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Nick's Nano Reef

Discussion in 'Saltwater Aquascapes' started by nick.scott, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. nick.scott

    nick.scott Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Nick's Nano Lagoon (1/23/14):
    Volume: 10gallons (38 liters)
    Dimensions: 20" x 10" x 12"(50.8 x 25.4 x 30.48 in cm)
    Equipment: Marineland Penguin 200 HOB, Macro-Glo lamp (25 watts at 6400k), cheap LEDs

    Fish: 2 Firefish
    Invertebrates: 3 Hermit Crabs, and 2 Micro Brittle-Stars, and 1 Bristle Worm.

    Corals: 2 frags of Pulsing Xenia
    Macro-algae: Dragon's Breath, and Fern Caulerpa.
     
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    As its a SW Aquascape I think it might be more suitable here.

    SW are always a challenge.

    I can add Journal to your thread if you would like.

    Can you explain what you mean by Low Tech please ?

    Keith:):)
     
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    I know of people who did this using the "M├ęthode Jaubert" (from a french scientist). Maybe you'll want to read about it if you didn't already :)
     
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    Hi Nick, I will be following this thread (y) Always wanted a SW Aquarium:rolleyes: But the cost always put me off the idea:( Low tech sounds great :) Hope all go's well ;)
     
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    Thanks for the interest! Actually I suppose it isn't low-tech actually haha. But it will be low-maintenance for sure. All my equipment was either something I already had or used and inexpensive from where I work. I'll update the main post soon with equipment and tank specs.

    Here is the the first FTS, let me know what you think.

    There are actually five live rock stones in the tank: 3 that make the big mound and 2 that create the plateau.

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    Back:
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    So, today I added some Caulerpa taxifolia, and some Turbo snails covered in coralline algae (in hopes of seeding the live rock).

    Sorry about the glass and the photo quality!

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    I have two other pieces of live rock, and I tried adding something height to my aquascape. Which design do you guys think looks best?
     

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    I prefer the first one for several reasons.

    1 It gives you greater height,

    2 There are more small spaces for the corals to attach them selves on.

    3 Its looks far more stable than any of the others

    4 It looks far more natural than any of the others.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I like #1 and #4. Although #1 looks more "natural" to me.
     
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    Hi Nick, I like #1 For the same reason looks more Natural ;)
     
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    Alright guys, I stuck with layout number one as you all suggested. Unfortunately I fiddled with it experimenting with different placements and it's not exactly the same, because some of the live rock broke off :c But its' more or less the same.

    The plant in the background is either Caulerpa taxifolia or Caulerpa mexicana. The species looks pretty damn near the same to me from what I've googled.

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    Nick I added the original photo for easy reference.
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    You have lost a lot of height now its a pity as its rather flat on the top.

    Can this be done?

    I have rotated that rock around also it is upside down now.

    This gives you greater height and a larger cave entrance.

    Can you add another small rock where the red X is also get a thin rock to place behind the cave entrance but up against the glass back to make it more like a cave rather than a hole in the reef.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Keith-

    I appreciate the quick response! It makes scaping more fun when people chime in to help. I agree in my latest FTS that the piece does look a bit odd and is shorter, although I rather like the "face" the rock makes haha. Also I like the possibilities it presents in planting with all the holes and crevices.

    Your mock up cannot be achieved exactly like that, as I had to flip it around to achieve the shape. I tried to show what that piece looks like rotated and also flipped. Also, the picture on the top in the edited post is actually a completely different piece of live rock. The rock from the edited post doesn't have any holes, so I'd rather not use it if possible.

    Rotated:
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    Flipped:
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    What do you think?
     
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    Keith, I tried to get the look you wanted, but unfortunately the rock won't comply
     
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    Reef Aquascaping is a lot different in my opinion you do not have the variety of hardscape materials to use.
    In saying that it requires the live rocks have to be positioned in such a way it looks very natural and not look like its been made to look OK

    That is looking good now my only concern is it stable?

    I moved that small piece in the front see if it can be used to support the main rock if required.

    I also added a rock behind the entrance to make it look more like a cave.

    In Aust you can buy a special putty that is used to hold those rocks together to make it a lot safer.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Keith- I see what you mean now! I like the mock up you made. You're right... it's not very stable. I can get some epoxy glue, but obviously I want to be extremely sure (of the hardscape) before I do that haha. I'm sure you understand.

    Also I like the cave idea and I'll try to get some nice small pieces to create that Wednesday. I agree, the hole just going into nowhere is not very natural looking.

    Although there aren't as many options as freshwater, you can still get a lot of variety. I just though I'd give the tried-and-true method of live rock and white sand for my very first saltwater aquarium. No doubt I'll be upgrading eventually haha ! Then I'll try some other things.

    There's a wide variety of natural but colorful sand choices, different substrates like crushed coral, rubble, shells, mangrove roots, and more. However most reef hobbyists choose to focus on growth of corals rather than aesthetics and pushing boundaries. Also remember I'm going to be adding macro algae, so the rock work is only the rough draft of the scape.
     
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    In a good reef tank practically most if not all the rock is covered with bits and pieces.

    I have dived on the GBR not a great deal but enough to know what it looks like.

    Spent more hrs fishing (where permitted) shallow reefs where you can see what the total area looks like.

    The areas around the rocky areas are far from perfectly clean sand its full of broken rocks, shells, and broken old reef bits.

    If you can make your substrate look like that it will improve it immensely.

    Keith:):)
     
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    2014 update!

    The macro-algae on the right is "Dragon's Breath" and the green macro on the right is "Fern Caulerpa". Still leaving room for maybe one more macro, but I'm just seeing what the shop can get instead of ordering online. Also considering a few corals... like mushrooms, pulsing xenia, or yellow polyps. I added the two firefish gobies about a week ago. They're friendly with each other, and when it's lights off, they dart into the cave on the left side, and sleep side by side each other! :)
     

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    Hi Nick, Starting to come together now :cool: And the fish sleep together Aaaaaa Bless:love:
     
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    Yeah, they actually sleep with one's tail against the other's head, to guard their cave I suppose.

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