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Unread 12/03/2018, 11:17 PM   #1
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Waterbox 130.4 Macroalgae Display

So after a 3 year hiatus from owning a saltwater tank.... I'm finally back with a Waterbox 130.4 Tank!

This tank will be mainly macroalgae similar to a tank I did back in 2011!
Link for those that'd like to check the old tank out http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2099055

My livestock for this tank will mainly be inverts consisting of
  • Sexy Shrimps
  • Anemone Shrimps
  • Pom Pom Crabs
  • Feather Dusters
  • Tunicates
  • Tridacna Clams
  • Oysters
  • Emperor Shrimps
  • Sea Apple
  • Filter Feeder Cucumber

My Fish list is very simple and will consist only of small Gobies and Cardinalfish!

Equipment List for this tank is pretty simple
  • Apex Controller
  • Nyos 160 Skimmer
  • Apex Cor-15
  • Radion G4 Pro x2
  • Ai Nero 5 x2

Some pictures of the tank / stand being assemble =)





[IMG]https://i.imgur.com/ygdmjjfh.jpg[/IMG

Some Equipments =), I plan on mounting the Ipad on the wall next to the tank. The Ipad will be used to controlling the tank and displaying the tank status.



Cabinet fully assembled!



Tank placed on top!



1 Light mounted!




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Unread 12/03/2018, 11:58 PM   #2
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While I was waiting for this tank to be built (and now to be cycle), I started a small 10g tank to grow out some macroalgae until the big tank is ready.

Some of the Algae I have collected so far is, I will provide correct ID with pictures later down the line =)

Please excuse the poor picture quality. I will try to do more with DSLR in the future
  • Botryocladia (Red Gape)
  • Bryothamnion triquetrum
  • Cryptonemia crenulata
  • Barbed Heart Macro (Not sure on scientific name)
  • Gracilaria hayi
  • Galaxaura
  • Coralline Algae (Fine Branched)
  • Unknown Leafy Coralline Algae
  • Hypnea pannosa
  • Dragon's Breath
  • Portieria
  • Codium
  • Purple Fauchea
  • String of Pearls Macro Algae
  • Halimedia Sp.









Unknown


Unknown Coralline Algae


Fine Coralline Algae


Some Feather Dusters






Currently cooking some Live rocks in this tub for the Display =)




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Unread 12/04/2018, 04:54 PM   #3
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Looks like the start of a beautiful tank! Great collection of macros too. I look forward to following!


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Unread 12/04/2018, 06:37 PM   #4
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I also look forward to following. That would be so much fun collecting yourself!


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Unread 12/04/2018, 11:41 PM   #5
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While I was waiting for this tank to be built (and now to be cycle), I started a small 10g tank to grow out some macroalgae until the big tank is ready.

Some of the Algae I have collected so far is, I will provide correct ID with pictures later down the line =)

Please excuse the poor picture quality. I will try to do more with DSLR in the future
  • Botryocladia (Red Gape)
  • Bryothamnion triquetrum
  • Cryptonemia crenulata
  • Barbed Heart Macro (Not sure on scientific name)
  • Gracilaria hayi
  • Galaxaura
  • Coralline Algae (Fine Branched)
  • Unknown Leafy Coralline Algae
  • Hypnea pannosa
  • Dragon's Breath
  • Portieria
  • Codium
  • Purple Fauchea
  • String of Pearls Macro Algae
  • Halimedia Sp.









Unknown


Unknown Coralline Algae


Fine Coralline Algae


Some Feather Dusters






Currently cooking some Live rocks in this tub for the Display =)

Where did you get all those macros? Nice...

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Unread 12/12/2018, 11:22 PM   #6
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It's been a busy week trying to set the tank up, but its done and I only have a few more kinks to work out (Programming Apex / Set up Radion schedule ect).

My vision was this was to be 2 island with one having a deep sand bed (8-9") enough for some garden eel to make it their home. Another aspect was having a very open tank so that all the smaller fish / inverts will make the tank seem bigger.

Here are some pictures of the tank being set up / aquascape!


First Rock in





Water filling up the tank! I had some issues with my RODI system and ended up having to buy 100G RO from the LFS.

It appear my TDS is over 600 from the Tap and that killed my RODI system in less than 2 months without the tank being set up!





Tank filled up!



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Unread 12/13/2018, 08:57 AM   #7
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Nice scape! It's coming along nicely!


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Unread 12/13/2018, 04:50 PM   #8
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Following. Looks awesome so far. Those macros look great!


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Looks great so far. I need to go back and read your old thread...


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Unread 12/19/2018, 03:01 AM   #10
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Here are some progression pictures! I added these macros about 4-5 days ago







And here some pictures from today!

I moved all of my feather duster from my nano tank into this new tank and most started open up immediately.

I also added 9 Rainbow Maxi Mini Anemone and added 17 Sexy Shrimps to host them

Right side of the Tank



Feather Duster



My Sexy Colony




And whats a macro thread without some macros?








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Looking good! I love your aquascape. Thanks for sharing your pics, very nice.


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I also love the scape. You are off to a very nice start!


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Nice! I love the sexy shrimp colony! Great variety of macros too.


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Unread 12/20/2018, 12:31 AM   #14
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Trying out a new DSLR camera, hopefully it will be good after a few more trials!










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Redid some of the picture under different lighting

Christmas Tree Worms





Feather Duster Cluster






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Beautiful.

All your tank needs now are some barnacle blennies! (just kidding)


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Your new camera works well! Everything looks great. Would like to see a full tank shot.


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Here's a FTS as requested =)

Practiced with the camera a little bit more today.



Gracilaria Mammillaris



Dragon Breath



Unknown Algae (Chondria?)



Galaxaura Sp?



Hypnea Pannosa



Leafy Coralline algae



Cryptonemia



Irisdescent Algae (ID?)




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Wow, it looks great! And being a seahorse keeper myself I love the banded pipefish.


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Thanks! Looks great, Kataro!


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Some colorful stuff in the tank =)










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Things are really pretty. I love the color. This tank is going to be fun to watch as it matures.


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Great colors, great variety of macros and inverts, and a great rock-scape to boot! Your young tank already looks amazing.

I noticed that some of your macros are small frags. Did you buy those on eBay? I've tried a couple from there as well. I found that the small size made it difficult to succeed with them. With bigger plants, the plant can go through some die-off, while you figure out their needs, then recover and grow. The smaller ones are like a short fuse, giving you little time to keep them alive.

Have you had this experience? If so, how do you deal with it? Also can you share any insights into macro care that you have learned in your experience? What are your plans for macro care in this tank? Will you be dosing anything? Whatever you can share would be appreciated!


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Great colors, great variety of macros and inverts, and a great rock-scape to boot! Your young tank already looks amazing.

I noticed that some of your macros are small frags. Did you buy those on eBay? I've tried a couple from there as well. I found that the small size made it difficult to succeed with them. With bigger plants, the plant can go through some die-off, while you figure out their needs, then recover and grow. The smaller ones are like a short fuse, giving you little time to keep them alive.

Have you had this experience? If so, how do you deal with it? Also can you share any insights into macro care that you have learned in your experience? What are your plans for macro care in this tank? Will you be dosing anything? Whatever you can share would be appreciated!
I did get most of them as small frags and surprisingly the small frags have been doing really well for me. The bigger pieces that I got from a different supplier did have some die off and seem to be slower to recover after shipping.

I usually treat the algae the same way I treat corals, I start them lower in the sandbed and slowly move them up to where I want them to be. If they dont adjust fast enough and start to fade out in color due to too much light, then I just lower them for the color to recover. Another thing to take into consideration is the flow, the flow in the tank will kinda dictate how the macro will grow; just something you need to play with.

I'm not planning on dosing anything, but I might consider it down the line. Right now is just feeding the tank with the full line up from Reef Nutrition and that seem to keep all the filter feeder happy and the algae growing!

Here's a FTS from today Hope you guys are having a good Christmas!




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Thanks, that's good to know. Looks great! Merry Christmas!


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