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8g “Ultra Low Maintenance” Cube

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Hey guys!
 

It’s been a while since I posted on this forum as I transitioned back to freshwater for some years due to work and lack of time. I have grown quite bored of my freshwater cubes and I’m planning to get back on the saltwater hobby taking baby steps. Free time is still in short supply.  
 

I want a simple cube with a clownfish pair (tank bred percula 2-4cm at the time of purchase). The tank will be FOWLR at first but I know I’ll want to graduate to corals at some point. 


I have attached pictures of the equipment I’m going to use.

  • I’d really like your input on the light fixture (the larger model). Do you think it will suffice for softies?
  • As you can see in the pics I chose somewhat low flow. During my past experience (20g with 2300 l/h) I saw my small clownfish struggling to keep up. They’d stay on the same spot in a corner. When I turned off the pumps though, it was a different story.
  • During the FOWLR period, would you suggest I keep the salinity at a lower level, let’s say 1023, to allow room for error and save some money? Would you go any lower?
  • The set up will be minimal with a few pieces of rock and Aragonite sand just enough to hide the glass. 997DFE81-B372-43C1-8713-A606B85D0FC5.jpeg.3506c3a6b5706ed358bfa257a2509a36.jpeg5B0354C6-810E-42C7-8B38-A4978A966C28.thumb.jpeg.109dde49c5859baeb2edae8c296ebfe5.jpegED64CB4D-AF14-40B3-A4B1-DC5C857B70E6.thumb.png.2032a1f2925f8951d7c2076b073e15ed.png

 


So here’s a list of what I want to achieve with this tank. 
Any tips are appreciated

1. The least maintenance possible 

2. The least ALGAE possible after the diatom bloom

3. Choose an affordable light that will allow growing softies in the future. 

 

 

Thanks!

 
EDIT: I  eventually picked up Versamax 2 for filtration and circulation, which adds about 0.5 gallons of water volume and is rated at 800 l/h

 

PS. Here’s my old tank!

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bbetta

Anyone?

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debbeach13

Recommended SG for clown fish 1.023 - 1.025. So please aim for 1.024. I have no experience or knowledge of that light. As most would recommend buy the best light you can afford so you don't have to waste money replacing it later. You already know this can be an expensive hobby. It is better to gather your equipment slowly so you can be frugal and know when some thing is a good deal rather than try to find the cheapest. Your previous tank looks very nice. Welcome back and good luck with your tank.

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How does it look?

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bbetta

The journey is about to begin!

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bbetta

First and only resident, a 1 inch Yellowtail damselfish! He’s so cute F0D4AFB6-555E-456F-B6CD-DFFBEA68EBEE.thumb.jpeg.2f114b47daabacf991347854878a0d60.jpeg

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Seea

Yay damsels are cool 😎 I will be lurking.

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Leoito

Time to lurk as well 😉 

I noticed in one image that you're using three rocks as opposed to the four(?) in the sketch you provided. Have your plans for coral placement changed? 

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Thanks for noticing @Leoito!  I actually have cured a few more pieces that I didn’t eventually use. I’ll probably add some in the future, when I run out of real estate. The two islands you see in the photo will be covered with GSP and Xenia. Zoas will occupy the right side of the main rock, caulastrea will occupy the top and Ricordeas will fill all the other spots. At least that’s the plan! 

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FTS 15/06/20

It's coming along nicely!

The tank is way more blue in real life, but I adjusted the LEDs for the pic. 
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That is the tiniest damsel 🥺 Looking great so far! 

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On 7/1/2020 at 3:18 AM, cheesesteak said:

That is the tiniest damsel 🥺 Looking great so far! 

He’s so tiny that he got sucked in the filter and got through the propeller. I noticed him Monday morning when I passed across the tank and he was stationary. He didn’t dart into the rock as he always does at first when he senses sudden movement in front of the tank. 
He has 3 pretty huge scars on the one side like his scales were pulled off. 
 

I actually thought it was so unlikely for this to happen that I rushed to perform a 20% WC and dose Microbacter7 + Prime, fearing of a NH3 spike or some toxin. I cured the rock for a month trying to eliminate this scenario.

 
I managed to feed him and now it looks like he’s going to make it. Tomorrow is my 4th day dosing API Melafix, I hope this helps him. I don’t see any signs of infection. 

Do you think his scales will grow back with time and is it likely that he’ll recover entirely?
 

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Oh, poor baby. If he isn't damaged internally, he should recover. Yes, the scales will grow back- he'll be growing new ones anyway, as he gets bigger. It might be good to give him another hiding place, if you can, to help with the stress. Somewhere big enough he can easily fit inside. I like big shells as fish spots.

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