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Scythanith
10-10-2008, 05:18 AM
Budget $395.45

Equipment:

Used 50 watt ebo-jager heater $22.45 x .75 = $16.84 (JL Aquatics)
Used Quiet-One 800 water pump $26.99 x .75 = $20.24 (MarineDepot.com)
Used Hagen Fluval 1 Plus submersible filter $23.95 x .75 = $17.96 (JL Aquatics)
New T5 retrofit kit $125.00 (Bayside Corals)

Livestock:

Alpha & Omega zoo's $5.00
Star Trek zoo's $5.00
Radioactive Dragon Eye zoo's $5.00
Alien Eye chalice $15.00
Purple People Eater chalice $15.00
No name chalice $15.00
Ricordea (2 smaller than a toonie, 1 larger) $20.00
Montipora sp. (2 x 1") $20.00
Radiant Urchin $28.00
Harlequin Shrimp $45.00

Consumed budget:
$353.04
Remaining budget:
$42.41

Freebies:

Stand Materials:
New Stealth 80mm fans (2) 2 x $14.99 = $29.98 (P.C. Place)
New DC adapter $13.97 (The Source)
Plywood, stain + wood conditioner & glue = ~$110 (Windsor Plywood & Home Depot)
Cord tidies, zip ties & cable wrap = free (found in my tool box)


Live rock (~7lbs)
Black sand and crushed aragonite
Black acrylic for rear equipment area (thanks Steve)

Build pictures:
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/IMG_7484.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0015.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0016111.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0019111.jpg

October 15th Update:
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0024111.jpg

November 15th Update:
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/DSC_1715.jpg

December 15th Update:
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0072edit.jpg

January 15th Update:
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0108edit.jpg

February 15th Update:
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0046edit.jpg

March 15th Update:
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0038999.jpg

sphelps
10-10-2008, 03:55 PM
You got a lot of catching up to do there buddy, better get on that :razz:

wickedfrags
10-10-2008, 04:35 PM
Will be keeping my eye on this build for sure.

Scythanith
10-25-2008, 08:20 AM
Well here are some updates:

More construction on the stand and getting ahead on the lighting.

Messed up on the stand with the wood but it turned out ok. I actually used the wrong side of the plywood....oops.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0015.jpg

Thank you Steve for the acrylic scraps and the glue repairs haahaa!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0034.jpg

Getting near done, but I need to install the lights in the hood and get the last bits of wood on the hood around the tank perimeter.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0038.jpg

I will get a construction tally for applicable cost for the budget once I am done, then comes livestock and water changes haahaa!

The entire tank theme will be space oriented. Rock work, inhabitants, corals, hopefully everything will have a spin on it but we will see. The livestock budget is going to get tight but we will do our best!

Game On!

Wendy & Scott

Ryan_Lap
10-25-2008, 08:25 AM
There is someone in your tank! :mrgreen:

Stand looks good. Are staining it or painting?

JDigital
10-25-2008, 08:47 AM
whats the reflective sheet for? :confused:

Kick ass stand.

Scythanith
10-25-2008, 09:12 AM
Here are some of the possible inhabitants, nothing is finalized yet though!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0023.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0031.jpg

There are some neat fish and inverts that are on our list as well!

Ryan_Lap
10-25-2008, 09:14 AM
Send some of those zoas my way.......:razz:

Scythanith
10-25-2008, 09:14 AM
There is someone in your tank! :mrgreen:

Stand looks good. Are staining it or painting?


Haahaa, we are actually staining it red mahogany... which just so happens to be the same colour as the wood you see on the inside of the stand...hence my mistake lol!

Chaloupa
10-25-2008, 09:19 AM
That is beautiful! WOW!

Scythanith
10-25-2008, 09:26 AM
There is someone in your tank! :mrgreen:

Stand looks good. Are staining it or painting?

whats the reflective sheet for? :confused:

Kick ass stand.

The sheet is some metallic bubble wrap, I had it there to simulate something under the tank for leveling.

The entire tank bottom will be black, as will the inside of the stand to make it a little more incognito!

Here are a couple more zoo's for you ryan!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0080label.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/Zoanthids.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/Blue-Zoos.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0054.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0053.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0051.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0050.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0048.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0062.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_0006.jpg

I'll get some better shots of the purple deaths and nuclear greens tommorrow after the riders game!

Ryan_Lap
10-25-2008, 09:29 AM
I'll get some better shots of the purple deaths and nuclear greens tommorrow after the riders game!

Then you can frag them and Ill pick them up later on........:lol:

Scythanith
10-25-2008, 09:37 AM
Haahaa, I tell ya what, when this competition is over ask me again! They should have grown by then!

Cheers!

superduperwesman
10-25-2008, 09:38 AM
Sexy Scott... just the way I like you

Ryan_Lap
10-25-2008, 09:40 AM
Sexy Scott... just the way I like you

I think the creep meter just went up.....:lol:

justinl
10-25-2008, 09:42 AM
ohh those first zoos. i think I just had a small heart attack. this going to be a zoa dominant tank?

sphelps
10-25-2008, 04:29 PM
Haahaa, I tell ya what, when this competition is over ask me again! They should have grown by then!


I call dibs!

Impressive as always Scott, keep it up.

Scythanith
10-25-2008, 05:28 PM
ohh those first zoos. i think I just had a small heart attack. this going to be a zoa dominant tank?

I think mixed reef for the most part. I can't go with a lot of the LPS I like since by nature they are quite large for a 10 gallon. But I am going to try a couple encrusting and plating variety's of LPS, and a couple kinds of SPS with a light sprinkling of zoanthids for flavor haahaa.

Thanks Wes, I can always count on you for moral support haahaa!

I have begun painting the tank this morning, should have the stand completed tonight, lighting included. I will stain it on sunday I guess.

Lance
10-25-2008, 06:08 PM
ohh those first zoos. i think I just had a small heart attack. this going to be a zoa dominant tank?



I'll say! Those are amazing!

OCDP
10-25-2008, 06:09 PM
Holy cow! That's an impressive zoa collection. Man oh man.. beautiful!

AndyL
10-25-2008, 06:48 PM
That's a damn nice stand you've built there! And those zoos, WOW.

superduperwesman
10-25-2008, 07:15 PM
I think mixed reef for the most part. I can't go with a lot of the LPS I like since by nature they are quite large for a 10 gallon. But I am going to try a couple encrusting and plating variety's of LPS, and a couple kinds of SPS with a light sprinkling of zoanthids for flavor haahaa.

Thanks Wes, I can always count on you for moral support haahaa!

I have begun painting the tank this morning, should have the stand completed tonight, lighting included. I will stain it on sunday I guess.


Np Np

Scythanith
10-27-2008, 08:44 AM
...will be coming soon. We just stained the stand and I have the lights near on. Soooo, we are going to have this thing running tommorrow hopefully. And then the fun stuff, some rockwork and such.

Update soon!!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0008.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0010.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0009.jpg

Lights!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_00131.jpg

JDigital
10-27-2008, 07:19 PM
Retrofit T5?

Good to see your glass box holds water.. lol

Also, just a reminder, Don't forget to update your first post with your budget.

Scythanith
10-27-2008, 11:57 PM
...
I will get a construction tally for applicable cost for the budget once I am done, then comes livestock and water changes haahaa!
...

Yep retro T5, should be bright enough for most corals in there. I will have a total build cost for all applicable equipment once I have the tank done and running.

Used 50 watt ebo-jager heater $22.45 x .75 = $16.84 (JL Aquatics)
Used Quiet-One 800 water pump $26.99 x .75 = $20.24 (MarineDepot.com)

That's my equip so far.

Scott

Scythanith
10-29-2008, 06:22 AM
Lighting box:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0004111.jpg

Getting there... but I didn't like this location in the house:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0016111.jpg

To combat the high temperatures (hit 98 on the first test run) I had to add some fans to the canopy. They are stealth 80mm fans running on a 12VDC adapter.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0019111.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0020111.jpg

Here is the tank in the new location, we can't take advantage of the three viewable sides but it still looks good there for now.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0023111.jpg

And the first shot at the rockwork. Tried something new!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0024111.jpg

No livestock until I get home from work. I have to leave for about 2 weeks so the tank should be near ready for livestock when I get home.

