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Sean Duclaux

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I am new to salt water/nano cubes. I have had this one up and running - stable - I would not say successful YET. Everyone (corals/fish/owner) seems to be happy and active. Any comments/critique would be much appreciated.

 

1) Can 1 more fish? I'm thinking about a clown goby?

2) I am feeding twice a day (described below). Should I bring it down to once a day or every other day.

3) Nitrates ranging between 15-20. Reduce flakes feedings?

4) I would have thought with the ROWAphos my phosphates to be lower?

5) Thoughts on Total Hardness and Total Alkalinity?

 

 

Minor upgrades:

MJ606 pump upgrade

Hydor Flo wave maker

JBJ Surface Skimmer

NanoCustoms Moonlight fix

 

Back compartments #1 (top to bottom)

Filter Floss

Chemipure

LR Rubble

Coral life digital thermometer

 

Back Compartment #2 (top to bottom)

Filter Floss

Rowaphos

 

Back Compartment #3

Heater

Pump

 

Corals

Xenia "growing like a weed"

Hammer head coral

Candy Cane coral

Couple of different shrooms

Green Brain

 

Fish/Inverts

Emerald Crab (he is starting to pick on shrooms - so short timer)

Blood Shrimp (Skunk Cleaner RIP)

True Percula

Purple Goby

5 Astrea Snails (used to be 6)

2 Hermits (used to be 3)

 

Feeding Habits

Twice a day fish

- Marine Flakes in the morning

- Cyclopeeze/Frozen Mysis/Frozen Brine in the evening

Direct feeding corals at night

Micro-Vert or LiquidLife BioPlankton (every 3 days; direct feeding corals)

 

Measurements

Using Red Sea tests

Nitrates 20 (just started creeping up)

Nitrite 10

Total Hardness 425

Alk 300

Ph 8.4

Ammonia 0

Phosphate .1

Calcium 400

Salinity 1.023 (using Catalina water replacement about 20% every week)

Temp 78-80 (depending if I forget to open the door!)

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Feeding Habits

Twice a day fish

- Marine Flakes in the morning

- Cyclopeeze/Frozen Mysis/Frozen Brine in the evening

Direct feeding corals at night

Micro-Vert or LiquidLife BioPlankton (every 3 days; direct feeding corals)

 

Measurements

Using Red Sea tests

Nitrates 20 (just started creeping up)

Nitrite 10

Total Hardness 425

Alk 300

Ph 8.4

Ammonia 0

Phosphate .1

Calcium 400

Salinity 1.023 (using Catalina water replacement about 20% every week)

Temp 78-80 (depending if I forget to open the door!)

 

IMHO you are feeding your fish too much, and I think that your Nitrates, and Nitrites, and Phosphates are starting to show it. Take it from some one who had a tank crashed hard from over feeding. I would only feed the fish once like every other day or do it just before you feed the corals. And no, I don't think I would add another fish to that set up if it is a 6g, 12 then maybe.

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