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  1. My first Nano-Reef contest tank! 🙂 May FTS April FTS Background I've been keeping saltwater aquariums for the past 12ish years straight, so I've been having some serious fish tank withdrawals in the past 6 months without one (since I moved from CA to Hawai'i). Luckily I get to play with tanks at my work, but I really miss having a tank of my own. So I'm glad I could use this contest as an excuse to get my feet wet again! If you are familiar with some of my old tanks, you may already know I like to keep things as simple as possible, so I'm loving the restrictions of this contest. Reef Tank in Hawaii? I think my main challenge will involve stocking this tank. I live in Hawai'i, where it is illegal to keep hard corals in your aquarium. They take this very seriously, so I will not push that. What you can have are zoas, palys, soft corals, and some anemones (I think just H. malu). Not too bad, right? Well...you can't import any coral, so you're stuck with whatever grows here in Hawai'i. Zoas and palys selection is ok, soft coral is almost non-existent (just a brown Sinularia and a mat-forming softie similar to Blue Snowflake). Also, live rock/sand is illegal to sell/collect. So you must start with dry rock and sand. The good news is you can collect your own CUC and zoas/palys, as long as you don't take any live rock with them. I can collect my own fish as long as I follow the regulations. Good news, limu (Hawaiian for algae/seaweed) is legal to have/collect. So you guys know exactly where this is going 🤓 Stocking * = endemic to Hawai'i Fish - Juvi Zebra Blenny (Istiblennius zebra)* - 2x Petite Gobies (Priolepis farcimen)* Macroalgae (limu) - Pink Galaxaura (Galaxaura rugosa) - Hairy Galaxaura (Galaxaura divaricata) - Halimeda discoidea - Turbinaria ornata - Sargassum spp. - Laurencia - Dictyota - A few more, I'll update this list later Coral - Anthelia edmondsoni* - 1 Zoanthid morph Inverts - Mini brittle star - White Claw Hermit (Calcinus seurati) Potential future stocking: Maybe a feather duster, if I culture phyto Equipment Tank: Marineland standard glass 2.5g Lighting: Natural sunlight (indirect) Filtration: Plenn-Plax Cascade HOB (their smallest one)
  2. Current FTS: Taken: 11/19/17 ___________________________ For those of you that have previously followed my tanks, you've probably learned to not expect too much. This won't be anything different. 06/21/17 This is a tank that I've had running for awhile now. I've finally decided to do something with it.
  3. Mr.Smith

    New to Macro

    I'm looking into adding macroalgae to my first ever saltwater tank, an Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 10, and wanted to get some input from more experienced people. I use an Evo clip 3w light from Odyssea but am putting money aside for an AI Prime. Are there any traditionally beginner algae? Do I plant them in the sand or attach them to my rock work? Would my Clownfish or hermit crabs eat them? What site is the best for buying macroalgae? Thanks in advance!
  4. Chris@CoralVue

