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Wankreas' Cube~ (going going...)

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wankreas   

Hello there!
I guess it's about time that I create my own thread in the members forum after spending so much time just plain creepin' on everyone else. The tank has been running since 2006, surviving 3 moves and various rebuilds. It was completely rebuilt in August 2011 (after nearly 3 years of neglect :( ). Enjoy kiddies!

Newest FTS!

 

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FTS.29.06.13 by wankreas, on Flickr
bonus top-down view!

 

 

Previous FTSs!

 

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FTS 03.05.13 by wankreas, on Flickr

 

 

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FTS 02.04.13 by wankreas, on Flickr
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FTS 12.03.12 by wankreas, on Flickr

 

 

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FTS25.01.12 by wankreas, on Flickr

 

 

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FTS 02.01.2012 by wankreas, on Flickr

 

 

 

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FTS-12.10.11 by wankreas, on Flickr

 


Specs!

Tank:
12 gallon NanoCube DX

Lighting:
Ecoxotic Panorama LED Module - 13 Watt 8K White/453nm Actinic Blue
Ecoxotic Panorama LED Module - 13 Watt 453nm Actinic Blue
Ecoxotic Stunner Strip - 6 Watt 12k White/Magenta

Filtration/Water Movement:
Basic stock NanoCube parts with a bag of ChemiPure elite/coral rubble in the 2nd chamber. Yes, I still use the sponges (which I rinse out twice a week), and have the surface skimmer attachment.
Upgraded basic pump with a ViaAqua 480 (200gph) and a Hydor Flo rotating deflector.
Ecotech Marine VorTech MP10ES propeller pump
Approx. 25lbs of Tonga Branch live rock and 2" sand bed.

Heating:
50 Watt Titanium Heater
TOM Aquarium Temperature Alert Thermometer

Coralife Digital Theremometer


Livestock!

Fish and Inverts:


1 Magnificent Dartfish
1 Threadfin Goby ("The Gobes") and
1 Tiger Pistol Shrimp ("Count Clickula")
1 blue/purple crocea (?) clam ("Clamz0rz")

1 Zebra Hermit Crabs

1 Emerald Mithrax Crab

1 micro Brittle Star
1 chunky Astrea Snails
2 small Trochus Snails
1 Super-Tongan Nassarius Snail

1 Scarlett Reef Hermit Crab

1 Electric Blue Hermit crab

1 Porcelain crab

1 Hallowe'en Hermit Crab ("Cheesedoodle")

3 Scarlet Hermit crabs
4 Blue-legged Hermit Crabs

1 Blood Shrimp ("Soup")

1 tiny Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber ("MC Anus") eaten alive by the other denizens :(


Coral:
SPS-
Meteor Shower Cyphastrea
??? rescued soft blue Montipora with neon green polyps

Green and purple Montipora carpricornis

Tyree Montipora undata

Green/purple Acropora

Neon green/purple encrusting Hydnophora (SOLD)

red/orange Montipora digitata

Purple/pink Stylophora
Green Acropora sp. with hot pink tips


LPS-
Orange and green Lobophyllia
Purple tip Hammer Coral
Rainbow sparkle Chalice (Echinophyllia)

Red/teal Acanthastrea lord (SOLD)

Neon green/purple Favia (SOLD)
Yellow-tipped Torch (Euphyllia)

Green Avelopora

 

Softies-
White Xenia

Purple and green Ricordea yuma
??? Zoanthids x3 (blue with red skirts, brownish with green mouth and yellow skirts, peach and purple with brown skirts)

??? Palythoa x1 (cream speckles)

Blue clove polyps (Clavularia)

Metalic green star polyps (white mouth, Pachycalvularia)

Neon green clove polyps (Clavularia sp.)
Greenbay Packers Zoanthids
Candy Apple Pink Palythoa
Pink Palythoa (white mouth)

Metallic orange Ricordea Yuma


Macro Algae-

Chaeto (in display…the hermits love getting tangled in it)

Neomeris sp. (eaten by other inhabitants)


Maintenance!

Sponge rinsing once a week
3 gallon water change every other week to two and a half weeks (ie. when it fits into my hectic schedule)
Frequent glass cleaning
FW top off as needed
Testing as needed

Feeding-
Mixture of sinking pellets every day
Marine Snow twice a week
Mysis for everyone once a week

LPS gets FaunaMarin LPS Ultra pellets twice a week.

Parameters/Schedules!

I try to keep things as follows:
Ammonia: 0
NO2: 0
NO3:0
ALK: 5
PH: 8.2
Temperature: 78oF
Salinity: 1.026
Lighting: ON at 6:30am
OFF at 2:30pm

So that's where I'm at right now. Given that this restart was fairly recent and I am a slow stocker, you can expect updates as things grow in. I welcome your input and comments!
Thanks for looking :)

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wankreas   
I rike this tank a rot

 

Thanks! Now people will know that I don't just pretend that I have a nano ;)

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gena   

I knew you really had one...I think you had a photo in the gallery one time? Or maybe you posted it on someone else's thread.

