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  1. I have all these corals coming in tmr morning and my sand bed isn’t big enough to acclimate and if I do my elegance will sting all the other corals please advise
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  3. Ahooi....... So I was SUPER LUCKY to recieve a RSM REEFER 170 for free about 2 months ago from this clown called @Claundyke Think he fell in his HEAD pretty hard. Thank anyway BUD. Its been just standing there since then, but i pulled up my socks & started restoring / slight fixing it.... Few issued that needed fixing. TO DO LIST Glass scratched Front door re-wrap Plumbing redone (original pluming gone) Find a light (My Pico Light will not be enough :m16 DONE LIST: Glass scratched: I got a company out from Germiston to buff all the scratched out (today actually), they came all the way to the Vaal & sorted me out. Light: I was lucky to pick up a Radion XR15W Pro G3 for a great price & could not leave it. With that being said & see-ing the result with my own eye in @Christo 's tank, i decided to get a hybrid system & ordered myself a Aquatic Life Hybrid 24" T5 Light. This was ordered today from Ebay & is expexted to land month end. Skimmer: Got a Curve 5 with the tank. Thanks again @Claundyke Doser: Ordered a JEBAO 3.4 WIFI Doser off ebay as well & waiting for that. (want to try automated WC) ....................................................................................................... I got a NICE piece of rock as well with the tank & will be trying to do a floating reef bare bottom reef. Gonna do the same as what @Claundyke tried, just better. hahahahah Well I will try to update you all as i got along Tank: Before Thanks all -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So stripping it down & getting the 3 front panels polish, since they struggled to polish it nicely in the corners. Will strip the rest down the weekend & clean, then the notorious RR tank builder @RealReefer will help me put it together again with meticulous & immaculate seams. Will keep all updated -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sooooooo 2day felt a bit like Christmas.... Aqautic Life 24" T5 Hybrid arrived Build Quility looks good, will see when i assemble it. End Result will look like this with my Radion XR15 in the middle. Im considering to paint the radion white, what you all think? More info. https://www.aquariumcomputer.com/products/ghl-illumination/aquaticlife-t5ho-hybrid/ Also got myself a REEF OCTO KS100 Kalk Stirrer, Rip this thing doesnt fit into the cubert, LOL. Will run it next to the tank with a DOSER Jebao Doser 3.4 WIFI SonOff Smart House Devices These badboys connect to your home WIFI & you can control anything attached to it with your phone or to a set program you gave it. Give & Cuts power. This will be used as timers for the kalks stirrer & the T5's Still just waiting for my BM Filler Roller & T5 globes to come then im pretty much sorted for now. Need to strip the last bit of the tank so we (@RealReefer ) can reassemble the tank for start up...... We getting there guys Njoy
  4. Tank: RS Reefer 170 (~43g total) - Started 8/23/20 Lighting: GHL Mitras in 24" AL Hybrid Fixture Dosing: GHL Doser 2.1 Skimmer: Coral Box D300+ from Reefbreeders Circulation: 2x RS-M from Reefbreeders Return: Platinum DC Blue 800 Heater: 150w Jager w/Cobalt controller Supplements: BRS Two-Part + KZ Trace Elements Salt: RS Blue Bucket Rock: Tropic Eden Supreme Tonga Branches (10-12lbs) with AquaMaxx Reef Welder (Purple) Sand: CaribSea Fiji Pink (20lbs) Supporters (go check them out!): Reefbreeders + GHL USA Not on the forums much or just want pictures? Follow the tank on Instagram here! Status: Tank is freshly cycled, test acro frag is fine, fancy acro's on the way! Premium Aquatics really hooked me up with nice tonga branches. I think the Tropic Eden rock is well worth the money and likely an underrated product! Inspiring tanks...
  5. Picked this tank up for pretty darn cheap ($350 NZD / $212 USD), considering it comes with lights, skimmer, return pump, light timer and two rw4 power heads it was hard to say no too. Ended up using two little fishies, littlefeet flats to build the rock scape, the intention is to only have SPS coral with no sand so i can have decent amount of flow. Equipment: Red Sea Max 130d Setup Costs 1 x Two Little Fishies AquaStik Stone Grey - 114g $21.65 $21.65 3 x Two Little Fishies LittleFeet Flat Limestone Rock 2kg $20.78 $62.35 1 x Instant Ocean Sea Salt 6.8kg 189 Litre $39.04 $39.0 1 x TLF CorAffix Gel 20g Cyanoacrylate Adhesive. $12.96 $12.96 1 x Red Sea MAX 130d. $350. $350 Total. $295 USD $485.97 NZD Inhabitants: Nothing yet. Currently the tank is relegated to the garage as the office has a second desk in it for my partner so she can work from home during the new zealand lock down. 3rd May 2020, scaped and filled with salt water.
  6. Hi everyone, I've decided to start a journal for my third tank - a tiny 2.6G picoreef with some vicious monsters from the deep! Background: This tank was originally set up to meet the O.S.P.R.C. organized last year by NR. However, I kept battling a persistent flatworm issue which resulted in a loss of livestock and motivation in general. It served as a betta tank for a short while, but now that I've moved my betta into a better/larger tank, I've decided to re-start this tiny aquarium as a picoreef. Most of the corals added to this tank was done via an emergency TTM, because I ran into some really nasty temp. issues with my nanoreef in the library (the water spiked up to 33'C ) and this was my last-ditch effort to save whatever I could. The pico is located in my bedroom, which is currently the coolest spot in the house, and the average temp. is between 26'C (night) and 29'C (very hot days). The TTM went over quite smoothly so far, but I didn't have any extra sand when the tank was re-set, so I went barebottom for the time being. Specifications: 2.6G tank 11.5" x 6.5" x 8" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: 500L/Hr Dophin HOB 1x Aquazonic LED (17W) 1x Chihiros A-Series LED (18W) 1x Thermometer Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my 60G's refugium Sand: 1.5kg Aragonite Live Sand Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Fish: 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 Inverts: (My monsters!) 1x Banded Serpent Starfish (Ophiolepsis superba) - Benny 1x Bubbletip Brittlestarfish (Ophiomastix annulosa) - Kraken 1x Turban snail 2x Stomatella snails 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 Hitchiker collonista snails Hitchiker microbrittlestars Corals: Red Pavona Orange Passion Acropora Tenuis Orange Montipora Setosa Chili Pepper Montipora Purple Rim Montipora Undata *Unknown Purple Montipora Radioactive Green Birdsnest Coral Red/Green Cyphastrea Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries Green Favites Green/Purple Acans Green Blastos Tricolored Blastos Orange/Green Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Red Blastos Blue/Gray Blastos Purple/Blue Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Orange Clove Polyps Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys Rainbow Implosion Palys Metallic Green Palys Utter Chaos Palys Sunny Ds Palys Green Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas LA Lakers Zoas Rasta Zoas Mint Green Zoas Watermelon Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Tubbs Blue Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Armor of God Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Sparkling Red Zoas *Unidentified Red/Beige Zoas *Unidentified Red/Green Zoas *Unidentified Blue/Green Zoas *Unidentified Orange Zoas *Unidentified Pink/Brown Zoas Sunflower Zoas Orange Bam Bam Zoas Red PE Zoas Purple Gorgonian Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Red Devil Mushroom Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Duncan Coral Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 20/4/2020: First Invert addition on 21/4/2020: FTS on 22/4/2020: FTS on 26/4/2020: Regrowth of acans from almost-dead skeletons observed five days ago: Added more rock and rescaped. FTS on 29/4/2020: Red fungia regrowth noted yesterday: Addition of CUC today: Transfer of injured rainbow brain coral from 60G to pico today: FTS today on 2/5/2020. Under yellow filter lens, and without yellow filter lens. So far, 3x full WCs have been performed without any issues. FTS on 26/5/2020: Topview FTS on 28/6/2020: FTS on 23/7/20 : Topview FTS on 23/7/20 : FTS on 16/8/20: Topview FTS on 24/8/20: FTS on 25/9/20 : Topview FTS on 25/9/20 :
  7. khtan

    Hardy SPS

    May I know what kind of SPS are "most easily" to keep😁
  8. mylertitchell

    Majors Nano Reef 49l

    Background So Tank was started in July, it all started with doing a water feature in the garden (a well with some goldfish), then a betta tank (aquaponics) for the office, then I came across the reef hobby, started googling galore, owned nothing and had every system dreamt up, i wanted to get a nano tank that would fit into my house with no upset and then if all went well and knew the hobby was for me, I would be able to upgrade down the line. I read an article, that was just spoke to me and it was based upon a book, so i found the book, bought it in hardcopy (the wife said was on the phone too much) and was locked in. Reef was gonna be definitely for me. I had a friend who was a long time fish enthusiast (tropical) and had just got into the saltwater game, FOWLER tank and then into corals and then sacked his tropical tank and upgraded to just one reef tank. Having a Reef Buddy has definitely made this journey even more enjoyable. So after reading the book, my brief was simple a nano tank that would fit on the table I already have, buy equipment which can be used in the next tank (modular etc) and hopefully i enjoy the hobby and if so upgrade to as big as tank I can (ie id love a 6ft peninsula with walk in room behind it, dividing the dining room and living room, but then id need a new house, most likely 200l, big enough tank but in scale with the room), and if i didn't well, well don't even need to finish the sentence. As its a great hobby! Goal Fully stocked stable Tank, once I Reach this target I will begin the journey all over again with most likely a 3ft sumped tank, then convince the wife we need a bigger house and its nothing to do with the fish. Tank Spec Start: July 2019 Display: Aquael Nano Reef Duo 49 Litre Rock: Aquanetta 2 Module display (ceramic), 2 live pieces (donated by friend) and some dry pieces Sand: CaribSea Aragonite Fiji Pink Sand 15LB Lighting: Stock , Zetlight 1201 x1 x 2 Heater: V2therm 50 Digital Heater 50w Wavemaker: APS 2500 Powerhead, Jebao SW-4 (running at 1000l),Jebao SLW-10 (3500lph) Filtration: Stock, HOB Canister Filter APS-500, Filter Media: Coarse Sponge, FIlter Floss, Seachems Matrix, Phosguard, CarbonMatrix ATO: Autoaqua Smart ATO Micro (4l res - Cereal Container) Testing: Salifert test kits (Alkalinity, Calcium, Nitrates, Phos) Dosing: Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium, Saliferts KH Buffer, LaCl3*, Carbon (NitraPhos Minus)* Automatic - Single Doser - Kalk/Vinegar solution, Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium*, Saliferts KH Buffer*, LaCl3* *if required I have been on quite the journey so far (including a bad crash), it is gonna be quite enjoyable going down memory lane to get yous up to date... Plan of Action: Monthly updates as part of my routine. July 2019
  9. Hey guys! Setting up my first saltwater tank. It's a 10 gallon IM Fusion nano. Wondering if this powerhead placement will be ok. It's a koralia 425 + 95gph stock return pump (top right of pic). Trying to hide the PH in the back left, with return outlet top right. Flow hits front glass and swirls around. Will this do for a mixed reef tank? Planning on getting SPS eventually down the line. Thanks!!
  10. Spark326

    Identify this frag

    Can someone identify this frag? What kind of zoanthid is it?
  11. Rickyrooz

    Ricky's Reef (120 Gallon)

    Hello everyone, I am new to Nano Reef but not new to the hobby. I wanted to start a build thread to share my photos and track my progress over the years. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment.
  12. SaltyTanks

    purple stylophora

  13. William

    William's Waterbox 70:2

    After years of contemplating upgrading my Red Sea Reefer Nano, I have finally pulled the trigger. I took advantage of Waterbox's "Blue Friday" event and ordered a white waterbox 70:2. Aquarium specifications: Aquarium: Waterbox Aquariums 70:2 (47 gal display) Sump: stock with Klir rollermat installed Return: Hydor Seltz D Varia Flow 1200 DC Aquarium Pump Skimmer: Red Sea Reefer RSK-300 Protein Skimmer Waterflow: MP40WQD , Gyre 330 Heater: 2x100w Cobalt Neotherm (from RSR Nano) Controller: Apex with WXM, PH, ORP, Salinity, Trident Light: Reefi Duo Extreme Dosing pump: Kamoer X1, 3 pumps Auto-top off: XP Aqua Sand: Barebottom Rock: Existing rock from my RSR nano, 20lbs Of Liferock “shapes” Salt: brightwell neomarine Misc: Artfully Acrylic screen top NO3/PO4 removal: Aquamax biopellets Marinepure Plate/ balls Fish: Flurry Clownfish x2 Flame angelfish Longnose Hawkfish Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish Antennata Lionfish Biota Yellow Tang Biota Aptasia eating filefish Red Bandtail Waspfish x2 Flasher Wrasse x2 Blue gungeon goby
  14. Hey guys! So i'm approaching 3 years with my fluval m60 (24 gallon all in one). Like most I have been through struggles and learned a lot and finally have a great looking tank full of beginner coral (and my clown fish). My next move is getting an anemone which i'm pretty much sure i'm ready for since the tank is established, and water chem. is overall decent which seems like the most important for anemone including good lighting which I have. Once I get my anemone and it becomes settled I want to move into caring for stoney corals, which is what this post will be about. Right now I honestly don't tell parameters much. Only time I will is when a problem occurs and want to get a understanding of what could be causing it. Testing only includes pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. I rely heavily on weekly/bi-weekly water changes ranging from 5-20% depending on various factors, to just hope my parameters are in check. So with what I want to do I know I will have to start checking parameters more frequently as well getting a more wide spreed of what parameters to be checking for. Since checking parameters can be time consuming using chemical testing(?) compared to digital testing I'm looking to invest in digital testing for parameters that should be checked more often. What do you guys recommend testing for weekly (while doing wc). For these parameter testing I'd like to purchase digital testing so save time. Then since I want to care for advanced species what else should I test for. This is a list off the top of my head I should be testing for so please inform me if more should be include. pH ammonia nitrite nitrate calcium dKh(alkalinity) magnesium I'd love any feed back for what I should do, personal opinion, or tips/purchases that could be helpful as I will be moving to a more advanced reef system.
  15. Hello everyone! Wanted to introduce and show my tank. Started about 10 months ago, first tank. Took a while to stabilize with lots of early mistakes, but now is doing well. Got lots of information from this website and wanted to say thanks! Tank Specs: Display: Coralife BioCube 16 gal Stand: Coralife BioCube 16 Stand Rock: LFS dried former live rock Sand: CaribSea Ocean Direct (used the whole bag) Lighting: Stock Biocube 16 LED Heater: none, but have Chill Solutions Chiller, keep temp stable at 79.5 F Circulation: Cobalt MJ1200 return, Small return pump (~150gph) for chiller, 2 Hydor Koralia pumps with Hydor Smart Wave controller Skimmer: nah Filtration: InTank Media Basket , stock cotton+carbon Biocube cartridges Filter Media: Top to bottom: Purigen, Chemipure Elite, Seachem Matrix Top Off: dont get much evaporation with that lid, so I just top off whenever I see one of the return pumps outside the water in the back chamber Dosing: dont dose, use Tropic Marin Pro salt and do a 1 gallon water change every Friday (regardless of parameters) Parameters: Ca = 440-460 ppm range, Alk = 7.0 – 8.0 dKH, Mg = >1400 Salinity = 36 ppt
  16. SaltyTanks

