Gay Reefers and Saltwater Aquariums freeks. Marine tanks or ReefTanks. Anyone else on reefcentral or saltwaterfish or any of the other maine forums?

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    Dec 23, 2009 10:09 AM GMT
    Totally addicted to saltwater aquariums, last tank was a fullblown 215g SPS LPS coral reef tank, been reefing for 20 years, I do a lot of marine photography, mainly macro work of coral polyps. Had a coral propagation and grow out system and freakin love the exotic and rare corals..
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    Dec 23, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
    I have a 46 g Reef and I'm working on a 14g Nano. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 23, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    I've just started a 14g biocube a couple months ago. Things are looking good. I don't have much in it right now, but I'll be stocking it up over the next few weeks.
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    Dec 23, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    its a sickness I tell ya.....it starts with a small tank then you get a bigger one and then a larger one... My largest tank was 1200g full blown reef.
    Ask away if you need help or have questions... nano tanks are so cool!
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    Dec 23, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    HA...finally figured out how to post imges.... This was my last nano
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    Dec 23, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    Now i' just showing off...this is one sick ass Australian Prizm Favia That grew out and fragged....Also showing off my photog sklls...
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    Cool little blenny in a cup coral
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    Dec 23, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    I had an awesome marine aquarium until I moved a few years back and the movers busted the tank *cries* and no store around me could get a tank to me in time, I ended up giving everything to a bunch of people I knew on MASA.. completely heart breaking.

    I haven't had to desire to start another one yet.. when I settle into a new place for the long term I'll start again.

    Nice photos and tank btw!
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    Dec 24, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    ShortMuscleGuy!

    I was going to post a pic of what my nano looks like right now and now I'm embarrassed to show it because of your pics! Yours looks amazing!!!

    I still need to stock up on corals. I have a clownfish, blood shrimp, bumble bee snails, cerith snails and a trochus snail.
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    Dec 24, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidHA...finally figured out how to post imges.... This was my last nano
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    Breath taking!
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    Dec 24, 2009 2:08 AM GMT
    I have a 90 Gallon Reef... well... it has been neglected with work and my Masters homework. So it's not very impressive right now, but love the hobby.
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    Dec 24, 2009 11:39 AM GMT
    wakeboi saidShortMuscleGuy!

    I was going to post a pic of what my nano looks like right now and now I'm embarrassed to show it because of your pics! Yours looks amazing!!!

    I still need to stock up on corals. I have a clownfish, blood shrimp, bumble bee snails, cerith snails and a trochus snail.


    Post a pic, always love to see other guys tanks. Nanos are probaby the toughest marine tank you can ever setup, once you master a nano tank you can do just about anything. Blood/fire shrimp are my favorites!! the nano above has no fish, just a coral banded shrimp.What corals do you have in the tank?
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    Dec 24, 2009 1:09 PM GMT
    I know you guys out there have some incredible tanks, lets see some photos. Here is a shot of another tank.
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    Dec 29, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy said

    Post a pic, always love to see other guys tanks. Nanos are probaby the toughest marine tank you can ever setup, once you master a nano tank you can do just about anything. Blood/fire shrimp are my favorites!! the nano above has no fish, just a coral banded shrimp.What corals do you have in the tank?


    I love my blood shrimp, but he hides a lot unless it's feeding time. My other favorite guy is my Fighting Conch. Nanos are a bit of work - but I enjoy it. I'm keeping up with my weekly water changes just to be sure all my nitrates are at zero.

    After seeing your tank I've decided two things:

    1) I went out and got myself some frags since I previously only had a few green mushrooms. I got myself a neon green candy cane, 3 button polyps (one of them a cool ice and fire one with a bright orange skirt), green star polyps, and an open brain coral.

    2) I also decided I'm going to do a DIY LED retrofit using Cree LEDs. This will probably happen in a few months since I want to make sure I have my research completely done. Then, I will probably try a some SPS and maybe a clam in the tank.
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    Dec 29, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidHA...finally figured out how to post imges.... This was my last nano
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    Did you upgrade your lighting for this nano?
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    Dec 29, 2009 5:15 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidI know you guys out there have some incredible tanks, lets see some photos. Here is a shot of another tank.
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    I see NEMO and DORY on this pic...maybe I just need help...ha 7.gif
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    Dec 29, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    awwww

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidI know you guys out there have some incredible tanks, lets see some photos. Here is a shot of another tank.
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    If this aquarum belong to you I am in sheer awe. It is not salt water, but still fishy.... I had once discus fish. They are pretty finicky fish, I must say! popup_image.php?pID=482
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    Jan 05, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    The shot above was my 215 starphire tank, hard to see the perspective of the size of everthing, the clams are about 6" in size the two large toadstool leathers are 12" shown and about 16" when fully expanded. Lighting on this tank was killer on the wallet with 4x250w Halides and 4x96 actinics 1500watts total. Almost 600lbs of liverock.

    The 12g nano had a 150w metal halide Viper clipon......
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    Jan 06, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    This is a rare one, stunning when fully open, about 3" across and has to be handfed ever other day, not an anemone, but a stony coral
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    Jan 06, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    this is my coral propagation tank, for those not into coral/marine tanks it's commonly called a "Frag Tank" I'll find rare or difficult corals to grow, break them up into smaller "frags" and just let them sit and grow, can take many months to grow a small coral into a 1-2' colony. The eggcrate show in the tank is used to keep the corals in place as the water movment in coral tanks is very strong. Also, the rule of the natural reef is "kill your neighbor" so the coral or most of them cant ever touch another coral of a different species or they will literally go into "sting wars" and try to kill the other coral so that they have more space to grow....Filtration on this tank is run thru an algae scrubber system, meaning their really are no specilized filters or mechanical filtration, there is another tank under the cabinet filled with algae and a lighting system, the algae (chaeto) pulls nutrients from the water and I simply remove handfulls of it once a week and throw it away.Commonly called a "refugium" filtration
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    Jan 06, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    Stupidly rare and $$$$ frag of Tyree Watermellon chalice, this was a .5" frag I got from another reefer, at $300 it's one of my rarest...Interesting is that this coral has been spread thruout the aguarium hobbiest community from a single coral that was found many years ago.. guys like me, grow them out and then sell of small pieces, part conservation, part hobby
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    nice pics!

    I used to keep a freshwater tank and kept a lot of those colorful Malawian Cichlids (and hence my alias). Then I upgraded to saltwater - 120 gal tank that was ok for 2 years.

    The fishes I was successful keeping were Dory and Nemo (my nemo even had one smaller pelvic fin, well its not the pectoral fin but close enough - I was really amazed he survived at all, when there about 2 who didn' t), male mandarin dragonet, a friendly picasso (well he started out as small as my nemo so they grew up friends even when he was already 10x the original size on his 2nd year). There were some corals and anemones which would only last for a few months - I was still learning the sump. I tried keeping a clam but it spermed all over the place, hehe.

    Until typhoon Milenyo swept into our town and we were out of electricity for more than a week. Thing is, after a year that I got rid of the aquarium, my PC got all rusty and broke down - haha lesson learned.

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    Jan 07, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    Are the smaller BioCubes and NanoCubes designed for invertebrates only? They seem awfully small, even for just one damsel fish.

    @shortmuscleguy: those tanks are incredible, and the stony coral is a knockout.
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    Jan 07, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    For a long time, I've wanted to do something interesting: a vertical, tubular salt-water tank featuring a floor-to-ceiling pier piling, complete with attached and roving life forms, and featuring the strata of marine life as seen on a piling.

    I saw this one at St. Petersburg, Florida in 2009.

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  • westdave

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    Jan 07, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    I used to have a 30 gallon salt water tank many years ago...now I grow orchids under fluorescent lights...perhaps I will have a tank again someday