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I have been keeping fish for about 8 years and saltwater for 2.5. My other reef is a 10 gallon. I wanted to upgrade and go with a 40 because it worked with space, money, and maintenance for it. I’m 16 so even with me working, I won’t be able to stock it as fast as a might want to with corals because of the lack of funds. But I guess it makes it more of a journey.

I did not feel like doing a sump and wanted to go somewhat low tech so the filtration is sand, 40 lbs of dry rock, aquamax hob 1.5 skimmer, and a aquamax hob reactor.

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2 clowns
Blue spot puffer
Coral beauty angel
Mystery Wrasse
Yellow head Jawfish
Possibly a blenny

I plant to mostly keep soft corals just because of the lack of maintenance they require but also have some lps. I am running 2 ai prime hd on it and 2 Jabao ow-25 I think they were called.

Hope you guys enjoy the journey with me
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Mmmm. Angels love zoas :p I think I need more critters to mow my lawn. I love the QP-5s ( I have 2 in my 40 as well)
Let’s go first comment. Don’t worry I am watching your thread. My lawn might get out of control because it is hard to have hermits and snails with the puffer
 
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I have been keeping fish for about 8 years and saltwater for 2.5. My other reef is a 10 gallon. I wanted to upgrade and go with a 40 because it worked with space, money, and maintenance for it.

I did not feel like doing a sump and wanted to go someone low tech so the filtration is sand, 40 lbs of dry rock, aquamax hob 1.5 skimmer, and a aquamax hob reactor.

Stock list/plans
2 clowns
Blue spot puffer
Coral beauty angel
Mystery Wrasse
Yellow head Jawfish
Possibly a blenny

I plant to mostly keep soft corals just because of the lack of maintenance they require but also have some lps. I am running 2 ai prime hd on it and 2 Jabao ow-25 I think they were called.

Hope you guys enjoy the journey with me
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Nice setup! What are you running in the reactor? This is giving me ideas for my home office.. Was thinking about putting together a smaller cube w/ a sump, but this looks like a great idea and less fuss.
 
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Nice setup! What are you running in the reactor? This is giving me ideas for my home office.. Was thinking about putting together a smaller cube w/ a sump, but this looks like a great idea and less fuss.
Right now just filter floss to make sure I can get all of the dust that was left over on the sand and rock but it is all gone now. Once I get more corals, I will run some gfo and rox carbon mixed. The lack of equipment as of right now is definitely nice and give the tank a clean look especially considering there is no sump. I just hope it can keep up with everything later on
 
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I have been keeping fish for about 8 years and saltwater for 2.5. My other reef is a 10 gallon. I wanted to upgrade and go with a 40 because it worked with space, money, and maintenance for it. I’m 16 so even with me working, I won’t be able to stock it as fast as a might want to with corals because of the lack of funds. But I guess it makes it more of a journey.

I did not feel like doing a sump and wanted to go somewhat low tech so the filtration is sand, 40 lbs of dry rock, aquamax hob 1.5 skimmer, and a aquamax hob reactor.

Stock list/plans
2 clowns
Blue spot puffer
Coral beauty angel
Mystery Wrasse
Yellow head Jawfish
Possibly a blenny

I plant to mostly keep soft corals just because of the lack of maintenance they require but also have some lps. I am running 2 ai prime hd on it and 2 Jabao ow-25 I think they were called.

Hope you guys enjoy the journey with me
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Going to be nice. Here's what's waiting for you, one day.....hahaha
Dendronephthya, carnation corals, Scleronephthya, flower tree corals

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Going to be nice. Here's what's waiting for you, one day.....hahaha
Dendronephthya, carnation corals, Scleronephthya, flower tree corals

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I love the carnation corals. Just a little too involved the for what I’m looking for right now. Maybe someday though. Is that a dedicated nps tank?
 
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Yesterday I added some corals from the other tank to the 40b. Added a meteor shower cyphastrea, hammer, and Rasta zoas. Zoas are still closed, cyphastrea is fine but last night the puffer to quite a few pecks at it:confused:. Hammer is doing questionable. Seems to have some recession at the stalk but it had that in the other tank too. However, the puffer did decide to take a nip at one of the small buds of the hammer today. Hopefully with more feeding I can keep him in his place. The original corals are doing great
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A few things have been going on in the past few days with this tank. I added the mystery wrasse from his temporary 10 gallon to the 40. He is a shy fish but seems to be getting more and more comfortable with me. Also got a pearly jawfish. He his burrow under the main structure in the front but has not been out too much. Also added a rock flower from the other tank who is in a cave right now and some green star polyp. The Rasta zoas are all out now also.All of the corals are doing good even with the puffer’s occasional nip at them. I can also see the start of the diatom bloom coming. I will take pictures of the anemone and jawfish when they come out.
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What camera did you use? My fish NEVER sit still.
I think it’s iPhone 8. I have a app that can somewhat correct the aquarium blues but I usually just turn up the whites for photos. It took a couple of tries to get the photos, especially to get one of the puffer displaying his tail
 
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