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Postby dejavu » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 12:07 am

The tank has come a long way since my last update. I also went back and edited out all the IMG tags so that this page loads faster. If you still wish to see the photos, just click on their respective links.

#1: Abelone which came as a hitchhiker
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1680.jpg

#2: Top left with seastar
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1837.jpg

#3: Blue Acropora
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1838.jpg

#4: flubber
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1842.jpg

#5: Green Zoanthids
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1843.jpg

#6: Orange & purple Montipora
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1845.jpg

#7: Green Montipora
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1846.jpg

#8: Newly acquired blue/green Montipora
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1847.jpg

#9: Pink Pocillopora
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1848.jpg

#10: Red/Green Echinopora
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1858.jpg

#11: Newly acquired blue/green Montipora
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1859.jpg

#12: FTS
http://www.zengalleria.com/images/aquarium/CRW_1865.jpg
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Postby Fingers » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 12:59 pm

Bah Louis you suck! Just when I post an update for my Nano... BAAM! Looking grrrreat as always! Best Nano around here.
Nomination for Feature tank coming soon! Its time for you to lead us little guys to Feature tank glory!!

Seems like you've gone with a deep reef theme, not in terms of tank inhabitants (what made you get a lot of true corals?),
just the FTS appears a bit darker than previous.

How’s the overflow/refugium/wavemaker installation going? What overflow didja get? Keep us posted.

Is that seastar a Fromia spp.? How do you feed it?
I have to admit I had one when I was a little less educated and it starved.
I'm sure you know but for those who don't there dietary requirements are tough: Organisms to Avoid
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Postby dejavu » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 1:22 pm

Fingers, thanks for your nice word and I am glad you like the tank! I am getting a couple more cooool corals from Shrimpy this afternoon. That should be very exciting!

The FTS only appears darker because I exposed it a little less this time. Perhaps it was getting late and I should be sleeping!

I got a 2nd hand overflow from a member here, it's like one of those AKS ones. To be honest, I haven't done anything about it besides bleaching it. I want a big display refugium, but at the moment my main concern is how much real estate that overflow is going to take up!! precious SPS estate!

That seastar looks just like what ATJ described as Fromia indica. I purchased it after hearing Paul's (Paul_D) success with his. So far, I have noticed that it shows feeding response if I squirt mysis juice at it. I will do some research and see if I can narrow down what its diet consist of. Paul mentioned that he never fed his and had it for over a year now.

Maybe I will drop Andrew a PM and see if he actually knows about this particular species.
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Postby StripestheEel » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 1:52 pm

A nano has never looked so good, congrats!

is it just the barbs that you house livestock wise?
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Postby dejavu » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 2:01 pm

is it just the barbs that you house livestock wise?

Sadly the SH passed away about a month ago from a bacterial infection. Without access to the appropriate antibiotics, it was a lost cause. The only "stock" in the tank at the moment is the spotted mandarin that I have had since the start. He's still fat and eating well. I want to find him a mate, but haven't had any luck finding a female yet.
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Postby Fingers » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 2:09 pm

Why? Because you’re looking for one that is already accepting frozen foods? Or your looking for a female Synchiropus picturatus specifically?
If your willing to train her yourself, Slippery Little Suckers in Maroubra is rarely without male & female Pterosynchiropus splendidus.
But I'd call first.
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Postby dejavu » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 2:14 pm

Why? Because you’re looking for one that is already accepting frozen foods?

Yes, that would be the main reason. I know the guys at Castle hill Aquamart always have Mandarin on frozen, but so far males only.

Thanks for the tip though!
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Postby danger » Thu 31 Aug, 2006 3:54 pm

amazing! :bow: :o where did most of the sps come from? congratulations on a very fine tank! :thumbsup:
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Postby dejavu » Fri 01 Sep, 2006 11:11 pm

The SPS come from both the LFS and fellow reefers as either trades or "gifts".

* For colorful SPS, I must thank Alf, Anthony, Paul and Simone.
* The pink Gorg and Red Acan. came from Terri.
* Both green Acro came from Strictly's Auburn.
* The blue Montipora, green Stylopora and pink Pocillopora are from Aquamart at Castle Towers.
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Postby Mullet » Fri 01 Sep, 2006 11:33 pm

lets see the update shots Louis! :)
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Postby dejavu » Sat 02 Sep, 2006 12:09 am

Peter, I would love to get some closeups of the new corals, but I don't actually have the right lens for the job at the moment. I still have the super macro lens (MP-E65), but not my normal 180mm macro lens.

In addition, I left the camera at the lab on thurs, so no photos for me for the weekend.
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Postby Jase » Sat 02 Sep, 2006 8:56 am

Louis, I have to say that your tank is one of the best I have seen on this site. Just makes me wanna set up a little nano of my own. Very inspiring. Congratulations and well done. Yes I think we all wanna see some more of your close up work too. I can just look at your shots all day long!
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Postby silverseahorse » Sun 03 Sep, 2006 4:15 pm

Is it time to swap lenses back Louis? I miss mine :( I love yours, but am getting itchy and want to do some super macro shots!

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Postby Shark! » Fri 29 Sep, 2006 9:58 pm

WOW!!!!!!!!

WOW!!!!!!!!

