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    MIcoast's IM30L - 12/9 photo dump

    Bummer. Animals gonna animal.
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    SNG's 90g.

    I loved my sca 301, I base a lot of my perceived value on bang/buck ratio and these skimmers score very well in that area! And a new bigger sump to boot! Even better!
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    MIcoast's IM30L - 12/9 photo dump

    Yes, what kind is it? I have a huge chunk and I thought it was regular monti cap but I realized it is way thicker and has nodules instead of the mostly smooth red cap I already have.
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    MIcoast's IM30L - 12/9 photo dump

    This makes me feel better. Thats about what I am seeing on my frag from you. More green, but same PE. That crazy green acro has super PE, and the monti's are also very extended. So things must be doing ok! What camera do you use?
  5. "...but by a series of small things brought together." -George Elliot And so begins my first not-nano-reef build in over 7 years! This build will move slowly, but deliberately. Stage 1 will be building the basics and getting rock and water in it. Stage 2 will be fleshing it out, adding equipment and letting it mature. Stage 3 will be making it a "reef" tank! In mid-march of this year I traded a bunch of frags from my nano for a 48*24*12 glass tank and a 48" Tek 6 bulb T5 HO fixture knowing that I love shallow reefs, I would set one up at some point again and because it was a hell of a deal! Fast forward to October, I picked up a bunch of 50 breeders and a 75 gallon. Sold the 50 breeders but kept the 75 planning on using it as a sump. As of today, my equipment list is: 48x24x12 tank 48x18x18 sump 48" Tek 6 Bulb T5 HO fixture I have some "infrastructure" work to do prior to diving into the fun equipment gathering, which is where I started today. New 20 amp circuit, conduit and 20 amp breaker (DONE) Next in Stage 1 (Now): GFCI outlet, DIY 2x4 stand, light hanging and plumbing, heater, time and return pump. Stage 2 (Mid 2019): Rock, water, skimmer, light & ATO Stage 3 (Mid-late 2019): Fish and coral!
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    MIcoast's IM30L - 12/9 photo dump

    Does PE even indicate anything?
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    MIcoast's IM30L - 12/9 photo dump

    I got the tequila sunrise monti mounted, mid tank near the purple encrusting monti. It was a perfect sized chip for my tank, don't worry about! I need a better camera to document everything going on, the iPhone is not cutting it. What your hearing about the cali tort must be accurate. With all the new frags added in different locations in the tank I dropped the light intensity to 10%/10% blue/white and have been slowly ramping it back up. I am near my final setting now, but for the majority of the time it was in my tank it was pretty low. What is that neon green acro you gave me? It has PE in the bag and has looked bang-up good since I mounted it. The tort however is the only frag in the tank with no PE. Maybe thats normal?
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    MIcoast's IM30L - 12/9 photo dump

    I am glad to see the FTS looks great still. With the size of "frags" you gave me I was worried I cleaned you out! What is the name of the green encrusting monti and the acro you posted above? The Oregon tort you gave me is starting to shift, deep purple near the polyps and forest green in the middle.
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    Chris's IM30 - Time to GROW!

