New arrivals and FTS

It has been a while since I posted update about my nano tank. Few creatures arrived yesteday.

  • Acropora hoeksemai
  • Acropora yongei (replacement for one which I lost)
  • Green seriatopora hystrix
  • Lobophyllia sp.
  • few Nerita sp. snails

 

I decided to try to get background of the tank covered with the coralline algae but I can only grow brown algae on the background:). So that is the reason why tank looks like a crap nowdays. There is some growth on montiporas and acans but not so much on acros.

FTS 18.2.2017

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Tank update

Lots of things has happened with my nano tank in last 3 months. New corals and fishes are arrived. Some new equipments etc. Here is brief update what is happening.

I installed more flow in the tank using Jebao Cross flow CP-25 (which is a knock off from Maxspect gyre) (I ordered one from Fish Street ). I also moved my rw4 stream pumps to other side and start using synchronous mode. Cross flow pump works as advertised. It is little bit louder than RW4 and it adds nice flow in the tank. I need to test it more, but it seems the flow is more gentle than ones coming from normal stream pump. Now the pump is installed horizontally but maybe in the future I put it in vertical position. I also run the pump with W3 mode and 3 dot speed (30% or something like that).

PH has been a problem to measure with test kit(s) (I have tried many, but not satisfied with the results). I bought American Marine Pinpoint Ph meter and it has been online about 3 months or so. The Ph in the tank runs between 7.85-8.1 during the day. I can see direct effect when rooms CO2 levels rise (e.g. working whole day in the room vs being away from home). No complains about the meter here :).

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Pinpoint Ph monitor

I also add new corals and two fishes in the tank. Here is almost completed list of inhabitants currently roaming my little pool.

Corals:

  • Acanthastrea Bowerbanki
  • Acanthastrea echinata
  • Acropora sp
  • Acropora Coral blue Acropora sp
  • Acropora echinata
  • Acropora millepora
  • Assorted Zoas
  • Acropora yongei
  • Montipora digitata (blue?)
  • Caulastrea furcata
  • Echinophyllia aspera
  • Duncanopsammia axifuga
  • Echnipora sp. celtic frost
  • Ricordea florida
  • Acanthastrea lordhowensis
  • Montastrea sp.
  • Montipora confusa
  • Sinularia sp.
  • Pocillopora
  • Montipora samarensis
  • Sarcophyton sp.
  • aulastrea curvata
  • Turbinaria sp.
  • Stylophora pistillata
Fishes:
CUC:
  • 4 Hermit craps
  • 4 different snail and few hitchhikers.

I now use Dupla Marin Premium Reef salt and I like the salt. I started using Fauna Marin color elements along with the new salt. Corals are getting better coloration but I think my tank has also matured a little bit more. I use biopellets with basic reactor and Seachem Seagel with innovative marine minimax reactor as well. I have Medium size minimax reactor which seems to be little bit too small for amount of seagel I’m using. I use additional bag with purigen inside the sump.

I also run problem with algae. My algae gallery has now species like: Cyano, bubble algae, brown hair algae type, green hairy algae and diatoms etc. My CUC cant keep with the algae growth at the moment so additional members is arriving later on this month. I also try to keep my tank clean as possible and start dosing Corallen zucht CyanoClean which seem to help with the cyano problem. My current water parameters are:

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I use hobby grade test kits from Seachem, Hanna Checkers (calcium, alkalinity, phosphorus (ulr)) and Red Sea Color test kit. I already received one Triton icp-eos test kit which I will use soon as possible to see what my values really are.

I also installed two t5 bulbs to my led array but more on that later. So far no disasters and corals are started to grow so my tank might look like a reef someday.

 

 

 

 

FTS from July 2016

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FTS from first week of July 2016. New fishes (more images about them later on) added and few new corals as well (e.g. Montipora Spongodes, few unknown acros).

Everything is growing slow and the coloration started to appear as I started dosing Fauna Marin Ultra Color Elements (3 bottles). After a two week of dosing I see color change a little bit (brown color is changing).

I also found one aiptasia and few spots of bubble algae today so I need to get rid of them. Diatom algae is still present on glasses etc.

FTS

Full tank shot 08-05-2016

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Now the parameters are coming back to normal or what I targeted. I used previously Tropic Marin Reef Actif salt which parameters were way off.  I changed to DuplaMarin Premium Salt (I have changin water 7% per week now). Also started dosing Iodine and Strontium to get their levels up. Corals seems to respond well to higher magnesium, calcium, iodine and strontium levels. Calcium and alkalinity are now little bit on higher side (I have to dial dosing pump little bit down). I see little bit growth on SPS corals in last few week. I hope they start growing better now.

My current parameters:

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(PH is quess, since Salifert Ph test is not very high on precision. I ordered American Marine Pinpoint Ph device which will take care of this measurement.

 

Latest FTS

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Latest fts as 08.03.2016.

Few more corals added last week into the tank. After the war between acan and new coral the Acan lost the battle (only few tiny head survived and are now fragged). I have no idea will the tiny Acan head survive but I hope so. Lesson learned here is that newer but new corals too close to others before knowing how long their sweepers are.

Tank parameters are little bit off at the moment (Alkalinity and Calcium are ok but Magnesium, Iodine and Strontium are low (undetectable by salifert test kit)). I started this tank with Tropic Marin Reef actif salt and now started to replacing it with Dupla Premium Sea Salt. I hope the Dupla salt will correct the problem but meanwhile I have been dosing Magnesium and I will start dosing Iodine and Strontium as well.