Chaloupa
10-29-2008, 06:25 AM
Beautiful stand etc...looks really really nice stained. Very cool!

Scythanith
10-29-2008, 06:54 AM
A couple more rockwork shots:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0026111.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0028111.jpg

BlueAbyss
10-29-2008, 07:48 AM
WOW I love this tank! The rockwork is amazing... with the 3 viewing panels... wow. Simply awesome. Well done :biggrin:

wickedfrags
10-29-2008, 02:42 PM
Looking real nice. Dave

superduperwesman
10-30-2008, 06:07 AM
Lighting box:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0004111.jpg

Getting there... but I didn't like this location in the house:

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0016111.jpg

To combat the high temperatures (hit 98 on the first test run) I had to add some fans to the canopy. They are stealth 80mm fans running on a 12VDC adapter.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0019111.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0020111.jpg

Here is the tank in the new location, we can't take advantage of the three viewable sides but it still looks good there for now.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0023111.jpg

And the first shot at the rockwork. Tried something new!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0024111.jpg

No livestock until I get home from work. I have to leave for about 2 weeks so the tank should be near ready for livestock when I get home.


Seriously Scott?.... Seriously? Get that tank outta there. That stand is not designed for that kinda location???

I go around telling people how you're a perfectionist... then you go and put a that's tank set up for 3 side viewing in a location like that... tear... I'm hurt I'm hurt... you're not the man I thought you were

The old location was wayyyyy better from what I can tell

sphelps
10-30-2008, 03:27 PM
Well I think he's eventually moving that monster terrarium in the background into the basement so the location should work better in the future.
Come on Wes don't give up on Scott just yet, he's just a little upset he messed up his special wood. You two were obviously made for each other.

superduperwesman
10-30-2008, 03:31 PM
Ok Ok... we'll see what he's got in mind and how things progress

Scythanith
10-30-2008, 03:47 PM
Haahaa you guys are nuts.When I got the tank in the first location, it made the front room look really small and I didn't like that. The tank almost went to the basement which would have sucked but we juggled around some furniture and got things in a better state. I know Wes, I don't really like it there either but it's better than it being stuck in the basement. Steve, you are correct sir. The terrarium (6' tall, 4 ' wide, 2' deep) is going outside for daytime sunning of the reptiles and an even larger terrarium (6 x 4 x 4) will be built in the basement. I am going to use your halide with a UV shield and some supplemental ceramic heating and UVB.

Wendy has been watching the tank and she said my temperature was stable at 80 all day yesterday so I guess the fans are doing their job.

When I get home from work (2-3 weeks) I will test the tank and start adding livestock asap.

Cheers,

Wendy & Scott

superduperwesman
10-30-2008, 04:56 PM
Haahaa you guys are nuts.When I got the tank in the first location, it made the front room look really small and I didn't like that. The tank almost went to the basement which would have sucked but we juggled around some furniture and got things in a better state. I know Wes, I don't really like it there either but it's better than it being stuck in the basement. Steve, you are correct sir. The terrarium (6' tall, 4 ' wide, 2' deep) is going outside for daytime sunning of the reptiles and an even larger terrarium (6 x 4 x 4) will be built in the basement. I am going to use your halide with a UV shield and some supplemental ceramic heating and UVB.

Wendy has been watching the tank and she said my temperature was stable at 80 all day yesterday so I guess the fans are doing their job.

When I get home from work (2-3 weeks) I will test the tank and start adding livestock asap.

Cheers,

Wendy & Scott


Well... I guess I'll let it slide for now

Scythanith
11-08-2008, 03:42 PM
I am still undecided but I think some of these may make their way into the tank. What do you all think?

