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  1. State of the Aquarium, 1 June 2020 the journal begins here: Didn't realize image compression and Figure 1 looks terribad. yikes! The story actually begins well before this photo on the 22nd. We rewind to December 27th to where I was moving a couple of aquariums in my wife's Honda Fit. (near professional aquarium mover at this point, it's my 4th move). She says she didn't say that, but from that video conversation through Facebook I started thinking real hard what would I make for a third aquarium. I wanted to be lazy and build another planted tank, but I was ready for something different like the tank I made before. I built an Amazon blackwater aquarium to just see how simple or hard it was to maintain that effect. Turns out it was just a matter of boiling botanicals to no end. Wife was okay with another tank. Good enough for me. I was a newly minted aquatics specialist at my Petco and I turned the saltwater section around by not killing all the invertebrates. (That's another story to tell.) Then I thought, hey you're not at FOWLR tanks why not building a reef tank at home? $1 per gallon sale happened right around the new year. I hemmed and hawed at the idea of getting a tank. I looked at Inappropriate Reefer's 10g build. Then I saw defekt's Sanity Saver. Perfect. I had to work around my property management for not having an aquarium of 15 gallons or more. I worked the legal gray area by getting a 20 gallon long since I remember measuring the inside dimensions came closer to 16 gallons than 20 gallons as advertised on the marketing label. I never enjoyed tanks that ran tall with a poor footprint. Bigger footprints mean more horizontal swimming room and unless you're caring for sea jellies or freshwater angels height can be a dimension to ignore. Fortunately there was only one 20L sold at my store and after 3 weeks of thinking really hard of how to build it and its life support elements I decided to go for it and blocked out the image of a nasty credit card bill (but hey points right?). I bought the tank around January 10th and it just sat there sad without a stand for about a week. I was still wondering if this was a good move, but I didn't like the idea of just wasting a perfectly good tank. I built one of those nicer Petco stands (because my wife doesn't have her woodworking tools right now). And that stood for another few days. I painted the back of the aquarium with clearance acrylic paint from Michaels. I waited another week as I was picking out parts. Life Support System: (thanks defekt) AC70 from a previous tank with floss, purigen, phosguard (as needed since mid-Feb), and biomax rings 2x Koralia 240s Fluval 100w heater Current Orbit Marine LED 24-36" Parts arrived on January 21st. Thanks Amazon Prime trial. CaribSea LifeRock, 20lb box arrived January 22nd. I bought CaribSea CORALine from my Petco store. Figure 1. Insert awful photo.
  2. mylertitchell

