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  1. undertheseaquarium

    Vermatid snail(s)???

    For the past couple of weeks, I noticed this thing on my coral that seems to have gotten bigger. When I first got it, I thought it was apart of the coral. I'm guessing this is a vermatid snail with possibly another. Could anyone confirm this, so I can begin the removal process.
  2. 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: 'Flowers' = Clove polyps/Xenia 'Mushrooms' = Mushrooms 'Grass' = GSP 'Trees' = Green Torch/Green Leather Corals 'Bushes/Undergrowth' = Various types of Macro (Caulerpa/Chaeto/Galaxaura/Halimeda etc.) 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 Aquazonic LED (17W) 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) Inverts: 2x Turban Snails 1x Pink Legged Hermit Crab (Derp) Corals: Red/Green Favites Purple Encrusting Montipora Green Encrusting Montipora Red Pavona John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Duncan Coral Red People Eater Zoanthids Green Zoanthids Green-skirted Purple Zoanthids Orange-skirted Red Zoanthids Rainbow Implosion Palythoa Red Acan *Unknown Acans/Blastos Pom Pom Xenia Green Torch Coral Red Fungia Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Green Kenya Tree Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Alien Pox Cyphastrea Macroalgae: Leaf Caulerpa Blade Caulerpa Chaeto *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals 2x Turban Snails Assorted Macroalgae 1x Cleaner/Fire Shrimp Equipment: 1x Cooling Fan 1x Thermometer 1x Mini-Skimmer (*Only if necessary, otherwise this will be a skimmerless system) 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:
  3. undertheseaquarium

    Look . Sea . Discover. - Biocube29 - Mixed Reef

    I used to be REALLY into fish when I was younger, but once I hit HS I switched to larger more emotive pets. I'm currently in university studying to be a marine biologist and suddenly got the itch again. But this time I wanted a marine tank, now that I can not only drive by myself but also have my own finances. This tank started back in January of this year. She fully cycled in 1 month through a mix of patience and some added bacteria. Shes had only 1 ammonia spike, which led to a few zoa losses, and my first pair of clowns passed due to unknown circumstances (I believe bad quarantine from the store, I heard from an employee that they only QT for 1 week). My new clown (different store) is doing well. I've got a new batch of zoas and some GORGEOUS LPS. I'm ADDICTED to color and movement (title *teehee) and am already planning on expanding. I should probably start at the beginning though for anyone who might be interested. Day 1: Jan 22 - Bought used for $200 + $20 (delivery) Week 2: Started the ammonia cycle on day 1 using frozen brine shrimp cubes. Added Fritz zyme 9 on day 14
  4. Rickyrooz

    Ricky's Reef (120 Gallon)

    Hello everyone, I am new to Nano Reef but not new to the hobby. I wanted to start a build thread to share my photos and track my progress over the years. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment.
  5. SaltyTanks

    SaltyTank's 40G Mixed Reef

    Hello & welcome to my new reef journal! I’m a SoCal nano-reef enthusiast that’s been in the hobby 4 years, and I’m finally committing myself to starting this journal – mostly for my benefit, not yours😊 No seriously though, I need help holding my bad habits in check and hoping you will all help me achieve my goal. My goal is that 1 year from now my 40-gallon mixed-reef tank will be a living masterpiece, and so appealing to me that I will have no impulses to stick my hands in the water to move/add anything. That said, here’s some more background and visionary objectives: SETUP: Tank: 40-Gallon Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion (24” x 20” x 19”) Lighting: Radion XR15w Gen-4 Circulation: (1) IM stock return pump w/2 spin stream nozzles; and (2) Icecap 1k Gyre Heater: None (controlled room temp) Cooling: Desktop fan controlled by Inkbird thermostat/temp controller Mechanical Filtration: (1) Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 skimmer; (2) filter floss Bio Filtration: (1) RealReef dry rock; (2) Caribsea sand; (3) CerMedia Marinepure biofilter balls Chemi Filtration: RedSea carbon Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Dosing: manually, Brightwell Reef Code A + B & magnesium BACKGROUND: I’m a middle aged father whom loves to drink red wine while staring up-close at my fish tank excessively. I grew up by the ocean and first fell in love with tropical fish & corals when I got scuba certified in Indonesia circa 2000. Since then I’ve done many dives around the world and find myself more interested in biodiverse macro reef-scapes than shipwrecks and cageless bull shark feedings. Also, I’m a photo enthusiast and art aficionado, which I aim to incorporate into my reef keeping. My wife gifted me my first tank about 4 years ago (a 6-gallon JBJ AOI), and pretty sure it’s her biggest regret of our long-standing relationship. I'm now about 1 year into the current setup. VISION: If I were shrunk down to be a little 2 inch scuba diver and my wife threw me into my tank, I want to be surrounded by colors, contrasts, textures, movement, and dimension. I’ll want to swim down, up, around, through, under, and over copious amounts of corals, and be accompanied by a few fish friends that will join me without fearing they’ll bully or eat me. OBJECTIVES: Over the next 12 months, I’ll try to post progress updates every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, I’ll try to engage you all into helping me fill in the holes with new coral suggestions. Since I like to go to the local LFS’s frequently, maybe together we can make this an interactive team effort - although, let me try not to get ahead of myself here. So for now I’ll share some relevant pics and focus on following through with a 2nd post sometime soon. P.S. I have a lot of bad habits to work on... - hands in the tank frequently - impatiently making changes, expecting expedited results - providing poor instructions for friends to care for tank while on vacation - overfeeding and then underfeeding - vindictively taking vengeance on hungry hermits that snatch food from feeding acans
  6. 505nano

