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mark54321
10/14/2015, 09:09 PM
My small piece of ocean, mostly dendros and suns.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/739/22190853781_17e75b96f7_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/zNVVHg)NPS 16 (https://flic.kr/p/zNVVHg) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5809/22190826581_738dd6bd25_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/zNVMCi)NPS 7 (https://flic.kr/p/zNVMCi) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/718/21992795108_1341ab3bb2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/zvqPLy)NPS 21 (https://flic.kr/p/zvqPLy) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

JamesHolt
10/15/2015, 02:39 AM
Beautiful

Details??

mark54321
10/15/2015, 08:46 PM
Beautiful

Details??

I started a thread in nano section, more details you can find here: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2533637

jroovers
10/15/2015, 08:50 PM
Stunning! Looks absolutely killer :)

teemee
10/18/2015, 03:34 PM
absolutely gorgeous! tagging along :)

rt67ghy
10/21/2015, 07:40 AM
Wow! Beautiful tank. Those large dendros in the middle really stand out.

Reef Frog
10/22/2015, 11:29 AM
Thumbs up on this tank ! I've always wanted a dedicated NPS tank.

I have a brand new 2 gallon Fluval Spec aquarium sitting unused in a closet. AIO with rear chamber sump for filtration. I'm thinking of getting my modest collection of NPS polyps out of my mixed display, and don't really want to keep a fresh water Betta which many do with this little aquarium. Would this work long term?

No skimmer, but water changes would be easy. I have the ATO figured out. The non-reef lighting won't be a problem obviously. I think I can keep it stable.

Any downsides? Too small? Do you think a small in-tank circulation pump is needed, or will the internal pumps provide enough flow for Suns, Dendros & perhaps a Tube anemone in the sand?

Thanks. Hope hou don't mind jumping on your work for inspiration.

Big E
10/23/2015, 06:52 AM
Awesome!!

joshky
10/23/2015, 04:04 PM
I really love this tank, well done!

mark54321
10/24/2015, 03:51 PM
Thumbs up on this tank ! I've always wanted a dedicated NPS tank.

I have a brand new 2 gallon Fluval Spec aquarium sitting unused in a closet. AIO with rear chamber sump for filtration. I'm thinking of getting my modest collection of NPS polyps out of my mixed display, and don't really want to keep a fresh water Betta which many do with this little aquarium. Would this work long term?

No skimmer, but water changes would be easy. I have the ATO figured out. The non-reef lighting won't be a problem obviously. I think I can keep it stable.

Any downsides? Too small? Do you think a small in-tank circulation pump is needed, or will the internal pumps provide enough flow for Suns, Dendros & perhaps a Tube anemone in the sand?

Thanks. Hope hou don't mind jumping on your work for inspiration.
Hi, sorry for late reply. I think 2 gal. NPS is very doable, If it was me, I would do half a galon WC every day and once a week large, perhaps even full tank change. Make sure parameters are the same ( temp, SG, etc.) It will be easier to feed smaller tank, as food concentration would be higher in small volume. Sun corals and dendros need bigger meaty foods like mysic, brine shrimp,etc., I spot feed mine every other day, but I also broadcast finer particle foods couple of times every day. As far as flow, not sure it stock pump would be enough, if your corals will open up then it is fine, but if not, more flow is needed. Tube anemone might be too big in 2 gal. tank, theirs tentacles get long, even smaller sized anemones. Might sting other corals. I say go ahead and try it. It is fascinating to have small tank full of life :)

mark54321
10/24/2015, 03:54 PM
absolutely gorgeous! tagging along :)
Thank you
Wow! Beautiful tank. Those large dendros in the middle really stand out.
Thank you, had those Dendros for almost five years, started with 3 heads, now split it two colonies total of 19 heads.
Awesome!!
Thanks
I really love this tank, well done!
Thank you
Stunning! Looks absolutely killer :)
Thank you

noy
11/14/2015, 08:37 AM
very nice setup! nice collection of corals

Newstead
11/21/2015, 08:40 PM
Beautiful tank - and inspiring! Would love to move my sun coral to a NPS tank, as it is hard to keep the tank spotless feeding it 5 to 6 times a week.

mark54321
11/24/2015, 08:12 AM
Thank you.

