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my new planted macro tank!

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briansbelle

i set this tank up about 2 weeks ago with all live rock(mostly from my sump) and macros from my 40 breeder(left some pieces in the 40B so i can grow them in both tanks!!)

 

 

 

all of the macros came from maria(got2envy) except the fern caluerpa.

 

here is a list of equipment and live stock in the tank:

 

equip:

k1

100 watt stealth heater-will be replacing with a 50 watt soon

mag float small

fluval3 internal filter

30" nova 2x24w T5HO fixture(2x10000k) will be replacing with better bulbs soon(any recommendations?)

30" coralife t5 2x18w(NO) also need better bulbs for this light(1x10000k and 1x actinic)

 

livestock:

flame algae

red spotted macro

blue ochtodes-grows like crazy!!(little pieces were stuck in my overflow, and its now turned into a bush..lol,will also grow on the glass, i have a little bit growing on the glass in here)

red titan

blade caluerpa

fern caluerpa-from a local reefer

codium

 

20+lbs of live rock

1 emerald crab

firefish

yellow clown goby

6 sexy shrimp

2 porcelain crabs

1 pom pom crab

tons of stomatella snails

cerith snails

nass snails

2 sand sifting crabs

 

 

 

ok enough rambling, on with the pics LOL

 

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twitch my firefish:hes sooo pretty, the purple line on his head glows and looks holographic...

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birdsnest that was severely bleached by my t5s on my 40B, put it in here on the sand bed and color is coming back:

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red flame with lots of O2 bubbles:

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blue porcelain crab(and his molt lol) he hangs out by the intake of the filter, pretty smart! LOL!

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blue again, guess he thought i was gonna get him, notice the claw in the air..lol

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blue shrooms

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shroom/feather duster rock(lower left)

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red porcelain crab filter feeding

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red again

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zoa/paly rock

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yellow clown goby on codium algae, hes teeny lol

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HUGE asterina starfish-hard to tell how big he is in the pic but hes about the size of a nickel.

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sexy shrimp on a blue shroom, sorry for the blurry pic :)

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thanks for looking!!

belle

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gena

Very nice! LOVE it!

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briansbelle

thanks!!!

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animalmaster6

Incredible Tank!!!

 

I love that damsel too!

 

Post in the Official Macro Algae Thread!

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Markushka

Awesome macros! They're looking really good!

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briansbelle

thanks!!! i will post there too!!

 

i looked for a velvet damsel for a while and found him at my LFS for $7......he was the most active, and no clamped fins so he came home with me...

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animalmaster6

The color of him is incredible!

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briansbelle

yeah i love the color of him....thanks!!!

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got2envy

:happydance:

 

Looks absolutely beautiful!!

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briansbelle

Thanks maria, if it wasnt for you i would not have been able to set this tank up and do it right :) Thank you again for the sweet macros and let me know when you start fragging that awesome macro you just picked up, i love it! :)

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SbCaes

holy crap ive got some competition now.

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briansbelle

Lol thanks! Your planted tank is awesome!! Love all the colors!!

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meganistkrieg

Are you not running a filter on this, or did I just miss it?? Looking to start my own macro tank soon and reading up on it. What type of substrate is that, too? Everything looks GREAT!

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got2envy
Thanks maria, if it wasnt for you i would not have been able to set this tank up and do it right :) Thank you again for the sweet macros and let me know when you start fragging that awesome macro you just picked up, i love it! :)

 

:blush:

 

Ok I will let ya know :)

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dtfleming

Hide that heater

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briansbelle

When i rearrange i will hide it somewhere, just put it in there really quick ;)

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briansbelle
Are you not running a filter on this, or did I just miss it?? Looking to start my own macro tank soon and reading up on it. What type of substrate is that, too? Everything looks GREAT!

 

Thanks!

No filter, i will be adding an ac20 on there just to run carbon for a little b/c there is a film ontop of the water.

 

The substrate is the bagged live sand(caribsea) which i know doesnt really matter if i buy it live or not, i just bought it bc i like the size and color ;)

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divecj5

This tank is chock full of awesome!! Fantastic use and mix of macro algae.

 

I look forward to following this one....and also getting my hands on some of Maria's macro myself :)

 

-Adam

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briansbelle

Thanks adam! Marias macros are the best, and she ships them very well, have never lost one due to shipping

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briansbelle

Ordered the new livestock for the tank.

Going with:

4 sexy shrimp

1 pom pom crab

2 porcelains

emerald crab(hes in there now)

fire fish

yellow clown goby

 

will get pics of the new scape and livestock once they arrive on weds.

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floridian reefer

tank looks awesome im jealous!!!!!

 

 

wouldnt put a mantis in with all that though!!!

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animalmaster6

Can't wait to see the new livestock in!

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Uhuru

Looks awesome!

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briansbelle
tank looks awesome im jealous!!!!!

 

 

wouldnt put a mantis in with all that though!!!

 

 

Yeah no mantis is this tank.

 

AM- i cant wait either, i just hope i dont get an evil pom pom crab. Read that some can be real pricks and kill porcelains, gobies, and sexies :( hopefully with the tank being a 20 long everyone has enough room and they will def be well fed ;)

 

 

Uhuru-thanks!!! That fern i got from you is growing like a weed :)

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animalmaster6

They should be fine.

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