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Old 10-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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46g Bowfront Reef: Phase 1

Greetings to everyone here at AA!

First an introduction. My name is Marlanea, I live in the Houston area, and am SUPER excited to get to know everyone here, and I welcome your advice (and criticism).

I have been lurking here for quite a while now, while gathering information and opinions on all sorts of topics, and am ready to jump in with both feet! So, here's where I am...I have this 46 gallon bowfront, and am looking to create a reef aquarium.

I know that the Single Bright LED lighting that the aquarium is inadequate, and am considering this, instead.

I have learned about cycling, thanks to this forum, and am prepared to put in the time necessary to complete that activity. My initial concern was that I felt I needed "step by step" instructions. Then, I found EXACTLY that on LiveAquaria.com...They have a step by step plan for setting up your reef aquarium!!! It's like it was made just for me!

So, now for the current questions. I am in the process of gathering the equipment needed to be a success. I do not think I'm in the position to do the full-fledged sump/refugium thing. However, I am planning on getting the AquaFuge2 External Hang-On Refugium with Light.

Here's the question, what other filtration do I need? I know I need a skimmer, heater, etc (and will take any and all suggestions in ALL areas of equipment), but what are my filtration needs, exactly, considering this stocking plan?

Stocking plan:
2 x Ocellaris Clownfish
2 x Kaudern's Cardinalfish
1 x Six Line Wrasse
1 x Longnose Hawkfish
1x Carpenter Wrasse

CUC:
25 x Hermit Crabs (various)
10 x Snails (various)
1 x Abalone
2 x Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp

Corals:

Button Polyp, Yellow Colony Polyp, Hairy Mushroom Coral, and Bullseye Mushroom Coral, Silver Branch Pumping Xenia, Regular Pumping Xenia,Starburst Polyps, Colony Polyps, Cauliflower Colt Coral, Taro Tree Coral, Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral, Spaghetti Finger Leather Coral.

I will say, right off the bat, that I do plan to deviate somewhat from the instructions from LiveAquaria. In their instructions, they have the first SIX fish added all at the same time. From what I've learned here, that seems like a mistake. So, my plan is to add the pair of clownfish first. Then wait a week or two, add the cardinals. Wait a week or two...and so on. I do not want to overwhelm the system.

I'm sorry this was so long...but lay it on me. Where am I going wrong. Help me correct these mistakes before they happen!!!

Thank you all in advance for your help!

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Old 10-28-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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If you want inverts you cant get the hawk fish :/ snails and hermits should be ok because of their shell, but shrimp would die
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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That's OK about the hawkfish - most of the stock list is up for negotiations....but my favorites there are the clownfish, the cardinals, and the carpenter wrasse. Also the shrimp. Gotta have the shrimp.

Anything else can be worked around.

I like the bicolor dottyback, but have read from others here that they can be problematic...

Perhaps take advantage of the pistol shrimp/goby combo? I like the idea of them being buddies

Any equipment suggestions, ya'll? Or other stocking advice?

Don't leave me hanging....I've seen the wonderful help you do here....
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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OK...so while waiting for some replies, how about I add to the shopping list, and y'all tell me what you think...

2 x Koralia Evolution 550
Eshopps HOB protein skimmer
200W Marineland VisiTherm Heater
Refracometer
Thermometer
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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Greetings to everyone here at AA!

First an introduction. My name is Marlanea, I live in the Houston area, and am SUPER excited to get to know everyone here, and I welcome your advice (and criticism).

I have been lurking here for quite a while now, while gathering information and opinions on all sorts of topics, and am ready to jump in with both feet! So, here's where I am...I have this 46 gallon bowfront, and am looking to create a reef aquarium.

I know that the Single Bright LED lighting that the aquarium is inadequate, and am considering this, instead.

I have learned about cycling, thanks to this forum, and am prepared to put in the time necessary to complete that activity. My initial concern was that I felt I needed "step by step" instructions. Then, I found EXACTLY that on LiveAquaria.com...They have a step by step plan for setting up your reef aquarium!!! It's like it was made just for me!

So, now for the current questions. I am in the process of gathering the equipment needed to be a success. I do not think I'm in the position to do the full-fledged sump/refugium thing. However, I am planning on getting the AquaFuge2 External Hang-On Refugium with Light.

Here's the question, what other filtration do I need? I know I need a skimmer, heater, etc (and will take any and all suggestions in ALL areas of equipment), but what are my filtration needs, exactly, considering this stocking plan?

Stocking plan:
2 x Ocellaris Clownfish
2 x Kaudern's Cardinalfish
1 x Six Line Wrasse
1 x Longnose Hawkfish
1x Carpenter Wrasse

CUC:
25 x Hermit Crabs (various)
10 x Snails (various)
1 x Abalone
2 x Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp

Corals:

Button Polyp, Yellow Colony Polyp, Hairy Mushroom Coral, and Bullseye Mushroom Coral, Silver Branch Pumping Xenia, Regular Pumping Xenia,Starburst Polyps, Colony Polyps, Cauliflower Colt Coral, Taro Tree Coral, Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral, Spaghetti Finger Leather Coral.

I will say, right off the bat, that I do plan to deviate somewhat from the instructions from LiveAquaria. In their instructions, they have the first SIX fish added all at the same time. From what I've learned here, that seems like a mistake. So, my plan is to add the pair of clownfish first. Then wait a week or two, add the cardinals. Wait a week or two...and so on. I do not want to overwhelm the system.

I'm sorry this was so long...but lay it on me. Where am I going wrong. Help me correct these mistakes before they happen!!!

Thank you all in advance for your help!

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Good call on not adding all the fish at once. But I would add the cardinals first cuz you wanna do the least aggressive first, and while clowns are usually peaceful, they are in the damsel family and can get territorial at times. I've never had a dottyback, but have read that they can be bullies. If you like that coloring, though, you could get a royal gramma.
If you don't want a sump, I would recommend a canister filter for that size tank. Fluval is a good brand, but there are other good ones too. You'll need a filter rated for twice the size of your tank, though.
I don't know that heater, but as long as it has the capability to dial in a particular temp, it should be fine. I have an aqua C remora s skimmer, and it works great. Not familiar with the skimmer you listed.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #6
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Welcome your list seems very well thought out good job. I have the eshopp skimmer hob it works well no problems. the cup is hard to get off seals tight which is good.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:47 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the info so far, keep it coming!!

I will definitely make the cardinals my first fishy friends...and will confirm the workings of the heater.

I thought I might need a canister filter, but wasn't sure, so thank you for adding that to my list. What media should I put in there? I know that I don't really want additional "bio" media because it becomes a problem as far as nitrates go...So I was thinking something along the lines of primarily carbon and purigen. Does this sound about right?

Fluval 06 (model 406)

Now let's look at lights. I'm considering the Marineland Reef Capable LEDs. For one thing, they're LED, which is just cool. And they are on sale. My tank is 36" wide. Could I get away with the 24-36 model or should I just bite the bullet and go with the 36-48?

Again, thanks for the help everyone...even though I haven't REALLY done anything yet, I finally feel like my project is coming together!!
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I have that same Fluval and it works great for me. Chemipure is great. Haven't used purigen yet, but I've heard good things about it. Some people put rock rubble in there too. I clean it out every week and replace 1 foam piece per week.

I've heard that the marineland "reef capable" lights won't actually support anything but the lowest light corals. I have it on my FOWLR, but for my reef tank I have Kessil lighting. I've also heard good things about Par 38 bulbs, so check those out.
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What do y'all think about a yellowtail blue damsel? I understand they are the "least" aggressive of the damsels...but still I would it last, so that it doesn't own the whole tank...
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What do y'all think about a yellowtail blue damsel? I understand they are the "least" aggressive of the damsels...but still I would it last, so that it doesn't own the whole tank...
"least" aggressive of the damsels is still aggressive lol I would avoid the entire damsel species unless you have a large tank with large fish.
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