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Old 09-10-2008, 01:57 AM   #1
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Checking in with a 14g nano reef, soon a 29g reef!

Hey guys! Nice to be here, I'm a brand spanking new saltwater enthusiast entering the scene. Already dropped by at ReefLounge and the guys there have been great help, but I saw this community and it seems pretty cool, so who says you can only frequent one?!

Anyhow, I just started my first reef about 4 days ago. It's a 14 gallon BioCube. Glad to say all the chemical levels are fine, nitrates and nitrites are at 0, as well as amonia, and the pH is at a healthy 8.1. So far I have 12.8lbs of live rock (putting it in gradually), a Zoanthid that seems like it's doing amazingly well, and a Yellow-tail Damsel, to start the cycle. Really excited as this is my first tank, and everything looks like it's going well so far. Loving it!

Anyhow, I have plans for a 29 gallon soon. Long story short, I just bought a setup but accidentally cracked the tank (bought it from someone, not a store). Since I messed it up I'm just going to get a new tank, but I'm going to wait since I'll be moving in a month or so and it's no fun to have to move a 29g tank, albeit relatively small. Plan on it being a peaceful reef tank, can't wait to get started on it. Hopefully my experience from the smaller tank will rub off!

I'm just now learning all about chemical levels, cycling, and whatnot, so I don't know much yet, but I hopefully will soon. Even thinking about taking some marine science classes here at uni.

Anyhow, here I am! And no post would be complete without some pictures
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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Hi, Welcome to the site we are glad to have you your tank looks good I like the lighting and that damsel has upper fins that are standing up like a cat that just saw a dog cool little fish. This site I preffered over ReefLounge and others a lot of cool friendly people
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:42 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site. I might suggest you move some of your rock of the side glass just a bit. Makes it really difficult to scrape once you start getting the coralline and stuff growing.
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Thank you for the warm welcome and the advice I'm gonna re-arrange the rocks soon when I get a bit more, and will then get them away from the glass. I just hadn't thought about it yet since I don't have any algae or coraline thus far :P Every time I re-arrange the rocks it scares the crap out of my damsel and it hides for the next 2 hours, lol.

I'm also now working on my 29g. As I mentioned, my tank cracked, so I just went out to buy a new one. Now looking at a lighting fixture, a 30" 110w T5 Acinitic/10K Daylight with moonlights, should be okay for most soft corals I suppose. Problem is I'm moving in 3 weeks, should I get the cycle started now, or wait until the move? I'm probably going to have to change out all the water when I move.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:45 PM   #6
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Holy Shnikies!!! Only 4 days old?

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Well, actually 5 days old today! Got it on the 5th, let everything settle overnight, and got the rocks and fish on the 7th. Then some more rocks on the 8th, and it's bee how it is since.
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