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The Moloko Multi-Tank System


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When I opened Moloko in the Summer of 2006, I wanted there to be some water incorporated into the design of the place.  I'm pretty skeptical of a lot of the ideas around Feng Shui, but I do think that water has a genuine & immediate relaxing effect. Cocktail lounges are, at their best, relaxing places... Relaxing places where there is the possibility for occasional & intermittent excitement.

 

My initial shot at incorporating water into the bar was placing these silly acrylic fishbowls on the wall, with one tiny little minnow - whatever the girl at the wet spot thought was my best bet for a fishbowl - in each.

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After a couple years, I was bored & annoyed with the fishbowls & started exploring other options.  At first I thought about a vertical goldfish column tank. Then, while I was researching more "normal" tanks, I discovered reef tanks, & I was amazed. 

 

In the Spring & Summer of 2009 I installed the first 3 tanks at Moloko, a 130, a 70 gallon hex, & a standard Marineland 150.  Those are the tanks you see on our website (currently in the process of being updated) molokopdx.com.  About 2 years ago, I added a 120 gallon half cylinder, and about 1 year ago, I added a 210 gallon peninsula SPS tank.  These tanks all share a central sump & equipment in the basement, for a combined total volume of just over 1000 gallons, currently.  I have tons of respect for you who accomplish the tasks of filtration, circulation, & water treatment in a small space below your tank at a noise level that allows you to peacefully watch movies & sleep at night.  I have never done that.  

 

Shortly after I installed the half cylinder a couple years ago, I had a velvet outbreak that killed all but a few of my fish, while casting about foolishly for "reef-safe cures" killed a lot of my coral.  By that time I had a fish & coral collection that had taken almost 5 years & many thousands of dollars to build.  It was heartbreaking, & the few fish that survived & are still with me from the prior era hold a special place in my heart.  

 

What I'll be posting in this thread is my current point in the process of rebuilding from that event. 

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Thanks for posting this. I have heard good things about your restaurant! One day I will go see it! Sorry to hear about your tank crash! That is heartbreaking to lose so many fish and nice corals. It just feels like a part of you goes with them. Props to you for learning from it and not giving up! I see so many unhealthy fish in displays like at Rainforest cafe and the tangs with hlle. It's nice to see an owner who is invested in the hobby! ????

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Thanks for posting this. I have heard good things about your restaurant! One day I will go see it! Sorry to hear about your tank crash! That is heartbreaking to lose so many fish and nice corals. It just feels like a part of you goes with them. Props to you for learning from it and not giving up! I see so many unhealthy fish in displays like at Rainforest cafe and the tangs with hlle. It's nice to see an owner who is invested in the hobby!

Thanks Kim!

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I've always wanted to see the sump setup you have there.

 

There are a couple of fairly large pieces of equipment, & a fair amount of chaos.  I'm not super organized.  :)

I'll try to clean it up a little & take some pics that don't look too dungeon-y.

 

For now, here's a foxface doing a flip!

 

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