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Old 09/02/2007, 11:09 AM
Skipper Skipper is offline
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Tank of the Month - September 2007

This month we are featuring Mike Leonard's (acropora nut) beautiful reef aquarium:

More details can be found here or by clicking on the picture above.

Congratulations, Mike!

If you'd like to nominate a tank
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Old 09/05/2007, 12:15 PM
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Congrats Mike. Awesome tank!!!!
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Old 09/06/2007, 11:21 AM
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very very nice tank. Did I miss in the article how often you change your bulbs?
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Old 09/06/2007, 11:22 AM
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Old 09/06/2007, 11:24 AM
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simply amazing. i wish i could afford to have the stuff you have.. im so jealous...
Old 09/06/2007, 11:44 AM
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i love it! well worth the wait for the pics and behind the scenes knowledge
Dolphins. They think they're so cute. Oh, look at me, I'm a flippy little dolphin, let me flip for you
Old 09/06/2007, 12:14 PM
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One word says it all...AWESOME! You gave me the sps bug again!
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Old 09/06/2007, 12:53 PM
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Good god that is an amazing tank. Grats on TOTM, you deserve it.
How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
Old 09/06/2007, 01:17 PM
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probably one of the best to come on TOM .i like the way you explained what you do and why ...
Dont yah just love LFS ...'That sohal would look lovely in that 10 gallon you were looking at. All you need is a skilter filter some salt and you can take her home tonight.....
Old 09/06/2007, 01:29 PM
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Absolutley beautiful!
Old 09/06/2007, 01:45 PM
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you had mentioned about magnesium chips???? in the calcium do these work and were would I get some from????

oh yeah great job on TOTM....
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Old 09/06/2007, 01:52 PM
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Beautiful tank, of course, but also a very nice write-up. I was surprised to read that you clean out your 100 micron filter sock only once per week. How filthy is it at that time? I was always under the impression that they should be cleaned daily. Whatever, it's obviously working for you!
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Old 09/06/2007, 01:56 PM
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Old 09/06/2007, 01:59 PM
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Old 09/06/2007, 02:13 PM
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Awesome tank!

Do you have any pictures of your corals that haven't been edited/corrected so much?
Old 09/06/2007, 02:52 PM
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hey mike tank looks great,
on the skimming , i also used a mrc double beckett skimmer,
i add a algae turf scrubber 10 months ago, and it out preforms my skimmer, my skimmer has stoped produceing foam. i just scrape my screen weekly, much easer chore than the skimmer. check it out at my gallery.
Old 09/06/2007, 03:17 PM
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spectacular tank, great job
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Old 09/06/2007, 04:49 PM
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Congrats... Mike. Great article and pics. One of the BEST TOTM article to date. I hope one day my tank will look like yours.
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Old 09/06/2007, 04:51 PM
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Old 09/06/2007, 05:19 PM
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nice tank mike..nice turf scrubber carnavor
Old 09/06/2007, 05:55 PM
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Great set up and Incredible coral growth! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Old 09/06/2007, 05:58 PM
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Thank you again everyone for the nomination and all the support. This is a really big deal for me and I am really excited for everyone to read the article and see the great pictures Jim and Renee took. I had some really incredible help putting this all together and can't thank those people enough.

I will try to answer everyone's questions as fast and as thoroughly as possible. I will be happy to help anyone in need of advice, always glad to pass on what I have learned.

Thanks again!

Old 09/06/2007, 06:03 PM
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Originally posted by Carlos
Congrats Mike. Awesome tank!!!!
Thx's Carlos...How's the tank????

Old 09/06/2007, 06:04 PM
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Beautiful and vibrant! Absolutely all out gorgeous. Hats of to you.
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Old 09/06/2007, 06:14 PM
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That 'Multi-Colored' Wrasse isnt on the list anywhere, but I thought you might want to know, from the picture, I would recognize that bugger anywhere.... its a Temmincki Fairy Wrasse.

Yours looks just like mine... nasty little bugger too! Nothing 'fairy' about males from this species.

And the 'Orange Fish' is a Bodianus bimaculatus, or Yellow Candy Hogfish.

Love the colors of all your critters and corals BTW... looks like you have a good start there...
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