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  1. I have a 23" rimless cube (holds rougly 45-50 gallons of water, empty.... the glass is 1/2" thick also). I just ordered a Voyager 3 (1200GPH) and am putting it on a Red Sea wavemaker. I have a few old school maxijets I was going to use in addition to the Voyager. However I'm thinking of just ordering another Voyager and letting those two pumps duke it out on the wavemaker (one on each side pointing toward the front of the glass). Any tips? The tank is largely shelf-rock (see the link in my signature). Populated almost entirely with just soft corals. I do like a LOT of action but I don't want the softies to shrivel all up because of overkill water flow.
  2. I just set up a tide pool tank with local critters from the SC coast (trying local fiddler crabs). I need some macroalgae to populate it. Our temperate marine plants tend not to grow very well in our tanks for whatever reason. I'm interested in these, but also open to other ideas. C. prolifera (the twisty blade type) Red grape caulerpa Dragon's breath/Halymenia Parrot feather caulerpa Would consider any of the semi-terrestrial plants (similar to mangroves) so long as they only grow a few inches out of the water. My tank is shallow and has a tight-fitting mesh lid that can't be modified, so that the fiddlers don't crawl out. Thanks!
  3. Red grape caulerpa macro algae

    I am interested in some. Send me a PM if you have any available still. Thanks!
  4. Sorry about the late response, I haven't moved forward with this yet due to just having a very hectic work schedule. Some great ideas here though. I've definitely thought about a choc-chip star but the tank I'll keep the critter in is a small frag tank. Fromias/linkias are potentially too big and needy for my small tank, although this would be an incredibly awesome thing to take. I live in a rented house and they do not allow anything except aquariums. Fortunately they think my 2 reefs are the coolest thing ever. A big Halloween crab would be pretty cool. Maybe a handful of them, just to keep from harassing the same one over and over lol. I suspect a slipper would get a bit too big for my tank, how big are the ones you have? Unfortunately I'm limited to small stuff. I am considering the coral banded shrimp. I'm sure I could find a sump monster around here almost free lol. I did catch in my cast net the other day (when out fishing) three juvenile bighead sea robins (google that one!). They are the size of a thumb and just plain awesome, and eating flake food already in the quarantine tank. Unfortunately they just get too big lol. I will be giving them to someone for their predator tank once they have been sufficiently quarantined.
  5. Thank you Slick Will. Once I get an idea of what kinds of animals really are viable (by chatting with y'all and with folks on other forums) I'll contact the hospitals and see what they will allow me to do. I fully intend to be taking my 4 year old son with me. He's in seemingly great health but I want him to be learning about those around us that must never be forgotten about.
  6. I am thinking about contacting the several children's wards around my area and take a sea critter, or three, along with me to show them and brighten their day up some. NO touch tanks though. Whatever animals I decide on, they need to be something that gets only about the size of a small fist, that isn't a hyperactive animal (rules out many fish), and can handle being toted around. Many crabs and lobster type animals fit this bill quite well, and some fish. I live on the coast (Charleston SC) and could easily catch a lady crab or something, which would work fine. We also have lots of medium sized blennies that are pretty tough, but rather boring. We have lots of blue crabs but they just get too big. I'm thinking of getting a purple reef lobster that's around 4" long, and maybe a big serpent star. I do not know if I kept the purple lobster in the same tank with the serpent, if the lobster would eat it. I'd also consider getting some sort of large hermit crab, but most of them eat coral, which would be unwelcome. A peacock mantis would be cool, but I fear they'd stress out too much when moving them, and I also fear getting my hand sliced wide open trying to catch him. I'm going to house whatever animal I get in a fishless 11g reef that is 36" long, 9" tall, 9" wide. In other words, I could easily keep a 4-6" purple lobster happy in this tank as long as I don't overfeed him. A cheap pincusion urchin would also be neat, but they tend to munch up your acrylic, and I'd be taking these animals around in acrylic tanks. I'll be toting these animals in an acrylic tank that will fit inside my cooler. I can move the cooler around with a small luggage hand truck. Thoughts on what animals would handle this well? We're talking one or two trips per MONTH.
  7. Fang blenny question

    That's what I figured. Sounds great. Anyone have a particular fang they've kept that they liked more than others?
  8. Fang blenny question

