Felicia's 40B Predator Reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by FeliciaLynn, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you! I've been trying to make this tank pretty diverse and do something a bit different.
     
  2. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Alright, its photo time! I've got lots of photos for you guys! [​IMG]

    Let's start with the basic FTS from today 7/16/15.
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    And a few fun angled shots.
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    Decided to try out my fish eye iPhone lens
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    And a few more fun shots of the whole tank
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  3. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

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  4. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Dude those are some GORGeous gorgonions!
     
  5. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Alright and now for some coral shots.

    Purple sea rod. This is my favorite of the new gorgonians.
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    I also decided to play around with the cheap macro lens for my iPhone.
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  6. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Beautiful! Love the diversity.
     
  7. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you! I was really impressed with this shipment! They're all from KP Aquatics. Those are their "medium" sized gorgs and were only $15 each, so really good prices too!
     
  8. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you so much! I've been trying to go for that really diverse mixed reef look. Glad you like it! :)
     
  9. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    How are you taking these nice pictures? And what macro lens you using with the iphone?
     
  10. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you! I'm just taking them with my iPhone 5 camera. Since the iPhone camera doesn't really have a very good way to do custom white balancing, I have to change my light for photos. I have the maxspect razor, so with the push of a button I can go from my program to a manual mode, which I set for photography. To figure out the settings, I just looked at the tank through the camera and adjust the light more white until the camera picked it up true to what I see in real life with the normal light setting. My normal light setting is 100% blue and 70% white. To match what that looks like in person, I have to turn the light to 30% blue and 70% white for photography. Then I just snap away. I don't do any post processing on these photos.

    The macro lens was part of a really cheap 3-in-1 kit on Amazon. It has a wide-angle lens, a fish eye lens, and a macro lens. Here's the one I have:
    http://www.amazon.com/NEEWER®-Angle...pebp=1437149611202&perid=17TW2VSJHD6R99S4N4EN
     
  11. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    So simple, yet so effective! Very smart.
    Time to reprogram my lights to have a mode like that.
     
  12. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    In an ideal world, I'd have a fancy DSLR and be able to easily do custom white balance. Since I don't, I had to figure out a way to make my iPhone work. Honestly, I am super impressed with the photos it can take and this is super easy!
     
  13. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Great pics. I love the bright red & yellow sponges, where did you get them?
     
  14. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks, Nav. Those sponges are from KP Aquatics as well. I got them a couple years ago for my seahorse tank and then moved a few sponges into this tank when I took the seahorse tank down.
     
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  15. F6553066

    F6553066 Guest

    Felicia you have a beautiful tank. As they say good things can come in small packages. I just recently came back from a trip to Africa so I'm late I replying to some of the conversations that have taken place with your tank. I did notice that you were concerned with the high nitrate level which is probably caused by the amount of food the lion fish eat. I saw where you were thinking about vodka dosing. If so I have been doing it for all three of my aquariums for over a year and it is easy a long as you build up the dosage slowly. I have the dosage for your size aquarium if you want it. Tel 150-655-3066

    Dick Flanagan
     
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  16. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Wow, great shots! I'll second Vincent's comment - amazing diversity. Looks like every piece was artfully and purposely placed.
     
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  17. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you, Dick! A trip to Africa? That's so exciting! I hope you had a great time! You should share some photos! I actually decided against vodka dosing after lots of reading/research and decided instead to go with biopellets. I'm really loving them! They're working great at keeping my nitrates and phosphates in check and they are so low maintenance. Just put them in the reactor and then do nothing for months until you have to add some more. Definitely easier than daily vodka dosing and I'm trying to keep this low maintenance :)
     
  18. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you, Ty! I tried to think through coral placement and make it as natural looking this time around. I'm glad you like it!
     
  19. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    For anyone who doesn't get the Marine Depot Newsletter....


    It featured my tank last week! Here's the email that went out:

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    Link to the online version of the email.


    And then here's the video they put together from clips that I provided them. I think they did a great job!




    And finally, here's the link to my feature tank on their website with more information about the tank.
     
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  20. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Ok, so I had a ton of photos that I took with the video clips for the Marine Depot video and a bunch of them didn't get used, so I figured I'd share some of those!

    Fun angled FTS from March 12, 2016
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    Left side
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    Center
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    Right side
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    I also took some photos of the sump and equipment. A few of these got used in the video, but I wanted to share them again since I don't photograph the sump often. Its dirty, but oh well! I wanted people to be able to see how my system is set up.

    [​IMG]IMG_2210 by Felicia Svedlund, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_2217 by Felicia Svedlund, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_2223 by Felicia Svedlund, on Flickr

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    Ok, now for some coral shots!

    Tyree neon green toadstools.
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    Gorgonians
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    Yellow Fiji leather
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    Green nepthea
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    The giant squamosa is doing wonderfully and still growing!
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    And how about a few top down shots?

    The duncan colony is getting huge!
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    BTA island
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    All three clams are doing great!
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