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Set up the tank on March 14 2023 and started to cycle. Roughly took two weeks to cycle dr.Tim and added a pair of snowflake clownfish.

Tanks doing pretty week water parameters are looks fine after adding the fish. Will keep be testing ammonia and nitrites everyday for a week until I think the bacteria have caught up. But since they’re so tiny I don’t really see any changes in the water for 3 days.

I will be lightly feeding the clownfish every 2 days to keep the bio load low since I only have filter floss in the back. My goal for this tank is to be a mix reef tank with LPS and softies.

Next week I will have some LPS and softies coming in from Unique corals. They were having a yearly big sale so I was able to get a lot for fairly cheap. Not sure if I’m jumping the gun on adding them so quick. Since I haven’t seen any diatoms developing yet. But from what I researched as long as I can keep a stable water parameter without big swings in alkalinity it should be fine. I don’t really plan on dosing anything. Although using “all for reef” is easy. I’m currently using Red Sea pro salt so we will see if that will maintain the water parameters. If not I will research more and use “all for reef”.



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Picked up these LPS and softies from Unique Coral from their sale average around $23 each, saved like at least 70%. On the other hand, I'm not sure if it is smart to add these many LPS at one time when I just finished cycling the tank. In the following week I have to really make sure I keep my eyes on alkalinity and other element. Since I'm not planning on dosing, I would have to do large water change to prevent any large elements change.
 
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Looking good. I’d say wait normally about the coral, but I do get it. I looked at the prices on their site. Pretty crazy. Made some nice choices. Frogs/Octos and acans are some of favorite lps after Gonis .
 
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Looking good. I’d say wait normally about the coral, but I do get it. I looked at the prices on their site. Pretty crazy. Made some nice choices. Frogs/Octos and acans are some of favorite lps after Gonis .
I would of love to get some gonis down to line, but I heard they’re a lot harder to keep compare to these lps.
 

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I would have love to get some gonis down to line, but I heard they’re a lot harder to keep compare to these lps.
Yes and no. I’ve have some that just as durable as other lps. It’s the micro Gonis I have trouble with. If you can keep frogs alive and thriving you can probably pull off a Goni or two.
 
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Corals from "Unique Coral" came in today. The frags were super clean didn't see any pest on them when I dip them. I did remove some of the plates from the LPS. The zoas came with coralline algae so wanted to keep those and grow them in my tank. All of them opened up in like 2 hours, all looked super happy. Very satisfied with my first purchase. Tested alk, mg, and ca. Will be keeping an eye on them for this following week to prevent any big swings.

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Got 3 snails to eat the leftover fish food and control algae for the future.
 
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Still testing ammonia and nitrite everyday and today my nitrite spike up to .25. I think this is the second cycle after adding all my new livestock. Keeping any on it so it doesn’t gets too high.
 
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Beautiful tank! I’m considering the same tank myself. Any lessons learned?
My personal experience is being proactive. I had some bubble algae and aiptasia. I removed any the moment I saw them; they are mostly gone from my tank. Also, observe your tank at night; sometimes you'll find some pests you wouldn't have in the day.
 

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