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Old 04/05/2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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Tank of the Month - April 2007

This month we are featuring Louis Tsai's (louist) beautiful nanoreef aquarium:



More details can be found here or by clicking on the picture above.

Congratulations, Louis!








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Old 04/05/2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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Congratulations Louis!

Awesome tank!


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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is this the first nano to win? congratulations!


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:33 PM   #4
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Very nice tank louis! Congratulations!


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:35 PM   #5
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Ive never seen this tank on nano-reef.com. Does louist visit us over there?

Respect the nano



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Old 04/05/2007, 07:39 PM   #6
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Congratulations Louis! Great looking tank, bigger is not always better.


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:44 PM   #7
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congrats very nice nano.


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:44 PM   #8
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Sweet tank Louis!!!


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:56 PM   #9
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Your nano tank is an inspiration to all of us nano reefers!


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:56 PM   #10
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Amazing nano, love the way the 20K light looks on your corals. Nice lookin blenny too


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Old 04/05/2007, 07:58 PM   #11
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Congrats! Great looking nano.


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Old 04/05/2007, 08:16 PM   #12
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Awesome nano... my 5.5g looks like crap and is always full of algae... even with almost 0 feeding and weekly RO-DI water changes. Heh...

Very nice and congrats on TOTM. Love seeing something different on there!


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Old 04/05/2007, 08:19 PM   #13
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The best nano I have ever seen-not an easy task.

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Old 04/05/2007, 08:29 PM   #14
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Great Tank!
I have a couple of questions though...
1) do you collect your natural sea water directly from the ocean? If so, do you worry about pollutants?
2) did the overflow come with the tank, or did you drill the tank yourself?

Thanks! Great JOB!


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Old 04/05/2007, 08:31 PM   #15
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That is a spectactular nano. Congratulations!


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Old 04/05/2007, 08:48 PM   #16
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WOW! Simply WOW.

That's beautiful! Great job on that!


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Old 04/05/2007, 09:07 PM   #17
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Very, very nice.

Great work!


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Old 04/05/2007, 09:11 PM   #18
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Ive never seen this tank on nano-reef.com. Does louist visit us over there?

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Yeah his tank is over there and this isnt the only nano to win. I think a 20 gallon won it also.

GO NANO REEFERS

awsome job louis.


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Old 04/05/2007, 09:12 PM   #19
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Great looking tank, the photography is top notch!


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Old 04/05/2007, 09:20 PM   #20
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Old 04/05/2007, 09:27 PM   #21
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Really did deserve the TOTM title, truly an awesome tank.


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Old 04/05/2007, 09:44 PM   #22
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Thanks everyone for your kind words! I am very honored to have my little tank considered for TOTM! I guess this stemmed from the little monthly competition we run in the nano-reef forum here on RC. Skipper gave us his support and here we are!

To answer the two questions raised by Razzagas:
1) I buy the NSW from a reputable LFS here in Sydney. They supply a lot of the NSW for the reefers in Sydney. Our coastal water is pretty decent if you pump it at appropriate places at appropriate times. Most of the reefers in Sydney use NSW.
2) No, I drilled the tank and plumbed it myself. This tank used to be filtered by a AquaClear 70 HOB filter that was modified into a HOB refugium. Later, I wished to increase the stability of the tank & remove some of the clutter and I decided to revamp the tank.

The upgrade involved drilled 2x 20mm (3/4") holes for the bulkheads and plumbing that into the big blue tub you see. The blue tub is sold as a trash bin, a little like Rubbermaid you guys get. The plumbing parts are called "irrigation fittings" here in Australia, and everything screw together with BSP threads (NPT in the US). During the upgrade, I suffered the loss of ~4 colonies of Acropora and ~6 beautiful frags of "SPS". This was later attributed to the high pH of freshly mixed IO (even after 24hours) since the extra volume of the refugium was much greater than the display tank. My fault really, should have taken it slow. I was reading Steve Weast's thread about his tank crash, and when he said he mixed the salt and pump it into the tank, i thought "oh no!".... may all his corals RIP.

Another lesson I learned was not to drill with your fish still in the tank! My mandarin was scared 1/2 to death and refused to move or eat for a week I later weaned her back onto frozen food and she's now happy as before!

Here's a FTS that wasn't in the article:



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Old 04/05/2007, 10:03 PM   #23
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Absolute perfection!

Beautiful tank, Congrats!


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Old 04/05/2007, 10:10 PM   #24
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Great tank Louis! BRAVO!


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Old 04/05/2007, 10:11 PM   #25
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Great job. Truly deserving TOTM.


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