 

I LOVE this tank. It looks beautiful!!!! I'm so glad you started a diary of your tank. I'll be reading :)

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wankreas   
I knew you really had one...I think you had a photo in the gallery one time? Or maybe you posted it on someone else's thread.

 

I LOVE this tank. It looks beautiful!!!! I'm so glad you started a diary of your tank. I'll be reading :)

 

lol thanks!

I think that I recall putting up some pictures at one point or another to help people out, but nothing that was *actually* about my tank.

 

You were also totally right! You said that I would wind up purchasing a stunner strip sooner rather than later :) I am really liking the added warmth of the magenta LEDs. Here's what the tank looked like earlier in December. You can really see the difference in the warm colours. There is also much less shadowing at the back of the tank.

Now if my coraline algae will only grow back...

 

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FTS 16.12.11 by wankreas, on Flickr

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wankreas   
Nice comeback, wow 3 yrs of neglect. Were the moves local?

The first couple of moves were local. The one that killed almost everything was the 9 hour UHaul journey back to Toronto after completing my Masters degree in Michigan. I tried really hard to find a buyer to take the tank before I left, but I got nothing but super lowball offers. When I got back into Toronto, the only place that I had to set up the tank at the time was the laundry room, where it was out of sight and mind :(

The ballast crapped out about a year and a half later. I got a new ballast, and then the light fixture broke. I was pretty frustrated so I re-homed what was left of the clean-up crew and let the tank run dark until I renovated my office. Now that the tank is in an area where it is enjoyed constantly.

 

For those that are curious, here's what the tank looked like before I moved back to Canada :)

 

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FTS 16.01.09 by wankreas, on Flickr

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gena   

I love those macros! Do you know what kind that is?

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wankreas   
I love those macros! Do you know what kind that is?

 

Yeah, I do kinda miss them since I really love the planted look!

Caluerpa prolifera (smooth blades),

Cauerpa taxifola (the small, feathered ones in upper right corner),

and the same ball of chaeto that I still have now. :)

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JR!   

awesome tank!!

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wankreas   

Thanks!

 

I have been thinking a lot recently about getting a clam. I have never had one before, but I have more than enough light for one. I will do some research and likely wait until spring to pick one out :)

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wankreas   
Cool tank :)

 

Thanks a lot! I have been enjoying watching the progression of your new build too :3

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wankreas   

So I finally did it! I got my first...CLAM! I went to my favourite LFS last night after work and picked up some new denizens for my cube. I have never, in all my years of reefkeeping, had a clam so I feel all tingly and nervous. I really hope everything goes well. Anyhow, here's a picture!

 

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clamz0rz! by wankreas, on Flickr

 

I think it's a crocea but I am not sure. If anyone knows definitively what type of clam it is, please let me know!

I will post a new FTS and more about the other new inhabitants soon :)

 

Yay! Clamz0rz!

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wankreas   
Nice tank.

 

Thanks! I'm enjoying your build thread as well :)

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Criley7   
Thanks! I'm enjoying your build thread as well :)

Well Thank You!

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gena   

You have done an update!!!! Beautiful new clam :wub: I'm clueless on clams, so no idea what kind it is.

 

Don't wait too long to post a FTS and what the other new stuff is :)

 

That meteor shower is really taking off for you too...it's gorgeous!!!!!

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wankreas   
You have done an update!!!! Beautiful new clam :wub: I'm clueless on clams, so no idea what kind it is.

 

Don't wait too long to post a FTS and what the other new stuff is :)

 

That meteor shower is really taking off for you too...it's gorgeous!!!!!

 

I won't wait too long :) I am pretty excited about my new tank denizens so I will probably update tomorrow after a waterchange/glass cleaning.

 

I'm not sure what it is, but all of my sps is growing like crazy! My cyphastrea has more than doubled in size since I got it in October. Too bad I can't say the same for the mushrooms and gsp :(

 

looks great!

 

Thanks!

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wankreas   

Thanks guys!

I'm pretty excited about my new inhabitants. I love that I now have a fish that I can see :)

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gena   
I'm pretty excited about my new inhabitants. I love that I now have a fish that I can see :)

I want to see!!!!! Pictures are taking way too long ;)

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wankreas   

Hah! There's a picture of him/her in the new FTS I posted the other day!

(S)He's a little skittish so getting a good picture while he's swimming and fin-flicking is difficult to say the least. Also, I think my phonecam adds some extra spaz.

Anyhow, here's the best pics I have thusfar!

 

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fishes1 by wankreas, on Flickr

Also, here's another denizen-heavy photo! See if you can spot them all :3

 

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fishes2 by wankreas, on Flickr

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