Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'beginner'.

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • Aquarium Journals
    • Pico Reef Journals
    • Nano Reef Journals
    • Large Reef Journals
  • Nano-Reef Community
    • General Discussion
    • Beginners Discussion
    • Meet & Greet New Members
  • System Setup
    • Biological Filtration
    • Equipment Forum
    • Lighting Forum
    • Aquascaping Forum
    • Water Chemistry
    • DIY Projects
    • Product Reviews
  • Livestock
    • Identification Forum
    • Pest and Disease Treatments
    • Coral Forum
    • Fish Forum
    • Invertebrate Forum
    • Aquaculture and Breeding
  • Special Interests
    • All-In-One Tanks
    • Biotopes
    • Photo & Video Discussion
  • Marketplace
    • Hardware Classifieds
    • Livestock Classifieds
    • Vendor & Trader Feedback
  • Community Sponsors
    • Reef Cleaners
    • Premium Aquatics
    • inTank
    • Cultivated Reef
    • SaltCritters
    • CoralVue
    • Pod Your Reef
    • Top Shelf Aquatics
    • Aquarium Care Center
    • Pieces Of The Ocean
    • Micro-Reefs Aquariums
    • Innovative Marine
  • Miscellaneous
    • Archives

Categories

  • Advanced Topics
  • Beginners Articles
  • Livestock Articles
  • Equipment Articles
  • Biotopes
  • Aquarium Photography
  • DIY Projects

Categories

  • 2021 Featured Reef Aquariums
  • 2020 Featured Reef Aquariums
  • 2019 Featured Reef Aquariums
  • 2018 Featured Reef Aquariums
  • 2017 Featured Reef Aquariums
  • 2016 Featured Reef Aquariums
  • 2015 Featured Reef Aquariums
  • 2014 Featured Nano Reef Aquariums
  • 2013 Featured Nano Reef Aquariums
  • 2012 Featured Nano Reef Aquariums
  • 2011 Featured Nano Reef Aquariums
  • 2010 Featured Nano Reef Aquariums
  • 2009 Featured Nano Reef Aquariums
  • 2008 Featured Nano Reef Aquariums
  • Previously Featured Reef Aquariums

Product Groups

There are no results to display.


Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

  1. First saltwater tank. Finally got a scape I am comfortable with. Next step sand and filling the tank with water!
  2. Chris27

    Try #2 at a marine tank

    I am currently on the verge of purchasing my first ever saltwater fish, the tank is a Fluval Evo 13.5 and was set up August 8th 2021. The only current inhabitants of the tank are two astrea snails, I originally had three but one died a week ago, I assume it is just the poor survivability of astrea snails and not a problem with my water because I just tested. The other two snails are fine and the third one was inactive on day 1. Nitrate-50+ ppm Nitrite-0 ppm Ammonia-0 ppm pH-8.0-8.1 Salinity 1.025 Temp-76 fahrenheit/24.5 celcius I'm currently in the process of heating up 5 gallons of saltwater to perform a water change. I understand my nitrates are a bit high a 40% water change should correct that. If I do end up getting a fish I will update the post (probably an ocellaris clownfish)
  3. Hi everyone, i'm new to this forum so I don't so I don't know if i'm posting this in the right place. But I was curious how much ammonia a juvenile clownfish is capable of producing. specifically in a 28 gallon tank. Its been cycling for 25 days and went 2 ppm of ammonia twice + whatever small amount of ammonia the shrimp produced while it was in their. I've had a light diatom bloom but left the lights off since. The plan this weekend to get 2 hermit crabs or 2 trochus snails along with a bottle of bacteria to ensure they live. And add a clown if all goes well. My tank is only going through about 0.25 ppm daily. Is that enough for a clownfish?
  4. AverageSoftCoralEnthusiest

    20 gallon stocking

    I am going to set up my first reef tank, I know that a larger tank is more stable I just don’t have the space or money for it, anyways I wanted to have a stocking plan so I can add the fish at the right time and needed to know if this was good or to many fish for a 20 g and when to add them. Stocking preferences: 1 - 6 line wrasse 2 - clown gobies 1 - watchman goby 1 -pistol shrimp maybe some snails and basic cleanup crew ( can you guys give recommendations)
  5. Finley.fish

