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Old 02/26/2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Skaterzero's 14g Biocube

Hey been part of the community for awhile, had old tanks taken down when I went to college and just started up again. I originally found a great deal on a biocube and went with it. Since i got it, i've added the media rack in the middle chamber running with filter floss and chemi-pure, the oceanic protien skimmer in the first chamber and the stock return pump. Ive also removed the stock lights and had a lfs retrofit dimmable leds into the hood. I let the tank cylce for about month, it sat for another month with no livestock at all due to my lack of money lol. Finally i added to tank bred clownfish. They've been in there by themselves for about 2 more months. Today i finally went in and bought some coral for the tank. The parameters have been great and i felt comfortable to jump back into corals. Luckily i have a buddy working at the lfs and he helped me out big time. Lets start with some pictures.

Here are the clowns:



A neon goby added today with the corals


Nas snails (a necessity to every reef imo)


Torch starting to come back out


Rumor going around Orlando that these can no longer be collected in the wild? Anyone heard anything about that?

Green Zoas


Pink Chalice


I also got these 2 for free to try and save them

Dunno if this piece is going to make it. It still has living tissue but it looks pretty terrible.


This one on the other hand has more of a chance


Not sure if its torch, hammer, or frogspawn cause it hasn't come out more than this yet but i hope i can bring these pieces back to life.

Any tips or help would be awesome on trying to save them. They just got harrassed to much in lfs tanks.

Last but not least, of Course the FTS (lights are dimmed for new corals)



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Old 02/26/2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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Nice start! My guess, torch.


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Old 02/27/2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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It's come out a little bit and the tips look like hammer but im still up in the air. Hopefully it starts coming out more these next few days so i can show everyone. Im gonna snap a few photos today of the LED mod and of how the corals are doing.


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Old 02/27/2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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So the Led retrofit wasn't done by me but it came out awesome. The guy at the LFS installed it right into the stock hood light case. It has a great heatsink and uses the stockfans (mine arent stock anymore) and plastic casing to protect the lights. here are some pictures of how it came out.

Both Whites and Blues (2 green)


The blues


They are dimmable and knobs were installed into the hood


Also wired through the original lighting space


Clowns just hanging out


Neon Goby has been hanging out by the korilia (makes me nervous)


The torch has come out fully and acclimated real nice






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Old 02/27/2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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Forgot to show these to you guys yesterday


Green Zoas out


The Chalice


im a little concerned about the white edges, the pictures make them look more white but hoping that being in a fresh tank turns that around.

The weak corals

Im pretty confident to say that this is a hammer as it keeps coming out more the tips look long and flat



This guys is still looking terrible but the right head has tissue moving around still so im not ready to give up just yet. Any advice on saving corals would be awesome.



Some other questions if any of you are some great photographers. I have a Cannon Eos3 and cant figure out how to get any good color when taking pictures under the blue leds. Either the coral looks close to the actual color and the rest of the picture looks purple or the coral just looks crappy. Im not familiar with too many photography terms so any laments terms would be awesome.


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Old 02/28/2013, 01:21 PM   #6
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Looks like sh*t. Goodluck!


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Old 03/01/2013, 09:30 PM   #7
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That torch looms like a frogspawn.
Which led. Retrofit are you using? Im debating on swapping my biocube lights to led.


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Old 03/01/2013, 11:18 PM   #8
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The lights were custom done by a gut here in Orlando. Its not one i ordered on the internet. It could be a frogspawn although i was pretty sure it was a torch


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Old 03/02/2013, 01:33 AM   #9
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what kind of LEDs are those? HOw much total watts?


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Old 03/02/2013, 02:05 AM   #10
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well, with the photography..the higher the iso the more light it's gonna suck in..so you can have a faster shutter speed, and shoot in raw mode and you can use photoshop to adjust the levels accordingly..


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Old 03/02/2013, 02:43 AM   #11
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Get some images like so




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Old 03/03/2013, 01:36 AM   #12
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what kind of LEDs are those? HOw much total watts?

They are all cree 3Watts. By my math it's a total of 42 watts.


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Old 03/03/2013, 01:37 AM   #13
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well, with the photography..the higher the iso the more light it's gonna suck in..so you can have a faster shutter speed, and shoot in raw mode and you can use photoshop to adjust the levels accordingly..

Thanks a lot! I'll give it a shot


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Old 03/03/2013, 02:04 AM   #14
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Your 'torch' is frogspawn. That's not a bad thing or a good thing. It's just a pretty thing. They're basically one and the same as far as care goes, except that frogspawn doesn't normally have sweepers that reach as far as torch coral.

Looking good so far. GL with the almost dead coral. The other looks like it will make it with time.


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Old 03/03/2013, 10:45 AM   #15
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Your 'torch' is frogspawn. That's not a bad thing or a good thing. It's just a pretty thing. They're basically one and the same as far as care goes, except that frogspawn doesn't normally have sweepers that reach as far as torch coral.

Looking good so far. GL with the almost dead coral. The other looks like it will make it with time.

Thanks Cody. Guess i will be referring to my "torch"as a frogspawn now lol. The almost dead coral still has some tissue but is completely bleached out. I'm imagining it's only a matter of time. The "hammer" as I'm calling it for now is doing better and reaches out a little more every day. It should make a full recovery.



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Old 03/06/2013, 08:14 PM   #16
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So i was playing around with the camera today and got a few decent shots under the blue leds. I got them to look close to actual color but they still don't do justice.

Here are the Blues:
Chalice


Green Zoa


Pink/Green Zoas


Frogspawn


Here is the near death coral that after researching im imagining is a trumpet coral. The shot is really blurry and I can't get much better but you can see the little bit of tissue showing up with the blue leds.


Whole Tank



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Old 03/06/2013, 08:15 PM   #17
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Some other shots i took recently

Little Asterina? Star thats been in my tank since i got the live rock.


No need to worry with this guy right?

The hammer still recovering nicely



Yes the black clown loves the camera

FTS Both lights


All Coral



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Old 03/15/2013, 01:40 AM   #18
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Everythings going pretty well with the tank. Hammer is making a very nice recovery and the trumpet is doing 10x better. One of my zoa colonies has retracted and i think it's because of a sponge growing on the plate with them. Ive removed them and glued them to the rock now. hopefully they'll come back out soon. Fooled around with the oceanic biocube skimmer today since all it ever did was fill up with yellow/brown tinted water and after a few hours i ended up with this.



I was shocked. Hopefully this keeps up!


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Old 03/15/2013, 06:04 AM   #19
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Nice looking tank. I would take the star out as soon as possible. They will multiply and overrun your tank. I have a 175 and they are just everywhere and I have found them on my zoas and the next day the zoas are gone!!!!!


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Old 03/15/2013, 09:35 AM   #20
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Not all asterinas are bad. In fact, most aren't. I have a few in my tanks and they reproduce and carry on at a modest population count. I'd say leave it unless it proves to be a zoa muncher. I like having all of the (safe) little hitch hikers I can get. It makes the tank more interesting and they are free CUC


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