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Aquarium Profile and Equipment​


What type of saltwater aquarium is this?: Aspiring to be a mixed reef
Total water volume: 45
Aquarium material: Glass
Aquarium dimensions: 36" x 18" x 16"
Aquarium filtration: Fiji Cube AIO box
Return pump: Sicce Syncra 1.0
Aquarium stand: Metal
Water flow and circulation: hygger Wave Maker 2600GPH
Aquarium lighting: Radion XR15
ATO: ReefBreeder ATO System (RODI)
Water temperature: 78

Aquarium Water Chemistry and Parameters​


pH: 8.2
dKH: 8.5
Specific gravity: 1.027
Nitrate or NO3: 5
Phosphate or PO4: 0
Salt brand: Saltwater from Sand Island Spigot
Trace element dosing: All For Reef

Aquarium Natural and Mechanical Filtration​


Substrate: Caribsea sand and crushed coral
Substrate level: Shallow
Live rock: 35
Live rock type: Mixed (farmed/Caribsea)
Nutrient Export: Algae scrubbing, filter sock
Water change: 10% Biweekly

Aquarium Tank Inhabitants​


Fish: Clownfish, Blenny, Goby
Total fish: 4
Coral list: Mushrooms, zoas, palys, gsp, kenya trees, other
Total corals: 7
Livestock quarantine: No
 
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Starting from (mostly) scratch, downsizing after a recent move.

Current stock:
2 clownfish
Golden tiger blenny
Purple firefish

Any tips are welcome and stocking advice is appreciated. Right now I'm deciding between a yellow banded possum wrasse or a McCosker's flasher wrasse.

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A few weeks later, corals are starting to recover from the move.

Tips for a good (fish) cleaning crew? Inverts can't be legally purchased in Hawaii, so I'm stuck with whatever I can scavenge at the beach. I've seen some tuxedo urchins and the odd snail here or there but don't want to add anything that would eat my corals or be considered a pest.

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A few weeks later, corals are starting to recover from the move.

Tips for a good (fish) cleaning crew? Inverts can't be legally purchased in Hawaii, so I'm stuck with whatever I can scavenge at the beach. I've seen some tuxedo urchins and the odd snail here or there but don't want to add anything that would eat my corals or be considered a pest.

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Your tank is looking great!
 

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LOVE IT. Same thing for me- building 40b. Only thing is, I was going to go with the Syncra 3.0. Maybe thats overkill?

You could snorkel for some coral frags i bet at some remote outer reefs. I'm so jealous. I am a surfer and im on the east coast and Hawaii has the best waves in the world.
 

Figuring out the why: Has your primary reason(s) for keeping a saltwater aquarium changed over time?

  • My reasons for reef keeping have changed dramatically.

    Votes: 11 8.7%
  • My reasons for reef keeping have somewhat evolved.

    Votes: 56 44.1%
  • My reasons for reef keeping have no changed.

    Votes: 59 46.5%
  • Other.

    Votes: 1 0.8%
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