The 400g Reef Resetting Project

After more than 3.5 years of growth, some colonies were dominating the aquarium blocking light and impeding flow. Duane helped me with this project, which involved cutting out the huge corals and planting smaller choice bits to reset the reef. It's not an easy task, and mentally it can be challenging as well. I had to give him the reigns because left to my own means, I would have saved every coral instead of sacrificing the bulk to attain new beauty. It's been a month since we completed this event, and I've gradually come around to accept the newer look and appreciate the individual polyps more and more each day. And I have room to add a few more SPS frags now. ;) Find me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/melevsreef Or my site: http://www.melevsreef.com http://www.reefaddicts.com I'm also on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/melevsreef Music by Royalty Free Music - Smooth Jazz Instrumental for Movie Soundtrack: https://youtu.be/V4DIyYzCLbE and Free Background Music for Videos - Youtube - No Copyright - Download Instrumental EDM Tropical House: https://youtu.be/V-ZVhAlxkgg

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After more than 3.5 years of growth, some colonies were dominating the aquarium blocking light and impeding flow. Duane helped me with this project, which involved cutting out the huge corals and planting smaller choice bits to reset the reef. It's not an easy task, and mentally it can be challenging as well. I had to give him the reigns because left to my own means, I would have saved every coral instead of sacrificing the bulk to attain new beauty. It's been a month since we completed this event, and I've gradually come around to accept the newer look and appreciate the individual polyps more and more each day. And I have room to add a few more SPS frags now. ;) Find me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/melevsreef Or my site: http://www.melevsreef.com http://www.reefaddicts.com I'm also on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/melevsreef Music by Royalty Free Music - Smooth Jazz Instrumental for Movie Soundtrack: https://youtu.be/V4DIyYzCLbE and Free Background Music for Videos - Youtube - No Copyright - Download Instrumental EDM Tropical House: https://youtu.be/V-ZVhAlxkgg

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Laurentiu Serban
Laurentiu Serban - 2 years ago
I have 1 question.
What could you put in a 1000 l saltwater aquarium? Can you put nemo fish with sea horse? The budget is between 1000-5000€.
Tell to me what can you put in a aquarium to have happy and healti fishes? From corals, anemones..to fishes. Dont tell me "google it", please. I dont want to mix alot of species. I want to have baby fish too.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
Hi Laurentiu. 1000 liters is 264 gallons. I ran a 280g reef for 6 years, which was full of all sorts of cool corals and fish. Let me answer some of your specific points: Clownfish (Nemo) can fit any aquarium, and we usually get a pair that will live in an anemone, but they also can live in a coral head instead. A seahorse is a different animal, and needs a different type of aquarium, typically a taller skinny tank because seahorses like to latch onto things (like plastic chain link) up and down in the tank all day. My friend Felicia just did a nice article about seahorses; I believe it was in Coral Magazine perhaps.

You should start off with some education before you spend any money whatsoever. Get a subscription to Coral Magazine, for example. Watch a bunch of my videos, I share all sorts of useful knowledge as I ramble from topic to topic, sometimes off topic. :)

Baby fish will not be an option, other than buying very small fish in the first place. That is where saltwater and freshwater differ.

Finally, google is your friend. And any question you ask, add the word melev to the end. "what temperature should my reef be melev" is an example. If I've answered that question before on my website, in a forum or here on Youtube, you'll find it quickly.
Jester's Aquatics
Jester's Aquatics - 2 years ago
Very nice. Just me, but with a tank that big I would want to give sharks a go. Either way, I still need to focus on my 90 gallon tank that is a slow work in progress.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
Sharks need lots of open space and sand. As you saw, my reef doesn't have that theme. I love corals, which grow from tiny polyps, while I think a shark would bore me like a jellyfish display would.
jonas martin
jonas martin - 2 years ago
I love your tank. I'm concerned of the open top never been a fan of it. Tank looks awesome
jonas martin
jonas martin - 2 years ago
melevsreef thanks.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
Other than woodwork, my tanks are usually open top. I do prefer eurobracing over rimless tanks.
Josh's Vlog's & Gaming
Josh's Vlog's & Gaming - 2 years ago
I’ve watched this video 4 times
Josh's Vlog's & Gaming
Josh's Vlog's & Gaming - 2 years ago
melevsreef I wish
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
You should have been here!
Maria Pena
Maria Pena - 2 years ago
Your such a great an awesome person and I love that every came and help you and you found home for every coral and I love your new spacious coral tank
Stan TheObserver
Stan TheObserver - 2 years ago
One youtuber admitted to spending 3G on his 45 gallon reef. Any mention in your vids at what it cost to set up a 400g top notch reef like yours?
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
Thanks! Wait 'til you see the update video about Tammy's 800g reef. The last one was filmed 3 years ago.
Stan TheObserver
Stan TheObserver - 2 years ago
Well,congratulations because after the Staten Islands 20,000 reef,you have next best on YouTube. Best hobbyists,Ive seen so far. With others,bigger is not always better. It just helps!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
I've never added up the tally, but it wouldn't be hard to believe there's about $20,000 invested in everything. I tell people wanting to start a reef tank with quality gear will typically cost $47 per gallon. That youtuber you mentioned would have spent $2115 before adding any livestock. Maybe that's the other $885 he's spent thus far. Here's the breakdown of how I came to that price per gallon: http://www.reefaddicts.com/content.php/167-What-does-it-cost-to-set-up-a-saltwater-reef-tank
Stan TheObserver
Stan TheObserver - 2 years ago
..and thats the hobbyist problem. Few reefs are left to grow...the "reset" seems to set in at ..yeah,about 3 years. Same for natural aquariums..they get redone as monoculture sets in. I guess we just dont use tanks large enough to handle a half decade of growth let alone 20 or 30 years and more.
ankit verma
ankit verma - 2 years ago
I am very happy to see this it’s very beautiful thanks for sharing buddy
playinragz
playinragz - 2 years ago
Geezus you killed 1/2 your tank. That’s messed up... talk about Frags and you don’t mind wiping out 60% of your stock? Am I missing something?
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
No, mostly dead skeleton. Duane threw in a few bits of life in there, but it wasn't anything someone would put in their tank. Lots of frags went to other tanks that day, and I took some pieces to the LFS as well. I gave it all away, it wasn't sold or traded for credit. There's been an updated video since then, and I share fresh pictures on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/melevsreef
playinragz
playinragz - 2 years ago
melevsreef Didn’t you just trash 100 pound’s of previously live coral skeleton?
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
I didn't kill anything. Lots of people got frags, and I got more room. You can check the blog on my website to see the changes over time.

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Clint Parsons
Clint Parsons - 2 years ago
Reminds me of the care and maintenance of Bonsai.
Mike Senuty
Mike Senuty - 2 years ago
Love the reset. It's like a new tank.
MarshReef
MarshReef - 2 years ago
I wish I saw this before we spoke at reef currents. I might have had questions haha.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
There were a lot of corals in the shadows. I planted a bunch of twigs Duane brought me that are slowly growing into small colonies ever since. There was also a lot of death hidden under the major colonies that we tossed out, which I've been using in my calcium reactor.
MarshReef
MarshReef - 2 years ago
were all those different corals from the end in there the whole time? or did you add a ton of frags? I guess I am trying to figure out what was hiding in the shadows.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
If you have questions, just ask.
T Brry
T Brry - 2 years ago
I have a 360g and want to go Bigger !!
Paula Williams
Paula Williams - 2 years ago
You shouldn't have let it all dry out. That was a bit silly. So many people would have loved to have even the smallest of peices. Though it would be a lot of effort on your part. It just seemed wasteful, with all these new young reefers. Anyways, great video and beautiful tank
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
Oh, a lot of pieces were given away that day I can assure you. More were given to the LFS near me. And the bulk of what you saw in the vat was dead skeleton. Some parts still had some living tissue, but I posted an open invitation to anyone from the local club to come over that day and grab frags. I've had a few people update me recently and their corals are doing quite well, which is nice to know.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 2 years ago
Fair enough. :)
SIM MARTIN
SIM MARTIN - 2 years ago
So sad to see the coral been cut into pieces, but it a happy ending.
hivoltage909
hivoltage909 - 3 years ago
GREAT JOB ! GOOD LUCK AND RAPID GROWTH !
Starfighter USSCV-66
Starfighter USSCV-66 - 3 years ago
You're reef is still beautiful.
Carlos Monteiro
Carlos Monteiro - 3 years ago
If I can´t sell corals to my friends (in my country). What I have to do with the big colonies, after fragging them? Some people told me to put the corals in the ground into direct light of the Sun, to kill them and use the skeletons (after bleaching them) in a Calcium Reactor.

Whats your advice in such situation? Thanks for the help and congratulations for your work!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
In one of my videos, maybe this one you just watched, I show how I was rinsing off coral skeleton with a garden hose. I rinsed it several times over a period of weeks, let it soak in tap water, drained it dry, then smashed all the skeletons into smaller bits to put in the calcium reactor. I don't see any reason to bury it in the earth, nor would I want to try to retrieve it all once it has been buried.

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Rae's Aquaria
Rae's Aquaria - 3 years ago
This is one of the most spectacular things that I have ever watched, albeit bittersweet.
pamazande bulldogs
pamazande bulldogs - 3 years ago
Looked fabulous before...but now looks total awesome!! Absolutely beautiful and so healthy. Great job.
Rob A
Rob A - 3 years ago
I don't even want a reef tank now. I just want a big TV on the wall where I play the last 6 minutes of this video on endless repeat.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Come visit and see it in person.
Upside town diy
Upside town diy - 3 years ago
Your awsome man. Too bad the whole process had so many ammateur snags. I almost was shouting go home , fools!!! This still needs a larger and benificial space that can really grow larger.for your corals.
PJN Architectural Design Studio Architect
PJN Architectural Design Studio Architect - 3 years ago
May i know how much waterchange you did? Planning to reset my tank.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
If everything is kept submerged rather than left exposed to air, it should be okay. Move your livestock to a secondary vessel with saltwater, a powerhead, a thermometer, maybe a heater... depends how long it will take you to do the project. What all do you want to accomplish?
PJN Architectural Design Studio Architect
PJN Architectural Design Studio Architect - 3 years ago
melevsreef is it safe to re-scape my nano tank? Im a bit scared that it may cause a crash..
Whatever Louie
Whatever Louie - 3 years ago
That was epic. Great video!
Lito
Lito - 3 years ago
You inspire me to get in more debt....lollll great vid, great music 1000 thumbs up
Lito
Lito - 3 years ago
Your amazing my friend
Duc Tran
Duc Tran - 3 years ago
Nothing like removing hundreds of dollars from your tank.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
lol - in my case it was just big stuff in the way. I gave away all the frags to people that showed up that day.
P G
P G - 3 years ago
i decided to do a salt water tank of death with my son. everything in the tank died. fresh water no problem, salt water, i wish!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. The two hobbies are not similar at all.

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geckoblaze48
geckoblaze48 - 3 years ago
yea first time i saw that tank i said you have to tear apart and bring everything lower so the corals can grow up. good job.
emma joan
emma joan - 3 years ago
Hey I would love it if you could do a beginner set up and information for salt water tanks. I really want to get into it but I’m afraid that I don’t have all the information. And I only want the best for my fish. I currently have a fresh water tank and I love it and would like to get into the hobby of it more.
Alex Kingcole
Alex Kingcole - 3 years ago
thanks, Mark.
beth98362 R
beth98362 R - 3 years ago
Beautiful... I even enjoy your choice in music?
Sebastian Leal
Sebastian Leal - 3 years ago
Love the new display, even though there is less life (corals) it looks more vivid, it looks way better
Twilight Gardens presentations
Twilight Gardens presentations - 3 years ago
amazing
Zach Lear
Zach Lear - 3 years ago
I had to stop watching because your too annoying....."I got corals!!" what are you 10....
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Fair enough. :)
Cameron Basford
Cameron Basford - 3 years ago
That’s crazy mate. I like how you got a few local enthusiasts to come over and get involved. Love it.
mmddhh34
mmddhh34 - 3 years ago
Looks amazing after.. and the $$$ you made off frags helps dont lie. Helps pay for a new coral you didnt have... and its nice to see the fish.. i want lighting tips btw!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
mmddhh34 I gave the frags away and paid for Duane’s flight and food. Check out my lighting videos on this channel.
ViolateAHS
ViolateAHS - 3 years ago
What a huge coral colony! I prefer look of it after the maintenance
Steve Dodd
Steve Dodd - 3 years ago
as i have only just found and subscribed to your channel, have you ever done a vid about your sump/ filtration system that helps you keep corals like that ?
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
There are a couple of tour videos on my channel. They explain quite a bit of what's involved, but I'm sure I'll be doing a fresh one at some point since gear changes out over time.
Steve Dodd
Steve Dodd - 3 years ago
your corals were creating there own coral island
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I know, crazy --- right?
Tyler's Reef
Tyler's Reef - 3 years ago
I love the look of grown in colonies but wow, the new look is just incredible. You guys did a fantastic job and I wish I was one of the people who lived close so they could have come for some frags!
5lackjaw
5lackjaw - 3 years ago
When the Corals outgrow a 400 Gallon reef because there is no longer any more room that is impressive.
Isaac Tan
Isaac Tan - 3 years ago
Sent here from Joey's!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Thanks for visiting! Hope you like what you see.
Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee - 3 years ago
This video make me realize coral are a lot less fragile than I thought.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Except those times when you bump something accidentally and it breaks. I think these corals like to mess with our minds sometimes. ;)
dedonohue1
dedonohue1 - 3 years ago
Wow, the new look is just stunning!!!!
Michael Leon
Michael Leon - 3 years ago
Beautiful tank I wish one day me looks same
Rogue Aquariums
Rogue Aquariums - 3 years ago
Marc, that colony you took out was huge!!. everything looks great the way you have it placed. looking great
Rachel Kruse
Rachel Kruse - 3 years ago
Was the deal in this arrangement that you'd get the plate for doing the rescape lol?
