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  1. Current FTS *11/13/2018* 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Date started - 11/13/2018 Equipment Tank - 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Lighting - Hipargero 30w Aqua Knight A029 LED Circulation - Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 GPH Heater - Cobalt Neo-Therm 25w Filtration/Refugium - Aquaclear 70 Modified (Floss/Macro Algae) Refugium Lighting - ACKE 12w Full Spectrum Grow Light Auto Top Off - Smart ATO Micro Salt - Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Parameters Temp - 80F Salinity - 1.025 PH - 8.2 NH3/4 - 2.0 NO2 - 0.0 NO3 - 0.0 Below is a list of planned livetock. Please feel free to comment on any of it. I'm really just going on what I think could work. Livestock Macro Algae: Chaetomorpha Inverts: 1 x Scarlet Hermit Crab 1 x Astrea Snail 1 x Trochus Snail 2 x Cerith Snail 1 x Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Corals: Duncans Florida Ricordia Acans Zoas Scolymia Montipora Favia Candy Cane Blasto Crocea Clam Acropora (just one) Background & Goals A little background on myself and the tank to this point. I began reefing when I was about fourteen years old, and originally started the hobby of fish husbandry when I was maybe ten. I quickly became obsessed, but in earnest I was too young and crashed my then 37 gallon "reef". Fast forward sixteen years and I'm thirty, and not using my parents money to support my hobby. I have been wanting to start a pico reef for many years, but put it off until now. I also, live in a major city with access to many awesome corals, so why not? I was most inspired by El Fab's Pico which is why I special ordered the JBJ from the USA (and paid a ridiculous amount to have it shipped to Canada). Also, another 7 gallon bowfront tank that I remember from many years ago (like 2002 lol). I have been curing some Pukani Dry Rock for over three months because they have been leeching phosphates like crazy. I can say I had a lot of luck with dosing Lanthanum during the cure process. If I could go back in time I would have dosed LC immediately following the bleach/primed water stage. It rips phosphates out of the water quickly. I would not recommend dosing in a DT though. I went for the bare bottom tank because of the horror stories I have read about sandbeds. Aesthetically speaking, the sandbed does nothing for me and the tank is actually sitting at eye level while standing so it would be hard to notice it anyway. I would rather have an easier space to clean and there is a lot that can go wrong quickly in a pico. There is no starboard on the bottom, just the glass. Lighting the tank currently is the Hipargero A029 Aqua Knight and as far as color goes I like it. I plan to run a 6-7 hour photoperiod starting when I add zooplankton/phytoplankton. The HOB AC70 Refugium will be running filter floss and chaeto with a 12watt ACKE grow light duct taped to it. The grow light will be run on a reverse photoperiod to the pico's lights. I'll be changing out the floss weekly or bi weekly. Another idea I have had is to occasionally use the "pico" filter included with the aquarium itself to run as a chemipure reactor? For instance, if something gets out of whack quickly and a water change isn't possible, just set up the pico filter with some chemipure blue and run it for a few days. Just an idea. I'm using Red Sea Coral Pro salt with distilled store bought water. I am currently dosing the tank with Dr. Tim's Ammonia and Dr. Tim's One and Only Nitrfiying Reef Bacteria to start up. Temp is set to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and I will be using API to test during cycle (and switching to Salifert or Hanna once corals are added). Once cycle finishes I plan to add copepods, phytoplankton and chaeto and to begin the photoepriod. Maybe a week or two after that I will add a part of or the entire CUC. I am open to suggestions regarding all livestock. As far as water changes go, I am thinking probably doing a 50% weekly change and upgrading to a 100% once the inhabitants begin to use minerals more quickly. Also, open to suggestions. Tank has been up and running for 24 hours and I'm very excited to see what I can do with this little tank! Thanks in advance for any replies/suggestions. This community has been great over the last four months and I have learned a lot while researching! Cheers
  2. Current FTS 10/2018: Past FTS pics: 7/2018 Finally decided to start a tank journal. The tank is only 2 years old as of 2018. JBJ 28 stock equipment: 2x 266gph Accela return pumps 89w LED (daylights on for 6 hours) media basket (small amount of carbon, small cutting of Polyfilter, & a large micron sponge pad. Significant obstacles faced: 2016 Dinos -- had to scratch tank 2016 Moved tank to new house 2017 Heavy metal contamination (anchors for macro algae was composed of lead) 2017 Nitrate accumulation and nuisance algae from lack of maintenance 2018 Cyano outbreak This tank was rebooted in May 2018: Small fan added to help cool down hood & installed Nest to adjust room air to 73 F when lights turn on (tank avg temp 82) Upgraded flow from a Koralia Evo 750 to a Icecap 1K Gyre Added significant amount of new live rock Added an Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 (slightly modified plumbing so I could prop hood open) Started testing alk, cal, and mag (dose seachem manually twice a week if needed) - targets are 8 dkh, 420 cal, 1350 mag Performed a sand rinse on 95% of substrate and vacuumed out chambers. Change 10% weekly with Red Sea PRO/Instant Ocean/Tropic Marin @ 1.024 SPG (25% as it stabilized [about 2 months]) Added a variety of copepods and installed a micro refugium in tank. Inhabitants (fed everyday except water change day): 1 yellow watchman goby (first fish...survived all obstacles) 2 clownfish 1 tailspot blenny 1 springerii damsel 1 Royal gramma 1 Pajama cardinal 2 red legged hermits 2 turbos 1 strawberry conch 4 nassarius 1 tuxedo urchin 1 purple coral banded shrimp (stenopus tenuirostris) various ninja star snails various hitchhikers like a mico serpent star, chitons, stomatella, spaghetti worms, and bristle worms. Coral & Macro Algae (coral fed twice a week, zooplankton and alternate frozen foods (capelin roe, mysis): caulerpa prolifera dragon's breath halimeda Rose petal macroalgae Blue ochtodes Bottle brush Scrolling Codium Unconfirmed rhodophyte forest fire digita (+2 years old, endured all obstacles; since monitoring alk, cal, mag, has colored up significantly, moreover growth has spurted) duncan (+2 years old, also endured all obstacles) balanophyllia (fed krill daily) silver pom pom xenia 2 acans 3 rock flower anemone birds nest neon clove polyps st. thomas mushroom green star polyps aquacultured flower pot trumpet coral gomezi acropora yellow polyped orange montipora capricornus montipora undata montipora palawanesis tubbs stellata digita miami orchid acropora red planet acropora fuzzy milli ice echinata rainbow montipora aussie cherry blastomussa some green with yellow skirt zoa pink digitata veneom eye acropora red dragon echinata lavendar white acro setosa golden psammacora cerulean tenuis coral mini Aussie Scoly Florida ricordea Emerald echinata Blue tort LFS: Coral Corral Marine Warehouse Creative Aquariums Corals and Fins Drysdale Fish and Other Ichthy Stuff Coral Bargain Warehouse Coral Reefs & Aquariums
  3. 3 GALLON JBJ PICOTOPE. No upgrades. I am using stock everything and only adding a small powerhead for flow. Only addition will be tiny amount of chemipure blue and chaeto in a small breeder box. Today is day 2 of keep it simple stupid. 3 pounds of live rock and 1 pound approx of old dead rock. THE CYCLE BEGINS.
