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MCHRKiller
08-23-2009, 07:01 AM
All reefs have to start somewhere right?
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0152.jpg
The burning hot intensity of 1000 suns....or 130watts of PC lighting
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0154.jpg
Actinic only
***Sorry for the sh*tty pics, I didnt take the time to change my camera settings for a bed of sand and some water

Specs:
Coralife 24" 130watt PC strip with 2*3/4watt lunar lights, 65watt 10,000K and 65watt actinic bulb
Koralia 1 powerhead
CPR BakPak 2R+ Reef Ready Protein Skimmer
Internal Whisper...replacing with an AC30 once I remember to order one
also need to get off my arse and pull a tronic heater out of strorage

Plans for stock:
variety of Zoanthid and Mushroom corals
small colony of rock anenomes
5 hermits
3 astrea snails
2 turbo snails
2 nassarius snails
1 skunk cleaner shrimp
1 royal gramma or purple fire fish
1 black ocellaris


Ive got 22lbs of LR coming from pacificeastaquaculture.com this week :11:

Goodbye
08-23-2009, 07:18 AM
Looks like your off to a great start! I will be watching this thread! thumbs2:

Miltonic
08-23-2009, 01:57 PM
I was wondering when you were going to start one of these, the tank is looking good so far thumbs2: going along for the ride

Ampatent
08-23-2009, 05:35 PM
If your other tanks are anything similar, this should be one great looking reef tank! Can't wait to see it in action.

MCHRKiller
08-23-2009, 06:42 PM
Thanks everyone, Ill start doing updates once the rock arrives :22:

DrNic
08-23-2009, 06:46 PM
Cant' wait to see how it turns out!

MCHRKiller
08-23-2009, 08:37 PM
Thanks Nic!

Heres a link to the rock...Im anxious to see it as I have never seen this type or rock before. Granted outside of general Fiji, Tonga and some cheapo stuff my LFS gets in I have seen any other types.

http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/Detail.aspx?ID=40&ReturnPage=%2fShowProductCategory.aspx%3fCategoryI d%3d5%23T+2001

mattsbottleofjager
08-23-2009, 09:10 PM
Wow, thats some crazy looking rocks, cant wait to see how this turns out. :19:

MCHRKiller
08-25-2009, 07:42 PM
Yeah, Im super excited as well! :22:

I got a confirmation email today and my order shipped out this morning for a Thursday arrival. Updates to follow :11:

Wild Turkey
08-25-2009, 08:03 PM
I'll be watching this thread anxiously!

Very cool looking live rock!thumbs2:

Northernguy
08-25-2009, 08:36 PM
Thats a nice start Jenn!:22:
I'm looking forward to watching this tank mature!thumbs2:

pinchyboy
08-26-2009, 02:20 AM
great start...looking forward to how its going to come out.

MCHRKiller
08-26-2009, 04:50 AM
Thanks everyone :22: Expect lots of pics Thursday

Wiggs
08-26-2009, 04:52 AM
Cant wait on the pics, Im sure it will look just as good as your other tanks.


Wait, you cant put manazita in there! what will you hardscape it with?!

MCHRKiller
08-26-2009, 10:12 AM
lol! I wont know what to do with out it! :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
08-28-2009, 01:56 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0202.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0197.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0198.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0199.jpg

These pics are taken under the entire 130 watts(65W actinic, and 65W 10K), Ill take some later tonight with just the 10K so you can see more true to life color on the rock. Honestly to have been out of water and on a UPS truck for 2 days Im throughly impressed with the amount of coraline still on the rock. There was very little die off when I did my rinsing before putting it in the tank. I also spotted a couple of shrimp and a few snails tucked up into nooks as well.

Goodbye
08-28-2009, 02:13 AM
Wow! That rock looks aewsome! thumbs2: Good Job!!

Miltonic
08-28-2009, 02:41 AM
awesome rock and the aquascape is looking great already!

MCHRKiller
08-28-2009, 08:53 AM
Thanks everyone! :22: Will be doing weekly updates to mark any changes.

labnjab
08-28-2009, 11:08 AM
Looks like your off to a good start

MCHRKiller
09-04-2009, 12:28 AM
So far so good, all levels are checking out. My calcium is a bit higher than Id like it to be but I dont suspect thats going to pose a serious issue as the alkalinity is right where it should be. I am chalking the high Calcium up to a 2" bed of Arag-Alive and Seachem Reef Salt probably containing extra Calcium.