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/mowhawk-paly.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/Wicked-Zoos.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/Wicked-NG2-Zoo.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/Purple-Death-Zoo.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/DSC_002211.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/Jakarta-Chalice-2.jpg

I am waiting to add livestock until I get some new stuff in from a trade I'm doing with another reefer.

I tested the basic tank parameters and they all check out:

NH3/4 between 0-1 ppm
NO3 nil
pH 8.1ish
salinity 1.024sg

I'll do Mg, Ca, Alk a little later on before stock goes in. The first water change is done as well. i am going to need to address the issue of breaking the surface of the water to break up a protein skim that is forming and the teeth I made for the overflow are awfully long so water never has to cascade through them. I'll figure it out sooner or later.

Cheers,

Wendy & Scott

sphelps
11-08-2008, 04:04 PM
Scott, those are all terrible, I wouldn't use any of them. But I'll help you out and I'll take them off your hands. I'll give you some candy cane and green polyps which will look way better.

On another note if you want to lift your teeth height just glue a piece of acrylic behind them. It's always easier to raise overflow height than lower it.

Chaloupa
11-08-2008, 06:04 PM
Scott, those are all terrible, I wouldn't use any of them. But I'll help you out and I'll take them off your hands. I'll give you some candy cane and green polyps which will look way better.


NO NO NO.....some of them fit MY color scheme so I'll take them.......you don't even have to ask...I'll just take em for ya cause I'm that kind of person...you can thank me later!:biggrin:

Scythanith
11-09-2008, 05:30 AM
On another note if you want to lift your teeth height just glue a piece of acrylic behind them. It's always easier to raise overflow height than lower it.


My only concern is that the back section is going to be where all of the evaporation occurs. So if we are away from the tank for too long the water level won't be high enough to get over the teeth. The pump and the heater could get awfully hot all alone on the backside haahaa.

Let me know if you have any ideas Steve.

p.s. We need Colby's fish trap.....stupid striped cardinals.....

sphelps
11-09-2008, 05:27 PM
Either an ATO or more water flow and surface agitation, which I'm sure you already thought of.

The trap is at the store, but speaking of Colby, it's his B-Day today we should drag him out.

Scythanith
11-09-2008, 08:14 PM
Either an ATO or more water flow and surface agitation, which I'm sure you already thought of.

The trap is at the store, but speaking of Colby, it's his B-Day today we should drag him out.

I've thought of more flow but I don't think that little tank can handle it. And if I did put more flow in all the corals would grow in one direction haahaa!

I've been thinking of some kind of splash guard so I could run air in the tank to keep it oxygenated but to keep the bubble "pop" splashing down. That would also break any surface film I had. It could just turn my tank into a protein skimmer haahaa. Mind if I swing by your shop and grab a small piece of acrylic to try a splash guard?

Maybe it would be as simple as a small lid that could cover the back section?

Darn it, Colby said you had it haahaa.

He mentioned his B'Day was coming up. He said he may have been doing something with Kim. Can you find out and I'm in for going out tonight.

Give me a shout on my cell when you figure something out!

Cheers,

Scott

sphelps
11-09-2008, 08:49 PM
You can swing by but it's a mess again, all these little glass tanks and broken glass :neutral:

I think introducing any air bubbles in a small tank would be a mistake but no harm in trying.

I just dropped of the trap the other night so Colby didn't know, but it's there. He said he'd call me if he goes out so I'll let you know.

Scythanith
11-13-2008, 10:43 AM
Ok I fixed the surface aggitation issue with a small Fluval 1 plus submersible pump positioned near the surface of the water.

Used Hagen Fluval 1 Plus submersible filter $23.95 x 0.75 = $17.96

I have a problem though. I got called out to work today (a 6 hour drive) and I will be away for ~3-4 weeks. It totally sliped my mind to take a picture of the tank as I was packing up & getting ready to go. Either I will need someone to go by my place and take a picture of the tank or I can get an exemption on photos until I get home.

Can I get a ruling from the judges please?

