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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:18 am

Bizzare. Something in there die off?
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:57 pm

The tang died three weeks agoish, but there have been several water changes since then. The only thing I could think of is that the tank sat lightless for a few days, but I don't see anything dead in the tank. All the anemones are expanded and so are the softies and zoas. I did a 10%w/c last night and another one today, and will do another one tomorrow more than likely. I think the nitrates were at 20ish? I hate trying to match the colors on the API kit.
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Re: First tank

Postby OLroy » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:25 pm

How hold is your test kit? I know I ran into a problem with old chemicals giving false reading. Maybe go to your lfs and grab a cheap little dip stick test and see if it gets the same result as your liquid test. That's the only thing I can think of other than something dying that you may not have noticed?
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:32 pm

I went to the store last weekend and picked up some more dry rock and a new nitrate kit. Test came back much better. Only about 10 pomp. I think the test was old.
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:22 pm

Pulled the trigger and bought an LTA last night. Ill get some pics next week when he is settled in nicely. I had to buy some sand to deepen the bed for him, put him in the tank in the spot I wanted him and he settled in three inches to the right in some shade. Kind of expected that since he went from a single t8 light at petco to 2 175 watt MHs :lol:

On a side note, my petco is now my favorite sw store for live stock. They don't get alot of rare stuff usually, but last night they had all sorts of oddities and such. They had some misbar perculas there and one of them was missing a bar all together. My best guess says that clown is worth more than 15 dollars.
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Re: First tank

Postby OLroy » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:36 pm

Awesome man, can't wait to see a picture.
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:35 am

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Just a sample. This is the tank with the mhs
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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:49 am

Looks like that colt coral is doing well.

Are you running anything in those emperor's B? Carbon?
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:38 pm

Yea I run some carbon in the filter, but because the tops let light through there is actually macro algaes and sponges growing on the floss filter substance. I am thinking about trying some chaeto in one of them. I am going to snap some photos now, and will post some photos soon.
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:07 pm

Ok I was going to have the new photos uploaded today, but the macbook is god's way of saying f&*^ the world and let them wait. Photobucket won't mass upload from this POS mac. Really need to get my PC's charger fixed so I can get something done with a machine that is worth the money.
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Re: First tank

Postby OLroy » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:35 pm

haha finally someone else who agrees Macs = garbage. PC all the way!!
Tank is looking great man! can't wait to see some updated pictures!
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:32 am

Finally photos are uploaded :D
Just a heads up, it may seem like a GHA outbreak, however, it is under control and hasn't been growing much lately without nitrates. Right now I just need to buy some hermits and emeralds to eat it now, and maybe a tang during decemeber...This is ahead of us now though, so for now I give you photos.
My colt coral has been growing nicely, and I have been seeing some excellent polyp extension under the new MHs.
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These here are some zoas that I have had for a while. The eagle eyes have never really thrived but the Long tentacled zoas have been doing great, I am waiting for them to take off.
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My clove polyps have been small from the get go considering I got them on accident. They have reached full size and are starting to spread a little on their little rock.
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My GSP has been thriving the most by far. You can see in the lowerleft where the purple "foot" has spread onto the LR.
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Here is my favorite and most personal anemone, good ol BTA. He is really starting to get some interesting colors, and I am not sure what to make of him.
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This here is some red macro algae that has been growing in my tank for some time. Really likes the MHs.
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Maxi-mini anemone happy as ever on his little rock.
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Now for some attempts at clownfish photos.
Here is the males face
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Female never sits still so I had to go full flash.
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Here is the female, not a good photos but it will do.
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Male and female over their rock
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Some more zoas
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Finally we have the newest addition, an LTA :D
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And as always an FTS or two
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Re: First tank

Postby OLroy » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:56 am

Yeah I was going to ask you about the GHA. I'm glad it's under control now, but, I still think you'll need a little more firepower than just some hermits and a tang. You'll probably want to look into a sea hare. Also are you using a PhosBan reactor? If not I'd suggest you try the vodka dosing if you are interested let me know and I'll explain the porcess to you if you don't know it.
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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:54 pm

GSP looks great. Has some nice color. Hopefully you can get the hair algae under control. Mine seems to enjoy growing on the powerheads....
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Re: First tank

Postby Herefishyfishyfishy » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:01 am

How did I miss these photos!? Very nice B. Glad to see the tank is settling in nicely.
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:49 pm

Just thought I would throw an update together. Things have been going fairly well now. I think the tank has really started to hit stride and self maintain(knock on wood) I have not been measuring nitrates for a while now and my calcium levels are fairly level(Probably wont be when I add some more LPS) On a sadder note my bleached BTA took a turn for the worse :( He has been deflating more frequently and his mouth started to gape. I'm kinda at a loss what to do, he is still attatched to his rock, but obviously isn't doing well. I am kind of thinking the MH may be to much and am considering moving him to a 10 gallon with a small t5 fixture. Any thoughts? If I do this I will probably get a S. Gigantea for my clowns. I think I just got hit with a a bad BTA to begin with and not my inexperience. Maybe when I started I was inexerienced, but not now. Also, I bought a sea fan the other day, kind of something different. However, I needed to get some better food for my filter feeders. Stumbled upon Reef Crack. I got a picture of the label so you can see what all is in it.

