40 yr old guy with some reef tank experience. Wanted a small reef at work (computer tech) to keep me busy when there was down time. It's working.
Had a 90 Gal reef at home for about 3 years (2004-2007). Also had a 55 Gal reef at work. Mostly anemonies, button polyps (Zoas), leather, starfish, shrimp, typical inverts, Bi color angel, Green Chromis, Yellow Tang, etc. Lost a Powder Blue Tang, and swore I'd never buy another $100 fish. Ran protein skimmers on those, and mechanical filters on top of 1lbper gal live rock.
Live rock, sand bed, 2 HOB 150 biowheel units, often use Aluminum for Phosphate reduction. Lucky bamboo surviving the salt water - top out of tank, roots in (for CO2 export).
Great LED with remote and auto-timer. Sits on the back half of my glass lid, PERFECT!
HOBs return some flow, then the one powerhead seems like enough for a 10 gal tank.
I want to get it right. Corals seem to be a good indicator of water conditions. I am struggling to get any kind of calcium growth, other than Cyano Bacteria, at this point. A bit frustrating. Testing for as much as I know to, and fixing what pops up from that.
Hoping not to dose too much. Use Aluminum to reduce Phosphates. Curently using Baking Soda to raise Alk, and PH. Also added bubbles to see if that might help. Have had success with Purple-up, but this tank is not responding well, due to low PH/Alk, most likely.
Feeding See more
Frozen brine shrimp ·
No more feeding (all fish are dead)
Small amount of (refriged) phyto and frozen brine every friday, whether they need it or not. LOL. The fish seems to get plenty of pods, but likes the shrimp, so I spoil her... After all, it's FRIDAY.
More inverts than anything else. I have a small female Madarine that seems pretty happy to live with a banded coral shrimp, and some rowdy bristle worms.
30% water change every 6 weeks... I know, I know!
Inspiration & Goals
I'd like to have a nano full of swaying corals, and a mated pair of Mandarins, maybe even a seahorse, at some point. Love inverts!!!
Words of Wisdom
Being a tank's 'God' isn't as easy as you thought, is it?
Disasters & Regrets
Have had a lot of jumpers... Lid on, very small gap between filters, but it seems that if they want to jump to their death, they do!
Like most, I over-fed in the beginning.
Punch who ever got you into reefing in the face. LOL.