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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby Basenji » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 2:00 pm

benjaminjames wrote:what are you running in the sump section in the back?

Currently nothing in the sump section, apart from a heater, float switch and dosing point for auto-topup.
I have some thoughts around stacked trays for DSB / refugium, but it would probably only provide minimal net benefit, and just adds more complexity.
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Postby benjaminjames » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 2:27 pm

wow thats awesome. so simple. works great by the looks of things. :thumbsup:
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Postby vman » Tue 26 Apr, 2011 1:48 pm

gee Collin thats a nice little set up,your son must be so proud :clap:

looking at the photos there has been some good growth over the past year.

good work Thomas,just showed my boys your tank,one of which is the same age as you and they said it looked mad!

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Postby mattgreen » Sat 18 Jun, 2011 2:44 pm

any updates.
anyreason why you didnt put black acrilic on the back wall so you cant see the built in weir?
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? - new pics 21/

Postby Basenji » Sat 18 Jun, 2011 7:24 pm

Haven't got any more recent photos since the March update. Will take some at some point when I have a chance
We have added a new fish, a tiny flameback angel which we sourced from MASS's good mate Wayne from Dockside Marine.

Reason for no black acrylic on the background? A few I guess
- I used tinted black glass for the false wall, hoping that would be sufficient to obscure the sump area. Didn't end up as effective as I'd hoped
- Have thought of putting an acrylic background in, but as one of the world's laziest reefers I haven't got around to it.
- the background has developed quite a solid cover of coralline algae in any case
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? - new pics 6/1

Postby Basenji » Sun 06 Nov, 2011 9:52 pm

Finally got around to taking a couple of new photos of Thomas's tank.
Still motoring along nicely and remains pretty bullet proof.
No real changes to report.

Acropora still surviving with reasonable colour, but not a huge amount of growth.
Chalices going absolutely gangbusters.
Corallimorphs thriving, and raising a little concern.

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Postby n0rk » Sun 06 Nov, 2011 10:10 pm

I'm surprised that the Morphs are presenting more of a concern than that Xeniidae at the front, you'd imagine that would be the first thing to really boom. Chalices are going nuts.

Tank's looking very good, is he still doing most of the maintenance on it?
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? - new pics 6/1

Postby Basenji » Sun 06 Nov, 2011 10:17 pm

Xenia is pretty easy to peel back or prune savagely. Doesnt really present too much of a problem.
Tom does a bit of the routine stuff like feeding and topups, but I do water changes and most of the wet hands work.
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? - new pics 6/1

Postby Siiri » Mon 07 Nov, 2011 8:17 am

Tank's looking good Colin !!! ... I particularly love the Acan. :thumbsup:
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? - new pics 6/1

Postby Basenji » Mon 07 Nov, 2011 11:05 am

Thanks Siiri,
That Acan was repatriated from Paul_D's tank when he broke it down in the last few weeks.
The pink colour is quite attractive, and Paul insists that it has been that colour all along, but to my eye it looks a little bleached. Time will tell.
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? - new pics 6/1

Postby Siiri » Mon 07 Nov, 2011 1:49 pm

I don't think it's bleached ... Just pretty ... and I'm not even a pink sort of girl :nut:
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby Basenji » Sat 28 Jan, 2012 8:26 pm

A couple of new pics.
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby mgrav » Sun 29 Jan, 2012 8:25 am

Love it! Awesome little coral garden. :clap:
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Postby axela » Sun 29 Jan, 2012 10:08 am

what a great transformation over the years!

Morphs are definitely over taking the tank! lol
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby Tom the Reefer » Thu 09 Feb, 2012 11:19 am

LOOKS GREAT :clap:
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby JimmyA » Thu 09 Feb, 2012 11:31 am

Beautiful little tank Colin.

It's a credit to your husbandry and shows what is possible with fairly basic equipment and a little patience. A tank with fantastic growth and colour.

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I'd like to see Tom's tank up for Tank of the Month.

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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby ACRO AL » Thu 09 Feb, 2012 11:40 am

this tank is destined for success
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby Jim_Jim » Thu 09 Feb, 2012 1:30 pm

Very clean crisp look, would look good with a little less rock and few less morphs lol Glad i placed my morphs down the bottom and made them work for light, slowed the growth down of new ones just got a few big fist size morphs instead! Maybe get a Cata or something so when morphs get too big they get stung and natural culling?

