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  1. State of the Aquarium, 27 September 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 stock foam sponge, 100g of GAC, and biomax rings (added PhosGuard 9/2020) Foam layer Media bag (currently running 16 grams/2tbsp of GAC and GFO each) Floss Bio Max rings 2x Koralia 240s 1x Koralia 425 - added October 3 Fluval 100w heater Current Orbit Marine LED 24-36" NICREW ClassicLED Marine 30" (peak hours only) - added August 15 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. 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: -Royal Gramma -Banggai Cardinalfish -Flasher Wrasse -Leopard Wrasse -Yellow Coris Wrasse -Longnose Hawkfish -Yellow Tail Damsels x 2 - Black Phantom and Snowflake Clownfish Inverts: -Green Speckled Bubble Tip Anemone -Nassarius Snails -Scarlett Hermits -Turbo Snails -Cerith Snails -Fighting Conch & Tiger 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 -GARF Bonsai Acropora -Green Slimer -Blue Slimer -Purple & Red Blastomussa -Various Acans -Various Leptastrea -Anacropora -Forest Fire, Bubblegum Digitata -Various Chalices -Platygyra -Green Trumpets -PC Rainbow -Electric Myagi Tort -ORA Red Planet -Frogspawn -Cristata -Orange Fungia Plate -Hulk Acro 9 Months FTS: 5 Months FTS: 1 Month FTS: Aquascape:
  3. FTS 10/18/20 Current Tank Specs Established: 6/24/20 Display: Lifegard Aquatics 4.1g (with Built-In Back Filter) Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) Filtration: Filter floss, Chemi-Pure Blue, MarinePure Gems Flow: VorTech MP10 Lighting: AquaIllumination Prime LED Heater: 50w Hydor Theo Cooling: aFan Cooling Fan ATO: Innovative Marine HydroFill + Tom's Aqualifter Controller: Apex Jr Controller Current Livestock Cleaning Crew Limpet Dwarf Cerith Florida Cerith Dwarf Planaxis Nassarius Vibex Polka Dot Hermit Crab aka The Snail Murderer Fish Yellow Clown Goby ORA Sharknose Goby #2 ORA Sharknose Goby [Killed by Vortech] Coral Zoanthid/Palythoa JPS Mystiques LC Andromedas Mohican Sun Palys ASD Atmospheres WWC Sweet Tooth UC Detonation Palys Rastas Bimini Pink Sonic Flares Space Chaos Rainbow Infusion Scrambled Eggs Mango Tangos [Eaten by amphipods] Goniopora TCK Rainbow Flame Cyphastrea LC Blizzard Bizzaro Pink/Green Branching Purple/Green Branching [Eaten by amphipods] Mushrooms Blue Discosoma Red Discosoma Gorgonians Purple Ribbon Pink Lemonade Golden Candelabra ORA Grube's Gorgonian ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ FTS 9/10/20 FTS 7/25/20 FTS 7/14/20 FTS 6/25/20 Original Post Below ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ After 5 years of ups and downs with my 3.4g Desktop Reef, it's time for a refresh! The goal is to keep things simple and minimalist with low maintenance. Ideally, I would like to avoid dosing, but I do have a IceCap dosing pump that has been handy in the past. We'll be using Hawaiian black sand and minimal island-style rock work using the main pieces from the current display. Looking to house most zoanthids/palys (my fiance's favorite), photosynthetic gorgonians, mushrooms, and maybe a few basic encrusters (monti, cyphaestra, psammocora, etc). Will eventually get a tiny tank-bred goby of some kind once I have finished making a mesh lid for the display. I love my VorTech, but the display on this tank is super small, so I'll be attempting to make do with just the return for flow. The stock return pump is weak as hell, but still manages to sound like a blender. I remember when Quiet One pumps were actually quiet. Anyway, I've ordered a Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) and a loc-line diffuser, so we'll see how that goes. I ordered the Chamber One and Two Media Baskets along with the Filter Floss Holder for the Waterbox 7 off of inTank as they seemed to have the closest measurements the back chambers on this. Hopefully, with some tweaking I can find a solid combination of those for the back chamber set-up. Where the tank will be going once everything arrives (pic is from a few years ago): Some additional shots of leak testing:
  4. Ash1176

    First saltwater build

    Hi, I’m new here, coming from the freshwater side of things. 1st post on nano-reef but I’ve been creeping behind the scenes for a while, soaking it all in, research, research, so much more research. But I’m finally here, got my first salt water tank set up and cycling! Guess what ? It’s a super original tank... no it’s Fluval Evo 13.5, would have rather started with something like a 40 breeder but space and money are tight for that scale, it’s definitely size down but the ease of the Evo is what appealed to me. I know there’s literally 100+ of these threads, but I kinda kicked myself for not starting one when I set up my freshwater tank. So here it is: - AI prime HD -stock pump -VCA Random flow generator -hydor Koralia 240 powerhead -cobalt neo therm 50w heater -inkbird temp controller ITS-308S -XP Aqua duetto ATO -diy eggcrate basket for chamber 1 running filter floss, and a bag of seachem matrix Got about 12lb of the CaribSea life rock and 10lbs of their Fiji sand. the plan is to have a clownfish, a watchman goby and maybe down the line a third fish (purple firefish) and some cuc (trochus, nassirius, cerith, and emerald crab, might add a skunk cleaner or red shrimp but keeping it to two fish) and obviously add some coral down the line, can’t wait to add more colour and movement to this tank! Let me know what you think.
  5. Tank Specs 32Gal Bio-Cube 150Watt heater Steves LED light upgrade (110 Watt LED) hurricane x controller 2x jebao wave maker 1x hydor koralia nano powerhead 1x stock return pump 20 lb dry rock 10lb cured live rock 10lb Fiji pink sand Filtration In-tank media basket w/ filter floss, marine pure bio balls, purigen in-tank refugium w/ chateo Inhabitants 5x hermit 2x cerith snail 2x “mocha domino” clown (what it was sold to me as. I’m told it’s a cross between, well, a mocha clown and a domino clown) named Newt and Theseus 🤷🏻‍♂️ torch frogspawn Zoas (purple hornet, Rasta, other unknown) ricordian pulsing Xenia gsp Hammer Acan (unknown) montipora plating montipore digitata Everglades Favia ——————————————————————————— Where to start? 🤔 I’m excited! Picked up a 32 gal biocube locally from a guy for what I consider a good deal (if not a steal). I got the tank, stand, media and refugium baskets for the back, wave maker, heater, attached grow light in back for macro and best of all, upgraded light system. It’s upgraded with the Steve’s LED turbo system with the hurricane x controller and iridescent booster. He also sent me home with about 10lbs of rock to seed the new tank with. this isn’t technically my first reef tank, I ventured in about a year ago with a 13 evo. It went great for about 6 months until I had a crash. Soon after I ended up moving across the country. The. Covid happened and just, I stepped back for a while. However this is really only my second go at it, but I’m really excited about it! I’ll take any advise offered and any input, I’m still learning so much. I’m most excited about the upgraded tank size and lights. It seems as though the sky is the limit as far as the light are concerned. I have a specific love for torches and rics. But I want to try maybe a monti, some sps in time, in addition to many softies and lps. I also intend to do another nem. I had a turquoise bubble tip in my 13 before it crashed and I enjoyed it very much. I have spent the day moving the tank around the apartment trying to decide on a location. Atm it’s in its forever location, I believe. It’s right next to my desk for optimum viewing, but also there is a fantastic side view from the couch right next to it. Hoping to create a diverse enough scape that I can enjoy it from either angle. I’ve got the tank and some supplies, waiting for an order to come in with 25 lb of dry rock (in addition to the 10 or so lb I already have). Sand, epoxy, salt. I’ve already got a second wave maker from my evo, test kits and prime. I’ve also ordered an RO/di unit that is supposed to come in the same day as everything else. Fingers crossed. My goal is to do this as right as possible this time around. at the moment trying to decide what to run filtration wise. I feel like this is such a widely debated topic with everyone having such diverse opinions. Filter floss is a given. I’ve got a chamber and grow light for macro so I feel that’s also a given. Anything beyond that is undecided. I know purigen is a popular choice. As for right now I’m also undecided on inhabitants. The only thing I know for certain is a canary wrasse (one of my all time fave) and likely a pair of clowns (how original an idea is that? 😅). Beyond that I’m unsure. I know many will recommend a Goby/pistol shrimp combo, but I’ve done that before and would like something different. I’m not rushing it. I’ll find something I like. anyways. Here’s a more organized rundown. Feel free to chime in with whatever... comments, suggestions, etc.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. jtgrimes

    Toadstool Dying?!

    I have had a healthy large toadstool now for many years. This same toadstool I thought was going through its normal shedding, but it seemed to be taking longer than it normally does. I noticed a round brown spot developed almost overnight right near the center. As I normally do daily, I was blowing off the rocks with the baster and decided to blow what seemed to be a brown film on the toadstool. The tissue in the area was so soft that it blew a hole directly through the outer skin making a hole!! What is going on?! Never seen this before and need to know what I need to do. All other corals, including my sps are all fine, but it. See pic.
  9. cadroved18

    Tiny black/brown worms in tank

    I am pretty new to this. my tank in cycled ammonia, Nitrite, 0. and Nitrate 1-5. I had tiny black worms in my tank, they looked as if they were just sitting on the sand maybe dead. They were a bit thick and only about a 1/4 long. I am not sure what they were I just vacuumed them all out so I dont have a picture. Any idea what they are?
  10. 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),Jebao SLW-10 (3500lph) 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
  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 ATO (TBD) Current Stock: Ocellaris Clowns - x2 CUC - Snails (Mexican Cerith, Dwarf Cerith, Nassarius and Nerites) and Blue Legged Hermits Diamond Goby - x1 Bicolor Blenny - x1 Banded Coral Shrimp - x1 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. itchy

