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Postby gcebiker » Wed 13 Mar, 2013 3:45 pm

Put my old blue light over the tank today, full sun. Shots with my old Nokia phone camera.


Shrimp came today, super well packed - thank you Oceanarium.
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Postby priscacara » Thu 14 Mar, 2013 1:38 pm

Some very nice corals and critters there, stunning colors!
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Postby gcebiker » Thu 14 Mar, 2013 2:18 pm

Thank you ...just cheap phone camera pics, new tank arrives this afternoon all going well....after many revisions :)

Ive kept a culture of the Live Mysid seperate for the new tanks - i think between the Benggai, Clowns, Peppermint shrimp, Ghost shrimp ...Redline Shrimp and Porclean crab larvae they might need a helping hand to get going to sustainable culture levels.

Male Benggai looks to be holding again, maybe he will last the distance this time.
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Postby gcebiker » Thu 14 Mar, 2013 9:21 pm

Grimmace ty, this is it with the hood on.
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Postby TezzaNicko » Thu 14 Mar, 2013 9:37 pm

Looking forward to your new build tony! Let me know if ya need a hand etc. still building mine atm. Will
Have to come over for visit mate. Cheers.
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Postby Grimace » Fri 15 Mar, 2013 2:02 pm

gcebiker wrote:Grimmace ty, this is it with the hood on.
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Nice Tony looks brilliant. Seeing it in person on the stand you obtained amongst your current furnishing made me want it back lol.
Keen to see it once the corals are migrated over, will give it a couple of weeks then try pop round for a visit :thumbsup:
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Postby gcebiker » Thu 21 Mar, 2013 6:36 pm

Given this is the first new tank i have owned in a long long time.
I did not want to scratch the glass...well not right away.

The glass is about 6mm and the magnets are pretty strong , so i added some hook from hook and loop tape aka Velcro to the back.
This lets them slide a bit easier for positioning.
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Roughed up the back of a guppys all in one filter box with a bit of sandpaper then glued with super glue, the magnets to the back of it. The filter comes with suction cups but i bought the magnets at the same time so that it would not fall off.
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Then just stuck it to the back wall. Black plastic clip together stuff from Aquarium Warehouse for a few bucks to help protect the base from cracking should a rock fall over.
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Added more rock some sand and a few corals.
The silver thing on top is the Led Group Buy Makers Led Designer heatsink kit
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Postby Doomant » Thu 21 Mar, 2013 8:27 pm

wow how have I missed this thread, Love the outside frag tank
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Postby babyreefer » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 1:28 am

How exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Any less blurry fts? Wonderful progress!! yay! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Postby gcebiker » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 1:36 am

Sorry just pics taken with my old camera phone
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Postby TezzaNicko » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 8:38 pm

Looking good mate.
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Postby gcebiker » Sat 23 Mar, 2013 8:08 pm

...a new addition

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Postby bickie » Sat 23 Mar, 2013 9:56 pm

tanks looking good mate!
does your outdoor tank run completely off solar?
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Postby gcebiker » Sat 23 Mar, 2013 10:05 pm

Just the lighting (ie...it sits in the partial sun) and back up circulation pumps,
i also have aninverterthat is topped up by a small 10w panel to keep a small pump running in case of power out.

For me its not cost effective to have a second solar array running the inside and outside systems, the house solar goes part of the way covering electricity costs.
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Postby TezzaNicko » Tue 21 May, 2013 7:08 pm

Give us an update tony!
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Postby gcebiker » Tue 21 May, 2013 8:09 pm

Glass box...Now with a heater and an air line (no stone)... :o
Guppys has a cool air pump with a built in battery back up - i thought why not have the 'back up' air on all the time...and its cheap enough.
...well its in the shed waiting to get connected.. :wall: , small second hand air pump on it at the moment.

Pretty much you could say that is a fresh water tank..but a bit salty with coral in it :thumbsup:


All fish and shrimp are inside now, the sun tank is just way to cold.
Depending on how the corals go i might have to move them too.

This tank is spectacular in just how little equipment i have on it.
for those that missed it.

This tank has no skimmer, no sump, one power head 2500l/hr.
Just kept in check with regular water changes (tho that's being reviewed since the addition of the air line to balance the oxygen levels at night)

This set up is not for you in-landers or those with a job...or a life, kids, a dog....or no ready access to salt water for water changes.
Not recommend for a beginner...although - Its hell cheap to run/keep/setup.

Current lighting - Led spectral peaks at
4w - 400nm
15w - 425nm
25w - 450nm
20w - 460nm
20w - 470nm (well when i wire them in that is..)
25w - 20000k

Monitoring/timing with MASA group buy multi controller
Seriously considering putting the Dosing pump back on - after i finally get back to checking the levels.
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Postby TezzaNicko » Tue 21 May, 2013 8:31 pm

Awesome update! Haha. If u need a hand moving stuff around ie tanks etc let me know. More than happy to help out. Love coming around and seeing how your tanks are going anyway so win for both both of us. I'm having a crack at a few sps frags atm. See how they go. I'm in the hunt for a doser as well. Been looking at one on eBay (marine color 3 channel) has some good reviews. Say it pretty much the same as the bm version.
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Postby gcebiker » Tue 21 May, 2013 9:03 pm

I guess you checked out the BM from Guppies?

