TOTM Congrats JPosch! June TOTM (Tank of the Month) winner!

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GGonzo

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Here is a picture (as best I could get) of my QT holding my Tang Gang Tank occupants. They are as follows:
Fowleri Tang
Gold Rim Tang
Chocolate Tang
Royal Blue Tang (born without a tail)
Yellow Tang
Desjardini Sailfin Tang

My DT is a 125 gallon fish only tank (it’s still cycling at the moment) with an overflow, sump and protein skimmer. My DT consists of manmade rock, Marco rock and about 1 1/2 inches of live sand.
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Here is my 20L Mandarin Dragonette Tank.

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The tank was designed to aid pattern forming behaviors during feeding time without the use of a breeder net. In order to transition my wild caught mandarin from live food to frozen I needed a place that was predictable, visible, trapped food and was competition free. I setup the tank to have larger pod grazing rocks and smaller rocks that could trap frozen mysis, cyclops and blood worms. I stocked the tank with astrae snails, nasarius snails and smaller hermit crabs to pick through the rocks and bits that are missed. Utilizing a smart power strip I have a routine that kills all pumps for 20 minutes. This routine triggers the mandarins feeding response and he begins to hover over the smaller rocks until I indulge him. I'm able to visible see how much he eats and track his health. I began feeding with suspended and live pods, over time I began to incorporate mysis and blood worms. It was important to me to have a large enough pod population to stimulate the mandarin between feedings. I've seen tanks void of pods and mandarins don't seem natural in their movement. A HOB refugium was a enormous tool during this process.
 

Jposch

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I suck at pictures, but this tank is 100% octocorals, leather heavy. The only iffy coral is a pipe organ, which is still classified as an octocoral, even though it builds a skeleton. But, leathers build internal and sometimes external structures too, so...🤷‍♂️
There is that magnificent purple sponge too. But, I need that for cyano control. Plus, u really like my poor man's monti cap. Lol

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Jposch

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Here are some more pictures. I feel like a TOTM contest needs more than one picture. Ha this is probably too many though
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Jposch

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Awesome tank! Congratulations @Jposch
Thanks. It still need some work. Got a bigger and higher quality ozone generator coming, new bulbs, and going to gwt that sand bed cleaned/replaced before its an issue. Seems like something is off with the tank lately. A couple leathers aren't fully opening. Copperband ate like 90% of the apatasia, only leaving a few monsters and a couple smaller ones tucked deep in the rock. I'll help him with some kalk. I'm also looking to add quite a few more species of leathers, but I'll have to do some heavy trimming.
 
Thanks. It still need some work. Got a bigger and higher quality ozone generator coming, new bulbs, and going to gwt that sand bed cleaned/replaced before its an issue. Seems like something is off with the tank lately. A couple leathers aren't fully opening. Copperband ate like 90% of the apatasia, only leaving a few monsters and a couple smaller ones tucked deep in the rock. I'll help him with some kalk. I'm also looking to add quite a few more species of leathers, but I'll have to do some heavy trimming.
I really love these. What are they @Jposch ?
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