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My tank is a 45 gallon, 36” tank. I have about 40 pound of live sand and 30 pounds of dry rock. I plan to add more rock. I have an aqueon pro heater and penguin hang on back bio-wheel filter. After going through ich out breaks losing several fish, I set up two quarantine tanks. One 5 gallon and one 10 gallon. I currently have one clownfish, a Randall’s goby and tiger pistol shrimp, and a royal gramma. I have the orbit marine ic pro for my light.
 
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I have one coral in the tank, green star polyps. When amphipods started eating it, I freshwater dipped it, and had to put it in a glass bowl. Since I have introduced my three fish into the tank after qt, I will soon remove the coral. The amphipod populations have dropped. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
 
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Any new additions?
Yep! I’ve been meaning to do an update actually. I got my clownfish a mate. They are in quarantine now. I also got a pair of firefish which are in a different quarantine tank together. My urchin unfortunately died I think. I’m not sure what happened to him. I also got quite a bit more rock! I’ll post an updated rock scape shot tonight.
 

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Rockscape looks nice. What kind of salt are you using? I use Reef Crystals, which is pretty high in calcium.
 
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Rockscape looks nice. What kind of salt are you using? I use Reef Crystals, which is pretty high in calcium.
I’m currently using plain IO, but I’m definitely switching after this bag. This specific bag was so hard that I literally had to beat it with a hammer just to get it broken up enough to fill a cup. And then on top of that, when I finally got it mixed in, it mixed to 1.016. Do you have any other suggestions on salts.
 
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It’s been a while since I posted her and I have a lot of updates!
First, I moved my clown into qt with the new mate I got it. They have since finished qt and are in my dt (Pics at the end).
Second, my firefish pair also finished quarantine. They are in my dt and doing good now. They don’t come out much in the morning, so I can’t get a pic of them right now, but I’ll try to post on tonight. When I first added them, I had problems with my royal gramma bullying them. She tore up both of their tails and relentlessly chased them for a few day. I couldn’t catch her though. After a few days, she calmed down though, and she now gets along with them just fine. Their tails have healed.
I’ve also had a bad outbreak of what seems to be dino’s. It’s really been annoying my green star polyps, and they haven’t opened up fully in a while now. I have been feeding more recently, and with the addition of the fish mentioned above, things seems to be getting better.
I also got some new fish for quarantine. The first is a flame hawk that is doing very good. It loves to eat and has so much personality. If it’s hiding and I call his name, he swims out to see me. He already eats food straight off of the knife I feed with and I love him. The second was diamond tail flasher wrasse. This is one of my dream fish and when I got the in stock email from LiveAquaria, I was overjoyed. I had a gift card for there meaning that I could finally afford one of these fish. It arrived in the mail, and I was so happy. But then it died two days after I got it. I was devastated. I contacted LA and they said they were out of stock and gave me a partial refund :(. I don’t know if I will ever be able to find another one.
Here are pics-

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Bummer about the wrasse. Liveaquaria‘s quality seems to have dropped a lot, and their prices have gone up...

The tank‘s looking nice!
 

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