cruzH20polo

Santa Cruz 20 long- broken down =[

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Current fts 2/28/12

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specs

Tank: 20 gallon long 30X12x13

Stand: custom built with redwood, and stained

Filtration: 15 gallon sump/fuge

 

Chamber 1

-Home made media rack with filter floss & chemipure elite

-CPR R2 run with CPR accela pump

-2 lbs live rock rubble

 

Chamber 2

- 9 gallon refugium:

-cheato

-15lbs of live sand

- 7lb of live rock

- JBJ nano glow LED fuge light

- TONS of feather dusters

Chamber 3

-Rio 2400 return

-Two little Fish phosban reactor with GFO run on a Rio 600

 

Heating: 150w jager

 

Lighting: 2x AI sol blue

 

Flow: Vortech MP10es W

 

Plumbing: Eshopps HOB overflow box with a Stockman standpipe Mod

 

 

Fish:

- O. perc

-tailspot blenny

-bangii cardnal

 

Coral:

Sps

Monti caps- red, neon green, green w/purple polyps

montipora verracusa

bali slimer

Green acro

Cali Blue tort

Pink millipora

ORA red planet

ORA bird of paradise

 

lps

golden torch

micro hammer

lobo

acans

 

softies

various ricordea florida

red purple and blue mushrooms

gold cloves

white and green cloves

ORA neon green toadstool

 

Zoas/Palys

Lord of the RIngs

Reverse cat eyes

latte's jokers

blue tubbs

pink zippers

green button polyps

yellow rimmed zoa colony

King midas

lunar eclips

Darth Mauls

and a few more ...

 

Inverts

1-cleaner shrimp

8- nassarius snails

 

enjoy!

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What’s up nano-reef!

I’m a college student at uc Santa Cruz going to a B.S. in Marine biology with emphasis on bacterial ecology. You could say I’m heavily involved with the university, not only am I a student, but I play NCAA water polo for the school, and I also have an internship in John Zehr microbial lab. The lab is based around the nitrogen cycle, and my current project is working with the diversity of the Urease protein in bacteria in the Monterey Bay. I am also working with a post-doc on DDA (diatom-diazatrophic associations), I will also be writing my thesis through this lab.

I have been working with aquariums since I was little; I have kept an extensive amount of freshwater species. It was only about a year and a half ago that I got into reef tanks. I started with a 24 gallon aquapod, I made my fair share of mistakes, but thank God I found this site! I have been researching, researching and researching, and have had many aloud brain stormings with my patient girlfriend, who I’m sure by now knows just as much marine bio as I do.

I decided a few months before I moved that would set up a new tank to transfer the aquapod to. I enjoy the look that shallow long tanks offer as opposed to the cube design, also I found the aquapod limiting, it was a great starter tank, but the amount of work I felt needed to mod it, wasn’t worth it. I chose a 20 long, it’s the perfect size for my new place, and its long and shallow.

 

Now for the good stuff… pictures!!! (excuse the quality there from my iphone)

 

The 24 aquapod

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the painting

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the stand and light stand

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they fit

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the HOB overflow and return plumbing

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set up in the room

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the sump/fuge shot

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the right side

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the left side

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The obligatory FTS

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Thanks for looking in!

any feedback is awesome and much appreciated

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Nice tank! I'm going to try for a similar scape in my 20L (two islands).

 

Those are Yumas by the way ;)

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Where do you get your livestock from? If you ever want some frags I live fairly close. PM/AIM me :)

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Did my first water change after the move last night and all went well

here are some morning actinic shots, hopefully ill get a camera for my birthday or something

any suggestions on a good one?

 

 

Hammer

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Green yumas

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acan fat and happy

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I cant wait for this section to grow, the spidermans just got 3 new heads

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i stand corrected, thanks

yea i like 2 island look as well, i feel it makes tank look clean and neat

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So some bad news...

my clown succumbed to ich ... bummer, i've had him for awhile

good news, i did get a flame angel

and for more good news NEW FRAGS!!!

 

curtsey of kraylen.. he hooked me up big time

unfortunately my iphone pics do not do them justice

but he gave me a bunch of zoas, nice ones too

and he threw in an awsome piece of chalice,

a piece of acan echinata

a purple yuma

and a good piece of green birds nest (1st sps ... Im keeping my fingers crossed)

 

chalice

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birds nest

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gorilla nipples and flame angel

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my lords are growing!

