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Matt's 70 Litre Nano Reef! (Updates 8/9/12)

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Fri 04 Nov, 2011 9:23 pm

Hi guys,

Finally put my money where my mouth is and bought a 70 litre tank after many months of saying I am going to do something. It is a basic 70 litre tank with 2 x 10000K t5s and a nice filter system built in. I have 5 kg of live rock in there at the moment and I am planning on getting abut 5 more to compensate for not having a skimmer. :nod: So anyway to the good stuff... I am planning on getting a pair of Bangaiis and putting them in the tank as the only inhabitants and adding some nice corals to spice it up a little. :devil: At the moment the tank is cycling and hopefully this weekend i Am getting sand and more live rock. I am also going to get a chiller as the tank is constantly a bit hot for my liking. Will have photos up in a couple of days ( or weeks) as I have exams for the next 1 and a half weeks. :madface:

Wish me luck.

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Matt :thumbsup:
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup!

Postby spanishmack » Fri 04 Nov, 2011 9:35 pm

Hi Matt,

Good luck is wished upon you. :thumbsup: Good choice with the bangaiis, rotifers not needed.

Have you started raising brine shrimp yet? If not you should get that underway now as well so when you have the babies you have a constant supply ready and you have worked out the little tricks for you setup. I have started doing brine shrimp again, cool little suckers and everything in my tank loves them. seeing how long a 12L culture will last before it crashes, at 6 days now, 2 more days and the oldest will be fully grown.
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup!

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Fri 04 Nov, 2011 9:55 pm

Cheers Jason :D I have raised brine shrimp before and have a good idea how to hatch them. What are you feeding your brine shrimp to keep them alive? Also where do you get the BS eggs as I usually by the pre-mixed pack from Vebas which has all the salt in it etc and they work really well but I cant raise the BBS over 2 days.

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup!

Postby spanishmack » Fri 04 Nov, 2011 10:50 pm

i have been feeding my bbs a soymeal/nutrition powder my wife sells for human consumption. its ground up well enough to dissolve. will see how they go on that and let you know if i have success. the first feeding of 1-5 day old artemia went well and the fish ate them up

i bought my eggs from an age of aquariums, i think oceanarium sell them too
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup!

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Sat 05 Nov, 2011 9:53 am

Thanks a lot. Will look further into it after exams :(
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup!

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Sat 05 Nov, 2011 2:28 pm

Just ordered a Hailea HC-130A 1/15hp chiller from Guppys Aquarium Products Online :D That should sort out my temperature worries and should help me and my fishys survive the summer :) I have taken pictures of the tank while its cycling and will put pictures up of it when I have finished exams. Chiller should be here by this time next week and my plan is to put in some sand and maybe a few more chunks of live rock in the tank this weekend. Also just pulled out my old brine shrimp hathcery and air pump and will have that set up in the next month or so. Will keep you posted.

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup!

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Sun 06 Nov, 2011 11:03 am

So yesterday I decided to pull out the live rock and give it a clean as it has had this grey detritus on it for a while and it has been bugging me for a while now. I scrubbed it with a new toothbrush that I keep especially for my fish tanks. The end result was live rock that is alot more purple then before :D I also suctioned out all the detritus that gathered on the bottom of the tank since adding the live rock so now everything looks alot cleaner. Ordered a Halea HC-130A 1/15hp chiller yesterday so that should be here soon. Will hopefully grab a few more kgs of some nice live rock and some sand today. Better get studying for english exam tommorow :)

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup!

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Fri 11 Nov, 2011 2:01 pm

Pictures :thumbsup:

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The acro (above) is my tester to see how the water quality is in terms of being "coral-ready" and of course my trusty water test kit :D

And no sadly there are no Bangaii's in the tank just yet as it is still cycling and I am waiting for my chiller to arrive. Hopefully next weekend is the weekend of the new arrivals.

Thanks alot for reading and feel free to leave any constructive comments or general comments :thumbsup:

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Pictures 11/11

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Fri 11 Nov, 2011 2:08 pm

Water Parameters as of 9/11/11...
Salinity- 38 ppt (1.028 SG)
pH- 8
Carb H- 6(Buffer Added)
Calcium- 420ppm
Nitrite- 0.2ppm
Ammonia- 0.25ppm
Alkalinity- Normal Range
Magnesium- 840
Temperature- 24 Degrees Celcius

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Pictures 11/11

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Fri 11 Nov, 2011 2:34 pm

Just tested my Magnesium again and it has gone up to 1340ppm. Which is great because now I know my levels are alright to add some SPS in the future.

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Pictures 11/11

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Sat 12 Nov, 2011 3:15 pm

Hey guys,

Just added 15kg of sand to the tank and another 3 kg of live rock. All is looking good and there are heaps of lovely overhangs for the Bangaii's to hide and sleep in :)

Will have pictures up later in the week as I have exams on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and right now the water is milky white.

Should have a pair of bangaiis in the tank next weekend.

Thanks for reading.

Wish Me Luck :thumbsup:

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Pictures 11/11

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Tue 15 Nov, 2011 1:44 pm

Hey guys,

The Chiller has arrived! My Dad and I are going to move the tank into the living room so that we can all see it so hopefully we get that done tonight or tommorow and then hook up the chiller. I will have pictures up as soon as everything is running and the tank is in its final position.

