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Ratvan posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsGreetings, So thanks for anyone that actually stuck through the first 6 months of my Reefing journey with this tank. The decision to go with Freshwater was a hard one but ultimately i think for the best as I will still get enjoyment from this tank while I think and plan about how I will get my "largish" reef. Tank Details Tank: Red Sea MAX 130D Heater: 100W Adjustable Submersible Flow: Ehiem Compact 1000 (250GPH) Return Light: 168w Chinese Black Box, white channel only (Warm White, Cool White, Red and Green LEDS) Filtration Intank Media Basket, Filter Floss > Carbon > Bio Spheres Substrate: Mix of types and sizes Aragonite 0.5 - 1.0mm Crushed Coral 1.0 - 4.0mm Black Gravel 1.0 - 2.0mm River Sand 0.5 - 2.0mm Livestock: Shell Dwelling Cichlids 6 Multies - Neolamprologus Multifasciatus 2 "Masked" Julies - Julidochromis Transcriptus Livestock: Clean up Crew 6 Zebra Nerite Snails ***Siamese Algae Eater*** - unsure if i want to add a SAE or Pleco, or leave entirely and just have the Tanganyika Cichlids. Aquascape Inspiration - Lake Tanganyika Aquascape Plan - Biotope (ish) I intend to create a tank similar in appearance to the above with some minor changes due to the livestock that I have picked. I'm not going to have as densely planted "carpet" as the fish are Shell Dwellers they will excavate and aquascape the tank how they see fit. I decided on the above as the Juliochromis (Julies hereafter) are typically rock dwellers and the Multifasciatus (Multies hereafter) dwell in shells in large colonies. I decided that the rocks off to one side (rear corner) would give me a greater amount of substrate area for the shell dwellers. I do have several slate pieces that I can add to break up line of sight and aggression if needed. Also I didn't want a bare sand and shells scape, I will be planting to give cover as well as movement to the tank at all level of the water column This is not going to be a true Biotope as a lot of the plants that grow in Lake Tanganyika are not available in the hobby, so I plan on adding plants that are as close as possible in place. Hence Biotope-ish. 😄 Aquatic Plants Anubias - various varieties Java Fern - various varieties Vallisneria - Various varieties Air Plants Considering having an emergent branch from the tank to which i can affix air plants..... Current Tank Shots
Hey everyone, I currently have the Red Sea Max 130 with the stock lights running with two T5 55w PC Fluorescent 10,000K / Actinic, which is 50% super daylight and 50% actinic blue. I want to upgrade the lights to something that is LED but doesnt require me to rewire my tank. I'm not a handy electrician so something that i can place in my hood of my Red Sea Max and replace my Current T5 stock lights. the DIY LED kits look amazing, but there is no way ill set that up properly. I saw the Current USA Orbit Marine, and was wondering if anyone has used that before? I am open to suggestions as I'd really like to start growing corals and get some decent lighting within my aquarium. Thanks for your help!