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echinata

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the new ones are two frags in the middle

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I know I need a new camera... hopefully soon

thanks all

and especially to kraylen

 

 

RIP clown

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So for those of you that helped with my broken heater thread ... thanks a lot

Now for the aftermath of the metal contamination

I lost:

both toadstools

the birdsnest

the chalice

xenia

about 60% of my zoa are still closed ... bummer

 

on the upside

I got a new camera so i finally have good pictures

its a Canon powershot SX110 IS

 

the majority of these guys made it

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the pseudo AOG just started opening up yesterday

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My ric is getting back is color

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the hammer is slowly recovering

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the acans were the only things that I wasnt really worried about

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new sad FTS

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Nice looking tank. You just have to keep on truckin after tank crashes. I'm actually majoring in environmental science policy at CSU Monterey Bay. I've got a few friends up at UCSC and I go up there all the time. I'm buddies with Kray too.

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Nice looking tank. You just have to keep on truckin after tank crashes. I'm actually majoring in environmental science policy at CSU Monterey Bay. I've got a few friends up at UCSC and I go up there all the time. I'm buddies with Kray too.

 

Thats cool, what year are you. Yea kray hooked me up big time, im bummed that i lost a good portion of it

 

 

Looks good. Sorry to hear about your heater incident.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

thanks

 

The hardest part right now is waiting, i want to get the tank looking good again, but Im gonna wait a little while to let everything recover. The a diatom maintenance is getting difficult, due to the metal contamination I lost most of my clean up crew. That coupled with the large water change my tank is going through a cycle. Im cutting back my cheato a lot, but it still can't grow fast enough.

Ill kill this down time with my NEW CAMERA.

Its great being able to decent pictures, Im having trouble getting the colors right.

but ill figure out how to work it, so when i get to restock i should have some cooler updates

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Look what i got today!!!!

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NEW PICS

 

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Top down shots

 

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i finally got a good pic of these guys

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And this is Rameses

he is a 3 year old frilled dragon, its the smaller spp from New Guinea

right now he is about 2.5 ft and still growing

 

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and this is his 3.5'x2'x6' vivarium

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Awesome frilled dragon, what is their lifespan? Are they tameable or does he freak out and bluff at you constantly if you get close?

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Thats cool, what year are you. Yea kray hooked me up big time, im bummed that i lost a good portion of it

 

 

I'm a junior right now.

 

You're tank's looking good. It looks like everything's recovering well.

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Awesome frilled dragon, what is their lifespan? Are they tameable or does he freak out and bluff at you constantly if you get close?

 

They live 15-17 in the wild, captivity its more along the lines of 14-15

Ive come across some pretty mean frillies, but they can be handleable, it depends on the owner really.

They more you handle them the better off they are. Rameses has only bitten me once, and i just held on to him, he knows that bitting doesnt won't stop me so he doesnt bite. He does frill a lot but its all in warning, but he eats out of my hand, and i let him run across my house which is cool cuz they run on their hind legs. He also likes to hang out on the top of my head sense they are natural climbers

 

 

I'm a junior right now.

 

You're tank's looking good. It looks like everything's recovering well.

 

Yea its going well, some of the zoas are hit and miss, some days they are open, some days they arnt

 

 

NOW .... to set up that ATO

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What kind of lighting are you using? I am getting a 20L set up here and there when I can afford the parts. Just wondering what you have considered putting into the tank, fish and invert wise.

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What kind of lighting are you using? I am getting a 20L set up here and there when I can afford the parts. Just wondering what you have considered putting into the tank, fish and invert wise.

 

Im using the 4x 24" current sundial T-5

I have switched the stock 10k with a fiji purple and im going to upgrade 2 aqua blueplus

im also playing around with the idea of adding a few more LEDs but we'll see about that

Im stoked on the color I get now, and it was a HUGE upgrade from the PC of the aquapod

If you don't want to figure out a way to mount it, go with the 30" it still uses the 24" bulbs but it the casing actually fits the 20L

good luck on your project

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UPDATE

 

I gots me some new corals!!!

the pics were taken quickly, Ill post better macros once midterms are done ...

 

nuke greens

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I have no idea what these are ID anyone (on the right)

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Some african blues

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The Im really happy with this one, it was only 15 bucks ... its about 2"x3" and ive been waiting to get one for a while ....

Monti cap

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Also this is what my lords looked liked when i transfered to the 20L

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and today

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thanks for checking it out

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Nice stuff. I like the Red Monti a lot. The African Blues are nice also

 

I ended up getting a used 20H from CL. I haven't bought the lights yet, might end up buying a Tek. We shall see I guess.

 

Keep the pictures coming!

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