Thanks,

Scott

Scythanith
11-13-2008, 11:22 AM
Pretty sure this little guy will make this tank his home. And we will find it a couple of playmates, they act totally different when they are in groups!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/Harlequin-2.jpg

sphelps
11-13-2008, 03:09 PM
I have a problem though. I got called out to work today (a 6 hour drive) and I will be away for ~3-4 weeks. It totally sliped my mind to take a picture of the tank as I was packing up & getting ready to go. Either I will need someone to go by my place and take a picture of the tank or I can get an exemption on photos until I get home.

I can take it, it will give me a chance for some good old fashioned sabotage :twised:

:wink:

Scythanith
11-14-2008, 03:19 AM
Thanks Steve, Wendy will be home tonight and tomorrow I think if you could swing by and just take a quick shot.

Just no chlorine pucks lol! Sabatoge me with beauty SPS corals or something equally as frustrating haahaa.

JDigital
11-14-2008, 04:12 AM
I can take it,

:wink:


Thanks. :)

sphelps
11-14-2008, 04:18 AM
Just no chlorine pucks lol! Sabatoge me with beauty SPS corals or something equally as frustrating haahaa.
Oh I'll think of something, maybe I'll put a regal tang in there before I take the picture and see if anyone says something :razz:

Scythanith
11-14-2008, 04:38 AM
Haahaa no one will notice... maybe that will count as a freebie! I don't think the emperor angel Colby has would be able to turn around in the 10g haahaa.

Thank you once again Steve. I have a chalice or two you can choose dibs on first frag when they grow up!

pastout
11-14-2008, 05:13 AM
i miss my harlequin shrimp, i had my gf take care of them till i gota tank set up for them but she liked them so much they are no longer mine haha. awesome shrimp cool with the pair to see them hunt together if you can call it that and you can tell the female wears the pants haha

moldrik
11-14-2008, 07:37 AM
Pretty sure this little guy will make this tank his home. And we will find it a couple of playmates, they act totally different when they are in groups!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/Harlequin-2.jpg

How hard is it to take care of a harlequin shrimp? Does it feed on anything other than starfish? In order to have one/two, would I need some sort of tank where I breed starfish ( they are kind of expensive to keep buying as food ).
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Scythanith
11-14-2008, 08:15 AM
Harlequin shrimp are very easy to take care of. Clean water, a good overhang and/or cave for them to hide in when neccesary, and a steady supply of starfish. I have never seen any I've owned eat anything other than starfish. I've fed linkia, chocolate chips and astrea. I've heard if you get a large population of astrea's (little ones in sumps and on the glass of many established tanks) they can survive on just those. I've fed my old pair a 6" linkia and they would have found it, flipped it, and started eating it within 5 minutes. I used to feed every two weeks when I first had them but I think that was too far apart. I had them for almost 2 years before they died (within a week of each other) but I was fairly new at the game back then and didn't look to see if there was a cause other than maybe starvation. I've felt bad about that ever since.

For the new batch I have 5 chocolate chips in my mantis tank and we cut off a leg every week to feed the shrimp. So in theory one starfish can last a little over a month, but we are trying to give the starfish enough time to regrow their limbs before the next limb harvest. I don't know if that is enough so we may supplement the Harlequin with a full starfish once a month. They can finish off a leg in a matter of a day. Right now mine is in the frag tank and I am concerned my nutrients are getting too high (new algae growth) so I'm looking forward to getting him into the 10gal. But we do have a BK mini 180 coming for the frag tank to help control the nutrients as well as large water changes for now.

Watching a group of the Harlequin shrimps march along through the tank hunting is hilarious. Their cryptic movements and camoflauge make them a beautiful addition to any tank that you don't mind them killing every single starfish in. I tried adding many at once hoping that the shrimp would only take one at a time..... nope, they piled them up and started eating them all.

They can breed in reef aquaria, though it can be very difficult to rear the young through metamorphosis and get them to a juvenile size. just having a successful mating pair is a sign that your providing a stable environment for the critters.

I hope that answered the question!

P.S. thank you Colby for the constant food supply!

Here is my first pair in a 5gal with a single NO T5, and an aquaclear mini filter... that's it. I had them for over two years.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Tank%20Pics/IMG_0085.jpg

karazy
11-15-2008, 12:39 AM
im going to be setting up a 5.5gallon in the future and i would really like to have one or two of these.i am going to do the false wall, so instead of 16 inches of length i'll have12. would this be ok for a harlequin, and also is there any advantage to having a pair other than mating

Scythanith
11-15-2008, 05:28 AM
They can get a good inch long so you won't want to crowd them. A 5g would be tight but as long as you keep the water quality up you should be fine. Water quality will be an issue since you're throwing in starfish which are being consumed... pretty messy process.

But then again who am I? I'm not claiming to be any sort of expert and I'm sure there are people out there that could give you much more reliable info than I can.

pastout
11-15-2008, 08:18 AM
the 2 i have are in a 10 gallon with a fale wall works out to about 8 gallons of water space and they are with a sexy shrimp a cleaner shrimp and a pepermint shrimp the olny realy major movement they do is for hunting. they polish of sandsifters like there is no tomorow. the olny real space you need in a tank for them is enough floor space to lay a satrfish on dont worry about room for it to move around they dont last that long the harlequins are preety efficent hunters. well my female is haha the male just hopes she lets him have a bite

karazy
11-15-2008, 05:36 PM
okay, kool. i think i will just get 1 then if i get them.
and i do have another tank with a sump so cutting of a leg weekly shouldnt be too hard if i get maybe 3 chocolate chips

JDigital
11-15-2008, 06:19 PM
Contest Reminder:

**Updated FTS and Budget Required today (Nov 15/08) to remain in the contest**

sphelps
11-16-2008, 02:20 AM
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/DSC_1715.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/DSC_1718.jpg

Scythanith
11-16-2008, 02:36 AM
Thanks Buddy!

Looks like I have a small cyano outbreak I need to deal with! I'm not going to get livestock in it until I get home from work and that may be well into December... damn.

Did you notice my false wall moved back some. I don't know why it let go but it shifted back some. Doesn't really matter though, it 's still doing its job.

I can't wait to get some life into there!

workn2hard2day
11-17-2008, 06:07 PM
Very nice looking setup.

superduperwesman
11-23-2008, 06:18 AM
Dude you should add you Nov 15th shot to your first post

Scythanith
11-23-2008, 07:30 AM
mmm nope, I'm lazy.

superduperwesman
11-23-2008, 07:35 AM
mmm nope, I'm lazy.


ahaha I think stubborn would be a far better word selection than lazy... just saying it's not that easy to find when your looking for it.. I know :)

Scythanith
11-23-2008, 08:05 AM
This just makes you appreciate the entire thread, since you have to read the whole thing to see the progress LOL.

Just kidding... kinda. Once I get home from work and add the livestock I will take my Dec 15th shot and then I will clean the thread up and have everything relevant to the competition on the front page.

Im just hoping to be home before the dec 15th deadline. I'm supposed to be coming home of the 14th eeep.

Scythanith
11-23-2008, 08:13 AM
Ok Wes, you made me feel bad, so I fixed it up a little for you.

superduperwesman
11-23-2008, 03:39 PM
ahaha thanks Scott... I'm just hoping to get everyone in the habit so when I make the poll next month month I can just grab them all from the first post

Scythanith
12-16-2008, 03:27 AM
Tank parameters tested well tonight. I did a 40% water change and should be throwing some livestock in tonight. But I thought I'd get the pictures up and post the gooders later once I'm satisfied with the tank.

I am pretty satisfied with the rockwork though.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0072edit.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0076edit.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0077edit.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0082edit.jpg

Any suggestions on changes for the better?

Cheers,

Scott & Wendy!

sphelps
12-16-2008, 03:47 AM
Looking good folks, my recommendation is some photoshop skills :mrgreen:

Bring out the true colors and get rid of those lines, now you're in space!

