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Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:13 am

Well I was messing with my wife's Ipad tonight and was impressed with the videos it took so here's a couple of my tank. Looks like I'll have to figure out the white balance and the exposure. Let me know what you think.


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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Korrine » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:35 am

I just love your tank! Video's look great to me :D
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby sfsalty » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:05 am

Looks good, Phil. Man you were up late!
I like that majestic angel! I got one a few weeks ago, so far so good.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:57 am

Thanks Korrine. I do like the way videos give a better sense of depth in the tank than photos do. The white balance and exposure issues really bug me though.

Hey Tom, it was getting late! I was trying to figure out how to embed the videos. I don't think it was actually 2am though. My settings might be off by an hour.

Majestic Angels are one of my all-time favorites. Got this guy last February at 1.5" and kept him in my frag tank til he got big enough to compete in the main tank.
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He's about 3" now and as you can see he's pretty well into his adult colors. The only fish to give him a problem was the Potter's Angel and that only lasted a couple days.

Does yours bother any corals? The Majestic and the Potter's are the reason I don't have any daytime polyp extension on the sps but they seem to be alright overall and I figure they're worth it
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby sfsalty » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:30 pm

Phil,
So far the angel isn't being too hard on my corals. I think he has been after some Palys that I really like but other than that I think he's leaving things alone. I have a few zoas and some ricordea that I really am fond of so hopefully he won't go after them. Fingers crossed!
I have read that the majestics grow very slowly but it appears yours has done very well in a years time.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:54 pm

I expect once he gets to the at 4-5" range he'll slow down in this tank.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Tat2demon » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:56 pm

Looking great as always. :)
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby wichers » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:09 am

Love it Phil. Them wrasses like the higher water, makes it to be that much better of a new additon.
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Postby Tat2demon » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:45 am

Just wanted to add that I'm quite impressed with the quality of the iPod video.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby beresfordmike » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:13 pm

Tank still looks amazing Phil!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:48 am

I was a little suprised the other day when I was surfing through the Advanced Aquarist website and I found this in the blog section from back in mid January........... http://www.advancedaquarist.com/blog/da ... e-aquarium

Looks like I won't be famous....the post about my tank only got one comment. The video of a pearlfish swimming up the anus of a sea cucumber got three!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Tat2demon » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:29 am

Wow I didn't even know you were being considered.

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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:07 pm

Neither did I. More than a little surprised. I like my tank and all but its hardly a tank of the month.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Pallan » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:09 pm

Dakota Reef wrote:Neither did I. More than a little surprised. I like my tank and all but its hardly a tank of the month.

You can say that phil.. but were not gonna buy it LOL it looks incredable to all of us
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby wichers » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:59 pm

Pallan wrote:
Dakota Reef wrote:Neither did I. More than a little surprised. I like my tank and all but its hardly a tank of the month.

You can say that phil.. but were not gonna buy it LOL it looks incredable to all of us

+1, Phil you have a amazing tank!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Korrine » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:57 am

I agree. It's quite an amazing tank!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:59 am

Here are some updated tank photos. I redid most of the landscaping along the back wall since the tank tour. I had to get the runaway xenia, star polyps and bubble tip anemones cleaned up and under control. Seems like things are still okay all things considered - I've been dealing with a broken skimmer pump, my kalk/topoff doser died, the replacement Liter Meter sprung a leak while I was on vacation (thanks for saving me Grant!!) and one of my heaters malfunctioned sending the tank to 83 degrees before I noticed it.

First off here's an updated pic of the Majestic Angel. His changeover to adult colors is really progressing nicely.

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Here's a couple full tank shots for you. I'm still annoyed by the red/brownish wafer algae on the rocks and back wall of the tank. Supposedly Algae Fix is supposed to work on it but I've been a little hesitant to use it.

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I've been setting up a bigger more stable frag tank and its just about ready to go online. Looks like it will be just in time since I'm going to need to frag things pretty soon.

Finally here's Lenny the Starry Blenny in his favorite perch.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Tat2demon » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:18 am

Looking great!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Pallan » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:18 am

LOve it Phil.. very nice
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby nature boy » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:45 am

The green colors show up a lot better in those recent photos. More so than in the videos and what I remember. Does that have anything to do with your skimmer problems as of late? Is there a correlation between nutrient levels and green color?
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby isu712 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:26 am

Looks fantastic as always Phil. Is that a flower pot I see in pic 4? Is it there to hold nems or what?
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Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:08 am

Two reasons I think. The first is the white balance is off on the video which has an overly blue cast from the 20k lights.

