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  1. 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.
  2. The tube returns! Plans - I'm not sure, the Rollands will likely be banished here to keep it cycled. Lots of Macro once it's in season again, maybe an elegance or some euphyllia to just let go nuts in a nutrient-heavy system. I may as well do a little pricing game since I tagged this as a #BudgetReef, I'll update below whenever anything gets added: -Atoll tank, freebie with $130 AI Prime (I sold the light, bought a prime hd for 120 and then sold that - in any case the light's not on the tank so I don't think it counts) -Return pump, came with tank -Finnex Titanium Heater $20 -ABI Tuna Blue PAR 38 $30 ($3 for the lowedepot bargain fixture and $2 for the pie-tin light-shield) 12/20 Replaced with equal-cost NiCrew Hyperreef -Branch Rock $15 -Rolland's Damselfish $20 ($0 after store-credit, but that's kind of cheating) -Dragons Breath $0 (Was $5 for the original frag, but little lydia likes to frag it for me) -Odd Frogspawn morph $0 ( $5 originally, Came from 20L system -should maybe count?) -White Tipped Torch $0 ($10 originally, Came from 20L system -should maybe count?) -Pair of Trochus $3 -Red Legged hermit and shells $2 -4+ dwarf ceriths $0 (compliments of old tank and possible baby-time, still have a few juvie trochus growing up) -Branching Briarium $5 March Additions: -Duncan (purchased by my wonderful wife) $10 -Bravo Favia (Some crazy oaf of a monkey came in and fragged the original $15 animal, what luck!) -Baby Acan colony $20 May Additions: -Chalice coral from 20 Long $0 ($10 or so last year -might need to count?) -Iron Man Disco $12 August Additions: -Neon Green Sinularia $10 -Autumn Favia $5 -Hydor Centrifugal 260 Return pump $25 November Additions: -Gobstopper Zoanthid $3 PP $10 -Miami Hurricane Chalice $5 (Thank you PieMan2k for the ID) -Mystic Monti $Free.99 December Shuffling: -Sinularia swapped with Trumpet coral -Par Bulb swapped for NiCrew $192 Total This is about the tanks, not me, so I decided to post every acrylic-tanks favorite snackfood, Polish... I may have accidentally crazed the whole interior with a paper-towel which previously had rubbing alcohol on it, and it may have taken a few days to polish it clear again. Whole setup is just waiting for a table to sit on, and then will get wet and dirty with some nice pre-cycled rock, I'll even toss a damsel in for color!
  3. NanoNick0107

    What are these??

    Hi everyone, I am new to this whole reefing thing and am enjoying all the gains I have made so far. I just noticed these things growing out of the octospawn (euphyllia). I haven’t really noticed it before because it is at the back of the tank and I figured I would do a wellness check on it. Anyone seen this before? Is it just growing more? Something to worry about? The thing looks healthy and is thriving so I am not too concerned more just curious. thanks in advance
  4. yavaar19

    Need help with torch corals!

    Hey guys!...I need some help with experienced reefers...the 2 torch that I have all have their tentacles retracted and it’s been like that for over a week now....for the past month, everything I add in a torch, for the first few days their tentacles extends very well but after a few days it stays retracted and never fully extend and I can’t figure out why...any help would be appreciated....I have tried reducing the light intensity and all but still can’t fix the problem... Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 50 Phosphate: 0.02 PH: 8 Alkalinity: 8 Calcium: 450 Mag: 1440 Temperature: 78.4
  5. Ash1176

    First saltwater build

    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: - AI prime HD -stock pump -VCA Random flow generator -hydor Koralia 240 powerhead -cobalt neo therm 50w heater -inkbird temp controller ITS-308S -XP Aqua duetto ATO -diy eggcrate basket for chamber 1 running filter floss, and a bag of seachem matrix 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.
  6. Most Recent FTS: Updated 11/19/2020: Tank: Drilled 40 Breeder with Modular Marine Overflow (Bean Animal Style) Sump: 20 Gallon Long with Custom Baffles https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/custom-20g-long-sump-design-feedback-wanted.601665/ Filtration: Carbon, Klir Filter Roller, Simplicity Skimmer Lighting: Aquatic Life T5 and Orbit Marine Pro -2X Blue+ -1X Coral+ -1X Actinic Flow: Sicce 2.0 return pump with RFG nozzles 2X Nero 5 1X standard non-controllable powerhead Dosing: Red Sea Ca, Alk, and Mg on Kamoer X1 Dosing Pumps Heater: 200W Cobalt Neotherm ______________________________________________________ I have been working on this project here and there for a while but I figured it was time to start an official thread. This tank will hopefully be filled in the next few weeks! This tank marks a lot of firsts for me so please chime in if you have suggestions. Does anyone still use Miracle Mud? I was thinking about adding it to my refugium section. I built a tray to hold some substrate in my fuge and am looking for suggestions on what to fill it with. I'm also gonna go bare bottom with this tank and hopefully grow some montis, zoas, and other encrusting corals all over the starboard at the bottom. I have a lot of montis at the top of the scape in my 20 gallon and I dont want to repeat that mistake. They are fast growers and shade out large sections of the tank. I am currently working on the plumbing which has given me a lot of appreciation for all the reefers with those immaculate color coordinated PVC works of art in their stands ( you know who you are). I am on at least the 4th home depot run at this point. Anyways I look forward to getting this tank wet and sharing the progress with everyone!
  7. antigonus

