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Postby majesticangelfish » Sat 21 Jul, 2007 12:20 am

Bump! :poke:
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Postby old_mr2 » Thu 02 Aug, 2007 7:30 am

how the nano going mate?
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Postby dejavu » Thu 20 Sep, 2007 4:17 pm

I guess I've been very quiet in the last few months. Uni and work has been very very busy and often I don't get home from the lab until around 11pm (only to get back at like 8:30am!).

One lesson I've learned from this is that a fully packed SPS tank require a lot more attention than I originally thought. The way I was feeding the calcium reactor (using a small powerhead on a timer) is just too difficult to tune. I moved some of the "SPS" to the large tank and moved some zoanthids and acanthastraea back. Don't worry, there are still a few pieces of "SPS" in there, and they are there to stay.

Beyond that not much as changed. I switched the bulb back to my Aqualine 20K (AquaMedic) from the Reeflux since I still prefer the blue look better. The small calcium reactor has been decommissioned and I am back to manual dosing.

My little mandarin is still with me, and she's getting quite fat these days! The refugium is maturing and the tank is full of pods despite her big appetite.

Here are some photos of bits and pieces. These were taken with my camera phone just for fun.

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Postby Jase » Thu 20 Sep, 2007 4:32 pm

Ahh his back at last! I am sure everyone else who have been following your journals will agree that we wont stand to wait that long for an update again Louis! Amazing photos as usual mate even with a phone camera, well done!
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Postby billet » Thu 20 Sep, 2007 7:06 pm

DAMN! Your still a great photographer even with a damn camera phone! More power to ya!

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Postby dejavu » Mon 24 Sep, 2007 11:14 pm

Some more photos.

I got a new colony of highlighter yellow zoanthids from Kim's on the weekend. Nice colony, it even has a little anemone with blue center. I hope this isn't a pest anemone.

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Postby amashun » Mon 24 Sep, 2007 11:20 pm

dejavu wrote:#9:
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Woo.... love it :thumbsup:
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Postby justinfox » Tue 25 Sep, 2007 1:48 pm

Everything looks so healthy! Fantastic photography too. Love the tub sump... tempts me to do it to my tank (I have no pre-drilled holes too).
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Postby miskairal » Tue 25 Sep, 2007 7:33 pm

Good to see you back Louis. Man your photos make me gasp!
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Postby Jase » Tue 25 Sep, 2007 7:57 pm

If pic 11 is of the blue anemone you have been talking about Louis then yeah I am pretty sure its Aiptasia!
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Postby blags » Tue 25 Sep, 2007 8:33 pm

Good to see your still kicking around Louis.
I needed my fix of great photography not the crap i take :roflmao:
Still a very sweet looking tank mate :thumbsup:
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Postby bubbleboy » Wed 26 Sep, 2007 9:52 am

Welcome Back Louis :clap: , for a while i thought i would never going to see your stunning photographs again.....
As usual , absolutely Stunning photos mate! :bow:
Ps: I think I still own you a blue Morph, and u own me a Red???? ........ :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Postby dejavu » Thu 27 Sep, 2007 12:41 am

Thanks everyone for your nice words!

Here's a shot of the "lawn" in my refugium
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It is always entertaining watching all the amphipods running around in there. The refugium is only light 6 hours a day.

David, I believe I owe you a red and you owe me a pink :cheers: I have plenty of reds for you. Drop me a PM and we can sort something out.
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Postby Bandit » Thu 27 Sep, 2007 9:45 am

Louis,

Number 11 definitely aiptasia... nuke it
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Postby bubbleboy » Thu 27 Sep, 2007 1:04 pm

Hahahaha..... No worries Louis, :thumbsup:
How time flights us by this days !
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Postby majesticangelfish » Thu 27 Sep, 2007 4:35 pm

Sorry if I missed it, but what lights are you running over the Mangroves?

