Nano sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Nano sapiens, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Thank you. It was quite a surprise, since the site has quite a number of very nice, TOTM worthy tanks. Nanos have come a long way since the first one I put together back in the mid '80s.
     
  2. monkeybiz

    monkeybiz Guest

    Congrats! Nice to see bar representing on the bigger nationwide forums.
     
  3. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Congrats!
     
  4. Nano sapiens

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  5. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    A few pics of the Clowns playing in the overgrown Ric garden:

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  6. DeeAnnMG

    DeeAnnMG Guest

    I love seeing those pictures of growth over time. TFS.
     
  7. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    I updated the FTS (first page/first post) to give an idea what's been going on the past six months. Due to constant coral warfare and space issues, I've had to cut back on feeding a bit to try and slow everyone down while still maintaining good coloration.
     
  8. DeeAnnMG

    DeeAnnMG Guest

    Gorgeous coloration!
     
  9. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Thanks, Dee.
     
  10. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    A couple shots taken yesterday:

    Speckled Fire & Ice Zoas. Looks like different morphs, but all are from the same parent:

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    Superman Blasto: (with alien baby attached): [​IMG] From the two polyps I got a few months ago it now has at least four, but probably more since I can't see well under all the puffiness...

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    All's well in Nano Land :)
     
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  11. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Since I have a 'Franken-LED' system, I've always wondered about the light waves' specific intensity, relative to each other. Since Santa forgot to bring me a Spectometer...I made one up myself:

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    Here's the output representation of my current array (all Stunner Strips on plus 75% on a DIY strip):

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    The measurement was taken dead-center and about 8" away from the light source in air.

    Assuming that this is a fairly accurate graph, it appears I have cobbled together something fairly close to natural reef lighting conditions at ~10 feet depth, but with a bit of extra 'green-yellow':

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    Credits to Dana Riddle for this image and the fantastic article found at Advanced Aquarist : "http://www.advanceda...013/12/lighting"

    The graph certainly explains why the tank has such a warm look to it as opposed to the more common bluish tint found in many reef tanks these days and at greater depths in the ocean.

    For anyone interested, the spectrometer can either be created from online instructions (which is what i did) or can be bought in various configurations at: www.spectralworkbench.org. Create a 'Log In' first and then do a search on 'Spectrometer'.
     
  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Wow, very cool, a DIY spectrometer.:cool:

    But unfortunately, I have to be rather skeptical on the accuracy of the results.
    The problem is the sensor processor.
    As it attempts white balancing and other processing it will tweak the RGB a lot.
    Further loss is when it converts to YCrCb and encodes in JPEG.
    That can potentially have a huge effect on your measurements.
    You basically need a device where you can look at the true RGGB "RAW" Bayer data from the sensor.

    Still fun though.
     
  13. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Yeah, it's just for fun, but I'm hoping that it's 'somewhere in the ball park' :) Now if only I could find someone with a lab grade spectrometer since it would be interesting to to see how much this little DIY is actually off.
     
  14. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    If anyone is interested...new FTS on first page :)
     
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  15. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    Looks awesome! I see sand though, needs more shrooms :D
     
  16. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    LOL, that's okay. By design, I've finally got some sand showing again (woo-hoo!) :)

    A rare moment when the tank looked like crap after a recent two week vacation when the auto-feeder got a bit too generous with the pellets: :(

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    ...and a week or so later after some TLC: :)

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  17. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Been a while...updates!

    Due to my auto feeder delivering too many pellets for two weeks, I had nitrates approaching 30 ppm. This tank typically runs '0' nitrates, so I was expecting some trouble. Luckily, the issues were not severe and mostly cyano related (still working on eliminating it from the SB) and the browning of a green A. millepora and a Ric or two. On the plus side, the LPS, Zoas and 'Shrooms are looking fantastic in the 'dirtier' water and today I'm seeing a more respectable 15 ppm nitrate.

    This Lobo is looking so plump I've knick-named it 'Radioactive Green/Yellow Krispy-Kreme Donut Lobo' :)

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    In other news, I finished up a second 'LED DIY Strip' to light up the back 1/3 of the tank properly (If any one is interested in specifics, let me know and I'll add here):

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    This was a lot of fun to put together, but also an interesting challenge to get the color output to where I like it (I personally prefer a less blue, 10-12K look).

    ...and here's what it looks like today with the DIY LED strips at 75%:

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    I'm very pleased with the results and the product/service from LEDGroupBuy was excellent.
     
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  18. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    Wow nice. That lobo is incredible!
     
  19. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Thanks. Yeah, it'd be a sad day if I ever lost this Lobo...
     
  20. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Just a few fun pics...

    New addition: Orange Rhodactis sp.

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    A trio of green-gold R. yuma 'babies' and a few starting up below. 'Pink' R. yuma (upper left) finally turning from orange to pink due to new DIY LED strip:

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    Starting a new 'Paly Garden':

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  21. Devon

    Devon Guest

    Beautiful nano!
     

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