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50 minutes ago, Jackal227 said:

Congratulations on TOTM.  It's well deserved.  

Thanks, Jackal... you laid the foundation for many of us on here with this tank... thank you so much for your dedication to documenting your experiences; l learned so much from you. 💛

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Daniel91

With the amount of time you dedicate to your tanks on a daily basis, receiving TOTM is beyond deserved.

 

Thanks for the continuos great pictures and I hope your reefing adventures will always be in your favor.

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On 3/2/2019 at 7:52 AM, Daniel91 said:

With the amount of time you dedicate to your tanks on a daily basis, receiving TOTM is beyond deserved.

 

Thanks for the continuos great pictures and I hope your reefing adventures will always be in your favor.

Thanks so much, Daniel. 🤗

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Wyatt45

Huge and well earned congratulations!!!!!

On 3/1/2019 at 8:57 PM, banasophia said:

Thanks, Jackal... you laid the foundation for many of us on here with this tank... thank you so much for your dedication to documenting your experiences; l learned so much from you. 💛

Very true

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banasophia

@Tigahboy, I know you mentioned you’re trying to decide between the ReefLens and the Polyplab Coral View clip-on. They have different features, and are both great. I like that the PolypLab one has the additional yellow lens, but the ReefLens has the additional wide angle lens. The big difference for me though is the macro lenses... ReefLens has stronger magnification. I like both, they are just different:

 

No clip on, just my iPad:

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Polyplab:

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ReefLens:

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17 minutes ago, Wyatt45 said:

Huge and well earned congratulations!!!!!

Very true

Thank you, Wyatt! 😊

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spectra

Nice pics and even without the filter wonder how it doesnt come out blue......my Iphone just takes blue pics.....

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banasophia
5 minutes ago, spectra said:

Nice pics and even without the filter wonder how it doesnt come out blue......my Iphone just takes blue pics.....

Ah, thanks... well two things probably affected those pics - I have the lamp on right now next to the tank, and also I think the beauty lights were just staring to come on, as evidenced by the fact that the dendros are starting to look glowy. Lights start out with blues, turn to beauty lights, then whites, then back to beauty lights, blues, then off. I usually don’t have to use a filter during the beauty light phase, just get a natural glow to many of the things that are orange or red (except the chili, interestingly).

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48 minutes ago, banasophia said:

@Tigahboy, I know you mentioned you’re trying to decide between the ReefLens and the Polyplab Coral View clip-on. They have different features, and are both great. I like that the PolypLab one has the additional yellow lens, but the ReefLens has the additional wide angle lens. The big difference for me though is the macro lenses... ReefLens has stronger magnification. I like both, they are just different:

 

No clip on, just my iPad:

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Polyplab:

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ReefLens:

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Thanks for the feedback!  Great photos btw!

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SliceGolfer

Great photos and comparison between the clip lenses. Are you using any specific camera app, or photo editing? I’m looking to take better photos, like the ones you posted. White balance is always challenging.

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1 hour ago, SliceGolfer said:

Great photos and comparison between the clip lenses. Are you using any specific camera app, or photo editing? I’m looking to take better photos, like the ones you posted. White balance is always challenging.

Thanks! I’m not using any kind of app, but my iPad is an iPad Pro so I think it has a pretty good camera. One thing that makes a big difference is aiming it at different things to see what gives the best white balancing/contrast as you snap the picture. 

 

So... for a comparison, I just took two pics to see if it’s just that the iPad Pro is extra good, but both look pretty decent to me, in fact I was pretty impressed with the iPhone 6 pic. I used a tripod for both shots, no filters.

 

iPad Pro

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Sancho

Wow those look amazing. You can see a slight more detail with the iPad but both look great. What light setting is on for those pics? Mine always look blue when using my iPhone. 

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banasophia
32 minutes ago, Sancho said:

Wow those look amazing. You can see a slight more detail with the iPad but both look great. What light setting is on for those pics? Mine always look blue when using my iPhone. 

 

Thanks! Yes, that’s what I noticed too.. a little more detail with the iPad, but both pretty good... gave me a lot more confidence in the phone. My lights are on daylights (whites) at this time of the day. 

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55 minutes ago, Sancho said:

Wow those look amazing. You can see a slight more detail with the iPad but both look great. What light setting is on for those pics? Mine always look blue when using my iPhone. 

I think since she is using a factory hood on that tank that the lights do not give off much blue. Are the lights LED or ? in that hood Bana ?

 

I have the same issue my iphone sucks and just does blue pics......

 

 

Ok just looked page one factory LEDs.......probably not to many and like the Current light that was over my 14 you can run them with no blues.....

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58 minutes ago, spectra said:

I think since she is using a factory hood on that tank that the lights do not give off much blue. Are the lights LED or ? in that hood Bana ?

 

I have the same issue my iphone sucks and just does blue pics......

 

 

Ok just looked page one factory LEDs.......probably not to many and like the Current light that was over my 14 you can run them with no blues.....

