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Zeason99 3ft adventure - long gone!!!

Postby Zeason99 » Sat 06 Oct, 2007 2:41 am

System Objectives:
Simple system to get the best results - My goal is always to have a tank system with basic equipment which drive the best outcome, i.e. colourful SPS, fast growth rate with cheap/affordable setup with minimum maintenance :thumbsup:

I understand reef keeping is never going to be cheap (already proved that to myself when my equipment/fish died on me), but I do believe we can achieve the same results, like we get from using expensive equipment e.g. Zeovit system, by having a simple, inexpensive setup :nut:
No Zeovit method is used

System Type:
I made a lot of change with my tank in order to bring the best outcome in an affordable way, but I would like to keep mainly SPS with zoas/morphs as other additions. I also set my goal of being able to make this hobby sustainable by propagation and selling frags to cover my expenses on this hobby. It has been a success so far, although I did make a few mistake and lost some valuable corals in the past, but at least I have been able to cover most of my expense with the money I get from selling zoas and morph frags

Display System:

System setup date: set up since Jul2007, but I was running a 2ft tank over 1 year before I set up my current system

Display Tank: 3’ x 2’ x 2’ tank

Display Lighting: Mini Lumenarc replica reflector with 250W MH and 3 x 24W T5 supplement (Actinic, blue plus and Fuiji purple), and also a 2x24W PC light

Stand: DIY stand by my mate Dave, with both side panels removable

Hood: DIY crown hood done by my mate Dave also

Sump: New 3ft sump with 3 baffles, DSB and macro algae in the middle and return on the right.

Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: Vortech MP20, and Maxijet 1200 (giving 40x circulation)

Return pump: Eheim 1260 pump (2400LPH)

Skimmer: RO DNW110 running out of sump lately replaced by the new Bubble Pioneer BP-CE180 cone skimmer

Refugium lighting: solarmax 2ft twin T5HO unit (white and blue)

Cooling system: 12v fan + Teco TC-10 during summer

Evaporation Top Up: Tunze auto-top up

Other support:
Calcium management:
Deltec PF501 CA reactor (will soon add an addon chamber to stabilize PH level)
FBF filter with N/P biopellet

Livestocks:

Fishes:
2 x Blue Yellow tail Damsels (pair)
2 x Chromics
2 x Banana Wrasses
2 x Bangaii Cardinals
1 x Royal Gamma
1 x mini blue tang


Corals:
Reduced my collection from over 30 to 15 different SPS, e.g:
Acropora sp.
Seriatopra sp.
Stylophora
Pocillopora
Montipora sp.

Others:
Goniopora
5 different corallimorph, discosoma, rhodatics (all gone)
Over 15 different zoas sp
2 x fungia
Sarcophyton sp.

Others:
Heaps of turbo snails, Cerith, Trochus and Astrea snails (All from Oceanarium)
A couple hermit crabs
Peppermint shrimps (gone unfortunately), replaced by a mantis shrimp
Collector urchin

Images:

First up is the FTS:
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Here's my old TJ:
http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=178057&highlight=


Now.. That was how my Tank Journal began......


Back in July07, I bought a 3ft tank, came with hood, cabinet, sump, plumbing and all the equipment off another MASS member for a bargain.
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It came with all the equipment I needed to kick start a new tank, e.g. Skimmer, MH light reflector+external ballast, light for the sump, heaters etc. Below was the 2.5ft sump that I bought also.
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The equipment list:
Tank: 3x2x2 with eurobracing and reinforcement on all 4 corners (quality build from St.George)
Sump: 2.5+ft sump
Return pump: Eheim 1260
Skimmer: Resun dodgy skimmer came with a Resun feed pump
Sump light: A cheap chinese fluro light
Main tank light: Start off with a SunSun 2ft single 150W unit and then changed over to the 250W MH reflector later in the stage
Circulation: 2x Seio 4400L/H pumps
Heaters: 1x 300w and 1x150w heaters

However, my fiancee didn't like the colour of the hood/cabinet so I decided to invest on another set of hood and cabinet. I got another MASS reefers Dave to custom make them for me and then I did the stain and vanish.
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I spent a lot of time setting up the tank, added a few things and changed a few stuff to try to get things right.

