Solar dos Frades Reef v2 - 265g from Portugal!

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  1. RoyinSpain

    RoyinSpain Member

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    Amazing work! And the photos are spectacular, what camera/lens/settings do you use?
     

  2. rui.manuel.gaspar

    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you RoyinSpain,

    I use a Canon EOS 400D with one of two lenses EF 100mm Macro 2.8 or the 50mm 1.8II depending on the mood!

    For Corals I use Aperture Priority (9-11), ISO 400 and central spot focus

    For Fishes I use Velocity Priority (160), ISO 400 and central spot focus.

    I then use Adobe LightRoom to remove a spot I have in the CCD on the far left of the picture (you can see in some as I don't clean all the photos) and I change the temperature for 15000k to match my lighting.

    That's it ... then just keep practising. The more photos you take the better they will become!

    All the best,
    Rui
     
  3. RoyinSpain

    RoyinSpain Member

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    Thanks Rui. And do you use the camera underwater with a cover or from outside with the lens in contact with the glass or not?
     
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    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Hello again Royin,

    It depends ... If taking pictures from the front I just put the lenses in contact with the glass to ensure no movement in the lenses and minimum distortion.

    If taking shots from above I use a TopDown Tube from Building an Obsession.

    All the best,
    Rui
     
  5. RoyinSpain

    RoyinSpain Member

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    Thanks again Rui.! Great work and reporting there as well as fantastic coral polyp expansion.
     
  6. rui.manuel.gaspar

    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    hummmmm polyp expansion????? WHERE???????? Buaahhhhhhhh :(:(:(

    You should have seen Sahin tank as I did ... he needed to turkey blast the corals to see the color ...

    All the best,
    Rui
     
  7. rui.manuel.gaspar

    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Hello again,

    Several people showed interest in my old tank.
    I told them ... I will not sell it or give it away except if you are willing to take it down and re-glue all the glass properly.

    If it's not secure for me it's not secure for anyone.

    Finally I found some people willing to take it ... they call the recycling glass guys ... LOL! A heavy hammer, 10 bags and a carton box after there it went to the place the tank really deserved.

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    DONE!

    Meanwhile I changed my phone. From an iPhone 6 plus to the brand new Galaxy S8+

    While I can say it's fun for a quick snap it get's no where near my DSLR with Macro Lense

    In the middle of a water change
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    Got to love my ATI SunPower T5 fixtures ... see the brown and dead tissue under the coral????
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    And some TOP DOWN!
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    All the best,
    Rui
     
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  8. VJV

    VJV Well-Known Member

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    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING . I wish my corals looked half as good as yours...
     
  9. VJV

    VJV Well-Known Member

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    One question: I see that at some point you decided to change from Radions (you had 5?) to T5. Maybe I missed it but could you elaborate on why you decided to change? If I recall you were running radio a and T5 correct?

    Also, are you happy with how the 80w cover the length of your tank?

    Cheers!
     
  10. rui.manuel.gaspar

    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Hello,

    Thank you VJV. I am pretty sure with the right maintenance you will get there in no time. Do you have a build thread?

    So ...
    LEDS vs T5 vs HQI discussion ... LOL!

    DISCLAIMER ... this is my opinion only ok????

    I have experienced between this tank and the previous ones all types of leds and led builds. I spent a huge amount of money doing that ...
    From DIY (bridglux, prolight, cree) to Chinese to high end commercial lights you name it ... covered all.

    My learnings. Leds are great once you provide enough coverage. Usually they recommend one fixture that can cover 60x60 ... My learning: 60x60 you need two fixtures to cover

    My learnings. Leds are great if you see your aquarium from above ... the colours of the corals are absolutely stunning as long as you have a short aquarium and you are able to see it from above(ish)

    My learnings. Leds will cause in the corals a line (if I may call it that) that will separate the upper part from the bottom part of the coral. The upper part stunning. The lower part brown ... with lights out, at night and equipped with a flash light looking at the coral you will see what I mean.

    With my learning I quickly realised I needed not 5 as I had but at least 10 Radions (12 to be perfect) in order to cover properly my tank. @750€ per fixture ... you can imagine how much it would cost 5 more.

