Your story in aquariums
It all started in 1992, when my father gave me a 60l freshwater tank including some small goldfish. 18 years later, after having many small and big tanks, i decided that i reached the highest point in freshwater experiences – I needed a new challenge in doing my aquaristic hobby.
So, in 2010, I bought the “Plug and Play” tank Red Sea Max 250 – mostly to make my first experiences with the salty world. “Plug & Play” because I was sure to move to a bigger custom tank later…
Well, I made my experiences, mostly positive and in September 2011 I set up my final Reef-Tank and called it “Schwings reef”. My ambition was to build up a stylish and white-finished tank with modern techniques, low nutrients to keep SPS and LPS with nice colors. Because of the mix of SPS and LPS corals, it shouldn’t be forced to have nearly no nutrients and having “Bonbon-colors”.
So in 2011 I got to know my friends of whitecorals.com, a big european online-dealer with a local store in Stuttgart/Germany who helped me setting up the tank. The tank, life rock and most of the corals come from this (online) store.
Because it’s a very young tank, I hadn’t any big problems to face since today.
Aquarium setup Date: 15/09/2011
Main Tank: 130x60x60
System parameters (measured with NYOS)
ATI sunpower dimmable 8x 54W (4x Aquablue special, 4x Blue plus)
2x Blue: 10h00 – 24h00
6x T5 (4x white, 2x blue): 12h00 – 20h00
Filtration & Circulation:
2x Vortech MP40w ES (mostly half the strength)
Return Pump: NYOS Viper 2.0
NYOS Pyro True Cone 180 Skimmer
NYOS Monster 120 Calcium Reactor
Water Top-off System: Tunze with 20l R/O water.
Calcium & Alkalinity Supplementation
The first 5 month I kept CA and KH on level by giving balling salts manually. After that period and with more and more SPS corals I decided to buy a Calcium reactor.
Maintenance, Husbandry & Additives:
– Feeding fish & corals: Artemia, Mysis, Calanus, Lobster Eggs, Nori, granulated food
– Cleaning glasses
– 10% water change
– Skimmer cleaning
Supplements for Corals
– NYOS Absolute Aminos
– NYOS Reef Pepper
– NYOS Goldpods
– NYOS Coral Nectar
– NYOS Softfood
After 2 months:
After 8 months:
After 2 years: