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Me: I love gsp, too. Especially since I made myself hold off until an lfs had a frag of just the color morph I like best, the brightest green with purplish oral discs...
tiepilot68: OOOOO!... those sound perty Diane! Post a pic! Hey... speakin of which, do you have a thread for your tank? Would love to get a FTS of it! ...I bet your tank is amazing!
Me: Welllllllll...no. I don't have a tank thread. Mostly because my tank is not all that beautiful...I usually joke that the sum of the parts is more than the whole. Which results in the fact that I concentrate on the inhabitants more than the overall aesthetics, so I tend to post more often in the various livestock forums, esp. corals and inverts, though I got a bit active in the fish forum when my gobies started breeding.
I have been wanting to have a thread to post various things in, though, primarily progress shots of various inhabitants over time...so maybe I will take your prodding as an impetus to finally get around to it. (And so that I won't hijack your thread by posting my pics here.)
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So here...by less-than-popular demand...my tank thread. It won't be typical, as the tank's been running some 3.5 years...I hope to go thru my pic files and find "before" pics to post later...
Anyway: current fts's:
Probably the first thing you'll notice is the crushed coral. (Can you tell I'm self-conscious about it?) This tank was actually my son's dorm room tank 3 years ago, and he set it up with the advice of a very reputable lfs in East Lansing. At the time, they were recommending cc. So far I've been too lazy to undertake a change...hey, it took me 3 years to remove the biowheel!
Or maybe you'll notice the ghetto light stand. When I inherited the tank (son got into pdf's), it was just LR, a couple of snails & hc's, and a Coralife mini 18w fixture. After I started adding critters, I wanted more light, and went with the Satellite 20", 40W fixture. Which I love. But it was too hot & bright to rest on the top of the tank. As a "temporary" solution, I made a stand out of PVC. It's now on its 3rd set of legs, each one higher than the last...and it turns out that this height & stand is enormously convenient. I can open the front panel of the glass top w/o even moving the light, for feeding, etc., and I can move the whole stand back and forth, for best lighting for particular pictures, or so that I have the top light usable when I'm siphoning, etc. That's me--all about convenience. (The tank, BTW, is on a corner of my kitchen drainboard, under the upper cabinets...not a terribly propitious place for a fancy hood...)
Each inhabitant has its own story...perhaps I'll develop this thread enough to touch on them.
A different angle:
I do have persistent diatoms, no doubt enhanced by the crud that collects in the cc (which I do clean, from time to time!), but I can live w/ diatoms. So much better than cyano, for instance! Usually it doesn't look quite this bad, but my snails had not been on the substrate much when these shots were taken. It also looks browner in spots than in real life because the exposure is a little low. The tank is actually brighter, but when I use an exposure that emulates that it washes out the pink rics, candy cane, pimply shroom and other things. So I prefer to make their colors look more normal at the expense of the overall brightness...
A couple of other views:
And a shot of how it was looking in February:
Then it was a REAL "dirty softy" tank! Note how lush the rics & shrooms are. The right hand corner was filled with several layers of shrooms, and the Xenia was spreading like crazy. My gobies were regularly breeding (see goby in middle bottom), and the tank couldn't have been happier. But it was nearly impossible to siphon, and I knew big piles of detritus were gathering under the overgrowth. Plus, it had dawned on me that the Satellite bulb was well over a year old, and had changed spectrum quite a bit (you can tell in this pic). Eventually I cleaned out the right corner, getting rid of lots of shrooms and leaving only the Xenia on the right side glass (but see all the sprouts on the LR where I thought I'd cleaned it off!), and bought a new bulb. Presto, I had an easier tank to maintain, much prettier light, and a little space to add new frags...but the softies have never been as happy as they were when they were "dim & dirty." They still thrive, though.
Well, that's (more than) enough for post 1!
Edited by c est ma, 19 September 2007 - 10:52 PM.