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  1. Hi everyone, I've started a new build, and have decided to document it in this journal so that you might follow along (if you're interested). Background: I used to have a wonderful tiny mixed reef picotank for the last few months which brought me much joy. Unfortunately, 2.6G of volume wasn't enough to grow out all my corals, and I did add more than 60+ frags in that little tank. Eventually, I decided upgrading was the best solution. I needed a tank that wasn't too large that it would become a burden doing WCs, but not too small that it didn't have enough space to accommodate all the corals either. I settled on a 10G+ tank - it was roomy enough to meet my requirements, and most importantly, be simple enough to WC every week. I used the Tank Transfer Method (TTM) to upgrade, and used established cured LR (~5-years-old) from older systems as a biofilter. Only the LS was new, but I seeded it with a small cup of LS from my picoreef. The new nano is now located in my bedroom, and the temp. dips down to as low as 25'C (night) and as high as 30'C (very hot afternoons). The swing seems wild, but my pico operated under the same temp. range (more or less), and so far the animals didn't have any issues with the temp. Specifications: 10.23G tank 18" x 12" x 11" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: 500L/Hr Dophin HOB Aqua Knight Spectra M029 (30W) Jebao SW-4 Wavemaker Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my previous 2.6G's picoreef, 60G's refugium & 10G's nanocube in the library Sand: 4.5kg Aragonite Live Sand --> seeded with a small cup of LS taken from the sandbed of my 2.6G picoreef Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Aquaforest Reef Salt Fish: 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 1x Blue Devil Damselfish (Sapphire) - 05/10/2020 1x Platinum Percula Clownfish (Panda) - 10/03/2020 1x Blue Mandarin Dragonet (Qin) - 30/12/2020 Inverts: (My monsters! a.k.a. Critters of Chaos!) 1x Banded Serpent Starfish (Ophiolepsis superba) - Benny 1x Bubbletip Brittlestarfish (Ophiomastix annulosa) - Kraken 1x Turban snail 2x Stomatella snails 1x Pom Pom Crab (Lybia tessellata) - Minx - 21/12/2020 1x Porcelain Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes ohshimai) - 16/12/2020 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 1x Zanzibar Shrimp (Stenopus zanzibaricus) - Zen - 30/12/2020 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Corals: SPS (20 Types): Red Pavona Orange Passion Acropora Tenuis Yellow/Green Acropora Tenuis Garf Bonsai Acropora Valida Purple Montipora Digitata Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Orange Montipora Setosa Neon Yellow/Purple Montipora Spongodes Chili Pepper Montipora Purple Rim Montipora Undata Purple Montipora (Encrusting) Superman Montipora Red Montipora (Capping) *Unknown Purple/Yellow Montipora *Unknown Purple/Green Montipora Radioactive Green Birdsnest Coral Bird of Paradise Birdsnest Coral Purple Ponape Birdsnest Coral Green Leptoseris Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS (21 Types): Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Strawberry Microgoniopora/Bernardpora Green Favites Green/Purple Acans Green Blastos Red/Green Blastos Orange/Green Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Green Blastos Red Blastos Blue/Gray Blastos Purple/Blue Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral (7 Types): Orange Clove Polyps Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Japanese Neon Green Nephtea Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas (42 Types/Morphs): Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys (Blue/Green Morph) Nuclear Death Palys (Green/Yellow Morph) Rainbow Infusion Palys Metallic Green Palys Utter Chaos Palys Sunny Ds Palys Captain America Palys Blue Agave Palys Green Implosion Palys Butt Muncher Zoas Incinerator Zoas Pink Hippo Zoas Incredible Hulk Zoas Devil's Armor Zoas Purple Monster Zoas Rainbow Yoda Zoas Blondie Zoas Fairy Dust Zoas Green Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Purple Hornet Zoas LA Lakers Zoas Rasta Zoas Mint Green Zoas Watermelon Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Tubbs Blue Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Armor of God Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Sparkling Red Zoas Sunflower Zoas Orange Bam Bam Zoas Red PE Zoas Skittles Zoas *Unidentified Red/Green Zoas *Unidentified Orange Zoas *Unidentified Pink/Brown Zoas *Unidentified Purple/Blue/Green Starburst *Unidentified Green Starburst Mushrooms (7 Types): Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Green/White Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Green/Red Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Orange/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Red Devil Discosoma Mushroom Current Coral Count: ~97 Types/Morphs/Varieties Anemone: Green Mini Maxi Carpet Anemone Red Bali Mini Carpet Anemone Macroalgae: Blade Caulerpa Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Dragon's Breath *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 16/11/2020: Post-TTM on 16/11/2020: FTS on 17/11/2020: Topview FTS on 17/11/2020: FTS on 12/12/20: Topview FTS on 12/12/20: FTS on 09/01/21:
  2. I'm upgrading my 20G mixed reef to a 60G. I've decided to start a journal a bit ahead of time - the tank has already been paid for, and is currently being built by my LFS. Specifications: 2'ft x 2'ft x 2'ft cube tank = ~60G 10mm Crystal White Glass Rimless 20" x 18" x 15" sump = ~23.37G Total system volume = ~83G+ Equipment: 3000l/Hr Return Pump Jebao OW-25 Wavemaker 1x AI Prime HD (55W) 1x InLed R60 (85W) *Skimmerless Livestock Plans: Mixed reef with minor SPS and LPS. More focused on Softies and Shrooms. Will have zoas as well as nems. Fish: 1x Starry Blenny (Thanos) - 12/08/2018 1x GCG (Goblin) - 30/09/2018 1x Female B/W Occy Clownfish (Nero) - 07/12/2018 1x Male Reg. Occy Clownfish (Sushi) - 09/06/2019 1x Yellow Coris Wrasse (Helios) - 06/08/2019 1x Zebra Dartfish (Tic) - 13/06/2019 1x Tangaroa Goby (Casper) - 07/05/2019 2x Steinitz Goby (Odin & Freida) - 06/11/2019 1x Lubbocks Fairy Wrasse (Bo) - 27/11/2019 1x Leopard Wrasse (Leopold) - 08/12/2019 1x Male Spotted Mandarin Dragonet (Poseidon) - 31/01/2020 1x Male Scooter Dragonet (Illaron) - 21/02/2020 1x Female Scooter Dragonet (Bella) - 01/06/2020 (*Been in LFS since 01/2020) 1x Male Ruby Dragonet (Orion) - 05/09/2020 1x Male Blue Mandarin Dragonet - 30/12/2020 1x Christmas Wrasse (Bullet) - 21/11/2020 1x Bicolor Blenny (Dusky) - 17/01/2020 Inverts: 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron) - 15/07/2018 1x Fire Shrimp - 23/11/2019 1x Halloween Hermit Crab (Hermes) - 27/06/2020 3x Nassarius Snails 1x Tuxedo Urchin (Tux) - 22/04/2018 1x Purple Rock Urchin (Mr. Prickles) - 10/12/2018 1x Halloween Urchin (Monty) - 05/11/2020 1x Spider Decorator Crab (Spyder) - 06/06/2020 (*Been in LFS for ~8 months) 2x Bubbletip Brittle Starfish (Marco & Polo) - 12/07/2019 6x Turban Snails Corals: Red Pavona Chili Pepper Montipora Red Montipora Green Pagoda/Cup Emerald Mummy Eye Chalice Orange/Green Cynarina Bicolor Hammer Coral Pearl Bubble Coral Yellow Yuma Orange Yuma Green Yuma Pink Yuma Green/Orange Yuma Purple/Green Yuma Green/White Yuma Multi-colored Yuma (*Rainbow) Green/Yellow Rhodactis Mushroom Green/Red Rhodactis Mushroom Dark Red Rhodactis Mushroom Green Rhodactis Mushroom Violet Rhodactis Mushroom Green/Yellow Rhodactis Mushroom Green Rhodactis Mushroom Brown Rhodactis Mushroom Orange/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Orange/Blue Rhodactis Mushroom Superman Discosoma Mushroom Yellow/Red Spotted Discosoma Mushroom Green Spotted Discosoma Mushroom Green/White-Striped Discosoma Mushroom Ironman Mushroom Watermelon Teal-Striped Discosoma Mushroom Blue Discosoma Mushroom Lava Lamp Mushroom Red Devil Mushroom Blue Hairy Mushroom Green Hairy Mushroom Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Blade Caulerpa Galaxaura Red Bubble Algae Dragon's Breath Red Cotton Candy Chaeto *TBA: Fish & Inverts: x4 Snails x1 Cleaner Shrimp x1 Female Ruby Dragonet *Stocking plans might change as I move along, but I don't plan on doing any tangs, triggers, rabbitfish etc. I might look into dwarf angels though like a flameback, coral beauty or flame. I'll also be adding various types of macro to the fuge in the sump, as well as slowly stock up on corals as I go. Otherwise, this will mostly be a TT from a 20G to a 60G. I currently have ~10kg of LR in my 20G. I'll be adding an extra 20kg LR to the 60G (split between DT & sump) - I've already been cycling some dry rock for nearly 2 months in a storage bin in preparation of the upgrade. All the equipment except the return pump is now with me - that will come when they deliver the tank to my house. Here's a basic sketch design of how the DT & sump looks like: This is a pic of how the cabinet will be (as texted by my LFS manager to me this afternoon): The color of the cabinet will be black matte: And this was the two of us discussing and adjusting the sump design repeatedly over the past few days: I left the sump design up to my LFS manager to decide. I'm not confident in designing my own sump, tbh, and he's more experienced than I am, so he'll be getting to it. The salt used will be Fritz RPM. I'll be mixing the salt a day ahead of the tank's arrival so that we can quickly scape the system and get it filled up and running as soon as possible. This whole setup did cost me a lot of time, effort, planning and money, but I think it's worth it. The main reason behind this upgrade is because my 20G is cracking, and the crack is angling towards the bottom panel of the glass - it's just a matter of time before the tank collapses. The secondary reason is because my Starry Blenny is too large and I think he'll appreciate a larger tank. The whole system will be set up in my bedroom, and no fans or chillers will be used since my room is quite cool enough, especially when I turn both the fan and A/C on at night. Will update when the tank arrives. Stay tuned! 🙂
  3. AquaristShelle

    Will your Mandarin eat Repashy?

    So, will your dragonet eat Repashy? How about a diy gel food? I saw on the official dragonet show off post how a few people were raving about repashy, but I want to go in depth on this. I understand the most difficult part of keeping a dragonet is getting him to accept a food, and having that food always available. A chunk of gel food like Repashy seems like the ideal supplement for them. It sinks, remains stable in the aquarium for so long, and it's super dense in nutrition. You could even slather it on rock and it sets up like a jell-o around it. Once trained to accept it, the mandy could just perch beside the Repashy, peck it every two seconds, and have suplemental food all day from one feeding. What do you think? Has anyone tried this? I don't have a mandarin (yet) or I'd try it myself. I'm also curious about other foods your mandy accepts. Fish roe is a popular one, but will yours eat decapsulated brine shrimp eggs? Have you tried black or white worms? Microworms? Daphnia? Moina? I'm peeking over from the freshwater side of the hobby, so I have all these cultures of live foods I'm interested in trying. Also, I've been a longtime lurker but this is my first post, so, hello 🙂
  4. Since late last week my 6-month-old Mandarin has been trying to jump out when my blues go off at 930pm. It's not every night but most. I can hear him splashing and hitting the glass cover. I'm not afraid of him jumping out but more worried he'll injure himself as it sounds pretty loud. Anyone experience this or have thoughts as to why he's doing it? If I have to turn my blues off directly instead of them fading out my firefish will freak out because he's unable to find his sleeping hole and that's understandable. He's a pushover but my citron goby is a little pushy. He usually calms down after dinner though.
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  6. HingleMcCringleberry

    Mandarin fish that eats flake food?

    I really want to add a mandarin fish to my tank but I don't have a tank large enough for a sustainable supply of copepods. I've heard some captive bred mandarins will eat flake food. Is this true and where can I buy one?
  7. Hold onto your britches, I would like to propose keeping a single Mandarin Dragonet in my 13.5 Fluval EVO. Not now, not next month but potentially next year. I had a mated pair for 4 years in a 150gal tank until having to tear down the tank and rehoming them. (Sadly they didn't take well and died a few months later) I added them when the tank was 2 years old. I had a 20gal sump and a massive colony of pods. Soooo, I'm seriously considering getting one again. My plan: 1.) fumble my way through setting up a 10gal sump (you'd be surprised how inept I am at this. Many gallons of saltwater on the floor and pleading with the LFS guy to come help was how I set up the first one). 2.) seed the sump with pods. 3.) let pods grow and flourish and become superpods. 4.) Obtain prized, coveted and beautiful Mandarin Dragonet. 5.) Name my new friend 6.) Keep new friend fat and happy forever and ever 7.) laugh maniacally because I did it. Thoughts?
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