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  1. Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my journal. 🙂 I got started in the hobby to take my mind off of work stress back in February 2018, and set up my Biocube 16 on 3/3. I was immediately hooked and started my second tank, my IM Nuvo 10, on 6/16. I really appreciate all of the knowledge and support I’ve found here. This hobby, and the community, got me through a tough time in my life, so thank you for that! I’ve learned so much in the past few months, and I’ve enjoyed the beauty and wonder in everyone’s tanks. 💛 Recent full tank shots: Biocube 16 (stock LED lights), February 28, 2019 Daylights Beauty Lights Blues Nuvo 10 (AI Prime) Favorite Pics: Biocube 16, Taken 4/23/19 Biocube 16, Taken 5/17/19 Current Biocube 16 Setup, as of 1/26/2019: Light Schedule, Stock LED Lights: LC1 11 am - 9:00 pm LC2 10 am - 9:30 pm LC3 6 am - 12:30 am  Chamber 1: Coralife skimmer, temp probe, false floor still intact, tab between chamber1 & 2 still intact (I recommend keeping the tab intact as it supports the Coralife skimmer if you ever want to use one) Chamber 2: Stock media rack, filter floss, Chemipure Elite (for up to 25 gallon), 2 sacks of matrix media Chamber 3: Cobalt Neotherm 50W heater, Chill Solutions chiller pump and hoses, Purigen (for up to 100 gallon) which is sitting in the spot where the small black sponge filter was (if you take out the sponge, save it in case you want it in the future) Original Journal Pics, from August 2018: Equipment Ideas for Beginners: When I first set up my tank, it was difficult to figure out what I really needed to run my tank, so I thought I would post my suggestions here to give people a nice starting point and maybe help you avoid the trial and error process I went through. The 101 Best Nano-Reef Species: How to Choose & Keep Hardy, Brilliant, Fascinating Species Perfect for Small Aquariums (Adventurous Aquarist Guide) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0982026242/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_0dS9Cb30MXXTY Nano-Reef Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Reef Systems Under 15 Gallons https://www.amazon.com/dp/0793807174/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ueS9CbNMZ92QM Python Pro-Clean Aquarium Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit, Small https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002APRVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_n.R9CbQ5NNTWK Python Squeeze Siphon Starter Aquarium Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017JHPA6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_R.R9CbM9BJDGP Milwaukee MA887 Digital Salinity Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation, Yellow LED, 0 to 50 PSU, +/-2 PSU Accuracy, 1 PSU Resolution https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Z4ITWU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UaS9CbTGM555X Coral feeder SPS HPS feeder, short version for marine fish and reef coral aquarium CFT-1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNLLL2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_RbS9CbQ85W6AP TAMSCO Hemostat Rochester Pean Forceps Curved 12-Inch, Extra Long Clamp Curved, Surgical Stainless Steel, 12-Inch, Curved Tip Style, Locking Ratchet ** Work great for removing Xenia and Kenya Tree babies if they are spreading where you don’t want them.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HB4VKWU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_hES9Cb5PZDE63 BinaryABC Aquarium Tweezer 48cm Length Straight Type Stainless Steel Water Plant Tool ** I use these almost every day... I think they are currently out of stock, but I recommend finding something similar.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0761PN8Q2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_xHS9CbD6DF5NV Mandala Crafts Stainless Steel Aquarium Fish Tank Plant Aquascape Scissors Spatula Tweezers Tool Set (3 Tool Combo) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XWH5NG5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_VIS9Cb1TDDZPK Transfer Pipette, 3.0ml Graduated, 5.0ml Capacity, Large Bulb, 155mm, Karter Scientific 206H3 (Pack of 100) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Z4QVZ4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_HcS9CbK4RSPD9 Instant Ocean BIO-Spira Water Treatment for Aquariums https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ODDS5E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UfS9Cb34GQ731 Caribsea Life Rock , 20-Pound ** I was able to get individual pieces from my LFS at the time I started my tanks, but if I couldn’t I would order either regular or shapes. ** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QSNHVLO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_1lS9CbG3NVKMC Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm Heater with Adjustable Thermostat (Fully-Submersible, Shatterproof Design) from 25W to 300W ** I use the 50W in both of my tanks.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008AGWZCC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_PoS9CbS1N8XE4 Jebao OW-10 Wavemaker 132-1057 GPH with Controller and Magnet Mount https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076FK8G1P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_KpS9Cb9Y5SEBC Rubbermaid FG296400ROYBL Roughneck Square Bucket, 12-Quart, Blue ** I use these two gallon buckets (two of them) for my waste water during water changes. (Five gallons a bit too heavy for me to carry/lift.)** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XMMN24/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_.qS9CbTQHBF1S 2 Gallon Plastic F-Style Jugs With 63mm Caps, Pack of 4 ** I use these two gallon jugs for getting premixed water from my LFS, or for transferring water from my mixing bucket to my tanks if I’m mixing at home. Clean with vinegar then water before first use! (Five gallons a bit too heavy for me to carry/lift.)** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7TCQGY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_KNS9CbXR2V7YK Aquarium Filter Pad - Premium True Dual Density 12" by 72" by 3/4 to 1" Aquarium Filter Media Roll for Crystal Clear Water https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AHIOM8A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_.sS9CbE5NB79T Seachem Purigen Ultimate Filtration 100 ml. Bag Aquarium Fish Tank Filter Media https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079SN6SDY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ItS9CbACKG0D4 Boyd Enterprises ABE16742 Chemipure Elite for Aquarium, 6.5-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BS96U60/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_OuS9CbP3T5ET1 Seachem Matrix Bio Media 1 Liter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002A5VIO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_bQ--CbV9FYGJ4 Seachem The Bag Filter Media Bag ** For the matrix media.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X6F7AW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_7Q--CbVYRKJQR Flipper Nano Magnet Cleaner, 1/4 Inch ** For the Biocube walls, I use the Flipper Nano. For the Biocube corners, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MYHSD3I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_8vS9CbFJDVK33 Two Little Fishies ATLNM1 Nanomag Window Clean Device ** For the Biocube walls, I use the Flipper Nano. For the Biocube corners, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag.** ** For the Nuvo 10, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag daily, and I use the Segarty long handled scraper to clean more thoroughly during weekly water changes (and use the handle to stir the sandbed).** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JSTHXS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ Segarty Fish Tank Scraper, 25.6'' Stainless Steel Algea Scraper Razor with 10 Blades Cleaner Tool Kit for Glass Aquarium Fish Tank Plant Grass ** For the Nuvo 10, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag daily, and I use the Segarty long handled scraper to clean more thoroughly during weekly water changes (and use the handle to stir the sandbed).** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074KFZF7W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_wBS9CbPZ2WC6R Tripp Lite 7 Outlet (6 Individually Controlled) Surge Protector Power Strip, 6ft Cord, Black, Lifetime Limited Warranty & $25K Insurance (TLP76MSGB) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075NZLYB7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_dI--CbXS25T67 Tower Manufacturing 30440003 Auto-Reset 15 AMP Grounded 3-Prong GFCI 5-Outlet Adapter, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YPBITXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_EJ--CbR0607CA AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Automatic Top Off System (SATO-120P) ** For the Nuvo 10, I use this ATO. My Biocube doesn’t get any significant evaporation, so it doesn’t need one.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0195D3LC6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_cL--CbWB67FW5 Polyp Lab Coral View Lens (Original Version) ** I prefer the original version.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DVMFBNP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_N9S9Cb7BEC2R9
  2. 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.
  3. Hi all, my LFS got a bunch of gorgeous captive-bred Mandarins from Biota. According to them, they readily eat flakes and pellets and frozen and would be fine without widely available copepods. I love these fish, but my tank is pretty new (3 months) and I didn't dare to get a Mandarin thus far. I probably would wait for a much more mature tank with a bigger refugium. Now I am wondering whether the captive bred Mandarin's would really be that easy to keep. The $90 price tag would be a good investment relative to $30 in pods a month or so 🙂 Now the real question: Do you think that the Mandarin's would thrive on dry food and frozen, with only limited copepods that wouldn't fully sustain them alone? Thanks!
  4. 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?
  5. GraniteReefer

