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  1. Hi, I’m new here, coming from the freshwater side of things. 1st post on nano-reef but I’ve been creeping behind the scenes for a while, soaking it all in, research, research, so much more research. But I’m finally here, got my first salt water tank set up and cycling! Guess what ? It’s a super original tank... no it’s Fluval Evo 13.5, would have rather started with something like a 40 breeder but space and money are tight for that scale, it’s definitely size down but the ease of the Evo is what appealed to me. I know there’s literally 100+ of these threads, but I kinda kicked myself for not starting one when I set up my freshwater tank. So here it is: - stock light (Need the lid on) + 2x truelumen actinic 12” LED + glo-light led (adds nice purple) -stock pump -hydor Koralia 240 powerhead -cobalt neo therm 50w heater -diy eggcrate basket for chamber 1 and 2 Got about 12lb of the CaribSea life rock and 10lbs of their Fiji sand. the plan is to have a clownfish, a watchman goby and maybe down the line a third fish (purple firefish) and some cuc (trochus, nassirius, cerith, and emerald crab, might add a skunk cleaner or red shrimp but keeping it to two fish) and obviously add some coral down the line, can’t wait to add more colour and movement to this tank! Let me know what you think.
  2. I'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: Mixed reef with minor SPS and LPS. More focused on Softies and Shrooms. Will have zoas as well as nems. 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 Pink Streaked Wrasse (Miu) -17/04/2019 1x Yellow Coris Wrasse (Helios) - 06/08/2019 1x Zebra Dartfish (Tic) - 13/06/2019 1x Tangaroa Goby (Casper) - 07/05/2019 1x Tailspot Blenny (Miko) - 30/03/2019 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 2x Steinitz Goby (Odin & Freida) - 06/11/2019 1x Green Chromis (Dude) - 28/10/2019 1x Lubbocks Fairy Wrasse (Bo) - 27/11/2019 1x Leopard Wrasse (Leopold) - 08/12/2019 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 (Icarus) - 30/06/2020 Inverts: 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron) - 15/07/2018 1x Cleaner Shrimp (Doc) - 28/09/2019 1x Fire Shrimp - 23/11/2019 1x Halloween Hermit Crab (Hermes) - 27/06/2020 3x Nassarius Snails 1x Tuxedo Urchin (Tux) - 22/04/2018 1x Purple Rock Urchin (Mr. Prickles) - 10/12/2018 1x Feather duster worm 1x Spider Decorator Crab (Spyder) - 06/06/2020 (*Been in LFS for ~8 months) 2x Bubbletip Brittle Starfish (Marco & Polo) - 12/07/2019 3x Turban Snails Corals: Red Pavona Rainbow Acans Green blastomussa Green Pagoda/Cup Emerald Mummy Eye Chalice Green/Yellow Chalice Cherry Garcia Chalice Christmas Favia Green Kenya Tree Green Toadstool Leather Metallic Green Star Polyp Orange/Green Cynarina Pearl Bubble Coral Bubble Coral Purple/Green (Unidentified) Zoas Orange Clove Polyp Yellow Yuma Orange Yuma(s) Purple Yuma Green Yuma Pink Yuma Dual-Colored Yuma (Orange/Green) Multi-colored Yuma (*Rainbow) Rhodactis Mushrooms (Variable Colors) Discosoma Mushrooms (Leopard/Spotted/Red & Teal) Red Devil Mushroom Hairy Mushroom (Green) Anemone: Mini Maxi Carpet Nem Red Bubble Tip Nem Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Blade Caulerpa Galaxaura Red Bubble Algae Dragon's Breath Red Cotton Candy Chaeto *TBA: Fish & Inverts: x4 Snails *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! 🙂
  3. After starting my membership here with a strong showing, and for my own educational purposes and record, I guess I’ll start a journal. Seems like a good place to keep a list of ideas and tips to help me on this journey! Tank: Fluval Evo XII 13.5 gallon started 1/21/2019 Equipment: Fluval spec return pump 132gph Fluval sea mini protein skimmer 5-10gallon Fluval 50W heater In Tank Chamber 1 media basket Current Orbit Marine LED light w bracket arm Current Orbit Eflux Wave pump 660gph (along w their hubs) IM mesh screen Media: Fluval bio rings (bottom level of media basket) Fluval 100gm carbon (bottom level media basket) Fluval clearmax (middle level media basket) IM filter floss (top level media basket) Stock: 14lbs live rock ? Lbs of life sand Black oscellaris clown True percula clown Blue spotted goby watchman Red banded snapping shrimp Scarlet shrimp Trochus snails x4 Dwarf red hermit crabs x 10 Star polyp x 2 (one split into two sections thanks to hermits, so there’s three-ish) Palys x 2: both protopalythoa Hairy mushroom x3 (all on one big rock) Hammer x 1 Zoa x1 Now obviously I didn’t start with all of this at once. We started with three clowns in fact- two percula and the oscellaris, but the two bigger fish kept trying to kill the smaller so I took the small guy back to save him from certain death within a week. Following that, the black was named Jolly Roger and the percula Jack Sparrow. (What can I say- this tank is “supposed” to be owned by my soon to be 9 year old who LOVES POTC, but secretly, it’s mine 😁) We started with two trochus and five hermits, but I doubled that for more cleaning power after about two and a half weeks. Those guys don’t get names. We added the goby and his “pal” Jan 22, but they NEVER hang with each other and in fact I’m not sure they know the other exists anymore. The goby was named J Edgar Hoover because he is always watching us with disapproval from across the room and follows us around the tank with his permanent frown. The pistol shrimp was named Snappy because well..... 🤷🏻‍♀️ We added the scarlet shrimp a week ago, and he’s quite the personality. We call him the Red Baron. We started the tank with a zoa and the little star polyp that the herms split in two. We next added the protopalys. Added the hammer today, with some drama due to the LFS lady who evidently thinks I’m out to kill everything in my tank 🤦🏽‍♀️. That’s it for this tank in a nutshell.
