An Introduction to the ORION briefing first published in 2013
The above pictures are part of Orion's Briefing which details the whole SBM biological filtration process utilized to cycle new tanks and maintain working ones. This method is versatile since it allows for the establishment of varied specific tanks that would not sustain marine forms in traditional Sterile Tanks (reef tanks are useful to SPS Corals mostly). The Berlin Method developped in the 50's resorts to the creation of a marine environment void of any nutrients and waste by-products: all of which are essential in establishing an SBMarine Biological System... It's a free world and to each his preferences and approach to the hobby. But if you are looking for challenges that allow for the design of innovative and performing tanks: I suggest you browse through our pages... They have always been and will remain free for your convenience. All photographs are from our experimental tanks and remain the exclusive property of Sylvain Bériault / SBMarin. You are free to dowload them for personal use: however a suggested minimum donation of $2.00 would be appreciated (you will find a PayPal Donation Button eventually on our website)
Well... Vacation is over...
So we hitched a ride back to SBMarine... we're already at work !!
This is what a healthy Zooplankton Nursery looks like (photograph was taken in a tank designed for a Synchiropus Splendidus couple. Along with three Cerianthus Filiformis)... Needless to say the pair had a very well adapted diet including green hair alga...Here you can see Copepods, Amphipods and Red planary Worms in various stages of development; feeding on Cyanobacteria or Dynoflagellates if you prefer. The 'Pod's diet is so well adapted that they show an exceptional emerald green coloration ( you are what you eat :) ) The debate is on concerning planary worms... Yes they are invasive, ugly and are not suitable for display ... But they constitute a part of the diet for many specimens, such as Mithrax Crabs and Six Line Wrass for example, who will always prefer a natural diet to staple foods... In any case I will repost a complete page on how to counter them as well as Aiptasia anemones exclusive to SBMarin (you don't have to use it, it's there for those who need it). Remember this: Nothing on a wild reef is safe since everything eats something. The key to success in maintaining specific tanks is the knowledge associated and essential to selecting what life forms you will choose to complement each other in harmony !!
Of course you can have some... but you won't need them...
As I mentioned earlier: the SBMarine methodology is extremely flexible and can be modified, adapted, upgraded to suit specific needs. What you see here (experimental) is an external auxiliary bacterial filter (4 feet high) that is powered by a single 3.5 watt standard air pump. It has a very slow moving water flow that is ideal for the biological filtration. A slow moving water flow allows the bacteria to do a better job at what they do. This filter has a decantation basin at it's bottom so the outflow intake is 8 inches above it's bottom to allow sediments or mulm (more on this later) to settle at bottom and remain there... The whole thing is primed manually with a cheap hand pump... but there must be 50 ways to design a manual, electrical and even automated priming device... I'll leave that up to you !!
This type of Complementary Filter is not required in a SBMarine Tank that only has a low Bio-Mass load to filter. In the case of specimens that are extremely sensitive to chemical fluctuations: it offers the assurance of great stability of these parameters... if all other maintenance tasks are performed with dilligence and care !!