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campbell_wat posted a topic in General DiscussionSO! It has been about 6 months since my 6 gal 8x8x24 UltumNatureSystems peninsula reef has been "settled" and planted. Here she is: Obviously, after the initial photos were taken, I did a LOT of rearranging, rescaping, and *learning* about the best places to plant my corals. There have been many additions, many subtractions, and some unfortunate losses. Upkeep consists of a 70% water change every 2 weeks, I don't test anything, flying blind. I spot feed everything a reef roids/mysis mix 3x a week. CUC consists of an emerald crab, 3 blue leg and 2 scarlet hermits, a trochus snail, and a large resident somatella. I added a small fish to my system for a few months, and, combined with underfeeding on my end (and nutrient crash), decimated my copepod/amphipod population, and as a result, I suffered a massive Dino outbreak that I could not get through despite increased feeding and decreased water changes... until the fish disappeared (which happens to the best of us), and I noticed the bugs back on the glass, and the dinos disappeared in days. Lesson learned... Lost a lot of LPS and SPS, and it set me back months of stability and growth... Anyway, here are the before photos, I am not even going to bother to discuss differences before/after because I could write a book. And, of course, here are the after photos, and some glamour shots... Enjoy! I am very happy with this project so far! Feel free to ask any questions as well, cheers!
Been out of the hobby since 2014, just didn't have the time for tank maintenance, previous tanks include a 20H, 20L, 40BR and a standard 55 (not in that order). Tank is Innovative Marine AIO 25g Lagoon, started cycling the display about 2-3 weeks ago, did a bleach then SW cure for rocks which were pukani leftover from my previous tank. I think the tank cycled super fast because of the curing I did with the rocks and the fact that I included a piece of aquacultured LR as well. Cycled using NLS pellets and MicroBacter7. Ammo and Nitrite are solid 0 with no spiking after even heavy feeding. Equipment: -IM Lagoon 25g AIO (includes media basket and 384gph DC return pump) -*OLD* TEK 6 Bulb T5 fixture running only 4 bulbs (some really really old KZ new generation, actinic plus, and blue plus) (I have one of the new AI Prime16HD's pre-ordered just waiting for it to ship) -Vortec MP10w (usually run it at like 60-70% Reef Crest Mode, occasionally switch to NTM to help clean up detritus) -Filter sock for mechanical filtration, carbon, and GFO. -No protein skimmer, will probably add one when bio-load increases. -Hydor 100w basic glass heater -4 Stage RO/DI -Plan to add 5g ATO, possibly premixed with kalkwasser to maintain Cal/Alk/pH Current livestock: -Pair of extreme misbar Ocellaris clowns (already showing pairing behavior) -3 Turban snails -Orange Zoas -Purple/orange Favia -Green with light green highlights Montipora Digitata -Duncan I'm sure some of you are thinking I'm nuts for putting SPS in such a new tank, but it's doing great, excellent polyp extension and aside from very, very light initial browning it's regained 90% of its full color. Also it's a montipora, in my experience most montipora are pretty easygoing compared to acropora. The favia came slightly damaged as well, didn't notice until I got it home, but it has been recovering well. I got the monti dirt cheap it will serve as a way of knowing if my parameters start to get out of line as well. Corals are always dipped and acclimated before addition to display. Current params are: Salinity: 1.025 pH: 7.9 Alk: 8.5 dKH Cal: 400 ppm Mag: 1200 ppm NO3: 5 ppm PO4: 0.04 ppm Temp: 79-82 deg F Goals for the tank (Subject to change 😉) : -Keep it simple, basic equipment and just regular water changes are going to be what keeps this tank going. -Stability above all else -No carbon dosing -LPS dominant mixed reef with some Zoas and a few hardy SPS. -Minimal fish and invertebrates. -Hopefully resist the temptation to buy every coral that catches my eye at the LFS and stick to a few really eye catching pieces that complement each other well. As you can tell I'm currently experiencing a diatom outbreak, this has happened in every single tank I've owned in the early stages and the turban snails are dealing with it. Also let me guys know what you think of the aquascape, it is very lightly glued together but can be changed if I get inspired. Just waiting on those bright white rocks to get some lovely coralline. Excuse the pictures, they were just quick snapshots taken from my iPhone so yeah, just there to give you a general idea, tank isn't that pretty right now anyways.
Hello all. I want to adjust my aquascape, just a tiny bit. I currently have rocks all connected but was thinking of taking one out to create two islands. I think it will give depth and open things up. Top pic is now Bottom pic is with removal of island- sorry best work i could do in my phone lol I will have to adjust some corals but thats ok. The large birdsnest won't be in the tank anymore. Which do you prefer?