Ammonia-0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate-0
Phosphate-0
KH-179ppm
dKH-10
Calcium-600ppm
pH-8.2
SG-1.025
Temp-78*F

Some of the coraline has definatly survived the first week, its getting to be a very lovely deep shade of purple and some of the other is starting to recover. So far I do not have any traces of diatoms, or nussiance algae. My conservative lighting pattern and lack of dissolved organics Im sure are contributing to this.

I did replace that hideous internal whisper filter with an AC20 today, in that I am running a small bag of Purigen and about 1/3 of a PolyFilter. Its doing a nice job at circulating the top portion of the tank. With the Koralia 1 and the BakPak 2R I didnt need much more circulation, just wanted something to run some chemical media in. I need to pick up a copper test kit at some point before I order corals. Im probably going to order 8lbs more of LR from PacificEast this weekend to make it an even 30lbs in the tank. I will also buy the bulk of my CUC at that time. I will probably wait for the Skunk shrimp a couple more weeks and just stick with the snails and hermits right now.

Pics to follow later on tonight :22:

MCHRKiller
09-04-2009, 04:19 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0226.jpg
Adding the other 8lbs primarily to the left side of the tank to cover up that heater a bit better
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0227.jpg
Right
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0228.jpg
Middle
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0230.jpg
Left

KingFisher
09-04-2009, 04:23 AM
Looking good MC! I don't recall seeing a tank that new that already had that much coraline algae in it. Although I don't have a salt water tank, I enjoy looking at them.

MCHRKiller
09-04-2009, 04:44 AM
It is rare, especially since it was in a box for 2 days on a UPS truck....but it had a good amount of coraline on it anyway and most of it survived. What kind of died back is perking up again. :22:

MCHRKiller
09-12-2009, 09:44 AM
Just thought I would post an update on the curing process, so far so good. I'm seeing new coraline growth every day. Ive bumped lighting up to 6hrs of actinic per day now. Levels are holding steady, same as before. I placed my order for 8lbs more of live rock, 1 fire shrimp, 2 sand sifting snails, 3 zebra turbo snails, 4 blue legged hermits.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0261.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0260.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0259.jpg

And here is the view from my desk:
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0263.jpg

Goodbye
09-12-2009, 09:58 AM
Nice tank! I like the looks of the coraline algae! thumbs2: thumbs2:

Sarkazmo
09-12-2009, 11:23 AM
Jenn haz mad tank skillz. :P

Sark

mattsbottleofjager
09-12-2009, 12:53 PM
I love reef tanks, and that rock is looking great thumbs2:

Twe3k
09-12-2009, 01:03 PM
whoa awesome looking tank killer:)

MCHRKiller
09-12-2009, 04:15 PM
Thanks guys:11: I just got an email from PacificEast, theyre shipping out my order monday for a tuesday arrival. Will update after the livestock gets added. Im going to cure the new rock in a separate small tank for 2 weeks prior to putting into the main tank to avoid any spikes or anything:11:

Miltonic
09-12-2009, 06:39 PM
looking good you got some nice rock. Good thing you are getting more rock to hide that heater since its so distracting :11: or you could install a sump with hob overflow box so you don't have to deal it :P

MCHRKiller
09-12-2009, 07:16 PM
lol, no sumps in my future Im afraid...although I probably should have gone with a sump instead of the 10g planted under the 15G...oh well I guess. That piece of rock on the right doesnt quite "fit" I need to get a chisel out and split it...but yeah the heater is going to be tucked away behind the rock. Hopefully this next 8lbs is enough. If not I guess Ill just have to order more :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
09-16-2009, 09:01 AM
The CUC has arrived! Fabulous condition, PacificEast is defiantly the best company I have ever delt with. They called this evening to make sure the livestock arrived in good condition and if I was satisfied with what the sent. Even the distributors at the LFS when we order nearly 1grand worth of livestock don't do that. But anyway...pics as promised:

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0379.jpg
Largest zebra turbo and a blue legged hermit
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0380.jpg
Smaller zebra turbo, also showing the coraline growth since last week
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0381.jpg
sand sifting snail exploding from the sand

I got:
1 Fireshrimp
2 Zebra Turbos
3 Sand sifting snails
4 Blue legged hermits

Didnt get any pics of the fire shrimp he is hiding right now.