    Aquatop 12 Gallon Long

    Starting this build thread of my Aquatop 12 gallon long rimless reef. After being out of the hobby for 5 years, I decided to get back in and combine it with my woodworking hobby by building my own stand. Which will house a DIY 10 gallon sump/refugium. Inspired by @Scorched ‘s original 12 gallon tank build https://www.nano-reef.com/featured/2014/scorched-r85/ Display: Aquatop 12 gallon long 3 ft rimless with ultra clear low-iron glass DIY Sump/Refugium (3 section): 10 gallon Aqueon Aquarium - Section 1: 200 micron filter sock Protein skimmer - Section 2: Refugium with Algaebarn’s Ultimate Refugium Starter Kit -Section 3: Return Pump Plumbing: (2) 1 inch bulkheads drilled on each side for drains using JT screens as covers (2) 1/2 inch bulk heads drilled on each side for returns - Flexible black hose for both drain and return lines Equipment: -Jebao DCP 4000 DC Return pump -36” Current USA Marine Orbit IC LED Reef Light -SC Aquariums sca-301 protein skimmer -DIY gravity fed auto top off using eshoppes tank and float valve - ACKE grow light for chaeto in refugium - American DJ light controller for controlling different equipment to make water changes easier DIY custom walnut stand
  13. The School Nano Reef: Simplicity Meets Ultra Low Maintenance WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?! For the past year, the wife really wanted a nano reef tank for her classroom to be viewed by hundreds of students, their parents, and her co-teachers. She was so determined and excited about this that she told all of her co-teachers that she is getting one even before I planned out the logistics of such a feat (since I'm brand new to saltwater tanks and wasn't too eager at the time to spend the time and money to learn such a thing). But, I didn't want to let her and her friends down, thus the School Nano Reef Tank was born on 9/17/2019, a week after my Office Nano Reef Tank was born which can be found here. I also wanted to document this tank separately from my Office Nano Reef since it has been having a host of it's own unique types of issues which included Dino's up until recently which I'll detail in a separate post. MY PRIMARY GOALS I have 3 primary goals for this nano reef: 1. Extremely low maintenance since it can be weeks before I'm able to visit this tank to perform any type of maintenance. 2. To have GSP cover the larger rocks and to have Pom Pom Xenia cover everything else that remains. 3. To have clear water with no odor. EL CHEAPO 10 GALLON AQUEON AQUARIUM FROM PETCO FEATURES ◕ Price: $14.99 (I missed the dollar per gallon sale, but the dream must move forward!) ◕ Tank Length: 20.25" ◕ Tank Width: 10.5" ◕ Tank Height: 12.625" ◕ Material: Glass TANK HIGH LEVEL CHARACTERISTICS ⇨ Aquascape : Nature's Ocean 12-Inch Coral Base Rocks (they gave me 2 gigantic aragonite rocks so I spent hours trying to break them apart by throwing them against the concrete. I was a madman on a mission!) ⇨ Sand : 10 pounds of Nature's Ocean Natural White No.0 Bio-Activ Aragonite Live Sand ⇨ Heater : EHEIM Jager Aquarium Thermostat Heater 50W ⇨ Lighting : NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light & Finnex 10" FugeRay Ultra Slim Aquarium LED Light; Current USA Orbit Marine Aquarium LED Light ⇨ Powerheads : Hydor Koralia Nano 240 (2) ⇨ Wave Controller : Hydor Smart Wave Circulation Pump Controller ⇨ Filtration : Marina S20 Power Filter (Filled it with 4 Marina Slim Filter Carbon Plus Ceramic Cartridges.) ⇨ In-Tank Refugium : Drilled custom holes into a Hamiledyi Fish Breeder Box ⇨ Coralline Algae Starter : Pink Fusion Strain & Purple Helix Strain Coralline Algae in a Bottle + Nitrifying Bacteria ⇨ Tank Lid: 20-Inch Aqueon Aquarium AAG29020 Versa Top ⇨ Natural sea water: Imagitarium Pacific Ocean Water, 5 gallons (2) MAINTENANCE ◕ Occasional dosing of Reef Fusion 1 and Reef Fusion 2 to add calcium, alkalinity, and other elements and trace minerals. ◕ Top off with Distilled Water with Instant Ocean's Marine Conditioner that adds protective fish coating and eliminates chlorine, chloramine & heavy metals. ◕ When the water's surface develops an oily film, skim it off with paper towels as needed. Then re-add filtered natural sea water for any water that was removed. ◕ Replace the Marina Slim Filter Carbon Plus Ceramic Cartridges for the Marina S20 Power Filter whenever the need arises. ◕ Clean the sponge filter attached to the Marina S20 Power Filter intake whenever the need arises. MY CORAL CHOICES Red Sea Pom Pom Xenia This was one of the first Xenias that I purchased and I found out that I actually love the Pom Pom Xenia (ORA) variation more due to the pinkish color and larger pulsing effect. So the Red Sea Pom Pom Xenia was banished to the School Nano Reef. Green Star Polyps / GSP The School Nano Reef will only get doses of Calcium and Alk whenever I have time to visit it, which may be weeks at a time. Thus, the only surviving corals that can take such abuse may very well be GSP and Xenia. Let's see how these two hold up in the long run. I'm hoping that the GSP will cover all three huge rocks within this tank within a short period of time. MACROALGAE Chaetomorpha Macroalgae This is part of my magic bullet to keep the phosphates and nitrates down as low as possible. This plus the Xenia will be my main excess nutrient exporters. Red Dragon's Breath Gracilaria Hayi Macroalgae [EATEN by Mexican Turbo Snails] Simply beautiful to put into the display tank. Seems to work best if you can find a way to anchor it down. Red Ogo (Gracilaria Parvispora) Macroalgae [DEAD: Melted in 24 hours] Normally a beautiful bright red & burgundy color and is fast growing, this macroalgae did not survive a 4-day journey through the mail in cold weather conditions to my home. The temperature inside the package felt a bit cold due to the heat pack not holding up for the entirety of the trip. Upon opening the bag, a really foul stench permeated the room. The macroalgae arrived orange and became mostly transparent within 24 hours. Needless to say, I had to remove all of the Red Ogo from the tank. LIVESTOCK 2 Ocellaris Clownfish (ORA) It wouldn't be much of a School Nano Reef without the ultimate stars, Nemo and Marlin. We just love their vibrant colors, overall peacefulness, and their wacky movements! 1 Sharknose Goby Originally in the Office Nano Reef, Goby has made his transition to the School Nano Reef quite well. I often see him first in line to eat when the circulation pumps are switched off. He enjoys laying on top of the enormous "rock bridge" that can be found within this tank. 1 Yellowtail Damselfish To make this tank even more appealing for all the kids staring at it, how can you forget about Dory. Hopefully, Dory won't become too aggressive as time goes on. This damselfish was also originally within the Office Nano Reef. 1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp from Sri Lanka The larger of the two Cleaner Shrimp that was in the Office Nano Reef makes his debut to the School Nano Reef. He spends much of his time hiding under the "rock bridge" or off to the side. Still hungry as ever and even swims upside down on the water's surface when the food pellets hit the water. 1 Stocky Cerith Snail [PRESUMED DEAD: Haven't seen the Stocky Cerith Snail in awhile] These snails are hard workers and they even clean on the edge where the sand meets the glass. 1 Banded Trochus Snail They are excellent algae eaters and do a great job cleaning the brown diatoms off the glass. They are able to right themselves if they fall upside-down onto the sand. 1 Astrea Snail [PRESUMED DEAD: After closer examination, I believe the one I have left is actually a Banded Trochus Snail.] I hear these snails cannot right themselves if they fall upside down into the sand. Somehow, this snail has defied all logic and is still alive. If he does fall upside down, there are about 14 hermit crabs waiting for their next free meal. 2 Zebra Turbo Snails I was looking for Mexican Turbo Snails and the LFS told me that these were them. I found out later that they lied and they're actually Zebra Turbo Snails. All of these are large (~2"). 2 Turbo Snails I got these snails for my Office Nano Reef to take care of some cotton candy algae that may have hitchhiked onto the Chaeto that I bought off eBay. I found out that the smaller ones (~1") tend to pass it by which are the ones that I currently have. They were purchased at a LFS under the name "Turbo Snail", but the LFS employee said they should be Mexican Turbo Snails, but by the look of their shells, I do not think they are. They never did eat the cotton candy algae so they were banished to the School Nano Reef. I later added 2 additional larger (2"+) snails and confirmed that at least 1 of these does eat cotton candy algae. I have a feeling one or both of the larger snails are in fact Mexican Turbo Snails, but I'm listing it under the generic Turbo Snails just to be safe. 13 Blue Leg Hermit Crabs These Blue Leg Hermit Crabs can be interesting to watch. I always enjoy watching them switching shells and then sometimes switching back. 1 Electric Orange Hermit Crab As the story goes, I ordered 6 Banded Trochus Snails from LA, but only received 3 Banded Trochus Snails, 2 empty shells, and a hermit crab! Well, shown below is the hermit crab and it has grown much larger than my other Blue Leg Hermit Crabs! a ton of Tisbe Copepods Our unseen clean up crew behind the scenes. They sometimes sacrifice themselves as lunch for any hungry fish waiting for their next daily meal. HITCHHIKERS Asterina Starfish I have read mixed feelings on these aquarium pests. Depending on which you have, some may eat corals, but most will leave them alone. They normally consume algae and some hobbyists report Coralline algae as well. These hitchhiked onto a rock with GSP on it that I purchased from a new-to-me LFS. I welcomed them to the School Nano Reef because some students were asking if we could get some Starfish for the tank. Now we got a few "baby" Starfish. Hopefully it'll never turn into hundreds or thousands of these little Starfish. PICTURES Day 60 (11/16/2019) since starting the School Nano Reef: Day 76 (12/2/2019): Day 89 (12/15/2019): Day 96 (12/22/2019):
  14. I have no grand plans for this tank - I think I just want to let it develop on its' own. I do like a lot of movement, so I think a lot of softies and LPS would be fun, but I'm not set on a particular theme yet. I do want to keep this tank on a reasonable budget, but I want to get into some higher-tech stuff that I've never tried before: an ATO, and eventually, maybe an MP10 and Kessil lighting. For now, though, I'll be sticking with the line marked on the glass, some cheaper powerheads, and a black box LED fixture. I already own most of the fish this tank will be stocked with, so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm working with. Equipment: 40 Gallon Aqueon Glass Aquarium 40 Gallon Imagitarium Petco Stand Aqueon 700 Powerheads (2X, maybe replace one with a 950 at some point, and would like an MP10 in the future) Fluval E300 Heater Stock Lighting (for now - will be replaced with a cheap LED fixture once the tank is ready for coral) Rock and Sand: 36ish lbs of Marco Reef Savers rock (may not use all of it - just ordered tonight) 20ish lbs of Caribsea Aragonite Fish: Pair of Wyoming White Ocellaris Clownfish Chalk Bass Sharknose Goby Yellowatchman Goby (to be paired with a shrimp, hopefully) 1-2 more small fish if I feel the need Inverts: Assorted hermits and snails from Reefcleaners Coral Banded Shrimp Coral: TBD I'm considering adding on a HOB skimmer, but I'm not sure if I really need one. I don't plan to do many SPS, and I don't see myself keeping a "pristine" reef, anyway. I like my tanks kinda dirty. I'm probably going to order a MarsAqua 160W LED light whenever I recover from what I've spent on rock and equipment. Pics to come as soon as it's wet!
  15. Current FTS 21st May 2019 ***************** Hi I live in Austraila and have been out of the hobby for a few years, but my wife secretly purchased me a new tank as she knows I missed it, The Tank is an Aqua one Minireef 160 its main tank is 90cmx45cmx45cm, sump is 60cmx38cmx40cm and rodi storage is 16cmx38x40cm So far all I have done is fill with ro/di water added sand and salt, added in a Aquael Reef Circulator 2500 power head and aquaone auto top system I have ordered 18kg/40lb of Caribsea life rock shapes, going to try Bacteria House Bio Block in the sump and 3FT DSunY Marine LED with wifi for main light
  16. Hey guys I am looking at purchasing a 12g fluval edge in great condition and I am wondering if I can turn it into a nano reef. if so what do I need to add and what can I use? I only want some live rock and anemone(s) And a clown fish or 2. Maybe a small clean up crew and some small corals as I grow but want to keep it minimal so that it is sustainable. I’m just not sure what I need in terms of hardware that the edge doesn’t already have. thanks in advance - pic more for aspiration not mine
  17. BuddhaReef

