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Nicholas41



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PostSubject: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:01 pm

I had been skeptical about getting a saltwater tank for years due to the extra work and time they take. SO I wanted to start small and luckily enough my sister found the perfect tank for me on Craigslist (which is a great place to get aquariums at a fraction of the cost!)

I had recently seen this tank at a fish store and fell in love, but it was exclusively made for freshwater, but this one had been "converted" to run saltwater fish in! So we will start with the setup and work through the motions.


This is the tank once it was moved into my house and refilled.




Once again Toff was eager and ready to assist me on the setup.




My tank as it cleared up, sadly my frogspawn and hammer were not open, but you can see the white frag plug from my house warming gift!!




This is what the tank looks like setup! Instead of the stock halogen bulbs, two mr11 blue leds that are gz4 base compatible, and a coralife bulb strapped underneath the hood (as seen in picture two)




This is the only fish in the tank, a green goby. Hes sweet like a teddy bear but he's named Grizzly because he's so fearless!




Sadly the fun came to an end because the bulbs get way to hot. The led groupings in the MR11 bulbs were hanging by a wire because the glue had melted, and those in conjunction with the coralife had heated my 78 degree tank up to 91 degrees. So I unstrapped the coralife and today ran the bulb elevated above my tank ontop of legos!



I had it focused on the left and middle where most of my light intensive corals are




I spoke to a friend at Aquastar and he suggested a kit from rapidled with 12 leds to keep it cooler than the coralife, So look out for my led DIY thread within the next week or so!

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:14 pm

I LOVE the new aquarium! thumbs up It's so tiny, cute, adorable, and totally has a modern cool-cat style to it! Cool I think may favorite part, though, is that you named your little clown goby Grizzly! rofl

Looking forward to the led build! good luck

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:26 pm

Why thank you! I really hope the new LED's work out well! and I love my little Grizzly Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:50 pm

My rusty gorgonian


My tankwarming gift, leather coral


My purple hammer with 3 heads, my Zoas from MW for 5 bucks, and my goniopora


An up close of my Zoas


The newest inhabitant, my neon goby


My grizzly being shy for the camera


Strutin his stuff!


And my beloved Coco :<3:

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:19 pm

Cute pics!!! Your tank looks AWESOME! Very Happy I LOVE the new goby, and Grizzly is adorable! I like the "Shy Grizzly" pic. POTM? Question

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:21 pm

These pics were taken under your new light, right?

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:19 pm

I think it would beat out all others at least for this month. He's so adorable! As you stated these were under my new lights. It didn't hit me at the time to take a picture of them, perhaps write a review on them too, and maybe mention the PAR level readings in my tank with them for all the other reefers! excited

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:12 pm

There is no POTM for this month. I'm not sure we're going to have one on the forum. Maybe in the Fall, when hopefully there will be more members. cry

You should probably at least post a pic of the new lights in this thread Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:35 pm

What do you feed the fish and corals? Those goby's have tiny mouths.
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:20 pm

Unfortunately while I was away in St. Augustine my neon goby must have passed away because he is nowhere to be seen, but I feed them mysis and PhytoChrom (phytoplankton). The neon didn't even attempt the mysis and strickly ate the phyto.

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:58 am

I had a yellow clown goby and tried feeding cyclop-eeze, which is very tiny, but I don't think he was healthy when I got him. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:29 pm

Yeah my green goby will feed on Cyclopeeze, but prefers brine or mysis.

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:04 pm

My Corals in the tank, I will list MC in parenthesis for the ones from Mrcoral.com

Honey I shrunk the kids chalice (MC)


UFO Favia (MC)


Paly from Creative Aquariums (first and third picture shows Zoas from MC)




Favia (war coral) and Green Acan (both MC)





War coral and Coco. Coco rolled into it and it tried to snack on him.



Acan (MC), second is in actinic



Favia from Creative Aquariums




Favia (hasn't shown much growth, from MC)



Kryto zoas and a Goni (MC) and Grizzly!


Green Yuma From Sam_G


My savior! An Abalone snail from Corals and Fins, hes eaten a ton of crap from my tank!



Now my corals from SRC ( Southeastern Reef Conference was in Orlando this past weekend)

Cup Coral





Orange Monti



Orange Blastomussa




Amazing speckled Favia!





My tank Currently











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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:16 am

All of your corals look great! fish 3

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:08 pm

Thank you!!! I'm so happy with the tank loopy

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:23 pm

Time for an upgrade!

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:38 pm

Say what? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:39 pm

"A new Showcase Thread in your future I see." Yoda

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:52 pm

MY THREAD MADE IT TO TWO PAGES!!! drool I've been waiting for this to happen! Thanks for the participation Samantha! And yes There will be one coming shortly!

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:56 pm

Haha! You finally make it to 2 pages, and now you're gonna ditch this thread for a new upgrade thread. That's a fail... teasing

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:01 pm

Yeah the new one will have to make three Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:26 am

Awww...It looks so sad empty... cry

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 6 Gallon fluval edge reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:32 pm

Yes it must go to a good home! lol

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