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365 Day Challenge - Jerad81's 20g Newbie Build

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SliceGolfer
28 minutes ago, Jerad81 said:

Here's a photo. It probably is just diatoms but a lot of the water has also evaporated so my nutrient levels need to be put back in their proper place as well. The part that's destroying me is not having a water source to do that now.

Meh, you're in good shape still. Turn everything back on, keep the light off. Top the tank off with distilled water from the grocery store. Let the tank ride out the first phases of the biological and algae cycles. You can choose to go through it now, or later. Might as well do it now while there's no livestock in the tank and it's a hurry up and wait game with COVID-19.

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13 minutes ago, SliceGolfer said:

Resources you can tap in to:

Greater Iowa Reef Society: https://www.greateriowareefsociety.org/

Iowa Pet Food and Seascapes - West Des Moines, Westown Parkway and 22nd Street next to Gold's Gym

Adams Aquatics - Des Moines, near Lower Beaver and Euclid

 

I would stay clear of Aqualand in Des Moines and The Ark in Ames. Both are much, much older shops with freshwater as primary focus. Petco at Jordan Creek Mall had saltwater a few years back, I have no idea of current state.

 

Hope this helps

Yeah, this helps a lot, thanks! The only resource I've been able to find before is called Salty Blues. They are a locally owned shop that only deals in saltwater. Until this whole covid-19 issue they were a great resource. They were actually the one's who turned me on to nano-reef when I was getting started. I have been wanting to find other resources though just to have more variety.

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33 minutes ago, RedCrow said:

That is really good to know. I will definitely look into these systems. Thanks for the info!!

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20 minutes ago, SliceGolfer said:

Meh, you're in good shape still. Turn everything back on, keep the light off. Top the tank off with distilled water from the grocery store. Let the tank ride out the first phases of the biological and algae cycles. You can choose to go through it now, or later. Might as well do it now while there's no livestock in the tank and it's a hurry up and wait game with COVID-19.

Thanks for the advice! I will definitely get everything back up and running again now!

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That’s great news. I am now using tap water with prime added to it in 3 tanks. I have been using it for months in my “out grow tank”. I set up my unofficial contest tank using tap. Also have now been using it on my main reef tank for WC’s for 4 or 5 weeks. So far I have not seen any problems.

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My tank appears to be back in good shape except for this greenish colored stuff growing in the sand. I'm assuming it's algae and I'm planning on getting a couple snails that like to hang out under the sand bed to take care of it. Unless anyone has a better suggestion? My two clown fish didn't make it 😭 but I do still have my snail and at least one hermit crab roaming around. I haven't seen the other hermit in a while so I'm not sure if it's just hiding from me or if I lost him as well. Here's a pic of my tank. There's nothing new to look at yet but hopefully I'll be able to change that before too much longer. 

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debbeach13

Sorry about the clowns.

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kimberbee

How's the tank doing?

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Sorry I've been MIA for a few months. That ugly brown stuff kept overwhelming my tank but I FINALLY managed to get rid it! I just added a couple new coral to it today and now I can't stop looking at them lol. I had to force myself to walk away so I would stop moving them around 😁. Here's some pics of them. Hopefully I'll have better success than I had with my clowns. 

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debbeach13

Welcome back 

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Thanks! I'm assuming I've been disqualified from the challenge so I'll probably be posting my tank updates on my other journal titled "My Journey Begins" from now on. Unless I get a huge surprise and find out I'm still allowed to take part 🤞.

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My coral are now celebrating their 1 week anniversary! My ricordia is looking very happy but my candy cane/ trumpet is being a bit of a party pooper 🙁. I tried moving it to see if I could get it some better flow but that doesn't seem to have mattered. I'm debating if I should try moving it again or just leave it alone for now and see if it starts bouncing back. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

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I went to the fish store today intending to buy a couple snails and walked out with three new corals as well lol. I bought two more trochus snails to help out the one I already had plus a tiger sand conch to give my sand bed some much needed attention. 

 

I also added a green star polyp, a zoanthid and an acan. So far they all seem to be happy with their new home so hopefully I can keep them that way 🤞.

 

My fish store was also nice enough to give me a free bottle of coppods since their culture tank was getting low on water. I'm hoping they will start a colony or two and create a decent (and hopefully sustainable) food source for a mandarin or gold mandarin goby in the future. 

 

Here are some pics of my tank and new coral. It's nice to see it finally moving in a positive direction. 

 

 

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My ugly algae bloom is starting to recede. I'm not real sure why but I'm not going to complain image.gif.d2a43499f5c7155d255b34fcfb97569b.gif! I did a water change on Wednesday, removed the chemi-pure blue and changed my filter pads. Also, my tiger sand conch has been doing a great job cleaning up the top of my sand bed. I was hoping he would dig around deeper into the sand but he's probably had plenty to eat at the surface so far.

 

I also added a frag of cloves and a small amount of chaeto macroalgae to my tank. My lfs gave me the chaeto out of their refugium and I'm hoping it will help promote copepod growth in my tank. 

 

My current water parameters are:

pH=8.2

Ammonia =0

Nitrite=0

Nitrate=20-30 ppm

Phosphate=0.1

Alkalinity=5.6

 

I don't know why my alkalinity is still running so low. Everything in my tank appears to be happy but I'm going to try using Seachem marine buffer to bring it up. It's supposed to maintain pH at 8.3 and also raises alkalinity by 1 meq/L. Hopefully this will bring it up where I want it at a safe rate so I don't freak out my coral.

 

Here's a few pics of my tank.

 

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Aqua Splendor

Bacteria with their "process" will lower the KH over time, it's totally normal.
If you can reduce your nitrate and phosphate that would help even more for the algae.

Personnally I will have to add something behind my tank to light my chaetomorpha but the water parameter are fine at the moment, but eventually I will have to feed more so I need a better export of nutriment...

Also your rock actually feed the algae, theirs stuff in/on that promote algae, but over time it will stop and other type of algae will take over the hair algae.

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Sorry it's been a while since I posted anything, things have been a little crazy lately. It looks like I've gotten rid of my algae problem finally. Hopefully it stays that way this time lol. I've also added a couple new coral. I now have a duncan and a second ricordia. I also found a baby snail which got me pretty excited. Overall, my tank is doing well and starting to look like a reef tank. Now I just need to find a couple fish to add to it.

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OMG!! I just found this little guy in my tank and have no idea what it is, where it came from, or how long it's been there! Whatever it is, I think it's pretty awesome! Plus it's my first ever hitchhiker so I'm a little over excited about it lol.

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So, after doing some research I've decided to add a refugium to my tank. I started raising copods in my tank a few weeks ago with the hope of creating a sustainable food source for a mandarin or gold mandarin goby that I would like to add. So far the copods are doing great but I'm worried they won't be able to reproduce fast enough to keep the fish fed and happy. I'm hoping a refugium will help fix this potential issue before it happens. Plus I've also learned refugiums are great for raising small shrimp and other tiny critters that can act as a food source for other fish and coral as well.

I scored this little tank for free from a friend who was cleaning out their basement. I'm not sure exactly how big it is but I believe it's between 3-5 gallons. The sides are plastic so I'm going to drill a hole in the side towards the top for an overflow tube to return water back to my tank. All I need now is the tube/pipe, a small pump and some tubing to pump water out of my tank and into the refugium, and a small rack or stand to prop the refugium up so the return pipe is above my main tank.

The refugium tank also came with a lid and light. My only question now is can I use a regular light bulb or do I need something special for it?

My goal is to have it set up and running by this weekend. My fingers are crossed that everything works like I planned.

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