Here is the one month (December) update of the four equivalent tanks, which are comparing the 4 primary filtration methods. These systems include a Berlin tank, a tank using both a protein skimmer and Miracle Mud (Paletta method), a modified Paletta method tank where the skimmer is only on for 6 hours each day and a tank using only the EcoSystem method. These tanks are housing exactly the same corals and fish.
SPS: ORA red planet, Oregon blue tort, purple nana, green Bali stag horn, Leng Sy cap, setosa montipora, red capriconous.
LPS: Duncan, Acan from Australia;
Soft corals: green finger and green polyp devil hand.
Fish: one yellow tang and one blue tang;
Inverts: 4 Astrea snails and one peppermint shrimp.
The corals are evenly placed in the approximately the same places within each tank. They also utilize the same lighting and equipment other than filtration, so that the differences between these methods will become apparent over time. Water parameters are recorded weekly and the health and growth of the fish and corals will be documented both in a log and via pictures and video.