It's been right around 6 months since I finished cycling my 20g FOWLR
and added in a pair of ocellaris clownfish. I also have a CUC from Reef Cleaners which I love. As I chose not to opt for a protein skimmer in this tank I had to make sure I kept up with weekly water changes and daily top-ups, which other than in a couple of instances I remained solid on. I may still get a small skimmer. After ongoing little niggles with small pockets of diatoms on the sand and some hair algae on rocks, I moved to a 4-stage RO
unit and things have been much smoother. NH3
/NH4 and NO2
have remained at 0 the whole time, and nitrates <10 (I struggle to determine the exact reading as I have the API freshwater master test kit and cards).
My original plan was to run for 6 months and see how I handled my first foray in to SW
before looking at some soft corals (I'm especially eyeing up the Reefs2Go saltwater soft coral 6-pack...). I'm going to get test kits for phosphates and calcium in order to gauge how I'm doing in terms of introducing corals. As a recap, I have around 30lbs of live rock, and the Aquatic Life T5 HO
Dual Lamp (48W) lights.
All looks quite different than when I first started cycling!
I appreciate any suggestions on moving forward with progressing from the FOWLR
environment to adding in some soft corals