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Tim's 4ft Mixed Reef

Postby ArcEye » Tue 17 Oct, 2006 8:25 pm

Howdy all,
I thought today would be the day to start my own tank journal documenting the progress of my first proper reef tank, a 4’x2’x1.5’.
I got this tank built for me over a year ago to the day and it has been lying in the shed collecting dust ever since. Being a poor college student it has taken me over twelve months to scrounge up the cash needed to fund such an expensive hobby and so now, with all the necessary equipment in my possession, its time to begin!

First I’ll give a rundown of everything I have equipment wise:

•A 4ft(L) x 2ft (H) x 1.5ft (W) tank with a corner weir and drilled return.
•110cm sump with a refugium and remote DSB.
•DB-Reeftech PS -10SX skimmer
•Laguna Powerjet 4500 (return pump)
•Laguna Powerjet 2000 (skimmer pump)
•2 x Corallights 150w Metal Halides with electronic ballasts and 10,000k lamps (soon to be replaced with 14K’s)
•70w Metal Halide with Astralux globe - for refugium
•Salifert Reef Basics test kit bundle
•Tunze TS07 Kit with Magnetic Holder
•Cabinet and Hood
•Refractometer

I have no finalised livestock list as of yet but have a pretty good idea of what I’m after:

•Brown Barred Goby -Amblygobius phalaena (for algae control)
•Royal Pseudochromis or small yellow tang
•Maroon Clown pair
•Coral Beauty
•Three or so Starcki damsels
•Long Nosed Hawkfish
•10 or so Hermits
•Maybe a pair of CBS (Hopefully hawkfish behaves himself!)
•A nicely coloured Bubble-Tip anemone
•Possibly a squamosa clam
•A cucumber or two
•Blue Linkia starfish
•A good variety of hard and soft corals (most of you mainlanders would die if you saw the lack of nice corals down here)


Enough with the chat, here’s some pics of the progress so far:
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The tank is currently around 12 weeks old. Parameters are very stable although diatoms are being a real PITA. Current livestock includes:
•Coral Beauty
•Brown Barred Goby
•2 x Catalaphyllia’s
•Anthelia
•Sinularia
•Heliofungia
•Scolmia sp
•Euphyllia
•Halimeda macro algae

Not much at the moment but in a year or two I hope it can be somewhere near the standard that some of the tanks are at on here. Let me know what you think and thanks for looking.
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Postby StripestheEel » Tue 17 Oct, 2006 9:28 pm

Has come together well, looking forward to seeing its progress.
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Postby [Huhness] » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 12:24 am

Looking awesome!! Are your fish hiding or am i blind i cant see them?? I thought all fish love the camera?
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Postby ArcEye » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 1:25 pm

:roflmao: They're there somewhere. I'll have to try and get a few pics of them tonight :thumbsup:
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Postby Oracle » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 2:39 pm

Looking good Tim... Tank's come a long way since I last saw it in pieces! :clap:

Let us know what date you have in mind for an open day? :poke: :thumbsup:

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Postby JDub » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 4:56 pm

Good to see it up and running Tim :clap: :thumbsup:
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Postby ArcEye » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 5:04 pm

Thanks guys :cheers:

Joel I have to say that your tank has been a huge inspiration in getting this one set up. If my tank looks half as good as yours does somewhere down the track then I'll be more than happy :bow: :thumbsup:
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Postby mgrav » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 5:27 pm

Hey Tim looking good so far. Hope you put a piece of foam under the tank before filling it? If not it could cause the tank to crack.
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Postby ArcEye » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 6:06 pm

Hey Michael,

Yep there is a nice thick piece of foam under the tank now - Just wasn't when the pics were taken :thumbsup:
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Postby mgrav » Wed 18 Oct, 2006 6:34 pm

:thumbsup:
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Postby ArcEye » Tue 24 Oct, 2006 7:25 pm

Picked up a nice pair of clowns today. They were sold to me as Amphiprion clarkii but now I'm home and looking through my books it looks as though they aren't in fact clarki's. Most of the pictures I've been looking at show the clarki's as being a much darker brown. Amphiprion bicinctus looks much more similar judging by the photos I've looked at so far. Any ideas?
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Thanks, Tim
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p.s. Huhness the other fish were jealous and wanted to be in the photo too :thumbsup:
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Postby koran1 » Tue 24 Oct, 2006 8:01 pm

looking good arceye :thumbsup:
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Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 24 Oct, 2006 8:31 pm

