Small meduim tank => AdamVR

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  1. AdamVR

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    Hi fellow forumers

    First off a BBIIGG thank you to all the people here who have helped me getting going, especially @RiaanP amd @ChrisNell and the sponsors for their generous help and my annoying questions and comments :thumbup:

    Due to cluttering up a lot of otherwise pristine threads, I decided to put up my own thread of my tank, to help me pick up any potential problems hopefully early on by means of utilizing the vast knowledge that can be found on this wonderful forum.

    So first off today I collected a frogspawn head from @ChrisNell -> thanks! It is really looking like it will do well:

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    For comparison the head of the pin cushion @RiaanP) to the left is 36mm across. It opened up completely within 10min of putting it in the DT.

    I also put another cleaner shrimp in today, along with a fire goby/ firefish goby / dartfish / lawndart / {put in here any name that you think describes this fish}

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    and a scooter blenny.

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    I know this dragonet is considered difficult to keep, but I have had my eye on this fish for more than a week now, making sure it accepts the kinds of foods I can offer, apart from the copepods etc. occuring nad spawning naturally in the tank. Putting it into my tank today I first put in a bit of flake food, and all ate it, including the blenny... so holding thumbs now.

    Funny thing is, the only LS that ran for cover was the shrimp. The rest all went about doing their thing, as if they were here already :blush:

    I'll put up a nice FTS tomorrow, with a proper camera.

    o ja, parameters were as follows just before introducing the LS:

    Date 21-03-2012 pH 8.2 Ammonia [NH4] <0.25 Nitrite [NO2] 0.02 Nitrate [NO3] 8 kH 12.8
    I know the alkalinity is high, but I'm not interfering (yet) as I hope this number will drop naturally with time.

    :peroni: :1: :peroni:
    Adam
     
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  3. RiaanP

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    ok, nice to see you going. And dragonet eating anything is extra nice.
     
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    Yup, otherwise I wouldn't have taken her.. but she stole my heart... :blush:

    Dankie vir al die hulp, sonder dit sou dit definitief al 'n disaster gewees het :thumbup:

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    Adam, good luck with your system. Great to see your enthusiasm for the hobby!
     
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    Update: Put in a Yellowheaded/Bluecheeked/Golden-headed/Sleeper sandsifting goby in the tank as well, and it really started working on the sand from the word go. Unfortunately no pics yet, will put up some tomorrow.

    In the meantime, parameters all OK, just nitrates starting to show again, so time for another water change, as the DSB is not quite working yet I presume..
     
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    Caught in the act:

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    Looks like I will be having a "white spot" problem for some time to come...
     
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    Nice start & all the best with your tank
     
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    That tank needs some zoas :p
     
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    And a water change... :thumbup:
     
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    Good luck man! I am waiting for my tank to be running...
     
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    Here are the pics of my sand sifter:

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    Cheers
    Adam
     
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    How so?
     
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    Pretty fish, but a very bad reputation for dropping sand on corals
     
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    Yup.

    The layout of the tank is so that there is a open sandy spot in the middle, with two reefs on the side, eventually going all the way up to the waterline. The sandsifted, does "feed" nearly all the time, but doesn't really lift sand higher than 50mm from the substrate, so if corals are placed higher than 50mm, it is no problem.

    At the moment the only stress the zoas have to deal with is the shrimps running right across them from time to time, but it looks as if they are getting used to it.

    I'll keep an eye, but at the moment it doesn't seem to be an issue.
     
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    Another update:

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    Sorry for the crappy pic, will put some nice ones up someday.

    I have aquired some nice coral frags, thanks to all involved. I now have some more lovely zoas, some more paly's and a couple of pulsating xenias. My frogspawn is really starting to grow, and has grown another head already, and another one starting to form aswell.

    At the moment the only problem in the tank is the cyanoalgae., but it seems to be under control. I do not have any chaeto at the moment, so nutrient export takes place with the skimmer and water changes.
     
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    not sure on the placement of your power heads. But the rock in the both back corners will create a deadspot behind it.

    Cannot remember, do you have a sump? If not, you can hide the heater horizontal behind the rock work.
     
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    @RiaanP

    I agree on the powerhead placement, still not optimal, but there is a big gap between the rocks and the back pane and there is flow, so no detritus settling.

    I do have a sump, I was just monitoring the heater, as I had my doubts over it actually working, but it did, and is back in the sump.

    Thanks for the comments.

    Cheers
    Adam
     
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    looks good AdamVR...tagging on...Good luck
     
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