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Topic: Steve's 180 Gallon Mixed Reef
Posted By: CapnMorgan
Subject: Steve's 180 Gallon Mixed Reef
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 4:41am
So I updated and added pics to another post as of 3/12/11 although I expect to be adding TONS of new corals and fish w/ the start of reefing season!

Full Tank Shot

Left Side

Center

Right Side

Birdsnest (has really colored up!)

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Cosmic Green Stylophora


My little Green Spotted Puffer playing in the current.

Peppermint Hogfish

8" Golden Teardrop Maxima Clam

Red Margined Fairy Wrasse

Midas Blenny

Mystery Wrasse

Acropora

Blue/Purple Acro (brown when I got it)

Sun Coral (I have black as well)

Aussie Acan Lords

Red Welsophyllia

5" RBTA

Clown in Green Goniopora

4" Squamosa Clam

Aussie Acan Lords

Birdsnest and Acropora Colonies

5" Crocea Clam and 2" Maxima Clam

Dragon Eye Zoas

Prism Favias

Bleeding Hearts Zoas

Aussie Welsophyllia 

Another RBTA

Armor of God Zoas

Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

Aussie Clarkii Clown (Pair)

Purple Firefish


Carpenter Wrasse

Aussie Favia

Blue Goniopora

Red Goniopora 

Torch Coral

 
Now 7" Deresa Clam

African Leopard Wrasse

Black Occellaris  Clown and RBTA

Powder Brown Tang

Bluejaw Trigger

Maldives Lyretail Anthias

Bluespot Jawfish

Pearly Jawfish

Naso Tang (starting to get streamers now)

Alien Eye Chalice

Tongan Christmas Wrasse

Un-named Fairy Wrasse



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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855



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Posted By: bugzme
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 6:34am
Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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Jeff
125 tank
50 gallon sump
T-5 lighting
Rum drinker, Carbon User
I KNOW ROCKS THAT ARE YOUNGER THEN ME!! I AM A Realist! I write what I think!!


Posted By: Jeremyw
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 9:33am
Very nice! Question: does your trigger play nice?

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Posted By: sublime1996525
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 9:54am
WOW!

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14g BioCube--First ever fish tank!!


Posted By: jwoo
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 10:48am
I'm assuming that Kermit there is not in the 180 right?

Looks amazing! How do the "Dark" sides do where the light doesn't really reach? I notice it looks like you have some tree sponges on the side - that's a pretty smart idea.

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None at the moment
Soon: 72 Gallon Bowfront


Posted By: sterling18
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 10:49am
I saw the tank during the reef tour.  Those pictures are spectacular but it still doesn't do it justice.  You have to see it in person. 


Posted By: Mike Savage
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 5:22pm
Great shots Steve!
 
Mike


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Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: April 29 2010 at 7:14pm
Thanks everyone, I'll try to answer everyone's questions.

disneymania- Yes he is one of my most peaceful fish. In fact he get's bossed around by my tangs and clownfish. 

Jwoo- The dark sides do quite well. I have arranged the tank so that corals need less light the further out you go. So on the ends you will find things like black and yellow sun polyps, various sponges, gorgonians, dendronepthias and the like. However I do plan on adding 2 PAR38 LED lights, one for each end soon. Kermit is in a smaller tank next to the 180 which is plumbed into the system so they share water and filtration. He also has several corals in with him (leathers, xenia, sun polyps, zoanthids etc.)

Mike- Thanks! Your shots were the amazing ones! I am excited to see how they turn out!


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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: June 08 2010 at 2:28am
Updated Pics with more to come!

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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: Nick801
Date Posted: June 08 2010 at 4:39pm
Man that tanks looking great =)

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Posted By: ClarkWGrizwald
Date Posted: June 11 2010 at 7:21pm
I love the pink birdsnest and the spider sponge and the blue jaw trigger is awesome. Beautiful tank. I hope mine looks half that nice some day.

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Chris Erickson


Posted By: bugzme
Date Posted: June 11 2010 at 7:53pm
I would like to buy a nice frag of the pink birdsnest!

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Jeff
125 tank
50 gallon sump
T-5 lighting
Rum drinker, Carbon User
I KNOW ROCKS THAT ARE YOUNGER THEN ME!! I AM A Realist! I write what I think!!


Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: June 13 2010 at 6:45am
I'd be happy to get you a piece Jeff. 

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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: Reefboy4life
Date Posted: September 02 2010 at 11:13pm
I really love that Red Goniopora, nice tankClap

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90 gallon mixed reef


Posted By: jdinchak
Date Posted: September 02 2010 at 11:34pm
Beautiful tank!  I like the idea of having darker sides for lower light corals.  Makes for a really nice effect.  How often do you feed all of your sun corals?


Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: September 03 2010 at 1:28am
Thanks! I feed them 3x every week a mixture of mysis, brine, and cyclopeeze.

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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: bstuver
Date Posted: September 03 2010 at 1:47am
Steve I love that prism favia!!

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Jackie Stuver

"wait these aren't the happy Hawaiians oompa doompa godly heaven on your face zoas?   I dont want them then. lol!" Ksmart


Posted By: skimace7
Date Posted: September 05 2010 at 10:29pm

Love it!!! How long have you had your Hawaiian cleaner and African Leopard wrasse.?



Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: September 28 2010 at 2:09am
I've had the Hawaiian Cleaner since about February now, the Leopard wrasse since April. I'll update with some more pics in the next few days!

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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: Chris Scott
Date Posted: September 28 2010 at 12:21pm
i love that huge green welso!  beautiful!

