myatt Posted October 3, 2009 Share Posted October 3, 2009 Hi there. I've been more or less lurking around for some weeks now, and I've decided to take the plunge and start posting myself. I'm using this as a means to keep a 'journal' about the tank and its inhabitants. The tank is an Oceanic Biocube 29; I set it up on August 29 (the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall here in Mississippi). I'm running the stock lights right now; I've read about several tanks here doing the stock lighting, and I'm going to give it a go. I haven't ruled out upgrading them, because I know that down the line I'm going to want to keep corals - and maybe an anemone, eventually - that will require better lighting. In the back of the tank I've done a few modifications. I removed the false floor of chamber one, and that's where my heater sits. In chamber two I'm using media baskets from StevieT's inTank website. The first part of it holds filter floss, with Purigen in the next chamber down. I've ordered Chemipure to go below that. The water is then drawn into StevieT's fuge basket -- it's lit with a submersible light to encourage the macro I've placed there. The stock pump then draws the water into chamber three and then out through Hydor's "wavemaker" add-on nozzle. I have a Hydor Nano powerhead on the right side of the tank, and a Hydor One powerhead on the left side. I have twenty-seven pounds of live rock in the tank, along with forty pounds of live sand. The lfs that I went to is a little over an hour away in New Orleans. They were great and sold me saltwater and really great live rock. My cuc consists of hermit crabs (about six) and snails (about four are left -- a couple were lunch for the hermits). I have more hermits and snails ordered. I went yesterday, after five weeks of perfect readings, to another lfs in Mobile, Alabama, which is a little closer to my home here in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. I picked up some macro-algae (the name of which I don't know), two ocellaris (false percula), two shrimp, and a toadstool coral. After acclimating, the fish did perfectly from the first moment. I expected the coral to remain shrunken and unhappy for a couple of days, but less than an hour in the tank, and he was out and looking great. The shrimp have been in hidind since I released them in the tank last night....hopefully all is well with them. I was hoping for peppermint shrimp to take care of a few aiptasia, but they sold me something that "is almost the same thing." We'll see. I do have three more corals and peppermint shrimp, as well as the hermit crabs, on order. I have some sort of macro-algae or marine plantlife growing from the live rock. It's really pretty, so I'm hoping that it's not a nuisance and I can keep at least some of it. Okay -- pictures: FTS RTS LTS Coral Plant - macro-algae? Any help with an ID is appreciated. Link to comment
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