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DT's ADA 60F Shallow Reef

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SETUP
ADA 60-F Cube Garden (24"x12"x7") ~8.5 Gallons
Aqua Illumination Hydra LED + Director setting
EcoTech VorTech MP10
Tunze Osmolator Nano 3152
Marine Magic Dosing Pump

INSPIRATION
Takashi Amano Nature Aquarium
and many nano reefers here including...
JayPagi's shallow reef
teamschreiba's nano reef

DOSING
ESV B-Ionic Calcium Buffer System
Alkalinity - 12ml / day
Calcium - 12ml / day

FEEDING
Korallen-Zucht ZEOvit Nano Power - 1 drop / bottle / week
Seachem Reef Zoo Plankton - 0.5ml / week
Hikari Mysis Shrimp, Ocean Planton, Blood Worms - once / day
Nutramar Ova - once / day for Spotted Mandarin

TANK HISTORY & PHOTOGRAPHY
01/21/14 - FTS and random photos [click image for more photos]
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01/16/14 - Fish and corals growth and color update [click image for more photos]
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12/17/13 - Corals are coloring up nicely, top view photos & FTS [click image for more photos]
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12/13/13 - Swissguard Basslet showing its face, sexy shrimps and three new acroporas [click image for more photos]
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12/09/13 - Purple dottyback's one day visit [click images for more photos]
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12/05/13 - Zoas & palys from "buddythelion" & other shots [click image for more photos]
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11/26/13 - One month before/after SPS comparison [click image for more photos]
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11/20/13 - Macro photos taken with new lens & FTS [click image for more photos]
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11/09/13 - Hid AI Hydra LED Light's power cable in the wall
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10/20/13 - Finished tank cycle
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FISH
12/12/13
Orchid Dottyback
Swissguard Basslet
12/22/13
Spotted Mandarin

INVERTEBRATE
10/23/13
Cerith Snails (5)
10/29/13
Astrea Snails (5)
Porcelain Anemone Crab
11/01/13
Blue Porcelain Crab
Nassarius Snails (12)
Red Flower Rock Anemone
11/26/13
Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp

SMALL POLYP STONY CORAL
10/29/13
ORA Mint Pavona frondifera
ORA Purple Undata Montipora
11/02/13
ORA MIMF Purple Green Acropora
ORA Red Planet Acropora
Evergreen Staghorn Acropora loisette
Idaho Grape Montipora undata
Raspberry Lemonade Table Acropora
11/04/13
ORA Supernatural Capricornis
Purple Haze Montipora
Tyree True Montipora undata
Tyree Flower Petal Montipora
11/16/13
ORA Pink Stylophora
12/09/13
Blue Matrix Acropora papillare
12/13/13
Mint Acropora horrida ?
Purple Acropora horrida ?

LARGE POLYP STONY CORAL
01/14/14
Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Splatter Yellow Hammer

ZOANTHID & PALYTHOA
11/01/13
Pink Panther
12/03/13
Blood Orange
Daja Vu
Ghostbuster
Granny Smith Apple
Hawaiian Sunset
Hyper Phoenix
Purpleberry Fantasy
VDM Morph
12/13/13
Golden Phoenix
Mandarin Orange

SOFT CORAL & MUSHROOM
11/01/13
Green Encrusting Gorgonian
Green Spotted Mushroom
Multi-color Ricordea
Orange Rhodactis

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Illuiix

Nice setup. What kind of stand is that? Filtration or no?

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daletu

The stand is combined two IKEA BESTA units with glossy door panels.

 

I don't have filtration. I hope to rely on live rocks and 10% water change weekly. Hope it will be fine. Fingers crossed! If it fails, I may add a sump and skimmer in the future.

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Illuiix

Maybe you should do 30% water change weekly? Sounds better, I would think so.

 

I do 70% water change weekly for my ada 8g. And there's filtration but I don't clean that part...Lol.

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daletu

Really? Isn't that going to be too much?

 

I guess if the Nitrate and Phosphate values get too high, I will do more %. So far, both values are looking good, 5ppm Nitrate and 0-0.03ppm Phosphate, but I don't have much live stock in the tank either. I will definitely pay attention to it. Thanks! :)

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Illuiix

Well, I buy my saltwater directly from the lfs. And so far my scolys are doing pretty good. Been doing this for few months.

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daletu

Nice Poppy Pipes you got in your tank! I bet its PIA to clean the Coraline algae if it's inside the pipes. If I build a sump for my tank, I may get ADA Pipes as well. :)

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Illuiix

Lolol I see, thanks. Well yeah if there ever is coraline algae, I'll just buy a new set of pipes for $20 shipped on ebay. :)

 

But anyways, for my next setup, I'm going 60f with mp10, no filtration just like yours but different lighting.

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defender.TX

Really? Isn't that going to be too much?

