Jump to content
NaturallyKait

Kait’s 13.5g Kiddo Tank - First fish!

Recommended Posts

NaturallyKait

24c so 75f. Which is lower than the tank (which runs usually around 26c). It’s actually still cooler than that outside, typically around 15-20c lately. It’s going to get a lot warmer soon. 

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait

The tiny reefer got some new friends today. 

 

Still debating lighting upgrades. Really leaning toward a Kessil a80. I know they’re not super powerful but I don’t need big guns power with no SPS, and I’m not opposed to another upgrade later if I need to. I know a lot of people like the Prime HD and it’s my second choice, but I hate the disco ball look. We’ll see. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Gravity

I vote for the Kessil they are very nice light. Also helps they are plug and play. You can also adjust to your visual preference without impacting spectrum for coral growth. One a80 should be fine for LPS/Softies. Two a80 could get you some sps. Or you could go with an a160. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait
3 minutes ago, Gravity said:

I vote for the Kessil they are very nice light. Also helps they are plug and play. You can also adjust to your visual preference without impacting spectrum for coral growth. One a80 should be fine for LPS/Softies. Two a80 could get you some sps. Or you could go with an a160. 

 

That’s my exact thought. I really like the idea of the Kessil logic and it always having the right spectrum. The a160 would be ideal but out of my budget right now, unless I happen to find a good deal on a second hand one but that’s harder here in Canada. I’ll probably start with the a80, then buy the controller later. I can add another a80 down the road if I want to. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Brock0019

loving the tank. what clowns you going to get?

here are my beautiesIMG_4066.thumb.jpeg.835f9dd88b555ca587b3650d0fa9ee28.jpeg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait
21 minutes ago, Brock0019 said:

loving the tank. what clowns you going to get?

here are my beautiesIMG_4066.thumb.jpeg.835f9dd88b555ca587b3650d0fa9ee28.jpeg

We’ll be getting regular ocellaris clowns, the tiny reefer likes Finding Dory and that’s what he wants for his tank. When I eventually set up my tank I’m getting black snowflakes though. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait

It’s official, this tank is soon to be Kessil powered 😎 I’m excited I’ll have it from the beginning with corals and it’ll help the tank keep cooler. 

 

Next goal will be an ATO, because I’m sure evap is about to jump up. Right now it has next to none thanks to the lid. 

 

Our replacement nerite died yesterday. I don’t know why those specific snails just don’t seem to do well in this tank. The astrea bought at the same time as the first nerite is still going strong, along with the trochus we got on Saturday and the hermit crab. The YCG is doing great! Eats like a little pig and loves to watch us walking around and beg for food haha. I’m so glad he eats well, I’ve heard so many horror stories of starving clown gobies! 

 

9A284DA4-5546-4C96-AB8A-768259B153D2.thumb.jpeg.6b7256db2c2be984688b1b44b9208a62.jpeg

 

Still dealing with algae, diatoms and some green algae on the rocks. I think I may do an extra midweek water change tonight and give the glass a good scrape down to see if that will help. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Cpl_Wiggles

My YCG was my favorite. He would literally swim up front and center to take as soon as I walked in the door from work, like he was greeting me. Much less needy than a dog.

 

Don't worry about the nerites - they cycle through fairly frequently. 

 

I try to adjust the flow in my BioCube a little different each day - but I didn't have my diatom bloom until Month 5 or so. I did remove some rocks and scrub them with a toothbrush (not my personal one) and with water changes they went away. Now the only algae I have is due to overfeeding my tank I think, which is a ratio of CUC and feeding cycles. 

 

Looks great!

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait
18 minutes ago, Cpl_Wiggles said:

My YCG was my favorite. He would literally swim up front and center to take as soon as I walked in the door from work, like he was greeting me. Much less needy than a dog.

 

Don't worry about the nerites - they cycle through fairly frequently. 

 

I try to adjust the flow in my BioCube a little different each day - but I didn't have my diatom bloom until Month 5 or so. I did remove some rocks and scrub them with a toothbrush (not my personal one) and with water changes they went away. Now the only algae I have is due to overfeeding my tank I think, which is a ratio of CUC and feeding cycles. 

 

Looks great!

Our YCG is the same, if we’re walking around in front of the tank he follows us. He has definitely figured out that people = food haha. 

 

I’m not stressing too much about the diatoms. I know they’ll fizzle out eventually. I’m definitely looking forward to them being gone though lol. Not the most attractive look in the tank haha. I’m sure over feeding is a factor for us too, the goby is so small that getting pieces of mysis small enough tends to end up feeding too much. I’m going to slowly beef up the CUC as we go though so hopefully they will help. 

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait

Hopefully our last FTS before the new light gets here.

 

The store I ordered from emailed me to say there’s a small delay in shipping, something I ordered was on the way to them before they could ship out. Still hoping it arrives next week. 

 

Our astrea snail has grown quite the algae colony on his back. It’s very amusing. The tiny reefer points to it and giggles which makes us all laugh.

 

I think I need to invest in a phosphate test kit, just to make sure it’s not super high fuelling the algae growth in the tank. The diatoms I know will die off but the green stuff on the one white rock is starting to grow a little longer. I’m thinking maybe GHA? It’s the same stuff that’s growing on the snail. 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Cpl_Wiggles

Check your carbon. Could be leeching phosphate. I had to switch to Marineland Carbon which is guaranteed phosphate free. Otherwise, good flow and water changes help manage, with the occasional scrubbing. Also check for any natural light sources shining on your tank. It doesn't take much sunlight through a blind to start photosynthesis. Maybe bump an hour off your day cycle. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait
18 minutes ago, Cpl_Wiggles said:

Check your carbon. Could be leeching phosphate. I had to switch to Marineland Carbon which is guaranteed phosphate free. Otherwise, good flow and water changes help manage, with the occasional scrubbing. Also check for any natural light sources shining on your tank. It doesn't take much sunlight through a blind to start photosynthesis. Maybe bump an hour off your day cycle. 

I am due to swap out my carbon anyway and need to buy some, so I’ll look into that. The tank gets a small amount of sunlight for less then an hour in the morning but that’s it. I did consider light when we set it up, but we were limited in places to put it. The only other option was right in front of a baseboard heater which I was worried wouldn’t be a good idea. We could always move the tank if we need to. 

 

As for lighting schedule I’m about to change everything up when our new light arrives so maybe I’ll consider it then. 

Share this post


Link to post
NaturallyKait

New light shipped today, but not the screen top kit. I’m excited about the light, but hesitant to install it without the screen because I don’t want the goby to jump. With our luck we’d wake up and find him on the ground. 

 

Also, we had our first power outage since the tank went up the other night. It was planned so I was prepared with a battery operated bubbler, but it was only planned for 15-30 mins so I just waited it out to see if we’d need it. Sure enough it was only out 10 mins so no biggie. However the tank is on a wifi power bar so I can turn individual plugs on and off without having to reach for the power bar but when the power came back none of the equipment did. Thankfully I was awake and fixed it before bed but now I’m worried. I’m going to have to find another plan for a power bar. I don’t want to risk that happening without us home and the tank going without power for an extended period of time. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recommended Discussions

×
×
  • Create New...