112 gallon soft coral dominated mixed reef journal from 2006-202x?

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andrewkw

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This is not a build thread since I've had the tank more than 14 years. During that time it has been my main display for more than 12.

For a couple of years I upgraded to a 180, I knew I was going to be moving but I got a good deal on a used tank so I set it up for a while before moving. The good deal was really not great for a display as it was more scratched up than this old tank. That being said the only reason it's not my main display now is I broke it when I moved. I just moved the tank too much by myself. Fortunately I kept this tank.

The 2016 move was to the country. No LFS, very few local reefers. It's a long story but I haven't been happy here at all. While I've long been out priced from the real estate market I grew up in, I am hoping to move to a less rural area in 2021. We'll see. This is the big reason why (other than cost) I have not upgraded this tank. I don't want to have something I can't move.

That being said I absolutely love the look of my display tank. Somehow I squeeze more and more out of it. I need more fish desperately but other than that I am really happy with the tank. I do however love to get constructive criticism, so feel free to leave some. I have other tanks, I do other things but this tank is a DISPLAY tank. The back glass is scraped even if I have to break corals to do so. There are no frag racks and any frag plugs are carefully hidden. I have expensive little frags, but the tank is highlighted by giant soft corals. In 2016 when I moved there was a 6 week time between moving into this house and moving out of my old house. During that time I kept all my livestock in my parents bathroom. It wasn't pretty and over that time I lost all my sps and many LPS and many great fish. This is how the tank became soft coral dominated but I have always loved softies. You will still find tons of pom pom xenia in my tank all these years later. A long time ago I had a terrible crash which cost me my beautiful fairy wrasse collection (flame, lineatus, labouti, rhomboid, ect) I've never really recovered from that fish wise.

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Most of the rock is still the same from 2006 although there have been some switcheroos. I still have my naked clown, and some red discosoma mushrooms somehow are always still around from 2006 but otherwise pretty much everything has changed. PC + MH to all T5 to LED + MH to LED only to different led's + T5.

Old vortechs have come and gone, jeabo pumps have lasted surprisingly long, I have one Tunze from when they redesigned the powerheads that is still going. Oh the return pump hasn't changed. The eheim 1262 *knock on wood* has been going 24/7 since September 2006 except the day I moved and one power failure where I could not get my generator going.

So the plan is just to squeeze more out of this tank until I do get somewhere where I'd feel comfortable setting up a "forever" tank. I'd say a 10 year tank but this tank is already on it's 14th year so if I only keep my next main tank 10 years that will be a downgrade. I'm still no closer to knowing what type of corals I want to focus on long term so I'm probably a mixed reefer for life.
 
Your tank is absolutely beautiful!! Photos like this make me want to go all softcorals.

I have a Eheim 1262 I bought used like 7 years ago or something and it’s still in operation.

I also like the blue background peaking through in the last image with reflections. Never done blue before but that looks great!
 

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Is this a goni or an alveopora? It looks amazing! I love how long the PE can getView attachment 12057


It's a goni. It's always had nice pe, I have moved it a few times but started as a small frag and has grown great over the past couple of years. The skeleton is probably close to a softball size.

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January update :
While I did post a few pics earlier this month, I have been regularly posting photos and a video once a month since some time in 2017. I took the video footage yesterday and will edit it some time in the next day or 2. When I follow other people's reef tanks I love to see the progress and for myself it makes it very easy to go back and see my own progress.

Here are the pics. I will probably do some cutting soon. I say this every month, but obviously with each passing month more corals touch. Touching and stinging are the #1 cause of death in my tank. #2 is small frags being knocked away. I don't have that many tiny frags, I generally keep things in my frag tank unless I can't wait to get them in until they are a decent size but with the tank so packed if it gets knocked off after being glued I may have to just leave it vs tearing everything out.

I am really happy with how the tank looks other than I need more fish. I do clearly need a bigger tank, if I could just transport the entire tank, encrusted corals and all into a 180g in the same spot that would be great. Just spread everything a few inches further. Since that is impossible I will continue to make things work in here and hope that each passing day brings me closer to a newer dream or at least semi dream tank. This tank is very narrow but I still love looking from the side.

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I will have to tell my yellow scopas tang that a lot more people are probably going have them in their tanks in the near future...

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I first noted the streamers 2 years ago on this female angel.
 

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@andrewkw Just beautiful!! :love: I love how everything just grows wild, naturally. :Thumbs_up_green:


Thanks! It's semi controlled but not forced. If something is going to overgrow something depending on what it is I let it happen. If it's something like a mushroom I will cut it off, but an encrusting coral can encrust away. A lot of corals have also learned to tolerate being closer together than I would have suspected. Still I try and place things where they have the best chance both for success and room to grow in the way I expect them to grow.
 
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