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Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 12:30 pm

It's a long time since i worked on my TJ. Since my old tank, i have a new tank, some inhabitants are still around, others not. Here's my newer tank and what's going on.

OLD TANK JOURNAL: viewtopic.php?f=144&t=245091

Introduction:
From my previous AR510 tank i've learnt a number of valuable lessons. Having a reef tank in your bedroom as hard to tolerate. Water changes are hard to do when you need to reach head height to access the top of the tank. Nutrients are harder to get out than to put in. Alkalinity is actually fairly important. Greater water volume = stability and dilution of organics. I could go on and i'm sure these are obvious. But it can be better to learn some things through experience than reading alone. So again I have a new (second hand) tank. I rent and therefore need to keep the tank small and cheap-ish.

Inhabitants:
Paired A.Occelaris
1 Peppermint shrimp
1 Green bristle star
1 Lawnmower Blenny
1 Short-spine sea urchin
2 Trochus snails
1 Strombus snail
Small rock with Fluro-green Rhodactis
Original Yellow Sun Coral (I have owned this for 18 months straight now and it has spawned in the tank). One frag plug that had a single baby polyp put on it. It now has about 5-6 polyps. I have another frag plug with another 5 polyps on it. These were all individuals i saved from some phosphate-laden live rock i threw out when moving to the new tank.
Black Sun Coral (Just lost its skin about November last year after i had to travel for work for a week :wall: ) Still has about 5 polyps and is recovering
Small BTA that i bought from an LFS bleached (Gullible customer ftw :) )
GSP matt. I bought this from another reefer and it has flourished nicely.
Pulsing Xenia. Bought from the same reefer and flourished a little too nicely. I'd say it's more of a pretty nutrient export now.
Heliofungia. It's way too big and i want to find a home for it. Disk is about 12cm diameter and the thing expands to about 25cm diameter.
Dark blue with white spots morph
Mottled hammer
Cataphyllia
Some small zoanthids
Palys that on one of my original pieces of LR.
3 Walking Dendro's

Will do a photo update tonight. :angel:




System Objectives: Keep it simple. Less is more. Focus on making the inhabitants thrive rather than survive.

System Type: Mixed.

Display System: Second hand AquaOne AR620 (90L) tank. Using 120w LEDs for lighting.

Strike up Date: Contents transferred from old system to new over a couple of weeks late February 2014.

Stand: Standard AR620 MDF stand. :crossfingers:

Hood: None



Support systems:

System Water: NSW and RO both from LFS.

Display Water circulation: Tunze 6045 powerhead.

Skimmer: Tunze 9004.

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze ATO Nano.


Chemical Support: None as yet.

Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates: In the market for a test kit
Phosphates: 0.15 ppm (Hanna)
Alkalinity: 6dkh (Hanna) - working on raising it
Calcium: In the market for a test kit
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.025 using Serentiy Refractometer
Magnesuim: Not tested
Iodine: Not tested
PH: Not tested

Link to public Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 8902d9af05

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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Sun 04 May, 2014 10:49 am

Having a LOT of trouble being able to take pictures properly. Everything comes washed out as blue.

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Just another tank(er)

Postby Raven » Sun 04 May, 2014 1:13 pm

What kind of camera you using?? I generally find sometimes you need to photoshop it a little to get back what you lost from the camera.

Lovely hammer btw
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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Mon 05 May, 2014 2:01 pm

It's a Canon S90. Not all that popular in Australia, but supposed to be a great point n shoot with added capabilities of more expensive camera's.
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Re: Just another tank(er)

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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Mon 05 May, 2014 2:57 pm

Yeah i have been trying to digest that and see if it helps...so far i have found the "Cloudy" preset to be best. Going to try tonight with a "known" white placed in the same light as the subject and see how that helps.
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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Tue 06 May, 2014 8:01 pm

Ok here is a slightly better attempt...i've managed to capture some of the flourescence. Looking at the LR it still looks very saturated with blue.

Palys ive had growing since starting this hobby
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New cataphyllia - have wanted one of these for a while
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These walking denro's have a wicked fluro green inside under blues
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Dark blue spotted morph. The spots were actually red but i couldnt seem to capture it
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My very vibrant green rhodactis
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Thanks for looking :)
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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Wed 21 May, 2014 10:46 pm

A new acan:
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Most awesome fish ever:
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Better pic of the dendro...so weird seeing these things slide along the substrate:
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Latest FTS (hmm not sure why this is getting chopped):
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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Wed 28 May, 2014 9:14 pm

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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Mon 04 Aug, 2014 9:08 pm

A single baby polyp that was spawned from my larger colony has now grown to about 6 individual heads.
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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby mason91 » Thu 30 Oct, 2014 6:07 am

Looking good mate, do you find the macro grows too quickly in the display?
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Re: Just another tank(er)

Postby satyr » Fri 31 Oct, 2014 10:55 am

Thanks mate :)

That paarticular one - YES! It's noxious. This is my first exposure to caulerpa peltata and i'm struggling to keep it from growing over corals. It's like a vine. The lawnmower blenny only really nips at it a little :/
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