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Hi,

I’ve only just joined this forum so hi everyone and I hope you are ready for me to pester the forum if I need any help lol, luckily my local aquatic store has been helping me out a fair bit and have given me some what I believe to be good knowledge? Lol

So I’ve gone and brought the Kent Bio Reef 94L, it’s looked abit of a budget build as it came with everything and it was too a decent price, however I’m wanting to start and learn the hobby slow and then invest in something more once I really understand it. I thought a 94L would be a perfect start to really experience keeping a fairly small tank so I can fully understand the challenges.

So I’ll run you through what I’ve done so far; brought the tank, set it up with RO water and salt and then added some all in one liquid thing the local aquatic store had given me, I’ve taken the sample too my local aquatic store today and they said all is good, they sold me two mochavinici clownes that are now in the tank.

What are the next steps? I have been told 8 hours a day lighting however didn’t get full instruction as the tank has 3 lighting options, a dim white light, bright white light(full sun?) and the blue led (night time light?) I’m also looking to put this on an automatic timer is this possible with the stock lighting for this tank? 

Secondly is tank maintenance, I have a skimmer however it is not currently on as of yet I was told to leave it until tomorrow, I have no live rock in the tank also just dry rock, skimmer will go on tomorrow, I’m going to leave the clowns in on there own for 3/4 week if this is a good idea? Just to establish the bacteria so I don’t get an ammonia overload? How often will I need to water change based on the amount of life stock, or will I just change as and when test results are falling outside the bracket?

Finally, what point should I be adding coral, after I’ve established good livestock or any time after these 4 weeks? I know the tank isn’t equipped with best lighting so I’m not even sure what I can go yet as I’ve been so focused on hitting these milestones of the nitrogen cycle lol, however I do like frogspawn and hammerhead corals?

Sorry about all the questions just want to make sure I get this right lol

Thanks!
Last Edit: Jul 18, 2021 1:43:04 am by haydnp

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Reply #1

Firstly welcome aboard ,
We’ve all been there with questions , first starting out can be exciting times , finding out and discovering you’re own bit of the sea at home .
A photo would be nice to see you’re setup ,
Advice wise , you will get loads of good help on here and please don’t think a question is to silly to ask just ask if you’re not sure about something someone will get back to help .
As far as stocking you’re Tank goes it’s always a good idea to research a little bit about what you want to buy before you purchase as some fish don’t get on with others ,
Hammer corals are nice and hardy and can be put together with frogspawn ,
Leather corals zoas are good starter corals too with some amazing colours ,
Clean up crew is essential , hermit crabs , snails , shrimps ,
A sand sifting goby is also helpful for keeping it clean .
Anything you want to buy just remember they don’t all stay small like you see in the shops , some fish get really big ,
I’m sure you will be ok , like I said any problems or questions please just ask us all on here and we will all try and help to steer you in the Wright direction as and when you think you need a little helping hand .
Dave
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Hi @haydnp welcome to ReefBase

Soft corals are generally pretty tough and you can add some as soon as the cycle is complete.  I would hold off on any with a stony base (like torches, hammers, frogspawn etc) until the tank is at least a few months old. 

Regarding the lights,  frustrating when companies do that.   I'd probably just run them full blast on a timer plug, and manually switch them to blue or dim when needed.

Have you got a pic of the clowns?  Not seen that combination before  *D

PS when you say 'no live rock'  what is the rock that's in there?  Is it ocean rock (completely solid stones) or something like artificial or dried out live rock (porous) ?
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Regarding the lights,  frustrating when companies do that.   I'd probably just run them full blast on a timer plug, and manually switch them to blue or dim when needed.

Have you got a pic of the clowns?  Not seen that combination before  *D

PS when you say 'no live rock'  what is the rock that's in there?  Is it ocean rock (completely solid stones) or something like artificial or dried out live rock (porous) ?

Thanks for the speedy reply!

As for the lights I’ll just run them on a timer then, when should I be turning on or off the full sun light (brightest one?)

I will add a picture for you!  lol

I’m guessing it’s artificial live rock, in the picture you can see however the local aquatic never said what rock it was, it was dried out and on a normal shelf display in no water so I’m guessing it’s definitely dry rock.

I’m also in belief I need more rock so that is on order!
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Nice clowns, and yeah that looks like dead live rock or something artificial like Marco rock.  Both good options. 

Personally I'd be adding a bit more though, pretty minimalist at the moment! 😉
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Nice clowns, and yeah that looks like dead live rock or something artificial like Marco rock.  Both good options. 

Personally I'd be adding a bit more though, pretty minimalist at the moment! 😉

Indeed it is lol, more will be on the way and will get it in, how much rock is a good guideline per gallon?

Thanks again for the help and quick reply!

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Indeed it is lol, more will be on the way and will get it in, how much rock is a good guideline per gallon?

Thanks again for the help and quick reply!

They say roughly a pound to two pounds a gallon. Depends how full or open you want the scape tbh, I've got a lot less than that cos I'm hoping my coral will fill the space as it grows in.
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They say roughly a pound to two pounds a gallon. Depends how full or open you want the scape tbh, I've got a lot less than that cos I'm hoping my coral will fill the space as it grows in.

Thanks for the help!  :grin:

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Hi,

Just popping in again to ask a few questions and update on my tank.

Tank is going well and all testing levels seem to be in the parameters and are currently stable, Ive added more rock and and my clownes are now starting to move out the top corner and begin to wander the tank like a aquarium fish! With the rocks taking up a little more space (followed the guidlines @ajm83 1lb per gallon) it starting to look more and more like a Reef tank.

Next step and questions is what I’m here for, when can I add the next fish in or coral? Any ideas or pointers? The clownes have been in a little under a week, is this enough time for there to be enough good bacteria ready to break down the poop of another fish or would you wait longer?

Finally I’ve done some research into some of the fish I would like in the tank, I thought I’d run them by here to see what you think and if they would be compatible with each other and the tank; Yellow watchmen goby pistol combo, royal Gramma, six line wrasse?(unsure if this would be) and maybe even a dwarf Angel if there is any small enough for the tank?

Quick reminder tank is a Kent bio Reef 94l so probably will be pushing my look with an Angel, any ideas on some nice fish to put in here would be also welcomed!

Thanks!
Haydn

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Glad it's going well!


You can add corals whenever you like from now on - it's a good idea to start with hardier types (eg softies like zoa, kenyas etc). LPS should be ok as long as you are careful - they will be more at home once it matures a little more. SPS might be a challenge due to your lights


Fish - a couple of weeks is normally a decent guide (in my view) to allow the system to sort itself out. Your fish choices generally look fine with the exception of the angel - you might be able to find some small specimens that might be ok in that size but the biggest question for me would be the fact that they are notoroius for nipping corals. Personally I now avoid angels (though i love them) as I would rather have happy corals than expensive snacks!

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Thanks @mightyhatter appreciate it!

Maybe I’ll stay away for angels especially for now then, I’d researched them and some of the dwarfs have some decent reviews based on coral eating, some keepers tend to have no experienced this but for now I’ll put my focus into the others and the corals!

I’ll wait another week then and then look at adding another fish and then when I’m there I’ll look at getting some corals too, I’ve found a lot of softies that I’ve liked so I’ll start with them and get some understanding of corals with them before moving to the others so thanks for that!

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