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  1. Hi everyone, I am trying to get back to this. I used to have a 90g display and 55 sump/fuge that I had just gotten the way I liked and was building livestock when I moved to the Seattle area (from Corvallis) and couldn't take it. In a condo I lived in at first, I converted a standard 29g aqeon tank into a peninsula by adding some black acrylic to one end. I'll post pictures soon, but I've got about 4-5" on one side that's behind the acrylic. It's split roughly in half with an over/under so there's a 3-4" overflow from the main tank to a 'fuge', then over/under to the return section. return is powered with a hydor pico 70 (20" head max). flow: I've got two hydor koralia 240s running now and am trying to clean up a koralia 700. assuming about 25g of display, that's 47x water flow, but I'm thinking I'll put the 240s on a simple wavemaker, so it'll be more like 37x flow (still not counting the 70gph return's flow). lighting: dual 20w LED, one 10000K, the other actinic blue, can be separately timed. Have a moonlight kit I need to assemble was thinking of adding a submersible light for PAR in the 'fuge' to grow chaeto or micro on a grid for nutrient export, have not purchased yet substrate: Tank was initially set up about 2 years ago, was stabilizing for about 4 months, then I moved to my house and it's been having zero maintenance since then (luckily no livestock except substrate). Not even topoff or heater. no flow, zero maintenance. about 40lbs of rock, mostly dry, about 10lbs was live two years ago... about 2" of sand. was from one of those questionable 'live sand' bags (again, 2 years ago) Yes, I have a BRS 5-stage RODI. I've just got the tanked topped up and am starting a series of 5g water changes, hoping to replace most of the water within a month (5g at a time). I'm ignoring the tank's salinity while doing these, just making sure the new water is dead on. Choices to make: * Do I put a ~5000K submersible light bar in the 'fuge' and grow chaeto or have grid for microalgae? or do I put a tiny skimmer in there? Maybe both if I put the skimmer above the return pump? * Have a topoff I haven't set up yet, should I add nutrients to this? I have a 10g glass laying around I'll probably use to store the source and a diaphragm pump I'll use to move the water * Should I bother with a backpack skimmer? I have an old one (have to check brand) that I once had on a 55g I could probably use livestock: None yet, but I have a vision! I would love to make this an SPS tank with VERY minimal motile livestock. at most, I'm thinking a shrimp or two and MAYBE a small fish (goby?). I'm imagining a tank of montis and acros and something encrusting. I would consider a LPS or something too, especially lower in the tank So once I get the water changes through, I think I'll get 10lbs ish of LR rubble to stick in the return area, just to make sure there's still something live in there. Probably chuck in some tiny shred of something from the seafood aisle and let that ride for a while. Then I'll get to livestock. Thoughts? I know there's a bunch of nano people here, so please give your suggestions for livestock and for my 'choices' that are pending.
  2. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    ok, it's been a while, the lights are on a timer, JBJ ATO running the aqualifter routinely. I just upgraded my topup water from a 1g carboy to a ~9g acrylic tank, so I don't have to fill it as often. I've been dropping in a little (really old) marine hipro I have laying around that the yellow goby seems to enjoy well enough. I haven't done a water change, nor tested chemistry in months (6? 8? not sure). but the hermits and fish seemed happy and with minimal feeding (a crumb or two 2-3 times per week) of one fish, I figured I was ok. I have had no luck getting snails to survive though... plenty of green algae (film on the glass and some GHA and more calciferous stuff on the rock), but no snail has made it past 2-3 weeks, I've tried 8 or 10 in 3 different batches. Anyways, I prepped about 9 gallons of water (Kent salt) this weekend, tested No3, PO4, Ca, and KH on both the tank water and the new water before I started the change, both had high hardness (8, 10 respectively) and Ca right about 500 in the tank, about 540 in the new water, both were non-detect for PO4 and NO3 (no surprise with the low feeding, though I wouldn't have been surprised if the snails added to the ammonia cycle). Mg wasn't tested since the Ca and KH was high. Anyways, I'm rethinking my tank. I'm thinking I'll target LPS. who knows...frogspawn, acan, sun, elegance, brain, we'll see. maybe someday I'll throw in a birdsnest to get a little sps look, but probably not and only if everything's going perfectly. so my current thoughts for fish, one of each since the tank isn't really big enough to house multiples of these which tend to be aggressive to their own. yellow watchman - already in tank (been in there for ~6 months already) firefish (normal, not purple/helfrichi) royal gramma green clown goby neon blue goby court jester goby any thoughts? I'm shooting for as much color as I can muster without overloading the tank (especially considering the LPS I want to keep). for what it's worth, I think I remember putting around 50 pounds of rock in there (remember a 29g tank), and when I did the ~9g W.C., it looked like around half the height of water, so I'm guessing it was around 60-70% of the volume. weird how much of the 29g the rock/sand takes up!
  3. Weir solution

    So I've got this 29g going and it's going well, though I'm taking it slow. I finally got a little goby who's been in there a couple times, but he seems to have a habit of going over the weir...any ideas? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-J320AZ using Tapatalk
  4. ID please!

    I swore all this rock was super dead except one small one from the LFS... Please help Id, only a yellow goby and hermits in here now. Hard to get a good picture, hurt I'm pretty sure I saw 2 different ones a moment ago... Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-J320AZ using Tapatalk
  5. ID please!

