Pixel's Office Tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by pixelpixi, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    This is my tank so far:

    [img width=1000 height=587]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2637076235_3b4ec70dff_b.jpg[/img]

    Hardware:
    20 Gallon Display Tank
    30 Gallon Sump/Refugium
    DIY Skimmer
    Side Drilled with GlassHoles.com overflow
    Custom Mahogany Hood
    96W SunPod Quad Retrofit (dual actinic/dual 10k)
    Eheim Flake Feeder
    Ranco ETC Temperature Controller
    Working on a DIY Controller/Data Logger

    Software:
    1 Trochus, 1 Turbo, 1 Cleaner Shrimp
    Zoanthids and Green Star Polyp
    Firefish in quarantine

    This next photo is a little older. I had originally expoxied the flat rock onto the upright one in order to make a ledge, but later decided it was too high. I broke it off to lower it (as seen in the first picture). I'm planning to have a clam on there, right in the middle and directly under the lights.

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    This shot shows the mahogany hood in more detail. I'm particularly proud of the carefully mortised hinges. There's a hole near the back where food from the auto-feeder drops into a feeding ring. The biggest drawback with this hood is that it's somewhat cumbersome to remove when I need full access to the tank. In the future I might make a new one that allows the whole thing, including the lights, to hinge up out of the way.

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    Here's a wider shot of my desk, showing not only the tank but also my monitors and some of life's essentials: whiteboard markers, pellet food, coffee cups, pipettes, etc.

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    This is the sump, next to the couch in the other corner of the office.

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    Here are some more random tank pictures.

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    In addition to the obvious green star polyps, this rock is also full of brittle stars, bristle worms, feather dusters, and some spaghetti worms.

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    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

  3. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Why do you have chaeto in a display? I wish I could have a sw tank in my old cube.
     
  4. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    [quote author=Elite link=topic=4040.msg48209#msg48209 date=1215233221]
    Why do you have chaeto in a display? I wish I could have a sw tank in my old cube.
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    Cause I think it's pretty. Maybe I'll get rid of it when I have more stuff in the tank and it starts taking up too much room, but for now I think it's nice to have something else in there. *shrug*
     
  5. Roc

    Roc Guest

    I like it, it almost reminds me of a planted tank becuase of the cheto and not a lot of corals but I'm sure that willl change soon.
     
  6. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Looking good :)

    BTW that is a pretty small keyboard.....
    Do you use a tablet in your work? I know this is off topic but could I see how your station is layed out? I'm always interested in how the pros set up :D
     
  7. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    [quote author=Roc link=topic=4040.msg48215#msg48215 date=1215272458]
    I like it, it almost reminds me of a planted tank becuase of the cheto and not a lot of corals but I'm sure that willl change soon.
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    Thanks. :) Yeah, I'll get more corals soon. I'd also like to get other decorative macroalgae... maybe some dragon's tongue or something.
     
  8. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    [quote author=GreshamH link=topic=4040.msg48219#msg48219 date=1215273097]
    Looking good :)

    BTW that is a pretty small keyboard.....
    Do you use a tablet in your work? I know this is off topic but could I see how your station is layed out? I'm always interested in how the pros set up :D
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    It's mostly small because it doesn't have the numeric keypad and the border is so thin. The keys are the same size as on a standard keyboard, and they have the same feel as my macbook at home. Mostly I like that keyboard cause it's pretty, though. :->

    I don't actually use the tablet for work much these days. I used to use it to paint textures when I worked in production (I've worked on Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille), but these days I'm doing strictly engineering. FYI, the big monitor is on a linux box and the smaller one is on a mac. The one keyboard/trackball drives them both.
     
  9. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    This is a time lapse sequence I did a while back. I thought i'd add it to this thread.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW82JhfkPm4
     
  10. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Do you want some more macroalgae? I have three different kind in this pic. LMK if you want them. I can bring them to the swap.. I only have a little bit but these grow pretty fast.
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  11. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Phong, what is the macro on the right? Cool stuff!
     
  12. Elite

    Elite Guest

    don't know Tony.. It grows super fast.
     
  13. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Here is another pic with another kind of macroalgae..
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  14. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Oh, those are lovely. I'd love some if you don't mind. Thanks!
     
  15. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    caularpa polifara[quote author=Gomer link=topic=4040.msg48257#msg48257 date=1215317985]
    Phong, what is the macro on the right? Cool stuff!
    [/quote]

    caulerpa prolifera

    One of the only legal caulerpas in CA.
     
  16. Elite

    Elite Guest

    [quote author=GreshamH link=topic=4040.msg48268#msg48268 date=1215339575]
    caularpa polifara[quote author=Gomer link=topic=4040.msg48257#msg48257 date=1215317985]
    Phong, what is the macro on the right? Cool stuff!
    [/quote]

    caulerpa prolifera

    One of the only legal caulerpas in CA.
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    Thanks Gresham..


    Pixel, the algae on the left is ilegal. LMK if you still want it. You have to make sure that you dispose it properly when you trimming it.
     
  17. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Oh, is that Calupera Taxifolia? I'll pass on that I guess. Any idea what the third one is?
     
  18. Elite

    Elite Guest

    I call it grape algae. I believe that one is ok to have.
     
  19. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Caulerpa racemosa ("Grape Caulerpa") is not an ok algae. However looking at your pictures, unless I'm going blind (which I am), I couldn't see any.
     
  20. Elite

    Elite Guest

    it's Botryocladia Sp. not caulerpa..
     

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