    BuddhaReefs 30g Zombie Reef

    Hey everybody, This is my journal for my resurrected Mindful Mixed reef. This is the reincarnation of the Voodoo Pico 5g, of which nothing has survived except one astrea, detailed in the last post on the Mindful Mixed journal(voodoo pico linked in first post). Before I rebuilt my tank, I had seriously considered donating my rock and equipment to local reefers at no cost, and in some small corner of my mind I will always feel that was the way to go. Something about completely losing a tank will do that to you, and in some ways, that's my inspiration. With that said, here is my new tank setup and inspiration. Bio: -~25lbs mature 3-4 year old live rock -12lbs LFS live rock -30lbs arag Fiji pink live sand Mech: -AC70 running floss, carbon and purigen -AC50 running floss, carbon and phosgaurd Flow: -Aqueon 500gph powerhead Lights: -Coralife T5HO, running actinic and 1000k bulbs -Coralife LED 30'-36' Heater: -Cobalt Neotherm 150w Livestock: -2 yellowtail blue damsels (1/2") -1 6-line wrasse -1 black occelaris Other: -CUC (2 turbo, 3 nass, 2 cerith, 2 nerites, 1 astrea() -1 emerald crab -1 LTA (~2" currently) My tank is maxed on fish and large inverts. I plan on running this setup for a month or two to measure param swings before adding coral. In my head this tank will be a zoa and shroom/ricordea only, plus my current setup. Should have pics of everyone tomorrow, if anybody cares. Thanks!
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. NicoB0817