    SaltyTank's 40G Mixed Reef

    Hello & welcome to my new reef journal! I’m a SoCal nano-reef enthusiast that’s been in the hobby 4 years, and I’m finally committing myself to starting this journal – mostly for my benefit, not yours😊 No seriously though, I need help holding my bad habits in check and hoping you will all help me achieve my goal. My goal is that 1 year from now my 40-gallon mixed-reef tank will be a living masterpiece, and so appealing to me that I will have no impulses to stick my hands in the water to move/add anything. That said, here’s some more background and visionary objectives: SETUP: Tank: 40-Gallon Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion (24” x 20” x 19”) Lighting: Radion XR15w Gen-4 Circulation: (1) IM stock return pump w/2 spin stream nozzles; and (2) Icecap 1k Gyre Heater: None (controlled room temp) Cooling: Desktop fan controlled by Inkbird thermostat/temp controller Mechanical Filtration: (1) Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 skimmer; (2) filter floss Bio Filtration: (1) RealReef dry rock; (2) Caribsea sand; (3) CerMedia Marinepure biofilter balls Chemi Filtration: RedSea carbon Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Dosing: manually, Brightwell Reef Code A + B & magnesium BACKGROUND: I’m a middle aged father whom loves to drink red wine while staring up-close at my fish tank excessively. I grew up by the ocean and first fell in love with tropical fish & corals when I got scuba certified in Indonesia circa 2000. Since then I’ve done many dives around the world and find myself more interested in biodiverse macro reef-scapes than shipwrecks and cageless bull shark feedings. Also, I’m a photo enthusiast and art aficionado, which I aim to incorporate into my reef keeping. My wife gifted me my first tank about 4 years ago (a 6-gallon JBJ AOI), and pretty sure it’s her biggest regret of our long-standing relationship. I'm now about 1 year into the current setup. VISION: If I were shrunk down to be a little 2 inch scuba diver and my wife threw me into my tank, I want to be surrounded by colors, contrasts, textures, movement, and dimension. I’ll want to swim down, up, around, through, under, and over copious amounts of corals, and be accompanied by a few fish friends that will join me without fearing they’ll bully or eat me. OBJECTIVES: Over the next 12 months, I’ll try to post progress updates every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, I’ll try to engage you all into helping me fill in the holes with new coral suggestions. Since I like to go to the local LFS’s frequently, maybe together we can make this an interactive team effort - although, let me try not to get ahead of myself here. So for now I’ll share some relevant pics and focus on following through with a 2nd post sometime soon. P.S. I have a lot of bad habits to work on... - hands in the tank frequently - impatiently making changes, expecting expedited results - providing poor instructions for friends to care for tank while on vacation - overfeeding and then underfeeding - vindictively taking vengeance on hungry hermits that snatch food from feeding acans
  17. Softies and everything else seem to be OK, but hard corals (SPS, monti) just brown out within 2 weeks of putting them in. My nitrates were high (60) for awhile but I've brought them under control (10). Lights are mostly blue at this point, no white, red or green (AI HD26). Any ideas? It's been about 3 months of this. So frustrated.CA: 460Mg: 1500Alk: 9NO3: 10Ammonia: 0Nitrite: 0Ph: 8Sal: 1.026
  18. Well everyone, David here. (aka) @Intriguing Inverts I figured I would start some documentation on my journey in the reefing community starting from just a novice working at my LFS to what I’d like to believe is a self sustaining and accomplished reefer. Im now nearing 8 months into this reefing hobby and still loving every minute of it, I was fortunate enough to find out in 2018 I had a new LFS open up literally 2 blocks from my home in St. Louis, and without that happening I would never be as far as I am today. Last year walking into the door of my LFS Art of Aquaria, I never realized I would not only be making an amazing friendship with its owner Jacob Bugger but also be stepping into a totally different career path then what I had been accustomed to before. Well a year and a half later and I honestly don’t think I could be more happy with my transition from a Culinary Team Leader and Chef to Store Manager at a Saltwater and Freshwater Fish Store. Things definitely took some time getting used to but after making the shift I wouldn’t have it any other way. Not only have I been able to make some really cool friendships and acquire my own 12 gallon long reef tank donated to me by Jacob, but I’ve also been able to help Art of Aquaria become a staple in the Tower Grove South neighborhood here in St. Louis, MO. Its great not only seeing a small business grow, but also being a part of it along the way. Never in a Million years would I have thought my Hometown cross street MorganFord which used to be just bars, would now be a quarter mile strip of so many pop up ventures and endeavors, well as of July 2017 by far my favorite aspiration for this community was sprung, opening a beautiful store front for a wide array of saltwater and freshwater fish. So please if you’re in the Metropolitan St. Louis Area and you’re like me and love all things aquatic, come stop in sometime and say Hello. 