    Majors Nano Reef 49l

    Background So Tank was started in July, it all started with doing a water feature in the garden (a well with some goldfish), then a betta tank (aquaponics) for the office, then I came across the reef hobby, started googling galore, owned nothing and had every system dreamt up, i wanted to get a nano tank that would fit into my house with no upset and then if all went well and knew the hobby was for me, I would be able to upgrade down the line. I read an article, that was just spoke to me and it was based upon a book, so i found the book, bought it in hardcopy (the wife said was on the phone too much) and was locked in. Reef was gonna be definitely for me. I had a friend who was a long time fish enthusiast (tropical) and had just got into the saltwater game, FOWLER tank and then into corals and then sacked his tropical tank and upgraded to just one reef tank. Having a Reef Buddy has definitely made this journey even more enjoyable. So after reading the book, my brief was simple a nano tank that would fit on the table I already have, buy equipment which can be used in the next tank (modular etc) and hopefully i enjoy the hobby and if so upgrade to as big as tank I can (ie id love a 6ft peninsula with walk in room behind it, dividing the dining room and living room, but then id need a new house, most likely 200l, big enough tank but in scale with the room), and if i didn't well, well don't even need to finish the sentence. As its a great hobby! Goal Fully stocked stable Tank, once I Reach this target I will begin the journey all over again with most likely a 3ft sumped tank, then convince the wife we need a bigger house and its nothing to do with the fish. Tank Spec Start: July 2019 Display: Aquael Nano Reef Duo 49 Litre Rock: Aquanetta 2 Module display (ceramic), 2 live pieces (donated by friend) and some dry pieces Sand: CaribSea Aragonite Fiji Pink Sand 15LB Lighting: Stock , Zetlight 1201 x1 x 2 Heater: V2therm 50 Digital Heater 50w Wavemaker: APS 2500 Powerhead, Jebao SW-4 (running at 1000l) Filtration: Stock, HOB Canister Filter APS-500, Filter Media: Coarse Sponge, FIlter Floss, Seachems Matrix, Phosguard, CarbonMatrix ATO: Autoaqua Smart ATO Micro (4l res - Cereal Container) Testing: Salifert test kits (Alkalinity, Calcium, Nitrates, Phos) Dosing: Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium, Saliferts KH Buffer, LaCl3*, Carbon (NitraPhos Minus)* Automatic - Single Doser - Kalk/Vinegar solution, Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium*, Saliferts KH Buffer*, LaCl3* *if required I have been on quite the journey so far (including a bad crash), it is gonna be quite enjoyable going down memory lane to get yous up to date... Plan of Action: Monthly updates as part of my routine. July 2019
  3. Hey guys! This is the result of me combining all of my reef tanks into one small aquarium - partially due to space, but mostly because I didn't have enough in any of those tanks to justify keeping them up. So, I fragged what I wanted, got this tank from work (I work at Petsmart, as well as a small LFS), and started cycling. The rock is all established from my old tanks, but I decided to use some liquid ammonia anyway. It cycled through everything fairly quickly, so I decided to call the tank cycled, did a water change, and started adding stuff! I'll be adding old frags over the next couple of days, and will be adding stuff from a LiveAquaria order fairly on Tuesday as well. Tank details: Tank: Top Fin 10 Gallon Column Tank - $30, half off due to rim damage Light: Wattshine 150W Black Box LED, 100% Actinics and 50% Whites Flow: Aquaclear 50 and Koralia Nano 240 Heater: 200W Fluval Heater (oversized, but I had it laying around), 50W Preset heater in HOB for redundancy Rock: 7lbs of pre-established rock Substrate: Barebottom (hoping to carpet some GSP) Water: Distilled water from Walmart Salt: Fritz RPM Water Parameters: Nitrates: 0 PPM, Phosphate: 0.2 PPM, SG: 1.026, PH: 8.1, Temp: 79F Fish: Two Wyoming White Clowns Inverts: Two Mexican Turbo Snails (I'll move these out soon - too big for this tank!), 1 Blue-Legged Hermit, 1 Fire Shrimp Coral: Green Star Polyps, Green Rhodactis Mushroom, Orange Zoa Frag, Mystery Zoas that I found under a rock that are slowly coming back to life I think that about does it for basic info. This tank has had a really smooth beginning - the fish went through QT in this tank (I know, I know... but I got them straight from the breeder!), and came out the other side healthy. I don't plan on adding anything else, fish-wise. I'm going to remove the Turbos ASAP, and replace them with a horde of ceriths and dwarf ceriths, and a few nassarius snails. All of the coral that are in here right now are from my old tanks, and this is just the hardier stuff that I threw in here to test the waters (pun intended!). I'll be adding a few more frags on Tuesday, as well as a couple of RFA's. The only issues I've had so far with this tank have been my own fault - my refractometer was improperly calibrated (it got off over time), and this tank was started at 1.030. I only noticed things were off when I couldn't find my refractometer and chose to use my old hydrometer instead. I initially chalked it up to a hydrometer's inaccuracy, but decided to look into it a bit more and put some distilled water onto my refractometer. I was WAY off. After calibrating my refractometer with some calibration fluid, I brought the tank down to 1.026 over the course of a couple days. My FOWLR tank was at 1.034! Craziness. Other than the refractometer being off, I think part of the issue was that when I mix my water, I use Hamzareef's calculator, and I typically calculate everything in metric. Then I'd fill my bucket up with 4 gallons of water, not realizing that 4 gallons and 16 liters aren't quite the same. I guess that small difference builds up over time! The high-ish phosphate reading is also due to a bad RODI unit. I got it, started the tank with it, and returned it after a couple days. No matter what I did with it (even after running several gallons through it) I'd get high phosphate readings and sometimes even chlorine readings. So the 0.2 PPM phosphate is just what's left after I've been changing it out with distilled. I'd like to try some hardy SPS in here, so I'll do my best to get that down a bit lower! I'm shooting for a mixed reef, so I think I'll try and keep nitrates and phosphates at readable levels. I'm still doing some reading on the Redfield Ratio, and while I like the idea, it seems like some people stand behind it 100% and some people that seem to be well-respected in a lot of circles (namely Randy Holmes-Farley) seem to think it's much less important. Anyone got opinions on that here? I'm not planning on micromanaging the tank that much, but if I have a clear goal to shoot for, it might help me out in the long run.
  4. House Reef

    Lagoon 25 | SPS Reef

    Hello everyone, I've been reading these forums for inspiration ever since I joined the nano world, and there are so many great threads that gave me plenty of ideas that I wanted to start my own, and hopefully - without being big headed - I can give someone else a little inspiration one day from this. For a little background on myself, I used to run a Reefer 525 on the KZ ZEOvit method until around 8 or so months ago. I shut that down due to mostly running costs, and I never felt like I was getting anywhere with it. My style of tank is definitely a deep (front to back) but shallow tank that has a nice aspect ratio - so I have no idea why I bought the Reefer because it wasn't any of those things at all. The Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 had been on my radar for some years now but being in the UK, we have only one or two suppliers I think. Right when I was shutting the Reefer down, the main supplier had stock of the Lagoons in on their first ever shipment, but I missed out on them because being an indecisive **** I didn't pull the trigger quick enough. I needed a tank to keep my clownfish and a few corals in because I wasn't prepared to let those go for sentimental reasons, so I ended up with a Fluval Evo 13.5. That lasted maybe 6 months until last week when that same supplier had their second shipment in. This time I didn't miss out and ordered the Lagoon straight away! So without further ado, here is my new setup which I intend to keep for a lot longer than the Fluval or the Reefer. I'll detail the planned upgrades and methods in a further post. Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 Aqua Illumination Prime HD GHL Profilux 4 Tunze 3152 ATO InTank Media Basket x2 Jebao OW-10 Schego 100w Titanium heater IKEA Stuva/Besta stand - heavily reinforced 14-4-2019 | Full Tank Shot by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview Face On by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Top Down by Andy, on Flickr Thanks for looking, Andy
  5. SaltyTanks

    SaltyTank's 40G Mixed Reef

    Hello & welcome to my new reef journal! I’m a SoCal nano-reef enthusiast that’s been in the hobby 4 years, and I’m finally committing myself to starting this journal – mostly for my benefit, not yours😊 No seriously though, I need help holding my bad habits in check and hoping you will all help me achieve my goal. My goal is that 1 year from now my 40-gallon mixed-reef tank will be a living masterpiece, and so appealing to me that I will have no impulses to stick my hands in the water to move/add anything. That said, here’s some more background and visionary objectives: SETUP: Tank: 40-Gallon Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion (24” x 20” x 19”) Lighting: Radion XR15w Gen-4 Circulation: (1) IM stock return pump w/2 spin stream nozzles; and (2) Icecap 1k Gyre Heater: None (controlled room temp) Cooling: Desktop fan controlled by Inkbird thermostat/temp controller Mechanical Filtration: (1) Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 skimmer; (2) filter floss Bio Filtration: (1) RealReef dry rock; (2) Caribsea sand; (3) CerMedia Marinepure biofilter balls Chemi Filtration: RedSea carbon Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Dosing: manually, Brightwell Reef Code A + B & magnesium BACKGROUND: I’m a middle aged father whom loves to drink red wine while staring up-close at my fish tank excessively. I grew up by the ocean and first fell in love with tropical fish & corals when I got scuba certified in Indonesia circa 2000. Since then I’ve done many dives around the world and find myself more interested in biodiverse macro reef-scapes than shipwrecks and cageless bull shark feedings. Also, I’m a photo enthusiast and art aficionado, which I aim to incorporate into my reef keeping. My wife gifted me my first tank about 4 years ago (a 6-gallon JBJ AOI), and pretty sure it’s her biggest regret of our long-standing relationship. I'm now about 1 year into the current setup. VISION: If I were shrunk down to be a little 2 inch scuba diver and my wife threw me into my tank, I want to be surrounded by colors, contrasts, textures, movement, and dimension. I’ll want to swim down, up, around, through, under, and over copious amounts of corals, and be accompanied by a few fish friends that will join me without fearing they’ll bully or eat me. OBJECTIVES: Over the next 12 months, I’ll try to post progress updates every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, I’ll try to engage you all into helping me fill in the holes with new coral suggestions. Since I like to go to the local LFS’s frequently, maybe together we can make this an interactive team effort - although, let me try not to get ahead of myself here. So for now I’ll share some relevant pics and focus on following through with a 2nd post sometime soon. P.S. I have a lot of bad habits to work on... - hands in the tank frequently - impatiently making changes, expecting expedited results - providing poor instructions for friends to care for tank while on vacation - overfeeding and then underfeeding - vindictively taking vengeance on hungry hermits that snatch food from feeding acans
  6. Hey guys so I'm here to start an aquarium journal of my Evo 13.5 that's been running for over a year now it's had some ups and downs but recently has gotten some upgrades. When I initially started this tank it was mostly stock equipment minus the intank chamber one upgrade and was stocked with a Cleaner shrimp, two clowns, bristle star, dwarf hermit, and LTA. Won't go into details but ended up losing the fish, shrimp, and LTA. All this and having a crazy algae problem killed all my hopes in the hobby. So I ended up leaving the tank dark for months with just the surviving star and hermit crab doing minimal water changes until the algae was completely gone and stuff was looking up. Fast forward to tax time this year and I decided to invest everything into this tank to make it much more high tech and easier maintenance. Now running this setup - Fluval Evo 13.5 InTank Chamber one (2019 V) Fluval 100W heater Stock Return AI Prime 16HD Auto Aqua Smart ATO & AWC Jebao SW-2 Back wall hole plugged with InTank plastic peice Stocked with - 1 Brittle star 1 Cleaner shrimp 1 LG blue dwarf hermit 3 SM blue dwarf hermit 1 nassarius snail 1 trochus snail 2 astrea snail 3 nerite snails Coral - 1 Chalice frag (not sure of the variety) 1 SPS frag (not sure exactly what it is) Some attached pictures of the tank and setup
  7. Jackal227

