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Osaka 155L Marine Reef.


jennybugs

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I've upgraded yet again from my 24 Gal nano tank to a nice Fluval 155L tank.

It's been a bit of an epic adventure this one as I had to deconstruct the nano in order to put the new tank in its place! This had to obviously take place all in one day and it was backbreaking to say the least :blink:

It's a lovely tank...all rounded

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with the two marine bulbs it really comes to life even when empty

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For a while I had live rock, fish and corals all over the house in any spare recptacle I could find

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In went the rock and sand

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then it was the turn of my existing corals

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the tank has pride of place right next to my end of the sofa

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tbc

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I have been given some gorgeous corals and now the tank is (just) 4 weeks old and is looking grand.

All my corals are so colourful and opened out so much with the new T5 lighting

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my sand conch Hooter

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I have a pair of watchman gobies - Beaker and Bunsen - aka The Muppets

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tbc

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Norm is still with me

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Hooter again being a good glass cleaner

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a hermit resting on the cabbage leather

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the first two of a shoal of blue eye cardinalfish

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FTS

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Thanks for looking :D

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Thankyou ladies :D

I would love a marine puffer tank one day :peeka

I am also thinking about ugrading the goldie tank the other side of the hearth to match this one! My goldies would love it and I think it would look awesome! :wub: I will be suggesting LFS tokens for presents from now on :druel

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Ok coral naming....from second post onward as best I can. I don't have any anemones.

1 rainbow acans

2 blue mushrooms

3 duncans in the middle, ricordeas below

4 orange fungiia plate coral

5 cabbage leather

6 torch coral or frogspawn (euphyllia sp)

7 green reticulated coral goby on montipora digitata

8 acropora sp and acans

9 green coral goby on plating montipora capricornis

10 various mushrooms

11 various zoanthids

Others - green spotted polyps, red sea pulsing xenia, xenia elongata, lobophyllia, kenya tree, birds nest coral, toadstool leather, green fungiia plate coral.

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I am soooo jealous, you seem to have so many gorgeous tanks! I know it must take so much time, money etc but I want my tanks to just appear as pretty as yours! I can't seem to have any living thing except fish and algae....algae has covered my only remaining plant, the fish killed the curling val and my sister put her thumb through the moss ball so now it has a hippy van parked in it....want to swap????

I love your 'step-by-step' marine photos :D

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Absolutely gorgeous! I really want a marine tank, and you're not helping the situation! I love that tank design it's like a piece of sculpture. And Beaker and Bunson? Fantastic names, I love the muppets. In fact, I want to be a muppet when I grow up.

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Alistair, Hooter is so groovy! Those eyes are the best! Sand conches are the only snails to have a real 'pupil' as such. Really brings them alive :D

I fixed a couple of moonlight led strips to my lighting yesterday and the tank lit up like an 80's rollerdisco at moonrise :lol:

I'll try and get some pics tonight that do it all justice!

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A quick photo update on progress so far

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I haven't added much to it since my op but it is all doing very well :D I have some blue eye cardinalfish now to enjoy the main water column with the clowns and I love them :D

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I got scared when my cleaner shrimp moulted. It's skin was stuck to a pump and I was convinced it was the whole thing without my glasses on lol

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An early video clip - a bit poor quality but it gives you an idea

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Thanks for the update Jennybugs!! It is looking awesome!! Haha - I had to laugh when I read the bit about your shrimp molting. Snider82 had the sameish thing happen last weekend. He was feeding his tank and he starts yelling "omg - I have two shrimp in my tank!!!" and im like "ya - ok dear :rolleyes: (lol)" And sure enough there were two blood shrimp in the tank! It was a perfectly intact outter shell hanging underneath the rocks.

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My hand now hurts like a good'un but thought I'd have a go with my good camera as I've missed playing with it for the last couple of months.

The results are as follows :)

A bit blurry here and there, but practice will make my hand stronger again and it's impossible to use a tripod while kneeled on the arm of the sofa with your lens almost touching the glass :lol:

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this green cabbage is actually growing after doing nothing for ages!

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torch or frogspawn? The latter I think. It's now got 3 heads :D

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my gsp loves the faster flow in the corner of the tank and I'm hoping both types will spread to cover the rock they are on

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trying my macros with a new technique of balancing but it's not quite there yet as it hurts

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a bizarre shot under the moonlights!

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I need some different hues of acans now methinks

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Love these mushies and zoas. Had them for ages now

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I love this plate but capturing the true colour of dynarod orange is so hard

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that is just hands down amazing. if i had the money and space i would be doing the same thing as you. im so glad i found this new fish obsession ! hahah

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I have some updating to do of this tank biggrin.gif

I got a new torch coral

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the clowns have showed no interest in this at all

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a new long polyped toady

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the duncan keeps throwing out new heads left right and centre...17 at last count compared to 3 when I got it a year ago

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it's bulking out nicely now

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this green cabbage is actually growing after doing nothing for ages!

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frogspawn biggrin.gif

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my gsp loves the faster flow in the corner of the tank and I'm hoping both types will spread to cover the rock they are on

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a branching style of polyp I have yet to get the proper name of

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a non branching hammer

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a few other random shots including my torch coral that had just been walked all over by my cleaner shrimp

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Spot the conch!

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How lazy is that?

I'll stop now and add more another day lol.GIF

I had a set back a few months ago when the heater Ihad decided to try and boil the tank! Luckily everything bar the blue mushrooms and a couple of gobies survived and are picking up well biggrin.gif

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You have a stunning setup. :heart I am inspired to get to work on my marine tanks. I have a 7 gallon nano cube and a 29 gallon reef. But they are nothing compared to your tank. I loved your blue eye cardinalfish are they easy to care for? It is hard to find small fish that can be kept in a group for reef tanks of our size. I was thinking of trying out black mollies but the cardinal fish you have are so cute. Anyway :goodjob your tank is beautiful.

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I really wish I had the money and space for a marine tank. Your's is so beautiful. It must be great for you to be able to sit on the couch and stare at it. And I love Hooter! Especially those pictures with just is eyes sticking up out of the sand. Too cute!

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Very beautiful set up. I have never done a Marine tank, is it hard to care for?

I would say the researching is the hard part as you end up with brain freeze doh11.gif I researched for over a year before finally taking the plunge and I am well and truly hooked. At the start everything can seem a little overwhelming with all the tests you have to do and the constant monitoring to make sure your water is just right. It is obviously more time consuming and much more costly than our beloved goldies, but worth the effort imho.

I loved your blue eye cardinalfish are they easy to care for?

Not at all! They really just sit around all day with the occasional bicker amoungst themselves. Not the most active of fish I have to say yeah.gif but they are always first to the food at dinner time! They remind me of my goldies then rofl3.gif

A bigger tank like this is easier to run and keep stable than my smaller 23L nano Edge tank. Marine tanks aren't the sort of thing you can set up and let do its own thing too much as certain corals take more nutrients out of the water than others so that has to be monitored, but if you keep a tank of soft corals then it's much easier with fish only being the most simple type of marine tank you can keep.

I personally love my corals and would be happy with a tank full of them and very few fish, but I think I have the balance right now biggrin.gif

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The tank cost around ?350 but came with an external filter, inline heater and special marine T5 bulbs yeah.gif

I'd love the Osaka 320 version for all the goldies I must admit!fbottom.gif

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Just wondering Jenny, what do you do with your tanks when you're on holiday? Does someone look after them or can they manage for a week or two on their own? Do you just not take holidays and have two weeks at home up to your armpits in tanks and spend all your holiday savings on corals and tanks?!

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