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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by Win on Mon 28 Mar 2011, 12:03 am

those ribs are so worth it

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Mon 28 Mar 2011, 9:46 am

Thanks for the compliment! I'd give you some ribs NOT to stick your hand in there. Very Happy

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by Win on Mon 28 Mar 2011, 10:39 pm

lol what can i say... my last words will prolly be "hey yall... watch this!"

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Wed 30 Mar 2011, 3:55 pm



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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by matt_longview on Wed 30 Mar 2011, 4:05 pm

Softies are so underrated.

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by DonnieP on Wed 30 Mar 2011, 7:06 pm

Hey Gabe
Check this vodeo out!
Guy playing fingers with a Peacock

Now watch this one Razz Razz FOUL LANGUAGE WARNING!

OUCH!!!!!

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Wed 30 Mar 2011, 10:15 pm

I'd rather drink turpentine and piss on a brush fire. Shocked

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Mon 18 Apr 2011, 1:26 pm

Updated pic. I put the old metal halide from my 75 on this tank and I'm already seeing a difference in growth. My toadstool which usually sheds about once or twice a month has shed twice in a week. The xenia that I've been trying to grow on the back glass is going REAL slow. There was one original stalk and then one more grew under the t-5s. Since I put the halides on, in less than a weeks time there are 4 stalks now. The green sinularia...just keeps growing no matter what. I even fragged off a big chunk and gave it away and you already can't tell by looking.

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Sun 12 Jun 2011, 1:50 am

Tank is coming down...soon to be replaced with a 40 gallon breeder. New thread coming soon.

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Wed 21 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

Tank is back up!

I added a Rose Bubble Tip Anemone. I started out with bare bottom tank and there was cyano all over the place. I added a few inches of sand and suddenly the tank is clearing up. There's still a bit on the back glass for some reason but it's slowly clearing up. I have one of those crappy Sea Clone skimmers on it. It pulls out some gunk but I constantly have to adjust and clean it.








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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by JamesB on Wed 21 Mar 2012, 5:30 pm

Very nice looking tank bro. Whenever you decide to frag your green sinularia again let me know, I would buy a frag off you.

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Wed 21 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

JamesB wrote:Very nice looking tank bro. Whenever you decide to frag your green sinularia again let me know, I would buy a frag off you.

Jim

Thanks.

I have a large one healing up right now.

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by matt_longview on Wed 21 Mar 2012, 5:39 pm

Wow. That's a straight up sick softies tank! Haha. :-)

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 6:51 pm

That RBTA was brown as a log when I got it. Check out the colors coming out on it now. I took this pic with my iphone and it's not altered at all. It finally moved out into the light. It has a bright green base with pink tips and some bright yellow between the pink and green. I'm hoping the red comes out a little more in the tips. It's turning in a beauty though.


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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by matt_longview on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 7:43 pm

Sweet! That guy is sexy! :-)

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by Yeti on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 8:22 pm

That's a great looking RBTA, I'm definitely adding one of those to my want list for the 75G.

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by Win on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 8:34 pm

That is rediculous. What made it change color? Change your lighting or did it just grow up? ? Makin me want one but im skert to lose anything to it

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 9:12 pm

Win wrote:That is rediculous. What made it change color? Change your lighting or did it just grow up? ? Makin me want one but im skert to lose anything to it

No lighting change. I think just from being collected, holding at the distributor, being shipped and acclimating to my tank it browned out. It finally moved out into the light and is coloring up nicely.

BTAs aren't known to be fish eaters like carpets are. They do tend to roam and sting corals and get caught in powerheads. I wouldn't put it in my sps tank but it's touching some Palys now with no issues and it spent some time attached to my big toadstool with no problems.

This is where it stayed for about the first week.



Notice the color change? Both photos taken with my iphone with no editing.

This is the pic of it when I bought it. I was a bit worried and disappointed when I got it but I'm totally stoked about it now.


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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by Win on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 7:56 am

i had coral losses in mind, not fish lol... i can replace fish a lot easier than frags lol. Seein that nem on your toadstool makes me totally rethink having one in my tank...

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Re: 20 gallon soft coral/mantis shrimp tank

Post by ritter678 on Sun 15 Apr 2012, 7:21 pm

I added a few new cool macroalgae to the tank. Dragons Breath, Blue Ochtodes and Violet Dream. The colors on them are nicer than many corals.


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