    Jackal's Nuvo EXT 50 Lagoon

    I'm excited to announce my upgrade from a Biocube 16 gallon to the Nuvo EXT Lagoon 50 gallon. Tank:. Innovative Marine Nuvo EXT 50 Lagoon Sump: Trigger Saphire 26 Saltmix: Tropic Marin Pro @ 1.026 S.G. Aquascape:. CaribSea Liferock Sand: TropicEden Miniflakes Lighting:. Noopsyche K7 Pro II x 2 Powerheads: Coralbox RN-1 x 2 Heater: Finnex Titanium 300 Watt with ITC 306-A Controller Skimmer: Reef Octopus Classic 150SSS INT Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 3.0 ATO: XP Aqua Duetto with Eshopps 5 gallon reservoir Chemical Filtration: Matrix Carbon Mechanical Filtration: Poly Filter The current plans for the tank include continuing the mixed reef theme from the Biocube and expanding on that theme in a larger body of water. It'll open up possibilities for additional fish and corals that I couldn't add to a smaller tank. This will be my tank of firsts. First sump, first ato, first large tank, first skimmer, first tank move, first time plumbing, etc. It's going to be a journey and I have a lot of new exciting stuff to learn along the way. I will document my journey so that hopefully others may learn from the countless mistakes that I'm about to make. Livestock: -Ocellaris Clownfish -Royal Gramma -Banggai Cardinalfish -Flasher Wrasse -Leopard Wrasse -Yellow Coris Wrasse -Longnose Hawkfish Inverts: -Green Speckled Bubble Tip Anemone -Nassarius Snails -Scarlett Hermits -Turbo Snails -Cerith Snails -Fighting Conch -Skunk Cleaner Shrimp -Purple Urchin Corals: -Green Star Polyps -Various Zoanthids & Palythoas -Green Duncan -War Coral & Favias -Meteor Shower Cyphastrea -Green and Purple Hammers -Leng Sy Montipora Cap -Orange Montipora Setosa -Bonsai Acropora -Green Slimer -Purple & Red Blastomussa -Various Acans -Various Leptastrea -Anacropora -Forest Fire, Bubblegum Digitata -Various Chalices -Platygyra -Green Trumpets -JF Fox Flame -Montipora Stellata -PC Rainbow -CC Needle In a Haystack -TCK Pikachu 5 Months FTS: 2 Months FTS: 1 Month FTS: Aquascape:
  8. Hello everyone! Newbie here entering the 365 day challenge. This is going to be a 16g coralife biocube I just received from marineandreef. They had an amazing sell, and I just could not pass it up. I currently have a 54g corner tank in my living room, which was my first saltwater tank and was established 07/2019. I'm still a newbie and am hoping for the best. Even if I am not considered a finalist later, I'm hoping to meet some awesome people and gain some great advice! Reef on, my friends!
  9. YHSublime

