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Old 07/27/2009, 10:45 PM   #751
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Sorry to hear about the problems that you have had... I have followed your threads for a while, I loved the formosa forest. It seems to me that you really enjoy being able to restart on your tanks so this could have been worse.


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Old 07/27/2009, 11:59 PM   #752
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the_rider; When I upload the .jpeg the colors seems to be automatically "corrected", making them mach too dark and blue. I send a question so hopefully I have it solved later today.

biowerks; You're right, I still enjoy my tank and this setback made me redo my whole setup. I'm much more happy with the tank now because it is more what I thought it would be when I planned the original build.


Like I said, I hope to have pictures later today when I get this photobucket problem solved.

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Old 07/28/2009, 04:28 PM   #753
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I found the problem, the browser Mozilla Firefox 3.5 oversaturate Jpeg images. All my images viewed with Firefox will be too saturated, blue and dark.

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Old 07/28/2009, 06:19 PM   #754
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When I first thought of this tank I wanted to create a large, open Lagoon style tank with a lot of room, light and space for my colonies to grow larger. I think I'm finally getting in the direction of creating that image.
I want to combine large colonies with small, nano-reef type organisms to give the tank another scale and let them live, sleep and hide in the coral structures.
Some pictures with MH+T5, some T5 only.

I'll start with full tank pictures.












Next are the more detailed pictures of tank and coral.






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Old 07/28/2009, 06:20 PM   #755
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And of course, a tank without a forest can't be my tank. So I created a small forest island.














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Old 07/28/2009, 06:20 PM   #756
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And my pride, a large Montipora Confusa colony








A Favia and Favites spec.












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Old 07/28/2009, 06:21 PM   #757
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Old 07/28/2009, 06:21 PM   #758
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My lighting pendant, still without a cover.




And at last, night falls on the Lagoon



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Old 07/28/2009, 06:31 PM   #759
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Amazing! to what university are you going?


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Old 07/28/2009, 07:31 PM   #760
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Beautiful Leo...... those are some HUGE colonies you got there!


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Old 07/28/2009, 08:44 PM   #761
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Beautiful, are various crabs part of your stocking plans? Maybe i'm partial, but I think it would add a lot of character to have a couple crabs making their way across all your open reefscape.


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Old 07/28/2009, 09:56 PM   #762
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Leonardo,
This tank is coming along very nicely. I have been following it sense the formosa forest. I hate to say it but, I have to say I am a little unhappy to see so many montipora species dominating this aquarium so far. I was thinking you'd be showcasing more of the "reef crest" aquarium corals.

I do like your idea of "nano" fish and inverts in the aquarium, I'm a fan of Elacatinus sp. in reef aquariums.

Great job!


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Old 07/28/2009, 10:01 PM   #763
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Old 07/29/2009, 02:18 AM   #764
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Very nice... if it turn out anything like your last tank this will be a great tank too.


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Old 07/29/2009, 02:51 AM   #765
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Thank you all for the reactions!

Ryan; I definitely want some reef safe crabs in this tank

Brian, thanks you. You're right, this tank is far from finished, but I think I found it's final form now. Because I had a lot of Large Montipora from the previous tank, and lost mostly Acropora during the disaster, the tank seems to be Montipora dominated now.
This will be changed by buying new top selection Acropora species, that I'll grow to large colonies. Because there will be not enough room for a lot of corals, these corals have to be very nicely colored, and not easy to find.
The mediocre colored Acropora in the tank now, and also some of the Montipora, will gradually be replaced.

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Old 07/29/2009, 03:32 AM   #766
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How about the feeding tentacles on the Favia and Favites.


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Old 07/29/2009, 04:21 AM   #767
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No problems with that, I have a large space around them and kept the flow direction into account with the placement of the corals.

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Old 07/29/2009, 06:36 AM   #768
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Leo, your system is looking great!

I love the simplicity and open space of the design.

You and Ed have me really thinking that my next rimless tank should be a peninsula styled one.


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Old 07/29/2009, 07:38 AM   #769
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We can't wait to see what you come out with Sunny.....


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Old 07/29/2009, 08:49 AM   #770
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Bravo Leo, bravo.

In August, I will start a new job with a Dutch company based in Austin, TX. Perhaps I will visit sometime in the future. I will let you know if that happens.


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Old 07/29/2009, 09:12 AM   #771
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Leo, this is awesome. May I ask how to you handle the biological filteration without much liverock? Thanks.


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Old 07/29/2009, 10:04 AM   #772
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Thanks Sonny, like Ed said, can't wait for you interpretation of this type of tank!

Thank you Chris, you're always welcome.

Thanks Leopard Man, I have about 40 pound of liverock in the sump. Together with the Supermarine 250 skimmer I'm confident that I can handle the (future) bioload

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Old 07/29/2009, 03:06 PM   #773
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Looking awesome! I'm glad another reefer is going the nano species with a large tank. This is what I am going to do with my upgrade!

Couple cool nano relationships that would look great in yours....

Yellow Clingfish/ Long Spine Urchin
Goby/Pistol Shrimp
Acro Crabs/Acro's/Birdsnest
Small Dart Gobys/Acros and other SPS

Awesome!

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Old 07/30/2009, 07:01 AM   #774
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OK, Leo. I want a very minimalistic look to my tank too, but don't have the water volume as you do, but may try it and see how it goes. Thanks.


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Old 07/30/2009, 08:16 AM   #775
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Leo,

Is your lighting fixture always run that high up or did you raise it only for the pictures?

It just looked really high to me....


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