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New FTS.

 

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Henry, that is just stunning! What an exciting concept you're realizing here. 'Bout time you brought us up to date!

 

--Diane

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divecj5

Hey Henry. Just wanted to see how things were coming along with your amazing project. Anything new or of note?

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spanko

Hey Dive, long time. How are things with you and the family?

Nothing much new to report, I will get some pics up this weekend. Just letting everything grow and do it's thing. Thanx for checking in though.

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divecj5

Things have been going good....just finally updating my thread as well and trying to keep up with it on a more regular basis. Just did some massive maintenance yesterday so that was fun.

 

I am kind of at the same stage right now with my tank....letting the wallet catch up and things grow out :)

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spanko

Was talking with C est ma a while back and thought it might be a good idea to post the links to the previous threads related to my tank so here they are.Sort of a history of what has happened. They are in order of appearance.

http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...l=I'm+tired

http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?...p;#entry1331380

 

Also some new pictures.

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Nick's Reef

Spanko it's beautiful! I really want to get some sps but a new light is out of the question due to the cost and there is no way that I'm going to deal with daily dosing.

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spanko

The current inhabitants are

Talbots Damsel

Blue Green Chromis

Neon Goby

Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish

Pom Pom Crab

Emerald Crab

Lettuce Nudibranch

 

To deal with the ongoing problem I have with Caulerpa I added a Scopas Tang 2". Went back to the LFS for lack of doing anything. Yellow Tang 2". Went back to the LFS for lack of doing anything. I am now looking for a FoxFace small to try for a while. I had a sea hare also but have not seen him in a while. Not sure where he is of even if he is at this point.

I got rid of the Sapphire Aquatics skimmer and put a ball of Chaeto, bag of Purigen and bag of Chemi Pure Elite in the second chamber. It has an Azoo Palm light over it 6700K. Also a modified tray with some filter pad and carbon pad on it. It is about a 2" square that hangs on the wall between the 1st and 2nd chamber and quiets the waterfall from chamber 1 to no noise at all. I bought an Oceanic skimmer that seems to be working about as well as the Sapphire did. It is in chamber 1. Oh yeah the Stealth heater is in chamber 2 also.

I guess that is all for now. Just letting it grow out. Hope you enjoy the pics. Will update in another month.

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spanko

Thank you Nick. Dosing is not so bad. ESV B-Ionic is pretty easy. You do have to keep up with it though the SPS just soak the stuff up.

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c est ma

:o:o:o:o WOW! Henry, that's looking so, so beautiful! That top tier, from whatever angle, is just filling in so naturally and the colors are so breathtaking. I could stare at this tank for hours!

 

And your close-ups are out of this world. What a wonderful collection of montis you have!

 

That Caulerpa is actually quite attractive in there, but I suppose it requires tons of pulling...Nevertheless, I'd sure trade my Bryopsis for it...

 

Wow. Not sure I can wait another month for an update. :D

 

Super job. Congrats!

 

--Diane

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spanko

Thank you Diane. That means a lot to me coming from you. Yes if the Caulerpa could be contained to a few spots it is very nice, but unfortunately is multiplies like a "weed" and requires constant pruning.

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divecj5

Looks amazing Henry. Great job so far. It looks like things have taken off nicely and started to grow out some. Love all the color in there and I agree that the Caulerpa really doesn't look all that bad in my opinion. Of course you're not going to let it get out of control but it adds a nice splash of green in there.

 

Where did you get your green and orange monti caps? They are simply gorgeous. I have been trying to find some locally or someone that would ship online with little luck.

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spanko

Thanx Dive. I just keep checking the local fish stores when they get new stock in. Things are starting to grow out some now. I find myself, as they do grow out, changing the scene a little by rearranging. Hardest part is to learn to leave things alone. I am happy with it so far and have some room, actually a fairly large open canyon behind the orange monti and left of the green tabling acro for something else. Will probably have to purchase a pc. of base rock or Tufa to put there to build it up a little then maybe find a purple brush gorgonian, and maybe a nice pc. of pocillapora, or a digitata.

 

Thanx for the comments and for taking a peak.

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Weetabix7

I LOVE your Monti's and sps!!!

If I can ever get my tanks back on track I'd love to get some grow out frags from you.

Lookin' good, keep up the good work!

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Dooderino

porites.jpg

What is this called?

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spanko

The rock is actually a Porites sp. coral and the worms (there are many colors on this pc. I will try to get some better pictures) have a commensal relationship with this coral.

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reefone

ur sps r looking great!

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spanko

Thank you reefone. Do you have a tank thread? I like to see others tanks that take the time to look at mine.

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Dooderino
The rock is actually a Porites sp. coral and the worms (there are many colors on this pc. I will try to get some better pictures) have a commensal relationship with this coral.

Some of this coral came on a rock I bought with a toadstool and wasn't sure what it was. It seems to be doing good. The polyps are a white-ish color and there are worm/barnicals under it's skin. I'm not sure if it's a worm. The have little fingers that come out and grab the water like a filter crab.

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spanko

Got a picture? My rock has one commensal crab in it. His claws are white with brown stipes. He stays in his hole in the rock and only his claws and feelers poke out.

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divecj5

Since I know how you love info Spanko....they are Spirobranchus worms, better known as Christmas tree worms. Here is a really good article all about them:

Advanced Aquarist - Invertebrate Column

 

On a number of dive trips I have seen spots where there are thousands of these on different coral formations. They are spectacular to watch open and close when something comes near.

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spanko

Thank you dive. I had read that article while still trying to decide if I wanted to try the reef flat biotope in such a small footprint tank. It must be spectacular to see in the wild where the Porites rocks a enormous and to be filled with these Polychaetes opening and closing. What a sight.

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reefone
Thank you reefone. Do you have a tank thread? I like to see others tanks that take the time to look at mine.

nope no tank thread :) to lazy. but i do like how u can see ur tank progress over time.

 

do u get ur sps local or online? the reason i ask is i know ur in mi also.

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spanko

I have bought two from the Propagator here on N-R. He is a great guy to work with and his coral is top of the line. Mostly though I get things here local to me, Kees, Anchor Bay, Choice, Atlantis.

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reefone

ive probabely seen u around. im in kees at least once a week and i frequent the others also.

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spanko

Cool. I'm in Chesterfield. Where are you?

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