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DHaut's Barracuda

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Thread Index:

- Introduction

- Brief History

 

Concept:

Small tank containing low-maintenance inhabitants. Tank started on 2.12.11 with a transfer of the remaining livestock from my prior 40 breeder setup.

 

Environment Type:

Mixed reef

 

System Specs and Methodology:

- Tank: 3 gallon all-in-one "Barracuda" aquarium by picoaquariums.com. 12"x6"x9" display with built-in sump, consisting of 3 chambers for filtration and return.

 

- Lighting: Nano Box Reef 12" 12-LED unit with Ryujin controller.

 

- Water and Salt: RO/DI produced by an AirWaterIce Mighty Mite unit (upgraded to 150gpd production). Mixed with ESV B-Ionic Seawater System salt to 1.025 sg. 10% water change daily.

 

- Flow: Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 300 GPH return pump.

 

- Filtration: Filter pads, Chemi-pure Elite, Red mangroves, Assorted display macro algae.

 

- Top-off: Manually topped off twice daily using RO/DI.

 

- Feeding: 3-4 times weekly DT's Oyster Eggs, Reefcleaners.org Filter Feeder mix, Hikari Rotifiers

 

- Photography: Canon 30D, Canon 28-135 IS USM, Sigma 150mm Macro

 

Livestock and Profiles:

- Fish

Eviota nigriventris (2)

 

- Coral

Ricordea florida

Ricordea yuma

Cyphastrea ocellina

Cyphastrea sp.

Blastomussa wellsi

Zoanthid sp.

Goniopora stokesi

Goniopora sp.

Favia sp.

 

- Invertebrates and Miscellaneous

Thor amboinensis

Periclimines venustus

Yellow frilly sponge

Cerithium sp. snail

Astraea sp. snail

Littorinidae sp. snail

Nerita sp. snail

Nassarius sp. snail

 

FTS:

10.14.11

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Edited by DHaut

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nice, but...where's your SPS?

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Awww... :(

 

I was under the impression that you had a barracuda! They were selling them on ReefHotSpot a while bax... :(

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dhat is misleading young children and tricking them into viewing his thread.

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Looks great dude. Does your meteor shower extend really long feeder tentacles/stingers? Or are they just short range?

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Looking snazzy. The red Macro gives it a real nice touch.

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Looks great man

 

Neato!

 

Thanks!

 

nice, but...where's your SPS?

 

I actually added my first tiny frag of monti digi yesterday (friend of mine gave me a small cutting). I'm hesitant to keep SPS in such a small tank, and as my concept states, I want this to be a low-maintenance setup. We'll see how this one frag does before I add more.

 

junk

 

ur mom

 

Awww... :(

 

I was under the impression that you had a barracuda! They were selling them on ReefHotSpot a while bax... :(

 

Nope. Just a sea turtle.

 

Looks great dude. Does your meteor shower extend really long feeder tentacles/stingers? Or are they just short range?

 

Thanks man. The meteor shower hasn't extended any feeders/stingers that I've seen.

 

Looking snazzy. The red Macro gives it a real nice touch.

 

Thanks Lee. Right now there's halimeda, organism's blue spot algae, and red gracilaria (I think).

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DHaut Reefing: A Brief History

 

The first moment I can remember wanting a reef tank was on my one and only snorkeling trip while in Puerto Rico on my honeymoon. It took several weeks (and one failed freshwater tank) before the idea germinated into my original reef, a Biocube 14.

 

I maintained this little tank for approx. 3 months before a work transfer to NYC caused me to sell it. After a brief hiatus as we settled into city life, I constructed a 9g custom tank and stand. This little tank went through several iterations that eventually led to my current 3g setup.

 

Original 9g Custom w/ foam rock wall

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Added a custom 18g cube and new stand

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Sold both custom tanks and replaced with a 40 breeder

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In late 2010, my wife and I found out we were expecting our first child. The knowledge that my time would suddenly be extremely limited (not to mention that I'd be living in a foggy sleep-deprived haze) prompted a reefing soul search that brought me to the conclusion that I wasn't ready to abandon the hobby altogether, but my 40 breeder wasn't going to be a feasible setup. I wasn't sure what I would replace it with, but I knew it was time to break it down.

