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Post by Hero on June 16th 2011, 3:09 am

Ever since the reef tank came down, I've had a spare 40g and 10g lying around. My thinking is have the 40g be the display, obviously, and the 10g a refugium for pods, exiled species, and if possible - temperate chaeto. I need to know from those of you with experience, your experiences of keeping different kind of kelp and your recommended requirements. I would also like some ideas on how to simulate the wave motion of the ocean.

I pretty much have the whole summer to figure this out.


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Re: New Possible Forest Tank

Post by AquaticEngineer on June 16th 2011, 1:58 pm

I did see on Reef Central where a guy who has a 55 gallon coldwater tank collected what looked identical to chaeto in Massachusetts.
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Post by Brent on June 16th 2011, 3:57 pm

That sounds cool. We need more photosynthetic stuffs on here!
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Re: New Possible Forest Tank

Post by Hero on June 16th 2011, 10:43 pm

AquaticEngineer wrote:I did see on Reef Central where a guy who has a 55 gallon coldwater tank collected what looked identical to chaeto in Massachusetts.

Do you remember the thread title? That could be an interesting lead.

I want more of photosynthetic type species in this tank; in addition to sponges, gorgonians, and a few anemones. I'm thinking of shrimp, crabs, and I definitely want a California Navanax or other nudibranch species. My though is to have the porous coral rock hidden behind the more temperate granite kind, so it looks like a temperate tank, but in theory should operate better.

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Re: New Possible Forest Tank

Post by AquaticEngineer on June 17th 2011, 3:18 am

I do that same thing in my 110 gallon tank. I put about 50 lbs of dried tropical base rock in the lower false bottom above the coolant coil so it is harboring bacteria but not visible.

Here is a link to that guys thread on Reefcentral: http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1939645
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Re: New Possible Forest Tank

Post by Hero on June 17th 2011, 6:42 pm

I really like his sump and the plumbing. I think I would want my fuge larger and deeper. I might end up buying a 20g for that reason.

His traps were also fascinating - http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1939645&page=7 I'm impressed with his overall documentation.

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Post by animalmaster6 on June 24th 2011, 9:34 pm

I should do that.

Massachusetts FTW!
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Post by Hero on June 27th 2011, 2:09 am

Massachusetts Rolling Eyes. Just kidding! I have no problem catching crabs. But I want to try and catch more than the common ones. They breed like crazy. Even in tropical tanks! But they are a nice puffer food supply Wink.

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Re: New Possible Forest Tank

Post by Hero on September 9th 2011, 1:29 am

Bump. Should I have a nano and just go with the ten? I don't have a stand for the forty, in a place that I want it, so I'm thinking just having a ten would be the way to go.

That would of course mean mostly invertebrates/anthozoas and perhaps a small goby/sculpin. It would probably be easier to take care off; thinking along the lines of filtration, pruning, and cooling. Thoughts?

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Re: New Possible Forest Tank

Post by ~ocean on September 10th 2011, 12:01 am

The bigger the better. Go with the 40. Razz

Besides, fish stocking options are greatly increased if you go with the 40 gallon.

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Post by Hero on September 11th 2011, 6:07 pm

If I had the stand there would be no question about using the 40. Unfortunately it's lacking.

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Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2011, 1:12 pm

you could do a DIY stand! Actually I had my own DIY stand for my 40 with some table tops attached with braces Very Happy

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Post by Hero on September 18th 2011, 1:28 pm

If I did a DIY stand it would be with some nice wood, but I don't have time for that. I really like the idea of a nano right now. Very Happy

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Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2011, 1:38 pm

Sounds like a good plan! If you do, what you could do is use the 40 as an oversized sump Very Happy

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Post by Hero on September 18th 2011, 1:42 pm

Great idea. Laughing I could just have really deep sand bed..


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Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2011, 1:51 pm

lol that would work!

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Post by Hero on September 19th 2011, 12:34 am

I'm going to be absent for a week so it's going to be a while before I set it up. But I can start planning Very Happy.

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Post by ~ocean on September 19th 2011, 1:40 am

Have fun!

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Post by Hero on September 19th 2011, 1:55 am

Thanks!

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Post by Hero on September 25th 2011, 5:22 pm

I'm setting up the 10 this week Very Happy. If I get into it enough I'll upgrade to the forty.

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Post by ~ocean on September 25th 2011, 7:39 pm

horray! Good luck on the 10, keep us (or just me) posted! Very Happy

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Post by Hero on September 25th 2011, 8:13 pm

I'll keep everyone posted Razz.

I'm thinking of going with two islands, the larger one on the right side of the tank. The smaller island will be the macro-island and the other will have small sessiles on it.

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Post by ~ocean on September 27th 2011, 12:28 am

Nice! And if you get that 40 running anytime soon, be sure too look at another valentini. Seeing your avatar reminds me of how much you loved your previous puff! Happy

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Post by Hero on September 27th 2011, 2:06 am

I definitely will. Puffers are the best. Happy

I'm debating on whether or not to make a backdrop similar to AquaticEngineer's. Thoughts? Very Happy

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Post by ~ocean on September 29th 2011, 8:47 pm

I think just painting the background back would be good. Or you could glue live rock onto the back plane of glass! Very Happy

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