Skimmerless 15-Gallon Mixed Reef

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Guess I'll start off with my crown jewel of reefs, although it's not quite at it's prime, since it's recovering from an unfortunate period of neglect.

Setup can be summed up with:

- 15 Gallon Panorama tank​
- Tunze Nanostream 6040​
- Maxspect Jump LED 65W​

Reef61L-2022-04-18-001.jpg


Livestock:

- 5x(?) assorted hermits​
- 1x Ocellaris Clownfish (10 years old!)​
- (?)x Pistol Shrimps (Alpheus parvirostris)​
- 1x Tuxedo Urchin​
- 1x "hermit eating" Mini-Maxi carpet anemone.​

Corals

- Red, Yellow montipora digita.​
- Red, Green and Purple monti cap.​
- Forest Fire monti frag.​
- Bubblegum monti frag.​
- Green Pavona dessucatus.​
- Favia Brain Coral​
- Green star polyps​
- Red-Purple Rhodactis.​
- Assorted Zoas (5 varieties).​
- Branching Euphyllia, frogspawn.​
- Pink actinodiscus (to be exterminated).​
- Colony of paly's.​

The tank has been fully skimmerless since it was set up nearly 5 years ago. Since I got a handle on things again, I dose CA and Alk daily, and perform 30% water changes on a weekly basis, using Red Sea Coral Pro - Reef Salt. You may note that I don't have a heater. The reason for this is that I maintain at a minimum temperature of 25 degrees year around, in my aquarium room.

But I'm guessing what you people really want to see, are some juicy pictures. ;)

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Yes, I think the shape adds an nice 'depth' effect to the tank. :)

Something fun to share, preceded with sadness and some historical context. We must first go back to 2017
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The eagle-eyed may note the presence of a couple of yellow monti-digi colonies, which are not present in the OP. The reason for this is a perfect storm of sloppy maintenance and cascading equipment failures, which lead to the total bleaching of my yellow-green monti around 2020/2021.

Now for the fun stuff. A tiny, miniscule piece survived, and I've spent the past year, trying to nurture it back to health. And it has finally colored up properly and showing signs of growth!

I call it my "little ember" :)
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Guess I'll start off with my crown jewel of reefs, although it's not quite at it's prime, since it's recovering from an unfortunate period of neglect.

Setup can be summed up with:

- 15 Gallon Panorama tank​
- Tunze Nanostream 6040​
- Maxspect Jump LED 65W​

Reef61L-2022-04-18-001.jpg


Livestock:

- 5x(?) assorted hermits​
- 1x Ocellaris Clownfish (10 years old!)​
- (?)x Pistol Shrimps (Alpheus parvirostris)​
- 1x Tuxedo Urchin​
- 1x "hermit eating" Mini-Maxi carpet anemone.​

Corals

- Red, Yellow montipora digita.​
- Red, Green and Purple monti cap.​
- Forest Fire monti frag.​
- Bubblegum monti frag.​
- Green Pavona dessucatus.​
- Favia Brain Coral​
- Green star polyps​
- Red-Purple Rhodactis.​
- Assorted Zoas (5 varieties).​
- Branching Euphyllia, frogspawn.​
- Pink actinodiscus (to be exterminated).​
- Colony of paly's.​

The tank has been fully skimmerless since it was set up nearly 5 years ago. Since I got a handle on things again, I dose CA and Alk daily, and perform 30% water changes on a weekly basis, using Red Sea Coral Pro - Reef Salt. You may note that I don't have a heater. The reason for this is that I maintain at a minimum temperature of 25 degrees year around, in my aquarium room.

But I'm guessing what you people really want to see, are some juicy pictures. ;)

Reef61L-2022-04-18-008.jpg Reef61L-2022-04-18-006.jpg Reef61L-2022-04-18-003.jpg Reef61L-2022-04-18-005.jpg Reef61L-2022-04-18-002.jpg Reef61L-2022-04-18-009.jpg Reef61L-2022-04-18-007.jpg Reef61L-2022-04-18-004.jpg
Awesome nano!
 
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A wee little photo dump.

First some sad news, my tuxedo urchin sadly is scratched off the stock list. Still not sure what happened, but it started dropping spines and rapidly declined in health. There certainly was no shortage of food in the tank, as there is a significant assortment of algae in the tank. Bad urchin? Clown stirring up too much crap into the water column? I honestly don't know. Beautiful shell though.
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The major stuff that has happened is that I relocated my frogspawn colony, which the clownfish seems very happy about. Currents are strong there though so we'll see how the colony fares in the long-term. I also trimmed back a bit of my red monti cap, which had a long plate/branch that was beginning to cast a bit too much shade on neighboring corals and frags.
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I found a nice 'shaded' spot for a small stone of my zoa's, which I have been struggling to find a good placement for. They seem to like it. :)
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I also unexpectedly ended up with yet another variety of zoas in there, as a new colony I had bought for one of my other tanks, was being disturbed/munched on by amphipods, thus necessitating relocation.
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And finally, a photo I have mixed feelings of. I am delightfully pleased that my forest fire monti has finally settled and is started to encrust on the surrounding rock. I am however less thrilled of the Vermetid snail growing inside of it, and which seems to have survived the coral dip. However I'm not too stressed about it, as it does not seem to be affecting the frags overall health negatively, and Its not like my tank is Vermetid-free to begin with.
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About a month out of date, but bought a couple of super cheap Acros and added to the tank. Got both for a real bargain. I paid the equivalent of $19 for the entire efflo colony from a retailer, and about $14 for the other Acro. Which kind it is I am not certain. I don't know how it is across the pond, but here just a tiny frag easily costs as much as any of the two colonies.

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Now the unidentified one in the rear, truly turned out to be a genuine diamond in the rough...
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As about a month later, It's really starting to color up nicely. (though I admit the from-above-shot isn't 100% a fair comparison)
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