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a174/sphelps/DSC_0072edit.jpg

Scythanith
12-16-2008, 04:06 AM
Sorry Steve, but I am not a big fan of the high contrast look of your rendering. I seen a pretty off looking picture for your Dec. 15th update shot. Come on Steve... just get more colourful corals, that way you won't have to artificially enhance them lol!

I'll go adjust my WB and and take some new ones just for you!

sphelps
12-16-2008, 04:47 AM
All I did was adjust your white balance by selecting both a neutral and black control point, no enhancements. In my mind if it's still really blue the white balance is off.

What you call artificially enhance, I call digital photography, the colors pretty accurate in my pics, a little brighter but I like it. Am I detecting a little jealously there buddy? :razz:

Scythanith
12-16-2008, 04:52 AM
Heehee, I am jealous of the D300!

Like they say Film photography is science, digital photography is art!

My WB was still set for the basement tank, I didn't change it before shooting the nano.

Of course I am jealous! Look at your brain sized brain lol!

Cheers buddy!

sphelps
12-16-2008, 04:57 AM
You gotta start shooting in RAW and get yourself some Capture NX2 software, camera WB is a thing of the past, get with the times geez :lol:

Even my D300 is old technology now with the D90 and D700, I haven't even had it for a year yet.

On a side note does your D200 have the sensor for the wireless remote? I just found out mine doesn't have it so the remote is useless to me, I must of spent a good 3 hours trying to get it to work :lol:
Anyway you can have it if you want.

noirsphynx
12-16-2008, 05:16 AM
I have the D80 but for me it's more of a glorified point & shoot:redface:. I need someone to come teach me how to utilize it properly.

Scythanith
12-16-2008, 06:40 AM
When I shoot weddings I shoot RAW and work it in CS3. The NX2 is good as well. When I bought my D200 the D300 came out two weeks later.... bastards!

I use a tethered Nikon MC-36 remote. It works well. Maybe Colby's camera can use it?

You gotta start shooting in RAW and get yourself some Capture NX2 software, camera WB is a thing of the past, get with the times geez :lol:

Even my D300 is old technology now with the D90 and D700, I haven't even had it for a year yet.

On a side note does your D200 have the sensor for the wireless remote? I just found out mine doesn't have it so the remote is useless to me, I must of spent a good 3 hours trying to get it to work :lol:
Anyway you can have it if you want.

Scythanith
01-15-2009, 06:38 AM
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0108edit.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0093edit.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0119edit.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0113edit.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0124edit.jpg

superduperwesman
01-15-2009, 11:10 AM
On a side note does your D200 have the sensor for the wireless remote? I just found out mine doesn't have it so the remote is useless to me, I must of spent a good 3 hours trying to get it to work :lol:
Anyway you can have it if you want.

Will it work with my new camera??

superduperwesman
01-15-2009, 11:15 AM
Looking good Scott! But you better be careful.... if you put much more coral in there you'll hardly have any water volume left ;)

Scythanith
01-15-2009, 11:41 AM
I've been going slowly; I don't want to lose coral just to have the tank look full. I will be adding some more stuff once I see how this stuff does for a month. I won't win the competition since my tank won't look filled out.

I still have my harlequin shrimp which I am waiting for a mate for it before I add it to the tank. I will still add more zoos and maybe some more chalices and something wavy. I'm just nervous to lose nice corals senselessly.

As far as I know my D200 will use the Nikon ML-3 wireless controller. But I prefer the wired MC-36 with all its bells and whistles.

sphelps
01-15-2009, 02:59 PM
Will it work with my new camera??
Yes but I already gave it away.

Looking good Scott! Slow and steady wins the race :wink:

Scythanith
02-15-2009, 02:33 PM
I'll have to get Wendy to take some shots of the tank. I'm stuck out at work. Nothing much has changed. I added my Harlequin which I'll put on the updated budget once I get the picture up. Oh, and there is no way in hell I am counting the starfish in my budget haahaa (food item). There are plenty more corals I want to add, I just want to take my time. It will probably lose me the competition but that's ok.