    Angelfish Tank Size

    Hi! I’m new to the fish game and have been very interested in angels! I’ve seen a lot of talk about dwarf angels but what about regular angels? (Sorry if that’s not the right wording) There are some marble angels I’ve been looking at getting in the further and wanted to know what tank size y’all recommend?
  6. Hello all, So I have been running my Fluval Evo 13.5 a little over a month now and I am thinking about upgrading the filtration. Currently I am using the filtration that was provided with the tank: -Sponge Media -Bio Media -Chem-pure elite (subbed it in for the activated carbon, though I did put the activated carbon in chamber 1) I am also running the Fluval protein skimmer. I've already upgraded the pump to the Eheim Compact 1000 and put two 1/4 RFGs to replace the two flat nozzles that come with the tank. Essentially what I am asking is, any suggestions on upgrading the filtration? I did purchase a replacement media basket for chamber 2 that will open up my options for different media. I know filter floss is good to go with...any other suggestions on what's been working and what hasn't? TIA
  7. Hello, my friends.Hope you are all okay My reef tank (125L / 33 gallon Cube of 50x50x50cm/19.6x19.6x19.6") is running, almost one month of cycling. I will have only beginner corals, most softs, and a BBT Rainbow Anemone (maaaaybe a torch in the future). What do you think about the Maxspect Jump MJ-L165 Blue? Seems good to me, to my purpose... I'm currently with a AI Prime borrowed from a friend while cycling, but the WiFi Control is not 100% functional. Here's a link of my reef tank: https://www.instagram.com/p/CXmC23vL_lj/ Thank you very much. Best wishes to all of you!
  8. TR1CKYR33F3R

    New Fluval Evo 5 tank

    This is my new Fluval Evo 5 tank. I'm a first time saltwater tanker as I've only had freshwater in the past. I want to get advice from experienced reefers and others who have used this tank before. I have 3 inhabitants in my tank. My first question is water flow. Is my circulation pump in a good spot? Also please feel free to give feedback/advice on my setup as I like to learn and gain more experience. Thanks in advance community!
  9. Hello nano-reef friends! I wanted to write up an intro post and get into the community. I've been lurkin' for a few weeks now and thought it was time to start partaking in the discussion. 🙂 For a quick intro, I've been keeping freshwater tanks on and off for about 10 years now. I was always intimidated by the saltwater side of the hobby because of the startup/ongoing costs and perceived "complicated-ness" of it. I always thought that for a successful reef tank you need a really big aquarium (like, 100+ gallons) with a sump and multiple other products that I'd never even heard of when setting up my freshwater tanks. But then I found this forum and was totally inspired and given hope by the countless beautiful and flourishing AIO tanks that you guys have shared! I loved the idea of having one tank with a section in the back (or side, for peninsula styles!) as a place to keep everything you need. Turns out you don't actually NEED a protein skimmer, reactors, and a separate sump! Anyway, now that I'm a few weeks into my research phase, I've learned a TON and have come to a few decisions about what I'd like for my first little reef: 1. I know I want to have a system with softies and LPS corals. Some that I've really been drawn to are zoas, acans, and gorgonians. I only want non-aggressive species because I hate the idea of my corals hurting each other! 2. I want an AIO system that isn't too big, to make maintenance/water changes as simple as possible (for some reason the idea of making my own saltwater is super intimidating!). The two I have my eye on and am still having trouble deciding between are the Fluval Evo 13.5 gallon and the Biocube 16 gallon. I want something that comes with a lid/lighting built in to reduce evaporation and keep costs down on needing to buy separate LEDs. 3. I really like macroalgae - probably from the fact that all my freshwater tanks are planted and the aquascaping is my favourite part of them. Not sure if I'll include any in my first reef tank, but I'll probably want some down the line for their beautiful colours and added benefits for water quality. 4. I want to keep the filtration as natural as possible (spent a lot of time on Algae Barn's website/blog). I'd prefer to rely more on a refugium instead of a host of chemical media. 5. I freaking love tailspot blennies. Anyway - that's probably enough rambling for now (thank you for reading this far!). Would appreciate thoughts/advice on deciding between the Evo and the Biocube, or any other general advice for a newbie reefer. 🙂
  10. So I have an empty 5 gallon tank from my betta and pleco died. And I’d like to try a saltwater tank, but I’m not sure what fish to use, how much live rock/sand to use, what equipment to use and how to test salinity and such. Any recommendations? Or is that to small of a tank?
  11. Erik the Red

