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Old 02-12-2019, 08:04 AM   #1
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Need to downsize, any advice?

I have realized maintaining a 75g reef tank with “people and roombas” is beyond my ability to keep aesthetic for several reasons. I also hate having the tank just sit there getting more overgrown with neglect. I do have a dry 29 Biocube ready and waiting to receive gifts from it’s mother tank which will come to hold hardy freshwater fish that are so much cheaper while still paying debts. Turns out fish don’t count as dependents? I have a great hubby that won’t be home for two weeks at a time, so as long as a stopping point is reached and picked up, he will be thrilled with the results.

I have a clear vision of what I want to keep, and I think the process involved (at least my experience with upgrading/moving). But what advice do you wish had known to make the downsize easier? About cutting/breaking live rock to move/glue to new structures SAFELY?

My sand has way more bicolored hairy worms (the mostly harmless debris stays under 2”) than any kind of pods. But they are so prolific I could use the extra sand as a food source!
I have a small colony of hairy Ricordia on a large rock (with tall forests of green fern like plant). I also have 3 colonies of plain wagon wheels (almost a nuisance and brown from neglect but otherwise healthy) and some Rasta Zoas that has doubled around his original plug, but has never really been happy.

Time is my friend, I can be both patient and ruthless. I don’t want the mini-reef look but rather 3 or 4 separate islands so full of colonies that bad algae doesn’t have a chance. A pistol shrimp symbiotic pair, a blenny for fun, mini hermits, mix of snails (we like couples ) maybe a cleaner or decorative shrimp. Almost an oriental aesthetic zen type and low maintenance with scheduled water delivery to avoid having to mix.

Plus getting the Box of water on a scheduled delivery is way cheaper for a 29g vs 75g! Thinking the five gallon box every week should be sufficient to not worry about the micro testing/levels as long as the dip test shows good and everyone is fat and happy.
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