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TPF's 50g Reef Edutope

Well I've been collecting stuff for this for a while now and its finally coming to life! This is a 50 gallon (36"x13"x24") Tenecor Acrylic AIO.  The display area is quite narrow, only about 10" wide but it'll do.
This tank is setup to educate kids both about corals and reef ecosystems, but also about reef conservation (hopefully I can do some fragging). This tank will be tied directly with the curriculum and will be invaluable in teaching kids about reefs.
 
Stocking for this tank was chosen based on coloration, space occupied in the water column, temperament, hardiness, activity level, and mostly interesting behaviors.
Stocking will be as follows: 
 
1 Sleeper Banded Goby 
1 Longnose Hawkfish (I know its a risk) 
1 (small, sorry guys) Yellow Tang 
*perhaps* a pair of clowns if I can get them hosting 
  

Assorted Euphyllids 
GSP 
Assorted "tree" softies (sinularia, kenya tree etc) 
Assorted Leathers 
Some other donated stuffs 
  
Inverts are pending, I'm thinking a cleaner shrimp and your basic run-of-the-mill CUC 

 
I'll try to get pics up later, if you'd like to donate fish/coral just post below!
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    thepanfish
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    Re:TPF's 50g Reef Edutope (permalink)
    All cleaned out:

     
    Almost full:

     
    Sandbed, 4": 3" Aragonite and 1" reef sand

     
    Preliminary rockscape:

     
    Filled!

     
    Filtration area:
    From left to right; overflow, chemical filtration tower, form orange to orange is the refugium, return

     
       We still need some live rock so if you have any please post here or PM me!
    Chad, you can have those bioballs when I'm sone with them. 
    Thats all for now
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    Re:TPF's 50g Reef Edutope (permalink)
    I have some base rock that you can have. It's not very porous but makes a good base.
     
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    Re:TPF's 50g Reef Edutope (permalink)
    Thanks chad, but you're almost 2.5 hours away from me...
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    I should be able to bring it to the next meeting.
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    That might be a bit late to add rock...
    Thanks anyways though!
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    Decided on replacing the tang with a Longnose Butterfly. Don't look too hard to care for and definitely have the interesting or unusual factor I'm looking for.
    I saw one do a backflip in someones tank and that somewhat sold me on the fish. 
    Plus we won't have SPS, only stinging LPS and Octocoralians so coral nipping shouldn't be a problem! Finally no need to worry about aptasia, I can pul some rock from anywhere now!
    The Heniochus diphreutes will be too hard to tell apart from the corallivorous Heniochius species and I don't want to end up with a coral muncher.
     
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    Re:TPF's 50g Reef Edutope (permalink)
    Great looking start!     Keep us updated.
     
     
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    Hopefully I can get some more LR tomorrow...
     
    Anyone know somewhere that has a long nose butterfly?
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