I decided on a 29 gallon biocube and was able to get a good deal on one during a sale at my LFS. I went with a 2 to 3 inch sand bed and hardscaped with 27 lbs of live rock. When I set up my tank I used tap water but have been doing all the water changes and top offs with R.O water ever since (using phoslock to get rid of any lingering phosphates).
The peppermint shrimp did eat the aptasia. By far the most active members of the CUC are the hermies. They are always crawling around everywhere and getting everything. Also in the last four months I've noticed more hitchhikers like feather duster worm
Since then I have added a few more things to my tank but have tried to take it very slow. Patience is usually rewarded in this hobby. So far so good. I was amazed at how expensive coral is, so that also helps keep me in check. Having a Bachelors in Fine Art and A Job in Social work does not make it easy to fill a tank, but Iím determined to persevere!
2 ocellaris clownfish (Starbuck and Apollo)
1 firefish (Ifrit)
3 small mushrooms (red discosoma)
1 frogspawn frag
Pulsating Xenia (seemed to die but then came back to life)
Green star polyps
1 leather (Toadstool?) Thanks Ian
1 Open Brain (green and pink) Thanks Marium
No luck so far on the clowns hosting the frogspawn. Unfortunately they prefer the back corner of the tank by the intake. The next thing I want to add are some really cool zoanthids. The LFS I usually go to has some brown ones but Iíd really like some blue in the BC somewhere. Iíd appreciate any advice or feedback I can get since this is my first saltwater experience and the first topic Iíve started on NR. ALSO THANKS for all the great information and inspirations already on this site!
Edited by wenelyn, 22 June 2009 - 12:36 PM.