However the greens particularly in the green slimer have improved drastically in the last couple of months. I was running very low nutrients for quite a while trying to eradicate a cyano outbreak that just wouldn't go away. I still use a bio pellet reactor but have only been running one skimmer and feeding heavier. I've also been target feeding some of my LPS trying to get them to color up. Still can't get my frogspawn to look like Rick's!

Some people are dosing iron to get more green in their SPS and I tried it for a while but it didn't make much difference.
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Postby Dakota Reef » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:17 am

Yeah Matt. I picked up a Rose Bubble Tip Anemone at MACNA and I put him in the clay pot to keep him from wandering around my frag tank. He seems to like it in there and it made the move to the main tank easier. The anemone shares the pot with a porcelain crab and a ricordea hitchhiker. Eventually he'll end up on a rock right next to the Idaho Grape Cap. Hope he stays there.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Mark R » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:52 am

very nice
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:33 pm

Well its been almost a year since I updated this thread so I figured I should post something. The tank really hasn't changed much aside from the corals getting bigger. The Green Slimer in the back is basically taking over and seems to be bursting out of the water.

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The GARF Bonsai has been doing really well and has colored up nicely since I moved it lower in the tank. Its in the lower left in this picture. I can't get the deep colors to show up very well in pictures though. In the background you can see how my Idaho Grape and Blue Polyped Montis have grown in layers. Not sure whether its cool or hokey though.

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My fish have all done very well except that I lost my Copperband several months ago while I was gone. Very disappointing.....he'd grown huge and I'd had him over two years so I really thought he was going to make it long term. I've got another CB in my sump along with a Midas Blenny training him to eat. He eats mysis and store shrimp pretty well but he's still a little too slow to keep up with the bruisers in the main tank.

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But the real reason I broke out the camera is that I happened on this guy at MiniCritters last week just as they were unloading their latest shipment. An Indian Ocean (Yellow Belly) Regal Angel has always been on my list.

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I was totally unprepared for him of course, didn't even have my quarantine tank set up, so I'm using my frag tank while I can keep an eye on him. Its taken a few days to get him eating but now he seems to be eating with gusto. Need to get him through a round of Prazi and if he stays clean hopefully he'll be in the main tank in another month.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Saltwater Saloon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:00 pm

looks awesome phil
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Korrine » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:43 am

Amazing tank, Phil. Nice find. A Regal is on my someday list too (of course, when I get a bigger tank).
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Postby wichers » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:37 am

I was curious who got the 2nd regal. Heard it was sold in the bag. They are great looking fish for sure and is on my list as well. Tank looks great as always Phil!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby iced98lx » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:42 am

Also a fish on my list, looks great, great pick up!
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Postby DevilishDukie » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:08 am

Great tank! Great fish.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby hoover86 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:51 pm

Man, those corals look amazing. Great work, I hope to be able to have such large colonies some day!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:18 pm

Thanks everyone, I'm pretty happy with how the display tank looks considering I was gone from November through mid-February, with only a two week break. So the tanks only got two water changes in three and half months. Plus the pump on my ATB skimmer went out in January so I had my wife run the SRO 2000 on my display tank for a month and the frag tank went totally without a skimmer.

You'd think a disaster specialist would have a better emergency plan. :oops:

On the Regal, I hope it works out. Just a total impulse purchase but he was one of the only fish I'd do that for at just the right size and too pretty to resist. Fortunately Adam took my Desjardini Tang off my hands on short notice so I had a nice stress free place to house him!!

One of the reasons I put him in my frag tank is that I figured I'd sacrifice a few zoos if I needed to in case he didn't take to regular food. He's sampled some xenia (I'm happy to give him all he wants) and mouths my Nuclear Green zoos but no real harm. It looks like my Clove polyps are on the menu but my Majestic has decided the same thing in the display tank so I'm ready to write those off anyway.

After a couple of days of refusing any food he started to eat some clam on the half shell. Then he progressed to eating Rogger's Frozen mix pressed into the clam shell and now within a week he's eating just about any frozen food I offer!! Still a long ways to go before I can relax but so far so good.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:53 pm

Well after a month of observation (in my frag tank) and a round of Prazi, I finally got to move the Regal Angel into the display tank. So far so good.....I figured the aggression would come from the Majestic Angel or the Yellow Tang but it was the Potter's Angel that got really upset about the new arrival. Eventually all the commotion managed to get Brangelina, my normally mild-mannered Naso Tang worked up too. Not pretty to see him charging and biting at a the poor Regal. Finally I turned out all the lights and figured if it kept up in the morning I'd put the Regal (or the Naso) back in the isolation box.

