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  1. Hello! After reading through here for a few months, wanted to jump in with my own journal to help document my progress. I started this tank Jan 2018. This forum has already been so helpful in learning the basics, suggestions, and modifications!! Updated Nov 27 2019 Equipment: Tank: Coralife LED biocube 16 Lighting: Stock Biocube LEDs Substrate: Tropic Eden Aragonite Flakes ~2.7mm Mesoflake / Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Saltwater Aquarium Sand, Natural White #0, 10-lb bag / Nature's Ocean Bio Activ Live Aragonite Aquarium Sand- Pink Reef Sand / Samoa Pink Heater (Chamber 1): Eheim 75W (ended up rusting out and running too hot) Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm 75W Media (Chamber 2): inTank poly filter floss,Poly Fill (walmart sewing section cheap stuff), Polyfilter, Matrix Carbon, Purigen, little bit of Phos Gard, Chemi Pure Blue, Matrix (Unwashed bag of chemipure elite started tank crash Feb 2019, so don't use that anymore) Return pump (Chamber 3): Cobalt Aquatics MJ-900 Powerhead: Hydor Koralina 425 Nano Jebao OW 132-1056 GPH Fish: Ocellaris Clownfish, snowflake cross, local Captive-Bred Amphiprion ocellaris Inverts: Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab x2 Dwarf Red Leg Hermit Crab x1 Nerite Snails (Caribbean) x4 Cerith Snails x6 Astraea Turbo Snail x2 Nassarius Vibex Snails x4 Banded Trochus Snail x1 Feather Duster x3 Coral: Green Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral Green Devil's Hand leather coral Duncanopsammia Coral x2 Micronesian Torch Coral, Green Micronesian Torch Coral, Purple Trumpet Coral - as of June still hanging in there after tank crash, barely Melonberry Montipora Coral, Aquacultured, ORA Caulastrea Coral, Candy Cane Frogspawn Xenia Sinularia Blue Cespitularia Rainbow Montipora Blood Orange Leptoseris 24K Leptoseris RIP: Caribbean Sailfin Blenny Emblemaria pandionis Black & White Ocellaris Clownfish, Captive-Bred ORA, Misbar Amphiprion ocellaris Ocellaris Clownfish RIP found caught in poly in chamber 2 through those large horizontal slats Royal Gramma Basslet Gramma loreto Got ich Six-line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia Just died out of nowhere one day, not sure what happened Starry Blenny Salarias ramosus Midas Blenny Firefish, Purple (disappeared soon after adding, never to be found) Peppermint Shrimp x6 RIP Blenny ate one as it was released...second went MIA.. presumed dead. Bought a few every couple of months to help with aptasia, but all disappeared within a day or two.... BTA Bulb Anemone, Green Green Rhodactis mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green hairy mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Grape Coral, Purple Tip RIP tank crash Feb '19 Purple tip hammer coral RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green Tip Pink Birdsnest RIP tank crash Feb '19 Pink Peony Pocillopora RIP tank crash Feb '19 Purple Stylophora Coral RIP tank crash Feb '19 Caulastrea Coral, Candy Cane RIP tank crash Feb '19 Zoanthus - Orange Delight, Blue Ice ,Miami Hurricane, Orange Eye, Eagle Eye, Radioactive Dragon Eye - all have closed up since tank crash, but not totally dead yet Ricordea January 29 2018 April 26 2018 May 17 2018 August 25 2018 Oct 10 2018 -I dont have any pics during/immediate after the big CRASH of Feb 2019. It was too upsetting. May 22 2019 (sorry so crooked and bad. I'm embarrassed of it) June 16 2019 June 22 2019 July 13 2019 - Aug 25 2019 Oct 26 2019 Nov 24 2019
  2. Leoito

    A Young Interstice

    Newest FTS Goes Here 8/25/2020 8/19/2020 8/11/2020 7/25/2020 7/20/2020 7/10/2020 6/24/2020 6/16/2020 Tank Info Starts Here Aquarium: Fluval Evo 13.5 Lighting: HIPARGERO Aqua Knight 30W LED Light Flow: Stock pump and a Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 (270 GPH) Heating/Cooling: Aqueon 100W Heater Filter Media: First Chamber (in descending order): filter floss, purigen, some sponge, and the included Fluval biological media. Second Chamber: 1L of Seachem Matrix in a media bag Salt: Instant Ocean Sea Salt Hardscape: ~10-11 pounds of MarcoRocks Reef Saver Dry Rock; still have some leftover since I got around 14 pounds originally. ~1 pound of live rock from LFS for seeding the tank. Some (long dry) seashell fragments and sand dollar fragments for variety. Substrate: CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade (10 lb.) Stand: Secondhand metal university desk, but extremely stable; covered its top with an Innovative Marine DIY self leveling mat. Current Maintenance: Weekly water change of ~3-4 gallons Change filter floss whenever it looks dirty (typically every 2-3 days or after feeding mysis shrimp) Clean glass w/ razor blade scraper or mag-float if needed Feeding and Supplements (if any): Daily: half quarter of a capful of FritzZyme 9 (from an 8 oz. bottle) various foods to get the cycle going and test what fish/inverts like (i.e. spirulina pellets, tropical flakes, micro pellets, mysis shrimp, etc.) pinch of crushed up Omega One Super Color flakes every other day small portion of Hikari mysis shrimp every 3-4 days Stocking: Fish Pink-Streaked (or Cryptic) Wrasse (Pseudocheilinops ataenia) BIOTA Court Jester (or Rainford's) Goby (Koumansetta rainfordi) Motile Inverts Randall's Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus randalli) Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) Clean-Up Crew (CUC) 1 Scarlet Hermit Crab (Paguristes cadenati) 3 Blue Eyed(?) Hermit Crabs 3 Florida Ceriths (Cerithium sp.) Many Dwarf Ceriths (Cerithium sp.) 2 Zig Zag Periwinkles 1/2 Marginella Snails (Prunum apicinum) 1 Nassarius Vibex 3 Nerite Snails Sessile Inverts Coral/Sponge/Macroalgae Softy Green Star Polyps (Pachyclavularia sp.) Red Sea Pom Pom Xenia (Xenia sp.) 'Dipping Dots' Mushroom Coral (Actinodiscus sp.) LPS Red Australian Blastomussa Wellsi (Blastomussa wellsi) Neon Goniastrea (Goniastrea sp.) 'Rainbow Glitter' Favia (Favia sp.) Purple Branching Hammer Coral (Euphyllia ancora) SPS Sponge Photosynthetic Red Plating Sponge (Collospongia sp.) Photosynthetic Blue Plating Sponge (Collospongia sp.) Macroalgae (These are planned to be stocked in the future and are thus tentative at best; 1 is while the tank is fairly young, 2 is for a more settled in tank, and 3 is for an established tank) Motile Inverts Porcelain Anemone Crab (2) (Neopetrolisthes ohshimai) Sessile Inverts Crocea Clam (3) (Tridacna crocea) Feather Duster(s) (2) Coral/Sponge/Macroalgae Ricordea Florida (1) (Ricordea florida) Pipe Organ Coral (2) Acans (2) (Micromussa lordhowensis) Candy Cane Coral (branching) (2) A Species of Photosynthetic Gorgonian (1-2) Blue Hypnea Macroalgae (1-2) (Hypnea pannosa) Less likely, but maybe... Duncans (2-3) Pocillopora (2-3) I've been wanting to get into nano reefs for quite awhile now at this point (earliest evidence I can find is a Google doc with livestock back from 2015, with one of the choices being a flaming prawn goby 😅). However, because of money, time, and probably what would have become a lack of commitment, I never got into the hobby. Fast forward to 2 years ago, when I got randomly re-interested in the nano reef hobby, my attention was redirected in another direction: the nano planted tank hobby. Ultimately, this was probably a step in the right direction given that I got to learn the cycling process, stocking limits, and other basic concepts in a more forgiving setup. After 2 years, four tanks (a Fluval Spec V, Fluval Spec III, Dennerle 2.5 gallon "pond", and now Fluval Flex 9 this past January; I still run all four tanks, with the addition of the Fluval Evo 13.5 now being welcomed to the family), a number of different successes and failures (plants melting, finally creating a stable colony of carbon rili shrimp, blue-green algae problems, trying and succeeding/failing at aquascapes to varying degrees, etc.), the pandemic, and some drifting thoughts at finals lead me to reconvene on the idea of making a nano reef tank. Now, the Fluval Evo 13.5 provides me with what I hope to be my first branch off into the reef-keeping hobby. I'm currently dubbing this tank "A Young Interstice" for its prominent gap in the rock work, an interstice just being "an intervening space, especially a very small one." Hoping to (eventually) upgrade this title to "A Mature Interstice" and then "An Old Interstice", but those are both a long ways off. 😉 Start Date: 6/14/2020 More updates to come.
  3. JulieReefer

    JulieReefer’s salty adventure

    👋🏻 hello! This is my first saltwater tank, and with not much of an aquarium culture in my little mountain town, I’m hoping to share and learn with some other obsessed aquarists! I’ve got a nice 55 gal South American freshwater planted tank that’s been going great for about 2 years. I got this biocube 29 used with all of the stock equipment, but have upgraded to the following -eheim 100 watt heater -inkbird temp controller -duetto ATO -IM wavelink wave maker -stock skimmer -dry rock from Bulk Reef Supply -inTank media basket with filter floss and bio media plate pieces -stock lighting (for now) I’m just now cycling, entering week 2, so feeding and testing for ammonia/nitrites. I seeded with seachem stability. Running with lights off. I will run a small Refugium with chaeto in the back sump when I get some nitrates and phosphates going. Would love to hear advice or encouragement! Thanks for letting me join the forum 👍🏻 Ps follow me on Twitter @JulieReefer
  4. Bailyfox

    Baileyfox's 7gallon cube

    Day 1 - Tank has cleared up and is looking good, I've seen some neat creatures as well as my first aiptasia anemone on my rock work. full tank shot one of my lovely hitchhiker mushies my hitchhiker bumblebee snail Adorable micro brittle star, I'm so happy to see a few. Hopefully I'll have some feather dusters hiding somewhere as well. I'm thinking of killing the aiptasia by frying it with a lighter and then putting a glob of super glue over it, is this a bad idea?
  5. Coinee

    My first (pico) reef

    Ever since I was about 15 years old, I've always been interested in salt water aquariums but I've never had the ability to own a large tank. And owning a large tank when you may move in a year or so is not something I want to deal with. I've own some small freshwater aquariums and stuff (I liked planted tanks), but I've never thought about salt water stuff being possible and anytime I thought maybe I could make a small tank, I'd see people saying "a small tank is impossible, it will always crash soon and quickly" in other forums, so I dismissed the thought. Then about a few months ago I found some with a pico aquarium and then found this forum and saw that a lot of reef newbies have had success with their pico reefs, so I just read stuff for a few months, then I bit the bullet a few days ago. I started my first pico jar now. Even a pico was expensive! Much more than fresh water since I needed better lighting, refractometer, higher quality water etc, but when this is successful, it'll be worth it! I'll list what I bought for this below: Equipment Prices in Canadian dollars Anchor Hocking Jar - $20 Red Sea Coral Pro salt - $45 Caribsea Livesand - $10 Caribsea Liferock - $30 Tetra Betta heater - $15 Brandless digital thermometer - $10 Brandless water pump - $10 Asta Mini Nano light - $60 I'm using distilled water bought from a local store. December 15th I added live sand, mixed water with Red Sea Coral Pro salt to measure 1.026 on the refractometer. Some stuff didn't arrive in the mail on Friday like I was expecting, so I didn't have my heater and a couple other items. So basically I just let the sand settle now. I realized I had some of Dr. Tim's Ammonium Chloride, so I added enough to bring Ammonia to about 2 ppm. I put my small pump in and let the water circulate a bit and left it alone. December 16th I tested parameters today: Ammonia - 2 ppm Nitrate - 5 ppm Nitrites - 0 ppm Sp. Gravity - 1.026 I went to the LFS and bought some Caribsea Liferock after seeing the price of their Liverock and the size of it. A piece of rock is not worth $75 to me, I'd rather wait a bit longer. The Caribsea Liferock looked nice (oooo purple heh) and it wasn't too bad, plus with its marketing of "dormant bacteria", I figured I'd try it even if it's BS at least it looks nice. I got home and added the Caribsea Liferock. December 17th I received my heater in the mail today, so I added it to the tank. Temperature of the water is about 26.5C or about 79-80F. I got some Seachem Stability today since I was curious if it would work. I checked my tank parameters again today just to see where it was at before I added the Stability: Ammonia - 2 ppm Nitrate - 5 ppm Nitrites - 0.25 ppm Sp. Gravity - 1.026 Interestingly enough 24 hours after adding the Caribsea Liferock, I am reading some Nitrites, this was faster than I was expecting. Maybe the rock has something in it, or who knows. I added a cap-sized dose of Stability to the tank. Picture is a bit hazy since I kicked up the sand a few hours ago cleaning the glass because I'm too stupid to realize the streak on the glass was on the outside, not on the inside. I have my light, I just haven't put it on the tank yet since there is nothing to benefit from it yet. I'm gonna make an ATO or buy one within a few days once I have everything set up. It doesn't lose water very quickly since the lid stays on mostly, so I'm not worried at this point since I have nothing living inside (besides maybe bacteria). Overall, my plans for the tank are to have a few cool beginner reefs and a couple inverts. If those survive for a couple days, I'm probably going to put a few tangs in because they look nice. By the way, the red LED on the right side by the thermometer is just the heater's LED. It looks like there is a lot of sand but there isn't, the bottom of the jar isn't completely flat. The glass of the jar makes the rock look huge but it's actually pretty small in real life. Just watching this now makes me want a bigger tank, hahaha. If anyone sees any problems with what I am doing, please let me know and my tang comment was a joke, I am going to add things slowly and this will be a reef and invert tank only.
  6. Hey guys I just made an account as well setting up my first tank. I decided to purchase the fluval evo 13.5 as so many others have. I’m no newbie to the hobby having freshwater tanks, but quickly being bored as I could neglect them and they would still look as I left them, I was up for a challenge. I am currently running it stock with live sand and rock to speed up cycling. The filtration is still the same, but with the addition of filter floss, purigen, and matrix in the first chamber. I’m looking forward to adding livestock to this tank soon. So far my ideas are clownfish, a yellow clown goby, a mandarin dragonet, and an orchid dottyback. My preferable choice would be the orchid dottyback with another fish. I understand that some people think that two fish is the maximum bioload for a tank this size. I’d be happy to hear your guys’ thoughts.
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