7 month old almost reef

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  1. KSreefster

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    Hi here is my 1.2m x 45 cm x 45cm tank with an ocellaris clown, blue tang, cleaner shrimp, 2button polyps and green purple finger leather coral and a few snails (see attachment)

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    Move the heater to the sump. If you do have one.
     
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    looking great @KSreefster . good looking scaping. I agree with @RIAAN. Move the heater to the sump. How a bout a few more pics of the sump and DT. :thumbup:
     
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    Shure, will take pics of the sump and move the heater there. And thanks for the advice and the complement
     
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    A nice scape you have there
     
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    looking good
     
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    Looks pretty well
     
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    Hi all here is a before and after pic of my tank in the first couple of months and where I am now

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    Looking good, rockwork is nice and the blue background makes it look much better. :)
     
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    Thanks and yes I agree on the background, which fish and corals should i be getting?
     
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    What size is the tank and what lighting do you have?
     
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    It is a 4 ft / 1.2 m, 240 litre, I have 4 T5's and 6 blue LED's but ordered more LED's
     
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    Love your Tang
     
  16. Muz

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    I don't think you should be getting any corals just yet, the tank is 7 months old but the corals are really not doing very well in this tank, I would take a serious look at your water parameters and husbandary.

    The water clarity looks very poor but it may just be the dirty glass, in order for the corals to get the right light the lighting needs to be correct, the bulbs need to be replaced after a few months or life and the water clarity needs to be polished.

    After 7 months you have no corraline, check your calcium levels as well.

    judging by the condition of the rocks you have very poor circiulation in the tank as well.. i would look at your flow rates and turnover rates.

    Keep at it and strive to get the tank right before adding any more inhabitants.
     
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    Hi I battled cyano for a while there so thats propably why the pics dont look as good as it is but its a lot better now, dont see any cyano anymore, and about the coraline I have coraline on some rocks but only a few spots per rock
     
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    Yeah, look, the tank is still young by some standards but it could be a lot better, if you do not have a healthy, thriving tank after a few months then you have to pick apart what you are doing and look at what you should be changing.

    Sometimes it is something as simple as the wrong size substrate that is causing the build up of nutrients, in which case you can water change until you are blue in the face but the issues will just come back.

    Such is the art of reefkeeping, you learn something about your tank every day, and advice is a tricky thing to give because every tank differs. Don't be scared to learn and to change and adapt what you are doing, but remember with reefkeeping , keep those changes small and constant but keep striving for that tank you want.

    Keep your water parameters as stable as you can, keep an eye on the water temp and salinity in Summer with high temps and quick water evaopration, all those small things make a difference.

    Either way, after 7 months you should have alive, vibrant rock full of life and filtering water.. your rock looks quite dead, there is a reason for this.. check your flow and water turnover rates as well as your lighting.

    keep posting your progress, so far you have made some decent imporvements, i look forward to seeing this tank in a few months again.. full of life and corals going crazy
     
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