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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 10:33 pm

Bandit wrote:Snails binge eating lol... Looking good Ben


I know, right? What are they thinking? Well, more egg masses have been laid, but no juveniles yet. I have also added some Cerith snails, just to see if they make a difference and procreate too! :thumbsup:

MeLLeR wrote:Looking good Benno :thumbsup:


Cheers Greg.

I had a little trouble with heat over the last week. I was actually quite impressed, with tank temperatures peaking around 32C at 3 or 4pm over days that were forecast over 42 to 46C. I live in a unit with no air-conditioning, so I had to come up with some ideas to cool it down. I used a small icecream container and froze .5L RO iceblocks, had cold RO water in the fridge for manual topup, frozen 600ml drinking containers to float, and some of these! I thawed multiple types of frozen foods in RO water, diluted it with more RO water, and then divided it equally among some soft baking trays!

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The blocks float, and slowly release food! Perfect!

Here is a full frontal for January. It is under some LED's. I am still getting some heavy brown microalgae. You can see the difference between the light sand patches and dark, where I have upset the sand bed whilst doing a water change tonight. Quite frustrating. The tub in the back left wont stay there, I have some very nice morphs in there, waiting to attach to some rubble before they come out on display!

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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sun 02 Feb, 2014 6:56 pm

Ice blocks are a great idea. :clap:

Coming together nicely.

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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Thommo01 » Sun 02 Feb, 2014 8:44 pm

Hmmmmm, don't know how I missed this.

Looks nice Benny. Good idea with the blocks. Might do that even with mine. Makes sense to disperse more slowly, gives more time for the fish to eat and less heads down into the sump.
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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Mr Miagi » Sat 01 Mar, 2014 6:43 pm

A small update (was meant for Feb). Trouble with the heat, one green Fungia hasnt come through as well as the other two. Water changes still going strong, and im keeping the algae off the glass alot better now. Some of the CUC include DIBS Turbos (now with hundreds of babies), white legged hermits, half dozen Stomatellidae and a couple of Ceriths!

This guys is till going strong. Meet Mr Guts
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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Mr Miagi » Sat 01 Mar, 2014 6:45 pm

Oh, and Benny the Blenny is an amazing fish!

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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby MeLLeR » Sat 01 Mar, 2014 10:55 pm

Nice Ben, but wheres the FTS??? :roflmao:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Mr Miagi » Sun 02 Mar, 2014 12:28 am

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I like these Zoa's
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Om nom nom! Fresh prawn!
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Here you go Meller! I was just waiting for night time! :thumbsup: What seems to be a more and more common Saturday, including work/study, coffee, thawed frozen food and fish friends! :nut:

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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Thommo01 » Sun 02 Mar, 2014 12:35 am

Looks great Ben. Did you manage to get the goby out the other tank or settle for another one as well?
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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sun 02 Mar, 2014 10:34 am

Looking great mate. :clap:

Little bit of cyano?

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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Mr Miagi » Sun 02 Mar, 2014 2:16 pm

Rod the Reefer wrote:Looking great mate. :clap:

Little bit of cyano?

Rod. :thumbsup:


Yeah, there are so many things I wish to do, like an ATO, but im not sure how much more I can really spend on the tank considering im all ready probably pushing it. I have been contemplating basically disqualifying myself just so I can buy some better lights, which might help. Also keen to try your red bucket salt, after my batch of Red Sea Coral Pro is used up!


Thommo01 wrote:Looks great Ben. Did you manage to get the goby out the other tank or settle for another one as well?


I think he is in Mums tank forever now mate! :roflmao:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Rod the Reefer » Sun 02 Mar, 2014 8:39 pm

Blue bucket lol.

Yeah, I reckon I know how you feel. Getting it just how you want it would be very nice.

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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby pafc64 » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 12:11 pm

Awesome Benny :clap:
Love the Bonsai look mate :clap: & love those close up photos theres some amazing colours there :-x
Im going to tag along, to see how you progress as I like the idea of these pico tanks.
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Re: Bonsai B-Box

Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 22 Apr, 2014 6:15 pm

Well what an eventful few weeks. I have had a massive phosphate issue, which lead to the whole tank going downhill. Couldnt figure out where the problem was coming from. Took everything out and removed all the crud build up. Atleast the phosphate was coming down now, with the help of some phosphate remover and WC's too.

