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Liver&Onions 05-18-07 03:46 PM

Anyone else a reefer?
 
I'm a few months into the newest addition of mine, saltwater aquaria. Anyone else have a reef tank going? I currently only have 4 frags of acros going, 1 pokerstar monti, a frogspawn and a couple rocks of zoanthids for corals, the fish selection so far is meager. 1 lawnmower blenny, 2 clowns and a creepy ass pajama cardinal. What do you have?

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...k/DSC_1074.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...k/Tank-039.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...k/Tank-003.jpg

The Bus 05-18-07 03:48 PM

That's awesome. I used to have a smallish freshwater tank when I was in college but I was too damn good at it. I started with 5 fish and by the end of the semester I had over 60.

Once I am "settled" I would like to have a large, saltwater aquarium. But this has to be a place where I am likely to be for a long time as I can't imagine moving with it. So, for the time being, nothing.

Liver&Onions 05-18-07 03:51 PM

Guppies or Molly's? ;) Those things breed like crazy.

yeah - I'm jsut settled into my new "man-condo" and have wanted a tank for years - ex-wife swore I'd never take care of it. So - 2 weeks post break up, the tank was mine! :)

here're a couple more shots:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...k/Tank-032.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...k/Tank-027.jpg

Vibiana 05-18-07 04:14 PM


Originally Posted by Liver&Onions
Guppies or Molly's? ;) Those things breed like crazy.

Would that be called "Reefer Madness?" :D

The Bus 05-18-07 04:29 PM

Mollys I think. I don't think they were Betas. Maybe they were.

I just remember one time thinking there was too much debris in the tank and lo and behold, there's tiny baby fishies, smaller than a grain of rice. It was wild. Dad to a bunch of lil' swimmers. :eek:

JumpCutz 05-18-07 04:31 PM

Reefer :drool:

melbatoast 05-18-07 04:32 PM

That looks aboslutely beautiful! Good luck with it. My ex had one and it was so much work. But you totally get out of it what you put into it.

How beautiful.

kakihara1 05-18-07 04:46 PM

woah!!! you really showed that bitch ;)

Liver&Onions 05-18-07 05:20 PM

Jumpcutz - agreed!
kaki - STFU. ;-)

Yeah - it's a fair amount of work. At least 30 minutes/day scraping and general cleanup, then about 1-2 hours per weekend. While I may be the laziest guy around, I actually don't mind dorking around in the tank. I even had my shrimp come out of his cave to eat from my hands the other day. :)

bigrederik 05-18-07 06:39 PM

Wow thats an impressive set up! I had one about 5 years ago (after years and years of keeping freshwater tanks) and i LOVED it! it was far too much work though. after i moved, i never set it up again.

I had a snowflake eel and a purple reef lobster at the same time. Those two did not get along, and were the most entertaining part of the hobby by far.

Kicker_of_Elves 05-18-07 06:40 PM

Shrimp :drool:

NORML54601 05-18-07 07:11 PM

This thread is not at all what I expected

Nausicaa 05-18-07 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by NORML54601
This thread is not at all what I expected

"Ditto that my brother"

But it's still cool.

I had a freshwater aquarium in high school, and I really enjoyed it. I've always wanted a salt-water tank, and I hope to have one some day.

You have a great tank there!

Liver&Onions 05-18-07 07:36 PM

Yeah - apologies for the double-meaning. But made ya look :)

Thanks - compared to pretty much every other tank I've seen, my sucks. But I like it :)

emanon 05-18-07 08:56 PM


Originally Posted by NORML54601
This thread is not at all what I expected

Your disappointment was at the forefront of my mind once the pics started loading, believe it or not.

fundevil 05-18-07 09:10 PM

Mantis shrimp?

Liver&Onions 05-18-07 09:12 PM

Nope. Coral Banded.

TomOpus 05-18-07 09:46 PM

No Sea Monkeys? :(

Liver&Onions 05-18-07 09:56 PM


Originally Posted by TomOpus
No Sea Monkeys? :(

Every other day as food. :)

7Keys 05-19-07 04:20 PM

Wow, that looks great L&O.

Could I ask about how much money you've put into it? I'd like to start one but it's probably too costly right now.

Aphex Twin 05-19-07 04:41 PM

You'd never catch me on the streets without a ton of reefer. That's like Malcom X catching the jungle fever.

NORML54601 05-19-07 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by emanon
Your disappointment was at the forefront of my mind once the pics started loading, believe it or not.

You like me. You really really like me! :)

Liver&Onions 05-19-07 08:36 PM


Originally Posted by 7Keys
Wow, that looks great L&O.

Could I ask about how much money you've put into it? I'd like to start one but it's probably too costly right now.

A lot.

I got the entire setup from some dude for 1k - but he sunk over 4k into it - so I made out like a bandit there. And that was only equipment. Since then I've put at least that much into rock, livestock, test kits, Reverse Osmosis water setup, etc. It sucks cause you can lose expensive things quickly. I lost a $30 fish in a week, but know of guys who've had $300 fish carpet surf the night they come home.

mather 05-21-07 11:23 AM

Come back when you are a seasoned reefer, most people think its beautiful and cool, then the constant maintaining of the tank grows old and they drop out like flies, this is AFTER losing fishes and corals. Want to be successful? One word, consistency. Without it, the swings in different parameters will kill you off slowly. Oh and the 2nd tip...go slow until you mastered the 1st word. Good luck, have fun.

Liver&Onions 11-29-07 03:57 PM

6.5 months later - still enjoying the fuck out of the hobby. Lost a couple of really nice fish to carpet surfing and the anemone, had to swap out the clowns from what was above to some smaller Tomato Clowns because the other two ate every crustacean that entered the tank. Also have lost some good coral fragments, but the lessons learned there were more than worth the cash.

Here's some updated shots. Once I get my new macro lens I'll get some tighter shots (that's what she said).

Full Tank shot
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC_1421_e.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/DSC_1424.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/DSC_1426.jpg

And the hardest working nudibranch i've met.
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/DSC_1413.jpg


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