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By Bob Goemans
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Frank Rossi (2003)

My Plenum reef tank has been up and running for five years. Once in a while I drip a little Kalkwasser to boost the pH. As everybody can see the tank is loaded with fish. Most of the corals came out of my previous 75 gallon system that was running for five years with a Plenum. The soft corals and the large grape coral are about 10 years old.

HISTORY

Owner's Name: Frank Rossi

Location: Long Island, N.Y.

Year the tank was set up: Jan 8, 1999

Aquarium Size:120 gallons

Sump Size: 30 gallons

Pounds of Live Rock: 150 - 170 pounds

Sand Depth: 3 inches (7.5cm) in front, 4 -5 inches (12cm) in rear

Type of Biological Filtration: Plenum

EQUIPMENT

Main System Pump: Mag 1800 GPH

Additional Pumps: Sea Swirl & 3 powerheads

Reactors: Marine Technical Concepts (MTC) Calcium Reactor, Coralife chemical reactor

Protein Skimmer: MTC 6500S 24 inches high/WISA air pump W/2 wooden airstones.

Monitoring Equipment: pH controller, Sand Point Redox controller

Wavemaker: Sand Point Wavemaker

Doser: MTC

Chiller: None

Heater: Otto Temperature Controller

Refugium: None

Denitrator: 2 Nitrex Boxes used in sump

LIGHTING

Lamps: Three 175W MH Ushio 10K, Two VHO 110W actinic florescent, One 96W actinic power compact, One Moonlight

Photoperiod: Actinics 10AM - 10PM, MH 11AM - 9PM

CHEMISTRY

Water Temperature: 77 - 79°F

Specific Gravity: 1.023

pH: 8.0 - 8.3

Calcium: 400ppm

Redox: 380

Alkalinity: 10.2 dKH

Nitrate: 0

Phosphate: 0 (ROWAphos used inside chemical reactor)

Additives: CombiSan

Water Changes - 15 gallons per month

RO/DI Water: Yes, both

Brand of Salt Mix: Instant Ocean

FEEDING

Three times per day, Mysis, Flake, Pellets, Nori Brine shrimp, Not all on the same day!

GENERAL HUSBANDRY:

Less than an hour per day on the average - Clean glass once a week, skimmer cleaned weekly, filter pads cleaned weekly

ANY PROBLEM AREAS:

No

UNWANTED ALGAE:

None

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