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Old 09/01/2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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Rosseau - 20G Tank Thread ... Pictures, Pictures...

Hello once again everyone!

I'm (still) a student and as such nano-reefing seems to be the way to go for now. I've had a few nano tanks in the past however I've been tank-less for the better part of this year. I've moved into a new house and have decided to hop right back in.

I hope to keep the look of this tank clean and simple (rimless, clean looking lights, hidden pumps, intakes etc.). I'd also love to attain the "set it and forget it" sort of tank in the near future - let me dream at least.



It's a standard 20G (not AGA... I didn't want their sloppy silicon and black trim) with a 10G sump.

-Tek 24" T5 - 2x Actinic, 2x 10,000K (96W total)
-Tunze 9002 DOC skimmer
-Current USA 1/15 HP chiller
-DIY ATO
--Currently there is only a MJ 600 for flow... Either I'll build an acrylic box/overflow for the pump or I'll get myself a Tunze PH.... debating the nano (ideal size, yet the flow may be limiting)

I've had inhabitants in the tank for less than a month... The initial cycle was non-existant - great rocks from an LFS (LFS? well, a guy in the country who runs a shop out of his house with about 5,000 lbs of well cured LR in his garage).


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Old 09/01/2008, 12:46 PM   #2
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I'll be nice and start with the current FTS






"Compliance" the anemone, with some new friends.










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Old 09/01/2008, 12:51 PM   #3
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For now, the Xenia is lovely to have around... In time I may be cursing the coral for its speed of growth...





This branching rock covered in zoanthids came with a few welcome surprises. A small, but healthy and hungry RBTA as well as some Montipora (?).









Better pics to come... I need some more snails to get cleaning that glass.


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Old 09/01/2008, 03:48 PM   #4
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Your tank is sweet.

I'm not sure but that hitchhiker rbta could be a majano anemone. This is a typical one.

I'm setting up a system with similar volume and was wondering whether heat would be an issue. Does your chiller run often?


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Old 09/01/2008, 03:49 PM   #5
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Old 09/01/2008, 03:50 PM   #6
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Beautiful!!!!!! That thing is crazy pretty! Very very colorfull.


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Old 09/01/2008, 04:09 PM   #7
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Rosseau I'm glad you're back

Keep on truckin'


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Old 09/01/2008, 04:30 PM   #8
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Your tank is sweet.

I'm not sure but that hitchhiker rbta could be a majano anemone.
i was thinking the same thing....


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Old 09/01/2008, 06:16 PM   #9
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that anenome is sweet!


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Old 09/01/2008, 07:04 PM   #10
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I've gotten a little rusty here.... You're all right, this isn't an RBTA. It's a good looking little thing though.

I acquired a little peacock mantis yesterday. Currently he's living in my sump, but I'm in the process of setting up a 5.5G for him. I'll gladly stock this tank with red majano's.

Thanks for the heads up! I guess I've been pretty optimistic about my hitchhikers this time around.

BTW, the majano is eating like a champion.


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Old 09/01/2008, 07:06 PM   #11
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Rosseau I'm glad you're back

Keep on truckin'
Thanks for the kind words! . . . I left rather abruptly. I posted some of my equipment on the Buy and Sell forum and yet I never got around to actually selling any of the stuff.

I've been poking around your thread a little bit and will be pretty happy once you get a little more water into the thing.


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Old 09/01/2008, 07:12 PM   #12
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Your tank is sweet.

I'm not sure but that hitchhiker rbta could be a majano anemone. This is a typical one.

I'm setting up a system with similar volume and was wondering whether heat would be an issue. Does your chiller run often?
Heat has been an issue the past few weeks...

No Fans, Lights, 2 x MJ 600 and 1 x MJ 400 have been running. It's been warmer weather here than the water here lately as well (80-95 F).

I suspect when the room temperature comes down and I install a small fan there will not be heat issues.


I have the MJ 400 on the chiller... I suspect it needs more flow. Also, the flow to my sump from the display probably isn't high enough.


Ok, in a round about way.... I think I (and you) will be fine for heat provided sufficient flow through the chiller.


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Old 09/03/2008, 07:01 PM   #13
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Here's a little update.

Not too much has happened here. I haven't been to any stores or anything lately. I'm trying to find chaeto, but none of the local stores seem to understand what I'm talking about... Anyways, my nitrates are creeping up now (~10 ppm) with the increased bioload.

Compliance the anemone has moved again... Now to the left side of the tank.

I'm investigating upgrading the lighting to include some MH. For now, he's going to be getting a few hours of 175W 12K MH each day in addition to the T5 I'll continue to run. He's eating well... mussels!

Majano is still in the tank... growing fast.... I'll regret not removing it soon I'm sure.


Feel free to comment on anything - particularly on the lighting requirements of my S. Gigantea.


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What color do you call that of the 'nem? It looks rare.


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Old 09/03/2008, 09:30 PM   #15
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Wow....I want that anemone.
Very nice setup.


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Old 09/11/2008, 08:14 AM   #16
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I had a nitrate peak last week (15ppm max) and I attribute it to the feeding of the clowns.

Fortunately they are eating well - at least the female is... The male is much more timid. The Female eats right out of the pipette I'm using.

They have been eating frozen mysis shrimp. The food is good however the 'ice' it comes in contains small particles of food which nothing is able to eat... this enters the water and pollutes the system. I'm now using a simple strainer to isolate just the mysis... It's a little more work, however for now it is necessary. Unfortunately, some nutrients must be washed away from the actual mysis which does not reach the clowns.



As a result of the nitrate spike I've had a lot of algae on the glass, rocks and even some hair algae popping up.

Solutions:
I finally found some Chaeto (none was available locally).
Kept the skimmer going, DIY'ed a skimmer in no-time with a MJ1200, a bottle and a bit of plumbing... have done many water changes and have outfitted my pumps with filter floss.

The problem went away overnight after the finer filter media was introduced. Nitrates went to 0 within a day of the peak (this I attribute to the chaeto).


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Old 09/11/2008, 08:21 AM   #17
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Here is my sump.





Far Left - 2.5G ATO reservoir and ready to be installed ATO system.

10G Sump:
First Chamber
- Inlet from Display; Tunze Skimmer; MJ400 feeding to Chiller

Second Chamber - Outlet from Chiller; LR; Sand (too much - I guess it's a DSB now); Chaeto; Mangrove; 2 x 18W PC Coralife fixture; Peacock Mantis!

Third Chamber - Return to tank (MJ 600 -- I wanted to use my QuietOne 3000, but this is better for now); future home of ATO switches.

The ugly pink stuff is just some foam for the sake of noise insulation. This tank is next to our bed and I want it quiet. The foam was left over from what was used to put under the display tank.


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man you been holding out on us, the tank looks awesome and your pics are really good.


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Old 09/11/2008, 09:12 AM   #19
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Goodmorning Coral. . . Still working out my photography under actinics... I'm getting weird edges but hopefully soon I"ll figure it out.




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Old 09/11/2008, 09:46 AM   #20
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Here's a few more from this morning with the daylights on.

Kenya Tree - New addition. 2 x 1.5" Frags



Xenia - It seems to have gotten much much whiter since the original introduction into the tank. I think that this is a good thing.



Frogspawn - Growing Fast... typical picture.




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Old 09/11/2008, 10:00 AM   #21
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I would like to better introduce you to my clowns if I may...


I selected two wonderful True Perculas. One is larger, one is smaller - so we've hopefully got a male and a female. I want babies!

The female is almost always out in the open playing around... She's a tough woman...


By contast, the little male spends much of his time on the underside of Compliance...Perhaps hiding from his rough woman!


They don't spend as much time together now as they did a few weeks ago. Perhaps when they were first introduced they just needed to sort things out.

Both appear very healthy and they get along well. Unfortunately the male doesn't seem to get very much food. Both clowns don't like to leave the anemone at all... they stray a few inches at most away to get food. The female is much more likely to chase food down, while the male waits until it comes very close... even then he doesn't eat so much.

The female on the other hand... is fat fat fat. She can see me preparing food and gets excited before I've even touch the tank.


Fortunately, I can shoot mysis onto Compliance and have them pick it off... still, the male seems poor at this job....




Questions, comments and whatever are appreciated


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STUNNING Beautiful tank and beatufiul anemone. I love everything in that tank great job.


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Old 09/11/2008, 02:15 PM   #23
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Nice tank and great pictures!!


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Thanks you two !

I'll keep at it... the tank has a long way to go but I'm pretty happy with how it's coming.


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Here is an awkwardly cropped picture of a cleaner shrimp:





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