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A 6ftr by Tuskfish [Winner TOTM August 2008]

Postby Tuskfish » Tue 11 Mar, 2008 8:10 am

Well I have put this off long enough (3.5 years to be exact ) but I have finally decided to do a tank journal for my 6ftr.
I bought a "marine set up" in 2004 without really understanding exactly what I would need to successfully run a marine tank.
In the early days I had T8`s running under a tank hood and a sump full of bio balls. The tank just looked too sterile.

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I was inspired by the display tank at Seaview Aquariums and set about with the idea of creating something similar.
Since then, I have gotten rid of the hood, tank lids, t8`s, bioballs etc and due to the info found on RTAW and the rest of the web, I have gradually got to the stage Im at now.
The tank is very stable nowdays and goes weeks without any maintenance besides algae removal from the glass.

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Im basically a fish lover and love to watch my fish interact with each other and watch their individual habits. The corals are mainly just a colourful background, in my eyes. I think this not the way most people view a reef tank.
Im not a water chemistry freak who has to monitor daily and sometimes go months without any testing. I can usually tell if something is amiss nowdays by watching the inhabitants.
Since the early days, I have added a mozoo metal halide unit (3 x 150 + 4 t8 actinics tubes) , a second hand Teco chiller, a calcium reactor ,skimmer and a auto top off unit. I have also redesigned the sump and Im pretty happy with the whole thing now and would consider it to be about finished.

My only problem is I still impulse buy fish at the LFS.
It was for this reason that I started another tank to house the excess fish.
My 4 ftr journal here viewtopic.php?t=187688

The current inhabitants of the 6ftr include

1 Harlequin tuskfish (my oldest fish)
1 Yellow tang
1 Clown tang
2 mandarins
2 Ocellaris clowns
1 pink goby
1 Flame angel
1 Coral beauty
1 Humbug
1 Damsel
1 Chromide
1 Banana wrasse

Probably too many fish but they all seem to be thriving.

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I use NSW for water changes and apart from what comes out of the calcium reactor , no additives.

More pics soon.
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Tue 11 Mar, 2008 9:41 am

We've been waiting ages for this tank journal!! :pirate:

Brilliant mate, one of the best in Adelaide! :cheers:

A real credit to ya Michael.

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Postby Namn8r » Tue 11 Mar, 2008 12:16 pm

Ahhhh finally....nice to meet you the other day Michael..good to see some persuation helped to get the tj up. Looks great, love seeing peoples tanks evolve!
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Postby sjp770 » Tue 11 Mar, 2008 3:19 pm

how does the clown tang behave? I'd love to get one but have read they can be aggressive.
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Postby pebbles » Tue 11 Mar, 2008 5:29 pm

Thats a stunning tank - especially as the coral is only meant to be an attractive backdrop for the fish! :o



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Postby PTsReef » Tue 11 Mar, 2008 8:23 pm

Thats a Great tank , only hope mine is half as good in 3 years .

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Postby Tuskfish » Wed 26 Mar, 2008 10:25 am

Well after some serious nagging by a fellow member, I have put a background on the tank. I had hoped when I started the tank that coraline algae would cover the back of the tank but it seems to have covered everything else but the back glass.

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LH side
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FTS

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Have also added a nice little 10cm clam to join the 3 I already have.

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My other clams

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Postby GuppyShrink » Mon 21 Apr, 2008 3:02 pm

Hey Michael, nice to have finally met you and some of the other RTAW members yesterday!

WOW your tank is amazing!!! That's one BIG tank and that clam at the front (slightly left to the centre is) HUGE!!!!
I have a SW tank screen saver - does that count?!!
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Postby Tuskfish » Fri 25 Apr, 2008 3:21 pm

Well I found out yesterday that I have a problem.
A couple of weeks ago my female black ocellaris had a huge cut on its head.
I figured the aggressive clown tang had attacked her as she defends her anemone to the max. She is the only fish that doesnt hide when I put my hand in the tank and always attacks me when Im near her anemone.
It looked like she was given a lobotomy by the clown tang.
U can still see the scar 2 weeks later over the head. I did wonder if she would survive at the time.

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Well that was the first issue and I thought I might wait it out to see how things developed.
Next issue is, I found out why she was defending her territory so enthusiastically.

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She has laid eggs.

