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  1. Does it look good? No. But is it better than it looks? Also no. It's healing though! A couple of years ago I had a 38 gallon, which was a mess, and which I then had to sell when I moved across the country for a grad school program. I downsized to this 20 long, which went on to crash twice. The tank was empty except for some very hardy zoas and a single hermit crab for pretty much all of 2020. I finally came back to my apartment in February, and did my first water change on this tank in a full year a couple of weeks ago. I've had trouble keeping corals in the past, but I'm invested in taking its maintenance and research more seriously! And, if anything, the system is definitely seasoned now. 😛 Equipment: The main idea with this build is keeping expenses low, I like trying to avoid unnecessary equipment and trying to find a natural way to deal with tank issues. That said, I'm about ready for a much more powerful light. There are way too many choices, just thinking about it raises my blood pressure -Cheapo 20 long -Cheapo HOB filter, with filter floss and chemipure -2 powerheads, one cheapo, one Jebao wavemaker, which I so far am not that impressed with. I love the size, but it's noisier than I think it should be, and while I appreciate all the setting choices, it doesn't provide nearly as much flow as I hoped it would. -Light: Hipergaro Aquaknight 30W Corals These are the only survivors from my multiple crashes. They had all lost color, but are bouncing back with more regular maintenance and feeding. That out-of-focus zoa in the front is an Utter Chaos that I pissed off so badly it spawned and popped up clear across the tank. The babies look a lot less stretched. I also have some dragon's breath that is going to die and that's all there is to it. It's been floundering for a while, but I think my recent addition of 2 astra snails and 1 shortspine urchin will finally wipe it out. I don't think they touch the healthy growth, but they eat the faded stuff, which I'm sure makes it less likely to recover overall. I'll replace it later to help with nutrients when things are more stable, right now I think the hair algae is outcompeting it. Fish and Inverts Added in the past month is: -1 neon goby -1 shortspine/rock burrowing urchin -2 astrea snails Then there's the hermit crab, who has been in there for over a year, munching algae, alone, in my empty apartment, in a failing tank. Bless him. I should probably add some more, so he has company. I'm just nervous they might kill each other, and I'm a little attached to him at this point. Immediate Future Goals -Address the algae. I have a big hair algae issue, which is slowly getting under control with more maintenance and my urchin, Professor Pricklepants (btw shortspines are the best, they're great algae eaters, don't get big, and don't pick stuff up). This is a long game, taking it slow to not exacerbate any parameter or nutrient issues. -Upgrade the light. I got the Aquaknight because it was cheap, but I'm ready to try and get something a little more attractive and customizable. Any advice welcome. -Take a day, put on a podcast, and crush every single one of my dozens and dozens of @%#* VERMETID SNAILS. I'm going to do this by hand, and may add a bumblebee snail for any I inevitably miss. Cheers!
  2. Tank: Tank: 22 gallon Reef Savvy 20”x16”x16”H Stand: Custom Heater: Ehiem Jagar 100w Lighting: Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue w/ Mounting Arm Filtration: AquaClear 70 w/ Sponge and Biomedia (Temporary) Sump: (Not Currently Operating) - Skimmer: Eshopps S-120 (old model) - Return: Tunze 1073.050 Circulation: Vortech MP10 Sand: Unknown Large Grain Size Rock: Unknown Likely Caribsea Life Rock Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: LiveAquaria Dosing: Not Currently Testing: Refractometer ReaSea Nitrate HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - Lightening Maroon Clownfish - Khole Tang - Pajama Cardinalfish Invertebrates: - Thin Strip Hermit - 2x Blue Legged Hermit - Scarlet Hermit - Feather Duster - Various Snails Corals: Soft - Grube's gorgonian (Pinnigorgia flava) - Orange Ricordea florida - Orange & Blue Rhodactis - Orange & Blue Zoanthids - Yellow & Blue Zoanthids - Green Zoanthids - Red Zoanthids LPS - Goniopora SPS - Birdsnest - Montipora
  3. Zorya

    Katie's 1st SW nano!

    Hi! I have recently joined the saltwater community (I keep freshwater nanos) and I'm going to catalog all of my tank goings in this journal! This is going to be an -attempt- on a mini reef with fish tank. A little background on me: I am a PhD student in Illinois and I have 6 5 freshwater aquariums that I have been maintaining since March 2017. The reason for 5 is that I have converted on of my 10 gal tanks at home to saltwater (this journal). My freshwaters are detailed later in this post as the saltwater stuff is first and foremost in this journal. My setup as of now is: - 10 gal Aqueon tank - just your boring, cheap, rectangular, regular tank, but it's the best - 1 HOB AquaTech 5-15 gal rated filter with filter floss - 1 100W heather (usually off as my room runs a little warm and it doesn't seem to sense the water needs to heat (good!), thermometer reads steady 78F at various times in day - 1 Elite mini underwater filter (powerhead) with filter foam removed --> this is being replaced with 1 Hydor Koralia Nano 425 and will eventually be fitted with one of those rotating water flow things - 1 random light I found --> to be replaced with AI Nano bought from forum member here - 1 HOB breeder box (med) because I needed somewhere to put the LR rubble while I scaped tank --> probably grow some macros here once I move the rubble into the main display - lid will be acrylic custom made by my friend and I as I can get acrylic for cheap and he can laser cut it - woo! And now the stock list! Here's where I'd like some advice - I've read plenty of stuff on the forum here about not over stocking and such (researching is a major part of my job actually), so I'd like specific advice as it concerns to my stocking list. Maybe there's nothing that could be said, but I'm sure you all have great advice to give to someone just starting out. Fish (2 total): - 1x Onyx true percula -OR- black and white ocellaris (or teardrop, undecided on pattern) - 1x Purple firefish -AND/OR- Orchid basslet/ dottyback CUC: - variety of snails, about 5 of larger species (turbos, nerites) and 10 of smaller species (nano conch) - 1x electric blue hermie - I'm not too keen on hermits so let's say this is just a test, I can always take him back if I'm unhappy Shrimp: (2 total) - here's where my LR rubble is going to do wonders for hide-outs/ territories - 1x Fire shrimp - 1x Skunk cleaner shrimp Corals: (not terribly picky on colors though I love purple, xenia is a non-negotiable - does anyone have any?) - 1x torch coral - 1x hammer coral - 1x star polyp - 1x pulsing xenia (soon to be 1M hopefully?) - 1x purple blade gorgonian I am planning to get some good water tests for my tank, but as of now I'm just taking my water to the LFS for testing (actually a dependable LFS *gasp*). I should be ready to add something small this weekend. Oh! Also I'm using DI water with IO sea salt to 1.024 - 1.025 sg and 30 - 31 ppt salinity. I used a combo of dry rock (extremely white) and fully cured LR to cycle my tank. I see a few tiny feather dusters probing the water, but no microfauna as it's obviously been long blown away from my LR. The photo I attached is my tank today. If you've read this far, congrats! -Freshwater musings- My freshwaters are: (and a ton of plants - maybe I'll post pictures tomorrow of the freshwaters if anyone's interested) -home- - 2.5 gal betta tank for 'Magmar' - 5 gal shrimp tank: 4x amano shrimp, ?x orange rili neocaridina - 10 gal community tank: 1x betta 'Sonic', 4x guppy (3f, 1m 'Sticky fin' xD), 6x pygmy cory cat, 3x guppy fry that haven't been eaten yet.... -office- - 5 gal community tank: 1x f gardneri killifish (f), 6x lampeye killifish, 1x CPO, 2x amano - 5 gal shrimp community tank (?): 6x white cloud, 1x nerite snail, 2x mystery snail
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