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  1. mylertitchell

    Majors Nano Reef 49l

    Background So Tank was started in July, it all started with doing a water feature in the garden (a well with some goldfish), then a betta tank (aquaponics) for the office, then I came across the reef hobby, started googling galore, owned nothing and had every system dreamt up, i wanted to get a nano tank that would fit into my house with no upset and then if all went well and knew the hobby was for me, I would be able to upgrade down the line. I read an article, that was just spoke to me and it was based upon a book, so i found the book, bought it in hardcopy (the wife said was on the phone too much) and was locked in. Reef was gonna be definitely for me. I had a friend who was a long time fish enthusiast (tropical) and had just got into the saltwater game, FOWLER tank and then into corals and then sacked his tropical tank and upgraded to just one reef tank. Having a Reef Buddy has definitely made this journey even more enjoyable. So after reading the book, my brief was simple a nano tank that would fit on the table I already have, buy equipment which can be used in the next tank (modular etc) and hopefully i enjoy the hobby and if so upgrade to as big as tank I can (ie id love a 6ft peninsula with walk in room behind it, dividing the dining room and living room, but then id need a new house, most likely 200l, big enough tank but in scale with the room), and if i didn't well, well don't even need to finish the sentence. As its a great hobby! Goal Fully stocked stable Tank, once I Reach this target I will begin the journey all over again with most likely a 3ft sumped tank, then convince the wife we need a bigger house and its nothing to do with the fish. Tank Spec Start: July 2019 Display: Aquael Nano Reef Duo 49 Litre Rock: Aquanetta 2 Module display (ceramic), 2 live pieces (donated by friend) and some dry pieces Sand: CaribSea Aragonite Fiji Pink Sand 15LB Lighting: Stock , Zetlight 1201 x1 x 2 Heater: V2therm 50 Digital Heater 50w Wavemaker: APS 2500 Powerhead, Jebao SW-4 (running at 1000l) Filtration: Stock, HOB Canister Filter APS-500, Filter Media: Coarse Sponge, FIlter Floss, Seachems Matrix, Phosguard, CarbonMatrix ATO: Autoaqua Smart ATO Micro (4l res - Cereal Container) Testing: Salifert test kits (Alkalinity, Calcium, Nitrates, Phos) Dosing: Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium, Saliferts KH Buffer, LaCl3*, Carbon (NitraPhos Minus)* Automatic - Single Doser - Kalk/Vinegar solution, Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium*, Saliferts KH Buffer*, LaCl3* *if required I have been on quite the journey so far (including a bad crash), it is gonna be quite enjoyable going down memory lane to get yous up to date... Plan of Action: Monthly updates as part of my routine. July 2019
  2. Background: This is an upgrade from my Fluval Spec V. I have always struggled with the rock being too big in the Fluval Spec V. It makes it very hard to clean the glass on each side so lots of algae build up. I also wanted to get a bigger tnak for the clown fish. This clown fish has been with me for over 2 years now and survived through 2 leaks, 1 move, and other mishaps. It is also a total bully so I can't put it into my Red Sea Reefer 350. When I first saw ReefBuilder feature the Fluval Evo 12, I knew it will be my next tank. The dimension fits perfectly wherethe Spec V is now and the rock will look great with more space on each side. There are some questionable design choices with the tank such as the black honeycomb at the top of the tank (which I razored off) and the AIO chamber allows a lot of detritus to build up in the first and second chamber. The stock lighting and pump are good only for softies and low light LPS. But overall, the tank itself is pretty decent for the price. I do like it comes with surface skimmer and the return nozzle is already split into two. In additional, the raised design is very modern. My vision for this tank is a very natural tank with gorgonians, LPS, zoas, acans, and ricordeas. I will get another fish or two, something that can put up with the clown.
  3. SaltyTanks

    SaltyTank's 40G Mixed Reef

    Hello & welcome to my new reef journal! I’m a SoCal nano-reef enthusiast that’s been in the hobby 4 years, and I’m finally committing myself to starting this journal – mostly for my benefit, not yours😊 No seriously though, I need help holding my bad habits in check and hoping you will all help me achieve my goal. My goal is that 1 year from now my 40-gallon mixed-reef tank will be a living masterpiece, and so appealing to me that I will have no impulses to stick my hands in the water to move/add anything. That said, here’s some more background and visionary objectives: SETUP: Tank: 40-Gallon Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion (24” x 20” x 19”) Lighting: Radion XR15w Gen-4 Circulation: (1) IM stock return pump w/2 spin stream nozzles; and (2) Icecap 1k Gyre Heater: None (controlled room temp) Cooling: Desktop fan controlled by Inkbird thermostat/temp controller Mechanical Filtration: (1) Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 skimmer; (2) filter floss Bio Filtration: (1) RealReef dry rock; (2) Caribsea sand; (3) CerMedia Marinepure biofilter balls Chemi Filtration: RedSea carbon Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Dosing: manually, Brightwell Reef Code A + B & magnesium BACKGROUND: I’m a middle aged father whom loves to drink red wine while staring up-close at my fish tank excessively. I grew up by the ocean and first fell in love with tropical fish & corals when I got scuba certified in Indonesia circa 2000. Since then I’ve done many dives around the world and find myself more interested in biodiverse macro reef-scapes than shipwrecks and cageless bull shark feedings. Also, I’m a photo enthusiast and art aficionado, which I aim to incorporate into my reef keeping. My wife gifted me my first tank about 4 years ago (a 6-gallon JBJ AOI), and pretty sure it’s her biggest regret of our long-standing relationship. I'm now about 1 year into the current setup. VISION: If I were shrunk down to be a little 2 inch scuba diver and my wife threw me into my tank, I want to be surrounded by colors, contrasts, textures, movement, and dimension. I’ll want to swim down, up, around, through, under, and over copious amounts of corals, and be accompanied by a few fish friends that will join me without fearing they’ll bully or eat me. OBJECTIVES: Over the next 12 months, I’ll try to post progress updates every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, I’ll try to engage you all into helping me fill in the holes with new coral suggestions. Since I like to go to the local LFS’s frequently, maybe together we can make this an interactive team effort - although, let me try not to get ahead of myself here. So for now I’ll share some relevant pics and focus on following through with a 2nd post sometime soon. P.S. I have a lot of bad habits to work on... - hands in the tank frequently - impatiently making changes, expecting expedited results - providing poor instructions for friends to care for tank while on vacation - overfeeding and then underfeeding - vindictively taking vengeance on hungry hermits that snatch food from feeding acans
  4. William

