Jonathan's BC29 with 250W HQI =)

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by JsL30629, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. JsL30629

    JsL30629 Guest

    Back in 2003, I started a 29gallon and had it up and running for 2 years while I was going to college. During my senior year, I couldn't keep up with my engineering courses and caring for the reef, so I sold my tank in 2005.

    Fast forward 3 years and I now have a Bio Cube 29 gallon topless with a 250w pendant to grow the coral I missed the most...SPS. ;D

    Equipment:
    Biocube 29
    IceCap 250W Ballast
    Reef Optix III Pendant
    Phoenix 14k Bulb
    Octopus BH-300F
    2x Koralia K1
    Koralia Nano
    Rio HF6 Return

    Fish:
    2 Ocellaris Clowns

    Inverts:
    Scarlet hermits
    Misc Snails
    RBTA

    Softies/Zoos:
    Purple Tipped Hairy Green Indonesian Mushroom
    Pink Zoos
    Eagle Eye Zoos

    LPS:
    Green and Red Acan Lord
    Purple Tipped Neon Green Frogspawn
    Bright Neon Green Frogspawn

    SPS:
    ORA Nathan's Green Polyp Mille
    Blue Tort
    C-Quarium Unknown
    Becker Tort
    Surf n' Turf
    Scripps Hot Pink Mille
    Purple Polyp Birdsnest
    Ponape Birdsnest
    Idaho Grape
    Bali Green Slimer
    And more unknown sps

    FTS 1/11/08
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    Blue Tenuis
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    Jade Humilis(?)
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    surf n' turf
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    becker tort(?)
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    purple polyp austera
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  2. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    I like the open top for the great top down photos, and constant view. Did you use a photo box or just shoot from above the water? Richard
     
  3. JsL30629

    JsL30629 Guest

    [quote author=yardartist link=topic=5874.msg73933#msg73933 date=1231741076]
    I like the open top for the great top down photos, and constant view. Did you use a photo box or just shoot from above the water? Richard
    [/quote]

    I just turned off the pumps, set my camera (Canon SD850) to macro and took the pics. I want to make a photo box, but never got around to doing it.
     
  4. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Your corals look good.


    The purple polyp Acro looks like an austera to me.
     
  5. JsL30629

    JsL30629 Guest

    [quote author=tuberider link=topic=5874.msg73975#msg73975 date=1231781700]
    Your corals look good.


    The purple polyp Acro looks like an austera to me.
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    Thanks. I hate not knowing the names of things.
     
  6. nanocube-guy

    nanocube-guy Guest

    Very Nice tank man.
     
  7. JsL30629

    JsL30629 Guest

    Some more pics

    Pink Stylo
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    Highlighter Cloves
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    Aussie Acan
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    Pink Lemonade and Slimer in back
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  8. zambavi

    zambavi Guest

    Love to see coral pics... They are looking good
     
  9. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Hey Jonathan, everything is looking really good
     
  10. 70Cuda

    70Cuda Guest

    wow very nice tank grats :eek:
     
  11. JsL30629

    JsL30629 Guest

    Thank you all for your kind words.

    Just swapped out my old 14k Phoenix bulb for a Helios 20k bulb. I never realized how blue the Phoenix bulb is until I compare it with the Helios 20k. I think the Phoenix can be labeled as 18k and I'll believe it. The Phoenix is brighter, but the Helios wins in the aesthetics department. I'll see how this bulb burns in.

    For those that are interested, I've read that the Helios bulb burns too blue with the old style Ice Cap ballast. I have an old style Ice Cap ballast and it burns perfectly. I've seen other 20k bulbs that are just a deep blue, but the Helios is crisp blue and white.

    My tank with the Helios bulb:

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    Dam snails knock over stuff when they stir the sand :-
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  12. i love your zoomed in views. i also hate not knowing the names, so i always try to find out. tank looks sweet. once you get the taste of the reef you always have it.
     
  13. JsL30629

    JsL30629 Guest

    A recent FTS with bad white balance (don't know what happened)

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    Some macro shots that turned out nicely

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  14. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Very nice tank man...
     
  15. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    Very nice! :) I really like the pink stylo. :)
     
  16. JsL30629

    JsL30629 Guest

    My tank 2.0

    I setup my sump and put my octopus extreme 160 in there.

    Widen the stock overflow in the tank even more. There is ~500gph flowing through there
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    Durso standpipe installed in the HOB overflow. Still a little loud for my taste
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    Need to clean up the hose a little bit, but it's all working now. That's a JBJ Nano Cube 12 as the sump =)
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    Here is a macro of the skimmer body while breaking in.
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