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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2016 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought the tank used so it had been running a year before I bought it.. I am just not sure why they died.. One looked like he starved to death.

I have a knack for killing diamond gobys and any anemone I put in the tank. All my water levels they say are fine so I think they must be starving.

I'm a rookie so I really don't know.

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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2016 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work jt...looks like it is going to be awesome. The stand turned out really good, as well.
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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2016 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

flixmaster, sent you a text about your tank. ph # still end 7962?
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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2016 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okie Boarder wrote:
Nice work jt...looks like it is going to be awesome. The stand turned out really good, as well.

thanks! was building the connecting piece while you and your son were making the table, and reading your post made me wish i had used spray polyurethane!
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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2016 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been there...I'm so glad I've switched over to spraying...so much easier and love the final result. Maybe you can do that on the next project. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2016 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2016 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's what's in the tank today:

ocellaris clown
orange diamond goby
brittle starfish
coral banded shrimp (somehow lost an arm over the last week)
cleaner shrimp
urchin
4 nassarius snails
https://vimeo.com/160320133
https://vimeo.com/160320189
https://vimeo.com/160320210
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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2016 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice.. I am taking my water to the store today to test. I might still have water issues. I left for a week to the coast and I think while I was gone I might have had issues with water levels. My torch coral was dead when I returned.
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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2016 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool jt.
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PostPosted: Apr 07, 2016 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

new fish - this guy will be the showpiece of my tank. potter's leopard wrasse:



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PostPosted: Apr 07, 2016 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. I love the colors of saltwater fish.
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PostPosted: Mar 09, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have managed to keep most of my fish alive in my tank for over a year now.

I have had some casualties.

I now have about 5 fish, pistol shrimp/goby buddies, two shrimp, crab, and a number of corals.

It has actually been less work than I expected but I am spending way more money in this hobby than I should.

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PostPosted: Mar 10, 2017 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work ed! the shrimp/goby pairs are awesome! i just posted this on the reef forum a couple of days ago, so might as well throw it up here for fun:

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something i've had to come to grips w/ lately is that this tank is pretty much done on the coral front. i'm at 40+ placements and i need to let some stuff grow out before adding anything else. i want to add some sun coral, so i'm saving space for that, and seems like there's 1 more prime location, maybe 2. the rest will be small zoa/monti/shroom stuff, much later.

click because huge pic: http://i63.tinypic.com/2mz2o8.png

1 GSP - Almost completely retracted in this shot, the placement on this type of branching rock was perfect (a).
2 Alien Eye Chalice - Growing beautifuly, but is going to be a PITA soon, just because of location. Tough to work around it.
3 Random Acro (pink one from ARC frag meeting at Just Reef - the rest of it got nuked from ***)
4 Green Pocillopora - both sides seem healthy and happy, but not fast growth
5 Blue Digitata - all (surviving) branches have doubled in thickness and are growing strong
6 Red Montipora - easily the biggst grower since addition
7 Green Birdsnest - recent haircut from ***
8 Purple Mushroom Leather - happy everysingle day
9 Toxic Green Paly - looks good but hasn't grown yet
10 Red Setosa - took a snip from ***, but seems happy enough
11 Green Mushrooms - totally nuked, but still there
12 Rainbow Stylo - happy and growing
13 Tyree Undata (I think?)
14 Random odd Monti? gray w/ green polyps
15 Blue Mille - doing great and branching all over
16 Cyphastrea - on the backside, not growing as fast as I'd like
17 Hammer - big, fluffy and happy since Day 1
18 Rock Flower Anenome - on backside, would like to add a couple more nearby
19 Acan - no reason to not be growing, stuck on 3 heads
20 Acan - added heads
21 Acan - doubled in size
22 Acan - doubled in size
23 Acan - doubled in size
24 Random monti I think might be coming around?
25 Some kind of rainbow mushroom
26 ?? Palys - spreading fastest of all my Z/P, but not very dense.
27 Candy Apple Palys - Happy, but don't seem to want to grow and expand
28 Zoas - 30+ heads, ggrowing off plug, doing great
29 Purple Palys? Seem to be happy, nott sure if growing
30 Frogspawn - super happy
31 Neon Green Leather - not sure why it won't grow full cirlce.
32 Grandis Paly - seems happy, little worried about the NGLSL shadowing it out
33 Superman Mushroom - happpy ad about to spawn/split again
34 Fuzzy Blue Mushrooms - b location is 2 heads surrounded by Superman Shrooms that look to be splitting again. Should I just do my best to pull these off the rock? Hard to get hold of them.
35 Garf Bonsai - hasn't grown much yet, but doesn't seem sad
36 Brain Coral - not sure it's doing great, but still seems alive and responsive
37 Acan - 3 heads, not much growth
38 Zoas - 40 heads, tight green center/yellow rim, growing off plug
39 Duncans - doing OK, splitting heads now, not always open and happy
40 Blue Mettalic Mushrooms - seem to be less than happy
41 DAM Swamp Thing - seems happy and branching off growths

*** dropped my water for maybe an hour to do work on the tank and had a bunch of bad reactions...had to get out the clippers Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mar 10, 2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some vids:

my shrimp/goby pair: https://vimeo.com/199501883 https://vimeo.com/179408476 https://vimeo.com/178726476
recent vid of full tank: https://vimeo.com/201586209 (before the water change incident)
fathead sunburst anthia: https://vimeo.com/187649965
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2017 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bought a dwarf fire angel for the tank. Hope he makes it thru the week. For some reason the last 3 new fish died. Someone in my tank tormented the blennie fish to death.
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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2017 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good luck man - sometimes it's a fuggin mystery and you just can't figure it out. my tank is actually rocking right now, aside from a few minor issues (mostly need to buy a doser to keep my alk consistent).

unfortunately the fathead sunburst anthia disappeared shortly after the potter's angel went in. not sure if one had to do anything w/ the other, but it's a bummer to lose a really pretty (and expensive) fish after it's been healthy in your tank for a while.

current fishes:
ruby head wrasse - great addition and doing exactly what i wanted: bring everyone out to be seen
potters angel - same as above. everyone is out and active now
clown
ruby red scooter blenny (getting fat!)
purple firefish (the helfrichi died out of nowhere a couple months back)
goldenhead sleeper goby
rainsford goby - grew really fast and is now a solid 2" and thick. was worried he'd be the tiny guy in the tank
pink stripe goby w/ shrimp - still going strong!
2 tiger anthias - so pretty, just don't have any pics yet.











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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2017 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Jun 29, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need more corals to cover all my rock.

Are you adding in chemicals for the coals? Or do you not mess with that?

At one point I added stuff and then just went to just changing the water every two weeks. Adding chemicals did not seem to make the coals any better so I said F it and just do water changes. If stuff does not make it...well it was not meant to be. haha

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PostPosted: Jun 30, 2017 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dose alk, calcium and magnesium, but i don't do any of the aminos or trace elements.
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