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The lesser barrier Reef

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zoafan627

This is the journal of my 5.5 I’m building and it’s going to be called the “the lesser barrier reef” a play on words of the gargantuan Australian reef of course. Starting out my goals with this is a place holder until I can do my dream tank after college. When the time comes I want to have a 12 in cube reef, one for freshwater, and one for a tropical vivarium that way I can have a cubic foot of the ocean, a river and a rainforest. But nevertheless my goal is to use rock to cover on side and most of the back wall and have zoanthids and euphyllia as well as one montipora after I become somewhat more confident in myself. In the sand bed I plan to use macros to make a sort of kelp forest while also keeping the nitrates and ammonia down. I used to have a small hobby of setting up vivariums and selling them so getting out of my comfort zone for this reef is quite exciting!

 

As this is still the planning phase I’m thinking it all through and trying to find a macro that has a jungle Val look to it. 

 

Equipment: I bought a wave maker, light, surface skimmer and heater from @superdave and I am looking forward to having most of the equipment I will want to start the tank. I am going to make an ATO and I am eventually going to add a HOB that holds just chaeto. 

 

 

 

 

Planned inhabitants 

 

Vertebrates :

Looking for ideas on livestock, looking for something that is comfortable in my tank but I am not looking for anything crazy or large groups and if I decide no fish that is okay too. I like fire fish and yashas and miss my watchman’s goby when I had my last tank. But i am open to ideas because the animals life is more important than my enjoyment. 

 

Mobile invertebrates:

 

Rock flower anemone

Small shrimp or crab  (a sexy shrimp or maybe a Pom Pom crab)

 

Corals: 

 

Sunny D zoanthids 

 

Hammer coral 

 

Recordia 

 

Eventually a montipora 

 

Nothing crazy expensive as I don’t think I want to put tons of money in before I am incredibly confident. 

 

CUC:

 

One scarlet hermit 

One Trocus snail  

Several Cerith snails 

 

I’ll keep everyone updated on this as often as I can 

 

 

 

 

 

current inhabitants: 

asterina stars x 3

honey damsel x1

scarlet hermit x1

blue dwarf hermit x1 

nerite x1

turbo x1

micro brittle star x1

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debbeach13

Welcome to NR. We are here to hep if you need it. Is the tank a standard 5.5? Which light did you get?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Welcome to NR. We are here to hep if you need it. Is the tank a standard 5.5? Which light did you get?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a beams work 1300

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Update Aug 15: 

 

Today I picked up the actual tank and found some of my old rock I broke it up and found that it was hollow and artificial. Doesn’t surprise me because it was free from a friend and he had a mix between real rock and artificial. Will that be toxic? 

I am painting one side and the back black tonight as well as working on the rock scape. Will post pics tonight.

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Tank is finally wet 

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Ratvan

Gorgeous rockwork and really like the scape. I love the openness as well as the wall, what is that a skeleton of do you know?

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12 hours ago, Ratvan said:

Gorgeous rockwork and really like the scape. I love the openness as well as the wall, what is that a skeleton of do you know?

Thanks! I wanted to leave it open as I am putting graciliara on the side by the skimmer and wanted to leave open room to watch hermits move around because the invertebrates really interest me. Used imagitarium bacteria to seed the tank and adding two hermits on Monday. Seeing little algae growth but on the skeleton I’m seeing what just looking like a thin beige film as well as small amounts of purple on the main rock work. Going to order coralline algae, red macro sampler, one zoa and one ricordia as soon as all of these are in stock. What kind of snails should I get and how many? Part of me wants to get a damsel for this but I also want to focus on zoanthids and inverts. Open to any ideas but I love how it is shaping up

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Wonderboy

Love the title - tagging along - I agree, nice rock-work in such a little area. Great start!

On 8/15/2019 at 5:35 PM, zoafan627 said:

Will that be toxic?

No I wouldn't think so

 

I like the stocking plan - only thing I worry about is that the watchman and yasha may scuffle and one could jump - recommend a lid and maybe a very low island with cavern in the sand if you're set on them.

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18 hours ago, Ratvan said:

Gorgeous rockwork and really like the scape. I love the openness as well as the wall, what is that a skeleton of do you know?

Been researching and thinking maybe it was Favia

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4 hours ago, Wonderboy said:

Love the title - tagging along - I agree, nice rock-work in such a little area. Great start!

No I wouldn't think so

 

I like the stocking plan - only thing I worry about is that the watchman and yasha may scuffle and one could jump - recommend a lid and maybe a very low island with cavern in the sand if you're set on them.

Still very much in the deciding phase and would only get one goby if I go in that direction. I am trying to do more of a zoa and mushroom garden with semi low maintenance and the fish and designer inverts being second to that. Getting some hermits on Monday and plan to add a couple zoa polyps shortly after. 

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Picked up some macro, a hermit and a nerite today. Also have one small polyp of a zoa that was cut off the glass and I just put it in a rock crevice so we will see if anything comes of that. 

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Update,  today I went back to the fish store and picked up more macro and a scarlet hermit crab.  Also I received a free brittle star and picked up a sunset honey damsel. Happy with how it’s filling In. On a somber note, the zoa was missing today and I think the original hermit ate it, everything else is going quite steady. 

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Everything is settling in great! Gonna wait a bit longer to add the corals. The macro is a little mad at me as the heater was accidentally unplugged but other than that it has been smooth sailing. The damsel May have ich but if it does I’m going to treat in tank as he is the only fish I plan on having. Any suggestions? 

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Wonderboy

Looking good - I would raise the temp to just over 85 for a few days - should handle the ich thing

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Ich is gone thankfully, picked up three small starfish and a turbo snail. Waiting for the storm to pass so I can order from GCE. And I am also on the lookout for cheap montipora to mount on my rock work

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Tired

Love the setup, and such a cute fish! If you didn't do anything to get rid of the ich and it just seemed to go away on its own, keep a close eye out- it might just be in hiding, basically. 

 

What are you feeding? Some flake foods have too many fillers to be all that good for your critters.

 

What kind of starfish? Most don't work in tanks that small. Asterinas? 

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I’m feeding a mix of flakes and NLS pellets and they are asterinas. 

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Today I bought a Purple Heart zoa and a hammer coral frag. Great price for both and looking good. Already open and they seem to be happy with me 

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8 hours ago, zoafan627 said:

Today I bought a Purple Heart zoa and a hammer coral frag. Great price for both and looking good. Already open and they seem to be happy with me 

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I have got to say the hammer is about three times the size it was in these pics and I am loving it

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Tired

Oo, nice! What are those black ones? 

 

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Had a bad algae bloom but it’s subsided now happily corals are still closed after the bloom may move them to see if it’ll help

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Superdave

Things are looking great man--love to see my old equipment making it happen for someone!  

 

Really like the super natural look of your rock work and macro algae!  

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