 

As I was selling off the livestock and equipment, a local friend offered to give me a good trade for a first generation picoaquariums.com Barracuda. I took him up on it and began making plans to transfer a few of my remaining coral and fish over. Since setup, the tank has already gone through a number of small changes, and has now settled into a pattern of growth.

 

Historical FTS's

 

2.12.11

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2.19.11

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2.25.11

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3.11.11

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6.9.11: A brief stint in a 2.5g while the Barracuda was getting a fuge upgrade. I added the current LED fixture at this time.

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6.25.11: Back in the Barracuda

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7.24.11

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7.27.11

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7.29.11

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8.2.11

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8.5.11

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8.17.11

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8.18.11

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10.2.11

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10.14.11

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Looks great. What is that macro looking thing in the back and center of the tank?

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Organism's red spot algae. It is normally a very light blue with red spots, but mine is more purple with darker purple spots.

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Livestock Profile: Eviota nigriventris

 

Commonly known as Red Neon Eviota Goby, eviota nigriventris is one of the more available "nano gobies" present in the hobby.

 

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LiveAquaria lists care requirements as:

  1. Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
  2. Care Level: Easy
  3. Temperament: Peaceful
  4. Reef Compatible: Yes
  5. Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
  6. Max. Size: 1"
  7. Color Form: Red, White
  8. Diet: Carnivore
  9. Compatibility: View Chart
  10. Origin: Cebu
  11. Family: Gobiidae

 

I have found my two nigriventris to be extremely hardy fish. They primarily feed on microfauna found in the tank, and rarely require supplemental feedings. When I feed my corals Reefcleaners.org Filter Feeder food, they'll snatch up some of the large pieces. They have always been very fat with good coloration while in my care.

 

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They are shy fish, hiding in the rocks and macro algae, only coming out to eat, or if there hasn't been movement near the tank for several minutes. Neither fish pays much attention to the other, and I have never witnessed any aggression between them even in the small environment they live in. These gobies make excellent pico inhabitants as they seldom venture far from their hole in the rock and are no more than 1 1/4" full grown. I have had the larger goby for almost two years, so they have a decent life-span when taken care of.

 

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Edited by DHaut

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This thread is awesome lol.

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is that goby in your tank right now?

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is that goby in your tank right now?

 

Yes, there are two of them in the tank.

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Organism's red spot algae. It is normally a very light blue with red spots, but mine is more purple with darker purple spots.

 

Close-up:

 

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I like the scape on 3/11. definitely had potential, imo.

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I did too. The peak of the right rock fell off when I was shuffling things around and I never put it back. I just added a small branching digi frag to where it used to be to see if I can get a similar effect with coral that I did with the rock. If not, I can always add the rock back.

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Livestock Profile: Goniopora stokesi

 

I was initially hesitant to attempt a goniopora sp. in my tank given their reputation of dying slow deaths in captivity. However, I came across this article some time ago that prompted me to give it a try. I picked up this small frag of goniopora stokesi from reefgardner.net.

 

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The article above lists that g. stokesi enjoys low flow, medium/high light, and a variety of small-particled foods such as oyster eggs, rotifiers, and cyclopeeze. It currently gets a mixture that includes all of these, plus other various filter-feeding foods. When fed, g. stokesi will close its tentacles around the food and retract into its base to eat, before extending its polyps again. This response is different than an irritated retreat due to a rogue hermit crab or a quick burst of flow. A good gauge of g. stokesi health is the execution of this feeding response.

 

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I have found g. stokesi to be very hardy. It has survived multiple tank changes with a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, I allowed my specimen's health to decline with the last tank change, but it has since bounced back and is growing once again. With proper feeding and environment, g. stokesi can make an excellent addition, as it blows to and fro in the flow.

 

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Awesome write up on the Goniopora! I'm definitely gonna try to get my hands on one now, especially since I live so close to Morgan (reefgardener.net)

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Awesome write up on the Goniopora! I'm definitely gonna try to get my hands on one now, especially since I live so close to Morgan (reefgardener.net)

 

Thanks Lee. I got the frag from Morgan probably 2 years ago. Not sure if she still carries it.

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I want this to be a low-maintenance setup.

 

- Water and Salt: 10% water change daily.

- Top-off: Manually topped off twice daily using RO/DI.

 

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