    Change rocks in running tank

    Hey, I’m running a 30G AIO tank with a mix reef and a couple of ocellaris clownfish. I had to buy the rocks which are currently in the tank online, because there's not a big shop-choice around the place where I live. However, the rocks do not satisfy me as they’re really difficult to arrange in a decent aquascape. Water circulation is very bad. For this reason I have bought a box of CaribSea Belize Branch rocks. I’d like to provide a more homogeneous flow around the corals and to avoid “tunnelling” the flow in specific areas. …a part from the fact that the branch rocks are huge, I have the issue of removing the older rocks from the tank and insert the new ones without causing the tank to collapse. Do you have any idea of how I could do? The Belize Branch rocks are obviously dry rocks, but they are supposed to have a dry bacteria patina over them. Is anyone aware if this helps? What I was thinking to do is to let them soak for a couple of weeks in a box containing the water I remove from the tank when doing the water changes. Then switch the older rocks from the aquarium with the branches at once. I have, in any case, a compartment of my AIO’s tank full of smaller live rocks which, I hope, will help the transition. I would be grateful for any help! Thank you 🙂
  12. Hi all, ive been looking into keeping coral and a fish in a 5 gallon tank. Is it safe to keep a fish in a tank that size? I tried to look it up but I keep getting conflicting information but I heard it’s good to have a fish with coral so that they can each benefit each other. Would it be better to keep inverts? Any info/advice would be appreciated 😁 Thanks!
  13. ** UPDATE: they died 😢 ** Yesterday I bought a couple hermits, 2 turbo snails and a cleaner shrimp. I acclimated the turbos and hermits together for about half an hour and put them in the tank, then acclimated the shrimp for almost an hour. The hermits and shrimp seem to be doing well. They're exploring their new home and eating lots of noms. My turbos on the other hand are not. They moved a bit when I put them in the tank (I put them in gently btw) and then they both just flopped upside down and looked like buttholes. I continuously checked on them throughout the night to see if they would move or if any of my other CUC ended up dying, but everything was the same. I took them out of tank bc if they were dead I didn't want them to crash the tank but put them in a small bowl with new salt water in case they were alive. As soon as I put them in the bowl they started moving -.- They only peeped their eyes out of their shells and adjusted themselves slightly. So it wasn't much movement. But it was movement. I put them back in the tank and they moved a little again. I noted their positions and went to bed. The next morning I saw them in the same position I left them in so I grabbed a chopstick so I can kinda move them in the tank to see if they would react, which they did. They're not dead but are pretty lathargic. Is this normal?? I don't want them dying bc I love them. Please! any advice is greatly appreciated!!!!! ❤️❤️
  14. Hello Everybody, This is my first reef tank and my first post. I am planning to start a nano reef. I would like to receive some comments or feedback on my planned setup. Anything mentioned in bold also has a link related to it except this one. Right Click on the link to open it. 1. Tank & Tank Lid: Aqueon 15 gallon tank -Is this a good tank? Why not go with this compared to AIO kits like Fluval Evo or JBJ 15 Nano RL? I wont be using a filter so I dont think that I need the extra compartment. L * W * H : 24.5 * 12.5 * 12.75 Aqueon Lid 2.Powerhead : Hydor Koralia Nano Powerhead : The maximum volume wont be more than 15 gallons. I am going with 240 GPH version which will be 16 times the total volume of tank. Till what point will this suffice or will it be too much? One of the posts by Christopher Marks mentions that it shoud be 7x-10x times the total volume i.e. 15*10 = 150 gph. 3.Thermometer 4.Refractometer 5.Reef Lighting Current USA Orbit Marine : PAR depth : 6" - 9" -> 120 - 70, 70 - 50 -> 9" - 12", Colors : Blue(445 nm, 460 nm), Red(640 nm),Green(520 nm),White(6500K/8000K), 18W, 90$ Fluval Nano Marine Bluetooth LED : PAR depth : 3" -> 600, 6" -> 212, 12" -> 75, Colors : 460nm, 620nm, 3000K, 6500K, 15000K, 20W, 100$, I like the Fluval Nano marine.? 6.Live Sand My choice : Caribsea Arag-Alive Special Grade Sand Coarser sand. As the flow rate(240 gph) is high(according to me), I was thinking about using coarser sand so that the sand does not get blown around the tank. Using coarser sand leads to debris so want to keep the sand bed depth to 1 in - 1.25 inch in. Popular Choice : Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand Finer sand. I feel that the powerhead will blow the sand all around the tank. Using this sand has advantages like less debris getting stuck. Any suggestions? Any wrong assumptions I have made? 7.RO/DI Water Multiple options are present. -Home Depot : 6$ for 5 gallons. -Walmart : 5 gallon jugs -lfs 8.Instant Ocean Sea Salt Mix : 9.Live Rock Caribsea Life Rock : 20 lb (~ 1.15 lb per gallon). Is this enough or will more be required or is that a dynamic decision to take? 10.Filtration Mechanical : None. Chemical : None. Biological : Live Rock + Live Sand. 11.Ebo Jager 75W Heater Will also have a backup heater. 12.Red Sea Marina Test Care Kit -Test Quantity : pH(100), kh(55), Ammonia(100), Nitrate(60), Nitrite(100) -Cost : 40$ 13.Clean Up Crew -No crabs. -Snails/Shrimps/Conch 3 Cerith Snails : diatoms on sand & rocks, film algae, detritus off sand and rocks, cyanobacteria 3 Trochus Snails : diatoms on sand & rocks, film algae, few cyanobacteria, hair algae, cleans glass & rocks 2 Nassarius Snails : detritus on and in sand, sand stirrer, leftover food, 3 Bumblebee Snails : Eat algaes, Detritus off rocks and sand, Reach cranks and crevices Maybes : Blood fire shrimp and a fighting conch. 14. Fish Ocellaris Clownfish Percula Clownfish Royal Gramma Basslet I would like to know in what order should I add the crew and fish. How many crew should be added at first. What will be the right time to add a fish? Is the clean up crew too much? Please let me know if this is a good setup? Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks, okale
  15. Catherine