    Living Room Nano Peninsula

    Hey Nano-Reef's. Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been through all sorts of sized reef tanks, from a 5 gallon Fluval Edge, all the way up to a 180. This time around I've decided to go with something more appropriately sized: Mr. Aqua 22 Long. Surprisingly, there is not a lot of information on them out there, or at least builds, so I hope this will at least help somebody out there make some informed decisions, and bring some enjoyment as well! Now I wanted to re-scape, as well as get all this moved out, so I could just keep one tank, here's my Biocube 14: Originally I had come across an old PicoReef III, which probably would have been fine, but I was getting bored, and didn't like the aquascape, when locally a Mr. Aqua 22 long popped up FS. I pulled the trigger, and picked it up within 24 hours. The original owner ended up getting an AIO insert installed from Ocean Box Design, and while that was a really cool idea, it took up way to much real estate for my liking. My solution? Drill, and add a sump that was bigger than the tank! But first I had to find an overflow that I wanted. I spent a lot of time looking at Glass Holes, but ended up going with an Eshopps S Eclipse overflow. Meanwhile, I had a local club member building a stand for me. I wanted something that was going to fit right by my couch, but also new I was going to run it peninsula style. I had an old piece of red oak I was doing a failed project with, filling the cracks with silicone and glow in the dark powder, so I gave it to him and told him to use it if he could. It ended up being the top of the tank, so it has a nice live edge on the wood. I just picked it up last night, doors are coming later, but here's how everything is sitting for now. The bottom is holding a Trigger Systems Ruby 36 sump, and there is a Reef Octopus 110 int setup to handle the 45 gallons of total water. I have an XHO Reefbrite that I'm going to mount over the sump for the fuge, as well as lighting in the bottom. I'll have one MP10 for flow underneath the overflow in the back. I'm anticipating a zoanthid dominated display, but will probably end up doing a mix of everything. Here is a picture of one of my small candy racks: Thanks for reading!
  10. dannyk35

    Dannys IM Nuvo 10 Reef

    Hello Everybody! Its been about a year and a half since I had my 1 Gallon Cubus reef which I ended up tearing down before I moved back home. Now that I've been settled back in Wisconsin for a while, I felt it was time to get back into Saltwater. So, today I went and picked up an IM Nuvo 10 Pro from my LFS for 199.99. I will be picking up live rock tomorrow morning, I just wanted to get it running tonight with the sand. Equipment: Tank: IM Nuvo 10 Light: PAR30 (I believe. This light is off of my Cubus, I have a PAR38 on the way.) Heater: ViaAqua 50W Sand: Nature's Ocean Live Aragonite Sand Shoutout to @Tamberav and @Seadragon for suggesting this tank to me! Here's how it looks right now. My Iphone 11Pro is making it a lot bluer than it actually is. I will be posting more photos tomorrow once I get live rock.
  11. Phantomwerkz

    Phantomwerkz - 29g v2.0

    15 years ago or so I started my first foray into a salt water aquarium. First up, was a 29g standard glass FO setup that eventually transitioned to a FOWLR with a bunch of acquired LR. Equipment was pretty stock and basic though I ran a Skilter250 alongside an Aquaclear 20 (I think) along with a couple of small Powerheads. Call it beginners luck, though I had a couple of resources to help along the way, I didn’t have too much trouble with it. This tank was up for only 1-2 years along with a 15g Tall that we moved the LR into and then lost due to an exploding thermometer. Can’t recall why exactly it was broken down, I’m thinking I had a heater failure or possibly a crash but we also ended up moving and were unable to have a setup in the new rental. Fast forward to being in our own home for a couple of years now and getting back to the point that we’d like to setup another Aquarium. A LOT seems to have changed and though I thought a 29g was small for a salt water tank before, I LOVE seeing all the Nano and Pico setups that seem to be possible now. I’m trying to be smart though and sticking with part of my philosophy that I “think” served me well last time. Go bigger on equipment in the sense of do not go with bare minimum specs for filtration and flow, aka tank turnover rate. Also, take it SLOW so that’s the plan as well this time and I’m doing more research than before and trying to get my game plan in order. Still have the old 29g glass tank, stand and hood that I planned on using. Having thought about it sitting all this time as well as finding out about Petco’s $1/gal. tank sale, it seemed this would be a no brainer decision. So, on Black Friday checked in to find the $1 sale going on and one 29g tank in stock… SOLD. Went ahead and grabbed a glass top as well. Will still clean and test my old tank and glass top and either find another use or send it on it’s way for a few $’s. The plan for now is basically a FOWLR tank setup again with similar stock featuring at least one pair of Clowns. My wife and I enjoyed our previous clowns and so that’s where we start. She would prefer a FO setup, but I think the health of the tank and maintaining it would be easier with biological filtration so LR created with our own clean dead coral pieces along with maybe 10 lbs of dry rock are my thoughts. I’d like to move towards a more reef setup at some point but I think it’s either a ways down the road on this setup or possibly I do something along the lines of a 10-20 setup for myself (when I can come up with a suitable location). So, here’s what I’ve decided to start out with. Starting Equipment: Aqueon 29 Gal. Standard Glass Tank Aqueon Versa Top Hinged Glass Top Aquaclear 110 HOB Filter - 500 GPH Seachem | Tidal 110 HOB Filter Current Orbit Marine 24"-36” LOOP LED (x2) Current Pump Manifold Current eFlux Wave Pump - 660 GPH (x2) Inkbird ITC-306T Temperature Controller IOAOI 100W Heater (x2) Carib Sea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand - 30 lbs ARC Reef Reef Stacker Dry Rock - 25 lbs Various Dry Clean Coral Skeletons (x2) Instant Ocean Sea Salt Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Sea Salt Instant Ocean BIO-Spira Instant Ocean Marine Conditioner Planned Upgrade Equipment: InTank Media Basket for 110 Skimmer (AQUATIC LIFE 115 Mini Internal Protein Skimmer/Filter purchased but undetermined if using) Current eFlux Wave Pump - 660 GPH Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Sea Salt Current Stock: Ocellaris Clowns - x2 Planned Starter Stock: CUC (Snails, Hermit Crabs, Peppermint Shrimp) Yellow Watchman Goby - x1 Tail Spot Blenny - x1 Firefish - x1 Shrimp (Scarlet Skunk Cleaner?) - x1 Additional Starter Stock Choices: Bangali Cardinal - x? Blue/Green Chromis - x? Dottyback - x1 Thoughts, Ideas and Suggestions are appreciated and I plan on combing through this site a TON as I gather more insight and inspiration.
  12. A big thank you to all the people that have posted their tank stories on this forum, especially those I’ve gotten ideas from. FTS_March_2018 by Kyl, on Flickr Welcome to my 60 gallon shallow reef tank build. This tank is the result of a migration from my two year journey into the hobby with a nano tank. All of my pictures are stored on Flickr, so there's a bit of visual history with the ups and downs over time if you're so interested. Hopefully someone can learn from some of the mistakes I've made along the way! Features: Tank: 60g Custom - 48" x 18" x 16" Sump: Custom - 44" x 18" x 16" Stand: Custom 1-1/2" steel powder coated Lighting: 3x Kessil A160WE Heater: Finnex Titanium 300W ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Skimmer: Icecap K2-160 Return: Jebao DCP 8000 Reactor: BRS 5" Mini Reactor (.8 ROX Carbon), w/ Cobalt MJ-600 Powerheads: 2x Maxspect XF230 Gyre, 2x Jebao SW-4 Export: Refugium w/ Kessil H150 Magenta Controller: Neptune Apex Rock: Marco dry, Seachem Matrix in sump Substrate: CaribSea Fiji Pink & Reef Select Livestock: Fish: Inverts: Corals: SPS: LPS: Softies:
  13. JTT1981