    William's Waterbox 70:2

    After years of contemplating upgrading my Red Sea Reefer Nano, I have finally pulled the trigger. I took advantage of Waterbox's "Blue Friday" event and ordered a white waterbox 70:2. Aquarium specifications: Aquarium: Waterbox Aquariums 70:2 (47 gal display) Sump: stock with Klir rollermat installed Return: Hydor Seltz D Varia Flow 1200 DC Aquarium Pump Skimmer: Red Sea Reefer RSK-300 Protein Skimmer Waterflow: MP40WQD , Gyre 330 Heater: 2x100w Cobalt Neotherm (from RSR Nano) Controller: Apex with WXM, PH, ORP, Salinity, Trident Light: Reefi Duo Extreme Dosing pump: Kamoer X1, 3 pumps Auto-top off: XP Aqua Sand: Barebottom Rock: Existing rock from my RSR nano, 20lbs Of Liferock “shapes” Salt: brightwell neomarine Misc: Artfully Acrylic screen top NO3/PO4 removal: Aquamax biopellets Marinepure Plate/ balls Fish: Flurry Clownfish x2 Flame angelfish Longnose Hawkfish Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish Antennata Lionfish Biota Yellow Tang Biota Aptasia eating filefish Red Bandtail Waspfish x2 Flasher Wrasse x2 Blue gungeon goby
  5. 12/21/19 9/14/19 5/26/19 4/14/19 2/5/19 12/30/18 12/6/18 11/18/18 11/12/18 This is my 20g LPS focused mixed reef. The livestock was all originally from my 65 gallon display when I downsized. If you want to see my previous tank journal, you can find it here. Equipment: IM Nuvo Fusion 20 IM APS stand (upgraded open stand to fit my equipment) DJ 8 plug power strip Sicce 1.5 return pump 1 intank media baskets 200w Cobalt Neotherm heater Radion xr15w Gen 3 Pro Ecotech RMS mount mp10qd with DIY anemone guard Tunze Nano Osmolator ATO IM minimax media reactor AquaMaxx HOB-1.5 skimmer Filtration: Filter pads on top of media baskets (change out biweekly) Chemipure blue nano bags in left Intank (have 2 in cycle, replace 1 every month) Purigen bag in right Intank Tsp of GFO and 2 tbsp of ROX carbon in bag in Intank (change monthly) 14 MarinePure spheres in the 2nd left chamber Media reactor running biopellets in 1st chamber on right Skimmer after media reactor Livestock Mackerelmore, the snowflake ocellaris clown Swim Shady, the black and white ocellaris clown Meek Gills, the yellow clown goby Clean Up Crew: Banded trochus snail 2 nassarius snails Ninja star snail Dwarf zebra hermit 3 scarlet leg hermits Tons of chitons Tons of mini brittle stars Asterina stars Bristle worms Corals: Green bubble coral 24k gold leptoseris Green duncan (~50 heads) Neon green trumpet (~20 heads) Purple trumpet Green and purple symphyllia Green and orange lobophyllia Purple stylophora Green seriatopora Blue acropora Meteor shower cyphastrea Pink micromussa lordhowensis Red micromussa lordhowensis Oregon tort acropora 7" Green cynarina Green star polyp on back glass Tri-color valida acropora 3 more random acans
  6. Just getting started on my first reef tank. I have had freshwater tanks in the past but it has been a couple of years. I have been researching how to setup a reef tank for over a year now. Just didn’t have the time or money to set something up, until now. MY SETUP Tank: CoralLife Biocube 14 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50w Lighting: Stock Lighting - 24w Actinic - 24w 10K - 1x Blue LED Bar Filtration: Chamber 1: False Bottom Removed/Heater Chamber 2: InTank Media Basket (4/29/19) - Top: Filter Floss - Middle: BRS Carbon ROX0.8 (5/14/2019) Chamber 3: Stock Pump/Temperature/ AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Sand: 20 lbs Caribsea AragAlive Special Grade Rock: BRS Reef Saver Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: Red Sea (Blue Bucket) Dosing: BRS Kalkwasser- 3g/gal Testing: Refractometer API Saltwater Masters HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish “Pennywise” A. ocellaris (LA 4/18/2019) - Randalli Prawn Goby (AA 6/8/2019) “Timon” - Black Ice Clownfish [QT] “Columbus” A. ocellaris (BLC 10/12/2019) Invertebrates: - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 2x Cerith Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 1x Trochus Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) “Jack” - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) - Red Banded Pistol Shrimp (BTR 6/15/2019) “Pumbaa” - 3x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) - 5x Cerith Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) Corals: Soft Fire and Ice Zoanthid (WWC 5/24/2019) Green Star Polyp (WWC 5/24/2019) Weeping Willow Toadstool (BLC 6/8/2019) WWC AOI Zoanthid (CC 1/15/2020) OG Pink Zipper Palythoa (CC 1/15/2029) Hot Hawaiian Palythoa (CC 1/15/2019) WWC Purple Monster Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) LPS WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) WWC Lavender Duncan (5/24/2019) Duncan (AA 6/15/2018) Pink/Purple Blasto (AA 6/15/2019) Purple & Pink Acan (BLC 10/12/2019) The Dearly Departed: - 1x Trochus Snail (LA 4/18/2019-5/5/2019) - WWC Grapevine Lord (5/24/2019-5/30/2019) - 1x Scarlet Hermit (AA 6/8/2019-6/21/2019) *Jack - Misbar Clownfish (BLC 6/8/2019-7/9/2019) *clownfish aggression - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019-??) - 1x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019-10/13/2019) *Jack - Purple Monster Zoanthid (BLC 10/12/2019- Startup 3/16/2019 5/21/2019 9/25/2019 12/04/2019 2/04/2020 3/16/2020 One Year!
  7. Hi, this is my first time posting here and I am wandering what sort if worm this is ( sorry the photo is bad) and whether it's bad or not and if so, the best way to get rid of it. I got up this morning and saw it. When I turned the aquarium light on, it seemed to try and slink back. This is my first marine set-up although I've had cold and tropical fresh water fish for years. Any help and tips would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!
  8. undertheseaquarium

    Look . Sea . Discover. - Biocube29 - Mixed Reef

    I used to be REALLY into fish when I was younger, but once I hit HS I switched to larger more emotive pets. I'm currently in university studying to be a marine biologist and suddenly got the itch again. But this time I wanted a marine tank, now that I can not only drive by myself but also have my own finances. This tank started back in January of this year. She fully cycled in 1 month through a mix of patience and some added bacteria. Shes had only 1 ammonia spike, which led to a few zoa losses, and my first pair of clowns passed due to unknown circumstances (I believe bad quarantine from the store, I heard from an employee that they only QT for 1 week). My new clown (different store) is doing well. I've got a new batch of zoas and some GORGEOUS LPS. I'm ADDICTED to color and movement (title *teehee) and am already planning on expanding. I should probably start at the beginning though for anyone who might be interested. Day 1: Jan 22 - Bought used for $200 + $20 (delivery) Week 2: Started the ammonia cycle on day 1 using frozen brine shrimp cubes. Added Fritz zyme 9 on day 14
  9. November 2018 October 2018 Jan 2018 May 2017 September 30 2016 https://vimeo.com/185088022 August 20 2016 August 14 2016 After taking a year off from the hobby when I moved from Houston to NYC in June 2015, I have decided to get back into the hobby with a mixed reef tank. Started July 10th 2016 Aquarium specifications: Aquarium: Red Sea Reefer Nano White (28 gal total water volume) Sump: stock, no modifications so far Return: Waveline DC2500 Skimmer: Aquamaxx WS-1 Waterflow: (2) MP10 wES Heater: 100w Cobalt Neotherm Controller: Apex Lite with WXM Light: Nanobox Duo Plus M on SPS preset Dosing pump: Jaebo DP-4 for 2 part, brightwell amino Auto-top off: DIY auto top off with aqualifter, IKEA vase as container Sand: special grade arag-alive Rock: 15 LB KP aquatics uncured Caribbean live rock Salt: brightwell neomarine UV Sterilizer: green machine 36W run 6 hours a day Misc: DIY CO2 scrubber (skimmer air intake) Artfully Acrylic screen top NO3/PO4 removal: Aquamax biopellets Marinepure Plate Miracle mud in stock ATO, running as a fuge Activated carbon, 2 Tbs in media bag changed monthly Water change, 5 gal monthly Additives/Food: Red Sea 2 part CA and ALK (via dosing pump, titrated as needed) Acropower, 3ml every day (BRS doser) BWA Lugols iodine, 1 drop per week, unless my gorgonians look upset then I add an extra BWA Microbacter-7, 5-10ml monthly Livestock- Fish: Male Red Bandtail Waspfish, Paracentropogon zonatus Flurry Clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris Algae Blenny Flame angel Longnose Hawkfish Aptasia Eating Filefish Golden Dwarf Moray Eel Inverts: Rock anemone(s), Epicystis crucifer (varied colors) Mini-maxi Carpet anemone(s), Stichodactyla tapetum Various tunicates (came with rock) Various encrusting sponges (came with rock) Various tube worms (came with rock) CUC (various hermit crabs and snails Emerald crab x6 Curlique sea anemone, Bartholomew annular (came with rock) - trying to kill Red brittle starfish Red Snapping Shrimp "Satan" Coral: Purple Sea whip (2), Pterogorgia anceps Green Slimmer, Acropora yongei Neon orange Montiopora setosa Neon pink Cyphestria. sp Green Duncan coral ,Duncanopsammia axifuga Neon green clove polyps, Clavularia sp Birds nest coral, Seriatopora hystrix Tan Candelabra gorgonian, Eunicea sp Purple plume gorgonian, Pseudopterogorgia bipinnata Assorted Ricordia florida Assorted Zoanthus. sp Nuclear green Palythoa. sp Pink Goniopora. sp Corky sea finger - Briareum asbestinum Spiny Orange Sea Rod - Murices elongata Lime green warty corallimorph - Discosoma sanctithomae Blue Ricordia florida Fluorescent green Zoanthid Lime green Ricordia florida Assorted leather corals
  10. Hello, I’m looking at starting to stock my Fluval Evo 13.5 with corals. Will the standard light support LPS? Does anyone have any pictures of their stock light Evo with LPS and softies? Im new to marine tanks so any help will be great.. Thank you
  11. undertheseaquarium

    Vermatid snail(s)???

    For the past couple of weeks, I noticed this thing on my coral that seems to have gotten bigger. When I first got it, I thought it was apart of the coral. I'm guessing this is a vermatid snail with possibly another. Could anyone confirm this, so I can begin the removal process.
  12. New tank is coming together!! Just added the nem, zoa and hammer. All are doing great, cant believe my luck so far in keeping everything stable. Started with the duncan and hairy mush the week before as testers. ATO to get the 10 gallon balanced and checking levels daily for now. Very excited I got into the hobby, especially when I'm now stuck at home in quarantine!
  13. Penguin Reef

    8 Gallon Peninsula

    Hey fellow Reefers, I'm Pedro but everyone calls me Chris! I've been in and out of the hobby for acouple years now and I recently got the reefer fever. I was looking for something small and bumped into the 8 Gallon JBJ Rimless desktop. The filter is moveable so I thought why not give a peninsula style reef a shot. JBJ 8 Gallon Rimless Desktop came with the Lyra Led Light, Removable Bio Filter, and Pedestal. Looking into upgrading the light soon. Any suggestions or tips?!?
  14. Nick4061

    Help! Hammer lps problems

    So I bought this metalic torque hammer about two months ago, he hasnt opened up at all, but all my other lps are thriving including another hammer. I've moved him around countless times trying to see if he just didn't like the/lighting in that area but nothing is helping. Param: calcium is between 460- 480 alk-7-8 dkh. Amonia 0ppm nitrite 0ppm nitrate 5-10 ppm
  15. Hey guys! Setting up my first saltwater tank. It's a 10 gallon IM Fusion nano. Wondering if this powerhead placement will be ok. It's a koralia 425 + 95gph stock return pump (top right of pic). Trying to hide the PH in the back left, with return outlet top right. Flow hits front glass and swirls around. Will this do for a mixed reef tank? Planning on getting SPS eventually down the line. Thanks!!
  16. thecoralbeauty

    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    4/16/2019: 2/13/2016: 1/28/2016: 11/22/2015 11/14/2015 11.14.2015 Video FTS (Two days after transfer:) 11/8/2015 ORIGINAL POST:
  17. Spark326

    Identify this frag

    Can someone identify this frag? What kind of zoanthid is it?
  18. TerribleLobster

    IM Nuvo 20g Build Thread

    Build Thread! Start Date: 7/31/2019 Most Recent Pic: (12/14/19) Hardware: Tank: Innovative Marine Nuvo 20 AIO Filters: 1 Media caddy, 1 200 micron filter sock, 15 lbs dry rock, 18 lbs live sand Heating: 150 W heater Cooling: AC Infinity AXIAL 1225 Fan - Amazon Temp Controller: Inkbird controller ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155 RODI Unit: Liquagen 4 stage (tds of city water is around 45 originally) Lighting: 1 Kessil a160 Blue with mounting arm Lighting Controller: Kessil A series spectral controller Return Pump: Stock ~250 gph Testing: API nitrite, API Ammonia and API Phospate, Refractometer, American Marine PH Monitor and probe, Inkbird Temperature probe, Hanna Checker Alk, Salifert Ca, Salifert Mg Possible additions: I want to add an MP10, but have been looking for a good deal on Craigslist. I may add an algae scrubber, they seem pretty hype. Dosing pumps may be needed once I dial in my corals needs. Livestock: Fish: 1 Clownfish, 1 Orchid Dottyback (deceased - jumped out of the tank the first day) Corals: Softies: 1 rhodactis mushroom, 1 neon green toadstool leather,1 ricordea florida mushroom (orange), Utter Chaos Zoa, LA Lakers Zoa LPS: 1 Aussie elegance coral, 1 Blastomussa Wellsi SPS: 1 red montipora cap Inverts: Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone, Fire Shrimp, 1 astrea snail, 1 trochus snail, 1 narcissus snail Maintenance: -25% weekly water changeover -feed a variety of foods -Add a bit of phyto (not sure how helpful this actually is, probably will not purchase again) Diary: Update 1: Tank Startup - Used dry rock and live sand, in a previous tank I had gotten aptasia and it was a nightmare so I endeavored to keep this tank as pest free as possible. I have really liked the dry rock so far. I got dry rock with a nice purple finish and was able to cement it into a cool arch. I used the NYOS reef cement and it was a nightmare to mix though it did work in the end after much frustration. I originally wasn't planning on using a temperature controller but stumbled onto one for free and holy cow is this thing nice. 100% worth the 40 bucks it would have cost if I bought it. I used dr tim's one and only for cycling + ammonium chloride and was pleased. It wasn't instant, my tank still took about 20 days to cycle, but I could very clearly see the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates changing as I tested. Update 1: I added my first fish (clownfish) after a month and then added a piece of macro algae a week after. When I added the macro algae, it may have brought a pest because my fish started losing scales near his gills. I freshwater dipped him and treated the tank with prazi pro, thinking it could be flukes. He has been great ever since and the tank has been happy. Update 2: I went to a Coral Farmers Market recently and picked up a few goodies. I want to see how a variety of corals will do in my tank so I got a Blastomussa Wellsi as well as two different kinds of Zoas. I probably will not add anymore coral for a while. I recently purchased a Hanna Checker for Alk and will be using Salifert test kits for testing Ca and Mg. I want to dial in where I'm at and get a handle on how levels change over time before adding anything else. The tank had some diatoms form. The sand is a bit browner now and there is some on the rockwork as well. I reduced the amount of time the light was on each day. I was at 12 hours which was way too much. I may reduce a bit further from 9 hours down to 8. I have a gradual ramp up throughout the day currently and keep the spectrum mostly blue. The Salinity and temperature have been extremely stable and Nitrates are remaining low week over week. Everything in the tank looks like it is doing well so far, though. I added a Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone! I absolutely love anemones and a friend gave me a good price on a 1 Inch diameter foot. It has been a bit brown the first few days, hoping it colors up nicely after it gets over the shock of moving. My clown has not hosted it yet. The zoas are just doing ok. Not sure where in the tank to put them. They are open, but don't look as vibrant as at the store. I added an orchid dottyback, but he jumped out of the tank the first night 😞. I will need to get a lid if I want to keep any fish that are in danger of jumping. I would love any feedback and suggestions. Picture Appendix First time adding water shot: 8/29
  19. a_pmech84

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    © a_pmech84 Biocube 32

  20. TheKleinReef

    Roger’s Cursed 65g

    Chapter One: 29G First Frags Ecotech Marine First Anemone 1st Birthday! Aquascape Change First Time with the DSLR Anemone Split LiveAquaria Order #1 DSLR shoot #2 New Leopard Wrasse (: Chapter Two: Rimless 65G Stand Construction begins Tank Arrives 29G Tear Down 65 Construction Weekend (9.22.2013) Starting to Move Coral Over (9.28.2013) RED BUGS !@#$% The Cure for my Pale SPS Begins (12.2.2013) GHL Doser Install (1.11.2014) All SPS Removed (2.14.2014) The Comeback (4.9.2014) Trying SPS again (4.16.2014) Back in the Swing of Things DSLR Update (5.7.14) Berghias! (6.20.14) 4 Pillars of Awesome (7.5.2014) 1st Birthday! (9.22.14) Reunited! (12.20.14) Nano-Reef Meetup at Reefwise (1.3.2015) Summer Clean Up! (8.1.2015) 2nd Birthday (9.27.2015) November 2015 Tank of the Month (11.1.2015) The Christmas Cluster F*** (12.20.2015) Crash and Burn (5.2.2016) Post Crash Re-vamp (8.25.2016) Holiday Update! (12.22.2016) Crash and Burn II (6.20.2017) The Reboot (8.2.2018) The Reboot v3 (11.25.2019) Equipment: Tank: DSA NE0 65 Pro Sump: Sea Systems 36" Berlin Style Sump Skimmer: Reef Dynamics INS-80 Return Pump: Ectoech Vectra M1 Display Light: ATI 6x39W Sunpower (3x Blue+, 3x Coral+) Controller: Neptune Systems Apex Lite Controller (Temp & pH) Flow: Maxspect Gyre Dosing: GHL Standalone Doser 4 Pump Model Dosing Reservoirs: 4x Vertex Libra 2.5L (Short) Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Refugium: 29G AGA Top Off Reservoir: Standard 10G AGA Probe & Dosing Line Holders: Vertex Video Webcam: Dropcam Refugium: 29G AGA with 2x 1.5" bulkhead overflow screens Refugium Lighting: 2x Kessil H80 Tuna Flora Dosing & Supplements: BRS Soda Ash Solution BRS Calcium Chloride Solution BRS Magnesium Chloride/Sulfate Solution Coral: Soft Coral: Ricordea Yuma Green Toadstool Large Polyp Stony: none Small Polyp Stony: Blue Tort Setosa Red Monticap Purple Monticap Elkhorn Fish & Non-Coral Invertebrates: 1 Snowflake Clown Yellow Tang (Clyde) Matted Filefish (Matt) Longnose Hawkfish 2 Talbot Damsels Green and Red Rose Bubble Tip Anemones Current NEO 65 Full Tank Shot: 11.25.2019 Lastly, A Special Thanks to: | Urbaneks | Metrokat | Kimberbee | Ninjamyst | | Scorched_Ice | Arkayology | Rehype | SouthFlorida_Tron | Arce | TeenyReef |
  21. Azure Phoenix Reefing

    Cyphastrea or Leptastrea? Or...?

    I recently bought a frag, advertised as a Cyphastrea, however, I am starting to think it's a Leptastrea...I was looking for good and somewhat beginner friendly encrusting corals, which lead me to Cyphastrea, among others. But the more I look into both coral species, the more I'm thinking I bought a Leptastrea. Would love to hear your thoughts 😀 and thanks a bunch already for having a look! (Apologies for the blues and quality, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Santa to help me out with a camera filter 😇)
  22. Waterbox Cube 7 - Mixed Nano Reef WHY A NEW TANK?! Alright, here we go! My much awaited Waterbox 7 is all ready to get into its cycling phase. My BioCube 16 LED will be a year old next month. It has gone through 2 significant transitions and the tank is doing great (thanks to many folks on this forum who have always been helping and providing wonderful guidance). As the corals are outgrowing, I usually give them to my local reefer buddies or give them to my local LFS for some store credit. It was not long ago, I thought it would be awesome if I had another tank (a small one considering the space factor) just to move a few corals from my current setup and ensure that there is no unseen warfare in the tank and someone eventually giving up. So as I was browsing through for a potential fit, I stumbled onto a great offer for the Waterbox Cube 7 at Saltwater Aquariums, and given I had some credits from some of my previous purchases, it did not take my more than 15 min to decide and go for it! It is indeed exciting to know that now I have one more tank where I can do everything right that I did wrong when I started with my BioCube 🙂 Experience teaches you many things, and this being a hobby that warrants continuous learning - one more tank, why not! Let's do it! WATERBOX CUBE 7 FEATURES ◕ Glass Thickness: 5 mm ◕ Tank Length: 11.8" ◕ Tank Width: 12.2" ◕ Tank Height: 11.8" ◕ Total Volume (Gal): 6.8 Ga TANK HIGH LEVEL CHARACTERISTICS ⇨ Aquascape : 4.5 lb. of Live Rock ⇨ Sand : 10 lb. of CaribSea Hawaiian Black Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand ⇨ Heater : Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm Heater, 25 Watt ⇨ Lighting : AI Prime HD+ ⇨ Powerhead : Hydor Koralia Nano 240 ⇨ Pump : AquaTop NP-80 ⇨ Skimmer : Reef Glass (it tucks in perfectly in the second chamber) ⇨ Screen: DIY Screen Kit SUMP DETAILS Chamber 1 In the first chamber, there is the InTank Media Basket (very compact and enough space for a filter floss, little Carbon and Phosguard) Chamber 2 This chamber houses my heater and skimmer. Good enough space for the Neo-Therm heater to be one side and the Reef Glass skimmer to be on the other. Chamber 3 This has the return pump and the ATO inlet. Here are some pics of the setup. I'm still playing with the aquascape. Should have it ready tomorrow and then I shall pics 🙂Livestock additions will follow once I'm through with cycling! Can't wait to see how the colors of the coral pop with the contrast of the Black sand bed.
  23. Mike P

    Micromussa ledge

    WWC Captain America micromussa next to LFS micromussa
  24. Hey guys! So i'm approaching 3 years with my fluval m60 (24 gallon all in one). Like most I have been through struggles and learned a lot and finally have a great looking tank full of beginner coral (and my clown fish). My next move is getting an anemone which i'm pretty much sure i'm ready for since the tank is established, and water chem. is overall decent which seems like the most important for anemone including good lighting which I have. Once I get my anemone and it becomes settled I want to move into caring for stoney corals, which is what this post will be about. Right now I honestly don't tell parameters much. Only time I will is when a problem occurs and want to get a understanding of what could be causing it. Testing only includes pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. I rely heavily on weekly/bi-weekly water changes ranging from 5-20% depending on various factors, to just hope my parameters are in check. So with what I want to do I know I will have to start checking parameters more frequently as well getting a more wide spreed of what parameters to be checking for. Since checking parameters can be time consuming using chemical testing(?) compared to digital testing I'm looking to invest in digital testing for parameters that should be checked more often. What do you guys recommend testing for weekly (while doing wc). For these parameter testing I'd like to purchase digital testing so save time. Then since I want to care for advanced species what else should I test for. This is a list off the top of my head I should be testing for so please inform me if more should be include. pH ammonia nitrite nitrate calcium dKh(alkalinity) magnesium I'd love any feed back for what I should do, personal opinion, or tips/purchases that could be helpful as I will be moving to a more advanced reef system.
  25. pdiehm

    Paul’s BioCube 29

    This tank was up for about 2.5 years previously but due to a home renovation had to be torn down. It wasn’t anything special, a candy cane, 2 frogspawn, some zoas and a lot of mushrooms (hitchhiked on with the zoas). But it was self sustaining. I changed 5G water every other week and things were doing really well. But new new flooring meant it had to be moved. Into a 29 gallon holding tank the contents went. 2 clowns, a bi-color blenny, skunk cleaner, 25lbs of rock, and lots of vermetid snails. Some elbow grease, some vinegar, and a jet stream hosing...it’s clean. Mostly. With Th the vermetid snails all over the rocks, I decided to just mix those rocks, and got 20lb of Caribsea Life Rock shapes. I toyed with going barebottom, buuut it’s an LPS tank. Flow isn’t a massive requirement, though some is needed. I decided to go with Caribsea Arag Alive Fiji pink. I dosed the tank tank yesterday with 1.2ml of ammonia, a bottle of birospira, and 5ml of Microbacter7. Tested today and it’s zero with a trace of nitrites. Dosed again today with 1.2 ammonia, and tomorrow after we get back from Wildwood, I will test again. I actually may be able to move my clowns into the tank I think. I am also dozing 5ml of Microbacter7 daily. Prior, I had an aquamaxx HOB-1, and it’s a great skimmer. But this time, I think I will go the five route and skip the skimmer. I have the InTank Media Rack, and will be getting the InTank Fuge Basket. I am leaning toward the JBJ Nano Glo but there are some $15-$20 grow lights on amazon that I may be able to stick to the back and use that instead. I have time though to figure that out. If anyone has thoughts, please post them. I toyed with getting an mp10 but think I am going to try to split the return using a Y valve and loc line. If that doesn’t give me enough then I will look into a used mp10 and run lagoon. As for my plans...the 3 fish I have. And I think I will add either a pink streaked wrasse or a mccoskers wrasse and a small diamond goby for sand maintenance. Other sand maintenance creatures will be 6 or so nassarius snails, some dwarf cerith snails, 3 or 4 nerites and 2 scarlet hermits and of course a skunk cleaner shrimp. I also have 2 Green Bubble Tips that will go in before any of the corals i have go back in so they can find their home and get settled. for salt, I will be using ESV only on this following the cycle. And the light will will be a Noopsyche Pro II. I think the aquascape turned out pretty badass. Very happy with it!
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