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Old 10/24/2003, 01:47 AM   #51
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great color although, IMO a bit overstocked with corals when you have tangs around (first pic)... and the lighting are a bit dark on the left and right side while too white in the middle... other than that I really like the other tank...


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Old 11/03/2003, 10:14 AM   #52
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Here is some info that I rec'd from Dow Chemical in regards to water usage...

Constant exposure to water or sunlight will cause it to break down over time. If Great Stuff is going to be exposed to water or sunlight, we recommend painting or sealing it to prevent this degradation. Great Stuff is a non-toxic polyurethane foam, exposure to water will cause it to break down and crumble. The primary concern is that if animals were to eat these pieces, it may cause blockage.


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Old 02/10/2004, 08:30 AM   #53
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love the background. great tank!


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Old 02/10/2004, 10:02 AM   #54
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I wonder if completely coating the bare spots with crushed coral (like tatu did) would take care of the water degredation?


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Old 02/23/2004, 01:55 PM   #55
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If your'e interested in manufactured backgrounds, check out this site:

http://www.akvarieudstyr.dk/database...de&gruppe=salt

the text is in danish but the pictures are quite nice


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Old 05/31/2004, 03:23 AM   #56
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this is still one of my favourite tanks - was wondering if there are any updates?
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Old 05/31/2004, 04:01 AM   #57
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i too am very keen to know how the majestic angel is doing in the reef ???


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Old 05/31/2004, 06:29 AM   #58
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The majestic, and the regal, and the two tangs, and the two flame angels .......... planning sometihng similar, and want a similar load / similar type of fish (not two angels tho).


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Old 08/03/2004, 12:16 PM   #59
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The backdrop really blends in well. This is seriously one of the best tanks I've seen due to the fact that it immerses you in the environment.


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Old 11/07/2004, 07:22 AM   #60
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Update:


I changed the old return pump (aqua medic ocean runner 3500 l/h) and the Tunze Turbelle 4000 l/h to a Red Dragon 10.000 l/h return pump.

Here's the RD:
http://www.tanu.nl/tmp/reddragon.jpg[/IMG]

I also changed the previous (diy'ed by a local store) to a Schuran skimmer. To be honest, I'm not very impressed by this skimmer. I've ordered a Bubble King The lfs doesn't have this one on stock, but I think it'll be there in a few weeks. I've seen some BK's working here in Holland, I'm very impressed with the ammount of waste being removed, the electricity consumption, the low-loise (almost silent!) level and with the looks and construction of that unit.

Something else i did was making a small change to the calcium reactor, so it now dissolves much more calcium! My Ca levels were a little low, this is solved [IMG]


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Old 11/07/2004, 08:14 AM   #61
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Tanu,
Your tank looks fabulous - absolutely gorgeous. Always been one of my favourites.
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Old 11/08/2004, 08:10 AM   #62
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Thank you

I try to do my best to create a healthy environment for the inhabitants which is also attractive for me


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Old 11/08/2004, 08:21 AM   #63
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Something else i did was making a small change to the calcium reactor, so it now dissolves much more calcium! My Ca levels were a little low, this is solved [IMG]
Great tank Tanu! So what did you change on the reactor?


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Old 11/08/2004, 10:31 AM   #64
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Well... On top of the reactor is a small outlet with a valve. You can open this valve to let excess gas out. I connecte a piece of airline to this outlet. I connected an injector (from a protien skimmer) to the internal-circulation-pump. Excess carbon dioxide is now sucked up by this injector and keeps recirculating through the reactor.


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Old 11/08/2004, 10:42 AM   #65
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It is looking absolutely incredible, Tanu. I love seeing updates on your tank.

How does the foam seem to be holding up? Do you notice any deterioration toward the top where it is exposed to the most amount of light?

Those plating acros are going to look incredible was they continue to grow...


