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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Alf D » Mon 09 Aug, 2010 4:06 pm

What tool did you cut it with Colin?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Basenji » Mon 09 Aug, 2010 5:13 pm

Alf D wrote:What tool did you cut it with Colin?

Bone cutting shears. Pretty hard work. (Also worth noting that the point I was cutting isn't necessarily where it came away, hence the pruning job was a little harsher than I had perhaps intended :roflmao:)
It was however, much more successful than my attempts at fragging at the last MASS meeting :oops:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Alf D » Mon 09 Aug, 2010 6:00 pm

Bone cutting shears.

Did you nibble away with the point?
I know how hard it is to cut in one go with thinner branches.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Paul_D » Sun 22 Aug, 2010 10:20 pm

Grats on the TOTM mate, geez I haven't checked this forum in a while have I??
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Assist » Sun 22 Aug, 2010 11:08 pm

i hope my frags grow that much in a year and abit!!!wow. is that green stag a dallas?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Basenji » Mon 23 Aug, 2010 12:32 am

Yes, that is Dallas's green weed.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Assist » Mon 23 Aug, 2010 9:55 am

just asking cause i have a frag the same!! looks good
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Basenji » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 11:40 pm

Starting to get some interesting interactions between corals. These two Acropora colonies are obviously fairly evenly matched and are growing into each other. Will be interesting to see who wins. (My money is on the Dallas - growing in from the right)

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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby StripestheEel » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 11:42 pm

Is that an anemone or elegance in the corner Colin?

It gets bigger and bigger every update!
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Basenji » Tue 31 Aug, 2010 12:15 am

'tis an Elegance, Matt. I reckon that may another place where all the calcium ends up.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby n0rk » Tue 31 Aug, 2010 1:02 am

I still maintain you keep one of the nicest true mixed reefs on this forum, Colin. Tank is looking beautiful mate :cheers:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby Basenji » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 11:00 pm

I've just retired my Chinese 8x54W T5 light fitting (which was only running on 6 tubes) and fired up a nice shiny new 6x54W ATI Sunpower fitting. Quite an improvement in brightness. Very happy indeed with this new fitting. Have cut the photoperiod back by a couple of hours, at least for a few weeks.

Since I know everyone is interested in tube mixes these days, I am running

1. ATI Aqua Blue Special
2. ATI Blue Plus
3. ATI Aqua Blue Special
4. ATI Purple Plus
5. Aquamedic Reef Blue
6. ATI Aqua Blue Special

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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display tank [Winner TOTM June 2010]

Postby StripestheEel » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 11:03 pm

The corals are going to love it Colin. You won't look back!

Is the AM Reef Blue an actinic or something else?
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby marks » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 11:10 pm

I love the look and layout of this tank. Has a very natural looking scape.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby Basenji » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 11:12 pm

Just a blue tube. Not dissimilar to the Blue Plus. I just moved the tubes across from my old fitting, and that was one I had picked up from my LFS a while back.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby Lukey » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 11:13 pm

Looks fantastic mate, very nice.

I agree with discus, it just looks very natural and nice.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby Deester » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 11:39 pm

Very nice tank Colin :-x really is growing out beautifully. A great example of a mixed reef :bow:

You will love the ATI :thumbsup: good thinking on reducing the photo period till everything adjusts :nod:

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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby reefbuilder » Sat 13 Nov, 2010 11:57 am

Awesome :-x
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby peekandboo » Sat 13 Nov, 2010 11:20 pm

Your tank always looks very nice Colin :thumbsup:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby sydneydrewid » Sun 14 Nov, 2010 7:56 am

wow colin.. the tank is looking fantastic.. will be watching this as i am interested in the same fitting :)
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby Basenji » Wed 05 Jan, 2011 5:31 pm

Did some heavy pruning of stony corals today. Removed a total of just over 700g of coral from 3 colonies.

I have frags available to MASS members who are able to pick up, or will be attending either the MASS Open Committee Meeting tomorrow night, or the MASS meeting on 23/1/11 at Kingswood.

Frags available:
- Acropora "Dallas Warren"
(you know what that looks like)

- Purple Acropora
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- Pocillopora damicornis - potentially pink in the right conditions
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Sorry, no postage.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby CheezotheClown » Wed 05 Jan, 2011 6:56 pm

Can you hold a piece of the Dallas for me please Colin?

If you can spare it I wouldn't mind frags of the others to try too. Thanks for making these available and see you tomorrow.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby n0rk » Wed 05 Jan, 2011 10:32 pm

That purple Acro is a good argument for "grown up" corals, Colin ;)
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby stoli » Thu 06 Jan, 2011 10:01 am

Nice pics Colin. You seem to get a massive amount of growth (didn't you prune just before Christmas?) - what do you maintain Ca at?

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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby Basenji » Thu 06 Jan, 2011 10:50 am

Last major prune was in August, when I removed about 500g worth of coral.

Calcium is maintained at around 420-450ppm via calcium chloride addition (in combination with baked bicarb) via an automated doser.
I believe this has a significant impact on the level of growth that I get, as I have the same corals in other tanks that only receive intermittent dosing and I don't get the same growth as my main display tank.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby Basenji » Tue 12 Jul, 2011 11:46 am

Bit overdue for an update, so here's a few new pics.

Nothing much has changed.
Highlights are:
- Some good growth of stony corals, especially Caevan's green Monti.
- My pair of Amphiprion ocellaris have been spawning on a regular fortnightly cycle for the last 3 months or so.
- Have had brooded planulae from my Pocillopora settle in quite a few places around the tank creating multiple new colonies.

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This is the same chalice that I fragged with Thomas (details earlier in this journal thread)
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This clutch of eggs is just about due to hatch. If you look closely you can see the orange yolk sacks an eyes of the larvae.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby CheezotheClown » Tue 12 Jul, 2011 11:59 am

Love the monti growing around the cable.
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby JimmyA » Tue 12 Jul, 2011 12:03 pm

Basenji wrote:[img]Green%20monti%20growing%20around%20the%20cable[/img]


That's awesome Col! It'll be a shame if the pump packs in and you need to remove it...
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 12 Jul, 2011 12:07 pm

Looks great Colin! :thumbsup:
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Re: Basenji's 4 foot display [TOTM 06/2010] - New pics 12/11

Postby bradw6860 » Tue 12 Jul, 2011 1:53 pm

looking great mate :thumbsup:
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