My First 12 gallon nano

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  1. Robster

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    Hey guys, just thought i would share my tank :) its been running for about 6 months, there are mushrooms, star polyps, acans, zoos ect aswell as 2 clowns, a mandirain which i managed to pellet train with the container method aswell as a bicolour blenny.

    Lighting: FlexiLED 12x3 watt
    filtrating: about 15 kgs of live rock aswell as purigen, carbon and a ws-1 jns protein skimmer which is rated for nearly 5 times my water volume.

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    Nice mandarin. He looks very healthy!
    Can you perhaps post a full tank shot? Would love to see what your whole tank looks like!
     
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    wow @Robster stunning little tank you have there looking really really good keep it up
     
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    and the mandarin is too cute
     
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    here is what i did to get the mandirain to eat, formula two pellets, new era flake, blood worm, mysis aswell as brine

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    your mandirain is nice and fat lol. try getting him on some frozen too lol. beautiful system you have:thumbup:
     
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    thanks for the idea @Robster a fellow reefer has just got a mandarin and he is not eating can you elaborate on how you got it to start eating
     
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    @Fraser W you can try the bottle method. in a quarantine setup type of thing. cut open the bottom of a 2ltr bottle and throw the food in the small end. let him see the food. and he should start eating it a few days. reason why is say in a quarantine setup is because the other fish will try to get to the food and chase him if they are very hungry.
     
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    Thanks for all the replys :) ill upload a full tank pic now.

    I just want your guys opinion on a good central "stand out" coral for the future, does frogspawn and hammer coral do well in nanos? any other options you guys recommend?
     
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    for any of those to you have to have very low nutrients. otherwize they might not make it. in a small system like yours it might be hard and you would do more water changes or you can add bio cubes for nutrient export. but yes a hammer or a torch will be a gr8 looking center piece. just keep all other corals away from it as it can sting them.
     
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    For the mandirain, he didnt eat at all for the first 2 days while in the container, i fed him newly hatched brine and slowly progressed to large live brine. I then transitioned to frozen enriched brine which was mixed with the live brine, i used a syringe to target feed and if he wasnt interested i used the syringe to make the food move a little, which normally got him interested. After about 2 weeks i slowly added mysis into the syringe, by this time he associated the syringe for food and it was only a matter of time until i managed to move him onto mysis. I did the same process for the flake aswell as the pellets.

    Just remember that mandirains have a very very fast metabolism! people manage to get their mandirain to eat frozen food but 4 months down the line it dies.. thats because it needs regular SMALL feedings throughout the day otherwise it will starve
     
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    yeah your right, are leathers a good option? i hear they are hardy
     
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    they are very hardy yes. very good coral and easy to keep. shouldnt see a problem with that. just be warned that they can get big. but yes i would recommend a leather.
     
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    Here' s the full tank photo..

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    wow man very nice. looks very beautiful:thumbup:
     
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    Cool thanks man :thumbup: they are awesome looking corals
     
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    always a pleasure man. and yes they are very nice
     
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    beautiful tank man! i am jealous!
     
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    Oh yeah, if anyone wants to try the container method but the fish is already in the tank, rather wait about a good 2 hours after you have switched off the lights just to make sure he's asleep. Find him with a flash light and try net him, if it fails just keep on trying.. If he starts to deteriorate try feed him some newly hatched brine shrimp by turning off the return aswell as moving the heater from your sump into the main tank. After that, add a good amount of newly hatched brine with a airstone or powerhead in the tank so the O2 levels remain high, then just let him feast for 3-4 hours
     
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    Yo guys, i just have a question about my LED lights.. They are SolarMax FlexiLEDs 3x12watt fixtures and i was wondering what kind of limitations i have with regards to coral choice? My LFS seems waaay to happy to sell me anything just to make a buck.

    The distance from the lights to the bottom of the tank is around 65 cm
     
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