Either way I like the idea of a simple design, inbuilt rear sump (like my RSM but useable!!!)
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby Basenji » Sun 11 Mar, 2012 8:17 pm

We lost the Bangai a while ago. No obvious reason, just found dead tucked up underneath the rocks. Had been eating fine the day before. I don't believe they are particularly long lived, and we had it for well over 2 years, so would like to think of it as old age.
Tank is otherwise still running well.

We have now added a new fish, a tiny valentini puffer, which has been immediately named "Kevin". Don't ask me why.
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby LookingForNemo » Mon 12 Mar, 2012 6:54 pm

Very nice nano. What did you use for filtration? No skimmer I assume...
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 27/1

Postby Basenji » Sat 15 Sep, 2012 11:11 pm

A while back we lost the valentini puffer. Just disappeared without a trace. Could have jumped out and flipped underneath the cabinet at the back. Or could have just tucked up under a rock and been recycled. I guess we'll never know.

We decided to replace the valentini. The fish we obtain was a little on the skinny side, and I was a little concerned with what appeared to be a few white spots on the fins, so we quickly set up a quarantine tank to keep it isolated for a few weeks.

Q tank was about as simple as it gets.
Was set up using a 20L glass tank that I had available, with a heater.
I had some rock in my shed tank, which has been cycling for months to use in the 3x2 project, so we used a few pieces of that to establish the cycle in the Q tank.
Also added a sponge filter with a powerhead. The powerhead provided water movement, and the sponge filter was established quickly in case we needed to remove the rock and apply medication / hyposalinity.
We didn't bother with a light. Freshwater topups done manually.

In the end the spots disappeared in a couple of days and didn't return. 5 weeks later the valentini was added to the tank community, well trained onto prepared foods, and fattened up nicely.

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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sat 22 Mar, 2014 3:24 pm

Any updates Colin? :)
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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -QT setup 15/9

Postby Basenji » Thu 08 May, 2014 10:35 am

Finally time for an update on this tank.
Tank took a bit of a temperature spike over last Summer, so lost / damaged a few of the stony corals.
The Valentini puffer was lost to a carpet surfing incident at some point, and sadly the Flameback angel disappeared a couple of months back.

What remains is a bit of a 'survival of the fittest' tank. But with that being said, it is running fairly cleanly, with the only real maintenance being keeping the topup reservoir full and feeding the fish.
Have done probably 1 water change in the last 6 months, and when I do get around to cleaning the glass the tank looks fairly respectable with little cleaning required.

Photos are taken on iPhone with shadow/highlights levelling, sharpening and re-sizing.

The purple morphs look a little oversaturated, but I haven't done any colour manipulation. They look pretty much like the photos. The morphs seem to particularly like the inWatter LED's.

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Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Thu 08 May, 2014 3:05 pm

Great update a usual, sorry to hear about the losses :(

Especially that angel, was a real cutie!
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Postby NewyReefer » Thu 08 May, 2014 5:10 pm

Looks Awesome Colin.
Great shots with the iPhone wish I could take photos like that.
Sorry about the fishies but the tank looks great and that Dallas is really nice.
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Postby jayellul » Thu 08 May, 2014 11:11 pm

Dat Dallas!

Some nice chalice there too mate :)
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Postby Skinnyman » Mon 12 May, 2014 6:39 pm

Awesome looking tank. tom should be proud of his tank. i would love a tank like this, nice and easy to maintain. what size bulkhead you using for your return?
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Postby Kayne » Sun 22 Feb, 2015 12:24 am

So I have been lurking the forums for the last few days (I'm new to saltwater) and came across this.
It was great to see the tank start and then grow to an amazing little reef (I can only hope mine turns out even half as good).
Do we have any updates since 9 months ago?
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Postby damer » Fri 20 Mar, 2015 1:16 pm

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Re: You didn't really want gold fish did you? -new pics 8/5/

Postby slawman » Sat 21 Mar, 2015 7:53 am

What a great little setup with some excellent colours coming out. Those morphs are going to be challenging the SPS I would imagine pretty soon, they grow like weeds when established like that.
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