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Hello! Welcome to the best hobby in the world! Wexford area huh, you’ll have to check out Reef Gallery it’s right off the Evans City exit on 79. They have all your coral needs and great displays. Aqua world has slowly declined their saltwater foot print over the years I’ve seen.

The local reef club here has a great many members with tons of knowledge and everyone’s willing to help with questions.

Also I did see your post about dry rock and live rock. If you decide the dry rock route I have some dry rock I just got I won’t be using.

-Codey
 
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Hello! Welcome to the best hobby in the world! Wexford area huh, you’ll have to check out Reef Gallery it’s right off the Evans City exit on 79. They have all your coral needs and great displays. Aqua world has slowly declined their saltwater foot print over the years I’ve seen.

The local reef club here has a great many members with tons of knowledge and everyone’s willing to help with questions.

Also I did see your post about dry rock and live rock. If you decide the dry rock route I have some dry rock I just got I won’t be using.

-Codey
Hi Codey!

I am really enjoying it so far! I was actually planning on checking out Reef Gallery today but took down Xmas with a 5 and 2 year old instead....

Whereabouts are you? I am trying to do everything slowly and correctly to avoid as many problems as possible but would love as much help as possible.

I only have snails, blue legged hermit crabs, a damselfish (blue sapphire, which I was told is docile, but people seem to disagree online). I have some rubble rock in the sump with a little macroalgae growing on it and have seen a few hitchhikers (collonista snail, asterina starfish).

The levels I test for (pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, alkalinity, phosphate, and salinity) all look good except low alkalinity. I would like to get some coral going asap but want to plan things out in advance so I don't have as many hindsight problems.

I have some friends that are experienced reefers but live far away and want to make some friends nearby who can look at problems and know the local stuff.

I would be interested in the dry rock but need help in the big plan. Hopefully, you or someone in the club can help with that.

Thanks for the warm welcome!
 

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Shoot us a picture of your setup and we can maybe point out some things you may need or what to look after.

I live in Bellevue about 5 min up 65 from Aqua world.

Everyone has a damsel at some point I have 2 right now they usually bicker among themselves, but they’re a hardy fish which is good for a new tank.

I would suggest picking out those starfish. I have them, they will multiply into the 100s.

testing weekly is a good thing to do at a minimum. With the tank cycled there’s no real need to keep testing ammonia and nitrite. Also what test kits are you using?

As for the rock, your current live rock is your biggest biological filtration, you can always add dry rock but it’ll get ugly as it matures. A lot of people soak dry rock for many months prior to starting a tank to help with the uglies. Best plan of action is sketching a generic plan of action with what you want your aquascape to look like so you don’t just randomly stack.

I’m no pro when it comes to coral as I feel that is my weakness in the hobby currently but many in the club have that magic touch I’m sure they chime in eventually. Jamie and Kevin at reef gallery can point you in the right direction, for some reason I can’t tag Jamie on here.
 

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Hi! Setting up first tank. Wexford area. Red Sea Reefer Nano. Completing cycle and looking to start building reef. Everything in tank coming from Aquaworld so far. Just introducing myself and trying to make acquaintances.
Welcome! Definitely shop around. Bulk reef and marine depot help too! I sell a ton of coral from beginner stuff to the highest end and rare corals.
 
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Welcome! I'm spinning up a new tank as well (Moon Township area). I definitely second Reef Gallery. Years ago I bought mostly at AquaWorld (I still visit it). Their saltwater footprint is definitely a tiny fraction of what it used to be. Do you have a build thread?
 
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Hey all!

I'm uploading a pics of my tank for advice. I also think my diatoms are receding but some sort of algae that flows in the current is expanding. Can you tell me if this is something I should worry about or if it is just ugly? Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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Looks like the normal progression of a new tank. I would look into a skimmer and a refugium. Your tank looks to be of similar dimension to my Red Sea Reefer 170. Here is my sump set up.

I have a Reef Octopus SSS110 Classic skimmer, some Hager bio media, and the light is just a gooseneck and LED grow light from Amazon.

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