Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-22-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Burlington, NC
Posts: 23
Beginner

Hi all,

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/DI 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.

My LFS 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!

creighton
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC00421.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	208.0 KB
ID:	24688  
__________________

__________________
b-towndoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2010, 11:18 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jimbo7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,996
Welcome to AA!
Big props for taking your time and making sure you did your research a head of time. Sounds like you are off on the right track.
I have never had a 6 line, but only hear good things. They would be a good addition. All the other fish you suggest are good fish, its down to personal preference on that. Just be careful with the firefish and high finned goby, they may not be compatible, they are similar looking.
__________________

__________________
Links to old builds:
12DX LED Build
Frag Tank (Fixed Link)
Dorm Pico Tank
Jimbo7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
It will usually take more than two weeks to cycle the tank. Read our article on cycling in the SW articles section.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2010, 12:29 PM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jimbo7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,996
With 40 lbs of LS and 30lbs of LR?
2 weeks sounds right for a little mini cycle.
__________________
Links to old builds:
12DX LED Build
Frag Tank (Fixed Link)
Dorm Pico Tank
Jimbo7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Burlington, NC
Posts: 23
Thanks for the input! I might of been a tad unclear in my first post. The aquarium has been up for about a month and now is on its 5th week. I added the two Damsels after 2 weeks (after the LFS rec'd it) which now after reading on the forum/etc does sound a bit early. My parameters have been stable though since then though.

One question though, does the addition of a small CUC (per reef cleaner's standards) add a large load on a tank? Do I need to wait a bit after that addition before adding a fish, or does 1 Wrasse + 1 small CUC = subtraction of 2 damsels as far as ammonia load.

creighton
__________________
b-towndoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2010, 06:41 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jimbo7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,996
No, a cuc adds next to no bio load. Just enough usually to keep a small colony alive. You should be fine with that swap.

How many exactly are you putting in?
__________________
Links to old builds:
12DX LED Build
Frag Tank (Fixed Link)
Dorm Pico Tank
Jimbo7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2010, 07:04 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Burlington, NC
Posts: 23
I emailed John at Reefcleaners.org and he rec'd a pretty strong CUC. I actually went with the slightly smaller CUC than he rec'd due to some hitchhickers that are already in the tank. I am ordering the smallest package with the free shipping!:

20 Dwarf Ceriths
8 Nassarius
8 Florida Ceriths
5 Large Nerite

He previously had rec'd:

30 Dwarf Ceriths
13 Nassarius
13 Florida Ceriths
8 Large Nerite

But since I really don't have a ton of nuisance algae so far I decided to go a tad smaller. We will see if I need to add a few more in the future. My LFS has a few CUC options that I can always supplement with. With 40lbs of LS, I have a pretty deep sandbed of about 4-5 inches.

How about the bioload of a Pep. shrimp? Do I need to treat this as a fish and introduce only one fish/shrimp at a time?

Thanks again for all the help!

creighton
__________________
b-towndoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2010, 10:12 AM   #8
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jimbo7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,996
Might be slightly too many, and you may see some die off in like 1-2 weeks. It all depends on if there is enough food for them. But its a good mix.
__________________

__________________
Links to old builds:
12DX LED Build
Frag Tank (Fixed Link)
Dorm Pico Tank
Jimbo7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
beginner

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I am a beginner, what do I do? Beginner Fish Lover Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 20 03-23-2010 09:10 PM
beginner lado078 Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 4 10-22-2009 02:42 PM
Help ! beginner LBG Nano Reefs 1 09-24-2009 08:57 AM
beginner here!!! debomb4u Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 62 04-24-2005 09:16 PM
Beginner- needs HELP R4MZY Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 07-31-2003 03:07 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.