Novahobbies official 110g rebuild thread

Discussion in 'Share Your Aquarium' started by novahobbies, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Geez, I'm sorry it took forever to respond to this!!! To answer your question, I'm running a pair of RapidLED Onyx fixtures tied to a Bluefish controller to time / dim the lights accordingly. Lately I've been toying with the idea of adding a pair of t5 bulbs to aid in Acro coloration, but I'm not sure if I want to go messing with it. Colors are nice, you'll see in an upcoming post, but could be better. My desire to change things up is warring with my KISS gut feeling.
  2. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    Hey welcome back.

    I added a pair of T5's to go with my AI hydra's and haven't been displeased with the results.
  3. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Sorry it's been forever since I"ve updated this, but here are some recent tank photos. My Rhomboid disappeared for no discernible reason about 2 months ago, but I now have a new one in QT thanks to a kind friend who was able to track one down for a very reasonable price. QT fish will be added after Christmas. That's about the only major change since I last posted, everything has just been "growing in" for now. Hope you like the pics...

  4. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that! Would you say it helped with your coral color, or growth, more? As you can probably see above, I haven't been too displeased by growth for most pieces. A few are definitely slow, however. My 'Yellow' porites is probably the slowest grower in the tank.
  5. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Finally, here's a FTS as of this morning, Dec 11th 2016:

    Current fish list:

    African Leopard Wrasse
    Naoko's Wrasse
    McCosker's Wrasse
    Blue Spot Jawfish
    Midas Blenny
    Tiger Wardi Goby
    Potter's Angelfish
    Desjardini Tang

    IN QT: Rhomboid Wrasse

    2017 Plans:
    Lineatus Wrasse
    Flame Wrasse
    Copperband Butterfly (I have some aptasia issues) :-\
    Pair of Firefish or Citron gobies
    CRAZY THOUGHT: Goldflake Ange. The prices are coming down on this fish. Somewhat. Probably never, but fish geeks gotta dream, right?
  6. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    Hard to say for sure on color because I've been running them side by side from the begining. But I'd say it's helped a little bit with both.

    Definitely helps with growth. They fill in some of the areas on coral that otherwise get shaded by the more focused light (less coverage) from the leds.

    Been running ATI bulbs, 1 blue, 1 purple in hopes that it's helping with maximum color. But can tell you that some pieces in my tank have better color than their mother colonies at my LFS that has them under Orphec led fixtures alone.
  7. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Photobomb level: expert.
  8. snakeblitz33

    snakeblitz33 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful tank Richard!
  9. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Thank you!
  10. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Some close ups from the waterproof camera tonight....
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  11. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    ....and some top-down shots:
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  12. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    Corals look amazing. What kind of camera are you using?
  13. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    It's just a point and shoot, really, but it's a nice one. Olympus Stylus TG-3. It's waterproof and shockproof. Got it a couple years ago for a trip, but it's great for basic tank shots as well.
  14. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Been a looooong time since I updated this thread! I'm still reefkeepin', I'm still occasionally lurkin', more or less just doin' my thing (whatever the hell THAT is, I just don't know). So it's been a full year and change....almost 13 months, in fact....since I've last updated this page. We've weathered some storms, some literal and some metaphorical, down in my neck of the woods, but I'm happy to say that fish and tank have been performing well. Here's a quick stock list and status update, along with the obligatory full tank shot as of tonight, Jan 13, 2018:
    Blue Spotted Jawfish, Opistognathus rosenblatti
    Purple Tang, Zebrasoma xanthurum
    Potter's Angel, Centropyge potteri
    Red Firefish, Nemateleotris magnifica
    Yellow Clown Goby, Gobiodon okinawae
    Foxface Lo, Siganus vulpinus
    Tiger Wardi Goby, Valenciennea wardii
    2 Black Ice Clowns, Assholeus mcbitemeus
    African Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon bipartitus
    Radiant Wrasse, Halichoeres iridis
    Red Velvet Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis
    Golden Rhomboid Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus rhomboidalis
    Lineatus Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus lineatus
    And, in QT, coming out next week:
    Midas Blenny, Ecsenius midas
    Lunate Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cf. lunatus (or possibly C. squirei)

    The last fish I'm really interested in adding to this tank is a Copperband Butterfly and possibly a Blue mandarin, but otherwise we're done. The clownfish are fun to watch since they like to "host" in a large paly colony on the bottom of the tank. Equipment-wise we're about the same as last year. 29g sump with filter floss, a TLF phosban reactor, macroalgae fuge, protein skimmer and I dose 2-part + carbon with a 3 head bubble magus. ATO is done with simple float switches. I recently added a little food defroster cup on the side so they can feed as frozen shrimp thaw and fall through the grates....that's fun to watch. Otherwise, corals are growing, fish are getting fat, and (knocks very firmly on wood) things seem to be going.....swimmingly! Hope you like the pic:

  15. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    I got a few fish photos from tonight as well.
    First, the clown goby:

    The Lineatus:

    Golden Rhomboid

    Red Velvet

    Radiant wrasse

    Clowns in their zoas

    Red Firefish

    And lastly, the clown goby again. Because he's cute!
  16. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    Updating because we're coming to a big close here. It's been almost 6 years since this tank's been up and running in this house. But it's time to come down. Next weekend, we're tearing it down.
  17. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    It was a good run, Nova. Sorry to hear it's coming down.
  18. novahobbies

    novahobbies Well-Known Member

    As they say....all good things must come to an end. A little bittersweet, but time to move on.

    Time to hit up Craigslist!
  19. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    Great looking tank and fantastic pics!

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