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  1. Hi everyone, I've started a new build, and have decided to document it in this journal so that you might follow along (if you're interested). Background: I used to have a wonderful tiny mixed reef picotank for the last few months which brought me much joy. Unfortunately, 2.6G of volume wasn't enough to grow out all my corals, and I did add more than 60+ frags in that little tank. Eventually, I decided upgrading was the best solution. I needed a tank that wasn't too large that it would become a burden doing WCs, but not too small that it didn't have enough space to accommodate all the corals either. I settled on a 10G+ tank - it was roomy enough to meet my requirements, and most importantly, be simple enough to WC every week. I used the Tank Transfer Method (TTM) to upgrade, and used established cured LR (~5-years-old) from older systems as a biofilter. Only the LS was new, but I seeded it with a small cup of LS from my picoreef. The new nano is now located in my bedroom, and the temp. dips down to as low as 25'C (night) and as high as 30'C (very hot afternoons). The swing seems wild, but my pico operated under the same temp. range (more or less), and so far the animals didn't have any issues with the temp. Specifications: 10.23G tank 18" x 12" x 11" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: 500L/Hr Dophin HOB Aqua Knight Spectra M029 (30W) Jebao SW-4 Wavemaker Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my previous 2.6G's picoreef, 60G's refugium & 10G's nanocube in the library Sand: 4.5kg Aragonite Live Sand --> seeded with a small cup of LS taken from the sandbed of my 2.6G picoreef Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Aquaforest Reef Salt Fish: 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 1x Blue Devil Damselfish (Sapphire) - 05/10/2020 1x Platinum Percula Clownfish (Panda) - 10/03/2020 1x Blue Mandarin Dragonet (Qin) - 30/12/2020 Inverts: (My monsters! a.k.a. Critters of Chaos!) 1x Banded Serpent Starfish (Ophiolepsis superba) - Benny 1x Bubbletip Brittlestarfish (Ophiomastix annulosa) - Kraken 1x Turban snail 2x Stomatella snails 1x Pom Pom Crab (Lybia tessellata) - Minx - 21/12/2020 1x Porcelain Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes ohshimai) - 16/12/2020 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 1x Zanzibar Shrimp (Stenopus zanzibaricus) - Zen - 30/12/2020 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Corals: SPS (20 Types): Red Pavona Orange Passion Acropora Tenuis Yellow/Green Acropora Tenuis Garf Bonsai Acropora Valida Purple Montipora Digitata Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Orange Montipora Setosa Neon Yellow/Purple Montipora Spongodes Chili Pepper Montipora Purple Rim Montipora Undata Purple Montipora (Encrusting) Superman Montipora Red Montipora (Capping) *Unknown Purple/Yellow Montipora *Unknown Purple/Green Montipora Radioactive Green Birdsnest Coral Bird of Paradise Birdsnest Coral Purple Ponape Birdsnest Coral Green Leptoseris Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS (21 Types): Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Strawberry Microgoniopora/Bernardpora Green Favites Green/Purple Acans Green Blastos Red/Green Blastos Orange/Green Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Green Blastos Red Blastos Blue/Gray Blastos Purple/Blue Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral (7 Types): Orange Clove Polyps Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Japanese Neon Green Nephtea Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas (42 Types/Morphs): Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys (Blue/Green Morph) Nuclear Death Palys (Green/Yellow Morph) Rainbow Infusion Palys Metallic Green Palys Utter Chaos Palys Sunny Ds Palys Captain America Palys Blue Agave Palys Green Implosion Palys Butt Muncher Zoas Incinerator Zoas Pink Hippo Zoas Incredible Hulk Zoas Devil's Armor Zoas Purple Monster Zoas Rainbow Yoda Zoas Blondie Zoas Fairy Dust Zoas Green Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Purple Hornet Zoas LA Lakers Zoas Rasta Zoas Mint Green Zoas Watermelon Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Tubbs Blue Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Armor of God Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Sparkling Red Zoas Sunflower Zoas Orange Bam Bam Zoas Red PE Zoas Skittles Zoas *Unidentified Red/Green Zoas *Unidentified Orange Zoas *Unidentified Pink/Brown Zoas *Unidentified Purple/Blue/Green Starburst *Unidentified Green Starburst Mushrooms (7 Types): Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Green/White Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Green/Red Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Orange/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Red Devil Discosoma Mushroom Current Coral Count: ~97 Types/Morphs/Varieties Anemone: Green Mini Maxi Carpet Anemone Red Bali Mini Carpet Anemone Macroalgae: Blade Caulerpa Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Dragon's Breath *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 16/11/2020: Post-TTM on 16/11/2020: FTS on 17/11/2020: Topview FTS on 17/11/2020: FTS on 12/12/20: Topview FTS on 12/12/20: FTS on 09/01/21:
  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 -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 -War Coral & Favias -Meteor Shower Cyphastrea -Green and Purple Hammers -Leng Sy Montipora Cap -Orange Montipora Setosa -GARF Bonsai Acropora -Green Slimer Acropora -Purple & Red Blastomussa -Various Acans -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 -Tealah Monster -Hawkins Echinata -Montipora Stellata 11 Months FTS: 9 Months FTS: 5 Months FTS: 1 Month FTS: Aquascape:
  3. SCA Starfire 50g cube with sump Started (4/16/19) Equipment: Current Orbit Marine LED w/ Eflux wave pump 660gph x2 Inkbird temperature controller Smart ATO micro Atman 2500 return pump Atman 1100 skimmer pump SCA 301 skimmer In Tank Fluval Chamber 2 media basket Filter Media: Seachem Purigen 100gm x2 bag Seachem Phosbond 100gm bag Fluval 100gm carbon x2 bag Seachem Matrix Carbon 300gm Seachem Matrix 150gm Seachem De*Nitrate 300gm In Tank Filter floss x2 Substrate/Aquascape: Carib Sea Hawaiian Black Live Sand x 50lbs Purple live rock from LFS~ 20lbs Fiji live sand from LFS~ 14lbs Maori live rock from LFS- 26lbs Livestock: Electric blue hermit crab x2 Halloween hermit crab x2 Dwarf blue hermit crab x2 Dwarf red hermit crab x9 Randall's shrimp (red banded pistol) Bumble bee snails x3 Trochus snails x 4 Cerith snail x1 BRISTLE WORMS!!!! Star polyp x 2 (one split into two sections thanks to hermits, so there’s three-ish) Palys x1 (nebula) Hairy mushroom x3 (all on one big rock) Hammer x 1 Torch x1 Superman Montipora x1 Strawberry shortcake Acropora x1 Zoa x3 Sun coral x1 Red and white gorgonian x1 Bubble tip anemone x1
  4. JTT1981