😄 Alright everyone now that the introduction is out of the way let’s actually document some Progress! In January of this year I took home a beautiful Mr Aqua 12 Gallon long reef tank, equipped with a Finnex 24/7 Planted Plus light and began the saltwater cycling process. I sourced most of the rock from the previous setup at the store and also got some live rock encrusted in coralline algae to kickstart the cycling process. However at this point I still had no idea what I was going to use for a filter or if I was going to sump it, I didn’t even have any flow in the tank I was using 2 ReptiFlo 200 circulation pumps. Lets fast forward a little bit to when I started trying to figure what I wanted to actually put in this beauty of a tank. First addition to the 12 Gallon was a Pom Pom crab, love these guys such big character for such a little crab. Then I decided one invert wasn’t enough for me and I decided to go with the Hosting Glass Venus Anemone Shrimp and a Mini Max Carpet anemone, well obviously the tank in these early stages wasn’t forgiving at all to the anemone and the shrimp slowly lost his home as the Mini-Max slowly sunk into the most established part of the tank it could find, which was a hole about the size of a frag plug. 😩 Got another Anemone Shrimp and figured I would try my luck with RFA’s because I heard they wouldn’t move as much and they can also host Anemone Shrimp. Well I woke up the next morning to my Anemone Shrimp who had eaten the tentacles off of one of my RFA’s 😡 Well at this point I had given up on the Anemone Shrimp and moved onto the belief that a Sexy Shrimp 12 Gallon mixed reef would be a good idea... Boy was I wrong, man can those guys do some serious damage to SPS corals. I purchased 4 of these cool looking shrimp thinking they would make an excellent addition to my tank, and I was hoping they would just hang out on the RFA’s and Mini-Max Anemone, living the good life while they got target fed cyclopods, mysis, and frozen rotifers but they slowly made their way to my Seriatopora Birdsnest, and it was demolished in a days time. At this point I was fuming and trying to remain calm because it seemed every avenue I turned trying to house these little critters and make them comfortable in a natural environment I was getting some kind of negative impact to my corals or nems ! 👎 So I figured hey I’m just gonna make this the best looking mixed reef I can and whoever wants to peacefully live here is more than welcome to so my search for the perfect cohabitants continues. But hey let’s talk about some Coral, “Have we still not covered the Coral?” That’s the funnest part of the tank, well at least I think so, I know some may differ because of their sheer love for fish and I totally respect it, but man do I love some eye popping Coral, it just really adds that depth and real layer to a tank, like man that’s thriving! There was no way with the tank I was given I wasn’t going to have one of those thriving reefs I had seen on YouTube and from all the customers showing me pictures on their phones of their amazing reef tanks. They were so colorful and had so much going on I had to delve deeper into this after all, I had a great baseline understanding of how things worked and what they needed to grow just listening and learning at the shop day to day. So what was gonna hold me back from one of these thriving reefs? Nothing I said, absolutely nothing! I love a great challenge and if this was going to challenge me to become not only a better reefer but a more patient person along the way, then I was gonna give it all I got. So I got started on stocking my mixed reef with an assortment of stuff. I started off with easier to care for things like Ricordea Florida and Leptoseris, they did good but with a under prepared and ill equipped novice things went south. Like I said I was not equipped for the task at hand and eventually due to neglect and sheer lack of care a few of my first pieces died under the hands of a beginner. Well I eventually started getting myself ready for what I knew was going to be a daunting and long road of trial and error, I made sure to go out and get a refractometer, I was making sure to stay on top of water changes and manually topping off, I was persistently looking up different tips and tricks to see some success out of this hobby and after months of what seemed like back and forth reading on probably many of the same articles and subjects I think I have finally dialed in my 12 gallon long reef for the long road of success! Most recently I have updated my lighting system I now currently have 2 Ai Prime HD’s over the nano reef and everything seems to be doing great! I really love the control the AI Primes deliver I’m still able to keep my candy blue reef tank and have great growth at the same time. Lets get down to some Tanks Specs and my routine maintenance, finally! 👏🏻 12 Gallon Long Nano Reef: The Mixed Reef (35.4" x 8.3" x 9.4") •Setup: January, 7th 2019 •Lighting:Previously the Finnex 24/7 Planted Plus ran on just whites and blues, now I have 2 AI Prime HD’s and here is my preset. •Filtration:AquaClear 30 with MarinePure Biobrick, Seachem Matrix Carbon, Phosguard. •Flow: Jebao OW-10, could really use another one •Dosing: Im currently dosing Aquavitro’s 8.4 for Alk and Aquavitros Calcification for Calcium every three days, and I also broadcast and target feed their Reef Fuel once a week. •Testing: Right now I am currently testing Alkalinity twice a week and Calcium once a week with Hanna’s Digital Checkers, I honestly don’t know if I would enjoy testing as much as I do without them, I’m hoping to get the Phosphate checker as-well but for now nothing has been negatively effected with consistent feedings and running the Phosguard. I want to give some shoutouts to some really great customers and friends who have helped me along the way, I don’t think you guys realize how appreciated you are, I’ve probably asked you similar questions a million times over and it’s only made me a better reef keeper thank you both so much! 🙌🏻 @inland_reef @This guy is extra salty