    Clownfish/hi fin in a 10g?

    Hello all, im considering getting a 10 gallons tank and putting a clownfish in it. Would 10 gallons be too small? I tried researching/browsing forums but it’s sort of a mixed bag of responses. If I do get a 10 gallon would it be possible to put a hi fin goby with it as well or would it be better to do one or the other? Is there a smaller variety of clownfish that would do better in a 10g? Thanks!
  16. Hello, What are the best clip on lights that will make my coral the most colorful? All the lights I see online seem like they just make everything look blue which isn’t the look that I’m going for. The lighting I see from like professional YouTube channels makes everything look so pretty though is probably too big an expensive for what I’m looking for. Any recommendations for a clip on light $200 or under that can bring out corals? Thanks!
  17. Catherine

    Hi fin goby in a 5g

    Hello, I’m looking into keeping a 5 gallon reef tank and I’ve heard people recommend single gobies in a 5 gallon. Are there any types of hi fin gobies that can be kept in such a small tank? Or would I be better off with inverts and a goby? I’m new to saltwater and have only previously kept freshwater aquariums so any fish/invert recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!
  18. As I’m researching reef tanks, I keep seeing sumps and I’m not completely sure what they are. Is It just another type of filter? Do I need more advanced filtration for a 5 gallon reef tank than a HOB? I was planning on using a seachem tidal 35 since it says it has a built in surface skimmer but now I’m not sure if that’s gonna be enough filtration since I’ve seen people use sumps for pico tanks. My other concern is that the media basket is gonna be too small since I have it on my 20 gallons freshwater aquarium and it’s pretty tight but I don’t know if the next size up would fit on my 5 gallon tank. Plus I don’t want it to be an eye sore when I actually fill up the tank since it’s cube shaped with no designated spot to hide equipment. Also, for filtering I was going to use the bio bag and sponge that it comes with along with some carbon and filter floss. Is there any other and/or better filter media I should use instead? 🤔 thanks!
  19. i got a pair 4 days ago and they are always on the top left from my aquarium, never seen them go anywhere else and they seem to struggle with the flow. They have been eating since 3 days but only small amounts. Are they just getting used to the tank or is there something else wrong i have a blue marine reef 60 with an additional pump. Brand is tunze but I forgot the what the exact one was?
  20. HOW I STARTED MY FIRST SALTWATER TANK Hello! And welcome to my first ever saltwater tank! I chose a 29G tank because it fit perfectly in my home office. I'll list more information about my tank specs at the bottom on this thread, so feel free to skip ahead if you don't need to learn from my very n00b mistakes 😄 TANK AGE: I started my tank Mar 10 2021, and added fish pretty quickly since I used both live rock and water from a local aquarium shop that did my tank installation & setup. Everything on the tests were fine, and correct bacteria dosage was added as a precautionary supplement. Tank status the morning before the first TEV: 2 juvenile Black Snowflake Clowns (was trying to pair, different sizes), 1 Sailfin Tang, 1 Green Polyp XS TANK TEVS (tank events) 1. The Seaweed Mishap I knew Tangs liked seaweed. I gave my tang Cheese a little too much seaweed. He tore it apart and it got everywhere. I didn't know what to do. I grew up in Monterey, CA. Seaweed is everywhere. Everything seemed fine. But no, this was dried seaweed. And you're not supposed to leave it in for more than 2-3 hours (I think don't trust me on this pls). This messed with my nitrate levels pretty bad. I really wanted to add another coral to my tank. I was TOO EAGER. 2. The Maintenance Day of Doom Oh boy was I so unaware of what was yet to come. I brought water to be tested at my other local fish store so that I knew it was safe to buy a coral. They told me I needed water changes. CHANGES yes, I too almost underestimated how many changes I was going to need. But more on that later, lets first start with my first ever water change. I drained 20% of the water, then added in ROI (is that the acronym? I'm hard of hearing and its so hard to hear the employees at the shop when they speak through their mask) water and to dilute the salinity and some of the nitrates. I let it run for ~ 1 hour to let all that "good-good" mix around with the water. Then I drained the tank again 50% and added more water. But I was foolish and did it by myself. And didn't use my hand. The water splashed....everywhere...it was so cloudy.. 3. Death Roe The unenthusiastic clownfish that was forced to become the male died first. He was weak because they were fighting for their first day (a couple weeks prior). A day later the female clown died. My Tang then came down with really bad ich. He died the next day as well. My Green Polyp was the only guy to survive. 3 water changes and 1 week later, I added 2 blue chromis to get some poop in there... but they died. It is because I bought them at petsmart. It was a bad batch. Don't recommend. Since then, I upgraded the filter, heater, thermometer, protein skimmer, and light. So it is basically like a brand new tank. Most of the gear is controlled by wifi automatically I love it so much. It is so worth the money if you want a low stress tank. I also got some really healthy live rock teaming with all kinds of healthy organisms from another local aquarium shop. My new fully paired clownfish are also doing very well. I have another cool coral frag that I will share about later. There is a BUNCH of tank drama around this coral at night. It is so fun to watch! Don't worry all this "drama" is literally just an ecosystem with a food chain. In the ocean, each species has its own way of protecting itself, and thats no different in this tank! The fish stay out of it, and the coral benefit from the organisms fighting over the seaweed. TODO: I will get to this things soon! It is night and I do not want to disturb my tank's auto light schedule. - Add images of tank and equipment setup - Add images of wildlife in tank - Add specs of gear - Add image of completed home office Please tag along for my journey or learn from it so no more fish are lost.
  21. Help! I set up my 16-gallon Biocube yesterday and something is wrong with the pump that came with it. I currently have live rock, sand, a fluval fan, and saltwater in the tank. In the back I have media, a heater, and the pump the tank came with. I was expecting a hum noise from the pump but it is very loud. To the point we have to raise our voices to talk if we’re in the same room as the tank. It sounds like a very loud buzzing noise coming from the pump. I’ve tried moving it in the chamber and playing with the suction cups on the bottom of it and the noise still persists. Any advice on what to do or other pumps to try?
  22. 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)
  23. This is my first reef tank. I want to document how I started my reef tank. And the fun journey now begins. Spent only $150 on tank with stand. $200 for everything else with test kits. January 17th/ 2021 Started the tank off with Auqaforest BIO S. Fluval 13.5 reef tank Fluval reef tank stand 12 pounds of rock. Fluval sea mini protein skimmer Fluval salt salinity measure Fluval heater 40w Marina powered temp checker Aquaforest reefsalt 2kg bag Gravle vacuum Marina glass cleaner **Fluval led stock** retired March 2021 SPECIAL Thank you to WAI'S AQUARIUM LTD CALGARY, AB I wanted to try some really fine sand but that was a mistake and now have to switch it out with water changes as I clean tank. anyone have any experience with adding in sand should I do a cup a week to not make my level spike with the new sand that I will be adding in? January 20th 2020 added sand and rock to the tank. February 3rd 2020 added 4 snails, 3 crabs, two blue chromes, 2 long nose snails (forget what they are called lol).
  24. JordanD321