MCHRKiller
09-16-2009, 09:04 AM
I put the 8lbs of LR i ordered into QT for a couple of weeks. My QT tank is extremely ghetto. Its a 2.5G tank with a nano HOB and its sitting on a book shelf near a window:hmm3grin2orange:

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0377.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0370.jpg

Amazing how blue sunlight really is, its not much off from the look my actinics and 10K blue give the reef. This rock has tons of clams shoved in the crevices of the rock. :11:

Goodbye
09-16-2009, 09:46 AM
Great pics!! Can't wait to see the Fire Shrimp! :P

I like how that QT tank has the neon blue color! :D

MCHRKiller
09-16-2009, 07:04 PM
Thanks Agass:22:

I like the look of the QT tank to, would be cool to try to have a reef under a skylight in the future to see if the corals would do well:11:

Taurus
09-16-2009, 07:27 PM
As always Jenn, great pictures. :18:

Brookfish
09-16-2009, 07:46 PM
Great looking tank Jenn, best of luck with it1

MCHRKiller
09-16-2009, 10:37 PM
Thanks guys :22: Im planning on adding the new live rock in about a week or two, and probably a week after that Ill order my first corals. For the first ones Ill probably just pick up a couple of nicer mushrooms and a 6 pack of random zoa frags from Pacific East, see how those do before shelling out the cash for collector special zoas such as these fine corals:
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/T5-16%20Dr.%20Macs%20blinding%20Atomic.jpg
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/T1-32%20Royal%20blue%20Tubs%20Zoanthids.jpg
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/T-2%2015%20Purple%20Mouth%20Lime%20zoanthids.jpg

Miltonic
09-17-2009, 12:05 AM
If you'd like I have a frag of Eagle eyes that I accidentally fragged the other day while moving my rock work, I have tons so I don't mind sending some your way, they're an easy shipper too so that's a plus thumbs2:

MCHRKiller
09-17-2009, 12:12 AM
If you'd like I have a frag of Eagle eyes that I accidentally fragged the other day while moving my rock work, I have tons so I don't mind sending some your way, they're an easy shipper too so that's a plus thumbs2:

That would be great Milt, name your price and ill send ya funds via paypal. Is it attached to a plug or would I need to set it? Thanks:22:

Miltonic
09-17-2009, 12:43 AM
They're unattached but I can attach them to one for you while you wait for your tank to be ready, its a cute mini colony with about 15 polyps btw so does $10+shipping sound good?

MCHRKiller
09-17-2009, 02:42 AM
Thanks I would appreciate that:11: Send me your paypal address and Ill get payment to you ASAP, I would say the tank is gonna be good to go in about a week. awww....lol, Im sure it is a cute little colony.Thanks again Milt:11:

Miltonic
09-17-2009, 03:09 AM
yep I think its cute compared to the huge colony taking over right now. I'll try to get a pic of them asap! and pm sent btw

MCHRKiller
09-24-2009, 01:44 AM
I have added the last 8lbs of LR to the tank making a total of 30lbs...its looking just how I had waned it to. That darn heater is much better concealed now...once corals get in the tank I dontn suspect it will be seen at all. I still havent been able to get a photo of my fire shrimp, although I attached a small piece of tilapia to the feeding rock last night and saw him run out to eat so I know hes alive. The other CUC members are doing very well, Id like to add 2-3 more sand sifting shrimp and maybe 5 more hermits. The coraline growth on the first rock has been incredible, one of the hermits even has what looks to be coraline lol

I have finally seen a break in my calcium level it is down to 580ppm, and the dKH hs stabled out for the last 2 weeks at 8. Still no phosphate or nitrate measurable. Which is good because Im feeding Nori about 3-4 times per week and a piece of tilapia twice per week. Still no sign of any algae but coraline either.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0476.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0478.jpg
You can tell the new rock from the lack of coraline growth on it.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0477.jpg
One happy hermit

rich311k
09-24-2009, 01:59 AM
Beautiful! It looks great.

MCHRKiller
09-24-2009, 02:41 AM
Thanks Rich!:22:

Miltonic
09-24-2009, 02:52 AM
The new rock work looks awesome but it's going to look even better with those Eagle eyes I sent you ;) can't wait too see them there and hopefully they'll arrive safely.