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55g Bowfront Corner Reef


Posted By: ptronsp
Date Posted: November 09 2010 at 6:54pm
UNBELIEVABLE! I LOVE the pinks birdnest and the Red Goniopora. I would love to get some frags from you if at all possible. I am speechless it's so pretty!
 PamClap


Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: November 09 2010 at 7:40pm
Thanks Pam, Unfortunately I can't frag the red Goniopora (they don't recover well), but I can order you one. You'll have to come by and see it in person sometime!

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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: ptronsp
Date Posted: November 09 2010 at 10:41pm
That would be AWESOME!


Posted By: Idaho-Tank
Date Posted: November 10 2010 at 10:24pm
Very impressive tank.... 

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100 gal reef. 180 gal build starting


Posted By: bbauman
Date Posted: November 11 2010 at 11:29pm
I think we have another candidate for picture of the month!

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28g Cube
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Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: February 06 2011 at 5:47am
I'll be breathing some new life into this thread. I'm planning a serious makeover, re-aquascaping, some new corals, as well as more fish. I'm also re-doing the way the tank is plumbed so I'll be posting my progress here over the coming weeks! I son't know why but setting up/ remodeling a tank is almost more fun to me than just having one.

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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: vadryn
Date Posted: February 06 2011 at 2:16pm
Originally posted by CapnMorgan CapnMorgan wrote:

I son't know why but setting up/ remodeling a tank is almost more fun to me than just having one.
Clap
 
I hear ya.  It's fun and rewarding to find little things (or big things) to tweak and upgrade a system.


Posted By: Davidwillis
Date Posted: February 06 2011 at 3:22pm
How does that little puffer do in a reef tank?

I used to have one with my freshwater fish, and I saw one the other day in walmart.  I would love to add one to my tank, but didn't think it would be a good idea. 

Edit:  By the way, very nice tank... I love it


Posted By: Nick801
Date Posted: February 06 2011 at 3:29pm
Steve! Update with an equipment post... what lights, what bulbs (order) etc


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Posted By: Korpi
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 9:24am
Beautiful tank. I can't wait to get mine established and grown out like that. So much fun



Posted By: seti007
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 12:16pm
Wow Clap thats some eye candy for sure. I love the colors.

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic--Arthur C. Clarke


Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 12:29pm
Thanks for the comments guys! So here's my first update:

So for you Nick, equipment...

Return Pumps- (2) Rio 32HF pumps at full throttle
Circulation- (2) Koralia 3's but I am changing these out for Tunze Turbelle's with a wavebox
Controller- Digital Aquatics RKE (I will be switching this out to the Vertex Cerebra as soon as it launches)
Lighting- Sunlight Supply Tek 6-54w ATI Bulbs order as follows from front to back:
Purple Plus
Aquablue Plus
Blue Plus
Aquablue Plus
Blue Plus
Purple Plus

Skimmer- Tcfab monster cone (the BIG one!!!!)
Found a pic from just before it went in the sump:

Heating- 500w Titanium Element Heater

RDP Refugium with 4-5 different macro algae

Carbon dosing with the Brightwell Aquatics system (MB7)

David- The puffer does great doesn't bother anyone and just rides the current all day.

Seti007- Thanks! Your tank is amazing as well, I LOVE all the SPS!

I'll be procuring my new coral over the next couple weeks as well as changing the rockscape a little so I'll update as I make more progress.


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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 12:42pm
Some new photos as of yesterday:

The new Thompson's Tang (Acanthurus Thompsoni)

Purple Acro

Male Blue Jaw Trigger now HUGE!!!

Bangaii Cardinal in front of Dragon Eye Zoas and Purple Gorgonian

Tubb's Blues

"Northern Lights" Tri-Color Acro

Evansi Anthias

Red Margined Fairy Wrasse

RPE's and Spiderman's

Orange Tongan Scolly

Hammer

Sun Coral


Supernatural Monti

Skimmer Shot

Acro under the blues


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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: ksmart
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 1:02pm
Amazing!

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Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 1:16pm
Thanks! Hopefully I'll make progress faster with the warmer weather. Remodeling one tank and setting up another at the same time is getting to be a bit much LOL

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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855


Posted By: bur01014
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 3:02pm
those spidermans and RPE's are unreal!!  Can't wait to see those grow out!


Posted By: ptronsp
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 3:56pm
Beautiful Steve!


Posted By: bstuver
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 4:19pm
Very nice as always!

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Jackie Stuver

"wait these aren't the happy Hawaiians oompa doompa godly heaven on your face zoas?   I dont want them then. lol!" Ksmart


Posted By: Tanuki
Date Posted: June 13 2011 at 2:32pm
Hey I used to have "Green" Spotted puffers in my Cichlid tank. Back when I had mine they came to Petco as brackish fish and were acclimated to SW.  Now the only time I see them FS is as freshwater fish. 

Do you know of a shop that sells them as Saltwater fish still?


Posted By: SGH360
Date Posted: June 13 2011 at 4:10pm
how old is your blue jaw trigger steve? and how big is it?


Posted By: CapnMorgan
Date Posted: June 13 2011 at 5:32pm
Tanuki- You can get them at Fish4U already in brackish water for about $5 each. I love mine and haven't ever had issues with keeping them with corals, inverts, etc.

SGH360- He is a couple years old (in my tank) but he was an adult when I bought him. He's probably about 8.5-9" now (getting time for a bigger tank). Big smile


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Steve
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40637&PID=356246" rel="nofollow - 180G Mixed Reef
130G Waterfall Tank
65G NPS
435-830-8855



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