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    Post by pboost on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 00:22

    One tank shot of my 100gallon reef. Houses alot of softies(mushrooms,ricordia,leathers,feather dusters,star polyps variety of zoo's too.One plate coral doing very well. One very melnurished sun coral which was almost dead at the lfs. Spot feeding outside the tank is the key to get those babies to grow and to get enough food with out screwing your disply tank water chem up to much. Also 2 domino damsels, same pair of clowns ive had, and a coral beauty, Sea cucumber,3 urchins 1 tuxedo,2 purple tip ones. prolly 75 or so mixed blue/red crabs,few snails that are having babies all the time,and keeping my algae at a stronghold. One yellow/blue spot goby which i rarely see,and a diamond goby which is always out sifting sand.

    Everything seems to be really taking off now that the tank is almost a year old. Let me tell you it takes alot live rock to fill the tank when cash was short i seeded almost half my tank with my own non live rock takes long while to get going but its flurishing now WOOT.

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    Post by crabby-girl on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 01:04

    Would love to have a saltwater tank--maybe in the future--absolutely amazing they are. Just starting a Jack Dempsey tank--then gonna try some freshwater Discuss later. Hard to find good Discuss right now.My fish r smaller but beautiful--I will post some picks when I can. By the way my avatar is real--a shot of one of my tanks.

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    Post by cichlidlover27 on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 01:11

    nice pboost its just a shame that my ph is screwed up here or else I would be posting up beautiful pics like yours once again very nice man cheers

    just out of curiousity whats your magnesium running in that tank? because you have nice coraline algae.
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    Post by pboost on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 03:34

    mag level last week when i checked was bout 600 little high but nothing serious and everything seems very comfortable. LUcky i live close to the great lakes our ph is very nice as i don't use RO water ever never have had any type of problem. I just stick to the old saying if it isn't broke don't fix it. lol


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    Post by Cam on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 11:08

    Setup is amazing Pboost! Really wanting to start
    salt tank,..bought a 90g that was a salt tank,..
    couldn't have been for long, it's in nice shape.
    Only 1 problem, i don't know sh*t about salt tanks,..
    :)haha,..May have some q's for you and Shaun,..
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    Post by pboost on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 11:51

    One very important tip is pre setup time. Marine tanks are damn sensitive to water chem changes,everything from fish to pods are sensitive.

    This tank was setup 14 weeks before i introduced any live rock from my small nano into it. Prior to that 75lbs of aragonite was dumped in around the 5 week mark if i remember right,then when i introduced my live rock i did take about 40lbs of live sand that was very established and mixed into my arag substrate. Once its stable i have not had any problem in my two salt tanks. It is not as hard as some may make it out to be. Don't jump right into hard corals and you should be ok. I have rather cheap 6 bulb t-5 lighting and i can not complain one bit about it.
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    Post by cichlidlover27 on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 16:32

    ya the last I had track you were into that small nano tank. nice though man very nice ya t5 is alright for lots of different corals. are you considering any hard corals or are you just going to keep what you have? I know them metal halide lighting is very very expensive. ya Cam like pboost has said its not that bad although I never kept coral except for the trumpet coral.....Shaun
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    Post by pboost on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 18:05

    With all the softies i have im pretty pleased how everything is coming along. One coral i do want is a small frogspawn, that will most likely be my last addition. Lately i have been fragging my mushrooms and moving them around the tank boy is it easy one sharp pair of scissors and i havn't had one not look good again the following day.
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    Post by Metal Maniac on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 22:28

    All i can say pboost is WOWOWOW!!!!!

    That is SUCH an amazing tank..i remember when you started with the Nano and the clowns you had in it just after it finished cyclin but this is trully amazing!!!

    How many hours do you spend a week on this beauti???

    I have a 35 gal fish only tank that i find right now is alot of work for me Sad


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    Post by pboost on Sat 14 Mar 2009, 02:36

    ummm honestly i do two small water changes a week about an 2hr each time and the real hard part is keeping the front glass free of coraline. I like the sides and back to be coverd makes it look like a little cave.
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    It looks absolutelly stunning pboost..and with such minimal maintanance..awsome!!! :cheers:


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    Post by burgh on Fri 20 Mar 2009, 01:33

    A Pboost,

    Looking good, I love your Maroon clown. I've have few diff types of clowns but not Maroons.
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    Post by pboost on Fri 20 Mar 2009, 17:26

    the clowns are great awesome little personalities. these two were swimming closely in a tank with about 30 of them i picked them hoping for a no fighting pair they have gotten little nasty at times but nothing serious.

    I usually feed my tank right be for sun up on the lights. I did that as normal today then when tank lights came on i see my urchin trying to pick up the cucumber and has been like in the tugging battle for 2 hrs now just kinda worried the cucumber going to get stressed.

    Any suggestions? i dont think i could do much now that i think of it

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    Post by Metal Maniac on Sun 29 Mar 2009, 11:02

    pboost wrote:the clowns are great awesome little personalities. these two were swimming closely in a tank with about 30 of them i picked them hoping for a no fighting pair they have gotten little nasty at times but nothing serious.

    I usually feed my tank right be for sun up on the lights. I did that as normal today then when tank lights came on i see my urchin trying to pick up the cucumber and has been like in the tugging battle for 2 hrs now just kinda worried the cucumber going to get stressed.

    Any suggestions? i dont think i could do much now that i think of it

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    First off pboost..i want to say the tank looks stunning!!!

    BTW-how is the cucumber doing??

    Sorry it took so long for someone to reply too your thead...i'm not a Mirine expert by any means but i told a freind about your post an he says if the slight battling continues to grab another urchin to distract it Neutral


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    Post by Metal Maniac on Sun 29 Mar 2009, 11:04

    Hey pbosst...how long after you set up before the coraline started growing on the tank walls???


