75 Gallon 2 years later
I tried to continue my 1 year mark thread but the board wouldn't let me... too bad.. the comparison pictures are awesome...I typed a whole description only to have a message tell me to start over GRRRRRR...
in review .. I started a 65 gallon mixed reef 2 years ago this month... the 65 began leaking a few months in and I upgraded to a 75.... I've tried many things... made all my own filtration gone through much trial and error... the first year I was trying to "find myself" in a whirlwind of learning ... trial and error.. and with a lot of good advise and encouragement from this site.. badxgillen to be specific... I've arrived at something I absolutely love... the tank is mature... things grow daily... I've reached a balance between what I am wiling to spend .... inhabitants I want to keep and the amount of time I want to spend maintaining ( I do have 4 tanks in total now)... there is no longer a lot of exposed rock work... turf wars happen and it's fun to watch...my Singularia is no longer twiggy and has grown to touch the front and rear of the tank...it has dropped many branches.. some have reattached in the main tank..others have been given to fellow refers and traded at the LFS..my mushroom leather has reached the surface of the tank and the polyps sway in the surface current...my duncans that started as 2 heads now contain over 30...my candy cane colonies have tripled in size...sadly I cant keep any open brain corals.. my flame angel just attack constantly... I have my water changed almost fully automated ... by simply switching valves and starting or stopping pumps I can drain and refill up to 30 gallons with little effort full blown water change takes less than 30 minutes... the only issues ( and IMHO they are not really and issue) is a little turf algae and GHA that grow on the sand in the back and under and around some of the rock... I "harvest" so,me of it about once a month... IMHO I adds to that tank and is not at all unsightly...
here is a close up of the singularia... I need to take some pictures with my camera instead of my phone..Note the daughter colonies of the mushroom leather....these were my first attempt at fragging...they were the size of a dime... now are about the size of a table spoon
I went back to my original post and pulled back these pictures... OMG!... I don't know if I should be ashamed ...or proud... I thought it looked so good back then....:oops:
It is a full blown Reef!
That Sinularia is a Beast!
It is such a good feeling when all you can do is harvest form an aquarium, instead of put into it, because it is doing so well. One of the true signs of a reefs success, happy fish and growing corals.
It is always a work in progress, every time you setup a new tank or upgrade you tend to do things better from all he accumulated experience and knowledge of the previous en devours. Would love to see some more pics of the corals in there, thats my passion.
the sea horse tank is nice.. a little bland but lot's of interesting personalities. I love the pipe fish I added...
I took these at feeding time last night...
Well look at all that coral!!!
I may have asked before but I cannot remember, do you have a reefer club in your area or state? I have a rather large one here in the Pacific North West, in fact its abbreviation is PNWMAS as it is the Pacific North West Marine Aquarium Society.
If you do I would recommend contacting a few members, work out some trades, and go to one of the meets. Meeting like minded people and talking about things of similar interests is nothing but enjoyable. It is a great way to network and learn from other experiences first hand.
And it looks like you have alot of potential trade.
PS that favia with the blue is pretty pretty, wish I could get a piece, but I will have to live with what I have here.
This is beautiful.. someday when I start that reef tank....I hope I get it to look this nice!
I was asking about the reef club as they tend to be a great way to slim down the existing colonies and recruit new frags. I must say i do know what the other guys are talking about, I love my stony as well as my softs so I have to keep em separated for the most part. I love the growth structure of many of the stony corals and the colors are quite nice too. It also assists in satisfying the unsatisfyable craving of next level husbandry.
Maybe if you change the flow up a little you could persuade the bubbles sweepers to go the other way and leave the frog spawn alone...Maybe not. You can always break it p and trade some in for new genetics.
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