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johnmauser

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Hi all!

Heres a little background info, Ive been keeping SW for about 15 years and I'm also an aquarist for the NC Aquarium at PKS. I've always kept fowlr but was recently bitten by the coral bug. My wife graciously allowed me to put a fourth aquarium in the house.

 

I plan to keep this post updated as I go along. So far I have the Oceanic 30g cube, stand, cpr bakpak skimmer, and Sunpod 150 MH set up. I have live sand and about 15lbs of rock that I will be moving out of another tank I'm taking down. I also have another 20lbs of Haitian live rock curing at work. I also have a maxi jet, a rotating powerhead, and a titanium heater on the way.

 

I'm shooting for a caribbean theme with the main Corals being ricordea florida, zoanthid polyps, gorgonians, and acropora. I'll also throw in a cleanup crew, a cleaner shrimp and some sort of peaceful caribbean fish or two.

 

Here's a few boring pics. They'll get more exciting as I go.

Thanks

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My mom has a yellowhead jawfish in her reef tank. They're definitely the coolest fish.

 

I also have a caribbean themed 50g breeder that I set up a few months ago. It has 40# hatian live rock, caleurpa, blue legs, atraea, queen conch, cowrie snails and a small french angel. I'll post pics of that too.

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travisurfer

where in NC are you located? great tank too. i wanted a carib tank, but my 20H is supposedly too small for a cherub. keep us posted.

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Travis,

I live in Swansboro but work for the NC Aquarium at PKS near Atlantic Beach. I take it from your sig that you live on the coast too. As far as the cherubs go, people reccomend at least a 30g...but most of those fish don't grow over 2" so I don't think they would be too cramped in a 20g.

 

where in NC are you located? great tank too. i wanted a carib tank, but my 20H is supposedly too small for a cherub. keep us posted.
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Makes sense...

I lived in Wilmington for 4 years.

 

i live down in Wilmington. i heard the problem with cherubs is that they like room to graze.
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Here's an updated pic of my cube. I added about 15lbs of live sand from another tank and mixed another 15lbs of argonite sand. I added two "kinda sorta live" live rocks from another tank also. I still have 20lbs of live rock curing and the powerheads and heater will be here Wednesday.

Still looks pretty boring but that will hopefully change soon.

 

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I've considered putting together a biotope tank several times but any ONE area doesn't seem to have enough really colorful/interesting corals. Maybe I'm just a bad researcher though. I'm interested to see how this goes for you. Best of luck!

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I've gotten pretty hardcore about biotopes. It really freaks me out to see fish from different sides of the world mixed together. I think setting up exhibits and matching species for the NC Aquarium has gotten me that way. I've also spent some time in places like cozumel and belize and I love to try to recreate what I saw. Of course I can't really get caribbean hardcorals, so I'll use pacifics that are very closely related and look the same(ie. acroporas and porites). But all the softies will be from the caribbean,(ricordea florida, zoanthid polyps, gorgonians). All the cleaners will also be caribbean. It may not be as colorful as some tanks but I'll be plenty happy with it.

 

ps. I got my powerheads and titanium heater today. Once step closer...

 

 

I've considered putting together a biotope tank several times but any ONE area doesn't seem to have enough really colorful/interesting corals. Maybe I'm just a bad researcher though. I'm interested to see how this goes for you. Best of luck!
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Well my live rock has finally cured and I plan to put it in tomorrow. I'll post some pics once it's in but until then, here are a few pics of some of the cubes caribbean residents.

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Ricordea florida

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Blue leg buddies

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Chalk bass hiding behind rock

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Chalk bass sneaking out for food

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szesteve

I'm reallyliking the sunpod. The LEDs are great.

 

pico1

wow, never thought of that. I wonder if the tank temp would stay as warm as what the thermostat would read in the bio bale chamber.

 

By the way I caught 5 pepperment shrimp tonight and added them to the one thats already in there.

John

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tank is coming along nicely. how do you like your bakpak?

 

Travis, its a love hate relationship. I love them because they pull so much gunk out of the water but hate them because of the microbubbles they put in the tank. I put a bubble trap on it but I'm still seeing bubbles buncing around in the system. The tank has such a tiny bioload right now that the skimmer's not pulling much. On the other hand, the bak pak in my 50 gallon's sump almost explodes with gunk.

 

I feel like there's been tiny bits of progress with this system but not much. As soon as I get the new cured liverock in this system, I'll order a batch of softies, and it'll really start to take shape.

John

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When I was shopping for a skimmer that was a big plus for the bac pac that I could put the heater in the second chamber.

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ZenMastr1968

Looks good - I love the shape of those tanks.... I'll have to graduate to one of those at some point in time. I hear you about trying to model something with your reef. I've been keeping a Marshall Islands theme in the back of my head. I can't wait to see this little piece of the Caribbean. Best of luck. B)

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Great theme! I think you're off on the idea of it not being colorful. Some of the nicest stuff I have came from the carribean - there are lots of blue zoas from there!

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