Pixel's 65 Gallon

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by pixelpixi, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    Love the rockwork and the open feeling about the tank. Gives it a nice depth too :)
     
  2. bioreefdude

    bioreefdude Guest

    oh my sincere apologizes very beautiful tank miss
     
  3. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    :D
     
  4. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    It's been a while since I've posted an update, and wow, a lot has changed!

    For starters, I turned the cabinet under the tank where the sump usually goes into a second display tank! My goal is for the upper tank to be a more traditional mixed reef and to make the lower tank more of a lagoon/macroalgae environment. It's all plumbed together so that the upper tank flows into the lower tank which flows into the sump in the closet behind them.

    After getting the second tank all plumbed in and set up, I took on a complete re-aquacape. In the end I used only one piece of the old rockwork. All the rest is new live rock from Aquatic Collections.

    With the rock work in the main tank I built tall tree-like forms. I wanted a very open somewhat minimalist look, similar to that well known "bonsai tree inspired" aquascape, though admittedly mine is less minimalist than that. I'm also trying to pay close attention to color as I place corals. I'm trying to group similar colors together so that corals play off each other rather than looking super bright and busy, as densely packed reefs often do. I'm not totally happy with coral placement yet, but it's a start.

    In the bottom tank, I'm trying to achieve an open lagoon environment. I've kept the rockwork pretty minimal and planted the sandbed with several types of macro. I'm running warmer lights on that tank to complement the different environment.

    Well that's enough talk. On to the pictures!

    Full Tanks Shot!
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    Upper Tank
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    Lower Tank
    [img width=500 height=244]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2622/4045190861_ccde49ef89.jpg[/img]

    Ledge in the upper tank showing localized use of only greens and purples.
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    Side View
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    Side View
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    Cabinet (with flash. actinics only in upper at this point)
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  5. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Looking good Erin
     
  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Ha! I like it. I was contemplating doing something similar but didn't really want to up the electrical usage for lighting a secondary tank.

    Is that a home made calcium reactor on top of the tank?
     
  7. adolfo425

    adolfo425 Guest

    Wow a very nice setup.

    I like it a lot.
     
  8. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Nice setup and creative use of the stand to make another display tank. The top tank reminds me of 3 big mushrooms with corals growing on top. :bigsmile: Do you have a fuge or is the macroalgae/ lagoon going to function as the nutrient export?
     
  9. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Thanks guys!

    Yep, that's a home made calcium reactor. I need to build a facade to hide the calcium reactor and other gear behind. I haven't gotten around to it yet, though. I also just realized I have wires hanging over the edge and running down the front. I have no real reason for that except laziness.

    I do grow some chaeto in the sump that's in the closet. I'm hoping that once they're grown in the other macros will help out with that too.
     
  10. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    looking good erin
     
  11. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    woohoo. nice rescape!
     
  12. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    very clean looking tanks : ) Is the lower tank brighter than the top?
     
  13. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Top tank is actually brighter but bluer. I'm running a 250W radium for the top tank and a 96w Quad PC for the lower. The last pictures has just the VHO actinics on up top.
     
  14. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    Really unique, and tasteful rock work too. :star:
     
  15. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    My swap picks and dbtc transactions from today. Recording them here before I forget what they are!

    Swap Picks:
    Green Crocette Zoas (Ibn)
    Huge Brown Torch
    acro abrotanoides? (tuberider)
    another acro labeled "Pick Me!" (how could I not?) (tuberider)
    Mini Carpet (tuberider)

    Raffle:
    Agaricia Agaricites (Green Marine)
    Stag

    DBTC:
    RBTA (Eight)
    Blue Chalice (JAR)
    Strombus Snails (glee)
     
  16. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

  17. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Looks good Erin. Very clean.
     
  18. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Nice!
    I like the abalone. It looks huge!
     
  19. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Haha. The abalone is like 2" if that. I'm sure he thinks he's bigger, though.

    Thanks, guys. :)
     
  20. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Nice colors there :D
     

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