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La Ceiba, Honduras
Owners Name: Bernd Losert
Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Year the tank was set up: 10/2001
Size and Volume of the Tank: 60 x 17 x 21", 90 gallon
Sump Size: None
Pounds of Live Rock: Base Rock 40 lbs., Live Rock 20 lbs.
Sand Depth/Type: 1" fine coral sand from reef
Type of Biological Filtration: 2 BioWheels
Main System Pumps: Magnum 350 gal/hour canister filter
Additional Pumps: 3 Powerheads
Protein Skimmer: Aqua C Remora Pro
Monitoring Equipment: None
UV Sterilizer: Turbo Twist, 9 W
Lamps: Four 65W Power Compact fluorescent (Two 50/50, Two 6500K) - will soon add another 95W 50/50
Photoperiod: On at 10AM, off at 10PM
Water Temperature: 28°C
Specific Gravity: 1.022
Calcium: Not yet tested yet
Redox: Not tested
Alkalinity: Not yet tested yet
Additives: CombiSan, Iron for macroalgae when in tank
Water Changes: every 2 weeks 10%
RO/DI water: RO-Yes - DI-No
Brand of Salt Mix: Instant Ocean
Fishes: 1 Blue Tang, 1 Yellow Tang, 1 Fox Face, 1 Royal Dottyback, 2 Yellowtail Demoiselle, 1 Bicolor Blenny, 1 Longnose Hawkfish, 1 Purple Firefish, 2 Ocellaris Clowns Invertebrate: 1 Condylactis Anemone, 1 Bubbletip Anemone, 20 blue leg hermit crabs, 5 emerald crabs, 2 feather dusters, 1 sea urchin, 4 - 6 brittle stars, several snails, 1 live rock with mushroom anemones, some calcareous algae brought in on live rocks
Dry Flakes, frozen and fresh, in the morning, dry flakes with some drops of Vitamin supplement added, in the afternoon 1 frozen cube from Ocean Nutrition (Prime Reef, Formula Two, Brine Shrimp Plus), twice a week fresh seafood pieces when I feed the anemones. I squirt twice a week a liquid food over the filter feeders. (Kent Micro Vert)
Twice a week clean sponge filter on Powerheads, empty cups on skimmer, and clean front glass. Every 6 weeks clean canister filter, add new material, floss and activated carbon. Test water parameters every 2 weeks.
Nitrate too high, Silica too high and am looking into correcting those areas. Temperature usually a problem, but keep fairly good control with two fans in the very warm weather. The problems with unwanted algae/cyanobacteria have mostly passed.
It is very hard here to get anything. We don't even have a Pet Store in town. The only ones are 2 1/2 hours away by car and have next to nothing for saltwater tanks. I would love to add more mushrooms and the like, but can't get any because of import restrictions. Therefore, I have been going on snorkeling trips to our Bay Islands and collected several specimens for my tank. Live rock, critters of all sorts, anemones and crabs, shrimp, snails, macroalgae, brittle stars, fan worms, feather dusters etc. I and everybody that visits us loves my reef tank. Thanks to Bob Goemans I haven't given up.
Thank you again,
Bernd and family