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Terry's 15gal column office desktop tank

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My office 15 gallon tank

 

My first tank at beginning of thread crashed. I contribute it to excessive detritus buildup on rocks, poor flow pattern and lack of water changes. Although i have about a 70x water change flow rate, it was not efficient. The way i had rocks stacked int he column tank meant poor flow around them to keep them clean. The hole tank was a detritus trap. Combine with using old very rocks without cooking. The phosphates had the upper hand and i lost the GHA battle.

 

At post #213, I took a video of the victor and began the tear down. I will be restocking the tank from dry, phosphate free rock and sand.

 

 

Current Set up and photo:

(1) Hydor Nano 240gph

(1) Hydor Nano 450gph

(1) Aqueon preset 78° 100w Heater. Its spot on

(1) CoralCompulsion 35w 18k TruColor Par38

(1) AC70 with AquaticLife 115 and GAC

 

Livestock:

(1) Blue Damsel

(1) Yellow Damsel

(1) Serpent Starfish

(2) Hermit Crab

(1) black turbo snail

(1) 14g RC CUC

 

FTS:

 

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2/10/17

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I actually have this exact same tank i was about to switch it to sw but i decided i liked tangs and went with a 95 but its a really nice tank

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For fish, i only want one or two, maybe i'll put my clown from home in it, she's about 5 years old now, lost her mate a year ago, cant really give her a new mate so I may bring her here and get a new pair for home.

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For fish, i only want one or two, maybe i'll put my clown from home in it, she's about 5 years old now, lost her mate a year ago, cant really give her a new mate so I may bring her here and get a new pair for home.

Why can't you get her a mate? A small juvenile of the same species should work.

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Why can't you get her a mate? A small juvenile of the same species should work.

 

just assumed she would harass it since that tanks been "hers" for so long

 

When they originally told me they were moving our office to the other building, i started tearing my old tank down. The only fish i had was a yellow watchman goby. I also had one in my 90 gallon at home, i thought the two could coexist in the 90, but they couldn't. My home goby, stress my office goby, and that combined with the stress of moving, my office goby died a week later. Ever since then i dont like to introduce similar species unless at the same time

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Following

 

I have the same tank, I have loved it but it can be challenging to find the right sized equipment/flow. I look forward to seeing your progress.

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what you see in post one is it. no more equipment, I believe in water changes over everything, and consistency, very slow changes and a very low bioload. Frequent water chages replace elements, remove nitrates, increase ph. Just about all good things.

 

On my last 20l with a 15g sump, i tried the reactors, skimmers and stuff and only made it worse.

 

oh, and NEVER use tap water. Phosphates are the enemy and very hard to remove wasnt introduced, they seep into the rock and sand and continue to leach out even with heavy water changes. Phosphates killed my old tank. the water at my office is terrible, so i only use water i bring in in bottles. for now its distilled, but soon i hope to add a RO/Di at home.

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Sweet light stand!d

 

Seems like a nice office tank!

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thanks. i got my lamp shade/lid done a little early. cut it out on plasma table then bent it to fit inside the upper trim. painted black

 

i work for a steel fabricator, hence the steel. the bottom channel light sits on is getting swapped out for one i can fit my stapler under ;)

 

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This looks cool. What are your stocking plans? Gorgonians would be dope.

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not sure yet, ive never tired gorgonians. You from Ottawa ay? My biggest customers located there. ProSlide

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just assumed she would harass it since that tanks been "hers" for so long

It shouldn't matter. Just make sure it's a small juvenile.

 

She should be fine by herself; but if you want a pair, it should be very possible.

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need..

 

more...

 

tank...

 

budget.....

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got a bucket full of rock and 20 pounds of live sand. tomorrow morning i will put it in tank. I hate aquascaping though, im never happy with results

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stopped on the way in to work this morning for water, they only had 3 gallons in stock :mellow:

 

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Slick looking build so far, especially the light stand. What inverts do you plan on adding?

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Nice. I have a tank with similar dimensions, although it's a cylinder. I really like the column style, have had mine for years.

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Slick looking build so far, especially the light stand. What inverts do you plan on adding?

not so sure yet, will start with some hermits and a reefcleaner cuc.

 

i think i may need a heater, my sticky temp strip is still hovering around 67°

 

Edit: Just ordered an Eheim Jager 50w

 

Edit: the heater seems to kick on at 74 and off at 78, making a pretty swingy climate in there

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ok, after 3 stores for water and 37 rock rearrangements i think i'm ready to let it cycle...except for one rock, its too roundish. I'm gonna have to swap it out with another one from home.

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ok, after 3 stores for water and 37 rock rearrangements i think i'm ready to let it cycle...except for one rock, its too roundish. I'm gonna have to swap it out with another one from home.

Three stores for water?! All the stores around be have between 300 and 1000 gallons in the back lol. I guess Floridians have big tanks!(Except me :lol: )

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yep, 3 at first shop n save, 8 at second shop n save, 2 at kmart, kmart had more but went there last. Now i have an extra. Used up 3 gallons in sand, rock and salt i guess.

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Do you still need a light? I have an Ecoxotic tricolor par 38 ive been trying to sell... It has 2 reds. 4 whites, and 8 blue. still works its just a little scratched.

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ya, i'm still looking, waters 18" deep so i'm looking for a good powered dimmable full spectrum, and in black.

 

I'll look into that one you have though and see if it fits

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rock scaping is driving me NUTS!!! I cant get it right, the rocks are just a little too big for a column tank. And I'm at work so it's not like i can work on it til i like it, i can really only play with if i get here early or on my lunch break, and my boss just loves seeing my shoulder deep in a fish tank while i'm in my office, lunch or not.

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