Look more like A. Akindynos to me. Nice none the less!
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Postby ArcEye » Tue 24 Oct, 2006 9:01 pm

Thanks for kind words :cheers: I'd say you're right with A. akindynos Miagi - good job!
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Postby JimmyA » Tue 24 Oct, 2006 9:09 pm

Yup, definitely look like akindynos to me too - lovely browny gold colour

Looks good Tim, but need more pics :poke:
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Postby ArcEye » Tue 24 Oct, 2006 9:40 pm

My cameras out of batteries but if you can wait another minute or two Jimmy I may be able to stealthily creep into my sleeping brothers room and steal his cameras battery :devil: :clap:
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Postby ArcEye » Tue 24 Oct, 2006 10:18 pm

Busted :wall:
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Postby darkmuncan » Wed 25 Oct, 2006 9:31 am

ArcEye wrote:Busted :wall:


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Beautiful Clowns!
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Postby ArcEye » Wed 25 Oct, 2006 4:59 pm

Thanks! I'm going to get them an anemone in the next month or two. There was a nice purple Heteractis magnifica at my LFS the other day. Not sure what these are like to keep or if they host Clarki's so I'll do a bit of reading and see how it goes :book: . Much better looking than any BTA I've seen IMO :thumbsup:
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Postby ArcEye » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 3:40 pm

Just a minor update. Picked up a nice bubble-tip anemone and a sarcophyton the other day. As soon as the anemone was in both clowns nose dived into it and are both obviously enjoying the new addition :clap: Also picked up a couple of sand sifter starfish to help clean up the sandbed. Here are some pics:

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Still a long way to go yet. Have a small yellow tang and a school of Starkii damsels on order to add a bit more colour and movement to the tank.

Thanks, Tim
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 4:09 pm

Looking good Tim,

If you plan to keep SPS down the track, the anemone may have to go.

Nice aquascape.

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Postby ArcEye » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 4:25 pm

Thanks Rod. Yeah I'm still not 100% sure I want SPS yet. Looking through some of the tank journals though I'd say I'm not too far away from being converted. I'll try and resist for a bit longer ;) . There's also only one LFS down here who actually stock SPS and they're all poo coloured - there's nothing like the variety you mainlander folk are used to seeing :wall:
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 4:58 pm

Hey Tim,

I think Miareefer does some frags to Tassie from time to time.

The last shipment he sent to Adelaide was awesome.

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Postby ArcEye » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 5:08 pm

Thats right, I remember Lee (Oracle) getting some SPS frags off Ian ages ago. If i remember correctly not alot of them survived but hey, if two out of five nicely coloured frags survive the journey than I'm two steps infront of having two brown frags that cost twice as much :thumbsup:
I'll have to look into it when money permits :cheers:
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Postby StripestheEel » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 7:45 pm

Looks great mate, love the clowns!!

The starkii and YT will definately add some colour to the mix!
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Postby ArcEye » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 10:03 pm

Thanks!

Just noticed how obvious my attempt was to photoshop out a reflection on the glass. If you haven't picked it it's in the 1st pic behind the Catalaphyllia :bawling:
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Postby ArcEye » Sat 25 Nov, 2006 11:32 am

A few pics of my fishies:

my gravel syphon
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More pics to follow after the crickets over ;)
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Postby JonNyDexTeR » Sat 25 Nov, 2006 12:09 pm

that's very nice. im a uni student to
doing it cheap as i can.
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Postby ArcEye » Sat 25 Nov, 2006 12:36 pm

Its tough isn't it. One thing I've learnt from this hobby is you can't be too cheap. Be patient, save your money, buy the right equiptment and you'll end up saving yourself money in the long run. Don't be too cheap :thumbsup: Good luck with your tank :cheers:
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Postby ArcEye » Thu 07 Dec, 2006 7:33 pm

Another small update: I'm slowly filling up the tank with coral although there's a long way to go yet. Latest additions were a xenia, open brain and a nice favia. No more fish as I'm headind up to Melbourne for the xmas break and want to keep the cost of 'fish sitting' by my LFS as low as possible. Here are a few pics of the tank and a few corals.

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Thanks, Tim
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