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Hi everyone, I've started a new build, and have decided to document it in this journal so that you might follow along (if you're interested). Background: I used to have a wonderful tiny mixed reef picotank for the last few months which brought me much joy. Unfortunately, 2.6G of volume wasn't enough to grow out all my corals, and I did add more than 60+ frags in that little tank. Eventually, I decided upgrading was the best solution. I needed a tank that wasn't too large that it would become a burden doing WCs, but not too small that it didn't have enough space to accommodate all the corals either. I settled on a 10G+ tank - it was roomy enough to meet my requirements, and most importantly, be simple enough to WC every week. I used the Tank Transfer Method (TTM) to upgrade, and used established cured LR (~5-years-old) from older systems as a biofilter. Only the LS was new, but I seeded it with a small cup of LS from my picoreef. The new nano is now located in my bedroom, and the temp. dips down to as low as 25'C (night) and as high as 30'C (very hot afternoons). The swing seems wild, but my pico operated under the same temp. range (more or less), and so far the animals didn't have any issues with the temp. Specifications: 10.23G tank 18" x 12" x 11" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: 500L/Hr Dophin HOB Aqua Knight Spectra M029 (30W) Jebao SW-4 Wavemaker Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my previous 2.6G's picoreef, 60G's refugium & 10G's nanocube in the library Sand: 4.5kg Aragonite Live Sand --> seeded with a small cup of LS taken from the sandbed of my 2.6G picoreef Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Aquaforest Reef Salt Fish: 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 1x Blue Devil Damselfish (Sapphire) - 05/10/2020 1x Platinum Percula Clownfish (Panda) - 10/03/2020 Inverts: (My monsters! a.k.a. Critters of Chaos!) 1x Banded Serpent Starfish (Ophiolepsis superba) - Benny 1x Bubbletip Brittlestarfish (Ophiomastix annulosa) - Kraken 1x Turban snail 2x Stomatella snails 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Corals: SPS (20 Types): Red Pavona Orange Passion Acropora Tenuis Yellow/Green Acropora Tenuis Garf Bonsai Acropora Valida Purple Montipora Digitata Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Orange Montipora Setosa Neon Yellow/Purple Montipora Spongodes Chili Pepper Montipora Purple Rim Montipora Undata Purple Montipora (Encrusting) Superman Montipora Red Montipora (Capping) *Unknown Purple/Yellow Montipora *Unknown Purple/Green Montipora Radioactive Green Birdsnest Coral Bird of Paradise Birdsnest Coral Purple Ponape Birdsnest Coral Green Leptoseris Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS (22 Types): Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Strawberry Microgoniopora/Bernardpora Orange Cynarina Red/Green Favites Green/Purple Acans Green Blastos Red/Green Blastos Orange/Green Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Green Blastos Red Blastos Blue/Gray Blastos Purple/Blue Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral (7 Types): Orange Clove Polyps Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Japanese Neon Green Nephtea Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas (43 Types/Morphs): Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys (Blue/Green Morph) Nuclear Death Palys (Green/Yellow Morph) Rainbow Infusion Palys Metallic Green Palys Utter Chaos Palys Sunny Ds Palys Captain America Palys Blue Agave Palys Green Implosion Palys Butt Muncher Zoas Incinerator Zoas Pink Hippo Zoas Incredible Hulk Zoas Devil's Armor Zoas Purple Monster Zoas Rainbow Yoda Zoas Blondie Zoas Fairy Dust Zoas Green Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Purple Hornet Zoas LA Lakers Zoas Rasta Zoas Mint Green Zoas Watermelon Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Tubbs Blue Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Armor of God Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Sparkling Red Zoas Sunflower Zoas Orange Bam Bam Zoas Red PE Zoas Skittles Zoas *Unidentified Red/Beige Zoas *Unidentified Red/Green Zoas *Unidentified Orange Zoas *Unidentified Pink/Brown Zoas *Unidentified Purple/Blue/Green Starburst *Unidentified Green Starburst Mushrooms (14 Types): Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Brown/Red/Blue Rhodactis Mushroom Green/Light Green Rhodactis Mushroom Violet Rhodactis Mushroom Green/White Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Green/Red Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Orange/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Orange/Blue Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Red Devil Discosoma Mushroom Red Discosoma Mushroom Ironman Discosoma Mushroom White-Striped Green Discosoma Mushroom Current Coral Count: ~106 Types/Morphs/Varieties Anemone: Red Bali Mini Carpet Anemone Macroalgae: Blade Caulerpa Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Cactus Tree/Serrated Caulerpa Dragon's Breath Cotton Candy Algae Valonia *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 16/11/2020: Post-TTM on 16/11/2020: FTS on 17/11/2020: Topview FTS on 17/11/2020: FTS on 12/12/20: Topview FTS on 12/12/20: FTS on 09/01/21: FTS on 09/02/21: FTS on 20/03/21: FTS on 23/04/21:
Snow_Phoenix posted a topic in Large Reef JournalsI'm upgrading my 20G mixed reef to a 60G. I've decided to start a journal a bit ahead of time - the tank has already been paid for, and is currently being built by my LFS. Specifications: 2'ft x 2'ft x 2'ft cube tank = ~60G 10mm Crystal White Glass Rimless 20" x 18" x 15" sump = ~23.37G Total system volume = ~83G+ Equipment: 3000l/Hr Return Pump Jebao OW-25 Wavemaker 1x AI Prime HD (55W) 1x InLed R60 (85W) *Skimmerless Livestock Plans: More focused on Softies and Shrooms. *Might have a few LPS in the future. Fish: 1x Starry Blenny (Thanos) - 12/08/2018 1x GCG (Goblin) - 30/09/2018 1x Female B/W Occy Clownfish (Nero) - 07/12/2018 1x Male Reg. Occy Clownfish (Sushi) - 09/06/2019 1x Yellow Coris Wrasse (Helios) - 06/08/2019 1x Zebra Dartfish (Tic) - 13/06/2019 1x Tangaroa Goby (Casper) - 07/05/2019 2x Steinitz Goby (Odin & Freida) - 06/11/2019 1x Lubbocks Fairy Wrasse (Bo) - 27/11/2019 1x Leopard Wrasse (Leopold) - 08/12/2019 1x Christmas Wrasse (Bullet) - 21/11/2020 My Little Dragons of the Reef (Dragonets) : 1x Male Spotted Mandarin Dragonet (Poseidon) - 31/01/2020 1x Male Scooter Dragonet (Illaron) - 21/02/2020 1x Female Scooter Dragonet (Bella) - 01/06/2020 (*Been in LFS since 01/2020) 1x Male Ruby Dragonet (Orion) - 05/09/2020 1x Male Blue Mandarin Dragonet (Hunter) - 20/02/21 1x Female Blue Mandarin Dragonet (Zoey) - 27/03/21 1x Male Blue Mandarin Dragonet (Titan) - 02/05/21 Inverts: 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron) - 15/07/2018 1x Fire Shrimp - 23/11/2019 3x Nassarius Snails 1x Tuxedo Urchin (Tux) - 22/04/2018 1x Purple Rock Urchin (Mr. Prickles) - 10/12/2018 1x Halloween Urchin (Monty) - 05/11/2020 1x Spider Decorator Crab (Spyder) - 06/06/2020 (*Been in LFS for ~8 months) 2x Bubbletip Brittle Starfish (Marco & Polo) - 12/07/2019 1x Sandsifting Starfish (Patrick) - 20/02/2021 6x Turban Snails Corals: Green Pagoda/Cup Emerald Mummy Eye Chalice Yellow Yuma Orange Yuma Green/Orange Yuma Purple/Green Yuma Green/White Yuma Multi-colored Yuma (*Rainbow) Brown Rhodactis Mushroom Superman Discosoma Mushroom Yellow/Red Spotted Discosoma Mushroom Green/White-Striped Discosoma Mushroom Red Discosoma Mushroom Ironman Mushroom Watermelon Teal-Striped Discosoma Mushroom Blue Discosoma Mushroom Red Devil Mushroom Blue Hairy Mushroom Green Hairy Mushroom Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Blade Caulerpa Serrated Caulerpa Galaxaura Red Bubble Algae Dragon's Breath Red Cotton Candy Green Hair Algae (GHA) Chaeto *TBA: Fish & Inverts: x4 Snails x1 Cleaner Shrimp x1 Female Ruby Dragonet *Stocking plans might change as I move along, but I don't plan on doing any tangs, triggers, rabbitfish etc. I might look into dwarf angels though like a flameback, coral beauty or flame. I'll also be adding various types of macro to the fuge in the sump, as well as slowly stock up on corals as I go. Otherwise, this will mostly be a TT from a 20G to a 60G. I currently have ~10kg of LR in my 20G. I'll be adding an extra 20kg LR to the 60G (split between DT & sump) - I've already been cycling some dry rock for nearly 2 months in a storage bin in preparation of the upgrade. All the equipment except the return pump is now with me - that will come when they deliver the tank to my house. Here's a basic sketch design of how the DT & sump looks like: This is a pic of how the cabinet will be (as texted by my LFS manager to me this afternoon): The color of the cabinet will be black matte: And this was the two of us discussing and adjusting the sump design repeatedly over the past few days: I left the sump design up to my LFS manager to decide. I'm not confident in designing my own sump, tbh, and he's more experienced than I am, so he'll be getting to it. The salt used will be Fritz RPM. I'll be mixing the salt a day ahead of the tank's arrival so that we can quickly scape the system and get it filled up and running as soon as possible. This whole setup did cost me a lot of time, effort, planning and money, but I think it's worth it. The main reason behind this upgrade is because my 20G is cracking, and the crack is angling towards the bottom panel of the glass - it's just a matter of time before the tank collapses. The secondary reason is because my Starry Blenny is too large and I think he'll appreciate a larger tank. The whole system will be set up in my bedroom, and no fans or chillers will be used since my room is quite cool enough, especially when I turn both the fan and A/C on at night. Will update when the tank arrives. Stay tuned! 🙂