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    Nano Fish with Small Mouths Feeding Issue

    I used to raise Jack Dempsey fry from crushed flake. You can go really mad with a mortar and pestle if required, but more than likely just rubbing it between your finger and thumb will be enough.
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    ADA Zero Equipment Build - First tank in 6 years!

    Cycling is making progress. I'm a big fan of the red sea mature kit I bought, never tried any of these "bacteria in a bottle" products. How much it's helping will remain to be seen but I've been testing everyday since the tank was set up and it really is making a difference and speeding things up. Nothing good happens fast, reefing will teach you that but this might be the exception to the rule. Speeding up a cycle and adding to the number of strains of bacteria I have in the tank cannot hurt. Current test numbers: Ammonia: Estimated about 1.5ppm Nitrite: 0.25ppm Nitrate: 25ppm Things are happening, the old geeky feeling is coming back 😄 I'm not dosing the Kh booster that came with the kit, the Red Sea Pro salt I got has taken care of that and I don't want to be messing with Ca Mg or Kh beyond dosing via water changes. A 50% water change each week would literally take 20 mins so why complicate things. Looking at upgrading the light as mentioned in the OP. It's a toss up between the AI Prime, Hydra 26 or a second hand XR15 Gen 3 my LFS is using over one of the coral tanks. Sidenote: There is also no sign of algea, I like this.
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    Cycling Done - Keep dosing?

    You should be fine for a couple of weeks.
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    ADA Zero Equipment Build - First tank in 6 years!

    Sure thing, here you go: I got it from here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TANK-CONNECTOR-13mm-bulkhead-irrigation-pipe-fitting-hydroponic-water-butt-pond/252083251583?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 The strainers are from the same supplier. I believe they are originally for Koi livestock tanks/ponds but seem to be doing the job just fine. I ditched the rubber gasket and used silicone on both sides. You could do the same with regular bulkheads and a hose barb from research, I just preferred the built for purpose solution.
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    ADA Zero Equipment Build - First tank in 6 years!

    Went out this morning and picked up the Red Sea Pro test kit bundle We have a cycle, little disappointing seeing as I got live rock I was hoping to only have a little cycle but no biggie, I went online and grabbed the Red Sea mature reef kit also. Figured if it's going to cycle we may as well do it right and introduce as many strains of bacteria as we can. Program takes 21 days. That's not bad. Today's results: Ammonia: more than 2ppm Nitrite: 0.1ppm Nitrate: 5ppm I'm guessing Nitrate came from the liverock or possibly the salt. I'll test freshly made water too when I get to it. I have been feeding the tank half a cube of frozen brine each day to cause ammonia, I'll be stopping that until I see it drop back to 0ppm and then commence again to simulate bioload before we add fish which will be 5 yellow tangs and a Niger triggerfish, or a pair of designer clowns (hopefully naked if I can find them). It's a tough choice 😆. Corals will largely be zoa's, mushrooms, acans, a hammerhead, Xenia and a couple of SPS once things mature. I'd love a RBTA too but concerned about tank size... My last one grew like a weed.
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    12" cube lighting options

    I think the AI Prime HD might be the one I go for, seems to have solid reviews and looks reasonable priced. Should support any coral I want in my 12" cube and SPS in the top 1/3rd if/when I upgrade to the 18" cube and LPS further down... Perfect. Thank you so much guys 🙂
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    Pom pom crab eggs

    If you want to do this do it in the same way as peppermint shrimp, I imagine they are much the same. Separate the crab with the eggs, when they drop/hatch move them into a tank with air for movement and feed BBS every few hours. I feel like that's the best/only way to go. Most shrimp/crab larvea actually develops in the open ocean in currents. Replicating it can be done but would be very hard. This doesn't mean they can't be raised in a normal tank with the right food.
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    Critique My Scape!

    Several pieces (4 I think) stuck together, took a while with a hammer and chisel to get it right 😄 I bought 5kg to play with, about 3kg is in the tank the other 2kg is in my canister filter. You can see some of the joins in purple miliput if you look closely, the penninsula is a separate piece, so is the small shelf sticking out. The back also has a lot of miliput acting as a "foot" get the rock at the right angle. If you ever use it I found it took a while to set so I ended up using cable ties as improvised clamps while it set. It worked well.
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    Critique My Scape!

    I agree in a nano, my last tank was a 3' x 3' x 2' shallow cube and that was tough. It got everywhere 😆 Despite it being 4am here I decided to go for the rotate. Due to the nature of my strainers rotating means I have to move the rock forward. I might have a play with rerouting the output strainer, either with elbows or going for a low profile strainer and swapping the input/output around. Thoughts?
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    Critique My Scape!

    Those are the input/output for my closed loop/canister filter system. Those and the ATO sensor are the only visible equipment for the tank.
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    Critique My Scape!

    Funny you say that... I actually moved the scape today to be more flat towards the back and move it closer to my input/output for my closed loop 😄 I'll try it out tomorrow and get some more pictures up, I think you're 100% right.
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    12" cube lighting options

    Thanks for the help! Kessil 360 seems rather more expensive than the Prime. I'm sure Nanobox offer great support but shipping back to the USA if anything ever went wrong would kind of hurt... If he wants to move here though we can do something 😁 I'll have to do some more reading, happy to shell out for the Kessil but for that much extra money it's got to kick some major ass
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    Critique My Scape!

    Hello Everyone, I'm just getting back into the hobby after a 6 year break with a 12" cube ADA 30c! I've tried to do a lot of reading about aquascaping because my last tank was god awful, everything looked "off" and corals looked out of place no matter what I did. So the tank is view-able from 3 sides, let's start with the right hand side which is next to my couch so will be a primary viewing side. Right side: The front: Left side: From both sides I kind of see a teddy bear sat up, this was not intentional 😂 How do you feel I did? Could anything be improved? The main rock structure touches the sand in 3 places and is kept about 1.5" off the floor, it's made up of 4 rocks plus a couple of bits of rubble to add more "shelves" to put coral on. The rock in the sand is something that needs to stay, I'm a huge xenia fan but I don't want it on my main rockwork. Your thoughts and criticism would be appreciated highly! Thank you
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    12" cube lighting options

    I looked at nanobox, most recommendations I saw in the search results mentioned them. Unfortunately they don't seem available here and I'd feel more comfortable with a company that offered warranty here. If I went with a kessil what model would you recommend?
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    12" cube lighting options

    Hey all, I'm looking at a replacement light for my 12" cube build. I'm currently using a Chinese ebay special PAR38 and while it will do the job I kind of see that I got what I paid for... too much light is focused in the middle while the edges don't seem to get much. I'm also buying with a possible upgrade in mind... I'm already wishing I went with a 18" cube. So something that could light both of these options with the option to drop the intensity would be ideal. I'm look at the following options: AI Prime HD A kessil of some sort, really not up to date of their products. I'm in the UK so choices are not as good as yours, but we get big brand stuff here without much issues. Are there any other options to look at? If the light could be capable of SPS in the upper part of the tank/mixed reef it would be ideal. Looking to spend upto £250ish Thanks!
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