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windslab posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsHello everyone! Windslab here. A few months ago I happened into an established Waterbox nano that needed a rehoming. I was thrilled with this opportunity as it's been about 5 years since I had to leave the hobby (school, moving etc.) and was looking for an excuse to get my hands wet again (plus, the past two years in healthcare haven't been stressful at all, so I figured now was the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in the critical care of hobbies ;)). Well, enough rambling on that front. When I picked up the tank it consisted of: Livestock- Percula orange clown Wyoming white Trochus snail x1 Red-legged hermit x1 Pale'd out Acan ~ 12 heads Leather Kryptonite Candy Cane ~ 4 heads Short tentacle torch ~ 3 heads Purple & green hammer ~ 2 heads GSP ~ 2 x 2 inches Hardware- NICREW 30w HyperLED Bag of carbon Bag of plastic bioballs (still need to transition to ceramic media...) stock return pump 100w heater Moving day went according to plan. Once home and settled, I made a new aquascape and let things settle out in the sandbed. I made sure to chisel the GSP off the top off the rock to create a nice turf island up front. A made a few changes pretty quickly. Water params were solid when I took it over, but I needed things like a lid, media housing etc. I'll list the breakdown below, but the big difference was adding an AI Prime. I started it on Saxby's at 60% (acclimating from 30%) and have since been increasing about 5% every week or two. I'm planning on dropping the whites as my blues nears peak of ~100%. Trying to find the balance between happy spa and happy lps has been a bit of a trial and error process. Anyways, here's the livestock that I've added (everything I picked up were very small frags. Trying to pack things in while not breaking the bank...) OG Mummy Eyes Chalice Green / Blue Ultra RFA 4x Red legged hermits 2x Trochus snails 3x astrea snails 1x skunk cleaner shrimp Blue hornet zoa Rainbow hornet zoa scrambled eggs zoa playboy bunny zoa sonic flare zoa spitfire zoa goblins on fire zoa Jawbreaker mushroom St. Thomas mushroom green/yellow ricordea Magician's zoa JF Lethal Leptoseries Flaming Phoenix montipora BigR Gumdrop Echinata Aussie Duncan Pink/ purple yuma Forrest Fire Digitata ASD rainbow Phoenix Montipora Poletti's yellow tipped austera Rainbow Acans With all that typed out, here are the hardware changes I've made: AI Prime 16hd Kraken Reef lid inTank surface skimmer inTank media basket (chamber 1) + filter floss (change every other day), carbon + phosguard, bioballs inTank sump cover Aqumai KPS powerhead JBJ Nano AT So far most everything is doing well. Surprisingly the most finicky thing are the magicians zoos. I've tried them in many different spots and they still aren't happy. I'm a bit worried about loosing them. Additionally the austera is up and down. Some days it looks better than others however it still has a ways to bounce back. I test Mg/Ca/Alk/Phos/Nitrates every two days and dose accordingly. My Mg has been a bit lower than I would like so I'm planning on switching to a salt with higher Mg (currently mixing redsea blue bucket). Most recent params as of 3/25 were: Mag- 1280 Calcium- 440 Alkalinity- 8.7dKH Phos- 0.02 Nitrates- 6 Overall I'm happy with the water, but ideally I'd like a nitrate of 3-4 and a Mag of 1320-1350. Over the next months I'm planning on swapping out the KPS for a Nero 3 (if I can ever get my hand on one!). The KPS has been fine, but I haven't been overly impressed. Plus I'd like to run everything through one app, but that's just me being extra. Additionally, I plan to slowly sway the bioballs over to Marinepure gems. I've always preferred ceramic media and honestly should have begun this process right when I got the tank. I would like to add a Tailspot blenny at some point soon as well. If I add more livestock, I will turn the second filter area into a microfuge. Hopefully this will regulate phosphates and keep a nice home for a decent pod population. I plan to update this regularly as I add new inhabitants! I'm still trying to figure out the whole tank LED photography thing, any tips are greatly appreciated! -Windslab
Amp's 35 Breeder So after nearly a year of grabbing ebay deals, three different leaking 40 breeder tanks, and accumulating a bunch of supplies I've managed to scrape-together and finish an upgrade for the 20 long. The older system had been struggling for over a year, dino's, monti eating nudi's, skeletal erosion band disease... A clownfish who has been through two two-month treatments of General Cure food, a month of fenbendazole food, too many two-week treatments of both to count, multiple mag-sulfate food courses and still has a mixture of normal-movements, thin stringy movements, and white casing movements. A pair of Rolland damsels which spawned only for the male to almost kill the female overnight in response. A year old maxima killed by a corallimorph relocation attempt... Periods of growth followed by mysterious recession, nutrient swings, a skimmer which constantly tried to perform auto-water changes... And plain old too-little space. I'd wanted a lagoon-style system to begin with, so I set out to making one. There's technically a mythical tank-size, a "30 breeder", produced by a couple of manufacturers, but it's almost impossible to actually find or buy one, instead I decided to wait for a $ per gallon sale and make my own. I really don't need the extra height of a standard 40 breeder, fish don't need it and corals getting that tall need to be trimmed anyway. I much prefer using the extra air for the light, plus smaller, easier waterchanges, and I can now have some serious wave action (I may build a standing-wave generator out of a spaghetti tupperware container and the Jebao XD). -The baffle is jury-rigged an mis-measured (I decided to make it 35 instead of 32 gallons last-minute) -The skimmer was just a K-100 body I grabbed for next-to-nothing, cleaned-up and bought a new couple pumps for -The light is the same used 120w Maxspect I bought and had refurbished for just a touch over the price of a prime HD (but now with diffuser panels backed with foil to keep light from spilling into the room) -Pump is an old sicce fountain pump (w/ 6-foot head before flow loss to 200 gph?) I grabbed on ebay for $10 new -The power heads are; the same KPS, and a new Jebao sdw-5 on Else mode -Cool random flow generator, these accelerators are awesome love it so far -Two 50W Finnex Titanium heaters on an Inkbird -A C02 Scrubber from BRS -Had some lovely glass panels made as a cover by a local glass shop, they're pretty-thick but you don't actually lose much more light doubling the thickness of float glass anyway -Oh and I made a little square from diffuser panel to eliminate any possibility of fish jumping out
Hey guys! I have had my 40 liter nano running now stable for about 4 months. Everything is theiving and growing and look's very healthy. Just one coral isn't doing very well at the moment.... One digitata, actually the very first coral that went into the tank three months ago! Three weeks ago, in amther of days, the polyps retracted and the bottom went pale. The only change i made before that, was adding two mangroves in sump and removing some filtermedium. I then reintroduced the filtermedium and the digitata stabilized. The color in the pale parts slowely came back. The polyps just didn't. In the healthy parts the polyps came back better every day. Niw three weeks later, I came home today and compared to yesterday about 1cm went pale! I don't inow what's happening... It grew great in the first few months. In some parts even up to 0,5 cm. In the last two months the rock on which the digitata is, is also covered in hard, dark brownish algea. I actually like the look of it, so didn't see it as a problem. Could it be? See the photo's for what i mean. All other animals are doing great! Eating, growing, making house, cleaning, shitting and did i mention growing? i have: - couple occelaris - 1 orange spotted watchman goby - 1 pacific cleaner shrimp - 2 blue legged hermit - 1 nassarius - 3 astrea - bunch of brittle stars - 1 peanut worm - 1 bristle worm - about 30 featherdusters - small superman monti - small monti carpricornis - two small hammer corals - 1 toadstool - 1 goniopora - 2 small mangroves living in the filter - some beautiful coraline algea - handful of hitchhiker sponges - 1 monti digitata values: Temp: 25.4 sal: 1.026 kh: 9 ca: 460 ph: 8 mg: 1470 no3: 2 mg/l nh3: 0 po4: 0
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!)