Felicia

Diver's Paradise - The Original

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Most Recent FTS - 6/27/13
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Diver's Paradise Video 6/15/13

Feeding Time 5/8/13

Diver's Paradise Video 5/1/13

Diver's Paradise Tank Inhabitants Video 4/13/13

I started my first nano-reef tank on 9/5/11.

Specs - 30 Gallon Reef

Tank
30g Aqueon glass aquarium (36"x12"x16")

Lighting
Aquastyleonline 36 LED dimmable kit
- 18, 3 watt Bridgelux royal blue LEDs
- 9, 3 watt Bridgelux 10,000k white LEDs
- 9, 3 watt Bridgelux 4,500k white LEDs
- 2 15.8"x4.7" heatsinks

Filtration
Aquaclear 70 HOB - Fuge Mod (filter floss, Chemipure, Purigen, and chaeto)

Heater
- 150 Watt Aqueon Pro Heater
- Finnex Max-300 Digital Aquarium Heater Controller

Powerhead
Vortech MP10ES - Reef Crest Mode 100%

Auto Top-Off
- JBJ ATO Water Level Controller
- Tom Aqua Lifter Vacuum Pump
- 5.5 gallon Aqueon glass aquarium freshwater reservoir

RO/DI System
- BRS 5 Stage RO/DI System
- Purtrex 5 micron sediment filter
- Matrikx CTO 5 micron carbon block
- Matrikx CTO 0.6 micron carbon block
- 75 GPD Dow Filmtec membrane
- DI refillable cartridge

Rock and Sand
- 30 lbs of Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand
- 18 lbs of BRS Reef Saver Dry Rock
- 12 lbs of live rock

Livestock

Fish
Coral Beauty Angelfish - Belle
Fancy Ocellaris Clownfish - June
Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish - Johnny
Yellow Watchman Goby - Oscar
Orange Firefish - Twitch

Blue Neon Goby

Yellow Coris Wrasse

Clean-up Crew

Halloween Hermit Crab

Scarlet Hermit Crabs
Blue Leg Hermit Crabs
White Leg Hermit Crabs
Zebra Hermit Crabs
Orange Leg Hermit Crabs
Astrea Snails
Nassarius Snails
Bumble-bee Snails
Florida Ceriths
Dwarf Ceriths
Nerites

Inverts
2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp - Scarlett and Rhett
Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp
Pom Pom Crab - ET
3 Blue Porcelain Crabs (hitchhikers)
2 Nano Red Brittle Starfish
3 Nano Serpent Starfish

Blue Maxima Clam

Squamosa Clam

Corals
Softies
Purple and Green Fuzzy Mushrooms
Purple Mushrooms
Blue Mushrooms
Red Mushrooms
Blue Speckled Purple Mushrooms
Neon Green Mushroom
Green striped Mushrooms
Florida Ricordeas
Pastel Rainbow Yumas
White Pom Pom Pulsing Xenia
Gold Cloves
Neon Green Cloves
Green Star Polyps

Zoas and Palys
My Clementine Zoas
Green Button Palys
Lemon-Lime Zoas
Purple Zoas
Devil's Armor Zoas
Red Hornet Zoas
Blue Hornet Zoas
Nuclear Green Palys
Ring of Fire Zoas
Eagle Eye Zoas
Kryptonite Zoas
Radioactive Dragons Eye Zoas
Bam Bam Zoas
Tubbs Blue Zoas
Rasta Zoas
Fruit Loop Zoas
Blondies (BBEB) Zoas (Cherry Corals)
Strawberry Wine Zoas
Pink Hippo Zoas
Pink Zipper Zoas
Purple Death Palys
Nightcrawler Zoas
Candy Apple Red Zoas
Mind Blowing Palys

Pink Hallucination Palys

Miami Vice Zoas

Lord of the Rings Zoas

Punk Rocker Zoas

LPS
Aussie Warpaint Scoly

Orange Scoly
ATL Alien Eye Firefly Chalice
ATL Lavender Lace Duncan
Green Candy Cane
Green with Purple Tips Frogspawn

Purple with Green Tips Torch
Pink Lobo
Mint Green Lithophyllon

SPS
ATL Purple and Green Efflo
ATL Fire Polyp Montipora Undata
Yellow Acropora Colony
Rainbow Montipora
Red Montipora
Lilac Montipora
Green with Purple Rim Montipora
Bali Green Slimer
Sour Apple Birdsnest
Purple Polyp Pink Birsdnest
Green and Yellow Pocillipora
ORA Hawkins Echinata

History
6/15/13
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5/31/13
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4/22/13
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4/2/13
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3/10/13
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1/21/13
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Tank Video 1/21/13

9/26/12
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Full Tank Video 9-11-12

9/11/12
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5/1/12
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Tank video 5/1/12

3/13/12
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Tank video 3/13/12

1/30/12
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1/17/12
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12/3/11
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Tank Video 12/3/11

11/7/11
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10/15/11
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9/14/11
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This thread needs some action lol.

I like looking at 10 gal builds partially because I run one myself. They are cool and challenging at the same time.

 

To help with the diatoms, get some CUC animals before you get the corals. stuff like Astrea snails will help and so will dwarf ceriths and regular cerith snails.

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This thread needs some action lol.

I like looking at 10 gal builds partially because I run one myself. They are cool and challenging at the same time.

 

To help with the diatoms, get some CUC animals before you get the corals. stuff like Astrea snails will help and so will dwarf ceriths and regular cerith snails.

 

Thanks for commenting and the advice! I actually got my CUC yesterday. Now I have 5 astrea snails, 1 zebra hermit crab, 1 scarlet hermit crab, and 1 emerald crab. About half of the diatom bloom was already cleaned up overnight, so they're doing a great job.

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Looks like a good start! Welcome to the SW world :) or addiction shall I say!

 

I don't know if you like the idea, but maybe you could break up some of the rock to get some smaller pieces?

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Looks like a good start! Welcome to the SW world :) or addiction shall I say!

 

I don't know if you like the idea, but maybe you could break up some of the rock to get some smaller pieces?

 

Its quickly becoming an addiction. What have I gotten myself into? Haha. As to what you said about the rocks, I had thought about that but for now I think I like them how they are. Maybe I'll re-scape it at some point but for now I'd like to get it all set up and see how it looks. :)

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Just an update on the tank:

 

I set it all up about 2.5 weeks ago and the cycle seems to be close to finished. The tank parameters for the last week or so have been:

pH 8.2

Ammonia 0

Nitrite 0

Nitrate 5-10 ppm

 

I did a 25% water change at the 2 week mark and then added my CUC a couple days later. The diatom bloom is slowly being cleaned up by the CUC. The current list of critters in the tank is:

1 yellowtail damsel

1 emerald crab

1 zebra hermit crab

1 scarlet hermit crab

5 astrea snails

1 pink sponge (hitchhiker)

1 tiny snail I can't identify (hitchhiker)

 

This weekend I'm picking up some coral frags from someone local with a large reef tank. I will be sticking to soft corals since I have really low lighting. Here is a list of what I will be getting:

- Neon green cloves

- White pom pom pulsing xenia

- Neon green star polyps

- A blue-speckled purple mushroom

- A ricordea

- Devil's armor zoas (1-2 polyps)

- Ring of fire zoas (1-2 polyps)

- Green button palys (5 polyps)

- A green fuzzy mushroom

- A purple mushroom

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Its quickly becoming an addiction. What have I gotten myself into? Haha. As to what you said about the rocks, I had thought about that but for now I think I like them how they are. Maybe I'll re-scape it at some point but for now I'd like to get it all set up and see how it looks. :)

 

Sounds good :) As long as you like it, that's what's most important! As for the addiction, you've got a long road ahead of ya ;)

 

 

This weekend I'm picking up some coral frags from someone local with a large reef tank. I will be sticking to soft corals since I have really low lighting. Here is a list of what I will be getting:

- Neon green cloves

- White pom pom pulsing xenia

- Neon green star polyps

- A blue-speckled purple mushroom

- A ricordea

- Devil's armor zoas (1-2 polyps)

- Ring of fire zoas (1-2 polyps)

- Green button palys (5 polyps)

- A green fuzzy mushroom

- A purple mushroom

 

Just make sure you don't add too much at one time especially when the tank is so new. Wouldn't want any negative effects on your parameters!

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Agreed, DO NOT introduce all of that at once. go slow, a few frags at a time.

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Another update:

 

Thanks for the advice. I'm not adding all of those frags at once. I am getting them from two different people so there will be a gap of a few days between to let all the parameters stabilize.

 

From reading things online, I realized that my cleaning crew didn't have enough hermit crabs (I originally only had 2), so I added 5 more hermit crabs and also picked up a camel shrimp I really liked at the LFS. That means my CUC is currently:

- 1 Camel shrimp

- 1 Emerald crab

- 7 hermit crabs (1 scarlet, 1 blue leg, and 5 zebras)

- 5 Astrea snails

Here are some pictures of my cleanup crew (sadly my favorite, the emerald crab, wouldn't make an appearance).

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The camel shrimp.

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Astrea snail.

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Zebra hermit.

 

I added my first couple coral frags today. I purchased ~6-7 polyps of green button palys, a green fuzzy mushroom, and a purple mushroom from a local reef keeper and when I went to pick up the coral he also threw in 3 polyps of papaya cloves and a frag of red cap montipora for free. I realize my lighting isn't nearly enough for the montipora, but I put it as close as I could to the light so we'll see what happens. Here are some pictures of the new frags:

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Green button palys.

 

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Green fuzzy mushroom.

 

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Purple mushroom and another astrea snail.

 

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Papaya cloves.

