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Old 07-01-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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9 gal nano reef build

Hi, first of all, this is my first post on aa so hi all!!

I have been keeping freshwater fish and cichlids for years and will start a separate thread on my 55g Malawi in due time 

About a month ago I set up one of my spare tanks as a 9 gal nano reef. This is the current stock:

1 black/white clown
1 lawnmower blennie
1 banded shrimp
3 snails

I am still taking it slow so I only have 4 or 5 different colored mushrooms in there, they are doing very well though!

To the tank:

3kg live rock
Wet/dry filter, 250l/h. I'm thinking of replacing it with a eheim canister that is not in use. Alternatively I was thinking about a HOB fuge, that I'd have to buy though. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

1 300l/h power head

Lighting came with 1 compact 11w bulb, I took the lid apart and added another fixture and ballast, now I have 2 blue/white bulbs in there, 22w for the 9g. It's on a timer set on 8hrs/day.

I have a good current in the tank and the everything is doing well. The little bit of hair algae that grew during the cycling is now the blennie's prime food source! 

I will post some pics if I can work out how very soon.

1 things that seem a bit odd though: the blennie usually sits on rocks and looks cheeky, if he doesn't do that he takes care of my algae. When the lights go off he goes to the top of the tank though and sits on the power head with his tail sticking out of the water. Is that normal?


Thanks for your answers, dom
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Those are taken with my iPhone so excuse the quality. I'll get my slr out soon and post a FTS 
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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Seems like there's a tiny bit of red hair algae growing since yesterday, any thoughts on how to battle that or does this come with a new tank anyway? Cheers
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What kind of water are you using, tap water?
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:57 AM   #6
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Bottled spring water to top it off and purchased salt water from the lfs. About 25% pwc weekly
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Oh yeah, salinity is 1,025 and ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are 0. Light is on a timer for 8 hours a day
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I would avoid any type of water other than RO/DI water. The HOB fuge would be a great idea for that type of tank. A new tank is always going to go through some algae blooms even if you are doing everything perfect. I don't know much about canister filters I have never used them. Make sure you have water movement on the top of the water to help with the Oxygen in the tank as well. What is the temperature of the tank?
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wow...you set this up in one month? how did you cycle your tank so fast?

I am just setting up my 10g. Very excited. Mixed water two days ago and picking out some base rock and live rock today
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The spring water may have quite a bit of phosphates/silicates in it that lead to an algae bloom. It's completely normal to have the cycle of the tank cause a "cycle" of algae as well. It goes away over time. If you don't have an RO/DI system, you might want to buy DISTILLED water at the grocery store over Spring Water to top off.
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