Finally have started my first SW
tank after many years of FW
. Began with a ~30g (24X12X19), 40lb of LS
, and 30lbs LR
1 month ago. Have finished my cycle (i think) with last parameters ph 8.3, NH3
0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm, and Nitrate 5.0 ppm
I have removed a mechanical filter that I think was increasing my nitrate levels and began using a Remora Aqua C skimmer. I have also ordered an RO
unit that hopefully will come within the next week as well as calcium/phosphate test.
Lighting is AquaticLife PC
with 65W 460/460nm Lamp, 65W 700nm Lamp, and 2 1W Lunar LEDs. I also have a Koralia Evolution 750 ph as well as a 9W UV
sterilizer going. Temp is pretty stable at 78-79F with digital therm.
Currently I have quite a ~3-4 snails, a few hermit crabs, a few starfish that were hitchhickers on the LR
. I also have some zoas, sponge, macro algae, and I think some other soft coral (will post it again in the ID forum as it has some color now). In the evening I can see quite a few pods
running around on the rock and sand.
had also rec'd my start out with a few damsels after 2 weeks of the tank being setup (he said my water levels were fine then...). Since reading on the forum though I see I need to return them if I plan on adding more fish.
I have ordered through reef cleaners a small CUC as well as a macroalgae mermaid tail (couldn't resist it).
My goal eventually is to get 3-4 fish, Pep Shrimp (or cleaner shrimp/other invert), as well as a few corals down the road. The fish I was thinking of:
1) reef-safe Wrasse (six line, or Pink-Streaked)
2) Cardinal-fish (spotted?) versus Fire-fish
3) Yellow Watchman Goby versus a Hi Fin Red Banded Goby
Any thoughts on what would you add next(after i get those damsels out)? Anyone suggest another fish that would be better in this small of a tank? I know to go slow and one at a time, but wanted to get some suggestions.
Thanks in advance!