Living Room Reef

Guatemala
Volume 30 Gallons
Dimensions 90cm x 30cm x 40cm
Make Paraiso Tropical
Model 30G
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Filtration

This aquarium is based on live rock filtration with a HOB power filter for mechanical and activated carbon filtering. This method has worked for me in the past and is quite simple and cheap. I am for the moment avoiding the skimmer, and will see how the tank progresses before adding it.

Lighting

The lighting on this aquarium is a Maxspect R420R LED module. It is a very compact and powerful light, which I chose due to the integrated controls, and overall positive reviews. The system is currently operating on a 10 AM to 10:30 PM lighting schedule, having it´s peak power from 2:00 - 6:00.

I am currently in the process of increasing intensity 5% per week, and hope to be at full power in the coming weeks.

Flow

Flow in the aquarium is provided by three mechanisms: a Reef Octopus V3000 power head on the left lateral glass; a Aquaclear 30 power head on the right had side glass; and an additional HOB power filter that hangs on the left back side of the tank.

Flow is powerful but constant. Due to this, I am looking at replacing the Aquaclear 30 with a Jebao WP10 wavemaker in the coming weeks.

Measurements

440
Calcium
1.9
Alkalinity
8.2
pH
Magnesium
Phosphate
Nitrate
Salinity
25
Temperature
0
Ammonia
Nitrite

Equipment

Aquarium
30 Gallon Paraiso Tropical
Filter
Fluval C4 Power Filter
Lighting
Media
Glass Cleaner
Powerhead
Jebao WP10
Reef Octopus 3000 Power Head
Salt
Fluval Sea Marine Salt

Additives

As additives I am using home-made soda ash mix as per instructions in BRS. I am also dosing Hardness Plus at a rate of 7 mL daily.

Will not dose anything additional for now.

Feeding

Feeding of the fish usually comprises of Ocean Nutrition flakes, with assorted freeze dried artemia soaked in garlic.

I am looking at hatching artemia to fatten with Kent Zoa and freeze to have additional frozen food for the tank.

In regards to feeding the corals, I ocassionally add in Two Little Fishes Phyto, which they seem to love.

Maintenance

For maintenance, a few things are done.

Weekly:
Clean glass
Clean filter media
Clean cover glass

Monthly
5 gallon water change with fresh made water.
HOB and Power Head deep clean

The water changes are a quick and easy way of adding back some of the lost trace elements and the sort, while refreshing the water in the tank.

On average you perform a 20.8% water change every 14 days.

0% total water change in August.

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