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Postby Dan » Mon 04 Jan, 2010 7:31 am

Thanks guys!

Moved over the deep sand bed from the old tank, heaters, wavemakers yesterday so the old DT is no more.

Now I just have to hook up the Chiller tonight and get a permanent light for the sump. Oh and tidy up all the cords that are everywhere :nono:
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Postby Deek » Wed 06 Jan, 2010 6:30 pm

Guys, tank is looking just perfect! :clap: :banana:
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Postby nornicle » Wed 06 Jan, 2010 8:06 pm

beautiful!

Would you be able to elaborate on your photo setup? I can't for the life of me get my colour and sharpness of photos right the way you have!

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Postby Dan » Wed 06 Jan, 2010 11:24 pm

Deek wrote:Guys, tank is looking just perfect! :clap: :banana:


Looking even better now all the corals have settled into the new tank with intense lighting ;) The PE on some of my zoa is amazing i'm really happy with how the corals have taken to the new tank. So far so good and might be able to start looking at some new additions in the next few weeks :devil: Hopefully the clowns keep breeding now we have moved them and upset their cycle - used to lay to the hour each fortnight it was insane.

beautiful!

Would you be able to elaborate on your photo setup? I can't for the life of me get my colour and sharpness of photos right the way you have!

Cheers

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The FTS was my camera set up on a tripod at night to prevent reflections. No flash, spot focus & exposure, and turn all the pumps off in the tank. Then it had a tweak in photoshop to fix up the colours and also add some sharpness.
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Postby reef.anonymous » Thu 07 Jan, 2010 1:08 am

Looking very nice mate, love how you've made the rack for the light looks nice and clean!!
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Postby Dan » Thu 07 Jan, 2010 9:51 pm

FTS - not much has changed. to busy with work to do much or shop around for any new additions which is probably a good thing. At the moment its just some zoa, morphs, duncan, chalice, bta and purple tip elegance. Breeder box has a pair of my tank bred clowns in it (2nd gen tank bred's ;) the bigger (hopefully female) is a stunning fish with the middle band a saddle!

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Pink skunk pair in QT at the moment - they picked up ich while here so currently treating with hypo-salinity which looks to be working well..
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Thanks for looking.
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Postby Dan » Sun 10 Jan, 2010 7:17 pm

The newest addition to our tank is a Purple Tang Zebrasoma xanthurus :-D

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Postby pazz » Sun 10 Jan, 2010 9:00 pm

awesome pic of the purple tang and the scaping looks good to
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Postby Dan » Sun 10 Jan, 2010 9:07 pm

:cheers:

and the FTS (right side is a little blue as the 6 whites on that side are still out) but otherwise the LED is awesome!
Looking forward to start getting some nice corals under it soon.

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Postby tOiletduck » Sun 10 Jan, 2010 9:12 pm

Gorgeous tank Dan. :)
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Postby fritzy » Sun 10 Jan, 2010 9:20 pm

just love it mate, just love it! great work dan! :thumbsup:

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Postby Dan » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 6:49 am

The engine room is almost tidy.
Still having trouble getting decent skimmate out of the NW-200. Not sure if its me, the skimmer or how its rated to a 1500lt tank and mine is 400lt roughly?

Just need some power cord clips to tidy these up. I have moved our baby clowns into breeder baskets into the sump because I think the high nitrates in the breeding tanks is stunting their growth? Time will tell I guess.

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Postby bradw6860 » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 7:42 am

Very nice Dan, Love the purple tang!! :thumbsup:
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Postby Dan » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 9:12 am

Thanks Brad. Looking forward to some tips from you when you come up next month :thumbsup:
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Postby sydneydrewid » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 9:18 am

Damn Dan, its looking amazing!! i am very jealous, and as always, pics are awesome.. :thumbsup:
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Postby rainmun » Wed 20 Jan, 2010 7:37 pm

Holy Moly Guys,

That light has worked an absolute treat, the 3W LEDs are very very bright.

The LEDs in the Thortek Units that I'm selling, are only 1W, that's why the big difference in light out put.

Very nice mate, once again, the pics are absolutely brilliant.

Keep up the good work,

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Postby Dan » Thu 21 Jan, 2010 11:14 am

Cheers Dennison.

I thought ours was A LOT brighter than the one you showed me. That would be why. It will be even brighter once that last driver is back up and running

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Postby Lukey » Thu 21 Jan, 2010 11:28 am

Beautiful mate, absolutely stunning. The LED's look top notch as well, very nice look to the tank.

Congrats on such a nice setup...
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Postby bradw6860 » Thu 21 Jan, 2010 11:35 am

:withyou: Uber excited to see this LED unit.... i want one!! :devil:
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Postby Dan » Thu 21 Jan, 2010 1:09 pm

:cheers: hopefully it will be back to full strength by the time you come up
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Postby Dan » Thu 21 Jan, 2010 10:08 pm

This week we have swapped the old wavemakers for a VorTech MP40W!

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Also picked up a pair of Banggai and have been watching them dance for a few days now. Came home today and we have a mouth full of eggs ;)

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And a shot of our fave fish...

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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 8:15 am

Keep an eye on that male bagaii, I believe that my first male I bought was already holding eggs at the time. After transport he ended up too skinny but wouldn't spit out the eggs. I wish I had stripped them so I could have fattened him up.

But yours looks fat :) Good luck I hope you end up with some bangers.

Tank looks freaking nice.
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Postby Dan » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 9:06 am

yeah for sure. Trying to get that shot when he rolls the eggs around in his mouth but its damn near impossible. As expected he always has his back to me whenever i'm around the tank.

We had the pair for just under a week before he started to hold and we pumped them full of food that week esp. after we saw them start to dance. Hopefully he has enough food to get him through.
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Postby fewyearsinsalt » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 9:14 am

ahhh very cool then. Good fish selection lol one week in the tank and then a spawn that must be a record.

I made the mistake of trying to catch mine too early this batch and he spat all of the eggs out.

Mine seems to be a bit happier to look at me now with eggs.
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Postby Dan » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 9:26 am

timmmysli wrote:ahhh very cool then. Good fish selection lol one week in the tank and then a spawn that must be a record.


I actually bought a known breeding pair so can't take too much credit for that... I did think they'd take longer to settle in though esp. with the energetic Purple Tang & Occys in there.
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Postby Dan » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 8:37 pm

My male Banggai finally decided he is happy to let me get a shot of his mouth full of eggs :thumbsup:
I didn't think he was going to allow me to get this shot as up till this afternoon he has kept his back to me at all times.

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Postby bradw6860 » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 8:46 pm

you're a freak..... :poke:
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Postby n0rk » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 8:50 pm

That's a pretty intense shot mate!! What gear did you use?
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Postby sydneydrewid » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 8:54 pm

another quality shot Dan, very nice!! always amazing!! :thumbsup:
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Postby Luka13 » Sat 23 Jan, 2010 9:29 pm

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