I know the way you do things with your tank are defiantly not the normal way,
No, actually everyone else does it abnormally. The way I do things is the way we did it in the beginning. All this other stuff is new. :funny:
1)What size tank is it?
2)What is the fish in your 2nd picture (black and white with spikes)
3)How often do you siphon?
4)Do you stir up the substrate ever or just leave it as is?
5)How often do you clean your equipment?
6)What kind of lights are you using?
7)And finally, What do you feed/supplement the tank with?
1- The tank is 100 gallons 6' long.
2- Dragon wrasse, not reef safe and soon he has to go.
3 -and 4- I don't really siphon but a couple of times a year I create a typhoon by putting a restriction on the end of a diatom filter and blasting the rock and gravel down to the UG filter plate where ever I can reach. I feel that this is the single most important thing that keps the tank running. You can;t do that with a DSB therefore a DSB has a lifespan much shorter than almost any creature we keep.
5-Al I have to clean is the top of the homemade skimmer and I rinse the sponge that feeds the powerhead for the RUGF. I clean the top of the skimmer every week or so and I built it so it easily is removable. The sponge I just squeeze in some salt water every few weeks.
6-The tank went from regular flourescent lights to VHO to PC to MH.
When I get time I want to build LED lights.
I built everything in the tank including the lights, stand, skimmer and many of the rocks. About half of the bottles I made to look like that. They are sanded, broken, glued together again and coral or cement adhered to them, the rest of the bottles I collected underwater.
There are a few articles about the history of the tank and inventions I patented that you will find if you Google my name. Paul Baldassano
One of the bottles that I "built"