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  1. Amaleec

    20 Gal. Stocking Ideas?

    Hello everyone! I bought a Waterbox Cube 20 about 6 weeks ago and have done extensive research on corals, lighting, and fish. I have two questions. 1.) What should I consider in regards to stocking options? I’m open to any ideas! I would love a clown and some fish that are active around the tank. What I had in mind was to purchase a springers damsel, a clown fish, and a clown goby. Maybe even adding a royal gramma. Would this be too much of a bio load? 2.) I bought some soft corals and one head of euphyllia. I called my LFS (which is WWC) and they said to get some fish into the water ASAP to get some nutrients going for my euphyllia. Will it be okay to add the euphyllia at the same time as the soft corals and without dosing any nutrients? Can I just feed it directly so it doesn’t need to pull nutrients from the water column?
  2. Just getting started on my first reef tank. I have had freshwater tanks in the past but it has been a couple of years. I have been researching how to setup a reef tank for over a year now. Just didn’t have the time or money to set something up, until now. MY SETUP Tank: CoralLife Biocube 14 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50w Lighting: Stock Lighting - 24w Actinic - 24w 10K - 1x Blue LED Bar Filtration: Chamber 1: False Bottom Removed/Heater Chamber 2: InTank Media Basket (4/29/19) - Top: Filter Floss - Middle: BRS Carbon ROX0.8 and GFO (5/14/2019) Chamber 3: Stock Pump/Temperature/ AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Sand: 20 lbs Caribsea AragAlive Special Grade Rock: BRS Reef Saver Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: Red Sea (Blue Bucket) Dosing: BRS Kalkwasser- 2g/gal Testing: Refractometer API Saltwater Masters HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish A. ocellaris (LA 4/18/2019) - Randalli Prawn Goby (AA 6/8/2019) “Timon” - Black Ice Clownfish [QT] “Columbus” A. ocellaris (BLC 10/12/2019) Invertebrates: - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 2x Cerith Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 1x Trochus Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) “Jack” - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) - Red Banded Pistol Shrimp (BTR 6/15/2019) “Pumbaa” - 3x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) - 5x Cerith Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) Corals: Soft Fire and Ice Zoanthid (WWC 5/24/2019) Green Star Polyp (WWC 5/24/2019) Weeping Willow Toadstool (BLC 6/8/2019) Blue/Green/Yellow Zoanthid (AA 6/15/2019) Purple Monster Zoanthid (BLC 10/12/2019) LPS WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) WWC Swamp Thing Favia (5/24/2019) Lavender Duncan (WWC 5/24/2019) Duncan (AA 6/15/2018) Pink/Purple Blasto (AA 6/15/2019) Purple & Pink Acan (BLC 10/12/2019) The Dearly Departed: - 1x Trochus Snail (LA 4/18/2019-5/5/2019) - WWC Grapevine Lord (5/24/2019-5/30/2019) - 1x Scarlet Hermit (AA 6/8/2019-6/21/2019) *Jack - Misbar Clownfish (BLC 6/8/2019-7/9/2019) *clownfish aggression - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019-??) - 1x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019-10/13/2019) *Jack Startup 3/16/2019 5/21/2019 9/25/2019
  3. Hello there new aquarium friends. I’m totally new to this whole world of aquariums. I’ve never really had a cool setup like I’ve received from my gfs father. He gave me a bunch of awesome tools to make an epic aquarium. I have been wanting to make an awesome aquarium for my home for some time now. But it’s such a costly but well worth it kind of hobby. I have been given a 14 gallon Oceanic bio cube. Also there is a new light that he added from stevesled. I need to figure out the configuration of the plugins to the lights. Also learning how to setup the timing for all the light. Also have no idea what cycles to set up the timers on. He suggested some things to get started: 10 lbs of live sand carribsea arag-Alice aquarium sand. 3 x 5 galling imagitarium Pacific Ocean water 5-10 pounds of live rock If any of you have any good starter tips or and any information on the light setups and timers please feel free to help.
  4. Redreidy

