Mudshark's Reef.

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  1. Broder

    Broder Mudshark

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    Seeing as this tank now incorporates a RO5000 external skimmer, I thought I'd better start a new thread with a corrected title. If any of the mods could just edit the old title and add this thread onto the end of the previous one, that would be first prize:thumbup:.

    Here's an updated FTS:
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    Some reef shots:
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    Some photos of new inmates. The 2 crescent tail or lunar wrasses are having a ball. When I caught them, I thought that I was being greedy for taking both of them, but in retospect I should have caught the 3 that I saw later in the season as well. They aren't aggro towards each other at all, and swim together all of the time.
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    This section has created a bit of an island:
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    From the top:
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    Outgoing tide:
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    Some random coral photos:
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  3. clinton stanford

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    awesome stuff Broder;) have you noticed any change while running the skimmer?
     
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    FLIP!!! This is awesome Broder!!!
     
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    Broder

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    The cressis are awesome if only they'd pose for the camera. They're definitely the most active fish in the tank.
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    I'm really enjoying the sqirrelfish too. They don't swim together much, but add an awesome flash of colour to the tank and have an endearing personality.
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  6. Sentari

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    Wow!

    So now what happens with those corals out of the water? Do you trim them or just leave them?
     
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    This is one awesome picture. Very nice and natural. Checked out your settings. You becoming quite a pro in taking pics. Well done

    Image input equipment model: NIKON D3000
    Software used: Picasa 3.0
    Exposure time: 0.008
    F number: 6.3
    Exposure program: 1
    ISO speed rating: 1600
    Exposure bias: -1.66667
    Maximum lens aperture: 3.6
    Metering mode: 2
    Light source: 12
    Flash: 0
    Lens focal length: 18
    Sensing method: 2
    Custom rendered: 0
    Exposure mode: 1
    White balance: 1
    Digital zoom ratio: 1
    Focal length in 35 mm film: 27
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  8. Neil H

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    WOW..... Did i miss the discussion somewhere, why the move to a skimmer??
     
  9. keyaam

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    I think his nitrates went up a bit
     
  10. scubaninja

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    whats the name of this coral Broder? Tank is looking AWESOME by the way:thumbup:
     
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    green digitata ??
     
  12. Kunhardt

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    Looking really great there Broder! Love how your Haliopora has grown it looks amazing...just adds something different. I just cant seem to get mine to grow much, its still the same size it was when i got it about 6 months ago.

    We must really look at doing a trade some time, I keep saying so but just dont get around to giving you a call... getting some new pieces from Stuart next week maybe we can talk after that. ;)
     
  13. Kunhardt

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    yes it is a green digitata... Stuart you noob! :razz:
     
  14. scubaninja

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    Sounds fun :p
    shut your face you :razz:
    thanks, i figured it could be its just that it was so massive so i thought i would ask first:p
     
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    Thanks Clinton. Well it's brought spiralling nitrate and phosphate levels back into check. But I think you want to know if it's effected biodiversity and coral growth, with the decrease in available food? I don't think so. The only difference that I observed so far is a change in the type of algae growing on the algae scrubber screens. They're now dominated by a couple of types of turf algae. Sponges and other filter feeders are still flourishing.
    Thanks Mek.
    The corals only grow up to the water level, and then start growing outwards. I just stopped the return pump, so that you could see how the coral stops growing.

    Thanks sean, and sorry that I posted the squirrelfish again. It's the first time that I ever used an ISO of 1600 with this camera. It's far to noisey at this ISO though. This camera is known for it. In fact it's not rated as being a very good camera generally. Personally I don't have any comparison, so I'm quite happy with it.
    Yes Neil, we had a bumper fish catching season this year, and my existing fish aren't getting any smaller, so I now have a rather heavy bioload on the system. I could have built a huge scrubber, but I think that a skimmer evens out the bioload because peak bioload input is pretty much confined to feeding times and very moderate for the rest of the time. The scrubber still produces the same amount of weekly algae harvest. All in all the water quality isn't back to where it was with low stocking levels, but definitely making headway.
    It is indeed digitada, although you're forgiven for asking. In my tank it has a much more compact growth pattern than in any other tank that I've seen.
    Yes Mark, the heliopora does take quite a while to start growing. Mine has stopped again now, so I can't tell you any tricks. I have it growing in low light and flow, strong light and flow, and they all grow at the same pace. Don't worry too much about bringing me any corals. I don't really have any space..... just come and see what's broken off at the bottom of the tank anytime.

    Here are some pics of my new favourite fish. It came down as a juvinile in summer and is already the size of the palm of my hand. Bonus is that it chows aiptaisia and no corals.
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    This fish can stand its ground with any of the aggressive fish in my tank.
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    Some random coral images
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    At first glance this may look like a layer of cyano bacteria on the substrate, but on closer inspection you'll see that it's being colonised by tiny clove polyps.
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    FTS
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    Tank looks AMAZING!
     
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    Wow. wow and Wow. I hope I get there 1 day.
     
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    wicked wicked pics bud
    best i get back to the drawing board :(
     
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    Broder

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    Thanks guys.
    Photography is a learning curve. Personally I've enjoyed every minute of the ride. Focus on what you enjoy taking pictures of, and the photos will come. If you have an empathy with the subject, it'll show.
     
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    Awesome photography skills there Broder....married with an awesome set-up = :thumbup:
     
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    Broder u a beast hahaha:thumbup:
    Awesome tank
     

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