    Question about Euphyllia corals

    I am trying to somewhat restructure my tank from having only the more "newbie" corals. to some LPS and hardier SPS. Right now I have stocked xenia, clove polyps, green mushrooms, toadstool, Kenya tree coral, as well as Zoanthids and Montipora I recently acquired. My LFS has some Euphyllia, a few varieties, but I'm cautious about their level of aggression and stinger tentacles. Is it possible to place safely away from other corals in a relatively small tank like a Biocube 32? Or should I stay away from them completely?
  8. merickson45

    Hammer Coral suddenly dying

    Hi everyone, Just wanted to post this picture of my hammer coral which is not doing so well, to see if anyone can identify what is wrong with it. Here are before and after pictures (before is a frame from a video, sorry for the bad quality, only picture I have) I've had it for around 3 weeks, and it had been doing great that whole time. I had it in a quarantine tank for a few weeks, and it seemed to be doing fine, so a few days ago I transferred it to my main display. The parameters on each tank are essential identical (Alk ~9 dkH, Phosphates < 0.1ppm, Nitrates < 5ppm). It seemed fine at first, but after a few days it closed up tight, and last night I saw some skeleton starting to show. This morning I transferred it back to the QT after doing a short iodine dip. This picture was taken just now. Only thing I've heard of that kills euphyllia fast is brown jelly, but I don't really see any of the typical traits. Any ideas/suggestions?
  9. Dear Reefing Family, It has been two days now, and my Torch coral has been exhibiting some unusual behavior. Interestingly, I do not see the green tips on many of the polyps. This was noticed only in the morning (I believe it might have happened overnight). Salinity = 1.025 dKH = 8.5 Ca = 425 Nevertheless, the reason for my worry is that all the other inhabitants are doing well. Could this be a one-off scenario where it is just pissed for no reason? Or it could be a Polyp bailout situation? The tissue is still attached to the skeleton, so I'm really not sure Any guidance and/or pointers from your experience will be greatly appreciated. I hope this coral gets back to normal. This is one of my favorite corals!
  10. Azure Phoenix Reefing

    Hammer coral not feeling so well?

    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 🤔.
  11. sapling

    Sapling’s 45p nano

    Hello everyone, so due to a incredibly rushed move I was forced to break down my fusion 10 and diy 25 😞 so two days here I decided to start a new tank! There’s a lot of local stores here and I amazingly saw a 45p and just had to have it when I saw. Anyways the equipment is a bit bare bones 1 aquaclear 30 1 aquatop 50w 1 nanobox tide I was able to take with me 11 pounds dry LR 10 pounds live sand ive decided to use dr Tim’s fishless cycle method and have been following that dosing with the ammonium chloride. Until the cycle is over I only have a sponge but plan to use purigen as well. Possibly red seas supplements or some other phosphate removal to correct water parameters from SW from the store. The next thing im thinking of is making a stand to house either a small sump to use Lily pipes to hide equipment or an ATO and reservoir, as evaporation is incredibly fast in Phoenix compared to Memphis. My planned inhabitants will most likely be no fish. As for corals, I’m wanting to keep a euphillia dominated tank. Possibly a couple other mushroom or lps. I’m currently looking at a large group of sexy shrimp with a couple other small critters like hermits and snails. I am also wanting to seed the tank with copepods but unsure what cultures I should be looking at? Is there any recommendation? Anyways here are the pictures of the tank so far! 7/23/18 thank you for any comments or advice!
  12. Started this tank on March 30, 2017 with stock pump and filter sock, koralia nano from previous tank, and 5 lb of LR, and about 8.5 gallons of saltwater to start. The tank is almost a year old now and some upgrades have happened. (will take some better pics with the camera later) Equipment -IM Ti ATO (going to tunze nano ato) -Ran a kessil a80 for 11 months before going to a radion (diffusion kit/rm -Jbj 1/15 hp Chiller with 1.0 return -Sicce 0.5 return - inTank Media rack with 2 filer floss on top, seachem matrix, bottom two filter flosses -inTank universal media skimmer -was running a IM desktop Media Reactor with carbon but since the RMS mount is fairly big i had to remove the reactor (don't mind that because its freaking study!) So in turn I have a Fudge basket that I might run with more matrix in it if the tunze 9001 doesnt work out (coming) -MP10 wQD -inTank Frag rock (2) - 5 lb LR -3 lb Sand (going to take down to less lb's till its barley covered probably -Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 100w heater - 6.5 chemipure Live Stock: - Rainbow Acans - Duncans - Walking Aussie Duncan - Purple Tipped Frogspawn - Young Maxima Clam - Rock anemone -3 nassarius snails -3 Trochus Snail -3 Aussie young scolymia/s? LOL -Side plant is one of 3 succulents I got at a baby shower and decided to try to grow it under the XR-15 instead of my bedroom window lol, so if they switch out ever that why. Let me know if you have any thoughts on the tank! Plan on upgrading to a Lagoon 25 at some point this year I hope!
  13. On Thursday I picked 3 corals; 2 hammers and one frogspawn. Didn't mean to but the store was runnign a $19.99 sale on corals that are typically $60. These are the type of corals that made me decide I wanted a reef tank .so I ended up walking out with 3. To my eyes the other hammer (he looks like he has a micro feather duster in him) and froagspawn seem to be adjusting. The other tank inhabitants (PJ cardinal, Duncan, brain, candy cane and even my temperamental zoas plus various snails and hermits) look well. i got him in Thursday's and he looked grumpy, then on Friday he puffed up but today as you can see, next to the frogspawn he's retracted. My tank cycles a couple weeks ago and my parameters are below. Missing alkalinity and calcium. I'll run those tonight. I'll expect somewhere around 360 calcium (I just stared dosing) and 11. I want to try and minimize the amount of time I spend obsessively moving. Coral around my tank for obvious reasons but want to make sure it's comfortable and not stressed. My guess is that he's adjusting to my tank and the other two had an easier time; hat or they'll retract in a day or two. I also don't want to ignore warning signs either. appreciae any insight. SG 1.02 Tank Biocube Temp 78 Ammo 0 ppm Nitrites 0 ppm Nitrates less than 10 ppm pH 8.0 Alk Cal Phosphates 0 Last WC before adding the 3 corals on Thursday
  14. dawz2

    Bubble Hammer?!

    My hammer is doing great, but it has had a big bubble for the last several weeks! What in Oden's beard is going on?! Here’s a pic and short video clip:
  15. bronson123

    Is my Hammer Coral healthy and happy?

    Hey! l have had an ORA Wall Pink Hammer Coral for a couple weeks now and I have had it in two locations: on top of rock work with more flow and now I have the hammer on the bottom of tank with low flow. l am new to reefing in general and do not know how to tell if my coral is happy and healthy, since every coral is different. Some of the smaller tentacles on my hammer have small curls in them and l am just concerned. Also, the hammer coral’s tenticles look spread out instead of compact like other hammer’s l have seen. Please give me some feedback. The hammer comes out everyday and never stays retracted, which makes me feel he is just fine! l will be upgrading to a Kessil 160w light eventually. Thanks!! For my tank details: - 20 gallon - Dual Marineland biowheel filter - 500 GPH power head - Clownfish, damsel, chromi fish - Frogspawn and Zoa Coral - Live sand - 2 Marineland LED Lights Tank was established and cycled until levels were at zero before adding anything. Cycling took 21 days before anything was added. l cycled with the product Stability and my water is tested every day. Water temp is kept at 74 with salinity of .022. The tank has been up for almost two months now.
  16. I came home tonight and my Euphyllia Torch was very retracted and spitting out what looks like long strands of dark brown algae. The mouth on one of the heads looks like it has melted away and the space where the small mouth used to be is about the size of a quarter. The strands are long and look like algae. The coral looked really good and healthy only 5 hours ago. There is nothing around the base, and it doesnt look bubbly/jelly like but like long strands of dark algae. Is this brown jelly disease? If so, what do I do? What are the odds it survives? What other corals could it spread to? (I have Xenia, Zoas, Duncan, Leptastrea, Montipora Setosa, Riccordea, cyphastrea) Pictures Attached: the bottom one is the head where the mouth looks like it has melted away. THe long dark strand is what I am talking about, it has spit out a couple of these in the 20 min since Ive gotten home Other tank notes: Ammonia =0, Nitrites= 0, Nitrates= 0. I added the monti setosa 2 days ago. I did a 30% Water change 2 days ago, fed the 2 clownfish and the corals red sea reef energy earlier today. I have an outbreak of red slime algae in the tank but it has been down on the sandbed not near the euphyllia.
  17. I introduced a new small single head branching hammer coral to my reef tank. Placed it next to my existing 1 year old 4 head hammer. In a matter of 1-2 days, I noticed that my old hammer had its two heads that are facing the new hammer retracted and slimming. Moved the new hammer to another place. The new hammer looks healthy. The old hammer has 2 heads affected and the other 2 heads (the ones that were not facing the new hammer) doing OK. The affected heads are showing some brown slime (I hope it is not brown jelly) and I have seen some tissue and polyp detachment. Any recommendations? Params: Tank is 1 year old with healthy coral and fish. Salinity: 1.026 pH: 8.2 PO4: 0.02 ppm NO3: 0.5 ppm Alk: 8.9 dKH Ca: ˜430 Temp: 80.6 F constantly for 1+ year Other: I have been vodka and vinegar dosing for about a year now. First NOPOX, then Vodka + Vinegar for, and currently Vinegar-only. I don't think this is related as all other corals are doing fine, including the other heads of this affected coral, but maybe worth mentioning. Pics: 1. Zoom of affected head. 2. Affected hammer coral 3. New hammer coral
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