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  1. billygoat

    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! Most recent FTS is at top; the FTS included with my original post is underneath. 8/3/2019 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 A80 Tuna Blue w/Kessil X Spectral Controller Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 75w Circulation: Cobalt Mini MJ606 return pump and EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10 wavemaker Mechanical filtration: pair of stock filter socks ATO: Tunze Nano 3152 Stocklist: (This list will be updated periodically to reflect the tank's current inhabitants) Motile inverts: Blue-leg hermit crabs (Clibanarius tricolor) Green porcelain crabs (Petrolisthes armatus) Micro decorator crab (Naxia sp.) Orange banded brittle star (Ophiocoma wendtii) Snails: Dwarf and Florida Cerith, Planaxis, Nerite, and Nassarius Corals and such: Caribbean mushrooms (Discosoma carlgreni and D. neglecta) Ricordea florida Angular sea whip (Pterogorgia anceps) Purple plume gorgonian (Muriceopsis flavida) Purple sea rod (Plexaura flexuosa) Purple sea feather (Pseudopterogorgia sp.) Rusty gorgonian (Muricea elongata) Rock flower anemones (Phymanthus crucifer) Zoanthids and Palythoa Stony corals: Stephanocoenia intersepta and Phyllangia americana Fish: Masked gobies (Coryphopterus personatus) (2) Sailfin blenny (Emblemaria pandionis) Macroalgae: Amphiroa sp. (soft branching coralline) Botryocladia sp. Gracilaria hayi Halimeda discoidea Halimeda opuntia Neogoniolithon sp. (rigid branching coralline) Penicillus dumetosus Rhipocephalus phoenix Udotea flabellum Ulva sp. 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 dose Ca and Alk by hand, and I do a 15% (~2 gal) water change once a week. I switch out the filter socks every time I do a water change. I also have a bag of carbon in the back that gets changed every 2-3 weeks. You can view my original post and pictures 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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