Rygh's 250 gallon upgrade

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  1. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

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    Then yes, it makes it unique.
     
  2. lattehiatus

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    Female fish dig the scars! :D
     
  3. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Well .... I may have to take that back. :~
    I spent a lot more time looking today. (Day at home)

    The old scar is there of course, and that is definitely the main damage down the side.
    But there is a pit behind the eye, that I don't think matches the scar.
    And there is a small pit on the other side behind that eye as well, which certainly has
    nothing to do with the old scar.

    So it might very well be early stage HLLE after all. I am very glad you got me thinking.

    I do feed pretty good quality food, and always wash the carbon.

    Time to soak the seaweed and other food in some extra vitamins I guess.
    Perhaps get some Zoecon or something.
    Any specific recommendations on fortified food??
     
  4. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

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    I have started to make my own food. You can try some.
     
  5. BAYMAC

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    TDO.... I've got some samples, what pellet size? 1mm or 2mm?
     
  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Sounds good! Lets PM before next meeting. Seems like both of us will be there.
     
  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Will do.
    And guess what : I have some!
    TDO-C1, although small : 360-620um
    You gave out samples a while back on some web contest.
     
  8. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Feeding note:

    As background on what I feed the fish now:
    Auto-feed a mixture of Ocean Nutrition Prime reef flakes + formula 2 flakes, twice a day.
    Manually feed frozen : Varies : Rod's food, mysis shrimp, spirulina brine shrimp. Every night.
    Manually feed a chunk of dried seaweed: Varies. Every other day.

    I do not use pellets. I have tried, but they really seem to sink so fast that most become
    shrimp and snail food, or rot in the corners.
     
  9. BAYMAC

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    With a year shelf life, that stuff is no good ;)
     
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Some new additions.
    Mystery Wrasse, Yellow Tang (not that new), 5 line Cardinal.
    There are some other new fish as well, but they are too shy so far.

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  11. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Quick picture of the main tank.
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  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Quick video of feeding time.
    [Youtube]HOfmhPr3fbA[/YouTube]
     
  13. Kmooresf

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    Awesome!

    Nice job on the fish pics. I have found fish to be VERY difficult to get in focus. Love the clowns in the leather. Very cool.
     
  14. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

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    I dig the way you scaped the tank. It allows the fish to swim away and towards you, rather than just left to right and right to left. That mystery wrasse looks much bigger in person!
     
  15. bondolo

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    It was great to see your tank (and additional gear) in person on Thursday. Sorry to have missed the new fish.
     
  16. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Yes, a real pain. But with digital cameras, click away like crazy, and out of 50+, you get 1 or two.

    I am glad my clowns like my leather. An anemone is sweet, but such a hassle if they move, so I
    did not really want one in the tank.
     
  17. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    I originally did the island/pillar like design more for the coral. It allows you to let softies completely
    encrust a given pillar, and not spread or fight beyond that.
    But yes, fish like it. Plus I added some cave like areas.
    The big downside is that getting decent flow down in those areas is really tricky.
     
  18. rygh

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    Yep, fun here also. Feel free to drop by if you are in town again. Hopefully the rest of the new fish will be out of hiding.
     
  19. tankguy

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    pretty nice
     
  20. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Time to upgrade the sump.
    (I expect this to take forever, like all tank projects)
    The problem with my current sump .... Boring big empty box.
    Oh, and it is deep and hard to clean the bottom - yeah, that is the official reason.

    The new sump system will have two tanks.
    One tank is for filtration. Skimmer, scrubber, carbon, etc.
    The second tank is a refugium.
    And by that, a more true sense of the word, not a spot for macro algae filtration.
    Macros tend to die quick in scrubber based systems.

    For the second tank, the first part is sort of a frag tank and pod growing area.
    Not sure how that combo will work. Thoughts??
    The second section I have not figured out yet.
    IDEAS ON FUN STUFF ????

    Advice welcome.

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