Smithers 4Ft

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  1. Smithers

    Smithers

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    I have been very scarce for a while here and I have not posted anything for ages.
    I moved houses and relocated my tank and have changed quite a bit it in the last 4 months. I am moving more towards SPS but still love the flow and look of LPS and softies.
    A lot of my equipment has changed as well. So here is the list.

    2 Tunze Nano Streams - 2500lph
    2 Tunze Nano Streams - 4500 lph
    2 Seio 1100's - 4500 lph

    Chiller
    Auto topup
    CaRx (Arriving on Sunday)

    Replaced all the T5's and got a BLV MH (Never got this to burn blue - Still yellow !)

    I am using a lot of the Tropic marin products and can see a huge change in the tank.

    Anyway this was my tank last year this time !!

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    I was battling with hair algea and could never get anything to work !
    I replaced the skimmer and got onto forums and never looked back.


    This is my tank now. It is not looking that great as I am fragging a lot of the corals I have getting ready for the new tank.

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    I know I have too many fish in the tank and I am moving some into my other tank this weekend. My current list stands at

    Wrasse
    1 Cleaner
    2 Iridis Wrasse
    1 Anampses
    1 Cosmetus
    1 splendid leopard Wrasse

    Surgeons
    1 Brown
    1 pencil
    1 Yellow Dr.

    Butterflys
    1 Long nose
    1 Copper band

    7 goldies
    1 Maroon Clown
    1 Blue Damsel

    Shrimp
    2 Cleaner
    2 Coral Banded

    Couple of Starfish as well

    Coral list is huge and I have corals and Clams in my other tanks.

    Please excuse the poor photo quality as I used my phone. Will take some decent ones soon I hope.
     
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  3. Afsal

    Afsal

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    lokking good dude , how abt a full tank shot
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    WOW! Looking good Smithers! Would you mind elaborating on what you did to get rid of the hair algae?

    Thanks!
     
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    Cool smithers hope all goes well. nice to see the hair algae gone. hope it stays away for you.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Major improvement there Gavin, looks good :thumbup1:
     
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    Nice Gavin :thumbup:
     
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    Hill

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    looks good Smithers.

    ShaneW said it was excellent when he saw it after IMACSA2007. Was sorry I did not visit with him.
     
  9. Smithers

    Smithers Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys, I am never happy with it. I am fighting the last bits of bryopsis and finally got rid of the cynao !

    The hair algea was a pain to get rid of. The first thing I did was to get the biggest skimmer I could afford. This seemed to work the best out of everything.
    I also siphoned off as much as I could combined with regular water changes also worked well.
    It turned out the RO I was using was really crappy as well. Once I found a reliable source of RO things started to happen.
    I also bought a phosphate and carbon reactor. This helped but not as much as the skimmer and decent RO did.

    The last thing I did was change my lighting cycle. I had the lights on only for a few hours a day and once a week I would leave the lights off for 2 days.
     
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    Smithers Thread Starter

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    Forgot to add. In the first crappy picture on the bottom right you can see the anenome and clown fish.
    That is the same clown and anenome in the last picture. Both have grown a lot in the past year
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looking lekker Gavin!nice fish collection you got there
     
  12. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Blimey, that is some change, the first tank shot looked like a disaster zone, that must have taken some serious patience and much hard work to acieve the results clearly shown in the next couple of pictures (either that or you are brilliant at photoshop):whistling: :thumbup:
     
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    Smithers Thread Starter

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    Lol @ weeman !
    The thing I enjoy most about my tank is 99% of the fish are from our local waters.
    The clown fish was bred locally and the blue damsel and the copperband were purchased.
     
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    looking very cool man!!
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nice work there gav....
     
  16. Alan

    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    I agree with the upgrade of a skimmer, can actually work wonders but does not happen over night.
    I am really glad to hear that the forums help out, the one thing i have noticed over the years since the early days of the local forums is there is a hugh improvement in our local tanks as a whole.
     
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