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    The first salt tank started as a simple 20 gallon FOWLR... that lasted all of a couple months before I put a shiny new LED light fixture on it and started keeping simple soft coral. Then i found a 60 gallon tank with an overflow and decided that I liked the salt water tank so much that I needed to upgrade... Que the cha-ching cash register noise...
    THEN... my friend got a smoking deal on a 125 gallon complete setup and required a hand moving it.... well that never made it to his house because i decided that it would look better in my apartment! ya I know...

    The new tank has a perfect footprint for me ... 4x2x2 giving me ample space for rock work as well as offering me swimming room fro larger tank inhabitants

    The tank was complete with a massive skimmer, return pump, MP40W, t5x8 light fixture (which unfortunately quickly blew both ballasts) and it came with all the necessary plumbing. I bought 60 lbs of dry rock and used the 75lbs of cured live rock in my 60 to seed it. I also did a rookie move by not being very patient with the tank swap but im relieved to say that I did not loose one fish from the 60 in the process.

    Coral: softies and LPS
    Fish: Volitan Lionfish, unidentified Trigger, Coral Beauty Angel, Yellow Tang, Convict Tang, Tobacco Basslet, Cleaner Wrasse, Vroliks Wrasse, Ornate (Christmas) Wrasse, Sand Sifting Gobys, Common clownfish,
    Inverts: Reef Lobster, Hermit Crabs, Nassarius snails, cleaner shrimp

    Ok here's the pics.

    full tank shot... notice the custom moon light mounting apparatus


    Mystery Trigger.. staff at JnL and also IPU have been unable to identify this guy. He doesn't show any aggression towards the other fish in the tank, but is all over the feeders when they go in. Tough to see in the pics but it's a very deep violet colour with yellow and green accents.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2B_k9p84Eo

    My favourite fish that I've ever had - Volitan Lionfish


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPGsbpfoEY

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    Now two cool feeding videos... a couple feeder fish managed to avoid the Trigger and the LionFish and the Basslet... too bad it's a dangerous world on the reef for a gold fish.

    Check out what a tube anemone does to this guy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vskCDRMvciU

    And then the Reef Lobster joins the party...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKe9dWmktXk
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    I fear for your clown fish's life. I would remove the lion fish, it is actually a natural predator of clown fish. without a hosting anemone, your clown fish has no chance to survive once the lion fish grow big enough.
    Also watch for the "reef lobster" there is no true reef safe lobster/crab. Some of them just prefer other food than fish but you never know when a fish look a bit week, it might look like a great Sashimi dish to them as well.

    Mike, I understand sometimes you want to have everything in the tank but some of the fish and inverts are not meant to be together. Take my snow flake eel for example, I only able to keep it there because it is one of my wife's favour, but if u ask me if I would get another one now, I would not getting it myself
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    Volitan should be in a predator tank, I agree. Also, be very careful working in a reef tank with lionfish. Been stung before and it was by far the worst pain I've ever experienced.

    Great looking tank Mike. Lots of colour, movement and life.

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    your trigger will eat your lion when they get big the lion willl eat clowns wen its big

    awsome looking tank btw you should get a big brain coral !!
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    Great pictures update there Mike
    Back in the hobby, 1- 20 gallon shrimp tank and a 42 gallon community corner tank

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    also hate to be a downer but its sooo bad for your fish to eat feaders some mollys might be beter for them
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    Nice Reef Predator tank! Lol

    You aren't too bad with this salty addiction. It took me just 6 weeks to upgrade from my first salty (46gal) to the 120gal. BTW, mine has the exact dimensions as yours (4'x2'x2'). Should mine be a 125gal then???
    Current Setups:
    33 Gal Fluval Studio 600
    14 Gal Biocube
    8 Gal Fluval Cube

    While suffering from BTS few years ago...
    135 Gal Africans
    120 Gal Reef Journal
    46 Gal Bowfront Saltwater Predator

 

 
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