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Hey guys,

Wanted to start a build thread for my new reef tank, hoping that in the months and years to follow it will be good to look back upon

Little bit about me, originally from Scotland but then I wised up about the shocking weather and moved to Australia 4 years ago

Main goals for this tank were:

1. low maintenance as possible
2. Want the reef to move with the flow (softie/LPS)
3. Cheato Refugium to be the main nutrient export

Equipment:

Tank - Cade s2/f 600 in white

Rock - aquaforest

Lighting - 1x AI prime 16hd

Refugium lighting - 1x AI prime Refugium
(Wouldn’t buy again)

Flow - Nero 3

Return pump - Jebao DCS 3000
(Planning to change it out as it has annoying hum :face-with-rolling-eyes:)

Mechanical filtration - Filter floss in a plastic plant pot

Tank covers - DIY Perspex for evaporation




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Tank was delivered, while Jett had to inspect for breakages :face-with-tears-of-joy:

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The tank finally in place, want expecting the stand to be so heavy for 2 people!
Cade looking small compared to my chihuahua

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First try at aqua scaping this tank, wanted it be one reef piece, low in height due to dimensions of the tank with lots of flat areas for corals to grow, I ended up changing this slightly over the next few months due to the height

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Next was to get it filled!… TA DA

I cycled with live bacteria and ammonia as started with dry rock and dry sand. I messed up the ammonia drops while cycling with Dr Tim’s one and only….... 7 weeks later… finished :smiling-face-with-sunglasses:

Few months passed and I decided it was time for the first fish and corals, because there is no LFS near to where I live, everything has to be shipped

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Fish:
2x wild clowns
1x purple fire fish (decora)
1x Bengaii cardinal

Few softies and LPS

Few months had past everything settling in…
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then that brings us to today!
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Waterchange yesterday as per green toadstool Is hating it’s life :smiling-face-with-halo:

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And lastly the engine room

Planning on letting the tank settle for a few more months, then add some more fish and LPS

Thanks guys :smiling-face-with-smiling-eyes:
 
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Decided to clean the glass this afternoon and take out first bucket of chaeto from sump, not a bad haul


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Starting to get brown film algae over the sand bed and glass, haven’t had any green algae growth in the display so far, so presuming it’s Dino?

Cut back the display lighting to 10 hours, and reduced refugium lighting from 16 to 12 hours….. hoping that’ll work:thinking-face: IMG_4396.jpeg IMG_4396.jpeg
 
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Can’t seem to get my GSP frag to stay stuck on the back wall, going to include in somewhere into the rockwork…. Just unsure where

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Tided out the sump today, full of crap. Took out the rock that was just collecting detritus, also moved some of the biospheres over to allow filter bag of carbon
 
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Bought a few things on black Friday sales :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes: Few corals and inverts

Also bought a silicate test kit as I think brown algae from high silicates, finding hard to tell between diatoms and dinos
 
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New test kits arrived:

P04 - 0ppm
N03 - 0ppm
SI - 0ppm

Guess it’s Dino’s? :rolleyes:

Iv lowered my blade Refugium lighting down to 90% on all channels and reduced light period from 12 hours to 6 hours, hoping that will work, what do other people do regarding low nutrients? More fish? More food?
 

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Looking great. I like the size of the tank. But than I am more of a lagoon type a guy.
Actually, more fish should mean more food. So to battle nutrients, you can just start with more food alone.
What are you feeding your fish? Are you dosing other things as well?
 

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Almost everyone who uses dry rock has issues with Dino’s. There are countless threads here about it, and that’s the main thing in common, because for some reason people start tanks with dry rock.

I would try getting some live rock, you have access to great rock there from Cairns Marine. Also dose microbacter 7 on the daily dose, and of course get snails for the rock and something to turn over the sand bed. Also higher nutrients are your friend here, not lower. Can’t go wrong with more fish food and Red Sea AB+.
 

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