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  1. UPDATE: Most Recent FTS 10/4/18 (***The following description was back in July 2015) Hey guys so I've had my nuvo fusion for about 4 months now (3/15/15 start date), and things look pretty good so far from what I can tell. (Besides a Cyano problem, a little bit of bubble algae, and my nano tunze ATO flood malfunction) I work as an electrician during the day (11 years now) and a fish hobbyist at night. I have been into fishkeeping for over 10 years now and I've always wanted a nice nano salt tank. So about 4 months ago I decided to upgrade my small crappy 5 gallon salt tank to a nice AIO. I chose the nuvo fusion and I am VERY happy with it so far, here's what I'm working with.... Setup: (current as if 3/17/18) -Innovative marine nuvo Fusion 10 gallon -Kessil a160we (with gooseneck and 90 degree attachment... with the spectral controller) -Tunze Silence 1073.008 pump (used as an upgrade rather than using the weak stock pump) -Hydor Koralia 425 (powerhead) -Hydor Koralia Smart Wave (powerhead controller) -Tunze Osmolator Nano (ATO) 2.2 gallon kalkwasser mix -IM Spin Stream attachment -IM Ghost skimmer (protein skimmer) -Finnex 50 watt titanium heater -Cobalt neo therm 50 watt back up heat -Tunze Mini pump 5024.040_A (very nice tiny poverhead type pump for caves or bottom flow) -Power center by coralife (makes things so much easier to unplug...it's like my power controller center) -Custom caddy with chemi-pure blue nano, purgen and phosguard -10 lbs of live sand -8Lbs of dry rock Livestock: (Livestock has been updated as of 3/17/18) Tail spot blenny 1 Barnacle blenny 2 Royal Gramma 1 false clown 1 dwarf zebra hermits 5 turbo snails 2 blue legged hermit 1 nassarius snails 2 cleaner shrimp1 Corals: (corals have been updated as of 3/17/18) zoas acans blasto palys hammer candy cane duncan Favia Ricorida mushrooms Yuma mushroom Rhodactis mushroom Gsp Montiporas
  2. Jackal227

    Jackal's Biocube 16 LED

    Hi all, I've started a nano saltwater tank, specifically a Biocube 16 gallon. This is my first tank and after lots of research I decided to make the plunge. I found lots of information about the Biocube 14, but not much on the 16 gallon with the LED lighting. It is because of this that I've decided to document my journey so that other's can learn from my experiences. I chose this tank because of size restrictions where it's going and the ability to program a lighting schedule out of the box. Tank:. Biocube 16 gallon Saltmix: Reef Crystals Aquascape:. About 15 lbs Fiji Dryrock Sand: Caribsea Oolite 1" - 1.5" deep Lighting:. Stock LED's Powerhead: Hydor 425 gph Heater: Aquavia 100 watt Biological Filtration:. 1 litre of Seachem's Matrix in addition to the rock Chemical Filtration: Matrix Carbon & Purigen Mechanical Filtration: Poly Filter Tank Modifiations: Removed the false bottom in chamber #1 to allow space for the heater (Details), Added Refugium into chamber #2 (Details), added ITC-308 temperature controller for heater, removed tab between chamber 1 & 2 to increase flow (Details). Livestock: -Nassarius Snails x 2 -Trochus Snails x 2 -Astrea Snails x 4 -Cerith Snails x 4 -Fighting Conch -Scarlet hermit -Purple Spined Urchin -Ocellaris Clownfish x 2 -Royal Gramma Corals: -Zoas (Red Skirts, Orange Bam Bam's, King Midas, Sour Lemons) -Purple Blastomussa Wellsi -Red Mint Blastomussa Wellsi - Green Duncan -Ultra Branching Hammer -Sunny D Palys x 2 -Blue Sympodium x 2 -Green Star Polyps -Green Rock Flower Anemone -Orange/Green, Pink, and Teal Ricordea Florida Mushrooms -Candy Striped Red and Green Acans -Orange Leptastrea & John Deere Green Leptastrea - Purple and Green Montipora -Leng Sy Montipora Cap -Blue Montipora Digitata - Purple People Eater Cyphastrea & Meteor Shower Cyphastrea -Bali Green Slimer -Violet Cespitularia Plans for the tank: The long term goals for the tank is to have a mixed reef with 3 fish and a mix of inverts. 14 Months FTS: 1 Year FTS (started recovery): 10 Months (post tank crash): 7 Months: 4 Months: 6 Weeks:
  3. So here is the beginning of my next reef aquarium... Getting ready to finalize the purchase of a new home and that means moving. My 6.5 gallon reef won't be a issue, it's my 90 gallon freshwater that I don't want to bother with. So I had to negotiate a deal... Get rid of the 90 for another Pico (easy choice for me). I've liked the look of the drop-off/abyss tanks and wanted to recreate that. If you were to ask the three or four people who have followed my other builds they would tell you my stands and tanks look more like furniture than a square box with a light hanging over it and this build won't be any different. Currently I'm remodeling a house for a customer and have some leftover molding, vinyl planks and plywood so that is what the tank stand is built from. So far I think it looks great. Still a bit more work to do...
  4. patback