Yes the lights are in the lid and programmable... I think they’re pretty cool actually, once you know a good way to set them... took me a while to figure them out.

 

There are three phases and you can run them separately, or overlapping. Mine are set to overlap, so just the blues come on (and ramp up) first, then the beauty lights (sunrise) kick in as well and ramp up (and I keep it in this phase longer, cuz it’s the prettiest IMO), then the whites come on too (though the blues and beauty lights are also still on at the same time, it just looks white though).

 

Here’s my schedule again for any Biocube owners reading this that may want to try it out:

  • LC1  11 AM - 9:00 PM
  • LC2  10 AM - 9:30 PM
  • LC3    6 AM - 12:30 AM

 

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banasophia

So I was out of town in Seattle on business the last few days and missed photographing my tank so much I had to take some nature pics instead. It’s an interesting change in my mindset because I stocked my tank with a lot of corals that reminded me of flowers, but now that my interests have really shifted to reefing, I’m enjoying plants that remind me of corals. 🙂

 

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And then last night, once I returned home and went out to the store, I had to pick up this gorgeous shooting star hydrangea to plant in my yard... I love it cuz it reminds me of my pipe organ coral:

 

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Also, of course I worried about my tanks the whole time I was gone; I even had a nightmare that my Biocube crashed and my mandarin died... thankfully I returned home to find that all the fish were fine. However, the glass was covered with algae, the back wall had tons of cyano, and the branching dendro, a mushroom, and part of the sinularia had all fallen into the sandbed. 

 

I cleaned the glass, added my NOPOX (which hubs hadn’t been adding cuz he couldn’t find the pipette), and did an extra water change, so hopefully everything will be back on track in no time. In the Nuvo 10, the ATOs power was switched off, but miraculously even though there had been a lot of evaporation,  there were no microbubbles yet and everything looked fine in there. 

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On 3/7/2019 at 9:09 AM, banasophia said:

So I was out of town in Seattle on business the last few days and missed photographing my tank so much I had to take some nature pics instead. It’s an interesting change in my mindset because I stocked my tank with a lot of corals that reminded me of flowers, but now that my interests have really shifted to reefing, I’m enjoying plants that remind me of corals. 🙂

 

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And then last night, once I returned home and went out to the store, I had to pick up this gorgeous shooting star hydrangea to plant in my yard... I love it cuz it reminds me of my pipe organ coral:

 

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Also, of course I worried about my tanks the whole time I was gone; I even had a nightmare that my Biocube crashed and my mandarin died... thankfully I returned home to find that all the fish were fine. However, the glass was covered with algae, the back wall had tons of cyano, and the branching dendro, a mushroom, and part of the sinularia had all fallen into the sandbed. 

 

I cleaned the glass, added my NOPOX (which hubs hadn’t been adding cuz he couldn’t find the pipette), and did an extra water change, so hopefully everything will be back on track in no time. In the Nuvo 10, the ATOs power was switched off, but miraculously even though there had been a lot of evaporation,  there were no microbubbles yet and everything looked fine in there. 

Ah well... clearly I have missed the party 😛 

 

And. . .
 

You were in Seattle? 🙂 

 

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2 hours ago, Krish87 said:

 

Ah well... clearly I have missed the party 😛 

 

And. . .
 

You were in Seattle? 🙂 

 

Krish!!! I forgot you are in Seattle or I would have looked you up! Sorry I missed you!! How’ve you been? How’s your tank? 

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banasophia

I got some nice shots today... trying to improve my fish pics. 🙂

 

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10 minutes ago, banasophia said:

I got some nice shots today... trying to improve my fish pics. 🙂

 

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Those are fantastic pics! What filter did you use? I’m still trying to figure out if the reeflens is the way to go. 

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1 minute ago, Sancho said:

Those are fantastic pics! What filter did you use? I’m still trying to figure out if the reeflens is the way to go. 

Thanks! As I recall, no filter, except for the one with the hermit on its back and the closeup of the spider sponge... for those two shots I used the ReefLens. 

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kimberbee

Those pictures are beautiful!!

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banasophia
11 minutes ago, kimberbee said:

Those pictures are beautiful!!

Thanks so much, Kimber... it was funny cuz I was kind of in a funk this evening for some reason (yesterday evening now, I guess, haha) and then it finally dawned on me that I just needed a little fish tank therapy... totally did the trick and cheered me up! 🙂 

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13 hours ago, banasophia said:

Krish!!! I forgot you are in Seattle or I would have looked you up! Sorry I missed you!! How’ve you been? How’s your tank? 

Not a problem @banasophia 🙂There is always a next time. I will be coming down to the Bay Area soon, we can see how we can work something out. Tank is doing good. I was out of the scenes for quite some time as I was traveling + took some time off in December. 

 

I'll share some updates very soon! Again, kudos to you on your tank. It is indeed outstanding ❤️ 

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banasophia

Pic from tonight, used the Polyplabs orange and macro lenses:

 

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