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Daniel's 4 yr old 4foot 200 litre reef *updated, 09/09/09*

Postby Thunil » Tue 10 Jul, 2007 9:47 pm

Hi everybody.
I've been lurking on this site since late 2004. I haven't been posting much, but I'm trying to change that :) anyway, onto the tank.

History:
I first set up this tank in August 2005. By about half way through 2006 I had one sps coral, a trachaphylia, a cataphylia and an ancora for corals. As for fish, I had a pair of occy clowns, a sandsifter goby, a sixline wrasse, a young Tomini tang (I loved this fish, he would eat out of my fingers, kept algae down and ate anything) and lastly I decided to add and Eibli angel. The Eibli brought Amyloodium (Marine velvet disease) into my tank. I lost all of my fish, including my favourite Tomini Tang :( , and almost all of my corals bleached out. After this I decided to give my tank a big overhaul! I started by cooking the live rock (not physically boiling it, but keeping in a dark bin with a heater and power head for some months and taking it out every week to change the water and get detritus off of the rock.) The main reason for cooking my rock is because I had always had a bit of Valonia growing around and an annoying macro algae that kept on staining my water. The Lr cooking was successful, it left me with my corraline algae, plenty of pods, but no valonia and no more nuisance algaes. I then decided to do a dwarf Lionfish reef in this tank, so I put the rock back into the tank and I went out looking for a bumblebee Lion and/or an arceye hawkfish. I cam home with a Flame hawkfish and a bumblebee Lion. I woke up the next morning to find the lionfish dead. I took it back to the shop with a sample of my water and they said they would order me a new one for no extra charge. I got a call a week later to pick it up and it was dead in their holding tank. I thought I'd leave the lion for another tank. So anyway by about december last year I had a tank with a totally bleached trachaphyllia and a flame hawkfish. After a few months of hard work I have turned into what I think is a successfull tank, no bad algae, good and stable parameters good growth on coral, and healthy fish, most are pigs, including my mandarin, but my citron goby is being a pain :nono: .

Current setup:
Specs:
4ft 200lt display
2.5ft 75lt sump/fuge
2x 150w 14,000k metal halides
2x actinic pc
weipro SA-2011 protein skimmer (not great but it will hold me untill my parents will let me get a better one)
30kg Live rock (7kg in fuge, 23 in display)
3-4inch sand bed.
1x aquaclear 701 powerhead 1x aquaclear 401 powerhead (I want to change to Tunze when I get the cash)
In the fuge I have a filter that I use to run carbon.
I do 2x 5.5% water changes a week

Livestock
Fish:
I've tried to go for fish with good personality
1x onespot Foxface Siganus unimaculatus
1x flame hawkfish Neocirrhites armatus
2x Occelaris clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
1x spotted mandarin Synchiropus picturatus
1x Indian blenny Cirripectes stigmaticus
1x Chromis Chromis viridis (I had three to start with but he decided he liked the clownfish more than other Chromises)
1x citron Goby Gobiodon citrinus

Corals:
- trachaphyllia, I've had it since the beginning, it totally bleached at one stage but it has come back with great colour.
- a couple of different zoanthiods
- leather coral
- fluffy mushroom rock
- a little blue mushroom with red dots that i picked up for free and has grown thee more mushrooms
- a brand new sps frag that I picked up for $10
- something that came on the Lr (maybe someone here could ID it)
- and an unknown LPS that came on the base of the leather coral.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, here are some pics and I'll try to update this thread regularly, or at least when ever I get something new.

Full tank shot

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foxface

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chromis

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mandarin

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occy clown and his leather coral

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flame hawkfish

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Black occy clown facing off against the orange one

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Indian blenny and hawkfish

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my little goby

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Zoos

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Trachaphyllia

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new sps frag

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fluffy 'shrooms

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hitchhiker

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Postby Thunil » Tue 10 Jul, 2007 9:52 pm

How come my pics aren't working?
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Postby cammo » Tue 10 Jul, 2007 10:32 pm

which one of the link things do you copy?
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Postby cammo » Tue 10 Jul, 2007 10:46 pm

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Postby cammo » Tue 10 Jul, 2007 10:47 pm

there we go mate!:)
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Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 10 Jul, 2007 10:47 pm

Fixed, but if you want the photos to show for us without the individual having to open each one, add the IMG link provided under each photo in your Photobucket account. :thumbsup:
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Postby Thunil » Wed 11 Jul, 2007 12:34 am

thanks, They should all work now, and sorry about the shocking full tank shot. It looks better in real life... honest
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Postby Thunil » Sat 14 Jul, 2007 7:33 pm

Update:
Got a new coral today, not sure if it is an acan or a blastomussa can somone ID it for me? It's got a red base, with purple and green polyps.