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Old 11/08/2004, 10:53 AM   #66
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Tanu,

There has been a lot of talk on here recently of the Red dragon pumps and the BK skimmer. What are your thoughts on the efficiency and quality of the Red Dragon pumps? Do you think they are the best out there in terms of quality and efficiency.

Once again, thanks for the update. It is looking great! Did you get rid of the Rose Bubble Tipped Anemone?

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Old 11/08/2004, 11:14 AM   #67
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Tanu,
Again awesome looking tank...how do you keep the sand so clean like that?

Keep up the great work...

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Old 11/08/2004, 12:31 PM   #68
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Thank you

Red Dragon pumps: they sure are expensive, but i calculated that with the energy prices here, it'll be pay back within about 2 years. Construction is very well done and they are absolutely silent. Imagine a 10.000 l/h pump running without hearing it even with your ears in the sump!

BK: i can't give comment on it first hand (I don't have it yet...) but all users I know are very satisfied.

Sand: in the past I used fine coral sand and siphoned it each two weeks. It became a little colored, nothing bad. A few weeks ago I changed this sand to live sand. I also keep some critters to keep the sand clean:
Strombus snails


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The sand bed is mainly for easthetics, i change it when it becomes too dirty. I change 15% of water each 2 weeks, siphoning of the sand and rocks (in case there is any algae or whatever) is also done then.


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Old 11/08/2004, 12:34 PM   #69
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Sorry, forgot about the foam

The foam becomes a little brittle in places where it receives much light. Luckily, the foam is covered in corals on most places. I notice that coralline algae doesn't grow very well on the foam. Corals (sps, lps, softies) all attach to it very well and also do grow on it.

One of the big advantages of this foam is that sticking a small frag or piece of rock with mushrooms is very easy, thus creating the possibility of placing frags almost everywhere.


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Old 11/08/2004, 12:40 PM   #70
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Tanu,

Once again, thanks for the update. It is definitely one of my favorite tanks and I think you've helped a lot of people start their own experiments with foam backdrops. How long did it take for your backdrop to become completely covered by corraline and other little critters?

10,000l/hr translates to a little over 2600gph. How large is this pump and do you find that there is a large amount of heat being transferred to the water. I see that you have the pump partially out of water... is that to allow the heat to dissipate into the air rather than being transferred into the water? It is quite amazing to have such high flow rates and very low sound levels as you are describing, they sound like quality pumps.

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Old 11/08/2004, 12:59 PM   #71
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Indeed it is about 2600 gph. The pump isn't much larger than a Aqua Medic Oceanrunner 6500. It doesn't transfer much heat to the water. It is partially outside the water because the water level in the sump isn't that high. I might have to increase the water level because of the BK, but I'll first try it like this.

The backdrop is almost fully covered, the tank has been running for 2 years now.

The anemone is still in the tank, it is behind the big green Acropora now. When you take a very close look, it is visible in the pic.


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Old 11/08/2004, 03:31 PM   #72
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Hey Tanu,

Glad you kept the RBTA, (I've got mine wedged in a little crevice I created in my foam backdrop and so far seems to be having a good time. That is very good flow for such a little pump. It really seems like the Red dragon pumps are quite amazing.

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Old 12/05/2004, 01:29 AM   #73
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That is an awesome tank. Thanks for the updates. Did you get your skimmer yet?


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Old 12/05/2004, 09:06 AM   #74
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Nope... No skimmer yet. The company which imports Royal Exclusiv products has been sold to a different owner a few weeks ago. I think the new owner needs some time to get comfortable with his new business.

But... I've got my hands on something different... I've loved these fish since the first time I saw a picture in a book, now I can admire it from my chair, enjoying a beer!

As I don't have my digital camera here, I took the pics with my cell phone. So, sorry for the bad quality...







So far no problems with the existing fish. Not even a torn fin!


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Old 12/05/2004, 09:20 AM   #75
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Stunning tank Tanu!! Excellent work, and I love the background as well!!


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