Landy's First Nano Tank

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    Aah okay! Makes sense now
     
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    VehanLandy

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    It was all I could afford at the time, cuz it was emergency because we were going on holiday and water evaporates really fast in the tank and didn't have time to organise a tank keeper.
     
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    Yea these small tanks evaporate soo quickly :m15: I've been topping up 2L a day manually on mine
     
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    VehanLandy

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    Damn that's crazy. Yeah, and when 2l drops in a 60l it can be a huge salinity swing.
     
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    So weirdly, it seems like the clowns have decided to host the underside of my toadstool :m23: at least they aren't damaging any polyps
     
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    VehanLandy

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    So yesterday I, very stressfully, re-aquascaped the tank. After the boat decoration came out I wasn't too happy with how things looked and wanted to make some improvements and especially more space for corals. It's not as appealing as I would've hoped because I couldn't do as much as I wanted because I had to try my best to avoid snails and hermit crabs. But I have some big plans. I'm going to start trying to get one coral a month from now on if I can afford it. I really want to start increasing my coral population. My tank is really lacking colour.

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    As you can see the toadstool is leaning to the side a bit. It tends to do this when I change the flow. Normally takes it a week or so to stand up again. At least all the polyps are extended. My next coral on the wishlist is I want to try a montipora.

    And good news! A snail has finally discovered the algae spot that was annoying me.
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    Y don't u just start off with some zoas first...they tend to b a bit cheaper and there's a nice range of colors to choose from.
     
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    If you in jhb..
    PM I got a guy that sells frags for like R50/R100

    How long did you have the torch?
     
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    VehanLandy

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    In Cape Town unfortunately :/ otherwise I would jump at that deal.

    I've had the torch for 2 months. That's how long ago I added a new coral.
     
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    How stable is this tank? And what are you dosing at the moment?
     
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    Extremely stable. Paremeters rarely change. I'm actually struggling to get my calcium down because there's nothing in the tank that uses calcium fast enough. But because I use natural seawater and do weekly water changes parameters are extremely stable. The temperate fluctuates 0.5 degrees a day. It is about 26.0 at night and 26.5 at the hottest part of the day. But it's a steady change that happens everyday.
     
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    I dose 1 drop of Aquaforest Bio S every day. That's all. Once every two weeks I add 4ml of Reef Fuel.
     
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    That's very good to hear do you check cal before and after the water change ?
     
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    Yep. I made a big mistake at the start. Once I got the torch coral I overestimated how much calcium it actually uses and I didn't have a calcium test at the time so I was dosing Seachem Reef Complete. Got some money for a calcium test kit and found out the calcium was at 520. The natural seawater has a calcium level of 420 to 450 so with water changes I have very gradually been bringing it down.
     
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    Great you learning very fast :m106: tell me do you do full test of the tank? And the NSW do you test the po4
     
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    Thanks! And unfortunately I don't have too many test kits. Basically just the essentials: Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, Ph(pen), Alkalinity, Salinity and Calcium. Those are all the test kits I have. I could get a phosphate test done on the nsw at the LFS if you are curious.
     
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    Yes do so magnesium and phosphates test if I may ask what is the parameters you got the test for sitting at?
     
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    Here are all the parameters which I tested today:

    Temp: 26.2
    Ph: 8.4
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 5
    Salinity: 1.026/35ppt
    Alkalinity: 10dkh
    Calcium: 495
     
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    All is great just the cal need to be lower and the test on mag and po4 but great work keeping the nano so stable
     
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    Thanks very much! Yeah, the calcium started at 540, so I'm glad I've actually been able to start lowering it.
     
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