Forum input - advice for a super nano

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by dallasg, 16 Mar 2010.

  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi All!

    oki i have built myself a super nano with all the bells and whistles, and been looking for a few idea on what to keep, or what to do with it... but before i start my thread on it let me run thru what it is and see what themes/ideas everyone has.

    The DT is 40cmx45cm x 40cm with a C2C on the back top, it has a 150w MH 10k with 2 x 24w actinics.

    it then flows to a lower tank where i have a ts1 skimmer, heater and auto-topup chamber, and then it flows into a DSB tank below which is 40cmx20cm and 15cm high with a refugium and return chamber.

    I was thinking of calling it the Calcium forest and keeping only SPS with inverts and a pair of black percula's i have

    keen to hear what everyone has to say, and yes this is Galibore's old nano from yester-year, re-done and modded

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  3. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Very nice dude!
     
  4. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    I like the sps idee, maybe look at a few of the smaller fish ie, coral gobys, fire gobys etc so that there is alot going on between the sps. To keep it intresting
     
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    Nice one man looking forward this this thread
     
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    great idea man, Love the name - calcium forest - I think u got everything spot on
     
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    Nice....have a look at galibore's nano he had exatley the same one.

    And it worked wel for him
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Speed reading again aren't we Buddy? This IS Galibore's old tank, see Dallas's post above :whistling:
     
  9. lanzo

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    woops....sorry my bad

    Very nice system...it was working like a bomb...his sps grew like "bossies"
     
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    wow dallas that looks nice, truley super lay out and planning:)

    what to stock is always a very personal choice but seeing the way you have all the equipment and filtration in place yoour options are extended:)

    to have this as a sps system might be a bit of a waste in my opinion. personally i like larger rather than smaller sps collonies and the real estate in there wont really allow you to grow them out that much. after time seeing as you have a nennie safe tank and great lighting, a nennie would be great, although again he will take up alot of space.

    I might be inclined to go with specialised zoas and rics (although lighting is over kill) a few select inverts (pom pom crab, small ornimental shrimps (thor ambioensis or something like that which hosts in corals) and then a few selected fish. something along the lines of a high fin goby or a mix of different small peacefull and brightly coloured fish. Id also use the tank to house specific smaller clams and let them grow out in there.

    You have lots of options and with the filtration like it is you may be able to push the bioload a little while keeping an eye on space constraints for swimming.

    how high from the ground is the DT?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks all!

    Crispin, yes i made a few mods this weekend, and added an ATS as well. the DT is about 1.5m off the ground, i was thinking of re-doing the stand to something lower and wider, but when i sit at my kitchen counter the height is perfect for now.

    i was thinking of just keeping rics and shrooms on the bottom, one center rock with Seriatopora hystrix (pink birds nest), inverts and 2 fish

    i was also thinking of pushing the limits with corals, maybe get 15 frags and let them grow, but staying with 2 fish and inverts
     
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    Cool idea and neat aswell first time i see someting like this.:thumbup:
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    oki, here is something more along the lines i am liking
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    Very very nice peter.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    then my next Q is i have a 40L nano, any ideas? it had CFL lights only, so was thinking that shrooms and rics are the way, with a pagoda cup LPS
     
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    I think you should sell it to me... You've had it on loan for long enough :p
     
  17. dallasg

    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    sell what 2 you? money talks :)
     
  18. Johan van Aardt

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    i like this, its my new favorite nano
     
  19. dallasg

    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    me too, i am going to make my scaping this eve
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Dallas, that is honestly one of the top 2 or 3 aquascaapes i have ever seen in a nano... go for something like that !!!
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    oki, so just bought me a cutting disc for my angle grinder and will start a new thread this eve on the calcium forest :)
     
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