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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 June 16 2019 Equipment: Tank: Coralife LED biocube 16 Substrate: Tropic Eden Aragonite Falkes ~2.7mm Mesoflake 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), Polyfilter, Purigen, Chemi-Pure Elite, Chemi Pure Blue, Matrix (Unwashed bag of chemipure elite started tank crash Feb 2019) Return pump (Chamber 3): MJ 900 Powerhead: Hydor Koralina 425 Nano Fish: 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 Ocellaris Clownfish, snowflake cross, local Captive-Bred Amphiprion ocellaris Six-line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia Just died out of nowhere one day, not sure what happened Starry Blenny Salarias ramosus Inverts: Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab x3 Nerite Snails (Caribbean) x4 Cerith Snails x6 Margarita Turbo Snail x2 Astraea Turbo Snail x1 Nassarius Vibex Snails x4 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.... Banded Trochus Snail x1 BTA Bulb Anemone, Green Coral: Caulastrea Coral, Candy Cane RIP tank crash Feb '19 Trumpet Coral - as of June still hanging in there after tank crash, barely Green Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral 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 Green Rhodactis mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green hairy mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Ricordea Grape Coral, Purple Tip RIP tank crash Feb '19 Purple tip hammer coral RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green Devil's Hand leather coral Duncanopsammia Coral Micronesian Torch Coral, Green Micronesian Torch Coral, Purple 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 Melonberry Montipora Coral, Aquacultured, ORA 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 -
  2. 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.
  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. 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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