Betty's first reef tank - 100l

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Hi Everyone,

I'm Betty, I live in Spain and this is my first reef tank, but I doubt it will be my last. I'm already head over heels for my two little clownfish!

The tank is 100l and has a Tunze Nano filter, and a Fluval wavemaker. I'm planning on adding a HoB refugium at some point and I might need to add a skimmer as well when I have more fish. I don't have a light at this point to avoid algae problem.

I set up the tank with live sand and dry rock but I've been using Stability to get the cycle going and after about 2 weeks the water parameters looked good, so I got two little clownfish. They settled in nicely (only causing me heart attacks with their sleeping habits of floating in the tank sideways). They've been acting a little erratic after I cleaned the tank yesterday, but they seem to calm down by this morning. They are eating well and swim up to the top of the tank when I open the lid, expecting food.

All water parameters are looking good, but I also have a Seachem alert and have been adding Amguard every second day just to avoid any problems.

I welcome any feedback (don't be too harsh!) ,it's been a ride and I can't wait to add some corals and maybe some more fish to the tank!
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So little update on the tank, it is going great, currently still with the two clownfish. I'm waiting for Black Friday to buy a light and potentially a HOB skimmer, but I'm undecided on which ones should I pick. My tank is small, so I was sort of leaning towards maybe the Tunze 8850 or the Fluval Marine lights, but I've seen the MicMol air which also looks like a good value.
 
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So instead of a skimmer, I decided to install a HOB refugium. I used a breeder box and a small air pump and bought a plant light off Amazon. Hopefully, this will solve my nitrate (currently at 5) issue. I'm trying to find some chaeto somewhere to add, but this is how it looks.

I shared this video in the group and everyone is assuming I haven't cycled my tank, but I swear I did and my two little clowns look happy and eating tons. Is my tank too clean?!
 

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It does look very clean, but just wait, ugly algae will come. And you do want some nitrates and phosphate for corals to really thrive. 5-10ppm nitrates and up to .5ppm phosphate.
 
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It does look very clean, but just wait, ugly algae will come. And you do want some nitrates and phosphate for corals to really thrive. 5-10ppm nitrates and up to .5ppm phosphate.
Oh thanks for that! So I'm actually at a good range now, but I guess if I will add more corals they will contribute to it as well? The phosphate kit is coming in my next order.

Btw, I got a light for the refugium and switched it on last night - not as clean as I thought! I have a film swimming on top and had some algae on the glass as well, so ugly algae is coming :D
 

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