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Current FTS 7/2019: Past FTS pics: 7/2018 12/2018 Finally decided to start a tank journal. The tank is only 2 years old as of 2018. JBJ 28 stock equipment: 2x 266gph Accela return pumps Stock 89w LED Ai Prime HD media basket (a small amt of carbon & large micron sponge pad) Significant obstacles faced: 2016 Dinos -- had to scratch tank 2016 Moved tank to new house 2017 Heavy metal contamination (anchors for macro algae was composed of lead) 2017 Nitrate accumulation and nuisance algae from lack of maintenance 2018 Cyano outbreak 2018 Total light failure This tank was rebooted in May 2018: Small fan added to help cool down hood & installed Nest to adjust room air to 73 F when lights turn on (tank avg temp 82 80) Upgraded flow from a Koralia Evo 750 to a Icecap 1K Gyre Added significant amount of new live rock Added an Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 (slightly modified plumbing so I could prop hood open) Started testing alk, cal, and mag (dose seachem manually twice once a week if needed) - targets are 8 dkh, 420 cal, 1350 mag Performed a sand rinse on 95% of substrate and vacuumed out chambers. Change 10% weekly with Red Sea PRO/Instant Ocean/Tropic Marin @ 1.024 SPG (25% as it stabilized [about 2 months]) Added a variety of copepods and installed a micro refugium in tank. Inhabitants (fed everyday except water change day): 1 yellow watchman goby (first fish...survived all obstacles) 2 clownfish 1 tailspot blenny 1 springerii damsel 1 Royal gramma 1 Pajama cardinal 1 Fang Blenny 2 red legged hermits 2 turbos 1 strawberry conch 4 nassarius 1 tuxedo urchin 1 purple coral banded shrimp (stenopus tenuirostris) 4 trochus snails 3 ninja star snails 1 tiger pistol shrimp various hitchhikers like a mico serpent star, chitons, stomatella, spaghetti worms, limpets, and bristle worms. Coral & Macro Algae (coral fed twice a week, zooplankton and alternate frozen foods (capelin roe, mysis): caulerpa prolifera caulerpa racemosa dragon's breath halimeda Rose petal macroalgae Blue ochtodes Bottle brush Scrolling Codium Unconfirmed rhodophyte Identified as Fauchea Graciliaria forest fire digita (+2 years old, endured all obstacles; since monitoring alk, cal, mag, has colored up significantly, moreover growth has spurted) duncan (+2 years old, also endured all obstacles) balanophyllia (fed krill daily) big head dendros silver pom pom xenia 2 acans rock flower anemone birds nest neon clove polyps st. thomas mushroom green star polyps aquacultured flower pot trumpet coral gomezi acropora yellow polyped orange montipora capricornus montipora undata montipora palawanesis tubbs stellata digita miami orchid acropora red planet acropora fuzzy milli ice echinata rainbow montipora aussie cherry blastomussa some green with yellow skirt zoa pink digitata venom eye acropora red dragon echinata lavendar white acro setosa golden psammacora cerulean tenius mini Aussie Scoly Florida ricordea Emerald echinata Blue tort straberry shortcake acro Hawaiian PPE paly Daisy Dukes Pink Hallucinations Outcasts Sunny D King Midas Pinwheels Bam Bams Gatorade Fruit loops LFS: Coral Corral Marine Warehouse Creative Aquariums Corals and Fins Drysdale Fish and Other Ichthy Stuff Coral Bargain Warehouse Coral Reefs & Aquariums
Hi! I’m Sandy and I live in Southern California. I am so excited to have found this forum and am reading the posts. I am retired and putting together my first real venture into a reef tank. Prior to this tank, I had a smaller nano for a few years with a clown, some rock, and a few snails. After the clown died, my nephew took the tank and it is doing well. So I am setting up a small reef tank. I got a Nano Cube CF-Quad LED 28 gallon. So far I have CaribSea sand (30lbs), one CaribSea “live rock” chunk of rock and one piece of barnacle. I have added 9 gallons of Nutri-Sea water, and 20 gallons bulk Catalina Water. And that is where I am now. I would think my next step is a heater setup. I read on the forums horror stories of “heaters gone bad”, and wonder if it’s worth it to just start out with some sort of monitoring system. If not, than I would be grateful for any direction or advice on heaters. All input is greatly appreciated!! I am really excited about setting up this tank! Nice to to meet you all. Sandy