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    Questions about GSP and Xenia.

    You have been extremely helpful, so I guess I'll have to have a stinging centerpiece then. Any suggestions? I'm so used to planted tanks where plants just intertwine haha (I understand corals are animals and not plants). But that's what I find so interesting about coral keeping, they remind me of one big game of domination.
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    Questions about GSP and Xenia.

    Will they kill each other? And what do you mean by overgrow them"? Do they choke em out like weeds to grass? Can I just prune them back? I plan on having zoas on the sand(I wanna try doing a nice carpet of different zoas haha) do I need to worry about the xenias over taking them?
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    Questions about GSP and Xenia.

    So I can put purple, white and pink together? Also will Xenia kill other corals like bird'snest or zoas? I wanted to put a bird'snest as the centerpiece and have mixed zoas on the sand.
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    Questions about GSP and Xenia.

    Ok so my tank is now cycle and I have begun adding corals. So far I have only added GSP on an isolated rock. But im curious if I can add other species to the same rock such as branching GSP and neon green GSP. As for Xenia, I'm looking at adding Pink pulsing xenia but would also like to add blue and white to the same rock. If not I'll mount pink Xenia to the back wall and doing some other coral like birds nest or frogspawn on the empty rock. Any suggestions are welcome. Equipment: - nuvo 10 - one eflux wavemaker - 50w heater - kessil a150w 5inches above the water - spin stream rotating nozzle - Filter sock - bag of carbon - salinity by aquavitro (water changes are every Friday) - using RODI water for water changes. (Getting ATO next month, so far I just keep track of my water level and top it off as needed) - will eventually run a chaeto reactor to strip extra nutrients between water changes.
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    Finally getting my first tank setup!!!

    Quick update, finally got my light mount setup. This light is bright, like really really bright haha. I'm pretty sure the corals I want to run will be perfect for this tank. I don't know if I can run a garf bonsai like I originally thought but I have a friend that has an absolutely massive specimen and has offered to frag part of it for me to try once my tank is established. If it doesn't seem to be working then I'll give it back to him. Keep in mind this is all for future updates. I'm still in the cycling process. My RO system will be in on the first but for now Im just topping off with freshwater (filling gallon jugs of RO water from local friends house) until cycle is done. I'm also using bloodworms for my ammonia source (I keep a single betta so I buy loads of bloodworms, brine shrimp, krill etc, he's a spoiled betta😅) I'll post my basic levels tomorrow, I don't have a pH low sadly but I'll be taking my water test to my local reef shop once a week until I save enough for the high end testing kits (recommendations are welcome). Keeping with the used items, I found a local guy selling all his reef supplements including a sealed bottle or reef roids and reef chili he also is throwing in all his buffers etc for $60. Should I get it? Any recommendations on coral food is welcome as well the current list of corals I plan are keeping are pulsing Xenia, GSP, garf bonsai (if it works in my tank) and possibly some easy hammers. @Clown79 the rock is wide but not very thick. I might rearrange it to better allow flow through them. I liked the shelf look where it allows for multiple areas for coral to grow. But if it causes dead spots or becomes a hassle to clean it all I'll be sure to remove some. @righttirefire I was talking with some people on another group and they told me that the freshwater and saltwater API test kits are different is this true? @Daniel91 what other fish would you recommend? My gf and I like lazy fish haha. heres a top view with the light. This was before I added more water, I'll be getting an ATO cuz evaporation in NM during the winter is crazy haha. My bettas tank drops about a 5th of an inch a day during the winter.
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    Finally getting my first tank setup!!!

