Mark's Small 29 gallon Tank (Wakskat)

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by wakskat, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. wakskat

    wakskat Guest

    Ok so I am going to start a tank thread for my 29 gallon that has gone through ups and downs and 2 moves in the 3.5 years that I have had it. I knew nothing about reef tanks when I started so I would say that it was really in the last 2 years that the tank has taken on this form. Everything in this tank is captive raised or from someone elses tank to mine as a frag which is very important to me. I had all of my zoos melt away on me ( I neglected the tank while finishing a hard year in Grad school last year). I am getting the water parameters back in order and doing more regular water changes so hopefully that helps.


    29 gallon standard tank- I drilled it for two drains and added my own glass overflow (yes I used a dremel to cut all the teeth)
    150W 14K Phoenix
    40 gallon sump
    2 X 65W PC for frags and chaeto
    Mag7 return through SQWID
    Koralaria 1 on right side of tank.
    Top off with Kalk using dual float switch powering aqualifter
    5 gallon water change every 2 weeks

    Left 1yr ago
    Right 1yr ago

    Top Down Now
  2. wakskat

    wakskat Guest

    I just noticed the size of the idaho grape in this picture wow it was small. Those pics were taken a year ago.
  3. wakskat

    wakskat Guest


    Two tomato clowns bred by Jim Sarmiento (Jimsar).


    One ORA captive bred Orchid Dottyback from Dolphin Pet Village
  4. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    Nice. BTW check you PM on RC.
  5. wakskat

    wakskat Guest

    I always like growth sequences so here is one.

    June 07

    Jan 08 Colony on the left

    Both colonies are the same but I got the second one later from Bryan (seminolecpa). I forgot the name of this coral, maybe Bryan will remind us.

  6. wakskat

    wakskat Guest

    This is one of my oldest pieces that I got at the 2nd BAR frag swap I went to.

    Alien eye July 05 fresh from swap
    September 05
    January 06
    April 06
    Oct 06
    Dec 06
    June 07
    Jan 08- no more XM 20K now Phoenix 14K
  7. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    Mark that is a Larry Jackson acro.
  8. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    What happened to the blastos and rics you got from me? did they make it? My blasto colony died a long time ago.
  9. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    Hey Wakstat,
    Your 29 Gallon looks amazing! Im starting a 30 gallon very soon, hopefully next week. Any tips?
    How often do you change your water? Also, people are telling me going from a 55 gallon to a 30 gallon is going to be harder to keep the water quality consistant, have you had much of a problem?
  10. wakskat

    wakskat Guest

    Honestly I probably only change 5 gallons once a month. I think the best thing you can do is get an auto top off and dose kalk or two part to keep up with calcium, but it really depends on the inhabitants. Also T5's or Metal Halids will help alot and allow you to keep almost any coral. Keep your hands out of the tank as much as possible. Finally, everything in my tank including the fish are captive raised so they are much hardier.

  11. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    I think Im going with one of those Nano tanks ( the all in one deal with a protein skimmer) but it's probably going to just be power compacts. I never heard of an auto top off-do fish stores have those? Thanks for the suggestions, Ill start putting up photos as my tank begins, pretty exciting times. I think it will mostly be mushrooms, zoo's etc... that are able to live off non metal halid lighting.
  12. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    Yo Wakstak, can you put up a photo of your whole tank in one photo, like an overview shot... Im trying to get ideas for setting up my live rock, I want to be able to put as much stuff in it, but also have tunnels a plenty for any fish to swim through.

    any tips?
  13. musclebenz

    musclebenz Guest


    You've done a great job in setting up your tank especially how you have everything layed out and growing so healthy.
  14. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    To keep your hands out of the water, do you use long utensils or gloves? The gloves I've seen look like they would be awkward to use.
  15. wakskat

    wakskat Guest

    I use a long plastic grabber. My hands go into the tank every once in a while (maybe every other week).
  16. Paradox

    Paradox Guest

    Nice..You got more corals in your 29 then i do in my 150 =)

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