10g Super Simple Nano Reef, First Marine Tank

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Thank you so much! I am in love with it for sure and I'm super addicted now. Getting my next tank in motion already.
if you’re trying to go bigger and better.

Take the 2nd one slower.

If you can try to either get one with bulkheads and plumbing or DIY it.

nows the time to start getting a little fancy, so by the time you’re on your 5th tank you might stop upgrading :p

I’m on my 14th? Now, I was too afraid to go big at the beginning.

but looking back now, I would’ve just gone big on my 2nd tank, but more slowly.
 
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if you’re trying to go bigger and better.

Take the 2nd one slower.

If you can try to either get one with bulkheads and plumbing or DIY it.

nows the time to start getting a little fancy, so by the time you’re on your 5th tank you might stop upgrading :p

I’m on my 14th? Now, I was too afraid to go big at the beginning.

but looking back now, I would’ve just gone big on my 2nd tank, but more slowly.
Honestly, my bigger tank will be very similar to this. Keep it simple brings me the best success.
 
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2 MONTH UPDATE

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Since the last update I decided it was time for fish. I purchased a Madagascar Spotted crouching goby, a mandarin dragonet, and a firefish from liveaquaria. Well, the short story is they got extremely cold during shipping and temped in the 60s when they arrived at my house. Really poor shipping job from Liveaquaria IMO. Will not be ordering from them in the winter again. 4 days later I lost the firefish and then the mandarin dragonet, they just didn't seem to fully recover. The crouching goby I figured wouldn't last either but amazingly he did and I still have him. I was kind of disappointed to have spent the money on him because he was pretty boring, but now he comes out more and loves to eat so he's been a lot of fun to watch and I've changed my mind, I'm gald to have him and hope he keeps coming out more. About 2 or 3 days after losing the mandarin and firefish I was pretty fed up and decided I needed some fish in here and went to the LFS and picked up 2 blue damsels, this was on the 22nd of Dec. Now is when I'm really starting to see the big difference between reef fish and freshwater fish. These fish are like fish on crack. They really love to eat and I definitely overfed them a lot the first week because they were just so hungry and honestly a lot of fun to watch. Now that they have fattened up, I cut back on their feeding and they spend time redecorating the tank which is exciting and terrifying for me to watch.
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Corals are doing coral stuff. Most seem to be growing. A few with issues, mostly my Bowerbanki. It's not happy at all and I think it's my fault I just moved it around to much. It has new mouths growing and the old one seems to be dying but maybe this is just it transitioning to my tank. I know water parameters were thrown off with the fish additions and things are just starting to get back settled so I think it should be better from here. I have some more coral coming in about a week and I'm very excited about it. Leptastrea has become my favorite coral for the moment so I loaded up on it with the sales going on along with a few other things I've been eyeing. One of the biggest things I'm struggling with at the moment is my lighting. I feel like my corals did a lot better when I ran the lights extremely blue but I would like to have more white to make it look better but the corals don't seem to like that as much. Very possible this is just in my head though. I will try my best to hold off a few weeks before I mess with my lighting again though and see how it goes because I really like the way the tank looks now.

Refugium filter thing seems to be working pretty well. It's pretty nasty in the filter box to be expected (I really overfed) and my tank looks pretty spotless, coraline algae is starting to spread from my frag plugs to the epoxy putty which is pretty cool. I'm nervous about my clean up crew having enough food to eat so I actually dropped in an algae waffer last night. Might do this occasionally if it doesn't mess up my water quality. While taking pictures of the filter today I found what looks like a baby snail and I got pretty excited to see that. Hope it sticks around.

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In these 2 months, I have only scraped the viewing side glass for maintenance. Clean up crew has done the rest. I dose about .5ml of all for reef a day currently. I feed about .5ml of vinegar eels w/ the vinegar, a couple ml of phytoplankton every day. I feed live baby brine and frozen mysis every other day and feed pellets and flakes whenever I feel like it.

Now that this aquarium is set up and set to easy mode for the most part, I plan to start setting up a 40G breeder. The build will be very similar to this, only bigger. I have a couple new ideas that could make the tank more efficient at removing nitrates and wastes and staying stable, but we will see.
 
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5 months old.

Absolutely love this tank.

Just got over a big Dino problem

There’s been a lot of ups and downs and i’m still struggling with the lighting the most. I’m planning on getting a seneye soon, I think, so I can really get a better idea of how par works.

I started to get a good bit of detritus buildup on the rocks and corals so I decided to remove the mini refuge. I just put the box filter back with polyester filling that I change out occasionally now. Ideally having the mini refuge setup and another mechanical filtration method would have been best but I really want to keep equipment to a minimum.

starting to think more about flow and if I should add an additional power head or stronger power head. Like lighting it’s hard to tell if you have too much until you have too much.

All in all I love this tank and I keep trying to figure out where I can add more coral.
 

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