Beautiful tank from UK under Orphek Atlantik units
Today we are happy to share a 1000l (54L x 30D x 30H) 1000L reef tank from UK under the Orphek Atlantik V3 Plus Led Lighting.Bill Disley is a client from the UK and was gentle enough to send us detailed information about his passion for the hobby and many beautiful photos to share.
He started this tank in March 2015, but truth is that he has been interested in fish and fishing since was little.
Around 2010 his sons were keeping marines, but according to him they were struggling to get good LED lighting so they asked for Bill’s help since he has been an electronic engineer who always enjoyed hand work.
One thing led to another and soon he knew a lot about water quality and livestock. 5 years later he purchased his current tank from a reefer in Wigan as he could not complete the project and never had livestock in it and the cabinet.
At that time he was using halides and T5’s on the tank, which according to him, came with the tank and produced a brilliant light, but it was hard trying to get the control he wanted and also had heat issues. That is when he decided to change to LEDs.
After a few tries he finally decided to go with our LED solutions.
The lights now are now 2 x Orphek Atlantik V3 Plus mounted on DD rails which he upgraded from the original 2.1b.
Living creatures of his tank:
Microcladis – 8 or 9 variations of SSC in colours and form, Echinata ice fire, WD coloured tenius, Tricolor x 2, Setosa, Blue tort, Loripes, Forest Fire, Nana, Acro sp -yellow, Hisuta, Aspera, Histrix, Fibre optic poci, Pink Poci, Suharsoni, Secale, Sarmentosa, Thick wild green blue tip stag, Milka, Spathulata…
More… Red Disney milli, Sunset Milli, Bali Shortcake x2, Mr Myagi, wild lilac/blue with green polyps, Bali slimer, Gomezi, Red planet, Yellow sustainable reefs frag, Yellow sp colonies x2, Green plate, Purple plate, Aculeus – rarely seen one, Tierre Del fuego, Wild looks like microcladis that neds to colour up, Red Milli, Watermelon chalice…
…and Pearl berry, Purple spath red polyps, Purple spath green polyps, Sustainable reefs teal with blue polyps, Orange crush, Titanium, Captain jack, Other wild pieces names not known.
Red Goni, Duncan, Cataphylia, Candy cane, Grape, Clam.
Yellow tang, Chevron tang, Clown tang, Foxface, Pair snowflake clowns, Coral Beauty, Starry blennie, Copperband, 2 x red firefish, Twistii wrasse, Lapisul wrasse, Xmas wrasse, Wreck fish, Anthias.
Like many other Orphek clients, Bill take also photography as a hobby (lucky us!). Check out these beautiful coral macro photos:
for more corals in macro galleries click HERE
You can also watch a beautiful video of his tank!
- Vortec MP40
- 2 x Gyres
- 1 x Tunze
- KZ skimmer and jeboa 4000l pump
- Reef fanatics pellet reactor
- Titanium heater and ATC 800 controller
- 2 x DD FR509
- Aquamedic back up heater
- Aquamedic computer and pin point controller
- Full Dastaco system for 1000L with triton media
If you wish to read more details about the tank’s equipment and maintenance Bill was really nice to share:
The skimmer is a large KZ and a 4000l jeboa pump and the circulating pellet reactor is a reef fanatics, which are both good but need regular maintenance and are in the second sump chamber.
I have MM and cheato in the 3rd chamber and a small reactor if I need to use carbon .
The last chamber has a back up heater , 2 x DD fr509 for rowa, the return pump and ATU also is a pinpoint probe to an aquamedic computer monitoring th PH .
The equipment choice was to make it as easy as possible for me to maintain water quality params without dosing as I think I am good at the husbandry routines and still learning the chemistry side.
So first off was to select a quality salt as I had used the TM bio-actif in my first tank with no issues why change its one that I have always considered trying new salt or NSW and have a small frag tank which I experiment with, but that’s early days.
The rest of the equipment was a calcium reactor, which again I had used one previously a schuran pico controlled with an aquamedic computer and PH probe which worked well with a lot of checking and testing, so I went with a Dastaco for the size of the tank and a bucket of media that came in the package. I now use the triton media in the Dastaco reactor for the first time and its been running for approx. 4 weeks.
Maintenance – I have a regular daily, weekly and monthly maintenance schedule which starts with changing the filter socks through emptying the skimmer cup and cleaning the pellet reactor sieves for want of a better term that get gunged up with mulm which slows the pellets movement down and I am finding it difficult in getting a pellet which is large enough that lasts and have tried several types and still going through the list to get the best one.The usual changing GFO and cleaning the reactors every 14 days and then the cleaning of power heads and pumps .The tank usually just needs a run over with the flipper to clean the glass but I have had the usual issues with algae brought about by my self trying different additives and potions which cause issues or equipment failing just at the point were you think the tanks at its best and the corals are at a peak but you looking for that bit extra so I have learned to leave things to nature.
Feeding routine – I feed the fish morning and evening with frozen mix and also just before lights out a coral feed mix, phyto , rotifiers and reef roids.
Testing – I rely on ICP tests every couple months and try to adjust the reccomendations to the correct levels , I also use Hanna KH ,Phosphate test monitors with salifert calc,mag kits once a week except the KH which i am doing every 2 days to make sure the new media levels are stable.
Obs.: all contect extracted from his email, but edited/resumed to fit our post)Thank you Bill for taking your time and interest to share your tank with us!
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