  19. My 125 Gallon is already a so-called all-in-one system, as it lacks a sump. But it also lacks any extra filtration...no skimmer, no filter to run carbon, etc. So far it's been just live rock, LED lights and as much flow as I can give it. This 125 was an upgrade itself almost a year ago. I originally (11-ish years ago) had a 37 gallon+sump system for SPS...no fish. After a few years I added a second display (50 Gallon) to that system for more coral space. About a year ago all of the contents from both tanks were consolidated to the 125. I did have to add new lights to accommodate the increased tank length. The old sump and skimmer along with a little rock and the original sand bed were left behind. I'm upgrading now for a few reasons. I'd like to have the aeration from running a skimmer again. I have more algae growing that I have historically and I think corals are suffering from the day/night pH/oxygen swings. I'd like the tank to get a little better flow from a lot fewer pumps. Currently there's a mix of six smaller Tunze powerheads. I'm also upgrading the (still new) lights, but mostly for the superior form-factor. I like having excellent access to the tank for maintenance and the current lights are large for the space. OLD (all gear used at various times and listed roughly in order, ending with the most recent) Lights: Coralife 2x 150 watt halide Radium, Ecoxotic, DIY, Maxspect Razor, Ocean Revive Flow: Hydor Flo's, Hydor Korallia Gen 1 model 3 and 4, Seio Prop pump, Ecotech Vortech Gen 1 or 2, Tunze 6045 multiple generations Return Pump: Quiet One 2200 (Italian), Mag 7, Quiet One 4000 (Chinese) Skimmer: Oceanic "Plus Series" Model 6 (classic!!), AquaC EV-90, Tunze 9410 NEW Lights: Three Kessil A360x's Flow: Two Tunze 6105's Skimmer: Tunze 9012 Also gaining a Tunze Osmolator ATO and Multifilter in the upgrade. More info once I have the gear installed.
  20. Since joining the Old School Pico Contest I've been feeling nostalgic and looking to set up a bigger reef system like it was 1999. Metal halides, T5's, Kalkwasser you get the picture. I've been thinking about an upgrade tank for sometime now, but had a hard time picking a system that I will be happy with for sometime that's inexpensive, bigger but not huge and easy to manage. I wanted the same ease of use that I get from my EVO 13.5 but with more space for corals,fish, and more room in the rear chambers. Most of the AIO's out there didn't quite check all the boxes or out of the budget. I will be keeping this build on a tight budget, but also try and make it as nice as possible in the process. That being said I will be using most of the equipment I already have or in use. My vision for this build will be lots of flow, light, and mainly sps dominant. I think it will be cool to have a nano still running metal halide/t5/led. It will be interesting to see colors and growth from all three lighting options at same time. I'm very excited to see this build come together, here are the specs. Tank 40 gallon breeder peninsula with an AIO insert custom made by @This guy is extra salty This way I get the best of both worlds, keep cost low and get the much needed space I was looking for. Stand Petco Brooklyn stand I will make a custom skin with pvc board Lighting Floating canopy made with pvc board T5/led fixture I made for my EVOreef 4-24watt T5 bulbs with a dsuny eBay led. 400 watt radium metal halide fixture. Flow Ice cap 1k Aqamai KPS Return pump TBD This is all I have for now will update as this build progresses.
  21. Shorty Biggie's IM 20 Nano Reef Build Thread: Hello all, This is my first build thread and I am new to the community here. Mainly I am documenting this build thread for a few reasons. First and most importantly, I want to help those beginners or others who are still learning how to create functional and healthy reef tanks. I seek to document the entirety of my build, in order to help show the process rather than just the result. I know everything I have learned has been through researching others experiences online, so if this build is helpful to those in learning, this will be a success. With that being said I would not consider myself an expert or even advanced by any means. I have had experience with a 55 gallon, a 32 gallon, a 20 gallon, a 13 gallon, a 10 gallon and now back to this fusion 20. I have been able to have healthy tanks that did well, however I have never gotten far into corals. Ive bought corals in the LFS every once in awhile, but never took the time to learn how to properly test, supplement, care and grow corals, I pretty much have just thrown in the coral and let it be. Therefore, this will be a learning experience for me as well, and I hope documenting my build will bring others to this thread who can provide input and advice to further this build and not just help me, but others who use this thread as a guide to helping them build their ideal reef! With that being said lets get started! Background on this tank: Originally I planned a reefer 250 build, even saved up for it, and eventually had a change of heart. Since I had not dove deep into corals I decided to use a fusion 20 and all the equipment I had accumulated to set up a small tank with a larger budget and really take the time to focus on corals and learn before getting the reefer 250, so I didn't end up with an expensive tank full of rock with no money or experience for corals. I had a fusion 20 in the basement so I planned to use that, but once I pulled it out I noticed a large crack in the front right bottom corner, so I ordered another from BRS. Of course while emptying out the new tank from the leak test I bumped the bottom left back corner, however it was a small chip, not even 1/3 the way through the glass and only the size of the tip of a high lighter so I just went with