  4. Hello all! First time reefer here, this tank was set up January 3, 2018. Have a google sheet with water parameter logs that I will link tomorrow. Any help identifying corals/species with a “?” next to the name is welcome and appreciated. Please do not hesitate to correct my spelling as well ? SETUP ? JBJ Nano - 12g Purigen Blue 50w heater Retrofitted LED’s in hood (LFS owner added 1x violet, repositioned whites and replaced 3x blue with higher intensity blues, THX Joey!!) STOCK ? Fish; Firefin Gobi Bi-color Blenny Royal Gramma Rose BTA Rainbow BTA Coral (please help identify); GSP Acan x 2 Frogspawn x 2 Hammer Xenia Ricordia Mushroom Orange Monti Duncan Purple mushroom w/ blue dots? Leather SPS thing x 2? Purole flowery thing thay looks like Xenia? War Coral? Purple orange war coral thing? Starburst thing? Green-blue cabbage head looking thing? CUC; Emerald Crab Various Snal x 4 Varuoua Hermit x 5 Tiger Conch Red Starfish? RIP ? cleaner shrimp Birdsnest x 2 hermit x 2 snail x 2 falsw percula Water Parameter Log ? https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-MroJEsQWxuuTMP-ADWmt6Cl2iZriLX8tywwJOJxZLw March 15, 2018 January 6, 2018
  5. Hello Everyone! Let me introduce myself, I've been a long time lurker, with an occasional post in Beginner's Forum and finally want to setup an aquarium journal. So here goes... Started this tank as a gift for my wife's birthday, I think I am doing way more with it, she says, "Yep you do the maintenance and upkeep, I just enjoy it." We (I) wanted a Saltwater tank for a long time, said we would get a fish tank when we get our own house so we wouldn't have to move it. We got moved in in March and bought this tank beginning of April. Back Story on the tank it was setup and running for six weeks at a local LFS so I bought it as a package that came with some credit for livestock. Pretty sure I overpaid and am kinda regretting not doing more research, i only did a bit of research ahead of time and talked with a friend that had a saltwater tank in his classroom where we both taught in Texas. Plus side I did avoid the long wait for it to cycle and those issues, although at same time that would have given me more of a feel for the tank. Anyway so here is the the setup. Setup: JBJ Nano-Cube 28g Professional LED - Running Stock everything in the back except took out the Ceramic rings and replaced with Rubble Rock. Hydor Koralia 425 - on advice from some folks on Beginner's Forum Finnex HMA 100W Heater - Not running in Summer 20 lbs of Live Sand 20 lbs of Live Rock with probably another 3-5 lbs on a Rockwall on the back of tank. Filtration: Stock with exception of Rubble Rock replacing the Ceramic rings as mentioned above. Chemi-Pure Elite in Bottom Chamber Fish: 2 - Clownfish (We believe Ocellaris, Wife picked out two that she thought looked cute.) 1 - Royal Gramma Want to add one or two more - was told could have ~5 Corals - All Bought as Frags Candy Cane Stylaphora (Told it was a Birdsnest) Brown Button Palys Frogspawn 2 Lord Acans 2 Florida Ricordea (1 Blue - 1 Orange(Multi-Color)) Miami Hurricane Chalice Green Star Polyps Green Rhodactis Mushroom Palythoa Grandis Zoas - 2 Different Kinds Pulsing Xenia - Came in on Live Rock, thought it had died but it came back, it's hidden in back for now. What I think is waving hand Xenia - Another that came in on Liverock tried to kill it by covering with another rock instead it's growing through the rock lol. CUC: Cleaner Skunk Shrimp - Not sure if he belongs here of with Fish (whatever) 3 - Nassarius Snails 3 - I think Nerite Snails 2 - Turbo Snails 1 - Conch Snail 3 - Hermit Crabs - Blue Legs 1 - Stomatella (Hitchhiker) Now what you all want, Pictures!!!!! FTS Current 7-8-17 6-1-17 FTS 5-16-17 FTS 5-3-17 FTS After Setup in House 4-1-17 Close up of some corals from 5-11-17 - More has been added Its a work in Progress, I really want some photosynthetic Gorgonians and a leather or two... Let me know what you think. Thanks!
  6. Started this tank on March 30, 2017 with stock pump and filter sock, koralia nano from previous tank, and 5 lb of LR, and about 8.5 gallons of saltwater to start. The tank is almost a year old now and some upgrades have happened. (will take some better pics with the camera later) Equipment -IM Ti ATO (going to tunze nano ato) -Ran a kessil a80 for 11 months before going to a radion (diffusion kit/rm -Jbj 1/15 hp Chiller with 1.0 return -Sicce 0.5 return - inTank Media rack with 2 filer floss on top, seachem matrix, bottom two filter flosses -inTank universal media skimmer -was running a IM desktop Media Reactor with carbon but since the RMS mount is fairly big i had to remove the reactor (don't mind that because its freaking study!) So in turn I have a Fudge basket that I might run with more matrix in it if the tunze 9001 doesnt work out (coming) -MP10 wQD -inTank Frag rock (2) - 5 lb LR -3 lb Sand (going to take down to less lb's till its barley covered probably -Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 100w heater - 6.5 chemipure Live Stock: - Rainbow Acans - Duncans - Walking Aussie Duncan - Purple Tipped Frogspawn - Young Maxima Clam - Rock anemone -3 nassarius snails -3 Trochus Snail -3 Aussie young scolymia/s? LOL -Side plant is one of 3 succulents I got at a baby shower and decided to try to grow it under the XR-15 instead of my bedroom window lol, so if they switch out ever that why. Let me know if you have any thoughts on the tank! Plan on upgrading to a Lagoon 25 at some point this year I hope!
  7. I currently have the 28g JBJ Nano with the intermediate led kit and was curious to see if anyone has modded their's in the form of swapping out individual white leds for alternate colors? I have added 2 current usa truelumens blue strips and 1 white (which I have disconnected now), but it needs more spectrum I think. I grow sps, lps and softies like weeds, but the colors aren't stellar even though the water is quality and I keep up with the Red Sea 4 part dosing as well. Was thinking of modding the leds before just swapping it out for an AI Prime HD (no, not going the Kessil route thanks).
  8. drbegalke

    UV for nano?

    What UV sterilizer will fit in the filter compartment of a Cubey 20g? Thanks!
  9. michelangelo620

    Aquatop PV40-UV on JBJ 28

    Anyone have experience with this HOB UV? I got one for 40 bucks, and its reviews were just as good as ones that were a lot more expensive. Was also thinking of putting some kind of bio media in it, like Xport or something. This will hopefully be setup with my Remora S skimmer. Both of which are ordered but not here yet. Just doing some homework! Thanks.
  10. michelangelo620

    Remora S on JBJ 28 - how to?

    Got a great deal on a Remora S, and I know it 'can' work on a JBJ 28, but all I have seen is pictures and it looks to me like the pump has to go in the same chamber as the left side (facing the tank) return pump. I use both of my return pumps for filtration, and I use my basket. How would I go about getting this thing to work with my setup? Thanks.
  11. AshCom

    AshCom's JBJ30 [WIP]

    This thread is to follow the progress of my JBJ 30RL "Dorm Tank" and the lessons I've learned with an AIO system! I'm currently active duty military and moved into my new place in August but I had to move out of my confort zone and downgrade from my 93gl cube. Owning a nano tank alone is a full time job on top of the stress of military life! Latest update: 12/4/17 Current Equipment: Lighting - Maxspect R420R 20" 120w 16k Skimmer - Reef Octopus 90-HOB Heater - Eheim Jager 150w Controller - ReefKeeper Lite + SL2V2 + Temp/Salinity/pH Probes Rock - BRS Pukani Substrate - CaribSea Aragamax + Arag-Alive (Fiji Pink) Test Kit - Red Sea Marine Test Kit Wavemaker - Ecotech MP10QD RO/DI - BRS 4 Stage 75GPD PLUS RO/DI System Current Stocklist: 1x Mocha Clown 1x Ocellaris Clown 1x Pygmy Cherub Angelfish RIP [got too close to the CBS] 3x Rainford Goby RIP [Rainford Goby killed the other two!; 1 remain... for now] 1x Rainford Goby (in a time-out) 1x Tomini Tang (calm your sirens, he's going into a 125 after he's hit 4in) 1x CBS Assorted CUC Maxspect Razor R420R Lighting Schedule: Time - A channel (white) - B Channel (blue) 07:00 - 00% - 00% 12:00 - 10% - 30% 15:00 - 30% - 35% 17:00 - 09% - 35% 20:00 - 00% - 01% 22:00 - 00% - 00%
  12. Hello All, Join me on keeping a journal of my small glass box of paradise. My goal is for a mixed reef consisting of soft, LPS and some SPS coral. I plan on keeping you guys updated on my tanks progress and additions. Current tank setup is as follows. Hardware •JBJ RL20 with JBJ stand •Aquaticlife Mini 115 Skimmer •Jebao PP-4 Pump •MarsAqua 120W Programmable LED •JBJ ATO (currently on order) •Intank Media basket utilizing floss/purigen Undecided on a controller for automation but more than likely will be going with a RKL. Livestock • Onyx x True Percula bonded pair • CUC ( 6 crabs, astrea & nassarius snails, mini brittle stars, etc.) Corals •Superman mushroom •Acan •Chalice •Encrusting Monti •War Coral Just added coral today and can’t remember the names to save my life. I just remember the guy at the LFS not really knowing the names himself. The goal is for a mixed reef full of color and variety. Please feel free to offer suggestions or simply enjoy this journey with me. Thanks!
  13. What's up everyone? First post. This forum seemed most appropriate for what I have, and what I want to accomplish, so here I go... (to preface, I have done HOURS of researching before making this post, and previously ran a 90 gallon salt fish only tank) All I've done is prep the tank and put together the stand, no water or anything...Here's what I currently have to work with: HARDWARE: JBJ Nano Cube 28 gallon intermediate LED - stock everything JBJ stand (hey, it was free haha) Cobalt Aquatics NeoTherm 100w heater 2x Eheim Jager 250w heaters (from my 90 gallon) Ocean Pulse Duo wave maker (hooked to stock pumps) 1x MaxiJet 1200 power head (extra) 2x MaxiJet 900 power heads (extra) 2 small mercury thermometers FILTRATION/CHEMICALS: Aqua Advantage 2000 inline UV sterilizer, 15 watt (from my 90 gallon) Marineland Magnum 350 canister filter (from my 90 gallon - I have the basket + paper filters) Sera filter wool 3.5oz Chemi-Pure 5oz Purigen 100ml with small fine mesh bag Kent synthetic reef salt crushed coral substrate POWER: Belkin Surge Master surge protector 8 outlet (2 constant on) Titan Apollo 9 dual timer FOOD: Eheim 3581 automatic feeder (won't fit due to lid) New Life Spectrum Thera +A 4.4oz TESTING: API master test kit Coralife Deep Six hydrometer Instant Ocean hydrometer MISC: approx 40lbs base rock 2 small nets magnetic algae scrubber algae scrubber (wand style) 5 gallon water jug with cap + funnel to fill What I want in the tank: Fish mostly, as many as possible, with base rock and live rock with hardy, easy soft corals - just something that is fish based, but is also visually appealing and has areas to swim through and hide with good water current Things I'm trying to avoid: No sump, period... I want as little inside the tank itself and filter area as possible, so HOB stuff is preferable No chiller (I keep my place very cold, and winter is almost here) Not interested in buying a different media basket No additional pumps/hardware visible inside the tank itself (behind in filter area is OK) Things I want to try to achieve: Use the hood and stock LED lights (I have crazy cats) Re-use my UV light (if possible) Keep the media basket Everything added is either HOB or external - no additional pumps or hardware inside the tank As few water changes as possible (I live very far from anywhere I can get salt, and I ran my last tank with doing virtually NO water changes) SO! That all brings me to these questions... 1 - What would YOU do with all this given my criteria? I'm open to ideas, and if I have equipment that just will flat out not work, I am open to selling it if anyone's interested. 2 - Is it possible to re-use my UV light? If so, how? 3 - should I replace my factory return pumps with my extra MaxiJet 900's, or would there be much benefit? 4 - what am I missing? 5 - how would you setup the media basket with what I have? I'm sure I will think of more later. I know there are some VERY knowledgeable people on here, and I am open to ideas and want this tank to be successful. I haven't put a drop in it yet, and want to wait until I know everything is how I want it. Looking forward to some feedback!
  14. Hello all, first off I happy to become a member of the nano reef community. I inhareted a crashing cube that didn't make it. I cleaned the tank with vinegar added aragonite sand and some beautiful dry rock from reef cleaners (give them a look for dry rock it is gorgeous). I have learned a lot from the members on this site from lurking around and now have an idea of what I want to do with the 3 chambers. Thanks for any help in advance and I hope y'all can help. I have an idea I would like to do so I'll run past you experienced reefers. I pulled the sponges, rings, bioballs, and expired carbon and ordered an in tank media basket for chamber 1 a roll of filter floss, and purigen w/bags to use as needed. I also want to run two return pumps but I want the water to go through all three chambers so I will put a bulkhead in wall dividing chamber 2/3 put the 2nd pump in chamber 2 but plumb intake from chamber three with return nozzle out of chamber 2. To complete I want a skimmer/ato not to depend on, but for a neglect safety net (I have a weird work schedule) so at first I was thinking place the skimmer in chamber two like everyone else but then my need to experiment got the best of me and I wondered where does most surface scum end up so I added a cap of vegetable oil to my water only tank and noticed it stayed in chamber one for a few minutes then worked itself to chamber two where the heavier more condensed oil swirled around but the lighter broken down oil made it's way to chamber 3 where it stayed and did not make it's way back to the tan. That makes me wonder if I modify the return line to make the tunze fit would chamber 3 be a better place than two? Also would running two pumps make the flow in the sump so high it would render the skimmer useless? I don't want power heads cluttering the tank. Both returns would be 1/2 inch split loc line totalling 4 nozzles for random cross flow. Please tell me your thoughts even if you think it is ridiculous.
  15. bageezus

    JBJ Auto Top Off SOLD

    Selling a lightly used JBJ ato. Comes with lots of brackets. Works great. Has some old sticky pads still on the back of the unit from where it was mounted. $50 shipped! Paypal ready!
  16. For Sale: JBJ Nano-Cube with custom LED lighting, stand, heater, pump, and other misc. stuff. Lighting consists of 12 Cree XM-L U3 LEDs run at 1000mA each for a total output of about 5,500 lumens. While setup as a planted tank, this was more than enough for very light demanding plants and produced LOTS of pearling (I have a video showing streams of oxygen coming off plants). I have had this setup as both a planted tank and a reef tank and it worked perfect for both. Only issue with this is that the part of the hood that holds the little door on has chipped and so you can't flip it up and have it stay in place. It holds it fine while closed. Not noticeable if you aren't looking for it, but a minor inconvenience. Feel free to PM with questions. Local pickup in the Indianapolis IN area. $100
  17. Read disclaimer at the bottom. Most things will need a little cleaning. I'm breaking down my 28 gallon JBJ nano. Equipped with Jbj 28 nano cube hood with rapid led aurora puck with 4 drivers that are dimable( 0-10v) through the apex. Hood also has 4 fans and night lights. Led Drivers come with plugs that plug into the apex vdm( probably have to use apex to dim. Would need to buy 4 parts in you don't have an apex ). 375.00 dollars for entire hood with drivers and apex cords shipped. Good shape could use a good cleanig. The hood was upgraded 6 months ago. Ecosmart vortec has mp10 Es w (white controller). from 2011- 110.00 Needs cleaned but runs cool a quiet. Sat unused for almost 4 years. had it linked to the apex with the wxm. Apex lite with display, 8 outlet power bar,netgear wireless adapter, temp prob, ph probe.... ATTENTION!!!!!(display has some missing lines or rows of LEDs. Can still be controlled from display, setup on computer, and controlled from phone app)))))))275.00 OBO shipped. I have had this unit for several years without any problems. Neptune vdm-65$ Shipped Newest price, has the white label on the vdm controller Neptune wxm. 55$ Shipped Additional energy bar with 8 outlets105.00 shipped DIY breakout box. Has 6 female plug recepticles. 35$ Shipped It's very nice !! I used it for autotop off with the apex. Will include auto top off floats. All diy but very nice and perfect for the nano. The floats in the tank have dual float in case one went bad. Jbj Led refugium light-25$ upgraded filter box for the back of jbj. I think made by intank, llc. $35 shipped. WILL SELL EVERYTHING AT ONCE FOR 1000!! Shipping from Atlanta Georgia. Only take paypal. Most things will need cleaned
  18. Hey all, So here's the deal. I'm new this forum, and forums in general. I am asking for any help or advice that you guys may have for me to help me better my tank and get it running to top quality! I am desperate to successfully house a reef tank and definitely don't trust all the guys at my LFS. My background: I have attempted a reef tank back in 2013, but I unfortunately quickly succumbed to the many problems that come with reef tanks. I have always had a love for the ocean and reef tanks so I decided to why not give it another try and this time, do it right! So now, I am currently running a 28 gallon JBJ Nano cube Intermediate LED. I will add pictures to show you how I have it set up. It is equipped with an Eshopps Nano Skimmer, heater, stock pumps, and stock lights in the hood. I put the skimmer in the back center compartment where the stock media basket would normally go. I would like to use the media basket, but don't think I have anywhere to put it since the skimmer is in the center and will not fit anywhere else. To make up for no media basket, I put a bag of Chemi-pure Blue in the compartment next to the skimmer, so it gets water flow and that way, I can still run carbon. I also put a little bit of filter floss right in front of the back overflow box so it can trap any unwanted particles. I do have an extra 250 Gph powerhead that is attached to the front left of the tank, but it is not on and running at the moment. Still trying to debate wether or not I actually NEED that much flow (maybe you guys can help me). As far as live stock goes, I have as follows: -20 pounds live rock -10 pounds dry rock -20 pounds live sand -1 maroon clown -1 firefish -4 Astrae snails -6 blue legged hermits -1 peppermint shrimp -1 palythoa frag plug (was given to me for free by my LFS) This whole tank and set up has been up and running for about a month and a half now. I initially started with just the 20 pounds of live rock and 20 pounds of live sand to get my tank started. There was little to no die off, since everything was live and from my LFS that is less than 2 minutes away. So after 2 weeks of regularly checking the water, my levels never spiked. It all stayed at 0 and my nitrates never went past 1. I will add that I did not run my lights during this entire time. So after the 2 week point, I decided to add a maroon clown. I let the tank sit about another week and half with just the clown, still with no lights, until I realized I still had my dry rock from my previous tank in 2013. So I boiled and cleaned the living hell out of that dry rock, and added about 10 pounds of it to my tank (this was about 2 weeks ago). So after letting the dry rock settle for about 2 days, I performed my first water change. I did a 25% change, and then went and picked up my CUC. I got 6 Astrae snails, 6 blue legged hermits, and 1 peppermint shrimp for the small amount of aiptasia I was hoping he would get. He still hasn't. Anyways, after acclimating my CUC, I put them in the tank and only ended up losing 2 snails within the next 48 hours. Not too worried. It's just a snail. So at this point after putting in my CUC, I let them do their work for about 2 days. Then I went to my LFS and picked up my Firefish, as well as the free Palythoa frag plug I was given. I acclimated them both, and are both doing well to this day. My current parameters are as follows: Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrates-<1 Ph-8 Alk-9 Ca-390 Phosphates- <.2 Now today, all my livestock seems to be doing well. My clown and firefish are alive and eating. My shrimp only comes out at night. Lost 2 snails, not sure why but will get more CUC as my tank matures. I have 3 very small aiptasia growing, and my peppermint doesn't seem to care about it. They never seem to open up, or grow too big so I'm not too worried about it right now, but I will definitely keep my eye on it. I also have some Caulerpa brachyus growing on 2 of my rocks. It seems to have seeded from the live rock. Again, not too worried about it since it is used as a nutrient export, but will definitely monitor it(what are your thoughts on Caulerpa?). The frag plug seems to be doing well to my knowledge! I expect to do another water change this upcoming Tuesday. NOW, I know that is a lot and nobody may even reply, but it is still worth the try for me. So given everything I said, what are your guys' thoughts? Am I doing this right? Is there anything I'm forgetting or doing wrong? What are your opinions on my methods? If there's anything I'm forgetting to mention, please ask or let me know! ALL ADVICE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thank you everyone! This is my tank currently running
  19. HowardJ

    Josh's JBJ 12 Gallon

    Hey guys! Reviving my old 12 gallon and it's going in the bedroom. Deciced to try black sand for this one and my first LED! Added water Tuesday. Can't wait to get this thing rolling!
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