    Rey the Biota Mandarin

    Just got the call that my LFS got in the tank raised biota mandarins! Running there really fast to have first picks! Meet Rey!(Star Wars name as I speculate her and Poe Dameron may get together in the movies, just like my mandarins hopefully will!) In Tank Day 1  My plans for this thread are to showcase Rey as she grows from the pipsqueak she currently is, hopefully all the way until she's a healthy fully grown wife for Poe!  She is now eating pellets!Â
  6. kalh

    Input for 30G stock

    Hi all, I am currently planning a 30 gallon (30"x18"x12") mixed reef w/ 20 sump and want to think about stocking so I can design the tank around the fish. I would like to have: 1 Mandarin dragonette (I will be breeding my own pods & brine shrimp FYI, in case I can't train him/her onto other food sources) 1 McCosker's flasher wrasse Any suggestions for peaceful fish that do not nip coral and are interactive/don't hide? I would like to have one more fish. Thanks!
  7. Pod Your Reef

    Week 2 Giveaway, Pods and Phyto!

    Thanks to all those who participated in last weeks giveaway. We're excited to be here and pretty stoked to start sharing our build thread with y'all. We haven't decided which direction we're going to take it. But it'll be a fun journey. With that said, let's move onto the fun part. Prize: 1 Phyto + 1 Tisbe Swag Pack + Free Shipping How do I win? Post your most embarrassing, I can't believe I did that reefing moment. The post with the most reactions wins. This will be fun. We'll pick the on August 12 at 7:00 PM Central. Contest terms: Winner must be in the United States. One entry per person. You can only win one time per month. Good Luck!!!
  8. Your browser does not support the video tag. Hello Nano-Reefers! We are super excited to join Nano-Reef.com and get to know you and your tanks! We’ll tell you a bit about us then we would love to hear your story! We are a small family owned and operated business in San Antonio, Texas. We got our start when we adopted a Mandarin fish from a fellow reefer who was moving. We soon realized that she not only loved copepods but she thrived on them. It is her natural instinct to hunt and consume them and it was really important to us to respect the natural habits of this beautiful creature. So, in 2015 we founded Pod Your Reef. First and foremost, we strive to provide you with excellent products and we stand behind those products 100%. Second, we value our customers and hope you feel like our friend because that’s how we think of you in this tight-knit reefing community. We know your names, we know your tanks, and when we see your orders go out we think about you and hope you’re doing well. Check out our About Us page for more details on us: https://www.podyourreef.com/pages/about-us When it comes to our products, we are committed to providing the densest pods at a reasonable price. We guarantee ‘live on arrival’ and we offer discounts to new customers as well as free shipping with an order of $60.00 or more. Providing the most natural reef environment is our responsibility as reef parents. Check out our FAQ page for more info or shoot us a message! https://www.podyourreef.com/apps/help-center GIVEAWAY!!!!!!! Now for the fun part! We're going to give away a box of phyto and tisbes each week in August. Post a self-taken photo of your tank, your favorite fish or coral, anything that displays your passion in the reef world and each Sunday in August we will draw a randon winner. The lucky winner will receive one bag of phyto and two bags of tisbe pods shipped to their door. Start posting in this thread now because we will draw the first winner on August 5th! Cut off time for posting is 7:00 PM Central. Look for a new thread for posting pictures each Sunday! Contest terms: Winner must be in the United States. One entry per person. You can only win one time per month. Good Luck!!!
  9. TitusNuvo20

    Titus' Fusion 20

    So we just upgraded to our Fusion 20 from a generic 10 gal. We had the tank for a few days and were just waiting on a stand from Walmart. Once we got the stand, it took us about 4 hours to transfer everything over. Equipment: Fusion 20 Wal-Mart Flipper stand Eshopps nano skimmer AI Prime HD 2 hydor nano circulation pumps 1 spin stream 75 watt neo therm heater 2 IM Fish Guards for the overflows Auto Aqua Smart ATO micro Hardscape: Mostly used carib-sea aragonite sand 10 lbs Then new sand same kind 7 to 8 lbs 40 ish lbs live rock transferred over Corals: Green birdsnest Bird of Paradise birdsnest Pulsing Xenia Season's Greetings montipora Lots of Green star polyps Hollywood stunner chalice 2 various acans Red cap montipora Hammer coral Frogspawn Jack o'lantern lepto Florida Ridordea's: orange, blue, green Yuma Ridordea Duncan coral Meteor Shower Cyphastrea Lots of zoas: Eye of Sauron Gold Midas Sunny D Rasta Radioactive Dragon Eye Fire and Ice Gobstopper My Clementines Gatorades Blonde Blue Eyed Bitches Watermelons Darth Mauls Fish: 1 oscellaris clown 1 snowflake clown 1 mandarin dragonet Inverts: 2 RFA's Assorted Snails: astrea, trochus, margarita
  10. Muffin87

    Mandarin Pellet Training

    I've seen a lot of discussion about training mandarins to eat frozen, but not one specifically about pellet training. This guy has found not just one, but two methods to train mandarin to eat pellets. Is pellet training a lot harder than frozen training? Any success/failure stories? Any methods?
  11. GraniteReefer

    Mandarin Rescue; Failure

    New Attempt with a Biota Mandarin! I started a new thread as this one makes me depressed link to new thread December 24th marks the 2 year point of my first mandarin being in my tank. It took well over a year of watching him suffer and shrink until I successfully trained him to frozen by luck not purpose. Now he eats a slew of frozen and any .5mm pellet. Having gotten him fat and healthy I feel confident in my ability to supply his needs, and have been really wanting to get him a female as mating is the purpose of life and maybe he wants that. Yesterday at my LFS I spotted a tiny female green mandarin dragonet, she is skin and bones.... but her fins are all intact, she was actively hunting the sand and minimal rockwork, and her color was good although dull in spots. So today I put a chunk of nutramar ova into a baby food jar and brought a pippette down to the store and got permission to try feeding her. She immediately took to the frozen so I bought her right up(no discount no guarantee, typical LFS) for $25.99. I couldn't get them to put her on hold so I could set up a proper QT but I figured my reef bowl has loads of pods and is tiny enough to really fatten her up with easy spot feeding over the next week and I could to 1/2 bowl WC's after easily. Not planning to QT her for a longtime as mandarins are pretty resilient when it comes to diseases and such. In store she screams FEED ME! That's nutramar floating around because they couldn't stop the flow In the bowl She is already hunting the pods in the bowl, really hoping I can confirm her health and then worry about pairing her with my male successfully, any ideas on pairing? My plan in this thread is to follow her successes and failures as she works her way into my DT with her future mate and hopefully she will be well trained and super fat on pellets and frozen!
  12. LJR

    Mandarins in Picos

    I'm asking about a touchy subject I realize, but I am curious as to if anyone has ever kept Mandarin in a tank smaller than 10 gallons for a substantial amount of time. By substantial I mean greater than say, ~6 months (not "oh, mine was great for two months and then dropped dead for some reason"). Just curious as to if this has ever been done. If you did do it, please feel free to share your wizard powers ?
  13. Fish Facts with Quality Marine, Episode 2 - Dragonets Scooter, Red Scooter, Ruby Red, Green and Red Mandarin, and Spotted Mandarin!
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