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    Zookeeper's 120 In-wall Update

    Well, it has now been up and running for 6 months, so time for an update. For those interested in background, here is the original thread: http://www.aquariacanada.com/forums/...ad.php?t=12019

    Knock on wood. I have had no major problems. No bad algae, no flatworms etc. I did have a bit of a problem with fish deaths, but it looks like the cause of that was a predatory pistol shrimp (has since been captured and resides now in the sump).

    I've done two major equipment upgrades this month. The first is that I have installed 2 PFO mini-pendants which are 250W. It took a bit of trial and error to find bulbs with colour that I like, but I finally settled on 14K Phoenix bulbs from Redbelly. Those, along with 4 actinic VHOs make the corals look absolutely stunning. The only issue that I have is the heat. The mini-pendants get hot. Hot enough that they make me nervous running them when I'm not home, so I need to get a couple of fans on them. Unfortunately, fans seem to be a very seasonal item at Canadian Tire, Walmart etc.

    The other major upgrade was a new pump for the closed-loop. It is now running off of a Quiet One 6000. I had it running off of a MAG 950, and while it was adequate, the pump just died.

    Current livestock:

    7 Blue/green chromis
    2 Orange Skunk Clowns
    1 Rainford Goby
    1 Bi-colour Blennie
    1 Yellow Coral Gobie
    1 Yellow Watchman Gobie, 1 Red Stripped Hi-Fin Gobie and one Tiger Pistol Shrimp - all three paired (or I quess tripled).
    1 Scarlet cleaner shrimp
    1 Blue-leg Red Carribean Pistol shrimp (now in sump)
    3 short spined urchins
    3 brittle stars
    ~120 various blue-leg hermits and snails.

    Wish list:

    1 Leopard Wrasse
    1 Copperband Butterfly
    1 Pearly Jawfish
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    Some more pics:

    *Special thanks to Jen for taking the shots.*
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    really nice setup!
    65g - 80lbs LR - 4x36" 39W T5 HOs (2x10000K,2xActinics) - CSS125 - 25g sump - Mag 7 return - Blueline SD-1100 Closed Loop with OM Squirt * 2x Amphiprion ocellaris - 1x Paracanthurus hepatus - 1x Zebrasoma flavescens
    29g - with stuff ;-)
    Coming Soon - 120g with more stuff

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    yea very nice!!!

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    Tank is looking awesome.
    I decided a while ago, if I ever get around to upgrading my MH bulbs, they are going to be the 14k phoenix bulbs aswell.
    120g AGA~145 lbs Haitian LR~DA Reef Keeper 2 Controller~Dual 14k 250 DE MH's~Dual Overflows~Dual 250w Jager Heaters~Dual 96W Actinics~30g Sump/Refugium~Mag 12 Return~140 lbs Reefgrade Caribsea Aragonite~BubbleKing 180 Skimmer~Phosban Reactor~GEO Kalk Reactor~Powerheads:MP40w/Seio 820/modified Powersweep 270 with Hydor rotating deflector~Digital lighting timer for moon/fuge lighting~7 stage RODI filtration~Quarantine: modified 12.5g Marineland Eclipse

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    tanks looking great, hanks for the update :b6:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    My better half announced that a co-worker of her's was coming over on Saturday night and she showed up with her camera. Apparently she is a bit of an amateur photographer and wanted to take pictures of the tank. I'm happy to say she took some amazing shots.

    Here is a link to her flikr account. Note that the Siamese Fighting fish are her's, not mine.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seuser/...7594473355539/

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    she did a great job with the pics and the tank is looking really good, thanks for the update :b16:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    Yep, I'm pretty happy with how everything has gone. Minimal livestock deaths, no severe algae problems etc. I'm now at the fun part....stocking the tank!

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