Today I found her at the bottom of the tank looking very beat up and it looks like she might lose an eye from the damage she has sustained.
Im pretty sure the clown tang has caused the damage as he has been getting more aggressive lately.
Yesterday day I saw her go for him when he came near the anemone and he reacted to it.
I love the clown tang but Ive had this clownfish for a while and find it a bit upsetting to see her in this condition for guarding her eggs.
Im considering transfering the clowns to my 4 ftr and selling the clown ttang.
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Postby JimmyA » Fri 25 Apr, 2008 5:43 pm

How much would you want for him?
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Postby Tuskfish » Sat 26 Apr, 2008 2:28 am

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Postby Scooby » Wed 30 Apr, 2008 8:52 am

My other clams


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Your former other clam. :poke:

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Postby Tuskfish » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 4:06 pm

Well time for an update.
I have been trying my hand at carpentry.
I had this mess extending from the cabinet and my wife was complaining.
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So I tried enclosing the area and this is the final result.
Carpentry was not one of my strong points but it looks ok. Have also repainted the main stand and changed to trendy handles.
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Now she has other jobs lined up for me. :wall:

The clown tang has gone . Sold to a fellow member. I hope he is doing well ( and I know he is kicking ass wherever he is).
Beautiful fish but not a good community fish.

A pic of the tank
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Some of the gear in the cabinet
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The main janitor in the sump
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I have a mimic tang that was a bit of a bully in my 4 ft tank and he has been moved to this tank for attitude readjustment and is now subservient to the boss of this tank.
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Still have not worked out this new camera properly but here are a few tank inhabitants.
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Some of the frags from the last MASOAG meet.
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No, I havent gone to the dark side, dont u guys watch the movies ?
The good guys always win :poke:
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Postby baphomet » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 4:59 pm

Stunning mate! :thumbsup:

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Postby Spides » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 6:45 pm

Beautiful mate. You're a chippy aswell now :clap:
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Postby dougie » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 6:54 pm

awesome tank.
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Postby JimmyA » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 7:29 pm

Tuskfish wrote:The clown tang has gone . Sold to a fellow member. I hope he is doing well ( and I know he is kicking ass wherever he is). Beautiful fish but not a good community fish.

He is doing fine, and is kicking ass :thumbsup:
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Postby Mr Miagi » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 7:41 pm

Looks like you've been working out the back too mate, the dog brought my attention to that! :roflmao: Looking very swish, nice job on the side cabinet. :thumbsup:
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 7:59 pm

:clap: :clap:

Woo hooo!

So is she happy now??

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Postby Rusty1 » Mon 30 Jun, 2008 9:49 pm

Lovely looking tank. Nice bit of carpentry as well ;)
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Postby StripestheEel » Thu 10 Jul, 2008 9:52 pm

Looks great, a job well done!
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Postby Humuhumunukunukuapua'a » Thu 10 Jul, 2008 9:53 pm

WOW nice tank.

I will definately keep an eye on the clown tang. We have a pair of ocellaris clowns that my wife adores. If it has a go at them, it can consider its days numbered.

My wife also baught home a powder blue tang the other day & I am not too sure it was such a wise move with the clown tang. They both look sensational, but I don't want an agro fish in a communal tank, so the clown might have to go. It's a pity, because it is a nice looking fish.
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Postby Roz » Fri 11 Jul, 2008 10:09 pm

Michal your tank looks absolutely awesome. I will be over the moon if I can get mine to look one quarter as good as yours in time to come .A job well done on the cupboard I can't beleive the difference in apperance it has acheived .Keep up the great works it is an inspiration .
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Postby Tuskfish » Sat 12 Jul, 2008 1:17 pm

Thanks for the comments guys

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a wrote:
My wife also baught home a powder blue tang the other day


Funny u should say that.
I brought home this guy this week.
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Seems to have settled in after a bit of argy bargy from the other tangs which left a few marks on him but everything has mellowed. Is now eating nori with the other tangs.
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Postby jason angel » Sat 12 Jul, 2008 3:12 pm

Love the carpentry work, does it effect air circulation for your chiller though?? How did it (chiller) go over the summer's??
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Postby Tuskfish » Tue 22 Jul, 2008 6:43 pm

jason angel wrote:Love the carpentry work, does it effect air circulation for your chiller though??

I have left some venting for the chiller up the back of the tank.
jason angel wrote:How did it (chiller) go over the summer's??

The chiller coped very well as the house is airconditioned, but Im expecting it to have to work even less this year, as we have had a large verhanda put on this side of the house.



Have been playing around with the camera taking videos.
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Mon 01 Sep, 2008 11:16 pm

Hey Michael,

Let me be the first to congratulate you on TOTM August 2008!

Very well deserved mate!

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Postby Lewy » Mon 01 Sep, 2008 11:19 pm

Congrats Michael. :thumbsup:
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Postby StripestheEel » Tue 02 Sep, 2008 2:44 am

3rd.

Congrats. Woot woot!

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Postby Beaker » Tue 02 Sep, 2008 7:02 pm

Very nice tank all round, congratulations. i'm really drawn into those clams, yum! :P
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