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Hello reefers, I have come across the opportunity to obtain a bubble tip anemone for pretty cheap and was wondering if it would be worth looking into. I have a 25 gallon AIO peninsula that has two clowns, a royal gramma, and various inverts and soft corals. Unfortunately, I have been experiencing a bit of a diatom bloom, most likely because my tank is not fully established. If I were to get the anemone, it would most likely be next weekend. Would it be okay to purchase the anemone this early, or should I wait until the diatom outbreak has ended? Feel free to share any personal experiences or advice. Here is a link to my tank journal:
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.
The Small Reef Experiment This is meant to be a list of nano(less than 30 gallons) all in one tanks to help me pick one out. All In One (AIO) means a sump is built into the tank. This will be a link to the specs i can find Disclaimer: I have not used any of these. a tank is only as good as its keeper. I'm trying to size out the right aquarium This is what I have found while praying to the google gods. Common tanks: fluval 5 and 13.5 5 manual: https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10528-evo-aquarium-5g-instruction-manual-int.pdf 13.5 manual: https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10531-evo-aquarium13.5g-manual-eng-na.pdf nuvo fusion pro 10, 14p, 20p, 20 manual:https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf nuvo concept pro 20 and 20p a unique style but i believe it leads to wasted space manual: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf redsea nano 20 gallon to costly for my budget but looks amazing. redsea manual: https://5w56d28u4co20frgwagf5y18-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MAX-NANO-Manuals.pdf vca starfire 24 very sharp looking website: http://www.scaquariums.com/SCA-24-Gallon-Starfire-Tank-p/sca-24g.htm coralife biocube 16 and 32 classics manual 16: https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube16-15661.pdf manual 32: https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube32-15662.pdf jbj nanocube 28 manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MT-604_Manual.pdf jbj rimless 25 jbj rimless manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RF-254565_Manual.pdf lifegard full view 5 and 7 website with manual: https://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-full-view-aquariums-with-back-filter/ lifegard crystal 24, 10, 4, and 14p, 7.5p, 4p website: https://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-crystal-aquariums/ waterbox cube 10 and 20 website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/cube/ waterbox aio 28, 30 website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/all-in-one/ cobalt aquaitcs cvue 18, 26 website: https://www.cobaltaquatics.com/collections/aquariums/products/c-vue-aquarium-kit fiji cube nano 11, 18.5, 22.5, 30 website with measurement of tanks: https://www.fijicube.com/collections/glass-all-in-one-aquarium/products/22-4-gallon-rimless-aio-glass-nano-tank-fiji-cube All of these tanks are suitable for what I'm looking for. Planning to run a soft coral tank to stat and see if it grows. I'm planing to keep it low tech. Filter: Floss to sponge to bio medium. push as much marine pure into low flow area in sump, change floss ever other day. manual twice a day topoffs. I plan on stating out with just water changes and move on to dosing if my testing says so plan 1.this tank is mostly start some growing mushrooms and zoanthis, 2.plant to add green star polyp or Kenya tree (something hardy) to increase my load on tank 3. as bioload grows i will improve my testing and dosing abilities and become better at keeping stability in larger bio loads along the way i want to find the best nano all in one tank If there are any design flaws to avoid in any tanks listed please let me know Any other advise on picking between these would also be useful Please leave a list of any other equipment that is a must for a nano tank