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Unread 07/20/2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Full Tank Progression Shots

I have been collecting some full tank shots since I started my reef back in April 2007 so I thought I would share. Enjoy!!!

April 16, 2007



June 19, 2007



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October 13, 2007



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Unread 07/20/2009, 06:34 PM   #2
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Unread 07/20/2009, 06:39 PM   #3
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Very cool, really neat to see some of those frags grow into some beautiful colonies. Great journal of pics to timeline the tanks progression...


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Unread 07/20/2009, 06:57 PM   #4
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Umm wow very nice shots


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Unread 07/20/2009, 07:15 PM   #5
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Nice tank. Ary you still running the same light set up as when you started? Also great growth.


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Unread 07/20/2009, 07:21 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody!

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Nice tank. Ary you still running the same light set up as when you started? Also great growth.
Nope....I started with 400W 10k bulbs on HQI ballasts plus 8 39W full spectrum T5s and then switched to 250W 14k bulbs on HQI ballasts and mixed in some actinic T5s. For the past 10 months or so I have been running 400W Radiums on HQI ballasts and super actinic T5s.


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Unread 07/20/2009, 07:34 PM   #7
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I noticed a change with the pictures, thats why I asked. It looks really nice. I can't wait for my tank to look half as good as yours.


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Unread 07/20/2009, 07:40 PM   #8
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That is amazing! What do you have for flow? Just the 2 tunzes in the back? Are they pointed at each other?


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Unread 07/20/2009, 08:24 PM   #9
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Vary nice.


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Unread 07/20/2009, 09:33 PM   #10
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wow, crazy looking Green Slimer.


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Unread 07/20/2009, 09:55 PM   #11
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Wow amazing. I'm going to a timeline pic with my next build. Thanks for shareing. Keep the good work.


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Unread 07/20/2009, 10:01 PM   #12
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Nice to see the new photo of the tank! What's the maricultured coral on the right in the sand. It seems to be a slow grower. Looks interesting. The pink BN on the right looks like a ten pounder! thanks for sharing.


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Unread 07/20/2009, 10:41 PM   #13
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WOW this has to be one of my most favorite tanks. It looked great in the past but these last few months things are looking CRAZY! There is something you guys from CT do to your tanks that I just can't figure out . After seeing kedd's tank and Jason's from Grenwich Aquaria.....it's like you guys have your tanks on steriods..LOL


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Unread 07/21/2009, 01:06 AM   #14
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Your tank is amazing looking!! When the time comes for me to start getting into sps your tank will be my inspiration. Again amazing tank!


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Unread 07/21/2009, 04:02 AM   #15
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing that. This is why I always recommend using metal halides over T-5's. When I see a multiple T-5 only tanks growing like this is the day I will switch. I think your right on using a combo of both


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Unread 07/21/2009, 04:50 AM   #16
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Very nice tank! And AWESOME growth!!

Well planned out initial rockwork, that's where alot of people (including myself) mess up, add too much rock to the display in the beginning, we never realize how much room the coral itself is going to take up!!

Well done!


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Unread 07/21/2009, 06:08 AM   #17
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Thanks again everybody!

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I noticed a change with the pictures, thats why I asked. It looks really nice. I can't wait for my tank to look half as good as yours.
Yes....My old tank had 400W 20K Radiums on HQI ballasts and I always loved that combo. They have really helped me with my colors and really turbo-charged the growth. I actually feel fortunate to have the 400W HQI ballasts since PFO is now out of business and Sunlight Supply discontinued its 400W HQI ballast (I snagged the last 2 dual ballasts from Premium Aquatics).

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That is amazing! What do you have for flow? Just the 2 tunzes in the back? Are they pointed at each other?
Thanks! I actually just added a Vortech MP40w to the back of the tank since all the growth was cutting back on the flow. I am also adding a frag tank to do some more serious pruning

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Yes...it grows like a weed.

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Nice to see the new photo of the tank! What's the maricultured coral on the right in the sand. It seems to be a slow grower. Looks interesting. The pink BN on the right looks like a ten pounder! thanks for sharing.
Thanks....is this the one you are talking about?....not sure of the ID. That birdsnest is going to need its own tank soon!!!



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WOW this has to be one of my most favorite tanks. It looked great in the past but these last few months things are looking CRAZY! There is something you guys from CT do to your tanks that I just can't figure out . After seeing kedd's tank and Jason's from Grenwich Aquaria.....it's like you guys have your tanks on steriods..LOL
Thanks! Perhaps there is something in the water!! Jason's tank at Greenwich Aquaria was definitely an inspiration. He really know his stuff.

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Very nice! Thanks for sharing that. This is why I always recommend using metal halides over T-5's. When I see a multiple T-5 only tanks growing like this is the day I will switch. I think your right on using a combo of both
I haven't seen many T5 only tanks but I have to agree with you about the halides since they provide great punch for me.

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Very nice tank! And AWESOME growth!!

Well planned out initial rockwork, that's where alot of people (including myself) mess up, add too much rock to the display in the beginning, we never realize how much room the coral itself is going to take up!!

Well done!
Thank you!!! Yes...I learned this lesson from my last tank. Less is better.


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Unread 07/21/2009, 06:45 AM   #18
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Those are some great shots - really convey the change in your aquarium well. I'm afraid if I did mine over two or three years, none would like the same because I rearrange so often! The goniopora looks like it's doing pretty well in your system - do you direct feed it?


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Unread 07/21/2009, 07:14 AM   #19
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Wow amazing progress, what an inspiration I just started a 30 gallon tank about a month ago, was skeptical about venturing into this hobby. I have to admit I feel like it's my worst addiction, I started off with a false percula clown fish, then introducing every other week a 6line wrasse, goby clown fish if he's still alive, and a royal gramma, mandarin physcoldelic fish, and a few bubble anemones. Then a few "enough to support the 30 G tank" turbo snails, hermit crabs, emerald crabs, a variety of corals, now which I'm proud too have done my research too be able too maintain a happy life for them. I'm constantly surveying the real-estate in my tank to see what will be my next coral purchase. I know some people would think that I'm crazy for make such a huge investment in such a short period of time with my tank set up but it seems that I was born with a "salty thumb" instead of a green thumb! I will figure out somehow being new to forums and start posting my progress pics to show every true reefer.

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Unread 07/21/2009, 07:16 AM   #20
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really awesome tank... great growth and color.

Personally though, i like the look of the tank around september 2008-january 2009 the most.. i think that being able to see between the islands really helps the look of the tank, as well as keeping that green slimer on the far left down to size.


Get fraggin dude!


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Unread 07/21/2009, 07:30 AM   #21
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ReefBum,

Great tank and great pics! Inspiring!


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Unread 07/21/2009, 07:34 AM   #22
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Simply stunning, I envy you!


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Unread 07/21/2009, 07:39 AM   #23
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This tank is the reason why I'm still in the reef hobby! Truly an inspiration. Your tank and Jason's at Greenwich Aquaria are just crazy tanks! Keep up the good work!!

So, what's your current fish list? Your corals are so big that I can't see some of the fish


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Unread 07/21/2009, 07:50 AM   #24
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Great shots Reefbum. Once the corals begin to take off, there is no stopping them Thanks for sharing.


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Unread 07/21/2009, 08:32 AM   #25
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Magnificent! I sure hope my tank follows a similar course.


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