Criley7

Criley's 20H Mixed Reef

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I started this tank about 4 months ago, and all is going really good so far....knock on wood. I started the day after i got home from my Honeymoon in the Caymans. Snorkeling the reef everyday really made me never wanna forget. So I started a little piece of reef at home. I still have a lot more til I'm complete but this is the start. This is my first thread for my tank and I'm hoping everyone will leave me some good feedback and give me their opinion. Thanks!

 

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Hope everyone likes my tank.

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looks nice. more info on equipment and such?

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Lighting: Coral Life 4 bulb T5 HO. 10,000k and Actinic

 

Filtration: AC50 with filter floss and chemi-pure elite

 

Skimmer: AquaC Remora HOB

 

I have 2 ocean streams with wave maker for flow.

 

25lbs of LR and 20lbs of LS

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Looks like a nice tank. I like whatever your third picture is (I suck when it comes to LPS identification) and the way it looks under the actinics.

 

What's your maintenance schedule like with this tank?

 

Don't knock the iPhone, upload your pictures through the picup app instead of attaching them and they turn out a lot better, all mine are taking with my iPhone. They aren't stellar, but it does better than a lot of point and shoots out there.

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bump

 

 

Any opinions? bump

I would say the best way to get people not to comment on your thread is to bump it every 30 minutes.

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How long have you had the mandarin and is it trained on frozen?

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I Have had the Mandarin for a month now. He its fully trained on frozen from ORA. Plus he has tons of copepods in with him.

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Thanks for the advice with the iphone app Joel. My maintenance on the tank is fairly low so far. I top off daily, and do weekly water changes of 25%. I don't dose anything right now because everything in the tank looks so healthy and are multiplying pretty quickly all by themselves. I feed all the inhabitants every 2-3 days with your basic frozen foods and also Nutramar OVA.

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Here you go (just use the image bbcode to make them appear here):

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The tank looks really nice! your rock work looks very similar to mine, except it slopes from the other side. Im very interested in keeping a mandarin but I'm waiting for another year or so.

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Look into an ORA Mandarin. They are tank raised on frozen food.

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you say you feed your inhabitants every 2-3 days? no fuge, no pod cultures? that is not enough food for a mandarin. should be getting 2-3 feedings DAILY.

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I have, time and time again but you can't buy directly from ora...So i don't know how i would even go about getting the exact fish i want. i want a pair :)

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you say you feed your inhabitants every 2-3 days? no fuge, no pod cultures? that is not enough food for a mandarin. should be getting 2-3 feedings DAILY.

As I mentioned in the previous post I seed my tank with Copepods bi-weekly. There are thousands in the tank at All time. He is plump and gets enough food for sure. Between the live pods and my frozen feedings.

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IDK if you want the extra work or not OP but they are pretty easy to train in my experience. It would save you from having to buy expensive pods constantly.

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Yea I was thinking of starting to culture them myself anyway. But he is already trained and was raised by ORA on a full frozen diet for a year before I bought him.

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Oh that's cool! I must have missed the ORA part.

 

Really digging the brain in the third picture of yourfirst post.

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As I mentioned in the previous post I seed my tank with Copepods bi-weekly. There are thousands in the tank at All time. He is plump and gets enough food for sure. Between the live pods and my frozen feedings.

 

in that case have fun with your mandy. but dosn't that get expensive? don't you wanna try to culture them or get a fuge or something?

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Thanks!

 

in that case have fun with your mandy. but dosn't that get expensive? don't you wanna try to culture them or get a fuge or something?

Yea gonna set something up to start culturing soon.

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