    To Skim or Not to Skim

    I got a bio-cube 16 for Christmas. It’s been up and running for going on 4mo. I’ve got live rock & sand (of course) with 3 hermits (2 blue, 1 red), 2 turbos, 2 conch snails. Thinking about getting a cleaner. Water perimeters seems great, believe it to be cycled fully. The kit came with a skimmer but it’s pretty terrible. My question for this longer then necessary post is “Do I need a skimmer or not for a tank this size”? might as well ask if I need a nano blower as well. thanks folks for the help. JTT
  14. Mnmyers616

    Need helping setting up a goby tank

    Hey everybody, I'm in the process of finishing up with cycling my second saltwater tank which I plan (hopefully, if possible) on making a full goby reef tank. I need some tips on what I can and need to put in the tank. I have a green mandarin on hold at my LFS, and I have my eye on the yellow watchman/prawn, the hi-fin, the orange spotted, and the wheelers shrimp goby. I'm looking for all of the tips I can get here. Some of my more important questions are; Will all of these separate species be okay without a mate? Do they need a shrimp buddy? Do they need more than one shrimp buddy? Who should be put in the tank first? Most importantly, are these different kinds of goby even compatible together, and with a reef? Of course, I do plan to have an elaborate aquascape with adequate sand coverage, as well as many rocky hiding/burrow spots. I'm pretty new to reef tanks so please play nice. Ive seen many rude discouraging comments here recently and it makes asking for help slightly nerve-racking. Thanks for the help everybody 😄
  15. coryscritch

    corys IM 14 gallon

    hi guys about 10 years ago i had a 65 gallon reef that i loved! since moving to nyc i haven't set one up until now. which began as a very basic 10 gallon tank. a month in she started leaking which forced me to upgrade to something a little bigger but much nicer. so heres what i have. tank -IM nuvo 14 gallon heater-cobalt 100w lighting -current orbit marine led (light works great for the price and what i have for now) -finnex light (for refugium) filtration -purigen -chemipure -phosnet i also have the algae barn nano refugium kit. -finnex hob refugium i have about 17lbs of live rock i got from my LFS (pacific aquarium) 5lbs of live sand flow -sicce .5 silent pump (stock pump was too loud) nano koralia weekly water changes (about 2 gallons) the old tank is pictured first. i liked the rock work much more in the first tank. all together the tank is about 3 months old.
  16. Rickyrooz