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
The only deal was I paid for his trip. :)

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Rachel Kruse
Rachel Kruse - 3 years ago
Is there really that much hate between freshwater and saltwater hobbyists? I'm beginning in the world of Freshwater and finding my local fish club is not very new person friendly. It's a really insular community, which can be overwhelming if you're still building your knowledge. I'm also interested in branching into corals. Will I have the same experience there? What's this about?
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I don't believe there is any hate at all. I joke about it, it's my ongoing joke you'll hear occasionally. I'm 100% saltwater, having never had a freshwater tank in my life. However, I'm told by many freshwater people that have switched to saltwater that nothing they learned in that hobby carries over to this hobby. They are literally night and day. I hope you'll enjoy your own saltwater biotope, and if you have questions just ask.
Daniel Pietruczuk
Daniel Pietruczuk - 3 years ago
To me it looks better. Beautiful chalices!
Enigma Remixes
Enigma Remixes - 3 years ago
I do not know why but I like it more like this and not only looks bigger but looks healthier, remember more does not mean healthy I congratulate you good job
Raven FPV1
Raven FPV1 - 3 years ago
"REEFER PARTY!"
Inappropriate Reefer
Inappropriate Reefer - 3 years ago
I loved the huge colonies but the new look is very nice as well. I bet it is going to look even better than before once the colonies fill in! Great video!
Chris Fullwood
Chris Fullwood - 3 years ago
looks fabulous
Metrokat Nyc
Metrokat Nyc - 3 years ago
Wow
Metrokat Nyc
Metrokat Nyc - 3 years ago
I did. I was on the edge of my chair when that massive reef-topper (cake-topper reference) was removed. Holy wow.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
You finally watched? ;)
Clearwater Beach Home search Merry Donovan
Clearwater Beach Home search Merry Donovan - 3 years ago
It looks much much better
um02122
um02122 - 3 years ago
The reefing community would be incomplete without your videos and experience.
Big BHP
Big BHP - 3 years ago
that lipstick tang was loving it towards the end. I'm itching to get mine going. only got a 55L tank running at the mo but went and brought a 340L tank yesterday and can't wait to get started on it. hopefully will start cycling this week.
jason Kamora
jason Kamora - 3 years ago
Amazing coral colonies. I think it was great to share with local hobbyists. Even though your tank looked amazing I am glad to see the changes and what comes next.
T Surro
T Surro - 3 years ago
I prefer talking, it’s sad but u must be doing something right!! Tank still looks great!!
arkayology
arkayology - 3 years ago
It looks so much better!
Makeup Mobster
Makeup Mobster - 3 years ago
"Is this freshwater, no one cares.....stop talking"... god that was so rude. He didn't care. He kept talking! Ha ha!
Makeup Mobster
Makeup Mobster - 3 years ago
Eric j oh that was supposed to be a joke? I couldn’t tell.
Eric j
Eric j - 3 years ago
Makeup Mobster that joke just flew over your head didn’t it
Admiral Fyyar
Admiral Fyyar - 3 years ago
Contrary to some I actually liked the smooth jazz track you threw in there... just not the EDM tripe that followed haha. I always appreciate the commentary for the intel though. Might be worth matching your monologue and music volume levels a bit more in the future. I hope to see those colonies bounce back with a vengeance soon!
D Gomez
D Gomez - 3 years ago
Great video!
denis avdic
denis avdic - 3 years ago
i like it better now
bryangulledge
bryangulledge - 3 years ago
A lot of people say "change is good". I think that term is BS! I think each scenario is different. I hope this change was Great for you! I think it looks great and in 3 or 4 years you'll have a big colony again anyways.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Hopefully it won't take that long. ;)
Demon _dm
Demon _dm - 3 years ago
Love the new look Mark. I’m a huge fan of open space.
Shawn Cassel
Shawn Cassel - 3 years ago
Amazing!! Thanks for taking the time to share it.
billshreeveable
billshreeveable - 3 years ago
I like the new look better and I agree with your friend about minimizing the overgrowth out and getting a fresher start again.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
You're the first person to notice. ;)
De'Mario's Reef aquarium
De'Mario's Reef aquarium - 3 years ago
What a difference it makes once you removed all the dead hard corals.. It actually looks define and more spacious .. I would have loved to been there in person to assistance and participate .. Not to many reefers in jersey city NJ. I am about to break down my cube tank and setup a 50 gallon ,cause they have outgrown that setup.. Happy Reefing
Cleve Torres
Cleve Torres - 3 years ago
That was great!! I loved watching, wish I was closer(South Tx), maybe I could have gotten a frag! After all of that, it still looks amazing!
