New nano reef tank

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I think of I had a larger tank I'd get more anthias, it may be the small size that's causing it as I didn't think anthias were an aggressive fish, next time I'm in the lfs I'll ask the owner if I can return him, more happy news today, I'm confident now that my tank has stabalized, 5 days after my last water change and paramaters are 0.00 on all tests, ph 8.0, normally I'd do a waterchange weekly but that would mean in two days time when parameters are probably still 0.00, is it normal to do 20% weekly waterchanges on a 52l tank or is that overkill, I don't mind doing the changes as it's pretty quick to do but if I could do every 2 weeks that would obviously make things a lot easier

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Reply #181

I would test after 10 days, if okay test daily until you feel you could change out 10% to bring levels back.

So phosphates and nitrates at 0?

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Reply #182

I haven't tested for phosphate as I don't have that kit, just Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate all 0.00, I think the refugium is probably what's helping with the levels as my chaeto has started to grow like mad, I'm having to remove bits of it now and throwing it away, I hate throwing it away aswell I wish I could give it to someone who could benefit from it but it gets overgrown quick, I could give it 10 days and daily test untill there's change and bring it back, another thought I had was doing only 10% waterchanges but still weekly, that would let my 25l of collected water last longer if it's possible

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New fish today for my evo, a lawnmower blenny to help with controlling the hair algae in my display, I have let some grow on the back wall deliberately as I knew I wanted one of these guys so have been preparing so he has food to eat, my first ever blenny, I'll get pictures of him once he's in the tank and settled in, just acclimating him now  :grin:

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Reply #184

Well my wee blenny has settled in already, eating algae off the rocks and exploring his new home, they really do have a great personality, he moves more like a lizard than a fish lol, I've also ordered some coral frag plugs so I will be taking some kenya tree frags soon, if anyone wants some just let me know

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Reply #185

I’d definitely be interested in a Kenya frag tree mate


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Reply #186

No problem at all mate, I'll probably only have about 2-4 frags from it, I'll make sure to keep you one

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Reply #187

Nice one!
I’ll be trying my rose Xenia as a first


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Reply #188

Good luck with yours aswell mate, hopefully the plugs will arrive next week sometime, now that the blenny has settled in I managed to get him to pose for a few shots lol

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What do you think of your reefing hobby/journey so far reefermad? Enjoyable or stressful?


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I'd have to say overall it's being enjoyable and thankfully not too many stressful moments, I did have a bit of a headache at first just trying to keep salanity stable with manual top ups and a hydrometer, once I got my ato it's been smooth sailing, I think that's the key to saltwater especially in a nano, ato is just so much easier I now can relax and when I do check salanity with my refractometer now it's always 1.024-1.025, it's also worth a mention that a equipment bug is a very real thing lol, I got this tank thinking I got a good all in one tank that could be easy to run from stock, hahaha well I never done very well at keeping it stock, I blocked holes added a diy media basket, run mechanical and chemical filtration, converted an area in the rear sump to a refugium, added a wavemaker and today I removed the return flow nozzles and just have it bare from the bulkhead, creates so much more and random flow, long story short what I wanted to be a low cost entry to saltwater has ended up costing quite a bit more than I had planned but not that I really mind as I was enjoying upgrading it and tbh I have managed to do most of my upgrades for not too much, I'm also surprised how easy it is to maintain, I am quite antsy so I do something nearly everyday whether it be clean the glass, powerhead, filter floss, return pump, I find small daily maintenance keeps everything nice and quick and controllable, my only downside to this tank is the space as I have fallen for a few bigger fish species such as a sailfin tang and flame angelfish which I know I will need a much larger tank for, this wee tank has taught me so much in the time I've had it though, I no longer feel scared at the thought of a large reef tank and thinking I'll waste a lot of money through mistakes, I can't wait to get a bigger one now lol

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Reply #191

Another frag today lol, I don't know who it is but someone keeps bumping into my montipora digitata and breaking off branches lol, I found one the other day and glued it to one of my rocks and it has taken to it well, this morning there was another bit knocked off so with a small piece of rock rubble I have glued it to this and it is now technically my first frag lol polyps are starting to come out on it more so it's looking good, I really like this coral aswell so it's nice to have more pieces

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The one I glued to the rock a few days ago

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Reply #193

Looking good. I struggle with digitata for some strange reason. I have had 4 frags of forest fire which have all just turned bloody red. No green base just all red. And I have acro’s which grow faster which is very odd


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Thanks mate, that is strange, mine seems to be doing OK even with fish crashing into them and breaking bits off lol

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