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Age 5 years, 1 month
Started November 6, 2013
Official Volume 16 Gallons
Actual 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.

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snowgrrl83 ‐ Thanks :)
alvin ‐ nice
padfieldc ‐ I like the tank... keep the pics coming.
ytateno ‐ It's elaborate coral layout!


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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

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Walmart heater
Nano cube 14 cabinet
Submersible halogen 10W light
DIY Arduino-controlled ATO

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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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  • True Percula Clownfish / Amphiprion percula

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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.
2 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Paguristes cadenati
Tiger Pistol Shrimp Alpheus bellulus
6 Trochus snails
2 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

1 Plant

Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.

On average you perform a 10.9% water change every 40 days.

0% total water change in December.

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Went to frag swap! Traded green zoos, hammer and candy cane frag for 2 sps corals and zoos :)
Added 2 acan frags from Tino's. Traded them for my old 20 gallon setup.
Added zoas from LaNiche, did some pruning
Zapped an aiptasia between zoas and forest fire monti with aiptasia-x
Had to prune some zoas that were slowly gaining space on the unknown blue acropora and the pink monti digitata
Chaeto is now non-existant. My water is probably too clean as my chaeto has turned into a mush ball. I took out the GFO and GAC. I will not be adding any for a little while until I notice nutrients cr

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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