Posted 17 November 2005 - 12:52 PM
Posted 17 November 2005 - 07:08 PM
sebea- if you can ever get a helfrichi (and your tank has a cover), definitely go for it! mine has the most character of any fish i've ever owned. he actually attacks the turkey baster at feeding time! i'll have to post of vid of it sometime...
Posted 23 November 2005 - 01:58 PM
Posted 24 November 2005 - 09:21 AM
Edited by apex003, 24 November 2005 - 09:28 AM.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:23 PM
I am very happy with how my NC6 has evolved over the past 6 months. I was very skeptical at first that the stock configuration could keep many corals happy, but I've been pleasantly surprised that I've been able to collect and successfully keep a diversity of very colorful corals that do very well under the stock 18W PC bulb. Although 6 months is a fairly short timeframe to demonstrate the creation of a well-established, healthy system, and I've had some ups and downs, I think my little nano reef has shown some considerable growth over that short time. I definitely plan to keep it running and see how it grows up. Well, enough with the chatter.... here come the pics*:
*some of these probably appear earlier in this thread, but for the sake of continuity, I'll be repeating some.
Here's the tank on 6/1/05, the first day of the contest, after the detritus had settled. I bought the tank from Chris at nanocustoms, and it came in perfect condition. 12# of beautiful, cured, Indo live rock from Chad at Reefscience, which went into the aquascape or was broken up and put into the left and middle compartments in the back. My initial plan was to do a bare bottom with the idea that I could cover the bottom with zoanthids. I've removed all the filtration (sponge, bio-balls, and ceramic rings) that came with the NC6, so this system is 100% biological filtration.
My cycle took a little more than 3 weeks. This is from 6/29. Once I was sure all the nitros were at 0, I move over my green polyped sarcophyton, which was not doing well in the high flow of my 18g, and some small zoa frags. The sarco is one of the corals which has done extremely well in this system, as you'll see over time.
Edited by apex003, 06 December 2005 - 06:25 PM.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:54 PM
Here's the tank on 9/2. I added a ton of new corals, as I became sure that the system was stable. All of the different mushrooms are doing very well, and my baby frag of alien eye echino has grown a LOT since I added it, just before this picture was taken. All the different LPS (echino, blasto, caulastrea, and favia) are doing extremely well in this tank. My zoanthids were a mixed bag. Some of the frags eventually died away, as you'll see in the last picture, while others have done very well. I'm not sure why that is, so if you have some feedback, please let me know. I think it correlates with those frags that I think were captive grown versus wild-caught. (another reason to buy aquacultured corals!)
For the next month, I didn't take a lot of pics, because I was busy orchestrating the purchase and move to our new house, but here's a final full tank shot I took on 11/29. You can see, the red shroom on the bottom left has split several times, and most of the corals look very happy. The sarco has shown some especially good crown growth over the 6 months, and my blasto is very plump and growing new polyps. Most of the zoas look good, but aren't spreading as fast as I hoped, except for the eagle eyes. Those have at least doubled the number of polyps over the 6 months. I also added some really nice purple tonga mushrooms at the top, to replace some of the zoas that wasted away. The green zoas in the bottom right also died, but everything else has been very healthy.
Edited by apex003, 06 December 2005 - 06:57 PM.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:57 PM
Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:05 PM
Here are my eagle eye zoas. I thought I was going to lose these guys to a zoa-eating crab that reduced my colony to about 6 polyps when I put them in. You can see him on one of the previous pages of this thread. Luckily I got the crab out, and these have probably tripled since the going into the NC6:
One of the best growers was my alien eye echino. The first pic is actually when I received the frag, about 2 months before the contest started, but I wanted to include it to show how much these corals can color up in a healthy tank. So the acutal growth is from the second to the third pic. I think it's pretty remarkable how much this LPS has grown:
Edited by apex003, 06 December 2005 - 07:07 PM.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:08 PM
Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:10 PM
Edited by apex003, 06 December 2005 - 07:24 PM.
Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:30 PM
Chris @ Nanocustoms.com for the NC6 that didn't break and the new PC bulbs. (I replaced the stock bulb with an identical bulb once during the last month of the contest)
Aaron @ WesleyReefs.com for some awesome corals!
Chad @ ReefScience.com for the LR and corals.
My beautiful fiance for putting up with my reef addiction and pretending she'd interested too.
Thanks for checking out my tank. Vote for apex...
Posted 07 December 2005 - 08:48 AM
I love your tank! Simply amazing.
Thanks very much Sebea!
Posted 07 December 2005 - 02:37 PM
Posted 07 December 2005 - 02:52 PM
Posted 07 December 2005 - 05:58 PM
scarf_ace- Thank you too. I tried really hard to find corals that would give me all the different colors to create a good color scheme. I agree with your comment on the firefish, but I have this little (read BIG) addiction to cool reef stuff that makes me inexplicably spend too much money. It's a disease...
Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:18 PM
Posted 07 December 2005 - 07:17 PM
Edited by apex003, 07 December 2005 - 07:18 PM.