One step at a time

Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Volume 140 Liters
Dimensions 55cm x 60cm x 45cm
Make DIY
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Introduction

Greetings from Malaysia,

Quick intro: I'm an avid hobbyist who's been in love with the fish keeping hobby since young. It started with betas, guppies, goldfish and the list goes on. Then I was introduced to planted freshwater aquarium with shrimps for a while. Finally, I made a huge transition to saltwater tank and never looked back!

After months of research and preparation, I finally mustered enough courage to start my first reef tank. I built this tank from scratch (I'm on a budget hehe)

Hope you enjoy my journey discovering the hidden beauty of the seas
(and many, many, many MISTAKES along the way :P)

Background

This system has been running for over 2 years but it underwent a major re-aquascape after my tank crashed due to negligence.

I love the new tree-like design and excited how it will evolve over time.

Photos

Filtration

The DT is about 140 litres (30 gallons) and falls under nano reef tank category.

Sump: It's about 20 litres and limits my filtration options. I don't have filter sock installed due to space constrain.

Protein skimmer: Bubble Magus Curve A5 DC. It's the largest (and most affordable) skimmer I could fit. Fantastic skimmate production but it's not silent.

Return Pump: Jaboe ATC 7500. Another affordable and powerful DC pump. It produces a low humming sound but not noticeable.

Algae reactor: ZMZ B1000. A Chinese imitation of a premium algae reactor and cost 1/4 of it. Despite its low cost, it is well built and equipped with a powerful 20w LED. This model is designed for a tank up to 1000 litres, but I don't see any harm with oversizing it :P I noticed it traps a lot of detritus, thus function as my "filter sock".

Measurements

9.1
Alkalinity
310
Calcium
Phosphate
25
Nitrate
Salinity
Magnesium
7.8
pH

Inhabitants

6 Fish

2 Banggai Cardinalfish Pterapogon kauderni
Bimaculatus Anthias Pseudanthias bimaculatus
Pajama Cardinalfish Sphaeramia nematoptera
Six Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

Equipment

Feeding See more

Homemade food

On average you perform a 12.4% water change every 7 days.

11.8% total water change in November.

116 activities in the last year

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Words of Wisdom

The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it
- Rafiki the Baboon

Keep your hands out of the water. Let nature takes its course and only intervene when necessary.

Don't be overconfident with your reefing skills and success. Be humble and you'll discover how much you don't know.

Disasters & Regrets

This is probably, no, definitely the best section for me hahaha (crying on the inside)

I've made all of the rookie's mistake that has ever existed, from flooding the floor, disassembling the pipes without switching off the pump and to copper poisoning. Most of these mistakes are pretty obvious and funny when you're looking back at it, but there is one that I would like to share.

Copper and Iron Oxide (rust) poisoning:

COPPER =/= CORAL (a big no no)

Simple stuff right? That's what I thought, but you'll be surprised at how forgetful I can get at times.

In the process of upgrading my plumbing, I used metal and brass fittings, even though they were corrosion resistant. A week later, my tank crashed HARD. The metal and brass fittings were slowly releasing rust particles and copper ion into the water.

I was so depressed that this happened and was on the verge to stop reef keeping forever (I have attachment issues xD).

There's no point crying about the past any longer than you should.
The only way forward is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and

just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming............