aqua-nut's 120 - getting back to salt!

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by aqua-nut, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Finally an awful video of the tank as of today.



    Things are small but growing. Some still looking for a permanent location. I really wanted to document the reduction of Bryopsis. The foxface has been going to town on it! A couple of weeks ago the right side mountain was almost all green fuzzy!
     
  2. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

    Beautiful system John. I can't wait for salt! Still running tap water so far.
    I have a similar hair algae problem in my 72, would you recommend the Fox face with SPS?
     
  3. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Thanks for the complement. Right now it looks more like a frag farm! Grow little frags, GROW!

    At this point 'recommend' is just a guess. The FF has been in the tank for less than a month. I do worry about what will happen once all the algae is gone. Will the FF turn it's attention to the corals? Only time will tell.

    They are listed on LA as 'with caution'. They have potential to bother LPS and softies if not well fed. I will have to fight my natural inclination to under feed!

    And as a reminder, the algae in question is not hair algae, it's Bryopsis. This is the last algae type remaining. The Kole tang, FF, Starry Blenny and snails went after all the other algae first. I was just about to give up on the grazing crew for Bryopsis when, bam, they attacked it. :)

    There is competition between the FF and Kole. If one nibbles at something the other wants in on it! The FF is better at getting down in the narrow spots, the Kole is better at flat surfaces. Makes sense when you see how their mouth parts are constructed.
     
  4. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    The tank looks greast John! I LOVE bubble coral. I had a healthy one for a couple years in my first tank. Tried several times after that, and never could keep one happy again. :( I really like the big ravine in your scape. Looks very cool.

    As for the bryopsis........It's great that the foxface is going after it. Have you considered an urchin? I'm not sure they would eat bryopsis, but they are great at keeping the rocks clean. If I recall, you have a glass tank, so not worries about chewing on the acrylic. I would recomment a tuxedo urchin. They tend to be small enough not to knock over all your coral. However, if they are not glued down, you could have a problem.

    Congrats on the tank, and the song was hilarious! This is a drug for sure. :D
     
  5. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member


    Thanks Kris. It is a work in progress. At least I'm starting to see some progress!

    The tank is acrylic. I'm kinda freaked about creatures that clean rock but might hurt the acrylic. I recently added a Fighting Conch and THEN found out it might be a problem. Keeping an eye out for possible damage.

    I had a real problem in a past tank with chitons. The bottom third of the tank looked like frosted glass!

    I couldn't let Felicia be the only one using country music! The band is 'Asleep at the Wheel'. Song by Huey Lewis!
     
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  6. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

    Can't see that video on you tube, any chance of a new link?
     
  7. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    I think that link was a victim of the upgrade.

    Oh boy, another chance to show off my really messy garage!

    How about this?

     
  8. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

    Excellent! I love the sound of silence:).
     
  9. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

    Nice scape. I think this is one of the more important parts of the reef because it is very disruptive to change once all the stuff is growing!:D
     
  10. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

    John, I also purchased the apex for my new project. I have had 2 sol blues on my 72 for a couple years now. Recently I purchased a vega which is not controllable by the Apex. I haven't figured out my strategy for lighting yet but I am considering sol blues which I can order custom pucks for and still control. Any comments and advice are appreciated.:)
     
  11. Marc

    Marc Guest

    Love that rock work!
     
  12. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Thanks for the kind words, Scarbird and Marc!

    Scarbird, just like buying computers, LEDs seem to upgrade just AFTER you purchased yours! I know Apex has been changing it's programming and adding control to other lights. I have not been paying close attention to the developments because I have no plans to change the lights! The best info on what is controllable can be found at the Apex forum, http://forum.neptunesystems.com/
     
  13. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

    Thanks John:)
     
  14. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I'm in a similar boat with a pair if sols. If you decide to go another direction I am likely interested in your pair.
     
  15. Scarbird

    Scarbird Supporting Member

    OK Mike. ;)
     
  16. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member


    OK. I just stumbled on the info about the other AI products. They can all be controlled by Apex. The Vega and Hydra are controlled by an 'AWM' module. Take a look at:
    http://www.neptunesystems.com/ai-wireless-led-control-awm/
     
  17. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Where have the days gone? It's been 13 months since my last update.

    The tank has grown up. Corals need to be chopped back. I took out a couple of big monti caps yesterday. Going at it with a screwdriver and bone cutter. Mayhem!

    A quick iPhone vid. I like the color I get from the phone, just need a tripod mount so it's not so shakey!

     
  18. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    This is looking great! Those corals are looking amazing, huge too! I took a dremel to my monti cap a couple weeks ago. Went surprisingly well.
     
  19. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    Would love to a video next cropping time....
     
  20. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Looks great John!! Congrats.


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