D Dub2017
D Dub2017 - 3 years ago
Can I get a piece of that purple monti!?!?
battlefield fails
battlefield fails - 3 years ago
Nice Parkinson’s joke! Unless of course you suffer from it! Classy
built subaru sti
built subaru sti - 3 years ago
Stunning cant stop looking at it
no name guy
no name guy - 3 years ago
Great video!
MileHighReefers
MileHighReefers - 3 years ago
Wow Mark that was so hard to watch. I kept thinking about the day I'll have to do it to my tank. Your tank looks so good now great job!
Alex Correa
Alex Correa - 3 years ago
Good maintenance! Thanks for sharing!
Those friends must be happy with their frags too.
That's a good example to many. Sharing your reef is better than selling it.
b bardy
b bardy - 3 years ago
looks awesome but dont have spare 10k laying around
b bardy
b bardy - 3 years ago
yer true that's why i stick to fresh water, cause if a fish dies its not hundred of dollars or thousand
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
The money you spend sneaks up on your quietly. It starts off with a few things that seem affordable, plus you add some expensive gear you feel you have to have, plus normal stuff like fish food, test kits, etc... The best thing you can do is never add up what it truly cost. ;)
gflinski
gflinski - 3 years ago
That must have been really hard (emotionally) I feel like there was so much history with all that growth but I understand why you had to do what you did. It will definitely fill in nicely real quick! I love all your videos.
echopiece79
echopiece79 - 3 years ago
Had to be done. It will grow in better than ever! Curious... what was your NO3 level?
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
+echopiece79 ELOS measures to 25ppm and it's well over that. API shows about 80ppm, maybe less.
Flavio Design Aquairums
Flavio Design Aquairums - 3 years ago
WOW ! O M G ! I guess it had to be done or set up a swimming pool reef.
j03yYunG Aquariums
j03yYunG Aquariums - 3 years ago
Nice rescape!
Carlos Pina
Carlos Pina - 3 years ago
I actually like the new look,there's so much potential.BTW I rather have the commentary instead of just music.
Tina's Reef
Tina's Reef - 3 years ago
It looked very impressive from beginning to end, and the end result is amazing!!! Im still kinda new to the sw hobby and am loving it already. I think I will stay away from sps corals though for awhile LOL
neuwave1
neuwave1 - 3 years ago
I've been waiting forever to see you finally rescape your tank. Long over due and the new scape has a lot more potential.
Derek Saunders
Derek Saunders - 3 years ago
people would love to have those SPS skeletons. I know when i was looking for branch rock for my nano, most pieces were way too thick. i found SPS skeletons worked best for aquascaping a small tank.
Derek Saunders
Derek Saunders - 3 years ago
melevsreef the tank looks great! And more room for more corals!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I'm going to crush them up and reuse them in my calcium reactor, which is technically where they came from originally when I think about it. ;) I used to save a few coral colony skeletons but they just got dusty. One person suggested grabbing some nice looking branches to grow zoanthids upon. That's a neat idea.
Terry McDonald
Terry McDonald - 3 years ago
ill pour one out tonight for the monte's. the new arrangement will be sweet though in time!
Terry McDonald
Terry McDonald - 3 years ago
oh my god what happened
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I changed it. :)
art
art - 3 years ago
When he starts saying "is this fresh water quit talking no one cares"....thats when I lost all respect for this person . If he actually cared for the hobbie he should know not to put down on freshwater. Idiots like this is why I click unsubscribe
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
That is my ongoing joke. It's not disrespect whatsoever. We humans need to maintain a sense of humor, it makes it a lot easier for us to get along. :)
Anthony mckay
Anthony mckay - 3 years ago
It looks great well done
Steven P
Steven P - 3 years ago
Looks Awesome!
Frag Corals
Frag Corals - 3 years ago
Great video. Love the new look. Wish my coral would grow like yours
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
It just takes time, and resisting the urge to "frag corals" -- teasing you since that's your name. lol
Bryan Heitzenrater
Bryan Heitzenrater - 3 years ago
great work i looks beautiful now we get to watch it grow and transform into another great fish tank good luck can not wait to see all the changes over time and the fish look a lot more happy
Ash
Ash - 3 years ago
The new look of your tank is stunning...its an ocean of corals coast to coast...great work there Melev...
Jason Smith
Jason Smith - 3 years ago
LOOks great mate alot better too much before
P. Vargas
P. Vargas - 3 years ago
Looks awsome
John John
John John - 3 years ago
This change was definately for the better. The tank looks much bigger now and it has better continuity as you move your eyes from one side to the other. On your next update, I would like to hear about how the tank's alkalinity and calcium demand has changed after the reset and how you dealt with it.

