My Aquaria AMW 37

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    For the longest time I have toyed with the idea of owning my own saltwater tank. Reading up on it and asking a few questions actually put me off for a long time. As most described it to be very difficult. And it was almost overwhelming. But luckily I followed my instincts and I am happy to report that my tank has been up and running for about 5 months and I am loving it.
     
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    Pics or else it isn't so:whistling:
     
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    Thouht I would add some pics and tell you about some of the things that I learnt along the way. This is how my tank started out. I started off with some synthetic live rock but replaced it very quickly not that there is something wrong with it just wanted a more natural tank and the piece I had was a tad to big. So first lesson learn bigger not always better.

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    Adding good quality liverock makes a big difference , and also introduces the first bit of life into your tank during the cycling process. That to me was probably the best part seeing something move lol.

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    Pics are on the way have 5 months worth

     
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    The first signs of life is always the best.
     
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    Keep them coming. We are photo junkies on this site :drool5:
     
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    It was at this stage that the bug bit me hard. The more things that moved the better it was. So the synthetic rock was removed and slowly but surely replaced with a mix of live and dry rock. So here is lesson 2 the Aquaria amw 37 is awesome. It is cheap, works well and in all I dont have much complaints. But in hind sight, this hobby consumes you so quickly. That had I known that it really is not that hard to keep a saltwater tank. I personally would have looked at a bigger tank. As space in this 37 litre tank is really very little. But slowly but surely it took shape.

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    This is how clueless I was when I started I had 2 muchrooms that came on my one rock before I had a CUC. The tank cycled in about 4 weeks but I deceided to make sure it's stable before adding anything else. So around the 8 week mark que the CUC. I oped for 2 turban snails and 2 electric blue hermits. Lesson 3. Take your time acclimating any new life you want to add. I drip acclimated but not long enough. My one turban moved a bit and die shortly after not sure if it was my fault. Or whether it got hurt in transport or getting taken out of the LFS's tank. But it was a learning curve for sure.

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    So this brings us to lesson 4. If you have a saltwater tank. Enjoy it spend time looking at it. Had it not been for my fascination with the tank. I would never have found herby my gorilla crab. Since discovering him he has been haning out in a floating breader box. I just didnt have the heart to kill it. But I do realize that soon I will have to get rid of him. Any takers?
     
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    At this stage my tank was around 3 months old and I started to stock some more corals. I was lucky enough to find a bubble tip nennie at a awesome price R150 from a fellow reefer on here. And deceided to take the plunge. Lesson 5. Dont ever by something on a whim. Or without propper knowledge on it. I bought it and then started reading up on it. It had me stressed for a few days as it adjusted but luckily it worked out for me. Also got a pin cushion and hairy muchrooms. As well as a ricordia. And a yellow leg hermit.

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    Since then at the 4 month mark I upgraded my lights. Went for the zetlight 1201-L with built in controller and it has been awesome so far. Lots of growth and lots of life in my tank. And yeah that is where I am at right now. Will be getting to clowns over the weekend and maybe a cleaner shrimp as well. Also a bit of new shrooms.

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    Starting to take shape. I am glad it has all worked out with few problems. Great to see the patience paying off in a positive way.:thumbup:
     
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    Yeah going so good my snails are breeding up a swarm. Eggs all ove the place and 4 baby snails as far as I can see. Guess the lack of fish helped on that front.
     
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    Small amount of predators can have that effect.
     
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    Hi there, I have one of those tanks, you can put the heater in the back filter and get yourself a R50 digital thermometer free up all the clutter
     
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    Hi, I actually had it in the back but the bubbles from the skimmer worried me. Will pick up a digital one for sure just spent a lot on corals. So pics to come and also getting my first fish today.
     
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    Wow corals add up quick hey. Nice tank though.
    Your tank has a pinkish colour to it. Is that a setting on the zetlight
     
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    LOL no was a LED I used before I went to the Zetlight one of those cheap strips that has full spectrum but ended up with a lot of red and purple and also Iphone that took the pic made it worse
     
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    you should stick to Samsung...:slayer:
     
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