150G Rimless Macroalgae Tank

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  1. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    So I figure I would start a new thread for my new tank. It used to be a full blown SPS tank, but I've decided to convert it to a macroalgae tank. It's still a work in progress. Still have some big colony that's pending pick up so it's a little messy right now.:twitch:


    Goal is to have variety of small gobies / inverts swimming about in the tank covered with seagrass / other macroalgae and gorgonian


    Livestock


    - 15 Green Chromis
    - 5 Blue Eye Cardinal
    - 2 Springer Damsel
    - 2 ORA Tiger Goby
    - 1 Firefish
    - 20 Trimma / Eviota Goby (Will be identified soon)


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    Right side FTS (Left side is full of corals at the moment)
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  2. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    Dragonface pair
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    My Gobies (VERY SMALL)
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  3. skinz78

    skinz78 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Moderator Emeritus

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    What made you decide to switch it over?
     
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    Wow very nice! colors are amazing.
     
  5. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    I had SPS growing like mad and it all looked real good. But I was saw this vid on youtube Life - Weedy seadragons dance into the night - BBC One - YouTube, along with others that show the macroalgae / seagrass habitat. It intrigued me, and I wanted to keep the really small inverts / fish in the tank, and have a healthy pod / mysid population roaming about; wasn't possible with a full blown reef habitat.

    My plan is to have several sexy shrimps / anemone shrimps / pom pom crab / porcelain crabs and whatever small inverts I can find. Along with alot of trimma / eviota that people don't normally put in their tank
     
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    Very cool!
     
  7. GrampaDon

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    Neat video
     
  8. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    Some pictures last night.. It seem out of the 19 gobies I got from Pet Inc, 18 are alive and well, though they hide alot and the missing one is INCREDIBLY small. I want more nano gobies in this tank!


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  9. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up this anemone shrimp! Have a bunch of stuff coming this week, should be fun
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  10. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    Took some more pictures today, enjoy! I have other algae that I didn't photograph since it was dirty or too hard to shoot.


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  11. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    very nice and peaceful tank you got there. no hungry, salvage tangs =)
     
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    Great job! This type of habitat is often overlooked. Will you be dosing anything special for the macros?
     
  14. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I will be dosing anything, the sandbed is pretty old (Though was stirred around alot recently). Hopefully the seagrasses can get some nutrient from down under, and I feed my fish alot still. So that will provide the macro w/ enough nutrient in the water column.

    Something I am changing is my lightning, I will be putting up 2 Radion on this tank to replace my Metal Halide.
     
  15. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    Got my Radion hung and hopefully I set the program right so it automatically do sunrise / sunset and moonlight and all that. I messed up a little bit.. it's too near the edge of the tank,but look like it's giving a good coverage, might try to move it a little bit.


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    very cool.. some thing different
     
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    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    Thought this video was really cool!

    [video=youtube;QK0qP1QvbMY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK0qP1QvbMY[/video]
     
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    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    Some pictures I took on my day off, I'm battling cyano and other algae at the moment. Added GFO and dosing vodka / vinegar to keep the excess nutrient down.


    Very hard fish to photograph, always hiding
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  19. skinz78

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    Man that last pic is beautiful!
     
  20. Kataro

    Kataro Well-Known Member

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    More photos!


    multicolor algae (green / red / purple)
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    Seagrasses are dying since I messed up some of the rhizome. Others are growing pretty well though.


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