In order to save myself a couple of hundred bucks on LR, I used a milk crates in the tank:
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I traded the 2.5ft one with Dave and he in return custom made me a smaller one. Basically I had 3 baffles between the 1st and refugium and then only 1 baffle between the refugium and the return . It is a 2ft one so I had more room for other equipment in the cab
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I also added some plastic desk protector (from Ikea) in the cabinet to prevent it from water damage
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Here's a pic of the plumbing and standpipe, with a ball valve to control the flow
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I stick with the original durso as I was happy with the height
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For weir guard, I played safe by having the egg crates plus some comb shaped materials I got from my old tank
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For the return, I also sticked with the original design but made a new but identical oneImage

I test run it and everything seemed to be OK so I added the DSB and all the other equipment into the sump
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I also DIY a bubble trap (Got the idea from a fellow reefer. Basically one container, with holes drilled on the bottom, glued inside another bigger container. I double the work by using stocking to wrap around the pipe end (idea from Yung Lucifier... don't ask where I got the stocking from!!! :devil: )
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So, all good... more pics to be added
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Re: Zeason99 3ft adventure!!

Postby amashun » Sat 06 Oct, 2007 8:50 am

Zeason99 wrote:Hi guys,

Having seen my mate Amashum working so hard on his 6ft TJ, I've decided to start a new TJ for my new tank adventure.. :devil:


How can i not supporting you if you say this mate. Zeason 3inch advanture sound awesome! Come on tell us more :thumbsup:
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Postby Zeason99 » Sat 06 Oct, 2007 1:26 pm

yes my Love Amashum!!! ;)

First up was one of the biggest problem I have had so far... .. Leaking issue!!! It started from the joint. I used Poly Pipe socket and barrel union to connect the durso and the standpipe instead of using bulkhead. My biggest mistake ever... :wall: !!
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Lucky, I got some useful advice from Dural irrigaton and with the help of my "Dai Lo" Dave. I finally got it fixed. Silicon was the trick :bow: Image

I also added a quick release tap (from my existing cannister) onto the return line in an attempt to reduce the return flow (open another road for more disaster!! :wall: )
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As for the Resun skimmer, it actually did quite a good job. Lots of dark skimmate in 2 days:
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My next step was to paint (in white) the hood and the door/side panels and to do a rack for the the MH light
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the dodgy design of the rack sitting on the hood (looks crap but easy job for me :cheers: )
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and thus..... job done!!! Image

Here's a pic of the sump 2 weeks after I moved my house and got it connected to the main tank: Image
As you can see, I already started dosing kalk using the DIY dripping system.

And so, here's a pic of my new tank adventure (with flash)
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and without flash Image

Ok... happy now Adrian??? :nut: more pics to come! :thumbsup:
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Postby TD » Sat 06 Oct, 2007 2:18 pm

Looking really good Zeason99 keep up with good work :)
<a href="http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=180897" target="_blank" class="postlink">My Tank Journal</a>
<a href="http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=182760" target="_blank" class="postlink">TOTM: August 2007</a>
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Postby inferno6688 » Sat 06 Oct, 2007 3:28 pm

about time u did a journal on your great looking tank! :thumbsup:

how about a FTS showing off the new cabinet Dave built?! :poke:

:cheers:
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Postby amashun » Sat 06 Oct, 2007 4:52 pm

Zeason99 wrote:yes my Love Amashum!!! ;)
if you want our relationship keep going, i suggest you take a good look at my user name 1st ;)
still not happy. We want more lol
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Postby Zeason99 » Sun 07 Oct, 2007 2:32 am

Yes Love..... as wished!!! more pics of the livestock.. sorry Chris, no FTS for the cabinet as yet as I'm still working on the doors and the side panel..... :tongue:

First up is the current stock list:
Fish:
- Percula Clown (feeling a bit lonely at the moment) :dead:
- 2 yellow tail damsel pair (a breeding pair)
- 1 Bangai cardinal

Coral:
SPS:
- Acropora sp. (diff species)
- Pink Stylophra
- Green and Pink Pocillopora
- Acropora millipora
- Montipora (Purple, Red orange, green and sky blue)
- Blue oxypora

LPS:
- Pulsaing Xenia
- Goniopora
- Elegance
- Frogspawn

Others:
- Morphs (diff colours)
- Rhodostoma
- Ricordias
- Brain corals

Bought this pair of Bangai cardinals from Axeman but unfortunately one couldn't make it :wall: They are my all time favourite fish
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New full tank shot 2 days ago (Sorry for the colour as I was using my mobile cam again) Lighting was a Reeflux 14k single ended so it is quite blue
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My favourite morphs/rics:
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A normal grey with purple base rics but looks quite different at night
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A nice morph:
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Superman morph????Image

SPS:
This is one of my favourite. A nice frag from Rhino
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Another favourite darker blue
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Another really nice bueaty (Green base with hot pink tips)
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Superman monti (from the legend Axeman also)
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Dallas from Axeman
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This is a really nice one from Oceanarium
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That was a tricolour one (green base, yellow tip with purple polyps) but still recovering from being moved around in the tank
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Here's my favourite zoas (it pops out from nowhere)
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Still more to come.. but too sleepy to do more guys... sorry :sleeper: :sleeper:

Adrain... you happy now?????