    Best digital test kit

    I'm new to this hobby and don't want to continue coming to the fish store every week to get my water tested, but I don't want to have to deal with looking at all of those colors. I have seen 2 digital test kits, the Hanna test kit and the idip, the Hanna test kit is very expensive and I've heard the idip is inaccurate. I'm not made of money but I don't want something that's too inaccurate. Wich should I get (unless you know of any other ones)?
  21. iProShot

    Biocube 32

    I Recently started a Biocube 32g this is my current light schedule 1. 1:00pm-6:00pm 2.11:30am-7:30pm 3. 8am-10pm I don’t know if this light schedule is good enough?? I have been running the tank now for 42 days. Before starting the cycle I swap out the stock filter system the Biocube 32 comes with and got InTaNk media basket Poly Filter Floss Biological Ceramic Filter Rings Chemi-Pure Elite de-nitrate InTaNk Fuge Basket Chaeto- LeD 10 hours When Reef Asleep 💤 Live Copepods 12 pounds of live rocks Live sand Coralife Protein Skimmer Eflux Wave Maker (2) 660 gph day temp at 79f never exceeds 80f at 7pm my heater stops and tank cools temp down close to 75f through out the night at 7am heater turns back on again repeats Daily Kinda to give it that hotter temp by day cooler temp at night. I have a UV sterilizer connected to pump but only using when adding new fish or coral in case has any parasites I keep off otherwise today I started adding the ESV Bionic 2 part I added 8ml of each I will probably just add this same amount 1-2x a week or as needed looking to invest later on into a dozing system. currently have 1 clown & 1 purple dottyback gsp,candy cane coral, Zoan, 4-5 Herman crabs 1 starfish Slowly trying to add mainly corals and a few other fishes I’m Doing weekly water changes of 5-10g I’m using Red Sea Coral Pro Salt I’m Making My Own RO water using a 4 stage Please feel free to give me Feedbacks If Im doing something wrong or what I can do to improve the aquarium to make it better. Thank You Guys 😃🐠🐠
  22. Hello everyone, Was hoping everyone could provide me with some tips and suggestions on a new 10 gallon build I want to do. Right now here is my plan: Tank: UNS 60S shallow aquarium (24x14x7) Light: Kessil A80 Rock: Stax and marco rock Heres where I need help. I’m stuck between filtration options. I would like to build a sump, but have never owned a tank with one, and don’t even know where to begin with overflows/drilling/plumbing let alone building the sump itself. Other things I am considering is using a canister filter and cleaning it often, or just an AC. I just love the clean look of this tank, and would like to be able to keep the filtration, heater and ato out of the view area if possible. Would like to keep the tank as close to looking “empty” looking as possible. I also would like a solution that won’t kill my wallet, however I know this hobby and am expecting it to at least get a beating. My stocking plan: bit of LPS/Softies 1 fish (either Azure Damsel OR a pygmy angel) 1 blood red fire shrimp I am attaching a picture of what the tank looks like, and the second picture is the aqua scape I want to follow. I basically want a shallow lagoon look, with lots of open sand areas. Essentially what I am asking is what would you guys do with this tank? How would you filter it? Any suggestions will be appreciated and the more detailed the better! thanks in advance!!
  23. I'm Batman

    All In One 20g Long DIY

    Alright so here goes the ultimate adventure! Transfering my 15g tall to the new 20g Long I put together. Shout out to Cromag who cut the acrylic I needed for this project.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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