But today everybody seems to have forgiven and forgotten!! The Regal has a small light patch on her tail but other than that seems to have come through unscathed. She (I have no idea male or female but I'm assuming its a she) is still a little tentative at feeding time but has started eating pellet food. She also eats any frozen food I offer but will have to learn how to mix it up at the feeders in order to get enough to eat.

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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Bosch » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:34 am

Phil, when I kook at your pics, I forget I'm looking at a tank and not an actual ocean reef.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:47 am

Bosch wrote:Phil, when I kook at your pics, I forget I'm looking at a tank and not an actual ocean reef.


Thanks! At this point I'm thinking the ocean probably took less work and definitely less worry. I was just sick the other night when after a month of working to get that Regal to eat and treat her, then having her in the isolation box in the display tank......she's getting the crap beat out of her. Then such a relief yesterday to have everybody swimming around like they're best buds!

Doesn't matter what the fish is, I still get just as nervous as I did the first time I checked to see if my first two yellow-tail damsels made it through their first night in my tank twenty years ago. Still amazes me.

Of course now that she's past the first hurdle we'll see what she decides to eat that I don't want her eat!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby cdness » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:18 am

Wow, just wow! I think I have a new favorite tank. This is truly amazing how well it is filled in and has great depth and placement. It is a nice sight to see a fully grown reef like this with Angels people are typically scared to place in a full blown reef.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:34 am

Thanks Curtis. Lots of trial and error on coral placement and I doubt I'll ever be satisfied. I wanted a cube tank for the depth of field and the ability to view it from three sides, never realizing how hard it can be to make things look "right" from all those angles. One of these days I'll rearrange again.

I had a couple worrisome days with the Regal Angel, as she decided to go on hunger strike and seemed reluctant to come out from a cave deep in the rocks. At first I couldn't decide if it was aggression or maybe a parasite that I'd missed during quarantine....and wondering how the heck I was going to get her out of the tank if needed. But for the last two days she's back out and mixing it up at feeding time just like before.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby carysfortreef » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:30 am

That is one of the most beautiful tanks i have seen. I would absolutely love to see it in person. If you get the time pm me plz...
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby nature boy » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:16 am

Phil,

I am trying not to copy your stocking list seeing as you have the same gallon size tank. But I had to have have the blonde naso and starry blenny (love this fish). Otherwise I am trying to be a little more unique. I am considering the yellowtail blue damsels. I see you have some or one? How many do you have and what was your experience? Also what about the hawkfish? Do you have any shrimp?

Also what is your updated stocking list? Is your signature up to date?
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:11 am

Guess I need to update my stock list. Fortunately I've had pretty good fish health so I still have everything that's listed except I lost my Banggai Cardinal mysteriously and I traded out my Yellow Tang when I added the Regal Angel. The YT was pretty well behaved but he had grown quite a bit and was starting to harass my Copperband a bit too much.

In the last few months I've added a Lyretail Anthias that seems to be stuck between male and female. I'm only adding the one because I like the female's colors better. And I've also added a female Golden Rhomboid Wrasse. I love the supermale colors but couldn't justify the huge price tag and they don't ship as well as the females. Hopefully seeing her reflection will get her hormones going enough to turn male. I've read that will happen eventually with many fairy wrasses, but I'll believe it when I see it.

The YT damsels spend their days guarding their patch of the reef from each other and my hand when I try to frag any coral that's too close to their spot. They either ignore the other fish, or else the other fish have figured out how close they can get before getting buzzed. Think they were the cause of the Rhomboid's ripped tail fin right after introduction but they all seem to have sorted that out. I have three, by the way. They stay smaller, more colorful and in my experience last longer than the various schooling chromis so I don't mind their bickering amongst themselves. They definitely don't school though.

The Flame Hawk is another favorite because of his personality. I currently have a couple of cleaner shrimp and a tiny porcelain anemone crab in the tank. They've been around for more than a year so I think I'm okay so far, but I purposely bought the smallest Flame Hawk I could find. The mated pairs I've seen have had a significant size difference between them. Don't know whether I have a male or female but mine has stayed fairly small and I think that helps his behavior with the inverts.

