Roc's 1st Big reef

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  1. Roc

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    1st update for the new year.

    Tank was started in May 08, and I am pretty happy with it. I will be switching out a true actinic bulb for a aquablue special, and depending on the lighting maybe switching out the aquasun for a aquablue special as well. When I do that I'm going to change my lighting so that the 1st 2 hours of the day is just the 2 blue plus bulbs, with a aquasun 10,000K, True Actinic 03, and Aquablue special coming on for 8 hours, then back to 2 blue plus for an hour before lights out.

    I have also been thinking about some more fish for this tank. Thinking maybe 4 green cromis or something simlar would add some movement that would be nice. I toyed with the idea of getting another Tang, but I'm not sure what would be a good fit with the 2 I have now.

    Here are some updated pics

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    Chalice from BAR's DBTC program

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    THis chalice has grown a lot since I fragged it for the last swap

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    This red millie looks a lot different then when I got it, less hairy. Maybe it's in to much direct flow???

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    Sunset Monti from Creig, mounted to a flat rock for easy future fragging (GO DBTC)

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    I got this devils hand leather at the lucky goldfish swap last year, it has tripled in size since then

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    This is the Neptunes Fire Acan (DBTC), it's changed quite a bit in color since I got it.

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    Ric/Yuma/Shoom/Acan/Favia corner

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    Some of my other Acans

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    This is the frag I got from Marc at the neptunes swap, seems like it's had some good growth.

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    ***** The next day******

    Well Me and the family made a San Jo LFS run today. Started at Max's and showed the kids the big tanks and sharks, next it was over to LGF to take a look at the new tanks and meet up with will for a trade. Then we stopped by Neptunes and saw Robert. I picked up 2 Aquablue Special bulbs from Robert. Now my bulbs are set-up like this

    Aquablue Special 12000K - on at 10Am off at 6PM
    Blue Plus - On at 8AM off at 7PM
    True Actinic 03 - On at 10Am off at 6PM
    Blue Plus - On at 8AM off at 7PM
    Aquablue Special 12000K - on at 10Am off at 6PM

    Or I almost forgot the trade I did with will, I picked this up

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  2. Raddogz

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    Nice pics and it looks like things are going well on the tank - Congrats! :D
     
  3. Roc

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    Things have finally hit the not losing and harder corals growing stage. I had a lot of learning time regarding SPS, and it took me months to figure out about what I needed to dose.

    Things are going OK now but I think the new light combo will make a world of difference as I only had the 1 10000k bulb and 2 actinics with the (kinda) actinic Blue plus bulbs. With the new combo I have 2 12000K bulbs, still have the blue plus bulbs and 1 actinic that comes on with the 12000K bulbs so that shouyld give me a little better growth........
     
  4. Roc

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    Well I realized that I hadn't updated in a little while.

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    New Monti from Bryan

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    SPS frags from Jan NCNRS swap

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    A couple of newer acans

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    Some shots under normal lighting and then Blue +

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    Sunset

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    And a couple of Blue + shots of some Ric's and yumas

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    Thats it for now................................
     
  5. Lyn

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    Looking good as always Seamus!
     
  6. Vento

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    Looking great bro!!!
     
  7. nanocube-guy

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    I really adore your tank man. Good job.
     
  8. Roc

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    Thanks everyone for the nice comments, some day I hope to have this thing really filled out, cuz then and only then can I talk about going bigger.........rofl
     
  9. CookieJar

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    nice pieces, I especially like the neon green of the newer acan you posted. Also, thanks for the trade on sat- the chalice is looking great!
     
  10. Roc

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    [quote author=CookieJar link=topic=3622.msg75737#msg75737 date=1232417697]
    nice pieces, I especially like the neon green of the newer acan you posted. Also, thanks for the trade on sat- the chalice is looking great!
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    As is the acan, I couldn't get a good pic of it but the blue + bring out some great oranges in that piece.
     
  11. Roc

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    Most of you now know I had to take this entire tank down last week, but I wanted to put up some pics of how it looks post breakdown, with it's new scape. Forgive the pics, I didn't clean the glass and there was a buch of mirco bubbles.

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    Right Island

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    Left Island

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    Valley

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    Zoa garden (bottom of left island)

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    Ric, Yuma and Acan garden (bottom of Right Island)

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  12. adolfo425

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    Man that is looking really nice there Roc.

    Adolfo
     
  13. Lyn

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    I see your fish like swimmng in your valley! I like your rock work, tank looks great, good recovery Seamus!
     
  14. Roc

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    Thanks Adolfo and Lyn. Yea the fish are loving the new look, it's actually made the tangs swim around a lot more.
     
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    [img ] dodging a bullet[/ img]

    Good to see everything worked out for you and the animals!
     
  16. Crabby

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    Looks super!
     
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    wow..nice set up Roc. I personally like your rock works and the first sump design with the Fuge raised up. Do you have a latest pic of the sump area. I'm looking for ideas on Fuge design. thanks
     
  18. Roc

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    I went with the last one posted. Basicly I have dual overflows, the one that takes 5% of the water flows to a DSB fuge, and the overflow drain which moves 95% of my water flows to the oppsite end of a 55 gal. the side with 97% of the water has all water flow through some LR , then to a skimmer, through a bubble trap and to the return section, the fuge side just flows bottom to top and overflows into the return.
     
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    Hey Rock, your rock work is looking fantastic! I really like the valley look.
     
  20. Roc

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    Thats a lot, I actually like it a lot more then I did my old scape. It's funny how life hands you lemons aand you can made some great lemonade.
     

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