Mon Cala: Our First Foray Into Reef Tanks

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I have kept a few freshwater tanks and I fell in love with the Royal Gramma at my local fish store. I did not want to impact the world's reefs in any way as they are already struggling; for that reason, everything in our tank is captive-bred.

Fish


Display Tank​

  • Scar: RWU captive-bred Royal Gramma
  • Jack & Sally: Captive-bred Kaudern's Cardinalfish (bonded pair)
  • Tiana & Naveen: Biota Captive-Bred Blue Mandarin (select pair)
  • Donald & Daisy: Asia captive-bred Rolland's Damselfish x2
  • Yzma & Kronk: ORA captive-bred black Ocellaris Clownfish (bonded pair)
  • Wall-E & Eve: ORA captive-bred Percula Picasso Clownfish (select pair)
  • Meeko: ORA Captive-Bred Sharknose Goby
We're looking for 3 more Rolland's Damselfish, we have one die in QT and although they're getting along now, I'd rather have an odd number of them.

29-Gallon Quarantine Tank​

  • Biota Captive-Bred Hawaiin Yellow Tang
  • Sally is also here for parasite treatment
Inverts


  • ORA aquacultured Cerith Snails x28
  • Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head: RWU Captive-Bred Blood Red Fire Shrimp (bonded pair)
  • Aliens: ORA captive-bred Peppermint Shrimp x8

Coral


Zoas​

  • Rastas
  • Gummy Worms
  • Emerald on Fire
  • Bloomers
  • Ketchum
  • Yeller
  • Gatorades
  • Goblins Fire
  • Mohawks
  • Lizard Wizard

Leather​

  • Biota Aquacultured Mountain Dew Toadstool
  • Biota Aquacultured White Polyp Toadstool

Algae


All of the algae is in an in-sump refugium under the tank.
  • Algae Barn Sea Lettuce
  • ORA Cultured Chaetomorpha Algae

Copepods


  • Algae Barn 5280 Pods
  • Algae Barn Poseidon's Feast
  • Algae Barn Nano Brine

Equipment


Tank​

  • Waterbox Peninsula 6025
  • 80 pounds of CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Sand
  • 60 pounds of CaribSea Life Rock
  • Aqua Illumination Prime 16HD Reef x2
  • Aqua Illumination Hydra 32 x1
  • Aqua Illumination Nero 3 x2
  • Sicce SDC 6.0 Wi-Fi return pump
  • RO/DI water mixed with Fritz Reef Pro Mix Salt

Sump​

  • 3 Ebo Jager Heaters, 150-Watt all on an Inkbird ITC-306A
  • XP Aqua Duetto ATO System
  • Reef Octopus S-130 Protein Skimmer
  • SeaChem 250-micron mesh filter sock x2
  • Waterbox 100-micron felt filter sock x2

Refugium​

  • CaribSea Florida Crushed Coral
  • Marine Pure GEMS
  • Fenix Planted+ Clip Light

Update pictures​


5/10/21​

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4/29/21​

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4/21/21​

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4/12/21​

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Update - 4/20/21


While on vacation, 15 captive-bred certith snails from Algae Barn arrived, and a friend added them to the display tank (4/16/21). Today our Biota Captive-Bred Blue Mandarin pair and RWU Captive-Bred Blood Red Fire Shrimp (bonded pair) arrived, and all 4 went right into the display tank. I thought about quarantining them, but I was afraid they would starve, and their cost is about the same as everything else in the tank... The Dragonettes are a lot smaller than I thought they would be. We also got some ORA Cultured Chaetomorpha Algae and an ORA Captive-Bred Sharknose Goby. The Goby went into the quarantine tank with the Percula clowns.

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Coral order​

I participated in the zoanthids.com anniversary sale and got a bunch of Zoas for the tank. They ship on 4/29.

Rastas​


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Gummy Worms​

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Emerald on Fire & Bloomers​

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Ketchum​

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Yeller​

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Gatorades​

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Goblins Fire​

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Mohawks​

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Lizard Wizard​

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Update 4/21/21

I finally installed the HMS rail and put the Hydra on it; I moved the AI Primes to the quarantine tanks. The long-term plan is to have 3 Hydra 32s.

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Update 4/28/21

The clownfish and damselfish went into the display tank on 4/23/21 after their quarantine ended.

Our toadstools arrived and are sitting in the quarantine tank with the Percula clowns and Sharknose goby. They'll get dipped and moved to the display tank later today. The Yellow Tang arrived this morning and is the other quarantine tank. All of our Zoas should arrive tomorrow afternoon.

We had some issues with a faulty breaker, which left the tank without power two nights in a row. I'm concerned our pod population may have died, so I'm reseeding with Algae Barn 5280 pods.

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Update 4/29/21

The Zoas arrived! The following is a quote from this thread.

I read that I should definitely tank palytoxin seriously, so I wore food-grade, powerless gloves, eye protection, and my COVID mask.

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I also read that Zoas sometimes ship without water, so they don't need to be acclimated. I moved them from their containers into a dip container and used Seachem Dip for 15 minutes with an airstone.

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After 15 minutes in the dip, I rinsed them off with the water from the containers and placed them in a 10-gallon quarantine tank with a pair of Percula Clowns and a Sharknose Goby. Originally they were supposed to go into a 29-gallon tank by themselves, but I had to use that tank to medicate some Clowns for another tank and Biota Yellow Tang.
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Next week, I plan to dip them in Two Little Fishies Revive and place them in my display tank on the sand bed. I will then move them higher on the rocks each week to see how they handle the light. I read that this is a good process to find the best spot in the tank for each zoa.
 
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Update 5/2/21

After doing my first water change, I decided to move the Zoas into the display tank. I wasn't sure where they would be most happy, so we set them up where we wanted them and we're watching them to see if they open and stay open throughout the day. Once they all seem happy, I will cut the frag plugs and glue them to the rock.

Any advice on the best way to cut/glue would be appreciated!

Placement​

Ketchum & Lizard Wizard​

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Goblins Fire & Mohawks​

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Yeller & Rasta​

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Emeralds On Fire & Bloomers​

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Gummy Words & Gatorade​

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Update 5/8/21

Moving In​

We moved the members of the 10-gallon quarantine tank to Mon Cala. I am a little nervous about having two pairs of clowns in the same tank but so far they seem to get a long. They fought a little to determine the pecking order but everything seems to have calmed down. Meeko, the sharknosed goby, likes following his quarantine mates around the tank.

Moving out​

I also moved Sally to the quarantine tank after a freshwater dip. I think she had some sort of parasites. She is looking a lot better now and will come back to Mon Cala when the Yellow Tang finishes its QT.

Coral​

I ordered glue and clippers for the coral. I'll be placing the Zoas in their "final" spots as soon as they arrive.

Media​

Meeko​

His color is much better since these were taken.

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Wall-E & Eve​

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