Diver's Paradise: Felicia's Scuba-Inspired 30 Gallon

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by FeliciaLynn, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Most Recent FTS - 6/15/13
    Diver's Paradise 6/15/13
    Feeding Time 5/8/13
    Tank Video 5/1/13
    Tank Inhabitants Video 4/13/13

    Check out my thread on Nano-Reef.com

    I started my first 10 gallon nano-reef tank on 9/5/11 and upgraded to the current 30 gallon tank in January 2012.


    30g Aqueon glass aquarium (36"x12"x16")

    Aquastyleonline 36 LED dimmable kit
    - 18, 3 watt Bridgelux royal blue LEDs
    - 9, 3 watt Bridgelux 10,000k white LEDs
    - 9, 3 watt Bridgelux 4,500k white LEDs
    - 2 15.8"x4.7" heatsinks

    - Aquaclear 70 HOB - Fuge Mod (filter floss, chemipure elite, purigen, and chaeto)

    - 150 Watt Aqueon Pro Heater
    - Finnex Max-300 Digital Aquarium Heater Controller

    - Vortech MP10ES

    Auto Top-Off
    - JBJ ATO Water Level Controller
    - Tom Aqua Lifter Vacuum Pump
    - 5.5 gallon Aqueon glass aquarium freshwater reservoir

    RO/DI System
    - BRS 5 Stage RO/DI System
    - Purtrex 5 micron sediment filter
    - Matrikx CTO 5 micron carbon block
    - Matrikx CTO 0.6 micron carbon block
    - 75 GPD Dow Filmtec membrane
    - DI refillable cartridge

    Rock and Sand
    - 30 lbs of Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand
    - 18 lbs of BRS Reef Saver Dry Rock
    - 12 lbs of live rock


    1 Coral Beauty Angelfish - Belle
    1 Fancy Ocellaris Clownfish - June
    1 Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish - Johnny
    1 Midas Blenny - Tequila
    1 Yellow Watchman Goby - Oscar
    1 Orange Firefish - Twitch
    2 Neon Gobies

    Clean-up Crew
    Scarlet Hermit Crabs
    Blue Leg Hermit Crabs
    White Leg Hermit Crabs
    Zebra Hermit Crabs
    Orange Leg Hermit Crabs
    Astrea Snails
    Nassarius Snails
    Bumble-bee Snails
    Florida Ceriths
    Dwarf Ceriths

    2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp - Scarlett and Rhett
    1 Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp
    1 Pom Pom Crab - ET
    3 Blue Porcelain Crabs (hitchhikers)
    2 Nano Red Brittle Starfish
    3 Nano Serpent Starfish

    Purple and Green Fuzzy Mushrooms
    Purple Mushrooms
    Blue Mushrooms
    Red Mushrooms
    Blue Speckled Purple Mushrooms
    Neon Green Mushroom
    Green striped Mushrooms
    Florida Ricordeas
    Pastel Rainbow Yumas
    Purple and Green Yumas
    Orange/Red Yuma
    White Pom Pom Pulsing Xenia
    Gold Cloves
    Neon Green Cloves
    Green Star Polyps
    Green Polyp Toadstool
    ORA Grube's Gorgonian
    Purple Ribbon Gorgonian

    Zoas and Palys
    ATL Magician Palys
    My Clementine Zoas
    Green Button Palys
    Kedds Red Zoas
    Lemon-Lime Zoas
    Purple Zoas
    Devil's Armor Zoas
    Red Hornet Zoas
    Blue Hornet Zoas
    Black Hornet Zoas
    Nuclear Green Palys
    Ring of Fire Zoas
    Eagle Eye Zoas
    Kryptonite Zoas
    Radioactive Dragons Eye Zoas
    Bam Bam Zoas
    Tubbs Blue Zoas
    Rasta Zoas
    Fruit Loop Zoas
    Blondies Zoas (Cherry Corals)
    Strawberry Wine Zoas
    Blue Orgasm Zoas
    5 Color Rainbow Zoas
    Pink Hippo Zoas
    Pink Zipper Zoas
    Purple Death Palys
    Nightcrawler Zoas
    Candy Apple Red Zoas
    Mind Blowing Palys

    Aussie Warpaint Scoly
    ATL Alien Eye Firefly Chalice
    Tyree LE Miami Hurricane Chalice
    Premier Morning Star Chalice
    Red and Blue Superman Chalice
    ATL Lavender Lace Duncan
    Green Candy Cane
    Green with Purple Tips Frogspawn
    Pink Lobo
    Mint Green Lithophyllon
    Ironman Lithophyllon

