1 year update

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  1. ConnorG

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    Background info:
    I began researching in August of 2011 in hopes of getting a tank for Christmas. Lone behold my wish care true, I received a 24 gallon Cardiff Bullet as one of my gifts. The day after (Dec. 26) I made a trip to world of fish to purchase sand, water and rocks as well as a bunch of other stuff. After having that set up for about 5 months I made the decision to upgrade to a 75 gallon. This 75 gallon upgrade has been quite a journey. Set up in may, everything was going great, corals were growing great and the fish were healthy and fun to watch.

    August: in August I decided to add a pair of lyretail anthias from Vince at OD. During acclimation one of the anthiases jumped from te bowl and into the floor. Thank god I was there to catch him and put him back in the bowl. Unfortunately he developed ich and died before the QT was ready, eventually ich had spread to every fish in the tank. I lost one if the anthiases but everything else was fine. Shortly after that my 2 clowns developed brook, I transferred them to a QT and began formalin dips immediately. Unfortunately I lost them both...a few moths after that I had to get rid of my Lemon peal Mimic tang, he was getting very big and began eating my Kenya tree.

    November: Siphoned my sand way too much and kick started a GIANT cycle. Ammonias up to 8 ppm and nitrites off the charts. Surprisingly I only lost a few corals and my prized birdsnest and frogspawn colony.

    Fast forward a few months to now and everything is stable and doing great. I will post pictures below of the progression from Dec. 26 2011 till now. Enjoy! :)

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    And my attempt at a panoramic picture:) this is the most recent as of yesterday.
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  2. fivesmallworlds

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  3. reeflover

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    Nice looking tank! I recognize the gorgonian....seems to be growing great for you. :beerchug:
     
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    Thanks! More pictures!

    Green birdsnest
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    Green palythoas
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    Gorgonia!:) growing great especially after what happened!
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    Pink lemonade acro
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    Chips acro
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    Miami hurricane chalice, 3 new eyes in a month!
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    And my favorite!
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    I love your tank! Especially that birdsnest:) so pretty!
     
  6. Fishmonger70

    Fishmonger70 I Live For TCMAS!
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    Great shots. Everything looks good.
     
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    LED lighting on the 75?
     
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    Looking good! Keep up posted. The colors are definitely coming in.
     
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    Correct LEDs are over the 75

    And thanks!
     
  10. lr9788

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    How many LED fixtures to you have over this tank?
     
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    Just picked these up today from cosmic aquatics! Great deal thanks everyone there! This Welso is a little larger then a soft ball! Great peice, it is my center peice coral!
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    This scooter is eating mysis and it doing great:) one of my favorites! I apologize for the bad picture it is very hard to get a good one of him...
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    Just a few more updates:

    Decided to chane the rocks around because I still was not happy with the aquascape.....to many big rocks and not enough space to put frags but still make it look natural. So here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy!!:beerchug:
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    Don't know what acro this is....id anyone?
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    AWSOME tri color from fritz!
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    Bird of paradise from Brian (90ct) one of 2 frags
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    Welsophyllia from Jon at Cosmic Aquatics...LIVE IT
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    Miami hurricane chalice growing like a weed..from Brian (90ct)
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    Lyretail anthia being a stalker:tongue:
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    My goal was to try and replicate a real reef environment with all of the he's and crevices for the fish to swim through. What do you think?
     
  15. lr9788

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    Looks nice. Are you using LEDs? Lot of blue in those pictures lol
     
  16. cubetankguy

    cubetankguy its hip to be square

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    there u go luke
     
  17. lr9788

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    I dont have time to read the whole thread :stupid:
     
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    whats in the box? im guessing lower right corner if you are viewing the tank..
     
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    It is a container of Kenya tree frags that I am trying to attach to frag plugs
     

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