    RedReidys 16Gal Tank

    Hi, I hope you don't mind me posting here I am looking for some sound advice. Quick background, usual story, used to be an expereinced freshwater keeper moved house, always wanted to keep salt, have a baby on the way but regardless decided to give it a go. Long story short to keep costs down I have gone for a smaller tank, despite everything I have read about it being harder etc. I have made a start but, the advice on the wider internet/youtube seems to be so diverse I decide maybe speaking to people would be a more sound way to progress. I have engaged my local fish store, who are relatively well stocked, but don't seem all that knowledgable (seem to just want to sell things). So what I have managed so far...... First off I bought a 60 litre (13.19 imperial gal, 15.85 US Gal) tank made by Tetra. This wasn't my first option but I have a cat who is an avid predator and this model offered the most robust lid for my price point. The tank came with an internal filter which found a new home, a T5 bulb and a basic heater. The heater and the light are currently being utilised in the tank. Acquisitions made so far include two large pieces of Dry rock with funky purple colouration, Red Sea Coral Live Sand and an All Pond Solutions 1000EF Aquarium External Filter. I know some people don't like canisters but I have essentially stuffed it full of Bio Balls at the moment and a single layer of fine filter floss. My thinking behind this is to add a tiny bit of mechanical filtration and a lot more biological filtration. I do have some Chemipure blue that I may add into the canister at a later date. I will be conducting maintenance on the canister monthly to avoid any build but waste. The tank is currently in the process of cycling and I'm testing PH, Amonia, Nitrite, Nitrate every other day using an API test kit. I'm not big on corals at the moment so in the first instance this is likely to be a fish/cleanup crew tank). I am willing to invest in the tank further within reason. Short term I'm looking at a powerhead to improve flow and a replacement heater (don't like the look of the one I have). Longer term I will be looking at retrofitting a LED light into the hood to replace the T5, adding an auto top off and potentially a heater monitoring system and potentially some form of skimmer if I can jerry rig it in somewhere. I am conscious that this is a small tank however and I want the fish to be the highlight of the tank not all the devices hanging off the top of it. Now the interesting part, for those of you who are so obliging, questions: Firstly what am I doing right/wrong? I'm new to this and willing to learn. Once the cycling is complete, I will be looking to add a clean up crew, what would you recommend for this tank. What are your thoughts on chemical filtration in marine tanks? I had a lot of success using it in freshwater and I was wondering if that translates to marine. What additional test kits to I need beyond PH and nitrogen cycle stuff, any recommendations? I have read a rule about 1/2 in of fish for every Gallon of tank, is this US gallon or rest of the world gallon? Finally what fish would you stock this tank with? I apologise fo the long rambling post! But I would appreciate any advice you would be willing to give. Thank you in advance! PS. the tank looks a tad murky because I was just trying (and failing) to even out the sand.
  5. Aqua16

    Nano marinus 16g

    Hey nano-reef-forum! 😊 I’m currently thinking about converting my 60l dennerle tank (around 16 gallons) into a nano reef. I have experience with freshwater but am a complete noob when it comes to saltwater. This site has been a tremendous help and inspiration and so I thought why not just ask my questions here? So here goes: I currently have a 25W heater, dennerle filter and the dennerle 8W LED. I would obviously have to switch out the light, would I be able to keep corals with the Fluval Sea Nano? Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could stock? So far my wishlist (not set in stone) looks like this.. Stocking: A pair of ocellaris a yellow clown goby cleanup crew (3x hermit crabs, 3x nassarius snails, 3x trochus snails, perhaps some peppermint shrimp?) 2. Could I add another small fish to this? One final one, I know its a very thin line between balance and overstocking, especially for a beginner like me. Then the basics setup of course (sandbed, some life rock and some dry rock). For filtration, I was thinking either a Aquaclear70 HOB sump or a generic glass aquarium under the tank with a pump and some tubing to build a custom sump? And I would still need a powerhead in both cases, correct? 3. Is a skimmer necessary? 4. Any suggestions for softies or beginner SPS/LPS I could potentially keep? I’d appreciate any advice you could give me, thank you for your help! ☺️
  6. Mr.Smith

    New to Macro

    I'm looking into adding macroalgae to my first ever saltwater tank, an Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 10, and wanted to get some input from more experienced people. I use an Evo clip 3w light from Odyssea but am putting money aside for an AI Prime. Are there any traditionally beginner algae? Do I plant them in the sand or attach them to my rock work? Would my Clownfish or hermit crabs eat them? What site is the best for buying macroalgae? Thanks in advance!
  7. So I’ve just set up my tank, and added live rock, there’s this thing sticking out of the live rock? It looks like it’s growing out of it.. what is this? Should I be worried?
  8. Need some help/advice, guys. Have been running my tank for about 2.5 months now (20L), no fish but a few corals that seem to be doing well. My nitrates have been super high around 50ppm. Just did a huge water change, hoping that will help. I had a nuvo dc skimmer from IM that seems to have burned out. So I have an empty chamber currently and am considering setting up a little fuge. I also was thinking about maybe squeezing a slim skimmer and/or media reactor. I don't know if that is even an option, just a thought. Any advice on what I should do? My current setup is Chamber 1: filter sock. Chamber 2: skimmer. Chamber 3: Heater, return pump, ATO return. Thanks in advance!
  9. cmedlock

    15 gallon column

    Hello! I'm new to reefing and i have an aqueon 15 gallon column and I'm struggling to find a good and affordable LED light for my tank. I have two clowns and I'm looking to add corals but cant find a light to fit my dimensions 13.5 '' length and width and it's 25'' deep. I'm open to pretty much any form of lighting, but if it needs to be hung whats a good hanging kit? thank you!
  10. NaniNano27

    Lighting for my Nano tank

    Hi Friend, Im Nani, I had so many questions but I figured out most of it from YouTube... except one question..I'm new to this hobby please don't mind me if my questions are stupid..I have almost 7 freshwater fish tanks currently...I wanted to try marine for the first time ..I was little scared and since I'm just student with little stipend Soo... So coming to my question....I recently bought one secondhand tank which is 80cm length 30cm width and 30cm depth ...I feel this is unusual tank dimensions ...I'm not able to figure out the lighting options for this shallow tank ... Please help me out...my budget will be max 100$ ...if couple of dollars are missing for good options I can try bit more ...but I want to know ...does any of you guys have such unusual tank ?
  11. Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and was digging through but couldn't really find what I was looking for so I thought I would make my own post and say hello. So hello everyone! So, I'm setting up a 10g nano reef. Pretty excited about it, I've been doing a bunch of reading and it's nice to return to the hobby. I currently have 2 planted tanks, and years ago I used to keep saltwater fish and some beginner corals with limited success. Anyway, primary purpose for this post is a lighting question. I hear great things about the AI Prime and it's ability to grow coral, however, when I look at photos it looks like it definitely gets some pretty bad disco effect. Can anyone shed some light as to how the aquariums look with it? I've never seen anyone running like a daylight sunny mode either, is it possible to get more of a pure white light, almost to replicate what it looks like when reef diving on a sunny day? The other light I'm looking at is a Kessil a80. It appears to be maybe a bit brighter? Can I still program the a80 different colors or is it more restricted? Does anyone recommend one over the other? Something completely different? I'm really hoping to not be restricted to low light corals, I would love to be able to do some SPS. My other concern is that my tank isn't a cube, it's a 10g aqeon tank in the standard rectangle (10x13x20). Will I be able to cover my tank with either of these lights properly without getting a ton of light pollution? Any other suggestions are welcome! Best, Chris
  12. So my 20g tank just finished cycling a few days ago. On Sunday I went and got a pair of clownfish. Monday morning I noticed small white spots on both. Needless to say, i believe it's ich. I didnt QT them (i dont even have a QT tank, but I definitely will in the future), just acclimated and dropped em in. I'm reading about running the tank fallow for 76 days, but my question is what should be my course of action? Is that best with a small tank? I only have a hermit and snail in the tank, no coral yet. Most likely I will have 4-5 total fish, so what would you do??
  13. Hey everyone Quick note: i've never used silicone or sealed anything I purchased a used fish tank and attempted to reseal all the silicone (the silicone was really old and loose). I'm not sure if I did the silicone too thin.? Tank is 60g I have attached images of the job I did. Will this hold okay or should I re-do it ?
  14. Azreil13

    Azreil's Aquarium Journal

    So. I ended up going to a few pet stores today. I couldn't actually find a 2.5 gallon tank in stock or the EVO I was looking for. But, I did end up with a 5.5 gallon. Just waiting for the sand to settle and i'll post a picture!
  15. HingleMcCringleberry

    Quarantining questions

    I had velvet in my tank so I took all the fish out and am quarantining them in copper. I know you’re supposed to let the parasite starve by leaving fish out of the tank for like 6 weeks. But how long until the fish themselves have no parasites. Shouldn’t the copper kill off the velvet quickly. At least within one lifecycle at most I would think. I don’t want to keep my fish in copper any longer than I have to. There’s a few fish that I know are particularly sensitive and stressed by it. So how long until the copper has definitely killed the parasite. Just ich or velvet. Idk about any other parasites.
  16. To those of you who have a MAME design skimmer, could you post a picture of how you have it set up? Specifically, how deep into the water do you place it and how high up do you have the bubbles go? I know it is working for me since I have green water that comes out, but sometimes it works awesomely (like very dark green water) and other times it doesn’t work as well. Im under the impression that I need an ATO to get the best use out of it, but until I get one, could you guys share with me the ideal placement for it? Additionally, do you find it to be super wobbly? I’m not sure if there’s a better way to set it up, since the instructions were all in Japanese.
  17. Hi. I'M new to the forum and was hoping some experienced reefers could offer some advice on my coral health! I have a 20 gallon DIY mixed reef tank that has been running for about 6 months. I have about 1 year experience running a 75 gallon reef tank that I took down about 6 years ago when I left for college. Everything I have added (soft corals, LPS, fish, inverts, nem) seems healthy and has been a pleasure to watch. Up until now I have never tried any SPS corals. 5 days ago I decided to venture into some "beginner" SPS. I don't have very accurate water testing kits so I am not looking to advance any further with difficult corals until I can at least better monitor my water parameters. I have a very large amount of live rock for the tank size and two hang-off-the-back filters (in case one ever fails). My heater is a decently stable and my digital thermometer always reads 78.4-78.8. My lighting is not very strong: Marineland LEDs rated at about 100 par at 12 inches and 6000K. It is also not diffuse at all and has almost spotlights of higher intensity throughout the tank. (yes, I plan to upgrade my lighting when I have the funds in about a month). I bought two montipora frags 5 days ago, one large orange monti cap and one small sunset monti. Both came from my LFS and were not shipped (at least not any time recently). To compensate for my low lighting I placed them about 5 inches down in the water directly under the "spotlights" from my LEDs. I really don't know enough to tell if they're doing ok or not. given that my situation is atypical bordering on stupid (I know it sounds bad) I want to make sure Im not killing the frags. I have a friend with a very successful SPS tank who will take them if I'm hurting them and I just don't want to see them die! I think they might be doing ok. I'll be watching for long term signs of health but I just wanted to ask if there are any issues visibly indicating immediate shock from new/bad tank conditions. Please don't be too hard on me. I know you'll want to know my water parameters and more details than I can probably measure. I don't want advice on keeping them alive as much as advice on how to tell if they're healthy (although all input is appreciated). If they aren't healthy I will rehome them at the first clear sign they're declining. I have attached pictures.
  18. deetu

    Dee's happy place

    Hi all, I am so excited!! I am starting up a tank again after 6 years. Mawahaha!! My last tank, (20 gallon x-high with a 10 gallon fuge) had live rock that 3 plants popped out of and grew like crazy without me doing anything special (big mistake letting that rock go but we were moving and Hurricane Sandy hit at same time so everything live went to pet store in next town that had power) Had seahorses first (my Avatar was my little girl), when I lost them, I had a Picasso Clown, Royal Gramma, Yellow Clown Goby and a Firefish (that committed suicide). Of course with an excellent clean up crew (the peppermint shrimp got big enough to eat lol) After a lot of thought, I believed I would be getting the Fluval Evo 13.5. It was the best size for a shelf/stand I have in my kitchen (kitchen/dining/living...open floor plan). My husband only agreed to a new tank because I said it would not flood (old tank protein skimmer hung outside the fuge) and will be covered so not bad salt creep (old fuge was on metal stand and totally open, not in a closed cabinet). But then I walked into Petco and saw that the 20 gallon high had the perfect footprint for that shelf. Woo hoo! It will be FOWLR with macros. I am planning on building an in tank filter (display will be 12x18x16) and have dug back into the stuff I was going to sell (since I thought I was downsizing with a complete tank). I have to figure which of the three pumps will work best... or if any of them will work for that matter. Pondmaster Mag 7 (probably too big), Rio 1100 (taken off protein skimmer but probably best), Maxi Jet 600 (probably too small). I have a Current Satellite 12" 18 watt with moon light I bought at closeout before move (brand new in the box with bulb, not LED). Going to mix 10 lbs live natural and 8 lbs reef sand (like that natural look). Looking into getting some live and dry rock (wish had good stores like where used to live. Place people recommended was a little scarey) and thinking of starting with the live water (still thinking on that one) I actually live close to the ocean and I'm surprised my husband hasn't asked why I would need to make my own water with the ocean right there. There is so much I have forgotten and new things that have come out in the last 6 years, so please be patient with questions. I have been reading and searching constantly 😉 First question... I plan to buy R/O water from Walmart but the water here is very acidic. What kind of treatment should I get to raise the ph when mixing water? Thank you and happy to be here! Looking forward to sharing
  19. adam_ducote

    Ricordea Florida question

    So I bought two Ricordea Florida mushrooms Friday. One of them is open and super happy the other still hasn’t opened. They’re on medium to low lighting and low flow. Do they just need more time? Salinity: 1.026 Ammonia: 0.00 ppm Nitrite: 0.00 ppm Nitrate: 10 ppm Doing my weekly water change today. Thanks!
  20. It's finally here! I just got the IM Fusion 10 AIO as my first ever reef tank! I'm really excited to get into this side of the hobby after spending a good amount of time on the freshwater side. Equipment: IM Fusion 10 EVO Clip 3W Aquarium LED Light Flex Clamp Nano Marine Fish Coral 6x 3 Watts by Odyssea Heater has not been purchased yet (Eheim Jager or Cobalt Neotherm?) ~10lbs of rock free from my uncle 20lbs of Caribsea live sand (probably overkill) Instant ocean salt Ade Advanced Optics Dual Scale 1.0 to 1.070 S.G. Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium & Seawater Stock pump If you guys have suggestions on what I could add/change please let me know 🙂 I just set up a couple different arrangements of my rock and can't decide which I prefer As for stock, I am unsure on a clean up crew, but am set on having a goby/pistol shrimp pair as well as some sexy shrimp that would host a rock flower nem. I'm also thinking of adding one more small fish like a goby or blenny or some fish that wouldn't always be perched on a rock. I don't think I will get into coral right off the bat but that hasn't stopped me from coming up with ideas and researching them. I've looked into Duncans, Acans, Candy Canes, Zoas, and Ricordia. I am going to stay away from SPS coral until I have A LOT more experience in the hobby.
  21. HingleMcCringleberry

    Does more flow make the tank feel bigger?

    Hi all. I picked up a coral beauty angelfish for my 30-gallon tank. My 30 has most of my collection of corals and I got unlucky and got a coral beauty that picks on all of them. I also have a 20-gallon tank set up that isn't fully stocked yet so I have moved the fish to that tank. I think 20 gallons is a little small for a fish that size and I had an Idea that I thought might help but I want to get advice first. I've posted to this forum before about getting a tang and everyone informed me of their need to do lots of swimming and that my tanks just couldn't provide the needed swimming space. That got me thinking. If bigger fish or fish with a more active lifestyle need to get more exercise to be healthy and happy then could I supplement more tank space with more water flow. Obviously, it would never be a substitute for actual swimming room but if I increase the flow a lot would the tank maybe feel larger to the fish since it needs to swim harder to get from one side to the other? Could increasing the flow help my coral beauty be healthier and happier in my 20 gallon? Right now my 20 has a small powerhead that is rated for 200 gph and a hang-off protein skimmer and two hang-off filters that add some flow as well. I have a bubble tip anemone in my 20 and it's in a perfect location where it can't bother my zoas and frogspawn which are the only corals in the 20. I don't want a change in flow to inspire my nem to pack up and move so I don't want to add more flow if I don't have to. But I'm totally prepared to take that risk if you all recommend that more flow will help a larger fish feel more at home in a borderline tolerable tank. Let me know what you all think!
  22. HingleMcCringleberry

    Need help identifying this (with pictures)

    Does anyone know what this is. It just showed up and it’s right after I was an idiot and didn’t dip a new coral. Should I be concerned?
  23. Hi all. I have had a 20 gal nano tank for a while now and have also added a new 32 gal bio cube that has been up and running for years with the previous owner and about a month since I moved it to my apartment. (I kept filter material live rock etc.) tank parameters are all excellent (haven’t checked calcium/alkalinity though). And it has been very stable for weeks. I am planning what what fish I will add to this tank and was hoping I might add a juvenile tang. Before everyone attacks me for the idea of a tang in a tank that size I do plan to rehome the tang when it outgrows the tank. My questions are these: can a juvenile tang be housed in my tank? is my tank mature enough for a tang? what species is recommended? what species grows slowest and needs the least swimming room so I can house it the longest? what tangs are less aggressive? what tangs are best at controlling algae? is my tank mature enough to add fish like this/when will it be ready? what size is too big/when to rehome tang? i hope some experienced reefers can weigh in. Ting into account all those questions what tangs would you recommend if at all? I want something that I can buy small, will stay small for longer, is able to grow largest before needing a new home, and is a decent community fish with other semi aggressive species (damsels wrasses dwarf angels hawk fishes etc.)? thanks to anyone who takes the time to read all that and can offer advice. I really appreciate it.
  24. HingleMcCringleberry

    Parasite on my acans?? Help? (Pictures)

    I dont know what this is but it seems to be growing or living on the side of my acans. Will it hurt them?? Ignore my serpent star. It seems to have two tentacles/antennae?
  25. HingleMcCringleberry

    Acan Echinata: How fast does it grow?

    Thinking of buying a decent sized colony of Acan Echinata on sale at my LFS. Does anyone know how fast this coral grows? With/without feeding? Is it hard to care for? Basically any advice? Is it ok for someone with beginner to moderate experience with corals? (I’ve been keeping Monty Cap trumpets and frogspawn successfully for a few months)
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