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  1. Coolbreeze

    Dream Lighting Systems

    My Dream Lighting I have created this new topic to get some input from the community on a lighting system that I wanted to buy and or create for my new dream tank. So I have two display tanks and a third coming soon. The reason for this is that my older XR15 pro Gen3 are starting to show wear and one of them is blinking bright once a day and then goes back to normal after a few minutes. I do have one as a backup to this one so once they both go then I plan on just using a T5 light for the frag/quarantine system as this is cheap and has a outstanding success. Bluefish Aquarium LED Controller So, with that said I need a new lighting system and was planning on using the following and would like some feedback on members who have experience with one or more of these items. Please keep in mind that this system will display in my living room, so I want something outstanding for look at and function. First up I wanted to use the Bluefish Aquarium LED controller as it has some functions that I think would be cool to have and hopefully some great affects. 1). Real location simulation 2). Weather Simulation. 3). Realistic Thunderstorms. Works with both LED and T5. Has anyone had this controller and used any of the above features? Aquatic Life T5 dimmable unit. T5 are the industry standard and it seems like many tanks do well when having these installed. I noticed that many LED just do not seem to have the same look as these. Being since it is dimmable and has a 0-10v port for it dimmable ability I can attach it to either the Bluefish controller or the Apex. Either one can dim it, but I believe the additional features can be used with T5 and the LED together. Any thoughts? And third I was going to pair the other two items with another industry standard lighting system from Kessil. Here I would be limited to A360W-E Tuna Blue LED Aquarium Light (Wide Angle). Here I can attach it to the Bluefish controller and take advantage of all it features. Any thought? Apex Lunar Lights And finally, I was going to use the Apex Lunar Simulator Lunar LED Strings. This will give me the last affect I am looking for without using higher end lights to achieve the same thing. These can be replaced without much cost and will actually be hooked up to the Apex. My understanding is that the above items will simulate a reef as close as possible. Any thought or comments will be very helpful.
  2. Marine Depot

    NEW Kessil AP9X is HERE!

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  3. cassianoyoung

    Cass' Aquamaxx 22 Long

    Inspired by two favorites from the Nano-Reef community, I have decided to start my own nano reef. I will be mixing an matching ideas from the magnificent tanks of both MrNanoReef and Scorched to make my own little reef while keeping track of the actual cost of building a (hopefully nice ) Nano Reef tank. Any advices that you veterans have for me would be very welcome! Now, lets dive into it.
  4. Hi, I previously made videos about Hybrid reef light with Radion G5, Prime 16HD with T5, now it's the turn for Kessil with their A360WE (I don't own A360X sorry) This is actually the combo I've been using on this tank (and still the one), and I really enjoy having this hybrid reef light! Like always I take picture after each combo so I can post on this forum: Here the Full Resolution The Kessil A360WE has so much more coverage area compare to Prime 16HD, day-night different! But at the same time, it's a spotlight which brings the issue of not covering fully the tank and this is where the Aquatic Life Hybrid Fixture comes handy with Giesemann T5. I'm a fan of Kessil because it's the closest LED light I've seen replicating (or feeling) the Natural Sun. The shimmer is incredible! I have a love/hate relationship with the caustic because on one hand, it's beautiful, far away, and when you look close to your tank. On another hand, when I do video with their light it's a little bit annoying to watch that intense caustic, one trick I use is to stop one of my pumps that is oriented toward the surface. One last point with that light: A360WE is still a very good light, the optic is more focused vs the A360X, so for people who have deeper tank It's not a bad thing to have this version. The materials I use: - Aquatic Life Hybrid Fixture - Giesemann T5 for reef spectrum - Kessil A360WE Tuna Blue - Sony A7III : 5.6f | Sony 24mm | Auto ISO | 1/60 Speed - And... a computer that struggle to render this lol Here similar videos but with other LED light: I hope this will help people who want to go on this route or are curious to see what it looks like. So this was my last light for this series since I don't own other light, I will start looking for T5 only on future content, perhaps slightly different format video approach? I know it's not going to be a popular video but I did it anyway for people who always wonder what It could look like. If you enjoy this kind of references video don't forget to Like Subscribe blabla, you know the drill 😉 - Aqua Splendor
  5. Kessil AP700 A-Series Mounting Arms Slight Diffusion Kit Extension Slide Bars The light is excellent, my experience with the app was challenging.Powered it on 12/17 minus a month due to Hurricane Michael.
  6. Reefanatic24/7

