Fred’s C-Vue 18

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Hello everyone, I’m Fred and this is my 18 gallon Colbalt Aquatics C-Vue.

I have had many tanks over the years since I entered the hobby in 2004. Normally I would start a tank and end up giving up due to my failure, ignorance, and mostly neglect of my tanks.

With this tank I plan not to let failure be an option and plan to keep this tank going for 5 years. I am testing constantly with this tank to make sure I’m on top of things.

I have had three hiccups. First was dosing vodka with adding addition of bacteria. Ph dropped to 7 and killed two of my soft corals and my cleanup crew. I was able to save the other three, thankfully. Secondly was a die off of my macro algae in my refugium. Third is the introduction of nuisance algae from snails and a frag plug. Unfortunately I introduced bubble algae and red wire algae. I have manually removed all the bubble algae, but have had a few patches that showed up. Luckily I have been able to manually remove it all so far. The red wire algae still needs to be manually removed.

I chose this aquarium mostly because it fit the space I had available. I was considering a waterbox 20, but chose the c-vue due to price, availability, space constraints, and mostly because I dislike cube aquariums. This tank realistically is a 10 gallon with a sump on the back. I hope to upgrade to a 60-70 gallon system when I am done with this tank.

My future plans for this tank are to stabilize the parameters with automatic dosing and more corals.


Tank: Cobalt Aquatics C-Vue 18
Tank Birth: 07/21/2019


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I’ve been slacking on keeping this thread updated. Mainly due to a new addition to the family. The tank has gone through some up and downs over the past few months. Alk spike and bleaching. Then once recovered I had my alk drop with my nitrates fully bottoming out. This lead to a huge dino outbreak, that the tank is now recovering from and trying to stable out at the moment. I am almost 100% dino free after a month struggle. I ended up raising my water temp slowly from 77.5*F to 80*F, siphoning out the dino and part of the sand bed through a 100 micron sock, dosing 2ml of peroxide, and have been steadly dosing ab+ with drtim’s.
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