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M. Tournesol

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M. Tournesol

Hi every one,

 

Long lurker one the forum and newbie in the aquarium hobby, I persuaded myself to start my first aquarium one the salty side of the hobby. I have chosen an ADA 60F for its big foot print for it countenance and its mall size factor. indeed, as I will move in 1 year, the tank needed to be small to be easily moveable .

 

Here some recent photos of the tank:

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This aquarium was born the 29/12/2020 and stocked with 7kg (15.4 lbs) of live rock the next day. The sand (CARIBSEA OCEANDIRECT ORIGINAL GRADE) was added the 6/02/2021 due to the fact that the ADA Garden Mat wasn't in stock for a long time.

 

Here, one of the first photos of the tank:

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The Vision driving this build is a pocciloporidae only tank with a colony of trapezia poccilopora and a shrimp goby pair. The filtration was designed to be natural or "dirty" with only water change and, some time, carbon. It is composed of a canister filter cryptic zone, algae reactor in reverse daylight for PH stability and an inline heater.

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Live stock 

  • cerith snails

Equipement

  • EHEIL classic 350
  • Tunze algae reactor 3181
  • Nero 3
  • Hydor In-Line External Heater 200W
  • GNC bluray M

Chemistry 

  • ro-di water
  • salt instant ocean
  • aqua medic densimeter
  • salifer for NO3, NO2, PO4, CA, MG, KH/ALK, PH, NH3
  • carbon EHEIM AKTIV

Food 

  • Easy reef boosternano
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M. Tournesol

Going full live rock do give me some joy and some stress. 
I've had some good surprise: 

  • funny algae

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  • strange monsters

 

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  • and a wedding dance of Pontomyia natans (####ing sea insect)

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and some less good:

  • bryopsi?

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  • bubble algae (Boergesenia forbesii and some Valonia macrophy)

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M. Tournesol

I do admit that looking at all the spotless tanks and all my pest algae, I'm starting to doubt this choice 🤷‍♂️

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Zer0

That is indeed the double-edged sword of live rock; you get all of the interesting and widely varied hitchhikers, however, some, arguably most, are considered pests and/or less than ideal additions to a reef aquarium. And these are just the pests that you can see lol. 
 

That being said, it’s still doable to continue on with your plans, but I think you will need to accept the possibility that some coral/invertebrates that you add might be casualties of any predacious pests. 
 

Still though, I really love the tank so far and I look forward to seeing how things develop, whatever you decide.

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gen

I can only share your feeling, but I think in the long term and "survivability" of the whole tank, going with live rock is potentially better. Unless you have a very specific idea of what you going to keep in. 

 

Some pests will die off, other will thrive until you add inhabitants and a new balance appears. I started with live rock and watched a green / purple algae tank for some weeks, along with a few coral pieces. I was worried but also impressed with all the life thriving in the algae (pods mostly). 

After some manual removing the algae never grew as it was, and corals started to grow instead. 

 

I think this diversity helps with the balance in the end, and prevents some failures you could meet with cleaner "starts". 

Don't take my word for it, I still consider myself a beginner and I only relinquish on my interpretation of things. 

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debbeach13

I think you are off to a great start and lucky you found live rock to start with.. You have to put up with some pests but I am a firm believer the good out weighs the bad in live rock. Plus it is so entertaining compared starting with to dry rock. I like your thread title.

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M. Tournesol

Thank you all. It's been 2 years since I started locking into reef keeping. The biodiversity aspect and symbiotic relationship are really what did drive me to test it. One of the original plan was to go with a Jaubert plenum (a french forum dedicated to it exist). For size/weight limitation I chose to go for a dirty approach after seeing WV Reefer reefs.

 

A little update on the puddle, all seem to be ok. Looking at it is like looking at a piece of wild grass. It's also a paradise for amphipod. I did count 50-60 amphipods just one the front glass.

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As you can see in the first picture, my ceriths did naughty think. It is the second time that they did produce egg in the tank. 
here a photo of the egg and another of the three guilty snails(one may be innocent).

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My first test for ammonia did return < 0.15ppm of total ammonia (< ~0.0132ppm free ammonia for 8.2 ph and 26 °C), nitrite and nitrate are still super low (respectively below 0.01 and 0.2). I should be ready for the fishes and if think go south, I do have some "ammo stop". The only think that I am missing is frozen food. 

 

The seller has a mated pair of yasha gobies. With it, I ordered 2 cypraea annulus (ring cowrie), a alpheus randalli, 2 sabelle sp and my first (test) coral (a pink seriatopora hystrix). 

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M. Tournesol

To late, no yasha mated pair 😢. It will be a unique nematodes (Black-ray goby) with a randalli.

Everybody should arrive Wednesday 🎉.

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gen

To be honest, the scape looks nice even with the current algae. 

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M. Tournesol
8 hours ago, gen said:

To be honest, the scape looks nice even with the current algae. 

Thank you, 

I need to do a post of how this scape was constructed. Maybe this weekend if I have some courage. 

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What a day. I ordered a cover Friday, since I will receive my second fish Wednesday, and my goby decided after 2~3 month in the puddle to jump tonight 😱.
 
He is back in the aquarium since I was in my room when the event append 😅.
If he decides to not jump between now and Tuesday (when I will receive the cover), he will have a new friend.
 
I will do an update one this tank Monday-Tuesday. Writing is really not my strong suit 😬.

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Bad news, the fish must have jump a second-time yesterdays 😕. I did find its poor little corpse today under a furniture 😰

Maybe its pistol shrimp died (it's been 3-4 days since I heard his "click") and the stress was too much for him.

The mantis shrimp seem to still be alive with all my snails... 

 

 

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bye bye little fish!

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bye bye little shrimp that may be dead!

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What a bad pet owner I am 😔

 

 

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The cover for the tank will arrive tomorrow 😑.
The second/now only fish will arrive Wednesday. It's a Court Jester Goby (Koumansetta rainfordi). 

Hope he will live it full lifespan with me 🤞.

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