Jeff's 30L AIO mixed reef build

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50 low boy, how’s your set up? What equipment you have running on it? I want to get 2 of them. One for frags of course and the other for my Neolamprologus Similis or Simis shell dwellers. I love this little fresh water fish. They all have spunkyness to them.
I just posted a gear list on my Frag tank thread...

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25 days old today... Finished the RedSea Pro Reef Mature kit last week. Now continuing to dose daily with Bacter7.

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Don’t get too discouraged about others responding to your thread. View it as a way to keep a journal for your own references. Your tank looks great! Excited to see more! :)
Ya it took me a minute to figure out the shift in where the conversations are happening these days. Reef2Reef is still the go to but much of the conversation has shifted to the social media pages.
 
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Such a beautiful reef! I’ve been back and forth between AIO and sump, 30 or 60, but I need to make a decision. I think your build thread has put me back in the 30L AIO frame of mind. For awhile I had leaned towards 60, thinking I could expand my fish selection. But with such an amazing display of corals, who needs more fish? Yours is absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.
 
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Such a beautiful reef! I’ve been back and forth between AIO and sump, 30 or 60, but I need to make a decision. I think your build thread has put me back in the 30L AIO frame of mind. For awhile I had leaned towards 60, thinking I could expand my fish selection. But with such an amazing display of corals, who needs more fish? Yours is absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! I love the classic tank sizes, ie. 40b, 60 cube and the 120, but this go around I wanted a boutique sort of tank that would go great in my living room without overpowering the living room. The 30L AIO is a great tank for that and sits really well on a wide variety of furniture comfortably. I do like fish but at the end of the day there is not much difference in fish that can go in a tank from 30-90 gallons until you hit that a120+ range so I was fine with the 30L fish opportunities and for me it's all about the coral. You can put a surprising amount of coral in a tank like this as long as you don't crowd it out with too much rock. Keep the rock minimalist and put a couple of marine pure blocks in the media chambers for filtration and it will far outperform a big stack of live-rock anyways.
 

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Thanks for the great insights! I’m new to reef keeping, as a former freshwater person, so all the build threads and personal insights on why people chose what they did has been great. Hope to see more photos of your fabulous tank soon!
 

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