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Matteo

FTS:11/17/2019

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FTS: 11/11/2019

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Top Down 11/11/2019

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Well here it is. I picked this bad boi up for a whopping $25! Had calcium all over so needed a good scrub. Bought a nice entertainment center, restructured it a little to make sure it can hold weight and custom made light hanger built from local reefer. 

 

The Goods:

 

  • IM Nuvo 40 
  • Stock media basket with filter pads, carbon, Purigen, and a mini refugium with chaeto 
  • IM AQUA Gadget 2-1 Chaetomax LED 
  • IM MightyJet 538gph w/ 1x Spin Stream 
  • IM Medium Size Nuvo Skimmer 
  • AI Nero 5 
  • Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid with 4x Nano Box V3 Arrays controlled w/Bluefish w/ 2x Giesemann Super Actinic T5HO
  • Tunze Nano ATO 
  • ATO Reservoir 6g Soy Sauce Bucket
  • 300 Watt Ceramic Heater Externally Controlled

 

The Wet Goods:

 

  • Lighting Maroon Clown Pair & Rainbow BTA
  • Yellow Tail Goby & Pistol Tiger Shrimp Pair
  • Flame Angel
  • Mix Reef 
  • CUC

 

 

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pgrVII

I dig it dude 🤙

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WV Reefer

Yay!!! New tank. :happydance:

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frahny

Super dope! 

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Snow_Phoenix

What type of damsels are you planning on doing, if I might ask? 

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Matteo
12 hours ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

What type of damsels are you planning on doing, if I might ask? 

Thinking a yellow tail, blue velvet, three spot domino, blue, and a three or four striped. 

 

Like freshwater when you have small fish in a tank it adds color and movement. I'm not too worried on the bioload and even though damsels are sorta basic, I think it's going to be a really fun tank. 

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8 minutes ago, OverCookedRock said:

Thinking a yellow tail, blue velvet, three spot domino, blue, and a three or four striped. 

 

Like freshwater when you have small fish in a tank it adds color and movement. I'm not too worried on the bioload and even though damsels are sorta basic, I think it's going to be a really fun tank. 

Have you considered a Talbot for a difference in color? That actually does sound like a fun tank. But you will need a lot of overhangs/rockwork cover for each of them to establish their own territory. Otherwise they'll just kick the snot out of each other. 

 

I have always been intrigued by the concept of a damsel-only tank. They're beautiful and affordable, but mean as heck. Several reefers I know have attempted to add multiple damsels to their tank at once but the fish were so aggressive that they ended up killing each other off. I have had okay experiences with yellowtails though. But the blue devils are best to be avoided. 

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34 minutes ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

Have you considered a Talbot for a difference in color? That actually does sound like a fun tank. But you will need a lot of overhangs/rockwork cover for each of them to establish their own territory. Otherwise they'll just kick the snot out of each other. 

 

I have always been intrigued by the concept of a damsel-only tank. They're beautiful and affordable, but mean as heck. Several reefers I know have attempted to add multiple damsels to their tank at once but the fish were so aggressive that they ended up killing each other off. I have had okay experiences with yellowtails though. But the blue devils are best to be avoided. 

I always make sure my tanks are both anesthetically pleasing along with adequate for the amount of fish and terriroty. 

 

Tablots are cook but since I will have two clownfish in the tank which are orange I wasn't thinking about it but ya never know! Maybe I'll swap the tablot for the blue because I believe you are right, the blue devils are devils haha. 

 

I have seen multiple tanks with damsels coexisting. Hopefully with ample hiding places and adequate feeding the pecking order and aggression will be evenly dispersed out. 

 

All other saltwater fish are either too big or are stagnant swimmers like cardinals and Firefish.

 

Any other fish you can think of? I look at damsels as the cheap and colorful saltwater tetras haha 

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Using a mix of distilled vinegar and a splash of isopropyl and a simply sponge and scraper. 

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When you can't wait to be an a house with a hose outback... You must get creative 🤣

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Batta bing batta boom! CLEAN 

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Decided I'm gonna do a school of yellow tail damsels 🙂 thinking 5 total, the 2 clowns, and either 1 royal gramma or a shrimp and goby pair 

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Amphrites

Damsels are super underrated and get a bad rep because people throw them in tanks without considering their needs or temperament.

