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Unread 02/27/2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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Talking My 10gal is down and my new tank is up!!!(pics)

Well I finally got my new tank up and running and everything seems to be working right lol I had a 10gal nano that i wanted to upgrade. I had 4 corals in it that were transfured into the new tank, a candy cane frag, xenia, pipe organ coral and a sun coral. I also had a few fish, blue damsel, percula, dragon goby and a royal gramma and a feather duster. Taking the tank down wasn't to bad, seeing as it was so small Here was the 10 gal before it was taken down. Was looking good IMO, but getting packed and needed more light.



I ordered a 25gal AGA tank 24"Lx20"Hx12"W and stand and a 24" Coralife Aqualight 280 watt (150watt MH) fixture. When they came in I was all excited, but had some blond moments trying to figure out how to get it to fit over the tank (thanks guys for all your help )





Well me and my husband were trying to figure out how to keep all the hoses and wires from my 2 toddlers, so we built this thing behind the tank. In addation to keeping everything from the kids it gives me more storage room behind the tank and it also gives me the option to move my light fixture back so i can reach into the tank. I think it's kinda cool



see how it goes up to the height of the tank, thats so i can sit the back legs on it to have room to reach into the tank with the light on.



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Unread 02/27/2006, 05:17 PM   #2
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Here is my refugium, which currently houses my dragon goby, because he is creating sandstorms and cloudy water. He didn't make the water cloudy in the 10gal for some reason though.



here is the return pump area, normally my skimmer is in there too, but it'screating to many micro bubbles so i'm getting another one.



Well here is the full tank shots. I need to get some more LR and LS though, which i will probally do on Friday. I want to create 2 "island" so i'll probally get 2 more really big peices of LR. Oh they 2 green chromis are going soon, i just wanted some more swiming fish untill i get more LR



Doesn't this tank look so much bigger than a 25gal? I like it


I'm going to get some more shots tonight with the moonlights, they are sooooo awesome!!


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Unread 02/27/2006, 05:44 PM   #3
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it looks great.. so you got the legs to go on backwards huh.. hmm.. i didnt think this was possible.. i wanted to use my light (same one) on another tank but i thought that i wouldnt be able to bc the width of the light...


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Unread 02/27/2006, 06:18 PM   #4
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thats a great looking tank!


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Unread 02/27/2006, 06:25 PM   #5
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well i took your advice and went with the MH, just upgraded my tank in the process


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Unread 02/27/2006, 08:07 PM   #6
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Unread 02/27/2006, 10:41 PM   #7
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Packed? Thats not packed... I think someone just wanted an excuse to get a bigger tank New tank looks great, can't wait to see some new pictures once you get some more rock and corals for it.


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Unread 02/28/2006, 07:43 AM   #8
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Here are a couple more pics.

This one is with the MH off and the acintics on, i like how it makes the corals glow, but it doesn't show that in thie pic, too far away.


Moon lights


Here is my candy cane coral under the acintics.


Here is a gigantic crab that is in my sump, i'm waiting for him to reach cooking size



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Unread 02/28/2006, 08:09 AM   #9
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NICE tank...looking good ..any plans to add more lr and coral??


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Unread 02/28/2006, 08:22 AM   #10
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My plans with theis tank are that i'm getting rid of the percula, 2 chromis and the dragon goby and getting a maroon clown, flame angel (maybe) and probally a lawnmower blenny. I'm gong to get a couple big 10# peices of base rock to fill up the tank more, it will be live in a couple months anyways and i'm going to have mostly SPS and LPS. I have a picture in my head of what i want it to look like so hopefully i can get it there


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Unread 02/28/2006, 09:35 AM   #11
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Looks great! I knew you would be able to find a way with the light. It looks like it was built for the tank and boy does it ever add a huge punch of light. All you need is some more rock and you are on your way!

Awesome job - and the thing you guys built to conceal the innards is perfect. That worked out really well. Where in FM do you live? What fish store(s) do you frequent?


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Unread 02/28/2006, 10:23 AM   #12
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do you live in fort myers? I live in Cape Coral, near downtown. I usually go to this new LFS thats in north cape coral. It's a drive, but he's got good livestock and he prices are really inexpensive comapred to all the other ones. I go to Ocean Envirements once and a while, but not to often. There is also a good LFS in Naples that i have been to a couple times. They had an Atlantic Blue tang that was like 1' long and 1' tall, it was huge.


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Unread 02/28/2006, 10:23 AM   #13
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Looking good! I'm planning to transfer the contents of my 5 gallon hex into a 10 gallon tank this weekend...any pitfalls you encounted to watch out for?


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Unread 02/28/2006, 10:29 AM   #14
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that kool...but stay away from the maroon clown..they get mean..i had two when they get pretty good size they started to nip and try to move them...i dunno about them..looks good though..but i like the black clowns


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Unread 02/28/2006, 10:38 AM   #15
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I have had maroon clows before and i liked them alot, thats why i'm getting another one.

As for any pitfalls, the only think i did was not have enought buckets for livestock and no towels ready lol


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Unread 02/28/2006, 11:56 AM   #16
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I really like the dimensions of that tank. I'm looking to set up a similar shaped tank just a little larger. How is the heat with the 280 watts over it? I'm planning to use a 250W MH and I'm a little nervous I'm going to start cooking fish


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Unread 02/28/2006, 12:06 PM   #17
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actually the temp never get above 79 (at night it it is around 77, i think that since it's a good quality fixture that that helps. Even to top of the fixture is cool, the only thing that gets hot is the ballast.


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Unread 02/28/2006, 12:10 PM   #18
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yup i live in fort myers. where is the one in the cape that you are talking about? and which one in naples. i know of 2 - Ocean Environments has one off Pine Ridge and 1 off Old 41 called Saltwater Solutions - but i am always trying to find a new store to go to.

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Unread 02/28/2006, 01:08 PM   #19
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i'm not sure which one the one in naples was called, but they had a huge coral/display tank in the store, probally like 1000gal.

The new one is called mikes corals and fish, its off pine island rd. It's really small but he's just starting and has great prices. Here is his site
http://www.mikescoralsrocksandfish.com/

The other two that are on del perado are too expensive (aquarium and reef center ones)


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Unread 02/28/2006, 01:29 PM   #20
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Unread 02/28/2006, 06:29 PM   #21
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very nice looking tank, booty you are doing a great job with it

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Unread 02/28/2006, 10:05 PM   #22
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I bought some more rock today, about 10lbs, i'll post some new pics tomarrow


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Unread 03/01/2006, 08:03 AM   #23
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good idea with the plumbing barrier. way to think ahead!


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Unread 03/01/2006, 03:38 PM   #24
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Unread 03/01/2006, 04:46 PM   #25
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btw bootie i think that will be way too many fish for the tank of that size, or you are just thinking to get some of those??

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