First Tank - 25g Waterbox Peninsula

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Hi everyone!

I have been asking a lot of questions here while I have been setting up my first tank and figured I should start a build thread. It may also help me from doing something stupid ;Shamefullyembarrased

For background, my brother has been in the hobby for just under a year and after watching his tank, I knew I wanted my own. Due to the pandemic, I have been able to work from home often. So what's better than setting up a tank on my desk to watch when meetings get boring.

So far I got my tank and equipment. I am using the following:
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Peninsula Mini 25
AI Prime HD16
Nero 3
Syncra Pump 1.0
Duetto ATO
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
Fiji Pink Live Sand
100W Heater AquaEL
Biofilter Media
Kraken Lid
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When setting up the tank I spent a lot of time building the rock. To make something of my own, I ordered way too much rock (40lb Marco Rock, 10lb Shelf, and a Medium Foundation). After a BIG struggle of breaking and building rock, I made this!
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After getting it all filled up and to the right salinity, I began cycling it. I used Fritz Turbo Start and Nitrocycle from the Algae Barn Tank Cycle kit to do a fishless cycle.
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Currently, I am waiting to hear from my local fish store about the clowns I want to get. The current plan to add in over a long period of time is 2 clownfish, HiFin Goby/pistol Shrimp, Peppermint shrimp, nassarius snails, astrea snails, Maybe hermit crabs, maybe a cleaner shrimp, Firefish or Banggai Cardinalfish or Six Line Wrasse or Clown Goby or Royal Gramma, and WAY down the line some sort of Mandarin or possum wrasse.

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Let me know what you think and would love any suggestions/advice/tips. I'm super excited to keep learning this hobby and grow my tank!!

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What a terrific build! Your plan sounds solid. The only thing I’d rethink is the mandarin. Even with a very established tank, there might not be enough pods in a tank your size. Also, I’d check on compatibility for your fish. Liveaquaria.com has a great compatibility chart and also ideal tank size for each fish. Keep us posted!
 
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Thanks so much! I'll check it out. That is something I didn't consider, but regardless something to think about way later. I'm planning on getting the clowns and then after a few weeks a goby w/pistol and then will give the tank a while to mature up!
 
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Hi everyone!

I have been asking a lot of questions here while I have been setting up my first tank and figured I should start a build thread. It may also help me from doing something stupid ;Shamefullyembarrased

For background, my brother has been in the hobby for just under a year and after watching his tank, I knew I wanted my own. Due to the pandemic, I have been able to work from home often. So what's better than setting up a tank on my desk to watch when meetings get boring.

So far I got my tank and equipment. I am using the following:
_____________________________
Peninsula Mini 25
AI Prime HD16
Nero 3
Syncra Pump 1.0
Duetto ATO
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
Fiji Pink Live Sand
100W Heater AquaEL
Biofilter Media
Kraken Lid
_____________________________

When setting up the tank I spent a lot of time building the rock. To make something of my own, I ordered way too much rock (40lb Marco Rock, 10lb Shelf, and a Medium Foundation). After a BIG struggle of breaking and building rock, I made this!
20211221_025133.mp4.00_00_00_00.Still001.png
After getting it all filled up and to the right salinity, I began cycling it. I used Fritz Turbo Start and Nitrocycle from the Algae Barn Tank Cycle kit to do a fishless cycle.
1641686400901.png



Currently, I am waiting to hear from my local fish store about the clowns I want to get. The current plan to add in over a long period of time is 2 clownfish, HiFin Goby/pistol Shrimp, Peppermint shrimp, nassarius snails, astrea snails, Maybe hermit crabs, maybe a cleaner shrimp, Firefish or Banggai Cardinalfish or Six Line Wrasse or Clown Goby or Royal Gramma, and WAY down the line some sort of Mandarin or possum wrasse.

20211221_024453.mp4.00_00_00_00.Still001.png

Let me know what you think and would love any suggestions/advice/tips. I'm super excited to keep learning this hobby and grow my tank!!

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Today I finally got my first livestock!!! I've been shopping around for clown fish and haven't been able to find them in a lfs. Long story short they are trying to order them for me :D

In the mean time I'm adding in peppermint shrimp! I figure it might be nice to get them used to the tank without the stress of fish and this way they will be ready for any aptasia that could come in! They have been running around all happy and healthy. Now the fun begins, next step nassarius snails and then the clowns!!
 

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