MCHRKiller
09-24-2009, 03:31 AM
I have the SO on mail duty all day tomorrow while Im at work, lol. Ill probably give that little frag a couple of weeks in the tank to itself, and then order the bulk of my corals around mid October.:11:

Ill take pics of the frag when it arrives, I am terribly excited to get a coral in there:11:

Goodbye
09-24-2009, 06:21 AM
Tank looks great! It's going to look awesome with the corals! thumbs2:

MCHRKiller
09-24-2009, 08:07 PM
THanks Agass! :22:

The frag arrived today, thanks again Milt! I acclimated it for about 3.5hrs. Let it float in the tank for about an hour to get to the same temp then I started to add some of my tanks water and replace the water in its cup. I have it sitting on the left side of the tank on a ledge near the bottom for right now while it adjusts. I will probably move it in a week or so to a more permanant location, have to remember to pick up some glue at some point. I will post pictures tomorrow hopefully it decides to open up by that time :22:

Miltonic
09-25-2009, 02:24 AM
Glad to hear they arrived alright and I was wondering did the packing I put them in work and none of the water got spilled? Hopefully they'll open tomorrow by tomorrow since I can't wait to see a pic of them.

MCHRKiller
09-25-2009, 11:17 AM
No water was leaked out in the bag or anything...seemed to work out pretty good. I went to the SOs last night after they had been in the tank for about 2hrs and I could see that a couple of them were starting to open up and 2-3 were probably pretty much fully opened. I took some photos before heading out the door, hope to have some fully opened shots today:11:

labnjab
09-25-2009, 11:25 AM
The tank is looking awesome, nice live rockthumbs2:

MCHRKiller
09-26-2009, 12:39 AM
Thanks! :22:


As promised here are some photos of the frag:
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0516.jpg
a couple hours after putting it into the tank

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0520.jpg
here it is today, still not fully opened but for 24hrs in a totally new tank and after 2 days in transit I think its doing pretty well so far

Amazon
09-26-2009, 01:45 AM
Beautiful Jenn!thumbs2: You have a fabulous tank!

Miltonic
09-26-2009, 02:18 AM
Awesome! Im glad it arrived alright for you and that it's doing good in your tank. I can't believe how far that frag has traveled and is now across state.

MCHRKiller
09-26-2009, 02:59 AM
It is amazing how far it has traveled, thinking about how far some corals travel to being in our tanks is kind of an amazing thing. Thanks for sending the little guy Milt!

Just realize I have never shared any night-time photos, my favorite time is when the LEDs are on:22:

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0523.jpg
Nitey-Nite little coral
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0524.jpg

Lab_Rat
09-26-2009, 03:16 AM
Beautiful frag! I had no idea they closed up at night to sleep.

Wild Turkey
09-26-2009, 03:21 AM
This tank just looks better each time I see it, the night shots are really neat looking toothumbs2: glad to see your coral is opening up!

MCHRKiller
09-26-2009, 03:58 PM
Thanks guys:22:

Alot of frags do close up in response to light changes, I figured it would stay fully closed but after an hour or so with the LEDs I saw it open back up.

MCHRKiller
10-02-2009, 12:30 AM
Weekly update time for the reef, and a lovely update this will be as I *FINALLY* got some photos of my fire shrimp!
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0687.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0688.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0702.jpg
I guess the scent of a piece of fresh tilapia and some nori was a bit to much for any part of the CUC to resist. The feeding rock goes in and they all come running like crazy to it, its kind of funny even the hermits take off like bats out of hell(well...as much as a crab can) running to it.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0700.jpg
My zoa frag is doing extremely well...and I think it has a couple of new polyps...yay!

MCHRKiller
10-02-2009, 12:37 AM
Since PacificEast was having a 40% off on WYSIWYG frags, I decided I would take advantage and order a few, I got this pretty nice triple frag pack of zoas
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/FT%20S0713%2069%20LE%20Zoanthid%20Triple%20Frag%20 Pak--WYSIWYG.jpg
I also got this nice Green Star Polyp
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/F%20A0112%202%2039%20Neon%20Green%20Star%20Polyps--WYSIWYG.jpg
Im waiting till they put the collectors reserve stuff on sale and get some of those really freaking nice super colored zoas and maybe eventually get an acropora or something. But these 4 new coral additions should tide me over for a little while:11:

I also picked up 4 Red legged hermits, and 3 margarita snails to finish off my CUC...everything should arive on Tuesday:22:

KingFisher
10-02-2009, 01:09 AM
WOW! Awesome shrimp and corals! I can't wait to see a new full tank shot. thumbs2:

rich311k
10-02-2009, 01:27 AM
Brautiful peices! Congrats.

Miltonic
10-02-2009, 02:29 AM
Jenn now you've made me want a Fire shrimp even more but with my recent experience with shrimp turns me off on the idea of getting another. The frag I sent you looks great and it also looks like it changed colors with your lighting.

MCHRKiller
10-02-2009, 03:28 AM
Think its from the PCs or the spectrum?

Fireshrimp are random creatures, first one Ive ever owned...always just went with cheapo peppermints....it hides almost constantly until today. Did a WC, and it came out and started whiskering around the siphon tube....came out and ate in the open.lol What happend with yours Milt?

Ill take some pics when the new stuff arrives...will be quite some time before it really looks like a reef tho but atleast its finally on its way :22:

Miltonic
10-02-2009, 03:38 AM
well I have four shrimp in the display two of them are skunk cleaner shrimp, im fine with them except when they steal food from my new/corals and two peppermint shrimp used to be three but I managed to catch one and banish it to the sump the those two peppermint not only steal food from the corals they also eat them! the scoly i got recently, had some damage from being shipped and well they began picking at it for a few days until I found something to put the scoly in while it healed. I will be posting in my thread in a few with more details btw

Ampatent
10-02-2009, 03:49 AM
Wow that fire shrimp looks great! And it looks like someone really enjoys their Zoanthids. Any plans for SPS in the future?

Owlbehere
10-02-2009, 03:54 AM
This is a great tank! I need to subscribe!

MCHRKiller
10-02-2009, 03:57 AM
Ill be looking for that Milt :22:


Not for this tank, gonna keep it to zoas, mushrooms and maybe some palys.

Wild Turkey
10-02-2009, 04:25 PM
Wow! A very cool looking shrimp indeed!! XD This reef is already awesomethumbs2:

MCHRKiller
10-07-2009, 03:18 AM
Well I got my shipment in today, everything arrived in faublous condition. I got 3 margarita snails and 4 cortez red legged hermits as well as 3 zoas and 1 star polyp.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0727.jpg
acclimation! i spent about 4.5hrs acclimating them i dripped 2cc of water into the bags every 10-15minutes and when the bags were full i sucked out half the water and kept on going.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0728.jpg
Star Polyp at about 2hrs in starting to open up in the bag
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0731.jpg
Full tank shot with corals positioned
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0750.jpg
Milt's Zoa, still looking happy....shown with a zebra turbo snail

MCHRKiller
10-07-2009, 03:22 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0748.jpg
Star polyp
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0752.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0756.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0761.jpg
The new Zoas, partially open in their new homes.

Lab_Rat
10-07-2009, 03:44 AM
Looking great! The coraline is looking awesome as well...such an awesome tank, can't wait to see it when the corals grow in!

Goodbye
10-07-2009, 03:48 AM
Tank is looking awesome! It will be great when the zoas and star polyp grow out thumbs2:

Miltonic
10-07-2009, 03:50 AM
Your nano is looking awesome Jenn and congrats with your new additions :19: I especially liek those yellow zoas tell me when you have a frag of them :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
10-07-2009, 04:13 AM
Thanks guys :22:

Im gonna pick up some phytoplankton tomorrow and give them maybe 2 feedings per week to see if that accelerates growth. I still need to figure out a coral to put ontop of the rock to hide the rest of the heater....I am open for suggestions and opnions. Also open to suggestions and opinions on fish choices. Id like to have 1-2 small fish for the tank:22:

The yellows were why I got this frag pack :hmm3grin2orange: Its gonna be awhile but Ill definatly send you one Milt.

mattsbottleofjager
10-07-2009, 04:27 AM
Wow, your tank is looking awesome. Someday I hope to be able to do a reef also, and I only hope it looks close to this good :18:

Wiggs
10-07-2009, 04:29 AM
a Clownfish and a YWG :)

MCHRKiller
10-07-2009, 05:43 AM
I had always said a black percula, recently talked myself out of it but now im leaning back toward it again. Never thought about the YWG, hmm those are cool little guys. Thanks Wiggs :22:

Sarkazmo
10-07-2009, 06:11 AM
/me steals Jenn's talent and runs for the hills! :P

How about a Purple Firefish and a Yellowhead Jawfish? I love little Gobies...

Sark

Miltonic
10-07-2009, 01:52 PM
how about a Swiss Guard basslet? They are awesome little fish and very colorful

MCHRKiller
10-08-2009, 05:00 PM
Ill look into those Milt, thanks for the suggestion. My next purchase will be a fish probably within the next few weeks and probably a couple of mushrooms, another zoa or two and perhaps a leather or something.