Here, I would like to thank you many fellow reefers who fragged, traded and even bought corals for me.........
Axeman :bow:, Rhino :thumbsup:, Bubbleboy :bow:, Jing :clap: , Amashum (my love) ;), Flamehawk :roflmao:, Lucifier :), Chris, David, Steven :spit:, and many many... thanks guys!!!! :worship:

So Adrian, you happy now?????? :poke:
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Postby amashun » Sun 07 Oct, 2007 10:26 am

LOL, give me your fiancee's email. let me forward this to her you naughty boy :konk: ...;)

btw, when are we going to engage again? ;) i'm very excited :banana:

I like the little cave at the bottom, best for an eel type living in there. ;)
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Postby amashun » Mon 15 Oct, 2007 12:28 am

Zeasoo69, we have been waiting for so long, any more picture? :cheers:

if thing goes well, i think your tank will fill up with zoas soon too...;)
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Postby BluE SnipeR » Mon 15 Oct, 2007 4:34 am

Wow you got some nice sps there mate.
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Postby bubbleboy » Mon 15 Oct, 2007 12:25 pm

Zeason,...long time coming.. but is better late then never as they say. :clap:
Mate, the amount of time you mention my name, ppl would think we have something going on here...My love~! :poke:
Looking great... I'll come over one day and gave you a hand and finish that cabinet of yours :konk:

I guess I better get my act together and get a TJ happening ... :konk:
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Postby Zeason99 » Mon 15 Oct, 2007 3:30 pm

Adrian... I'd love to... let's see what will happen..... :cheers:

Blue snipers.... Thanks but I think yours is better.... You've got all the nice acro that I have ever dreamed of......

Dave... yeah.. it's been 3 months since I got my tank setup but been really sloppy working on the cabinet doors...... I think it's time!!! Thanks for your help again.

Guys, more pics will be up but I have just lowered the light so no more close up pics from the top anymore.... :poke:
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Postby amashun » Mon 15 Oct, 2007 3:33 pm

LOL you want to boil your tank?lol
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Postby Zeason99 » Mon 15 Oct, 2007 4:24 pm

Not really.. but to cook the corals :devil: .... um.. must be yummy!!!! :clap:
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Postby Zeason99 » Tue 30 Oct, 2007 12:02 am

A bit of update on what I have done to my tank lately:

1) Change of MH reflector and adjustment of height of the light above water surface

I have changed the reflector from Acrolux brand:
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To Ablite air-cooled brand:
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This should significantly reduce the temperature in the tank.

I have also adjusted the height of the light from 25cm to around 10cm. That was done by simply building a light rack and placed on the eurobracing instead of top of the hood:
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By this way, I'm hoping to achieve better penetration as well as increase intensity of the light as a lot of my SPS are starting to brown up.

Before
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After
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2) Cooling fan installation
I have also added a computer fan and installed it in the hood:
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Second up are some pic update of my tank:
Bird nest:
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Different acropora sp:
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Other corals and creatures:
(pulsing xenia)
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A collector urchin hunting for algea
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Morphs ImageImageImage
Also started to collect some Zoas frags (Thanks my buddy Adrian!!!)
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Postby amashun » Tue 30 Oct, 2007 4:52 am

Looking really good Zeason, much better then last time i reckon. and some nice sps there as well :thumbsup:
Zeason99 wrote:
I have also adjusted the height of the light from 25cm to around 10cm.

lol how's your cooked sps dinner mate? are they tasty? :nut:
Zeason99 wrote:That was done by simply building a light rack and placed on the eurobracing instead of top of the hood
btw, do you think it would be a concern to mount the light on the eurobracing? i mean, would that be strong enough? i'm no expert but what happen if it cracks or breaks?
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Postby Guv » Tue 30 Oct, 2007 9:47 am

Looking very good!

