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About cocodriz

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  1. Hey guys, I saw petco had a sale on a 20 gallon high tank for $20 and saw my perfect opportunity for a nano reef. I just have a question on the lighting which admittedly I have never been too knowledgeable in. The dimensions of this tank are ~ 24x12x16 and I am hoping to grow mainly LPS and Softies for the first few years then maybe add some SPS in there. I was hoping to get some suggestions for lighting. I'm currently looking at the AI Prime HD and I feel pretty good about it but I'm not sure if I might need two instead of just one. They are a little pricey so if I can get by for a little with just one I might end up doing that temporarily, but I don't mind getting another if thats what might be best for this tank. I also have an HOB skimmer/refugium i plan to mount on the back that will take up most of the space in back for mounts so I'll be looking for something that can either be suspended or mounted on the sides. Again, I'm really set on ordering ONE of the AI Prime HDs but the only thing holding me back is the possibility of having to get two...
  2. I have been super busy with the holidays and a recent promotion so I have not been able to get on here for a few weeks. In the past weeks, I have added 2 corals. One frogspawn, and one (maybe) favia, both were free from my buddy who works at fish store across town, but who can complain about free coral 😂. Anyways, tank is looking great, no major algae spike in this tank and hopefully it remains that way.... If you can ID the corals I would love the help. In the near future, I will be receiving a random frag pack with 3 soft corals, ordered from Cultivated Reef. I'm waiting for their order processing to clear, I guess they were having some issues. I'm a big fan of soft coral and anything that can flow in the water.
  3. I have not seen the starfish again, it looked like a little brittle star, but it might have gotten eliminated in the recent water changes. I am thinking about toying with the scape again... I have some ideas but we'll see.
  4. Well, You guys were right... Haha, anyways let me fill you in on a little of that. I did get 4 nerites snails and 2 of them did expire in the past weeks but it seems to be fine, and I think they were dead once I brought them home because I was not able to find them once I put them in. Params still stable, and one of my hermits actually stole one of the dead snail's shells which was pretty cool to see, and how I found out that a few died. Right now I have 2 snails in, still getting a decent amount of waste on the bottom of the tank, and with barebone, it doesn't look too great. I bought a new vacuum for the extra debris, doing a 100% water change tomorrow. I was toying with the idea of getting a single turbo snail, but I probably won't commit I would feel too bad about putting a decent size snail in a pico. My snails are smaller than the hermits but my hermits are soooooo small. I asked for the smallest he could find.
  5. Tank finally finished cycling on Wednesday, I had to time to hop in the LFS and snag a small CUC made up of 2 Blue legged hermits and 4 nerite snails, not sure if that’s an appropriate CUC so let me know if I should add or remove anything. I also played with the scape a little more and found a layout I like. anyways here’s a pic. Gonna add coral in a couple weeks, if you have any suggestions for a hearty coral let me know:)
  6. I'm too excited for this project of yours! Good luck, I can't wait for the updates!
  7. Got back from a vacation that ended up with being hospitalized (all better now), to find this little teeny guy making his way across my jar. Any idea of what starfish he is? doesnt look like a Aesterina to me but what do I know, lol. Sorry it’s blurry, my phone kept wanting to focus on the rock behind him. Hopefully someone can help ID this guy. It was the only picture I could snag before he disappeared.
  8. Wow... I don't think you guys realize how much of a mistake it was starting a cycle a week before all these Black Friday frag sales. I definitely should have timed this better... lol. Oh well... so I miss a few good prices on some of my favorite frags. It's the way she goes. Other than that, cycle is going healthy, I've seen a baby aiptasia and will definitely wait to deal with him when he's a little bigger. I don't wanna screw up and end up with aiptasia everywhere lol. Will continue to cycle in darkness and when I come back from my Thanksgiving trip hopefully everything will test smoothly.
  9. Hope you're doing okay, car accidents are never fun. Other than that, your tank is coming along nicely, any plans to swap to BB? I'm curious of how irritating that stuff can be for a 20G long.
  10. Cool, thanks! Are the sponges okay to leave in there? I’ve got a bunch more of the white sponges now that I’m thoroughly looking through my tank. Thanks for the ID, I kind of figured they were dead but wanted a more experienced opinion. Got any tips on removal? I see a few spores here and there around my tank, most of them look dead although the one in the picture is the most healthy looking one.
  11. Hey all, I’m hoping you guys can help me out with some ID. I just got this live rock yesterday so my tank is still slowly revealing itself to me. I had a couple questions on these specific pictures. I circled the area in question for ease. This first picture I’d like to know what this little guy is/does ontop of my live rock. The second picture is the “hairy” white scruff under my rock The third pic is just some eggs or bulbs out in the open I’m a little curious about and the 4th & 5th pic is a large something that looks attached to the rock. At first it looked like montipora but again thats just a guess and I have no clue. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  12. Thank you! It’s still so amazing to me that these rocks are so full of life. I’m not even sure how to begin identifying all these creatures.
  13. Thank you! I'll test the levels of ammonia and see where I stand.