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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Daz the reefo » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 9:01 pm

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Scooby wrote:Any theories on why the colour has dropped off? I am wondering whether having no nitrate at all is of detriment.

Really not sure Wayne. Might be related to nitrate or phosphate (or lack thereof) or might be something else entirely.
I'm a bit overdue for a lamp change, so that might have something to do with it. Could also be a nutritional thing. Currently considering options for amino acid dosing to see if that makes a difference.



It's interesting watching your journal Besenji, as i've been through the same stages as yourself and are at the same stage now in regards to identifying colour fading issues with my acro's. again we share similar water params with no detectable signs of No3 and 0 P04's on the hanna . I've been dosing AA's and trace for the past month and have noticed my monti's colouring nicely but Dallas and Stylo and Blue acros all still look pale (although the last 2 weeks i've noticed the Dallas begining to darken in colour with slight green tinge under all the polyps. I'm also thinking maybe they are starving???? it seems ridiculous as it feels we're always looking to export nutrient. i will be keen to see if you find any answers to this issue. :crossfingers:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby ryanrid » Tue 16 Mar, 2010 8:47 am

from memory you use the hydor copies for water circ, have you checked if the shaft has rusted?

i dont think it would be due to high nutrients as the bottle brush would loose colour before a dallas and that still has colours, it could be due to a lack of like you suggested tho.

what bulbs do you have? i have some 250W 15K SE AMD bulbs you can have, i cant make the meeting but could send them up to you.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Basenji » Tue 16 Mar, 2010 9:42 am

Hydor-copy shafts have been replaced with titanium shafts.
Thanks for the offer on the MH lamps, but I'm running T5's.

To be honest, I'm not particularly stressed at this point about colour. I'm more concerned with overall health of the system, and that seems to be going just fine. I almost feel that if the corals are growing too fast for their rate of pigment production to keep up.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby sydneydrewid » Thu 18 Mar, 2010 10:33 pm

great pics of the fragging of the chalice.. good to see the eye protection :)

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love this piece colin.. you need to take some more closeups of the others treasures you've got hidden in there :poke: :roflmao:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby StripestheEel » Thu 03 Jun, 2010 12:49 am

Hey Colin,

Is the flameback still kicking? Thinking about adding a dwarf to my tank. Is it behaving itself?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Basenji » Thu 03 Jun, 2010 10:42 am

StripestheEel wrote:Is the flameback still kicking? Thinking about adding a dwarf to my tank. Is it behaving itself?

The flameback is still doing just fine. A very robust little fish.
When first added to the tank, I noted a reduction in polyp extension on some (not all) of the Acropora. However I haven't seen any predation damage on any of them. I do see the flameback having what appears to be a nip occasionally, but I'm pretty sure it is just taking coral mucus or particulate matter on the surface of the coral. The Acros are doing fine, so I'm confident that the flameback is not doing any damage.

I've seen no issues at all with it attacking Duncanopsammia, Euphyllia divisa, or Catalaphyllia. My previous experiences with a Bicolor angel was that the fleshier stony corals were the most at risk from predation.

Whilst some report the pygmy angels to be a bit pugnaceous, my experiecne has been that it is a very peaceful fish with the fish I have it housed with. No signs of aggession against any tank mates.
I'm toying with the idea of trying a Potters to go in with it. Still trying to decide whether that is a good idea or not. (along with the poor survival record of Potters angels also putting me off a bit).
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby saltydog » Thu 03 Jun, 2010 11:33 am

Basenji wrote:I'm toying with the idea of trying a Potters to go in with it. Still trying to decide whether that is a good idea or not.


I've tried it with flames, the flameback smashed the flame (2 1/2 times its size). Also, the flameback was move to the flames tank. At the start the flameback lived happily with a cherub until the cherub died. I agree with you in that they are very hardy.

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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Basenji » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 1:04 am

A quick update with a few new pics taken tonight.
To be honest, at a broad glance it's probably not looking greatly different to the last shots posted. There's a lot of growth, but possibly not all that visible since I've been doing a bit of pruning on the big stag Acros to combat a bit of shading.

I've replaced some of the T5 tubes which were getting a bit dim, and it has made a big difference. Colours seem to be improving.

I'll just post a couple of sample pics here. More shots viewable in my gallery

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Growth sequence shots of this Seriatopora can be seen here

This is the chalice I fragged earlier in this thread. Is really going gang-busters. Has pretty much regained its shape, with no sign of the straight edge from the dremel cut
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby StripestheEel » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 1:14 am

:clap:

What bulbs did you replace with?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby sydneydrewid » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 7:35 am

great pics Colin!! i especially love the growth pattern of the birdsnest :thumbsup:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Basenji » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 9:24 am

StripestheEel wrote:What bulbs did you replace with?

I have replaced 3 tubes so far (out of 8). Removed an assortment of Aquaz and CH brand and replaced with ATI (Aquablue Special and Aqublue Plus).
Will replace more tubes over coming months.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby Luka13 » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 1:28 pm

great pics there Colin

Amazing growth on the Chalice too :clap:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby CheezotheClown » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 4:31 pm

Where was the cut line on the Chalice; along the back?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby Basenji » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 6:34 pm

Yep, the cut was along the back Ollie.

For those too lazy to scroll back in the thread :poke: ;)

The frag is the smaller of the two pieces in this shot:
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This is a shot of the same frag in March 2010
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... and then yesterday's shot
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As a point of reference, check the position of the elongated green polyp mouth that runs along the outer rim of the original frag, and how far from the edge it is in the latest shot.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby StripestheEel » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 8:55 pm

Serious growth right there.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby sydneydrewid » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 9:49 pm

that indeed is some insane growth there Colin :thumbsup:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby jamesant » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 10:29 pm

Great growth and I love the colours on that one.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby Basenji » Tue 08 Jun, 2010 11:52 pm

End of financial year at work. I suggested our department needed a new camera. My boss agreed and told me to buy a DSLR. A week later we have a nice shiny new Canon 450D :)

Of course it's terribly important to upskill as quickly as possible so as not to waste work time, so I brought it home tonight for a bit of a tutorial on my own time.
I didn't have much time to play, but in 15 minutes, well, what can I say! Soooo much easier to get accurate colour representation due to better light sensititivity at higher shutter speeds and no flash.
I need to get me one of these for myself!

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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby rgh » Wed 09 Jun, 2010 9:07 am

Nice pics Colin - the tank is looking so good - congrats!
Wouldn't it be safest to store the camera offsite?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby ryanrid » Wed 09 Jun, 2010 10:16 am

what a difference in camera change.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby RedLineR » Wed 09 Jun, 2010 11:08 pm

Wow are you in a time warp? We're in July already lol
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby Basenji » Thu 10 Jun, 2010 8:41 am

No, just spending what's left of this year's budget before it evaporates.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby davez104 » Thu 10 Jun, 2010 9:06 am

RedLineR wrote:Wow are you in a time warp? We're in July already lol


He's got a magic window into the future. He's taking his TOTM pics for next month :roflmao:

You couldn't grab us next weeks winning lotto numbers while you're there could you Colin??

Tank is looking better than ever :thumbsup:

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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - pics added 6/7/2010

Postby StripestheEel » Fri 02 Jul, 2010 9:59 pm

Congratulations Colin on winning TOTM for June 2010. Definitely scares me that your tank has been running for over half of my life!
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Daz the reefo » Fri 02 Jul, 2010 10:39 pm

Well Done Collin and congrats!! your tank has been one of the first that i looked at when beginning mine.
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Winter pruning

Postby Basenji » Sun 08 Aug, 2010 11:46 pm

While I was doing a water change this afternoon, my wife was outside doing some winter pruning of the roses. I figured I needed to do the same with some of the Acro stags that were causing a bit of a shading problem, in particular the large brown frag with blue tips.

At a whim I threw the frags from that one colony onto a balance and was shocked to see it weigh in at over half a kg. So that's where all that damprid is going!

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This particular colony is extremely vigorously growing, and lends a certain architectural aspect to the tank. Originally sourced from user Primehealth, it is probably a good candidate to see whether a tank is ready for introduction of Acropora. It even has rather nice blue growing tips that almost, but not quite, make up for its overwealming brown colour :roflmao:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby ryanrid » Mon 09 Aug, 2010 9:33 am

i guess you are going to have re check your dosing now that is gone. 1/2kg is massive considering there is no rock base just pure acro.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby StripestheEel » Mon 09 Aug, 2010 1:56 pm

That's huge! How long did that take to get to that stage Colin?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Basenji » Mon 09 Aug, 2010 2:46 pm

This was the colony on 10/5/09 - 15 months ago
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growth sequence photos here

I guess I should have taken some shots before I started pruning. It was quite literally trying to grow out of the tank.
You can see it in the upper / right centre of this photo taken 27/6/10.
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What you see sitting on the balance is only about half of it. The other half is still in the tank, ready to re-sprout.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Sailfin » Mon 09 Aug, 2010 3:42 pm

Stop feeding em your hormone and Viagra supplements Colin :roflmao:
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