    Filter Media Types

    General question. I have a bio cube 16G, I replaced the filter media that came with it with chemipure, carbon, live rock and phosguard. im getting ready to redo my filter media (replace all the older stuff) what Media do you experienced aquarium folks use or what would you suggest?
  5. Hi everybody i am wanting to setup my reef with lots of macroalgea inside, However i am cautious to what species wont pollute my tank. I like Caulerpa Prolifera and i was wondering Has anybody had any problems with Caulerpa Prolifera and if so what did they do about it? Thanks Everybody 🐠
  6. @banasophia recommended I should create a journal on here. So… here we go! 😊 Hello! My name is Tyler (aka inland_reef). The ‘Tale of Three Tanks’ began with the purchase of a used 28 gallon Nanocube on April 9, 2018 (Just rounded out the 1 year mark!). Like everyone else on this forum, I got addicted to saltwater aquariums 😂 This journal will talk about the evolution of my tanks, their setup specs and my ideas for future plans. While you're here, enjoy some eye candy of my current setups below. Ill try to make this a picture heavy journal, but you can see more pictures of my tanks on my Instagram page @inland_reef . I post daily updates there.
  7. Utahpico

    5.5g ADA Reef

    Tore down my 3.7g reef and replaced it with a 5.5g ada "mini m" low iron glass tank.
  8. Hello everyone, having kept various planted freshwater tanks for several years I decided it is finally time to try to keep the beauty of a coral reef in my living room, and am in the process of setting up a Biocube 32. Already I've asked around this site for suggestions on equipment, process and stocking, and have appreciated everyone's advice and support thus far. To start off, this is the equipment I will be working with. 1. Biocube 32 2. Red sea refractometer 2.Instant ocean salt mix 3.Aqueon heater 4. Red sea test kit for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, Ph, and calcium hardness 5. Powerhead 6. Digital Thermometer 7. RO/DI unit 8. c 23 Lbs of dry rock (I'm not using all of it, but it was pretty cheap and I wanted to make sure I had enough to give myself some flexibility) 9. Purfiltrum Stuff I still need 1. Large bucket for mixing saltwater (I have a few smaller ones but they don't really seem suitable) 2. Auxiliary heater for mixing saltwater 3. MAYBE a protein skimmer, I know these are considered essential to many people but the guy at my LFS said the smaller ones compatible with my Biocube aren't really very effective, so for now Iwill be going with the Purflitrum in the filter and frequent water changes. I might get on in the future though, i'll have to see how everything progresses. 4. Live rock 5.Live sand I do have a stocking plan, but as this is obviously still a very early stage, there is a good chance it will change completely by the time i'll actually be ready to add animals. Fish 1. One Purple firefish 1. One Banggai cardinalfish 1. One ocellaris clownfish 1. One starry blenny Corals 1. Mushroom coral 2. Green star polyps 3. Xenia 4. Button polyp 5. Yellow colony polyp Invertebrates 1. Two skunk cleaner shrimp 2. Several trochus snails 3. Possibly four or five smaller hermit crabs 4. One porcelain crab (eventually) 5.Possibly one emerald crab This is my tentative dry scape, I had to remove a lot of the rock I had in my initial plan to make sure it wasn't too crowded. I still plan on adding a few small to medium pieces of live rock, and my goal is to create "courtyard" area with a few cave formations. I hope to actually have the remaining items I need and start cycling by this weekend, and will continue to update this thread as I continue.
  9. Hello, having kept freshwater aquariums for around a decade, I have decided it is time to try my hand with saltwater, and despite being extremely nervous, I am very excited to get into the hobby. My tentative plan is to have a 32 gallon tank with a few small to medium fish, some peaceful invertebrates as a clean up crew, and eventually some easier soft, and possibly LPS corals. So far this was the combination of fish I had thought of, i'm curious if it would work for a tank this size, and that the animals would be compatible with one another. 1. x1 purple firefish 2. x1 Banngai cardinalfish 3. X1 starry blenny 4. x1 Ocellaris clownfish In addition to these, I was planning on a clean up crew of several snails and possibly a few hermit crabs if they don't get too aggressive, a few skunk cleaner shrimp, and maybe an emerald or porcelain crab, but I don't know enough about them yet to say for sure. So for those veteran reef tankers out there, does this seem like a tenable plan? if not, what on the list should be removed or swapped out for something different?
  10. CAD-Aqua

    EARLY BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL

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  11. This guy is extra salty

    Client build

    So I was tasked to setup and build out this 120 deep blue with 40gallon custom sump the lights are for Fowler tanks but they are want to have and grow coral so those will be replaced, with some aqua illuminations..They are also going to buy wave makers, so no need to worry about that. It already has a reef octopus skimmer, dual return pump, GFO reactor, and CO2 scrubber. what takes the cake is that it needs to be filled ASAP cause they’re worried about the smell.. they just purchased and got a sweet deal on it, and apparently holds water. The silicone looks great with no issues of wear and tear. Looks as if the tank might be 2-3 years old. I believe it’s going to be pretty simple kind of like a “plug and play”
  12. So I figured I'd join in on the latest Pico container fun. I've always liked the idea of a jar reef, so now I've decided to give it a shot. Not completely sure on anything else yet, but I'm sure it'll be fun! So far here's what I've got. Also, seaweed snack are a condiment right?!
  13. Hey everyone. I'm just wanting to show some pictures of my innovative marine fusion 40 set up and get some feedback on it. And maybe to have others with the same tank show pictures of their tank. the tank has been running for about 5 months now. Here's a list of the equipment I have. • kessil a360we •kessil controller • two heaters(forget what brands) •aquarium cooling fan •inkbird temperature controller •2 hydor koralia 850 power heads • hydor koralia pump controller •innovative marine skimmer •midsize innovative marine reactor •innovative marine refugium light • I turned one of the old media baskets into a refugium chamber • 2 filter floss holders •Tunze osmolator nano ATO
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