S St Reef

Washington, DC
Volume 55 Gallons
Dimensions 48'' x 13'' x 20''
Make Deep Blue
Model 55 Gallon Reef-Ready Aquarium
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Introduction

This is my first reef tank. I've had freshwater tanks for most of my life and recently decided to move into the world of saltwater. After doing research for a few months I decided that a 55 gallon tank would be the perfect balance between stability and not having to sell a kidney to afford.

My main goal is to have a diverse reef environment with peaceful fish, various reef safe inverts, and a selection of corals. Something beautiful and interesting that will be the focus of the room.

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Filtration

I'm using a filter sock to catch any large particles as water flows into the sump. This is cleaned every week and replaced every two months. I also use the Eshopps PSK-75 skimmer. It works well enough. I empty the cup every 1-2 days, and clean the cup weekly. I also run a few tablespoons of carbon in a BRS reactor.

Lighting

Currently running 4 x 48" T5 bulbs. Two actinic and two daylight bulbs. The actinic bulbs run from 11:30am to 11pm, and the daylight bulbs are on from 12pm to 10:30pm.

Moon LEDs run at night.

Measurements

562
Calcium
103
Alkalinity
Magnesium
Phosphate
30
Salinity
Temperature
8.2
pH
Ammonia
Nitrate
Nitrite

Inhabitants

Right now I have two clownfish, one bicolor blenny,a McCosker's flasher wrasse, and a diamond watchman goby. I'm debating adding a coral beauty angel but that might change. No more than six fish for this tank.

I currently have nice different corals in the tank. I'll be adding more corals as the tank ages. Next on the list is a few Ricordea mushrooms.

I also have a host of hermit crabs, snails, brittle stars, and shrimp.

5 Fish

Bartlett's Anthias Pseudanthias bartlettorum
Diamond Watchman Goby Valenciennea puellaris
2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Starry Blenny Salarias ramosus

17 Corals

Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
DFS Purple Fusion Turbinaria Coral Turbinaria mesenterina
Duncan Polyp Duncanopsammia axifuga
Finger Leather Coral Sinularia notanda
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
Green Lace Gorgonian Pterogorgia citrina
Hydnophora Coral Hydnophora grandis
Montipora confusa Montipora confusa
Pipe Organ Coral Tubipora musica
Porites Coral, Yellow Porites cylindrica
Spiny Cup Coral Pectinia paeonia
Sun Coral Tubastrea sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

36 Invertebrate

Banded Coral Shrimp Stenopus hispidus
13 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
2 Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
Bulb Anemone Entacmaea quadricolor
Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab Calcinus laevimanus
2 Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex
Pom Pom Crab Lybia tesselata
2 Porcelain Crab Petrolisthes galathinus
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Red Sea Star Fromia milleporella
Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Paguristes cadenati
Sea Hare Aplysia sp.
9 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

Equipment

Additives

Right now I'm only dosing a calcium supplement twice a week. I'll most likely upgrade to a two part dosing system in a few months as my coral frags begin to grow and the calcium demands in my tank increase.

Feeding See more

Reef Chili · Omega One Marine Flakes · Ocean Nutrition Formula One Pellets · Live Brine Shrimp · Larrys Reef Services Reef Frenzy · BRS Reef Chili
I feed the fish twice a day, alternating between flakes and frozen foods (either frozen mysis shrimp or Reef Frenzy).

I broadcast feed the corals with Reef Chili three times per week, usually 30 minutes before lights out, and target feed the duncan, frogspawn, and fungia corals once a week with chopped frozen shrimp.

On average you perform a 10.1% water change every 21 days.

0% total water change in August.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

I had a nasty ich outbreak and lost three fish. On top of that, the wrasse found the one small hole in the the cover and jumped through it to its doom. This was about six weeks ago. I moved the remain
The tuxedo urchin died yesterday. If I had to guess the alkalinity drop might have had something to do with it as all my other parameters have remained fairly constant.

Rest in peace, my
Checked on the tank one more time before I went to bed, and saw the arrow crab on her back. Dead. Removed it. Not sure what the cause of death was. I did a few tests and the parameters seem normal. I'
The lettuce sea slug vanished for almost a week. I found it today in the sump filter sock. Somehow it was still alive.
A few days ago the arrow crab ate one of the hermit crabs. So long little fella.
It appears as if the peppermint shrimp ate all of the aiptasia in the tank. Bravo little dude.

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