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shiftline
12-21-2014, 04:30 AM
I finally got around to getting my little cube of a reef set up. It's filled with live sand and live rock from a 2.5 year old tank.

I checked the parameters yesterday and everything was fairly low so hopefully it's good to go later this week :)

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Lots of caves for the critters and ledges for the corals :)

I'm debating either painting the aquaclear 20 intake black or finding a clear one

Also added a stainless strainer to the intake.
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Sharkbait-huhaha
12-21-2014, 04:45 AM
love your rock work! going to be interesting to see your fish swim in and out of 'em!

shiftline
12-21-2014, 05:02 AM
Thank you. It only took about 80 revisions!

I'm not quite sure if I'm happy with the arching rock for the center to the left so it may change if I find a more interesting one.. But aside from that I'm happy with it!

spit.fire
12-21-2014, 08:23 AM
That stainless strainer will most likely rust in saltwater

shiftline
12-21-2014, 02:09 PM
Good to know! I saw others a use a sponge prefillter.. Which requires frequent cleanings to avoid nitrates. I was hoping this would get around that. Rats!

spit.fire
12-21-2014, 08:52 PM
The sponge prefilter is more of a freshwater thing so baa by fish and shrimp don't get sucked in

shiftline
12-21-2014, 09:01 PM
Is there many small mArine things to get sucked up. Or not really an issue? I suppose the powerhead prob sucks more than the AQ

spit.fire
12-21-2014, 09:23 PM
Not an issue

shiftline
12-23-2014, 01:28 AM
Tested the water again today and things look to be cycled!!

shiftline
12-24-2014, 03:48 AM
First two corals!!!

Alpha and omega zoas and purple bonsai sps.
Just starting to open back up after going for a drive

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shiftline
12-27-2014, 03:03 AM
Finally got a little life in the tank!
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Sharkbait-huhaha
12-27-2014, 05:34 AM
Looking great

Edit:
Is that a porcelain crab,

shiftline
12-27-2014, 06:21 AM
Thank you
It sure is a porcelain crab. Very cool little guy.
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shiftline
12-28-2014, 11:21 PM
A few new additions
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shiftline
12-30-2014, 02:13 AM
Added 36w of leds modded In to the hood!! Much cleaner than my temporary hack job :)

3x 10000k-12000k LEDs
4x Royal blue LEDs
2x Blue Leds
2x violet
1x Ultra violet
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Now I just need to figure out how to get my camera to handle the blues!

shiftline
12-31-2014, 06:52 AM
I added a new little buddy yesterday and a trumpet coral!

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What are some other bright softys to add more movement to the tank? So far I'm on the hunt for an Australian Duncan.

I'm also wondering if I will need to start dosing a thing or if weekly water changes will suffices replenishing nutrients

albert_dao
12-31-2014, 07:43 AM
Pick up one a couple corky finger gorgs, the yellow fuzzy ones. That would look killer in the right position.

Also, if you do weekly water changes, you won't have to worry so much about the major elements, IME.

shiftline
12-31-2014, 05:56 PM
I'll check them out.

Do you think 20% weekly water change is sufficient?

albert_dao
12-31-2014, 08:15 PM
With tiny tanks, you might as well do huge water changes. I do 50-90% every 7-10 days. Zero element or nutrient management concerns.

shiftline
12-31-2014, 08:21 PM
Sounds like a good plan. I'll just do a 5g bucket worth :)

albert_dao
12-31-2014, 08:30 PM
Also, as the tank ages, consider swapping out your sandbed completely every once in a while. It's easier and more effective than cleaning it. I'd say a complete swap every six months or so is about right. Every tank is different though and you'll be able to gauge it based on how fast algae grows.

shiftline
12-31-2014, 08:46 PM
Really? Does it store that much algae rich nutrients? I have never head of that being done before

albert_dao
12-31-2014, 10:42 PM
That's cuz you don't hear a lot about long term success in nano tanks in general haha.