it, thus far its totally fine, I'm not too concerned. This tank has been wet for 2 days, unfortunately I did not take pics of the set up, but im still very new in the process so most important info isn't missed Tank Info: Tank: Im Fusion 20 Light: Nanobox Duo Plus M (15 inch gooseneck) Stand: Ikea Besta Frame (I can post the specifics on every single part used if requested) Sand: Tropic Eden reefflakes, 1/2-3/4 deep, I like to stir the sandbed each water change Rock: CarribSea Life Rock roughly 14 pounds (already established from LFS store) Flow: Ecotech MP-10qd, Hydor Korilia 240, stock pump (may upgrade, please provide recommendations) x2 Spin stream nozzles Filtration: x2 InTank media baskets, running filter floss / purigen / chemipure elite in one, filter floss / Phosguard/ chemipure elite in the other Heater: Just an average aqueon heater; works well for me Top off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Top off Container: 3.5 gallon plastic top fin tank Possible Future Equipment: -Sicee 1.5 Return Pump -IM Media Reactor -either IM Ghost Skimmer or Reef Glass skimmer -Neptune Apex (the cheaper one) -Neptune DOS Stocking Plans: Fish: x2 Picasso Clowns, 1 Atlantic Pygmy Cherub Angel Inverts: Small clean up crew, 1 fire shrimp, maybe 1 starfish (thoughts) Corals: Wide range of flowing corals, isolated GSP, acans, Ricordia, other lps and maybe some sps, what other corals would work well on my elevated rock work? Modifications: -small piece of lexan in between the screws for nano box and rear tank wall (I overtightened the screws on fusion 10 and busted the glass) -used wood glue on all connecting pieces of Ikea stand when building it To get up to speed on everything thus far I will give a run down. I first set up the stand. It is an Ikea Besta frame that is white on the sides and a gloss white finish on the doors. It fits the length of the tank perfectly and is just about an inch or so deeper to allow room for equipment off the back. I really like this stand because you are able to customize the stand color and doors and you can change the height of the stand. Im a tall guy, about 73 inches so I used a higher stand than what was available. The stand itself is about 40 inches tall and with the tank the top is 53 inches, perfect for a guy my height, as I don't have to bend way down to look into it. The stand is basically 2 pieces stacked on top of each other, secured by 4 metal braces, some sticky pads and wood glue. It is very strong, and fits perfect. Aside from using wood glue no other modifications are needed. Like I said the stand can be customized in the height for what works for you. I can link the parts if requested. In total,it cost about 190 dollars, much cheaper than the one IM offers, its stronger and customizable as well. I I have gotten all the supplies ready, and the day before the tank arrived I purchased the live rock from the LFS. The LFS is about 15 mins away so there shouldn't be much die off. While constructing the aquascape I kept the rock in 5 gallon buckets with saltwater, heaters and flow. The rock was never out of the water for more than 20 minutes, and since the rock was already seeded and established in a tank, Im not expecting much if any of a cycle. The tank has been filled for 2 days, and I have been ghost feeding and still have no ammonia, no nitrite, no nitrate, perhaps maybe slight nitrate, no more than 1-2ppm, if any at all. I called the LFS and said I am still not seeing any ammonia, should I throw in a shrimp or something to kick off the cycle? He told me there may well not be a cycle, and had me come in to get dirty water... I know DIRTY water. Basically he took the sponge out of one of the store tanks and wrang it out in a bag, which made the water turn a really gross and really brown looking color. He told me to put this in the tank and monitor the levels. However, I am trying to be cautious with this build, so I did not end up putting that water in my tank, I wanted to hear yall's opinion on this? Essentially the idea isn't to use that water to put a bunch of beneficial bacteria in the water, but to put a bunch of gross water in to feed the cycle and really build up the population to break down the large amount of waste in the water. Not sure if this is a good idea or if it will lead to problems later on or cause my tank to have a bunch of crud in it. Since I have been ghost feeding and still have no ammonia. I will probably wait a week and if still no ammonia I will proceed with livestock. As for concerns with this build, mainly right now it is flow. I plan on stocking a mixed reef, with multiple hammers and torches, plenty of ridordia, acans, and many other lps as well as maybe a few sps. Due to the rock work, I had to move the mp-10 closer to the front of the tank, therefore I put in a korillia in the back corner to eliminate deadspots behind the tank. Im worried this may be too much flow and the korillia may blast the corals on the top right side rock too hard, what do you guys think? Also, I plan on upgrading the return pump to a Sicee 1.5, but Im worried I may be putting too much flow in and will just be blasting all my corals, I don't really know. My final concern with flow is that the left side spin stream is kind of blocked from the tall rock on the left. I basically rotated the spin stream upside down so that its more to the top, and now when the spin stream is at the bottom of its rotation about half the flow coming from the nozzle hits the rock straight on, and the other half grazes over the top, should this be a concern? Thats all for the first post, thanks for reading, please follow along and provide input, ideas, advice! I will be posting just about everything I do, I plan/add in, and the progression of this nano😁
  22. House Reef

    Lagoon 25 | SPS Reef

    Hello everyone, I've been reading these forums for inspiration ever since I joined the nano world, and there are so many great threads that gave me plenty of ideas that I wanted to start my own, and hopefully - without being big headed - I can give someone else a little inspiration one day from this. For a little background on myself, I used to run a Reefer 525 on the KZ ZEOvit method until around 8 or so months ago. I shut that down due to mostly running costs, and I never felt like I was getting anywhere with it. My style of tank is definitely a deep (front to back) but shallow tank that has a nice aspect ratio - so I have no idea why I bought the Reefer because it wasn't any of those things at all. The Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 had been on my radar for some years now but being in the UK, we have only one or two suppliers I think. Right when I was shutting the Reefer down, the main supplier had stock of the Lagoons in on their first ever shipment, but I missed out on them because being an indecisive **** I didn't pull the trigger quick enough. I needed a tank to keep my clownfish and a few corals in because I wasn't prepared to let those go for sentimental reasons, so I ended up with a Fluval Evo 13.5. That lasted maybe 6 months until last week when that same supplier had their second shipment in. This time I didn't miss out and ordered the Lagoon straight away! So without further ado, here is my new setup which I intend to keep for a lot longer than the Fluval or the Reefer. I'll detail the planned upgrades and methods in a further post. Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 Aqua Illumination Prime HD GHL Profilux 4 Tunze 3152 ATO InTank Media Basket x2 Jebao OW-10 Schego 100w Titanium heater IKEA Stuva/Besta stand - heavily reinforced 14-4-2019 | Full Tank Shot by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview Face On by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Top Down by Andy, on Flickr Thanks for looking, Andy
  23. colinadam

    Colin's Biocube 16

    After being out of the hobby for the last 10 years I got the itch to get a tank up and going again. I've always been into the AOI Nan's and love the KISS method so I went with a Biocube 16. Added the Intank media chamber and a Koralia powerhead and got it rocking and rolling. Added 10# of dry rock, 5# of live rock from the LFS, 10# of Caribsea sand and a bottle of Bio-Spira. Added the Clown the next day and flew through the cycle. There is a Chicago area frag swap in a couple weeks, plan to do some heavy coral stocking at that time, mainly Hammers, Paly's and Acans. Can't wait to see it grow!
  24. Jozefs a lizard

    Any high flow corals

    I have a biocube 14 with upgraded LEDs and a wave maker which does 144 gph flow. I have 4 coral colonies which are thriving The corals are Red Cap Monti (doubled its size in 4) Recently got an uknown stylophora which was in a low flow tank in Petco and got it for FREE (started growth on a new branch) Duncan coral (is growing 3 more heads) a yellow birds nest coral (also doubled its size) my cuc is 4 hermit crabs and an astrea snail. And centerpiece is a domino damsel I'm looking for 1 more easy to keep coral as I don't want to push the bioload. Any Ideas
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