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I just had another maple-dog last weekend. It was just as amazing as you think it is.

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Lights got an upgrade. I took down the old box LEDs and replaced them with kessil lights. They're about the size of soda cans and they sit lower to the tank so you're not blinded when looking at the tank. The plus to these lights is they can be connected together and then connected to a controller. The controller allows you to program a real light schedule. So instead of just on and off on whites and blues, the lights will slowly fade on in the morning, and fade off at night. More realistic in that you can mimic a sunrise and sunset. The other big plus is the shimmer that you get in the tank. They're a little over double the cost of the original lights, but worth it for the look and controllability that you get.

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How the tank looked under them

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The new lights

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And the tank under the old lights on top, new lights on bottom. The new lights seem to have a better spread even though they're physically smaller. Hard to see the shimmer in pics so I'll upload a video in a little bit.

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The controller

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Gonna be time to skin the stand soon. You guys have any ideas as to what it should look like?

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Very cool. Could you do an industrial look? I am always a fan of that. Steel + Rivets FTW.

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Dang that is a good idea, and I do have a 4x8 piece of sheetmetal in my garage. I would have to find a way to remove the surface rust from it though. Angle iron covering the seams and riveted on might look pretty cool.

Here's a good full tank shot since all my other pictures disappeared.

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Don't bother removing the rust from the metal. Clear coat it! It would look dope!

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The tank is coming up on 1 year of being running. I have some new pics I'll post in a bit. I plan to go back through and restore all the original pics too at some point.

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We're about 2 months short of being one year old and everything is going pretty much as expected. The tank has been through the ugly phase for the most part and things are leveling out and staying pretty consistent as far as water quality. I am having a bit of an algae outbreak on the back wall and overflow box but I just added an urchin that will hopefully take care of all that in time.

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My first sps coral (green montipora digitata) I added a few weeks ago. It seems to be doing well, but the digitata is one of the more easy sps corals to keep. Mixing corals like this (sps,lps,softies) is a little difficult because they require different water qualities. Sps likes nice, clean, near perfect water conditions where as lps and softies tend to do better with water that is a bit more dirty.

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These hammers are still melting, but also still alive. This one is a mystery to me. I made a post on a large saltwater forum and only one person had ever seen it happen before, and they didn't know why.

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Current stocking list as follows

1 orange and white ocellaris clownfish
1 extreme misbar black and white ocellaris clownfish
1 yellow tail damsel
1 6 line wrasse
1 yellow tang
1 yellow watchman goby
1 green mandarin
2 scarlet reef hermits
1 arrow crab
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
1 tiger pistol shrimp
1 Royal urchin
1 electric flame scallop
And a few astrea snails that my pistol shrimp hasn't murdered yet.

Oh and 1 clingfish that was banished to the sump for being a serial killer

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My tank turns 1 year old today!



Make sure you watch in 1080 for better detail.

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That's still ridiculously cool. I don't know what those spider dealios are, but they frighten me slightly.

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Hah, one of those is the arrow crab, who grew exponentially since being moved from the 5gal to the 60. It's massive now. You can actually see it in my last post with the pictures. The last picture of the melting hammer, the arrow crab is sitting under it looking pretty tiny. Then the video two months later it's huge! It may have to be re-homed. I too am a little frightened by it. It's big enough now that if it wanted to it could probably catch and eat some of my smaller fish.

There's a saying in the aquarium community, "never trust a crustacean" because they are ALL opportunistic feeders. If they get hungry enough, they'll eat whatever they want.

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How about a little comparison?

This is around two months ago, the day after moving the crab from the 5 gallon into the 60

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And this is maybe a week ago. The hammers themselves have grown also, but only a small amount.

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This is a good time to bring up another controversial point in the aquarium community, and that's putting big fish in undersized tanks. Lots of people will buy juvenile versions of large fish and keep them in way under sized tanks. It's true of most fish (and inverts, see above pictures haha) the tank and amount of space the fish has can determine the growth of the fish. I believe keeping large fish in an undersized tank can have a negative effect on the fish in a shorter amount of time than you'd think. I kept this crab in the 5 gallon for around a month, and you can see it grew to be giant in no time after being put in my 60.

When my brother got his panther grouper, it was in a 30 gallon cube tank, sad sight. The grouper is a fish that can grow to over 2 feet long. His grouper now is probably 12-14 inches.

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Whoa. That is even more terrifying up close. How big do those get in the ocean? I'd "nope" the hell out of your aquarium if I was a fish. lol

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Yikes, just read this: "The Arrow Crab can grow up to six inches and therefore we recommend you to keep it in a larger aquarium.".

I'm not usually squeamish, but that little critter somehow makes me a bit more worried than a jelly would.

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