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FishDad1 Chad H
FishDad1 Chad H - 3 years ago
I am a freshwater guy but that looks beautiful
Lawrence
Lawrence - 3 years ago
wow, those corals are HUGE! i wonder how much calcium and friends were added to the tank in total to grow them to their huge sizes lol
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I run a calcium reactor that runs 24 hours a day. I'm going to be doing a video about them in the near future.
shayna cope
shayna cope - 3 years ago
I love the new reef look
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
My feelings were locked down. lol I had to let it happen, that's why I brought in reinforcements that day. ;)
Edward Brown
Edward Brown - 3 years ago
Dang! I guess it had to be done. I like it. Oh, and nice meeting you at RAP, CA.
David Lacey
David Lacey - 3 years ago
Good call on doing surgery to your tank. It looks way better without all the dead in it
Rob Haynes
Rob Haynes - 3 years ago
Beautiful tank, both before and after.
Mike B
Mike B - 3 years ago
Was hoping you were going to remove those brown palythoas that were hidden in your rock, I used to have those and they were a scourge I couldn't get rid of, only had the slightest bit of green when there was heavy blue lighting on them.
Mike B
Mike B - 3 years ago
Probably never bothered you because there was so much of those corals growing over everything :)

Seriously though, you're probably going to have some serious growth going on now that everything can get light now!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
They never bother me, and you never know what may come back as a valued commodity. lol
tfpjr
tfpjr - 3 years ago
Back-breaking work Marc! Any healthy reef system needs a clear cutting from time to time.
Dee From Brooklyn
Dee From Brooklyn - 3 years ago
Taking the huge section out makes me want to cry out loud... Lol
Michael Quezada
Michael Quezada - 3 years ago
Great work on the update to the Tank!
J Reezy
J Reezy - 3 years ago
Chill with the Parkinson's joke, not funny
bigrazzer
bigrazzer - 3 years ago
i love to see how your tank grows out now
bigrazzer
bigrazzer - 3 years ago
i love new look. Now you can go to the frag shows buy new corals.
Raul Medina
Raul Medina - 3 years ago
Amazing just amazing!!! Minus the music, but who cares amazing work
Nado
Nado - 3 years ago
awe man I forgot to swing by with some beer and help out for a few! loving all the new open swimming space!
reefs
reefs - 3 years ago
awesome stuff as always Marc. - Richard
Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas - 3 years ago
It’s still a beautiful tank.
Arrick L
Arrick L - 3 years ago
I like it. Do you think you should have done more since you wete doing it. Also I love anemones but do you regret putting the anemone in the main display. It's freakin huge and the clowns don't seem to stay in it as much.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I look at the Sebae as a showpiece, and it's a living canvas. Not really a regret, although having stuff die that it touches/touched is annoying. Done more? Not really. The aquascape was done right the first time, Duane agreed it didn't need any changes. It does need about 12 more frags.
Eddy Ortiz
Eddy Ortiz - 3 years ago
WOW that was one of the best videos I've seen you must of had your stomach in a knot,but the reef looks gorgeous now ,before sure it was huge corals but you couldn't see all the other beautiful corals that were in the dark,I love the new look and can't wait to follow along to watch it explode with beauty.Absoulutly Love it thanks.I bet your friends that were there helping must love you they got some nice gifts.!!
Lisa DiMercurio
Lisa DiMercurio - 3 years ago
Hi Marc, I love the new look and I'm sure Spock really loves the extra room
Taylor Jokerst
Taylor Jokerst - 3 years ago
It looks better now than before, I think.
Joshua Houzvicka
Joshua Houzvicka - 3 years ago
Very nice outcome. Hard to sacrifice but worth it.
klc317
klc317 - 3 years ago
Wow, big change for sure!  Definitely for the better though and lots of people got to benefit from the "chunks" and frags I'm sure.  You must have some incredible calcium levels in there to make them grow that huge.
Bad Lt.
Bad Lt. - 3 years ago
Looks beautiful. Don't worry, as good as Coral grows in your tank you'll be fragging again in no time...lol
Prieto Reef
Prieto Reef - 3 years ago
Omg can you send the monti to my house lol
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Gave it all away to the people that showed up, and some to the LFS, and some to Tammy for her 800g reef. What's left is the cute piece you saw in the video.
