Feb 12 2011 FTS's:
Finally found out how to set the camera up to take some somewhat decent FTS's. It's still a process in work!!!! I need to set the focus pt on the bottom of the tank instead of in the middle/top for as you can see the bottom is too dark whilst the top is almost over exposed. Yah!! Anyways below are some "FTS's". As you can see things have grown. Things to note: The monitpora on the far left was completely bleached kind of like you see in the center of it. Overexposure in my BC14 was it's cause and it has taken from like the middle of November till today to look as it does. It has been the slowest recoverer since the change over. Everything else is super happy and recovered!
Nov 15 2010 FTS's:
Royal Blues only:
Lighting: DIY LEDs (CBx2, RBx5, CWx3, NWx2, Vx2)
Fuge: AC70 moded
2xPhosban reactors: Running Rowaphos/purigen in one and Carbon in the other
Modified media rack: Running floss and ChemiPure (little redundant with the reactors but meh)
Flow: 2x1200 MaxiJets in the back and a MP10es on the right wall.
ATO: Just a standard setup
Daily: Water level check, fuge algae amount check, general snail check etc and inspect corals and 2part dosing.
Weekly: Floss change, 3-4G water change, ALK check, internal tank and fuge algae check/pruning, and reactor media check.
Monthly: Change out carbon in the one reactor, clean hoses and whatever else I feel needs to get a good checking/cleaning (AC70 piping for example).
2-3Months: Change Rowaphos.
---- The story... -----
So as a sale would have it and the fact my BC14 is full of coral it was time to upgrade. I went and bought a JBJ28 with the stand and began my journey into making it a nice piece in the living room.
The JBJ is a PC one but the LEDs from my BC14 will swap right into the canopy so that is the lights the JBJ will get after the tank is cycled. The LED grid I have on the BC has 15 LEDs currently running at 20-30 percent of their possible intensity so they'll be able to more than take care of the lighting needs of this new tank.
Anyways! To the important part... pictures!
Bought it, set the stand up, put the tank on it and poured the sand in it.
Next was to design the rock scape.. I had a SOO many things I wanted to do and just throwing random LR in there was not one of them. I wanted to MAKE something .. design my own setup with a bunch of dead rock to mimic stuff I've seen and stuff I wanted. All I knew is that I wanted a couple floating ledges coming off of a peninsula. So, the next day I bought a ton of pvc and rock and got to it... I didn't plan much honestly.. just put stuff together and let the rocks own shape do the designing. Took about 10 hours to finish the following.
And on we go:
DONE! .. well sans some epoxying
Tank shots after :
I honestly tried my hardest to make it so all three sides had there own unique view point and I think I achieved that.. I can have coral arranged so that each side has it's own story.
At any rate I hope you all enjoy the scape as much as I loved and hated to make it. I never knew how annoying super glue, water, epoxy and dental floss could be. But alas beer and 2 late nights resulted in something that made me happy.
Now I need all your opinions on what coral I should place where lol. I have encrusting montis, a plate monti, many SPS's, zoas, rics, a blasto and a bunch of chalices ... and hopefully acans eventually. Please tell me what you think I should do and how I should place them and arrange the colours!
Edited by dhraakoxr, 27 February 2011 - 06:43 PM.