Captain Lee's Saltwater Paradise

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Hello all! My name is Brittney and I've decided to start this thread to keep a log of my nano tank. It's a Fluval Evo 13.5 gallon tank that's been running for a few weeks now. My first little creature is an Ocellaris who I've named Captain Lee... you know... from Below Deck :p

I originally put some live sand, an arched CaribSea dry live rock, and Imagitarium ocean water. I'm running the LEDs that came with the tank, but I'm in the market for an EchoTech Radion. I also have the Fluval PS2 skimmer and the Fluval CP1 powerhead. I'm trying to keep things simple and compact.

My latest parameters are:

Temp: 78
Salinity: 1.024
pH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: Very close to 0 ppm (I say this because, unfortunately, I'm using API testing kits. I plan to get RedSea very soon)
Ca: 420
Kh: 10 dKH

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I just noticed these nasty little pellets. This comes a day after I added two margarita snails. From everything I’ve read so far, it seems to be snail poop?

Im also seeing a bit of red algae here and there, so I’ve bought myself another CP1 pump to eliminate some dead spots, gonna do a water change today to try and siphon some of that poop out, and I’ll probably have to replace some sand.

but in other news, look how cool my acan garden is!

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Replaced my sponge filter with the InTank media basket!!!

Today, added a peppermint shrimp in hopes of cleaning up a bit of stuff and eating some aptasia I’ve noticed.

also got a new mushroom and hammer coral- will post pics of the hammer when it’s open!

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My new little guy is the blue and orange looking mushroom at the bottom! ❤️
 
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