Newa more 30 - first tank

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Hi all, I've been reading lots of posts and learning so much the last couple of weeks. Thanks for all the expert knowledge.
Ive recently brought a Newa more 30 marine tank which is smaller than even all the nano tanks mentioned in most posts. It's 30litres and has all the equipment built in. I've had fresh water tanks for years. Currently running four which are all doing well. I decided to go marine after seeing a nano tank at my LFS which was incredible, lots of soft coral waving in the current, a shrimp and an anenome crab.
I think I can answer most of my questions from the various posts I've been reading but I just have a couple which I can't answer. Any help would be amazing.
1) if I buy the test kits which are available, will they cover everything that I need to test or do I need multiple kits to cover all factors
2) how do I attach frags to an existing rock with other coral on? Can I take it all out of the water to work on?

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Reply #1

1. Normally several test kits, but RedSea sell some combo kits. Initially,  you'll want ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. You also need a refractometer to measure SG (salt levels).

2. It depends on the type of coral you're trying to attach. Superglue, cocktail stick + elastic band, etc. Do you have a specific coral in mind?
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Thanks.
No specific coral in mind. The usual beginner pieces until I get confident. I can't remember the names at the moment. So many things to learn!

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Got some rock in the tank now and letting it cycle. Already feeling impatient and want to add some coral! And I'm already thinking that the tank is too small and needs a massive extension.
Is it a good idea to test for ammonia and nitrites everyweek or shall I wait until 30 days as most say this is the time it takes to cycle?

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Added some xenia, a cleaner shrimp and 2 turbo snails today. What signs do I need to check for to make sure the xenia is settling in well?

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That's looking really well Dr80

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Thanks very much. I'm a bit worried that the xenia does not have enough current around it. If I place the xenia in the middle of the tank under the filter outlet it gets pushed down, but if I move the xenia around I cannot find anywhere with enough movement. I've been looking at wave makers but cannot find any small enough for my tank. Hmm... Something to ponder

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Reply #7

I got some excellent advice on wave makers on here so hopefully they will notice your post soon! Looks ace, lovely coralline!


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Thanks very much. I've looked about and opted for a Fluval CP1 wavemaker ordered from Swell UK. It seems to be the most compact item around and most suited to my needs. If its wrong then I've not broken the bank for it. I don't want to run the risk with my xenia. He/she/it is great to watch and will hopefully flourish. The shrimp seems to have settled in well. Active and happy looking. So far so good.

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 That's excellent news Dr80, I picked up a mini wavemaker off Amazon , quite a compact unit but have yet to put it in the tank but it seems to have a small footprint. Its good to hear everything is going well.

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Thanks very much. I'm a bit worried that the xenia does not have enough current around it. If I place the xenia in the middle of the tank under the filter outlet it gets pushed down, but if I move the xenia around I cannot find anywhere with enough movement. I've been looking at wave makers but cannot find any small enough for my tank. Hmm... Something to ponder
For a powerhead, I'd go with one of these. Not too much on low, but plenty on high, so you can find a balance.
https://m.fish-street.com/jebao_rw-4pp4_wave_maker_uk_delivery

I'd advise removing the xenia. It grows like a weed, and almost everyone wants rid after a while. It's a shame as it's cheap and looks great.
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Reply #11

Added two clowns and two more corals over the last couple weeks. All my readings are doing fine. I think this is it now for the tank. 3 fish, 3 crabs, 1 shrimp and 3 corals is enough I think.
The xenia hasn't really spread its wings yet. I do get the impression that it moves around a bit though. I'm sure it moves overnight.

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Looking excellent Dr80, a perfect balance. I am pleased to report that mine has just completed its cycle so its time for the CUC  :glad:

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Good stuff. The CUC are such interesting fellows. I put a selection of empty shells in the tank for the hermit crabs. Within an hour one of them had swopped his for another one about 4 times bigger. God knows how he manages to get about in it but he seems happy enough.

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