October 2015
Mon
19
Sun
18
Measured Salinity at 1.028 SG
Yes! A spotted what I had hoped to be a hitchhiking sea star, not the case! A bristle worm lives in my tank. Pictures to come.
Fed Mini Tropical Pellets 1 cap
Fed Mini Tropical Pellets 1 cap
I will most likely pick up a few new fish at the store this coming Tuesday. My clown fish seems rather lonely. He's been hiding in one of the barnacles at night by himself.
My Cleaner Shrimp unfortunately passed away three days after a water change. It took him several days to finally pass. He is rather large. I'm thinking it was probably from old age? I hope...
Checked Tank & All Inhabitants
My Cleaner Shrimp unfortunately passed away three days after a water change. It took him several days to finally pass. He is rather large. I'm thinking it was probably from old age? I hope...
Measured Alkalinity at 9.0 dKH
Measured Phosphate at 0.00 ppm
Measured pH at 8.32 pH
Measured Calcium at 340 ppm
Measured Magnesium at 1500 ppm
Sat
17
Fed Mini Tropical Pellets 1 cap
Fed Phytogold-S Phytoplankton 5 ml 5 ml
Serviced Top Off Evaporated Water
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Livestock
Serviced Monitor Aquarium Temperature
Monitor Aquarium pH
Fed Fed Cyclop-eeze small pinch 1 cap
Fed Mini Tropical Pellets 1 cap
Fed Phytogold-S Phytoplankton 5 ml 5 ml
Fed Fed Cyclop-eeze small pinch 1 cap
Monitor Aquarium pH
Serviced Dose Magnesium (If needed)
Serviced Top Off Evaporated Water
Clean/Scrub Algae from Tank Interior
Cleaned Wipe Down Tank Exterior
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Equipment
Fed Mini Tropical Pellets 1 cap
Fed Fed Cyclop-eeze small pinch 1 cap
Fed Phytogold-S Phytoplankton 5 ml 5 ml
Serviced Monitor Aquarium Temperature
Monitor Aquarium pH
Serviced Top Off Evaporated Water
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Equipment
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Livestock
Serviced Monitor Aquarium Temperature
Clean/Scrub Algae from Tank Interior
Cleaned Wipe Down Tank Exterior
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Equipment
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Livestock
Measured Magnesium at 1500 ppm
Measured Alkalinity at 9.0 dKH
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured Phosphate at 0.00 ppm
Measured Calcium at 360 ppm
Measured Nitrate at 0.00 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0.00 ppm
Measured pH at 8.23 pH
Measured Temperature at 82 F
Tue
13
Fed Fed Cyclop-eeze small pinch 1 cap
Fed Mini Tropical Pellets 1 cap
Fed Phytogold-S Phytoplankton 5 ml 5 ml
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Livestock
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Equipment
Serviced Monitor Aquarium Temperature
Monitor Aquarium pH
Serviced Top Off Evaporated Water
Changed 7.5 Gallons of water
  25%
Cleaned Return Pump
Mon
12
I just purchased some live black sand, micro algae, a new pump for the hang off the back 2nd sump/refrigium, and Tigger pods...

I'm looking to create a habitat for possible breeders and have proper protected food supply for a future pshycadelic mandarin fish.

The macro algae will reduce the amount of ammonia produced from the unbound nitrates and nitrites. Tonight I'll assemble it all and post a few pictures.
I just purchased some live black sand, micro algae, a new pump for the hang off the back 2nd sump/refrigium, and Tigger pods...

I'm looking to create a habitat for possible breeders and have proper protected food supply for a future pshycadelic mandarin fish.

The macro algae will reduce the amount of ammonia produced from the unbound nitrates and nitrites. Tonight I'll assemble it all and post a few pictures.
I'll make a long story short and say this,

I was impatient and didn't want to spend over $2k on a 30 gallon saltwater setup so I bought a working tank that was 'broken in' at roughly $850 dollars.

It came with more things than I'll want to list however I calculated everything at current market price and it was a few hundred dollars short of $2k, not including tax or shipping.

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Current times. The tank has been running okay. However, I've now got the hang of keeping things in balance. I got my office direct sunlight levels down by adding curtains, I've been testing the water frequently for imbalances, frequent water changes, I keep it looking fairly clean. There is now only more room to improve.

