Ratvans Return to Reefing

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I am currently undecided as to what the end goals are for the tank, most likely will go the typical pair of clowns, blenny route plus CUC.

I've been thinking of down sizing, and am having similar thoughts to you, I'd stay away from clowns, but if you do want them, I'd go for a feature pair, something a little different.
My thoughts on a tank this size are small fish, blennies, gobies, maybe some cardinals or anthias at biggest, corals in mind, catalaphyllia, rics, shrooms, pocilipora, sun coral, maybe some GSP up the back of the tank or some plates.

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I’ve not done anything to my tank for ages apart from just added these little beauties yesterday
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The light brings out their colours lovely!!

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A1 ,
Been a long time , hope you’re keeping well to , I’ve not been around for a while been busy boy started decorating rest of the house while been in lockdown , so now things have eased a little thought I’d grab a sneaky chance to add a couple of tank mates,
Bit of good news for me was I got to have my first COVID jab 12 days ago .  *D *D lol :lol: :D :grin: 8D so half way there to a bit of protection. Typical me I made the nurses laugh , I stood up and bent over and asked for the left cheek . lol
Gave them a giggle .
Big shout out to them all for their hard work . lol :lol: :D :grin: :grin: 8D ;) :P :kiss: *D
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Reply #18

This little bugger is digging for gold I think  lol
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Would you not recommend having one then? Are there ones that aren't as proficient at digging?

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Reply #19

These are prolific diggers but beneficial as they do keep you’re substrate nice and clean and turned over regular , quite funny to watch sometimes ,
But the prolific digging can undermine you’re corals or rock eventually with their digging out  underneath them . If you don’t mind filling in the holes now and then
Their ideal .
There are a number of other Gobies you can choose from , not all of them are sifters , blue cheek goby are sitting gobies on a lesser scale ,
I would recommend the watchman goby like mine just need a little bit of backfilling now and then .
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Reply #20

So been playing around with the rock and I think i know what corals I am likely to be going for, probably also pick up a pair of chalk bass or similar maybe a small wrasse as well. Most likely going to go NPS and Keep the Kessil A80 on the tank



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Reply #21

Exciting times  :D

I like the hardscape  8D
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Exciting times  :D

I like the hardscape  8D

Thanks I do like the "old school" rock designs, just short a small amount of 40mm hose and a 25mm to 38mm step down piece for the return pump and then need to start looking for a skimmer but i want to fill this first and get the cycle going (raw prawn method and fill with NSW) as i'm in no rush, plus the fish that i want (trio of basslets) aren't going to be in stock anytime soon in the places near me and i have had terrible luck in mail order fishes.

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Reply #23

So the plumbing will be here some point this week or early next so i should be able to at least test the tank for leaks before getting it salty. Have also been reading and looking a lot into refugiums lately so may make the largest portion of the sump into a display refugium of sort, or a QT area for anything that i dont want in the main display at least

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Reply #24

So while I was waiting on the plumbing (Still am) I decided to have another play with the rock and have settled on a scape that I like that have some caves, arches and overhangs. I might not to go NPS route after having a chat with the lfs and seeing something that I REALLY want.

Overall scape is lower to allow for more growth upwards into water column

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Might as well do a FTS with lights on

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Ok so the plumbing parts have finally been delivered to the correct address. I should be able to hook this up tonight and fill for a leak test tomorrow. Need to remember to pick up some superglue on the way home to fix the rocks together

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Reply #27

So update on the plumbing part, its the wrong size.
This is fun!  >:(

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Reply #28

They sent the wrong thing or you made a mistake when ordering?

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They sent the wrong thing or you made a mistake when ordering?

I ordered a 20mm to 16mm (internal) step down piece, they sent a 25mm to 20mm step down. So its been sent back today and apparently the correct part will be posted out shortly

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