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Postby tom » Sat 16 Jun, 2007 6:50 pm

one word ''SWEET''
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Postby blags » Wed 08 Aug, 2007 10:11 pm

It has been a little while since we have posted so thought i would let you see our latest addition.
Cirrhilabrus scottorum Scott's Fairy Wrasse

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Fitted in really well and is getting on well with the other guys.

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Postby bill » Wed 08 Aug, 2007 11:02 pm

damn thats a nice fish
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Postby Mr Miagi » Wed 08 Aug, 2007 11:34 pm

Thats a fantastic shot for such a hard fish to capture! :clap: Its also the nicest Scott's Wrasse ive seen. :cheers:
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Postby Beaker » Wed 08 Aug, 2007 11:51 pm

Awesome setup and very nice fish you have there!
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Postby blags » Thu 09 Aug, 2007 7:45 am

Thanks guys :thumbsup:
Yep is a nice fish and loves swimming around.
Ben you could say i am able to pick out the best stock when i get stuff in for the business. Generally the others that i have got in have been the same colour variation as well.
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Postby miskairal » Thu 09 Aug, 2007 9:21 am

That is one fish I keep coming back to ie. I want one. I'm jealous Pete. (no more fish for me though until I get my tank more stable and the cyano gone).
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Postby LO_LUX_666 » Thu 09 Aug, 2007 11:54 am

:drink: and i still cant belive my eyes :bow: :bow: :bow: the best salt water tank ive ever seen by far might have to go for a drive to redcliff to see it for real 10/10 mate well done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Postby blags » Thu 09 Aug, 2007 1:43 pm

LO_LUX_666 wrote::drink: and i still cant belive my eyes :bow: :bow: :bow: the best salt water tank ive ever seen by far might have to go for a drive to redcliff to see it for real 10/10 mate well done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Postby rainmun » Thu 09 Aug, 2007 11:26 pm

Hey Pete & Sue,

I have to say, every time I check up on your tank journal it keeps on getting better and better. Man your tank looks good!!

The pics you taken are truly kick ass as well!!

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Postby tom » Fri 10 Aug, 2007 5:38 pm

i only can hope i can have a tank like that and btw i really like that new fish
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Postby blags » Sat 11 Aug, 2007 12:05 pm

Thanks everyone. :thumbsup:

Here is my latest addition. I couldn't resist when i was at the wholesaler the other day.

Golen Angel Centropyge aurantius, Centropyge aurantia

It just had that wow factor about it. :nod:

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Postby chiefzod » Sat 11 Aug, 2007 1:16 pm

blags wrote:Thanks everyone. :thumbsup:

Here is my latest addition. I couldn't resist when i was at the wholesaler the other day.

Golen Angel Centropyge aurantius, Centropyge aurantia

It just had that wow factor about it. :nod:

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Was thinking about getting one myself but my tanks already over filled. Unless i can catch my coral beauty.

Very nice fish though.
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Postby blags » Sun 12 Aug, 2007 11:27 am

Well worth the investment in my opinion Michael but they are shy to start of with, well my one is though it is getting braver with each day. :thumbsup:
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Postby Tone » Sun 12 Aug, 2007 11:42 am

Pete, I must agree with dennison ... your tank is just unfair! ;)

That is one really 'beautifuolo' fish. Thanks for bringing the new inhabitants over last night. :thumbsup:

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Postby blags » Sat 18 Aug, 2007 11:16 pm

Well after many months of tripping over my Luminarc reflectors I finally pulled my finger out of you know where and got to it. First of all was a trip around town to the idustrial areas to see if i could get the track system i wanted, no luck at all.
Thought bugger it and went to Bunnings :bow:
Went to the aisle with all the door hangers and tracking systems and found a system used for internal sliding doors made by Cowdroy "Tudor Sliding Door System" model number P552. Rated to 20kg per door that was enough for what i needed.
Next stop was Aluminium Angle 25mm x 35mm x 3mm for the frame and 50 cents change out of $200 and i was off home.
First up was a basic construcion of the frame as seen below
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Next was the uprights to where the rollers and track will be ultimately attached.
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Then came the fun part of lining up the track to the tank and to make sure it was square and running parallel as well.
This took the better part of an hour or so as i wanted to make sure it was right and there was a plenty of measureing going on. :roflmao:
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I could see the light at the end of the tunnel now and the sun was coming up as well when i started to add the lights, ballast and wiring.
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Here is the new reflector impressive hey ;)
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Here are the moonlights fitted as well.
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I was short one electronic Ballast so a quick visit to Tone :bow: thanks mate and I had another ballast, raced home got the last of the lights set up and now have a light track system which i can move either side of the tank for easy access.
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The tank now has 3 400W 14,000k metal halide lights running on electronic ballast in Diamond Lumenarc reflectors and I must say the light they put out is amazing.
One of the best investments i have put into my tank.
Here is the finished product to a point anyways. Still need to tidy up the cables with zipties and a nice timber trim is yet to come.
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All in all I think it was worth the sleepless night :nod: and the tank looks great.
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Postby Guv » Sat 18 Aug, 2007 11:29 pm

