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RollaJase's Trip Off the Deep End - Custom Rimless 55G

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teenyreef

That's 10 Aussie dollarydoos = $7.50 USD

 

Check the reef secrets facebook page. Awesome echinata colonies on there.

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I've met a lot of Aussies that travel to the US just do Christmas shopping because they save so much on electronics. Maybe I should travel to Australia just to buy corals. I've only been there once and would love a good excuse to go back :D

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The tank looks excellent, Jase, and the light looks even better! I'm glad the cyano is receding now. Oh, and I'm with Ninja, super jealous of your $10 SPS "frags". At any of my LFS's those would be "colonies" selling for about $150.

Thank you teeny :). I'm really happy with things are progressing now, the light made a huge difference. Believe me, I've paid a lot more and got a lot less when it comes to SPS haha. I want small frags as they are better for me for placement and means I can have more variety but when deals come up like this I can't resist :).

 

That's 10 Aussie dollarydoos = $7.50 USD

 

Check the reef secrets facebook page. Awesome echinata colonies on there.

 

Oceanarium are in my state, I think when the weather gets warmer things will be released. They have plenty of zoas though for $20 10+ polyps

Yeah, just rub it in some more haha. I'll definitely check out their facebook page, I already follow it but probably haven't subscribed to notifications. I do check out their website from time to time but it takes forever to load pages so I end up getting bored and leaving. I checked Oceanarium today and noticed they had added a few more pieces, it's cool that they are close by to you. I have used them for over 3 years now, never had an issue with them. They have some great zoas, I have 2-3 nice colonies in my tank that I grew out from 3-4 head frags that I got from them.

 

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I've met a lot of Aussies that travel to the US just do Christmas shopping because they save so much on electronics. Maybe I should travel to Australia just to buy corals. I've only been there once and would love a good excuse to go back :D

Where we have it good for SPS you have it way better when it comes to equipment and certain corals/fish. Ricordea over here are $300+ for something decent and any fish coming out of America are $100+ for us over here. Electronics are definitely cheaper in America though and when our dollar was stronger than the USD after the GFC I picked up a few cameras, laptops and other stuff for a bargain and to sell for a profit. With how cheap flights are becoming you could very nearly do that! Not sure how easy it would be to get corals out of Australian customs though haha.

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Thank you teeny :). I'm really happy with things are progressing now, the light made a huge difference. Believe me, I've paid a lot more and got a lot less when it comes to SPS haha. I want small frags as they are better for me for placement and means I can have more variety but when deals come up like this I can't resist :).

 

Yeah, just rub it in some more haha. I'll definitely check out their facebook page, I already follow it but probably haven't subscribed to notifications. I do check out their website from time to time but it takes forever to load pages so I end up getting bored and leaving. I checked Oceanarium today and noticed they had added a few more pieces, it's cool that they are close by to you. I have used them for over 3 years now, never had an issue with them. They have some great zoas, I have 2-3 nice colonies in my tank that I grew out from 3-4 head frags that I got from them.

 

Where we have it good for SPS you have it way better when it comes to equipment and certain corals/fish. Ricordea over here are $300+ for something decent and any fish coming out of America are $100+ for us over here. Electronics are definitely cheaper in America though and when our dollar was stronger than the USD after the GFC I picked up a few cameras, laptops and other stuff for a bargain and to sell for a profit. With how cheap flights are becoming you could very nearly do that! Not sure how easy it would be to get corals out of Australian customs though haha.

 

Yup. Fish from overseas are soo expensive. Even things like tailspot blennys, which live relatively close to us compared to the US cost 100+ AUD, whereas they cost 20 USD.

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Mikeymikemike

Don't get me started on blood cleaner shrimp for $190

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RollaJase

Yup, shrimp, anything from Hawaii and Ricordea's are ridiculous here. As is premium hardware, even the second hand market is pretty ridiculous. I ended up selling my MP10 for about $50 less than I paid for it new after 2 years of abuse, similar story with my Tunze 9004 skimmer. I'm hoping to do the same with my AI Sol once I get around to cleaning it up and putting it up for sale.

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pappadumplingz

And things would be cheaper if we were allowed to import captive bred stuff from the US. But no, the Aussie government gives a big f*** you to us and says it's not allowed.

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That caper is all to do with border control. Once the captive bred stuff passes the vetting stage for disease and the like we will see more of it. Took forever to get designer clowns here for the same reason. They also check to see if the animals coming in can be damaging to our ecosystem if they were released into the wild, this is the big sticking point for them. We don't want a situation here like Florida has with lion fish.

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That caper is all to do with border control. Once the captive bred stuff passes the vetting stage for disease and the like we will see more of it. Took forever to get designer clowns here for the same reason. They also check to see if the animals coming in can be damaging to our ecosystem if they were released into the wild, this is the big sticking point for them. We don't want a situation here like Florida has with lion fish.

True, but would they really become rampant. For example, why not allow native species in. Rainford gobies are bred in the US, and are native here, so the chance of them going rampant are quite low.

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True, but would they really become rampant. For example, why not allow native species in. Rainford gobies are bred in the US, and are native here, so the chance of them going rampant are quite low.

Very true, in that case it is probably down to economics. Yes they are available here, so they are probably extending the branch to local collectors instead of killing their business by bringing in foreign products. Not ideal for the hobbyist but good for the economy.

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markalot

Don't get me started on blood cleaner shrimp for $190

 

You wouldn't know an Andrew in Australia would ya? I always like to tease about how cheap shrimp are over here while he bombards us with full size colonies for $50 that would be hundreds up here.

 

 

Tank is looking good, though that leather is out of place. :D

 

I loved the Aussie tanks, I want the blue stag in that first picture.