WOW!!!!!!!!
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Postby Alf D » Fri 29 Sep, 2006 10:00 pm

Looking great Louis.
Nice collection you have there and great photo's as always. :)
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Postby dejavu » Fri 29 Sep, 2006 10:07 pm

Thanks everyone! My tank is at its current "state" thanks in no small part to generous gifts from fellow reefers like Alf, Anthony, Paul and Terri.

Alf, see the branching Montipora in #3 and #4? It's the SPS on the right. A frag of that is waiting for you.
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Postby dejavu » Mon 02 Oct, 2006 6:26 pm

Lastly, just an animated gif showing the transitions this tank has gone through:

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Postby tothemaxx » Mon 02 Oct, 2006 10:36 pm

Wow I have to say its one of the best nano I've seen. Where did you get such a small size clam? And are you willing to sell soem frags of the acros and the monti?
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Postby dejavu » Tue 03 Oct, 2006 11:47 pm

Tothemax: If my colonies were bigger, I will be happy to frag but at this stage, most are still frags themselves and the bigger pieces I use to trade with other reefers. The little Squamosa used to be around 4cm long when I bought it from Barrier Reef Aquariums (no longer trading now). It's now almost 10cm long and still growing very fast. I read that a growing clam = happy clam! Eventually I will either need a bigger tank or sell him since he will easily grow to the size of my tank.

Lastest addition:

A small colony of pink A. millepora with baby blue tips.
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Postby PranK » Fri 13 Oct, 2006 1:26 am

Stunning. I love it. :cheers:
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My tank uses 4.3 tonnes of carbon every year (1275 KW/h per 115 days). I have offset its carbon emissions, you should consider doing the same. (This was my 4 footer too!)
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Postby dejavu » Fri 13 Oct, 2006 2:31 am

Glad you like it Prank!

I am so running out of room in this tank. Last Sat I purchased another Millepora colony, it's yellow with lilac tips. I think it's a real looker! I'll post phoots of it later.

The next equipment purchase/DIY will be a kalk reactor, I am just waiting to finish off the last drops of my addictive.

I will be doing a trade with Brendan this weekend. I also get to see his tank and take some photos, so watch out for photos of his tank in the photography forum. He's offering me some really nice SPS, I am quite excited.
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Postby bcs » Fri 13 Oct, 2006 10:12 pm

Looking good Louis.
dejavu wrote:I will be doing a trade with Brendan this weekend. I also get to see his tank and take some photos

I'd better get the razor blade out & scrape a porthole in the tank then!!
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Postby dejavu » Sun 15 Oct, 2006 12:53 am

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Postby spanishmack » Sun 15 Oct, 2006 1:19 am

love the tank dejavu, so clean and colourful :clap:
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Postby noely » Sun 15 Oct, 2006 1:59 am

Outstanding as always Louis :nod: :nod: :nod:
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You may be able to help me with a study i would like to conduct...
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Postby dejavu » Sun 15 Oct, 2006 7:34 pm

Just an "old" photo of a frag from the multi-colored branching montipora.

I don't have this frag anymore, it's since been sent to spend time in Brendan's tank :devil:
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Postby Mr Miagi » Mon 16 Oct, 2006 1:05 pm

Thats one REALLY nice frag! *Cries into his pathetic T8's..... :)
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Postby Fingers » Mon 16 Oct, 2006 11:23 pm

Hi Louis,
How do you keep your water quality so good with such a small volume???
My tank always has yellow to some extent from the DOM in the water column which I think causes the occasional algae bloom.
I've just been through your entire tank journal again and still can't figure out the secret to your success. Go on, what's the secret. :poke:
In my jealous attempts to crack the Dejavu Code I summarised your tank journal a Reefkeeping Tank of the Month format which should prove useful for your inevitable feature which I'll always advocate. Apologies for the long thread.

Current System:
Tank is 30x30x35cm (WxLxH) cube (30L)

Equipment:
AquaPro 50w mini heater (sits inside the AC70)
CookWork's IceProbe
8cm fan

Circulation:
AquaClear 50 powerhead 1200 L/PH 40x tank turnover
By my rough calculations this provides almost 40x tank volume turnover, but not a very random flow which I've read stony corals, like your amazing ones, thrive on. Can I ask what you think about your flow?

Filtration:
AquaClear 70 HOB filter modded into a refugium + surface skimmer attachment
What have you got in the refugium?
4Kg of live rocks
2Kg of activated carbon
How often do you run Activated Carbon? Which Brand? Do you attribute its use to some of your success.
Red macro algae
Do you harvest macroalgae at the moment?

Lighting:
AquaMedic Oceanlight 150w HQI 20K with mounting legs
moonlight cold cathod

Supplementation:
Additives
Could you provide information on which additive(s) you use and how often?
Planning a kalk reactor

Maintenance:
Can you give us some details on your Maintenance routines?
Do you do water changes? NSW or ASW? If so how much how often?
Do you use a magnet cleaner?


Feeding:
Target feeding with frozen mysis diet (Hikari) twice a day

Cleanup crew
  • shrimp(s)
  • Trochus Snail
  • Hermit crab
  • Turbo snail
  • Astrea snail
I haven't included the list of livestock as its a bit long but do you think the amount of corals you have helps with water quality?
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Postby StripestheEel » Mon 16 Oct, 2006 11:31 pm

If you really want Fingers, we can break into Louis' house and steal it.
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