But I did pick up some Kent Marine Micro-Vert last night, Im probably going to put in 3-5 drops for a feeding twice a week. Just go give the little ones a boost.

Taurus
10-08-2009, 06:15 PM
Tank is looking awesome Jenn. thumbs2:

brianyu
10-08-2009, 06:30 PM
thumbs2: oh my ... good work Jenn .thumbs2:

mrs fishpatrick
10-08-2009, 06:36 PM
I am so going to start doing my homework on marines after seeing this.
Lovely tank, will be following this thread closely

MCHRKiller
10-09-2009, 02:05 PM
Purple Firefish have also been an option theyre just such a beautiful little species. So many options so little space :11:

Thanks for the comments everyone! So far this reef has went along rather trouble free, I can attribute that to a low nutrient content and simple corals. IMO with a nano such as this where you just dont have alot of room keeping things simple is going to give you the best results.

I have been pretty busy the last few days, SOs grandmother died so Ive got to services and funerals and then Ive had to work ontop of that. I dont have class this weekend so thats something, but I do intend to update the frag pics soon as they have colored up quite a bit since the introduction day pics :22:

Northernguy
10-09-2009, 03:35 PM
Thats turning into quite a beautiful tank!
I'm looking forward to the next round of pics!

MCHRKiller
10-20-2009, 02:21 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0270.jpg
Full tank shot
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0259-1.jpg
Milts Zoa doing very nice, back to normal coloration
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0267.jpg
One of the new ones has put on some good growth
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0269-1.jpg
more good growth

MCHRKiller
10-20-2009, 02:22 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0268.jpg
Star polyp is of course doing very well


Now for the little guy who is just being a bit weird, it went from being fully open and happy as hell to being closed almost fully and all the time since last Tuesday. It was suggested to me by several people that its probably just doing that weird Zoa close up for a few days while it pops out new polyps. Nearly a week and Im becoming more concerned about it. Talked to another salty freak today and suggested it could be from my calcium level...which is dead set at 600ppm, my salinity is at 1.026 so the addition of the extra salt could be keeping the calcium up to high for that coral to thrive. So I plan on dropping my SG to 1.023 and see how that affects calcium and the coral...will do it very slowly just by adding water that is about 1.021-1.022 for a couple of weeks. Ive also started to add some Seachem Carbonate to try to bring my dKH up a little as its borderline at 8, and my pH is also borderline at 8.0. Ive also started to dose some Seachem Reef Plus to add some extra vitamins to the water for the corals:11:

Heres the closed up one:
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0265.jpg
Its a bit more open today that it has been, I did a 10% WC with a lower SG water...so that could have helped some. Any opinions on this? Im going to do some water samples on the tank later tonight and see if the calcium has dropped any.

Miltonic
10-20-2009, 03:13 AM
I wouldn't worry about it, I think it it's still adjusting to your tank and will eventually open back up again. When I first got my whole colony a few near the top stayed close for weeks until they eventually opened up. Your calcium level is still adjusting since your tank is young and will eventually settle into a normal as the creatures in your tank that use calcium use it up more.

btw the Eagle eyes I sent you look awesome they look happy thumbs2: also nice to see the yellow zoas are growing fast:hmm3grin2orange:

bluebluecow
10-20-2009, 03:19 AM
great tank, just read the thread thankyou as its given me more excitment for my new tank. Its also shown me what i wanted to know that i can take t very slowly as funds a bit low at mo lol

MCHRKiller
10-20-2009, 03:46 AM
Glad to know you think its ok, it bothers me because it was open and behaving normally like the others and then went closed.

I didnt think it had grown very much until I looked at some pics of it from 10 days ago. Its probably almost doubled in size, same with that eagle eye. Feeding them sporatically 2-3X per week on Microvert has made the difference. :22:

Taking it slow is the best thing you can do for a reef, if it werent for a break in weather and some killer sales I probably would still be adding corals one or two at a time. I figure Ill add 2-3 more zoas, something taller that likes light and current to hide the rest of the heater...and some mushrooms along the bottom and call it finished...just let the little guys grow out. :11:

kaybee
10-20-2009, 09:35 PM
Awesome thread & following with interest! :thumb:
Very nice zoa's and coraline coverage.

