Mixed reef 18 gallon

Aylmer, Quebec
Volume 16 Gallons
Dimensions 16'' x 16'' x 16''
Make CADlights
Model 18 gallon mini series
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This is my second reef tank. My first tank was a nano of 20 gallons that I kept for 4 years and eventually neglected. I hope this won't be the case with this one and I've gotten into AquaticLog to keep me on track for my new 18 gallon tank. This is my first time keeping SPS corals and therefore I hope to learn more about properly dosing my aquarium.


This aquarium is an all-in-one and has beautiful starfire rimless design. I have setup a fuge in the back chamber with a submersible light, liverock and chaeto and later added caleupra (sp?) macroalgae. I also keep a media bag with a tbsp of gfo and carbon in hopes of preventing any algae outbreaks. This tank has 15 lbs of aragonite sand and 18 lbs of various liverock about 6 lbs of which i purchased from an LFS and the rest that was cooked in my basement for a month from my previous tank. Some of the inhabitants of the tank came from my previous tank such as the yellow watchmen goby, royal gramma, pistol shrimp, blue mushrooms, candy canes and branching hammer coral. Otherwise, they are all new additions.


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I have a Maxspect Rasor nano lighting the tank. I love the LED lighting and the fact that i don't have to change bulbs(which annoyed me with my previous tank) my lights start phasing in at 7 AM, peak at 80-80% at noon and start phasing out again at 8pm. I leave a 1% moonlight from 10pm to 7 AM. My fuge light (submersible halogen light) is on from 8pm to noon the next day, everyday, in a reverse cycle from the display light




3 Fish

True Percula Clownfish Amphiprion percula
Yellow Watchman Goby Cryptocentrus cinctus

43 Corals

Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
3 Assorted Colored Mushroom Actinodiscus sp
Bali Green Slimer Acropora yongei
Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
2 Blue Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Branched Montipora Coral Montipora digitata
3 Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Cauliflower Coral Pocillopora Pocillopora damicornis
6 Florida Ricordea Mushroom Ricordea florida
Green Mushroom Rhodactis sp.
Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Lordhowensis Coral Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Montipora Setosa Montipora setosa
Montipora sp Montipora sp.
Red Dragon Acropora Acropora carduus
5 Ricordea Mushroom Ricordea yuma
Stylophora Coral Stylophora spp.
Yellow Finger Gorgonian Diodogorgia nodulifera
6 Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

24 Invertebrate

5 Astraea Conehead Snail Astraea tecta
Bulb Anemone Entacmaea quadricolor
5 Cerith Snail Cerithium sp.
Feather Duster Sabellastarte sp.
Mithrax crab
2 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Paguristes cadenati
Tiger Pistol Shrimp Alpheus bellulus
2 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

1 Plant

Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.


DIY Arduino-controlled ATO
Two little Fishies Coral ReVive
Submersible halogen 10W light
Tunze 9002 Skimmer
Nano cube 14 cabinet

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PE Mysis Shrimp · Cyclop-eeze · Mysis · Cyclopeeze
I tend to feed granules every day and cyclop-eeze once per week and mysis once per week. I used to only feed granules once every 2 days but was scolded for starving my fish, so now i feed every day. I target feed some of my corals and anemone with mysis or cyclopeeze using a turkey baster.
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On average you perform a 10.9% water change every 40 days.

0% total water change in August.

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Inspiration & Goals

I've been inspired by many nano reefs that I've seen online. Ricordea mushrooms have seemed to have captured my attention, therefore, I would like to elaborate my collection of rics. I have also been inspired by some aylmer salty's aquariums that I've visited. This has brought me to venture into the SPS type of corals and learning how to dose and keep my water pristine in order to have these harder to keep specimens.
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  • Acropora Coral / Acropora sp