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Here we go again! (45g AIO mixed reef)

greghigham

Supporting Member
Hello again team BAR! We had a 125g reef back in 1993 (think bioballs), returned to the hobby in 2009 with a 240g mixed reef (think TBS & T5s), jumping back in with a 45g nano reef as we wrap up 2019 (think LEDs, dry rock & nitrifying bacteria). Here's what I picked up over the Black Friday weekend as our starter kit;
  • Red Sea Max E-170 (45g) Black AIO
  • 40 lbs CaribSea Life Rock (20 lbs base, 20 lbs Shapes)
  • 50 lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Reef Sand
  • Spectrapure 4 Stage 90-GPD RO/DI System (CSPDI-90-MF)
  • Red Sea MCP Test Kit Marine Master Care
  • Flipper Algae Magnet Cleaner
  • Seachem Reef Glue (20gm)
  • Finnex 300 Watt Titanium Heater w/Digital Controller
  • Red Sea 24" x 24" Aquarium Screen Net Cover Kit (R42080)
  • Small Bucket Red Sea Salt (Blue)
  • Fritz TURBOSTART 900 Nitrifying Bacteria
  • EcoTech VorTech MP10QD pump
  • Coarse Net 6" w/12" Handle
  • Basic Water Change Aquarium Kit from SaltwaterAquarium
Current thinking on inhabitants post-cycle - please share your thoughts!

Fish:
Ocellaris Clowns (two, paired)
Banggai Cardinal
Black Cap Basslet
Pink Streaked Wrasse (tank is netted)
Yellow Goby + Pistol Shrimp
Tailspot Blenny (eventually)

CUC:
Cerith snails (5)
Trochus snails (5)
Nassarius snails (5)
Blue legged hermit crab (5)
Emerald crab
Peppermint shrimp
Cleaner shrimp
Serpent or Brittle starfish

Corals:
Zoanthids
Sinullaria
Toadstool
Xenia
Green Star Polyps
Euphyllia (Frogspawn/Hammer)
Bubble
Duncan
Candy Cane
+ maybe limited SPS wayyy down the road.

TIA,
Greg
 
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Apon

Guest
Sounds like a good plan...be careful of the Star Polyps, they can grow out of control. any tank pics yet?
 

Eugene

Supporting Member
I feel like toadstool is too big for tank that size. Xenia is also weedy.


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glee

BOD
Staff member
I always like GSP on the back wall. Adds great color and movement in the tank. Just have to trim back like most fast growing corals.
 

Buzzinga

Guest
Hello again team BAR! We had a 125g reef back in 1993 (think bioballs), returned to the hobby in 2009 with a 240g mixed reef (think TBS & T5s), jumping back in with a 45g nano reef as we wrap up 2019 (think LEDs, dry rock & nitrifying bacteria). Here's what I picked up over the Black Friday weekend as our starter kit;
  • Red Sea Max E-170 (45g) Black AIO
  • 40 lbs CaribSea Life Rock (20 lbs base, 20 lbs Shapes)
  • 50 lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Reef Sand
  • Spectrapure 4 Stage 90-GPD RO/DI System (CSPDI-90-MF)
  • Red Sea MCP Test Kit Marine Master Care
  • Flipper Algae Magnet Cleaner
  • Seachem Reef Glue (20gm)
  • Finnex 300 Watt Titanium Heater w/Digital Controller
  • Red Sea 24" x 24" Aquarium Screen Net Cover Kit (R42080)
  • Small Bucket Red Sea Salt (Blue)
  • Fritz TURBOSTART 900 Nitrifying Bacteria
  • EcoTech VorTech MP10QD pump
  • Coarse Net 6" w/12" Handle
  • Basic Water Change Aquarium Kit from SaltwaterAquarium
Current thinking on inhabitants post-cycle - please share your thoughts!

Fish:
Ocellaris Clowns (two, paired)
Banggai Cardinal
Black Cap Basslet
Pink Streaked Wrasse (tank is netted)
Yellow Goby + Pistol Shrimp
Tailspot Blenny (eventually)

CUC:
Cerith snails (5)
Trochus snails (5)
Nassarius snails (5)
Blue legged hermit crab (5)
Emerald crab
Peppermint shrimp
Cleaner shrimp
Serpent or Brittle starfish

Corals:
Zoanthids
Sinullaria
Toadstool
Xenia
Green Star Polyps
Euphyllia (Frogspawn/Hammer)
Bubble
Duncan
Candy Cane
+ maybe limited SPS wayyy down the road.

TIA,
Greg

This sounds like a good plan. I have a question on 40 lbs CaribSea Life Rock. I currently purchased this product from a website and just started working on the aquascape today. I found out that there are some blueish thing came out from the rock and cover all over my hands. Do you have the same issue with the CaribSea Life Rock you got? I put the rock in mixed saltwater for 2 days before I start the aquascape. The water was fine, but the chips fell off the rocks made my towel turned into blue, like the pics below.
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