 

I guess if the Nitrate and Phosphate values get too high, I will do more %. So far, both values are looking good, 5ppm Nitrate and 0-0.03ppm Phosphate, but I don't have much live stock in the tank either. I will definitely pay attention to it. Thanks! :)

Psst - 5ppm Nitate isn't ideal for SPS already and you have a low bio load. You're going to need to do larger water changes if you aren't running filtration.

 

With that said, gorgeous tank!

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Giga

very clean! Good respect to ADA

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4x5

Looking good. :)

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moosty

Simple and stylish .

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ALexpsycho

Very nice...

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daletu

Thanks guys! :)

 

 

 

Psst - 5ppm Nitate isn't ideal for SPS already and you have a low bio load. You're going to need to do larger water changes if you aren't running filtration.

With that said, gorgeous tank!

 

Thank you defender.TX. My tank Nitrate level is within 5ppm and it's pretty stable. It doesn't go beyond 5ppm, except when the tank just finished cycle, that was 10ppm.

 

I will start doing 2 gallons water change this weekend to see if the Nitrate level will stay even lower.

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defender.TX

Thank you defender.TX. My tank Nitrate level is within 5ppm and it's pretty stable. It doesn't go beyond 5ppm, except when the tank just finished cycle, that was 10ppm.

 

I will start doing 2 gallons water change this weekend to see if the Nitrate level will stay even lower.

 

What test kit are you using? If you want you should check out the Red Sea Nitrate Pro Kit - incredibly accurate down to .25ppm. If you're using an API kit you're Nitrates might actually be lower than you think.

 

Two gallons seems like a pretty good place to start. When it comes to Nanos with no filtration it's pretty normal for people to change up to 70-90% a week. However, just keep in mind that the more water you change at once the more you need to be dead-on with the new water's salinity and temp. As a bonus, if you do that large of a water change you basically don't ever need to dose calcium or alkalinity if you use a good salt mix.

 

How's the Hydra working out for you? I absolutely love that light and want to replace the lights on my Nuvo 24 with them but I know that at 3' length one Hydra would be pushing it and I can't afford two.

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daletu

I use API saltwater test kit. I will purchase the Red Sea when it runs out. I test the water almost everyday so it will run out quickly. :)

 

Thanks for the advise again. I am currently using Instant Ocean Reef Crystal now and will start using Bioassay Laboratory Formula when IO runs out. I heard BLF reef salt is very good thats why I want to change it.

 

I like Hydra but I have never used other LEDs so I can't say if others are better or not. 3' seems very wide for Hydra in my opinion. I am currently running the light 11" above water and my tank is about 2' wide, I have already noticed a little bit of different color on both sides. I think it's mainly because the red and green colors are in the centers so it can't really spread to the sides, but both of these color are not critically important for corals anyway and sometimes creates algae problem, so I just turn them down until center and sides are not noticeable different. If in the future, I have some corals that needs green or red color, I can simply place them closer to center, so I wouldn't think it is a drawback for this fixture. It actually creates more possibility in terms of placement of corals.

 

AI is also very helpful. I have contacted them couple times regarding the lighting questions, they responded quickly and had given me some advises on how to setup the color.

 

I am currently running the light as below...

 

Sunrise 12pm
Sunset 11pm
Ramp Time 2 hours

 

Day Time:
White 35%
Violet 60%
Red 12%
Green 16%
DBlue 62%
Royal 64%
UV 42%

 

Night Time:
Violet 5%
DBlue 5%
UV 5%

 

Lunar & Weather both ON

 

Since I just introduced two SPS into the tank yesterday, I am also doing 50% acclimation for 1 month right now.

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daletu

I use Controller now and have Director pre-ordered. I don't like controller, the keys are too sensitive to touch. It acts normal when you connect to a computer USB or any device with USB power, but when you connect it to wall outlet it starts to acting weird. I think it's the high current that cause the controller too sensitive.

 

I can't wait to have the Director, then I can play around the color setting even more. It will be able to ramp up and ramp down each individual color in different ramp times.

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Illuiix

Well, I used to have an ai nano with the wireless controller and I remember you can adjust the touch sensitivity level.

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daletu

Well, I used to have an ai nano with the wireless controller and I remember you can adjust the touch sensitivity level.

 

It can adjust the sensitivity level but I still can't get it working right. It's either too sensitive or not responding very well. :(

 

I just connect it to my computer's USB port, it works well when connecting USB port. It has pretty good wireless range.

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daletu

FTS & Clown Gang! My clowns are so mean! They nip my Randall's Goby every time he came out of cave and goby just died yesterday. :(

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Illuiix

Lol. You bought the 3 clowns as a trio? Or they weren't added the same time?

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daletu

I only wanted 2 but my friend who breeds these guys forced me to take 3 saying that I can just return one once they are paired. He has hundreds of these guys in different tanks!

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Gramophone

Love the clean look! Is this your first tank?

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daletu

Thanks!

 

I had another reef tank back in college, then changed it to planted tank (still has the planted tank with Crystal Red Shrimps). Recently decided to come back to do a reef tank again. :)

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DaveFason

Love this set up. Only if I could get a Nano Box over this! ;)

 

-Dave

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