Quinn's Nano Reef

San Diego
Volume 24 Gallons
Make JBJ
Model 24 Biocube
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Introduction

Benn in the aquarium hobby my entire life. So I guess thats about 35 years of experience now. Ouch! Second reef tank I have owned, first was an 80 gallon tall. Was "persuaded" to give up saltwater tank keeping after a minor flood in the water production room. So finally after 6 years I'm back at it with a nano tank.Lets get started!

Background

24 Gallon Nano. Back wall has been removed for move coral and fish space. Glass-Holes 700 GPH overflow feed and 20 Gallon long sump. Enters through bubble tower filled with LR rubble which feed Skimmer chamber with Bubble Magus skimmer. Bubble trap them refugium with 15 lbs LR, 2" sand, Chaeto, snail and crabs, one Peppermint shrimp. Then to return area via external pump.

Filtration

20 gallon sump, approximately 40 lbs LR, Chaeto harvesting, GFO Reactor. Occasional Carbon

Lighting

All LEDs. over 4' of LED strips in a 14" wide lid. Current USA LEDs. One 8,000K, One Deep blue actinic, Two fusions with Deep blues and 12,000k. 3 LED moon lights. All run with Current USA single ramp and one Dual ramp timer.

Flow

Return pump is around 7 GPM distributed via dual snap loc return line on either side of back wall. Each one of those is split in-two as well. This is alternated via a SCWD device. Also 2 Koralia 425s are run off a Smart Wave device.

Measurements

Nitrite
Nitrate
430
Calcium
9.0
Alkalinity
Phosphate
Magnesium
Salinity
Ammonia
Temperature
8.3
pH

Inhabitants

One single Ocellaris Clown so far, and One Peppermint Shrimp in both main display as well as fuge. Way too many snails and crabs

2 Fish

13 Corals

Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
2 Green (Zoanthid) Zoanthus sp.
2 Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
Yellow (Zoanthid) Undescribed Zoanthid

113 Invertebrate

30 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
3 Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
22 Dwarf Cerith Snail Cerithium sp.
12 Margarita Snail Margarites pupillus
32 Mexican Red Leg Hermit Crab Clibanarius digueti
12 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
2 Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex

Equipment

Major goal of Calcium to stay around 440

Additives

Kalkwasser via ATO water. Iodine and Magnesium as needed

Feeding See more

Reef Chili · Coral Vite · Mysis
Mysis shrimp, Coral Vite, and Reef Chili usually every other day. Occasional Plankton blister as well

Maintenance

Weekly testing of Temp, pH, SG, Ca, Alk, Mag, Phos,NH3

On average you perform a 15.8% water change every 4 days.

0% total water change in August.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Tank is finally starting to clear up after the Kalkwasser MASSIVE overdose due to the ATO failure!! Took 5 days but tank seems like it might just survive with minimal losses. All fishes DOA as well
Adding Muriatic acid to tank and mixed water to lower Alk

5mL to mixed tank

5mL via dilution to tank itself dripped in
Manufacturer of ATO...Innovative Marine contacted me via cell phone. Emailing him all info to get possible repair/replacement
ATO failure!!! Pumped all my Kalkwasser into system. Full snow storm event.
Acroporas showing small signs of distress
One ocellaris Clown disappeared last nite

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Inspiration & Goals

Work my way into successful SPS production

Words of Wisdom

A reef tank is just like a sports car: The faster you go, the harder you crash!

Disasters & Regrets

Should have made my saltwater mixing station a little easier to access.

Acknowledgements

Thanks go to me for having a job and therefore the ability to spoil a very small Nano tank