New nano reef tank

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I had a bit of moving tonight as I got a new table for the tank to go on and also wanted to move it to the other side of the room, it all went smoothly although admitted I did break off a few pieces of my forest fire digitata montipora, not to bothered though as it have me some more frags to glue onto other rocks and as I really like this coral it's nice to have it scattered around, I thought I'd share how I done it just incase anyone else needs to do this and isn't sure what to do, it was pretty easy tbh, all I done was turn off all equipment and unplug it and detach ato tubes, remove heater and wavemaker and drain the water into a large storage box, as the tank level decreased and the rocks and corals begin to get exposed to air I removed the rocks and put them into the large storage box with the water, I removed the hermit crabs but left the fish in with just the sand and about 3 inches of water, carried the tank slowly trying not to slosh the water and disturb the sand bed, set it on new table and refilled it using a the small part of the lid as a ramp and with a jug pouring it onto the plastic so it would disturb the sand, replace the rocks as the storage box water gets too low and fill up the rest of the way, turn on the filter but left of the wave maker and occasionally used a turkey baster to clear the sediment off the rocks, after it cleared up changed the filter floss and glued on my broken digitata montipora coral pieces into their new homes, I slightly changed the scape aswell, I'll test the water tomorrow and see if I need to do a waterchange

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New stand  :grin: my phone doesn't take a good pic from a distance, the water isnt murked up lol just light blur

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Reply #227

Really nice buy for £8!
I also really like the look of GSP so will have to get some, if it did start growing to fast I can think of worse problems.


Glad the move went well mate! The new Scape makes your Tank look a little bigger.

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Reply #228

Thanks mate I think so too plus it gives the fish more swimming room, the one coral that has taken off is my anthelia (waving hand) that grows like wildfire so I think I'm going to try taking some frags of that later on tonight

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Reply #229

New light arrived today, nothing fancy just a 39cm submersible blue led strip light which I fixed onto the underside of the lid with superglue and suction cup clips, for what it cost (£5 Inc postage) I think it works pretty well it just adds a touch more blue to the spectrum and helps bring out the fish and corals colour more under the daytime lighting, with all blues on the stock light and this one it really makes them pop, unfortunately my phone can't take any pictures with the blue lights only so this is it on along side the stock lighting

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Reply #230

Looking really nice mate! Got some good all round growth as well so must be doing something right. Bloody hard hobby this is to be fair


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Thanks mate I'm really happy with how the tank is coming on, especially being my first time doing it aswell, I picked up a couple of turbo snails aswell today so hopefully they'll start to make work on some of the algae on the rocks

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Reply #232

Looks great mate!,
Your Corals all look like they’re doing really well, nice and colourful too.

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Reply #233

Thanks for the kind words guys, I'd like to take credit for how good they're doing but I honestly believe this wee evo is fool proof, I absolutely love this tank, it's taught me a lot and given me the confidence to go big when I do have the space

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Reply #234

New GSP coral arrived today and after acclimating I have placed it low in the tank untill it opens up then I will put it where I'd like it go and see how it goes, big thanks to marine_newbie for sending me this and packing it very well aswell, your digitata montipora frag is on its way to you in the hands of the royal mail and should be with you tomorrow

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New GSP coral arrived today and after acclimating I have placed it low in the tank untill it opens up then I will put it where I'd like it go and see how it goes, big thanks to marine_newbie for sending me this and packing it very well aswell, your digitata montipora frag is on its way to you in the hands of the royal mail and should be with you tomorrow
Make sure you put it on an isolated single rock as it will otherwise overtake all your rock work... Tank looking good!


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Reply #236

I'm thinking of putting it onto my back wall possibly and letting it take over that lol, I have another piece on a rock and I know what you mean, it is spreading fast

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I'm thinking of putting it onto my back wall possibly and letting it take over that lol, I have another piece on a rock and I know what you mean, it is spreading fast
That should work and is what I’m trying to do



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Reply #238

I’m too scared to put anything like that in my tank. So thought I’d be safe with mainly sticks. Turns out pocilipora spreads like wild fire and spawns in your tank. Mines riddled with it! Not that it’s unsightly but it destroys all the more expensive and colourful corals


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OK so after the past 3 months gone smoothly I have hit a bit of an obstacle, it was bound to happen at some point so I now need to figure out the best way to get control again, my blenny died 2 days ago which was strange as all other fish and corals looked great and there was still algae for him to eat but not crazy amounts, that same day I also noticed some cyano beginning to grow on the sand and some on a rock aswell, I done my last waterchange 10l 6 days ago and always do weekly waterchanges of this amount, my tank with sand and rocks holds about 45l so about 22% weekly, normally I change the filter floss every 2 - 3days however I have been unwell and it has been 6 days since it last got changed out and was pretty dirty when I looked at it, I done a parameters test today and the readings are Am 0.25   Nitrite 0.00  Nitrate 10.00.and ph 8.0 this is the highest reading of Nitrate I have ever had in this tank so I know I need to do something, this is my plan to combat the nitrates and cyano algae,
1) waterchange and siphon off cyano from sand and rocks, I only have 7L (15% tank volume) of saltwater just now so I will have to get more and do another change in a few days
2) change filter floss and clean out sponges, purigen, carbon and bio media in tank water when doing waterchange
3) I have set the display lights to be on for a total 8hours from 2pm to 10pm, whites and blue lights 2pm to 6pm and just blues from 8pm to 10pm
4) refugium lights are increased from 12 hours to 17hours coming on at 9pm (1hr before display light turns off) and switching off at 2pm when the display lights come back on again
5) dose some seachem prime to help detoxify the nitrates
6) no feeding of fish food for 2-3 days
Does this sound like a reasonable approach to take? I have tried to cover everything I can think of but if there is anything I've missed or tips I'd appreciate your input
I am not sure what has caused the spike it could be the dirty filter floss or possibly the dead blenny? Or both? The longest I can see the blenny being dead for and unnoticed before removal is about 6 hours so I'm not sure if that is long enough time to cause a spike but in a tank with such low volume possibly?

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