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Pinside Aquarium Club, The Other World Behind Glass

By sataneatscheese

3 years ago

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#73 1 year ago

I’m getting back into the hobby. Doing a 215G SPS build. The stand/canopy is custom built by me. I have the first batch of fish finishing up quarantine and my live rocks been in a 75G Rubbermaid tub since October. Just some plumbing and electrical to do and I’ll get water in there!


7 months later
#105 5 months ago

Here’s a few of the fish in my 215G reef.

Orange shoulder tang

Male Lamarck angel

Copperband butterfly

#108 5 months ago
Quoted from NoQuarters:

Nice fish in your saltwater reef. I bet the tank itself is as nice as it's occupants looking at your shots of the fish. Dedication and time for saltwater is big. Kudos to you and anybody else that does saltwater. I have had a tank of some type for the majority of 35-40 years with a few periods of no fish keeping, but probably no more than a stint of a year or two at a time with no fish. Pretty much have had a tank or two of some type most of the time.
I switch out whatever set up I have periodically, but find myself with African Cichlids a lot of the time. Have pretty much kept most type of freshwater fish at one time or another. I have done Angelfish a number of times, and some general community tank set ups a number of times. Believe it or not when I have had community fish I have never done a tank with live plants ! Maybe my next tank should be a community with nice live plants! Maybe when I retire and have more time.
Hat's off to you saltwater keeper's ! Admire your dedication to maintenance and all that goes with keeping a saltwater tank.

Saltwater can be easy if you don’t get caught up in the modern insanity. You really don’t need most of the equipment being sold now. The most important things for me are good quality live rock, good flow, heavy feeding, big skimmer, and no sand. Just like I did in the 90s!

My lights are 8x80W T5. They will grow coral like weeds and are much cheaper than the new LED fixtures.

I also quarantine all my fish and coral. They are too expensive not to. Fish get treated with copper power (or chloroquine phosphate), metronidazole, and praziquantel. They spend at least six weeks in quarantine. Corals get dipped and remain in quarantine for at least 75 days before they can come in the house.

Main tank maintenance: change filter socks every three days, clean glass whenever, clean skimmer weekly, feed fish nightly. That’s it. If the system has coral I will usually do water changes but only to replace trace elements.

Simple is best!

4 months later
#111 13 days ago

I built this little shelf unit to hold all my reef equipment. All the wiring is hidden in the top compartment.


#119 12 days ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Very nice setup! Any reason you went for the Alkatronic over the Trident?

I had an Apex setup and it felt cheap, especially the accessories. Also saw the guts of the EB832s were cheap chinese trash components. Switched to GHL, which has really nice hardware but their software is pretty bad.

I liked the Alkatronic because the reagent is dirt cheap and its really easy to use (plus it looks cool). I use a calcium reactor and dose kalk, so I really just watch alkalinity and rarely check calcium and mag.

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