Punk's RBTA Nano

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  1. Punk

    Punk

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    hey guys, eish i finally setup the nano i bought from galibore!

    here's some pics (pls excuse the crappy cell photos)

    @ night
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    DSB/fuge
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    middle sump with TS1, heater, auto topup & 2 small carbon filters
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    with cabinet
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    just waiting for the cycle to finish, shouldn't take too long, i put in mature LR

    then i just need 2 of these
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    and 1 of these
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    cheers
    ant
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    looking good. what is the substrate of the dsb made of?
     
  4. cybervic

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    Well planned. I'm sure this will be a sucess. Do you have the RBTA's allready? They are quit difficult to get hold of.
     
  5. Punk

    Punk Thread Starter

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    hello, it's mostly CaribSea sugar-sized oolitic aragonite, i couldn't get hold of any more of this so i had to top off the DSB with a little bit of CaribSea aragamax grand bahama to make up the 150mm DSB, it is very fine with some broken shells in it, shouldn't be too much of a problem as most of the detritus settles down in the middle sump & get's skimmed out there, also the broken shell pieces isn't shaped as to accumulate detritus (mostly flat pieces)...

    i'm desperately looking for 1 dude, please shout if any of you know where i can get a semi-healthy specimen
     
  6. Punk

    Punk Thread Starter

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    hi guys, how's this for a 1'st attempt at aqua scaping it?

    i call it "pile 'o rocks" :lol:

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    front
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    small cave
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    Really nice dude, digging the aquascape!
     
  8. lanzo

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    looks very nice punk, but where is the lr you got from likesfish?
    Do you have a thread of your other tank?
     
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    Damn fine "pile o rocks" there fella, topped off nicely with a rather large aptasia;)
     
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    lol Wee-Man, I saw that too!
     
  11. Matt

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    Stunning tank my bro
     
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    Wow Punk. Tank is looking awsome.The aquascaping looks brilliant!
     
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    :lol::lol:
     
  14. Andreas

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    setup is looking cool Punk!is that the entrance to your house?
     
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    looking really nice there fella:) BTA are brilliant tank mates and nice to know you have planned what you want in there:) and have the tank cycling away waiting for their introduction. Love the way you have the double sump, nicely done with the canopy too:) And great to see it power head free.

    create a good cave for the nennies foot, then let him work out where he wants to be they certainly have a will of their own:)
     
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    :thumbup:

    Can't wait for the livestock!!
     
  17. Punk

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    thanks for the comments and info guys! :)

    it's been running for just over a week now with cured LR

    there's some minor hair algae coming out now, i'll test the water tonight but i don't think it's finished cycling yet :(

    if the water is ok, i might get the RBTA tomorrow if moolis still has one left...
    BUT
    i was thinking of rather just getting the 2 B/W clowns first and see how they settle?

    a RBTA is a big investment and i don't want it dying on me...

    what would you guys have done?

    cheers
    ant
     
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    Fish first
     
  19. Matt

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    I agree with Warr: Tank params must be stable before thinking of getting the BTA. Once its cycled fully i'd put the clowns in, then still give it a bit of time before getting the nemmie.

    If you see a RBTA you love just get the pet shop to keep it for you. All reputable shops do that.
     
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    yip fish firts, and then after 6 months youcan add the bta to be on the safe side;)
     
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    Don't want to be a killjoy, but I'd even wait before putting the fish in. Until at least a couple of weeks after nitrite tests consistently zero.

    But yes, fish first and then let the bio catch up.
     
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