MCHRKiller
10-21-2009, 09:08 AM
Thanks :22:

I did a 10% WC with 1.022 water, and I assume that combined with the accelerated coral growth has pulled my calcium down to 560ppm, dKH is holding fast at 8...Id like to get it up to about 9.

MCHRKiller
10-29-2009, 05:44 AM
Coral updates :)

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0376.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0379-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0385.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0382-1.jpg
pretty much fully open again

bluebluecow
10-29-2009, 05:49 AM
great to see it opening up again I bet your happy

Liz

Goodbye
10-29-2009, 07:52 AM
Great corals, MC! thumbs2:

ILuvMyGoldBarb
10-29-2009, 11:01 AM
Very nice Jenn. Looks good.

MCHRKiller
11-06-2009, 06:57 AM
Thanks everyone for the comments! :)

Here is another weekly update....
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0508.jpg
Few more corals, and a couple more months growth and I think itll be about how I want it. I have decided on a PipeOrgan to hide the rest of that heater. A couple of mushrooms and maybe 1 more zoa and its done....waiting on another PacificEast sale before ordering more lol

Coral pics with flash....
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0503.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0499.jpg
New random algae growth...
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0504.jpg

Lab_Rat
11-06-2009, 07:32 AM
Looks great Jenn!

Goodbye
11-06-2009, 07:36 AM
Tank looks awesome! thumbs2:

Miltonic
11-06-2009, 03:10 PM
The reef is looking awesome, with some more growth it'll look even better.

MCHRKiller
11-06-2009, 10:31 PM
Thanks guys :22:

MCHRKiller
11-11-2009, 10:31 PM
So the bug has bitten me again...and I have placed another order to Pacific East for a Tuesday the 17th arrival. I got my tuft of algae up there IDed as the start of turf algae so I have decided to beef up my herbivores in attempt to kill it out or atleast keep it manageable. I ordered 2 Turbo snails, 1 Emerald crab and a Tribal Blenny as I hear these fish will really mow down the algae. These are fairly new Blennies for the aqua trade, and from what Ive read they are supposed to be very personable and small growing to only about 2". Which would leave me room for 1 other small fish in the tank. I also ordered a Neon Green Mouth Orange Flordia Ricordea, Fire and Ice Zoa, a pretty impressive Pipe Organ, and a Teal Mushroom.

Heres some pics Im borrowing from Pacific East's site:
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/TribalBlenny.jpg
Tribal Blenny
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/MM1%20Irridescent%20Green%20Teal%20Mushroom.jpg
Teal 'shroom
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/T5-1%20Dr.%20Macs%20Weeping%20Willow.gif
Pipe Organ
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/F%20N0833%201.5%2024%20Green%20Mouth%20Orange%20Ri cordea%20florida--WYSIWYG.jpg
Green mouth orange ricordea

MCHRKiller
11-11-2009, 10:32 PM
and the Fire and Ice Zoa :)
http://www.pacificeastaquaculture.com/images/F%20O0220%201.5%2029%20Fire%20and%20Ice%20Zoanthid s--WYSIWYG.jpg

Lab_Rat
11-11-2009, 10:44 PM
Cute little fish! Those corals are sweet looking too.

Miltonic
11-12-2009, 12:04 AM
when that bugs bites its hard to get away from online stores isnt it? lol


looking forward to see your new additions in you tank, that goby is really cute btw

bluebluecow
11-12-2009, 06:11 AM
wow cant wait to see you new arrivals, Love the fire and ice zoa. And the blenny

Liz

MCHRKiller
11-12-2009, 09:23 PM
Oh I agree it is next to impossible to resist! Thanks everyone, seems that there will be a delay with this order as the Pipe Organ comes from one of their other facilities and the manager at that facility is going to be on vacation for a couple of days, so no shipments going out from there. I could either pay an additional 40bucks shipping or wait another week, so this order wont arrive until the 24th now :22:

MCHRKiller
11-23-2009, 02:17 AM
My shipment comes in 2 days, so I thought Id do an update of how the tank and corals look now.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0255-1.jpg
all the corals but that problem zoa are thriving, i think i may loose it as it has signs of decay now...i moved it higher on the rock as it was in somewhat of a shaded spot further down.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0235-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0232.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0230-1.jpg
happy to be free of the macro algae

MCHRKiller
11-23-2009, 02:20 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0239.jpg
encrusting :)
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0250-1.jpg
nass. snails
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0253.jpg
hermit

rich311k
11-23-2009, 02:35 AM
Beautiful peices and photos.

