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Old 07/19/2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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xtm's 'Wide Open Shallow Reef' aquascape

After looking at many shallow reef pictures, I decided that I really like the "wide open" look where there's only tiny patches of reef surrounded by clean, white sand.


Soooooo without further ado, I'd like to share my new aquascape:




Left Side



Right Side



Close up of the pillar on the left



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What do you think? I'm really enjoying the openness of the tank! I think this is the only time I've stared at it for hours without getting tired of the aquascape.


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Old 07/19/2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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Its nice, but I would pull the tang as it will not have enough grazing area for optimal health. Its going to look great when things grow out


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Old 07/19/2009, 09:10 PM   #3
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awesome. i personally love it. itll look killer, especially as mark said once it grows out.


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Old 07/19/2009, 09:18 PM   #4
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Beautiful I love the simplicity. Open tanks are my favorite by FAR.


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Old 07/19/2009, 09:23 PM   #5
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That's awesome!

mpoletti made a good point with the tang. Maybe it would help him if you put 2-3 small acrylic pipes to wrap seaweed on them on each sides of the rocks.

What did you use to make the pillar on the left?


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Old 07/19/2009, 09:30 PM   #6
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Very nice! I admire your self control


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Old 07/19/2009, 10:15 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comments

I've had the Purple tang since 2008, when it was a tiny fish that I "saved" from a closing LFS. It was very skinny, had HLLE, and almost dead. I fed him with Selcon enriched Mysis, Spectrum pellets, and other mixed foods and I was able to nurse it back to health! As for the tank size, I am fully aware--- TRUST ME, I've been waiting for someone in the SoCal forum to sell a big acrylic tank (150 gallon and up) locally so I can finally upgrade. I can assure you 100% that it will happen this year.

Now if we can set aside the Tang discussions..


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Old 07/19/2009, 10:21 PM   #8
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That's awesome!

What did you use to make the pillar on the left?
Thanks! The pillar is actually just a single huge piece of curved (Tonga?) branche that I installed upwards.

These are some of the pics that inspired me....





This too..





See how there's tons of sand around reef patches?

Now if I can only turn my backyard into one of these:



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Old 07/19/2009, 10:57 PM   #9
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am i the only one that thinks it looks great NOW?

3 years will be great too

if you like those pics, have you considered a blue background? I think it could add to the illusion. Personally, I like black


I have 3 pillars similiar to yours... I used concrete to secure the base in mine...


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Old 07/19/2009, 11:00 PM   #10
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It's nice, but I think u should scrap the back and side walls.


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Old 07/19/2009, 11:10 PM   #11
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Thanks... please keep the comments coming, negative or positive!

It used to have no background.. just plain clear acrylic. Problem is that around noon til 5pm, the whole tank gets natural sunlight from the door behind it. Natural sunlight = tons of algae! So I painted it black. But yes you have a salient point...maybe I should consider a blue background.


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Old 07/19/2009, 11:39 PM   #12
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What are the dimensions of this tank? Lookin' good.


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Old 07/20/2009, 12:03 AM   #13
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"Natural sunlight = tons of algae!"

why not just get a few more snails, the real light can be very good for the tank!

What i wouldn't pay to get real sun on my basement tank


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Old 07/20/2009, 12:48 AM   #14
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It's nice, but I think u should scrap the back and side walls.
Agreed Chris. Clean the coralline off the walls and you'll have a much cleaner look as well as the illusion of a larger tank.... JMO, of course


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Old 07/20/2009, 08:09 AM   #15
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Nice Sunlight is good for coral. I have sun light both side of the tank left side in the morning and the right side in the evening for about 2hrs each. And the on each side looks great and no algae .


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Old 07/20/2009, 09:52 AM   #16
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Those reef patches are man made... you can see the support frame. Nice aquascape btw.


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Old 07/20/2009, 10:37 AM   #17
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Agreed Chris. Clean the coralline off the walls and you'll have a much cleaner look as well as the illusion of a larger tank.... JMO, of course
It used to be clear on all sides, including the back wall. It doesn't look good without a background because you can see the overflow and wires coming from the canopy. I think I would replace it with a blue background though.


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Old 07/20/2009, 10:38 AM   #18
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Looks great! I say the more open the better!


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Old 07/20/2009, 10:48 AM   #19
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Those reef patches are man made... you can see the support frame. Nice aquascape btw.
Yes there are two pictures there that were man-made. I was trying to point out how nice the sand looks with the SPS on top of it.

Anyways, I couldn't sleep last night as I kept thinking about the tang.


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one thing fun idea, is what weatherson did.. and that is make the blue background fade into black or darker blue on the bottom.

Playing around with shades can really add even more depth than just a solid piece of blue


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Old 07/20/2009, 04:32 PM   #21
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Very Nice Joseph, I'm also inspired by the Reefscapers images... Found them a while ago and immediately knew I wanted that look.

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Old 07/21/2009, 01:53 PM   #22
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Looks great! I say the more open the better!
Thank you Sunny!


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Very Nice Joseph, I'm also inspired by the Reefscapers images... Found them a while ago and immediately knew I wanted that look.

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Hi Leonardo,
Thanks, I actually found the reefscapers from your Lagoon thread. I haven't been posting much but I'm following your great build thread.


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Old 07/21/2009, 02:20 PM   #23
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Thanks Joseph. Keep us updated! Such coralscapes only get better in time.

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Old 07/21/2009, 04:28 PM   #24
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I like it


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Old 07/21/2009, 08:34 PM   #25
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My honest opinion is that I don't like it. I have the same exact tank dimensions also. The tank looks naked in my opinion. I would add some more live rock.



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