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Current tank stocking - - - 4 Blue Hermit 2 Red Hermit 2 nacarius snail 2 astrea snail Xxx peppermint shrimp -RIP, nem dinner 1 damsel (temp until I find the clowns I want) 1 tailspot blenny 1 ocellaris clown 1 BTA - - - GSP Zoa (unknown variety) Mystery coral (Some clove variety) a new mystery frag (freebie from lfs) ricordea hammer Kenya tree chalice (Hollywood stunner) Newest inhabitant ————————————————————— ————————————————————— Current Tank Shot _________________________________ Hey y’all. I’m one of those people that has flitted off and on the forums over the years. I’ve also been in and out of the hobby. I’ve had freshwater off and on for about 15 years. I had a saltwater Fowler tank for a few years in high school but gave that up when I went to college. I’ve wanted to get a sw for years but I’ve been pretty unstable as far as taking temp jobs all over the country, living abroad and traveling tons. But now I’m kinda settled down a bit and decided it was finally time to jump back in! Back when I had my sw I tried my hand at a couple easy corals but they never did all that well. They kind of existed but never thrived. I suspect I was just too immature to understand how to truly care for em. Anywho I’ve been planning this comeback for a while and today I drove on over to my LFS and picked up my fluval 13.5 evo. I decided I really like the look of the tank, the price was right for what I was looking for and it’s not too big- but not too small. I’m super psyched to get the ball rolling. My intentions at the moment are to keep the stock lighting (kind of the point of getting an all-in-one system right? Haha) and I plan to mod some extra blue leds on in there (I saw a journal where someone did that here). I plan to pick up some eggcrate and also mod the filtration as it seems most everyone on her does. I’m not suuuuper diy minded but I love doing it (I just kinda suck at it, so we’ll see). Ive picked up all my extras as far as test kit and sand and even about 11lbs of rock from the lfs. I plan to get it thrown together tonight and to get that cycle started. I do still need to go get the eggcrate and some media for it. My plans inhabitant wise are still pretty up in the air. In the past I had a clown (honestly it’s been 10+ years and I don’t remember exactly which as far as percula or which). I had a sixline wrasse that I LOVED but unfortunately lost to a surfing accident. I had two cardinals and a bicolor blenny (ended up being the most active and interesting fish in the whole tank). - this time around I’d love to try some different things but my heart still tugs at the clown (why do we all love them so much). And I’ve been thinking perhaps a different species of blenny. But who knows. As as far as corals I want to start off real easy, so I’m thinking some zoas and maybe a hammer. I once saw a tank that had green star spread across the back wall and I loooved how that looked. Soo. We’ll see where I end up. Sorry now im completely rambling. In any case, I’ll document my journey here. And I consider myself an experienced newbie... any and all input is always welcome. I love to learn and grow and won’t be annoyed by friendly advice!
It's finally here! I just got the IM Fusion 10 AIO as my first ever reef tank! I'm really excited to get into this side of the hobby after spending a good amount of time on the freshwater side. Equipment: IM Fusion 10 EVO Clip 3W Aquarium LED Light Flex Clamp Nano Marine Fish Coral 6x 3 Watts by Odyssea Heater has not been purchased yet (Eheim Jager or Cobalt Neotherm?) ~10lbs of rock free from my uncle 20lbs of Caribsea live sand (probably overkill) Instant ocean salt Ade Advanced Optics Dual Scale 1.0 to 1.070 S.G. Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium & Seawater Stock pump If you guys have suggestions on what I could add/change please let me know 🙂 I just set up a couple different arrangements of my rock and can't decide which I prefer As for stock, I am unsure on a clean up crew, but am set on having a goby/pistol shrimp pair as well as some sexy shrimp that would host a rock flower nem. I'm also thinking of adding one more small fish like a goby or blenny or some fish that wouldn't always be perched on a rock. I don't think I will get into coral right off the bat but that hasn't stopped me from coming up with ideas and researching them. I've looked into Duncans, Acans, Candy Canes, Zoas, and Ricordia. I am going to stay away from SPS coral until I have A LOT more experience in the hobby.
After months of browsing and learning from NR without participating, it's time to reveal my first reef tank and hear your opinions. It's been running for exactly two months now. Specs Display Tank 20 Gallon (23.6"L x 12"D x 15.8"H) Rock & Sand 5.8 lbs Live Rock 11 lbs Aragonite Sand 1-2mm Lighting Current USA Orbit Marine PRO Wavemaker Sicce Nano Voyager 2000 Filtration Resun Magi 200l/h w/ Active Carbon Heating Eheim Jäger 75 Watt RO System AquarioPure 3 Stage RO System Skimmer Bubble Magus QQ1 (to be received soon) Water Changes Weekly 2.6g Tropic Marin Pro Reef Pro Bio S & -NP Pro 1/week Params NH3/4: 0 NO2: 0 NO3: 5-10 PO4: <0.03 Temp: 78F Salinity: 1025sg Livestock Fish 2* Ocellaris Clownfish 1* Gramma Loreto Inverts 1* Nassarius Snail 1* Trochus Snail Corals Ricordea Yuma Orange Ricordea Florida Green Discosoma Mushrooms Caulastrea Furcata Bicolor Caulastrea Curvata Green Neon Euphyllia Parancora Green Tips (Hammer) Euphyllia Yaeyamaensis Cream Tips (Octospawn) Green Star Polyps Xenia Coral Zoanthids Montipora Plate Red and Green Seriatopora Caliendrum FTS I'll try to get better pics soon , so you can tell me if I got the names of the coral right. Greetings from Greece, Billy