shiftline
01-01-2015, 12:09 AM
It's m first nano/salt so lots to lean. Now is the justification because it hosts a the waste? Wouldn't the live bacteria break it down? On the flip side wouldn't removing to much at once put a hit on the good bacteria in the tank?(although love rock is prob 90% of it)

shiftline
01-01-2015, 12:16 AM
What to add next...
Orange plate coral or Blastomussa
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albert_dao
01-01-2015, 11:47 AM
It's m first nano/salt so lots to lean. Now is the justification because it hosts a the waste? Wouldn't the live bacteria break it down? On the flip side wouldn't removing to much at once put a hit on the good bacteria in the tank?(although love rock is prob 90% of it)



This is going to be a psot writtn under haevy, alcohol-induced duress. hoowver, information shoulld be accrurate. check this sht

sand sux. its porous. you can vacuum at it for hours and still pull crud out. it's like moving into ann ap[artment with carpet. and the previso tenants were a group of fifty 20-something hipsters. good luck ever getting rid of the smell of weed and bacon. sand is like that.

anyway, bacteria do'esnt breka all of it dowwn. Or fast enough. Bacteria are lazy like that. One sesson of vacuuming will remove more organicss than what a bunch of supine bacteria could do in two yearrss. Anyway,, your rock will have enough bacteria. you coudl also put ceramscis into your filter. tHat helps a lot.

Happy New Year. ♥

shiftline
01-01-2015, 08:05 PM
I seem to suck some up every water change so I think this process will happen organically... I'll just have to re-add some every six months!
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shiftline
01-02-2015, 06:43 AM
A few new additions today! Thanks Brent!
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rishu_pepper
01-03-2015, 06:54 AM
Looks very good! Makes me want to start a Fluval at work or on the countertop. Love the aquascape.

This is going to be a psot writtn under haevy, alcohol-induced duress. hoowver, information shoulld be accrurate. check this sht

sand sux. its porous. you can vacuum at it for hours and still pull crud out. it's like moving into ann ap[artment with carpet. and the previso tenants were a group of fifty 20-something hipsters. good luck ever getting rid of the smell of weed and bacon. sand is like that.

anyway, bacteria do'esnt breka all of it dowwn. Or fast enough. Bacteria are lazy like that. One sesson of vacuuming will remove more organicss than what a bunch of supine bacteria could do in two yearrss. Anyway,, your rock will have enough bacteria. you coudl also put ceramscis into your filter. tHat helps a lot.

Happy New Year. ♥

This made me laugh more than I should have :lol::lol:

shiftline
01-03-2015, 03:13 PM
Haha yep! Thank you :)

mikellini
01-03-2015, 11:23 PM
Has anyone seen the larger edge? Supposed to be a reef version, but I've only seen the press release. Maybe not in Canada yet...

shiftline
01-04-2015, 01:16 AM
Only for sale in Europe at the moment and fairly pricey

Slyguy00
01-04-2015, 01:26 AM
This is going to be a psot writtn under haevy, alcohol-induced duress. hoowver, information shoulld be accrurate. check this sht

sand sux. its porous. you can vacuum at it for hours and still pull crud out. it's like moving into ann ap[artment with carpet. and the previso tenants were a group of fifty 20-something hipsters. good luck ever getting rid of the smell of weed and bacon. sand is like that.

anyway, bacteria do'esnt breka all of it dowwn. Or fast enough. Bacteria are lazy like that. One sesson of vacuuming will remove more organicss than what a bunch of supine bacteria could do in two yearrss. Anyway,, your rock will have enough bacteria. you coudl also put ceramscis into your filter. tHat helps a lot.

Happy New Year. ♥

Lmao Albert that has to be one of the best posts iv seen on this forum lol. :drinking:

shiftline
01-04-2015, 05:16 AM
Hahaha damn lazy bacteria.


I decided to attempt to make a list of corals I have acquired to try and keep track of them.

Ricordea Florida mushroom
Green Mushroom (Rhodactis sp.)
Blue/green mushroom - unknow name
Purple/red ricordea?

Alpha omega zoa
WaterMellon zoa
green bay packers zoa
nuclear green zoa
Purple zoa - unknown name

Purple bonsai sps
Pavona
Montifusia
Montipora Capricornis?
Birds nest x3 differnt types?