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    Current FTS (4-29-2020): I figured I'd start this journal a little early so I can get some feedback on what I'm planning to do ahead of time and after that use it to track my tank/get help. I used to be on this site all of the time when I was about 13 years old in 2011 and had possibly the most annoying account in the history of nano-reef.com “@Basketball Prodigy“ (honestly don't look it up it was an embarrassing time of my life). When I moved to college I basically got out of the hobby except for helping out with my old tank back home over holidays for my parents. But now my girlfriend and I are getting our own place in May after sharing my room in a party house for the past year, so I figured now is a good time to get back into it since everything is calming down. Monthly full tank shots, equipment, and livestock listed below: Equipment: -IM Nuvo 10 gallon -AI Prime HD (with mount) -Sicce Silent 1.0 Return -Eheim Jager 50 Watt heater Maintenance: Hella water changes Every other day scrape glass Fish: Black Ice Clownfish Corals: Zoanthids- Goblins on Fire Circus CB Latin Lovers Rasberry Limes Utter Chaos Gonzos Lost Boys CC Pink Constellations Armor of Gods PlayBoy Bunnies Rastas Scrambled Eggs Sunny Ds Soft Corals- Neon Green Toadstool Leather Orange Ricordea Yuma LPS- Acan Lord Green Branching Hammer Meteor Shower Cyphastrea SPS- Blue Pocillopora ORA Pearlberry Pink Monti Cap Inverts: 6 blue-legged hermits Tank set up and cycling (03-22-2019) Monthly FTS (04-22-2019) FTS after move: FTS (5-19-2019): FTS (7-19-2019): FTS (8-23-2019): FTS (9/24/2019):
  5. Had these two clowns for nearly a year, ate together, swam together, slept together - the smaller has been submissive since day-one. About a month ago I'm assuming the larger started to properly-mature into a female and became very aggressive towards the smaller, so much so that she chased him around essentially all day, then all night, and was still chasing him in the morning. Even if he hid she would pursue him. I put her in a breeder box for a week and reintroduced them, the female acted as if nothing had changed and didn't attack at all, they ate, swam, and slept together again for about two weeks. The last week she's become somewhat rougher during the day causing some minor fin-damage, but at night she will aggressively attack the smaller until he hides on the other side of the tank - sometimes causing some nasty fin damage, panicked surface-splashing, and a desperate little fish who doesn't even try to fight back. I'm not overly concerned about most of the fin damage as its' pretty superficial, however one of the two lower-leading fins is in tatters and has been torn near-totally-through in multiple places, and the dorsal fin is showing spines. No damage to the body, the pectorals, or the tail fin - no damage to either's mouth either. How damaged is too damaged and at what point do two clowns, who get along during the day and swim together -but not at night-, need to be separated as incompatible? I've never run into anything like this before, any help is appreciated.
  6. My Dream Nano Reef Tank: Simplicity Meets Super Low Maintenance WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?! For many years, I have been enjoying my three maintenance free, heavily planted freshwater tanks; my favorite being my Dream Blue Velvet Shrimp tank that is also home to my Bamboo Shrimp, Mini Golden Rabbit Snails, and a Salt and Pepper Pygmy Cory Catfish. For the past year, the wife really wanted a nano reef tank for her classroom to be viewed by hundreds of students, their parents, and her co-teachers. Not to be out done, I then wanted a nano reef tank for the home office. And thus, the Office Nano Reef Tank was born on 9/10/2019. (A week later, the School Nano Reef was born on 9/17/2019 which can be viewed here.) MY PRIMARY GOALS I have 3 primary goals for this nano reef: 1. Very low maintenance (almost self sustaining with little involvement from me. Think pseudo Triton method.) 2. To have Pom Pom Xenia cover the majority of the rocks with various corals scattered throughout to add diversity and color. 3. To have clear water with no odor. EL CHEAPO 10 GALLON AQUEON AQUARIUM FROM PETCO FEATURES ◕ Price: $14.99 (I missed the dollar per gallon sale, but the dream must move forward!) ◕ Tank Length: 20.25" ◕ Tank Width: 10.5" ◕ Tank Height: 12.625" ◕ Material: Glass TANK HIGH LEVEL CHARACTERISTICS ⇨ Aquascape : Nature's Ocean 12-Inch Coral Base Rocks (they gave me 2 gigantic aragonite rocks so I spent hours trying to break them apart by throwing them against the concrete. I was a madman on a mission!) ⇨ Sand : 10 pounds of Nature's Ocean Natural White No.0 Bio-Activ Aragonite Live Sand ⇨ Heater : Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm Heater, 50 Watt ⇨ Lighting : NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light & Finnex 10" FugeRay Ultra Slim Aquarium LED Light; Current USA Orbit Marine IC PRO Dual LED with Bluetooth ⇨ Powerheads : Hydor Koralia Nano 240 (2) + Custom Prefilters ⇨ Wave Controller : Hydor Smart Wave Circulation Pump Controller ⇨ Filtration : Zoo Med's 318 Submersible Filter (TC-20) (Filled it with Activated Carbon Media Pads cut to size.) ⇨ UV Sterilizer System : AA Aquarium Green Killing Machine 3 Watt ⇨ Coralline Algae Starter : Pink Fusion Strain & Purple Helix Strain Coralline Algae in a Bottle + Nitrifying Bacteria ⇨ Tank Lid: 20-Inch Aqueon Aquarium AAG29020 Versa Top ⇨ Natural sea water: Imagitarium Pacific Ocean Water, 5 gallons (2) MAINTENANCE ◕ Daily Dosing of Reef Fusion 1 and Reef Fusion 2 to maintain the critical levels of calcium, alkalinity, and other elements and trace minerals. ◕ Top off with Distilled Water with Instant Ocean's Marine Conditioner that adds protective fish coating and eliminates chlorine, chloramine & heavy metals. ◕ When the water's surface develops an oily film, skim it off with paper towels as needed. Then re-add filtered natural sea water for any water that was removed. ◕ Clean the Prefilters on the Circulation Pumps whenever they become overly clogged. ◕ Replace the Activated Carbon Media Pads (cut to size) for the submersible filter whenever the need arises. ◕ Clean the sponge filter for the UV Sterilizer whenever the need arises. MY CORAL CHOICES Pom Pom Xenia (ORA) I LOVE pulsing Xenia and find myself hypnotized every time I see it. I know others may hate it, but I find it as one of the coolest corals. They have no stinging tentacles and little to no toxins. It may try to colonize the tank and possibly fly around if it runs out of space on the rock it’s on, and may try to smother other corals if left unchecked, but the easy solution for that may be to just pull out any Xenia that gets too close to my other corals. I really love the Pom Pom Xenia (ORA) variation due to the pinkish color and larger pulsing effect. 2 Duncanopsammia Corals I bought two Duncans online and as far as I know, they may have short stingers, but they basically don’t really sting anything and are pretty safe in that department as far as I know. And they have no toxins that I’m aware of. They’re so cool looking too! I had two additional ones also, but the first one succame to Brown Jelly disease after a great fall onto the rocks and the sand. I believe its tentacles may have gotten injured and infected during this fall. The second one slowly perished from a similar fate including the occasional cyanobacteria bothering it. Candy Cane Coral (ORA) I really wanted the Neon Green Trumpet Coral, but they were sold out at the time. Hopefully, this one will turn out to be cool too. Purple Australian Big Polyp Blastomussa Coral & Red Australian Big Polyp Blastomussa Coral The Blastomussa Wellsi corals seem like the perfect addition to add to an open area that I have at the bottom of my tank. Acropora echinata Coral I received a tiny frag of what looks like Acropora echinata by accident in with my online order. I placed the small frag on the highest point of my rocks to try to give it the most light and current possible. I feed it Reef-Roids a few times a week and it seems to be quite happy so far with a multitude of polyps open most of the time. I like getting expensive corals for free! 🙂 Neon Green Trumpet Coral I almost gave up on trying to find this stunning coral, but when I least expected it, not only did I find it, but was given an offer I couldn't refuse. It was Cyber Monday, but the LFS told me that I could get the 50% Off Black Friday deal on this coral if I want it. Welcome home Neon Green Trumpet Coral -- my collection is finally complete! MACROALGAE Chaetomorpha Macroalgae One of the best, hardest working, and hardiest macroalgaes that you can find although if used for the display tank, small bits and pieces can easily get into every nook and cranny. I attempted to replace it with the much prettier looking Red Ogo Macroalgae, however that melted due to poor shipping conditions and possibly other factors. Fortunately, I kept the Chaeto on stand-by in a sealed zip lock bag and it survived without being in water for 24 hours! Red Dragon's Breath (Gracilaria Hayi) Macroalgae [Death by Mexican Turbo Snails] Simply beautiful to put into the display tank. Seems to work best if you can find a way to anchor it down. Red Ogo (Gracilaria Parvispora) Macroalgae [Death by poor shipment conditions] Normally a beautiful bright red & burgundy color and is fast growing, this macroalgae did not survive a 4-day journey through the mail in cold weather conditions to my home. The temperature inside the package felt a bit cold due to the heat pack not holding up for the entirety of the trip. Upon opening the bag, a really foul stench permeated the room. The macroalgae arrived orange and after acclimating to my tank, almost immediately began to cloud the water and became mostly transparent within 24 hours. Needless to say, I had to remove all of the Red Ogo from the tank, but I was fortunate to have kept the very hardy Chaeto on stand-by in case an emergency such as this arises. LIVESTOCK 2 Ocellaris Clownfish The thing that started it all! Nemo and Marlin make their debut in our new nano reef tank that is situated between our desks in the home office. I selected the smallest ones available at the LFS and they should remain relatively small compared to other types of clownfish. I love their vibrant colors, overall peacefulness, and their wacky movements! 1 Tailspot Blenny A HUGE Personality stuck inside a tiny little body. Blenny is always there to stare back at me with a smile as I debate life's choices. 1 Yellow Watchman Goby I've read so much about this fascinating fish that I just had to experience one. Pretty, funny personality, grumpy at times which adds to the flavor, and a cool duo if you already have a blenny in the tank. I'm excited to watch all of its future antics. 1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp from Sri Lanka I love watching the shrimp hang upside down on my "rock bridge" and search the tank in the evening for leftover food. I also get to witness it cleaning the fish every now and then. I was reading that you could keep two Skunk Cleaner Shrimp in a tank, but no more than two otherwise the mated pair will kill off the others! 1 Porcelain Anemone Crab My fierce little Samurai that help filter and clean the water. Don't let their peaceful demeanor fool you, that one on the right (nicknamed Alpha crab) ripped off two of the legs of the other one (nicknamed Captain Hook because his one side only has 1 leg)! Although at this time, they're both doing well and are still alive. Alpha crab molted on 12/14/19 and I actually thought he killed Captain Hook, lol. Crab molts look so real! UPDATE: As far as I can tell, Alpha crab ended up killing Captain Hook. I noticed one day that Alpha crab clutched Captain Hook's claw, but I was able to quickly intervene and shoo Alpha crab away from Captain Hook. Sadly, I believe it was the next morning when I noticed Captain Hook's claw was pulled off and his corpse was upside down on the top of the large rock that he usually stays on. I didn't realize if their claw gets removed, they will die so easily. 1 Ruby Emerald Crab I read that the smaller Emerald crabs are more likely to eat Bubble Algae compared to the larger Emerald crabs. I asked my LFS to pick me out the prettiest emerald crab that was small, and he found me a Ruby Emerald Crab to adopt (first time I've seen a red Emerald crab myself). Hopefully this little guy will munch on some Bubble Algae that I noticed throughout the tank. 1 Peppermint Shrimp Although Peppermint Shrimp do not always eat Aiptasia, you can increase your chances of getting one that does by getting more than one Peppermint Shrimp, which is just what I did. I tried killing the Aiptasia manually before with some lemon juice and tweezers, but after a few months, not only did it come back in the same spot, but another popped up on the other side of the tank! Seek and destroy, my Peppermint Shrimp! 4 Stocky Cerith Snails These snails are hard workers and they even clean on the edge where the sand meets the glass. I hear they are usually hard to reproduce due to their eggs being eaten by fish and such. I don't mind as long as they don't reproduce out of control. 3 Banded Trochus Snails They are excellent algae eaters and do a great job cleaning the brown diatoms off the glass. They also like to keep the heater and the surrounding areas sparkling clean. 4 Mexican Turbo Snails I got these snails to take care of some cotton candy algae that may have hitchhiked onto the Chaeto that I bought off eBay. I confirmed that the larger snails that are 2"+ do indeed consume the cotton candy algae. 2 Tiger Sand Conchs I got the initial conch because I read that it eats cyanobacteria and also algae & detritus. It keeps the sandbed well stirred up and doesn't deplete it of microfauna. And it's amazing to watch it hop around on its powerful foot. After observing it eating cyanobacteria at a snails pace and doing a good job at the areas it was at, I decided to get one more to keep entire sand bed looking great since my particular system could use it. 1 Feather Duster I've been fascinated by my tiny little fan worm hitchhikers found on two of my corals. I do not feed them, yet they continue to grow and thrive possibly due to me spot feeding Reef-Roids to my corals every now and then. I've been curious of the much larger feather dusters and wanted to give it a try to see if their care level is similar to the tiny hitchhiker variety. Although, I may spot feed it Reef-Roids at the same time I do my normal coral feeding just to make sure it gets some nutrition besides what is found in the water. There is also a thriving Tisbe copepod population in the tank as well. a ton of Tisbe Copepods Our unseen clean up crew behind the scenes. They sometimes sacrifice themselves as lunch for any hungry fish waiting for their next daily meal. HITCHHIKERS Fan worms I have a few of these tiny little feather dusters that hitchhiked onto some corals that I purchased online from LA. I believe it adds more diversity to my tank and gives me one more interesting thing to stare at. Branching Coralline algae I first noticed this purplish, tiny twig that was attached to my Candy Cane coral when I initially added it to my tank. At first I didn't know what it was, but once I did, it's been a welcome addition to the reef. I'm happy to see it continue to grow over time. Cotton Candy Algae [PENDING: Death by Mexican Turbo Snails and Mechanical Filtration] Commonly referred to as a nuisance algae, this pretty pink & fluffy algae was first seen attached to my Chaeto that I purchased off eBay. True Mexican Turbo Snails (Turbo fluctuosa) of the larger variety (2"+) can help reduce the amount of cotton candy algae within a tank. I found acquiring these snails to be more difficult than I expected. My LFS sold me some Zebra Turbo Snails that they called Mexican Turbo Snails and they did not eat any of the cotton candy algae because it's the wrong kind of snail. As the weeks go on, I've grown more fonder of the pink color that this algae exhibits and I may change my mind on how bad it may be. It helps to export excess nutrients along with the chaeto while looking more aesthetically pleasing. My only real concern is if it can cause chaeto and corals to die over time by growing over them and preventing light from getting to them. I will keep a close eye on this nuisance algae and hopefully acquire some large Mexican Turbo Snails in the future. Aiptasia anemones [Death by Peppermint Shrimp] I noticed a tiny little Aiptasia anemone on the rockwork. I don't know where it came from, but it must've hitchhiked from one of the recent corals that I added to the tank. Not wanting to wait, I blasted it with some pure lemon juice. I then dug it all out with my tweezers and siphoned out any residue. That was the very last time I've ever seen an Aiptasia anemone in any of my reef tanks. UPDATE: Months later, I noticed two additional Aiptasia anemones in the tank so this time I purchased 2 Peppermint Shrimp to see if they can deal with these scary pests. Flatworms [Death by Toilet and hungry Clownfish] I've noticed flatworms on two different occasions and only on my Xenia coral. For the longest time, I thought these little brown spots were just part of the Xenia dying or rotting away -- UNTIL I noticed it moving one day! I then took the piece of Xenia out, dipped it into tank water with Seachem Reef Dip, rinsed it off with new tank water, and flushed the flatworms out of existence. The second time I noticed it was on a different Xenia (one that I didn't dip); I was able to siphon it off the Xenia, it floated in the water and to my surprise, my Clownfish ATE it! I was both surprised and proud that my Clownfish was helping me rid the tank of this pest. So Death by Flushing and Death by Clownfish. Make your Choice. Vermetid snails I added 