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15 hours ago, VictoryBell said:

Oooo, nice bubble coral! It looks super happy.

 

Thanks hope it stays like this. The goby likes to sit on one of the bubbles

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Just an update on the goby:

He eats from day one and for now I feed him twice a day artemia mixed with reef roids. He swims to the surface to nip at the syringe, which I use to target feed. He eats a lot. He only swims for food. Sometime I saw the typical goby swim behaviour, which looks like the movement of an iguana in the sand. Very uncontrolled haha

I think 2 gallons is pushing the limits with a fish, see some algea growth on the glass.

How to see if he is happy or stressed? If stressed I should consider giving him to someone else with a larger system. Thanks for viewing😎

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I had some brown stringy stuff growing at some places and these might be dinos. I cleaned the tank and replaced the sand bed and changed the aquascape a bit. Maybe I was overfeeding. 

 

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I have a hard time removing the blue from the photos.

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On 3/19/2018 at 8:40 AM, Nelson said:

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First coral today. So far so good, only my phytoplankton culture crashed and not sure what was the reason for this. My salinity is 1.021. Is that too low? Thanks for viewing 

Salinity for reefs is better kept around 1.025-1.026.

 

On 3/30/2018 at 3:22 PM, Nelson said:

I forgot to ask if a salinity swing from 1.031 to 1.025 is bad. The LFS water was at 1.031 which is very high right? If I knew this beforehand, I would defenitely acclimate the coral first before adding to the cube. What could be the reason for them to run it above 1.030?

Not sure why it would be so high from the LFS.  Maybe they haven't tested?  You could probably dilute with some distilled or RODI water.  In general, corals and critters do better going from high to low salinity than the reverse.  I killed a blasto frag and almost killed another by accidentally going from lower salinity to high salinity.

 

On 4/16/2018 at 2:35 AM, Nelson said:

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Bubble coral looks awesome!  And the goby is adorable. :wub: Hope he eats well for you!

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The goby eats well. He eats things like brine shrimp, salmon and codfish. Unfortunately he bites the bubble coral tentacles at night, pissing of the bubble and forcing it to retract. Most of the time it is the other way around haha.

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Ofcourse it is my fault locking him up in such a small prison. Maybe he is bored or frustrated.

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My snail is not moving (because of dinos?). Good learning curve this pico.

 

I tried doing a blackout...

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...blocking the window light...

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... but it didn’t help unfortunately. Dinos urghhh

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Sadly everything died, dino took over after WC and I tried to clean it transferring coral and fish to another tank. I dont know exactly what went wrong but when I came back home they were all gone 😢I think Im out of the hobby for a while 😞

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18 hours ago, Nelson said:

Sadly everything died, dino took over after WC and I tried to clean it transferring coral and fish to another tank. I dont know exactly what went wrong but when I came back home they were all gone 😢I think Im out of the hobby for a while 😞

Don't give up! Are you using RODI? Perhaps adding the fish so early on may have been a bad idea. Best to start with a clean up crew and get the biological filtration to take hold first. I would just restart, and let your tank cycle with some shrimp. Add bottled bacteria to the tank to get the cycle started. You can just let your tank sit there cycling until ready to start again, and get back at it, 🙂

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Dinos are nasty. :sad: Currently doing battle with them myself.  Hope you come back to the hobby soon, it can be super discouraging to lose everything (I've had two tank crashes in my time in the hobby where I lost everything) but it's so rewarding I keep coming back for more.

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Just an update: I was under the impression the corals were gone, but they started opening up again. I started dosing peroxide every day and this helped, but dinos are still visible. I removed the sandbed and just finished upgrading to an ada 45f. This week I will bring a visit to the lfs to pick up a goby and a wavemaker :). Pics will follow

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I don't think you need or want to have a wavemaker in a ADA 45-F tank that is only 4.6 gallons?

After you had the 2 gallon tank crash you should holdout on getting a Goby and let the tank cycle right this time first

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Fish is not advisable at this time.

 

A wave maker or a very small closed loop would be awesome & help keep all of your water moving. Im not sure there is anything premade that will work well in a tank that small. You might end up having to custom think something up... Maybe the smallest jebao dc pump and some 1/4 or 1/2" pvc. I know @Ranjib has a fantastic micro controller using a raspberry pi that might suit your needs.

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Would also hold off on fish till dinos are under control. :smilie:

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Awesome! It looks great now. Glad to see the corals are looking healthy again.

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New home/host. Didn’t take long to find it and not leaving haha

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New coral bought from a very nice shop closeby: a duncan

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very nice sps display was there . Unfortunatelly I am on a tight budget haha

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they grow like weeds haha

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Just like watching television 😊

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4 hours ago, Nelson said:

Just like watching television 😊

 

much more better

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New addition 

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And it is regaining some color 🙂

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PS: How to filter the blues?

 

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8 hours ago, Nelson said:

New addition 

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And it is regaining some color 🙂

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PS: How to filter the blues?

 

You can look for an orange or yellow filter for your camera to help mitigate the blueness. 

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looking good. Glad this tank is more stable for you.

 

Some GSP glued to the back wall would look awesome (just let it grow and grow and grow)

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Thanks for the suggestions! 

Yes, this tank is easier to maintain (shallow profile) and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to start a nano reef, except for the jebao ow10 being too strong. Maybe the 60F is better suitable for the jebao... I am now running natural filtration only consisting of live rock, rubble (from the ac20 package) and chaeto in the ac20 and it is low maintenance (with my low bioload).  

Unfortunately, I need to break it down sometime when I move from my student room to another place.

 

On the downside the clown is too lazy, sitting in the flower pot whole day long and waits for food to flow near him. On the upside, I don't have to fear for him jumping out of the aquarium 😂

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Question, what do you use to hold up your hamster bottle ato?

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