Has this one held colour? (:bow:)

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Postby Zeason99 » Tue 30 Oct, 2007 1:17 pm

Not really better Adrian as many of the SPS are still brown atm... it's a waiting game now to see if lowering the light does help bring up the colour, or something else is wrong... :spit:
amashun wrote:Looking really good Zeason, much better then last time i reckon. and some nice sps there as well :thumbsup:
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I have also adjusted the height of the light from 25cm to around 10cm.

lol how's your cooked sps dinner mate? are they tasty? :nut:
Zeason99 wrote:That was done by simply building a light rack and placed on the eurobracing instead of top of the hood
btw, do you think it would be a concern to mount the light on the eurobracing? i mean, would that be strong enough? i'm no expert but what happen if it cracks or breaks?
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Postby Zeason99 » Tue 30 Oct, 2007 1:20 pm

Hi Guv,

Unfortunately this one has lost it's colour since I changed it to the Ablite reflector. I have just added a reflective in instead of using it with white coat. Last night when I checked it, it seems to have some fairly good colouration.. so hopefully it will be back to it's former glory soon... :cheers:

Guv wrote:Looking very good!

Has this one held colour? (:bow:)

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Postby amashun » Fri 16 Nov, 2007 9:03 am

come on lazy, we want some updates :poke: :roflmao:
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Postby Zeason99 » Sat 17 Nov, 2007 12:46 am

Yes love........ more update!!!!!! I've got few a few newbies in my tank.

First up is the tank shot:
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Got all the below nice nice morphs, rics and zoas from my love Amashum... :cheers: ... what can I say... he's always looking after me :banana:

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Got this really nice montipora from Amashum... again... yes... him again! :clap:
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Also got a few other acros but nothing too special this time:
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I do find a really nice goniapora (green base, purple polyps with green centre)... and Yes!!... I finally got this somewhere else instead of from Amashum
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:roflmao:

How does that sound to you Amashum??? :poke:
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Postby amashun » Sat 17 Nov, 2007 1:02 am

1st of all, i'm amashun
Amashum must be your secret lover that you date all the time...lol

Looking really good Zeaoo, mate, your morphs grew very fast, what did you feed them? your secret liquid? ;)

maybe i should start posting up your frags again... :cheers: :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Postby inferno6688 » Sat 17 Nov, 2007 8:39 am

Looking good Zeason :clap: :clap:
What's the secret to getting Amashun to look after u so well?? :poke: :devil:
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Postby amashun » Sat 17 Nov, 2007 8:49 am

Chris, i didn't look after him, he is talking someone else ;)

i want to meet her too so i can grab some frags :roflmao:
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Postby Zeason99 » Sat 17 Nov, 2007 11:35 am

Chris... actually... my mistake! some of the zoas are actually from Yung (Lucifier)..... :clap:

inferno6688 wrote:Looking good Zeason :clap: :clap:
What's the secret to getting Amashun to look after u so well?? :poke: :devil:
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Postby Big_Z » Sat 17 Nov, 2007 12:51 pm

wat is the stuff you use to attach the frags to the rock work sorry for the stupid question
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Postby Zeason99 » Sat 17 Nov, 2007 4:59 pm

no.. not stupid at all... I had that question too...

I used Aquakneadit....... you can buy that from Big W or Bunnings.
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Postby Zeason99 » Tue 01 Jan, 2008 11:42 pm

A quick update of how my tank is going so far.

Not much change in fact, apart from losing a few acro frags due to alk spike as well as a few new addition.

FTS:
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Some new rics I've got
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Got this beauty from Dave the Bubbleboy. Already have a few frags so will be looking for trade very soon.
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Also got this from Dave. It is baby blue acro.. a really nice one
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I have also started my fragging experiment and have already fragged a few morphs
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Will upload a few more pics very soon. Cheers!
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Postby Zeason99 » Mon 04 Feb, 2008 11:24 pm

Another update on my tank.

First up is my FTS:
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Not much change, except that I have upgraded the skimmer feed pump from dodgy Resun 2000L/hr one to OR3500. By surprise, it improved the skimming performance a lot. Although it is still an old Resun skimmer, but it has a lot more skimmate with OR pump running.. so can't complain much after all.

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Second up are the new addition I have:
New rics and morphs:
Nice Green ric
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Some may be familiar with this one.... hopefully it will colour up soon!!
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;) .. nice hot pink morph
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New Zoas addition:
Got this rock full of different zoas
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Some zoas that I fragged and attached on separate rock:
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Also got this tri-colour one:
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More pics to come soon
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Postby monkeymagic » Tue 05 Feb, 2008 12:02 am

This tank has to be seen to be believed!

SOme really awesome specimens!!!!

Cant wait for you to have more things for sale or trade Zeason!

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