6 Turbo Snails a few days ago, and the 2 largest of the pack had some noticeable hitchhikers on their shells. I would've swore I saw a worm-like thing quickly enter a calcified burrow on one of the shells. As I observed more closely, I noticed a bunch of mucus strands or slime trail that floats in the water so I may also have Vermetid snails possibly (pretty possible there are multiple types of pests on the shell). When I read up on Vermetid snails and finding out that the mucus strands irritates corals and can even cause them to die, I quickly got to work and removed the 2 large snails from the tank. I took a tooth brush and used the end to try to crush the calcium burrows and remove them from the large snail shells. I rinsed with tap water and brushed the shells hoping it may aid in killing anything else on the shells. Spirorbid Worms Ever since I added the large Turbo snails, now I have countless Spirorbid Worms all over my tank. I see this as a good thing because they are peaceful filter feeders after all, however I would venture to say there are hundreds -- maybe thousands of them all over my tank. Since I do not do water changes in this tank, I wonder if the influx of tiny filter feeders (Spirorbid Worms, Vermetid snails, Pineapple Sponges) is due to the plentiful source of food floating in the water column? Perhaps this is nature's way to bring balance to my tank so everything can live in harmony. Pineapple sponges I didn't know it at the time, but there was a Pineapple sponge hiding within the Chaeto that I purchased off eBay. Fast forward to today, now there's countless Pineapple sponges all over the underside of rockwork and in dark areas of the tank such as behind the heater. Based on my research, these should decline in population over time as the food supply lessens within the water. I tend to like filter feeders overall so at this time, they're a welcome addition to the biodiversity within my tank. Bubble Algae I noticed Bubble Algae on both of the Blastomussa corals that I got from LA. After doing much research, I did not want to get an Emerald crab because based off other hobbyists' experiences, they're 50/50 on whether or not they'll even consume the Bubble Algae. And on top of that, it's 50/50 if they may pick at & eat your corals in the tank. And when they get big, they may even go after your small fish. So, no thanks. Then I was reading about hobbyists' popping the Bubble Algae with tweezers. For the ones that have, they claim the Bubble Algae never came back after they were popped and removed. On top of that, when various hobbyists watched their Emerald crabs eat the Bubble Algae, the Emerald crabs themselves pop the Bubble Algae! For the hobbyists that did not want to pop the Bubble Algae, they were scared if spores would spread. But, others mentioned it may only spread if the Bubble Algae is mature and large. Either way, I went with popping the Bubble Algae with tweezers and I will update this if I notice any coming back. UPDATE: I found out later that any of the BA skin that hid itself within the cracks or floated in the tank eventually repopulated itself. In response, I purchased a small Ruby Emerald Crab to help end this menace once and for all! PICTURES Day 16 (9/26/2019) since starting the Office Nano Reef: Day 43 (10/23/2019): Day 60 (11/9/2019): Day 81 (11/30/2019): Day 112 (12/31/2019):
  7. Just getting started on my first reef tank. I have had freshwater tanks in the past but it has been a couple of years. I have been researching how to setup a reef tank for over a year now. Just didn’t have the time or money to set something up, until now. MY SETUP Tank: CoralLife Biocube 14 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50w Lighting: Stock Lighting - 24w Actinic - 24w 10K - 1x Blue LED Bar Filtration: Chamber 1: False Bottom Removed/Heater Chamber 2: InTank Media Basket (4/29/19) - Top: Filter Floss - Middle: BRS Carbon ROX0.8 (5/14/2019) Chamber 3: Stock Pump/Temperature/ AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Sand: 20 lbs Caribsea AragAlive Special Grade Rock: BRS Reef Saver Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: Red Sea (Blue Bucket) Dosing: BRS Kalkwasser- 3g/gal Testing: Refractometer API Saltwater Masters HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish “Pennywise” A. ocellaris (LA 4/18/2019) - Randalli Prawn Goby (AA 6/8/2019) “Timon” - Black Ice Clownfish [QT] “Columbus” A. ocellaris (BLC 10/12/2019) Invertebrates: - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 2x Cerith Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 1x Trochus Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) “Jack” - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) - Red Banded Pistol Shrimp (BTR 6/15/2019) “Pumbaa” - 3x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) - 5x Cerith Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) Corals: Soft Fire and Ice Zoanthid (WWC 5/24/2019) Green Star Polyp (WWC 5/24/2019) Weeping Willow Toadstool (BLC 6/8/2019) WWC AOI Zoanthid (CC 1/15/2020) OG Pink Zipper Palythoa (CC 1/15/2029) Hot Hawaiian Palythoa (CC 1/15/2019) WWC Purple Monster Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) LPS WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) WWC Lavender Duncan (5/24/2019) Duncan (AA 6/15/2018) Pink/Purple Blasto (AA 6/15/2019) Purple & Pink Acan (BLC 10/12/2019) The Dearly Departed: - 1x Trochus Snail (LA 4/18/2019-5/5/2019) - WWC Grapevine Lord (5/24/2019-5/30/2019) - 1x Scarlet Hermit (AA 6/8/2019-6/21/2019) *Jack - Misbar Clownfish (BLC 6/8/2019-7/9/2019) *clownfish aggression - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019-??) - 1x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019-10/13/2019) *Jack - Purple Monster Zoanthid (BLC 10/12/2019- Startup 3/16/2019 5/21/2019 9/25/2019 12/04/2019 2/04/2020 3/16/2020 One Year!
  8. Hi 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:
  9. mylertitchell

    Majors Nano Reef 49l

    Background So Tank was started in July, it all started with doing a water feature in the garden (a well with some goldfish), then a betta tank (aquaponics) for the office, then I came across the reef hobby, started googling galore, owned nothing and had every system dreamt up, i wanted to get a nano tank that would fit into my house with no upset and then if all went well and knew the hobby was for me, I would be able to upgrade down the line. I read an article, that was just spoke to me and it was based upon a book, so i found the book, bought it in hardcopy (the wife said was on the phone too much) and was locked in. Reef was gonna be definitely for me. I had a friend who was a long time fish enthusiast (tropical) and had just got into the saltwater game, FOWLER tank and then into corals and then sacked his tropical tank and upgraded to just one reef tank. Having a Reef Buddy has definitely made this journey even more enjoyable. So after reading the book, my brief was simple a nano tank that would fit on the table I already have, buy equipment which can be used in the next tank (modular etc) and hopefully i enjoy the hobby and if so upgrade to as big as tank I can (ie id love a 6ft peninsula with walk in room behind it, dividing the dining room and living room, but then id need a new house, most likely 200l, big enough tank but in scale with the room), and if i didn't well, well don't even need to finish the sentence. As its a great hobby! Goal Fully stocked stable Tank, once I Reach this target I will begin the journey all over again with most likely a 3ft sumped tank, then convince the wife we need a bigger house and its nothing to do with the fish. Tank Spec Start: July 2019 Display: Aquael Nano Reef Duo 49 Litre Rock: Aquanetta 2 Module display (ceramic), 2 live pieces (donated by friend) and some dry pieces Sand: CaribSea Aragonite Fiji Pink Sand 15LB Lighting: Stock , Zetlight 1201 x1 x 2 Heater: V2therm 50 Digital Heater 50w Wavemaker: APS 2500 Powerhead, Jebao SW-4 (running at 1000l) Filtration: Stock, HOB Canister Filter APS-500, Filter Media: Coarse Sponge, FIlter Floss, Seachems Matrix, Phosguard, CarbonMatrix ATO: Autoaqua Smart ATO Micro (4l res - Cereal Container) Testing: Salifert test kits (Alkalinity, Calcium, Nitrates, Phos) Dosing: Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium, Saliferts KH Buffer, LaCl3*, Carbon (NitraPhos Minus)* Automatic - Single Doser - Kalk/Vinegar solution, Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium*, Saliferts KH Buffer*, LaCl3* *if required I have been on quite the journey so far (including a bad crash), it is gonna be quite enjoyable going down memory lane to get yous up to date... Plan of Action: Monthly updates as part of my routine. July 2019
  10. Updated FTS 3/12/20 Hey Everyone ! Newish to the hobby here , have set up a few pico tanks prior to this one , one 5 gallon and one 2.5 gallon . I figured now I would upgrade to the IM 20g peninsula 😍 Got a great deal on this used tank my LFS had just taken in off trade, came home cleaned it up made it look brand new! Now finally I’ve gotten around to setting up the tank after the holidays. What I have so far : IM 20g peninsula MightyJet 326 gph return pump Cobalt 75w Heater Current USA Orbit Dual pro IC LED bluetooth Current USA 660 wave pump Live rock Fiji pink substrate added so far update 1/23/20: 2 ocellaris clown fish ( Charlie & Clarissa) 1 six line wrasse ( Walter ) 3 small blue hermit crabs tiger conch ( Connie ) 1 nassarius snail 3 bumblebee snails corals added so far 2/6/20: yellow colony polyp Duncan toadstool leather RFA Hammer Goniopora Now to wait for the tank to cycle .. trying to cycle naturally with the live rock. Any suggestions on if this is the best way? If not what are best products to use to speed up the process ? Also wanted suggestions/ feedback on what everyone thought about the rock work ?
  11. Nakaxx

    Clownfish Skinny

    I got a new pair about a few weeks ago. Everything was going good. Both of them happy and moving great. But I started to notice the male becoming skinny, not moving as much, and seems to always be hungry. I give them mysis shrimp daily and some omega one pellets. I switched over to some brine shrimp and still no luck! I was thinking maybe it's mouth is too small so I cut all the food in small pieces. However, now he seems uninterested in everything. Really getting worried and even asked for help at LFS and they told me he'll eventually eat it but it's really concerning now. Any advice? Female is perfectly fine.
  12. Hello, I'm really worried about my clowns. I have 2 clownfish in a 10g FOWLR; tested the water last weekend, and the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates are at zero, pH at 8. Everything was fine until my male clownfish had some stringy poop a few days ago and stopped eating today, so I put a dose of Prazi-pro in the tank. A few minutes later, my female clownfish starting doing backflips, completely flipping from head to tail. This is NOT twitching/dominance, etc. When I try to Google this all I find is responses about clownfish shaking and this is completely different. I uploaded a video at the link below, hopefully it will finish processing soon. She had been totally fine before and seems to have calmed down since. Both are acting lethargic near the sand right now. I'm new to the hobby and leaving on Wednesday for Thanksgiving so would really appreciate any advice to help heal both my clownfish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wghCRVniQZA
  13. GlasgowReefer

    Eye damaged?

    Hard to get a picture but one of my clownfish has a white bubble(Best way i can describe it) round its eye. Anyone know what could cause it ? hard to get a picture 😞
  14. Starfishie99

    55G REEF

    I’m starting up a 55 gallon. Not exactly yet but if i don’t start a thread now then i know i won’t keep track 😉 going to start by buying an acrylic tank and we’ll go from there
  15. GlasgowReefer

    Type of clowns ?

    Hey guys, looking to id these 2 ? Tank in the shop had Punk Skunk Clowns - but I think it would have been pink skunk? - after looking on google totally different fish. they looked different than the standard tank bred clowns they had so anyone got any ideas? Thanks in advance
  16. NaturallyKait

    Kait’s Kiddo Lagoon

    FTS as of 06/10/19: Equipment: Tank: Fluval Evo 13.5 Stand: Mastercraft tool cabinet Light: Kessil a80 Return pump: Tunze Silence 1073.008 Circulation: Wavemaker TBD, Heater: Eheim Jager 50w Temperature controller: inkbird 308 Filtration: Chamber one: inTank chamber one media basket with filter floss, stock carbon and media for now. Chamber two: just the heater. Chamber three: return pump and temp probe. Stocking plans: Fish: YCG added June 8/19 Clownfish added July 16/19 (was a pair, but they had marital differences and had to be separated) Royal Gramma added November 4/19 Inverts: 1 astrea snail 2 turbo snails 1 bumblebee snail 3 hermit crabs RIP emerald crab - died Oct/19 while I was in the hospital Corals: Planning softies with maybe a few LPS. Nothing too demanding, keeping it simple since this is my first saltwater tank and I don’t want to get too complicated for a tank that belongs to a preschooler. —— Well, I've wanted to set up a reef tank for years, but life kept getting in the way. I had bought some stuff to start a 40B a few years ago but that project got derailed when I got pregnant with my oldest. Fast forward almost 4 years and the aforementioned derailment is now an almost 4 year old who absolutely loves fish (and so do his little brothers). The one bright point of all the time he and his siblings spend at hospitals is always checking out the fish tanks they have for some time to de-stress. So this little guy is getting a 13.5g evo for his birthday for he and I to enjoy together. His is birthday is the first week of June, our current goal is to have it cycled and ready for his first fish on his birthday. I have the tank sitting waiting, refractometer arrived just now and the stand should be here today too before the holiday. Going to be sticking with the stock lights and such at least for now, since we’re not looking to get into anything too complicated for a tank for a 4 year old, we’ll be sticking to softies and maybe some LPS. I’ll probably end up at least adding a power head sometime soon, but for cycling we’ll be ok with the stock return pump. I have to check my gear in the basement, I had a heater that was supposed to be for a QT tank that might work for this tank, if not I still need to grab one, along with some salt, distilled water (we don’t have the space in our little rental for a RODI unit right now so we’re starting with distilled), test kit and some rock from the LFS. They only carry the Caribsea Life Rock so we’ll see how that works out for us. Hoping to get the tank wet this weekend to start cycling. Stocking plans are up in the air mostly except for a clownfish, or maybe a pair. This is a tank (mostly) for a child after all, so it wouldn’t be complete without a clown.
  17. Reefer-begginer

    Clownfish being to aggressive

    So I know im not to active on here and I should probably scroll around to see if anyone else has had this issue before. But as I am more confused and concerned than just curious about it, ill make a post instead. Give or take about 2 months ago I got myself a Green LTA to try to host my 2 clownfish. All seemed well until one of my clownfish kicked the other out of the anemone. Thinking nothing of it I just let the 2 clowns be and they seemed to be getting along. Fast forward a few weeks and the anemone moved closer to some corals so I move them, unlucky move for me as the clownfish that hosted the anemone started to bite and fin smack my hand. ( cute but tingly ), thinking its territorial I just gently move the anemone away from the corals and everything is ok. Fast forward to about 3 days ago and still going on today, the clownfish has started to attack my inverts and starfish. ( my brittlestar and fire red shrimp to be exact ). I'm worried that this clownfish may end up killing my inverts and wether or not its mated with the other clownfish, im unsure if it has become a female ( they are both the same size ) and became more territorial due to the anemone being put in there. Is there a way to kinda help my inverts out? Or would my option be to remove the "female" clownfish and get another one instead?
  18. Aidanj

    Clown Harem

    I am setting up a 72 gallon clownfish harem with 18 clowns. I am planning to purchase all 18 from the same clutch, plenty of Bta anemones, and feeding 4 times a day using an auto feeder to reduce aggression. I have a few questions though. The first is on flow. What type of flow pump would you use? I’m trying to decide between a gyre and a puck. The second question is on cuc. I am running a protein skimmer rated for more than double my tank size. Along with a refugium, Carbon and gfo. Would this be overkill or too little? 2x sand sifting gobys (not sure which yet) 5x astrea snails 5x nassarius snails 5x trochus snails 3x red leg hermits 3x blue leg hermits 1x tuxedo urchin The third question is on anemones. Should I place the clowns In the tank before or after I stock anemone? Does anyone have any suggestions on types of food your bta anemones prefer? The forth is on clown food. What type of food would you recommend? Any suggestions on good auto feeders? Any other suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.
  19. I just set up a 55 gallon tank with clownfish. The only things I have in the tank besides the live rock and sand. It’s been 4 days since they ate. Won’t eat for me but when we bought them at the store, they were going nuts for the owner. Feeding frenzy!! Bought the same food they were feeding them. Tried dropping it in front of their face, putting it on top. Everything. Starting to get a little worried. any advice is appreciated!! Thanks
  20. Jennydinh143

    Clownfish ich? (Saltwater noob!)

    Hi! Im new to saltwater keeping! I saw my clownfish rubbing its side on the sand and thought it was just playing, upon more research I realized it could be ich. Im not really sure... im new to saltwater keeping so every literally thing i find off, i google them. I could just be paranoid but i’ll really what to make sure. If this is ich what do you suggest i do? I have a 10 gallon with 2 clownfish, a cleaner shrimp and live rock and live sand. I dont have a quarantine tank and i would like to not dose my tank with copper if at all possible because i have a cleaner shrimp. Any suggestions? https://ibb.co/gJ1kXt5 https://ibb.co/Yt3JSGn https://ibb.co/F59LcDv https://ibb.co/8N340bp https://ibb.co/dgQkwQ7
  21. coryscritch

    corys IM 14 gallon

    hi guys about 10 years ago i had a 65 gallon reef that i loved! since moving to nyc i haven't set one up until now. which began as a very basic 10 gallon tank. a month in she started leaking which forced me to upgrade to something a little bigger but much nicer. so heres what i have. tank -IM nuvo 14 gallon heater-cobalt 100w lighting -current orbit marine led (light works great for the price and what i have for now) -finnex light (for refugium) filtration -purigen -chemipure -phosnet i also have the algae barn nano refugium kit. -finnex hob refugium i have about 17lbs of live rock i got from my LFS (pacific aquarium) 5lbs of live sand flow -sicce .5 silent pump (stock pump was too loud) nano koralia weekly water changes (about 2 gallons) the old tank is pictured first. i liked the rock work much more in the first tank. all together the tank is about 3 months old.
  22. My clownfish has not been eating for 2/3 days now, it is breathing very heavily, swimming in just one spot of the tank majority of the time and the poo is very unusual. I have attached images to see if anyone could please help me as im very worried for my fish.🐠 My tank has cycled, my tank is about 1 1/2 months old now. If you could please help before it dies!!!!
  23. Hi, Can anyone help please, I bought Promiscuous Black Clown Fish a few day ago. It was swimming and breathing fine but now it's starting to breath very rapidly, not eating like normal and swimming in place majority of the time. Can anyone please help!!!!!!🐠
  24. My clownfish that I have had for a little over a week has stoped eating he was eating a little in the beginning or at least been interested and nibbling at it and spitting it out but now he is not at all and I’m really new and I try to research but I don’t really know what it could be I tested the water yesterday and did a water change yesterday as well and today put the food in garlic and he is still not eating I’m trying not to feeding him brine shrimp frozen and not and Mysis and flakes and no luck please help look at pictures. I do sometimes see him pooping like little white strands coming out of the bottom of him and I do not see him eating at all. If he is constipated idk what to do and if he is he has been for 4 days
  25. Ratvan

    Ratvan's RSM 130D

    Hi, So I am thinking about upgrading my tanks at work (2.5G Pico and 5.5G Nano) for after the contest finishes this year. I want to upgrade to a single system with a larger water capacity as the office shuts down for Christmas and I am not comfortable leaving these running unattended for over a week, even with DIY ATO. So I did what any respecting person would do while at work, trawl through EvilBay, I managed to find a tank in the size that I want Red Sea Max 130D, currently I am winning the bidding war online with this. I am attempting to win. Red Sea Max 130D Tank Tunze 6015 Wavemaker Media Basket Tunze 9002 Skimmer *** Most likely trade or sell this*** Powerhead 2x Stock Return Pumps Cabinet Ends 5pm on Friday, nice So as far as I can tell I still need to purchase the below Heater: I am thinking that I need a 200-300W heater for a 34 Gallon Tank? Entering British Winter now so will need more than moving temp 5 Celcius Lights: Obviously I have my Chinese Black Box (168W) which should be sufficient for this tank, I have also put aside a small budget (£150) for lighting upgrades if required Biofilter: I will need more Rock, thinking about going slowly with this build and seeing if i can get my hands on some Stax Rocks and Dr Tims and going dry start route this time Next Question, something that has been on my mind for a little while now. Lagoon, Penninsula, Bommie, what does this aquascaping names actually mean?
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