As far as equipment goes I haven't added a whole lot of anything. I got a coralvue LED strip about a month ago and it is awesome. The store recommended the 24" model for my 55 because a 48" strip would be blinding. After a month I agree a 48" would be overkill and a half. I highly recommend this fixture to anyone who is looking for some strong acintic accent/moonlight LEDs.

And finally pics :D

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Prepared food for the tanks
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Picture of the light set up
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Small zoa frag and Tim the shrimp
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Maxi mini with a colt frag
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My newish frogspawn. Probably had him for a month or so. So far so good.
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Close up of Tim
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Picture of my coral rock. The colts on top split several times so I have frags in several places within the tank. Still waiting for the spawn to split.
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Another colt frag going to a friend who just set up his reef tank
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Long tentacled zoas and Eagle eyes. Doing better since the last update.
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Clove polyps have come a long way since the last update. I believe there are 7 heads now.
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Softie rock
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The new sea fan with his white polyps out. Also, a colt frag in the corner.
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massive foot of the maxi mini.
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FTS
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Roy, I will find the name of these snails for you. I have two of them and they have destroyed all GHA. Massive boogers.
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Maybe later I will post the feeding video so you can see the clowns :lthumb:
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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:55 pm

Everything looks great B. Looks like you did a little rock scaping too? I really like the new frogspawn. I'm sure it will grow furiously in the coming months. The Long tentacle zoas kind of look like a type of palythoa to me... Keep an eye on it because it will definitely out grow the eagle eyes and you may have to move them so they don't get over run.

Lets see that feeding vid now. :lthumb:
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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:25 pm

UPDATE!!! With pictures!!!
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:49 pm

I don't have pics right now, but I can throw down a quick update.
Current Coral list
Maze Brain- got this 2 weeks ago from the LFS. If you ever get one keep it clear of other corals, they will throw out stinger tentacles that are 6" long.
Candy cane- Had this guy for over a month now I think. I believe I have a new head growing in, but time will tell I guess.
Frogspawn- This guy is doing great, however, still hasn't split. I may get some more heads soon. However, I may go with a hammer or torch instead.
Colt Coral- &^%$ is everywhere now. My main colony splits sometimes as often a once a week. Grows back, then splits again. I have started giving it away because I am tired of it.
Purple Sea Fan- I think it is growing, but need to go back and look old photos to see. When I was snorkeling I saw a couple out in the tidal areas. The oceans were bigger than mine :(
Zoas are spreading. Nothing special.
Monitpora cap is starting to cup up which is exciting. I am hoping encrusts the rock soon.

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Clownfish pair- no signs of spawning, but they are both alive and kicking.

I am thinking of getting a few new fish over the next couple months. Probably going to get a damsel of some sort, couple of chromis, yellow tang, thinking of doing a jawfish or blenny. I would like to get a bangaii cardinal fish, but may hold off til the big tank is up and running. Also, want to get a couple of dwarf angel fish for the big tank. Introduce them last and at the same time.

I'll get pics tomorrow or the next day.
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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:09 pm

Maze brains are sweet. I've thought about getting one in the past as well but have always resisted. I have a leather possibly a colt - or at least the same family as a colt - that I cannot kill. I've tore it from the base off the live rock it was perched on three times now and it just keeps growing back. I have one in the display tank, and one growing in the sump, lol.
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:43 pm

I think I have 7 different areas that the colts are growing in :tongue: My buddy has another 4-5 frags of it and my 10 gallon tank has 2 frags of it. Just did a water change yesterday so it will probably split again knowing my luck. Kind of why I am thinking angel fish, because he might eat the stuff. Or at least I hope he does :twisted:

Went back and looked at the tank and forgot a coral :oops: I got a toadstool a while ago that has been doing good, it opens up everyday and has grown significantly since i first purchased it. Started at maybe quarter size and now is probably bigger than a half dollar.

I also got some new powerheads, but I can't remember if I mentioned that or not. It is a reef octopus 1500 gallon per hour beast. Really moves the water and the corals seem to like it.
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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:43 pm

Couple of photos. Got more just no time.
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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:27 pm

Looking good B!

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Re: First tank

Postby Buehler » Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:57 pm

Big green thing in the first two photos on the big rock with the zoas near the bottom.
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Re: First tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:18 am

Ah, very nice. I was looking at the thread on my phone... must have cut off the picture. Looks like pretty good quality. How has he been doing? Moving around at all?
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