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lionfish 08-13-2010 02:25 AM

Indian Ocean/ Red Sea 146 gallon build
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:lol:This has been a labor of love and is coming along nicely.

njudson 08-13-2010 07:50 AM

Whats you plan as far as livestock?

bearwithfish 08-13-2010 11:20 AM

oh i am taggin along on this one :):):)

lionfish 08-13-2010 01:13 PM

Livestock for cycling and fine tuning setup
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These are for cycling and to improve the bioload capabilities over next few months.
I will be removing Yellow Tang in order to place a Desjardini sailfin tang in display as soon as the right one comes along.:lol:
I will be adding African Blue Star Leopard Wrasse when pods are established.
I have a Rose Bubble tip Anemone waiting in another tank.
I will be adding clownfish but not sure maybe True Percula pair.
I have been researching this tank for 2 years and have spent 7 months so far designing and building. Now is fine tuning time.

That is all I have decided on for sure due to the limited selection from that region at LFS.

I have added over time in display:
1 3 stripe damsel
1 Bluefin damsel
1 Talbot's Damsel
1 Yellow Tang
1 Black Barred Convict Goby
1 Deep sea yellow Gorgonian (Caribbean)

I have added in display:
3 hemits
1 large snail ( wondering what it is?)
3 nassarius snails

I have added in 17 gallon refugium:
1 Domino Damsel
3 hermits
3 types of green macroalgae
1 type of red macroalgae

bearwithfish 08-13-2010 01:19 PM

wow nicely done!!!!!!!!!!! love the way this tank looks and how everything is coming together.....

onefish2fish 08-13-2010 03:38 PM

could you post a refugium shot when you get the chance please?

be careful with the leopard wrasse, truely beautiful, truely delicate. hows that gorg working out for you? what have you been feeding it?

have you considered a black background to go with the black stand for the tank?

welcome to the forum.

britnyjackson 08-13-2010 04:00 PM

Looks amazing!

lionfish 08-15-2010 02:55 AM

Gorgonian and Leopard wrasse
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Thank you everyone

I have been studying the LFS's Leopard wrasse for about a year and it has been healthy and active.
The food source has to be live and growing in the tank and or other tank.
The sand needs to somewhat deep and fine for when the Leopard wrasse is frightened he does not hit the bottom glass.
I am able to get live sand with their food source abundant and plan to add 20 to 30 more pounds over time.
These projects will test even the most patient. I have geared down on buying livestock for a month or two.

The refugium is a work in progress and would love to get sea grass if anyone knows a source.
I am adding 12" light on the glass in the middle of the 55 gallon tank.

(Sigh of relief) I have spent the money on the SWC cone skimmer. I will be adding as soon as I build stand.

The Gorgonian is doing great with almost 98% of polyps out every day. I target feed branch by branch with marine snow and add frozen reef plankton for fish and dusters and goby.
I was worried for 2 days after purchase and was rewarded for my patience.

I am glad to be a part of something that can only bring knowledge and awareness to the whole.

lionfish 09-03-2010 10:35 PM

Red Sea Desjardin's Sailfin Tang
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I have been waiting but could not pass up this little guy or girl. :-D
I will post some pics when the tang has become a little less shy.

I have added the SWC 160 protein skimmer and it works amazing in the short period of time I have been running it.
Does anyone use this protein skimmer? Is the depth of water an issue?

I guess I got a shot of my very reclusive Black Barred Convict Goby/ Gecko Goby.
I added a Stellate Dragonet. He is a a really cool dragonet.
He has got his yellow cheeks with iridescent blue spots after about a week.
He is getting thawed mysis shimp and live sand critters.

Tank Parameters:
Nitrate 2.5 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
PH 8.4
Salinity 1.025

trukgirl 09-04-2010 09:25 AM

WOW! Looking nice!!! :-)

Can I ask what the purpose is of adding O2 to the 'fuge with the airstone?

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