growsomething Posted February 7, 2020 Share Posted February 7, 2020 Hello all, starting a journal thread for the 365 day challenge. I don't expect to win, but it's an excellent excuse to start this IM Fusion 10 tank I purchased before I was married, and I've been married 3+ years! New baby takes almost all personal time, and I can see I just need to start this thing, or forget about a saltwater tank. Right now I've got a 75 gallon planted tank with angels and rams, a Fluval 6 with the rim removed containing female black bar Endlers, and a 20 long qt/hospital tank with all male endlers. I've had 3 small saltwater tanks, but back when we got fuji rock and had bioballs, and no internet, so I am not exactly full of reefing know how. The most fun tank I had was a 3 gal picotope with a single fuji rock that filled the whole thing. I never put any corals on it, but various soft and hard coral, as well as many fans and sponges grew out of it. I never had a cycle that I could observe in this tank, and I think it was bcs of the large amount of live rock, and a single fish. It did great for a year or 2, till I slacked on water changes and an algae bloom smothered everything. That pico tank is what I would like to re-create with this IM 10. I dont even remember what all the equipment I have consists of, but I know I had it ready to reef. My plan is natural salt water from the gulf (when there's no red tide), rodi ato, a rock backwall of small individual dry pukani glued on (i never had one when they were popular, and I think it looks like the reef walls in the Philippines when snorkling), and live gulf rock on the floor, with plenty of sand and negative space. I like macro tanks and zoa gardens. Also tanks with red, blue, purple, pink, and minimal green colors. I'll pbly try some zoa and encrusting macro, as well as Florida ricordia and a hammer. Being within driving distance of Tampa, I hope to drive to one of the live rock suppliers to pick out a small amount of live rock. For livestock, I'll collect some local hermits and snails, and try some sexy or pompom shrimp. For fish, a tailspot blenny, and maybe a high fin goby. I was also considering doing a cryptic refugium in the center section of the sump with rubble and possibly with local mud. There are a lot of pods in it when catching critters with nephews. New ideas people are trying interest me. I've had good past experiences with the KISS method, and am leaning in that direction with the IM. Anyone think a cryptic refugium with a mud floor is a bad idea in the center of the Fusion sump? This is all very sudden and I'm still entertaining different ideas and advise from fauna to flora to setup. 11 Quote Link to comment
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