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Rufus's 30 gallon Bowfront

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So Ive had a freshwater tank at my parents house for years, and upon moving into my own place I set up a 55 gallon planted freshwater with assorted tropical fish and a 30 gallon bowfront goldfish tank. That was a year ago and recently a good friend of mine turned his 11 gallon into a nano saltwater tank. After seeing how beautiful it turned out, I had the marine bug and decided to turn my 30 gallon into a nano. So I got on craigslist and found someone selling their live rock, bought 30 lbs and filled several 5 gallon buckets with water and set it up! This cued lots of expensive purchases, man there is a big start up cost! So I ended up with this hardware
Hydor Koralia Evolution 550 Circulation pump
Seaclone 100 Skimmer with pump
Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 24 inch Dual Light
12.5 inch Ecoxotic Stunner 6W LED strip light 453 blue
Fluval 100 W Submersible Heater
Tetra 40i Whisper Filter with a bag of carbon

So then came the fun part; the livestock. I started with fish. I started as stereotypically as possible, a percula clown fish. When he survived a week and was still healthy I decided to start slowly adding other livestock. In the end, 3 months later I now have this
Percula Clownfish (which my bf very creatively named Nemo)
Royal Gramma
Yellowtail Blue Damselfish
Six Line Wrasse
Green Clown Goby
Peppermint Shrimp
Blue Tuxedo Urchin
4 Turban Snails
2 Turbo Snails
3 Nassarius Snails
2 hermit crabs

So exciting! But we werent done yet! A whole other subset of marine tanks I hadnt even considered: coral! Im fortunate that there are several local dealers that could help me get some decent pieces without going bankrupt. I stuck to LPS for the obvious reason of I dont know what Im doing really yet.
So that brings us to this point, maintenance. I use RO/DI water to make my saltwater, using reef crystals at a salinity of 1.024 and I perform 20% water changes once a week. Im feeding the fish every 3rd day and alternate between marine pellets and frozen brine shrimp. I target feed the corals twice a week using coral frenzy. My lights are on a timer and are on 8 hours a day, the lunar lights I usually have an an hour at night to admire the view ☺
So now the fun part: pictures of the tank! If anyone has any input, any advice, and recommendations for changes to my tank or regimen, they are more than welcome. Im still a beginner and still learning as I go along, so Im really open to critique :)

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A wide shot of the entire tank

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a close up of the reef

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the wellsophyllia that has amazing coloring, possibly my favorite piece

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My clown goby wants to make sweet sweet love to the wellso. I swear to god he pines when it closes at night

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the awesome torch my bf got me for vday

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my goniopora- I know, i read all the posts about how devastating it is when they die after a year for no reason, but it was just too pretty to pass up, I figure I'll at least get a year of enjoyment out of it

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the whole gang

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I just think the royal gramma is so pretty

alright guys, let me know what you think! :)