    Patbacks RSR170

    See bottom of post for most recent pics Updated fts 9/16/18 What was there... What will be there.... In the process... A dilemma I ran into... Coming together.... Updated fts 11/12/18
  5. I figured it was time to put up or shut up. Welcome to my 12 Gallon long and dirty reef. Equipment: Display: Mr. Aqua 12 Gallon long Lighting: USA Marine Orbit Pro Heater: Tetra Flow: 2- Jaebo WP 10 Carib Sea Dry Base Rock Carib Sea Fiji Pink Sand This tank was started 2/4/2016 with a tank i found on craigslist. I am a long time freshwater fish keeper. I had thought of keeping a saltwater tank before but I didn't even know nano reefs were a thing.......maybe i should have kept it that way. Photo dump to follow.
  6. Snazxy

    The Snazxy Reef

    About Me and This Tank (TLDR at bottom) So a few years ago (about 4) my family and I were getting cichlids for my little brother's bow-front from this little shop that our uncle recommended. Keep note that the closest thing Ive ever seen close to a reef tank was a shark-filled-false-coral tank at Seaworld. As soon as I stepped into those doors I was greeted by a 32 gal Biocube. As fast as a blink of an eye I was hooked, not just by the clownfish playing around in a foot long circumference of a bubbletip anemone, but as to what I noticed as those alien like creatures that I have roughly known as coral from the books in the elementary library (I was a big reader). I was mesmerized by the beauty of a 30 gallon box of water to the point where my parents had to pull me away from the dang thing. Naturally I was pissed and refused to leave the thing. But my parents told me to check something out. I round the corner see a room full of frag tanks, my jaw dropped. That day was the day that I owned my first reef tank. We got a Fluval Spec 5 gal, some live rock, live sand, a small strip light, a clown goby, a firefish, a 6 lined wrasse, and some zoanthids as well as a paly. I had that tank for about three years until we moved and things went down from there, I had my first algae bloom and the tank went out with a boom, everything dead except for a GBG as well as my blue coral banded shrimp (that I still have today lol). I was devastated. Even though I didnt know what I was doing I knew I was on fire, I mean, I had some pretty cool corals as well as a dragonface puffer (that somehow lived about 6 months but sadly died to my firefish -big meany) and on top of that I never did a single waterchange! After that I had nothing but an algae filled tank for about a year. That brings me to where I am now! Last year for my birthday my parents got me a Fluval Evo 13. BIG learning curve. I had constant algae blooms and the seams even busted. But luckily that gave mw a clean slate-- the best of the slates! I started doing hardcore researching on reefing, and I mean hardcore, as In staying up til 3 AM on school nights (still a strait-A student!) watching videos and browsing forms, until I had a rough Idea of how to properly care for the delicate, money draining art forms we call reef tanks. As of today I have my Fluval evo 13.5 that only houses about five corals, sad I know but its hard when the closest LFS from where I live as 45 minutes away (an hour if you count Austin traffic). I have also recently bought an AI Prime HD that I got with lawn mowing money😄! Im still learning but since i've been doing water changes algae is at a minimum, only a few spots. Tommoro I will try to add pictures but thanks if you've made it this far through my story. I look forward to adding pics soon! TLDR; I have been reefing since a young age and I have a Fluval evo 13.5, but srsly this doesn't do my story any justice just read the above lol
  7. Hey Everybody! We’ve been lurking for a couple months and decided it was about time we started a journal. Background - We had a 75G mixed reef about 15 years ago. It was a ReefReady Oceanic with a refugium/sump, skimmer, and metal halides. It was a lot of fun but eventually the maintenance didn’t fit with our schedules and we decided to get out of the hobby for a while. About 5 years ago we got back in with a 5G Ecoxotic EcoPico. It was filtered by a MarinePure ROCK and a Koralia 240. We eventually bumped up against the constraints of that system and decided to get something a little bigger with some more flexible filtration options… and here we are. The ATO, heater, fan, and temp controller came over from the EcoPico. Everything else is new. We tried the MarinePure ROCK in the new tank but it was just really boring looking so we switched to the CaribSea Life Rock and put some MarinePure spheres in the fuge basket. Equipment: IM Fusion Nano 10 Asta 20 LED NanoBox Mini Tide Plus M IM MightyJet Desktop return pump IM Wavelink Desktop circulation pump InTank Media Basket InTank Fuge Basket Tunze Nano Osmolator ATO 2.5 Gallon Aqueon as ATO reservoir Cobalt 25W Neo-Therm Arctic Breeze Mobile USB Fan Bayite Temperature Controller VCA Random Flow Generator CyberPower 1350 UPS Dry Goods: CaribSea Life Rock Shapes CaribSea Dry Aragonite Fritz RPM Salt Filtration: MarinePure Spheres (in the fuge basket) Filter Floss (in the media basket) Chemi-Pure Blue Nano (in the media basket) Fish: Benny the Tail Spot Blenny Inverts: Snails (whatever is left of the 5.5G Crew from Reef Cleaners) Blue Leg Hermits x 2 Tisbe pods from Pod Your Reef Corals: Various Mushrooms GSP Candy Cane Toadstool Leather Various Zoas Bird’s Nest Torch 10/22/2018 - Serious disco ball in this one! I really need to glue some stuff to those rocks. Overall, everything seems pretty happy. 9/30/2018 - The giant green mushroom decided to relocate itself and the bird's nest fell over. I'll try to actually get it mounted this weekend. 9/15/2018 - You can see the leather in the reflection back in the corner. The ramekin has a loose mushroom in it that I'm trying to coax into attaching to a frag disk.
  8. Current FTS 10/2018: Past FTS pics: 7/2018 Finally decided to start a tank journal. The tank is only 2 years old as of 2018. JBJ 28 stock equipment: 2x 266gph Accela return pumps 89w LED (daylights on for 6 hours) media basket (small amount of carbon, small cutting of Polyfilter, & a large micron sponge pad. Significant obstacles faced: 2016 Dinos -- had to scratch tank 2016 Moved tank to new house 2017 Heavy metal contamination (anchors for macro algae was composed of lead) 2017 Nitrate accumulation and nuisance algae from lack of maintenance 2018 Cyano outbreak This tank was rebooted in May 2018: Small fan added to help cool down hood & installed Nest to adjust room air to 73 F when lights turn on (tank avg temp 82) Upgraded flow from a Koralia Evo 750 to a Icecap 1K Gyre Added significant amount of new live rock Added an Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 (slightly modified plumbing so I could prop hood open) Started testing alk, cal, and mag (dose seachem manually twice a week if needed) - targets are 8 dkh, 420 cal, 1350 mag Performed a sand rinse on 95% of substrate and vacuumed out chambers. Change 10% weekly with Red Sea PRO/Instant Ocean/Tropic Marin @ 1.024 SPG (25% as it stabilized [about 2 months]) Added a variety of copepods and installed a micro refugium in tank. Inhabitants (fed everyday except water change day): 1 yellow watchman goby (first fish...survived all obstacles) 2 clownfish 1 tailspot blenny 1 springerii damsel 1 Royal gramma 1 Pajama cardinal 2 red legged hermits 2 turbos 1 strawberry conch 4 nassarius 1 tuxedo urchin 1 purple coral banded shrimp (stenopus tenuirostris) various ninja star snails various hitchhikers like a mico serpent star, chitons, stomatella, spaghetti worms, and bristle worms. Coral & Macro Algae (coral fed twice a week, zooplankton and alternate frozen foods (capelin roe, mysis): caulerpa prolifera dragon's breath halimeda Rose petal macroalgae Blue ochtodes Bottle brush Scrolling Codium Unconfirmed rhodophyte forest fire digita (+2 years old, endured all obstacles; since monitoring alk, cal, mag, has colored up significantly, moreover growth has spurted) duncan (+2 years old, also endured all obstacles) balanophyllia (fed krill daily) silver pom pom xenia 2 acans 3 rock flower anemone birds nest neon clove polyps st. thomas mushroom green star polyps aquacultured flower pot trumpet coral gomezi acropora yellow polyped orange montipora capricornus montipora undata montipora palawanesis tubbs stellata digita miami orchid acropora red planet acropora fuzzy milli ice echinata rainbow montipora aussie cherry blastomussa some green with yellow skirt zoa pink digitata veneom eye acropora red dragon echinata lavendar white acro setosa golden psammacora cerulean tenuis coral mini Aussie Scoly Florida ricordea Emerald echinata Blue tort LFS: Coral Corral Marine Warehouse Creative Aquariums Corals and Fins Drysdale Fish and Other Ichthy Stuff Coral Bargain Warehouse Coral Reefs & Aquariums
  9. Hello fine folks of the internet, My old thread was getting a bit too ridiculous having three builds all in one so I've decided to bring the 40 gallon peninsula to life in it's own thread. After I moved my 29g into my 65g and 15g. The 65g cracked and caused $8000 in damage and the 15g sprung a slow leak. I was close to calling it quits but decided to get a 40g breeder. It's a size of tank i've wanted for a very long time and just went for it. Saw a reeeeeeally cool soft coral reef peninsula on YouTube and decided that is exactly what I wanted. Mostly soft corals and gorgonians. Also, I wanted to incorporate some macro algae in the display. Oh and one leptastrea frag that I had leftover from my 65g so it's not completely a softie reef I suppose. Anyway here's a quick breakdown of the equipment i'm using as well as Livestock and Coral selection. Equipment Standard 40g Breeder Standard 20g long sump Eshopps Eclipse-S Overflow Tek 6 Bulb T5HO with ATI Bulbs Tunze Nanostream 6040 Koralia Nano Aqua Macro Flow Swing Arm (or something like that, it attaches to return line and moves the return flow side to side) Eheim Jager 200W Heater Tunze 9004 Skimmer Syncra Sicce 2.0 Return Pump Apex Jr. Other Stuff Chemi Pure Blue Filter Sock Filter Floss Aquavitro Fuel Livestock 4 Clowns 4 Blue Streak Cardinals 1 Longnose Hawk 1 Royal Gramma Cleaner Shrimp Peppermint Shrimp Emerald Crab Porcelain Crab Various Clean Up Crew Coral 6 Gorgonians (various) Fiji Yellow 2 x Toadstools Clove Polyps Alveopora 2 x Goniopora Too many Zoanthids to list Various leathers Superman Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Leptastrea Frag
  10. Tsinguílev

    Tsinguílev's nano reef

    Namaste All, My name is Wladimir Tsinguilev. I reside in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Since I can remember birds (and later on ornithology,https://www.hbw.com/ibc/u/11943), everything related to nature and drums (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCln0m94H1_eYyW8pWCw-WLA/videos?view_as=subscriber) always fascinated me. Reefkeeping was something that I got acquainted with years later. I was attracted by the cornucopia of colors and vividness exposed in the photos available on the internet of all the coral colonies and marine fishes in the tanks and wanted to have a reef aquarium someday. As a kid I kept freshwater aquariums, bettas, turtles, parrots, dogs and cats but the reef aquarium was something unheard of back in the day in Bulgaria. As a matter of fact the first source on reefkeeping that I was exposed to was at 9 years of age at the library of the Institute of Ecology in Sofia. It was a German magazine called DATZ Aquarium&Terrarium and a lot of books on ornithology and nature. Books and magazines are still mandatory for me as of today and I do consider myself a bibliophile, even though we live in the age of the internet, computers and all the high tech paraphernalia. I started my little artificial slice of the ocean at the end of August of 2013 and the system is still running. It is a 20 gallon (45x45x40) mixed reef. On various occasions I changed and rearranged the aquascape, corals, fish and other inhabitants and today I am happy to say that I do not make waterchanges and finally got the perfect match as far as chemistry is concerned (ATI essentials 1,2and 3 is doing great for me). I will post photos in a chronological fashion as it was difficult to make a diary over the years, and I always thought it is very difficult to keep one in timely fashion. PART I The tank is rimless and the stand is made of glass. Wavemaker Hydor Koralia, live rock from Indonesia, a Centropygae flavicauda back at the center, Xenia sp., Caulastrea sp., Euphyllia, Feather duster, a Trochus snail and Carib sea sand bed. In the right corner there is a Wheeler's Shrimp Goby (Amblyeleotris wheeleri), a fish with great personality. A close-up of this nano inhabitant, suitable even for pico tanks. Nassarius snails patrolling the neighborhood, one of them is still with me to this day. This top-down perspective reveals the Chinese LED light. If my memory serves me well it was a 38W E27 bulb for €45, which served its puropse in the beggining with not so delicate corals in the system. Eventually the bulb fell into the water. Reason being, I did not have a decent gooseneck tank mount at the time and it was mounted through a common lamp clamp. Nobody perished so that was nice. I dismantled it just to see the lenses and what is inside. There is a Ricordea mushroom on top of one of the live rock. This photo reminds me of one of those pictures in my favourite magazine Marine Aquarist from Yokohama, Japan (in my humble opinion the best mag on reefkeeping). Sometimes it is made without any additional lights, just the flash of the camera and even without it. Because of my interest in angelfishes I decided to buy this book by the great Kiyoshi Endoh. My first (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). PART II This is the tank in about two years from its conception. Added an extra flow through a Sicce wavemaker, bought my first SPS corals - a Branched montipora, Stylophora pistillata Purple Milka, Acropora sp., Millepora sp., Pink and green Birdsnest, Green Symphyllia radians from Indonesia, various zoanthids, a second Green Trachyphyllia, a blue Tridacna squamosa, two mini carpet anemones, a Echinophyllia sp., two clown fish Amphiprion ocellaris sp., and a female Blue Star Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus) - another fish with great personality and behavior. A view of the glass stand with some of the products that I used at the time. The auxiliary plastic stand which is very convenient and easy to clean. For me cigars and reefkeeping go hand in hand. This Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) was eating artemia but did not survive. Acclimation. I never attached my corals to the live rock, which in my opinion is an interesting approach to reefkeeping, and I would relocate them from time to time. The Aiptasia-Eating Filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus) did a splendid work on erradicating the pest anemone and nowadays he is so lazy I barely see him picking at them. PART III
  11. Krish87

    Towards Dusk...

    A picture of my BioCube 16 LED setup as a mixed reef tank with 3 happy inhabitants - a Clownfish, a Purple Firefish Goby and a Red Blood Fire Shrimp :-) Captured this during the sunset mode.
  12. Utahpico

    5.5g ADA Reef

    Tore down my 3.7g reef and replaced it with a 5.5g ada "mini m" low iron glass tank.
  13. Hey y'all! After doing a bunch of lurking on this forum and other reef sites, I thought it might be a good idea to take advantage of this awesome aquarium journal idea to document my (extremely messy) 38-gallon reef. This one's going to be an awesome challenge, I'm so excited about it. I've kept planted tanks in the past, but was finally convinced to turn my empty 38 into a reef tank after working at my LFS for the past 7 months. On the one hand, what an awesome hobby. On the other hand, even with my 50% discount it seems like most of my earnings just go back to the LFS. ? Anyway, here's what I've got so far: One of the fun/frustrating things about this setup so far is a lot of what I have are scraps from the LFS. This has made experimenting far easier and more fun for someone with not a lot of money, since I don't have any serious investment in, say, any given bunch of zoa polyps or single mushroom I found at the bottom of a frag tank. Of all the little frags in my tank so far, I think I actually paid for one. Like my title suggests, I'm aiming to make this setup as low-tech as possible. My filtration is live rock and sand, and a Marineland HOB. It's a good brand, but still just an HOB. No refugium, no skimmer, simple heater, one powerhead (whose brand I can't remember. The only thing I really ponied up for is the lighting, which is the new Fluval Marine Spectrum LED. I can't speak to anyone else's experience, as I'm very new at this, but so far this thing is neatoooo. You control the colors and timing of the light through an app, which makes it fully customizable for whatever livestock you happen to have. The tank is about 6 weeks old at this point, and definitely still in the yucky-looking stabilization stage. Healthwise, though, everyone is doing well so far! Current livestock is as follows: Fish: 1 baby black ocellaris (Winifred) 2 mated royal grammas (Eggo and Eliza) Inverts: 1 tiger sand conch 1 emerald crab 1 short-spine urchin 5 red-leg hermits 1 left hand zebra hermit 1 cleaner shrimp 1 Mexican turbo snail Coral: Like I said, scraps. Some bits of montipora, bird's nest, mushrooms, zoas, frogspawn, green trumpet. Definitely already seeing some growth in the bird's nests and trumpet. Future goals: I absolutely love the building-up process of reef tanks. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced in freshwater. I already don't know what I'll do when there isn't anything to fix in this stupid, beautiful little box of water anymore! That said, boy are there things to fix. Parameter-wise, everything seems great, but the main thing I want to focus on right now is the rockscape. I like the two-island look to allow for more swimming space and surface area of rock, I just don't like how short the scape is right now. I'd like to really build up the rocks on the left for a taller look, with a lot of built in caves for fish, and again, surface area. But to do that I need a binding agent. I've been promised some good stuff we're going to have extra at work, so...patience! Algae is a "problem" right now, in that I'm trying not to let it smother anything living, but I'm sure the bloom will pass eventually. I plan on getting a lawnmower or starry blenny to tackle the problem spots soon. My grammas are the last issue. I got them as a mated pair from a lady who was getting rid of them to make room for other basslets. They did well at first, but now the male (Eggo) won't let the female (Eliza) leave the heater. I don't know if this is an issue of not having enough hiding spots or what, but he might have to go. It's too bad, I was looking forward to watching them spawn and maybe having them provide some fresh food for future corals. Maybe I should wait to take him out until after I build the rock up? If you've read this far, thanks so much! Any advice is so so appreciated. This forum is awesome.
  14. Krish87

    Another sight at the mini ocean @ dusk!

    Clicked this today. New additions - 2 new SPS on the top. 1. Pocillopora 2. Stylophora Great color combination in the mixed reef tank now. Hoping to see this flourish.
  15. FTS: 5th May 2018 Hi all ? Thought I'd start a thread to share the progress of my nsw IM fusion 20 reef tank. I've recently upgraded from a aqua one nanoreef 35 that had been running for 3+yrs. This is my progress so far : Equipment: Stock return pump (will be upgraded in the future but working well for now) Jebao sw-2 wave maker eheim 150watt heater Two im 18w skkyelights 1 Asta full spectrum nano light 20lb caribsea live sand Live stock: Two ocellaris tank bred clown fish. One red fire fish. Corals: Mettalic green star polyps Assorted zoas Pink hystrix/birdsnest Yellow bottle brush acapora Orange plating montipora Yellow and green montipora hirsuta blue discosoma Green striped discsosoma Red rainbow acan Blood eyed favia Cuc: one blue black legged hermit crab One true peppermint shrimp Various snails Pics ?? Picked up the tank from Innovation Aquatics in Southampton ? Cabinet. Storage inside cabinet for fishy stuff Filling it up 18hrs later all cleared. Over next 24hrs everything was moved across FTS : 2nd May 2018
  16. colorado.reefer

    Colorado.reefer Fusion 20

    Started up this IM Fusion a couple months ago. I think its going to be a mixed reef. Equipment Tank - IM 20g Fusion Skimmer - IM Ghost Light - AI Hydra 26 x 2 Wave - Echotech MP10w QD 2 IM media baskets Apex controler 05/01/2017 Livestock:
  17. HippieSquirrel

    20H - RFA baby

    Hello! I am new here and to reefing in general, been in the planted tank hobby for years and due to budgetary restrictions (unemployed college student) among others like constantly moving etc. I never made the plunge. So now that I possess a real job along with all the accompanying perks like taxes, bills, oh and those wonderful loan payments I decided I was an adult-ish person. And in my mind the silver lining to adult-hood is that an adult deserves a real tank. A reef tank! To blow the remainder of those limited funds! I know, very responsible. But hey, that’s what your 20s are for right? So that about leads me to the present where I am going to try and get my feet wet in the hobby with an old 20H before I have my own place and have the space for a monster tank. Feel free to comment, ask questions, and raise concerns! The Idea/Plan: An attempt to keep things “simple” Equipment: Old 20 gallon high aquarium (plastic wooden trim old). hob AC 50 with floss, chemi pure blue (after cycle), and maybe phosphate remover down the line. Jager 100w with Inkbird temperature controller. MP10 RapidLed Corona Water: ATO and AWC by AutoAqua will update with the model - I figure the best way to be successful with this tank is routine and frequent WCs. I am hoping the AWC will help. Going to try and position the sensors 1/2 inch apart that way the daily WC will be slightly over half a gallon. Therefore weekly 3.5-4 gallon WC which after all the equipment and rock will be about 33%. Red Sea coral pro salt Aquatic life RO/DI 100g/d Hardscape: 30 lbs of dry reef saver rock from BRS, terrific stuff. 20 lbs special grade sand I will also be implementing Dr. Tim’s bacterial cycle booster stuff and the ammonium chloride. Livestock: CORAL!!! - Main reason I am interested in reefing. I plan on working my way up to sps, speed will depend on how things go. RFAs - Probably a few, I think they’re awesome! CUC - tbd, I have a few weeks right? Probably an assortment + a porcelain crab Fish: 6-line wrasse, love these little guys. Tail spot blenny Maybes: clown pair - pretty basic and boring but they’ve been a favorite of mine since I found out what they were (before finding Nemo ). Eyeing a maroon gold lighting pair.... SO pretty. goby or goby/shrimp combo - I think the pairing dynamic is cool. April FTS uglies and all: One month(+) FTS: How the tank used to be setup..
  18. Some progression on my newest nano reef! Love the way things are progressing! Can't wait for things to grow out! Let me know what you think!!!!
  19. Hi all, I have been following TeenyReef's Nuvo Fusion 10 and I see that he has a very thriving mixed reef. All while only dosing Reef Energy A/B and No Pox, so that being said my fusion 10 is nowhere nearly as stocked as his tank. Currently I have an Acan Frag with 4 heads, Hammer coral, GSP and a rather large monitpora plate. The only thing I am doing right now is just dosing No Pox, using red sea pro coral salt and that's it. My future stock plans to have a few softies such as Zoa's and Mushrooms, maybe a few more LPS and a couple SPS. So that being said, should I worry about dosing trace elements? Jack
  20. weston.bechtold

    Project Pico 2.6

    Hello all! Just started this account because I am excited to state that I finally started my dream pico tank! Im using a Fluval Spec 3 2.6 gallon all in one tank, with an adapted Kessil A80 Tuna Blue LED. I started this tank a little under a month ago and everything is going flawlessly. I am going for an aquarium full of LPS Euphyllia and a small zoanthid garden. Im running with a 6.5lb piece of live rock, and about an inch and a half of live sand. The only upgrade I performed on the tank is the return pump from the stock 29gph pump to a rio that does about 59gph. Also I use the stock pump as an additional powerhead to get a little more movement. Live stock so far in the tank is one (tiny) ocellaris clown, blood/fire shrimp and one turbo snail. For corals I have two torch corals a hammer coral and a small colony of what I think are rasta zoanthids.(Let me know if they are something different!) Tests are turning out to be... Ammonia-0 Nitrites-0 Nitrates-15 PH- 8-8.2 Calcium- 450ppm Magnesium- 1440 ppm Alkalinity- 11.9 dkh Im performing small 10% water changes about twice a week and everything seems to be happy and healthy. I am experiencing the typical Diatom algae and I was wondering if anyone could possible tell me what to do if this gets out of hand or to prevent it from getting out of hand. I dialed my light schedule down to 6 hours per day max. It isn't super visible in the images because I sifted the sand around a bit before the pictures were taken. Any feedback, criticism, or comments will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS. Quick story, the purple torch coral closest to the center actually split in half straight up the branch while I was trying to remove the frag plug!!! But I glued it back together on the outside of the skeleton and it seems to be very healthy. This incident took place just last night!!
  21. Hey NR! feels good to finally post! I'm gonna skip some of the introductions and the "this is me and where I came from" background because I'm pretty boring, until I'm reefing. Then, like many of you, I am in the zone and I am (suddenly, and despite inevitable heart-aches) good at something that should be impossible to be good at YOU, US, REEFERS in general... we are pretty awesome. We are REALLY awesome. We are imaginative, resourceful, diligent, cunning, gifted as minimalists, hilarious over-thinkers and far too many of our reefing companions possess an actual instinct for suddenly absorbing enough chemistry, math, financial cleverness and electrical/mechanical daring to imitate Tony Stark and produce some truly outstanding works of functional,inspirational, art. Every single tank of the month that's posted makes me jealous, inspires me, pushes me towards more, and it feels good. Reefing on a budget is not an easy thing, but I'll be posting some tips and hints and success best practices on that later. I do have a primitive motive for this puff piece - but even if I have some great photos or unique ideas, I wanted to publicly say that this community is one of the ONLY reasons I had the strength to come up with any of it. (Single tear sheds down bearded cheek) SO enough of that. Some pics of The First Tank! A couple of years ago, the beginning was an abused 20 gallon long. That poor tank. I learned enough to know that I needed much more practice, patience, and research, but that stupid thing was so much fun to set up, I had to keep 'upgrading' it. We all know when the bug hits, and that was it. Pour some salt in a box of glass, and BOOM. Spark. I'll be posting my tanks, upgrades, hacks, tributes, thanks, and all that nonsense regularly, and I will make them pic heavy and lighthearted. Cheers to you, reefers.
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