A1t2o
11/24/2015, 08:31 AM
Nice tank. I really love how the yellow just pops and the minimalist style is spot on. I like how the filter fades into the shadow so you hardly see it.

teemee
11/24/2015, 07:35 PM
is that a colony of archohelia or cup coral or????
what is it?
where can I find it?

mark54321
11/26/2015, 02:34 PM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5722/23036062400_2ebeeeb571_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/B6BQME)nano11 (https://flic.kr/p/B6BQME) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Marinus
12/02/2015, 09:09 PM
Beautiful! Very very beautiful!

Saxman7
12/20/2015, 11:22 PM
Mark, I love the Tank! I Saw your feeding regimen and was wondering if you were doing anything special for the blueberry or just doing the same as you are for the menella? mine passed quickly at home but in my tank at work ( piece from the same colony) it has been doing well with a focus of oyster feast and fish milt (along with the other foods the tank is fed). any general guidelines that you've seen to find work well for them?

mark54321
12/30/2015, 09:30 PM
My blueberry still going strong, although its been only about 2.5 months. I just feed the hell out of this tank few times a day with all kinds of food, small and bigger . I did lose my electric scallop though. Everything else is still happy. I have new resident fish in it now, will take pictures when is less shy. I am working on getting my Elos 120XL set up as quickly as possible ( most likely will get wet in a month), it will be a deepwater biotope with NPS corals and deepwater Anthias, so when ready this little tank will be taken down and corals transferred to new Elos.

Teaser picture of up coming deepwater Elos

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/769/23273248313_a54541bf33_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BsztTX)NPS FTS (https://flic.kr/p/BsztTX) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Saxman7
01/01/2016, 01:31 AM
My blueberry still going strong, although its been only about 2.5 months. I just feed the hell out of this tank few times a day with all kinds of food, small and bigger . I did lose my electric scallop though. Everything else is still happy. I have new resident fish in it now, will take pictures when is less shy. I am working on getting my Elos 120XL set up as quickly as possible ( most likely will get wet in a month), it will be a deepwater biotope with NPS corals and deepwater Anthias, so when ready this little tank will be taken down and corals transferred to new Elos.

Teaser picture of up coming deepwater Elos

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/769/23273248313_a54541bf33_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BsztTX)NPS FTS (https://flic.kr/p/BsztTX) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Ooooooo Mark, that tank is going to be sweet! I'm actually starting a build thread for the new year of my new project that's been on hold until now...very similar style to what you're doing but with some twist. Deepwater for sure-(if anyone knows a supplier that can get in Photoblepharon palpebratus please let me know) but I'm planning on transferring most of crinoids to the new tank. I'll probably keep one in the current 20 gallon (will soon be a Mr.Aqua 22!) but I want to showcase my medusa worms with nano fish lot of different small shrimp species like their host emperors along with pederson's,etc in the current system and keep it a mixed lps/nps style system (almost a muc diving like biotope).

Best of luck with the blueberry! Any hints on the new fish???

mark54321
01/01/2016, 06:11 PM
Nice project on your end. I am sending you PM with supplier who can get almost any fish you want. They are not sponsor here, so I will not post their name to get blocked. Contact Brian and tell him Mark ( mmreef) , he will know who I am , referred you to him.

Big E
01/02/2016, 03:07 AM
I'm guessing the Steinhart Aquarium setup inspired you?

http://glassbox-design.com/2010/steinhart-deep-reef-tuka-anthias-video/

mark54321
01/02/2016, 06:58 AM
I'm guessing the Steinhart Aquarium setup inspired you?

http://glassbox-design.com/2010/steinhart-deep-reef-tuka-anthias-video/

Exactly, how did you know , lol.

Big E
01/02/2016, 08:26 AM
Because I wanted to do that same setup since I saw that video a few years back. :D

Saxman7
01/02/2016, 11:34 PM
Big E, Thank you for that link. That was incredible! and thank you Mark for the pm. I'm stoked to see how yours turns out, great concept for inspiration. My new tank is up and running but i'm going to be limited on anthias numbers for sure on this one but it shall still have many redeeming qualities. my thread will be up tomorrow.

mark54321
01/20/2016, 08:51 PM
Just want to share great news, my little nano tank was honored in Reef Hobbyist Magazine! You can read about it here: http://www.reefhobbyistmagazine.com/magazine-tiled-q1-2016-26.html

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1693/24428233691_1a83fff284_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DdD5NX)Beautiful simple NPS Nano (https://flic.kr/p/DdD5NX) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

SHADYreefer
01/20/2016, 08:52 PM
Congrats! That's awesome!

