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36 Liter Montego Bay!

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Hi there fellow nano reefers! 😜

 

I'm back at the aquarium game! In the past i had many aquaria, amazon biotoop, malawi cyclids, freshwater european etc. Only once had a go on the saltwater thing once, a 450 liter tank with everything going but time and place. So i had to abandon that...

But after a few years, we're back! Now with a nice little 36 liter nano reef! Actually a Aqualantis Nano Marin 40, but i found out it holds 36 liters. 

So without further notice, here's the startup and a bunch of photo's! I hope you guys like it, have some tips and share your thoughts!

The (mini) history:

 

Montego Nano Bay

 

06-01-2019 Got the tank!

Got the tank in! Second hand and….  back glass broken on transport. So, first job, fix the tank! After fixing of course water test. Everything’s okay, let’s start!

 

 

10-01-2019 start

 

  • 2kg Colombo Marine Sand
  • 36l RO water 
  • 1200gr Colombo Pro Reef Salt (KH9, Ca420 ppmMg1370)

 

11-01-2019

 

  • 28ppt salinity (morning)
  • 8kg cured live rock
  • 18L seeded water in
  • 15L made water out
  • added 4 Colombo Bacto Balls

 

12-01-2019

 

  • found +/- 25 feather dusters
  • 4/5 sponges

 

15-01-2019

 

  • feather dusters are +/- 35
  • Reef-Pi controller up and running!
  • day night schedule sun up 12 -> 14, sun down 22 -> 0 | moon up 16 - 18, moon down 2 -> 4
  • top up with salt water

 

19-01-2019

 

  • found 2 new sponges
  • found 3 spaghetti worms
  • 2 feather dusters migrated to other stone
  • 1 baby feather duster on other stone
  • copepods on the stones
  • top up with salt water

 

20-01-2019 test day

 

  • 33ppt salt, KH14, CA350, MG1230, No3 1.5mg/l, Po4 0.03mg/l  
  • algae start to grow on top stone
  • found 1 new sponge on other stone
  • found 1 brittle starfish
  • copepods swimming free and in the sand
  • baby soft coral spotted??

 

22-01-2019 First animals

 

  • No3 < 1mg/l, Po4 = 0, NH3 = 0,25mg/l
  • 1 finger coral
  • 1 mushroom leather coral
  • 1 button polyp coral
  • 2 blue legged hermit crabs (3 legged and 4 legged)
  • 1 fight between the crabs resulting in one losing one leg and a claw….

 

24-01-2019

 

  • NH3 = 0
  • water change 6 liter
  • finger coral replaced on big rock
  • Reef-Pi placed and working: Controlling day/night light, pumps, skimmer and heater
  • Day Night schedule is now following sun and moon of Montego  Bay, Jamaica. Cloud, storm and thunder still undergoing work!

 

25-01-2019

 

  • 33ppt
  • 1 Lysmata amboinensis / Pacific Cleaner Shrimp - Ed/Eddie 
  • 1 Amblyeleotris guttata / Spotted prawn goby - Ocho 
  • 4 empty shells. 3 legged got a new one within ten seconds!

 

26-01-2019

 

All looks quite happy!! Ocho the goby is just hiding a bit... But eats and comes out!:D

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Very interesting build you have going and your pictures are absolutely amazing. 

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10 hours ago, Reefkid88 said:

Very interesting build you have going and your pictures are absolutely amazing. 

Thank you very much! I'm very happy with the way it's been turning out and am looking very much forward to what it will become!

More photo's to follow of course!

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