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Old 01/21/2008, 10:36 PM   #26
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ugh.. I chipped the back corned of my tank yesterday. I'm thinking of replacing the tank with a new 10g.

I'm tempted to just scrap the project for a smaller tank. I'm noticing heat issues with the halide, I need to change my lighting out to t5.


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Old 01/22/2008, 02:15 AM   #27
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DOH, you can always use a small deskfan to get rid of the heat issues.
What is the ambient temp in CA?

I've seen ones that can clamp to the tank on ebay. Small enough to hide "possibly".


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Old 01/22/2008, 03:16 PM   #28
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yeah, I have a little fan going already. I guess I need to just add an ato to solve my frustrations. I think I'm keeping the halide for the time being.

Not sure what the ambeint temp is out here, Summers really do suck though. Part of the problem is that my MH is like right above the water. I really don't like the look of the light suspended above the tank, but if I were to raise it that would help out alot with the heat. Doh!


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Old 01/30/2008, 09:36 PM   #29
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Did some rescapinga short while back, trying to make a more defined island section and slope.





I also took the sand advice, I cut the top off one of those naked juice's and filled it with sand. It also makes a nice wall to stack rocks against


Also added a URI super actinic t5 bulb to the mix.

Best pic so far, I need more practice



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Old 02/20/2008, 03:04 AM   #30
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Updates..

A buddy was having bad luck and tore down his tank. We could not figure out why his tank was declining and he decided to get out the hobby for a lil while. I inherited a bunch of corals and rock from him. Big thanks to mark (foogoo) and hope all goes well in FW land. The rock ended up going into a rock cooking bin that I set up for it, then maybe to a future home?







I got this acan from the lfs for $25. It was on discount because it was in pretty bad shape, the rock had been chopped up by a dremel and full of algae. The algae quickly dissapeared when I added it to my tank, I am looking forward to it being a nice piece in the future.



I took apart an old shirt and 2 coathanger wires, and made a little shade for the backround. Here is the process using my fiance's sewing maching



the finished product hanging from the window with tacks temporarily while I find a better solution. I also got rid of my t5 lamp and changed the orientation of the pendant.



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Old 02/20/2008, 10:34 AM   #31
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looking good. it looks way better with a bit more rock i think too. I still think you will need sand especially with that small of a tank to provide the proper amount of nutrients or you will need to start supplementing amino acids ect. You can make a tank too stile.... where did you get the metal legs for your stand???


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Old 02/20/2008, 02:26 PM   #32
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Cam,

Thanks, I like the rockscaping better now too. Well, I have decided that the tank is becoming softie dominated and lps. My initial goals are somewhat scewed now. So I think I will be adding some fish. I did add about a small amount of sand to the tank behind the rockwork and I have been noticing overall healthier conditions..

I am thinking about adding 3 small green chromis. They are far from exotic and will make a nice addition to the tank, I hope. If they school that will be cool.

Oh yeah, teh legs are from Ikea.


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Old 02/20/2008, 03:37 PM   #33
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Old 02/21/2008, 11:35 PM   #34
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ugh, the rock scaping toppled today when I did a water change..

I'm starting to feel like achieving dramatic aqua scaping is irrational. My next tank is going to not have any rock scape, lol.


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Old 02/21/2008, 11:43 PM   #35
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ha ha ultra modern just one rock one fish


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Old 02/22/2008, 12:22 PM   #36
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Get an under gravel filter and install it upside down, add enough sand to just cover it, and then aquascape. That'll keep the rock from sliding.

Three chromis in a small tank will kill each other until just one is left, They're peaceful but not that peaceful.


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Old 02/22/2008, 02:37 PM   #37
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thats a good tip on the flipped UGF agu.

I may contstuct some type of frag tank and transfer my livestock into it while I figure out what I am doing with this tank. I would like to not fully tear it down.


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Old 02/22/2008, 07:25 PM   #38
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I am thinking of revamping my tank towards sps corals. I want to strip the tank of rockscaping aesthetic. The softies and LPS would go into a frag tank that I want to set up. What do you guys think?




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Old 02/22/2008, 10:57 PM   #39
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woops, lets give that another try




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Old 02/23/2008, 08:39 PM   #40
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will, looks great

my only suggestions would be, ditch the LR. it will cause detritus and make that set-up a cleaning nightmare. perhaps a remote deep sand bed, and prodibio when needed would be a better alternative (will you be keeping fish? or just sps?)

i'd also suggest changing up the height on the angled "substrate". perhaps incorporate into the overflow for a more dramatic reef wall set up? i've got tomorrow off and will e-mail you some stuff then.


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Old 02/25/2008, 01:17 AM   #41
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I was thinking of a sps system sans fish. So if I ditch the lr, I would essentially be starting off with a bare system, devoid of life? Maybe I should run Zeo, I need to look more into prodibo.

I'm tempted to keep the 10 gallon the way it is, converting it into somewhat of a frag system. The tank has been the most stable set up I have had so far. Algae issues have been almost non existant. I'm kinda leaning towards leaving it be. The only pain I have had is that I don't have a float switch. And, I'm not always home to add water to the tank.

I'm also debating using a standard 20 so I can run t5's instead of halides for the new project. I really don't want to go very big, I'd like to keep it all scaled down so I can still use the Tunze nano skimmer I recently aquired. Oh the options.


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Old 02/29/2008, 07:42 PM   #42
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Some photos taken earlier today.






Not much has changed. I fragged the acropora a bunch, hopefully I will get a thicket of them going in the upper left. I'm going to keep this tank running for a while as I design the new system.


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Old 02/29/2008, 08:42 PM   #43
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I started compiling a list of livestock, I would like to start taking individual photos to document their growth in the tank:

Fish
1- green chromis (small)

Inverts
10-astrea snails
1-feather duster (hangs out behind rockwork)

Soft Corals
-leather
-finger leather
-green leather
-cabbage leathers
-kenya tree
-xenia
-zoanthids (assorted colors)
-red mushroom
-rainbow ricordia yuma
-green/brown palythoas

Anemonies
2 small waratahs that are hiding 1 red, 1 speckled

Large Polyp Stony
-Small blastomussa frag (when I say small, I mean tiny lil piece)
-Acan colony (red/green)
-2 different hammer corals (green tip-puple base, and purple tip green base)
-lps that I don't have an ID on. Though I thought I saw a photo of it once.

Small polyp stony corals
-Green Acropora Micropthalma (has been brown, but recently coloring up)
-Green Acropora (A small frag I saved from a RTN'n colony)
-Pink Birds Nest
-Orange Montipora Cap

I think that should cover everyone


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Old 03/18/2008, 11:55 PM   #44
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Tank is still going. Interested to see how it will look next month.. Thinking of turning the sps project into a seperate prop system and leaving this tank alone. Photos look washed out for somereason, and not as vibrant when shot at night.










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Old 07/08/2008, 05:45 AM   #45
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WZ, I wonder what happen to your nano?

I miss it!


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Old 07/08/2008, 07:25 PM   #46
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Old 07/09/2008, 09:40 AM   #47
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Looks really good man!


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Old 07/09/2008, 05:40 PM   #48
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Love the clean look....


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Old 07/09/2008, 08:04 PM   #49
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don't know how much longer it will last without substrate


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Old 05/03/2009, 05:47 PM   #50
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