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So I guess I should post my tank!

Current FTS:

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Equipment:
Aquaillumination Sol Super Blue with Controller
96w T5HO fishneedit customized with 2 40mm PC fans on left side
Vortech MP10 on Reefcrest mode at 35-45%
Current Subcurrent overflow box (to hide stuff and skim surface)
50w Heater
Ecoxotic Stunner Strip Blue for moonlights

Filtration:
30lbs of liverock give or take
Chaeto
2 - Mangroves

Livestock:
Fish:
1 - Yellowtail Damsel
2 - Tank Bred False Perc Clowns
1 - Sixline Wrasse

Invert's
1 - Emerald Crab
1 - Porcelain Crab
4 - Hermit Crabs (1 Scarlet, 1 Unknown, Blue Legged, Green Legged)
2 - Turban Snails
2 - Nassaurius Snails (thanks Dana)
1 - Mexican Turbo (hitchiked on a coral)
1 - Strawberry Conch
2 - Maxi Mini Anemones

Coral:
Zoo's and Paly's = pretty colours
Duncan coral
Branching Monti
Pokerstar Monti
Red Monti (thanks Adam)
Green Hairy Mushrooms
Red Mushrooms
Flame Red Mushrooms
Random Mushrooms
Chilli Coral
Toadstool Leather
Cup Coral
Pulsing Xenia
GSP
Pocillopora - Green and Purple/Pink
Yellow Polyps
Birdsnest frag (thanks Adam)


I am a fulltime university student! I have had multiple freshwater tanks over the years and finally decided to give a reef tank a try. I have always been creeping the reef central forums for years looking at all of the huge tanks and nano's, so I decided on a 5g tank because I had one and built a false wall:

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Reef 7 Nov by AustinVav, on Flickr

Things were going good: :D

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Until one day I heard a drip... For whatever reason my tank started leaking from the bottom. I had a 10g around so I just dumped everything in there while I decided what I wanted to do. :huh:

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I decided I mine as well upgrade to a larger tank. I had to factor in a lot of costs for the upgrade so I sold anything I would not be using from my old tank and other random thingamabobs! So I bought a standard 15g long from Big Als and put whatever rock and coral I had in it.

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About a month later after purchasing some rock and curing it, plus hours and hours of scaping we had this:

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maxi mini anemone by AustinVav, on Flickr

Thats my reef story!

Edited by AustinV90, 01 October 2011 - 08:07 PM.


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NICE!!! Beautiful scape on the current FTS!

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NICE!!! Beautiful scape on the current FTS!



Thanks a lot! I have been following your tank by the way.

The scape is far from done, still needs some tweaks. I make changes once a week. I try not to piss of my corals to much.

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Yo dude that's some bomb ass scaping! You managed to make the rock look like two coral trees Some times good things come out of a tragedy. Awesome job and good luck with everything!

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Yo dude that's some bomb ass scaping! You managed to make the rock look like two coral trees Some times good things come out of a tragedy. Awesome job and good luck with everything!



Thanks a lot! I spent a good 8 hours with superglue and epoxie to get the rocks together like that. Aquascaping is hard when you see so many amazing tanks on here.

Edited by AustinV90, 21 March 2011 - 07:04 PM.


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super bump

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Great job on that aquascape! You're making me want to change mine. :lol:
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I like it. I've always been something of a fan of the whole two island idea, but it seems like most of them just become two piles of rock with sand in-between them. Yours though is interesting, especially because you've made it work in the long tank. I love the fact that you put in the overhangs along with the little center island.

Do you have any specific plans of where your going from here?

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Great job on that aquascape! You're making me want to change mine. :lol:



Are you kidding! I was going to try and replicate your 15g. I have been creeping on this forum for years before ever posting.

Makes me shed a tear that my scape wants to be replicated

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I like it. I've always been something of a fan of the whole two island idea, but it seems like most of them just become two piles of rock with sand in-between them. Yours though is interesting, especially because you've made it work in the long tank. I love the fact that you put in the overhangs along with the little center island.

Do you have any specific plans of where your going from here?


The picture does not show it but there is two pathways through the center so my conch can get cleaning done and the back is all empty.

I am actually going to be removing that little island with the monti on it and epoxing a small rock island together out of rubble. That way I have more space in the front and can really put it in the center without making it an eye sore.

There is going to be a maxi mini dominated left side on another rubble piece I am making, it keeps them happy and will stop them from moving!

Overall I will be lifting a lot of the rocks that are on the sand bed to create more caves and stuff especiall under the overhang on the left.

Good luck with you pico, I can't wait to see it wet.

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up

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SUPER UP!

New pictures tomorrow! I added some rock

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where are the pics at?!
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where are the pics at?!



2 days!

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Wow man your tank looks great. As others have said the scape looks awesome. I'm interested to see what you do with the scape. Do you have a pic of the paly's you said might be dolphins or whatever lol.

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Wow man your tank looks great. As others have said the scape looks awesome. I'm interested to see what you do with the scape. Do you have a pic of the paly's you said might be dolphins or whatever lol.


I will try to take a closeup for you!

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Austin, that is a very impressive aquascape. Everything looks great.

Are the dimensions 24 x 12 x 12 ish?

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Your scape is awesome!!!

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Wow, it's been said many times already but I love your aquascape. I'm keeping track of your tank!

How's the bioload with two clowns in your tank?

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Any updates?

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I will post an update once I do some house keeping on the tank.

Wow, it's been said many times already but I love your aquascape. I'm keeping track of your tank!

How's the bioload with two clowns in your tank?



Honestly I believe in water changes and doing things slowly so having a little more bioload in a tank is ok if you keep up with the maintenance. Unfortunately one of the clowns just disappeared. I believe it was eaten by one of my large maxi-mini's since she was fairly small.

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nice tank!
i love your scape

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Just got an AI Sol Super Blue.... PICTURES!?

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NEW FTS

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That Ai is sexy, I need to get my 40 up and going so I can get my LEDs going too :)

Your coral choice is excellent, everything really goes together.

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