First Reef Tank - 10G

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So here is my first tank build.

it was inspired by both Inappropriate Reefer's Budget Build Series as well as Fragbox TV's Budget Nano Reef videos.

so for my equipment:
Standard 10 Gal. Aquarium
AquaKnight A029 30W Main Light
Reef Breeders Pico Refugium LED Light (8 Watt)
Aquaclear 70 HOB Filter (Converted to a Refugium)
Hydor Theo Aquarium Heater 50W
Smart ATO w/ 3.5 Gal. Reservoir

this tank really game together fast. i have some natural looking liverock and some Fiji pink mini-flakes for my sand and marine pure gems (to the refugium).

a few weeks after cycling i added a CUC and chaeto to my refugium
2 white clawed hermits
1 halloween hermit,
1 blue legged hermit

2 astrea turbo snails
2 cerith snails

A few weeks after that i added
two clownfish
A small branching hammer coral,
A Frag of firework clove polps
A combo Dragon Eyes/Gatorade Zoa
a Utter Chaos zoa frag
and a florida ricordea mushroom

the journey is continuing and i will try to update as i can!
 
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Sounds like a great start, love to see pics when your can

exciting times

best of luck

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So quick update. I have a leak in the silicone of the 10G. It's small but consistent. So I have went and found a deal on a 20G high. My question is I currently have an aquaknight A029 on the 10G. Do yall think that it'll still be enough on the 20 gallon high? Should I look at getting a different light? If so what recommendations do yall have? It is going to have the HOB refugium and is going to be set up as a peninsula style so an edge mounted light is definitely preferred. Still trying to get the pictures to upload.
 
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So this week's update.... good and not so good. Everything looks to be happy and healthy. The new zoas I got from the zoanthids.com live sale are looking fantastic. I'm still working on figuring out how to upload pictures. I noticed this week that my calcium and alkalinity have shot through the roof. Alk at 15 and the calcium is over 500. I immediately did a retest with same results, and had my favorite lfs do a test as well. They had the same results. I did a 50% water change and I'll be testing again today to see if it's gone down some. Freaked me out for sure. Especially since I am not dosing anything. Maybe coming from the rocks? I have no clue...
 
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