Linda's Reef
Linda's Reef - 3 years ago
It was time and I love that the little kid in you came out and so it should! The tank looks great though. I think we can see more colour and the fish are stretching those fins!
cicco
cicco - 3 years ago
wow awesome you guys
Jose Diaz
Jose Diaz - 3 years ago
I bet it hurt to cut and part with all those colonies but the tank looks good
muffemod
muffemod - 3 years ago
A lesson in neglecting the routine manicure of your corals. Learn from others.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I don't like cutting corals, and I really like seeing them turn into their natural shapes. The manicured reef is visually appealing, but I've only seen three that I really liked. Still, your point is valid and I'll have to find a happy medium. :)
muffemod
muffemod - 3 years ago
awkward
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I've been called worse. ;) And thanks for watching!
muffemod
muffemod - 3 years ago
I just find you to be a character. ^__~. Best of luck with the rework of the tank!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
All of it? ;)
Mad Hatter's Reef
Mad Hatter's Reef - 3 years ago
I break for Melevs Reef videos
Paula Williams
Paula Williams - 2 years ago
.... let's see it buddy
Anthony Teetaert
Anthony Teetaert - 3 years ago
what a FOOL :) :) :) maybe he knows about reef tanks maybe not .. I laugh about this FOOL videos .. have 3 reef tanks would .. never let it be like that .. and believe me I had to learn .. my biggest tank is 5000 gallon. that is a person who has no respect to reef nature .. only want to put his FOOL videos up .. FOOOL
Brian's Fish Tanks
Brian's Fish Tanks - 3 years ago
Wow!  This really turned out nice!  Great work!
CUBAN REEFER
CUBAN REEFER - 3 years ago
Love the new look and I love your Naso tang, purple tang CBB and wrasss
K-reef Aquarium hobby
K-reef Aquarium hobby - 3 years ago
Nice open reef now. You can let it grow again :) remember you gave me an article about cyano? I defeated the bastard haha. Afterwords I had dino but it disappeared 2 weeks later. Now after 5 moths in reefing I am hunting down bubble algae. Step by step I will get there. ;) greetings!
K-reef Aquarium hobby
K-reef Aquarium hobby - 3 years ago
melevsreef hahaha yes
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
CUBAN REEFER
CUBAN REEFER - 3 years ago
That take looks like a woman giving birth and everyone wants to hold the baby but they don’t know how
Muddy Reef
Muddy Reef - 3 years ago
I have been a subscriber (with other accounts i have too) for a few years now. I have loved your content and learned a ton from your videos. This was one of your most fun videos to watch and see how a tank can be transformed, specially after years of great success and growth.
Mello'z Nailz
Mello'z Nailz - 3 years ago
Beautiful tank! I could look at it all day!
Random dude
Random dude - 3 years ago
All your shitty advices manifested in your own tank. That's why I never listen to your BS haha.
Random dude
Random dude - 3 years ago
i don't know what that is supposed to mean. You're an idiot dude.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I know nothing, like Jon Snow. ;)
JyB818
JyB818 - 3 years ago
I think it looks great. You'll have fun again watching it all grow back in.
N1ceDrgn
N1ceDrgn - 3 years ago
#melevsreef It does take some getting used to after finishing work like that. I did it a lot over the years, moving a lot until I finally purchased my home. Sadly, work on the house kept me away from the tank and I'm about to reset my system as well. The problem I have, I don't have any corals left to worry about. I plan to pull all the rock, scrub the rock down, clean the DSB and then install all new plumbing, pumps and lights and start my dosing pumps again.
It can be shocking when you look at change on this scale. Once the corals get back to growing again, it will get better.
James Lance
James Lance - 3 years ago
No we like the talking
Jerry Pundavela
Jerry Pundavela - 3 years ago
I hate it. Due to the fact I wasn't there to help and get some Freebies!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
+Jerry Pundavela lol
Duraticate reef
Duraticate reef - 3 years ago
Thank you for sharing your journey.
ExopMan
ExopMan - 3 years ago
Big advocate for re-aquascaping every ~year after the two year point.
ReeferGil
ReeferGil - 3 years ago
Came out looking great, nice work.
Powerslayer
Powerslayer - 3 years ago
Love the dig on freshwater.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Always. lol
John M
John M - 3 years ago
Your tank looks SO much better. Really makes me miss my old tank now
strat1960s
strat1960s - 3 years ago
Looks amazing.  Change is hard especially when you've had years to get used to the rockwork and coral scape.
ReefDudes
ReefDudes - 3 years ago
That was huge! Tank looks great after.. Your tank looks bigger since it isn't getting dwarfed from the giant monti tower :)
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
It's okay, it will grow again and turn into another beauty. :)
Robert Biederman
Robert Biederman - 3 years ago
I am a fan of the new look.
Thomas Poindexter
Thomas Poindexter - 3 years ago
I don’t like it! Lol! It’ll grow on me!
Chrissy M. Williams
Chrissy M. Williams - 3 years ago
I really like the new look! I'm glad you kept sizeable chalice colonies- grown-out chalices are highly underrated IMO. And the montis look good lower down in the 'scape. Great job to the whole crew!