The tank came with a clown fish and all of the coral you see in my current pictures from Oct, 2015. I have a really sweet CPR refugium I need to buy a pump for so I can get it running then grow macro algae and copepods.

I'm still debating what other coral I'd like to add. Fragging seems very interesting to me. 30 gallons of real estate is a nice start for trialing different species of fish, coral and inverts...

More to come.
Fed Mini Tropical Pellets 1 cap
Fed Fed Cyclop-eeze small pinch 1 cap
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Livestock
Monitor Aquarium pH
Serviced Top Off Evaporated Water
Serviced Dose Magnesium (If needed)
Serviced Water Tests
Clean/Scrub Algae from Tank Interior
Cleaned Wipe Down Tank Exterior
Cleaned Clean Filter Socks/Filter Pads
Cleaned Clean Pumps and Powerheads
Serviced Carbon and/or Phosphate Media
Calibrated Clean and Calibrate Probes (pH in particular)
Serviced Visual Inspection of Aquarium Equipment
Serviced Monitor Aquarium Temperature
Fed Phytogold-S Phytoplankton 5 ml 5 ml
5 gallon water change
Removed bottom debris in tank and inclusive sump, then replaced water with fresh batch.
Changed 2.5 Gallons of water
  8.3%
  • 3
  • 0
  • Hammer / Anchor Coral, Branching , Branching (Glowing Yellow Branch)
  • aquarig
  • 5
  • 0
  • Hammer / Anchor Coral, Branching (Glowing Green/Yellow Tip)
  • aquarig
Replaced activated carbon in dual filters
Carbon needed replacing. Lots of toxic debris
Cleaned dual filters
Lot of debris from previous owner
Fed Cyclop-eeze small pinch 1 drop
Fed Phytogold-S Phytoplankton 5 ml
Dosed 30 ml of Kent's Marine Magnesium
Magnesium is almost to the recommended ppm level. Proper dosage was maintained.
Measured Magnesium at 1260 ppm
Baseline test before we change the water.
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Baseline test before we change the water.
Measured Ammonia at 0.12 ppm
Baseline test before we change the water.
Measured Phosphate at 0.12 ppm
Baseline test before we change the water. I then added 6 drops of Phosphate remover solution. 6 drops removes .5ppm per 30 gallons. Conservative approach should help.
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Baseline test before we change the water.
Measured pH at 8.1 pH
Baseline test before we change the water.
Measured Alkalinity at 1.0 dKH
Baseline test before we change the water.

I also got 232.7 PPM but again, I think since the drops turned orange the first time we're really at 1 dKH v.s 13 dKH... Test again after water change is complete.
Dosed 7.5 ml of Calcium Buffer #1 & #2
Calcium was slightly below the minimum, sitting at 360ppm. Adjusted levels using buffer system.
Measured Calcium at 360 ppm
Baseline test before we change the water.
Measured Temperature at 81.5 F
Baseline test before we change the water.
He's camera shy...
I have two variations of this type of coral. I think their fairly easy to take care of and the look great!
Care Level: Easy
Lighting Requirements: Moderate (PAR 150-250)
Water Flow: Moderate
Aggressiveness: Aggressive
Range: Fiji, Indo Pacific, Australia, Solomon Islands
Family: Caryophyllidae Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates, < .10ppm
Added Tigger Pods
Their main home is the refrigium
Installed Maxspect Razor R420R 10,000K LED Light Fixture
Lighting by Maxspect
 
Installed Jebao WP-10 Wavemaker
Powerhead by Jebao
 
Installed CPR AquaFuge Hang-on Refugium
Refugium by CPR Aquatic
 
Installed Rio 800 Rejuvenated Powerhead
Pump by TAAM Rio Pumps
 
Installed Hydor Slim Skim Protein Skimmers
Skimmer by Hydor
 
Installed Accela Submersible Powerhead/Pump - 215 gph
Pump
 
Installed Live Sand (Black)
Other
 
Installed Accela Submersible Powerhead/Pump - 215 gph
Pump
 
Installed JBJ Nano Cube 30G
Aquarium by JBJ