20 Gallon Reef Tank

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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-07-08 21:36

KittyKat wrote: Looks to be a nice selection there :tup: which other corals are you planning on adding?

More Zoas, Musrooms, Candy Cane or Hammer, Xenia, and maybe a Brain coral. My next coral I will be adding is probably going to be a stalk of Xenia.
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-07-09 20:32

Here are a few upclose pictures of the coral:

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-07-09 21:12

Those are very nice close-ups! Do you feed any of your corals?
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-07-12 20:58

Update: Recently I added a small Pink Hammer coral to the tank, and it is doing very well. I took a few pics of the coral:

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-07-13 20:18

that's an extremely nice shade of pink! never seen any as nice at the LFS :tup:
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-07-17 15:46

I changed the background to blue.

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-07-17 18:34

Looks better like that :tup: Black backgrounds don't always work and in your case the blue seems to bring out the colours of the fish, shrimp and corals better ^_^ just remember not to put any blue corals right next to the background lol
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-09-02 13:45

Update: Well I have not posted an update of my tank for quite a while now mainly because not much as happened. The tank is still doing really well and many different critters have started appearing including Brittle Stars, Amphipods, Feather Dusters, and various worms.

Adding coral to my tank has been rather slow and infact the only coral the I added since the last update is a Kenya Tree. I have plans to add more coral to my tank but it will not be for 2-3 weeks. This tank will house Softies, LPS, and maybe a Montipora Digitata frag.

The coral that I just recently purchased is a Kenya Tree that is very healthy, and is about 4-5" high. It adjusted to my tank very well with full polyp extension and has a faint green color to it. When I was observing the coral in the fish store I noticed a small encrusting coral attached to the piece of rock that the Kenya Tree was on. I had a hunch that it might be an SPS coral but I wasn?t sure of the exact species. After posting an ID thread on a couple forums I came to the conclusion that it is probably a Porites. It should do well in my tank as the local fish store had the coral under the same amount of light. The first day that I brought home the coral they were separate from one another but I noticed today that the Poriites moved right next to the Kenya and was actually touching it. The Kenya looked very stressed so I carefully removed the Porites and both are doing well. I wasn?t charged for the second coral so it was nice to get a free coral. I hope the coral does well.

I have been using two Maxijet 1200's in my tank but with both running the flow seems a bit much for what I'm keeping. To solve my problem I shaved down the impellers on both powerheads and it work great. Now I can have them running at the same time and the flow is perfect. I'm still using 2x65watt PC's as my lighting but I may upgrade to a 150watt metal halide system sometime in the near future. I do need to replace my PC bulbs soon since I have been using them for quite awhile.

Here are the pictures I took of the Kenya Tree and the Porites. I have not taken a full tank shot lately but will soon and when I do I will post it.


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Postby KittyKat » 2006-09-02 21:39

Those are as always excellent photos! What's the red thing on the underside of the Porites? & we DO want to see those critter pics as well!!! :D
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-09-07 21:51

KittyKat wrote:Those are as always excellent photos! What's the red thing on the underside of the Porites? & we DO want to see those critter pics as well!!! :D

Thanks and I'm not sure what the red thing is as I really never noticed it until you mentioned it. It might be some type of algae. I will post the pictures of the critters as soon as I can. :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-09-08 00:03

I always enjoy seeing your work - did I already ask what camera you use?

Please, excuse me, I'm being a thick today!
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-09-08 08:29

Either way, both corals look in excellent condition and pretty happy, so congrats on an excellent find!
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-09-09 17:50

Indigo Blue Fish wrote: I always enjoy seeing your work - did I already ask what camera you use?

Please, excuse me, I'm being a thick today!

I use a Canon Powershot A410. :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-09-09 18:46

Ahhh!
I thought I'd asked before ^_^

Love the way the shrimp is hanging upside down - it made me giggle.

My freshwater shrimp are just as daft.
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-09-10 03:32

Here are a couple recent full tanks shots. :)

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