A little summary on my brief history with this hobby
I purchased my Biocube 14 from a LFS last May 09. I purchased everything from them - heater, sand, Tonga Rock, thermometer and water. To help start my cycle he took the sand straight out of one of his tanks and gave me 5 gallons of water from his tank. I set up everything that day and ran it. A couple of days later we went out and got a Chromis- I know that it was rushing it but the LFS store said it was a little early but that the Chromis was pretty hardy and that it might help establish the tank.
We ran that for two weeks and surprisingly the fish survived so we then went out a purchased the two clowns, scooter, a frog spawn, a zoa, green star polyp and a candy cane.
Another week went by ( June ) and we then purchased another zoa, another frog spawn, and two ricordia mushrooms some more figi rock and a yellow box fish.
At the recommendation of my LFS we purchased the box fish as it was funny and cute looking. The store did passively warn us that the fish was poisonous but that if it died to immediately take it out of the tank. I picked up the fish on Saturday and all was well for that weekend. When I went to work on Monday I did a little research on this site and to my surprise found a that it is highly not recommended to keep this type of fish in a nano. Read more here: Box Fish Poll
So basically the box fish died that Monday and took out my chromis and scooter. I did a 5 gallon water change and was able to save the two clowns. That next weekend the LFS still claimed that you can keep a boxfish in a nano, but they gave me credit for a new scooter.
Also had a brief issue with my candycane Candycane Issue
After that event I took it slow and did my weekly 1.5 gallon water changes and testing. All my parms are good and my rock is starting to get purple Coraline spots.
I was going to do the 3.24 nanotuners upgrade to increase the lighting but I instead decided to do the LED retrofit and that went live last night. I love the shimmer effect and the ability to control the light color. I have the leds turn down to acclimate the corals to the intenser light.
Looking to purchase some more zoas and ricordia to add some bright colors and my coworker is going to break off a frag of his branching montipora. I also have a Koralia Nano and Hydor Flo on order and will be doing a DIY ATO for the tank.
I am getting addicted to this hobby
even catch my self looking on craigslist for a larger tank, but am trying to pace myself as I am only two months in.
More updates to come