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  1. Well, I have found out that Greenbanded gobies certainly love PE Calanus!
  2. greenbanded gobies_2 by Kyl, on Flickr greenbanded gobies_3 by Kyl, on Flickr
  3. Bad early shot, but they're home and being drip acclimated (1.022 sg vs QT tank which is 1.025). greenbanded gobies by Kyl, on Flickr
  4. GREEN BANDED GOBIES HAVE ARRIVED! Sorry, but anyone who's followed this knows what that has meant to me!
  5. Here's a better one showing use, and I just mounted the silencer on the side of the stand with one of those zip tie sticky tabs. k2-50 by Kyl, on Flickr
  6. I have the Icecap K2-50 in my frag tank (30 x 22 x 10) that is stocked with fish right now and somewhat heavily fed. It is pulling out some nasty dark skim, and broke in pretty quickly. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again, but the construction is not the same quality as the higher models in the IceCap line. It's a cheaper budget skimmer with a really small footprint, that just works. The only knock I have against it is the pump isn't a Sicce, and taking the cup off was a pain for me when I kept the air silencer mounted to it (height clearance issue). Here's a pic of it in a 10 gallon used as a sump, this was after a few hours of use, so still brand new. frag_sump by Kyl, on Flickr
  7. They are actually somewhat in the realm of custom, starphyre tanks with similar overflows price wise. I would say you'll probably get a cleaner tank going this route than custom, for the price. The only downsides for me that would still make me go custom for a nano tank are: no bean-animal support with a wider external overflow and weir acrylic insert vs smoked glass rear panel That said, I still think these really make great ancillary tanks to add to an existing setup with a shared sump. Be they used for frag tanks, nano themes or something species specific like seahorses, rockflowers, etc. That shared water volume eliminates like 95% of the problems with a nano tank. I may even pick up one of these lagoon 25's eventually if my rockflower obsession starts to take over.
  8. A bit of eye-candy this update: FTS_March_2018 by Kyl, on Flickr Starting things off, I won't lie - it's kind of painful considering the 360 brackets to me are completely useless... 3 AL470533 AquaticLife Hybrid 16"/18" LED Bracket with 2.5" Round Opening $19.95 - $59.85 It is motivation though, as the A160 brackets for the T5 fixture will be here either Monday or Tuesday next week. There hasn't been any headway on the mounting system, still waiting on the milling machine to get operational, but this weekend it's going to be a DIY one to get the holes drilled and a non-sliding version mounted. There is still enough channel left to fabricate another two brackets to have slots, so the fixture could be used in the mean time until then. The goal is still a slotted system for a number of reasons, but it's something I can't rush since it won't be costing anything (versus $80+ in a shop). aneomones by Kyl, on Flickr Livestock wise the tank is doing much better since the alkalinity was raised back up and has been stable just above 8 dKH. The monti caps were very bleached but have shown some colour recovery over the past week, still nothing near when first introduced to the upgraded tank. The orange setosa is really taking off with growth, and the pink lemonade acropora has started to form new shoots up off the original two branches that survived the nano tank. There is a bit of recession with one of the frogspawns, it might just be too much flow, but I do see the sexy shrimp hanging on them and picking at them all the time so it may just be a foregone conclusion that they'll end up dead heads. The other casualty of the tank was the forestfire digi, it just started to lose tissue rapidly last week and was completely gone by Monday. The remaining good news is the Tailspot blenny is out of QT and made its introduction to the DT. There has been zero aggression between it and the Midas, something I was hoping wouldn't be an issue even though they're different blenny types. He is actively combing at the new rock work and has made residence under the arch in a small crevice between the left side of the rocks. You can see the patches of white rock where he's been scraping the algae off, and is out and about in the tank pretty frequently. The other future star, the Blue Star leopard is now in the old nano tank. It's been sitting fallow, and without any rockwork, but full of sand and some coral skeletons since the rock and livestock was moved, and seems like a perfect tank to go into for a few weeks for observation to make sure the ich was taken care of with copper. Right away it burrowed, but was out when I got home this evening and is still eating like a pig. Small grade mysis, PE pellets (1mm), spirulina brine shrimp, LRS frenzy nano and even some of the new spectrum pellets are all readily eaten by it. I really hope it doesn't end up transitioning to male, given I lost the other female, that colouring is just spectacular and I can't wait to see it shimmer in and out of the light under those Kessils. Here's what I get to look at every time I glance from my desk, and some other random shots side_shot by Kyl, on Flickr left_perspective by Kyl, on Flickr misc by Kyl, on Flickr toadstool by Kyl, on Flickr And the BIG CHICKEN of the tank who keeps spitting sand all over everything! BIG_CHICKEN by Kyl, on Flickr
  9. Picked up some new acros today, fresh cuts so no frag plugs to cut off - why bother. L to R: Green Slimer Acropora RR Rainbow Loom Acropora Four Seasons Acropora Marshall Island Sapphire Acropora Red Diablo Acropora new_acros by Kyl, on Flickr And a wider shot of the rack. A bunch of junk from the tear down on the nano that I didn't want in the main, including a bunch of GSP and four clumps of those pink coloured palythoa. frag_tank by Kyl, on Flickr Can't seem to get the blue out versus the Kessils with the camera on auto like worked previous in the nano tank, but that's sort of close to what it looks like, just less purple. GHA is slowly getting brittle and dying off, so I'm hoping before long the clam rocks no longer resemble some bad 80's wigs Got the metal cut for the light brackets, now to source the T slot nuts to attach the fixture itself. Probably going to be about two weeks before I can mill the slots, but I want to get a rough mount up with just some drill holes before then to make sure it will work out. Thought I had my wiring panel done for the DT equipment, and the Ikea shelf I had routed a slot into broke in half when everything was pushed in.. Thinking of changing plans and having the ATO resivoir, dosing vessels and the DOS unit inside a smaller cabinet, and then putting the electronics up above in one of the shelf cubbies that will keep its door. Still undecided fully, I may just make up a side box to stick all the power cords and bricks into. Want something that is hidden but also accessible without having to tear something down. There is quite a bit of space wasted with the jug I'm using for the ATO vessil, might also look into building a glass cube to replace it as it's an odd size (18 x 15 x 12).
  10. I really wish making videos was something easy, but either the combination of this phone, software, myself - or all three don't make it so. This is about as clear as I can get it without blue over-taking the tank, but the coral doesn't fluoresce as much as it does under heavier actinic. It does however give a sense of what I watch every day when I get home, except the Midas is being a chicken and hiding behind the green hammer mostly. Funny, you can see the frag tank lighting in the reflection - the closet is right across from it
  11. I can see this also as an extension to those that already have a larger tank and sump, but can now easily add a "nano" tank / frag tank to the system. Say I'm running a 120 gallon, with a typical 40-60 gallon sump and want to do a nice looking (IM tanks do look nice imo) seahorse tank, or mini carpet, or other delicate / dangerous species that don't mix in a community - bam. All that water volume for stability and little equipment duplication, while keeping the nano profile. The only improvement I'd like to see is a three-hole bean-animal variant with a wider wier, but hey, personal preference. I'm honestly surprised they haven't come out with an acrylic sump line as well to tie into this, though given their acrylic work quality with accessories, perhaps that's best left to other industry players.
  12. Here's what I've come up with to get the four foot Aquatic Life hybrid T5 fixture mounted over the tank. If everything works out, this would leave me with the ability to slide the fixture back approximately 9.5" to better service the tank, once the A160's are removed from that vacant middle area. They're super easy to disconnect too for cleaning or what not as the power barrel jack is about 6" from the Kessil fixture and they will just sit inside of the fixture brackets. I'm fairly confident that this will work, be safe, and might actually not look half-bad. Also been checking with the electrical guy at work and he's going to source some 3 pin IP68 connectors so I can mod the power cables for the T5 sections and have them be attached like many of the Jebao / MaxSpect power heads are with the threading coupler. Progress, hopefully.
  13. My SW-2s were flawed garbage from day 1, something i finally realized after months of fiddling (my build thread had multiple posts about this last year). I would avoid them specifically, especially if using an external controller. 0-10v on many does not function properly, and even the default controller seemed to just be riddled with problems. I used them on my new frag tank for about a week and they would not operate as they should in terms of the native controller. The SW-4's I replaced them with operated completely normal for whichever programming they were set to. Good luck with finding the right fit!
  14. The default socks SUCK to clean, which is why most fall back to media racks and floss. I could never source the bonded two-colour floss that InTank carries when I ran out up here (Canada), it was by far the best floss for not getting tiny pieces all over after cutting. I ran mine with dual spinstreams and a Cobalt MJ900, seemed the right balance for GPH with dual spins. Also had an MP10 in it, then swapped to Jebao SW-2's (flawed junk). IMO you need some form of powerhead if keeping higher requirement corals, and to avoid detritus setting all over the tank.
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