Very, very nice! :nod:
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Postby ribbon » Sun 19 Aug, 2007 12:52 am

You should set up a tanning bed ;)
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Postby miskairal » Sun 19 Aug, 2007 9:15 am

So when are you coming to Murgon ;)
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Postby Tone » Sun 19 Aug, 2007 9:36 am

Oh Yea Baby!! Beaut lighting frame, Pete. You might need some of the 'coiled springy' cable stuff between the ballast and the fittings.

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Postby Turbo » Sun 19 Aug, 2007 11:06 am

Top stuff Pete very impressive. :clap:
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Postby majesticangelfish » Sun 19 Aug, 2007 3:58 pm

ribbon wrote:You should set up a tanning bed ;)


:roflmao: :clap:

Love the Centropyge aurantia! Great work with the new track system! looks great!
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Postby blags » Sun 19 Aug, 2007 10:20 pm

Thanks everyone, like i said it had been siting there a while and it needed doing but the difference in everything is amazing.
The inhabitants are certainly loving it and now some of the corals that i thought were looking ok are now just beaming.
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Postby miskairal » Mon 20 Aug, 2007 8:11 am

So how come you don't get a massive algae breakout when you change your lighting Pete? What's your secret ;)
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Postby blags » Mon 20 Aug, 2007 8:23 am

miskairal wrote:So how come you don't get a massive algae breakout when you change your lighting Pete? What's your secret ;)

No secret really, just lucky i suppose and that my phosphate and nitrate are both zero. Being able to do water changes regulary also helps as well.
To be honest i have never had a problem when i have changed my lighting or globes.
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Postby Bandit » Mon 20 Aug, 2007 9:19 am

Looks great Pete!
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Postby blags » Mon 08 Oct, 2007 11:59 pm

Well it has been a while since the last post so i thought it was time for an update.
I just wasn't quite happy with the colour of the lamps one was yellow while the other 2 were a blueish tinge.
All 3 globes where 14000k lamps but just didn't look right. Was doing my usual surfing the forums and had a look at the latest reef tank on Reef Central and was absolutely gob smacked. This is one hell of a tank. :nod: Here is the link to this awesome tank Reef Central Tank Of The Month
From this tank i decided to get some new globes and decided to get the CoralVue Reeflux 12000k 400w globes.
Put the globes in today and the pictures don't do it justice. Will try to get some more pics of the goodies in the tank over the next couple of days.
Also have done a bit of a reshuffle of the tank and some minor aquascaping.

Here are the pics :thumbsup:

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Postby AuS MaDDoG » Tue 09 Oct, 2007 12:07 am

:clap: :clap: Looks great Pete!! Look forward to your reports on the coralvue Reeflux globes, I also read the journal for the TOTM on the RC forums and it was certainly a great read.

Cheers mate and keep up the good work with the tank, looks awesome and I cant wait for the next opportunity to see it in person with the new MH lamps.

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Postby Bandit » Tue 09 Oct, 2007 12:19 am

RC TOTM is awesome

Looking great Pete, tell me, who supplies all of your great stock :pirate:

No thongfish :(
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Postby blags » Tue 09 Oct, 2007 12:57 am

Bandit wrote:RC TOTM is awesome

Looking great Pete, tell me, who supplies all of your great stock :pirate:

No thongfish :(

Thats a secret Jamie on the stock :devil:

Ahhh the thong fish it was hidding might have to see if i can get it to come out of hidding for a pic tomorrow :roflmao:

AuS MaDDoG wrote::clap: :clap: Looks great Pete!! Look forward to your reports on the coralvue Reeflux globes, I also read the journal for the TOTM on the RC forums and it was certainly a great read.

Cheers mate and keep up the good work with the tank, looks awesome and I cant wait for the next opportunity to see it in person with the new MH lamps.

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