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Matt's 20 Gallon

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very nice looking tank.

 

What are the LFS like up there? I went to one called the deep but it was not there last time I went, not sure if it moved or closed.

 

The Deep moved to the corner of Hartnell & Churn Creek. Great new location with a huge shallow coral tank and a ton of fish. One of the best family run fish stores in the north state, IMO. The other one in town is Aquariums Plus. Not a lot of fish there, but they have a pretty good selection of coral.

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Thanks for the info, I know where I am going next time I visit. B)

 

 

The Deep moved to the corner of Hartnell & Churn Creek. Great new location with a huge shallow coral tank and a ton of fish. One of the best family run fish stores in the north state, IMO. The other one in town is Aquariums Plus. Not a lot of fish there, but they have a pretty good selection of coral.

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the establishment of my 20 gallon nano-reef. A lot has changed in a year and I've put a lot of work (and $$) into the tank. Thought I'd throw up some before and after pics to celebrate. Enjoy!

 

Before - After

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wow..great looking tank...what else do you have in your ac70? are you also running any type of carbon?

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wow..great looking tank...what else do you have in your ac70? are you also running any type of carbon?

 

The only thing in the AC 70 is chaeto. It grows pretty quick and I cut out about a fist full of it a month. I run a bag of carbon in the DFS filter if I think it needs it. Tried running chemi-pure in it a while back for a few months but didn't see any noticeable difference.

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The mini snail pack comes out in force about 2 hours after the lights go off. They do a damn good job at keeping the rocks free off algae. I have a feeling the green monti is the culprit for my low calcium level. I ordered a Reef Octopus HOB skimmer this weekend. Got my tracking number today. :D

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Got him a week ago. I'm hoping it'll eat all the starfish that are eating all my coraline. Today's the first day that he's come out of hiding.

 

Oh, and what's up with the freaky sponge eh?

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So you don't run any kind of filter floss at all?

 

Not really. I don't like the idea of unconsumed food just sitting there rotting and polluting my water. I'd rather the detritus stay suspended in the water column as long as possible to become food for the clean up crew and corals. The water is usually crystal clear again about 30 mins after I feed the fish.

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Wow after looking at your tank I am kinda disappointed I got the 20L lol.

Tank looks great and its nice to see progress and the pictures of growth.

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April Update:

 

The new Reef Octopus BH1000 protein skimmer installed on the tank last month has been pulling some seriously acrid brown garbage from my water column...

 

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... and the tank has never looked better.

 

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The SPS garden is thriving.

 

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The pink monti cap and the acropora are in the midst of a heated turf war. Wonder which will win.

 

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They really are that color. ;) Come see for your self!

 

The acans are really starting to show their color.

 

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The deep-water lobo is fat and happy.

 

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The duncan has started growing new heads.

 

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Full setup shot.

 

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Wow, looks AMAZING! One of the nicest reefs I've seen so far on here. TOTM quality easily. Could you please tell me what lighting set-up you've got going on there? Thanks so much.

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Wow, looks AMAZING! One of the nicest reefs I've seen so far on here. TOTM quality easily. Could you please tell me what lighting set-up you've got going on there? Thanks so much.

 

Thanks!!

 

I run a 24" WavePoint 4 Lamp T5 HO System with two ATI Aquablue Special bulbs and two Blue + bulbs. Best combo that I've tried that gives the corals enough drive to grow, but still makes the colors pop.

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Thanks!!

 

I run a 24" WavePoint 4 Lamp T5 HO System with two ATI Aquablue Special bulbs and two Blue + bulbs. Best combo that I've tried that gives the corals enough drive to grow, but still makes the colors pop.

 

Thanks so much. I really love this lighting combo. When I get my tank set up I think I'll do the same combo :happy:

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I'm going to give that bulb combo a try if I go back to my 4 bulb T5.

Tank looks great. I know how hard aquascaping a 20H can be and yours looks great.

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I must've looked through this thread like 10 times now... This reef is a major inspiration for me! Awesome job :bowdown:

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I must've looked through this thread like 10 times now... This reef is a major inspiration for me! Awesome job :bowdown:

 

Thanks! :)

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