This page shows GARF's newest 125 gal. brood stock reef tank. This tank was set up using 4 in. of CaribSea sea floor gravel over a Plenum plate. The Plenum was divided into two sections one for the left side of the tank and one for the right side of the tank. These plenums have a three quarter inch stand pipes in the corners and they were powered by a maxi jet 1200 power heads. This tank now has fluorescent lighting that consists of three 6 ft. VHO Bulbs and one 4 ft. 40 W bulb.
I have included some pictures of this tank when it was the started with the Aragocrete Sculptures, and I have also included some pictures that were taken in May of 2001. The newest pictures so this tank when it is 6 months old and we're using it for a of coral brood stock system.
It is important that we provide an open structure for a reef base so we can glue the brood stock corals in different locations. We used Eddie's AragocreteĆ arches and caves for the main structure. I placed three arches on the left end of the tank and I used four Cave Tables on the right side.
I am looking forward to using it in the second reef tank at the new photo lab!
We used an Eco-Sand Plenum that has a black nylon geo-fabric 1 in. thick. The plenums are made from fluorescent light grid that is supported by 1 in. PVC pipe. There is a three quarter inch uplift tube built into each back corner of the Plenum. The black nylon geo-fabric allows the gravel to fall between the threads so it can not pack down, and the gravel in this layer is not disturbed.
One of the most controversial things we do when we are starting a brood stock aquarium is that we utilize the Plenum as an under gravel filter for the first few months by placing a Maxi-Jet 1200 power head in each of the uplift tubes. Using the Plenum as an under gravel filter allows us to safely introduce a large amount of brood stock after one week. In this 125 gal. brood stock tank the Plenum is designed in two pieces, and each section has its own uplift tube. Some of the pictures in this article were taken when this tank was eight weeks old, and you can see that the corals and fish are thriving.
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