First reef tank of a very paranoid person

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  1. SterlingAce

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    It all started with my first reef meet at the end of May a month after I've moved to Cape Town.

    Needless to say within a week I had bought a second hand plug and play. Filled the tank and I'm ashamed to say tried to move it 1cm, needless to say we had a lovely crack all the way down the back panel.

    Luckily I got a great quote from sams aquarium and had the tank filled with water and running again in a week and a half. Got some nice hitchickers from base rock I got from members and sponsors. Hitch hickers included some mushrooms, zoas and starfish.

    After a month of dosing with special blend,using rock with lots of stuff on it and waiting a month I finally bought 3 snails and two hermits. Four days ago I got a peppermint shrimp and a pulsing xenia.

    Here is my paranoia ,since I've gotten the xenia it hasn't opened up and extended like in the LFS? My mushrooms and zoas look great, I've even got a few small mushooms popping up.

    I want the tank to be mainly about shrimps and tiny crabs, all the interesting goggas, and then after about a year hopefully a mandarin.

    Corals wise I mainly want mushrooms, one or two leathers, polyps and zoas so nothing fancy at all.

    My list of inhabitants to be

    Clownfish
    Pom pom crab
    Banggai Cardinal
    Porcelain crab
    Purple Firefish
    Cleaner Shrimp
    Red Firefish
    Glass Shrimp
    Possum wrasse
    Fire Shrimp
    Mandarin
    Peppermint Shrimp
    Scooter blenny
    Algae blenny


    More details
    It's a Juwel 180 with a sump that makes the total volume of around 200l.
    1m x 400 x 500
    Has a ts1 skimmer
    A sunsun 300lph wavemaker
    2x 200w heaters
    Astro powerhead 1900lph in the sump
    Then 2x 39w HO T5s , a blue and a white

    And then I think my rock pieces are too big, not liking my scape so if anyone can offer some advice please.
    Thinking of breaking the rocks into smaller pieces

    Thanks everybody
    Will post some pictures soon
     
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  3. TaahirS

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    Welcome. Have you tested the water?
     
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    Oh...a she...awesome to see so many ladies lately...

    Well if water is fine...and lighting good...flow sufficient...then i dont see why xenia wont fully open like you said. But all tanks are different.

    Post some pics.
     
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    Maybe nutrients arent enough? Xenia flourishes on some nutrients and since there is no fish in yet could be a problem?
     
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    Dian has a good point here..
     
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    That list stands strong i see.... Pics please
     
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    welcome ....glad to see all is sorted...agree with dian too....

    pics always speak 1000 words too;)
     
  11. SterlingAce

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    Right had to load all the pics on my laptop first. Thanks for the welcome and words of encouragement!

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  12. SterlingAce

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    Went to Merlin and got some lovely mushrooms and a leather, but something is wrong with my white light, will ask the other half when he gets home. I also messed about with the scape after being inspired by Merlin's tank.
    Don't judge to hard! :tt2:

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    wow that looks amazing
     
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    The rocks looks like mostly base rock. OK, old and seeded, with a lot of growth on it. They are not that porous, compared to real live rock. I got a lot of them on the bottom of my rock stack. Due to their shape they do give a much more stable platform to build up higher upon than live rock pieces underneath.

    The hermit is a local Yellow Tip hermit.

    Why is the skimmer not running?
     
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    Ok thanks @RiaanP ,bought the hermit from a local LFS . Should I be worried about the hermit?
    The skimmer is running.
    Icouldn't afford a lot of very nice rock, most of the rock is man made and for now I'm very happy with it. Will add more as time goes on. Any further advice?
     
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    masahello

    looking good.. patience and patience mane of the game. :whistling:
     
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    Those yellow tip hermits are the best my opinion. They stay small in relation to other hermits.
     
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    Awesome! was worried I might en up with a monster! Any other suggestions?
     
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    Do not tie down a softy with a rubber band
    They disintegrate around the band.
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    Well my sinularia did.
     
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    Thanks how should I tie it then?
     
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    Superglue gel. Must be gel.
     
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