My first 500 ltr custom tank build progress

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Looking fantastic, nicely done with all the diy, best way to do it. :thumbup: That temp is a bit low at 23, are you going to bring it up a bit?
 
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Looking fantastic, nicely done with all the diy, best way to do it. :thumbup: That temp is a bit low at 23, are you going to bring it up a bit?
Thank you very much, Im open to help as i need it, what should the temp rather be?
 
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So this is my first member I added to the tank, its a orange spotted goby, i think its the right name, i lost mine in my boyu tank because he jumped over and ended up in the filters, he was my favorite fish in the boyu tank. So this one I saw at a local petshop and he was destroying the other goby in the tank so I decided to pull him out and place him in my tank and lets just hope the other one was in peace after I bought this aggro one.
He is still very shy, this is the first picture I could take because every time he sees me he dives into his cave he made
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Diamond Wartchman goby if I'm not mistaken
 

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Thank you very much, Im open to help as i need it, what should the temp rather be?
Most people aim for between 25 and 26 Celsius as the majority of fish and corals we keep come from warm oceans. Also corals grow better in warmer water as they have an increased metabolism. :)
 
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Most people aim for between 25 and 26 Celsius as the majority of fish and corals we keep come from warm oceans. Also corals grow better in warmer water as they have an increased metabolism. :)
I have just adjusted it to 25 degrees, thank you for the advice
 
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So I changed the water temp to 25 degrees and did a water test today. all in check
Temp 25 degree celcius
Salinity 1025
Ph 8.2
Nitrates 1.5
Nitrites 0
Ammonia 0
Phospates 0
Calcium 420
Alkalinity/DKH 8

Corals and fish look very happy
 
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Goby is getting comfy now, when the hermit crab comes to his cave he picks it up and drop it away on his back then i need to move the crab back onto his legs cos he just sits upside down for 20mins straight
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Lekker looking tank, my tankle that I'm setting up is the same dimensions
 
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So i have a small update, I received a few corals from a friend and have done the reef scaping the way i wanted to do it.. this is how it looked when i first added the liverock and corals from my boyu tank
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This is how it looked when I did my stand up rock on the right
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then i did a little bit of this, the spray can was just to keep the liverock moist while i were putting on aquaforest stone fix cement.
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and the corals were all over the tank while I did the scaping
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And now it looks like this, I will upload a better photo tomorrow when all the corals are open. I wanted the overhang on the left side like in the picture
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