Rbacchiega
02-15-2009, 07:24 PM
Great looking corals regardless. Looks great

superduperwesman
02-15-2009, 09:08 PM
I just want to take my time. It will probably lose me the competition but that's ok.


Oh stop it. Different people like different things... some would way rather have a few really nice items instead of lots of common crap... plus ur tank is starting to look just as full as mine. Lets just say neglect has resulted in a few casualties.

Scythanith
02-16-2009, 04:52 AM
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0046edit.jpg

We added a Space Invader!
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0041edit.jpg

Chaloupa
02-16-2009, 05:37 AM
I see a couple pieces in there that should be in MY tank!!! Looks good! Who cares if it's not "filled out" it's looking excellent!

JDigital
03-16-2009, 01:30 AM
Looking good.. How has the harlequin been for feeding?

Scythanith
03-16-2009, 10:38 AM
Thank you Wendy for taking these shots while I am stuck at work!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0038999.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_0039999.jpg

I have corals laying everywhere in the sand, something decided to remove them from the rocks for me... that was nice of them.

I'll do a nice rearrange when I get home and get some new pictures. The Harlequin eats like a pig. My buddy i got for him didn't last the night in quarantine...:cry:

One month left on this bad boy contest?

JDigital
03-20-2009, 01:07 AM
pm'd re: budget...

Scythanith
03-27-2009, 02:54 PM
I yanked the one 10K I was running and replaced it with another 22000 AquaScience Blue so now the tank is a deep blue. It'll take me a while to get used to it but the corals look great!

Alpha & Omega Zoo's
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_00960345edit.jpg
Alien Eye Chalice
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_01000343edit.jpg
Pink Nebula Montipora
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_00930346edit.jpg
Starfield Montipora
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/Scythanith/Canreef%20Nano%20Contest/DSC_01030342edit.jpg

sphelps
03-27-2009, 04:23 PM
Pics look awesome buddy! I guess I'll have to step it up a little and get some macros up as well :wink:

So you just have a straight blue tank now? All 22000K?

Scythanith
03-27-2009, 11:16 PM
Pics look awesome buddy! I guess I'll have to step it up a little and get some macros up as well :wink:

So you just have a straight blue tank now? All 22000K?


Yep, I don't know if I like it yet. The corals look great but the tank is...well, blue!

I am going to try and get some nice tank shots once everything gets used to the lights. How's Einstein doing?

Do you find you're using your fisheye lens much? I am debating picking that up as well when I get my new lens.

Cheers!

sphelps
03-30-2009, 04:30 AM
Yep, I don't know if I like it yet. The corals look great but the tank is...well, blue!

I am going to try and get some nice tank shots once everything gets used to the lights. How's Einstein doing?

Do you find you're using your fisheye lens much? I am debating picking that up as well when I get my new lens.

Cheers!
Einstein is good, but still only coming out at night. I gotta lure him out with food with the lights off and then quickly turn them on and snap a few shots before he retreats. But never the less he's super cool!

I don't use the fisheye as much as I thought I might. Still glad I have it but definitely the one lens I use the least.

For your lighting, have you considered adding a third bulb? Maybe a single fiji purple in the middle will even out the color a little and still produce a nice color effect.

Scythanith
04-16-2009, 05:51 AM
Sorry Everyone but I am way too busy right now to be snapping pictures of my tank and I have to head off to work for two weeks tomorrow morning. It has been a great time sharing all the innovative ideas and seeing some truly unique builds!

Cheers,
Scott

JDigital
04-16-2009, 06:18 AM
Man, I was gonna vote for you! haha. So you are out of it then?

superduperwesman
04-16-2009, 03:51 PM
Sorry Everyone but I am way too busy right now to be snapping pictures of my tank and I have to head off to work for two weeks tomorrow morning. It has been a great time sharing all the innovative ideas and seeing some truly unique builds!

Cheers,
Scott

Dang that sucks but I guess it's good that you're busy during these times of economic trouble

sphelps
04-16-2009, 04:13 PM
I 2nd that but I could have helped you out if just let me know. It's a shame to have to sit this one out after everything is said and done.