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  1. @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.
  2. Hi! I’m Sandy and I live in Southern California. I am so excited to have found this forum and am reading the posts. I am retired and putting together my first real venture into a reef tank. Prior to this tank, I had a smaller nano for a few years with a clown, some rock, and a few snails. After the clown died, my nephew took the tank and it is doing well. So I am setting up a small reef tank. I got a Nano Cube CF-Quad LED 28 gallon. So far I have CaribSea sand (30lbs), one CaribSea “live rock” chunk of rock and one piece of barnacle. I have added 9 gallons of Nutri-Sea water, and 20 gallons bulk Catalina Water. And that is where I am now. I would think my next step is a heater setup. I read on the forums horror stories of “heaters gone bad”, and wonder if it’s worth it to just start out with some sort of monitoring system. If not, than I would be grateful for any direction or advice on heaters. All input is greatly appreciated!! I am really excited about setting up this tank! Nice to to meet you all. Sandy
  3. Wondering what this brown stuff is on my coral. Not sure what coral it is as I bought the whole rock as a piece off another hobbyist. i have a bit of brown algae in my tank however this has gotten smaller and lost colour. All of my peremiters are well my nitrates are about 20ppm. any help would be appreciated, I’ve posted in other forums and haven’t gotten any advice. thanks
  4. I just got my first coral, it’s spotted mushroom from live aquaria. I’ve read their instructions on placement and water flow, but I’m wondering, how do I know if these corals are happy/doing well? How do I know if I should move them to a different place in the tank?
  5. So I recently picked up a torch and a favia for my 12.5 gallon tank. After a while I noticed the torch lose color very quickly, and begin to not extend much at all, and now I’m starting to notice the favia lose its green color on the top, but it still hasn’t it on the sides which are shaded from the light, is this fixable? All of my other vitals are doing well, but as you can see below, these two seem to be struggling.
  6. Hi all, First, a huge thank you to everyone on this forum that has been so helpful to me with all the posts I’ve made. Your advice has been crucial as I have been learning more about this hobby. I want ant to ask about lighting. A month ago I picked up someone’s used 32 gallon biocube that they had modified. They removed the canopy and replaced it with a mounted vivaspectra led light and a mesh cover. Recently ive been looking to change that setup since evaporation has been requiring me to add fresh water to the tank twice daily to maintain salinity. It’s impractical to have to use the RODI machine that often and so I built myself an acrylic cover to replace the mesh lid. I want ant to know if this will affect the light that reaches the tank. Does anyone have experience/ is it a good idea to run light through an acrylic panel and still grow healthy corals? aditionally the light is adjustable and can dim the 10k whites and actinic lights independently and im trying to decide what ratio of the two will be best for growing my corals. A few montipora, some acans, a couple chalices, and Zoas are the corals I’m currently growing. Assuming I have the right placement for each what spectrum of light is ideal to help them grow? More blue or more white? Will the acrylic lid affect how this ratio reaches the corals? any advice is deeply appreciated!
  7. I dont know what this is but it seems to be growing or living on the side of my acans. Will it hurt them?? Ignore my serpent star. It seems to have two tentacles/antennae?
  8. I bought this three-headed frag of acans 2 days ago. They seemed pretty happy until now. I even fed them some frozen mysis last night. but there was always this one corner that seemed to be releasing a little bit of slime into the water. That'ss what corals do when they've recently been disturbed and moved" I said to myself, and I assumed it would just wash away. Then today I got back from work and found that corner oozing lots of slime and can see some exposed skeleton! the other heads seem very happy; no recession as far as I can tell. And even the oozing head seems happy besides. But something is clearly wrong. Did I tear the polyp pacing it in the tank? Is it infected? can I blame this on water chemistry and lighting? I need a diagnosis and I feel like I need to act fast based on how suddenly this injury appeared.
  9. Thinking of buying a decent sized colony of Acan Echinata on sale at my LFS. Does anyone know how fast this coral grows? With/without feeding? Is it hard to care for? Basically any advice? Is it ok for someone with beginner to moderate experience with corals? (I’ve been keeping Monty Cap trumpets and frogspawn successfully for a few months)
  10. Jason2000

    Coral ID

    I've recently aquired my first marine aquarium which came as a full set up, including this coral which seems to be doing quite well. Can anyone identify it for me? Its about 6cm across currently. Also be interested to know how large and how fast it is likley to grow, and whether it will benifit from the soft coral powder food i'm adding for the other corals. Thanks in advance
  11. I have a biocube 14 with upgraded LEDs and a wave maker which does 144 gph flow. I have 4 coral colonies which are thriving The corals are Red Cap Monti (doubled its size in 4) Recently got an uknown stylophora which was in a low flow tank in Petco and got it for FREE (started growth on a new branch) Duncan coral (is growing 3 more heads) a yellow birds nest coral (also doubled its size) my cuc is 4 hermit crabs and an astrea snail. And centerpiece is a domino damsel I'm looking for 1 more easy to keep coral as I don't want to push the bioload. Any Ideas
  12. (I posted this same post in the corals forum) Hi. I'M new to the forum and was hoping some experienced reefers could offer some advice on my coral health! I have a 20 gallon DIY mixed reef tank that has been running for about 6 months. I have about 1 year experience running a 75 gallon reef tank that I took down about 6 years ago when I left for college. Everything I have added (soft corals, LPS, fish, inverts, nem) seems healthy and has been a pleasure to watch. Up until now I have never tried any SPS corals. 5 days ago I decided to venture into some "beginner" SPS. I don't have very accurate water testing kits so I am not looking to advance any further with difficult corals until I can at least better monitor my water parameters. I have a very large amount of live rock for the tank size and two hang-off-the-back filters (in case one ever fails). My heater is a decently stable and my digital thermometer always reads 78.4-78.8. My lighting is not very strong: Marineland LEDs rated at about 100 par at 12 inches and 6000K. It is also not diffuse at all and has almost spotlights of higher intensity throughout the tank. (yes, I plan to upgrade my lighting when I have the funds in about a month). I bought two montipora frags 5 days ago, one large orange monti cap and one small sunset monti. Both came from my LFS and were not shipped (at least not any time recently). To compensate for my low lighting I placed them about 5 inches down in the water directly under the "spotlights" from my LEDs. I really don't know enough to tell if they're doing ok or not. given that my situation is atypical bordering on stupid (I know it sounds bad) I want to make sure Im not killing the frags. I have a friend with a very successful SPS tank who will take them if I'm hurting them and I just don't want to see them die! I think they might be doing ok. I'll be watching for long term signs of health but I just wanted to ask if there are any issues visibly indicating immediate shock from new/bad tank conditions. Please don't be too hard on me. I know you'll want to know my water parameters and more details than I can probably measure. I don't want advice on keeping them alive as much as advice on how to tell if they're healthy (although all input is appreciated). If they aren't healthy I will rehome them at the first clear sign they're declining. I have attached pictures.
  13. I have a 20 gallon tank that has been set up for about 6 months and have been having great success with soft corals so I decided to pick up a trumpet coral and chalice frag 2 days ago. The trumpet seems happy but the chalice looks concerning. I know they don't like a lot of light while they adjust so it is at the bottom of my tank out of the direct light from my led lights (they are not particularly strong anyways). right away i noticed a little bit of brown discoloration on the side of the coral. over the couple of days I've had it the brown area seems to have become more distinct although no skeleton is exposed. I know there's a lot of variables at play (water params, parasites, lighting, handling) but what I want to know is whether this is a sign of a serious problem. The brown spot hasn't really progressed noticeably in the last day so is it a cause for concern? Although I do want to know why this happened I'm more concerned with just knowing what is happening and how worried I should be.
  14. So, the last couple of days, my Euphyllia is acting up a bit. I am not sure if it is not feeling well, or if it could be splitting or perhaps something else I am not aware of. What do you guys and girls think/suggest? This morning The afternoon As for parameters, only thing that is slightly elevated is my phosphate, since I am trying to balance out my chemistry some more. Other then that, my latest paramaters, before the water change last monday.  Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: ~10ppm Phosphate: .35 PH: 8.1-8.2 dKH: ~10.5 Calcium: 460 Salinity: 1.025 Temp: 77 Could it be preserving energy? Is it dying? I don't see any little critters, nor brownish goo, or zooxanthellae being expelled or whatsoever. It's been doing this for about 3 to 4 days now. Did a 25% waterchange on monday, to see if that would help out, so far it seems not to. Other corals and livestock seem to be ok and active and I haven't changed anything particular lately. Curious what you guys think could be going on 🤔.
  15. Mike P

    Duncan

    Duncan frag
  16. Hello everyone, I want to learn about some ways in which a coral might bleach or die. I am particularly interested in bleaching/death rates for each reason. As an example, I believe bleaching due to low light intensity might take a couple days while excessive light intensity might kill a coral much faster. Does anyone have a refference for all possible death rates of corals? Although I'm interested in sps corals, information on every coral would helpful. This could help use better make an idea on why our corals might br struggling. Thanks!
  17. I recently got my first SPS frag, a blueish Montipora Digitata. Now, with my other corals, I could get a decent enough idea if they were happy or not concerning flow and lighting for example, because their response was quite obvious and quick (Euphyllia and Rhodactis for example). However, this being my first SPS, I am not so sure, so I figured I'd make a small thread, hoping you guys and girls could help me out. As for my parameters, I measured these this morning and the frag is in my system for about a week; Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: ~3ppm Phosphate test kit is on its way PH: 8.2 dKH: 11.3 Calcium: 475 Lighting: AI Prime HD on a somewhat customized AB+ schedule and on an acclimation period until February 23 Flow: return nozzle and Aqamai KPS Left side view right side view Close up (crop) where the polyps seem to extend the most I am not entirely sure yet about the placement, because I see a lot of shading/dark sides on the frag, which is a result of the shape as well. I am also wondering if I could accidentally burn it, having it so high up on the rocks, that's why I put the Prime on an acclimation period though. Last but not least, my apologies for the quality of the images. They were made with my phone, yet I am looking to buy a filter and magnifier soon, because I really enjoy taking pictures of the frags and how they're evolving/growing. What do you guys and girls think? Polyp extension alright, or no? Anything I could or should change, any feedback is much appreciated! Bonus question, is it normal to tweak that much in the early stages of having a reef aquarium? I just can't seem to let it be, instead, I am wondering if the light schedule is alright, what about the placement of the frags....Flow, wondering if the return nozzle is aimed alright and the KPS schedule is decent enough....Oooh, how about the turnover rate? 🤦‍♂️ (I am really enjoying it though, don't get me wrong, haha!)
  18. 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.
  19. I have had a healthy large toadstool now for many years. This same toadstool I thought was going through its normal shedding, but it seemed to be taking longer than it normally does. I noticed a round brown spot developed almost overnight right near the center. As I normally do daily, I was blowing off the rocks with the baster and decided to blow what seemed to be a brown film on the toadstool. The tissue in the area was so soft that it blew a hole directly through the outer skin making a hole!! What is going on?! Never seen this before and need to know what I need to do. All other corals, including my sps are all fine, but it. See pic.
  20. Hello guys, About two years ago, I picked up a green rhodactis mushroom from the reef store. As soon as I put it in my tank, it spread out very wide and became very colorful. I continued to love the coral, and it kept growing until it doubled in size and became as large as the palm of my hand. It kept on flourishing and growing like this for about a year. Then, I noticed it wasn't coming out as much and I took some observations and did some research and found out that it was going to split, and it did. So then there were two mushrooms, but it just continued to go downhill from there. They shrank very gradually and lost their color, but I figured it was just a small phase and did nothing about it. Now, a year later, one of them has disintegrated, and I have one left about the size of a penny. It's not colorful anymore. I miss how it was two years ago 😭 Water parameters have not drastically changed at all, I just don't know what's wrong. Please help
  21. first off i want to find out what kind of coral i bought a while back. im just curious. and also i just finished feeding phytoplankton to my corals and are now feeding reef-roids. out of curiosity should i find a new coral food or maybe should i have any advice with food i currently feed them. Note: [my tank is a little cloudy because i just finished feeding and accedentally overloaded the food. lol, my bad] the coral is in the shell
  22. Hi there fellow nano reefers! 😜 I'm back at the aquarium game! In the past i had many aquaria, amazon biotoop, malawi cyclids, freshwater european etc. Only once had a go on the saltwater thing once, a 450 liter tank with everything going but time and place. So i had to abandon that... But after a few years, we're back! Now with a nice little 36 liter nano reef! Actually a Aqualantis Nano Marin 40, but i found out it holds 36 liters. So without further notice, here's the startup and a bunch of photo's! I hope you guys like it, have some tips and share your thoughts! The (mini) history: Montego Nano Bay 06-01-2019 Got the tank! Got the tank in! Second hand and…. back glass broken on transport. So, first job, fix the tank! After fixing of course water test. Everything’s okay, let’s start! 1 aqualantis Nano Marin 40 1 Tunze Comline DOC Skimmer 9001 1 600 l/h surface pump 1 300 l/h current pump 10-01-2019 start 2kg Colombo Marine Sand 36l RO water 1200gr Colombo Pro Reef Salt (KH9, Ca420 ppmMg1370) 11-01-2019 28ppt salinity (morning) 8kg cured live rock 18L seeded water in 15L made water out added 4 Colombo Bacto Balls 12-01-2019 found +/- 25 feather dusters 4/5 sponges 15-01-2019 feather dusters are +/- 35 Reef-Pi controller up and running! day night schedule sun up 12 -> 14, sun down 22 -> 0 | moon up 16 - 18, moon down 2 -> 4 top up with salt water 19-01-2019 found 2 new sponges found 3 spaghetti worms 2 feather dusters migrated to other stone 1 baby feather duster on other stone copepods on the stones top up with salt water 20-01-2019 test day 33ppt salt, KH14, CA350, MG1230, No3 1.5mg/l, Po4 0.03mg/l algae start to grow on top stone found 1 new sponge on other stone found 1 brittle starfish copepods swimming free and in the sand baby soft coral spotted?? 22-01-2019 First animals No3 < 1mg/l, Po4 = 0, NH3 = 0,25mg/l 1 finger coral 1 mushroom leather coral 1 button polyp coral 2 blue legged hermit crabs (3 legged and 4 legged) 1 fight between the crabs resulting in one losing one leg and a claw…. 24-01-2019 NH3 = 0 water change 6 liter finger coral replaced on big rock Reef-Pi placed and working: Controlling day/night light, pumps, skimmer and heater Day Night schedule is now following sun and moon of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Cloud, storm and thunder still undergoing work! 25-01-2019 33ppt 1 Lysmata amboinensis / Pacific Cleaner Shrimp - Ed/Eddie 1 Amblyeleotris guttata / Spotted prawn goby - Ocho 4 empty shells. 3 legged got a new one within ten seconds! 26-01-2019 All looks quite happy!! Ocho the goby is just hiding a bit... But eats and comes out!:D
  23. my coral had just recently stressed out which aat first i assummed somthing went wrong and checked all my tats and they looked nothing abnormal temp did not swing i have no idea what could have caused a salinity swing but i checked it and no changes... i took a loork at my 4 other corals and they are doing well some doing better than ever i just dont understand how this could of gotten this way considering it was just 2 hours since i last checked it and it was doing really well i would assume my idiot emerald crab walked all over it because it has no regard to any living thing it will step over hermit crabs other corals and even attempted at my cleaner shrimp or somthing else happened that i cant explain
  24. My Biocube 32 has been cycled for around three weeks, I added the first members of the CuC crew two weeks ago, and the first fish, a royal gramma, several days ago. I want to buy my first, hardier coral soon. Can I do it now, or would it be best to wait? Also, what would people suggest as a first coral? I've looked at green star polyps, mushrooms and others, but I'm curious what others would advise.
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