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Old 02-13-2011, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tank birthday, 40 years

In a couple of weeks my reef will will have reached 40 years old.
Unfortunately I don't remember when I was 40 but I remember when I set it up. I was a skinny 22 year old just back from Viet Nam.
It is still running very well, still using the same reverse UG filter, same dolomite substrait but none of the fish are original. The oldest one, a fireclown is just over 16, all of the older fish died in an accident that was due to my carelessness.
The tank is mostly LPS, gorgonians, giant mushrooms and a few leathers.
There are only three SPS corals, two of which have been with me for a few years and are growing nicely.
I am not sure is any of the original NSW from the Long Island Sound is still in there or any of the original amphipods but maybe much later generations.
I still can't take a decent picture and the tank is not as blue as these pictures but it is what it is.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wow ! very nice !
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AMAZING reef Paul, happy 40th to you reef tank.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's Great thanks for sharing
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Beautiful tank and congrats on the 40th. What kinda fish ids that in the 2nd pic?
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Thanks guys. I can't wait until it's fifty

That fish is a dragon wrasse
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40 years. Wow.
Talk about dedication.
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Paul,
You are an example to us all as to what can be accomplished through time and dedication..maintaining a reef system for 40 plus years is incredible...

congratulations on your tanks 40th birthday...
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Thanks, I try
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That is just amazing. I think very few people will ever be able to achieve this kind of longevity in their tank. Great job Paul. Keep it up and running.

Love your long nosed butterfly.
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She loves you also
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ouuh, I feel like i am having a long distance relationships again.
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She is about to lay eggs again. This large watchman gobi has been with me for many years along with her boyfriend. She has also laid eggs many times but all the times except once she laid them in places where I can't get to to take a picture. This time she picked a place in the back of the tank where I hope to get a picture of. She already uncovered my UG filter and is fat. I am hoping to see some eggs this week but you never know. She could also just have eaten too many Doritoes and just gotten fat.
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that is so cool paul
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Fishkeeper, thanks, but the fish do it all alone with no help from me.
I am just like their slave
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You actually do for them a lot more than you think. You are their slave indeed. I feel certain level of responsibility for all my tank inhabitants. I feel terrible when one dies, that is why I don't risk introducing fish too often.
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I also feel bad if a fish dies but that rarely happens unless it is from an accident that I caused. My fish generally die from acidents or old age. Some I give away if they get too large. I don't think I lost a fish to a disease or paracite in over 20 years but some jump out, some get stuck in hoses that come loose and some were collected with cyanide and those will only live a couple of weeks.
I do take very good care of them though.
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To update my tank seems to be doing wery well. The only thing I notice is that my 4 SPS corals are growing very fast as my LPS seem to be shrinking a little. This happens when you mix the two types of corals and I may start to introduce more SPS but I know what will happen to the LPS which I kind of prefer. At one time, years ago the tank was all SPS. I get bored and need to change it around every so many years.
The tank looks no where near what it looked like a couple of years ago before I lost most of the corals to a make up water problem but it looks pretty good, not as good as many tanks on here but it is the way I like it.
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I know I have been saying this for months but I really need to remove all of the rocks and re aquascape. Due to some of the spawning fish and the dragon wrasse digging holes and re arranging everything all of the entire structure moved almost all the way to the front glass and I am having a hard time cleaning the glass or positioning the corals. The gorgonians are jammed against the front glass and I don't have room for anything. There is plenty of room in the back where I don't need it. I know I should have done this in the winter as now it is boating season and this will take all day.
If I ever do it I can also remove the dragon wrasse and give it away as it has grown too large and he has become a pain in the wrasse I will also stir the dolomite and clean it.
One problem is that I really like the aquascaping now and I know I will not be able to re create it. I always have a bunch of rocks left over when I do this. I also need to find tanks for all the corals. I guess I will also collect some water, pods and bacteria the next time I take out the boat as I have not added any of that since last year.
Oh the joy of reefing.
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Today I built a fixture for some LEDs I ordered. The LED fixture is completed, now I just have to wait until the LEDs arrive, probably tomorrow.
This fixture is purposely made very light because it will be on pulleys and it is in a closet so you won't see it. The aluminum tubes are of course cut under the fans so the fans will pull heat through the tubes there by cooling the fixture.
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