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Spardas
02-01-2016, 05:21 AM
Just another slice of the ocean in my home. This one is in my office. It helps make my day go by faster if I'm working from home, lol.

It is mainly SPS dominated and is the central theme of the tank. It's a 300 gallons starphire tank.

Enjoy, :).

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Slaphppy7
02-01-2016, 02:24 PM
Very nice.

Laura_in_FL
02-01-2016, 02:46 PM
Beautiful. I just don't understand how you can get any work done with that in your office. I'd be staring at it all the time.

Spardas
02-01-2016, 05:33 PM
It's a relatively new tank, only about 6 months or so. The corals still have a lot of growing to do. While I was remodelling the work office; I figured I would just throw a fish tank in there as well.

At first, I wanted to do something small but that quickly changed. I started doing the planning and pondered what to put in it and the list just grew until I decided on a 300 gallons tank...

That clam in the middle is about 9 inches wide.

The glass is thick and clear and the countertop is marble. More pics to come later. I was trying to finish the call last night and go to bed.

Spardas
02-02-2016, 07:54 AM
The left side:

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Spardas
02-02-2016, 07:55 AM
The right side:

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Spardas
02-02-2016, 07:59 AM
Can anyone spot the yellowhead jawfishes in the 3 pictures? Slap, take your best shot.

AmazonJoe
02-02-2016, 12:59 PM
Middle bottom of pic#1

Bottom left side. pic#2

As well as 2 in the bottom left side in pic #3

Spardas
02-02-2016, 07:29 PM
Good job, Joe. It's pretty cool to see them pop their head up and observe then go back down.

RiversGirl
02-02-2016, 07:37 PM
Beautiful tank! Thank you so much for sharing a view of it with us.

Silbar
02-02-2016, 09:07 PM
By the way, I have a 300g in my office.....boy, did you spring that on us or what? Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!!! The yellowhead jawfish popping out of the holes are cute.

Spardas
02-02-2016, 11:33 PM
Beautiful tank! Thank you so much for sharing a view of it with us.

Thank you!


By the way, I have a 300g in my office.....boy, did you spring that on us or what? Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!!! The yellowhead jawfish popping out of the holes are cute.


Don't you love suprises, lol. Thank you for the kind words. I honestly think more should try their hand at a saltwater fish tank. It's so fun.

DebinWhitmore
02-03-2016, 03:11 AM
Spartans, that is just a gorgeous tank! I love saltwater reef tanks. Your design is beautiful and colorful, the fish look so healthy. There is nothing quite like a SW aquarium. I agree with others, it would be hard to get work done but when you do work in there it is a beautiful environment.

Spardas
02-03-2016, 08:00 PM
Thank you, Deb.

It's not so much of a distraction and does wonder when you have to work long hours. I try to work from home most days and just use my laptop, sit back and watch as I work. I used to have a tank in my room in the office back then but that became a huge distraction for people as they would come in and sit. They didn't want to leave! I had to lock my doors at time, lol. So once I moved buildings, I just decided not to put one up. I switch between my office and the desk outside nowadays. Maybe I will set up another tank in the office down the road, we will see.

iReef
02-03-2016, 11:31 PM
What type of differences are seeing in regards to coloration under the Kessils?

How are you running the lights? I like it!

Spardas
02-04-2016, 02:51 AM
Kessils aren't bad and produce a nice shimmer but the radions take the prize.

I run the 4 xr30w pros on a 10-8 schedule. Blues go up, then white at 11 and intensity goes higher from 12 to 6, then fades and ends with the blue fading out.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=28182

Awesome product.

iReef
02-04-2016, 04:17 AM
Kessils aren't bad and produce a nice shimmer but the radions take the prize.

I run the 4 xr30w pros on a 10-8 schedule. Blues go up, then white at 11 and intensity goes higher from 12 to 6, then fades and ends with the blue fading out.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=28182

You don't find a shimmer like the Kessil anywhere else do you. Even the MH doesn't compare.

I have seen great results from the R30s, especially the Pro version. I do have to say though, specifically in regards to SPS, I have seen better overall pigments from Kessil tanks vs the Radions.

Now I don't know if that's a general personal bias, owner of the tank's care, shimmer nostalgia, or the lighting itself.

I am curious on what you're doing with your red channel specifically, and if you're playing with using it to initiate the photosynthesis cycle at the beginning of the day.

I do enjoy observing the Vortech pumps slow down along with the dimming of the leds

Awesome product.

Spardas
02-04-2016, 05:22 PM
I have a few lighting schedules that I tinker with. Red/green range. Usually 20-30%. The presets I didn't like as much and I think my schedule increased the growth.

iReef
02-04-2016, 06:12 PM
I have a few lighting schedules that I tinker with. Red/green range. Usually 20-30%. The presets I didn't like as much and I think my schedule increased the growth.

I couldn't imagine the presets ever being right haha. The Photon Series lights put the white up to 100% at one point haha.

What's your best schedule so far?

iReef
02-04-2016, 06:13 PM
lol I love the acros off the returns.

Spardas
02-04-2016, 08:43 PM
Basically what I typed earlier with the 10-8. If you run ecotech and pm me your email, I can just email you the schedule program. LEDs are great, all my tanks are lit up by LEDs.

iReef
02-05-2016, 03:31 AM
Basically what I typed earlier with the 10-8. If you run ecotech and pm me your email, I can just email you the schedule program. LEDs are great, all my tanks are lit up by LEDs.

You couldn't just tell me the intensity of your channels throughout the day? Or are you only running one static light? I'm curious how you're specifically running your photo spectrum from 10-8.

Spardas
02-05-2016, 04:05 AM
Too much of a hassle to type, here you go! Thought you had to ecotech, can just plug the etg file I have in.

But here is an export of one of my current ones.

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SueD
02-05-2016, 04:44 PM
Too much of a hassle to type, here you go! Thought you had to ecotech, can just plug the etg file I have in.

But here is an export of one of my current ones.

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One more reason I could never have a salt tank. My lights are on, then they're off. Maybe a moonlit night here and there. That's about all I want to know. But keep up the good work guys - I love looking at your tanks.

Spardas
02-05-2016, 09:57 PM
Oh come on, it's not that bad, lol. It's fun to tinker with the LED lights, lol.

Spardas
02-05-2016, 10:44 PM
Some shots.

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Spardas
02-06-2016, 01:29 AM
The behind the scenes to the 300 G SPS tank!

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Spardas
02-06-2016, 01:30 AM
The Water Test Place...

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Spardas
02-06-2016, 01:32 AM
The Water Room! Still needs to tidy it up but it's a WIP. This is what keeps the hobby interesting, always something to do. Possible tank in the future? Maybe, we will see, lol.

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AmazonJoe
02-06-2016, 01:57 AM
Gorgeous looks like I'm sitting on a bottom of a reef just taking it easy...

I want to see it in person so bad! :18:

I think saltwater should be my next journey. I've always been curious on the differences verses FW.

Spardas
02-06-2016, 02:06 AM
Definitely a great hobby. Did you guys notice the fishes? They followed me anticipating food from one corner to the other, lol.

Oh hey, it's that guy, that guy is here. Food time? No, why are you taking pictures of us, FOOOODDDD!

AmazonJoe
02-06-2016, 02:07 AM
Yea!! All of them were staring right at you lol looks like a fun tank to sit and watch!

Spardas
02-06-2016, 02:54 AM
Definitely fun, that's why I try to work from home whenever can. If I don't have to be physically at work, I work from home.

I come and go as I please but my hours are not static. Plus I work everyday anyway. When I have to talk to my business partners that's outside of my job, they usually end up coming to my place, lol. We would sit in my office and talk and look at the fish tank.

BluewaterBoof
02-07-2016, 03:23 PM
Dang dude, that's a bad*** tank. How long did it take to get that thing running?

Spardas
02-07-2016, 03:43 PM
Planning and getting my thoughts on paper took about a month with my busy schedule. I had to figure out what size tank, what type of tank, who to buy it from, what type of equipments, lighting, etc. The process of setting it up took about a week to get the tank in place, build the stand, install the marble slabs, connect all the plumbing, wire all the electrical stuff, put in the livestock, etc. Still have some loose ends here and there but those are the minor details.

The total volume of water for the whole 300 gallons system is about 500 gallons (including sumps, refugium, etc). The design is pretty much rudimentary to my other setups (efficient water changes, minimizing my work, maximizing remote control with current technology).

MCHRKiller
02-07-2016, 03:49 PM
Kudos to you on having such a nice reef system going; it is honestly one of the nicest I have seen. I also like your choice of fish! Few people really give tangs the room they need, and I have always loved butterfly fish. Many shades of envy :22:

Fish & Bird Kid
02-07-2016, 03:53 PM
Wow, so beautiful.

Spardas
02-07-2016, 03:58 PM
Kudos to you on having such a nice reef system going; it is honestly one of the nicest I have seen. I also like your choice of fish! Few people really give tangs the room they need, and I have always loved butterfly fish. Many shades of envy :22:

Definitely agree, and their excuse is they will get a bigger tank down the road... I hate seeing tangs not being able to swim freely and then these people wonder why they get sick fish. These fish needs their space.