TheShootsman
TheShootsman - 3 years ago
Will be watching to see your reef grow once again :) ..... Mind Blown when you guys grabbed them 2 GIANT colonies out together.... Tip of the hat to you good sir..keep up the wonderful work on your Spectacular reef M.
ReefRealEstate In Canada
ReefRealEstate In Canada - 3 years ago
Really want to have an anemone with clowns in the reef, always hear everyone say don't! it will move around and kill everything, any suggestions on best type, I have tried a couple and they have just died, never have any luck with nems. Help!
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Have you watched my video about BTAs yet? I talk about their needs, and what to expect. Something is going on if they go into your tank to die.
TheErtsj
TheErtsj - 3 years ago
Wish there was a reefing club in my area
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Start one yourself. :)
MikeTheReefer
MikeTheReefer - 3 years ago
This was awesome! Thank you for capturing and sharing it with us!
Scott Smith
Scott Smith - 3 years ago
The tank looks great can't wait for your next video don't forget to get over to Tammy's house I'm looking forward to that video to
Scott Smith
Scott Smith - 3 years ago
Love it
D Howard
D Howard - 3 years ago
I think you did the right thing Mel, its looks great I think the overall health of your tank is going to improve.
Am Fit Elite Reefer
Am Fit Elite Reefer - 3 years ago
Great video brother love the new look keep up the great work
DR. Gonzo
DR. Gonzo - 3 years ago
Looks good man!!
Robert Allen
Robert Allen - 3 years ago
I like it
Euler Kernighan
Euler Kernighan - 3 years ago
Hey Marc, that was a real challenge, uh? You know what, I used to like the way it was but I love the new look! Congrats on your 'brand new' 400g Reef Tank 2018 edtion ;)
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I like that. ;)
Lauren Moves On
Lauren Moves On - 3 years ago
I can see all the beauty fish now as well as the amazing coral. Good change though it must have been very difficult to get used to.
B2 Fishy
B2 Fishy - 3 years ago
I like freshwater setups and I'm here lol
B2 Fishy
B2 Fishy - 3 years ago
Lol I was doing saltwater for awhile but got to be too expensive for me. Watching your setup grow through out the past couple years has brought me enough joy without all the expense lol
Mad Hatter's Reef
Mad Hatter's Reef - 3 years ago
The cookies are soooooooo good.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Come over to the dark side. We have colorful cookies. ;)
SunBurst Gaming
SunBurst Gaming - 3 years ago
I ripped my reef apart about a year ago I had some of the same issues as you
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
How's it look now?
CallMe Nemo
CallMe Nemo - 3 years ago
really love the new scape !!
Cesca's Reef
Cesca's Reef - 3 years ago
Nice video. Spock seems to like all the extra space. The reef needed a hair cut but came out with a skinhead :)
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
It would have been fuller (more hair) had I been in charge of this project. Duane was a necessary evil. lol
llamedos R
llamedos R - 3 years ago
You need a jack hammer,mate.
Foop
Foop - 3 years ago
What happened to the anemone cube
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
+ill have Uh, uhhh Still there, to the right of the reef. Just not featured in this video.
I AM KAZI
I AM KAZI - 3 years ago
Love the new look, missed the huge colonies. Hope to see it all grow into huge colonies once again.
Jay S
Jay S - 3 years ago
Yes I actually watched the whole thing. Yes I do have an addiction, I'm a reef junkie!! Was an amazing video to watch tho. Exciting and nerve wracking I'm sure lol. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see how it fills back in
albert gatheright
albert gatheright - 3 years ago
Love it
Juss Less
Juss Less - 3 years ago
Nice job on the reset
rlhanks
rlhanks - 3 years ago
Well done, every end needs a new beginning. I'm sure your "Fat and Happy" fish can now do laps to work all that food off you feed them.
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
Thanks, that part is my favorite part of the reef as well.
CD 1
CD 1 - 3 years ago
Omg @ 19:00 ... that is stunningly beautiful
melevsreef
melevsreef - 3 years ago
I had quite a few clams in my 400g back in 2011 before the tank leaked. They didn't survive that ordeal. Then I bought one that I put in my anemone cube, but the eel ate it. It's time, I need to find one or more to place in my reef now that you mention it. :)
TattooedDancer91
TattooedDancer91 - 3 years ago
Looks amazing! The reason behind your rework, inspires me to try a one coral species tank only. With those sizes, it could look amazing. Maybe an acropora with a school of chromis tank.
John SM
John SM - 3 years ago
Yeah, I was just thinking that it would look great with more montipora and a little less of other stuff.
Sarah Grassi
Sarah Grassi - 3 years ago
Good god your name behind selling frags from what was removed could easily fund 3 of these tank builds if not more.
TheDaddy2003
TheDaddy2003 - 3 years ago
The long ones are the best ones melv. Please continue with the long ones they're your best!

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