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Age 19 days
Started December 30, 2018
Official Volume 10 Gallons
Actual Volume 10 Gallons
Dimensions 20'' x 10'' x 12''
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Introduction

This system will hopefully be a low maintenance setup. I will be keeping Soft corals only, with minimum fish.

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Filtration

Filtration will be handled with a CPR hang on back refugium with a Current USA 6004 660 GPH Wave Pump, and Oceanic BioCube Protein Skimmer driven by a Fluval Q5 air pump. 10 lbs of live rock.

The refugium houses 5 lbs. of Ecosystem Aquarium Miracle Mud with Chaetophora algae.

The co-counter current skimmer is working very.

Lighting

Using 2 Current USA Marine LED 24" fixtures. These lights are good enough to keep soft and LPS corals. Maybe even keep SPS alive in shallower systems.

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Flow

The refugium is supplied with a 650 GPH power-head, and the Current USA wave maker surges every 10 seconds at 660 GPH. I estimate that total water turnover is about 900 GPH.

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Temperature
25
Nitrate
Nitrite
7.7
pH
Salinity
Ammonia

Dosing See more

RODI water · Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7

Feeding See more

Omega One Micro Pellets · Fed phytoplankton 5 ml · phytoplankton · COOL MYSIS ENRICHED WITH SELCO · San Francisco Bay Frozen Brine Shrimp · San Francisco Bay Emerald Entree · San Francisco Bay Coral blend · San Francisco Bay Frozen Mysis Shrimp

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2 Fish

2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris

35 Corals

5 Armor of God Zoanthids Zoanthus Sansibaricus Zoanthidae
20 Button Polyp Protopalythoa Mutuki
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
2 Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Kenya Tree Coral Capnella sp.
Pink Waving Hand Anthelia Anthelia Glauca Xeniidae sp
Pulsating Xenia Xenia elongata
Yellow Parazoanthus Parazoanthus gracilis

10 Invertebrate

2 Asterina starfish Asterina gibbosa
Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
2 Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
Bubble-tip anemone Entacmaea Quadricolor Actiniidae sp
2 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Paguristes cadenati

Maintenance

I plan to start out with regular water changes until the system stabilizes over a 6 month period. Hopefully at that point, the system will not require that much work? (I hope...)

On average you perform a 20% water change every 5 days.

36% total water change in January.

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ANEMONE ON THE MOVE.

The anemone is on the move and looking for a spot. I will most likely poke at it until it finds a place where it will not harm my other corals in the tank.
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SYSTEM UPDATE.

System is doing well. I stalled the new Coral Life skimmer, and still working on dialing it in.

The anemone is still hiding out behind the rock. I hope it deci
Nitrite is really low. Diatom growth starting. A few more days this cycle will be complete.

New skimmer and power head will be here Friday.
Cycle almost complete.

Nitrite tested lower this morning. I believe the cycle will be complete in a few more days.

Current USA Marine LED light came in last night. They're wo
Installed the hang on back refugium, protein skimmer tonight, and Miracle Mud. (More mud coming Wednesday)

Current USA LED light fixture came in, but it appears I purchased a upgrade kit
System still going in the right direction. Ammonia is still going down, and cycle is happening just as fast as I had hoped.

I ordered a new Current Marine LED lamp today. It will be here