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This is my first tank, it started as a standard 10g and after 4.5 months, I upgraded to this AIO.
It's simple.. only weekly water changes. My specs:

20g custom cube (20x16x14) w/ 2g corner overflow = 18g swim area + 2 overflow
24" Sundial 4xT5HO 96w total
1x Vortech MP10 ES
1x50w heater 1x100w heater
100gph return pump
*currently working on an auto topoff* Finished ATO. I purchased parts from AquaHub.

Newest pics:



Custom stand (TALL PEOPLE FRIENDLY)
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Purple Cap and some zoas
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started as:
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upgraded to:
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rescaped:
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Kermit the Frogspawn:
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this is probably the best/healthiest my tank has looked recently:

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sexy

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zoas

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birdsnest i think

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i'm not expecting tons of followers, just some advice and opinions!

Edited by callmesaul8889, 22 July 2010 - 07:06 PM.


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nice fs, in the first pic the zoas look like their reaching for light, u may want to move them up higher

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its not the same system dasani.

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its not the same system dasani.


^ that. that setup was pretty temporary, i needed xmas to roll around before I could do anything major

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its not the same system dasani.

i no that but he may still have the tank in the first pic runnin, or am i missing something?

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i no that but he may still have the tank in the first pic runnin, or am i missing something?


yeah, the first pic is this system before i moved it into the 20g

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So today I met a guy today for some coral.. I got a piece of rock with two large Yumas.. each about 3 in diameter, and two baby yumas for $30, an orange monti cap for $5, and one small stalk of pom pom xenia for free.

Then on the way home, I stopped to pick up my black PERCULA clown that I ordered. I actually ordered a black ocellaris, but when it came in, i found it out to be a percula.. I don't know what it is about black true percs, but i think they're ugly. not to mention, i informed the LFS that i needed either a large or a small fish, otherwise it would be the same size as my current clown and could cause some problems. well, of course, when i go to pick it up, it's the SAME size as mine now.. so they're at war, and i'm not sure what to do.

anyways, here are some pics...
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Wow 5$ monti cap. Here in NY its 75 for a 4 inch piece. .... :eek:

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i knooowwwthe guy had tons of them too. he usually sells live rock for 2 bucks a pound, but he got wiped out in 1 day... which i can totally understand for live rock at 2 bucks a pound

anyway, i got rid of the black clown, because i found out its actually a saddleback. my lfs sucks..

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Newer pics, my clown started getting interested in my tall zoas...

HE BLENDS LIKE A :ninja: !
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Gooby the Goby
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I'm hoping to replace my bulbs soon. I'm thinking about going with...

1 ATI Aquablue Special
1 Geissmann Actinic+
1 UVL Aquasun
1 KZ Fiji Purple

any thoughts?

Edited by callmesaul8889, 06 February 2010 - 11:54 AM.


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Love the new tank. That pic of the clown coming out of the tall zoas is badass.

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Thanks! I was so shocked that I saw her chillin in the zoas. Especially when theres a decent sized frogspawn like 4 inches to the right of them lol

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I'm hoping to replace my bulbs soon. I'm thinking about going with...

1 ATI Aquablue Special
1 Geissmann Actinic+
1 UVL Aquasun
1 KZ Fiji Purple

any thoughts?


Masterbuilder recommended to do 2 ati blue plus, 1 ge 6500, and then a bulb of your choice depending on what your looking for color wise on the t5 info thread. I know a lot of people do that, and there are a lot of pictures there.

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Masterbuilder recommended to do 2 ati blue plus, 1 ge 6500, and then a bulb of your choice depending on what your looking for color wise on the t5 info thread. I know a lot of people do that, and there are a lot of pictures there.



I've looked at those pics in the t5 info thread tons of times, i really like Travis's setup on the first page. he has 2 blue+, 1 super actinic and 1 fiji purple.. it's just a tad too blue for my liking...

how are the aquasuns? theyre 10000k instead of 6500, so i think that would make everyhting a little more crisp, but not quite blue

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so i was moving my tank around, and decided to place my acan closer to the light... and something knocked it over into my frogspawn over the weekend while i was at home

:'-(

i think it's pretty much gone, although i've never killed a coral before, so i wouldnt know, it looks like butt tho :(

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ya I know how you feel, corals are very hardy when it comes to tissue rebuilding so it might work. leave it in there and monitor it.

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ya I know how you feel, corals are very hardy when it comes to tissue rebuilding so it might work. leave it in there and monitor it.

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i got rid of it already, there used to be 4 heads. within a day, there was only half of one left and it was 'melting'. so i'm pretty upset about that..

and my cleaner shrimp died, wtf? out of no where haha

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your shrimp could be sensitive to water parameter changes, especially if it was during molting.

And the coral might have been giving off some poison slime. lol i dunno just an idea.

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yeah, youre probably right, the shrimp molted right before i did a water change, and i think i had some undissolved salt in that batch as well. i didnt catch it until it was too late

i gotta get a pic of my zoas. in like 3 weeks, theyve went from 6 polyps to 19

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Sucks about the shrimp, but cool about the zoas B)

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not sure if you can see how many polyps there are... i turned the lights on to snap the picture so everything's pretty much closed up

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the poor acan that i lost :'(

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here's a pic of my cyano/diatom problem, which has gotten a million times better since i got my chemipure elite in the mail


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oh yeah, and my lil sexy biotch :)


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Nice Tank!
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thanks! i can't wait until my diatom problem is gone, then i will feel confident taking FTSs again :)

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i got a fireshrimp today to replace my cleaner shrimp. i'm going to snap photos tomorrow if possible.


ora birdsnest i believe

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zoa frags

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ALGAE FREE MUCH!? soo i went on spring break, and i came in to feed my and my roommates fish tank to find my light off.. somehow when they killed the power one of my battery backups never came back on so my light was off for roughly 7 days.

well i turned it back on, and it's been algae free ever since!
yay


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