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Current FTS:

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I figured I'd start this journal a little early so I can get some feedback on what I'm planning to do ahead of time and after that use it to track my tank/get help. I used to be on this site all of the time when I was about 13 years old in 2011 and had possibly the most annoying account in the history of nano-reef.com “@Basketball Prodigy“ (honestly don't look it up it was an embarrassing time of my life). When I moved to college I basically got out of the hobby except for helping out with my old tank back home over holidays for my parents. But now my girlfriend and I are getting our own place in May after sharing my room in a party house for the past year, so I figured now is a good time to get back into it since everything is calming down. 

 

Monthly full tank shots, equipment, and livestock listed below:

 

Equipment:

-IM Nuvo 10 gallon

-AI Prime HD (with mount)

-Sicce Silent 1.0 Return

-Eheim Jager 50 Watt heater

 

Maintenance:

  • Hella water changes
  • Every other day scrape glass 

 

Fish:

  • Black Ice Clownfish
  • High-Fin Goby

 

Corals:

Zoanthids-

  • Goblins on Fire
  • Nebula People Eaters
  • PlayBoy Bunnies
  • Rastas
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sunny Ds

Soft Corals-

  • Neon Green Toadstool Leather
  • Orange Ricordea Yuma

LPS-

  • Acan Lord
  • Green Branching Hammer
  • Meteor Shower Cyphastrea

SPS-

  • Blue Pocillopora
  • ORA Pearlberry
  • Pink Monti Cap

 

Inverts:

  • 6 blue-legged hermits

 

Tank set up and cycling (03-22-2019)

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Monthly FTS (04-22-2019)

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FTS after move:

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FTS (5-19-2019):

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FTS (7-19-2019):

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FTS (8-23-2019):

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WV Reefer
1 minute ago, BearTheSquare said:

I figured I'd start this journal a little early so I can get some feedback on what I'm planning to do ahead of time and after that use it to track my tank/get help. I used to be on this site all of the time when I was about 13 years old in 2011 and had possibly the most annoying account in the history of nano-reef.com "Basketball_Prodigy" (honestly don't look it up it was an embarrassing time of my life). When I moved to college I basically got out of the hobby except for helping out with my old tank back home over holidays for my parents. But now my girlfriend and I are getting our own place in May after sharing my room in a party house for the past year, so I figured now is a good time to get back into it since everything is calming down.

 

Here is what I ordered so far:

IM Nuvo 10 gallon

AI Prime HD (with mount)

Sicce Silent 1.0 Return

Eheim Jager 50 Watt heater

 

Tank and equipment should be here next week. Is there anything else I'm missing equipment-wise right now? I'm planning on setting it up and curing dry rock with a few small pieces of live rock until May then moving it to the apartment, adding sand, and going from there. The plan right now is a pair of clowns and mostly zoanthids, acans, euphyllia, and a few SPS corals. Any help is welcomed and thanks for any help in advance.

Welcome back. 😊

 

sounds like a solid plan so far. 

 

 

.......and you know I’m checking that account now. 😄

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3 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

Welcome back. 😊

 

sounds like a solid plan so far. 

 

 

.......and you know I’m checking that account now. 😄

It’s gonna hurt to read lol I’d stay away

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12 minutes ago, BearTheSquare said:

It’s gonna hurt to read lol I’d stay away

Ah, it wasn’t bad. I’ve seen much worse. 😄

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Christopher Marks

Welcome back @BearTheSquare

 

I like your plans to cure the rock in advance of your move. That will give you plenty of time to get familiar with your system setup and optimize your gear, curing rock is forgiving while you tinker with things.

 

The IM 10 is a great system. You might consider adding an additional circulation pump in the future, and maybe a media basket, but otherwise I think you have the essentials covered.

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Thank you @Christopher Marks, it's been awhile!

 

I was thinking about adding in a koralia, but wanted to see how much flow the tank needs once its up and running before I decide on which one. I'm thinking with the sicce 1.0 I could get away with the 240 but we'll see. Also the intank media basket is definitely in the plans for some point in the future.

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Yeah, no need to rush into a decision while you're cycling rock. Do you have a good source for live rock to seed your new rock? If not you might consider just using all dry rock and a quality bagged live sand instead, that's all you really need to get a cycle going and establish bacteria on the new rock.

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@Christopher Marks I was more worried about a nutrient outbreak from the sand being mixed up during the move. I’ve never used dry rock in a tank before so I figured I’d just grab a rock from my parents tank back home and call it a day. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to do it with live sand though since there won’t be any fish/corals at the time.

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Yeah, and given the timeline here, there will be no harm in disturbing the live sand bed after just a few months. It might be more of a concern if you were moving a tank with a sand bed that had been up and running for many years, but in this case there will be no detritus to worry about.

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BearTheSquare

That’s really good to know, thanks man!

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Couesfanatic

Following. Working on the same thing myself

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@Couesfanatic let me know if you start/started a build thread, I’d like to follow

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dferrari13

Yet another IM10!!! Nice!! Slow and steady wins the race!

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@dferrari13 Your IM 10 is one of the main tanks that inspired me to get back into it. I’m pretty excited to see it in person and get it started.

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Everything came in today and I’m just testing out the light, what settings are you guys running over Nuvo 10s?image.thumb.jpg.934958fbdd4d70411b38efdd3a24ae53.jpg

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Went to the LFS today to pick up the dry rock I ordered last week, but all of the pieces were way too big to fit in the tank. The owner gave me a huge deal of $2 per pound of live rock and I couldn’t pass it up. I’m really liking the scape at the moment but I’m definitely worried about it being to close to the water level. I’ll try to get some clearer pics once the sand settles down.

Let me know what you think or any ideas on the scape.

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And here it is after everything settled down. Still worried about the top piece being too close to the water level. Let me know what you think/how to change it.40745305-5017-4538-8409-F4675E611FB9.thumb.jpeg.324b298f60cfbf597d54a3e3409777b7.jpeg

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Added 6 blue legged hermits, which is going is all I’m adding until I make the move. 

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I’ve been wondering if my current scape is too high or if it makes too much shade. Is there any way I should/could change it when I move? Any help or advice would be awesome since my moving date is coming up very soon, which means I’ll be able to add some corals in a few weeks.

 

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Also sorry for the clickbait 

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4 minutes ago, BearTheSquare said:

I’ve been wondering if my current scape is too high or if it makes too much shade. Is there any way I should/could change it when I move? Any help or advice would be awesome since my moving date is coming up very soon, which means I’ll be able to add some corals in a few weeks.

 

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Also sorry for the clickbait 

 

You can definitely change it as you go. All of my scapes have changed in some way from the original idea. 😊

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@WV Reefer thank you, I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to change it at some point 🙂

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Found about 5 or 6 baby aptasias in the tank and I’m wondering what the best way to go about killing it. I’ve used aptasia x in the past but wasn’t a big fan and didn’t think it really got rid of them. I have been thinking about a bhergia Nudibranch though, so if anyone has used/has thoughts on them I’d love to hear them.

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First zoa frag is in the tank and opened up quick. Was supposed to be a gift to my parents back home, but turns out the tanks not doing too well so looks like they’ll be staying. Not sure if the pictures look decent or not (definitely need a gel filter), but enjoy the first picture that’s not just a box of rocks in this thread.

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12 hours ago, BearTheSquare said:

Found about 5 or 6 baby aptasias in the tank and I’m wondering what the best way to go about killing it. I’ve used aptasia x in the past but wasn’t a big fan and didn’t think it really got rid of them. I have been thinking about a bhergia Nudibranch though, so if anyone has used/has thoughts on them I’d love to hear them.

 

Berghia work great but after they eat the aiptasia they die. They are not an economical solution for just a few aiptasia. Is it possible to remove the rock the aiptasia are on and treat them out of the tank?

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19 hours ago, BearTheSquare said:

Found about 5 or 6 baby aptasias in the tank and I’m wondering what the best way to go about killing it. I’ve used aptasia x in the past but wasn’t a big fan and didn’t think it really got rid of them. I have been thinking about a bhergia Nudibranch though, so if anyone has used/has thoughts on them I’d love to hear them.

Aiptasia X seems to work better on larger individuals, at least in my experience. It's kind of hit or miss though. Those Bhergia nudis definitely eat Aiptasia, but unless you have a giant infestation I would not recommend paying what it costs for them as they certainly don't come cheap.

 

You could try smothering the anemones with superglue; I hear that's pretty effective, though I have not tried it myself.

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