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  1. 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 (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- 3g/gal Testing: Refractometer API Saltwater Masters HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish “Pennywise” 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) WWC AOI Zoanthid (CC 1/15/2020) OG Pink Zipper Palythoa (CC 1/15/2029) Hot Hawaiian Palythoa (CC 1/15/2019) WWC Purple Monster Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) LPS WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) WWC Lavender Duncan (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 - Purple Monster Zoanthid (BLC 10/12/2019- Startup 3/16/2019 5/21/2019 9/25/2019 12/04/2019 2/04/2020 3/16/2020 One Year!
  2. rocksanchez

    Algae growth on live rock

    Hi all, Sorry for the lengthy post, I know information is key here and wanted to provide as much of it as possible. I wasn't sure where to post this and since I class myself as a beginner I thought this would be the best place. My RSM nano system, with a couple of upgrades, has been running since October 2019 and overall I'm quite happy with what I have so far, I'm stocking very slowly and trying to learn as much as I can about everything that goes inside so one day I can get to the level some of you guys are at on here. Recently I have been having problems with GHA (thats actually brown) growth and strange white fuzz on my live rock and I'm a little stumped at what it is or whats causing the issue. I am finding myself cleaning the glass almost daily from the brown film that forms on it and my sand is in constant need of cleaning of the same brown stuff so I'm sure I have an issue somewhere Without going into too much detail of the process that got me to where I am, here are the important bits and some pictures. Tank: Red Sea Max Nano 75 litre / 20 gal Red Sea LED 50 Stock skimmer Jecod DCT-1200 return Jebao SLW-10 wave pump Tunze nano ATO Stock filter socks and 'bubble trap' sponges in rear Rock - Dry rock (marco?) Substrate - Carab Sea Ocean Direct (it's a little deep and would like to get some of this out if I can) Livestock: 2 clowns 1 Royal Gramma GSP 'mat' Rasta zoa Scrambled eggs zoa Red Hornet zoa Single Acan head Small Monti cap frag 1 red legged hermit 4 banded trochus Params / test kits: Temp 27c / 80.6f sg 1.0264 / 35ppm / Aquaforest Reef Salt Ammonia 0 / API Nitrite 0 / API Nitrate 2-3 / Red Sea Phosphate 0 / Salifert Water changes 25% weekly Feed 1/4 cube frozen mysis / vitalis pellets once a day. reef roids once a week. Everything seems happy, thriving and growing although one zoa frag is slowly being taken over by this hair, it's no longer opening fully and its creeping towards the others. I'm starting to get a little worried it'll suffocate so have some h2o2 on order incase of emergency. Can anyone help ID what this stuff is and how I can get my rocks clean. I'm happy to take my time to get this cleared up as that seems to be the safest route. The white specks are sand caught up in the white fuzz. If you need more pictures I can get some Thanks in advanced for the help, much appreciated
  3. Mancuarist

    Beginner. New Tank Advice

    Greets all, looking for some guidance. This will be my first saltwater aquarium, I have a small freshwater one. I'm not going to rush it, still learning.🧐 It will be a mixed reef tank. Starting my shopping list - I guess a tank should be at the top right? Looking at 4 models. I know there may be better options than these but it's a matter of cost. I'm in the UK. Waterbox Marine 45.2 TMC Reef Habitat 60 Aqua One ReefSys 180 Aquarium Systems L'Aquarium 2.0 250 Would love to hear thoughts on recommended kit and things to avoid. Thanks all🍻
  4. Starfishie99

    RE CYCLING MY TANK

    so i’m recycling my tank and well i don’t know where to start first i rehome the fish coral snails and crabs then should i do a water change after that do i add the bacteria or ammonia chloride and how much do i add per gallon?? so many questions that i should have gotten answered the first time around
  5. mynewtank

    Heater burned my anemone

    Overnight, my anemone had parked himself next to the heater. I've since moved it but it looks like some damage has been done. A small area looks dark and retracted. Will this heal and can it get infected or have any long term effects?
  6. mynewtank

    Wrong fish ?

    My tank is about 6 months old with a sump and a big plastic tank next to it that feeds RO into it. The light is LED that goes across the top of the tank and all of the parameters are normal and kept that way by the guys from the store that are doing this until I can. I bought another yellow tang after the last one died because the salt was too high. Then I find out (on this site) that yellow tangs do not belong in a 35 gallon tank. I also bought a hammer coral and it's not looking well. I have a Coral Beauty Angelfish and a female clownfish in there for about 5 months and they've been doing well despite my fumbling around trying to figure this out. Here's the thing. These guys maintain my tank. I'm in constant communication with them because I rarely know what I'm doing. - Half the time I don't even know what some of this equipment is called and these guys sold me the yellow tang. Anyway, here's the question: Going forward, what kind and how many fish would be best.
  7. mynewtank

    New Torch coral ??!!!

    It took me 58 years to be able to afford a saltwater aquarium. I have exactly 6 months experience with my saltwater tank. I've managed to kill a clownfish, yellow tang, one bubble anemone and a frog spawn. I've been spending a small fortune having a guy come over to service the tank - The place I bought my 35 gal. tank from sold me a freshwater filter and 3K later stopped answering my calls. I found another place and they've been helpful but I need to learn how to handle this tank. I really don't mind putting the work into it. I just don't have a clue. Yesterday I added a torch coral and it doesn't seem to be opened the way it was at the store. I'm thinking I may be the grim reaper of saltwater aquariums. Any help would be very much appreciated.
  8. Hey guys! So I've dipped into getting some beginner softie and lps corals and I'm a complete noob to all this lighting jargon and was wondering what y'all would reccomend. As the title says I have an orbit marine IC Loop lighting fixture (this guy right here: https://www.amazon.com/Current-USA-Marine-Aquarium-60-Inch/dp/B00GFTNG3S?th=1). I'm aware it can keep softies lps and some lower light heartier sps if placed at the top, however what exactly should I keep the lighting at. It has a standard mode with the RGB that has everything at 100% which is super bright and white, and I like it for the most part but the corals don't really pop. I tried a setting with 70% blue and 70% red and it makes a really nice purple color that make the corals look awesome and fluoresce. I would like to keep this kind of lighting all the time so the corals always look that good, right now I've just been switching to the purple color at nighttime. My question is if I leave it at the purple color 24/7 is that enough light for the corals to grow? I'm a little confused about how the par works in with this light. Current USA (the company) has a diagram giving general par at certain depths, but they don't say how much light is being put out. Am I to assume that just means the light has to be on full power with all led colors maxed out to get those outputs, or could I receive the same par if I just did all blues? Anyways if anyone could help clear some of this up and suggest led percentage combinations that would be great! Thanks!
  9. Hey everyone I’m asking for help again. My tank has been up and running for about 6 weeks. In the past 2 days though the water went from crystal clear to extremely murky. I did a 20% water change that didn’t have an effect. I think it may be an algae or bacterial bloom but I’m unsure. Inside the tank are: -2 clowns - YWG - 2 nassarius snails - Favia coral frag - Ricordea Florida frag - Zoa frag The frags were placed in the tank a couple weeks ago and have been fine since then Any ideas or suggestions are very helpful. I have also attached pictures of the tank with no lighting, white lights only and blue lights only. EDIT: The pictures don’t show it very well but the water has a greenish hue to it so I’m assuming algae?
  10. Kingizm

    Newbie

    Hello everyone. I am going to be buying and setting up a nano tank and I am looking for recommendations on what to get. I would like to get a aio setup. Something that would be ready to go out of the box but something that I can upgrade as time goes by. There’s so many out there I just don’t know what to get. I’m thinking something no bigger than a 25 or so and rimless. Would like to make it a reef tank with a few fishes in it if possible I do have some sort of a budget but as I said something that I could upgrade equipment on it as the time goes by. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
  11. Hey im looking on getting in to the hobby and am fairly certain ive settled on the fluval evo 57L and was wondering what upgrades i could go with e.g. heater , return pump , intank media baskets and powerheads any advice would be greatly appreciated🙂
  12. AquaristShelle

    Growing Hole in GSP. What should I do?

    (Edited: the bristle worm is no longer living in the coral. The hole is my primary concern now. It appears to have grown over the 14 days I've had the coral, and the last two days the polyps have been tightly closed. The first photo is from day one, the second is from day 12.) I got my first coral, a quarter-sized GSP frag at a swap last week. It looks... okay. I didn't dip it before adding (I know, I know) and only about half to 1/3 of the polyps will extend. Upon getting the frag home, I immediately saw a bright orange bristle worm curl up inside the coral. There's a raw hole through the coral's purple 'flesh', and I don't know what to do. In the pictures (sorry they're so blurry!) you can see the orange worm hiding inside the hole, and then crawling across the GSP. Did the worm eat its way into the coral? I'm pretty confident this isn't a bearded fireworm so I'm leaning away from that idea. However, the hole looks like it's growing 😬 Did the coral start to die back first, and then the worm moved in? Is the worm irritating the coral, causing the polyps to stay closed? Making the hole bigger? Ultimately I wonder, should I remove the worm? Is my coral dying regardless of the worm? I'm also a complete novice when it comes to coral care, so maybe the GSP is just taking a long time to acclimate. My water is: 0,0,0, 80F, 1.025, 7-8dKh, calcium 480, mag 1320, and phosphate is undetectable with my API test. Any advice would be great! Thanks 🙂
  13. could you put any species of starfish in a 5 gallon ? maybe like two or even just one by itself in a 5 gallon ? im really interested in any invertebrates .
  14. Hi All, I've been observing this site and others like it for a little while now getting prepared to dive into my first ever tank and I mean ever, I've never even had a Goldfish. Looking at other peoples journals, I thought it would be great idea to log my journey from being a complete novice to see how I can develop my knowledge with help of you guys and other sources to become an "expert". So below is my current set up: Fluval EVO 57L (13galon - 16 in the US) Tank - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fluval-Marine-Aquaium-Reef-Lights/dp/B01M2WI6PT/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=fluval+evo&qid=1584009619&sr=8-1 Fluval Sea Mini Protein Skimmer - 20-80 L - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fluval-Sea-Mini-Protein-Skimmer/dp/B01MTEYI92/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=fluval+protein+skimmer&qid=1584009682&sr=8-2 Eco Reef Rock Standard Reef Sand from my LFS, not live sand. Standard lighting that comes with the tank I got everything set up and running on the 25th April, I used pre-mixed water from my LFS. I dosed ammonia up to 2ppm and dumped in a bottle of bacteria and have just let it sit with the light off since. I tested this morning and my ammonia has all but disappeared and I'm currently in my Nitrite spike around 4ppm but also have Nitrates at around 40ppm so I'm pretty sure that I am only a few days/week away from being fully cycled and ready to go. Below are some pics of my set up, I'm hoping to add some more rock/barnacles/macro to the tank but have struggled to find any. I did have a bacterial bloom last week but seems to of cleared up now. I will of course add livestock slowly below are my plans: CUC 1x Electric Blue Hermit Crab 1x Cowrie, Bumblebee or Cerith Fish 2x Clownfish - not 100% sure on what breed yet, will see what my LFS has at the time and if they can cut me a deal. Below are the ones I like. Coral 1x Duncan Some Zoa's And whatever takes my fancy while at the LFS (maybe another 3-4 pieces), will only be going for LPS and softies to start, will be months/years before I go for SPS I'll see how I feel. So I will keep you all updated with my trials and tribulations as I progress my first every tank, feel free to ask any questions and of course all advice is welcome. Happy Reefing guys.
  15. elimohrland@gmail.com

    Nano reef lighting and wavemaker

    Hi guys first post here and my first reef tank is in the mail. I had some hardware questions and I was hoping I could get some ideas here. I ordered the waterbox 20 and was hoping to start with clowns and soft corals but I would like to purchase lighting capable of 200+ par for SPS corals at least in the top third of the tank. I also was curious if anyone had suggestions for a wavemaker for a 20 gallon cube that could provide enough flow for some harder corals and an anemone eventually. I've already committed to a very patient approach for my first attempt but ultimately I would like to be able to grow anything that will fit in my tank. I'd like to spend as little as possible obviously but I'm open to higher end products if you think they are worth the price. I appreciate anyone taking time out of their day to offer help!
  16. Percy Jackson

    Beginner Invertebrate only tank

    Hi everyone, I recently just started a 13.5g fluval evo tank and I want to make it an inverts only tank. I added live sand and live rocks and have been adding the Seachem Stability everyday for a week. I do not have any animal in the tank during that week and I did not add any source of ammonia. Then, I tested the water and all ammonia, nitrite and nitrate is 0 after a week ( I haven't done water test on day 0 that I should have). I put two blue leg hermit crab in the tank 2 days ago. They are happy and have lots of room. I am not sure if my tank has completed the cycle as I don't think there was enough ammonia to kick start the cycle. I am waiting the 2 hermit to produce more ammonia to begin the cycle while adding Seachem Stability everyday. So here're my questions: I am wondering how am I gonna know when the cycle is completed and when can I add another invert in the tank? I think I am expecting to see algae growth but how long it's gonna take? Is there any way to increase the algae growth like adding seachem flourish? I know most people try to get rid of algae but I am planning to only keep inverts and most of them eats algae. I want to add a conch, abalone or even a cleaner shrimp later when my tank is ready, since they are all algae eater, I will probably need to feed them Nori. So, do I still have to wait til the algae grow on the rocks or I can just feed them with nori? Is there anything I should know for keeping an invert only tank? Do I need to add calcium? What other interesting weird inverts you recommend I get? Sorry that I have lots of questions:)
  17. Json

    16 Gallon Nano Reef

    Hi Everyone, Good day, I'm fairly new to the site and I am trying to learn as much as I can and am enjoying a lot. I am planning on setting up a 15.9 gallon nano tank with the following specs: L = 19.75 inches W = 15.5 inches H = 12 inches I already have the tank and the following equipment Dymax Vortex Cooling Fan W-8 (Given that I am at a tropical place) Refractometer I am planning on getting the following equipment Tidal 55 for my filter Chihiros A601 for my lighting with the ff specs 39 watts Around 8000k Color Temp and 5800lm Any available 240gph circulation pump (Sadly Hydor Koralia isn't available in my country) 10 - 15 pounds dry rock Live sand For the bio media, I am planning on using either of the following (Can you suggest which of which should i get?) Phosban Polifilter Purigen Active Carbon I am wondering whether I can keep the seachem matrix bio-media and bottom foam filter (spoonge) that comes with the seachem tidal. I am also getting my salt water test kit and salt as well. Since we don't have Bio-Spira in our country, can I use API Quick Start? Do they do the same thing? I won't be adding faunas and corals until a month or so but do you have any suggestions on what I can keep on my nano tank? Thank you very much everyone! And I apologize for the inconvenience my post will cause you.
  18. My tank has been cycling for about a week now, but I don't think I have enough dry rock. It is a 10-gallon cube tank with about 5lbs of rock. Is it safe to add more during the cycle or will that affect my tank in a negative way and prolong the cycle?
  19. So i got 2 clownfish from my local fish store and added them to my tank on 2/7 (it’s 2/11/20 today). They havent eaten yet as far as i can tell. I’ve seen one of them take a flake in there mouth and spit it out, put it back in their and mouth and spit it out repeated a few times. One time the other clown did it with a pellet. (i’m still trying to figure out what food they’ll eat. So far tried flakes, pellets, and san francisco marine cuisine frozen food. No success with any of them.) the water param seems fine i think. salinity 1.023 temp 77.7-78.1 ammonia: <0.25 nitrite: 0 nitrate: 1ppm maybe? pH: 8.2 i havent done a water change yet. on the first day they were put in the tank one of the clownfish pooped fine but the other had white stringy poop attached to it. and then on the first/second day i noticed his face area isn’t quite clean looking? (Please see photo) the other one has it too but just not as much. Is it flukes? should i do a freshwater dip? Do i need medication? If so, what medication is safe? I don’t have any other fish or coral. Just 2 clowns with rock. also one of the clown’s pelvic fin is “clamped”? Like it’s attached to its stomach and won’t open up like the other clown. also also how do i coax them into eating?
  20. Spark326

    Light for 10g tank

    Are these specs ok for a 10g tank with a small polythoa coral frag?I would also really love to get a bubble tip anemone for my clownfish..Are there other cheaper alternatives to T5 and the other well known lights? Anything under $40?
  21. ZaneyNano

    ZaneyNano - getting started

    Aquarium CADE Pro Reef Mini PR400 - 55l tank capacity - 15l back sump area - (approx 14 gallons inhabitable space) Lighting Kessil Tuna Blue A160WE with Kessil Spectral Controller Filtration (back of tank) Small Carbon filter Pad, Serra Ceramic rings, Marine Pure ceramic blocks, Blue Life ClearFX Pro bag (small) Skimmer Stock Skimmer Heater None currently in use Cooler Aquael nano cool ATO Manual - Ripple Aqua Nano to be installed. Additional water movement Old Tunze mini powerhead 600l/h. Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 to be installed Current Additives - all occasionally Polyplab One Polylab Reef Roids Aqua Forest -NitraPhos Minus Seachem - Prime ARKA - Microbe Lift, Trace Elements Generic Iodine Fish - none currently Inverts Sand shifting star Some snails Coral Star Polyp Torch Coral Green Zoas War Favia ? Cleaning Flipper nano - daily Water changes 2-5 litres every couple of days Weekly Skimmer clean and filter pad cleaning Weekly sand siphoning and turkey blast rocks Hi all - I have recently joined Nano-Reef after finding the site and have already been inspired by so many amazing and different aquariums on here and charting their development I have decided to keep my own journal as I progress - hopefully positively - with this new little aquarium of mine. In particular I would be looking for friendly advice, tips and information on anything and everything! There is so much to know in this hobby every bit helps. I'll try and keep this as updated as possible. Some background; I grew up in coastal NSW loving the marine life that was so accessible either through snorkeling, fishing or generally always being at the beach. I wanted to have a little bit of that world in me bedroom so I ended up keeping what would now be called a pico tank in the mid 90s as a 15 year old - and somewhat unsuccessfully at first! It was definitely a steep learning curve and there was not much support back then - no real internet and LFS owners were all grumpy old men who seemed to dislike anyone being in their shops! I was finally happy with it when I simplified it as much as possible - it was essentially two nice, small, coraline encrusted pieces of live rock with a bi-colour blenny darting about. it was a bare bottom tank and i loved how simple it was and I would watch that fish for a good ling time. At the same time, I also got hold of an old battered fish tank that I threw in an under gravel filter and some hitching posts and successful kept some Kuda seahorses for a few years which lived on nothing but frozen brine shrimp. Seahorses are one of my most favourite marine creatures along with sharks and octopus. These aquariums entangled me enough in the hobby that I went on to purchase a custom made 4 foot aquarium with back sump filled with bio balls and that was about it. The lights were simple combination of tube lighting - pre-T5 days! I had big plans for it but was aware of its limitations and was daunted my first coral failings in the pico tank that i was so cautious that I didnt really progress much with this bigger tank other than keeping a variety of fish and some nice live rock. I bought a baby hippo tang that grew quite large and that was essentially the highlight. I packed up the tanks in the late 90s to go back packing in Europe where I stayed for the next 15 years or so. Getting re-started Moving back to Australia and having a slightly larger place to live (though still small!) i re-ignited my interest in aquarium keeping. I began scoping out options and visiting LFS trying to decide what would work best for me and the constraints I have with time, money and space. I have always been attracted to Nano tanks because I find they can fit so aesthetically in a small home and they remind me somewhat of rock-pooling as a kid. Tiny little worlds filled with so much life and colour and interest! So, I decided a nano tank it would be! My initial idea was to have a plain 40cmX40cmX40cm all starphire glass aquarium with nothing other than a tunze commline skimmer and some simple live rock to act as the filter. I saw a set up like this at the LFS and thought it was perfect - a simple scape, one or two fish and some coral! However, I had heard that CADE aquariums were a great AIO and when an opportunity to pick a brand new one up for absolute bargain at the end of 2019 I jumped at it and so it began ! Once getting the tank set up and in position I wanted to cycle the tank as quickly as possible. Nano Reef beginnings My idea was still to have a simple off-centre scape with a lot of anti-space preferably with some nice volcanic rock as a base but when I got to the LFS I saw an amazing big piece of live rock that whilst I was concerned would be too big - might be a great single rock to wedge corals in and around - almost looking like some sort of mini coral atoll dominating the tank. So I bought that and some Dr Tim's as well as black 'live sand' ( i really wanted to go bare bottom but the bottom of the tank under the glass looked too ugly) and set off to get things underway. Fortunately I live near the coast in Sydney so have access to (usually) really good quality natural seawater and was able to set up my tank with this rather than salt mix. I like to collect seawater near the kelp beds as I think their is likely some really good nutrients in and around that area and also that they are high flow areas that look super clean. The tank cycled super quick with the Dr Tim's, live rock and sand. I discarded the heater almost immediately due to the Sydney summer and bought a little fan cooler which seems do at least take the edge off. With the tank ready to accept livestock I bought a tiny plain aquacultured ocellaris clown in orange and enjoyed seeing them swimming around while I worked on improving a few features. Primarily, I swapped out the stock LED strip light which seemed to heat the tank up too much for a Kessil 160 Tuna Blue. I was tossing up for a long time between an AI Prime and a Kessil but again a great deal came up on the Kessil so I went with that. Adding the spectral controller has been great as the tank can ramp up and down incrementally throughout the day while I am at work. I then added a black clown which was slightly larger but seemed to get on well with the orange one. All was going well until enter - some classic NOOB mistakes! My partner always wanted a puffer fish which I knew get too big and required a massive tank dedicated to their needs and high polluting lives. However, when they saw a little spotted box fish at the LFS they demanded they have it! I knew it was a mistake but considering I was allowed the fishtank in the first place I went with it hoping for the best. Unfortunately the box fish pretty soon developed ICH and passed it on to the clowns. They continued to eat well but soon went downhill fast and all ended up dead within a month. As gutted as I was, it was a good reminder to stick to the game plan and not be swayed - currently going fallow has also allowed me to take it slow again and let the tank mature slowly before re introducing fish. The other mistake made was purchasing a NPS Gorgonian which also went down hill fast despite the LFS insistence it was not fully NPS and was happily feeding and subsisting on good light. I love sea fans so much I didnt stop and think enough. Again another great learning to stick to the live stock I have researched that will have a better chance of success in a small nano. Current state Currently I have some star polyps that a re doing really well, a small torch and a small frag of zoas oh and i think a war favia? All seems to be doing well and I am looking for them to hopefully taking hold before adding anything further. I have been adding a little bit of reef roids and some Polylab One but I dont like how it clouds the tank for soooo long. I have a ripple aqua ATO to come to help keep levels steady as well as a sicce nano to improve flow. I am really invested into this and want to make the tank a success for many years. As such I am welcome to as much advice, tips, comments, criticisms as much as possible to achieve this whilst i also read as many other journals as possible If anyone has ideas around better placement of current corals and ideas for future corals and their placement it would be greatly appreciates Will update more as things progress. Here is an early tank pic (excuse quality its a video still from iphone)
  22. NanoOceanio