 

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Red cap montipora.

 

Let me know what you think so far!

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Thanks guys! The fuzzy mushroom is by far my favorite of the corals I have so far. That picture really doesn't do it justice either. The green is much more neon in person.

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Do you plan on any other fish? I had a 10g with the YT damsel. He was way to aggressive and other fish more then one clown jumped out. Also if you plan on hard corals you may need to look into more lighting.

Looks great so far,good luck and have fun.

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Do you plan on any other fish? I had a 10g with the YT damsel. He was way to aggressive and other fish more then one clown jumped out. Also if you plan on hard corals you may need to look into more lighting.

Looks great so far,good luck and have fun.

 

I got the YT damsel because the LFS recommended having one hardy fish in there to help with the cycling. My plan is to return it when I'm ready to start adding other fish. I'm not quite sure yet what fish I'm going to get but I know I want a goby (I'm considering a mandarin) and maybe a clown or a royal gramma.

 

About the lighting, I plan to only stick with soft corals for now because its not in my budget to upgrade. I have the one frag of montipora because the guy I bought frags from threw it in with my others for free, so I stuck it in my tank to see what happens. I doubt it will make it, but I didn't just want to throw it out.

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no mandarin for a 10 gallon please...more research will explain the situation with these guys. there is more to it than just "needs large established tank with lots of LR for grazing" and " frozen-trained mandarins make keeping a mandarin easy even for beginners."

I don't think these are beginner fish, I think they are demanding, and I think they need more room than a 10 gallon, and plenty of special care including spot feeding.

 

If you are adding a mandarin to a 10 gallon, you would have to devote the tank to that fish in order to have it thrive.

 

Plenty of other, easy gobies out there like yellow watchmen and neon gobies.

 

Also, Camel Shrimp. Make sure he isn't bothering/eating your corals as they are notorious for doing that and are considered less reef safe than cleaner shrimp species(peppermint, skunk, fire red, coral banded.)

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no mandarin for a 10 gallon please...more research will explain the situation with these guys. there is more to it than just "needs large established tank with lots of LR for grazing" and " frozen-trained mandarins make keeping a mandarin easy even for beginners."

I don't think these are beginner fish, I think they are demanding, and I think they need more room than a 10 gallon, and plenty of special care including spot feeding.

 

If you are adding a mandarin to a 10 gallon, you would have to devote the tank to that fish in order to have it thrive.

 

Plenty of other, easy gobies out there like yellow watchmen and neon gobies.

 

Also, Camel Shrimp. Make sure he isn't bothering/eating your corals as they are notorious for doing that and are considered less reef safe than cleaner shrimp species(peppermint, skunk, fire red, coral banded.)

 

Yeah, I've been hearing mixed things about the mandarins in a 10 gallon and I've been doing a lot of research on its care. I'm not going to get one unless I think I can handle the demands of its care. I just saw one in person in my LFS and fell in love with it. Thanks for the input and I'll take it into account in deciding.

 

About the camel shrimp, he seems fine so far, but I'm annoyed because my LFS didn't mention he wasn't reef safe even though I asked. I was trying to decide between that one and a peppermint (I had read a lot about shrimp, but hadn't come across info on camels so I didn't know), and I just liked the camel's markings better and the LFS owner acted like they would be equally good in the tank. I looked up info about camel shrimp last night and realized the issue, so I'm keeping a close eye on him and so far so good.

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Tank is looking good, there's a lot of good advice here and you're on the right track!

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A good start! :) I think a 10 is a nice size, although the bug can bite hard and after a few months I'm already upgrading to a 20L :P

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After adding all the new coral, here is an updated FTS (I don't have the best camera for this, sorry):

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Center rock:

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Right rock:

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Left rock:

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Here are some close-up shots of each coral frag. I took these by using the underwater camera set up I use for scuba diving and stuck it in the tank :) Much better pictures then my little point and shoot from the outside of the tank.

 

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Orange Florida Ricordea

 

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Purple Mushroom

 

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Papaya Clove Clavularia

 

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Green Button Palythoa

 

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Ring of Fire Zoanthid

 

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Pulsing White Pom Pom Xenia

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A few more coral close-ups:

 

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Green Clove Clavularia (not open all the way yet since they were just glued down)

 

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Gold Clove Clavularia (plus bubble algae...yuck!)

 

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Devil's Armor Zoanthid

 

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Green Star Polyps

 

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Green Frilly Mushroom

 

My cat Lily wanted to check everything out and got in the middle of my pictures :)

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Looks great Felicia!! Can't wait to see it in person. Love the close up pictures!!

Erin

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Looks great Felicia!! Can't wait to see it in person. Love the close up pictures!!

Erin

 

Yay! You made an account. I'm sure this helps so much with your qual productivity. We'll have to set something up for you to come see it soon. Let me know when you're free. Gotta love that I used my waterproof case for scuba diving to take the close-ups, haha.

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