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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.

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Here is the first update of the tanks that are housing exactly the same corals and fish and utilize the same lighting and equipment other than filtration method for each tank. 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.

1. These tanks are set up the same and utilize the same equipment with only the mud substrate being different. These three mud substrates are Miracle Mud from EcoSystem Aquarium, Mineral Mud from CaribSea and Fiji Mud from Walt Smith.

2. We have also set up four equivalent tanks, each of which uses a separate filtration method. The 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.

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In the Fall of 2001, Tom Frakes, published his experiment comparing two reef aquariums side by side. In this Seascope article one used the Berlin method and the other the EcoSystem method. Today, we would like to repeat and expand that study in our EcoSystem Aquarium showroom/laboratory. We have set up four equivalent tanks, each of which uses a separate filtration method. The 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 the EcoSystem method. The tanks will house exactly the same corals and fish and utilize the same lighting. Water parameters will be recorded weekly and the health and growth of the fish and corals will be documented both in a log and via pictures and video. We hope this experiment will demonstrate the differences in these systems over time.

You can also follow us in our blog http://www.ecosystemaquarium.com/ as well as some of the experiments we are now working on. Thanks, Leng Sy President/CEO

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