Cubed Coral garden (V3)

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  1. archiecrain

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    Been Hiding this tank for a few months while I got things to the stage where I am happy with how things are looking. Started the tank @ the end of January, moved all lifestock from my previous system to this one.
    Had many downs with the sytem when I started it, a case of whitespot that wiped out all but 2 of my fish and then a bad case of zoa pox that killed off at least half of my zoa colonies :(

    None the less diligence and patience are starting to pay off, loads of quaility water changes and the slow very well planned (mostly) additions of corals, inverts and fish is starting to make a difference again.

    Fish
    Jumping bean angel
    Centropyge acanthops (super aggro fish, the ultimate boss in my tank) had for 1 year
    Black perc clown Amphiprion percula (very territorial fish....even bites me when I get close to 'its' zoas) had for 1 year
    Blue spotted watchamn goby Cryptocentrus pavoninoides(new addition for my pistol shrimps)

    Inverts
    2x Tiger pistol shrimps
    (master tank excavators) had for 4 months
    2x Porcelain crabs
    had for 5 months
    2x Hermits
    had for nearly 2 years
    1x Peacock Mantis shrimp
    (it lives in the sump my impulsive fascination)had for 2 months

    Corals

    Zoas
    variety of them from differing locations
    Trumpet coral
    Candy cane
    Xenia
    that gows like a weed
    Toad stool Also growing at quite a rate


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    One of the small zoa gardens

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    another zoa garden

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  3. archiecrain

    archiecrain Thread Starter

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    more pics

    another zoa garden seen from the top

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    Bad ass in the sump!!

    He really deserves to get his own tank to show its beuty off

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    Really awesome looking tank. Grats man.
     
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    very nice dude,mind showing us some equip pics and details aswell, and what lights are those?
     
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    Thanks guys

    Filtration
    I have a bubble magus skimmer in the sump which is grossly underated for my tank so Im very reliant on water changes at the moment, will upgrade when I have decided on what skimmer will suite me and my budget best.

    Flow
    Vortech MP10 (one of the best investments ive made on this tank will get another one when I can)
    2000lph return pump from sump

    Lighting
    2x Dymax 150watt metal halide lamps with 20k bulbs (great lights)

    here are some early sump pics (pre whitespot outbreak)

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    those lights ,were you get them from? im running a tl550 and looking for decent easily managable lights and those look perfect
     
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    got one from VIP pets and the other second hand. Greats lights IMO....and they look good as well
     
  10. SeanH

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    Excuse my ignorance but what is it?

     
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    peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus
     
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    AHHHHHHHH Awesome!! Thanks :)
     
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    If i were you i would get rid of that shrimp, watched a documentary on those buggers and based on its size, it is not long till he starts going for your fish
     
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    It lives in the sump.......

    Not very good at catching fish anyways this one is a basher....far more interested in crabs than fast fish that it has to chase after.
     
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    OK deleted the message - was already respomded to lOL
     
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    speed readers :lol:
     
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    SO DAMN true! :lol:
     
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    lol sorry guys, i didn't see the "it lives in the sump" part, i was just interested in the pictures :p
     
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    Lol if it lived in the display I would never put my hands in the tank for maintenance!! This thing scares the crap out of me when I work in the sump:eek:, had a few near misses, while I think its exagerated at how strong they are, he will draw blood no problem!!!
     
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    Nice tank,what light is that in the sump.Thanks
     
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    Very nice-trying to get a quote on those exact same lamps for my new cube, very neat bud
     
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