    505Nano*New 16 Biocube

    Hello all, new to this forum and the nano community. I currently have a 54 Gal Aqueon corner tank, which was my first saltwater tank. I have successfully had that tank running from July 2019 and in that time, I instantly fell in love with owning and maintaining ( weird, I know) a saltwater aquarium, its almost therapeutic. I find myself now always looking for places to put a tank in my small ish home and I decided to look for nano for my bedroom. Marineandreef had a sweet deal for the 16 biocube with stand for $269 (after discount and sale) and I decided it was time to expand ha. After convincing wifey (really just ordering and apologizing after), I found myself tracking and waiting. Fast fwd to today, I have the stand set up in the corner of our room with the nano boxed back up ( did not want the toddlers to move it around and possibly drop it empty). I am currently studying, reading the journals and ordering the necessary items needed to begin the tank and start the cycle (so much fun, bleh). Enough backstory, the following will be about the nano I decided to start a journal from the very beginning of this nano to notate what is planned and get advice. As far as Filtration, I have decided to use the included basket for now with the following in order: Poly Filter Floss SeaChem Purigen SeaChem Matrix bio-media in bag (obviously) I have contemplated so much on the filtration and am open to any suggestions. I do not think I will be doing a refug at this time, so that will not be currently considered. The Heater I have decided to go with is the Aqueon Pro 100W, which will be placed in the 1st chamber after false floor is removed. Rock & Substrate: Walt Smith Reef Rock 2.1 20lb dry purple rock Carribsea fiji pink live sand 20lb I do plan on taking some of the smaller pieces of live rock from my current 54 gal to assist in seeding nano. Wavemaker will be the Jebao SW2. This is the brand I currently use on my 54 Gal, and have had no issues and love the controllers for them. I do not plan on modifying the led lighting just yet. Also, I will NOT be running a skimmer on this nano at this time, as I don't mind maintenance and will be planning on weekly 5 gal water changes. Now, Salt.. When I started my 54 gal, I initially went with IO salt as I was not planning on having coral, but of course I was seduced by the beauty.. now I am wanting to switch to some type of high quality reef salt for both tanks. I am leaning more towards Red Sea Coral Pro Salt, I would love any input on this! As far as livestock, I am planning on having 2 designer clownfish (havent really decided on type yet) and maybe a firefish or goby, also undecided lol I will have a clean up crew consisting of a couple trochus, cerrith and maybe astrea snails as well as a couple hermits and debating on a fighting conch. I am undecided on which corals I will be adding just yet, as I want to aquascape first and see where I can place them, which will better determine what I decide on. I will be posting on this journal for anyone who would like to keep up with the nano build. Let me know if anyone has any advice or critique! Thank you! 505nano
  7. Hey guys! Setting up my first saltwater tank. It's a 10 gallon IM Fusion nano. Wondering if this powerhead placement will be ok. It's a koralia 425 + 95gph stock return pump (top right of pic). Trying to hide the PH in the back left, with return outlet top right. Flow hits front glass and swirls around. Will this do for a mixed reef tank? Planning on getting SPS eventually down the line. Thanks!!
  8. Ok, I have a few questions and figured I would roll all this into one post. So over the last few weeks my zoas have closed up and are not looking good, but my Star Polyps seem very happy. I also have a rock flower that seems to be doing well. I got a Galaxea a few weeks ago but I think it may be dead. It arrived a mostly white color with some green on it and now it just looks all white. I think my salinity could be high, not sure if my hydrometer is wrong. It showed as being in the 1.30 range so I added some more fresh water and I will check it again in the morning. Here are the water parameters: PH: 8.0 Nitrate: 5.0-10.0 ppm Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Phosphate: 0 (Did not really detect much on the test) Alkalinity: 9.8 dKH Calcium: 490-500 ppm Magnesium: 1600+ ppm ------ Before owning this tank, I owned a fluval eco 13.5 for about a year when I transferred that tank over into a new 22.4 Fiji Cube AIO. This was just before Christmas, and overall there has been no major issues. I got the new AI Prime 16 HD light for the tank, but overall have been frustrated with the controllability of the light. It does not come with any instructions and the AI support basically said "we don't have support videos yet but we should soon." I am trying to figure out the ideal lighting settings for this light, I am getting a ton of brown algae on the glass, I clean it off and it's back again within an hour. I really would like more of a blue tint to cut back on the white light, just need to know the right mix. The other issue I have is using just the blue light at night. The light has a moon mode, but it is not actually blue and it is useless the way the settings for the moon mode are configured. So I tried to alter the settings to run just the blue channel after the main light goes off for the day, the problem is the blue channel will run all night until the regular schedule resumes in the morning. Ideally, I would like the normal lights to come on at 8am and be off by 5 pm with the blue lights on till about 12 am. ----- Lastly, a few weeks ago I bought a watchman goby and a pistol shrimp, the shrimp was very small. It crawled in the rock within 5 minutes and I have not seen the shrimp since and I took apart the rocks to look for it. Is it a goner? Sorry for the long post, just trying to get this all figured out so I can have some better luck with my corals. Thanks!
  9. Spark326

    Light for 10g tank

    Are these specs ok for a 10g tank with a small polythoa coral frag?I would also really love to get a bubble tip anemone for my clownfish..Are there other cheaper alternatives to T5 and the other well known lights? Anything under $40?
  10. Spark326

    Identify this frag

    Can someone identify this frag? What kind of zoanthid is it?
  11. Hobbs

    Hobbs's 8gal Nuvo Reef

    Hobbs's 8gal Nuvo Reef Chronicling the development of a pristine nano ecosystem. Goal: minimize weekly maintenance while maintianing a portable and hardy marine reef Specs: Tank: Nuvo Aquarium Nano Reef 0202 8 gallon capacity Filtrations: Mechanical Sponge, activated carbon sponge, phosphate sponge Light: 8 watt 14,000k (6 white diodes, 4 blue) Sand: Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite Live Rock: 6.6 lbs of cured live rock, fairly porous but could be better. Coralline growth present Water: R/O with salt from LFS. Total water is 5 gallons Start date: 8/5/17 Reasoning: Wanted a small durable aquarium that would be easy to move every year. Modern and sleek design with LEDs was a massive plus. Wanted to maximize biological filtration so wanted as fine as sand as possible and as much rock that would asthetically fit in the tank Initial thoughts: The tank is too small for all the fish I want, the sand is too fine, the light needs to be stronger. Still looks super cool. Plans: Have 2 small fish, maximize symbiotic pairings, have lots of inverts and corals. Maybe future anemone or clam (need vast lighting overhaul first, I know )
  12. NanoOceanio

    Nano Reef Tank

    Hello all reef keepers, I have just made the transfer from freshwater to saltwater by purchasing the Fluval EVO 12 gal. aquarium tank and I can not tell you all how excited how I am to add some livestock. I am looking for a pair of clowns, a watchmen goby and pistol shrimp, also would really love a royal gramma but do not know if the tank is big enough for one. And of course a cleaner crew, but unsure if I should wait until after I get fish. I am honestly more intrigued about the coral life and would love to hear your opinions on how I should establish/stock my aquarium. The whole setup is stock, and I will not be using that clear tube as my output flow do not worry I have ordered the dual output flow nozzle because for some odd reason that piece was missing from the kit. Anyway, I needed an opinion on my aquascape. Is there too much live rock? Also, if any of can share any beginner coral recommendations and placement ideas for the aquascape it will be greatly appreciated. I have a few ideas in mind, but I am open to others and would much appreciate any tips, feedback, or advice that any of you can share. Thanks!
  13. Manifest_reef

    Weird white tentacles on rock?

    I have these small clear tentacles growing on my rock. Some even have tulip shaped cups on them? Is this the apocalypse? Someone please ID if you can!
  14. Azure Phoenix Reefing

    Cyphastrea or Leptastrea? Or...?

    I recently bought a frag, advertised as a Cyphastrea, however, I am starting to think it's a Leptastrea...I was looking for good and somewhat beginner friendly encrusting corals, which lead me to Cyphastrea, among others. But the more I look into both coral species, the more I'm thinking I bought a Leptastrea. Would love to hear your thoughts 😀 and thanks a bunch already for having a look! (Apologies for the blues and quality, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Santa to help me out with a camera filter 😇)
  15. So I recently had a bit of a tank crash, during this crash most of my sps rtn'd or started to stn pretty aggressively. During this time I noticed a bit of an oddity with my springers damselfish, it actively attacked and ate any flesh which was loose. In the aftermath one of the euphyllia I had ended up with brown-jelly and sure enough it was eating the polyps of that animal as well. During this time I've also seen it nip at, but leave visually-undamaged the surviving montipora, haven't noticed it going after the remaining, healthier euphyllia either. Leading up to the crash I did notice that a stylophora was missing polyps, never saw the fish go after them and assumed it was stress from having Dino's in the tank, now I'm not as certain. My question is, will most carnivorous fish go after dying coral flesh if they have the opportunity? Or is this behavior something to be concerned about, potentially warranting the capture and removal of the fish as a cause of stress and possible predator of the corals in the tank?
  16. Rincoperson

    Stocking ideas

    Hello everyone my name is Terinco. I had a 10 gallon nano reef for about a year and a half before upgrading to a 17.1 gallon aquamaxx. It’s a mixed reef including sps, lps, mushroom, and other softies. I’m looking for some livestock suggestions to compliment my current inhabitants in which I will list below. Thank you in advance I’m happy to be a part of this group. LIVESTOCK: 1 Wyoming white clownfish (Bully) 1 yellow tail damsel (Bullied) 1 Astrea 1 Trochus 1 Mexican Turbo a lot of dwarf ceriths 3 nassarius snails 1 peppermint shrimp
  17. Hello all, I have lurked forums for a long time, have learned lots, but am at an impasse as to why I keep killing corals ... Tank info is as follows: Biocube 29 with LED hood Tank is 2.5 years old with live rock and sand I have a home-made protein skimmer in chamber 1 I have filters and chaeto fuge in chamber 2, with chaeto lights on alternate schedule from tank I run a 50 gpm wave pump in addition to the tank pump 2 misbar clowns, and a happy CUC Parameters: Temp 81 Salinity - 1.026 SG Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia - 0 Calcium - 440 ppm Mag 1365 ppm pH 7.9 Alkalinity 7.0 kKH (a touch low, yes?) 25% Water changes every 7 - 10 days with RO/DI water from LFS. I use Crystal Sea Bioassay salt. I have a small zoa colony that is happy, but not going gangbusters or anything. I have managed to kill a torch and an acans in the past few months, and the favia I picked up 10 days ago is not happy - it has receded into its skeleton. If it follows the pattern of others, I will never see it again. I drip acclimate all my new corals. I realized magnesium was low (900 ppm) when I brought the favia home, and I raised it less than 100 ppm per day to the current level.... I gave the favia an iodine dip ... What are the chances the favia will rebound now that mag is higher? The bigger question ... what am I missing / doing wrong? I have a little algae, but the CUC and the skimmer along with water changes keep it in check with nothing taking over. Many many thanks for your time and info! -Alan
  18. KeriS

    Zoas won’t open

    For the last couple days my Zoas have all been closed except for one. But they way they have closed looks funny. There’s a little white nub on the end that’s sticking out weirdly. Do any of you know what’s wrong?
  19. If you read the title, I am not paraphrasing. I've had this duncan colony for roughly 2 years, and for more than 6 months, this coral has not opened or even come close to fully opening during this time span. The coral has been through two different tanks (a jbj 28g LED nano cube and then transferred to a jbj 45 gallon). I've tried changing light parameters, water parameters, positions, flow (all within large spans of time because quick changes can shock the coral) but I've had little results. The closest I've gotten to "open" was a slight protrusion from the skeleton, with a few tentacles showing up (Happened after a water change, so there is something in the water that is bothering it in my opinion.) I've also noticed a few aiptasia anemones appearing, so I'm wondering if one is wedged underneath the coral and is stinging it. The flesh of the coral still looks good, full neon green color. I'll post a photo of the colony a little later, and I'll list my current parameters (Currently high because I've been changing my dosing amounts in accordance with the duncan, only been doing this for roughly 3 weeks), as well as my tankmates, equipment, etc. Any help would be appreciated, and thanks for stopping by. Tankmates: 1 Bonded pair of Clownfish (Ocellaris & Black Photon) 1 Yellow tail damsel Various crabs & snails 1 large green/red trachyphillia 1 large elegance coral 2 small acan colonies 1 large kenya tree 5 blue mushroom colony 1 green/purple tip bubble anemone 1 medium frogspawn colony Equipment: 45 Gallon JBJ cube tank Radion XR15 (set to 60% max light, fast growth standard setting, primarily a blue spectrum) Aquamaxx HOB skimmer Dosing 2 Part B-ionic & Magnesium (currently changing dosing, but most recent schedule is 2ml of both calcium & alkalinity parts 3 times a day every 3 days) Basic ceramic rings, sponge, bio ball mechanical filtration. 2 - 264 gph pumps Parameters: Temperature: 78 Fahrenheit Salinity: 1.026 pH: 8.3 Calcium: 490 Alkalinity: 8.9 Magnesium: 1290 Nitrates: <.25 Phosphates: ~0 Ammonia: 0
  20. GetPsyched2124

    ID these Zoas?

    does anybody have any idea what the name/kind of zoanthids these are? thse are the best pics I could find searching through my camera roll from a couple months ago. I bought them from my LFS and they didn't have any specified name. I know in the third pic there's some radioactive dragon eyes mixed in there with another one, maybe two types, of zoas. and a rough guess that those are spiderman zoas in the second? I have no clue what zoas those are in the first pic. any help would be appreciated
  21. I have a fragged peice of elegance coral that has been doing great for a month, now it has mucus forming around the fragged side. Any idea's? Healing, sick... anyone see this before. Eats well seemed happy until now. Water parameters are in check. Thanks in advance.
  22. Hi I have just started my first saltwater tank and got the Evo 13.5 - and I have a few questions maybe you guys can help with! I've had it running with live rock for around 6 weeks now and have the following set up: Stock pump Hydor Koralia Powerhead 240gph INtank baskets in chambers 1 & 2 Stock light Livestock: 2 x Clownfish 4 x snails 4 x hermit crabs 1 x zoa coral 1 x brain coral (I think!) I've noticed the fish seem to struggle to find a spot to sleep and past few days it looks like they are letting themselves just get sucked into the part where the water flows into Chamber 1. See pic attached. Is the flow too high? Should I turn off the powerhead at night? My other question is on my coral placement? I have the brain coral right on top at the moment (see pic - its small and red!) not sure if the brain coral would be better on the sand or lower down, and should I have my zoa coral in a brighter location? Its at the bottom right at the moment. See pic. Finally, does anyone have experience with Oct-Lids? Considering one for this tank. Thanks for any help!
  23. merickson45

    Coral ID

    Hi all! I'm completely new to the hobby, and after doing a bunch of research I just got my first reef tank from a local shop. They gave me a bunch of rock, and a few corals came along for the ride. Below is an image of one I'm having trouble identifying. Does anyone know what this is? Let me know if better quality pictures are needed. Thanks! Michael
  24. Azure Phoenix Reefing

    Ocean gathered corals.

    Hello fellow reefers. I may have a somewhat ethical question for you. Recently I bought a gorgeous, small, piece of Euphyllia paraancora. Being curious where it came from, I contacted the retailer. A well known, European store. They were very helpful and honest in there answer, saying that the coral came from the sea, instead of a coral farm or aquacultured frag system for example. Now, I am very new to the hobby and guess I have to get used to the idea of corals gathered from the seas. However, I do care greatly for our oceans and their fragile ecosystems and I am wondering how the Nano Reef community thinks about this. The thing is, being so new, I have not met many fellow reefers yet to swap or buy frags. I have visited several (inter)local LFS's and I can't say that their livestock and aquariums looked healthy and well cared for. The online retailer on the other hand received many great reviews and my experience with them so far is really great. The packaging is awesome, everything I ordered was alive and well and they were very helpful and responsive as well. So, here is a penny for your thought(s) 🙃, please let me know how you think about this and if I am overly concerned or if my worries are justified.
  25. @banasophia recommended I should create a journal on here. So… here we go! 😊 Hello! My name is Tyler (aka inland_reef). The ‘Tale of Three Tanks’ began with the purchase of a used 28 gallon Nanocube on April 9, 2018 (Just rounded out the 1 year mark!). Like everyone else on this forum, I got addicted to saltwater aquariums 😂 This journal will talk about the evolution of my tanks, their setup specs and my ideas for future plans. While you're here, enjoy some eye candy of my current setups below. Ill try to make this a picture heavy journal, but you can see more pictures of my tanks on my Instagram page @inland_reef . I post daily updates there.
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