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First fluval reef tank 13.5 gallon

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Caramon420

This is my first reef tank. I want to document how I started my reef tank. And the fun journey now begins.

Spent only $150 on tank with stand.

$200 for everything else with test kits.

January 17th/ 2021

  • Started the tank off with Auqaforest BIO S.
  • Fluval 13.5 reef tank
  • Fluval reef tank stand
  • 12 pounds of rock. 
  • Fluval sea mini protein skimmer
  • Fluval salt salinity measure
  • Fluval heater 40w
  • Marina powered temp checker
  • Aquaforest reefsalt 2kg bag
  • Gravle vacuum
  • Marina glass cleaner
  • **Fluval led stock** retired March 2021

 

SPECIAL Thank you to WAI'S AQUARIUM LTD CALGARY, AB

 

I wanted to try some really fine sand but that was a mistake and now have to switch it out with water changes as I clean tank. 

anyone have any experience with adding in sand should I do a cup a week to not make my level spike with the new sand that I will be adding in?

 

 

January 20th 2020 added sand and rock to the tank.

 

February 3rd  2020 added 4 snails, 3 crabs, two blue chromes, 2 long nose snails (forget what they are called lol).

 

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Feb 22, 2021

 

Did a water change yesterday finally some progress with the tank.  Nitrite is at .50 another two weeks and I should be good to be adding in corals.

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TANK IS DONE CYCLE. February 27/2021

 

No live stock loss during the cycle.

 

Going to add clown fish and some zoas

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20210307_195357.thumb.jpg.95e19331e1d502914d7796492d8d3a32.jpg **March 7th 2021**

I add some aragonite crush coral to the tank.

 

  • Bought new light 18 to 24 inch Orbit led light 
  • EFlux Wave Pump Manifold HUB controller 
  • Current USA 6004 660 GPH eFlux Accessory Wave Pump

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Made some modifications to the lid to fit the new led light. And also tired to modify the lid to fit the new wave pump and hide the cord. Gonna try to make some modifications to the lid again.

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Fix the issue I had with light sitting a bit funny. And bunch all the cords together to come out of the back of tank.

 

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Added in March 5th 2021

  • clown fish 
  • Zoas (unsure of the name).

Added in March 8th 2021

  • Tank raised Mandarin goby

 

 

 

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Your modifications to the lid for the new light looks very clean! How do you like the Orbit light? I also want to upgrade and keep the stock lid, it's between the Orbit lights and the Fluval Marine.

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Thinking about adding this to the system. And adding it vertical the compartment it is big enough for it..any ideas???? Kinda wanted to the control the gallon phr for better flow for the sps I will be adding later. 

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17 minutes ago, DevilDuck said:

Your modifications to the lid for the new light looks very clean! How do you like the Orbit light? I also want to upgrade and keep the stock lid, it's between the Orbit lights and the Fluval Marine.

Very user friendly. Only thing is if you buy any other products, I had to buy some things sold separately (blue controller and power head) Only down fall but I really like it so far. Zoas seem be liking it better than stock light. I used a grinder to modify the lid.(saftey first wear gloves and glasses it spits hot plastic.) Only thing I had to get a clean cut. Hack saw a small one would have worked fine too but didn't want to go to store.

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