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I guess I'll start with a little bit about myself. I started keeping fish back in 1963 or 64; I don't remember which, it was so long ago. Back in those days FW was the only option, especially for a little kid. I was quite the entrepreneur, selling livebearer fry to Woolworth's and the local fish store for pennies apiece. It was enough to keep me well supplied with candy :lol: I continued to keep a tank or two going off and on (mostly on) right up until the present. When I started seeing marine tanks appear on the scene, I knew that I would eventually set one up, but it took me a while. Life in the military and the constant moving, often with almost no notice, isn't exactly conducive to the marine hobby. When I made my final military move back in 2007, I decided to make the switch to salt water. I had planned on going fish only, but after seeing the display tanks at the LFS my wife had other ideas.

In the past 10 years, I have had a number of reef tanks - a 30G (for 1 year), a 75G (for 6 years), a 3G (for 5 years), a DIY 10G AIO (for 2 years), a 120G (for 2 1/2 years) and now my latest - a CADLIGHTS 28G bowfront AIO that has been running for a month and a half or so.

 

I started the tank using about 20lbs of well established LR that I took from the sump of the 120G.  I also snagged about a litre of Siporax from the sump and placed it into one of the chambers of the 28G. I used mostly new sand, but added a few cups of sand from the other tank to help things along. The cycle was virtually non-existent. I have a number of sponges in the 120 sump that I rotate through the back chambers to help with the pod population.

 

I picked up two used AI Primes for lighting (one older version and one HD) and am currently running the Saxby low power schedule. I have a Tunze 9001 skimmer in the back, a Jebao SW-4 for additional flow, and a DIY dual float ATO.

 

I've decided to make this a zoa/paly/pipefish tank. Thanks to a local fellow reefer (Sharbuckle here on Nano-Reef) and a recent frag swap, I managed to add quite a few specimens to the meager collection that I moved over from the other tank.  As far as fish go, I have a Rainford's Goby, a Wheeler's Goby, a m/f pair of bluestripe pipefish, 2 male dragonface pipefish, and as of yesterday a garden eel. I created a pretty deep sandbed on one side of the tank for the eel, but of course it wants to be front and centre in 1 1/2 inches of sand. Go figure.

 

Yes, I know that I'm moving fast and nothing good happens quickly in this hobby, but what can I say? I'm 60 years old and who knows how much longer I'll be around, so I plan on enjoying things while I can. :rolleyes: 

 

I've always fed my tanks a lot, and this one is no different - it gets live bbs daily as well as probably 4 or 5 other feedings of various frozen and bottled foods. They're not huge portions, but I figure that in the wild fish are generally eating, sleeping, pooping, and making whoopie, so I do my best to make them feel like they are in the wild.

 

Except for the 1 1/2 heads of Rastas, I don't know the names of the zoas or palys.  I just pick ones that look nice.

 

I know that this thread is useless without pictures, so here are a few for you. I am probably the world's worst aquarium photographer, so please be prepared to use your imagination.

 

Jerry

 

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Sharbuckle

Jerry the tank looks wicked. Love the pipefish! 

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Rybren

Thanks Shawn.

 

Need

More

Zoas

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Sharbuckle
1 hour ago, Rybren said:

Thanks Shawn.

 

Need

More

Zoas

I got ya covered 

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Rybren

You the man! Might hook up with Mitch tomorrow to grab some from him.

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Rybren

Well, the garden eel didn't make it. It was eating like a pig and would consume anything I threw in the tank, yet when I got up this morning it was totally out of its burrow and dead. They are such interesting creatures :(

 

 

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Sharbuckle

Damn that sucks. Sorry about the eel. 

 

That zoa collection is looking wicked though! 

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Rybren

Thanks.

 

Might be time to place an order with fragbox or take a drive to Raging Reef or both!

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Sharbuckle
5 hours ago, Rybren said:

Thanks.

 

Might be time to place an order with fragbox or take a drive to Raging Reef or both!

Id love to go with you to raging reef! 

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Rybren

When are your days off? We can try to set something up.

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I lost one of my Bluestripes. Don't know why, it was eating aggressively and swimming normally, but found it dead on the sandbed yesterday morning. :(

 

On the plus side, I picked up a bunch more zoa frags, pics to follow once the lights are on.

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Sharbuckle

Oh no. Sorry to hear about the pipefish :( 

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Rybren

Time for a few more shots. Can't wait for everything to fill in.

 

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Sharbuckle

Lookin good dude. 

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Rybren

Thanks. Still up for a trip to Montreal this week?

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Sharbuckle
5 minutes ago, Rybren said:

Thanks. Still up for a trip to Montreal this week?

Yep! Thursday

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xellos88

When you find them dead, are they half-eaten or is there any injury on them? You could have a predator hiding(mantis?) in there. Also, nice tanks! :)

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Rybren

Hi,

 

Thanks!

No, there has been no sign of injury.  Both looked like they were just sleeping.  I found them before the CUC even had a chance to start snacking. Luckily, nothing else has died on me since I lost the Bluestripe.

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Today's FTS. My zoa garden is gaining speed.

 

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