JamesHolt
01/20/2016, 09:23 PM
Very Nice.. congrats

Big E
01/21/2016, 05:17 AM
That's awesome, congrats:thumbsup:

Saxman7
01/23/2016, 12:08 AM
Congradulations Mark, I was thrilled to see that you and Noy were both featured in the magazine when we got it in at work last week!

kindaconstant
01/23/2016, 01:03 PM
Congrats!

06bug
01/25/2016, 08:29 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!!!

noy
01/26/2016, 06:01 AM
Very nice. Congratulations!

mark54321
01/26/2016, 09:43 AM
Thank you guys, i appreciate it a lot. Noy, i follow every post you make and read all your threads, to learn as much as i can . I have new 120 gal. system in works that will be NPS mostly suns, dendros and gorgonians.

Tweaked
01/26/2016, 12:16 PM
Well deserved!

photoblepharon
01/31/2016, 04:25 AM
Congrats Mark, on a nice write up and a beautiful tank!

I set up the tank at Steinhart so I'm glad it was inspiring ;)

Big E
01/31/2016, 06:11 AM
Congrats Mark, on a nice write up and a beautiful tank!

I set up the tank at Steinhart so I'm glad it was inspiring ;)

That tank is a masterpiece:thumbsup:

Would you mind telling me what temps you're running and what you're feeding the anthias?

photoblepharon
01/31/2016, 10:23 AM
Thanks!

A tiny bit of Cyclopeeze to get the corals opened up and a whole bunch of 24 hour old Artemia nauplii are in an autofeeder that doses every 10 minutes. Probably in about a 10/90 or 5/95 ratio. And it's enough of it that every 10 minutes all the fish can get a little bit to eat. Then I manually feed twice a day with LRS Fish Frenzy mostly. Sometimes Hikari mysis, live adult enriched brine, chopped up clam or shrimp.

The oldest anthias is a male P. tuka that is coming up on 9 years this summer.

mark54321
01/31/2016, 01:45 PM
Congrats Mark, on a nice write up and a beautiful tank!

I set up the tank at Steinhart so I'm glad it was inspiring ;)

Thank you, i followed your thread on it few years ago, my plan is to run my tank at 72F, as mostly i want Ventralis anthias and few other peaceful deepwater fish.

photoblepharon
01/31/2016, 05:21 PM
Sounds cool. In a tank that size you could have a dozen Ventralis easy. They are great fish if you can find healthy ones.

photoblepharon
01/31/2016, 05:25 PM
Unfortunately I took that tank down last week in order to make room for a deep water "Twilight Zone" exhibit later this year. That old glassbox design video was well made but the tank looked kinda crappy back then (IMO), after a few years it really grew in.

Hope this pic works...

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/t1.0-9/1010014_10201080570228740_1011903177_n.jpg

mark54321
01/31/2016, 08:13 PM
Sounds cool. In a tank that size you could have a dozen Ventralis easy. They are great fish if you can find healthy ones.

Thanks, I have great LFS in my area dealing with rare fish, they get ventralis anthias very often usually in groups of 40-50, always in top shape always eating. They don't sell fish unless fish is conditioned and eats aggressively.

mark54321
01/31/2016, 08:16 PM
Unfortunately I took that tank down last week in order to make room for a deep water "Twilight Zone" exhibit later this year. That old glassbox design video was well made but the tank looked kinda crappy back then (IMO), after a few years it really grew in.

Hope this pic works...

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/t1.0-9/1010014_10201080570228740_1011903177_n.jpg

I saw the " Twilight Zone " pictures on internet, really cool. Unfortunately the picture you are trying to post is not visible. Maybe you can upload it to photobucket or flicker and link it here. I would love to see it, thanks. :)

photoblepharon
01/31/2016, 08:50 PM
Wish I had a LFS like that!

Try this link:

http://www.reef2rainforest.com/2015/11/30/photo-tour-steinhart-aquariums-world-class-marine-collection/

mark54321
01/31/2016, 09:33 PM
Thank you!

Daniel62
02/15/2016, 12:32 AM
Great Job :)

titi59
03/04/2016, 04:52 PM
Very beautiful tank ! How do you maintain the blueberry gorgonian ? It is easily to keep in a nps tank ? Thank you !

mark54321
03/19/2016, 06:34 PM
Well, no more nano. All corals are in their new home :)

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1612/25617873380_7c01492a72_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/F2Lif5)IMG_4505 (https://flic.kr/p/F2Lif5) by Mark Mikina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Anybody interested, my build is here:
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2564411

rt67ghy
03/20/2016, 12:36 AM
Love that scaping! It's going to look great when the sun corals spread out.