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I am making a journal for my 20 gallon aquarium, my diy inventions, and my success and occasional failure in the hobby. to start the thread, i will get everyone up to speed on exactly what happened with my reef tank. I dont test anything. I let my lfs buy the test kits and if i have a problem then i go have them test for me. only thing i check is salinity and temp. i assume my peramaters are good because im not getting much intense algae growth and i have a very healthy colorful neon green/blue long tentacle anenome. Start date: June 12th 2021 On this day, i got my distilled water. i filled my tank with 20 pounds of fiji pink and i added my rockwork. i used biospira to skip-cycle along with my live rock/sand. 1st fish, coral, and clean up crew: June 13th 2021 After my water cleared, i went to my lfs. at my lfs, i got a blue leg, a black leg, and a red leg (Burnt by heater) hermit. i also got a green star polyp rock and a bicolor blenny that was missing its yellow in its tail, its very happy and gluttonous to this day and i assume its just due to genetics. not much happened during this time, all the inverts were healthy. i got a explosion of sea lettuce which turned to dinos. i cured the dinos pretty quickly by raising my temp and not dosing and water changing. 2nd and 3rd fish: July 8th and 12th 2021 I got a arc- eye hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus) from petco and i got a scorp (Neovespicula Depressifrons, acclimated to marine salinity) from aquatic arts' warehouse store because they were incompetent at sending me my order a few months prior. 4th fish July 17th 2021 At this time, my tank started to take off. I got a pair of sand sifting starfish for my mom. I also got a aptasia eating filefish, (Acericthys Tomentosus) he is greedy and dosent touch any of my inverts besides the occasional nassarius. thats to none of my concern because every fish does that. I got a cuc from reefcleaners sometime in august, i totally forgot when i got it though. 5th fish July 24th 2021 I got a peaceful clarkii clown, nuff said. Gave scorp to friend september 3rd 2021 I gave my friend my scorp as breeding stock. he wants to try to breed them in his brackish tank. 5th fish: September 5th 2021 I went to my lfs and got a Long tentacle anenome (macrodactyla dorieensis) along with a sinulara leather, a zoanthid colony, and an acropora eating "harlequin" filefish. he was trained to eat brine but unfortunately, he died of cyanide posioning or internal bleeding. if i wouldve gotten the avant-garde aquarist any earlier, i wouldve realized it and asked them to order me a captive bred one in the future. the anenome is great. zoa is opening also. 5th fish: september 6th 2021 On my birthday, i went to petco. i got a lid, an acclimation box (my mom didnt want a repeat of what happened to my acropora filefish) and i also got a BEAUTIFUL melanurus wrasse. they are only a juvenile but i believe they are a primary male. he is even acting like a cleaner wrasse. yesterday+today: sep 7th-8th 2021 I got my light (relassy 300w) its funny because it folds but it gives my tank good lighting and my anenome has gotten brighter, probably due to the zooxthallae inside it. clarkii is starting to hoste the nem and overall good day. this morning, i noticed some damage to my clarkii's slime coat/some parasites mabye. i am not going to have a excorscisim of my fish because parasites are normal in the wild and every fish probably has 4 or 5 parasites. it is probably due to the fact that his slime coat is damaged from the anenome. i expect the problem to sort itself out though. no fish in the tank appears to be stressed or anything. after i get a whiteworm culture, some fish oil, and a auto brine shrimp hatchery target feeder that keeps the eggshells in the bottom, all my fish should be in breeding condition. i have noticed my clarkii cleaning off my anenome and feeding it so possibly its in breeding behavior. i doubt it will actually breed though because its a lone male.
Snow_Phoenix posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsHi everyone. I've decided to participate in the 365 day challenge in NR. 🙂 Background: This tank is actually 4 years and ~3 months-old, However, it was always used as a halfway tank of sorts - meaning, I rotate livestock in this tank pretty often before moving the animals to other tanks. It was always treated as a 'spare' tank, and sometimes a hospital tank. For the past 1 year++, it was run exclusively as a FOWLR. But I've decided to strip it down and convert it to a full reef tank. So this will be a reboot. Even though the rocks are very old, everything else (except a few existing fish and inverts) will be entirely new. 🙂 Theme/Concept: 'Tropical Jungle'. I live in the tropics and I'm drawing inspiration from local places I've visited throughout my life. The real jungle is dense but beautiful. For this tank, I'll be using different types of corals and macros to fit the 'jungle' theme. For example: Wild Jungle Growth = Various types of Macro (Caulerpa/Chaeto/Galaxaura/Halimeda etc.) *Flowers = Various mushroom corals Specifications: 10G cube tank with built-in mini sump at the back of the tank Rimless 8mm Crystal White Glass Equipment: 500 L/Hr Astro Return Pump Sobo Mini Wavemaker (4000 L/Hr) 1x PAR 38 LED (36W) 1x Thermometer 1x Aquarium Cooling Fan Rocks & Sand: ~3.5 kg of cured, mature LR (>4-years-old) ~3kg of coarse aragonite sand (brand new) Salt: Fritz RPM Media: Filter Floss Activated Carbon Coral Stones (in zipped up mesh bags) RowaPhos Fish: Bicolor Blenny (Dusky) Occy Clownfish (Pisces) Platinum Percula Clownfish (Panda) Black Clown Goby (Nox) Inverts: 2x Turban Snails 1x Pink Legged Hermit Crab (Derp) Corals: *All removed because the tank temp. will not stay below 30'C Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Chaeto *TBA: Livestock: Mushroom corals 2x Turban Snails Assorted Macroalgae 1x Cleaner/Fire Shrimp The tank is currently located downstairs, in my library/art room. The present water temp. spikes up to 31.5'C on very hot days, which makes it unsuitable to host any coral atm. So, for now, I'll refrain from adding any corals until I can purchase a new mini fan. Macroalgae can survive in this heat however, so I'll be adding macro first to the tank. Today morning, I stripped down the tank, drained/emptied it and tossed out the old LS. Here's my condiment pic: And here's how the tank looked like this morning: I even drained the sump chambers at the back of the tank, and removed the remaining water using kitchen towels. My livestock and LR was kept soaked in a separate container while I did this: FTS 1/3/2020: