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
Lighting
Media
Glass Cleaner
Powerhead
Reef Octopus 3000 Power Head

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.

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