    WTB Kessil A80

    Looking to buy a kessil A80. On a tight budget but really need an upgrade. Thank you 🙂
  7. ZaneyNano

    ZaneyNano - getting started

    Aquarium CADE Pro Reef Mini PR400 - 55l tank capacity - 15l back sump area - (approx 14 gallons inhabitable space) Lighting Kessil Tuna Blue A160WE with Kessil Spectral Controller Filtration (back of tank) Small Carbon filter Pad, Serra Ceramic rings, Marine Pure ceramic blocks, Blue Life ClearFX Pro bag (small) Skimmer Stock Skimmer Heater None currently in use Cooler Aquael nano cool ATO Manual - Ripple Aqua Nano to be installed. Additional water movement Old Tunze mini powerhead 600l/h. Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 to be installed Current Additives - all occasionally Polyplab One Polylab Reef Roids Aqua Forest -NitraPhos Minus Seachem - Prime ARKA - Microbe Lift, Trace Elements Generic Iodine Fish - none currently Inverts Sand shifting star Some snails Coral Star Polyp Torch Coral Green Zoas War Favia ? Cleaning Flipper nano - daily Water changes 2-5 litres every couple of days Weekly Skimmer clean and filter pad cleaning Weekly sand siphoning and turkey blast rocks Hi all - I have recently joined Nano-Reef after finding the site and have already been inspired by so many amazing and different aquariums on here and charting their development I have decided to keep my own journal as I progress - hopefully positively - with this new little aquarium of mine. In particular I would be looking for friendly advice, tips and information on anything and everything! There is so much to know in this hobby every bit helps. I'll try and keep this as updated as possible. Some background; I grew up in coastal NSW loving the marine life that was so accessible either through snorkeling, fishing or generally always being at the beach. I wanted to have a little bit of that world in me bedroom so I ended up keeping what would now be called a pico tank in the mid 90s as a 15 year old - and somewhat unsuccessfully at first! It was definitely a steep learning curve and there was not much support back then - no real internet and LFS owners were all grumpy old men who seemed to dislike anyone being in their shops! I was finally happy with it when I simplified it as much as possible - it was essentially two nice, small, coraline encrusted pieces of live rock with a bi-colour blenny darting about. it was a bare bottom tank and i loved how simple it was and I would watch that fish for a good ling time. At the same time, I also got hold of an old battered fish tank that I threw in an under gravel filter and some hitching posts and successful kept some Kuda seahorses for a few years which lived on nothing but frozen brine shrimp. Seahorses are one of my most favourite marine creatures along with sharks and octopus. These aquariums entangled me enough in the hobby that I went on to purchase a custom made 4 foot aquarium with back sump filled with bio balls and that was about it. The lights were simple combination of tube lighting - pre-T5 days! I had big plans for it but was aware of its limitations and was daunted my first coral failings in the pico tank that i was so cautious that I didnt really progress much with this bigger tank other than keeping a variety of fish and some nice live rock. I bought a baby hippo tang that grew quite large and that was essentially the highlight. I packed up the tanks in the late 90s to go back packing in Europe where I stayed for the next 15 years or so. Getting re-started Moving back to Australia and having a slightly larger place to live (though still small!) i re-ignited my interest in aquarium keeping. I began scoping out options and visiting LFS trying to decide what would work best for me and the constraints I have with time, money and space. I have always been attracted to Nano tanks because I find they can fit so aesthetically in a small home and they remind me somewhat of rock-pooling as a kid. Tiny little worlds filled with so much life and colour and interest! So, I decided a nano tank it would be! My initial idea was to have a plain 40cmX40cmX40cm all starphire glass aquarium with nothing other than a tunze commline skimmer and some simple live rock to act as the filter. I saw a set up like this at the LFS and thought it was perfect - a simple scape, one or two fish and some coral! However, I had heard that CADE aquariums were a great AIO and when an opportunity to pick a brand new one up for absolute bargain at the end of 2019 I jumped at it and so it began ! Once getting the tank set up and in position I wanted to cycle the tank as quickly as possible. Nano Reef beginnings My idea was still to have a simple off-centre scape with a lot of anti-space preferably with some nice volcanic rock as a base but when I got to the LFS I saw an amazing big piece of live rock that whilst I was concerned would be too big - might be a great single rock to wedge corals in and around - almost looking like some sort of mini coral atoll dominating the tank. So I bought that and some Dr Tim's as well as black 'live sand' ( i really wanted to go bare bottom but the bottom of the tank under the glass looked too ugly) and set off to get things underway. Fortunately I live near the coast in Sydney so have access to (usually) really good quality natural seawater and was able to set up my tank with this rather than salt mix. I like to collect seawater near the kelp beds as I think their is likely some really good nutrients in and around that area and also that they are high flow areas that look super clean. The tank cycled super quick with the Dr Tim's, live rock and sand. I discarded the heater almost immediately due to the Sydney summer and bought a little fan cooler which seems do at least take the edge off. With the tank ready to accept livestock I bought a tiny plain aquacultured ocellaris clown in orange and enjoyed seeing them swimming around while I worked on improving a few features. Primarily, I swapped out the stock LED strip light which seemed to heat the tank up too much for a Kessil 160 Tuna Blue. I was tossing up for a long time between an AI Prime and a Kessil but again a great deal came up on the Kessil so I went with that. Adding the spectral controller has been great as the tank can ramp up and down incrementally throughout the day while I am at work. I then added a black clown which was slightly larger but seemed to get on well with the orange one. All was going well until enter - some classic NOOB mistakes! My partner always wanted a puffer fish which I knew get too big and required a massive tank dedicated to their needs and high polluting lives. However, when they saw a little spotted box fish at the LFS they demanded they have it! I knew it was a mistake but considering I was allowed the fishtank in the first place I went with it hoping for the best. Unfortunately the box fish pretty soon developed ICH and passed it on to the clowns. They continued to eat well but soon went downhill fast and all ended up dead within a month. As gutted as I was, it was a good reminder to stick to the game plan and not be swayed - currently going fallow has also allowed me to take it slow again and let the tank mature slowly before re introducing fish. The other mistake made was purchasing a NPS Gorgonian which also went down hill fast despite the LFS insistence it was not fully NPS and was happily feeding and subsisting on good light. I love sea fans so much I didnt stop and think enough. Again another great learning to stick to the live stock I have researched that will have a better chance of success in a small nano. Current state Currently I have some star polyps that a re doing really well, a small torch and a small frag of zoas oh and i think a war favia? All seems to be doing well and I am looking for them to hopefully taking hold before adding anything further. I have been adding a little bit of reef roids and some Polylab One but I dont like how it clouds the tank for soooo long. I have a ripple aqua ATO to come to help keep levels steady as well as a sicce nano to improve flow. I am really invested into this and want to make the tank a success for many years. As such I am welcome to as much advice, tips, comments, criticisms as much as possible to achieve this whilst i also read as many other journals as possible If anyone has ideas around better placement of current corals and ideas for future corals and their placement it would be greatly appreciates Will update more as things progress. Here is an early tank pic (excuse quality its a video still from iphone)
  8. CenCalReef

