Mixed reef

Volume 165 Liters
Dimensions 60cm x 50cm x 50cm
Make Red sea
Model Red sea reefer 170
Timeline
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Introduction

I jumped into keeping a marine fish tank back in 2014. I started with a nano and quickly upgraded to the clearseal reefspace 700. The current tank I have now is the Reefer 170. I have learnt my experience through reading, other reefers and learning as I go.
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  • Royal Gramma / Gramma loreto

Background

I come from a basic tropical fish keeping background, and after a good 5 year break I went straight into saltwater as I prefer the colours and challenge with a mixed reef.


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  • Pink Scooter Dragonet / Synchiropus stellatus

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Filtration

The tanks filtration comes from the live rock, I have a skimmer in the sump and a small refugium which was converted from the small ato supplied with the tank.

Weekly water changes of 25L

Lighting

Radion G4 pro rx15 running coral lab sps a+b programme.

Flow

Flow comes from x2 ecotech mp10w and from the tanks water pump.

Measurements

420
Calcium
8.6
Alkalinity
Magnesium
10
Nitrate
34
Salinity

Inhabitants

Current fish livestock as of 26.08.20

clown fish x2
royal gramma
pink scooter blenny
blue reef chromis x3
peacock wrasse
fireball angel
diamond goby

7 Fish

3 Blue Reef Chromis Chromis cyaneus
2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Pink Scooter Dragonet Synchiropus stellatus
Royal Gramma Gramma loreto

6 Invertebrate

2 Cerith Sand Snail Cerithium caeruleum
Fighting Conch Strombus spp.
Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
2 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa
Salinity 35ppt
calcium 430ppm
magnesium 1280ppm
alkalinity 8DKh
nitrate 0.5ppm
phosphate 0.02

Additives

Balling light method. I currently dose alkalinity and calcium to keep the tank stable. Magnesium currently stays put with water changes, occasionally needing to have a little top up.

Full red sea recepi and additives are used on the tank.

Feeding

I feed daily, mostly twice a day, once with flake/pellets and then the evening with frozen - frozen varies.

Maintenance

Daily glass cleaning, feeding and check over.
I aim for a weekly 25L water change.
Levels tend to be tested weekly, although some more often than others - alk is tested the most.

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Inspiration & Goals

Future goals will be to go bigger - eventually. For now I'm letting the corals in this tank grow out. I don't have room for anymore corals really, as I want them to have space to grow larger.
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  • Ocellaris Clownfish / Amphiprion ocellaris

Words of Wisdom

Take it slow and steady! Try not to instant fix things - can cause more problems.

Disasters & Regrets

I had a tank crash after moving house around 2 years ago - trying to fix the rock work back together and using too much putty. It killed most fish - other than the 2 clownfish I still have today.

I kept leaving the net lid off the tank - lost a few fish to jumpers. I also regret not moving my larger wrasse on sooner when he started becoming agro - cost me my peacock wrasse.