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PostSubject: i hate this hobby lol   Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:12 am

well as some of you know i have moved from cornwall to manchester and i have had to down grade my tank to 120ltrs but after deliberation and some decoration i have been given permission by SWMBO to have a bigger tank

well i got offered a 130x50x50 tank by a member and i have now cleaned and stood it ready for the live rock i bought yesterday which i snopw curing in my 3ft tank for the min



well i have cleaned all the dead coraline off the tank and gave it steam clean









then draged it back in the house and put it on the stand





decided i wanted a backing picture instead of painting it this time just in the off chance i change my mind about the colour



so the move will happen tomorrow with the live rock and then i need to look at the lighting and how i am going to sump (probably wont drill it tbh)
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:51 pm

And so it begins again kb

Nice looking tank though mate, it's going to be great when you ave got it all done.
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:22 am

well got it all done today

started but getting the water out of the 3ft and into the new tank





then started to move the rocks over to the new tank and also got the sand in the tank





i then ran out of water and had to pop to abyss for some more





then ran out of water again and went back to abyss for some more



and finaly the tank is full lol



well this sort of shows the rock formation but i dont have a light above yet so get loads of reflections



well now it seems i have to go to stockport again so cant start on my light fittings just yet but should be finished tonight i hope
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:45 am

I hope you like it when it's finished lol.

Looking forward to seeing it all lit up kb Smile

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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:36 am

awwwwwwwwww, i love ur tank,,, i cant wait to see all ur fishes when u done !
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:11 pm

thats a nice looking setup K love the cabinet its very nice mate



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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:22 am

right had a play with the lighting here is the blue leds just 2 strips

with the room lights on



and with the room lights off





well sorted out half of my main lights

here it is with just the 2 tubes on



with cam flash



and here it is when i use manual white balance




here is my sump which arrived today




also on a side note the wife has now got a matching coffee table lol and she says she dont like the tanks lol



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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:57 am

Thats starting to look really good kb, nice neat sump too Smile

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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:37 am

well finished off the lights gone with 4 x t5's and 2x led's

so now i can start on the filtration side of it all



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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:53 am

right so i have a new light now lol went the cheapest option available and they cost ?20 + new bulbs which they seem to run fine anyway altho one has to go back as the spectrum is wrong cant trust arcadia these days we will see how long the bulbs last just incase they dont do too well

am either going to go with a pelmit or go with a light cover not too sure at the mo










as you can see the light spill was a little too much into the room



so i changed the angle which they sit at





also been playing with the aquascape and found that i didnt like any of them till the last one lol





so settled at this one with 2 bommies



their is all sorts of little caves in their so the fish can hide away

thinking of putting either a large toadstall in the middle or go for some substrate corals like the plate's and the cat's
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:34 am

I agree with the last arrangement kb, that looks great. cant believe how bright those lights are though!

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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:04 am

right update time [005.gif]

Right i finished me sump off



its a small 18x12x15 and fits into the little cupboard under the tank so no modding the stand this time lol

also changed my light unit to an arcadia series 3 unit for 40







got some corals in the tak as well

















Under the blues









tried to take out the blue with manual white balance but added a bit too much green to the back ground but it does bring the flouresent out of the corals







and 2 of my little hermits





seems like i have plenty of coraline growth over the rocks and load of little amphipods all over the place

will start the sump up tomorrow afternoon as then that is 48hrs of curing and all should be good
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:36 pm

Thats a lovely looking tank kb, I really like the set up, and the overhead lights too.

It's going to look great when it's all finished and the fishies are in. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:11 am

show off ...lol
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:38 am

[002.gif] came across my first problem today found 4 heads of bubble algae so promptly got the affected rock out over the sink and cut the little gits off the rock and rinsed the rock with some fresh salty water just to be safe seems its just a single rock affected so time will tell

right picked up my welcome to stockport gift from gary (clearwater) so thank you kind sir









went and picked some more hermits and snails up on sat









now i am guessing this is a type of coraline it seems to be growing well and also seems to be plating in cirtain area's (ideas if not coraline)







so going steady at the mo so no rush lol

sorted ou the sump fully and now running cheato on reverse cycle and mineral mud going to leave the skimmer on for 2 more days then it comes off for good i hope lol
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:17 am

Love those little hermit crabs, they look so cute:)

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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:35 am

right update tai,e i think not updated for a while so its about time lol, lets see if you notice what is missing lol





as you can see i have added a wall bracket for the lights instead of hanging from the roof due to where the joists are

right a few additions have been made so good some will be controversial lol

the livestock











and the controversial 3 lol



the corals some new some old

my new corals, chalice, anemonie mushrooms, and a little garden, and flava













this fell off my garden lol


and the original corals







and then some other pics

coraline growing on the heater



and then the sand bed starting to work



what would be the cause of the green patch tho

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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:08 pm

That looks really great kb, the coral is doing so well. Havent a clue about the green stuff but to my ignorant eye it just looks like algae

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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Sat May 01, 2010 7:24 am

well a couple of extra bits done and as i am no longer going with a ghl or anything similar i have added the ph monitor + the atc

also half sorted the light in the sump out lol

right the old bulb which was 2700k



the new bulb 6400k also is 30w



added the atc and the ph monitor bit of a mess of wires



and a full stand view



what do you think if i didnt like the stand i would have made the sump 3.5ft but i like the stand so it stays lol
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PostSubject: Re: i hate this hobby lol   Sat May 01, 2010 8:40 pm

Youvve done a great job Smile

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