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  1. cbort

    BortElos120

    Well....as I slowly get these two displays up and running, I wanted to share some pictures and details on a new toy! I recently picked up a Deltec SC 2560 with a matching Deltec CS 2560! This skimmer is fully capable of running on a system of well over 500g. I didn't need a skimmer this large, but I love to stock my tanks to the limits and feeding tends to take it's toll on a tank if water changes aren't regular. I have had many different skimmers from various Reef Octopus, Vertex, Bubble King, and Eshopps models. All of which ran very well, many under performed due to stocking levels, and others performed well as long as i kept up on cleaning them regularly. Already, I am in LOVE with this set up! The Skimmer itself couldn't have been easier to set up and as you can see in the pics below, it just keeps producing dark thick skimmate. The added bonus for me, is the Self Cleaning head! Like water changes, i lack the regular maintenance schedule it takes to run a reef, and this thing cleans the neck every 8 minutes! This thing is AMAZING! These are the pics from initial set up. Fits perfectly in my SKIMZ SUMPRO UP-39! This is after day 1 This is after day 2 After Day 2 I raised the water level 1/2" and day 3 was a dramatic change! Day 4, she just keeps churning! Day 5....
  2. cbort

    Igor's Peninsula

    I currently have an 8” Niger possibly going in with him. I am also looking for a golden puffer, blue ribbon eel, zebra Moray and possibly a tessalata Moray.
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    Igor's Peninsula

    Igor is roughly 18" long. He is a pretty small thin guy still right now. Perfect size to start out!
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    Igor's Peninsula

    Thanks! He will definitely rule this tank! Lol Thanks, I agree! Not something you see very often!
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    Igor's Peninsula

    In all of the years I have been in the reefing hobby, I something I have never been able to achieve is more than 1 display. I have often been able to keep and display and a frag tank, but time, money, or space has usually kept me from multiple set ups. I love all sorts of fish and corals, but there are many fish and corals that i believe are too risky to keep housed in the same display due to aggression, size of tank/livestock, etc. This display tank will officially be my 2nd complete display tank and will house mainly softies and LPS. I am dedicating this tank to 1 particular inhabitant named "Igor". Igor is a Green Moray Eel, and is going to get VERY big!! Green Morays can live for a very long time if cared for properly and housed in a dedicated display! For these reasons, I purposely have avoided sourcing one until I was in a situation that would allow me to properly care for one. In the 15ish years that I have been in the hobby, I have frequented many LFS's in the midwest and have never come across a Green Moray for sale. The few that I have seen are generally at Zoos, Aquariums, or a Restaurant. A few weeks back I had wandered into a LFS and came across Igor! The LFS was nice enough even to house Igor until I had set up a proper display for him. Finding a display tank to house Igor was very challenging! I don't mean to offend anyone, but the typical rectangular shaped display with a canopy is not my style! I am drawn to cubes or custom shapes, and most importantly rimless open top designs. Searching for something outside the box was challenging, but I recently came across what I am going to be calling..."Igor's Peninsula". The display is absolutely gorgeous! It's 60" Long, 24" Wide, and 30" Tall. Best part of all, the display is made of 1/2" glass and features heavy panels for enclosing the top as well. The filtration will be very basic. I will be utilizing a custom glass sump, over-sized skimmer, and 2 MP40QD pumps. Igor will eventually outgrow this display, and but until then, this will be his home! Currently I am finishing up the stand and canopy for the display, and hope to bring Igor home very soon! Plenty of more updates to come!
  6. Man that sucks! It was looking really good! Are you going to be able to save most of them?
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    BortElos120

    Well.....it's been about 1 month and a half since the mishap with the Elos 120... The latest update is that we have been issued a check to replace our floors, repair the ceiling in the basement, and cleaning service. I have also received about 1/2 of the claim on the equipment. We are currently in limbo waiting for our floors to be replaced so that a new display tank can be placed back into this room. During this time, I have been scrambling to find a cool/unique display tank for "Igor" the Green Moray. I hate tanks that aren't rimless, so that has made it tough to find the right tank. I also do not like the average long rectangle shaped tanks most of the larger tanks are available in. Then I came across this..... The tank was being sold by an optometrist who had ordered the setup and received 2 tanks by mistake. He arranged a deal with the manufacturer to purchase the 2nd tank and planned to set up 2 displays, but changed his mind. So this tank had sat in storage and never had seen water. It is approximately 180g and measures 60"x24"x30" Tall. Best part about it, it's GLASS!!! Here is a couple shots of his display at his office:
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    BortElos120

    I'm going to have to look into that! My brother in-law came to stay with us for the weekend, and so I of course had to bring out the drone to play around with. Me trying to be the cool and nice "brother in-law" I handed over the my controller to him to give it a try as i continued to grill our steaks. I was about as nervous as could be! As you can see from my arial shots, behind our house is nothing but trees! And he of course was able to maneuver the Mavic around as if he already had years of experience. At that moment, i was wishing i had some sort of insurance! Lol
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    BortElos120

    2-3.....update coming..... 😁
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    BortElos120

    Yes, should be a pretty cool view! Now to make it over your way to snag some of those SPS frags!! 😜
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    BortElos120

    Yes it is! Over all the tank measures just over 7' Long X 4' Wide and is 18 1/2" inches Tall. The actual tank itself measures 78.5" Long X 42.5" Wide X 18" Tall Water volume "260g" probably more closer to 250g when you figure it's made out of 1" acrylic. I am going to run it with 2 Apex Core 20 pumps. Which should be perfect for adjusting the overflowing action of the tank!
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    BortElos120

    Quick update while waiting on getting the Elos replaced and Hard Wood floor repairs finished. -picked up this project to pass the time! also picked up a bottle of Novus 3 with a bottle of Novus 2 on it’s way. The stand will be sanded/ground down to bare metal, couple closets of primer, and finally painted white.
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    BortElos120

    The awesome staff over at Coral Haven sent me a cool video of Igor feeding today!! https://www.facebook.com/curtissbortell/posts/10155370900011766
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    BortElos120

    Oh man, I walked into the shop and spotted him and was SOLD! I am sooooo excited to get him home and working with him! Once i get to feeding him regularly, i should be able to get his aggression and temperament under control. In the tank he is in now, the hiding spots are pretty bleak. I will have 3-4 nice sized structures as well as 2" PVC piping beneath the sand for plenty of hiding spots which should calm him down as well!
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    BortElos120

    😁 Yes it is! Yes I did! Although, not terribly fond of the name, I think once he's 4' long it will fit him just fine! Lol
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