    CenCal Reef 24x24x12 Mr Aqua

    Hey everyone figured I go ahead and start a journal of my tank setup and have it logged on the internet for ever and ever ha. Anyways not my first tank but its been a while and my previous tanks never had a sump this time around i wanted to build a cheap decent setup plus i found this tank for cheap while craigslist searching for harley tanks and somehow this "fish tank" came up on the all for sale section so i impulsively bought it🙃. 24x24x12 Mr Aqua Symbolic MA-610 30Gallon Two Kessil A160WE Custom Acrylic light mount I DIY'd 20lbs of Reef Saver Dry Rock by MarcoRocks Ecotech Marine MP10QWD ReefOcto Classic 110-S Eheim Compact+ 2000 return pump Neptune Systems ATK V2 Neptune Systems Apex Jr with Display and Temp Probe DIY Acrylic sump 21Lx14.5Wx13H = 17gallons roughly 10-12 actual use gallons, drain and emergency drain go into a chamber that overflows into the filter sock then into the Skimmer Chamber then over into what will be a Refugium with live rock rubble chaeto and maybe some marine pure blocks? or bags with media? that then goes over another baffle into return chamber. Custom made stand i DIY'd BRS 6Stage RO/DI unit let me know if you guys have any suggestions on equipment or think i should add anything else or any great products i should look into, I know this was a bad idea but i couldnt find any info on if people do it or tried it but i added three loc line flat nozzles to my return line output inside the tank would like to change them to RFG Nozzles with a bigger sized return pump to hopefully eliminate having to add another MP10 but of course need to keep the sump flow low in order for the fuge to work i figure the bigger pump would just help maintain pressure coming out of three loc lines being fed by one 3/4" line🧐
  9. I have an opportunity to snag 3 kessil a150w deep blue spectrum lights for 150.00. The deal is nice but is it dumb to buy discontinued fixtures? Will I be able to get any parts if needed? Thanks
  10. first_ reef

    Closet clean out!!

    Closet clean out! #1. SICCE 1.0 pump brand new. $40 #2. $60 Used very little- Fluval 5 gal complete setup with light, cobalt pump, heater, InTank media basket ( will not separate) #3 $50. Kessil spectral controller #4. $80 Kessil A80 light lightly used. Buyer pays shipping! PayPal only!
  11. Haggai1.5

    BioCube 16g at 16 months!

    I started my BioCube on February 26, 2018. Although I have had numerous saltwater tanks, this is my first attempt at a reef tank. In the first chamber, I have a Cobalt Neo-Therm and a sack Boyd's Chemi-Pure Elite. The second chamber has an InTank media basket, replacing the bio-balls with MarinePure Media Spheres. The third chamber houses a Cobalt Aquatics MJ Pump. To increase circulation I uses a Hydor Korailia Evolution Nano 240. Finally, on November 24, 2018, I removed the hood and added a Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue. My BioCube is still a work in progress. I am very much open to any and all suggestions.
  12. Hello everybody, welcome to my new thread. (New Caribbean and Pacific Island theme starts on page 4 on 4/6/18). This aquarium will be the 4th reef that I have set up. For this reef, my goal is to have an organized, beautiful, and stream-lined reef with top of the line equipment. My plan for this reef is to have two separated rock structures. One structure will be primarily used to showcase a variety of Soft Corals, Large Polyp Stony Corals, Clams and Small Polyp Stony Coral from the Pacific Ocean while the other structure will be used to showcase livestock from the Caribbean. That structure will be be home to Gorgonians, Ricordea, and Rock Flower Anemone's. I will attempt to create the conditions that are best for each grouping of coral on each structure. Below is a run down of the equipment I will be running for the setup as well as the inhabitants that live in my reef! Equipment Tank- Cadlights Rimless Versa 42 Gallon with Starphire glass (30" x 18" x 18") Sump- Cadlights Rimless 16 gallon (20" x 13" x 13") Lighting- 2 Kessil A160E LED's with a Kessil Spectrum Controller Aquarium Controller- ReefKeeper Lite Protein Skimmer- Bubble Magus Curve 5 Water Circulation- 2 Vortech MP10's running on ReefCrest mode Refugium Light- Kessil H80 Tuna Flora set to growth mode Supplementation- 4 part Triton Method Core Elements Auto Top Off- Tunze Osmolator
  13. Utahpico

    7g aquatop

    New Tank!! 7.13 gallon aquatop 12x12 cube, Mixed reef. Equipment/ maintenance •jebao ow-10 wavemaker •aquaclear 20 hob •kessil a80 •cobalt 50w heater •2g waterchange once a week •seachem fusion 2 part, fuel (aminos) •reef roids
  14. choconut74

    LF: Kessil A80

    Hey y’all, looking to grab A80s used but in good condition, or brand new. Depending on the price, I’m considering getting 2 of them maybe with mounts and maybe with a controller. Please let me know if you have any of those things! Thanks!
  15. Hi All This is a Thread Dedicated to a Middle School Reef Club tank here in St. Louis. So Please watch language 🙂 Back Story, I setup a Saltwater tank at my house last year (3 years ago now) and would show students pictures of my tank and they were jealous we did not have a tank at school. So I said Why not? There is an amazing LFS owner here in St. Louis and he got me an amazing deal on a Used IM 20 Fusion (now my personal tank at home.) He Loves teachers and especially those that want to teach more about the Hobby, so he has helped me out quite a bit with getting things going and has an extremely flexible thing with me on the tank, because we will not be here over they summer the tank will broken down and reset back up for the new club comers each year. Alright onto the Details... Setup: IM Nuvo 20 Fusion with Stock Pumps 20 Gallon Long ($1 per Gallon Sale) Lighting - Marineland LED Reef Light with Built-in Timer 18-24inch (Will Switch over to two Par38s soon) Hydor Koralia 425 Cheapo 100W Heater that was gonna be used in my Person QT tank 200W Chinese Heater that was a gift from a teacher 10 - 20 lbs of Live Sand was in tank when I got it. 16 20ish Lbs of Live Rock and probably another couple lbs of Rubble Rock in chamber and on the sand bed Filtration: Aquaclear AC70 Sponge in the Left Media Basket Will be switching to Filter Floss, may add Carbon as needed Poli-Fil in the Right Chamber MacroAlgae in the Display Rubble Rock in the chamber where Skimmer would go - This was how it was setup when I got the tank day after it was broken down. Fish: 1 - Ocellaris Clownfish - Passed Away over Christmas Break when they cut off the Furnaces Fish Ideas are being tossed around 3 - Sexy Anemone Shrimp Want to add one or two more - was told could we have ~4 (LFS said I can get some Fish on a "Loaner" type program and bring them in for like a week or so and bring them back so the students can see more things) 2 Blue/Green Chromis Corals - All Bought as Frags (Students Looked them up, because we were given a "Grab Bag" assortment) Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral X2 Rock Flower Anemone (Decided to suck himself in between two rocks, hoping he will come out more) - RIP 😞 Candy Cap Coral - Was Pretty Bleached out when we got it - RIP 😞 Fluorescent Mushrooms X3 (anyone know how to get them to stay put?) - Wondered off somewhere and disappeared Glove Polyps Green Polyps Brown Palys Kenya Tree Zoas Hammer Pulsing Xenia CUC: 3 - Nassarius Snails (bought 2, only 1 Survived :-() 2 - Trochus Snail 2 - Turbo Snails 1 - Hermit Crab - Blue Legs 6-8 - Asteriniid Starfish (Hitchhiker) 1 - Brittle Starfish (Hitchhiker) Now what you all want, Pictures!!!!! Current FTS 5-15-18 FTS 1-10-18 FTS 10-3-17 FTS With My Classroom Desk Right after being Setup 9-11-17 I'll Add a Few More Pics below, can only add 6 mbs at a time
  16. Redsreefcorals

    Kessil A80 and fading colors

    Hello everyone, First post on the forum. I have had my nuvo 14 gallon peninsula tank up and running for over 1 year. I have noticed when I get my corals from guys that keep them under radions some slowly lose their patterns and bright colors. They still grow and look very happy, but specifically reds, greens and blues change after a month. My jawbreakers, and chalices are the most important to me. I experimented with this and moved some fragged zoas in the garage under t5’s and a reef brite strip that all got brighter and better within a week (not as much growth due to it being a newer less stable tank. My Kessil a80 (15 watt) light is 6 inches above the tank with it being 13” of water top to bottom. With a spectral controller ramping up and down 5 percent color (mostly blue). 10 am 50% 1 pm 75% 4 pm 100% 7 pm 75% 10 pm 0% My question is, should I swap the light and spectral controller for an AI hd prime, Kessil a160we, or go full overkill and run a Radion xr15, Orphek, or a360 at low intensity? If I’m good with my current setup I’ll just wait it out and keep my frag racks high. Attached Ed is my tank, and a study someone conducted on YouTube showing par values similar depth of my tank. Parameters are as follows: Alk: 9 Mag: 1500 Salinity: 1.025 Calcium: 460 Nitrate: 5 Phosphate: 0.04
  17. ☀ Daylight Savings Special: 0% APR Financing on Lighting ☀ Pay over 3, 6, or 12 months with Affirm
  18. I got into this hobby about a year ago with an IM 10 gallon and have been hooked every since. I had a major crash back in June, started over and the 10 gallon is running smoothly now (some good lessons learned). But why have one tank when you can have two right?? 😀. I had been floating the idea of a 2nd tank by my wife for several months (even before my crash) and fell in love with the drop off aquarium concept. I like a lot of the cool aqua-scaping you can do with two levels, the fact that you can better separate some corals that don't play well with each other, etc. My wife kept pushing back on the 2nd tank (cause as you know this hobby isn't cheap) until low and behold look what she surprised me with a few days ago.... This is the Abyss Panorama (20 gallons). I don't see a ton of these here in the forum so I decided to do an aquarium journal to seek advice. I'll be running the Kessil 160's as lighting, I've got the Tunze ATO, Cobalt 75w heater and I'm going to be doing black sand on the bottom (I just love the look of black sand and think it will pop with this aquarium. Will probably add a skimmer within the next few weeks as well. A couple of questions.. As this came with two media racks, in my IM 10 I run ChemPure Blue and have had good results with this. Do I just need to put this in one of the two racks or both? I'll be using filter floss in both of the top racks, anything else you would suggest for the extra compartments? I need a good wave maker recommendations. This will be an LPS/Softie tank (my wife gets to pick the corals in my house so movement and color pallet are her thing) so what would you recommend with the different heights in this tank to maintain some good flow? My black sand wont be in until next week. Should I wait to fill the tank and start cycling then or can I add water, a couple pieces of live rock THEN add the sand next week? Thanks in advance for suggestions and advice.
  19. Marine Depot

    Kessil: Buy Now, Pay Later

    Kessil: Buy Now, Pay Later Pay over 3 or 6 months with rates from 0% APR
  20. jldesign

    kessil to apex cable

    kessil to apex cable... $15 shipped
  21. I have a 10 gallon nuvo cube and a kessil A80 light, I just got two clowns, two hermits, and 4 lps soft corals. I was wondering what should my light schedule be like? And the intensity and so forth. Right now as I’m going to bed I have it at 0/0 but I’m not sure if that is okay for coral? Please HELP!
  22. reefhound

    Kessil Monster Pendant Bar 80/20

    Here we have: kessil A160WE Kessil H160 kessil controller 80/20 Bar from 8020.net i kept it stupid simple.. 2” main bar 1” secondary bars 1/4-20 hardware.. can get different length screws at ACE Some left over Makers Hanging Hardware some shots you see are unfinished as I change things around.. 90* elbows.. the non-dynamic cheaper ones.. you can make them “dynamic”. hanging hardware change up.. Found a bolt to fit...these “screw lock”. everything is easily moved. i added a teflon washer and used lock-tight on he hinge screws.. left a little play. It leaves the bar adjustable with a little force Shipping was fast.. ordered Thursday got it on Christmas.. since we had already celebrated Christmas, I had an awsome time till 3 AM.. some porn: Koi Raunchy Red Reef Koi Lady Dragon Bounce Dragon Bounce pups Tropics Bounce Ill be adding bars for fans and such.. will update
  23. 🎄 Kessil A360X Giveaway + 24 Hour Sale on Somatic 🎄 The Sixth Day of Fishmas
  24. I removed my Biocube’s hood, replacing stock lighting with the Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue, setting the acclimation: 14 days; starting intensity 20% (cf. above for schedule). My Biocube contains Kenya Trees, Zoanthids, Hammer, Favia, Blastomussa, Acan, and Candy Cane.
  25. ChristopherDido

    STL Reef Odyssey

    Ok so after lots and lots of thinking... We decided we are changing tanks from our JBJ NanoCube 28. I got tired of the bright white lights off the NanoCube and wanted more of a blue color light, like the Kessil gives off. So I setup the Nuvo 20, that was at the school, in our living room. So I will be "breaking down" the NanoCube and it will be given a rebirth in my classroom in the fall for our club. I plan on keeping all the rock that is in here live and cleaning up the tank for the new school year and putting it on a smaller stand so the kids can reach it. Here is my Journal for the new tank. Equipment: Tank - IM Nuvo Fusion 20 Pump - MJ-1200 (Pulled the Stock) Light - Kessil a160we (Bought from here, DIY Mounted with Spectral Controller) Heater - Finnex HMA 100W Heater ATO - Want to use the AutoAqua Smart ATO (Not the Micro) but it did not seem to work with the black glass on the back (Anyone else have problems with this?), so right now I have a Tunze ATO (can’t remember exact model.) Filtration: Rock - 20Lbs Dry Rock (I think BRS - Sold at Local LFS, was gonna be for a Lagoon 25 that never happened) Substrate - Ocean’s Direct Caribbean Live Sand IM Media Basket(want to upgrade to inTank) with their Mechanical Sponges, had good experience with them in the classroom, may switch over if I get InTank baskets Filter Sock - Nothing in it at the moment, just there to catch debris Goals for this tank: Over the last year and 4 months I have maintained a 28 gallon NanoCube with pretty good success, there were a few things that I wish I would have known when getting into the hobby. For one how much I hated putting my arms way down into a deep-ish tank when doing maintenance. Two how much it costs for Chemi-pure elite every 3 weeks. I also hope to keep a much more engaging Journal that folks can follow along with us. So I kept both of these things in mind when setting up this setup, I made sure that maintenance of the tank will be very easy, ie. ample room to work in the tank and around the rocks to stir up the sandbed and keep that clean. Secondly the goal for this tank will be to run very little in terms of chemical filtration. I wish when i set up my first tank that I understood more about “refugiums” and MacroAlgae, so I specifically am planning on incorporating some form of refugium in the back chambers and a couple display macros that will help with sucking up excess nutrients. Ideally with a child on the way, this tank will take minimal maintenance time - 30-60 minutes a week not counting running an algae magnet over the glass every day or so. Another thing with this tank that I am excited about is controlling exactly what goes into it, the 28gallon I bought from an LFS fully setup (I am sure now that I overpaid lol.) So with this one I am going Dry Rock with a couple rubble pieces from my Pico to help seed the tank. I originally bought the dry rocks that I did with a scape in mind for a Nuvo 25 Lagoon tank that we thought we were getting, that didn’t happen. When I bought the rocks I immediately began “curing” them in a 10 gallon tank with saltwater and an AC70 with just a sponge in it. I did this because I had read that dry rocks tend to “leech” phosphates and from what I can tell it’s because they were not cleaned very well based on anecdotal evidence. They have sat in there since April with water circulating and being topped off every few days, about once every week or two I would take a turkey baster and blast the rocks to get as much dust out of them as I could. Towards the middle of May I put a couple pieces of rubble Rock from my pico in there and then week before Memorial Day I put a bottle of Bio-Spira in the tank… This is where I may have made my first mistake, after dropping in the bottle on a Wednesday, my wife decided we were gonna take a last minute vacation for Memorial Day before the baby comes, so i was not able to test levels during this time. When I came back my Ammonia was reading “Zero”, Nitrite was “Zero” and Nitrate was between 60-80. I did a 50% Water Change and dropped in some more Bio-Spira then left for almost a week to help my best friend move from Chicago to Burlington, VT. When I came back the tank was measuring 60 Nitrate and No Ammonia or Nitrite, so based on all that I have gathered about the cycle of a reef tank, my cycle was finished. This past Friday June 8th I finally got the stand together and bought the upgraded pump. On Saturday I got the sand and water and proceeded to fill the tank up. Again still no Ammonia or Nitrites showing, Nitrates were measuring in at 10-15. After all of this I just decided to set the timer up on the Kessil and find a schedule and put some macro algae in there. After a couple of days of the Macro doing fine I added a small frag of Frogspawn to test the waters. Everything seems to be happy! Planned Livestock: Planning on Moving over our fish from the 28 2X Clownfish (Standard Occelaris and Darwin) 1X Pajama Cardinal New Additions: Possibly a Tailspot Blenny or Goby/Shrimp Combination Planned Inverts: Cleaner Skunk Shrimp (Already have in my 28Gallon) Rock Flower Anemones - Planning to have a “Garden” of them off the Left Side of the Aquascape Snails - Will have an Assortment of Trochus, Nassarius, Turbo, Fighting Conch and Astreas (Don’t think I will do Hermits this time around) Possibly a small urchin down the line Softy Corals: Assorted Zoas - Goal is to cover the “arch” with them as they grow out. Ricordeas - Planning to move over my Blue, Orange and Green Florida Ricordeas and maybe add a few more to create a “Ric Garden” on the Bottom Right of the rockwork (there is sorta a cavish area there) LPS Corals: Hammers - I have two currently in the 28 that I plan on Moving over, will be placing these up on the rocks above the “Ric Garden” along with…. Frogspawn - I have currently in the Nuvo as a “water-testing” coral (they should be fine next to the hammers, based on information that I have read) Probable additions: I will most likely try my hand with Acans again, I like the looks of them but I think the lights in the JBJ NanoCube were just too much for them. Hopefully this time I can keep them, planning to keep them on the substrate most likely under the “arch” Candy Canes - Thinking I will move over the Candy Cane Coral that I have in the 28, but only if I can figure out how to successfully kill the vermitid snails that are coming out it is in many different places lol - Not sure where I will place them yet probably above the RFAs once they settle in. SPS: Really I’m not the biggest fan of them, plus I know our Family Lifestyle does not bode well for the demands of most SPS, but I have a Birdsnest that has done phenomenal for us in the 28gallon and I plan I keeping that as well. FTS 8-21-18: FTS 7-13-18: Picture of the Rockscape with ideas of where I plan to place corals: Picture of the Rockscape without the colored circles 🙂 Here's a quick pic of the two tanks next to each other. I have put a lot of thoughts into my fish so far in the tank and I would ideally like to add one more so I will put a couple of options down below and maybe you all can give me some opinions on adding those. I have also put a lot of thought into the corals that I like and would want, I am thinking I may also add some Dendros down the line or if you think there is anything else I should look at adding please let me know. Let me know what you think and if I am missing any key information here for being successful? Or just your thoughts on my plans! Thanks!
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