I figured I'll start a mini journal here on Nano-Reef... I'm really liking this forum... Tons of people in the same boat with great idea's and suggestions.
Anywho...let me first start off with the basics:
Occup: College Student, Employee, Fiance (<-hardest job by far...)
Location: Orlando, FL...
UPDATED LIVE STOCK LIST:
7 x Hermit Crabs
9 x Snails
1 x FireFish
24lbs. Live Rock
UPDATED EQUIPMENT LIST
Hydor Powerhead - #1
Current SLR T5HO 30''inch Fixture (1 - 10K, 1 - 460nm)
NO GLASS TOP, SKIMMER, FILTER!!!
Now for the storyline:
Sept of 2008, I was giving a tank by my great Fiance for my birthday. It was a FreshWater complete kit...with the top, heater, hang on filter, etc...
I decided I couldn't pass up Salt Water, since I love the fish and color... Since then the battle has been on.
I've been reading everyday on random forums about aquarium/reef management... After awhile, I figured it was time to start up my tank.
At first, I had decided to go Fresh Water...so I went and got a ton of ###### from Walmart - Blue rocks and so on...
1 week later I figured why go Fresh Water...when I can empty my checking account with a Salt Water tank!!! I went to petco and brought a ton of ###### - Mixing Salt, test kits, hydrometer, crush coral, etc...
So here I stand mid Oct. with blue rocks in my tank. I figured I'll be lazy and leave the blue rock in my tank...and simply lay the crushed coral on top.
Decided to move the sand around and try to cover the blue rocks that were soaking through...turns out the cheap "MADE IN CHINA" rocks let off some serious paint...I had Live Rock in the tank at that time and it was cycling...so I lost about 2-3 weeks worth of time.
Okay...so now I have no crushed coral or water in the tank... I then decided to paint the back glass since the tank was empty.
Once again...everything is moving fine. Decided to look and what do I see...A CRACK
Time to buy a new tank.
I went and got another tank and brought SAND this time...
I then realized that the sand I got wasn't aragonite sand...so I got pissed and start the tank all over again...for the 3rd or 4th time...I didn't feel like waiting so I got the Live Sand(or so they claim)
So finally after waiting about a week...my water was good...I went and go 2 Damsels...(I was still dumb about Salt Water tanks)
So here I am in November with 12lbs of Live Rock and 2 damsels...I sold them to a LFS and brought more Live Rock and a Flame Angel.
Since then(I don't have any new pics since November) I have had a few things happen:
My Flame Angel was perfect...until I brought alittle more Live Rock, Blue Watchman Goby and Skunk Clown.
I didn't realize putting Live Rock...even though I thought it was cured into the tank will #### things up...it did.
My Flame Angel died and my other fish got sick. I returned them, waited awhile until my water was back to normal and got a Clown fish and a Yellow Wrasse.
Turns out my Yellow Wrasse was crazy and really injured my clown fish. He would swim by him and push him into the rocks and just throw him around like his little b1tch. The clown was less than an inch long...he was a baby and died. I returned the Yellow Wrasse.
I then brought a Fire Fish and Chromis. Turns out my Chromis didn't like the Fire Fish and ate his mini antenna. I returned my Chromis.
I then brought a Six Line Wrasse...
So far they the Six Line Wrasse and Fire Fish are doing great. I feed them well and they love the tank. I haven't taken any pics, but will snap some today for lunch.
Thanks for reading.
Also...I have about 6 hermit crabs and like 15 snails... Is that too much for a CUC?
Edited by pimp4cheddar, 03 February 2009 - 07:15 AM.