How not to start a reef tank, my first reef tank build

Which light should I upgrade to after coral qt is done?

  • 2x ai prime

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  • Reefbreeders 24 in. Photon v2

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  • Stick with current orbit USA marine

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  • Viparspectra 165w

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  • 2x hipargero 30w

    Votes: 1 10.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 1 10.0%

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Correct but I have all new dry rock and would like to get a good bio filter going before getting sps, it will be and stay more stable that way.
Clean water is great but you also want that stability that comes with the rock and sand having a bio filter able to help keep things from swinging wildly.
 
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Correct but I have all new dry rock and would like to get a good bio filter going before getting sps, it will be and stay more stable that way.
Clean water is great but you also want that stability that comes with the rock and sand having a bio filter able to help keep things from swinging wildly.

That’s smart. What are some of your favorite corals in your tank?
 
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I've had the frogspawn for 11 days and it seems to be fine.
I love feeding it, so cool to watch.
Great flow, they love light as well.
That’s a great looking frogspawn! A big colony too.

Your goby is lurking hard.
 

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Lawnmower blenny
My daughter named him Cooper.
I'd recommend an algae blenny of some sort, that thing won't even eat the algae wafers I bought because he's so busy all day eating GHA off of my one big live rock that was transferred from the 20 gal tank.
 
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Lawnmower blenny
My daughter named him Cooper.
I'd recommend an algae blenny of some sort, that thing won't even eat the algae wafers I bought because he's so busy all day eating GHA off of my one big live rock that was transferred from the 20 gal tank.
I’ve heard that they are hard to keep fed. Once they eat all the algae, it’s too difficult to get them to eat other foods.
 

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I’ve heard that they are hard to keep fed. Once they eat all the algae, it’s too difficult to get them to eat other foods.
Nah, typically they eat algae then find out you are feeding better food then never eat algae again.

If you want an algae eater, get a tang. For a 60 gallon, I'd stick with the smaller Ctenochaetus or Zebrasoma tangs.
 
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Nah, typically they eat algae then find out you are feeding better food then never eat algae again.

If you want an algae eater, get a tang. For a 60 gallon, I'd stick with the smaller Ctenochaetus or Zebrasoma tangs.
I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable putting a tang in a 60G. I haven’t thought about livestock since deciding on an upgrade.

I think I want a wrasse for my next fish. Any thoughts?
 

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BRS does great series of videos...They suggested to those of us with smaller tanks, to get the bristletooth/tomini type smaller tangs and then re home them when they get larger.
You can start a rapport with your lfs or a local reefer and let them know what you're doing some of them will gladly take them back and sell ya another baby tang again, rinse and repeat.
I may actually do this in my 40b.
IMO 3ft of swim space is plenty for small young tang.
 

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Wrasse are beautiful BUT they are difficult to QT and you seem very thorough with your QT process (not a slight against you) make sure you do your homework on the wrasse you want and go for it.
I'll link a wrasse thread to help you out.

 
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Alright, I’ve gone from incredibly inexperienced to slightly less incredibly inexperienced.

New tank is purchased....

I feel reinvigorated, reenergized, reinvented. I am a new man, that now possesses something that’s four letters, starts with an s and ends in a p. And no, it’s not a ship and I sure ain’t drinking soup.

The plan is to bleach wash the tank, sump, and plumbing. Will then re-seal the seams and the scratches and retrofit some new plumbing.

After that, it’s game time.

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Flabbergasted, the best word to describe the little pickle I’m in.

I’m not entirely sure how I plan to go about cleaning and re-sealing this tank.

I do know I’ve got 20oz of GE silicone one and a few gallons of white distilled vinegar/bleach I need to make use of.

I’ve never resealed a tank and am rather nervous about the whole thing.

I’ve popped many personal cherries on my reefing journey, might as well claim another.

The rough plan is to lightly clean all of the edges of the tank. I will then remove all of the old silicone, and quickly apply the new silicone. I’ll give this 24ish hours to cure before doing a water test.

In the mean time, I will be thoroughly cleaning the skimmer and sump.

Wish me luck.
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The point of no return...

One thing I can’t figure out is how to get the silicone out of the center without slicing the seam. There aren’t many videos out there to help with that.

If anyone has experience, I’d appreciate the knowledge.

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