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Old 03/18/2012, 10:25 PM   #501
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awesome - its great to see an updated tank shot, things are realy looking nice


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Old 03/18/2012, 11:18 PM   #502
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Great looking tank and really enjoy the open swimming area (great pic's of the clown & anemone - would love to see more)


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Old 03/19/2012, 04:33 PM   #503
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Thanks guys, things are finally starting to take a turn for the better. All the corals on one side of my tank look great, the corals on the other side are still definitely lagging behind.


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Old 03/19/2012, 04:34 PM   #504
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Some of the nice corals:

Tort:


No-name (Bonsai-like):


Tri-color, with the hawkfish on his favorite perch:



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Old 03/19/2012, 07:35 PM   #505
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wow - that is one cool looking fish

it looks like he has his war paint on


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Old 03/19/2012, 08:58 PM   #506
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That fish looks crazy.. haha. Nice shot.


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Old 03/20/2012, 11:14 AM   #507
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wow - that is one cool looking fish

it looks like he has his war paint on
Its an Arc-eye hawkfish. I saw them hiding in the corals while snorkeling in Bora Bora and fell in love with them. This guy seems to have a lot of personality, he's totally fearless.

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That fish looks crazy.. haha. Nice shot.
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Old 03/20/2012, 11:18 AM   #508
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Recent fish pictures:

Female maldives lyretail anthias:


Christmas Wrasse, he sure has grown a lot since I added him over a year ago:


Solar fairy wrasse, this guy is fat:


My lone remaining Chalk Bass. He is as grumpy in person as he looks in this picture:


Face on shot of the bigger of my two ORA spotted Mandarins:



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Old 03/20/2012, 11:23 AM   #509
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Great pics! That hawkfish is awesome. I'd name him Andy Warhol if it was mine.


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Old 03/20/2012, 03:48 PM   #510
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looking great had to read a years worth of post to catch up but everything looks great glad to see everything has been going well.


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Old 03/20/2012, 05:27 PM   #511
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I do like the wide open look you have. Sometimes I wished I hadn't stacked so many rocks in mine but I like a lot of fish and wanted to provide as much hiding spots for them as possible.

I also like your photography a lot. What equipment do you shoot with?


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Old 03/20/2012, 09:33 PM   #512
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Beautiful!!!


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Old 03/21/2012, 04:21 PM   #513
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looking great had to read a years worth of post to catch up but everything looks great glad to see everything has been going well.
Hey! Long time no see. I hope everything is starting to turn around for you after that horrible flooding.

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I do like the wide open look you have. Sometimes I wished I hadn't stacked so many rocks in mine but I like a lot of fish and wanted to provide as much hiding spots for them as possible.

I also like your photography a lot. What equipment do you shoot with?
Thank you! It was important to me to have a very open and minimal tank, but I have also been considering adding a few more rocks strategically for extra hiding spaces. That being said, I think my tank is about as stocked as I could ever want it fish wise and every one has their own little place and no regression occurs besides a tang butt shake every once in awhile.

I have a Canon Rebel T1i. The lens that shot all of the above images was a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 telephoto, but my favorite lens for aquarium photography is my Canon 100mm f2.8.

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Beautiful!!!
Thanks! I have a ways to go before I catch up to your tank, though!


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Old 03/21/2012, 08:28 PM   #514
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Thanks! I have a ways to go before I catch up to your tank, though!
I don't know, your looking pretty darn good with the health of the tank and quality of the photography. Keep it up, everything looks great.


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Old 03/22/2012, 12:18 AM   #515
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Old 03/27/2012, 08:35 PM   #516
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Just trying to catch up with this thread, Nice photos Alex, I really like the face shot of the mandarin. Beautifully done!

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Old 03/28/2012, 08:46 AM   #517
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Old 03/30/2012, 04:22 PM   #518
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Tanks looking great Alex!


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Old 03/30/2012, 06:38 PM   #519
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Great pics as usual Alex, and it sure brings a smile to see how well things are going in your system!
We've always been fond of the ornate wrasse - yours is looking so healthy. NICE!


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Old 05/08/2012, 03:57 PM   #520
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Any updates of this fabulous tank? Love the led setup by the way, and the whole canopy and stand is excellent craftsmanship! I hope to achieve something along these lines once my wife and I seperat from the military and purchase our first home! Then the craziness will begin!


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Old 05/09/2012, 07:20 AM   #521
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Love the Christmas Wrasse and the Mandarin


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Old 05/18/2012, 08:57 AM   #522
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Any updates of this fabulous tank? Love the led setup by the way, and the whole canopy and stand is excellent craftsmanship! I hope to achieve something along these lines once my wife and I seperat from the military and purchase our first home! Then the craziness will begin!
No real updates. All the fish are doing extremely well. All the established corals seem to be growing really well, but most new (albeit maricultured corals) I've been adding do fine and then rapidly succumb within three weeks. I'm having some serious problems with my skimmer that I might make a more detailed post about if I cant figure out whats going on. Thanks for the compliments!

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Old 05/18/2012, 09:20 AM   #523
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Underwater Cameras

I know many people that follow this thread have used or own their own waterproof underwater cameras, and I would like to directly ask their opinions about waterproof cameras. I have a waterproof "bag" for my DSLR, but it is bulky, cumbersome, fogs up, and enough moisture got in the bag while we were in Bora Bora to ruin the battery grip. I am now looking for a fully waterproof point and shoot. Some features I want are:

-Takes decent video and can auto-zoom/focus while recording

-Can take good photos on land without being too bulky or too distinct from a regular point and shoot. Our current point and shoot is breaking and I would be looking for a replacement.

-White balance adjustment

-Ability to stand saltwater to a decent depth

-And obviously, good picture quality.

I love Canon's, and it appears they have to good models out right now, the D20 and the less fancy D10. I'm pretty sure I heard that Fuji also makes good point and shoots. Basically I am open to any and all suggestions.


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Old 05/18/2012, 11:49 AM   #524
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What's the deal with the skimmer? What's it doing?


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Underwater Cameras

I know many people that follow this thread have used or own their own waterproof underwater cameras, and I would like to directly ask their opinions about waterproof cameras. I have a waterproof "bag" for my DSLR, but it is bulky, cumbersome, fogs up, and enough moisture got in the bag while we were in Bora Bora to ruin the battery grip. I am now looking for a fully waterproof point and shoot. Some features I want are:

-Takes decent video and can auto-zoom/focus while recording

-Can take good photos on land without being too bulky or too distinct from a regular point and shoot. Our current point and shoot is breaking and I would be looking for a replacement.

-White balance adjustment

-Ability to stand saltwater to a decent depth

-And obviously, good picture quality.

I love Canon's, and it appears they have to good models out right now, the D20 and the less fancy D10. I'm pretty sure I heard that Fuji also makes good point and shoots. Basically I am open to any and all suggestions.
I have a panasonic Lumix which is water proof to 40' and has a reef setting that does a pretty good job with correcting the white balance. Its small and takes great pictures. When my wife and I went to Maui last summer I researched this allot. The underwater Lumix had the top rating for underwater point and shoots. Some pics I have taken with mine.

By the way your photos are incredible! Wish I had skills like that














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