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That's a lot of Rock 5.5 gal

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Saltslinger

I wasn't sure I was going to post this online but I want to have somewhere to keep track of how my first saltwater aquarium is progressing, plus after lurking I decided I liked the community here. I filled this 5.5 gal tank around 2 months ago, I'm already in love ☺️ For the future I will keep adding mixed coral (with an emphasis on the softies) and maybe get some sexy shrimp. I've already decided no fish. No adding anything that's going to require any additional mag/calc/phos testing. Honestly I won't be checking the "basic" parameters besides salinity on a regular basis sooo... 😅

 

Things in the Tank:

5.5 gal "generic brand" aquarium

1x old heater that hopefully won't boil my tank

2x hydor koralia nano 425

hipargero aquaknight LED light

13 lbs of live caribsea rock

caribsea sand

 

I have to build a support for the light to screw onto because it 1) wouldn't screw on an aquarium with a rim. 2) even if it did, it wouldn't be centered over the aquarium but sticking out too far. I am hoping this will also help hide wire & it creates a black background on the tank without painting the glass.

 

When I went to the LFS for rock, got carried away and I came home with ~13 lbs, probably a mistake for a tank this small ohh well and I like how it looks. I can tell it's going to be a PITA to do any tank maintenance or cleaning, only two panes of glass aren't touching rock and it's a close call.

 

 

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Bailyfox

looks good, i got about 10ibs for my 7 gallon.

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Saltslinger

I added some liquid ammonia with the live rock to help it through the cycle and after about a month of waiting and trying to decipher the elusive colors of the API master test kit, I decided that my tank was probably cycled enough.

 

Also I had a beach trip (hoping to score some free macro algae) and came home with more live rock that had been washing ashore complete with dead coral encrusted on it, of which I rinsed and threw in, damn be the consequences 😅

 

About a week later I water changed and bought my first inhabitants, scarlet hermit, red mushroom, GSP, and stylophora. It's been two weeks now they seem to be doing good with exception for some reason the mushroom has not fully opened up. It might need more light but I'm going to wait a couple more days before I try to move it just in case it just needs time. There was an incident where I started to bleach the stylophora which I will elaborate on, but especially on a small tank like this even cheap lights like the aquaknight can be (too) powerful. I'm honestly glad I did not spend the extra money buying one of the "good brands" people recommend or I probably would have killed all the corals. 

 

18 minutes ago, Bailyfox said:

looks good, i got about 10ibs for my 7 gallon.

Thanks! 🙂 I really like the look of crevasse / cave-like structures so having more rock than recommended looks cool to me. I've seen it mentioned that live rock can trap detritus, and build up high nitrates in older tanks. So I guess I'll get to see first hand if this tank lasts that long

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Saltslinger

So before I went to my LFS I was only expecting to bring home softies. But the frag of stylo was pretty cheap AFAIK and I thought it was so pretty I had to have it. When I first put it in the tank it was doing good, I decided I need to raise the lights cause SPS needs more light right. Especially since I bought a cheap light I needed to crank that baby up to full power to make sure it gets enough rays 😲

 

Then I left on a 2 day mini vacation and came back and it looked like this. The picture sucks but the polyps looked rougher, shorter, and the bone of the coral was looking a lot lighter. Luckily I caught it before any polyps died and it looks as good as it did when I first came home with it. I've also noticed it starts looking bad with any amount of the "whites" on. I didn't realize how susceptible to bleaching it would be honestly I'm surprised I thought if it would die from not enough light if anything.

 

Through all these shenanigans, both the mushroom and the GSP seem unaffected. So the next time I go to the LFS I'm going to try really hard to only come home with more softies 😅

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RedCrow

Not sure why but corals need time yo acclimate to LEDs. Lucky for me my lfs has LEDs over everything and they acclimate them to it before they offer them for sale. 

Your tank is looking good btw!

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debbeach13

Hi saltslinger welcome to NR. Nice start. Some how the scape does not look like it is too much rock. Like you mentioned it will be hard to clean the glass. There is nothing wrong with a softy tank. Maybe try some LPS. Good luck. 

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