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Current FTS

 

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So this will be my first tank thread, so here goes nothing!

 

I will be using a 20 Gallon Long tank from PETCO. This tank will be a simple tank with just a 10G sump/fuge with RIO 1100 return pump, heater, Odyssea 150w MH with T5s, and a K1 Power head for equipment.

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I will be updating with pics as often as I can and will be gladly accepting any advice given. :D

 

Here I go...

 

 

SO FAR:

 

EQUIPMENT

-20L

-10G sump with RIO 1100 return pump

- Hydor Koralia Evolution 1 (750gph)

- Odyssea 150watt(phoenix 14K) Metal Halide with T5

 

LIVESTOCK

 

FISH

- Flame Angel

- Yellow Watchman Goby

 

 

CORAL

- 2 ricordea floridas

- mini colony of candy cane

- 4 blue green mushrooms

- 2 Rhodactis mushroom

- Palys and Zoas(MORE)

- Pink Birdsnest

- Blue Tenuis

- Acropora (green and unnamed)

- pink center Favia

- Ricordia Yuma

- Green Bali Slimer

- Branching Hammer coral

- Who Dropped The Paint Favia

- Orange Monti Cap

- Pink Monti Cap

- 3 Mini Acan Colonies

 

CUC

- 2 Red Leg Hermits

- 2 Dwarf Mexican Turbos

- 2 Cerith snails

- 2 Blue Leg Hermits

- 2 Turbo Snails

 

 

 

 

current FTS

 

 

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the_gats   

Sweet a new 20L. From my experience the people with 20L are the best.

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swayd   
Sweet a new 20L. From my experience the people with 20L are the best.

Wow I was just looking through your thread and your 20L is coming along nicely :D

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Gerber77   

You wont be disappointed with the 20L. Great tanks.

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swayd   

Thanks, there are so many options in equipment that its overwhelming lol...

But will I be able to cycle without a light?

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yoshii   

:D Yaay! Finally you made the thread!

I wish my 20 was a 20 long, they are awesome :)

 

Stand looks good too!

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the_gats   
Wow I was just looking through your thread and your 20L is coming along nicely :D

 

Thanks. It has definitely been fun. It'll be fun to see another persons take on the 20L. I wish I could see the FTS, but I'll have to wait to get home because work is against photobucket type sites and blocks the photos.

 

I cycled with lights on, but I've read that it will start out fine without lights.

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Gerber77   

I would cycle with lights on if you dont once you turn the lights on the algae will start accumulating so why not knock out the major algae bloom while cycling.

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yoshii   

What about HHs that need the light?

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swayd   
:D Yaay! Finally you made the thread!

I wish my 20 was a 20 long, they are awesome :)

 

Stand looks good too!

Haha yeah I couldn't wait lol

your 20 looks great!!!!

Thanks, its pretty cool for a free dresser/stand all I had to do was paint it.

 

Thanks. It has definitely been fun. It'll be fun to see another persons take on the 20L. I wish I could see the FTS, but I'll have to wait to get home because work is against photobucket type sites and blocks the photos.

 

I cycled with lights on, but I've read that it will start out fine without lights.

 

Ahhh those work computers block all the good stuff lol

The FTS is just an empty tank so far lol

 

I would cycle with lights on if you dont once you turn the lights on the algae will start accumulating so why not knock out the major algae bloom while cycling.

I am tempted to start cycling without lights for about 2-3 weeks and then with the light for another 2-3 weeks just to be safe. So I should have a total of 4-6 weeks of cycling?

 

What about HHs that need the light?

I was just going to use one piece of LR from my 9Gal and a couple pieces of dry rock I have lying around, I dont think there are going to be too many HH except some small pseudocorynactis that doesnt require much light at all!

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yoshii   
Haha yeah I couldn't wait lol

your 20 looks great!!!!

Thanks, its pretty cool for a free dresser/stand all I had to do was paint it.

Mine has nothing but rock in it right now! lol

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swayd   

Yeah and my 20L has nothing but air in it right now lol

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yoshii   
Yeah and my 20L has nothing but air in it right now lol

 

But it's a 20L which makes it awesomer :P

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swayd   
But it's a 20L which makes it awesomer :P

Not exactly. All nano-reefs are AWESOME to me haha.

But thats just IMO

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All right! another 20 long (and close to home to boot!)

 

Looks like your off to a good start - water in the tank and all :)

 

Did you go back and re-do the paint on the tank?

 

Looking forward to seeing this develop!

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swayd   

Thanks, I dont have water in the tank yet... :tears:

and I didnt know how I was supposed to re-do that because I dont know how to take the spray paint off?

It is only a small dollar bill sisze section though so its not too bad!

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You can use goo gone to get it off and a razor blade and towel. It will take a bit, but if the back is bad, it is worth it.

 

When you re-do it, use acohol and a razor to scrape everything and then a really good rub with alcohol. This should take off anything that will cause the bubbles.

 

Remember to go slow. Do several coats - you don't have to get a thick coat the first time. Just do you coat, let it dry and repeat until you are happy. Only takes 10 minutes or so between coats.

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swayd   

so, water is in now I have decided to cycle without a light for now...

But when I came home this morning about 1.75" of water had already evaporated over night!!!

Is that a lot of water?

I am about to start testing right now and will be back with a few params!

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That sounds like a lot of evap... Do you have a fan blowing in the room or directly at the tank? I generally go through about 2 gallons a week.

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swayd   
That sounds like a lot of evap... Do you have a fan blowing in the room or directly at the tank? I generally go through about 2 gallons a week.

No I dont have a fan at all!

 

I also have added about 4-5lbs of LR from my 9GAL and a piece of filter media I had running in my 9Gal as well...

As of right now my params are:

PH 8.6

NITRITE <0.3mg

NITRATE 0

AMMONIA Omg

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yoshii   
No I dont have a fan at all!

 

I also have added about 4-5lbs of LR from my 9GAL and a piece of filter media I had running in my 9Gal as well...

As of right now my params are:

PH 8.6

NITRITE <0.3mg

NITRATE 0

AMMONIA Omg

 

LOL I read the Ammonia as "omg" I was like, whut?

That's really weird you're getting so much evap! :huh: Does your salinity bounce around alot?

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swayd   
LOL I read the Ammonia as "omg" I was like, whut?

That's really weird you're getting so much evap! :huh: Does your salinity bounce around alot?

 

not at all it stays very constant!

1.024

I am going to raise it to 1.025

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yoshii   
not at all it stays very constant!

1.024

I am going to raise it to 1.025

Even with all that evap and top off? You top off everyday?

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