New member coming over from freshwater

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Picking up a new royal gramma later on :)

I also got a pair of eviota pellucida for the nano tank about 10 days ago. They are awesome little fish and add nicely to what was already a really interesting tank to watch. Only slight problem is that the nitrate level in the tank is now coming down very fast (less than 10 already) and so I believe I’m going to have to start dosing soon (or I could stock more fish of course!!)

I’ll post some photos later!

I really need to reorganise the macros in my evo too - I’m getting good growth on the macros and so they now don’t fit so well in their original positions! Nitrate in the tank is approaching zero so as I start to restock if it stays there or there abouts I will also finally be able to add my dream coral - a torch. I grabbed a riccordia Florida frag the other day too which is doing well. I might even give gorgonians a try.

fully agree with @marine_newbie about stability in general being more important than absolutes.

However in a new tank, I do think there is some value in micromanaging the levels to stay within say 5-10 nitrate and 0.03 - 0.08 phosphate to avoid dinos/cyano and hair algae getting started before everything gets fully established.
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Reply #121

With you both however with my current macro heavy style, my concern is running out of “plant food” a does that make sense or is your answer the same!?
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Reply #122

With you both however with my current macro heavy style, my concern is running out of “plant food” a does that make sense or is your answer the same!?
Yes it does make sense, macros will grow fine if you keep the nitrate and phosphate in the range I suggested (or higher) . Like I said the main thing is to avoid zeros, especially on a young tank.

Feed plenty, export plenty, keep levels over zero and not continually rising. That's basically it.

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Photos  :grin:
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Reply #124

I want to add macro algae but I worry about it growing too much. A reason I shut down my freshwater plants was because I couldn’t keep up with the plant growth


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Looking good 😎
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Reply #126

I want to add macro algae but I worry about it growing too much. A reason I shut down my freshwater plants was because I couldn’t keep up with the plant growth

As per freshwater there are faster and slower growing species - if you start a separate thread I’ll help you identify some good candidates?? Use livealgae.co.uk and tell me what you like the look of?
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Reply #127

Looking good, just make sure your lid is on tight. My hi fin banded goby jumped through a very small gap in my jumpguard.

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Reply #128

Looking good, just make sure your lid is on tight. My hi fin banded goby jumped through a very small gap in my jumpguard.
Oh no! Was he ok?


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Unfortunatly not. I thouhgt he was under my rock with my pistol shrimp, until i found a little dried husk on the floor a week later. He had kept his colour though.

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Unfortunatly not. I thouhgt he was under my rock with my pistol shrimp, until i found a little dried husk on the floor a week later. He had kept his colour though.
Oh what a shame. I had the same happen with a betta fish, he must have jumped through the smallest gap in the lid


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Reply #131

Just adding an additional photo of the nano tank now that I’ve finally found time to get it looking a bit better after the move.
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Reply #132

How's it settled in now @ScapeEasy ?
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