For a few bucks you get an aussie plug on the power supply and local warranty, and delivery much faster than a month :wall:

For containers i use old vinegar bottles from IGA...the low squat bottles dont tip over.

And i use the Randy Holmes farley Two part system (or is that three part)...ah well i will go back to it when i get my test kits out of storage..
Damprid for calcium - Bunnings/supermarket
BiCarb for alkalinity - Supermarket
Magnesium - Horse stock feed place
...a few bucks a month and you are set.
Water irrigation risers from Bunnings for your hard lines...i also use these for the air line in the tank.
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Postby TezzaNicko » Tue 21 May, 2013 9:30 pm

Yeah if no one has a second hand one to offer me in the classifieds ill be purchasing a new one in the next few weeks. Definitely want to start dosing that's for sure. Still looking for some new lights as well. Those it2080 look alright for the price.
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Postby gcebiker » Fri 31 May, 2013 12:07 am

Pluged in the 460nm led 20w ...they have been sitting on the computer table for weeks, i thought i may as well wire them in.
One day i will get around to wiring up the 470nm's

A massive improvement in the red pigments coming out.

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Postby TezzaNicko » Fri 31 May, 2013 10:13 am

Bloody build me a light will ya :roflmao:
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Postby gcebiker » Tue 11 Jun, 2013 7:41 pm

Lost two Reline shrimp today, within hours of each other.

Both were observed eating and apparently healthy. One had been carrying eggs for a few weeks with out them being fertilized.
Feedings 5 times a day with one block of frozen mysis.

The only thing i can think of is maybe iodine but that may be reaching.
Its been an expensive day.
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Postby TezzaNicko » Wed 12 Jun, 2013 10:02 pm

Sorry to here mate.
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Postby gcebiker » Thu 20 Jun, 2013 5:16 pm

New phone - New phone pic...

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...that is after no water change for over a month
- single slow air line (open Irrigation riser = slow large bubbles)
- Single 2500l/hr Guppies power head
- Heater set to 24deg
- No Dosing as yet, hope to do so in the future.
- No Protein skimmer ever, 99% of the corals in there came from the frag tank outside.

I am running quite a large spectrum of blues from 400nm-475ish + 20,000k Whites
Seems to be quite good phytoplankton growth and i wonder if this is the X factor - micro algae.

I now dose three drops of Potassium Iodine from the local chemist every few days after loosing the shrimp two weeks ago.
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Postby babyreefer » Thu 20 Jun, 2013 11:00 pm

Wow!
What a collection!
It looks soo much better with the new camera! lol
Please keep posting more photos!!!! lol!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Tonys skimmerless glass box

Postby gcebiker » Tue 25 Jun, 2013 4:47 pm

More clowning around


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Postby TezzaNicko » Wed 26 Jun, 2013 2:36 pm

Awesome!
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Postby gcebiker » Sat 06 Jul, 2013 12:57 am

Water change today, was looking after a bunch of unwanted live rock and livestock.
All happy campers now and most have found new homes, ty to the ppl that are caring for the livestock.

Patio part dismantled ready for new purpose built outside tank.

Current one is not insulated. Corals have survived this winter and also in 31deg water consistently thru summer.

Time to reign it in and insulate those tanks a bit.

Air line and water, what more is needed for a reef tank ? Just an ocean two blocks away .... :roflmao:
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Postby gcebiker » Thu 11 Jul, 2013 7:53 pm

...only took 10 years but today added an under sink kit to the RO/Di Unit.

Obligatory pic from internet so you know what i am talking about.
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An automatic stop valve is fitted to the base RO Unit.

This is a pressure device that fits in under a minute and all you need is some cutters to cut two lines in your unit.
Obligatory UTube Vid - either a float valve or Storage tank/tap combo will relieve you of waiting for that bucket to fill.



Cost for me to do this inc all parts and postage from Sunshine coast was only $60.00 ...money well spent (i already had a sink tap)

Also today , solved another mystery...why were my peppermint shrimp not eating the Aptasia :-s
Turns out they have been hovering waiting to eat it but keep getting scared of by the resident fish. :nono:

...i had thought the clown fish were hanging out near me as they were hungry, turns out they have just be playing sheep dog to the shrimp.
I will turn the rock around to let the shrimp access the Aptasia from a sheltered place in the tank.
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Postby babyreefer » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 12:26 am

WOW! What a progress!!!
Bangai~~~babies!! how exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:

Can't wait to see more!!!!!!!!
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