Tapmorf's 57

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by tapmorf, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    A couple months back I planned a trip to the Bay Area to pickup my 57g Illuminata from Robert at Neptune Aquatics who was nice enough to do everything over the phone. With the new tank in hand, built a stand slightly larger than the footprint of the tank to house the sump plus top off bucket inside.

    57g Oceanic Illuminata Reef Ready
    Sunlight Supply Tek T5 6x39w
    Neptune Aqua Controller Jr
    20g Sump
    Mag 7 Return Pump
    JBJ ATO
    AquaC EV-120 Skimmer
    Avast Marine Media Reactor
    Coralife UV
    Aqua Euro 1/10 hp Chiller
    Vortech MP10

    Critters:
    Solarensis Clown Fairy Wrasse
    Cleaner Wrasse
    Blue Reef Chromis (3)
    Threadfin Cardinal (3)
    Lawnmower Blenny
    Various Snails

    Decided to add sand to the display for aesthetic purposes, only about 1 inch of sand.
    All livestock was transferred from the 24g nano and the 57 has been running for a month.

    Here are a few pics of the stand being built.

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    Once I figure out how NOT to take crappy pics, I will post some tank photos.
     
  2. houser

    houser Past President

    Who cares what the pics look like just put them up!
     
  3. muhli

    muhli Guest

    I agree!
     
  4. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    Photos come out completely washed out by the light from the fixture using my digital SLR.
    So I snapped some quick photos with my iPhone.

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  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Those look fine!
     
  6. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    I was surprised that the iPhone was able to take a pic.
    Anyone have some advice on settings for taking tank pics with a Nikon D90 with standard Nikon 18-105 lens ?
     
  7. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    Maybe you can try the different metering modes -or manually expose.
     
  8. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    I love the new tank Joyce. Congratulations with this new beauty :)
     
  9. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    Anthony, Thanks, I will try what you suggested. I really need to read up and experiment with the camera settings.

    Eileen, Thanks. I always tell myself. "I am not upgrading, I am not upgrading." But it never works.
    How was your move and the new tank going ?
     
  10. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Move went well and planning on coming back to SF - rents are going up all the time. Great for work not great for me personally. Tank is coming along, but at a relative stand still awaiting to be torn down for the upcoming move back to SF.

    Looking forwards to seeing more pics of the tank.

    Btw, it's a great sized tank. I still have my 58g tank and really don't want to part with it.
     
  11. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    http://www.bareefers.org/home/node/10070?page=2#comment-165367
    I just took pics with my D90 and 35mm Nikon F2.
    I do shoot in RAW and process in Lightroom. There was almost no postprocessing. Pics are not great and need white balance foxes, etc which i didn't do.
     
  12. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    Took a couple more pics with my iPhone today.

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  13. Erick

    Erick Guest

    Looks familiar (I have the same tank ) you have more stuff than I do though :)
     
  14. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    Think we got it from the same place too, Neptune ? :)
    A lot of the corals came from my 24 pod.
     
  15. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    very nice! I think it will be fabulous when things grow in.
     
  16. Erick

    Erick Guest

    Yep, they are supplying the area with them :D
     
  17. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    Just added a few fish I had in QT.
    A pair of Barred Dartfish (Ptereleotris zebra)
    and 1 male Hoeven's Wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus)

    Will take pics when the light is on tomorrow. The Hoeven's Wrasse dove right into the sand.
     
  18. tapmorf

    tapmorf Guest

    The best pic I can get of an active fish.
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    Random pics.
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