MikeTR

MikeTR's BC14...

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So I'm fairly new at the hobby but have always had an interest. My brother has had many a tank running for years so that's where I got the itch. I got the opportunity in January to pick up a BC14 from a friend who needed the money, $100 plus a subwoofer which I valued at about $150. He got the better end of the bargain, but he needed the money and I knew he would give me frags for retarded cheap so I went with it. I had quite a battle with what I originally thought was a pH issue (mainly because my friend said it was)..for the first couple months I did everything humanly possible (except aerate the water outside..doh!) to try and get the pH to even stay above 8.0. I've since given up :) and it runs at 7.7-7.9.. has been for months and looks great!

 

I've been on the forum for a few months and it's time to put up some photos. I actually picked up a new P&S camera and got to take some shots with it. Still don't know if I like the camera.. but here's the pics anyways.

 

FTS 07/22/2009

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Clownin Around

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Eagle Eye Zoas

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Candy Cane 'n Stuff

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Notice the German blues on the sandbed.. with growth? :) They're hiding behind the isolated GSP. It is possible to grow some SPS with the BC stock lighting. Wanting to give some green birdsnest a try, but I'll probably put that up higher.. Before I do I want to put a little bit more flow in the tank. Looking for a smaller powerhead like a Catalina Mini to create a bit of turbulence. It's mostly softies in here so I haven't wanted to blast anything with a Koralia. Also just picked up a JBJ ATO and Aqualifter that I'll be installing this weekend.

 

Livestock includes:

Orange and Blue FL Rics (splitting!)

Red,Purple, Green Striped Mushrooms

GSP

Frag of Blastomussa (hiding behind GSP) has grown 5 new heads!!

Candy Cane

Toadstool Leather

Eagle Eye Zoas

Other various Zoas and Palys

Kenya Tree

Xenia

German Blue Digitata

Hammer Coral

Feather Duster

BTA anemone (was fairly bleached when I obtained the specimen, starting to color up)

8 Blue Leg Hermits

2 Scarlet Hermits

5 Astrea snails

Some unknown yellow hitchhiker polyps.. they are cool, they suck all the way into the rock.

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Here's a pic of the yellow hitchiker polyps... Can someone ID? They suck back into the rock.

 

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Here they are sucked into the rock.

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Just posted pics of hitchiker. Please ID.

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They really look like zoas to me. Where did you get the rock?

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Got the rock out of a tank at the LFS.. they were removing a bunch of rock to catch shrimp.. They don't have any type of mat like a zoa does.

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Reminds me of majano.

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Hopefully not :) Haven't seen it spread anywhere else though.. I haven't even noticed if they've multiplied. They do look like they've grown larger since I've first gotten the rock.

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Can anyone ID the polyps?

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could be an ornamental zoanthid like tubeworm, less feathery. maybe a hydoid?

 

have never seen these

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Some updated shots. Took out some of the palys and rearranged the zoa garden a bit. Have a few additions as well. Had a few casulties with the digitata..

 

FTS: 09/01/2009

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Orange Delights

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Bam Bams

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Candy Cane (can see a few heads have split since the last pic)

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Hammer coral looks way better since I moved it up in the rock work..

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Wow great looking tank! I really like your layout. Can you give us some of the specs? Lights, skimming? ect...

 

Thanks

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+1 ^

 

Did you ever ID your hitchhiker?

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Thanks.. it's come a long way in 9 months. Lighting is just the stock 24w 10k and Actinic. Only have a few mods.. media rack in center chamber running floss on top, chaeto with 5w submersible light 24/7, purigen/chemipure on the bottom. Have a JBJ ATO installed. Evap is about 1/2 gal/wk. For water movement I upgraded the return pump to a maxijet 600. I've considered adding a koralia nano again..but when I had it before I thought it was too rough on my softies.. also I took the feeding lid off in case a fan goes bad it won't heat the tank.. that happened once and toasted some stuff. I dose 2.5ml of B-Ionic almost daily.. I skip a day here and there. pH is always low.. 7.65-7.8 due to indoor CO2 issue.. darn newer homes. I'm patiently waiting on some birdsnest colonies.. and for some tubs blues to recover. Can't wait!

 

Hitchhiker is still a mystery.

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LED Build.. coming soon.. WOOOHOOOOOOOO

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OK so maybe I should have went to bed a little earlier last night.. while I was sitting on the couch I felt this sharp pain in my ass.. SPS bug bit me and I bought 8 Cree Q5 XR-E Royal Blue, 8 Cree Q5 XR-E Cool White, and 3 BuckPuck drivers. I've got a few leads on a spare hood so I can take my time on the build..I believe this is what's left to buy.. 2 pots for dimming, 8.5" x 5" Heatsink from heatsinkUSA, some wiring, and probably lunch for our maintenance dept at work to drill and tap the heatsink. I have a couple older Dell powersupply's..need to check what they are.. but they'll probably work.. anything else I'm missing?

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i wanna do this so bad i might be getting that same bite

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Is it too late to tell you to use 2 Meanwells instead of 3 pucks?

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Well i bought the drivers already... what's the advantage of using the meanwells besides not needing a power supply? I should mention I'm only going to run 12 LEDs. Decided to have a few spares handy if needed.

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The meanwells can handle 13 LEDs each. If the pucks can handle 6 each and your old PS works and can handle it then theres not much advantage at all besides the Meanwells remove one component and some wiring.

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LEDS came in the mail a few days ago.. just waiting on my heatsink and these slackers on this forum to find me a spare hood so I can start the build!

 

New additions 09/09/09.

 

LFS had it listed as Red Meteor Shower.. looks like war coral to me..I thought it was a steal at $25. The eyes were a bright green under the LFS lighting.. the LEDs should bring this out. Can't Wait!!!

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Blue Cloves.. (not in this tank though) FINALLY!!!!

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Blastomussa Welsi.. not really new, but never had a good shot posted.

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FTS.. the anenome was looking fat and happy at lunch today.

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led's will make this tank look awsome!

 

like the nem

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Here is what the nem looked like at the beginning of May when I purchased the specimen. If I had known then what I know now.. I might have gotten a healthier one, wasn't aware of the bleaching at the time. But after scrutinizing karensroseanemones.com for a while.. i quickly figured out how to save him. Just stable parameters and twice weekly feedings. I think it even lost it's stickiness for a week or two.. which made it even more difficult to feed, I just carefully placed the silverside in its mouth during that period.

 

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And for those that care... you can definitely see the benefit of running chaeto and chemipure.. look at all that algae!!! Don't have that problem now.

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So I almost have everything I need for my build.. just need to find some pots, fans, and get our machine shop to tap the heatsink for me. I really don't have the desire to drill it myself :). I'll need to order some pots as our local radio shack is a hole in the wall and the selection sucks. Everything they have has got a 2" post..or some that are labeled audio with some extra hookups.. unsure if those would work..in either case none of them are the 5K. Only 10k on up. I was able to test that all the LEDs fired.. i'm hoping I didn't ruin anything by lighting them individually at full blast. I used the luxeon 1000ma driver powered by the supply mentioned below and just touched the wires of the puck to each LED for a few seconds each and blinded myself 16 times. Fun! It's a good thing I ordered a few extras as one of the plastic lenses is loose.

 

I have some questions on how many fans I can wire up.. or if I may need an additional power supply. I had planned on using 2 20v 3.5A dell branded PS so I can run the whites and blues separately. I was hoping I could run 4 fans (2 on the heatsink, and the stock fans) but I think that if each fan is 12v, I'd need a 24v supply to run 2 fans off each supply along with the 6 leds.. some input req'd here..

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