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Olestrious

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I am so excited about getting into this hobby! It is something that I have been wanting to do for a VERY long time. I really appreciate all the loads of information that I've learned from this forum, so I'm hoping to share my experience with all of you!

 

Since this is my first reef aquarium (or anything saltwater for that matter), and I'm starting a new job tomorrow as a Laboratory IT Integration Specialist, I only thought it be perfect to name it the "Laboratory Experiment" since I am basically diving in full force with my life right now!

 

Here are the specs on the tank:

Rimless all-glass 5 gallon cube tank

SolarFlare LED 115w light

Biomaxx 10 gal Power Filter

Hydor Koralia Nano 240

10 lbs CaribSea live reef sand

10 lbs live rock

 

(embarrasing because I basically had to copy the information off of the receipt from the LFS)

 

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I posted this pic earlier, and I still haven't changed the aquascape, but I'm still working on it. I just love the rock on the front so much. It has so much character! Right now I'm imagining it completely covered in Green Star Polyps with a little yellow goby to contrast against a the green aquascape. I know, I'm a minimalist, what can I say.

 

I'm looking at the possibility of getting a skimmer, but almost wonder if it's worthwhile in a tank this small.

 

I do have to say that I have an amazing little hitchhiker that came out of another tank that I picked up along the way. I never thought I would be so happy to be a mommy of a hermit!

 

He's been doing great through the cycle. I asked the guy at the LFS, and he said that he will be fine. It's been a week and a half now, and he is still very lively and happy. It is awesome to have a little bit of life in a tank that needs to sit for almost a month to prepare for inhabitants.

 

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He'll be getting some buddies from Reef Cleaners in a few weeks (thanks John!).

 

Anyway, thank you all for all your support. You are an amazing team, and I welcome your feedback as well as your criticism. I look forward to sharing the growth with you along the way.

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A tank this small doesn't need a skimmer, just put chemipure elite and some floss and you're good to go. That's alot of rock so you'll have a great deal of filtration.

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That's good to know, thank you. I actually ordered the Chemi-Pure Elite and the filter floss. I had hoped that they would come today, but I can't imagine anything will get delivered with the weather we are having.

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:welcome:

 

That's a lot of rock...but some people love a lot of rock. My first tank had a lot also. :) My advice is make sure none is too close to the sides or it'll make it harder to clean. I ended up with a hitchhiker hermit also this last time and he did fine through the cycle too.

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:welcome:

 

That's a lot of rock...but some people love a lot of rock. My first tank had a lot also. :) My advice is make sure none is too close to the sides or it'll make it harder to clean. I ended up with a hitchhiker hermit also this last time and he did fine through the cycle too.

 

It IS a lot of rock. I think I went overboard, but from what I can tell so far, this is a very easy hobby to go overboard in. Thank you for welcoming me. :happy:

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MyLiquidBlue29BC

It looks like you have just a few bigger pieces. You can always break it up and then you'll have more options to arrange it. :)

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It looks like you have just a few bigger pieces. You can always break it up and then you'll have more options to arrange it. :)

I've thought about that. I've been putting it off for one reason another (afraid to do it? I don't know).

 

 

Welcome! It looks like you are off to a good start.

Thank you!

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MyLiquidBlue29BC

I've thought about that. I've been putting it off for one reason another (afraid to do it? I don't know).

 

I totally understand ;) I had a piece of rock that I thought looked like a cow's tongue. I just kept moving that ugly thing around for weeks trying to find some place I disliked it less. Finally, I put it in a gallon ziplock bag and took a hammer to it. Much better now.

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I totally understand ;) I had a piece of rock that I thought looked like a cow's tongue. I just kept moving that ugly thing around for weeks trying to find some place I disliked it less. Finally, I put it in a gallon ziplock bag and took a hammer to it. Much better now.

LOL! I was thinking about making some LR rubble. That would be better than what I did with one of my rocks. I broke it in half, and now there is a definitive straight edge on both of the pieces. Unfortunately, it doesn't look natural.

 

:welcome: to Nano-Reef! Good luck with your new tank and job!

Thank you! I'll need it!!! :lol:

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It IS a lot of rock. I think I went overboard, but from what I can tell so far, this is a very easy hobby to go overboard in.

You have no idea.... :wacko:

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