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My first marine tank ~180l (47g)

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After a two-year adventure with freshwater, I decided to start a saltwater aquarium.

 

I think I will show my progress here

Main tank: 100x40x40 cm - raised with a lacobel that serves as a crown + external overflow = 100x40x50 cm
3 bowl sump 35x40x50 cm (water level ~ 35 cm)

Lighting: so far 2x Zetlight Lancia model ZP4000 742 + controller built on the arduino project
Skimmer: Bluskimmer 550
Circulation pump: NewaJet1200
JVP100 pump

Rock: 9kg dry Marco Rocks + 9 kg rock from a working aquarium.

So far it looks like it, flooded for 3 days, today I added a live rock. Nothing sorted out yet, but it is because of my trip that I will be away for a week, and during this time the water can circulate and carry bacteria from live rock to dry. Circulation still outside the sump - when I return I will add water and it will run as it should.

The planned cast are mainly soft corals and LPS, probably some clowns and we will see further.

 

Started: 15.07.2019

 

A few pictures

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After two weeks (27.07.2019)

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Acrossota amboinensis - actualy on separate rock, I'll probably throw it out.

 

NO2 and NO3 = 0

 

04.08.2019

NO2 and NO3 still = 0

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In the meantime, some life appeared:
- 2 snails (Trochus histrio and rapana?)

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Briareum:

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And Calcinus elegans

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My sump:

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08.08.2019

Today stats:

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NO2 =0, NO3 = 10

 

And my first fish (Valenciennea sexguttata):

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Any comments and advice are welcome.
If my English is bad and something is incomprehensible - please let me know, I will try to improve.

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Kyle99

Looks great! Be careful of the gsp (briareum) a lot of people do not like it because it can take over the tank. If you manage it and clean it you will be fine. Im a big fan of them. 

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Melfy77

Good start! I just noticed your density is 1.020? That's on the low side, any reason for it? Otherwise I would slowly raise it to 1.024-1.025

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barto125

I know it's low, don't know why. I used 380g of salt per 10l - maybe my salinity meter is wrong - I have the cheap one for now.

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Melfy77
4 minutes ago, barto125 said:

I know it's low, don't know why. I used 380g of salt per 10l - maybe my salinity meter is wrong - I have the cheap one for now.

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I've never used those. I have a 30$ refractometer from amazon. Works pretty well 🙂 I think the instructions are just a reference, many things could influence the amount of salt you need. I don't weigh the salt nor do I measure the water volume. I just mix it in until I get 1.025. I'm lazy lol 😉

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barto125
3 minutes ago, Melfy77 said:

I have a 30$ refractometer from amazon.

Mine cost about 3-4$, but I need to buy a refractometer too. With next wather change I'll try to mix 10l with 1.030 to raise a salinity in tank. I'm lazy too, so I use a weight 😄

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Christopher Marks

Welcome to the community @barto125! 🙂 

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barto125

Latest parametrs. 

I changed 5 liters of salt water. Also turned off the refill and added salt water.

Salinity and Ca lvl is better, but KH and PH is still low...

 

Two new animals will come tomorrow 🙂

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Two new inhabitants:

Cryptocentrus cinctus and Alpheus randalli.

Unfortunately, they hide somewhere and I can't see them, they are probably afraid of the new place 😞 
My wife says that I have to much rocks 😄

 

 

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barto125

Today I added 2x T5 39W lighting,

2 clownfishes, little zoas and ...

in the store I asked for an empty shell for hermit crab to have anywhere to go when It'll grown up, I got a fairly large, about 5-6 cm in diameter, I brought it in my pocket, accidentaly droped it when going back, I rinsed it at home in the RO wather, threw it into the aquarium...
and after 2-3 hours I noticed that the shell is moving

And now I have a giant crab: D

Photos tomorow

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Photos:

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New photos, bought Euphyllia and Quadricolor.

Parameters are still low, but I started to add balling (KH+CA+MG+balling salt)

And I think dino start growing on rocks...

 

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Wonderboy

Awesome start - really funny, now you need more shells lol - those are electric blue knee/knuckle hermits - very cool! Awesome bubble tip! Not seeing any dinos from here. Tagging along  :]

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barto125

The aquarium is still alive and well.

First of all, I got rid of Acrossot, in fact the damn thing is growing rapidly.
And from unplanned losses, unfortunately, euphylia died.
I started to dose microbe lift special blend bacteria.
Algae grow there, but it's not that bad.
I use Sera silocate, I also dose AF amino Mix 100% and AF vitality 100% once a week.

With new products, I added 2x T5 to the lighting and exchanged the circulation pump for DCS 3000

How does it look like:
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Several new corals also fell in:

Capnela and Sinularia:

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Anthelia:
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Another Briareum strain:
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Xenia:
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and Discosoma

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Quadri, as you can see, also holds well.
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And then there was mitrax and cleaning prawn:
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And for technical things, automatic DIY refill with 30l tank:
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And I also made a cotton wool holder for filtration: (please do not look at the ugly hose, only temporarily)
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The plans for the near future deal with lighting, it looks like this, a total makeshift:
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Ultimately, I throw away zetalights, make a DIY LED beam and enclose everything in one housing. I want more blue color.

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kimdawg

Your tank looks great for 3 months.  I like the rock better the way you have it now.  The pesky brown will go away soon, just keep up with the cleanup crew.  I like the softies in there.  That is what I have in my 75 gallon and I have zoas and riccs in my pico tank.  They add a lot of color if you like that look.

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Latest stats:

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And I also started building DIY lamp

2xT5 (Giessman PowerChrome Aqua Blue Coral + Pro-Power Pure Actynic)

+ LED 3W: 3x 10k, 3x 20k, 3x 8,5k, 2x Full Spectrum, 4x Royal Blue, 2x Deep Red, 4x UV

I need to add more Royal Blue, becouse its too white. And next time I would use 2x Actynic.

 

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Its still WIP 🙂

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I think my tank maturation started fully. And I had algae attack...

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Can anyone help with recognize and how to get rid of them?

 

And my Bubble Tip looks very bad 😞

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Any help to him, or its already over?

 

 

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Bad things

- lost bubble tip

- lost shrimp

- lost 2x goby

Good things

- no more dino

- made new cabinet for my tank

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Seadragon
31 minutes ago, barto125 said:

Bad things

- lost bubble tip

- lost shrimp

- lost 2x goby

 

How did you lose the BTA, Cleaner Shrimp and 2 Gobies??  Did you do anything drastic recently before they all died?

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19 minutes ago, Seadragon said:

How did you lose the BTA, Cleaner Shrimp and 2 Gobies??  Did you do anything drastic recently before they all died?

I had a dino attack, but didn't do anything, just stop water changes. Shrimp died day or two after molting. And then BTA started to looks very bad.

Gobies jump out from tank when I was away from home...

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40 minutes ago, barto125 said:

I had a dino attack, but didn't do anything, just stop water changes. Shrimp died day or two after molting. And then BTA started to looks very bad.

Gobies jump out from tank when I was away from home...

 

Ah, some of those images sort of looked like red slime/cyanobacteria.

 

Have you done the following yet:

  • Added copepods to your tank?
  • Dosed phytoplankton to feed the copepods?
  • Added a variety of herbivorous snails to your CUC?
  • Added critters to sift the sand and eat the detritus?

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barto125
On 1/27/2020 at 2:35 AM, Seadragon said:

like red slime/cyanobacteria.

That was dinoflagellates, checked by microscope.

 

On 1/27/2020 at 2:35 AM, Seadragon said:

Have you done the following yet:

Of course, that was one of first things while I started my tank.

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new-age

Hi

You stopped changing water and it helped you fight dino's? I have try to do it.

It's going to be a great tank.

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barto125
14 hours ago, new-age said:

Hi

You stopped changing water and it helped you fight dino's? I have try to do it.

It's going to be a great tank.

- no water changes

- blackout for 2 days

- lot of microbe lift special blend

- vsv

- adding NO3

- I mixed sand every evening

+ mechanical water filtration

 

That's all I done to get rid of dino's.

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