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  1. BParker

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    Hi All,

    I started a marine system in November last year after a 15 year break. I've found the MASA site very helpful and informative and learn new things all the time. Compared to the last time I kept marines things are much easier with a wide range of equipment being readily available. I still enjoy DIY and already have a few ideas that I would like to try.

    My setup is a standard TL450. Primarily for corals with live rock, hermits, snails.
    No fish at present and will only introduce a clown or two in the future.

    I'd appreciate responses if you are running a TL450. Perhaps what to watch out for and mods that may improve the system.

    I also keep freshwater tropicals and koi. Latest adventure is killifish, from eggs!

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    Welcome to MASA. Hope you enjoy it here :)
     
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    Pics of my Nano

    Two months down the line...
     
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    hello and welcome back into this hobby.
     
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    I see my xenias are looking happy there Mr Parker
     
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    Hi and welcome.
    Looks like you are doing alright so far. When you planning on adding the fish?
     
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    :welcometomasa2:to MASA...:1:
     
  10. BParker

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    Thanks for the welcome.

    Fish... thinking about introducing a pair of perculas in the next week or so

    Water parameters... NH3 = 0, pH = 8.2, Alkalinity = 4 meq/l, Ca = 460ppm, Nitrite and nitrate undetectable

    Any recommendations???
     
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    Slmz, looks like you need a buff there Mr Parker.
    looks like you overdue for LS.

    ws,
    Nur
     
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    Hi, Just a quick update on my setup.
    Below is a pick of the leather as its been since I instroduced it into the tank about two weeks ago.
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    This is how it looks the past two days.
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    Improvement?? Did the polyps die back or just retract?? Slowly venturing out again??

    Also introduced two (pair?) Ocellaris clowns this past weekend. Seem to be doing well, eating crumbed reef flakes. As they are under 2cm would pellets be appropriate? Will post pics later.
     
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    welcome back to the wonderful world of marines:)

    tank is looking good and nice to see a tank that is given some time to cycle, although id suggest adding too many fish at once as that bio rock still looks new and needs time to colonise and develop. Nice to hear you have a pair of clowns in there, they do well in those tanks.

    that pincushion looks like it is recovering after the introduction into a new tank and nice to see some pollup extension. Its got a way to go yet but all looks fine and normal:)

    good luck with the tank:)
     
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    Thanks Crispin,

    ..and I though I was rushing it!!
    Don't plan to keep more than the clowns and perhaps a Banghai cardinal.
    Looking to go more for soft corals and in time some SPS. Any suggestions?

    Have quite a few feathers that have emerged from the LR and a large number of copepods.
    Two snails and some stomatella as well as a 2cm fighter conch at present keep the algae down. In actual fact the scraper that I bought for the glass has not been opened!! :thumbup:

    Keep the advice coming...
     
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    Hi Guys,

    Just an update. The leather is doing quite well and has opened significantly the last week.
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    Here is a pic with the two clowns I introduced about 10 days ago. Small and perfect for the Nano setup. Been feeding them flakes as well as brine shrimp, which they really seem to enjoy.
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    Lastly a pic of a Xenia that has moved from one rock to another and seems to be going further up the rock. Started at 1 now at 2 and starting to attach at 3.
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    Now I am looking to get a gorgonian frag to complement the rest. Any suggestions on type?

    Bye for now!!
     
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    the Xenia will keep on growing onto all the rocks it can touch. They can spread rather quickly.
     
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    Thanks Riaan,
    The spreading issue is one of my concerns after all I've read on this forum. However, at present the xenia is growing but not spreading to other rocks. The one in the pick actually detached itself from the original rock after attaching to the other rock.

    Any suggestions on further coral, additions I could consider?
     
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    My xenia is now growing up the back wall of my tank.:)
    Just be careful with the gorgonia as these are non-photosynthetic and need to be fed regularly so it can cause a problem of excess nutrients specially in such a small tank, I have one in my TL550 and and even after upgrading the skimmer, running cheato in the back and doing weekly water changes keeping the balance of feeding it enough and keeping the nitrates down is quite tricky. I suppose if its a frag it should be ok though.
    I think you should try get something that will give the tank a bit more colour, maybe an LPS like a frogspawn, torch or candy cane would be nice.
     
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    Hi Mc, I agree my nano needs some colour.
    I do like the torch, but would need to get a small one to start with. My concern with adding LPS is the possibility of the sweeper tentacles causing havoc in such a small environment. This is what I read from the experienced guys.
    Thanks for the advice on the gorgonia.
     
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    Welcome back to the hobby and welcome to the forum, tank is off to a great start..
     
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    I have a torch, a frogspawn, a brain and a candy cane in my tank and I think if you position them well its not such a big deal. If you had to put it on the top of your rockwork I think it would be ok the only thing it would be close to is the xenia and I can say from experience that xenia won't be bothered by the torch and it should get alot of light there.
     
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