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I see a shrimp or fish you fancy deciding to live it’s life out in that nice open space you have to the right of your overflow box. I wonder if you moved the rock back more if that would decrease that risk while also allowing you to place more coral towards the front viewing area of the tank. Just a thought. My nem is chilling in that same space but I can’t get to the viewing area due to my controller cabinet. So I enjoy my nem via my phone and a video
 
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I see a shrimp or fish you fancy deciding to live it’s life out in that nice open space you have to the right of your overflow box. I wonder if you moved the rock back more if that would decrease that risk while also allowing you to place more coral towards the front viewing area of the tank. Just a thought. My nem is chilling in that same space but I can’t get to the viewing area due to my controller cabinet. So I enjoy my nem via my phone and a video

Everything is pretty well glued at this point, but if it becomes an issue, I still have ~40 pounds of rock in the garage. I can add another layer in the back and add additional height. I did want that right side pretty open because you can see that end from the house entry. I'm also considering moving right side powerhead to the back wall.
 

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Everything is pretty well glued at this point, but if it becomes an issue, I still have ~40 pounds of rock in the garage. I can add another layer in the back and add additional height. I did want that right side pretty open because you can see that end from the house entry. I'm also considering moving right side powerhead to the back wall.
No worries it’s great as is. You can view that space from the side anyway.

I’m a big fan of back wall power heads for aesthetics. First week of my tank I just had the nero 5 and 3 running on my back walls. I added a gyre because I really wanted that flow pattern for my particular scape and plans for coral. The gyre flow as well as the neros adding that contrasting flow really adds a nice flow and randomness that seems natural.
 
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Cycling day 3 using Dr. Tim's. Added more Ammonia after the test.

Ammonia 1.2
Nitrite 0.0
Nitrate 2.0

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Some updates since it's been a few days.

Current Parameters:
Ammonia: ~ 4
Nitrite: 0.2
Nitrate: 20
PH: 7.6

While the tank is cycling, I picked up a pair of Onyx Clowns from the LFS. Started my first quarantine tank. Never did it in the past, but really want to do this tank right.
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I also did some cable management, and am getting ready to build the control board.
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Also started breaking in the skimmer.
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Tank Cycle Day 13.

Water Parameters:
Ammonia: 0.2 PPM
Nitrite: 1+ PPM (test kit maxed out)
Nitrate: 50+ PPM (test kit maxed out)
PH: 7.6

Installed Control Board 1.0.

Clownfish are doing well in quarantine. Eating like pigs.


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Tank Cycle Day 14. Ammonia has zeroed out. :cool:

Water Parameters:
Ammonia: 0.0 PPM

Nitrite: 1+ PPM (test kit maxed out)
Nitrate: 50+ PPM (test kit maxed out)
PH: 7.6
Alkalinity: ~7-7.5 dKH (Hanna Checker on order)
 
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I predict you will have a Trident by February. You seem to roll like me
I tend to agree with you. I almost bought a trident and dos when they were on sale, but figured I would wait until I get some corals into the tank and actually have to start dosing. I work in IT. Anything I have to do repeatedly, I tend to automate. This tank will be the same. As much automation as I can reasonably do.
 

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I tend to agree with you. I almost bought a trident and dos when they were on sale, but figured I would wait until I get some corals into the tank and actually have to start dosing. I work in IT. Anything I have to do repeatedly, I tend to automate. This tank will be the same. As much automation as I can reasonably do.
That’s cool. I’m lazy and like neat things

your tank is coming along really nice.
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Starting to look at a stocking list. I likely won't end up with all of them, but this is what I'm thinking today.

I already have the Clowns, and I know fore sure I want the Kole Tang. Everything else is flexible.

My wife likes the Anthias as wrasses, so trying to find some "pretty" fish for her.
The Mandarin will come much later once the tank is well established.

I'm open to any suggestions.

FishMax SizeTempermentDietReef Compatible
Onyx Percula Clownfish3"Semi-AggressiveOmnivoreYes
McCosker's Flasher Wrasse (or similar)3"PeacefulCarnivoreYes
Helfrichi Firefish3"PeacefulCarnivoreYes
Yellow Watchman Goby w/ Pistol Shrimp4"PeacefulCarnivoreYes
Red Velvet Fairy Wrasse (or similar)4"PeacefulCarnivoreYes
Ignitus Anthias (or similar)3.5"PeacefulCarnivoreYes
Bartlett's Anthias (or similar)3"Semi-AggressiveCarnivoreYes
Carberryi Anthias (or similar)4"Semi-AggressiveCarnivoreYes
Banggai Cardinalfish3"Semi-AggressiveCarnivoreYes
Kole Tang7"Semi-AggressiveHerbivoreYes
Blue Mandarin3"PeacefulCarnivoreYes
Possibilities
Flame Angelfish4"Semi-AggressiveOmnivoreWith Caution
Coral Beauty Angelfish4"Semi-AggressiveOmnivoreWith Caution
Yellow Tang8"Semi-AggressiveHerbivoreYes
Copperband Butterfly8"PeacefulCarnivoreWith Caution
One Spot Foxface8"PeacefulHerbivoreWith Caution
Green Reef Chromis4"PeacefulOmnivoreYes
Scopas Tang12"Semi-AggressiveHerbivoreYes
 
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No real updates. Tank is still cycling. Clownfish are still quarantining.

Water Parameters:
Ammonia: 0.0 PPM
Nitrite: 1+ PPM (test kit maxed out)
Nitrate: 50+ PPM (test kit maxed out)
PH: 7.6

ORP has taken a huge jump in the last 24 hours or so.
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