    Ricky's Reef (120 Gallon)

    Hello everyone, I am new to Nano Reef but not new to the hobby. I wanted to start a build thread to share my photos and track my progress over the years. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment.
  17. Welcome to my Page and for following along my Cast-A-Reef - 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge
  18. undertheseaquarium

    Help Ph problems

    Hey, So it's been a few weeks since I set up my RSR350. I used recycled water from my old tank, which still has its inhabitants. I REALLY want to put them in their new home especially because they're inhabiting the rocks that I want in the tank and i would like to finally get rid of it. Old tank Parameters: Ph: unknown Salinity: 1.026 Temp: 24C Ca - 480 Kh - 4.3Meq/L 12.0 dkh Mg - 1800ppm Inhabitants: 2x clowns, 2x cleaner shrimp, 1x serpent star, 1x clam, 1x cynarina, 1x sleeper goby. 5-10 zoas, 5 LPS corals New tank Parameters: Salinity: 1.026 I dont have todays Ca, Mg, Kh readings but if they're really needed for this situation, I'll gladly do a test for all 3. Should I be worried about my Ph readings. I didn't really worry about it in my nano but this new Seneye sensor is reporting a problem from 7.6- 7.7 The new tank is also getting the old cycled tank water and sand Hoping to get this situation solved bc my sps are starting to bleach, from being in the wrong spot.
  19. Hi everyone I am brand new here and thinking of starting my first reef tank!!! I want to have a reef tank any where from 20 to 40 gallons and I want to be able to grow all kinds off coral. I also want to only spend $250 on the tank, light, filter and rock. Please any suggestions will help. Thanks!
  20. New tank is coming together!! Just added the nem, zoa and hammer. All are doing great, cant believe my luck so far in keeping everything stable. Started with the duncan and hairy mush the week before as testers. ATO to get the 10 gallon balanced and checking levels daily for now. Very excited I got into the hobby, especially when I'm now stuck at home in quarantine!
  21. ValerieR

    66 SCA Predator Reef build

    I started out with a 13.5 Evo nano Mantis tank back in April, but Mr Pickles didn't make it through his first molt. I ended up with a White ribbon eel ("Slimy") that "wouldn't eat." He eat pellets now. Main issue is that he will quickly outgrow my 13.5, so I needed better long term planning for him. I settled on a 66 from SCA, because if I got rid of some clothes and got a smaller dresser, I could fit it in my room. This is sort of long, so I'll try to keep it brief and with pictures. I'm condensing 2 months of planning into one post. Found a used tank on Craistlist. Haggled, waited, he finally agreed. Sale didn't include the skimmer or light, but I paid WAY less than it was posted for. New tank/stand runs $1200 on Amazon. I got a skimmer (Bubble Magnus 5) for $70 on Craigslist in Reno when I was visiting a friend, and the guy had a Maxspect Razor 420 he let me have for $30 and a reactor for $20. Sent the light back to Coralvue for warranty repair of the burnt out LEDs and broken fans. Now, it's good as new. I like it, and think it's a good light for what I spent on it. I set up the tank, and started planning the plumbing. This is my first sumped tank. From my research, the old owner had set up the overflows all wrong, so I started over. I got Innovative Marine's tank mat for both the tank and the sump. The hinges were so rusted they were falling apart, so I swapped them out. I planned my plumbing on paper, bought parts, test fit it, and then glued it. It has a manifold for (3) 1/2" lines, a check valve, and several unions and gate valves. I went with a Herbie overflow. I did a write-up in the DIY section on mounting the power switch into the front board, so I'll spare you the details. Short version: hole, light up switch, behind it, outlet. Cords stay up away from water. Add a labelmaker, and I'm happy. My ATO is a $6 cereal container from Walmart, but I not sure it'll hold enough (1.5 gallons) so I may connect 2 together with little RO hose bulkheads. The sump is about 18 gallons, so it takes a bit to raise the water level. I needed to leak test, but had no good way to drain it if I used tap water. I ended up deciding to use straight RO, then when I'd fixed any leaks, I added salt. I left my live sand bags in the tank for volume's sake, and it took almost 3 days after work to fill with my little under sink RO system. But I made my money back on it right there. Once it was full, I starting adding salt. Estimate it to be about 80 gallons with the sump. Started low, and fine tuned. I've got it at 1.024 now. I'd prefer it to 25, but with the ATO not on, it'll get itself there before I put livestock in it. Sunday, I added the sand. I took a clean razor blade and split each bag. I tried to dump them gently, but no luck. The bubbles coming out and dumping action stirred everything up. I put my eel tubes in the sand, and covered them. I added filter floss and black foam stuff to the sump baffles to help catch sand. The skimmer, amazingly, picked up a TON of sludge. I should have my Current USA (Amazon) wave pumps when I get home, and I'll see how the sand is. If it settled, ill need to even the sand out still. After that, I'll pull my filter sock, turn off my skimmer, and add Dr Tim's. I'll probably hang some frozen silversides from a veggie clip for ammonia. They're starting to freezer burn anyway. I added chaeto yesterday, and I'll add more from the 13.5. Should give it a boost, and start adding pods. My last tank cycled in less than a week, so hoping for the same. More pics to follow once I get home. I'm working on the program/timer on the Maxspect, anyone have any advice? I'll be taking the live rock and almost all the coral out of the 13.5, when would it be safe to do that for the corals, since they're attached? Plan for the tank *so far* is Slimy the White Ribbon eel (about 16-18" now), 3+ Leaf fish, 3-4 McKoskers Wrasses, and a Scopas, Yellow, or Purple Tang. I'll need to trade them out as they outgrow the tank. One of my LFS have 2 Waspfish, so I'm very tempted to grab them and cut out the wrasses, although I'd like a few "swimmy fish". Here's Slimy, yawning.
  22. My tank has been cycling for about a week now, but I don't think I have enough dry rock. It is a 10-gallon cube tank with about 5lbs of rock. Is it safe to add more during the cycle or will that affect my tank in a negative way and prolong the cycle?
  23. 505nano

