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post #21 of 27 Old 12-12-2014, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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I Like It! Nice open scape with a good focal point. It looks pretty bright too,is that with just a T-8?
just a single 18" 10,000 K T-8.... I wanted to keep it simple and open.... they move around quite a bit.... they have learned that if they move along the back wall, they can "surf" the current coming from the skimmer and catch the Mysis caught in the "rip"... then they either land on a fan worm or grab the fake coral and perch..It has become a game with them it would seem

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post #22 of 27 Old 12-12-2014, 11:19 PM
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Makes me want some seahorses again, but I have to wait until I have finished what is on my plate,so to speak.

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post #23 of 27 Old 12-21-2014, 09:43 PM
That's nice. Adding any corals?
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post #24 of 27 Old 09-09-2015, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Update...

My 20 gallon bow front is being moved to a 29 Bio cube....
after having the sea horses for almost year , they have outgrown the tank... I recently bought a coralife 29 Bio cube.... not wanting bio balls, I have replaced them with a CPR aquatics in sump skimmer, the bio bale that comes with the skimmer is replaced with carbon and poly media, I also upgraded( added) 4 light strips to the available slots for the LED lights.. these will be set on a different timer for sun rise...sunset... the 36 watt power compact 10,000k daylight and Actinic bulbs provide a bright home for my pets.....because the tank is set up for a wet/dry filter, the return section was just begging for an auto top off... something that was a big issue this summer with my 20G that cost me shrimp, coral and a clam... the SG and temp swings were just too much.. so I made a float set up and installed it in the return section... it was wired to a 250GPH power head that set in a 2 gallon bucket I can fill with R/O/D/I water.... I capped off the main end of the power head out put and used the tubing line for my return... this allows for a slow trickle of water to top off the tank.. keeping the water level and SG constant.....
to the tank I added 30lbs of medium sand and about 25lbs of live rock.. about another 10 lbs will be transferred the day I add the sea horses...

now that I got my sea horse education I've decided to build them a better habitat... this tank will be "planted"... I have ordered several types of calcareous macro algae as well as 4 different types of Gorgonians all to be used as hitching posts...
the heater will be housed in the #1 filter chamber because it has the most stable level...More and pictures latter..

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An upgrade to a bio cube, very nice. Looking forward to some pics, I have been wanting to implement an auto top off to a customers tank for the exact same reason you have stated, salinity flux. I do love macro algaes and I am looking forward to what calcareous ones you acquire asides from halimeda. I also like gorgonians but I have had some mixed results with the specimens I have had.

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An upgrade to a bio cube, very nice. Looking forward to some pics, I have been wanting to implement an auto top off to a customers tank for the exact same reason you have stated, salinity flux. I do love macro algaes and I am looking forward to what calcareous ones you acquire asides from halimeda. I also like gorgonians but I have had some mixed results with the specimens I have had.
I''l take some nice pictures of the set up and how I did it for you...

I think that the feeding of oyster feast and marine snow for the coco worms helps the gorgoians... I've learned you cant keep them near heaters ( the ponies drag the ends onto the heater and they shed flesh).. they also don't like Gonipora... they stung the crap out of them forcing me to transfer them the reef tank...in fact the damn Goni's stung me!... they are also very sensitive to Nitrates.. if the nitrate level > 5ppm.. they retract their polyps.. from now on it's mushrooms and clavia only..

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post #27 of 27 Old 09-10-2015, 09:55 PM
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Ouch, there are definitely different degrees to corals stings. I have had galaxia leave its fluorescent green nemotocysts in my skin before.

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