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Age 3 years, 2 months
Started October 9, 2015
Official Volume 75 Gallons
Actual Volume 68 Gallons
Dimensions 48'' x 21'' x 18''
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Introduction

This is my first attempt at a saltwater/reef aquarium. I will be learning as I go, and doing plenty of research along the way. I am aware of the fact that some of the equipment I currently own is not up to par to run a top notch tank, but I will upgrade as fast as I can. I intend to purchase and build a brand new 150+ gallon tank and sump system in the upcoming months, and I am looking forward to the challenge of the project. Once I have all the correct equipment, I will start the cycling process and then be adding my current livestock to the new setup, and hand down the 75 gallon to my fiance to play around with. This 75 gallon tank has been my alternative to smoking since October 2015 when I gave up a terrible habit for a wonderful hobby. All advice you can offer me is greatly appreciated, but please don't bash me for having a canister filter, inadequate lighting etc... I am not the richest person by any means, but as I save up money that would have been used to purchase those nasty cigarettes, I will be upgrading what I can. I will however have top of the line equipment before I start up my new tank.

Prior to the saltwater setup, the 75 gallon housed 1 Oscar, who eventually ended up with HITH disease after having him for around 6 years. I admit, I probably slacked off a little too much in maintenance towards the end, which is what probably lead to his demise. Those days are gone now with the new setup, and I am constantly monitoring and maintaining the new tank, and rather enjoy myself doing so.

I always browsed the fish in the saltwater sections of my LPS while visiting for my 2 dogs and told myself one day I would own a saltwater tank. I have to admit, it takes a lot more time and money than I expected at first, but now I feel I am up for the challenge. I can tell already that it is a very rewarding hobby. Since start-up, I find that the tank is pretty much the new television at the house, and even all my guest can't seem to keep their eyes off it. My fiance and I even enjoy many meals in our beach chairs that we placed in front of it specifically for fish watching.

Thank you all for reading, and happy reefing!

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dazy1369 ‐ Beautiful tank so far! :)
jimmyree ‐ Nice tank sir, keep it growin!

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Phosphate
20
Nitrate
9.0
Alkalinity
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80
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14 Fish

Blue Tang Paracanthurus hepatus
Blue Throat Triggerfish Xanthichthys auromarginatus
Colored Filefish Pervagor melanocephalus
Dwarf/Zebra Lionfish Dendrochirus zebra
Flame Angelfish Centropyge loriculus
Flame Hawkfish Neocirrhitus armatus
Mandarin Goby Synchiropus splendidus
Six Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Snowflake Eel Echidna nebulosa
2 Spotted Cardinalfish Sphaeramia nematoptera
Volitan Lionfish sp sp

9 Corals

Bubble Coral Plerogyra sinuosa
Green Oxypora
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Green Striped Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Hammer / Anchor Coral Euphyllia ancora
Moon Coral sp sp
Tooth Coral Galaxea spp.
Trumpet Coral Caulastrea curvata

20 Invertebrate

Banded Coral Shrimp Stenopus hispidus
Blue Tuxedo Urchin Mespilia globulus
Debelius' Reef Lobster Enoplometopus sp.
Long Tentacle Anemone Macrodactyla doreensis
9 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
Pencil Urchin Eucidaris tribuloides
5 Red Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius sp.
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis

On average you perform a 31.7% water change every 23 days.

0% total water change in December.

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Added 1 package of copepods.
Moved tank yesterday to the new house. Nearly 100% water change and reused the old sand after a good siphon/rinse, as well as added a bag of fresh live sand. NO FISH LOSS!! I was blown away.