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Old 08/26/2018, 09:01 AM   #451
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Breathtaking.

Would you share your sump layout and equipment in there please, Alex?


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Old 08/26/2018, 09:26 AM   #452
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Breathtaking.

Would you share your sump layout and equipment in there please, Alex?

Hi Bulent,
My sump didn't change almost nothing from the start:





I still run a SRO 500 int skimmer (since 2010)
A SRO 5000 Dual chamber CA reactor
2 x 500W finnex titanium heaters and a Water Blaster 7000 as a return pump.
And is pretty much it.
The 2 x 150 TLF are running emptty, because I'm not using GAC, GFO or pellets at this moment.

My satelite tank is now with frags only.
I remove most of chaeto and the portion that I left ends melting.


Someday I will organize the tubes, pipes, hoses, etc.........
The overall mess bothers me a little, but, until now, I didn't have the time/patience to clean that mess



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Old 08/29/2018, 07:25 AM   #453
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I know it's crazy but I put 2 gobies of less than 2cm each in my 2000 liters tank. Inexplicably they did not disappear.

Tigrigobius macrodon



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Old 08/29/2018, 08:32 AM   #454
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I know it's crazy but I put 2 gobies of less than 2cm each in my 2000 liters tank. Inexplicably they did not disappear
Not crazy to me. My tiger goby in one of our favorite fish in my 230 gal. IMHO "crazy" is NOT including the small fish in a reef tank -- it helps create the look of a miniaturized reef I'm going for. That's what I love most about your beautiful tank -- it looks like you took a real reef "island" and placed it in your glass box.

It's fun to have fish that you can't always locate. Just a few days ago I commented to my family that I hadn't noticed our tiger goby for a couple of weeks. Shortly afterward, while eating dinner, my 14yo excitedly announced that she saw "Tig".


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I know it's crazy but I put 2 gobies of less than 2cm each in my 2000 liters tank. Inexplicably they did not disappear.
I added a tiny <1" sailfin blenny to my 500g tank a few months ago, never to be seen again... Until the other day when my 4yr old granddaughter saw it and told me where it was hiding! My tanks never cease to amaze me!


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Old 08/29/2018, 07:02 PM   #456
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Not crazy to me. My tiger goby in one of our favorite fish in my 230 gal. IMHO "crazy" is NOT including the small fish in a reef tank -- it helps create the look of a miniaturized reef I'm going for. That's what I love most about your beautiful tank -- it looks like you took a real reef "island" and placed it in your glass box.

It's fun to have fish that you can't always locate. Just a few days ago I commented to my family that I hadn't noticed our tiger goby for a couple of weeks. Shortly afterward, while eating dinner, my 14yo excitedly announced that she saw "Tig".
A crazy person never see the madness of another crazy.....

I thought this fish will disapear in a tank that big instantly and forever... but I'm very happy that he didn't.
I like the details of a tank a lot...That little coral in the corner, that fish that don't swimm in the front of the tank, the sponges that grow beneath the rocks....


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I added a tiny <1" sailfin blenny to my 500g tank a few months ago, never to be seen again... Until the other day when my 4yr old granddaughter saw it and told me where it was hiding! My tanks never cease to amaze me!
I totally agree!!!!
That's the real fun of reefing



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Its the same reason that I call my 96 gallon tank a nano tank. I plan to keep lots of small creatures that will only be seen by the curious eye. That is also the best part of diving or snorkeling. There is often nano life that is only seen by the most patient observer. Alex - is ECO-Reef a company that ships to the US? I like their selection of fish that they offer.


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Old 08/30/2018, 06:18 PM   #458
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Hi Choss,
They sell only locally, here in Brazil.
It's a great company, doing a great job helping conservation of the enviroment.
I have several fishes raised by them and I'll take some more.
They have a lot of cool gobies and plans of improve the variety of species wich they produce.


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I know it's crazy but I put 2 gobies of less than 2cm each in my 2000 liters tank. Inexplicably they did not disappear.

Tigrigobius macrodon



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Wow, that is a goby you do not see every other day.
Thanks for the link to Eco-Reef. It is an interesting read.


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Alex, it’s been a few months and your tank looks ever more amazing!
Your blue loripes and lokani bring me as much joy as they do envy!!
Just beautiful.


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Old 09/02/2018, 03:42 PM   #461
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Wow, that is a goby you do not see every other day.
Thanks for the link to Eco-Reef. It is an interesting read.
Thanks Janci.
They got an interesting list of available organisms.
I think the job they're doing is great.

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Alex, itís been a few months and your tank looks ever more amazing!
Your blue loripes and lokani bring me as much joy as they do envy!!
Just beautiful.
Thanks Matt!!!
This 2 corals are growing to be 2 beautys in the tank.


It's good to see you back!



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This week my last anthias squamipinis hid in the rocks.
This was the same behavior that preceded the death of the others.
It fed on grounded shrimp and flake food.
today at a first glance in the tank I did not see it, and I do not know if it's still alive or died. If it have not died yet, it will surely be in the next few days.
Apparently I do not have what it takes to keep this species alive. Whatever it is.

The Green Chromis followed the same path.
Today I only have 2 alive. Those 2 larger ones that were already in the tank and came from a breakdown tank, before the introduction of the group of 15.

And that's it.
No schools for me.




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And that's it.
No schools for me.

Same results that basically everyone has had, nothing that you're doing wrong.


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I've also heard that particular Anthias is really hard to keep and that Chromis are very hard to keep in a group.

Have you looked into Threadfin (aka Longspine) Cardinals? They're about the only smaller fish I've heard of people having success keeping in large groups.


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Same results that basically everyone has had, nothing that you're doing wrong.
Yes....You're right.
We always look at those 3 success stories and think: I think I can do it, too.


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I've also heard that particular Anthias is really hard to keep and that Chromis are very hard to keep in a group.

Have you looked into Threadfin (aka Longspine) Cardinals? They're about the only smaller fish I've heard of people having success keeping in large groups.
This cardinal is almost not brought to Brazil and, when it comes, comes extremely expensive.
Besides that, it's not a fish I particularly like.


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Today was a day to Water Change.
I took the opportunity to siphon the substrate and brush the rocks. I removed some cyan outbreaks (of all colors) and cleaned those points of the rockscape where the "dust" accumulates.
I brought the seedlings all to the display, since my frag tank must go through a blackout of about 10 days, to try to eliminate a brown gelatinous algae that insists on growing there but, fortunatelly, does not appear on the display.
As I have moved a lot of everything, the water is a little cloudy and probably will continue like this until tomorrow, at least.
I cleaned the skimmer, changed perlon, GAC, clean the euro braces and the inner corners of the tank where the scraper does not reach.
Despite the work that I do I think this kind of maintenance, made on a frequent basis, is fundamental to the longevity of a good system.




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A Chalice that stayed dull over a year , but that finally begins to show its potential:

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Beautiful tank- I am jealous of your filtration/frag room! <3


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I had to sell my Golden head sleeper goby.
He was too big and throwing a lot of sand on the corals.
Some, like the plate and zoanthus, were feeling it and I needed to blow the sand up 3 times a day.
I sold it to a friend who lost his fish some weeks before and wants to add another one, so he knows the fish.

After its gone, the diatoms took up the substrate.
Two weeks later the situation has improved, but I'm still thinking about what actions to take.
I discovered that my substrate has binded silicate.
I removed a portion, rinsed and left in RO water for 48 hours.
The result of the silcate test was 0.5ppm.
I should improve my CUC and add another, smaller goby, like Rainfordii or Hector's.
If it didn't work out, I must remove the substrate in parts, wash in RO water and return to the tank.


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A new guy to cheer up the tank after the Goby's departure:

Opistognathus aurifrons




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Opistognathus aurifrons

Nice!

What is the green coral with yellow spots on the left?


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Nice!

What is the green coral with yellow spots on the left?

It's a Space Invader pectinia


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From the beginning the idea was to set up a mixed tank where the variety of species prevailed.
To this end I have recently added some species to increase the variety of life in the reef:


Hammer yellow


Goniopora pink


Rhodactis red/blue


Torch green pink tips


Sakuras


gorgonia


Zoanthus



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