Ashburn's 187g endgame tank

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  1. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Are those valves similar to the Swagelok metering valves?
  2. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Got the ro connectors for the tube, it’s a 1/4” Tube Stem and Barb Connector [​IMG]

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  3. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Just when I thought I’m done with fine tuning carx and the co2, then reactor is leaking, ok fixed that. And just when i thought I’m done with it. the pump failed, now I have to find a way to unglue the fittings and use another external pump. And I’m about to be out of town for a week... maybe I should fix it when I come back.

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  4. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    What pump failed?

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  5. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Some really old pump, Chinese brand, I don’t think it’s on the market anymore.

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  6. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    it's been a while since my last update, CarX has been stabilized and dosing. but the hack job on the pump replacement isn't pretty, it's what it is.

    Replaced apex jr with apex classic

    removed 90% of the nems from DT and jailed them in the nem box.
    moved frag egg crate back to the frag tanks, hopefully this time GHA would be under control.

    here are some tank shots.


    Frag tank stuffs...

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  7. ofzakaria

    ofzakaria Supporting Member

    Wow how did you manage to remove your nems? That's awesome..

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  8. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Keep on growing
    Looks good from here
  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    And why only 90%? Couldn’t get the rest?
  10. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Last one was a black widow and it almost never move, and it’s in the center of zoa rock. So I’m letting it stay until ....

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  11. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    I jinxed myself and the black widow moved. So off it go.

    Some zoa shots under blue


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  12. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Some zoas/acan looks mad under blue


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  13. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Learn the art of white balance (or photoshop), you can get rid of most of the overall blue in the photo leaving the fluorescence of the corals, just like all the online stores do and then sell everything for inflated rates
  14. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Too much work. Not worth it. I’d rather spending my valuable time on the tank

    Ps. I used to do photo manipulation for a living.

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  15. grizfyrfyter

    grizfyrfyter Supporting Member

    Gotta get paid for that photo editing labor time.

    Or don't bother and still try to charge $500 for a rainbow anemone.
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  16. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Literally takes less than a minute to do if you are using the phone to take the picture. If you are using a DSLR, a simple custom wb shot will do the job for casual online pictures. Or, turn the lights to as white as you can before taking the pictures.

    Just saying.

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  17. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    I agree, but my work process would mean taking out my DSLR, finding the marco lens, uncap everything, setting up tripod, setup wb, making sure my hands are clean to touch the camera... etc etc.. and i'm a trigger happy kind guy, i usually ended up 20+ additonal photos for 1 shot, so you can imagine the post edit would be nightmare to pick out the one that I really liked. at the end, entire process can take more than 2hrs. ( oh yeah and put all the gear back in the case and not to get any salt water on them is another challenge for me )

    then again it's just me. I'm sure @RandyC, @Ibn and @kinetic does this better than me with their DSLR.
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  18. JVU


    Here’s part of ashburn’s photoshop portfolio:

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  19. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    pretty close.
  20. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    If this is for work, then yes.

    For a few pictures to post on here, there is no need for all that. My DSLR is always on hand. Snap on an Expodisc, take a pic, select that as custom WB and shoot away. Very little post needed unless the tank is in super blue, about to turn off mode. Then I just turn the lights to photo mode.

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