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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Kah » Mon 19 May, 2014 5:15 am

Sexy Morphs~!
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 03 Jun, 2014 1:18 pm

Looks fantastic Ben. Really digging the bonsai shape, very effective. Pocci still there? or didn't it make it.


Thanks Michael, appreciate it. No, the Pocci didn't make it through the phosphate issues. I might have to come by and grab some more sometime, now all my leave seems to be over for 2014! :roflmao: How is the new tank? Anything I can bring you?

Very nice Ben


Thanks damer! I appreciate it when the old-salts comment! :thumbsup:

Looking good mate.

Hopefully nothing untoward happens while you're away. :crossfingers:

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I was hoping too Rod, and nothing did! A lot of cyano is back again, some little cardinal may have been slightly over fed me thinks! Big syphon happening tonight, with another 50% water change. Cant believe everything survived (housemate and brother to thank)!

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Thanks Kah! I cant believe they have gotten so expensive, but alas, they are sexy! It was bound to happen! :roflmao:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 8:08 pm

Well, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in this competition, and looking back at the initial system objectives, I will definitely continue this pico into the future. Im seeing some good growth in all the coral, including morphs, zoas, my Duncanopsammia, my Peppermint Shrimp are berried, and my cardinals are showing some pairing activity after lights out! I have also lost some common corals such as Fungia, putting that down to several things. A poor LR ration, and a lack of phosphate removal. I am now just constantly leaving rowaphose in the tank.

Thankyou RTAW community and volunteers, its been great! More ideas like this and I will always join in! I have learnt so much!

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby NewyReefer » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 9:07 pm

Awesome little tank man looks unreal..
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 1:36 pm

WOW, that looks amazing Ben. :clap: :clap: :clap:

This tank has really improved over the comp period, you should be very proud.

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 1:39 pm

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby robthepom » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 8:44 pm

Fantastic Ben

Full of life and colour

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 11:13 pm

Thanks guys, I really appreciate your comments! I am certainly proud of this little guy! My equipment has started to arrive. My MicMol AquaPro Colour came today, and have already set it up! Waiting on my new skimmer, inline heater and filter from AoA. Seems to be taking alot of time and no communication! :crossfingers:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby Kah » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 12:43 am

It looks like a little island paradise!
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby Rod the Reefer » Thu 31 Jul, 2014 6:01 pm

Congrats mate on second place in Pico comp. :clap:

Brilliant little tank, very inspiring.

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Thu 31 Jul, 2014 6:12 pm

Great work mate :thumbsup:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby NewyReefer » Thu 31 Jul, 2014 6:22 pm

Congrats on second mate looks tops :clap:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby Kah » Mon 04 Aug, 2014 3:00 am

You really put something amazing together in the Bonsai B Box there! Great job!
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Last FTS update July!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Thu 11 Sep, 2014 9:39 pm

Well this is my first update since coming runer up in the comp! Thanks very much for your encouraging words guys! Pretty much as soon as the competition was over, I went on a spending spree and bought alot of equipment. I replaced the old skimmer, which was effectively pulling our next to no skimmate. I thought this was a sign of such a small bioload on a small system. It wasn't until I replaced it with a new skimmer (a Tunze Comline 9004), that I realized that it was the skimmer that was useless. The Tunze is silent, and pulling out half a cup of tea coloured skimmate a week! The only downside is the microbubbles it seems to produce. I have added a filter layer at the bottom like suggested in the instructions, but you still have the occasional release of thousands of bubbles! :nut:

Next on the list, and what I thought might have been responsible for the ridiculous amount of microalgae my tank would grow, was the lights. Basically meant for freshwater aquariums, I thought I would experience better colour and growth with a Marine focused LED. So I bought and installed the fabulously built MicMol Nano Colour. Its a great unit. I originally used 5% lights as "moon" lighting overnight. It wasn't until several nights after installation I realized 5% was quite a significant amount of light, and my fish hadn't slept for 3 days! :o But instead of creating a coral garden, I seem to have created a cyano-garden. :grump:

I bought these corals with recession already, but you can see these the cyano attaching to every surface it can!

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To combat this, I have added more LR rubble, more live sand from my local LFS and reduced lighting intensity (but not hours, yet), siphoning cyano as I do my weekly water change. I have monitored alkalinity regularly, and it seems to swing alot. I have since then added an Tunze Auto-top up, adding Randys Alk recipe. Hoping this will stabalize the alkalinity, which might control the cyano. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Im pretty over it.

I found by chance a large female chequered cardinal to go with my small, presumed male. To add/compound the comedy of my BonsaiBox, after getting randy for several weeks, the female jumped clear from the marine aquarium, over 30cm and landed in the nearby freshwater planted nano. I cant win. :poke: :bored:


The only thing I can say that has honestly worked for me in the last 3 months is this beauty:
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I have recently picked up some beautiful Favites and Echinophyllia. I will post more photos when I am actually happy with the tank and they are doing okay.
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Sept. Cyano update! HELP)

Postby chromus » Fri 19 Sep, 2014 9:35 pm

Can you run the system with boosted alk Benny, like 11+dKh boosted?

I found it suppresses cyano enough for the system to start to heal.
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Sept. Cyano update! HELP)

Postby Rod the Reefer » Fri 19 Sep, 2014 9:43 pm

That's what I suggested.

And also get a dosing pump to keep things stable.

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Sept. Cyano update! HELP)

Postby Mr Miagi » Sat 23 Jan, 2016 4:45 pm

Well this tank has come a long way.

Last update was Cyano issues galore, and I can still remember the red slime covering every surface and feeling like quitting. Glad I didnt.

Unfortunately, the bowl idea wasnt the greatest. I think it can work, but it requires less surface area taken up by liverock. When I removed the bowl, the sand within it was anoxic, and the most likely cause of all the issues I was having. I added some small pieces of liverock, but more importantly, I added some live sand from several sources (Thankyou Marine+ and Rod the Roofer). I thought this might have been an issue, as originally, the live rock went straight into the bowl, and nothing had been placed onto the majority of the main sand bed.

Anyway, the main update is everything is going really well now. The Duncan has been fragged heavily since the last photo. I had a magnificent Torch Coral as a prize from Oceanarium which has gone abllistic. I still have numerous 'shrooms and zoanthids from those early pictures which have been fragged, and the little Histrio Goby is a beast. One of my all time favourite fish.

Photos when the tank settles from my latest clean!
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (Sept. Cyano update! HELP)

Postby searlesy » Mon 25 Jan, 2016 1:11 pm

I love the idea, and it certainly looked great before the Cyano. Just a thought, why don't you get a bowl, knock the bottom out of it, leaving an inch or two around the outside. That will stop any areas of low flow, give the whole structure access to the complete sandbed, and aesthetically look no different?
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