Collecting my Bangaii pair this weekend :devil:

Thanks for reading

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Pictures 11/11

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Thu 17 Nov, 2011 1:42 pm

Updates for those of you that are tagging along :devil:

Moved the tank into our lounge room so that everyone can see it :thumbsup:

Here is the tank on my old Red Sea Max stand:

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Here is the brand new Hailea chiller installed and working really well :D

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FTS and some Aquascaping pictures:

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RHS:

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LHS:

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Front on:

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Added 2 Fungia corals from my 450 litre reef tank and they are loving the nice CLEAN sand bed.

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The Bangaii's will be in this weekend so I will put some more pictures up then.

Thanks alot,

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Updates 17/11/

Postby damer » Fri 18 Nov, 2011 8:16 am

good luck with it Matt, but i think it may be to small for bangaii breeding. as a rule, they want a bigger tank, usually 120- 180l for breeding.

hopefully you can prove it wrong. :thumbsup:
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Updates 17/11/

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Fri 18 Nov, 2011 9:18 pm

Thanks for the good wishes Damer. I have read on numerous sites that a 70 litre tank is more than adequate to breed Bangaii's also check out teammember8's TJ as he is breeding bangaii's in a 60 litre tank.

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Updates 17/11/

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Sat 19 Nov, 2011 5:46 pm

The Bangaii's are in!!

Thanks alot to Craig @ ClownsandCorals.

Will have pictures up later.

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Updates 17/11/

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Sun 20 Nov, 2011 12:46 pm

The Bangaii's have arrived!! :devil:

Here is the beautiful male with his long second dorsal fin and large jaw:

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The smaller and still a little shy female:

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Will keep you updated on my new pair :thumbsup:

Cheers,

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Breeding Setup! (Updates 17/11/

Postby damer » Sun 20 Nov, 2011 3:34 pm

they look good

SaltwaterTankLover wrote:The Bangaii's have arrived!! :devil:

Here is the beautiful male with his long second dorsal fin and large jaw:



is that how you "sexed" them?
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Sanctuary! Bangaiis Arrived (Pi

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Sun 20 Nov, 2011 5:05 pm

Thanks alot Damer :)

I actually didnt have to sex them as Craig @ ClownsandCorals did it for me and kept them in a sperate tank for me. It is however a method of sexing bangaii's but it is sometimes unreliable as the second dorsal is usually nipped during fighting.There are other ways of sexing such as jaw structure... The male has a more prominent jaw line. You can also sex them by using the "venting" method which is to get a bangaii that you are 100% certain is a certain sex and add another bangaii. For example if you have a female bangaii and you add another bangaii and the female tries to kill it then it is another female but if not they may be a pair :thumbsup:

If you want any more info on sexing bangaiis just ask.

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Postby spanishmack » Sun 20 Nov, 2011 11:35 pm

Looking good Matt. Hope your breeding setup works great for you.
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Sanctuary! Bangaiis Arrived (Pi

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Mon 21 Nov, 2011 9:03 am

Cheers mate.

Best of luck with your Reefing endeavors as well.

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Sanctuary! Bangaiis Arrived (Pi

Postby damer » Mon 21 Nov, 2011 10:20 am

thanks matt,

i know how to sex them, ive bred them as well as other things. i just wanted to make sure you hadnt used the dorsal fin and jaw method as this is incorrect. only way is the "vent" method. females will kill males and females, they will kill their breeding partner just for the hell of it.

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Sanctuary! Bangaiis Arrived (Pi

Postby damer » Mon 21 Nov, 2011 10:23 am

SaltwaterTankLover wrote:. You can also sex them by using the "venting" method which is to get a bangaii that you are 100% certain is a certain sex and add another bangaii. For example if you have a female bangaii and you add another bangaii and the female tries to kill it then it is another female but if not they may be a pair :thumbsup:
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just had another look at your post.

this is not the "venting" method. this is add and hope!!!

ill get you a link.
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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Sanctuary! Bangaiis Arrived (Pi

Postby damer » Mon 21 Nov, 2011 10:29 am

here you go

sexing bangaii using "vent"

hopefully that will clear things up a bit for you. it can be harder in younger fish which is what your smaller one is. hopefully they are a pair

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Sanctuary! Bangaiis Arrived (Pi

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Mon 21 Nov, 2011 4:25 pm

Cheers Damer. I never knew you had experience breeding Bangaii :)

Do you have any pictures of your baby bangaii's?

How big (cm's) do Bangaii's have to be to reach sexual maturity?

Would love to hear all about your bangaii breeding. Do you have a TJ?

Cheers,

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Re: Matt's Banggaii Cardinal Sanctuary! Bangaiis Arrived (Pi

Postby damer » Mon 21 Nov, 2011 8:53 pm

i have heard of them holding at 6 months, but usually dont last long.

here are a few photos of what i had

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Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Mon 21 Nov, 2011 10:49 pm

Cheers mate.

Photos are cool. :devil:

Thanks alot,

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Re: Matt's 70 Litre Nano Reef! (Previously Bangaii Breeding)

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Mon 09 Jan, 2012 11:01 am

Bangaii Breeding is no more after many deaths in the Bangaii department and lack of funds. Have decided to keep my little female in the tank and add a pair of occelaris clowns and see what happens. Tank has changed heaps. Have added a purple actinic light which makes all the corals go fluro. Will have pictures up soon. Thanks for following.

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Re: Matt's 70 Litre Nano Reef! (Previously Bangaii Breeding)

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Mon 09 Jan, 2012 12:48 pm

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Re: Matt's 70 Litre Nano Reef! (Previously Bangaii Breeding)

Postby SaltwaterTankLover » Mon 09 Jan, 2012 12:49 pm

Plz excuse algae in above pics!!!!!!!
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