When I decided I wanted a Hawkfish I added the Orbiculate Hawk because they're smaller and safer with inverts. Well he's smaller and safer but so shy that I literally forget I even own him. Just saw him again recently, the first time in several months. There's always a lot of excitement on the rare occasions that I see him but he doesn't have any of the dashing personality of the Flame Hawk. Couldn't recommend him to anyone with a large tank like yours.
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Fish: Blonde Naso Tang, Copperband Butterfly, Long Nose Butterfly, Regal Angel, Majestic Angel, Potter's Angel, Royal Gramma, Rhomboid Wrasse, Pink Streaked Wrasse, Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish, Yellow Tail Blue Damsels, Midas Blenny, Lyretail Anthias, Chocolate Mimic Tang, Yellow Eye Kole Tang
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby hoover86 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:51 pm

Gorgeous tank!

I may have missed a build thread somewhere but just wondering what kind of equipment you're using outside the ordinary? Do you run GFO?
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:24 am

I'm afraid the tank predates this forum so no build thread.

Equipment list is actually very simple. ATB skimmer, continuous kalk dosing with Liter Meter, pretty good flow and a combination of T5 and MH lights. When I have time to log onto the forum earlier in the day I'll try and give more details but as I said the equipment list is pretty basic.

I don't regularly use GFO, but do run carbon pellets in a TLF reactor. When i did both at the same time I didn't care for the color of my corals. I may run some GFO in the near future though as I'm starting to see more nuisance algae in the tank. I'll probably use much less than the recomended amount of GFO though.
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Fish: Blonde Naso Tang, Copperband Butterfly, Long Nose Butterfly, Regal Angel, Majestic Angel, Potter's Angel, Royal Gramma, Rhomboid Wrasse, Pink Streaked Wrasse, Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish, Yellow Tail Blue Damsels, Midas Blenny, Lyretail Anthias, Chocolate Mimic Tang, Yellow Eye Kole Tang
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:47 pm

As if I needed a reminder to never talk about how long something has thrived in my tank. When I was home for Christmas I noticed that my Porcelain Crab was missing. Can't say it was the Flame Hawk to blame for sure since they'd been in the tank together for over a year, but its possible that he became fish food.

Dustin since you asked about my experience with the Flame Hawk, I figured I should let you know. I'd actually been thinking about trying to put multiple porcelain crabs together since this one had done so well hanging out in my RBTA. May still try it.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Raggamuffin » Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:19 am

I have had as many as 12 porc crabs in my 40b hitch hiked in on live rock (all of them) they lasted years only losing 1 here and there, down to 6 but you do not see them until night or feeding time for corals.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:36 pm

Funny, both times I tried the "live rock" porcelain crabs they instantly disappeared in the tank, never to be seen again. Same thing happened when I tried an "acro" crab.

The one that I just lost after probably two years was the kind that normally lives on carpet anemones but he seemed to do fine on my RBTA.
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:17 pm

So I've been bored without being able to work on my aquarium for the last few weeks so I decided to put together a video. This was actually shot last April after I'd cleaned the back of the tank. Fair warning - I'm still learning how to use my DSLR to shoot video so you're in for a bumpy ride! Since it literally took me a few hours to to figure out how to get it uploaded in HD be sure to select it.






Hope you enjoy!
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Saltwater Saloon » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:25 pm

Very nice
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby DevilishDukie » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:31 pm

Great tank! One of my favorites. I did not see your copperband? Do you still have it?


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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:51 pm

I lost the Copperband I had for the last couple of years while I was gone last winter. Still don't know what happened as he had grown a lot since I added him.

When I shot this video his replacement was in the sump learning how to eat captive food. I traded out the Yellow Tang before I added the new Copperband because I was afraid he'd be too aggressive. The new CB has been in the tank since this summer and seems so be doing fine. I've also added a Rhomboid Wrasse and a Lyretail Anthias since last April when this was shot.
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Fish: Blonde Naso Tang, Copperband Butterfly, Long Nose Butterfly, Regal Angel, Majestic Angel, Potter's Angel, Royal Gramma, Rhomboid Wrasse, Pink Streaked Wrasse, Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish, Yellow Tail Blue Damsels, Midas Blenny, Lyretail Anthias, Chocolate Mimic Tang, Yellow Eye Kole Tang
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Re: Dakota Reef's 270 Gallon Mixed Reef

Postby Willy » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:34 pm

Nice Phil.... you have an awesome tank!!!
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