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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent.ff View Post
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    How big is that? love a reef but dont want to go huge.. Nano's are intriguing but know they're super hard to do
    That's the Innovative Marine 20g AIO, lighting is an AI Prime HD.

    Nanos are easy; don't let people dissuade you and tell you to "go as big as you can afford." That's bullshit and alot reefers don't know what the fuck they're talking about anyway.

    Pico tanks are another story. Those are much harder.

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    Yup, that's an IM 20! It's not super hard to do actually as long as you do scheduled water changes which is actually easier to do on a smaller tank (because it requires less water, 1 bucket a week is good, whereas big tanks you need more obviously.) It's a very expensive hobby though, BUT I've seen people do it on a budget. The only negative to the IM 20 is the stock pump in the back is really bad so everyone immediately upgrades for a $100 Sicce pump. I'm doing a total re-start on this tank soon though (removing everything - cleaning everything out - and starting fresh). Maybe I'll document a bit of the process here to show how it can be done easy!

    Here's what it looked like in its PRIME (6 months old)

    IMG_2876 by kijho6, on Flickr

    It kinda went down-hill after the move because life just got so busy and I neglected it in the new house.. but this was the view from the living room which I did enjoy

    IMG_8012 by kijho6, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwslam View Post
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    https://petapixel.com/2018/07/31/the...through-glass/

    Would this help with aquarium photography?
    Just grab one of these in the size you need:

    https://www.amazon.ca/72mm-Camera-Le...0636616&sr=8-3

    Also remember if you're using a SLR with the lens pushed up against the glass, it will probably sound like thunder to the fishes haha. Just in case you have any sensitive species in there or something.

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    In all my photos posted above I didn't use any special filters or hoods, just my Canon 70D and 50mm lens at the time! I adjusted my lighting to be a little more bright (bumped up the whites a touch) and then just slightly corrected WB in Lightroom (which ends up feeling weird because you don't adjust it the same way you would a normal photo lets say of a car or portrait, you kind of tweak the WB to look more realistic which isn't actually properly balanced... if that makes sense).

    I just use a tripod and try to make sure the camera is positioned in a way to have no reflections and I also turn off any other lights in the area of the house... but here's some interesting stuff...

    Reverse lens photography w/ 50mm 1.8 (handheld)
    You can buy special adapters but I literally used to just hold the lens and use a fast shutter: https://digital-photography-school.c...aphy-lesson-3/

    IMG_7215 by kijho6, on Flickr

    IMG_7187 by kijho6, on Flickr
    Last edited by Kijho; 10-09-2019 at 10:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kijho View Post
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    Yup, that's an IM 20! It's not super hard to do actually as long as you do scheduled water changes which is actually easier to do on a smaller tank (because it requires less water, 1 bucket a week is good, whereas big tanks you need more obviously.) It's a very expensive hobby though, BUT I've seen people do it on a budget. The only negative to the IM 20 is the stock pump in the back is really bad so everyone immediately upgrades for a $100 Sicce pump. I'm doing a total re-start on this tank soon though (removing everything - cleaning everything out - and starting fresh). Maybe I'll document a bit of the process here to show how it can be done easy!

    Here's what it looked like in its PRIME (6 months old)

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/V3Y815]
    Did any of your clowns host the pumps? one thing i always see with tanks is the stupid clown taking care of some top corner or a pump

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    Used to have a 24G reef tank with 2-3 clowns, snails and 1 anemone and loved watching it once in a while.

    Wouldn't mind picking up this hobby later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taemo View Post
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    Used to have a 24G reef tank with 2-3 clowns, snails and 1 anemone and loved watching it once in a while.

    Wouldn't mind picking up this hobby later on.
    I have a 33 gal complete with all the accessories sitting around taking up space. Trade for your exhaust that's sitting around taking up space?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D'z Nutz View Post
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    I have a 33 gal complete with all the accessories sitting around taking up space. Trade for your exhaust that's sitting around taking up space?
    ohhh tempting.. send me pics! what happened to your reef?

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    My 45 gallon bow tank due for a clean. Plants are all live, inhabitants are one angelfish, one dwarf gourami, 6 panda corys, 8 lemon tetras, 9 dwarf neon rainbowfish and about 10 amano shrimp. 20191008_192551.jpg

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    our red sea marine, reefer series nano 350 (70 some gallons)
    We upgraded from a 20 Gal Nano cube. It was started as something to do and then came to a point where either we were going to shut the tank down or make a go it it.

    Occupants are: clown fish, blue chromis, blue demsel, yellow tang, fire fish, cleaner shrimp, a couple of hermit crabs.
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    surprised so many took the plunge and went with a reef tank although they are gorgeous with the corals.

    Currently going through an ammonia spike probably caused by the overfeeding when I added the pleco. I was worried he wasn't eating but hes grown and is active so he must be. All his tank mates really prefer eating his algea wafers over there own food. My luck I get a tank of vegetarians.

    Look how much his bristles have grown in only a week.


    Performed a big water change and did a good gravel vac to help with the ammonia spike. Always love the crystal clear water after a WC


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    So the tear-down of my Fusion 20 began last weekend and throughout the week. Completely took everything out, disregarded a few pieces and kept some others. I wanted to give the tank (4 years old at this point) a deep cleaning and then to re-start and go bare bottom this time (so much easier maintenance and cleaner.)







    Vinegar bath for all the equipment



    I literally took the tank to the car wash and pressure washed the absolute shiiit out of it Got a few weird stares, but it was worth it. 4 years of crud from the back sump gone haha...



    Started mixing more water







    So I let the water cycle alone for a couple days, got salinity right, and got temperature good, etc. Then added an amazing product (which was very difficult to find I might add). This stuff claims to allow you to add it to the tank and you can add fish within ~ 24 hours with no problems, then begin regular WC's and your cycle will be done in a week. I used it before when I started the tank and it worked exactly as claimed. So I did it again. I checked everywhere for this stuff but I couldn't find it. Pieces, Concept, Wai's, etc. Last place I checked; Ocean Creations - $24. Bingo!





    Now I have two ideas; (Keeping bare bottom)..

    Either a clownfish harem tank (4) with frogspawn theme only, OR a seahorse tank (2) with SPS branching and stony corals, but I'd most likely start that with fake branches (Probably some black egg crate structures to allow the seahorses to be in there).

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