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  1. billygoat

    Billy's 18g Caribbean Biotope

    Hi folks! I am here to share my nano with you. I've been in and around aquariums for much of my life (mostly as an admirer of other people's systems), but this is the first tank I've ever set up and managed entirely by myself, so I am still very much an amateur. In early November of 2018 I started lurking on Nano-Reef and a few other forums, and soon got the itch to start a tank of my own. After doing a lot of research I decided to set up a small system to display some of the species that I remember from my childhood in the Caribbean. So, here it is! A recent FTS is at top; the FTS included with my original post is underneath. 5/3/2020 3/15/2019 My goal from the beginning was to create a simple and easy-to-maintain ecosystem that features species from Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. I wanted to run it as "natural" as possible, with as little equipment as I could get away with. So far I think I've done a pretty good job of meeting those goals. Here are the specs: Equipment: Tank: 18g Cobalt C-Vue AIO aquarium (with stand) Lighting: Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue w/Kessil X Spectral Controller Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 75w Circulation: Sicce Syncra 1.0 return pump and EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10 wavemaker ATO: Tunze Nano 3152 Refugium: InTank 'fuge box with Chaetomorpha sp., lit by a GEM 5 submersible LED grow strip from Santa Monica Filtration Mechanical filtration: None Additional media: BRS ROX 0.8 activated carbon (2 tbsp changed every 3 weeks) and a bag of MarinePure Gems in the sump Livestock: (This list will be updated periodically to reflect the tank's current inhabitants) Corals and friends: Star coral (Probably Stephanocoenia or Siderastrea sp.) Caribbean mushrooms (Discosoma carlgreni) Encrusting corky fingers (Briareum asbestinum) Hidden cup coral (Phyllangia americana) Ricordea florida Rock flower anemones (Phymanthus crucifer) Zoanthids and Palythoa Gorgonians: Candelabra gorgonian (Eunicea calyculata) Purple feather (Antillogorgia sp.) Purple plume gorgonian (Muriceopsis flavida) Purple sea rod (Eunicea flexuosa) Rusty gorgonian (Muricea elongata) Silver bush gorgonian (Muricea laxa) Yellow sea whip (Pterogorgia citrina) Fish: Sailfin blenny (Emblemaria pandionis) All very simple and easy-to-maintain inverts and fish, as you can see. I can't even really call it a reef, since the only few corals I have are nearshore Caribbean species that came in on my live rock. Maintenance is very simple as well: I scrape the glass as needed, and do a 2 gallon water change once a week. That's basically it! You can view my original post and pictures from many months ago here: Thank you for visiting my journal! I hope that you enjoy what you see in this thread, and if you have any questions about my system please don't hesitate to post them or message me! Cheers, Billy
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