46g bowfront sumpless mixed reef

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This is my first saltwater tank, after having kept freshwater fish for the last 10 years and as a kid in the 80s and 90s. I’m finding that it’s a pretty good combination of the two careers that I’ve had, chemist and ER nurse!

Designing it as a sumpless system with live rock, sand, two Korelia 850 power heads and a Fluval 407 canister filter with 2 of the 4 media baskets filled with Maxspect nano-tech biospheres and a spray bar on the outlet for filtration. Current Orbit LED lights with two light bars. RO Buddy for water, instant ocean reef crystals for salt. 24 watt Green Killing Machine internal UV system. 150 watt Eheim Jager heater with 200 watt Aqueon basic heater for backup.

Got it aquascaped and started cycling back in the beginning of March this year, lost a couple fish at the end of that month due to disease (RIP Royal Gramma and little clown), and it’s currently in the middle of its 45 day fallow period before start to restock with fish. In the meantime, we’ve added our first few corals, and have a pair of juvenile clowns in QT.

After doing a bunch of research on liveaquaria, here, and asking questions here as well, I think we’ve got our fish stock list down to the following:
2 juvenile ocellaris clowns (currently in QT, pictured. One is a sapphire snowflake, and the other is a black ice.)
Bicolor blenny
Goby - pistol shrimp pair (tbd what species)
Agile chromis (or possibly other species of chromis that will do ok as a single)
Carpenter‘s wrasse
Red-lined wrasse

Current CUC:
2 trochus snails
3 nassarius snails
3 blue legged hermits
3 red legged hermits
4 scarlet hermits

Current corals:
(Will likely be limited to softies and LPS due to our lights)
Bicolor frogspawn
Purple tipped hammer
Acan Lord
Tyree green polyp toadstool

Any input or advice is welcome, I’m still learning!




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Nice tank looks like little mans really enjoying it.
Thanks! Yeah, he definitely is. Both he and my older son have had a great time reading about, looking at photos, and looking up youtube videos of the fish on our wishlist. The fallow period is just killing them, but they've been good helpers so far!
 
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Got a few new coral frags as well as a shipment of trochus and cerith snails from reefcleaners.com to help with the uglies.

Here are a few pics of the tank from tonight!


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Pretty excited to report that my LFS was able to order me 2 vanderbuilt chromis! I just picked them up and they’re acclimating to the QT tank now. Will post a photo tomorrow or the next day once I turn the lights on.
 
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