Keep it simple enough so it doesn't stress me out, keep it challenging enough to keep me interested.
Start Date: 04/04/2018
- Tank: AIO tank - Nuvo 20g, with a black glossy stand
- Light: 1 Kessil A160WE with controller
- ATO: Innovative Marine Hydrofill Ti + Tom's aqualifter
- Filteration: IM custom caddies, Purigen, IM ghost skimmer
- Heater: Aqueon pro 100W
- Return pump: Sicce Syncra 0.5 (185 gph)
- Flow: 2 Jebao OW-10 powerheads, 2 VCA RFGs
- Sump light: Nicrew white LED
- Ocellaris clownfish x 2 (bonded pair)
- Blood red fire shrimp x 1
- Emerald crab x 1
- Astrea snails x 3
- Nassarius Snail x 1
This is a mixed reef with softies, LPS and SPS, mostly ranging from easy to moderate care level.
In the high light section of the tank (200 - 300 PAR) I place most of my SPS like Green slimer, Purple stylophora, Pink Seriatopora, Montipora capricornis, Montipora Setosa, Rainbow Montipora, Bird of paradise, Bubble gum digitata, and 2 unknown acros. In the medium light section (100-200 PAR) section I have placed most of my euphyllia, Zoanthids, Green birdsnest and Duncans. In the low light section (below 100 PAR) I've placed pit viper leptastrea, jack-o-lantern leptoseris, and peach digitata. Given the good polyp extension, I assume the corals are happy with the placement.
I love using carbon and I am generous with its use. Both my IM custom caddies have carbon bags in the lower chamber. Mid section houses a phosphate removal sponge and top is a basic sponge. In the second chamber on one side I grow chaeto and the other side houses the IM Ghostskimmer. The chaeto is suspended directly and I peeled off the back to add light to this sump. I also use purigen bag in this tank. My water changes generally occur between 8-10 days, with about 10% water replaced.
Tank photo journal:
All the pictures of this tank right from its inception to date are in this album
This forum has been tremendously helpful to keep me hooked into this hobby. As much as I enjoy reefing, I do enjoy meeting people from this friendly group during the frag swaps and bar events. I appreciate the generosity of the members of this group. I am always astonished by the plethora of knowledge and experience of this club's members. Thank you all!
This tank journal was long overdue, but I am glad I started it. Would always appreciate feedback and tips for this tank!