Aquarium Of The Month
The fact that my aquarium was the aquarium of the month was for me the greatest surprise. Compared to other aquariums won, my baby reef is several times less. So for me it is a great honor.
Five years ago I purchased my first 5L mini freshwater aquarium with one fish in it. Very soon I realized that in 5 liters of her life is not very comfortable and got a bigger aquarium. I soon lost interest in freshwater aquacam. And then one day I saw a 7 HP sea aquarium and was amazed by the variety of color and form. It was at this point I decided to start my own reef.
A couple of months later I ran 25L nano-reef and my “salt adventure” began. Two years ago. When I looked at the local aquarium store. to find some beautiful corals, I saw Swifty Swiftia exserta and instantly fell in love. When I decided to contain corals that do not have photosynthesis. I remember the owner of the shop explained to me that they need to be fed every day if I can devote enough time and I promised that I can. On arrival home I immediately got down to business))).
Very soon places in my 25L reef was not enough and I had to start a new aquarium with a capacity of l.
One year later, when I gained more experience, I started to think about starting a new aquarium. Balsosanas I never wanted, and keep repeating “good things come in scarlet box.” So I always wanted to have a small reef that will be perfect in every corner and the plot. I wanted to achieve perfection.
The whole system
The total capacity of the new aquarium is l. Top, main tank capacity of 120 l and 40 l have on SAMP. He glued 8 mm glass, the view is open from the front and right side. On the other two walls pasted a black background.
When I designed the SUMP, I tried to keep it simple. It is divided into three chambers. In the first chamber is the medow, the second return pump, and a third camera for automatically raising water to the top aquarium.
• Line up: Deltec APF600; AquaEl 650 l/h
• Lighting: 1x24w ATI AquaBlue Special, DIY lamp
• Circulation: Koralia 2 and Koralia nano
• Return pump: New Jet 3000
• Heater: AquaEl 200 W
Filtration and circulation.
In the aquarium with corals that do not go through the process of photosynthesis filtering and quality of water play a very important role. Due to its daily feeding, the level of nitrates in the water can be very high. In the past to control this indicator, I used vodka, which gave good results, but I don’t anymore. In my new system I ran vodoroslei, but soon abandoned it because I realized that I didn’t need. Algae in it could not cope with nitrates. Now I use the pure Berlin method. It consists of living stone and medow that do all the work.
Hydor Koralia 2 and Koralia Nano circulating the water in the aquarium. Return pump between the tank and the Sump – New Jet 3000. In the past I tried many different pumps, but realized that for my current corals don’t need too much current, and therefore left it.
In principle, these corals are not particularly important to the lighting, it does not need them for growth and it is used more as decorations. I use the lamp 24W ATI Aquablu Special bulb.
One of the advantages of keeping these corals for energy savings. Also, the equipment is cheaper, for example, there was no need to change the lamp as much as 6 months. The only negative is that under not bright light difficult to see all the beauty and bright colors of the reef, as it is difficult to make a good photo.
The water parameters.
The only water parameters that I always check the salinity (1.024 SG), temperature (26C) and nitrates (keep below 25 mg/L). Other options I’m rarely interested in as found property without photosynthetic corals do not require a continuous stable level of calcium and other water parameters. I stopped to measure them about a year ago.
Feeding, care and fertilizer.
Once a week I sub 15-25 l of water. With such a large volume of adding new water corals are not stressing me, and the water is being refreshed. Sometimes, when the level of nitratov rises too high, am I doing the substitution of 40-50% of the water in the aquarium.
The most interesting part is the feeding. I use the method of “old school” and is fed manually. Although I do not deny that in the future may be, will acquire special equipment.
The menu consists of frozen food. For example green and red plankton, caviar shrimp and rotifers, which I am giving to the corals, 1-3 times a day. There’s also a special ready forages (Fauna Marine: Ultra Pac, Ultra Calm, Ultra Min F, Ultra SeaFan; Preis Coral Vitalizer, GroTech – NutriMarine Instant, Aquarium Systems – ZoPlan)
– 1-3 times a week.
Some aquarists presented me the corals that lived his last days. Return to life was quite hard, but I tried hard and I liked to watch their recovery.