    So my equipment list is as follows: My tank is a 10 gallon nuvo The heater is a Jager 25 watt Salt is salinity 65.5 lb bucket Light is a Kessil a150w (will upgrade to a AI Prime HD if needed). HOB filter is only for clearing the water (the sand clouded it up quite a bit) I'll be removing it later today. Sand is the Caribbean sea live sand plus. Live rock is Fiji rock(love purples and reds it has). The return pump has the rotating nozzle. Skimmer is a ramora c HOB filter with a modified input so I could mount the pump into the middle chamber and have it overflow into the last chamber. I have 2 eflux wavemakers with controller if needed. A salinity refractometer and calibration fluid. Stock filter sock on intake. Will be ordering coral food soon. I do have a media reactor but I have heard it's not really needed. I might end up replacing the sock with the IM media basket if needed. Corals I plan on keeping a green star polyps, garf bonsai, pulsing Xenia, and frogspawn. The stock will be a cleanup crew, yellow watchmen goby pistol shrimp combo and a cleaner shrimp. I'll be using RO water, from my under sink unit for this tank. If I missed anything I'll add to the list. Do you think that stocking will work? I saw these corals mixed in a 75 and I absolutely loved them. I'm very new to corals, but I have kept tanks for years.
  7. Finally getting set up!!! Got my salt (65.5lb bucket of Salinity), live sand (Caribbean sea), live rock (Fiji rock) and water from an already established tank. My RO system will be in on the first, picking up cables for my light (temporarily using the kessil a150w till I save enough for an AI prime) and flexible tubing for my skimmer later today. Currently running the cycle with just a HOB filter until my RO system comes in and I can fill the rest of the tank. I have plastic wrap on top to help with evaporation until I finish my custom top. I do have a few questions though, so I have an API test kit for freshwater and a refractometer for my salinity, will the test kit also work for saltwater or do I need a different test kit? I'll be changing water once a week, should I do 50% or 30%. And I do know the cycle will last about a month but after that when can I add corals/fish? The only stock fish wise that I'll be doing is a yellow watchmen goby, this tank is primarily for corals and inverts. And is there anything else I need? This will be my first reef so any suggestions are welcome, I'm feeling super excited! Left side Right side Front
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    Kessil A150w over 10 gallon?

    Honestly I'm probably going to throw it on my 20 tall (already have 4 t5-HO on it) for the shimmer and get a prime for my 10. I saw some amazingly priced ones on the market side of this forum and on ebay. I guess we all have to start somewhere. Thank you!
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    Kessil A150w over 10 gallon?

    The light is the a150w ocean blue. Are there corals I should avoid growing under the light? And how high should I have it above my tank? Thank you guys so much for your help!!!
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    Kessil A150w over 10 gallon?

    Yeah kinda feel like a sucker for buying it, after asking the guy lots of questions I was pretty comfortable buying it off him. Does using it limit the corals I can grow? I tend to lean towards used items rather than new, so I'll see if I can find a used AI prime or nanobox. The new ones are a bit too high priced for me at the moment.
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    Kessil A150w over 10 gallon?

    Thank you!!! My girlfriend convinced me to finally take the plunge into reefing. I also got a 20 tall with a odyssea t5-ho light with fan and timer, 2 wave makers and dryrock. The skimmer can also fit on that tank, would that be a better option to grow corals in than the nuvo with the kessil?
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    Kessil A150w over 10 gallon?

    Ok so I'm very new to saltwater, and I am starting my first tank. I ended up getting a nuvo 10 because for the price of $100 with reactor, pumps and heater I couldn't pass it up. Now I was posting on the Albuquerque reef group on FB looking for a kessil (heard so much about them and thought I'd get one for my ten gallon). I ended up finding a guy selling his a150w for $90 and hopped on it. But after reading more I found very mixed reviews on this model, everything from it doesn't grow any corals to it grows corals amazingly. So my questions are, have any of you guys had experience with this model? Do I need to get a different light if I want to grow corals? Again I'm very new, my equipment so far is the nuvo 10 with filter sock, pumps, heater, AquaC Remora HOB protein skimmer with 280gph pump, 2 wavemakers with controller, and the kessil a150w. I'm sorry if this question has already been answered, this is my first time on this group.
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