Underwater Creations, Inc. 300 Gallon Miracles Australian SPS Reef Aquarium

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  1. Jeffie

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    A few years ago we got hired to build a 500 gallon aquarium for a client to house a Bonnethead shark and some other fishies. At that time, this client had a old 125 gallon reef aquarium housing mostly softies and a few LPS. Fast forward to late last winter and the idea came up of replacing his old 125 with something fresh and new. After some discussion, a 300 gallon Miracles aquarium was ordered and as they say, the rest was history! We waited about 10 weeks for the aquarium to arrive. While we were waiting we built the stand, floating canopy, sump and got all the equipment ordered.

    This client specified that he wanted only the best of the best when it came to what corals were going to be in this tank. Lots of Aussie corals were imported and the tank is coming up on its one year anniversary soon.

    Here are the specs -

    300 Gallon Miracles Rimless/ eurobraced/external overflows - 8' L x 2' W x 27" T
    Sump - 4' L x 24" W x 30" T
    Super Reef Octopus XP5000l
    100 pounds dry Pukani Rock - Nuked prior to going in aquarium
    BRS Dual Media Reactor - Filled w/ GFO and Carbon - Ran 2 days per month
    2 x Vortech MP40
    Bubble Magnus Libra 3 channel doser set to dose 12 x per day
    3 x Nova A8 LED Lights

    The Nova A8's are run from 8am to 5pm on Cloudy setting at Channel 1 at 100% and channel 2 at 10%

    This is a Probidio driven bacteria system to keep the tank UNLS. We have been very careful to keep this aquarium very stable. This tank receives a 60 gallon water change 2 x per month as of right now.

    We keep the big 3 at -

    Alk - 7.8
    Ca - 420
    mag 1350

    Because of the ULNS, the fish are fed a variety of foods 1 x per day, 6 days per week. The corals are fed Pohls Coral Vitalizer and Amino Acids 1 x per day, 5 days per week.

    Growth and color in this tank has been outstanding. I do have a bit of a hard time with my camera and the WB on this tank. I cranked the blues way down for these and they turned out pretty good.

    Hope you enjoy!

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    I'm sure there are some things I left out about this build... If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

    Jeff Jacobson
    Underwater Creations, Inc.
    sales@uwcmn.com
    www.uwcmn.com
     

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    Stunning...
    I am just a little surprised you can get away with "only" 2 MP40 in this tank.
     
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    I was thinking the same....what is the flow rate on the returns?


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    Very nice work!
    And that is a great selection of corals! Must be nice to hear the client request "the best of the best" and let you select some amazing pieces.
     
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    You only have to run the GFO and carbon 2 times a month wow! What do the phosphates test at?
     
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    We have a pair of Mp60's for when the time is right. My personal feeling is, people go a little too extreme on flow in some cases. This is a very "open " tank as far as aquascaping goes. Return pump is running at 800 gallons per hour.


    It definitely makes it fun and a challenge!

    We try and keep the phosphates between .04 and .06. When or if it dips down to .02-.03 the corals really show some signs of stress.


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    Thanks for the info. When the reactor isn't running do you just let the GFO sit till you nee to kick it on again? Sorry for all the questions.
     
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    No problem at all! The GFO and carbon are run for 2 days while we monitor the phosphate. Once it is down to .04 we shut it off and empty out the canisters until we need to use the reactor again. Then it is filled with fresh media.

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    This is awesome!
    The more I see Probidio bacteria driven systems the more intrigued I become. Is there any chance you could pass along a little reading material on it? I have done some searching and I haven't come across much.
     
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    Hey Jeff, any chance of getting a peak at the sump/"behind the scenes" equipment?
     
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    Agreed
     
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    Thanks!

    It's hard to find good info on Probidio. I will try and dig some up later tonight.

    I actually don't have any photos of the life support system for this tank. I will take some next week when I am there again.


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    Updates? This is too nice of a build to get buried!
     

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