My 270 Gallon Reef Tank

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In August of 2007 I transferred my at the time, existing aquarium contents into a new 270 gallon acrylic aquarium. Since then I have been adding bits and pieces to the system, changing out items for new items and so on.

My current setup consists of the following:

I try to keep the tank as basic as I can. I only use RO/DI water, I don't add anything. All additives are through water changes and the calcium reactor.
I learned early on to keep my hands out of the tank, and that the less I dumped into the water the happier everyone was.

Like I mentioned I have a plan to add an algae scrubber to the system. I hope to have it up and running in the not too distant future.
Before getting to that point however I have to move the refugium, create a stand and add a new 75 gallon tank. The algae scrubber will then be in a sump area under the two 75 gallon tanks.

Here a progression of my current tank since setup in the summer of 2007.

July 2007.
This first picture was taken during the week it took for the RO/DI unit to fill the tank with new water.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

August 2007.
The tank was filled with live rock, corals and critters.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

September 2007.
This was my initial aquascape attempt. It worked pretty good although I later remodelled the center and the corals were moved around some more.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

October 2007.
The tank began settling in a bit. Plenty of algae from the move. Patience is the key here.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

March 2008.
Lots of algae. At this point I began pursuing more flow in the tank. I had underestimated the quantity of flow needed in a larger tank.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

May 2008.
Almost a year into the tank the algae begins clearing away.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

December 2008.
At the end of 2008 the tank was beginning to look pretty good overall.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

April 2009.
Easy to spot the four months of coral growth since the last picture. In this picture I have just finished replacing my sugarfine sand with a coarser kind.
The sugar fine sand kept blowing around as I increased the amount of flow in the tank.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

June 2009.
I switched bulbs to 10,000k XM styles.
I may switch back but I like the natural look.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium

October 2009.
The tank has been on auto pilot for three or four months now.
There is some cyanobacteria that needs tending to.

270 gallon acrylic aquarium