They're like super-fast cichlids with the territory tendencies (except wayyy more space per fish) and voracity of maroon clowns and the speed/roaming-range of fish three times their size.

Beautiful, full of personality, but they really need the right kind of setup. 

Best of luck! I highly recommend randalls, springeri, Talbot's, diamonds, and the yellow-tailed azure. All the most peaceful damsels right there, of course YMMV per individual lol...

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10 hours ago, Amphrites said:

Damsels are super underrated and get a bad rep because people throw them in tanks without considering their needs or temperament.

They're like super-fast cichlids with the territory tendencies (except wayyy more space per fish) and voracity of maroon clowns and the speed/roaming-range of fish three times their size.

Beautiful, full of personality, but they really need the right kind of setup. 

Best of luck! I highly recommend randali, springeri, Talbot's, diamonds, and the yellow-tailed azure. All the most peaceful damsels right there, of course YMMV per individual lol...

I agree. I like to think they're the reef tetra in a sense. 

 

I think it will be a fun and colorful tank, especially if all yellow tails. Aggression shouldn't be horrible either due to same species and being in a school of 5-6.

 

The tank will have plenty of open space but also a ton of nooks and cranny and to get in. 

 

Hopefully once setup and the YT damsels establish territory the clowns will actually go and use a BTA. In the past they haven't but they had no reason to find shelter as the only fish on the tank. 

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Spreading out aggression works great, can't wait to see the build progress.

Oh, just to poke back in, if you think they're like tetras and haven't kept them before you're in for a very pleasant surprise, damsels have levels of activity and energy which freshwater fish just can't compete with, think chiclids on speed. They're constantly looking for pods and poking rockwork, always in and out of caves or darting around the tank inspecting their territory or mouthing suspended particulates (even making their own by fanning or mouthing the sand). One damsel is enough to completely fill my 13.5 gallon tank, that has the footprint of a 20-long, with constant movement lol. I have no idea how they can be as active, agile, or quick as they are.

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Just ordered 10lbs of Eco-Rock plus some other things today 😉 hardware list updated! Also decided on a Nero 5! 

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Stoked! 

 

Ordered:

 

Tunze Nano ATO

Nuvo Midsize Skimmer 

AI Nero 5

10lbs Eco-Rock 

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Also... 

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All gear is coming in this Wednesday and Thursday 🙂 Tank is getting wet Friday 😉 

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On 6/5/2019 at 8:36 PM, OverCookedRock said:

Decided I'm gonna do a school of yellow tail damsels 🙂 thinking 5 total, the 2 clowns, and either 1 royal gramma or a shrimp and goby pair 

I like the idea of a damsel tank.. I bet that royal gramma will get the crap kicked out of it though... maybe one of those purple dottybacks???  those guys can hold their own🤣

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3 hours ago, FISHnChix said:

I like the idea of a damsel tank.. I bet that royal gramma will get the crap kicked out of it though... maybe one of those purple dottybacks???  those guys can hold their own🤣

I decided for a shrimp goby pair instead. Super fun symbiotic relationship and light on bioload and interfering in damsel based missions 😂 

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Shout out to @Marine Depot!

 

As always packaging was nicely taken care of and all the goods are in safe and what was expected. 🙂

 

Excepting a second shipment from them tomorrow, can't wait! Prime place to go to for your gear 👍

 

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Goodies! 

 

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Equipment in place. Can't wait to get it all running! The 35watt Par38 6000k LED is temporary as my Nanobox retro hybrid will be here next week. 

 

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Comin right along dude.

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11 hours ago, OverCookedRock said:

Shout out to @Marine Depot!

 

As always packaging was nicely taken care of and all the goods are in safe and what was expected. 🙂

 

Excepting a second shipment from them tomorrow, can't wait! Prime place to go to for your gear 👍

 

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Goodies! 

 

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Equipment in place. Can't wait to get it all running! The 35watt Par38 6000k LED is temporary as my Nanobox retro hybrid will be here next week. 

 

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Can't wait to see it with water!

 

-Steven

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Second order came in. As expected greatly packed and what was expected. 

 

I don't have anymore gear (at the moment) to order but definitely will again with them. 🙂

 

Please make more merch like t-shirts hats stickers, etc. 😉

 

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TheKingInYellow

Looks like a nice plan, following along.

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23 minutes ago, TheKingInYellow said:

Looks like a nice plan, following along.

Thanks! 

 

Glad to have ya 😊 

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