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This tank has been broken down and is now the property of Donatello... His build thread is here

After many questions, much deliberation, and a few setbacks... The tank has lift off!

06.24.2009
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Equipment:
34 Gallon Solana
Solana Black Modern Stand
Tunze Osmolator Universal 3155
Vortech MP40w
Custom Dry Dock
Sunpod 150w with 14,000k Phoenix (planning a 250w w/ Actinic upgrade at some point)
Sapphire Aquatics Solana/Cardiff NanoSkimmer (arrives this week)
100w Stealth Heater

Fish:
Blue Spot Jawfish
Tail Spot Blenny
Shark Nosed Gobies (pair)
Naked Clownfish (2)

Inverts:
3 Peppermint Shrimp
Nassarius Snails
Cerith Snails
Nerite Snails

Corals:
Gonoipora (? Species)
Gorgonian (? Species)
Ricordea Florida
Zoas (including blue tubs and armor of the gods)
Hammer Coral
Torch Coral
(? coral)


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[url="http://\"http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=198734\""]After many questions, much deliberation, and a few setbacks...[/url] The tank has lift off!

Sorry for the cloudy water... I was moving sand around with the vortech on and ended up with a cloudy mess. I will not be keeping the bulb long term. It\'s a left over 10,000K Ushio I had lying around. I\'ll be using a 14,000K Phoenix bulb. I didn\'t want to waste the new bulb while the tank was cycling.



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Equipment:
34 Gallon Solana
Solana Black Modern Stand
Tunze Osmolator Universal 3155
Vortech MP20
Custom Dry Dock
Sunpod 150w with 14,000k Phoenix (planning a 250w w/ Actinic upgrade at some point)
Sapphire Aquatics Solana/Cardiff NanoSkimmer (arrives this week)
150w Stealth Heater



I\'ve had quite a few hitchhikers already...

1 hermit crab
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3 of these corals (I have no idea what they are)
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I also have noticed some tiny starfish, a few bristle stars, and a few small zoas I forgot to take a picture of.


Edited by MedRed, 22 July 2012 - 09:12 AM.

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lol, methinks medred has a mancrush

 

 


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Yes! And thus begins an epic journey.
Nice hitchikers! Sounds like you lucked out :D

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If you got a hitch hiker mini nem I'm afraid I'll have to kill you.

Haha tank looks great man.

edit: If it is a mini nem I'll totally buy it.

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Lawnman, on 31 Mar 2013 - 15:31, said:


Where is psycho at today? I need to read some of his awesome ramblings.

 

 


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What is a mini nem? I have three of them. The rock came from an established reef. I think the tank had been set up for over 2 years.

I think I did luck out on the hitchhikers... I actually have something to watch in the tank. lol

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lol, methinks medred has a mancrush

 

 


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What is a mini nem? I have three of them. The rock came from an established reef. I think the tank had been set up for over 2 years.

I think I did luck out on the hitchhikers... I actually have something to watch in the tank. lol

there's always something to watch in a reef :D

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I all ways misspell the scientific name, and since it's late probably every other word as well, but mini carpet nems are highly sought after. I couldn't be sure that's what it is, I don't have my own as a personal reference, but you could count yourself very lucky if that is the case.

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Lawnman, on 31 Mar 2013 - 15:31, said:


Where is psycho at today? I need to read some of his awesome ramblings.

 

 


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I have no idea. There are three of them. They are open during the day and seem to close up somewhat at night. I'm just glad they are happy with my cycling tank. I haven't checked any paramaters other than the specific gravity. I was going to wait until this Thursday or Friday. I also need to get one more piece of live rock to complete the scape.

I am making a vow to fight coralline algae anywhere that's not on a rock.

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lol, methinks medred has a mancrush

 

 


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Looks great!

Nice to see this tank finally up and on it's way bro!!! :happydance:

Remember... I'm holding that frag of my hammer for ya!

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Just replaced my bulb to a pheonix and what a difference, nice start. Are you going to use a chiller or fans?

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Thanks David! Ryan, I don't plan on running a chiller or fan. I have 3 tanks with Metal Halide lighting and glass lids over them. Nothing runs hotter than 80 degrees.

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mini carpet anemone = Stichodactyla tapetum

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looking good there bro. Cycle time right? how long have it been? i like your rocks and that vortech! can't wait to have mine coming in soon. check it out!
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nice tank man i like the solonas they look nice and modern does the light come with the tank, how much do they run the tank with light?

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mini carpet anemone = Stichodactyla tapetum

:)


Thank you sir... helpful as always. Do you think my little guys looks like green hairy mushrooms?

looking good there bro. Cycle time right? how long have it been? i like your rocks and that vortech! can't wait to have mine coming in soon. check it out!


Thanks... it is indeed cycle time. Your tank is sweet!

nice tank man i like the solonas they look nice and modern does the light come with the tank, how much do they run the tank with light?


Thanks dpnano, I already had the light hanging around. I found a good deal on the tank and stand for $424. I'm not sure what a good deal on a sunpod is, although I see them quite often in the classified section. I originally bought my sunpod for $249.99 from petsolutions. If I had it to do over I would have bought the tank and had a stand built or found another stand. It's pretty cheaply made. I do love the drawer however.

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Been gone a couple of days. The tank is all clear now. Diatoms have set in already.

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Here's a better picture of the coral
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Lucked out on some truly live rock!
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Just noticed this monster today... there were two near each other, now there's only one. Time for some apt killin'!
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medred, quick question: I'm considering investing in this tank and was curious about the noise level. Would you consider it fairly quiet compared to other tanks you've had, or is it on the loud side?

Noise always seems to be the first question my wife asks me when I tell her I'm considering a new tank!

Thanks.

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medred, quick question: I'm considering investing in this tank and was curious about the noise level. Would you consider it fairly quiet compared to other tanks you've had, or is in on the loud side?

Noise always seems to be the first question my wife asks me when I tell her I'm considering a new tank!

Thanks.

The Solana is my first saltwater tank but I find it to be very quiet. It's certainly better than all the fresh water tanks I have had over the years.

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My FW tanks are have zero noise level since they use virtually silent canisters. Like GentleBen says, the this tank is very quiet. The only noise I have so far is the gentle whirring the vortech makes. I'm not running the skimmer yet so I can't give feedback on that. I did upgrade the skimmer so hopefully that will keep the noise level down as well.

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Nice start!!!!

juice that aip.....NOW!!!!!!!!!
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yep, get some joe's juice or Aiptasia-X and KILL IT WITH FIRE.

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Lemon juice is cheaper ^_^

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I bumped you to page 2 :D

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Thanks Pony, where can I get a syringe?

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Pharmacy's....just plead your case. They tend to be more understanding when they know your not looking to shoot up ^_^.

If they give you a hard time, farm supply stores usually carry them.
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do I inject the base? or right down the middle?

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You're getting diatoms! Cycle time :P I think that you just inject the middle, but I'm not sure.

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