    505Nano*New 16 Biocube

    Hello all, new to this forum and the nano community. I currently have a 54 Gal Aqueon corner tank, which was my first saltwater tank. I have successfully had that tank running from July 2019 and in that time, I instantly fell in love with owning and maintaining ( weird, I know) a saltwater aquarium, its almost therapeutic. I find myself now always looking for places to put a tank in my small ish home and I decided to look for nano for my bedroom. Marineandreef had a sweet deal for the 16 biocube with stand for $269 (after discount and sale) and I decided it was time to expand ha. After convincing wifey (really just ordering and apologizing after), I found myself tracking and waiting. Fast fwd to today, I have the stand set up in the corner of our room with the nano boxed back up ( did not want the toddlers to move it around and possibly drop it empty). I am currently studying, reading the journals and ordering the necessary items needed to begin the tank and start the cycle (so much fun, bleh). Enough backstory, the following will be about the nano I decided to start a journal from the very beginning of this nano to notate what is planned and get advice. As far as Filtration, I have decided to use the included basket for now with the following in order: Poly Filter Floss SeaChem Purigen SeaChem Matrix bio-media in bag (obviously) I have contemplated so much on the filtration and am open to any suggestions. I do not think I will be doing a refug at this time, so that will not be currently considered. The Heater I have decided to go with is the Aqueon Pro 100W, which will be placed in the 1st chamber after false floor is removed. Rock & Substrate: Walt Smith Reef Rock 2.1 20lb dry purple rock Carribsea fiji pink live sand 20lb I do plan on taking some of the smaller pieces of live rock from my current 54 gal to assist in seeding nano. Wavemaker will be the Jebao SW2. This is the brand I currently use on my 54 Gal, and have had no issues and love the controllers for them. I do not plan on modifying the led lighting just yet. Also, I will NOT be running a skimmer on this nano at this time, as I don't mind maintenance and will be planning on weekly 5 gal water changes. Now, Salt.. When I started my 54 gal, I initially went with IO salt as I was not planning on having coral, but of course I was seduced by the beauty.. now I am wanting to switch to some type of high quality reef salt for both tanks. I am leaning more towards Red Sea Coral Pro Salt, I would love any input on this! As far as livestock, I am planning on having 2 designer clownfish (havent really decided on type yet) and maybe a firefish or goby, also undecided lol I will have a clean up crew consisting of a couple trochus, cerrith and maybe astrea snails as well as a couple hermits and debating on a fighting conch. I am undecided on which corals I will be adding just yet, as I want to aquascape first and see where I can place them, which will better determine what I decide on. I will be posting on this journal for anyone who would like to keep up with the nano build. Let me know if anyone has any advice or critique! Thank you! 505nano
  24. Welcome to my Page and for following along my Cast-A-Reef - 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge
  25. Hey guys! Setting up my first saltwater tank. It's a 10 gallon IM Fusion nano. Wondering if this powerhead placement will be ok. It's a koralia 425 + 95gph stock return pump (top right of pic). Trying to hide the PH in the back left, with return outlet top right. Flow hits front glass and swirls around. Will this do for a mixed reef tank? Planning on getting SPS eventually down the line. Thanks!!
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