    ATL Purple and Green Efflo
    ATL Fire Polyp Montipora Undata
    Yellow Acropora
    Tyree Sunset Montipora
    Rainbow Montipora
    Red Montipora
    Lilac Montipora
    Green with Purple Rim Montipora
    Bali Green Slimer
    Pink Lemonade Acropora
    Sour Apple Birdsnest
    Purple Polyp Birsdnest
    Purple Stylophora
    Green and Yellow Pocillipora
    ORA Red Planet
    ORA Hawkins Echinata
    Rainbow Millepora
    Tri-Color Acropora Plana
    Deepwater Tabling Acropora Caroliniana





    Video 1/21/13


    Video 9/11/12

    Video 5/1/12

    Video 3/13/12



    Video 12/3/11



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  2. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    Nice display! Hope to see you at our next meeting.
  3. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! I'm definitely going to try to make it to the next meeting.
  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Wow. Looks like upgrade time again lol. Time to move I guess! Nice and full looking. I reccomend ro water over tap. Just me though.
  5. CarrillXXP

    CarrillXXP Guest

    Hey a nano-reefer :)
  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Very nice setup!
    Quite the collection of different life in there.

    I am curious if there is a story behind the "Scuba Inspired" part of the title.
  7. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Haha, no more upgrading for me. I have absolutely no room for a bigger tank. And yeah, I know I should really be using RO water, but so far I haven't had an issue with the tap water and I haven't found a convenient place to buy RO/DI water.
  8. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yay! I love Nano-Reef. Its what got me convinced to try saltwater finally.
  9. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yeah, I've been trying to get a good variety of things in the tank. And I've been calling it scuba inspired because thats really what made me want a reef tank. I love watching all the life when I go diving and its so relaxing. I wanted to have my own little piece of the ocean at home. I'd love to have a temperate tank with the species I see diving in the CA kelp forests, but since I'm still so new to this I didn't want to get in over my head with the chiller and less common species. Maybe when I get way more experienced at this, I'll try a CA kelp forest tank.
  10. CarrillXXP

    CarrillXXP Guest

    Our coast really is awesome, everytime I visit Pillar Point I go out and look for sea slugs. I want to try a 2.5 gallon tank one day dedicated to a nudi.
  11. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yeah I love all the nudis around here. They are such amazingly bright colors. A nudi dedicated pico would be awesome :)
  12. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    FTS 5-1-12

    Top-down shots:

    Full Tank Video 5-1-12

    Top-Down View 5-1-12

    Red bristle star mistaking my finger for food

  13. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    Your tank has evolved a lot since the photos at the end of January. Are you still making changes or is the tank layout fairly stable now? The zoa colonies look fantastic! I could see a few places where the SPS and LPS corals had clearly grown.
  14. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! I had just moved into the bigger tank back in January, so I was still adding things and changing things around a lot. I think its about set now, just letting things grow out and fill in. Everything has grown a ton in the last few months, so I'm considering trying my had at fragging some things in a few weeks. :)
  15. h20player101

    h20player101 Guest

    That zoa spur you have there is going to look amazing fully grown in, it already does!
  16. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Hi everyone! I figured it was finally time for an update.

    New FTS 9/11/12
    New Tank Video 9/11/12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnCN5IvEWhg&feature=youtu.be

    Coral Photos
    Pastel Rainbow Yuma

    Bali Green Slimer and Sour Apple Birdsnest

    Zoa and Paly Rock

    ATL Red Polyp Undata

    War Paint Scoly

    Rainbow Monti

    New Frags from the BAR Swap

    Bam Bam Zoas

    Worm Brain Coral

    Green Polyp Toadstool


    Johnny (black clown) and June (orange clown)

    Red Brittle Starfish
  17. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Did you shoot these photos with a macro lens? I'm really tempted to pick one up because the lenses I have just aren't sufficient to get amazing shots. =/
  18. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Nope, those were all taken with my Canon SX230HS, which is one of Canon's line high-end point and shoots, so its not a DSLR. I'd love to have a DSLR with an awesome macro lens, but since I want whatever camera I have to be able to go diving with me, its out of my budget to buy an expensive DSLR, an expensive lens, and an expensive underwater case and strobes etc. So right now I've got my nice point and shoot which has a 14x optical zoom, 28 mm wide angle lens, and reasonable macro ability, since it had a much more affordable underwater housing for diving. Someday I'm going to get a DSLR with an awesome macro lens and be able to take beautiful photos of my tank :)
  19. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Tank looks BEAUTIFUL! Your coral looks so healthy with great coloration. Nice work!
  20. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you so much! :)

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