super Actinic 54 watt T-5 Bulb

One ATI Blue Plus 54 watt T-5 Bulb

Refugium lighting

One PAR38 Reflector 19 Watt / 5100K

Water Quality Equipment

6 Stage Melev’s/Bulk Reef Supply Reverse Osmosis with Two DI Filters (100 GPD)

Vertex IN-180 Protein Skimmer (rated for up to 180 gallons, 32 watts)

One Rena Cal 300 watt Heater (14”)

180 lbs. of Live Rock (Fiji, Tonga Fusion, Kaelini, Pukani)

90 lbs. of CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand


Reef Crystals Salt Mix

Bulk Reef Supply Calcium Chloride

Baking Soda (Alkalinity Buffer)

Mag Pellet (Magnesium Chloride)

CVS Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)

Seachem Strontium Chloride

Potassium Chloride

Tropic Marin Pro Coral Iodine

Bulk Reef Supply ROX 0.8 Activated Carbon

TB Aquatics Smart ReefTM RemPhos (GFO)

Test Kits

Portable Refractometer

API Test Kit (pH/Alkalinity/Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate)

ELOS Phosphate Test Kit

Salifert (Calcium/Magnesium/Strontium) Test Kit

ZEOvit Korallen-Zucht Potassium Test Kit

Fish List

9 Green Chromis (Chromis viridis) 22.5”

1 Chocolatedip Chromis (Chromis iomelas) 2.5”

1 Tail Spot Blenny (Ecsenius stigmatura) 2”

1 Female Bluestar Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus) 3.5”

1 Eightline Flasher Wrasse (Male) (Paracheilinus octotaenia) 3.5”

1 McCosker’s Flasher Wrasse (Male) (Paracheilinus mccoskeri) 3”

1 Red Fin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubripinnis) 3"

1 Desjardini Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma desjardinii) 12”

1 Blue Spotted Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus truncates) 7”

17 Fish – 59” (1” for every 2.03 gallons)

Invert List

2 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)

2 Blood Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius)

1 Sand Sifting Sea Star

Algae List

1 Chaetomorpha Algae


48 SPS

ORA Blue/Green Tortuosa

ORA Green Birdsnest

ORA Red Planet

ORA Chip’s Acropora

ORA Green Pocillopora Damicornis

ORA Pearlberry

ORA Hawkin’s Echinata

ORA German Green Acro with Blue Polyps

ORA Dustin’s Deepwater

ORA Purple Plasma

ORA Blue Millepora

ORA Roscoe's Acropora

ORA Bird of Paradise

Oregon Tortuosa

Upscales Microcladus

Aqua Delight

Reefermadness Limeade

GARF Purple Tri-Color

True Superman Montipora

Orange Montipora Setosa

Tyree Sunset Montipora

Purple Monster

Orange with Blue Rim Montipora Capricornis

Skittles Granulosa

Fireside Tenuis

Purple/Blue 30,000 Leagues Lokani

Pink Lemonade

Blue Vermiculata

Purple/Green Austera

Purple/Blue/Green Plana

PP Purple Tri-Color Cerealis

Northwoods Tri-Color Valida

Tri-Color Stylophora “ATL Rainbow Cat’s Paw”

Green/Blue Rim Montipora Confusa

Pink Millepora

Green/Pink Verweyi

Eggplant Nana

Yellow “Banana” Caroliniana

Rainbow Nasuta

Ecto Cooler Millepora

Super Pink Pocillopora

Green/Lime Pocillopora

Sky Blue Turaki

Pink with Purple Polyp Stylophora

Forest Fire Digitata

Purple/Blue Turaki

Blue/Green Parilis

Orange/Green/Yellow Birdsnest

19 LPS

Green with Pink Tip Branching Frogspawn

Green Branching Hammer

Neon Green Trumpet

Deepwater Maroon with gold stripe Trachyphyllia geoffroyi

Peppermint Candy Cane Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Devil Run Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Watermelon Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Tangerine Warshock Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Rusty Ice Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Raspberry Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Tropical Punch Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Orange Sherburt Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Red Fractals Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Red & Orange Rainbow Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Incredible Hulk Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Red Blastomussa wellsi

Red with Blue center Blastomussa wellsi

Red & Green Trachyphyllia geoffroyi

Pink Fox Coral

10 Zoanthids

Montezuma's Revenge Zoanthid

Pink Panther Centered Zoanthid

Gorilla Nipples Zoanthid

Radioactive Green Dragon Eye Zoanthid

Blue Eyed Watermelon Zoanthid

Mean Green Zoanthid

Orange & Green Eagle Eye Zoanthid

Green Crossettes Zoanthid

Green Star Eye Zoanthid

Blue/Brown with White Centered Zoanthid

4 Mushrooms

Green with Orange Spotted Mushroom

Red with Blue Spotted Mushroom

Red Mushroom

Blue/Purple Mushroom

3 Soft Corals

Silver Branch Pulsing Xenia

Green Starburst Polyp

Chili Coral

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The finished product

Here is the new skimmer plumbed into my 120 gallon tank.

New Sump

Here is a picture of the new sump and protein skimmer. I took out the two Koralia 3's because it was too much flow for my corals.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New video

Here is a video of my tank as of today. I added two Koralia 3 powerheads for 4,700 GPH of flow, 39.1 times turnover.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I picked up a vivid Superman Montipora today from SMCOOLER.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New livestock

I finally got rid of my large frag rack. I sold all but three frags. I traded one guy for a large ORA Purple Plasma, it looks awesome! I also got another Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp. I ordered the 30 gallon tank today but it won't be here until next Wednesday, I'm pretty bummed that I have to wait that long. I woke up this morning to find my Deepwater Lobophyllia eating one of my Green Chromis! I think the Chromis died and the waterflow pushed it towards the Lobo which grabbed it and later devoured the fish.

Monday, August 10, 2009

New skimmer

I received the new skimmer today, it's huge! I'm giving it a 24 hour vinegar bath.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ordered the Vertex IN-180

I placed my order for a new generation II Vertex IN-180 protein skimmer. I read many good reviews for this skimmer and it comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty. It should be here some time next week!

New Acan's

I performed a 15 gallon water change and traded some SPS frags for seven nice Acanthastrea lordhowensis.