    So I've heard a lot about bristles over the years but never had one...I hear about people trying to kill/trap them... Should I try? I'm planning to add stony corals, snails and a couple small fish if that makes a difference Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-J320AZ using Tapatalk
  6. Weir solution

    can't figure out how to edit posts still...but I meant to say the goby's been in there for a couple months. I found him in the sump area once and just before I posted this, I found him on the filter floss over the GHA fuge.
  7. So we all know about simple timers to turn on a fan (or whatever) for 10 minutes (or 20 or 45 or whatever). but to feed my new nano, I'll want to turn OFF the return pump for several minutes and have it automatically turn back on. of course an Apex would take care of this, but I don't have $250 I'm looking to get rid of, so I'm thinking there must be an easy way to make a simple turn-back-on timer. anyone tried?
  8. Quick, new heater needed!

    29g glass AIO, made from a standard Aqueon 29g. Apparently the heater went cold. Only had a 5-member CUC, so no major tragedies, but i want to get back on track ASAP. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-J320AZ using Tapatalk
  9. Quick, new heater needed!

    Got an eheim jager 100w, should be here Friday. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-J320AZ using Tapatalk
  10. Quick, new heater needed!

    Currently thinking cobalt neo-therm 100w. I will probably buy it tomorrow unless someone pipes up. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-J320AZ using Tapatalk
  11. Quick, new heater needed!

    Wanting something reliable and well-sized. It doesn't have to be pretty, I've got it on the "sump". Can spend the money, but not gonna blow $200 on it, if you know what I mean Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-J320AZ using Tapatalk
  12. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    I've only had GSP in a softie trek but thought it was low - threat, are you just worried about it spreading or a toxin or what? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  13. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    I'm doing well, thanks! I read about your pesky yellow tang; sad day! I'd estimate (visually) that the light is about 10K. A little bluer than I planned for my algae scrubber, but it's fine. The tank is covered in all sorts of blooms now, so I guess I can rest easy that there's plenty of bacteria for the nitrogen cycle I'll give it time with the 5-member CUC and algae scrubber before I start anything else, I appreciate the offer of a couple starters, tho! My livestock is planned as: Fish/motile: Purple firefish Flasher wrasse Goby (TBD) sexy shrimp Corals (not sure I can have them all????): acro Monti (encrusting & plating) Birdsnest Hammer (purple if I can) Fungia Acan Chalice if it's not too $$$ probably some GSP as a little lawn at some point Have any thoughts, Robert? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  14. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    Got the fuge (aka algae scrubber) light today. If I remember right, it's 9w, about $15 from Amazon (prime!). Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  15. 20L AIO Peninsula

    Love it all! How's you get those a to floats so close? Looks like they're only a few millimeters apart in height! I love what you're doing here, and that you're having success with a can filter, sure seems like with some regular maintenance, it's a good option for a nano. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  16. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    My API kits say zero nitrates and zero phosphates. Either the kits are too old to show anything or all the nutrients are in the algae now... Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  17. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    Looks like there was some nutrients I'm this old system still add the algae and diatoms came up in the past few days. Got a coraline-covered rock, 3 trochus snails and 2 blue-leg hermits at The Fish Store on Lake City Way in Seattle today. Beautiful store with lots of salt, fresh, planted and even a brackish system or two. Snails got right to it And the hermits Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  18. Firefish school or single?

    I was always under the impression that firefish are schoolers and my wife and I love how the people ones look, so I was going to have 3 in my new 29 build with a skunk cleaner, but now I'm reading that they will be aggressive to each other unless mated. What's the deal? Maybe I should have just 1? So then what else could go in the 29? Perhaps a flasher wrasse, royal gramma or ... ? Reef safe is a must, hard corals, 1 shrimp and a couple snails/hermits. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  19. Firefish school or single?

    K, does anyone have experience with a purple firefish and something else in a nano? Thinking royal gramma or goby or hawk? Blenny? Flasher? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  20. What are you good at besides reefing?

    At home, we do lots of home renovations. Planning a yard project that will likely include a seasonal creek, small pond and gazebo/fire pit over the pond. By day, I develop and maintain code and equipment for laboratory automation in the biotech industry. Basically, I make robots do the biology for us. I says think about switching to full time software dev, but do far, I'm pretty happy Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  21. Opinions on T5 Lighting for a Small Tank

    Small other asset to dimming is light acclamation, but you're white tank dims as part of acclamation, so most people would rather acclimate with careful placement than dimming Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  22. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    Current thinking: Corals: - High: monti, acro, something encrusting - Lower: Hammer/Frog, acan, maybe chalice? Motile: - Trochus, maybe nass vibex - 2-5 hermits - 1 shrimp? sexy? skunk cleaner? Fish: - 3 purple firefish or royal gramma...can't decide (open to suggestions) - goby? - I like the idea of a pair of clowns, but they feel so cliche... - not sure I'm settled here Kim: That eel looks amazing, but it looks like they are $$$$$$$$
  23. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    Trying to add pic again Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  24. 29g Peninsula tank getting pack into it

    I drew up the dump area in case anyone is curious. Pretty, simple really. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  25. WTB 700 gph circ pump

    Looking to replace a broken 700gph koralia circulation for a 29g tank, would gladly take couple smaller pumps as long as I can get the same total and not take up too much space in my nano. $20 or less hopefully. I live near Seattle and could pay flat rate shipping if necessary as long as it's less than my total Amazon cost (free shipping with Prime) Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
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