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You wouldn't know an Andrew in Australia would ya? I always like to tease about how cheap shrimp are over here while he bombards us with full size colonies for $50 that would be hundreds up here.

 

 

Tank is looking good, though that leather is out of place. :D

 

I loved the Aussie tanks, I want the blue stag in that first picture.

I wouldn't, but it would depend on state. Where abouts does he live.

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I wouldn't, but it would depend on state. Where abouts does he live.

 

I'm not really sure. He's Biggles over on RC and has a thread in the SPS forum titled A Splash of Color.

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I'm not really sure. He's Biggles over on RC and has a thread in the SPS forum titled A Splash of Color.

I don't think it says where he is located on his page. Why not ask him. If he lives in Western Australia I'm sure mike would know him. If he lives in south Australia Jase might.

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Tank is looking good, though that leather is out of place. :D

 

I loved the Aussie tanks, I want the blue stag in that first picture.

Thank you Mark :). The leather is filling a nice space at the moment and when open I really like how it looks. Who knows, I may get an itch to replace it with SPS/LPS at some stage. I'm enjoying filling an almost cyano free tank with SPS at the moment :).

 

Yup, some of those colonies are pretty epic :). We can definitely build some nice tanks down under ;).

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pappadumplingz

Saw both of your posts over on Facebook. Now I can put a face to a name.

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Saw both of your posts over on Facebook. Now I can put a face to a name.

Figured I'd post up a few pictures of my tanks to the group :). Unfortunately I don't have any good pictures of my current tank on my phone.

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RollaJase

I'm seeing some slight regrowth from the cyano in a couple of lower flow areas. It's not super thick, just a discolouration on the sand for now but I can see the gas bubbles starting to form. I'm increasing the daily dosage of vinegar as I have found the colour of the skimmate has changed significantly since adding the new light. Some of this is to do with Cyano RX and Phosphate Rx but I want to see how much vinegar I can dose before I get unwanted film algae growth everywhere.

Also found out last night that my new garf bonsai-esque acro has a resident acro crab. I love these little guys and was a little disappointed that all of my SPS purchases up until now have been missing them. I'll have to be conscious to feed it when I feed the tank to make sure I can keep it healthy.

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teenyreef

I'm seeing some slight regrowth from the cyano in a couple of lower flow areas. It's not super thick, just a discolouration on the sand for now but I can see the gas bubbles starting to form. I'm increasing the daily dosage of vinegar as I have found the colour of the skimmate has changed significantly since adding the new light. Some of this is to do with Cyano RX and Phosphate Rx but I want to see how much vinegar I can dose before I get unwanted film algae growth everywhere.

 

Also found out last night that my new garf bonsai-esque acro has a resident acro crab. I love these little guys and was a little disappointed that all of my SPS purchases up until now have been missing them. I'll have to be conscious to feed it when I feed the tank to make sure I can keep it healthy.

That's always the problem with vinergar dosing, isn't it? You want to keep increasing the dose since it's like magic, until suddenly you find out your tank has turned to crap because you crossed the magic line from a good thing to insanity.

 

I've done it more than once now :rolleyes:

 

PS: I'm super jealous of your acro crab - they are so cool.

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That's always the problem with vinergar dosing, isn't it? You want to keep increasing the dose since it's like magic, until suddenly you find out your tank has turned to crap because you crossed the magic line from a good thing to insanity.

 

I've done it more than once now :rolleyes:

 

PS: I'm super jealous of your acro crab - they are so cool.

Haha, yeah, it is fine line wit hVinegar dosing. At the moment I'm at around 27ml daily, increasing it a bit every week. My Cyano is increasing again but it's kinda weird, it grows and recedes a tad and then grows again. I don't know if I should be dosing an extra drop of Phosphate Rx or not. The acro crab is super cute, I have been feeding it an NLS pellet every few days and make sure it gets some frozen foods when I feed the tank.

 

 

In other news, my car got caught in a hail storm Friday while I was at work, it has dents all over. Some are shallow but there are a few really deep ones. The deep ones are also on parts of the car I know they wont be able to remove. I hope when my car gets assessed they recommend it for a statutory write off. If they don't, I know I'll be fighting the insurance company for months over work I deem to be sub par but they deem to be suitable.

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Hmm, starting to think that I should have got two RW-8 pumps over the two RW-4's. I'm considering getting a 3rd RW-4 to change up my flow a bit, or I could use the Tunze 6015 that I have laying around. Now that the cyano is starting to come back in places I think it's safe to say that I have identified some low flow areas. I'm hoping that increasing circulation will not only help with the cyano but also aid with the happiness of the SPS.

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jedimasterben

Tunze all the way.

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Tunze all the way.

I ended up picking up another RW-4 from Fish Street as part of their Black Friday sale. Unfortunately, the condition of using the coupon was the pump wouldn't ship until early December so it is probably a few weeks away still. I'm using my old Tunze 6015 at the moment and the thing is just huge compared to the RW-4. It does produce a much broader cone of water flow though due to the larger nozzle. I'll need to get creative with the placement RW-4's and bounce the water off of surfaces to get the desired flow patterns that I want.

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teenyreef

How'd things turn out with your car? Hail damage sucks :(

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I ended up picking up another RW-4 from Fish Street as part of their Black Friday sale.

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How'd things turn out with your car? Hail damage sucks :(

I got the car assessed by a 3rd party repaired over a week ago, roughly $8k of dent removal alone before any replacement parts, labour or paint if need be. I've been waiting close to 3 weeks for my insurers hail damage specialist to book a time to see me. Every week I get a call saying 'we will call next week'. My insurer is happy to use the 3rd party but insist on the specialist looking at the car first as they are likely to uncover additional damage unseen to the naked eye.

 

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Haha. Once they start dropping off I'll probably buy a Gyre or something else.

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