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Hello my name is tony, located in southern California and I Will be using this thread to document my tank.

Equipment:
Jbj picotope
Orphek par 30 led 3w3b1uv
2 Hamilton timer
Ac 70 mod ( filter floss and chaeto)
Rena 50 w smart heater ( IMO most reliable and accurate heater I ever used)
DIY gravity fed ATO
Current USA led moonlight strip
Stock 9w 50/50 bulb for my chaeto

Livestock:
5lbs of live rock
3.5 lbs of live sand
3 sexy shrimp

Corals:
King Midas Paly
Armor of god Paly
Eagle eye zoa
Captain America paly
Darth maul paly
Sunny D paly
Vivid rainbow paly
Green star paly
Pink clove paly
Yellow button paly
Green button paly
Vivid lemon lime zoa
atomic green zoa
And 2 unnamed paly

Clean up crew:
Reefcleaners custom crew





Salt : red sea pro

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Looks like a great start. Any stocking plans yet ?

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Looks like a great start. Any stocking plans yet ?


Yeah... A rico garden on the left .. Some lps
Maying pulsing xenias. Many mushrooms

And a helfrichi firefish

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I'd recommend reconsidering the xenia.. it would take over a tank that size pretty quickly.

Nice looking setup so far.

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Yeah... A rico garden on the left .. Some lps
Maying pulsing xenias. Many mushrooms

And a helfrichi firefish

i like B)

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Tested my tank with an API tester

An ammonia 8.0ppm
Ph is 8.2
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0

Salinity is 1.025

Tank is sort of cloudy should I use filter floss?

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Tested my tank with an API tester

An ammonia 8.0ppm
Ph is 8.2
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0

Salinity is 1.025

Tank is sort of cloudy should I use filter floss?

Definitely use filter floss. That will catch anything that is floating around in the water column. This looks like a great start. I really like the scape, sweet caves and stuff.

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Definitely use filter floss. That will catch anything that is floating around in the water column. This looks like a great start. I really like the scape, sweet caves and stuff.


I love one of my caves it's a rock with a hole that's like 1 inch or so all around and it's like 4 inch long too

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How much are helfrechi's? They are really cool

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How much are helfrechi's? They are really cool


Most places sell them for 100$?

I got a place to sell me for 50$ :)!!!

And added: I just put in some filter floss in chamber #1 of my ac70 so hopefully my tank will clear up :)

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I would recommend against the firefish because the tank is too small... but if you still decide to get one, make yourself a lid because it will jump. Nice start though!

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I would recommend against the firefish because the tank is too small... but if you still decide to get one, make yourself a lid because it will jump. Nice start though!


Thanks for giving me the advice. I will think it over and research more. This build will be very slow so no worries!


Update: after adding filterfloss in my tank. When I woke up which was 8 hrs or so later my tank looks crystal clear :)

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Update :

Tested my water parameters again
Ammonia went down 4.0ppm

Nitrite : 2-5.0 ppm
Nitrate : 40ppm
Salinity: 1.025
Temp: 78

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I'd recommend reconsidering the xenia.. it would take over a tank that size pretty quickly.


I think it depends on the tank and the variety of xenia. My pulsing xenia has stayed put and hasn't split at all. It has gotten larger, but if it splits, I'll just attach it to a plug and sell it to the LFS. It's the first thing everyone comments on when they see my tank. Hard to imagine my tank without it.

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I think it depends on the tank and the variety of xenia. My pulsing xenia has stayed put and hasn't split at all. It has gotten larger, but if it splits, I'll just attach it to a plug and sell it to the LFS. It's the first thing everyone comments on when they see my tank. Hard to imagine my tank without it.

Does my water parameter looks good so far?

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Omg I see a small copepod in my tank!! Lol it's like smaller than anything

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Looks like your cycle is in full swing. Keep monitoring and you should see the numbers shift 'to the right'.

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I believe cycle just ended or so..

Diatom!!
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Also checks my parameters
01/09/12
Salinity 1.025
Ph 8.2
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 0 ppm? Maybe 5 ppm

Looks good?

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I would recommend against the firefish because the tank is too small... but if you still decide to get one, make yourself a lid because it will jump. Nice start though!



When I had my jbj picotope, i made a lid very easily out of acrylic, you just buy a sheet of acrylic, and cut it down to the size, with the opening for the HOB, and whatever else you have. I still have my lid if you want I could take a picture of it to show you. It really helps to cut down on evap which was the main reason I did it.

I like the way your ATO came out.

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When I had my jbj picotope, i made a lid very easily out of acrylic, you just buy a sheet of acrylic, and cut it down to the size, with the opening for the HOB, and whatever else you have. I still have my lid if you want I could take a picture of it to show you. It really helps to cut down on evap which was the main reason I did it.

I like the way your ATO came out.


Thanks yeah would love I see ur lid.. Imme some ideas.. Yeah I made it out cardboard but maybe when I have more time I should head over to homedepot and make a better looking bottle holder but for now... I guess I don't need to fix it because it's not broke? Lol works perfect.

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Wierd. I changed my filter floss last night and this morning my diatom disappeared and I noticed some green algae around in patches all over my rocks

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Tested my tank one more time before water change and about to buy my cuc from reefcleaners.


Tested 1.025 salinity
78 temp
0 ammonia
0 nitrite
0 nitrate
8.0 ph



Just mixed up my water . Going to change 40% tomrrow

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70% water change... Lol

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70% water change... Lol

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try to figure out your light height now.u willl see the growth of green algae stronger in some spots
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