When cleaning the glass, if the magnet cleaner came close to the sand, small particles would magnetise and stick to the magnet. Deciding this wasn't right was pretty easy, and so I bought some fine sand, which I have always loved the look of, so cleaned everything again and put in my new sand. It looked like a bloody snow globe. A problem made worse by my first wetside magnet fail on a Vortech, neccesetating the use of a non-controllable powerhead. A new Tunze was not that much btter. Doh! :poke: So, when Rod offered me some coarser sand, I once again emptied the tank and replaced the sand.

The orange lined cardinal is now swimming with a school of his kin in my old ladies tank. Ive lost the Okinawae and Blenny, to what was a rather large crab, hiding in the middle of the LR.

Now to leave the poor things alone for atleast a month, grow out, and take nothing but photos!!

Rushed for time with the pictures, but you get the idea!

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Rod the Reefer » Tue 22 Apr, 2014 8:07 pm

Wow, looks good.

What sort of fish are they?

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby chromus » Wed 23 Apr, 2014 7:47 pm

Back on the wagon - looking great...
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Wed 23 Apr, 2014 8:43 pm

Looking good mate :)
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 11:38 am

Rod the Reefer wrote:Wow, looks good.

What sort of fish are they?

Rod. :thumbsup:


They are pretty cool Rod! Apogon margaritophorus I think. Mine are little greedy guts! Very cute little guys, which should stay around 1.5-2''. Great for a school! :cheers:

Back on the wagon - looking great...


Yeah, hopefully the wagon now has round wheels instead of those annoying squares!


Looking good mate :)


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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Rod the Reefer » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 2:37 pm

Mr Miagi wrote:
Rod the Reefer wrote:Wow, looks good.

What sort of fish are they?

Rod. :thumbsup:


They are pretty cool Rod! Apogon margaritophorus I think. Mine are little greedy guts! Very cute little guys, which should stay around 1.5-2''. Great for a school! :cheers:

Cheers!

Yeah right.

I reckon a few of those would look good schooling with my Ostorhinchus cyanosoma. :)

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 9:58 pm

Well feel free to copy my fish choices, imitation is the greatest form of flattery?! :roflmao:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby NewyReefer » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 10:09 pm

Mr Miagi wrote:imitation is the greatest form of flattery?! :roflmao:


Been on reef builders lately :roflmao:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Fri 25 Apr, 2014 9:55 am

NewyReefer wrote:
Mr Miagi wrote:imitation is the greatest form of flattery?! :roflmao:


Been on reef builders lately :roflmao:



Im on there all the time, but not sure what you mean? :thumbsup:
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby NewyReefer » Fri 25 Apr, 2014 10:07 am

There has been a couple of copys lately with reef octopus copying vertex skimmers and rapid leds copying radions and they have been throwing that statement around a bit...
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby gnadymmij » Fri 25 Apr, 2014 10:48 am

Nice looking nano tank dude.
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Rod the Reefer » Fri 25 Apr, 2014 9:58 pm

You know I always try to imitate you Ben.

You're a hard act to follow though.

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Sun 27 Apr, 2014 8:23 pm

NewyReefer wrote:There has been a couple of copys lately with reef octopus copying vertex skimmers and rapid leds copying radions and they have been throwing that statement around a bit...


Haha, I see! I dont pay too much attention to the technical posts! More the rare fish/newly bred fish kind of updates! :pirate:

gnadymmij wrote:Nice looking nano tank dude.


Cheers!

Rod the Reefer wrote:You know I always try to imitate you Ben.

You're a hard act to follow though.

Rod. :thumbsup:


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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Thommo01 » Mon 28 Apr, 2014 1:22 am

Looks pretty good there Ben. Hope you get the sand/flow all sorted!

The redline looks great. Would be cute in your tank, a couple swimming around like they own the joint.
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Mr Miagi » Thu 15 May, 2014 10:19 pm

Well I couldn't be happier at the moment, with the way this is turning out! With the change in sand, the issues I have had are just gone! :clap: SO awesome! So I have tried to keep out of it as much as possible! It has browned out a little, but some good lighting after the comp will bring colour back!

I put a japanese screen behind the tank for some photos before I go on leave for a fortnight!

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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Thommo01 » Thu 15 May, 2014 10:31 pm

Looks fantastic Ben. Really digging the bonsai shape, very effective. Pocci still there? or didn't it make it.
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby damer » Fri 16 May, 2014 10:20 am

Very nice Ben
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Re: Bonsai B-Box (New April pictures!)

Postby Rod the Reefer » Fri 16 May, 2014 11:45 am

Looking good mate.

Hopefully nothing untoward happens while you're away. :crossfingers:

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