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Our story begins in 1989. Boy works in LFS. Girl works in LFS. A year later they start dating and soon after that their fish rooms merge. Fast forward a bit. Boy & girl have some children, and many aquariums together. But the economy collapse, boy & girl lose almost everything (except their children), and go on a long aquarium hiatus during their recovery. Fast forward to today. Boy & girl have one more kid (now making three). They are recovered from old economic hardships. And they miss their shared hobby. ... The kitchen is the social center of our crowded little home. It's a very small kitchen, and space is at a premium. But my wife voiced to me some interest recently that she'd like to have an aquarium again, specifically a reef, and very specifically she was interested in the Fluval Evo 5 (no sponsorship, just a sincere personal preference on her part). And she wanted this right smack in the middle of the kitchen countertop so everyone could see it frequently throughout the day. She was out of town yesterday with the kids for a dog show, leaving me alone to embark on a project. I headed over to the LFS (The Fish Room in Raleigh) and they got me set up with their last Fluval Evo 5, a compact heater, some live sand and live rock, and a jug of salt water. Wife came home last night and saw this in the kitchen. I got her sincere reaction on video, which I'm cutting together with some other footage for my new YouTube channel. I've not upgraded any of the stock components (yet?) on this tank. And no, I don't intend to stock with LPS/SPS. I have to say, though; I can't help but feel a little bit like Buck Rogers combing back to the hobby after a long hiatus. The technology and products have changed. Certainly the pet industry has changed and moved far more toward big box stores. I'm really fortunate to have a good shop near my home. I don't think I would have even bothered with a project like this if I didn't have a good shop nearby.
My tank is two months old, and I was finally starting to add my cleanup crew. Then the worst happened... My buddy (who got into this at the same time I did) completely jumped the gun, added fish before his tank was ready and he lost a bunch. He decided this hobby was to much for him so he handed the remaining fish to me, so I have livestock introduced way earlier than I am comfortable with. And it's not stuff I'd ever want in a five gallon setup, so after I gain a little experience I'll be upgrading to a larger tank. Here is break down of my tank as it sits: CUC: 2 red leg hermit crabs 2 blue leg hermit crabs 1 Margarita snail 1 Nassarius snail The biggest bristle worm ever that hitchhiked over from live rock Inherited livestock and reason for needing a bigger tank so urgently: 2 Ocellaris clownfish 1 Condy anemone 1 bleached to all heck Acro SPS The clowns are both younger and only just over an inch in size, so the tank seems to be fine for now, as they play and dance in the waves and run around the rocks, but I spoke to LFS / did some research here, and I won't be able to keep them in this tank for much longer as they will most likely more than double in size. The Condy must be a strong breed. He survived that other tank of dred, the trip over to my place, and now my young tank and he seems to be taking it like a champ. Right now he's mad because my power head failed and I just ordered a new one rush shipping! Not enough flow in the tank with that stock pump. The Acro SPS is all but gone. It was green when it was purchased, but by the time I got it there is just the tiniest little bit of green at the base and the rest is almost bone white... I'm not sure if anything is even left. I am right in the middle/end of my Diatom bloom (those little crabs really went to town on it) and the diatom algae has started growing on the poor acro. I'm not sure I have the ability to bring this thing back if it's even possible. Some advice would be appreciated. Hardware: Top Fin 5 Gallon Glass Aquarium Stock filter pump (90 L/h so need to replace soon) 21 watt Hygger Blue White LED NICREW Submersible Aquarium Heater (in anticipation of the larger tank) Hydor Koralia Nano I'm using activated carbon and zeolite crystals as well. I did a seven day round of Seachem Stability when I first put those inherited fish int he tank, and use Seachem Prime to help keep levels stable until my tank can mature a bit more as adding these little guys and gals has definitely thrown off my plans. Also ignore the cheesy background. I put it up because one of the clown fish kept seeing his reflection in the back of the tank and wouldn't stop chasing it and hitting the glass... those guys are very strange.
30th of April _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Welcome to my 5g Pico Reef Setup Lighting: Kessil a360 we Heater: Eheim Jagger 50w Circulation: Jebao RW-4 Filtration: OceanFree Surfice Skimmer Filter Media: Sponge and Carbon in Surface Skimmer Fish Ocellaris Clownfish Maroon Clownfish Corals Alveopora Duncan Monti Euphylia Rhodactis etc. Bye, Diogo