Looking good buddy :thumbsup:
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Postby K.Sea » Thu 27 Sep, 2007 4:46 pm

Louis,
You have outdone yourself again!! Truly sensational, i love your
fluro pink zoas, it looks like they have a darker pink/purple letter
"C" around the mouths, is this true?? Casey.
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Postby dejavu » Thu 27 Sep, 2007 7:55 pm

Bandit wrote:Louis,

Number 11 definitely aiptasia... nuke it

Oh man, Jamie, you are such a party pooper! :poke: I gotta go dig out that bag of kalk I have somewhere...... Or I could just get a peppermint shrimp.....


Josh, I have a 36w CF (it's actually a 72w one but I don't use the second tube) over the refugium. It's enough to grow the macroalgae to the state you see above. As for the mangroves' growth rates, I am not sure. These are the first I ever kept, but the ones Terri got (purchased together) are growing faster than mine. I am getting tight on electricity usage these days. The last bill was almost $1k for 3 month :o

Casey: Yes, and I didn't see the "C" until you mentioned it! They have a nice apple green mouth too. These zoanthids grow really well too!
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Postby Kranky » Fri 28 Sep, 2007 11:30 am

dejavu wrote:
Bandit wrote:Louis,

Number 11 definitely aiptasia... nuke it

Oh man, Jamie, you are such a party pooper! :poke: I gotta go dig out that bag of kalk I have somewhere...... Or I could just get a peppermint shrimp.....


Go the peppermint, its my belief that hitting them with kalk or Joes Juices only blast fragments around the tank and you end up with more :wall:
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Postby Mr Miagi » Fri 28 Sep, 2007 11:51 am

Well I know ive used a broad pointed syringe and just put a layer of Kalk paste on top of each Aiptasia, with good effect. But, the shrimp are pretty cool, I have 4! :thumbsup:
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Postby bubbleboy » Fri 28 Sep, 2007 12:00 pm

Maybe just me, i got two peppermint shrimp in my tank, and my aiptasia still growing like Mad :wall: :wall:
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Postby yellow tang » Sat 06 Oct, 2007 7:52 pm

bubbleboy wrote:Maybe just me, i got two peppermint shrimp in my tank, and my aiptasia still growing like Mad :wall: :wall:
i had 2 but 1 dissapeared off the face of the earth, or fish tank for that matter. however, all my aiptasia is gone
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Postby miskairal » Thu 13 Dec, 2007 9:07 am

Any new full tank shots Louis?
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Postby dejavu » Thu 13 Dec, 2007 10:55 am

miskairal wrote:Any new full tank shots Louis?

Yes I do actually. I have been taking photos of the tank every now and then. Nothing artistic or outstanding, but mainly for documenting growth. I'll post some of them up soon. It's going to be a looong day at the lab, so I won't be home early enough to do that.

There hasn't been much changed about the tank in this time. I think the only addition is an Acropora sp. stag, it was sky blue at the LFS, but it turned green in my tank, and only the growth tips are blue. I like it nevertheless.

Oh, and I also added a little yellow goby, an Gobiodon okinawae. He's eating, but not a large amount just yet. he doesn't seem to be afraid of the mandarin at all, despite being about the size of the mandarin's pectoral fin!

I decommissioned the calcium reactor because it was such a PITA to tune. However, now I am having issues keeping up with the alk/ca demand. I'll probably modify the reactor and feed it using a peristaltic pump. Perhaps Christmas would be a good time for some DIY.

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Postby dejavu » Wed 26 Dec, 2007 12:14 am

And here's the long awaited photo update!

Nothing had changed about the tank since the a few months ago. The only addition is a yellow coral goby (Gobiodon okinawae). So far I've seen him/her peck at mysis and brine, but it seems that the food particles are too large. However, his/her stomach still looks bulging everyday, so I suppose there are other food sources.

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Postby blacjack » Wed 26 Dec, 2007 5:20 pm

Real nice, weel worth the wait for the update. Good photography.

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Postby Guv » Tue 05 Feb, 2008 11:00 pm

Stunning shots (as per usual) Louis! :bow:
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Postby blacjack » Wed 06 Feb, 2008 5:44 pm

:withyou: Brilliant.

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Postby baphomet » Wed 06 Feb, 2008 6:12 pm

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