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Sorry for the slightly blurry pic.

I also picked up a blue background that I'm going to put on tomorrow

Cheers,
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Postby intergalacticjim » Sat 14 Jul, 2007 7:45 pm

Def not Blasto. Prob Ancan. Was it not labled at the LFSs? Surely they would have told you what you were buying so you new it requirements?
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Postby Thunil » Sat 14 Jul, 2007 7:50 pm

They called it a brain coral. I don't trust their common names, the names are normally weird with LPS. I went out looking for an acan and i picked up this. Thanks for the reply
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Postby majesticangelfish » Sun 15 Jul, 2007 4:15 am

and an unknown LPS that came on the base of the leather coral.


Moseleya
Rod's pic:
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Give it more light/flow and it should go a rich green.

HTH Josh :cheers:
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Postby Thunil » Sun 15 Jul, 2007 12:44 pm

Thaks for the Id's, I'll try to move it, but it'll be a pain to break off of the rock that the leather coral is attached to. Does the moseleya like to be fed?

Sorry for the pic of the unhapyy looking acan, he is much more open now, he was closed in the pic because I had just taken the picture about five minutes after putting him in the tank.
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Postby intergalacticjim » Sun 15 Jul, 2007 12:54 pm

Just move them both up. The sarcophyton will also appreciate it too.
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Postby Thunil » Sun 15 Jul, 2007 1:44 pm

ok, thanks
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Postby Thunil » Wed 18 Jul, 2007 2:18 pm

Update:
Just a quick one, pics will come later tonight hopefully.

The new acan is doing well in my tank, it's colours are getting better by the day.

Last night I picked up some dried nori to try on my Indian blenny (He was a bit skinny when i picked him up) so anyway, I soaked the nori in some garlic guard, rubberbanded it to a small rock and put it infront of my Blennies favourite spot in the tank. I went back to check maybe 10 minutes after and my citron goby that wasn't eating well is gorging himself on the nori, I though that they were meant to be carniverous? The blenny has also had a little go at it but he's still a bit shy.

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Postby Thunil » Wed 18 Jul, 2007 7:37 pm

Here are some more pics:
My first fragging attampt, a frag from my sarcophyton
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My new acan colony
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and lastly an updated FTS with the new blue background and corals moved around. (sorry about the angle)
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Postby Thunil » Wed 18 Jul, 2007 8:46 pm

I just saw my Indian blenny eating my sps and zoanthoids. Tommorow I'm going to try and trade him in for a bicolour or maybe a lawnmower.
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Postby intergalacticjim » Wed 18 Jul, 2007 11:04 pm

Rod the reefer had to get rid of his bicolour as it was eating his sps! You just never know.
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Postby Thunil » Thu 19 Jul, 2007 1:16 am

I know what you mean, I also had a midas blenny that tore an ancora coral apart.

I caught the fish tonight and I only had to take out two of my biggest rocks. If anyone has a fowlr with lots of algae in SA and wants to take him PM me, if not I'll trade him in.
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Postby cammo » Thu 19 Jul, 2007 4:14 pm

wow mate nice job!:)
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Postby Thunil » Thu 19 Jul, 2007 6:31 pm

Today I took the Indian blenny back to reef and river. They were great. They swapped it over for a small bicolour blenny, I also bought a realy nice acro and some mysis. Pics will come tonight
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Postby Thunil » Sat 21 Jul, 2007 8:08 pm

PICS:
Here's my new blenny:
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The sps I picked up:
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a shot from the side of my tank:
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An updated full tanks shot, not much has changed since the last one:
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Postby Thunil » Wed 15 Aug, 2007 12:17 am

Ok, I guess it's time for an update.