    Nano Reef Tank

    Hello all reef keepers, I have just made the transfer from freshwater to saltwater by purchasing the Fluval EVO 12 gal. aquarium tank and I can not tell you all how excited how I am to add some livestock. I am looking for a pair of clowns, a watchmen goby and pistol shrimp, also would really love a royal gramma but do not know if the tank is big enough for one. And of course a cleaner crew, but unsure if I should wait until after I get fish. I am honestly more intrigued about the coral life and would love to hear your opinions on how I should establish/stock my aquarium. The whole setup is stock, and I will not be using that clear tube as my output flow do not worry I have ordered the dual output flow nozzle because for some odd reason that piece was missing from the kit. Anyway, I needed an opinion on my aquascape. Is there too much live rock? Also, if any of can share any beginner coral recommendations and placement ideas for the aquascape it will be greatly appreciated. I have a few ideas in mind, but I am open to others and would much appreciate any tips, feedback, or advice that any of you can share. Thanks!
  23. Asian Hurricane

    Too much love rock in my aquascape?

    Hi all, I am starting a brand new nano Reef in a fluval Evo 13.5. I have never done a salt water tank so this is a new experience and I could definitely use any and all help. I would like to ask all of your opinions on the aquascape I made. It is about 11-12 lbs of live rock. I am wondering if it is too much as a family member said it was a little busy. I was wondering if I should remove the brown portion on the tail end on the right and just leave the arch? Thanks for any and all advice!
  24. Azure Phoenix Reefing

    Cyphastrea or Leptastrea? Or...?

    I recently bought a frag, advertised as a Cyphastrea, however, I am starting to think it's a Leptastrea...I was looking for good and somewhat beginner friendly encrusting corals, which lead me to Cyphastrea, among others. But the more I look into both coral species, the more I'm thinking I bought a Leptastrea. Would love to hear your thoughts 😀 and thanks a bunch already for having a look! (Apologies for the blues and quality, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Santa to help me out with a camera filter 😇)
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