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Noah C Peterson

What have you all done to me? I go 4 whole years without a tank and now I'm setting up my second contest tank in a year. You should be ashamed!

 

Found this little 2-3 gallon AIO chilling in my attic and couldn't resist myself. The plan is to spend very little money while creating a peaceful flowy zen garden. I'm planning on a bonsai style scape hoping to recreate a Ishizuke, ishitsuki so a tree on a rock. Gotta shout out @pisces4u for his 10 gallon torch bonsai. This inspired me years ago as a teenager to get into reefing and I think it will be an incredibly fun homage for this contest. 

 

Equipment 

 

Tank - Evolve 4

 

Light - KINGBO Par 38

 

Heater- Aqueon Mini

 

Flow - JaJale mini 66 GPH

 

So far all of my equipment has been found from old projects 😎

 

Current FTS 8/19/20

 

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debbeach13

Yes another dust it off and get in the contest tank. Welcome aboard! I hope I can find the time to check out that old thread.  for this tank.

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seabass

Nice plan.  Good luck!

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kimberbee

Do you know what tank this is? It's cute!! 

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Ratvan

Yes!!! I cant wait to see what you do in this challenge. 

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Noah C Peterson

Alright so I got some work done on the tank. I found this dope piece of tonga branch that believe it or not my mom was using as decoration 😂 Unfortunately for her I had to reclaim it.

 

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Then came the hard part crafting the tree. I broke up a piece of dry rock that I had layin' around and started shaping the rubble with super glue. 

 

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Here it is under the Par 38 

 

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Now the majority of these pieces I ended up sculpting using the chisel tool from my exacto set, slowly shaping the rock. This was a painstaking process and I shattered more than a few pieces of rubble along the way but I'm super happy with how it turned out! 

 

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And amazingly the tank is wet! 

 

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debbeach13

Looks good. What did you use to glue the pieces together?

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Noah C Peterson
7 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Looks good. What did you use to glue the pieces together?

Good ol' super glue gel!

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Noah C Peterson

Yikes a day late 😅 Things are getting pretty wild out there. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! 

 

March FTS

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Nothing has really changed but the cycle is almost done so hopefully I can transfer over some corals soon! 

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Fryguy0201

Seriously in love with this rock work 😍

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Tigahboy

Wow. You nailed the tree.  

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Noah C Peterson

Wow I have been MIA since the pandemic hit but the tank surprisingly is still up and running! Currently home to two astera starfish and some detritus. I'd love to stock this thing eventually but I guess I gotta hold out for a huge chunk of GSP to make up for all my lost time! 

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debbeach13

Glad you checked in. Things have been tough for a few members crazy times.

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Aqua Splendor

Look the positive side, there still water inside 😛

Don't worry too much for the reboot, lot of us, including me, haven't really start yet. (I'm currently cycling)

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Noah C Peterson

Y'all I guess patience is key, a local member posted about a big chuck of GSP for $25. Snagged it this afternoon and I don't think I'll have a problem growing this in 😂 

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Okay the star polyps have opened up and I'm really happy with the carpet! Obviously it needs to fill in a little more but it is definitely getting there. 

 

Now I have to decide the rest of stocking. I originally was planning on doing GSP for the tree as well but I would love a bit of contrast so now I'm leaning towards something red. Maybe some mushrooms? What do y'all think?

 

 

 

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cheesesteak

That GSP carpet is awesome. How did you secure it to the bottom? Clove polyps or Xenia at the top and mushrooms at the bottom could be cool as well. 

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On 7/28/2020 at 7:50 PM, cheesesteak said:

That GSP carpet is awesome. How did you secure it to the bottom? Clove polyps or Xenia at the top and mushrooms at the bottom could be cool as well. 

The GSP is actually not secured at all. The mat is heavy enough and the flow low enough that they all sit in place. Probably means I should add a bit more flow so that's in the plans!

 

I was also thinking xenia and clove polyps because I love their movement, but I'm a little worried about them getting over run and out of control. That's why I was leaning towards mushroom since they maintain their shape and would reproduce a little less. Gonna have to stew on it 🤔

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debbeach13

Depends on the mushroom 

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17 minutes ago, debbeach13 said:

Depends on the mushroom 

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See that is beautiful and I think it may be exactly what I'm aiming to achieve.

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If I plant them like this they should grow upward to the light and as the babies sprout the will engulf the structure. They also will be easily snipped with an exacto knife.

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Noah C Peterson

I've tried a couple of other tree top options but haven't really liked how any of them looked. First I tried Cheato, I figure it's pretty close to java miss and I've see trees sculpted like that a million times 

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I really wasn't a fan of this. I know it would grow in nicer and I do like the appeal of macros because they are easily shaped but I definitely wanted more contrast since the bottom is so green. 

 

The only saltwater store in my hometown is a Petco and as I made my masked journey for crested gecko diet today I saw a cluster of feather dusters for $15. I had a ton of hitchhiker feather dusters in my first reef tank 10 years ago and nostalgia took hold so I snagged them.

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Not all of them have opened up since they were just dunked in after acclimation but I do like these better then the chaeto. They are definitely more organic, but I'm still missing that bold contrast I really want. I think these little guys will move on the left side of the rock structure in the shade. 20200730_193431.thumb.jpg.a1dbe0dacc315ee44a83c6d626dd05de.jpg

 

 

 

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Tamberav

Needs some cloves or zoas right around the bottom to serve as flowers... for the leaves...hmm. Torches have already been done so thats out. A BTA would probably move.

 

Red macroalgae would probably be pretty dramatic and easy to sculpt. Red titan in-particular is hardy. 

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Noah C Peterson

Alright I might have jumped the gun on disliking these little worms. 

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They are actually quite beautiful and fill up the tree nicely.

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I think I'll keep them there for now. If they are replaced it will probably be with some Red Titan like  @Tamberav suggested. 

 

Current FTS 7/31/2020

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So I guess it's time to work on the base! Maybe think about a tiny fish? I assume shrimp will bug the feather dusters too much.

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Tamberav

Ohhh they settled in! They look fantastic. Hopefully they do well.

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