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    Post by matthew.ball on Fri 24 Apr 2009, 20:54

    hey pboost...tank look amazing.

    I'm working on setting up a 35 gallon reef tank. I have a 150 gallon tank that I just haven't got around to setting up (mostly no help in moving the thing from the garage to the basement).

    Wondering if you've ever kept any Tridacnidae clams before?

    My thoughts on display setup is a nice U-shaped rock formation and then some clams in the middle of that in a deep sand bed or one large rock pile in the middle with corals and then clams and corals that like substrate instead of rock base around the rest of the tank.

    The lights that will be on the tank are duel 96 watt (blue/white combination) compact fluorescents so I hope that's enough light for the lower-light clams available.

    Any advice as I've never kept clams before.
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    Post by burgh on Sat 25 Apr 2009, 00:40

    A just a heads up, PC's don't give off enough light for a clam. Your best bet is to run MH's over your tank or line up T5's. Also if you have never had saltwater I would suggest doing alot of homework first and start off with some easy corals and work you way up to a clam. Some key points to saltwater are:

    1. do alot of reading and when your done read somemore.

    2. Try to join a local reef club -- they can help you out alot -- knowledge and equipement.

    3. plan out what you want before you buy anything. reef, FOWLR,or mixed tank.

    4. one of the most important rules ---- (patience and go "slow") the slower you go the less problems you will have and your tank will have time to mature.

    5. Also read up on the diff. equipement. Lights, skimmers, fuge/sump, pumps, powerheads or some type of water movement, hydrometer, test kits, ect.

    Hope this helps you, also a bigger saltwater tank is easier than a small one. Smaller tanks leave little room for mistakes.
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    Post by matthew.ball on Sat 25 Apr 2009, 15:58

    Thanks for the advice burgh.

    I've already got a salt water tank running at the office, I just thought I'd try something different at home. Like I said, I've never kept clams before so I wanted to get some advice from people who've kept them before.

    I figured duel 96 watt CF for a 35 gallon tank would be more than enough lighting for the less demanding clams but maybe I'll have to abandon that idea with this tank.

    Any more input on clam keeping would be great.


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    Post by burgh on Sun 26 Apr 2009, 23:41

    A its all good brother. I shouldn't say you (can't) keep one alive under those light, but It might not color up nor be as colorful as it should be. But it might be worth it. Some people will not agree but alot of this hobby you have to just try it sometimes. If you know someone that has a SW tank that could take the clam off your hands if it doesn't work it would be better thou.
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    Post by matthew.ball on Mon 27 Apr 2009, 10:02

    that's my biggest concern is not being able to provide enough light for it to live a healthy life.

    I may still give it a shot and if there's problems definitely hit you up for the name of your guy so that way it'll be alright.

    Does anyone know if lionfish (the volitan specifically) would nip at giant clams? I've done a lot of reading about lion's and they are considered reef-friendly to an extent (due to the fact they leave sessile inverts alone but eat any fish they can fit in their mouth and produce a lot of waste) but not sure if they'd take a nip at a clam.

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    Post by pboost on Fri 01 May 2009, 14:35

    Metal Maniac wrote:
    pboost wrote:the clowns are great awesome little personalities. these two were swimming closely in a tank with about 30 of them i picked them hoping for a no fighting pair they have gotten little nasty at times but nothing serious.

    I usually feed my tank right be for sun up on the lights. I did that as normal today then when tank lights came on i see my urchin trying to pick up the cucumber and has been like in the tugging battle for 2 hrs now just kinda worried the cucumber going to get stressed.

    Any suggestions? i dont think i could do much now that i think of it

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    First off pboost..i want to say the tank looks stunning!!!

    BTW-how is the cucumber doing??

    Sorry it took so long for someone to reply too your thead...i'm not a Mirine expert by any means but i told a freind about your post an he says if the slight battling continues to grab another urchin to distract it Neutral


    Well it was a tugging battle i think i went out for dinner came back and the urchin was on the rock above the cucumber so im guessing the cucumber held its ground and the urchin went on his way when he figured out he couldnt carry him away lol.
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    Post by pboost on Fri 01 May 2009, 14:36

    Metal Maniac wrote:Hey pbosst...how long after you set up before the coraline started growing on the tank walls???

    Well i think maybe about 6 weeks after i introduced the live rock that already had coraline on them, and i think the urchins munching on it carried it all over the tank more rapidly.
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    Post by pboost on Fri 01 May 2009, 14:39

    matthew.ball wrote:hey pboost...tank look amazing.

    I'm working on setting up a 35 gallon reef tank. I have a 150 gallon tank that I just haven't got around to setting up (mostly no help in moving the thing from the garage to the basement).

    Wondering if you've ever kept any Tridacnidae clams before?

    My thoughts on display setup is a nice U-shaped rock formation and then some clams in the middle of that in a deep sand bed or one large rock pile in the middle with corals and then clams and corals that like substrate instead of rock base around the rest of the tank.

    The lights that will be on the tank are duel 96 watt (blue/white combination) compact fluorescents so I hope that's enough light for the lower-light clams available.

    Any advice as I've never kept clams before.


    Never tried any clams as i hear they are real picky to lighting requirments my 6 t5's im sceptical on doing a clam some say you can do it if it is high up in the tank but i think ill wait untill i crack down and go metalhalide in the future.
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    Post by Metal Maniac on Sun 31 May 2009, 18:36

    pboost wrote:
    Metal Maniac wrote:Hey pbosst...how long after you set up before the coraline started growing on the tank walls???

    Well i think maybe about 6 weeks after i introduced the live rock that already had coraline on them, and i think the urchins munching on it carried it all over the tank more rapidly.

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