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  1. I have been fighting keeping the water clear on my 24 gallon cube. I've had it for about 9 months Do all the suggested maintenance. I just did a complete water change about three weeks ago and now it looks like green water. Before refilling I cleaned all the decorations and glass. Replaced the gravel and scrubbed out any visible allege. The water was great for about 3 weeks now it looks like I need to start over. My tank has 4, about an inch, tetras, 4 smaller then the tetras fan tail guppies and a cat feeder. I put in a couple of water plants hoping that would help. I do replace the foam filter and charcoal as required. Maybe I need to do it more often. I currently don't have any allege blooming. Any suggestions? I am considering putting and exterior filtration system and a bigger pump. Would this be advisable? Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Greetings everybody! I have a question about my filtration on my Fluval 13.5 I'm using these Marine Pure balls which are suppose to have crazy amounts of surface area and all that. But it seems something that people talk about that they don't are the levels of aluminum that it could leach. being a small nano reef I don't want any levels of aluminum in my water column. Has anyone heard of this? Also, is there a better alternative for such a small tank? I've filled the whole second chamber with these balls. Maybe transitioning to a small bit of chaeto would be a more natural way? If it matters, I have upgraded my return pump to the Sicce 1.0, so there's an alright amount of flow back there! Thank so much!
  3. donutmanstan

    Marine Pure Bio-Balls?

    Greetings everybody! I have a question about my filtration on my Fluval 13.5 I'm using these Marine Pure balls which are suppose to have crazy amounts of surface area and all that. But it seems something that people talk about that they don't are the levels of aluminum that it could leach. being a small nano reef I don't want any levels of aluminum in my water column. Has anyone heard of this? Also, is there a better alternative for such a small tank? I've filled the whole second chamber with these balls. Maybe transitioning to a small bit of chaeto would be a more natural way? If it matters, I have upgraded my return pump to the Sicce 1.0, so there's an alright amount of flow back there! Thank so much!
  4. Coopdod50

    IM 20 peninsula filtration

    Hello everyone! This is my first post on Nano-Reef and I'm in need of some opinions/advice/help. In September I bought the Innovative Marine 20 gallon Peninsula tank as a tank to keep me company and take with me to Oklahoma State in August. Right now i have just Zoas in there but I'm planning on getting some euphyllias and LPS once this quarantine is over. I feel like my filtration setup is ok but could be better and that's why I'm here. In the right chamber where the water comes in I've got the IM nano caddy with the shelves removed and Poly-fill stuffing inside acting as filter floss. In the middle chamber I've got the InTank refugium caddy filled with SeaChem Matrix for biological filtration and just the return pump in the third chamber. If any of you have suggestions or own the tank I would love some advice and feel free to drop photos of your filtration setups!
  5. Hello everyone! Long time lurker, first time poster here 👋🏼 I'm an avid but new lover of plants and saltwater aquariums, and this space has been instrumental in being able to learn so much in a short amount of time. So far, I have a pretty successful 10g AIO with 2 clowns, some macro, and a few LPS going. But recently I found and bought a used AI Prime HD and decided I wanted to set up a 5g planted macro tank with my first light: a fluval sea nano. Now I want to keep this as simple as possible and buy as little extra equipment as I need to. This is where I would like your input. I got a 50w Aqueon heater and I have an Eheim Skim350 that I occasionally run on my 10g- could I use that for flow and minimal filtration? The system would mostly be running on biological filtration and water changes. As a thought also, is live sand enough? Im still working out the scape in my head but it's a question I had in my head 🤔 I don't plan on having animals in here except a clean up crew and maybe a yellow goby? (Is this appropriate or too small a volume for the fish?) Thank you for anyone reading this and those that might respond 🙂
  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. Without going into water Params, does this look like Dino’s or diatoms? There’s coralline, hair algae and then the brown all mixed together. On some rocks it looks like Dino’s, on the sand bed it looks like diatoms and on the glass it looks like all of it. My 20G Long has been a swing of issues over the last 3 yrs. Mostly green hair algae. But this brown crap has been going on for a little while now. Thanks a bunch!!!
  8. I'm running a Biocube 32 and have a bit more live rock than i'm sure what to do with, is there any sense in hammering some to rubble and putting it in the bottom of the second chamber like some people have done? Or would this just needlessly complicate things and allow for a unnecessary build up of nutrients?
  9. Multifasciatus

    can we? Or can we not?

    So as the title states, can we? Or can we not? Being Reef hobbiest as a whole we all have many things we say can or cannot be done, from fish store employees, to hobby literature, , veterans, to beginners, everybody’s opinions are different. I’ve worked in the industry for years, and have heard many many things. What I’ve noticed is most of these have no bases in actual science. Some of which I’ve proven through expierments to be false and others true (gorgonians do not die if they touch air, some sponges however do) what I have found is a “you cannot unless you....” is more appropriate. So everybody post things that you think cannot be done or “rules” you have heard that you are unsure about and let’s discuss them. See if someone has evidence to the contrary. And maybe have some results for expierments proving if this to be the case or not. Please let’s not take unneeded risks with livestock, always be mindful and responsible of the creatures we care for. And please keep an open mind and remember some of the species we keep now would have been considered impossible not that long ago.
  10. I’ve been sitting against the wall staring at my 40 gallon breeder aquarium, and the thought popped into my head, how about Saltwater? I understand that the chemistry is vastly different, and I’m very experienced with freshwater, however saltwater intimidates me. My question is would it be possibly to turn this 40 gallon GLASS not ACRYLIC into a good saltwater aquarium, any information/suggestions would help, but my knowledge on saltwater is limited. I don’t not wish to heavily stock this aquarium because I understand that these creatures are delicate and require a more in depth knowledge.
  11. Hey guys! So i bought this 20 some odd gallon biocube off of craigslist but I dont think it is biocube brand because the filtration is a little odd and I was wknderi g if anyone knows any DIY solutions to create a filter basket for something like this? Its just two big open chambers in the back, I put filter pad and an eggcrate but I know I need more Its still cycling also
  12. I am re-setting up a Fusion 10g and I want to house mainly an anemone some chalices maybe a stick if i am lucky ...oh and my clownfish. So wanted to get a conversation started regarding the filtration I currently have in mind: Was thinking of going with: Reef Glass Protein Skimmer MarinePure Ceramic Spheres Chaeto Algae Reactor Do you guys think this is overkill? What you think? Thanks for your time.
  13. I need advice from experienced reef keepers. I want to decide do I need skimmer or it will better to place Chaeto instead of protein skimmer in skimmer's chamber. I have Fluval Evo 13.5 mixed reef tank, which I installed in beginning of January. Equipment is the following: - stock 500 l/h return pump - Sicce sincra 1000 l/h wave maker - Fluval PS2 mini protein skimmer - AI Prime HD lights Other filter media I am using - piece of Acurel nitrate remover media pad, + piece of phosphate remover media pad - Xport bio plate from Brightwell aquatics - Activated carbon. Live stock for filtration - around 12 kg live rock - 20 kg black live sand from Carib Sea Arag-alive Right now it is already one week that I removed skimmer and placed Chaeto and seems everything is still ok, just my Seriatopora is opening it's polyps little bit smaller. Please advice me was it right decision to remove the skimmer or not?
  14. Hey all I've had several freshwater tanks but im finally going to scratch my saltwater itch. I'm going to be running a Biocube 32 that I plan to upgrade with a tunze 9001 skimmer, Intank Media basket, and Hydor Evolution Pump 240. I was planning on using CaribSea Arag-Alive Pink Sand and mostly base rock with a few pounds of live. Any and all suggestions, recomendations, and advice on filtration media, heater, etc, etc im all ears. Thanks in advance for any help, super stoked to start this up.
  15. Sugawara2

    Acrylic Back Sump Wall

    Hey everyone! I'm trying to get back into the hobby again after being on hiatus for about 3 years and am planning a 16 gallon (roughly) AIO tank. I've decided on integrating the filtration into the back because I don't have that much space below the tank and I wanted to keep it a bit tidy lol. The tank dimensions are 24" L x 16" W x 11" H. So.. I was wondering If you guys think that 2mm thick black acrylic is okay for the wall of the back sump as well as the baffles inside? It's kinda expensive to buy acrylic where I'm from so I cant really go for the 4mm thick ones and they only sell them in large sheets. hoping to hear from y'all
  16. Hello. I'm new to the reefing hobby and have just started my nano tank (Coralife Biocube 32). Everything is stock and I also have a skimmer. I am looking for suggestions for the types of filtration to use in the middle chamber with the media rack. Right now I have that filter cartridge with the carbon on top of the rack, and the matrix with the media bag on the second shelf. What else should I consider adding? Should I add filter floss or some other type of carbon? Just need a little insight on what works best. Thanks in advance.
  17. Outside of ADA's $180 surface skimmer, there are a lot of options out there. Was wondering if people had experience. This is for a low flow (sump-less) tank that tends to get a film on the surface (which then supports dust). Examples are... Amazon Link HOB add-on Another filter add-on (current choice) etc. Suggestions? Quality DIY build link?
  18. Hello everyone! I'm brand new to the Reef world and new to the forum! I've had freshwater (and currently still do) but after researching and researching for the past 4mos I finally decided to start a Reef. So far I have purchased a Mr Aqua 12gallon long, and 20lbs of Pukani rock (so I had choices ?) and a Hanna Phosphorus meter, Red Sea Basic Reef tests, and Refractometer. That's it. Currently my brain is having a filtration battle. I don't have space for a sump, and I'd prefer to keep the tank as clear of devices as possible. My battle is between a canister with glass lily tubes and maybe a Reef glass skimmer OR an Aquaclear 110 with the Tunze 9001. I would appreciate any thoughts on this as I start scaping and planning the rest of my tank! Thanks in advance! As I learn, I discover NEW questions! ?? I've changed the title of thread to reflect my continual curiosity.... Bear with me! Or am I supposed to start new threads... hmmm ?
  19. ReefBack

    Protein Skimmer for 5 Gal Sump

    I have a 8 Gal LPS dominated reef tank. I'm planning on building the sump. I already have the tank for the sump which is a 5 Gal tank. My question is, which protein skimmer would fit best in my sump ? https://www.tokopedia.com/aquastop/jebo-178-protein-skimmer https://www.tokopedia.com/ikansapoesapoe/jebo-protein-skimmer-180-ii https://www.tokopedia.com/ikansapoesapoe/resun-protein-skimmer-sk-300 https://www.tokopedia.com/abfaquatic/protein-skimmer-resun-sk-05-aquarium-laut P.S. I'm picking these not because they're cheap but rather because these are the only ones that can fit in my stand
  20. Hello, I'm just want your honest advanced opinion. I have a 40 gallon reef tank and I did vodka dosing on it and the Phos went down to 0ppm and nitrates are gradually coming down that started from 40ppm down to 15ppm. Now my question is I'm building a 120 gallon fish only tank with no LR and no substrate. My filtration is a 30 gallon sump with some mech media, bio ring, activated carbon, chemi pure blue, ASM G4 PS up to 400 gal capacity. Can vodka dosing be beneficial with FO tank to remove nitrates? it worked on my 40 gallon reef. will it work on my 120 gallon since i have a 4x over protein skimmer for it?
  21. RavensReefer

    Myriad Of Questions

    Ok, so I'll start from the top here. I've been following the Reefing hobby for a long time now, and was planning on setting up a system for next year at school. I pretty much just wanted to see if i could maintain an easy softie/clownfish/cardinalfish situation, and sell the fish and corals back at the end of my school-year. I was starting to have big cost worries, however, and was approaching the point on giving up on reefing for 2 years (until grad) when someone up above (or down below) sent me a message. This message said: "Free". A 38 gallon tank (36x12x18) with stand (needs spray-paint), an old Marineland C360 cannister filter (with biopellets and bioballs, still covered in algae, inside), a red-sea Prizm (not working, impeller broken), 2 heaters (both working apparently (weird)), and a very cheap powerhead for mixing salt. The tank also came with a bucket of dry-algae covered rock that's actually kind of pleasing to look at, but won't be used (no time to cure rock, and this guy had some real algae problems, clearly). I didn't have a chance to ask about any of this, as it was on a lawn behind a piece of plywood with "free" written on it in day-glo spray paint. It appears to me that I've now got some options. The C360 is not working, and I've been fiddling with it all day. From what I can see, these canisters frequently leak, and i think the root of my problems is a leak coming from the priming button on the top of the unit. I've cleaned everything with vinegar, removed all the bio-balls and pellets from the system, tightened all the tubes- nothing. The system kind of gargles- hums for a few seconds, gargles slowly and then faster, hums, repeat. I suspect that air is being pulled through the primer that leaks water when starting a siphon. Do I care? I understand that the canister solution is a majorly out of style one. That being said, I see myself running it more like a carbon/gfo reactor, with a bit of floss in another tray, and chemi-pure or something like it in another tray. Is this goofy? Keep in mind that I'm on a tight budget. That being said, I want my system to be future proof. and I understand that 40$ to fix something like this now is 40$ on the street in 6 months when I find the cash to drill my tank and get a sump up and running. Any chance that cementing the priming button closer and using something like a turkey-baster to start the system is a worthwhile endeavor? Same question for the Prizm, it seems to me that the impeller for the system is struggling, it spits out tiny bubbles rarely, but seems to sputter and choke often. A new impeller is 25$ or so, am I wasting money here? How considerable is the difference between no skimmer, Prizm, and 100$ skimmer? This tank won't even start cycling for a few more weeks, is it worth holding off and looking for a deal? Is it possible that the Impeller is working and i have no idea how to prime it? (I'm filling the whole assembly about halfway with water and plugging it, seems straightforward to me). What does a failed/failing pump sound like? There's considerable salt creep/green rust on some of the plugs, is this potentially causing some of my problems? Finally, the tank is missing it's middle support, one that's supposed to run the 12inches across the tank at it's center. When full, the tank seems fine, maybe slightly bowed. How big a DIY fix is this? Is it necessary? I have other questions about my cycle and lighting, but I can hold off on these for now.
  22. Setting up a 10 gal (20" across and 12" deep) for LPS and soft corals with some invertebrates and I am trying to figure out if it's necessary to include an algae turf scrubber to my tank. I know that it's beneficial for corals but is it worth the effort of making one? I don't have a sump or fuge mainly because they look difficult and expensive to set up and I didn't think one would be needed for a tank this small but I'd like to know if it would be worth investing in and how I can go about setting one up. I'm worried about any sort of drilling due to the fact that the glass isn't thick and I'm worried about it breaking. That's why I feel like setting up an ATS would be a lot of work for this tank. Anyone know of a way you can set one up without a sump? Any and all advice is much appreciated, I want to make sure I'm doing everything right. Thanks a ton!
  23. Would just zeolite rocks in the sump for bacteria to colonize ,without the zeobak and additives? or is it just a pita?
  24. thespinningsadhu

    Quick filtration question...

    Quick question - if I'm not doing a refugium and plan to just put filter floss and a ChemiPure sachet in my AquaClear 50 that I'll put on the JBJ 3 gallon how much do I put in there? Do I stuff it to the gills? The little filter that came with the tank fits one of the nano sachets perfectly. I've not seen the AC50 in person yet but I imagine a little sachet would bob around. I did manage to find that more than one nano sachet for a tank this size is too much. I imagine if I were to put enough floss in there I could sandwich the sachet between layers of floss - but I think this would mean a ton of floss.
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