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Old 02-07-2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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10 gal FOWLR to 30 gal reef upgrade diary...new pics 6/1/07

Things are getting started for my planned upgrade from my 10 gallon FOWLR to a 30 gallon reef. May not seem like a huge upgrade but I really wanted to go reef and I already had the 30, so that helped minimize (or at least justify) the cost.

So here is the 10 gallon now:



Tank specs:
30 g long
Bak Pak 2 skimmer
4x39 watt T5 lighting, 2 10000K and 2 actinic (Current Nova Extreme)
100 watt Visitherm stealth heater

Will have:
30 lbs Aragamax sand
2 Maxi Jet 900 PHs (230 gph each)
the 20 lbs LR from the 10 gallon, plus more as I get some
1 reef ball (more on that later)

Livestock:
from the 10g:
6 line wrasse
feather duster
Astraea snails
Nassarius snails
dwarf zebra hermits

Hope to add:
some more dusters
cleaner shrimp
fish?? not sure what else to get
zoos, mushrooms and other soft corals.

Here is the 30 about 1/3 full of DI (I bring water home from work so takes a few days). The sand, salt mix and powerheads have been ordered, so just waiting for those to arrive before taking the next steps.



Closeup of the T5s:


Apartment with the 30g and the planted 55. This will be a really nice pic once the 30 is set up and running:
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Awesome!! That 30 looks as big as the 55 in that last pic!
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Old 02-07-2007, 10:37 PM   #3
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Yeah, I guess it does....it really is just a 30 long, and the other tank is a 55, but the 30 was a lot closer to the camera. As it was I was crammed into the corner at the bottom of the stairs trying to get both tanks in the pic!

I am soooo excited about setting up this tank.. Can't wait to get all the supplies and get going.
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looks awesome! that will be about 5.2 wpg so ya you could go with the zoa's, shrooms, and other softies,
what is that red fish in the 10? it doesnt look like a six line...
you could add.....

cardinalfish, I have a PJ and like the high fin, both are awesome, shy fish.
you could get
clown fish
royal gramma
blenny's
goby's
cardinal fish
fire fish (if you add a glass top)
fish along those lines!!! cant wait to see how this progresses!
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I'm thinking of a gramma, and maybe 1 other fish, but haven't decided what that fish will be....I have a while to think anyway!

That is a 6 line in the 10g, awesome fish. Gotta love those googly eyes.
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I am going to have to get me a 6line...everyone seems to love theirs. I've never seen one at any LFS I use.
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wow your six line is RED, mine is not so red, its rather blue!
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Looks very nice newfound. Pretty impressive
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Tank's all filled, ready to go, just waiting for that big box to arrive from the good Drs. Foster and Smith with my salt, sand, PHs and other goodies.....
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Be almost like Christmas day, wont it.
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