20 Gallon Softy Build First Reef Tank

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This is my first reef tank that's gone through a lot of ups and downs as I've been learning. At first my goal was to keep clownfish because I love them, but after many trials and errors, and having the tank stable with finally no issues for 7 months, I decided to try my hand at reefing. The tank was a little over a year old when I first added corals and has had corals now for a little over a month.

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20 gallon tall aqueon tank and lid
35 Tidal HOB filter
x2 Hygger power heads
50w Hygger light

I started off with dragon stone and 2 live rocks + live sand. Over time I cured more porous rock to replace it. I kind of regret the rocks I replaced them with since I have no aquascape to speak of and wasn't even thinking about rock placement, so I'm just rolling with the rocks I got.

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The fish in my tank right now are 2 clowns and a yellow clown goby. I started off with two different clowns that perished to ich. I tried and failed to do quarantine when I barely knew what I was doing. I got a second fish to put into the quarantine tank and it also died of ich. I left my main tank fallow for 3 maybe 4 months before adding these quarantined clowns and kept them for 7 months before I was brave enough to so much as stick in my hand in the tank for fear of killing something.


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Current corals. I'm unsure if I'll add more what and where. My only plan so far is to let the clove polyp take over the middle rock and for the mushrooms to take over the far right and left rock.

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Quite happy with the corals I have gotten. If I get anymore they will likely be mushrooms. I'm still not sure if I want to keep the pink cabbage coral where it is or place it next to the green one.

I still have diatoms but the green algae has gone down some.
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Cool setup! If your clowns are hanging out in the cave, I'd say you have a functioning aquascape! I wish mine would appreciate their custom rockwork home rather than just hanging out by the return flow nozzles, lol. If you decide to add more down the road, check out duncan corals - LPS but very tolerant and easy to care for, plus they sway in the water and have some cool feeding behavior - one of my favorite first corals.
 
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Cool setup! If your clowns are hanging out in the cave, I'd say you have a functioning aquascape! I wish mine would appreciate their custom rockwork home rather than just hanging out by the return flow nozzles, lol. If you decide to add more down the road, check out duncan corals - LPS but very tolerant and easy to care for, plus they sway in the water and have some cool feeding behavior - one of my favorite first corals.
The cave is their home base. Since I put the goby in they have been venturing out to the right side of the tank a lot more. Duncans are very pretty.
 
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