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GentleBen

I know most of you are going to get on me for going to fast, but notice the water paramaters have been stable the whole time.

Started Tank: 03-27-09, 32lbs Live Rock, 40 lbs Live Sand

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I didn't get my test kit until three days later, must have been a fast amonia spike if any at all. Rock had been cured at LFS for at least three weeks and I never allowed it to dry out.

Water Test: 03-31-09

Ammonia: 0.0 PPM

Nitrites: 0.0 PPM

Nitrates: 10 PPM

PH: 8.2

Water Test: 04-2-09

Ammonia: 0.0 PPM

Nitrites: 0.0 PPM

Nitrates: 20 PPM

PH: 8.2

Added Yellow Tail Damsel ”Oswald”: 04-5-09, he has never shown the slightest sign of stress.

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Water Test: 04-6-09

Ammonia: 0.0 PPM

Nitrites: 0.0 PPM

Nitrates: 20 PPM

PH: 8.2

Added (2) hermit red reef

Crabs,(3) turbo snails: 04-7-09

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Water Test: 04-12-09

Ammonia: 0.0 PPM

Nitrites: 0.0 PPM

Nitrates: 20 PPM

PH: 8.2

Added Clown”Mimi”: 04-14-09

Water Test: 04-14-09

Nitrites: 0.0 PPM

Nitrates: 20 PPM

PH: 8.2

5 Gallon water change: 04-15-09

Nitrate Test: 10 PPM 04-15-09

Installed JBJ ATO system: 04-15-09

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Pablo

Nice start.

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GentleBen

Added Yellow Watchman Goby”Max”: 04-16-09

Added Green Hairy Mushroom: 04-16-09

Water Test: 04-19-09

Nitrates: 20 PPM

PH: 8.2

Added Skunk Cleaner Shrimp: 04-19-09

Added Orange Ricordea Mushroom: 04-19-09

Added Branch Pumping Xenia: 04-19-09

Added small bag of carbon in chamber 2 under floss. 4-20-09

Water Test: 04-22-09

Nitrites: 0.0 PPM

Nitrates: 10 PPM

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Added Green Goniopora coral 04-26-09

Added Green Ricordea Mushroom 04-26-09

Water Test: 04-27-09

Amonia: 0.0 PPM

Nitrites: 0.0 PPM

Nitrates: 10 PPM

PH: 8.2

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gena

I like your rockscaping a lot! Great job!

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reefrider

Great beginning and clean under cabinet! ;) Nice!

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MGDMIRAGE

Another beautiful Solana is born! looks good so far :)

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GentleBen

These are going to be the last additions for at least a month. The six line wrasse is the last fish addition. I wanted to get all the fish I'm planning on keeping in the tank as soon as possible so they can all stake out their territories. The wrasse has stirred things up a bit but no one is getting overly aggressive. What a fascinating hobby! I'm sure glad I finally had the guts to try salt water. Only took 56 years. :lol:

Added Six Line Wrasse “Lulu”: 04-28-09

Added Rose Colony Polyps 04-28-09

Added Green Flower Pot Coral 04-28-09

 

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Paleoreef103

Looks good. Full Tank shot?

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GentleBen

A couple of full tank shots.

 

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Nanobuds

whoa... looks great!

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GentleBen

Bummer, had my first fish lose, found my Yellow Watchman Goby had gone carpet surfing over night. He was the last one I would have picked for such behavior. He has never been anywhere near the top of tank. I guess adding the six line wrasse yesterday had something to do with it. He did take over the Goby's home.

 

RIP "Max"

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gena

I'm so sorry to hear that about Max :( Isn't it the worst feeling to find them all crusty on the ground?! I found a sexy shrimp last weekend that went missing about 2 months ago. I was messing around behind the stand and there she was :( I felt awful!

 

On a happy note...your tank looks beautiful :)

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GentleBen

Yea it't funny how you can become attached to these silly fish. I never noticed that as much with fresh water fish. Oh Well, Max II is being acclimated as we speak. :)

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Yellow Watchman Goby went carpet surfing 04-29-09

Replaced Yellow Goby 04-29-09

Added Emerald Crab 04-29-09

5 Gallon water change: 04-30-09

Params are still zero ammonia and nitrites with 10PPM Nitrates, acceptable for such a new tank I think.

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Max II

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Emerald crab wasted no time getting to work.

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GentleBen

Just a few more pics.

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Kraylen

Dude that flowerpot looks bad. I hope you know what to do. Look into a oyster egg based food you can target feed with after killing your flow. Im keeping 2 flowerpots and am having incredible growth from both of them. My pink is beginning to twin nub to so it can branch off.

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GentleBen

After losing two YWG's in as many weeks from jumping out of the tank I decided it was time to make a screen top. Nothing new here, I read about making the screen top on this forum. Didn't bother to do a DIY thread, if you can't figure this out you have no business around sharp objects. ;) I was worried it would cut to much light but still seems plenty bright. I really liked the open top look but this isn't bad, I actually like the new look.

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bruce922

I like the screen top you made, it looks just like mine. Your tank looks great also.

 

 

Bruce

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GentleBen

I added a yellow head jaw fish a week ago and he is just great. A very interesting, fun fish to watch. I keep waiting for all my rock to come crashing down but so far so good. ;)

Ordered a six piece mushroom nano pack and a 6 piece small polyp pack from Aquacon. I sure wish I would have bothered to type that name in this forum before I ordered. I did a least receive my order in a timely fashion but the specimens are a very poor quality as the enclosed pics will attest to. Sure not worth the $200 I spent. As many people have said on this forum stay away from that company.

Last but not least I brought home my last fish today, a Flame Angel. I know I'm taking a chance but so far a great addition to the tank.

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GentleBen

Darn, I lost my flame angel yesterday. I sure wish I had a clue as to why some fish make it and some don't. So far I have lost 2 six line wrasses in addition to the flame. It's always the same, look good first day with normal behavior, little lethargic second day, dead the third. Possibly new tank syndrom (tank is 55 days old), but then why are my yellow tail damsel, clown and yellow head jaw fish thriving? I'm going to try leaving the tank as is for a month and then try adding that last fish.

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Just a couple more pics, some minor rearranging. Just love the new jawfish, highly recommended if your rock work is solid.

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GentleBen

I finally have a stable fish population. I decided to try a six line wrasse one more time and it is doing great. I'm glad I tried again as he is a great addition, the perfect fish for swimming around the rocks. I have ended up with a yellow tail damsel, Ocellaris clown, yellow head jaw fish, six line wrasse and yellow watchman goby. I really like the mix, makes for an interesting tank to watch. I just added a fox coral yesterday, thought I would try a video this time in place on pics. The lights had only been on a hour so nothing has opened up much.

 

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d'Espresso

Very nice tank you have there. great video too! how long did it took you to make a screen for the top. im thinking about making one. im still in the progress of setting up my tank.

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GentleBen
Very nice tank you have there. great video too! how long did it took you to make a screen for the top. im thinking about making one. im still in the progress of setting up my tank.

Wow, someone actually posted something on my tank thread. :D

Screen was real easy, purchased everything from Home Depot for under $20. Took about 15 minutes to make.

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