    Cycling question

    Hi all, first time posting so hopefully i've chosen the right discussion! Im currently cycling my 10g water box cube with Dr Tims ammonia/ one and only, 10 days in. I've followed the directions correctly and avoided dosing any more ammonia if the reading is above 2ppm in this case the only time i've dosed was day 1. Im currently using RedSea test kits and my results are as pictured. my question is my nitrite and nitrate have been climbing quite significantly over the last week as you can see, but my ammonia has dropped but then almost seem's stuck at 1.2ppm my understanding is that as nitrite climbs, ammonia drops and so on for nitrate. I know that it's early on i just imagined i would see a decrease in ammonia as there is an increase elsewhere... if anyone has any advice, should i do a water change or just leave it a little longer? and if you need any more info please feel free to ask 🙂 temp - 25.5/26 apex el salinity ( 1.025) i have heard the bacteria likes low salinity so i could drop that if people think its worth it. also Im using lfs ro/di water but have my own unit arriving tomorrow. i did not test the water before starting the cycle. thanks for the help in advance 🙂 Happy reefing, Jordan
  25. Hello, My first coral, which is also a test coral, is losing color "and polypes" at it base. I need help to identifying the cause(s)😢. The coral is a seriatopora hystrix introduced this Wednesday (24/02/2021) after acclimation and a quick dip in CoralRx. The tank is 2 months old and was started with 7kg (15lbs) of indo live rocks. Its parameters are (tested with Salifert test kits): temp 26°C (78.8°F) salinity oscillating between 25-26 measured yesterday phosphate 0,03 nitrite 0,002 nitrate 0,005 total ammonia 0,25 true ammonia 0,0176 ph 8,25 measured 3 days ago KH/ALK 10,2 Ca 445 Mg 1470 Salt brand: instant ocean Light: GNC bluray M Flow: nero 3 Here photos at day 1, 3 and 4 after introduction (the zoanthids can be ignored) + a photo from above at day 4 after introduction (the gray part between the branches was already here when the coral arrived). And here a photo of the entirety of the aquarium. For me this discoloration could come from 4 causes The tank is too new for sps (🤷‍♂️ better luck next month with a new canary sps) The light is too low The flow is too low There is nothing going wrong and I am just panicking😱🤯 because the coral is just a little paler due to acclimating to the tank parameters. Personally, I was thinking that the light is too low. Indeed, the light was at 50% blue and 50% white at introduction while the constructor speaks of 300 PAR at center when at 100%. Thus, I increased my percentage by 5% two times (yesterday and today and is thus at 60% blue and 60% white) and was going to continue this increase at a slower pace (+2% a day until reaching 80%). I not so sure of my conclusion. I need some experts help 😉. What is happening and what should I do?
×
×
  • Create New...