I have kept aquariums since I was a teenager. I started with the usual suspects, goldfish. Then I moved up through various tanks and fish until I found Red Oscars. Those guys were like garbage disposals, I loved them. They got old as I was a teenager and I quit for a while. When I got out of high school I started a 55 gallon salt tank. I read everything I could find at the time, I still have my Albert Thiel books, plus his newest on Nano-Tanks. I gave up on the salt tank after about a year because everything kept dying on me. About 6 years ago I started another freshwater community tank with lots plants, it did very well until I have to move and I just got rid of everything. My other 29 gallon had mollies in it and I got rid of all but the tank. I set the 29 up about a year ago and decided to start a nano-reef. Here I am!
The tank has been upgraded several times and now has an EcoTech Radion XR30 G3, EcoTech MP10WQD, EcoTech ReefLink and EcoTech Battery Backup. I'm in the process of planning a new 93 gallon cube and all of these updates will be moving to it. I was never really happy with my aquascape so the new tank is a chance to start over and do things like I should have done. Still using the Aquafuge 2 HOB and it's just not enough skimmer... But the fish are happy and the corals are happy, so who knows?
I use a Marineland C-160 canister filter with polishing floss, ceramic rings, carbon bags, and filter foam. The Aquafuge 2 provides some macro algae and skimming. I'm thinking of updating to a sump sometime.
C-160 canister filter.
Currently the inhabitants include a Purple Firefish, a Banggai Cardinal, a Bicolor Blenny, 2 Ocellaris Clowns, an Emerald Crab and a Peppermint Shrimp. The Blenny is a character and makes us laugh all the time when he darts around and makes funny faces at us. The female clown is the boss and likes to run the show (who would have guessed?) :)
- Palythoa - Green People Eaters / Palythoa sp.
As of 1/18/14 I have changed over to using the Red Sea Reef Care Program. I hope to have everything balanced and normal within a week or two so I can figure out my new dosing schedules. After 2 days of using these products I have nothing but great things to say so far. My corals and fish have never looked better or healthier. The colors are amazing already!
- Bicolor Blenny / Ecsenius bicolor
Red Sea Reef Care Program:
Reef Energy A
Reef Energy B
Coral Colors A
Coral Colors B
Coral Colors C
Coral Colors D
- Duncan Polyp / Duncanopsammia axifuga
Feeding See more
Cobalt Aquatics Spirulina Flakes ·
Cyclop-eeze Freezer Bar ·
Hikari Mysis Shrimp ·
TLF Marine Snow ·
Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes ·
TetraMarine Saltwater Granules ·
Hikari Crab Cuisine ·
Ocean Nutrition Instant Baby Brine Shrimp ·
Kent PhytoPlex ·
Ocean Nutrition Frozen Spirulina Formula ·
Coral Frenzy ·
Ocean Nutrition Formula One Flakes ·
Ocean Nutrition Formula Two Flakes ·
Red Sea Reef Energy ·
Nori Organic Seaweed ·
Reef Energy ·
Reef Energy B ·
Reef Energy A ·
Flake food ·
Hikari Bio-Pure Spirulina Brine Shrimp ·
Hikari Bio-Pure Cyclopod ·
Flake mix ·
Boyd Vitachem ·
Mixed frozen food ·
I rotate feedings between several kinds of flake food and frozen. They seem to like everything, but mysis shrimp seem to get the best reaction after the coral frenzy.
- Ocellaris Clownfish / Amphiprion ocellaris
I have been making 10% water changes weekly for quite a while now. Last weekend I did a 20% water change and things seemed to level out much easier than before. I think this will be my new pattern for a while and see how things go. I also vacuum 1/2 of the substrate each weekend when I do a water change.
- Florida Ricordea Mushroom / Ricordea florida
Inspiration & Goals
Doing research on aquascapes and livestock for a newer 93 gallon cube to replace this tank. Some of the tanks I have seen out there are just amazing and I want mine to be like that. Really digging the spacious 2 bommie type layouts at the moment that leave a lot of swimming area. Might even do a biotope tank this time. At least have some kind of plan going in...
The BRS 52 Weeks of Reefing video series has been very educational and helps in making decisions moving forward.
Words of Wisdom
Take the time to do lots of research BEFORE you set up a tank. Get all the equipment you want up front and get the best you can get, you will be replacing it later. It doesn't help to skimp on quality anywhere. I'm still trying to get caught up with updated equipment and such.
Build you entire setup on paper before you buy anything. Know what fish you want, what corals you want, make sure they are all compatible, and what lighting and flow you need for those choices.
- Trumpet Coral / Caulastrea curvata
Disasters & Regrets
Its taken about 4 months to recover from a partial crash. All of my coralline algae turned white and my levels all went crazy and we lost a few critters. Still haven't found out what happened, but have made various upgrades since and things seem to be going very well now.
Sometimes I would like to start over with all that I know now and do things differently. I guess that's just life though :)
I really wish I would have spent more time getting things together before I filled the tank with water. A sump would work much better than the Aquafuge, and it would get the heater out of the display. I should have secured my live rock, every time I work on stuff it seems to move a little here and there.
I have been researching for over a year and learning so much, its hard to pick any one resource as the best. I find the BRS videos to be super helpful and several of the forums as well. I have several books and I like to reread them any chance I get. Thank you to anyone who has ever said or written anything, however small, that has helped me advance in my love of aquatic critters.
- Zoanthid - Eagle Eyes / Zoanthus sp.