Finally...I went "all-in" on a salt tank!

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Hello, Reef2Reef.

After more than 3 decades of having all sorts of aquariums, I finally went all-in and purchased a complete salt tank! I've had the 100G TruVue tank for many years, but I've never made the leap to salt. After lots of online research and conversations with local salt specialists, I decided to purchase a complete set up from someone that was getting out of the hobby. It was literally a crash course in managing a FOWLR system with absolutely beautiful fish! It's been a very interesting journey, but so far...everyone is doing well and very happy in their new home. The tank has been up and running since mid-January and I'd like to think I'm finally getting a handle on all of this.

Here is my biggest issue, though. Had a big nitrate storm after the move. Or...it was already there when I acquired the set-up. The previous owner assured me it was an established tank and low maintenance. I quickly realized there's no such thing as a "low maintenance" salt tank! We moved all of the coral, rock, fish, filters, etc. in one day, and everyone survived the move.

My system is not typical and I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible...

Running:
- Two Fluval FX6 canister filters
- Protein skimmer
- Two wave-makers

Other than a nitrate spike after the move, the tank is looking great and the fish are all doing awesome! I've been doing weekly water changes with RODI water (I installed a system) and I got the nitrates down from over 100 to within the 40-50 range. I'd still like to get them lower, but hoping I can back off on these weekly water changes. They are very time consuming, expensive, and are not what I had expected. I'm doing what it takes, though, as I LOVE these fish and want a healthy tank.

I'm stocked with:

- Large blue hippo tang
- Large yellow tang
- Med/large domino damsel
- Med/large dogface puffer
- Med fairytale wrasse
- Med coral beauty
- Sm/Med striped damsel
- Urchins X 2 (one is a pencil urchin) and a turbo snail

Being brand-new to salt, I'd love some suggestions on managing the nitrates. Please keep in mind that I'm a newbie with some experience and I'm really hoping to keep this set-up as simple as possible. My local resources and friends in the hobby have told me I'm doing great so far. Would love some more advice and I'm looking forward to being a member of this forum!

Cheers!

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Welcome to reef2reef just have an open mind to people giving information. It is a lot of work and you really need to love having the tank for it to thrive otherwise it becomes a chore and bad things happen. Glad you are here and hopefully you will get the information you need to keep that tank looking great as it is now!
 
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Welcome! Your going to love the saltwater world. The starter tank is looking amazing! Have you had any issues with the puffer?
Thank you! The puffer was very skittish at first and would only eat every few days after the move. Previous owner was feeding krill and I read that can be harmful. I stopped the krill, added some clams every few days and he's a new fish! He's been out and about and super active for weeks now. This group of fish have been together for several years and the seem to be great roommates!
 
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Too big of fish for that tank and canister filters??? Both will be your sources of nitrates being too high.
Yes...2 FX6. Did some research on this before setting up. Previous owner was running the FX6 and I had one. Took as is and kept all his media. Added some of his sump media to the 2nd FX6. Tank is ridiculously clean and lots of motion. Also running a bubbler for extra O2. I know it's not the norm and I'm sure I'll here lots of opinions about it but it's up, running and, barring disaster, I plan to keep it this way.
 
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Welcome to reef2reef just have an open mind to people giving information. It is a lot of work and you really need to love having the tank for it to thrive otherwise it becomes a chore and bad things happen. Glad you are here and hopefully you will get the information you need to keep that tank looking great as it is now!
Thanks so much. I absolutely love this tank and fish! It's seriously my dream tank and, even though it's been a lot more work than I anticipated, I still love it! I really don't mind the work because the reward is huge! I've had African cichlids for years and they were always fighting and rarely did I have a peaceful tank. This crew is amazing! So much so, seller would not separate them and insisted they all went to one buyer. People offered as much for the yellow tang alone than I paid for the entire set up (minus the tank). Feeling so blessed and lucky!
 

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