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Old 05-06-2017, 02:06 PM   #1
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First SW Reef 125G

Like most people, at first I was intimidated by the idea of a reef tank even though I've wanted one for years and then decided I was ready for the challenge. I started my tank about 2 months ago. It's cycled and the diatom is starting to disappear with the help of my crabs, snails and yellow eyed kole Tang. So far, knock on wood, that's been my only frustration. In any case I have fallen in love with the hobby. My inventory include:
Pair of nano clowns
Kole Tang
McCorskers Flashers Wrasse
Purple Firefish Goby
Royal Gramma
5 hermits
3 turbos
2 Nassarius
A toadstool Coral
a frogspawn Coral
And a Harlequin serpent starfish
45 lbs of live rock (plan on adding more)
150 lbs of sand (about 5 inches deep)
Running 2 110g tidal filters, a hob skimmer, 3 pumps and 2 heaters.
Water is 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 10 nitrates, pH 8.2, temp 79, SG 1.028?. Hydrometer not very accurate.
I still have some major plans. The tank is not established enough for the main focus of my tank yet and I'm waiting very impatiently, lol, but will wait until my tank is ready. I still want to add, in order of $ and establishment time:
Some hammer Coral and other soft corals,(I love soft Coral)
A female McCorskers Flashers Wrasse
A pair of green mandarins
A rainfordi
2 Christmas tree worm rocks
A Sand sifting starfish
A pink and blue starfish
A bubble tip anemone

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Old 05-06-2017, 02:10 PM   #2
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:02 PM   #5
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Thank you. Still a little nervous, but that just makes me work that much harder in making sure everything's​ kosher so I don't have a full tank crash or that nothing goes wrong. I've lost one snail and one hermit but everything else's great. Staying vigilant.
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inverts you really can't count them as a loss as their a dime a dozen
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That didn't bother me that bad. The LFS said that snails and hermits don't keep very long and would replace them on a regular basis. The fish, corals and star inverts are the ones I watch closely. Right now just waiting to see if my clowns will host my frogspawn, but nothing yet and it's been a week or so since I got it
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I'd hope the clowns don't try to host the coral. It can be stressful and kill it.
As for your future fish list, try to avoid the sand sifting star. They consume too much from the sandbed to be kept alive in our home systems.
Similar goes for the mandarins. They eat thousands of pods a day and are very hard to keep alive in our closed systems. I had one for a year, because I was experiencing and knew better!, but it cost me at min 50 bucks in pods a month to keep it fed. This was on top of it eating mysis shrimp as well. Simply a fish that belongs in the sea, though they really are beautiful creatures.
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I'm still a couple of months out from getting the green mandarins and that's the reason or the whole focus for the SW setup and I'm getting help from the LFS owner on owning and caring for them. As for the Sand sifting star, thank you for that info I'll rethink that.
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Mandarins can be doable, just didn't want you walking in blind. A large refugium full of rubble will help repopulate their numbers in your system. You might also want to look into breeding them outside of the tank itself so you have a safe population that you can simply 'restock'.
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