Spardas
02-07-2016, 04:11 PM
Wow, so beautiful.

Thank you, F&BK, I am waiting for you to continue your freshwater journey and then venture into salt, :).

Slaphppy7
02-07-2016, 04:25 PM
It really is a spectacular tank, I know pics don't do it justice, that thing needs to be seen in person.

Heck, I'd be happy just to have the refugium! (I think that's what it's called.)

Spardas
02-07-2016, 04:43 PM
It really is a spectacular tank, I know pics don't do it justice, that thing needs to be seen in person.

Heck, I'd be happy just to have the refugium! (I think that's what it's called.)

Thank you, Slap. I love reef tanks, the assortment of colors are awesome.

Yes, the refugiums, lol. They're basically a reservoir.

Slaphppy7
02-07-2016, 04:46 PM
They're basically a reservoir.

I'd be proud to have that one as a show tank, lol

Spardas
02-07-2016, 05:41 PM
The hobby all started with one small 10 gallons tank over 15 years ago...

BluewaterBoof
02-07-2016, 05:42 PM
It's a very impressive setup. How often do you have to dive into the tank? Or does the refugium and all the other stuff pretty much eliminate the need for cleaning the main tank?

Slaphppy7
02-07-2016, 05:44 PM
The hobby all started with one small 10 gallons tank over 15 years ago...

Same here, but only about 3 years now

Spardas
02-07-2016, 06:07 PM
Not much work is needed once the system is in balance. Nitrates are practically untraceable. The system just needs to be replenished by the necessary nutrients only.

BluewaterBoof
02-07-2016, 06:11 PM
Haha next month with be my one year mark.

Slaphppy7
02-07-2016, 06:16 PM
?...shows you joined in April?

BluewaterBoof
02-07-2016, 06:21 PM
Beginning of March was when we got the 10g betta tank for Boof Jr.'s bday. I joined the forum a month or so later when I got my 29g and was freaking out over doing a fish-in cycle haha

Slaphppy7
02-07-2016, 06:26 PM
Ahhhhhh...gotcha

BluewaterBoof
02-07-2016, 06:28 PM
Rita actually had some African clawed frogs (normal ones, not the dwarfs) that she had for over a decade, but I never cared for them and she did most of the maintenance on the tank. I was happy when they finally passed, and was resistant to the idea of getting a betta for the kiddo. I can't remember why I wanted my own 29g. I think it was an impulse buy lol

Spardas
02-07-2016, 06:52 PM
And look at you now, lol. Once you got the bug, you got it good.

BluewaterBoof
02-07-2016, 07:51 PM
Haha it sure did. Hit me hard. 4 tanks in 7 months (blush)

Spardas
02-08-2016, 06:46 PM
Yep, moving fast and furious. You'll be a fish sensei soon.

Spardas
02-14-2016, 04:49 AM
Moved some stuff around, added a few things, removed a few things.

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Silbar
02-14-2016, 04:54 AM
The beauty just boggles my mind......

Spardas
02-14-2016, 04:57 AM
Getting a vid up soon. :)

I can definitely just zone out and stare at it for a long time...

Slaphppy7
02-14-2016, 05:29 AM
I'm positive that pics here don't do it justice, but thanks for them just the same

Spardas
02-14-2016, 05:40 AM
Vid of the reef. Slightly better justice served, lol.

300 SPS Reef (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryOKZe_mVZ4)

Spardas
02-14-2016, 02:52 PM
Oops, linked didn't work. Try again.

https://youtu.be/4VOEnqssJRU

Slaphppy7
02-14-2016, 03:25 PM
Awesome tank, thanks for the vid.

steeler58
02-14-2016, 10:16 PM
Indeed I like your choice of fish also ;-)

I love those Copperband Butterflyfish, I had one in my tank ;-)

Marty.h
02-14-2016, 11:37 PM
Can't believe I've not seen this thread absolutely stunning if mine grows out half as good I will be happy

Spardas
02-15-2016, 04:16 AM
Can't believe I've not seen this thread absolutely stunning if mine grows out half as good I will be happy

Thanks, Marty. The tank is still quite young and I expect a lot of good growth as it matures out. There are a lot of smaller SPS in the tank waiting to grow into a nice colony and fill out the tank. I'm totally out of real estate in the tank now if I envision what they will look like.

Fish & Bird Kid
02-16-2016, 12:09 AM
Thank you, F&BK, I am waiting for you to continue your freshwater journey and then venture into salt, :).

:) Years and years ago I thought I might like to give it a try - before I knew how much was involved. I really love the colors and the beauty of a saltwater tank.

Spardas
02-16-2016, 02:32 AM
:) Years and years ago I thought I might like to give it a try - before I knew how much was involved. I really love the colors and the beauty of a saltwater tank.

There are much simpler tanks that you can do. It is not much more difficult than a freshwater if you want to give it a shot down the line.

iReef
02-16-2016, 03:04 AM
There are much simpler tanks that you can do. It is not much more difficult than a freshwater if you want to give it a shot down the line.

Anyone on this forum who is dedicated to their freshwater aquarium, does the ample research for it, and has more money to invest into a saltwater aquarium can do it...

To make saltwater fish (FOWLR) simple let me put it in two words, rock & flow.

iReef
02-16-2016, 03:05 AM
and then comes exact flow, rock structure, order of fish added, type of fish, food requirements, and compatibility. saltwater fish are harder than coral hahaha. Ooops. Salt has it's technicalities but simple tanks exist.

Spardas
02-17-2016, 08:09 PM
Nothing really new to report, just changed one of the external pumps to a stronger model. It's now quieter and stronger. I like the extra flow that the corals are getting.

Silbar
02-17-2016, 08:17 PM
I could just sit and stare at that tank all day.

Spardas
02-17-2016, 08:51 PM
Yeah, there are no tanks that can compare to the variety of vibrant colors a reef tank can offer. I can't wait for the rest of the corals grow into larger colonies.

Spardas
02-20-2016, 06:31 AM
Closer look at the inhabitants.

300 SPS 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk6jJExn3U4)

Spardas
02-20-2016, 07:13 AM
All righty, now Batman really need to go snooze, past 2 AM. Need to be up in 2 hours...

Fish & Bird Kid
02-20-2016, 10:48 AM
All righty, now Batman really need to go snooze, past 2 AM. Need to be up in 2 hours...

I don't know how anyone survives on so little sleep. I sure do need mine. It seems to work for you though! Keep on keepin' on.

Spardas
02-20-2016, 11:24 AM
I average 3-4 hours a night these days. Back then, it used to be a couple of nights of no sleep. My body enter deep sleep pretty quickly and like clockwork, I get out of it within a few hours. I don't need as much sleep as others and doctors said I'm one of the few who can function on little sleep since I enter deep sleep so quickly. Plus with all the activities that go on daily for me, it works out in my favor.

Fish & Bird Kid
02-20-2016, 11:33 AM
I average 3-4 hours a night these days. Back then, it used to be a couple of nights of no sleep. My body enter deep sleep pretty quickly and like clockwork, I get out of it within a few hours. I don't need as much sleep as others and doctors said I'm one of the few who can function on little sleep since I enter deep sleep so quickly. Plus with all the activities that go on daily for me, it works out in my favor.


aaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnddddddd you're up already. Good morning to you.
If I try to stay up past 11:00 anymore, I need two days to recover. I don't know what I would do with all the extra time if I could get by on just a couple hours sleep.

Spardas
02-20-2016, 11:40 AM
Haha, was up earlier but went out for a walk in the cold. Then came home to make breakfast for the misus. I need to finalize some things and file my taxes. Too many things to review.

As for the free time, read and expand your knowledge. There is plenty to learn and there is plenty of ways to cultivate yourself. Plus, I like to invest actively so I need to be on top of information all the time. That is a lot of reading, :).

Silbar
02-20-2016, 04:00 PM
I'm gonna take a chance and say that you do not have any children because that will wear you out like nothing flat!!!!

AmazonJoe
02-20-2016, 06:00 PM
Knowledge is a tool that never needs to be sharpened :P

Spardas
02-20-2016, 06:00 PM
I adopted my friend's daughter eleven years ago after he passed away.

Spardas
02-21-2016, 04:59 PM
Knowledge is a tool that never needs to be sharpened :P
The intrinsic value of things doesn't change but the understanding and application changes with the time due to our growing comprehension of the matter in question. Be it for better or worse, the one that have a strong grasp of information is the one that understands the time. In essence, time is in the palm of their hands.

Spardas
02-21-2016, 05:02 PM
In other news, nothing much done other than moving one piece of coral to another place. I think I put my hands in the tank at least once a week to move something, lol.

Silbar
02-21-2016, 05:39 PM
I adopted my friend's daughter eleven years ago after he passed away.

Well then I take it back....you are Batman! I have great respect for you.:22: