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Hello all, I'm a new reefer who recently set up my first reef tank. It's a Mr. Aqua 12 Gallon Long with a DIY section made from 1/4" black acrylic. Equipment Mr. Aqua 12g Long (Low Iron) with DIY AIO Insert 2x AI Prime 16 HDs Cobalt Aquatics Neo Therm Sicce Micraplus 158gph Ecotech Vortech MP10WQD Innovative Marine ChaetoMax 18w Additives Tropic Marin Pro Reef Tropic Marin All-for-Reef Rock/Sand Caribsea Special Grade Marco Rocks Reef Saver Test Kits Hanna Salinity Tester Hanna Alkalinity Colorimeter Fish Ocellaris Clownfish (Jadeveon) Royal Gramma Firefish Invertebrates Fire Shrimp #1 2x Halloween Hermit Crabs Fire Shrimp #2 3x Trochus Snails Summer 2020 Bought the tank and all of the equipment, but then had construction in my room and had to postpone setting up the tank. One of the two AI Primes, had a malfunctioning Royal Blue channel, which would only run at max 5%, so I contacted AI support and they were very helpful and I got a new working light. I also worked on dremeling the rocks so that they would fit in the tank and I could clean around them. After the rocks were the right shape, I put them in a bucket of heated saltwater and added bacteria and some food. Winter 2020 I cut the acrylic to size using the laser, cemented the pieces together, and siliconed them into place. I know silicone really isn't ideal for bonding to acrylic, but there isn't really any pressure so I'm not very worried. I also got my first fish, a clownfish, Jadeveon (after Jadeveon Clowney), and got my first tester corals, some zoas and a garf bonsai. January 2021 I got some chaeto from my LFS, and gave it a dip in RO water to knock off any bristle worms. I got a fire shrimp and two halloween hermit crabs, but the crabs were not great algae eaters, were very large, and knocked corals off of the rocks. Then the bag (a disposable tea filter, stupid, I know) that held the carbon tore and sprayed tiny pellets into the return pump which sprayed them all over the tank. I drained the aquarium, cleaned the inside, and replaced all of the sand. The rocks had some hair algae, so I gave them a quick dip in peroxide. After this, the fire shrimp passed away, and one hermit crab also died. I got two new fish, a royal gramma and a firefish, and a new fire shrimp. The next day the clownfish jumped out of the tank. Later on my chaeto stopped growing and started dying, which caused a bacterial bloom. I started dosing iron, which stopped the bacterial bloom, but the chaeto never really grew any more. I ordered an LPS frag pack from Yourreef, which I am very happy with. February 2021 I caught the surviving crab and spot fed him to make sure he didn't end up like the first one. I put him in a tupperware, but this was a mistake, as this totally messed up the flow in the area right beside the sump, which caused 4 of my corals to develop brown jelly and die within literally a few hours. The next day I gave the remaining crab to a local reef store. A few days later a cyphastrea I really liked just barely touched the acro and lost alot of its flesh. When I tried to prune the chaeto, I also took the old carbon bag (now an unbleached cotton spice bag) out and put them in the same bowl, this carbon bag also tore and spilled carbon all into the chaeto. I would never had been able to get all of it out so I just chucked the chaeto. This also helped deal with the dino problem, as it helped raise the nitrate levels a bit and gave hair algae an edge. Now I had sme hair algae, so I got three trochus snails to help. The area they clean ends up very clean, but the area is also very small, so manual removing algae is more effective.
reefrook posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsBeen out of the hobby for a couple years and now I'm back and burning money again. Feels great. as the title says, got myself a long and shallow. Equipment List: Mr. Aqua 22 Gallon Long Jebao DCT-8000 VorTech MP10WQD (thanks @crownsbroyal!) with Pico Aquariums Shield (thanks @cdelicath!) Vivid Aquariums Random Flow Generator Euro-fil 180 Sump Smart ATO Bubble Magus Curve 5 EcoTech Radion XR30W Pro Gen 3 Jebao Auto Dosing Pump DP-4 (dosing with ESV B-ionic 2-part)
I moved from a house to an apartment and downgraded from a 37g to a 12g Long Current Equipment: Tank - Mr. Aqua 12 Gallon Bookshelf Rimless Tank - Low Iron Glass SUMP - AquaMaxx Rectangular 4.6 Gallon Low-Iron Rimless Aquarium DIY Stand - 2x4s, furniture grade plywood, custom cut glass for sides (WIP) Ecotech MP10W HydroFill ATONeptune Systems Apex - EB8 & EB4 Neptune Systems - Apex Feeder Tunze Recirculation Pump Silence 1073.020Sicce - Voyager Nano Stream Pump (250 Gph) Two Wave Point Blade HO LED Aquarium Light Super Blue/10k Needed Equipment: WTB MAME Overflow Works in Progress: Finishing Tank Stand Sump Pics: This is a place holder until I can post something better: