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Hi everyone This is my first try at a saltwater tank. I have been keeping freshwater for around 6 years now. I have kept a Discus tank, Oscars and other SA cichlids and now I am trying a reef tank! Very pumped and nervous. So here where I am currently. the tank has been up running for 1 week. It is a Aquatop Recipe 24 gallon AIO system. It came with a foam sponge thing in the 1st chamber, some carbon & some ceramic rings, and a cheap-looking skimmer. So far everything is running smoothly, but I'll probably upgrade the skimmer down the road and maybe change out the foam for something else. Just using the lighting that came with for now. I used Caribsea live sand and just cheap reef starter dry rock from my LFS. I added the 2 Clownfish on the 3rd day and added a bottle of Dr Tim's. Today's water test showed Ammonia of (I think) .25. It was very close on the color chart. Nitrates were at 5 PPM. Temp 79.2 Salinity 36. I know I need to bring that down, but slowly, correct? I do plan on having corals at some point. I am getting RODI from my LFS. It tested 5 TDS. I know you want ZERO, but I'll have to live with it for now. I hate the heater in the tank. The cobalt heater I ordered, which will go in the return chamber was delayed in shipping, so I had to use an extra heater I had at home. I am sure I have made mistakes already and will make many more, but I am open to any and all help/suggestions!
So after years of lurking and constant research I have finally taken the plunge on my first marine tank. I bought the tank used nuvo 10. Equipment: Intank media basket chamber 1 Mighty jet RFG AI Prime HD Tunze ATO D and D heater controller Hardscape: Dry rock Fiji Pink Live Sand Livestock: A pair of clownfish Filtration: Filter floss Chemi pure blue (50g) Corals: Green hammer Purple tipped frog spawn Watermelon zoas Speckled people eater zoas Bird of paradise seriatopora
Hi to all I have been lurking in this forum for a few years waiting to get involved in this beautiful hobby. Not having the time, enough knowledge, space, or resources, I procrastinated the start up of my 14 gal bio cube. On my daily lurking schedule I read Christopher Marks announcement for the Old School 2.5 gal Pico Reef competition. And as life has settle down a bit I think it’s time to begin. I don’t run for the price, I run for the joy, and to keep a continuos advance in my Pico reef and to keep track of it. I am very excited, it is a great forum, because of all of you, and the best way to learn and share knowledge. Equipment at the moment: janky tank 2.5 gal janky light temperature controller tk4s-14rr Hang on back filter bio pro hf600 livestock green star polyp clove polyp coral purple tip australian hammer few zoa frags 2 acan frags green-purple splashed hammer war coral frag green favia frag 3 monti frags inverts 3 dwarft cerits one porcelain crab one pom pom crab (MIA) 2 sexy shrimp fish small clown fish gone in an amonia rise Janky tank with chocolate bunny inside. leak and filter pump test Insert other media June 13 2019 FTS August FTS
SaltyBuddha's IM10 Fusion with Fuge Mod First off, shout out to all the guys and gals on this forum who help newbies out. Looking forward to being a part of this community. I did a lot of research in preparation for my first saltwater tank. I love a challenge, and creating an ocean in a 10 gallon tank seems like a very rewarding endeavor. At first, I wanted to build my own tank, but acrylic is harder than I thought to work with. Ended up with a decent amount of acrylic, and bought an IM10 fusion. At least I have acrylic for random projects. Frag racks, tank dividers, etc. I upgraded the rear pump to a .5 sicce with a Hydro rotating deflector. Using a LOOP controller with the Current USA lights and wavemaker. The LEDS are not the best, but should be enough for the softies and LPS that I want to keep. The LOOP controller has some awesome features and I am expecting it to work out well. Equipment Tank - IM10 Fusion Light - Current USA IC LED 18"-24" Powerhead - Current USA e-flux with wave maker Tempertaure - Neotherm 50W & Coolmax Microchiller with Iceprobe controller Return pump - Sicce .5 ATO- Smart Aqua Micro Substrate - 15lbs live sand & 7.5 lbs dry rock DIY Stand - made this because I have a cat who gets into anything in reach. Was also fun while my dry rocks were curing. FTS 5/27/17- 2 Month Anniversary! FTS 3/27/17 3/27/17 - First day of cycle Fuge Mod