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So this is my first tank and I just got it setup and running. I have been researching for months about Nano-Reefs and I decided to get one. I ended up getting a Aqueon 20 gallon high. It took a while to get it fully set up, it also took a while to get all the equipment because as you know these things are expensive. I ended up setting all up right around New Years. I used CaribSea Arag-Alice sand, (about 20lbs.) I bought all of my other equipment right after I got sand. I then went out to my local fish store and bought 14lbs of live rock and started cycling. I went back the next week and the lady working there told me it was ready for fish. I was very excited by this and went around the store looking for the perfect fish for my tank. I spotted a small royal gramma hiding under a rock and thought that he was perfect. They fed him and he ate very aggressively. A worker then bagged him and I took him home with some acclimation equipment. I put him in a bucket and acclimated him (using the drip acclimation method) for 45 minutes and scooped him out and put him in. At first he was a little frightened by me but that quickly changed. I feed him Omega One Marine Mini Pellets and Hikari Brine Shrimp. He is now doing great and eating well and I cannot wait to add more to this forum! Filter: Aqueon 20 LED Pro Filter Circulation: Marineland Maxi Jet 350 Heater: 100w Aqueon Pre Set Heater Salinity: 1.023 Ph: around 8.2 Temperature: Around 77 Light: MingDak LED Planted Tank Light Fixture Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Alkalinity: Cannot remember Salt: Instant Ocean Sea Salt Maintenance: (If your wondering) The worker at my fish store told me not to do any water changes to my tank for about a month so that good bacteria can build up. But I plan to do a weekly 5 gallon water tank change and clean the glass weekly with a sponge. Also adding a clean up crew soon so glass cleaning will go down. Plans for the future: I hope to add a mixture of Zoas and Torch corals to my tank to add some more color. Also want to add a watchman goby and a Percula Clownfish. (One of my favorite clowns.) If you have questions or help for my tank I would love to hear them and look forward to all of your replies! 😄 Also if you want pictures I can post them!
Equipment Aquarium: Fluval Evo 13.5 Lighting: HIPARGERO Aqua Knight 30W LED Light Tide Plus M Flow: Stock pump ( GPH) and a Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 (270 GPH) Heating/Cooling: Aqueon 100W Heater Filter Media: First Chamber (in descending order): filter floss, purigen empty slot, some yellow sponge padding, and the included Fluval biological media. Second Chamber: 1L of Seachem Matrix in a media bag Salt: Instant Ocean Sea Salt Reef Crystals Reef Salt Hardscape: ~10-11 pounds of MarcoRocks Reef Saver Dry Rock; still have some leftover since I received around 14 pounds originally. ~1 pound of live rock from LFS for seeding the tank. Some (long dry) seashell fragments, sand dollar fragments, and snail shells for variety. Substrate: CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade (10 lb.) Stand: Secondhand metal university desk, but extremely stable; covered top with an Innovative Marine DIY self leveling mat. Maintenance Water change of ~4-5 gallons (weekly) Remove pump and powerhead; scrape off bulk of buildup and rinse pump internal filter (~3 weeks) Change filter floss whenever it looks dirty (typically every 3-4 days or after heavy feeding) Clean glass w/ razor blade scraper or mag-float if needed Feeding and Supplements: 10mL of OceanMagik (daily) pinch of crushed up Omega One Super Color NutriDiet Marine flakes (every other day) 3-4 spirulina and/or shrimp pellets (every other day) small portion of Hikari mysis shrimp (weekly) half quarter half a capful of FritzZyme 9 from an 8 oz. bottle (weekly) blend of coral foods (reef-roids, coralific delite, mysis shrimp leftovers, etc.) (~1.5 weeks) various foods to get the cycle going and test what fish/inverts like (i.e. spirulina pellets, tropical flakes, micro pellets, mysis shrimp, etc.) Stocking Fish Pink-Streaked (or Cryptic) Wrasse (Pseudocheilinops ataenia) BIOTA Court Jester (or Rainford's) Goby (Koumansetta rainfordi) MIA Orange Spotted Goby (Amblyeleotris guttata) Managed to leap out of tank through netting 😞 Motile Inverts (potentially two) 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 Soft Green Star Polyps (Pachyclavularia sp.) Red Sea Pom Pom Xenia (Xenia sp.) 'Dipping Dots' Mushroom Coral (Actinodiscus sp.) Superman Mushroom Superman Rhodactis (Rhodactis sp.) Green Rhodactis (Rhodactis sp.) Orange Ricordea (Ricordea florida) LPS Red Australian Blastomussa Wellsi (Blastomussa wellsi) Neon Goniastrea (Goniastrea sp.) 'Rainbow Glitter' Favia (Favia sp.) ARC 'Allstar' Favia (Favia sp.) Purple Branching Hammer Coral (Euphyllia ancora) Green Tip Branching Hammer Coral (Euphyllia sp.) Gold Branching Hammer Coral (Euphyllia sp.) 'Orange Juice' Echinata () ARC 'Bottom Dweller' Echinata Acan () ARC 'Agent Orange' Acan (Micromussa lordhowensis) SPS Blue Pocillopora/Bird's Nest Coral? (Seriatopora hystrix) Sponge Photosynthetic Red Plating Sponge (Collospongia sp.) Photosynthetic Blue Plating Sponge (Collospongia sp.) MIA Macroalgae Chaeto (Chaetomorpha linum) (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 Pipe Organ Coral (2) 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) 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.
Hey this is my first time setting up a saltwater tank. I've done freshwater previously. I'm a student / intern right now. I am hoping to keep my tank relatively low maintenance (hopefully). My tank has been running for about 7 weeks. I try to do biweekly 5g water changes with premixed store bought saltwater or distilled water with seachem vibrant sea salt. Equipment: Coralife Biocube 32g LED Stock Biocube LED Lighting Stock Return Pump Hydor Theo 150W Heater Hydor Koralia 425 Circ Pump Coralife Protein Skimmer Magfloat curved glass cleaner Refractometee from Amazon Cheap glass thermometer Aquascape: 20 lb Caribsea Coarse 5 lb Caribsea Oolite ~20 lb dry rock Chamber 1: Heater Protein Skimmer Chamber 2: Stock biocube filter cartridge Stock biocube media basket Seachem Matrix Carbon Seachem Purigen Seachem Matrix Biomedia Stick Sponge between Chamber 2&3 Chamber 3: Stock Coralife Return Pump Livestock: 2 small oscellaris clownfish 2 small firefish gobies 1 small cleaner shrimp 3 astrea snails 1 Mexican turbo snail 1 Tongan Nassarius Snail Detritus, lots of it Coral: 1 Green Duncan frag 2 Zoanthid colony frags 1 large green mushroom frag 1 small purple mushroom frag 1 pulsing Xenia frag 1 green star polyp frag Any constructive comments / advice would be much appreciated.