Miltonic
11-23-2009, 04:40 AM
can't wait to see your new additions!

The zoos and GSP are looking amazing, hopefully those problem zoos don't melt on you and can recover. Im also happy to see the Eagle eyes growing well for you. btw I have a frag of the green palys that are growing with my zoa colony and was wondering if you maybe interested.

MCHRKiller
11-23-2009, 05:14 AM
Sure thing Milt, PM me your price and paypal info and Ill send payment :22:

bluebluecow
11-23-2009, 06:20 AM
great looking tank, every time I see yours I just cant wait to start mine yeah.

I want some fire and ice zoas for my tank

Liz

MCHRKiller
11-23-2009, 09:25 PM
I cant wait for you to start yours either BBC! Its an exciting process :22: Updates to come when new livestock arrives :11:

Thanks again for the Paly frag Milt, I will find a nice plce for it.

Amazon
11-23-2009, 09:30 PM
I love your gsp! And you sure got some good corraline growing. what chemcals do you dose?

MCHRKiller
11-23-2009, 09:46 PM
I use seachem reef salt which has a ton of calcium, so I dont need to dose calcium as my levels are always high anyway. I also dose Seachem Reef complete for vitamins and traces, and dose Seachem carbonate to maintain alkalinity.

Thanks GSP have always been one of my fav corals :22:

kaybee
11-23-2009, 11:29 PM
Very nice reef tank for sure!


...I dont need to dose calcium as my levels are always high anyway. I also dose Seachem Reef complete for vitamins and traces....


Seachem's Reef Complete is primarily a calcium supplement with trace magnesium and strontium, and while probably not required in a predominant soft coral set up it must be contributing to your tank's beauty, particularly the coraline algae!

MCHRKiller
11-23-2009, 11:38 PM
Very nice reef tank for sure!



Seachem's Reef Complete is primarily a calcium supplement with trace magnesium and strontium, and while probably not required in a predominant soft coral set up it must be contributing to your tank's beauty, particularly the coraline algae!

Sorry I ment to type Reef Plus not Reef Complete. Im actually hoping that the addition of the pipe organ will pull some calcium out of the water...Id like to see it drop under 500ppm. As it stands right now calcium levels are 520ppm before a WC and 540ppm after a WC...with just the Seachem Reef Salt.

Thanks for the kind words Kaybee :22:

Amazon
11-23-2009, 11:41 PM
Thats cool, I only dose the calcium withtraces of magnesium and strontium. My corraline is starting to boom as well.
How fast does your gsp grow?

MCHRKiller
11-24-2009, 12:03 AM
Heres for comparison,

Tank on 10/21
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0270.jpg

Tank on 11/22
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0255-1.jpg

MCHRKiller
12-01-2009, 05:59 AM
Update time :)

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0025-1.jpg
FTS 12-1-09
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0002.jpg
Neon green mouth orange Ricordea
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0015-2.jpg
New Fire&Ice Zoa, excuse the fish poop and it took a beating in transit still not quite fully open
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0001-1.jpg
Green Paly(Thanks Milt)

MCHRKiller
12-01-2009, 06:04 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0005-2.jpg
Eagle Eyes turning into a little colony
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0008-2.jpg
Fully covering the plug now :)


I also have a cinnamon paly, AOG paly, and orange delight zoa coming sometime this week. My pipe organ I do believe died in transit, and the mushroom's plug didnt actually contain a coral...so if I can get a refund on those Id like to get a blue ricordea and maybe try another pipe organ.

Lab_Rat
12-01-2009, 06:39 AM
Looking awesome Jenn! That little reef is turning out amazing.

MCHRKiller
12-02-2009, 12:43 PM
Thanks Labby :22:

Miltonic
12-02-2009, 02:07 PM
looking good and those eagles eyes are growing very well and looking great :) The paly look a bit beat up from shipping but once they take off they will look great.

One of my worst fears is to get a bad shipment with dead corals, sorry to hear about yours.

labnjab
12-02-2009, 03:50 PM
Your tank is looking great. Wow, your rocks have more coraline then our 1+ year old tank

MCHRKiller
12-03-2009, 08:31 AM
Thanks :) The palys came in better shape than those that got overnighted from Pacificeast...I dont know what was up they have given me fabulous service in the past but I was highly disappointed in this shipment.

Im sure my high calcium level has alot to do with the coraline growth, and the fact the rock came with a ton on it to start with :22: