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  1. 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.
  2. Newby to both the forum and nano reefs here. I have been doing plenty or research here and other internet sources and i am making the plunge into a nano reef setup. The tank i already ordered is a fluval evo 12 (actually 13.5gal). I decided on this tank as the significant other likes the sleek look of it and it happens to be a perfect dimensions to fit where i want to put it. My question is what should i do to the stock filter setup. I currently have freshwater setups and am not overly impressed with the stock filtration. They give you a sponge with a little bag of carbon and a little bag of media. I have found drop in media baskets from InTank and they have ones for both the first and second compartments. Does anyone have any experience with these on this tank? i tried the search function but could not come up with any results here. I am not sure if i should keep the factory foam setup in compartment 2 and put a basket in compartment 1 so supplement the filtration system. I want to run Chemi-Pure blue nano, and maybe purigen and possible floss on top to catch big debris. does this sound like a decent setup? Any recommended changes? Also, is there a "go-to" brand for salt? RedSea has a salt they claim is great for coral. Not decided on what types of coral i plan to go with just yet, most likely mushrooms and some sort of polyp. I have seen videos on youtube where people have 2 ocellaris clowns this same tank, opinions on that being overstocked? As this may be a possibility for stocking too. Any insight as to my proposed setup or suggestions on stocking options that go together well (similiar water parameters/lighting needs) would be appreciated. P.S. i already have a RO/DI system from my freshwater setups
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