    🐙 Win a Reef Octopus Light Reactor! 🌿

    If you've been wanting to get your tentacles on the new Reef Octopus Light Reactor, here's your chance! 🐙 1 lucky winner will be selected on 9/5/19 to receive a Light Reactor in the size of their choice! 🌿 ENTER NOW: https://mailchi.mp/coralvue/reef-octopus-light-reactor-giveaway
  5. So, after finishing brushing off my macros and doing a half gallon water change (I was bored...) I've decided that I need an official tank thread instead of just sorta asking a bunch of questions in different threads around the site. Hopefully this'll do the trick! Basically, this is a standard 10 gallon tank that's currently housing my macroalgae and my Valentini Puffer. I'm using this tank as a QT tank (dead rock, cycled filter media) as well as a holding tank for my macros as I move tanks around to make room for upgrades. This entire system will move up to a standard 29 as soon as the QT period is over (and as soon as I finish repairing the 29), and the plan is to slowly gather equipment in the meantime. I'm working in an Italian restaurant until classes start, and hopefully I'll be getting something better. For now, I'll basically be funding my aquarium hobby (addiction?) with a portion of my paycheck and tips, so progress might be a bit slow. Progress is progress, though, right? Equipment (as of 6/15/2019): Standard 10 Gallon Glass Aquarium AquaClear 50 HOB Filter Preset Tetra 50W Heater 2 Daylight PAR 20's in a janky fixture Livestock (as of 6/15/2019): Fish: Valentini Puffer Inverts: Blue-legged Hermit Crab (for hunting purposes) Macros: Codium sp. Dragon's Breath Caulerpa Racemosa Pel. Caulerpa Mexicana (?) Mermaid's Fan (?) The next thing I'm upgrading is probably going to be the heater (to a 150W Aqueon adjustable heater), as the current heater keeps the tank around 75. Not the end of the world, but I'd prefer the tank to run between 78-80. After that, I'm looking at lighting, as the PAR 20's are a bit weak. I'm getting growth and color, just not as much as I'd like (and this light won't cut it for some of the macros I'll be keeping in the future). So, I'm looking at using two of these PAR 38's over the 10 gallon (https://www.amazon.com/Philips-LED-Non-Dimmable-PAR38-25-Degree/dp/B01CAL1FEQ/), and then maybe upgrading to 4 of them over the 29. I'm going for medium-high light, so three may suffice; not sure yet! Those upgrades will be coming in the next few days/weeks! FTS (6/15/2019): Sorry for the crooked pic - the way that tank is currently situated makes it next to impossible to get good pics.
  6. @banasophia recommended I should create a journal on here. So… here we go! 😊 Hello! My name is Tyler (aka inland_reef). The ‘Tale of Three Tanks’ began with the purchase of a used 28 gallon Nanocube on April 9, 2018 (Just rounded out the 1 year mark!). Like everyone else on this forum, I got addicted to saltwater aquariums 😂 This journal will talk about the evolution of my tanks, their setup specs and my ideas for future plans. While you're here, enjoy some eye candy of my current setups below. Ill try to make this a picture heavy journal, but you can see more pictures of my tanks on my Instagram page @inland_reef . I post daily updates there.
  7. How to Grow Chaeto Algae and Other Macroalgae Like a PRO| Lighting, Parameters, & FlowVIDEO: Optimal lighting, parameters, & flow for lush macroalgae growth!
  8. Hi everyone! I just ordered a sun coral and a white scroll algae from ebay, so I thought it would be a good time to start officially journaling my progress with my NPS tank. Here are the current and planned specs; Filtration; Aquaclear 20 (100 GPH) with activated carbon, Sun sun internal filter (650 GPH) no media, planned Aquafuge2 small refugium (2.6 gallon, unsure about GPH, filled with macroalgae and live sand). Nutrient export: Macroalgae, 2 x 40% water changes weekly Light: ABI Par 38 tuna blue bulb, 23 watts (generic reef pro light on refugium...it adds 120 par at 14 inches below the water level) Macroalgae (tank): Caulerpa sp (something feathery), White scroll algae Corals (Tank): Sun coral, black sun coral, Red tree gorgonian (in a cave to prevent algae overgrowth), Leptogorgonia purple sea fan Other inverts: Hermit crabs, snails, Bam bam (the pistol shrimp), elephant ear sponge (in a cave to prevent algae overgrowth), fan worm? Fish: Little Dude (the royal gramma), maybe some sort of cardinalfish? Refugium life; Caulerpa prolifera, Gracilaria sp, copepods, rotifers? Feeding regime: Going to start with seachem phytoplankton and zooplankton twice a day for the filter feeders, and frozen food daily for the sun corals and fish. Will eventually replace the phytoplankton with live phytoplankton mix, and the zooplankton with reef roids. Will also broadcast some live phyto into the tank water before bed. And here's a picture of the tank! And here are pictures of my plans. The first one is for the main tank, the second one is for the refugium; Hope you enjoy following along! Don't hesitate to give your thoughts on my tank 🙂 PS...this will probably take a few months to get fully set up...the refugium and the live phytoplankton are expensive to initially procure (though they are high quality and last a while). I will post pictures at least once a week.
  9. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper's 3 Gallon "Shallows" tank!

    Skip to the bottom of this post if you want a summed up version of this! Okay, so this tank has been set up 4-5 different times over the past few years, and has been taken down for various reasons. Upgrades, equipment failure, tank nukes, and disinterest have all been culprits. Well, now that I've got more time for the hobby, I've decided to give this tank one last go. The "tank" is a 3 gallon jar from Walmart that you've probably seen people on here use for the pico contest, or, it's a variation of that jar. I think this one may be a slightly bigger version of the ones I've seen used most commonly on here. It's being lit by a 6000K LED bulb, rated at around 1100 Lumens. I think it's pulling 11W, and is being powered by a Walmart desk lamp. Maybe I should just make this an all Walmart build! 😋 I'm using a Top Fin Internal Filter with some cycled media to seed the tank and get it going, and I'm using a small preset heater that keeps the tank right at 76F. I plan to slowly remove some media from the filter with each water change, and eventually switch over to a much smaller powerhead once the media is no longer needed. When planning this tank, I threw a bunch of ideas around. I had thought about a freshwater shrimp tank, or a Pygmy Sunfish tank, or even something like an Opae Ula tank. Eventually, I narrowed it down to either a softy reef, or a macro tank. I decided to go with the macro idea, after remembering how I had tried and failed with them in my main tank. I'm hoping that with a dedicated tank, I'll be able to make it work. From there, I posted on the forum and learned that I'd be best off to choose a color of macroalgae (green, red, or brown) and create the tank around that color of algae. Greens are collected in shallow water (1'-40'), reds are collected in much deeper water (30'-onward), and browns seem to be collected from a variety of depths. After learning that, I decided to go with the greens and have thought about trying to imitate a "patch reef", or a little island of rock and macroalgae far behind the main reef. Running with that idea, I've kinda picked out a variety of macros that I like and think will make for an interesting tank. I decided to stock with a Yellow Clown Goby, and decided to do a snail-only CUC. I figured that if things go correctly, the macros should keep the water fairly clean and make weekly 30-50% WC's enough. So far, the little guy made it through QT and has been doing great. Eating well, fairly active, and very colorful. I'm planning on 8-10 dwarf ceriths, a few nerites, and maybe 1 or 2 Florida ceriths. If I notice a lack of any microalgae, I'll reduce the CUC. As far as macros, I'm planning Caulerpa Prolifera, Caulerpa Mexicana, Codium, Fern Caulerpa, Carpet Halimeda, Blue Scroll, and maybe some Cactus Caulerpa. Lots of Caulerpas, but I find them attractive and don't think they should cause issues with weekly prunings. TL;DR... Tank and equipment: 3 gallon jar Top Fin 10 Gallon Filter, with seeded media Preset Heater at 76F 3 lbs of rock Barebottom Livestock: Yellow Clown Goby Dwarf Ceriths Florida Ceriths Nerites Caulerpa Prolifera Caulerpa Mexicana Codium Fern Caulerpa Carpet Halimeda Blue Scroll Cactus Caulerpa Dragon's Breath Here are some pics of the tank as of today. Tank has been running for a few weeks, and has had fish, some macros, and a couple of snails for 8 days. Parameters have been good so far. Thanks for reading!
  10. Lorekeeper

    Macroalgae Display Pico!

    This isn't so much a tank thread as some questions about how to get the best growth and color out of some display macros. The tank is just a 3 gallon jar from Walmart that I threw an internal filter and heater into. I used a bit of rubble from my main tank, as well as a sponge from the main tank's HOB. Insta-cycled! I'll be removing the filter once the tank matures a bit and replacing it with a uniclife 80 powerhead. The tank is lit with a cheap PAR 30 reef bulb, but it'll be switched to an ABI PAR 38 hung above the tank in the near future. Here's what I'm going to stock: Fish: Yellow Clown Goby (will be moved to 10 gallon if he's unhappy in here) CUC: 4-5 Ceriths Ornamental Shrimp (?) Macroalgae: Caulerpa Prolifera Palm Caulerpa Red Mangrove Red Grape Caulerpa Codium Blue Hypnea Green Ogo Red Ogo Lots of macro, and maybe even too many for this tank. Caulerpa can be a bit iffy, but I've never had it go sexual and have had great growth in the past. I may decide to leave one species of caulerpa out of the picture. So, what can I do to ensure best growth and color? There'll be nitrates available, so I don't think I'll need to dose any sort of carbon. I use IO Reef Crystals, so I'm not sure I'm going to need to dose, since I do weekly 50% WC's on all of my tanks. Should I need to dose a very small amount of a macro-fert? Just looking for some pointers. In the past, I've had algae (short brown hair algae, mostly) grow over dragon's breath macro. I ended up losing most of it, but still have a branch or two of it left. Anyone got any tips in avoiding that? I tried manual removal, as well as trying it around the tank. No luck. Thanks! Tank's first day Goby, after QT:
  11. Hello all! My 3 gallon is now at the point that I feel comfortable starting a journal about it. Here goes nothing! Initial setup: Lights: 49 watts worth of a generic LED outputting 50% 10000k and about 35% 460nm Filter: A generic internal filter at 160 GPH filled with seachem matrix (eventually going to start adding tiny amounts of vodka to encourage the growth of denitrifying bacteria) Heater: Generic 50W heater Fauna: None yet but will likely include a pom pom crab or two. Unsure on the fish front. Considering getting a photosynthetic sponge carried by gulf coast ecosystems. Corals: Again none yet, TBD if I will have any. Macroalgae: Caulerpa prolifera, Gracilaria parvispora and hayi, coralline algae. All are thriving and start producing oxygen bubbles within an hour of the lights going on (a timer keeps the lights on from 1 to 9 pm). Here is a picture of my tank. Hope you enjoy it!
  12. My apologies if a similar question has been asked before, I couldn’t find it. I just added thjs red macroalgae from the algae barn a few days ago. Last night I noticed lots of little white dots and a section of very fuzzy whitish material on one of the clumps of algae. I had read about algae having the ability to “go sexual” and release builtup nutrients into the tank causing a crash, so I’ve pulled all the new algae out of the tank for now. Any ideas if thats actually whats happening here? Thanks for the assistance!
  13. kingofphinland

    WTB Macroalgae

    Hey everyone, I'd like to buy some macro algaes that are is not chaeto. It seems like macro is out of season and most places are out of stock, except chaeto. Im looking for different types like Codium, Cymopolia barbata, Halimeda sp., Rhipocephalus phoenix, Halymenia durvillei, among others. Let me know what you have and how much you are offering your macro for. Thanks!
  14. lonewonderer

    Chaetomorpha getting hard

    Hello, I have a small hang on the back refugium with minimal flow. I have a chaeto in there for 3 weeks now with lights. I bought some new chaeto and its really sofy compared to my old one which is really hard and tough. Is my old chaeto dying? what can i do to fix these. need help.
  15. AlmightyJoshaeus

    2.5 gallon pico

    Hello all! I am starting a 2.5 gallon pico tank (chiefly macroalgae oriented but may eventually add corals) in a large critter keeper and will record my progress here. No pics yet, but I will describe it; Filtration - internal homemade bottle filter (currently only some gravel to keep it down, but will have phosguard, carbon, and denitrate in it). Powered by two air lines, sufficient to keep brine shrimp slowly in suspension in the tank. Considering getting a small internal filter instead to improve circulation... Heater - generic 25 watt Flora - None currently (am adding caulerpa and chaeto tonight) Fauna - None currently Lights - A 20" and a 12" LED light from cll petsuppilies, a seller on Ebay. I have no PAR reading, but they produce 3,360 lumens put together and consist of 50% 10000k, 40% blue 460 nm, and the rest red and green LED's Water changes; Just set it up Friday, will start with 40% weekly (1 gallon) Feeding; have fed flakes and brine shrimp (how often should I feed a pico?) Will add pics at a later date.
  16. Ok, so I made what we like to call a mistake. I ordered macros online and when I got them today, the portions are enough to entirely fill my 3 gallon pico. Oops. So I have Gracillaria hayi, Galaxaura, and Hypnea pannosa up for grabs. Asking $10 for your choice, as much or as little as you want of any or all. I have it set up in a tupperwear with a power head and spare light but the situation isn't ideal so I need to take it to the LFS before it deteriorates. No shipping right now.
  17. soeminpaing

    Revive Dry Chaeto

    I currently live in a country where a lot of things are hard to import or unavailable. I used to have dry chaetomorpha and thinking of putting it in the saltwater and keep it at the place where there is indirect sunlight. My big question is will I be able to revive dry macroalgae that way. It has been dry and keep in a bag for two years.
  18. SOLD Hi there, Selling a Baseball to Softball sized Chaetomorpha Macroalgae (Chaeto) for $10 Shipped Will be shipped USPS First Class Mail - very Hardy and green. Have a couple of bags full
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