    Three weeks of growth on this monti. The setosa got at the same time is encrusting as well.
  10. Edit: Change of plans, my wife found a IM 30 on a Facebook swap she belongs to...ditching the 40 breeder, IM 30 here we come! Wow its been a long 3 years! A quick timeline for anyone who cares: Got into keeping fish tanks when I was little, had numerous fresh setups. Parents had a big reef in the late 80's into the 90's. Got out of it until about 2006. Into reefing from '06 to 2013 when my son got old enough to make the fish tank a dangerous thing and we had to tear it down. Put house up for sale in late 2013...then waited for almost 3 years before it sold, the whole time not wanting to put up a new tank because "we might move anytime" Moved into new house this past January, settled in, fixed things, got a better job/closer to home Now we are finally ready for another reef tank! The itch never left, I had to remove all my NR, RC, R2R bookmarks and sell off all my reefing stuff to keep from "slipping". I held onto one piece of equipment, the Melev's reef RO/DI unit with booster pump It was my anchor to this fun hobby. So onto the new tank. I want a tank that is several things and I will need help from everyone making sure I achieve these goals. First and foremost, QUIET Second, nothing expensive, rare or otherwise difficult to manage/keep. I will give preference to CB fish and propagated coral. I love PaulB's ( http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=727454) take on reefing and want to emulate that. Low stress and fun. I don't want to sound cold, but we travel 2-3 weeks a year and I live in the sticks. I don't have anyone to rely on/trust maintaining the tank while we are gone. I will do my BEST to keep everything alive and happy, but if we lose power while I am gone I do not want to be emotionally and financially devastated because of it. Finally, LONGEVITY. I plan on having this tank setup for 10+ years. I dont want to go through setting up / tearing down a system. No "bigger" tanks are in my future, this will be it for a long time. Those are the requirements from a design aspect. So what goes in it? Anything that fits that criteria! This will be your typical mixed reef with a focus on fish! My wife loved our last pair of clowns, so she will be picking out those at some point. Everything else is up in the air. Our son is now 4 so he will have a say in what goes in as well since the point of the tank is to get him interested in the oceans as well as work in some responsibility as he grows up. The tank (just got it home): I have Ro/Di parts on order with BRS, dry rock is probably coming from Reef Cleaners this week. Once I get the tank setup I will post a break down of equipment. Update #1 (8/2/2016) WATER!
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    Chris's IM30 - Time to GROW!

    I don't know. It came in a clump of Hawaii'n stuff I got from a guy on here.
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    Chris's IM30 - Time to GROW!

    Everything is looking great. But I can't find my battery charger for the ol' G5 so no good pics. I am playing around with the idea of dosing carbon since the chaeto is not able to consume all of the excess nutrients. I wouldn't need to dose much, but I also don't want to kill off the chaeto and create a compound-death-by-dosing scenario.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    John Maloney; master salesmen. My desire for hermit crabs has risen 746% since watching this video.
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    SNG's 90g.

    I get it now 🙂
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    SNG's 90g.

    Are these with the kit lens?
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    SNG's 90g.

    Whoa, yeah that is an important detail I would have skipped. Thanks!
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    SNG's 90g.

    Here is a good example: Tamron 90mm glass: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tamron-SP-AF-90mm-F-2-8-Di-MACRO-1-1-Model-272EE-Camera-Lens-Mount-K20036483/113404988347?hash=item1a6776cbbb:g:-KsAAOSw-V1b~Wpc:rk:9:pf:0&LH_BIN=1 Body only D3100: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-D-D3100-14-2MP-Digital-SLR-Camera-Black-Body-Only-with-strap-and-USB/283246323202?epid=100173598&hash=item41f2cbe602:g:oAIAAOSwgPBb4RUi:rk:2:pf:0&LH_BIN=1 ~$250
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    SNG's 90g.

    @slowngreen you had me looking around Ebay last night at D3xxx and Tamron 90mms. I could cobble together a D series and a tamron macro lens for around $250! Thats crazy!
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    SNG's 90g.

    Is the video in this page from your D3100 (w/o the macro lens)?
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    SNG's 90g.

    Yes, using your work as an example!
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    SNG's 90g.

    The D3100 doesn't have a swivel display does it? I was eye balling the 5100 because I use the G5's swivel display A LOT and I don't think I can do with out. Do you do most shots on a tripod?
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    SNG's 90g.

    I just bumped your threat in the photog forum, but I see the P600 is gone 🙂 What are you using now? I am starting to weigh my options...my 15 year old G5 hand-me-down might be ready for an upgrade.
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    pics with my Nikon p90

    So don't leave us hanging! How do the shots look with the new camera?
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    Chris's IM30 - Time to GROW!

    I met up with @micoastreefing, he loaded up my tank and I got everything mounted! super glue covered fingers, a relocated toadstool and a bunch of happy frags. No issues with travel time nor with the new tank so far. Thanks again! Everything looks great, and my tank is finally filled up!
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