Neon Green Glove Polyp, Clavularia sp
Hammer coral
Candy cane coral
Metallic green trumpet coral

Soon to have:
Australian Duncan
Candy apple red zoa
Panama blue zoa
True rasta zoa
God of war zoa

shiftline
01-06-2015, 06:13 AM
Finally found out how to take a few pics that are not overs saturated with blue!
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shiftline
01-06-2015, 06:20 AM
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lastlight
01-06-2015, 07:29 AM
wow what an immediate improvement with the photos well done.

you've already got a ton of nice stuff stuffed into that little tank. it's going to be careful going once you need to start managing them as they grow.

love the shot of the porcelain in your candy cane.

shiftline
01-06-2015, 02:55 PM
That little crab is one of my favourites!
I few more corals will be going I.n today then in cut off as I'm pretty much out of space!

shiftline
01-11-2015, 05:20 AM
New corals? Why yes! Yes there is a few new additions.

Panama blue zoa
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Candy Apple red ZOA
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God of war zoa
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Australian Duncan
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shiftline
01-24-2015, 07:09 AM
I got my little buddy a friend
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shiftline
02-01-2015, 06:52 AM
Always room for another frag right?

Well I think my poor little tank is getting closes to being. Maxed out...
I added a coco worm and about six different zoa's over the pas week!
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albert_dao
02-01-2015, 07:38 AM
Naw, you got plenty of room left :D

shiftline
02-01-2015, 09:56 PM
A few sparce chunks of rock. But most spots don't have direct light and are shadowed. I need low light corals now :)

Ram3500
02-02-2015, 05:44 AM
"sand sux. its porous. you can vacuum at it for hours and still pull crud out. it's like moving into ann ap[artment with carpet. and the previso tenants were a group of fifty 20-something hipsters. good luck ever getting rid of the smell of weed and bacon. sand is like that. "

Thank you Albert this is the funniest thing I have ever read on can reef romal!!!

shiftline
02-02-2015, 06:32 AM
Hey Albert. You mentioned putting ceramics in my filter. Are you talking fluval bioring type of media? I use what in all my fresh water tanks. Is it worth adding some to the reef tank as well?

albert_dao
02-02-2015, 06:43 AM
Hey Albert. You mentioned putting ceramics in my filter. Are you talking fluval bioring type of media? I use what in all my fresh water tanks. Is it worth adding some to the reef tank as well?

No point with the amount of rock:livestock ratio you have. That should suffice for bio. If you decide to go the Albert route or stuffing your tank to the brim with fish and stuff, then yah :D

shiftline
02-02-2015, 02:16 PM
Currently I do weekly water changes. I'm going away for 2 weeks near the end of then month. Do you think the tank would be fine with out a water change for 2-2.5 weeks?


I can get someone to do top offs and feed. (I'll have to make some tiny portions up). Should I get them to feed daily or switch to every second day ?

any tips for leaving your tank while on vacation?

Livestock: yellow clown goby, perc clown. Cleaner shrimp. Porcilin crab. 2 blue hermits. Bunch of snails and corals.

albert_dao
02-02-2015, 09:43 PM
Currently I do weekly water changes. I'm going away for 2 weeks near the end of then month. Do you think the tank would be fine with out a water change for 2-2.5 weeks?

Only one way to find out eh? It varies tank to tank. Personally, I suspect you're going to come back to a bit of algae but nothing drastic. I wouldn't press my luck with this cycle if the tank isn't pristine after 2 weeks. Go right back to the 1/week routine.


I can get someone to do top offs and feed. (I'll have to make some tiny portions up). Should I get them to feed daily or switch to every second day ?

Every second day is fine. Hide any excess food. Even better, cover the tank with a panel and request that it only be moved once a day and for no longer than 1 minute at a time for quick inspection. Tell them that if the tank gets too much outside influence, it will blow up and leave your neighborhood a smoldering ruin. But no, seriously, don't let people who aren't fish people do anything but tank the briefest of inspections and the smallest of feedings. "Animals looked hungry" is no excuse for going against your instructions with feeding.

any tips for leaving your tank while on vacation?

Leave top off water in easy access and mark the water lines with a sharpie or grease pen. Write down a detailed checklist of things to do alongside a list of things NOT TO DO in even larger font.

Livestock: yellow clown goby, perc clown. Cleaner shrimp. Porcilin crab. 2 blue hermits. Bunch of snails and corals.

Seems reasonable. Should be fine with some preparation.

shiftline
02-03-2015, 04:19 AM
Sounds good. I think I'll keep it simple. Top off and feed a small morsel every second day