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Old 06-30-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Alright guys, this is my first salt build, and I am really excited! Let me start off by saying, yes I know, it is not recommended to start off with small tanks, but after feeling fairly successful in the "high tech" planted side of aquaria, I feel I am ready and able to keep a small reef tank stable. I work nights, so the majority of the time I'm home to keep an eye on my tanks. My plan is to keep some easy care stuff, mainly zoas and maybe a few other softies. The only means of filtration will be biological and water changes. So lets dive in to the setup!

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- 5 gallon rimless ex-Fluval Chi - Dimensions 10x10x12"
- Hydor Koralia 240 circulation pump
- Finnex 50 watt titanium heater
- Finnex Epoch clip light with 26 watt 50/50 bulb. I've rewired the moon light on this fixture so I can run the bulb and LED moonlights on separate timers. I may eventually upgrade to an LED fixture.
- SOON to be built DIY ATO, this is something I definitely need to get done soon and will be key to keeping params stable. You guys will be impressed with my DIY skills!



SCAPE:

- Roughly 6.5 pounds of dry rock (I choose dry to keep the possibility of any pests to a minimum since this is my reef)
- Roughly 6-7 pounds of CaribSea Fiji pink live sand

The rock


First go at the scape


Sand added and filled, wow that's cloudy!


And finally, after messing with the rocks a little, the morning after fill up





So that's it for now guys and girls! I'd love to get some of the really experienced reefers active on this thread, I'm sure I'm gonna have a ton of questions! I'm sure my planted tank friends are surprised right now...
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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Im following

Im not a reefer or anything but im excited to see this tank mature.
Your off to a great start!
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:15 PM   #3
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Im not a reefer or anything but im excited to see this tank mature.
Your off to a great start!
Glad to have you g! Anyone's comments or opinions are welcome, regardless of experience, as I have absolutely none...
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Following. Hope to learn here... you might inspire me to cross over from the planted side, Bill!
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Following. Hope to learn here... you might inspire me to cross over from the planted side, Bill!
Maybe! I already love the tank and its only rock and sand...
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What's DIY ATO? LOL... I'm such a newb here!

Are you going to put a cover? I'd be worried about evaporation and how it can drastically affect the specific gravity and such in a nano.. Oh, and are you going to mix your own SW or buy it?

What are you thinking of stocking aside from the coral? Shrimp or something?
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What's DIY ATO? LOL... I'm such a newb here!

Are you going to put a cover? I'd be worried about evaporation and how it can drastically affect the specific gravity and such in a nano.. Oh, and are you going to mix your own SW or buy it?

What are you thinking of stocking aside from the coral? Shrimp or something?
ATO = auto top off. Baisically I'll be mounting a float switch to the rim of the tank, which is wired to a lifter pump that pumps fresh RO/DI water in to the tank, keeping specific gravity stable. Well that's the plan at least... lol

Well, there's a pretty good reef focused LFS about 20 miles from my house called Deep Sea Creations. I bought two 5 gallon jugs for 12 bucks a piece from him and the first fill up was free. One jug for salt water, one jug for RO/DI. Plan is to do a 1 gallon water change weekly, but I guess it depends on where my params are that will set my w/c routine.

Stocking will hopefully be very light. I'm hoping this tank will get my wife a little more interested in the hobby. I already told her I want her to be, and she'll come with me to pick out stuff for the tank. I'll probably have a few different types of snails, maybe a few scarlet hermit crabs, and the only fish I'd be willing to put in a 5 gallon is a yellow clown goby. I'd love to have a baby clownfish and make her the excuse for an upgrade... lol, a pistol shrimp & goby pair would be cool, but I don't know if I'd be way overstocked, or if the pistol would go after other inverts... Shrimp and other crabs would be cool too... So far I like the look and size of porcelain crabs the best...
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Eek! I'm excited to follow along! Welcome to the salty side! looks great already!
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Wow a 5 gallon reef good luck I'm planning a 15g diy cube tank for a reef. Can't wait to see how yours turns out
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Eek! I'm excited to follow along! Welcome to the salty side! looks great already!
Thanks j! Any suggestions/tips???
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