Photo #1 - Thank You Everyone For All The Views; The Ocreef ...
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Photo Caption:Thank you everyone for all the views; The OCReef Home Aquarium will have some new pictures, along with a new stained color of Expresso coming soon.
I have not yet stained the Oak Canopy Top. Updated picture soon to come!
Description: It's a 90 Gallon All Glass Aquarium, with a built in sump partition with pre-drilled holes. The aquarium has two 150 watt 20,000K Metal Halides, along with two 54 watt 48" High Output T5's, one is a 18,000 K and the other is a Plant Grow which gives off a pink orangish hue; Also inlcluded in the lighting scheme is two 36" power compacts, one 96 watt True Actinic and the other is a 14,000K also there is three high output blue moon Led's. Mechanical Aparatus Filtration, includes the following: A Precision Marines BLT1B protein skimmer pushed by a Mag 18, and a 36 watt pond compact UV sterilizer by Tetra Marine. For wave creation, I have a 4 way Ocean Motions Wave Maker pushed by a ReeFlo Dart External Pump, which does a great job of providing much needed upward head pressue, this is also connected to a Euro-Fil 1 sump below the aquarium housed in the stand area with 20 pounds of Tonga live rock.
For added water motion and oxygenation and to help keep any dead spots from sitting to long, I have three Koralia Pumps, one Koralia #4 on the back wall facing the front center and two Korali #3's, one on the left side and one on the right side wall; they are all alternated and switched on and off by a WV-1 control panel Wave Creator timer; this is a very good device, that also gives you a feed button option.
Inside the Aquarium, my more Natural Filtration includes 50 pounds of Fiji Live rock, with a 6" live sand bed of crushed coral and Orange Sand from Morroco; however this is only on one half of the aquarium to accomdate my Diamond Goby and Nassarius Snails.
Our Aquarium has had three years of natural build time, and it still has constant new growth of various inverts and other marine life, including: mini sea stars, copepods, sponges, macro-algae, and tube worms, just to name a few. None of which were originally added, or initially intended. In conclusion, we here at OCReef never grow tired of viewing our amazing reef aquarium, which has yet to fail at keeping us all amazed.
Advice: Research and read up on what you plan to keep; take a look at what your budget can afford you. Very Important... Ask a lot of questions to more advanced and skillled hobbyists, they love to share their knowledge, it's one of the best parts; Most of them will route you in the right direction for a successful reef aquarium!
Fish Kept: I will include their names, that I've given them to make this reading that much more fun, in brackets next to them; some have not been named . Don't laugh either, these are actually my pet names for them :)
My clean up crew include the following;
Blue Leg Hermits
1 Green Urchin (Splke Lee)
1 Diamond Goby (Adobe)
1 Lawnmower Blenny (Bernie)
1 Black Combtooth Blenny (Phantom)
My fish include:
2 Blue Atlantic Damsels (Marina & Lil Bit)
9 Green Chromis (Kibbles N` Bits)
4 line Wrasse (Rascal)
1 Black rock crab...original a stow away; he grew on me, so I kept his butt. (Louie)
My aquarium also accomodates an abundance of copepods in various different species; along with some Bristle Worms...the bristles are not so highly desired by me, but they too also help in the ecosystem cycle. For the beginners use caution the Larger Bristle Worms can sting.
Corals/Plants: 1 brown feather duster (Bob Marley)
1 Blue/Purple Maxima Clam (Virgina)
1 Crocea Clam (Clementine)
***Mulitples of Pink Waving Hand, Thick Stem
(Xenia sp.) after it divided and spread (Jasmine)
5 Green Striped Mushroom
1 Red Mushroom
2 Flower / Ricordea Mushroom, Purple
1 Green Pogada Coral LPS (Goat Tee)
1 Pink Flowerpot Coral LPS (Babe)
Several Green Seamatt Coral Polyps
For my Zoanthids, I have the following colors in various locations throughout the Aquarium, they are all attached to large pieces of Live Rock:
Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, and Light Brown
My newest additions include the following: They are all very small, aquacultured frag cutting grown and glued to plugs.
1 Pocillopora Frag
1 Button Polyp Pink Frag
1 Pink Tip Tricolor Acropora Frag
1 Rusty Pink Millepora Frag
1 Cranberry Tip Acropora Frag
1 Orange Plate Coral Frag
Also there is several small tube work like small polyped feather dusters that have muliplied and are actually quite beautiful in mass quantities. They were originally also stow aways that came in on my live rock.
About Yourself: I have been a hobbyist since the Age of 4 years old. I am now 31 years of age as I continue to grow my knowledge of our worlds most intriquing life form. I am co-owner and CEO of Orange County Reef Aquatics in Orange County California
However I am not here to promote myself or my business I genuinely love to chat amongst other hobbyists. Especially new hobbyist who need that little extra pusht to get started.