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This is kind of a long post, but as I drink more tea, I am pulling more ideas from the dregs as I write!
I was inspired by "bommies" (isolated clusters of reef), shown here - http://reefbuilders....ng-inspiration/
and here http://www.nanoreefb...om-the-maldives
Ultimately the effect would be pulled off more smoothly in a larger tank, but for now - I really like the idea of very minimalist, small isolated areas of reefs that serve as oasis's for fish and other reef dwellers. and I really like shallow tanks!
So, I bit it and bought a ADA 60-f after seeing all the hawt ADA's around these forums. Obvious inspirations are Jonny's tank, rehype, gabe and Shreiba's seagrass box (where I first got the idea for a minimalist tank with one rock).
Here's a stupid picture of my tank and box thats gonna be my stand (I'm thinking about stuccoing everything on the cabinet to cover the fake wood except the top portion to create a textured, spanish/west coast feel, might relive the depressing winter in chicago). I'm going to cut the extra trimming off the mat eventually.
So far so good.. plans for the tank under the hood..
- algae scrubber/ refugium (I have had this running on my 10g for about 2 months or so and I love it! all parameters are great and I get to feed my tank and corals more!)
- 18 gallon rubbermaid sump with lots of LR
- 100 watt heater (hope this will be enough, it kept my 30 gallon tank heated well enough).
- homemade battery powered ATO
- phytoplankton cultures and a 10 gallon copepod breeding station ( still looking in to hatching BBS for pipefish)
- 2 par30 LEDs ( I have 3 blue 2 white one already, but I believe it looks too purple. I'm going to get another one, hopefully 3 whites and 2 blues, or maybe all white to balance it out - I might even try to throw a small PC over the tank to balance out the purple and make it looks more T5-ey. I think some of the par LEDs are kind of too saturated with their color. I've seen a lot of people going back to T5's and metal halides, although I do like the LEDs for now.)
- MP10 (cat chewed through the cord , but I sent it in and ecotech repaired it for free! even though I'm technically out of warranty )
My current livestock which includes a naked Ocellaris clown and a tailspot blenny..
- looking in to getting a bluestripe pipefish (maybe 2, have been researching somewhat, a lot of folks say they do relatively well in community tanks and with moderate flow, unlike a lot of other pipes, horses)
- really would like another naked clown, or maybe a regular ocellaris,
- even though its frowned upon in nano's, I've thought about maybe trying a mandarin sometime down the line ( as stated above, will want to have a healthy pod population in both the tank system as well as a separate breeding tank - just need to get my phytoplankton going , here is a fine article on the process http://www.advanceda.../2003/2/breeder )
- cleaner shrimp, a few sexy shrimp, a pom pom crab and maybe a fiddler crab if I follow through and have a large enough section of the rock jutting out the water with a waterfall from the return).
for corals, I want to keep it simple
I got really lucky and picked up a beautiful sky blue milliepora colony (6" x 5") off a reefer for $30 and a giant green monti for $10.
I also have a lovely pagoda cup coral that will likely be the only piece I keep from my old tank..
I was debating whether to have a small flat rock in the middle 1/3 of the tank and place the milliepora and monti cap fairly low, maybe position the pagoda on their or off to the side somewhere. This would be the only area of the tank with coral, possibly the only coral I keep..
OR - creating a similar small footprint, but have the only rock jutting out of the water relatively far, and drain my return down into a 'basin' like jonny's... this would make a cool fiddler den.
however, I am really interested in the Todd's torch (the very long, stringy tentacled torch, not sure which euphyllia this is) I heard they go for $40 ^ a head? anyone know where to buy one?
not my pic
there's a reefer who's trying to get rid of this torch for $20 (beautiful piece, not sure if it's the same kind as the one above however)
I understand that this particularly species of torch ("todd's" torch) can get extremely long tentacles, over a foot in the right flow/ lighting. This might be an issue further down the line if it gets to that, but I thought it would look great as a show piece separate from the rest of the "bommie" on the opposite side of the tank,placing it high on a jutting rock giving it lots of room to spread out.
I might want to go against the grain of my original idea of having such a minimalist "bommie" setup with only a few large SPS corals in a shallow tank (haven't really seen anything like this before) and drop in a giant flowing piece to distract from it.. guess I have to locate one first.
Here is another interesting idea.. I clammed across this tank the other night - if I don't do the torch thing, I might build a similar raised platform out of rock and stick a clam on there as a showpiece.. there's got to be a good way to get them from shoving off.
With all that being taken out of my head, I feel like I'm even crazier, and still have a lot of things to do. Have to drill the tank, (I'm having the overflow built by a local reefer), plumb it, create a lighting rack etc.. glarg
here's my old tanks by the way - http://www.nano-reef...?...=279100&hl=
Edited by milk, 13 October 2012 - 09:33 PM.