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Old 11-17-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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My first reef tank.

Well I have been on this forum for a while now and my tank has been set up for 5 months. I thought it was time I started a thread on my tank. It is a simple 30 gallon with a HOB filter, low budget for starting out but now that I'm getting into the hobby I have plenty of room for improvement.

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There it is at 5 months, I'm pretty pleased. It seems to getting somewhat established.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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So today I picked up 3 frags at my LFS for $50, I thought it was a good deal especially since I had wanted 2 of them for months.

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My new duncan

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And my new lobo.

Anyway, I am thinking their placement seems to be ok but would appreciate any advice. Also if anyone has any special info on their care that would be great too. I have done some research but I know there is a lot of experience out there and I know I'm not perfect.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
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So today I picked up 3 frags at my LFS for $50, I thought it was a good deal especially since I had wanted 2 of them for months.

My new duncan

My new trumpet

And my new lobo.

Anyway, I am thinking their placement seems to be ok but would appreciate any advice. Also if anyone has any special info on their care that would be great too. I have done some research but I know there is a lot of experience out there and I know I'm not perfect.
I'm about 6 months into a 90 gallon reef. I have a Duncan and 4 Lobos. The Duncan seems to like good flow. My lfs says they are pretty indestructible. I have found that the Lobos seems to like lower light. Looks like you are off to a good start.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:13 PM   #4
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Your tank looks nice!! Good job! like the corals too and you got a good deal too!
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:32 PM   #5
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nice job and it looks like your headed in the right direction......very nice so far
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Love the purple coraline algae!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the positive feedback. I decided to move my duncan down a few inches. The arms weren't moving at all where it was, I did a bit more research and now it has moderate light and flow and seems happier.
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Plus 1 always good to do research
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My duncan and torch seem to be doing very well, I am pleased with both of them. My hammer is almost done splitting a head, this is its first and I'm pretty excited about it. I can't find too much info on my lobo, here is a pic after 5 days. How does it look? Does anyone know much about what signs they show about being happy/unhappy?

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My duncan and torch seem to be doing very well, I am pleased with both of them. My hammer is almost done splitting a head, this is its first and I'm pretty excited about it. I can't find too much info on my lobo, here is a pic after 5 days. How does it look? Does anyone know much about what signs they show about being happy/unhappy?
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Looks good. If it is unhappy, it will shrink up (might do it at night, so don't panic) and it it's really unhappy it will recede back enough to expose the skeleton. When my lights go off, if it is resting and not feeding there will be a little shrinking. Also, those little bumps will disappear. I have 4 Lobos, one of which started going south on me. What I described above is what I saw. I moved towards the back in a more shaded area and after about 2 months it has started to come back. I have noticed on my 3 that are doing well that I have seen significant growth. Just make sure you are religious with your pwc's and stay on top of your chemistry. But that is the strategy for most coral.
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