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Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - Journey's end 2015

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Postby Basenji » Mon 11 Jan, 2010 11:00 pm

Well, what a difference 12 months makes. This time last year I was in the depths of dispair after "the crash". By contrast, I'm really happy with how the tank is tracking.

Photo taken 10/1/2010
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Compared to shot taken 29/11/08
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5/4/09 ---> 10/1/10
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7/3/09 ----> 10/1/10
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This chalice (Echinophyllia) is likely to get split in two over coming weeks, as it was bought on a promise for Thomas's tank, but I'm not really ready to give it up ;)

6/9/09 ----> 10/1/10
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29/6/09 ----> 10/1/10
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13/5/09 ----> 10/1/10
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Here's an attempt to capture the tank under just actinic lights. Photo really doesn't do justice to the fluorescence from the orange Pavona maldivensis and the greeen of the Acropora "Dallas Warren", the Stylophora or the Euphyllia divisa

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And here are a couple of recent procurements that are shaping up nicely

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And lastly, a ripper shot taken by my father-in-law, Jørn Villien, of one of my clowns in its host Xenia.
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Postby RedLineR » Mon 11 Jan, 2010 11:04 pm

Gosh those growth are amazing, esp. the dallas and the stag.
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Postby saltydog » Mon 11 Jan, 2010 11:27 pm

This chalice (Echinophyllia) is likely to get split in two over coming weeks, as it was bought on a promise for Thomas's tank, but I'm not really ready to give it up


That is one sweet piece.

Tank is looking good.


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Postby Aus Frags » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 8:05 am

Growth is impressive Colin, good job :thumbsup:
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Postby sydneydrewid » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 8:42 am

damn Colin, that is some amazing growth you've had there!! you must be doing something right :thumbsup:
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Postby n0rk » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 10:09 am

Some really nice bits in there, Colin :thumbsup: especially dig that first purple Acro colony :-x
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Postby coral1 » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 10:17 am

wow tank is just fantastic amazing what a year can do
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Postby Tom the Reefer » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 10:19 am

looks gr8t good growth :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby ashleigho234 » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 10:34 am

All I can say is WOW, awesome growth in a year! Love it!
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Postby blacjack » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 5:56 pm

What a great turn around you've had mate, well done :thumbsup:
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Postby Scooby » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 8:56 pm

Looks fantastic Colin. Excellent growth and healthiness.
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Postby jasond » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 9:13 pm

Your tank looks great Colin, I just hope I can get my new tank to look half
as good yours does.
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Postby Basenji » Wed 27 Jan, 2010 11:09 pm

Well, we finally got around to fragging the chalice (Echinophyllia sp.).
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It was bought for Thomas originally and spent a couple of months in my tank while we waited for his tank to be ready. The coral has grown really well in that time, so I figured it was worth trying to frag it to see if we could both share it.

Here's a few photos of the process:

Photo pre-fragging (just in case it all goes pear shaped :crossfingers:)
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Tools of the trade:
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Quick run with the dremel using a diamond cutting wheel. The blade cut through the coral very easily. Copious quantities of mucus were released. I had Thomas pour salt water over the cut periodically during the cutting process to keep things cool.
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Another quick cut with the dremel across the base of the coral.
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A tap with the chizel, and we have two corals
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Thomas helping out. Note the safety glasses we both wore. You don't want coral slime or fragments in your eyes.
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We left the two portions in my quarantine tank for a day or so to observe them during recovery. Coral appears to have tolerated the procedure well, with no loss of tisse or signs of infection or necrosis.
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You'll be pleased to know that the kind father that I am, I'm letting him have the larger of the two frags :angel:
It's been added to his tank, and is looking sweet. Viewing with the torch after lights out tonight, and there is tentacle extension on all polyps, including those that were cut in half during the operation. :clap:
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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 27 Jan, 2010 11:13 pm

So when does he get frags of the SPS :devil:
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Postby Basenji » Thu 28 Jan, 2010 7:44 am

When his tank is mature and stable enough to support them. :)
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Postby Rusty1 » Thu 28 Jan, 2010 7:51 am

He certainly looks very enthusiastic. Great to see for the future of us reef keepers :)

Tank is looking very good as well and quite an amazing recovery.
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Postby stoli » Thu 28 Jan, 2010 9:12 am

I want to see pokemon topiary in that tank :)

Good job on the chalice. Do you leave your QT running full time?
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Postby rgh » Thu 28 Jan, 2010 11:06 am

Basenji wrote:You'll be pleased to know that the kind father that I am, I'm letting him have the larger of the two frags :angel:
As a parent of a budding reefer, I think that's a dangerous precedent Colin - biggest frag today, most colourful one tomorrow - next thing you know they'll want a a bigger display, better skimmer... Before you know it you'll be asking him for frags! :pirate:
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Postby bazzpev » Thu 28 Jan, 2010 11:26 am

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Basenji wrote:You'll be pleased to know that the kind father that I am, I'm letting him have the larger of the two frags :angel:
As a parent of a budding reefer, I think that's a dangerous precedent Colin - biggest frag today, most colourful one tomorrow - next thing you know they'll want a a bigger display, better skimmer... Before you know it you'll be asking him for frags! :pirate:
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Postby Basenji » Thu 28 Jan, 2010 12:02 pm

stoli wrote:I want to see pokemon topiary in that tank :)

Now that would be something to see. :roflmao:

stoli wrote:Do you leave your QT running full time?

Yes, it's running all the time. It's a 3' tank with a sandbed and a few bits of live rock. Also has a hang-on filter with some biomedia that I can take off and put onto another tank or tub if ever I have the need to quickly set up a hospital tank.

A fairly industrial looking set-up and not much to look at, but useful to have motoring along.

It's kind of morphing into a bit of a frag tank at the moment.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - updated pics 10/1/2010

Postby Basenji » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 10:20 am

A few new photos.

FTS taken 14/3/10.
Not so very different to the last FTS, but lots of growth on just about everything.
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I'm not 100% happy with the colour being displayed by some of the Acropora. In particular, the "Dallas Warren" is looking a little pale.
But I am really pleased with the aesthetics of how "grown in" it is starting to look
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Can't resist taking photos of these guys. They pose so well.
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Here's an update shot on the Echinophyllia I fragged a while back. You can just see the green edge along the back (straight) side showing the new growth along the dremel cut. Also good growth all along the front edge. The larger frag portion that went into Tom's tank is doing just as well.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby RedLineR » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 10:57 am

The growth is amazing in the tank. Would phosphate or nitrate contribute to the pale colour of your acros? Maybe its the colour the of the lights because almost everything in my frag tank looks brown under 10000k MH.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Basenji » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 10:59 am

What phosphate and nitrate? I can't detect either on Salifert kits.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Scooby » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 6:59 pm

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

Still looking fantastic all the same.
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Postby Paul_D » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 7:23 pm

Can't see the blue tip bottlebrush - you still have it?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Basenji » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 7:30 pm

Is this the one you mean?
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Lower left hand side of the tank. Below the Duncanopsammia and behind the yellow tang's tail in the Full Tank Shot above.
Photo doesn't do justice to the colour of this one. It's looking really nice.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank - new pics 15/3/2010

Postby Basenji » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 7:38 pm

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.
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Postby StripestheEel » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 7:59 pm

Have you tested with a Hanna (Phosphate) Colin? You'll be surprised what does and doesn't show up on those.

Does the Dallas still have the green polyps or have they gone also?
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Postby Paul_D » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 8:37 pm

Thats the one mate, nice piece - have the same and its one of my favourites
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Postby reefsecretsaquariums » Mon 15 Mar, 2010 8:58 pm

AWSOME work buddy ...see its all worth while.... WOW what a difference... nice growth toooooo,
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