    Regarding the coverage I am not happy length wise as my usable display grew 20cm altough the tank is 10cm shorter. So I will had 3 x T5 24W perpendicular to the T5 80w in each side. Or if I am really crazy I just add two more ATI 6x24 SunPower in line with the two ATI 6x80W ... will see in the future as the colonies grow. Since I have a centered layout I think I got it covered for now!

    What really made me change was that "line" in the coral ... that was what really ticket my brain ... and of course the price of having to add 5 Led fixtures more helped a lot ...

    See this picture ... can you see the "line" or brown under? That's the magic of T5
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    Hope it helps.

    All the best,
    Rui
     
  11. VJV

    VJV Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for such a detailed reply ! I sill have not got around to create a build thread but looking at tanks like yours almost makes me feel ashamed .

    Current tank is about 6 months old but all the rock came from my previous 3 year old tank. These are Aquaroche ceramic structures which look stunning but the more I move along the more I think my constant algae battles (always with zero Nitrates or phosphates) are in part due to this rock. As I said never had measurable Nitrates so the nitrogen cycle works, but I feel that the lack of biodiversity and competing organisms make it prime real estate for hair algae to set in. Anyway, that is for a different discussion.

    My tank is also 200cm long and this time I went with a 80x8 Giesemann T5 fixture, but I wish I would have gone with 2x 8x39w fixtures, as I am not happy with the coverage at the ends. My tank is narrow @ just 55cm so your solution would not work. I could go with 2 8x39w fixtures, or perhaps kill to rabbits with one shot and just change the squad ape so that it is centered.

    Here is one photo.

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    Thanks.
     
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    Looks awesome!
     
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    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    VJV,

    First of all you need to create your build thread ... you will thank it later when you are able to go back and see everything you went thru. The evolution ... everything. It's really good.

    Second I never really liked that rock and all the aquariums I know that use it have problems.

    Since it's just in the beginning, why not build it with good quality rock (I love pukani as it's light and workable) build 3 islands centred that allow for 3 side views and move the fixture to the center? Do you know Paulo Oliveira ReefSpot?

    Where are you based? if close we can do a hand and change that.

    All the best,
    Rui
     
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    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you Rev! Really appreciated!

    What would you change / improve?

    All the best,
    Rui
     
  15. VJV

    VJV Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Rui,

    I am from Cascais so not too far. I need to get myself to put up a build thread but my hectic life makes it difficult. Work abroad so only at home during weekends and if i spend half a day testing and doing maintenance and rhe other half documenting that my wife and (3) kids will change the lock

    I have been playing around with the idea to switch to pukani for a while as I really like it also. But on the other hand feel kind of bad as the aquaroche structures are beautiful, covered in coraline (finally, it took years!) and were quite expensive... But as you say, this would be a food time to switch and i am very tempted!

    It would have to be in phases in order not to upset the biological filtre too much given i have already a healthy population of fish.

    You just gave me more food for thought!
     
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    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    So close by ... That's easy ... I have a 200l container you can move the fishes there.
    Also I can lend you the Marine Pure Block that you would put to seed in your SUMP!

    The rest is easy.

    Tear, rebuild/rescape with good quality rock ... let it cycle and move the live stock slowly. You can even build the pukani structures and let them cure in the 200l container right before the move! That way the cycle in the aquarium would be minimal and you can secure it with NSW changes ...

    All the best,
    Rui
     
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    VJV Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Rui! That is an amazing offer. I ger the feeling you are looking for a new project to keep you entertained as your tank is just cruising along

    I need to take things slow, and cannot have another 200 liter vat in the house with fish and filtration in it. My tank is in the main living room so need to keep disturbance to a minimum to maintain family peace.

    I already have some 10litres of Seachem Matrix media in the sump, so that should be covered (and again, a massive thanks for offering the Marine Pure block!). What i believe i will do is replace one island at a time, after having the pukani properly cured.

    Again, thanks and i have said this before but your enthusiasm is inspiring! Where everyone sees problens in this hobby you see an opportunity to have some fun! For that alone I am voting in you for Reefer of the Month! It is settled! Tje aquaroche is going out!
     
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    Great tank, love it. :)
     
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    rui.manuel.gaspar Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    ahhhhaahahah. You are seeing right thru me ...
    Aquaroche getting out seems a pretty good decision to me ;)

    Thank you ... and please open you topic ... doesn't take long and you can have more inputs to your setup!

    Thank you najer ...
     
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    following and incidentaly practicing english..
     
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