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  1. Hello everyone, It's been an adventure on freshwater for almost 6 yrs. And the past year during pandemic having seen so much reef tank on youtube. Fortunately, I have a friend, now I'm consider him as my mentor on saltwater world. We have a lot discussion on saltwater and especially reef, most of them until the dawn. Finally after a couple of months of series discussion, I start to sketch and designing the tank, cabinet and visualizing the tank's look like. And because of the tank is on my attic, there's a lot to consider about tank situation. It's almost 31⁰C during dry season. I really want this tank to succeed, anyway I prepared a chiller for the tank and set the temp on 26⁰C I want to make a nice and simple LPS, with not so much corals, maybe 4 or 5. The tank is 45x45x45 cm with back sump. Although I have an ATO, the tank covered with a glass lid to minimize evaporation. Lighting : Red Sea Led 50 Pump : Eheim Compacton 1000 Skimmer : Marine Sources HOB 150 ATO : Kamoer ATO Wave maker : Jebao SLW 10 The tank is on cycling day 1 with light intensity 30%. A new adventure awaits.
  2. NorCalReefLife

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    So this is my first reef tank or anything fish related and I don’t have much money so I got what I could afford. Is this a ok amount of rock for a tank or should I add more or remove some. Will post updates as I go along. Just started to cycle the tank today. (I think that’s what it’s called at least lol) started with dry rock and dry sand. Mixed reef salt and purified water till 1.025 and added a cap full of starter. Dude said one a day till it’s empty. Will need to wait about 3-4 weeks till I add a fish or what ever is recommended. Plan is to have a micro reef tank and take it slow.
  3. Hello! I am new here and to reefing in general, been in the planted tank hobby for years and due to budgetary restrictions (unemployed college student) among others like constantly moving etc. I never made the plunge. So now that I possess a real job along with all the accompanying perks like taxes, bills, oh and those wonderful loan payments I decided I was an adult-ish person. And in my mind the silver lining to adult-hood is that an adult deserves a real tank. A reef tank! To blow the remainder of those limited funds! I know, very responsible. But hey, that’s what your 20s are for right? So that about leads me to the present where I am going to try and get my feet wet in the hobby with an old 20H before I have my own place and have the space for a monster tank. Feel free to comment, ask questions, and raise concerns! The Idea/Plan: An attempt to keep things “simple” Equipment: Old 20 gallon high aquarium (plastic wooden trim old). hob AC 50 with floss, chemi pure blue (after cycle), and maybe phosphate remover down the line. Jager 100w with Inkbird temperature controller. MP10 RapidLed Corona Water: ATO and AWC by AutoAqua will update with the model - I figure the best way to be successful with this tank is routine and frequent WCs. I am hoping the AWC will help. Going to try and position the sensors 1/2 inch apart that way the daily WC will be slightly over half a gallon. Therefore weekly 3.5-4 gallon WC which after all the equipment and rock will be about 33%. Red Sea coral pro salt Aquatic life RO/DI 100g/d Hardscape: 30 lbs of dry reef saver rock from BRS, terrific stuff. 20 lbs special grade sand I will also be implementing Dr. Tim’s bacterial cycle booster stuff and the ammonium chloride. Livestock: CORAL!!! - Main reason I am interested in reefing. I plan on working my way up to sps, speed will depend on how things go. RFAs - Probably a few, I think they’re awesome! CUC - tbd, I have a few weeks right? Probably an assortment + a porcelain crab Fish: 6-line wrasse, love these little guys. Tail spot blenny Maybes: clown pair - pretty basic and boring but they’ve been a favorite of mine since I found out what they were (before finding Nemo ). Eyeing a maroon gold lighting pair.... SO pretty. goby or goby/shrimp combo - I think the pairing dynamic is cool. April FTS uglies and all: One month(+) FTS: How the tank used to be setup..
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