    I'm considering getting a fang blenny--- either a yellow or striped, for my 45g tank. I will have my hands in this tank on the occasion, and I do plan on having a fleet of peppermint shrimp since I can collect them locally. Are fang blennies a very active, intelligent critter like Midas blennies? Also, are they really that much of a danger to bite your hand?
  9. Here are some pics of what I have in here..... Green clove polyps (they were yellow when I bought them, an odd green color now, and have been for nearly a year). Random green protopalythoa something-or-other. Green wagon wheels. Pink anthelia GSP Pompom xenia (pulsing) Toadstool. Not sure what anomaly causes this unusual camera effect. Looks like my toadstool is trapped in black hole.
  10. he.....he....he....he... Peppermint shrimp indeed do live locally in South Carolina. Picked these guys up poking around with a net. Right now they are in my 11g tank but will be going to this 23" cube as soon as I get it cycled and ready for livestock.
  11. OK here are some pics! Here are the LEDs!!!! The big one in the middle is a 20,000K white 20-watt LED that I will use for dusk/dawn. The small LED near it is just a slight moonlight overkill. The rest are all driven by Meanwells and are Cree XRE, XPG, or Luxeon Rebel ES. Here is the rockwork! I sprayed the rocks with pink and purple Krylon fusion as an experiment but I already like it. Looks way, way better than "dead white/grey". All this rock is DIY home made, as per the first page in this thread. You may notice the black plastic bottom (sits on the bottom glass)--- it's 1" thick but I used a tablesaw to dado out the bottom such that it's actually hollow, except for the 2" that goes around the edges, so that the weight of this heavy rock formation is spread out to the far edges of the tank (where it sits on the trim) rather than being pressed down in the middle. Right side: Right corner view: Front: Left corner view: Left side:
  12. [pics of tank/stand to come later this week!] Here is my biggest DIY project ever. The stand, light pendant, LEDs, false bottom, shelf rock and rock stand, and the partition section are entirely DIY. Tank is 23X23X23, 1/2" glass. Equipment: DIY LED array, DIY stand and light pendant, all DIY live rock. Wavemaster Pro wavemaker + maxijet pumps. LEDs are a combination of Neutral white (4000K), Warm white (2700K), and Royal Blue.... All Cree or Luxeon Rebels. Has 14 whites and 26 blues. Plus, it will have as a dusk/dawn effect a single 20-watt, 15,000K white LED that will come on early in the morning and go off later at night.
  13. 11g rimless shoebox...... Green Leaf 36X9X9

    This tank has been moved from Wake Forest, NC to Summerville, SC and succesfully moved all but a couple photosynthetic gorgonians, which ship poor anyhow. Right now I'm setting up my 45g 23" cube, so this 11g tank is in a bit of disorder and looks awful, but the corals and fish are quite happy and healthy. I'll move this 11g to it's final spot in our house later once I get this big tank set up, but for now it's set up temporary. Even all the zoas on the beer bottle are doing well! I only have 1 actual ric, it's doing great.
  14. Full Spectrum LED tank pictures

    Just to concur with Jedi, plain old white Crees (anything from 4200K to 8000K) will grow plants just fine, and other white (below 4200 and above 8000) will also grow them but are a bit unbalanced for "universal" use. However, there are very good uses for 2700K type warm-whites. Hydroponics growers use very warm colored sodium vapor lights to get certain growth and flowering patterns. I do not think there are very many plants we're going to grow that require any form of UV/Violet light. I have grown basil, dill, cilantro, and several species of mint under Cree XPG cool whites.
  15. Full Spectrum LED tank pictures

    Jedi, just how many true violet LEDs have you owned and used over the past 6 months to speak the claims I have highlighted and commented on below? If I'm not mistaken, you basically have just gotten into the LED scene a few months ago, and you are saying some things that are still just fanboy talk---- you and I had this same discussion over on Plantedtank.net, and you speak as if you are a legend in this field, but in reality you have just gotten into the LED world (which is great!) and you've spent a lot of time reading, but I fear you've spent as much time reading info from THE PEOPLE THAT SELL LEDS, which is not usually the most trustworthy source (I never consider them authoritative until I see it corroborated elsewhere. Please be careful what you are saying. Some of this is blatantly wrong. True. I argue that "true violet" is also unnecessary. It can be useful, admittedly, but it's not required at all. Hundreds of LED lit reefs prove this when they are doing quite successfully with no violet LEDs whatsoever. Completely wrong. Again, are you speaking from experience and investigation from actual trustworthy sources, or just from comments you've heard from other folks who are knowitalls? Look at this graph. Notice that quite a considerable amount of UV makes it to the 10-foot deep range, and even more of it makes it past the 25-50 foot range. Half true--- violet is one of the photosynthetic peaks. But this comment about "incredible growth by adding some to your tank" is pure conjecture that you cannot say reliably. You are completely and totally oblivious to the photoadaptation of coral. They are quite capable of growing on the normal white spectrums (esp. blue and red). I would like to see a PAR meter over a TV LED. Every violet light source I've ever tested (actinics from PC, T5HO, and VHO) gave very, very, very low PAR readings because PAR meters are not sensitive at all to violet spectrums. That doesn't mean the violet isn't useful to the corals, it just means that they don't put out much PAR.