I've suffered a couple of losses in the aquarium recently, all due to a fire worm. I lost my little citron goby, bicolour blenny and the worm had a good go at one of my zoo rocks. I think I finally got him out the other night, but i had to pull out the rock he was hiding in and I'm going to be really pissed if I he got out of the rock before I got it out of the water.

Now some good news. I picked up a nice acro from H2O a couple of weeks ago, blue stalks with brown fluffy polyps. I also picked up a whiotetail angelfish on Sunday. They had it in one of their coral tanks and he hadn't picked at any of the corals. He's still a bit shy but he is out and about picking at all the algae that the foxface is too lazy to eat.

Pics should be coming in the next couple of days.
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Postby glennb » Wed 15 Aug, 2007 1:02 am

Great photos, keep it up.

I haven't seen a foxface with a brown splotch like yours, what's with that? Big beauty mark?
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Postby Thunil » Wed 15 Aug, 2007 7:54 pm

He's a one spot foxface siganus unimaculatus
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Postby Thunil » Fri 31 Aug, 2007 12:27 am

New Pics :thumbsup:
firstly some of my new whitetail angel fish. This guy is awesome, only gets to around 2-3 inches and so far he is a model citizen, cleaned up some algae that the foxface left and hasn't touched a coral.
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This is my new acro, Its blue with lots of brown fluffy polyps, and there is also a couple of branches of a green one with brown polyps on the bottom
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Here is my newest addition, picked it up last sunday
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And here is a cool pick of my female clown spitting out a mouth full of sand
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Lastly a new fts
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Thanks for looking and tell me what you think.

P.S. my purple acan has bleached a bit because my B&W clown started biting it whil it was near her host so I moved it and I'm nursing it back
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Postby cammo » Fri 31 Aug, 2007 4:12 pm

Looking great mate!!! :thumbsup: love the look of this tank, keep us posted with lots of pics!! ;) :thumbsup:
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Postby inferno6688 » Fri 31 Aug, 2007 5:51 pm

that i slooking good mate

U have got urself some beautiful acans. :clap:

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Postby aquaman16 » Thu 22 Nov, 2007 9:54 pm

nice tank
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Postby Thunil » Sat 09 Aug, 2008 6:45 pm

Ok, after not updating this thread in almost a year, I am going to bring it back to life, or atleast try to.

I started year 12 of highschool this year so i slacked off a bit in tank maintanence in the first half of the year.

Around may/june I got back into it but unfortunately I had already had some losses. I lost all my acro's, zoos and acans. My clowns killed the acans because i put them too close to their home and they started to bite and harass. I also lost a lot of my fish. My foxface, hawkfish, chromis and mandarin are no longer with us. The hawkfish jumped and I am pretty sure the others were killed by crabs that I had. I managed to get these crabs out eventually. I had to pull off the big piece of rock that is kind of in the centre on the right. I used fresh water and soda water to get them out and they are now living in my fuge. The one that I blame for the deaths was about as wide as my thumb with even bigger claws.

Anyway, now I have turned over a new leaf. I have changed to a new brand of salt (red sea coral pro), I'm back to performing two water changes a week and I check my levels just before each change.

Recently my shrooms have really taken off, my leater frag is doing really well, all my corals are looking great and MY CLOWNS HAVE SPAWNED AND LAID THEIR FIRST BATCH OF EGGS.

Here are the stats:

Params:
Nitrate: < 5
Nitrite:0
Ammonia: 0
Calcium: 440
pH: 8.35
Alk: 6.5 dKH (I want to raise this a bit)

Fish:
Spawning pair of ocellaris clownfish (amphiprion ocellaris) , 1x black and white (male), 1x orange and white (female)
1x red firefish (nemateleotris magnifica)
1x Whitetail angelfish (centropyge flavicauda)

Corals:
-multiple shrooms
- trachaphyllia
- frogspawn, green with purple tips
- black suncoral (tubastrea)
- turbinaria
- platygyra
- sarcophyton
- Moseleya
- and what i believe to be a cyanaria

other inverts:
2x Trochus snails
1x stromb snail
1x pistol shrimp
1x brittle star
(the shrimp and starfish live in the same hole in the rock)

I'll post some pics a bit later.

Thanks for looking,
Daniel
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