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Old 07/06/2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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Hello, well a bit about how i started first.

On december 2006 my mom and i went to petsmart to buy dog stuff. As a joke i said "how about i get a fish tank for christmas" she very quickly said no. Well after the joke i thought about it and more and more i really did want a fish tank. So i brought up the topic a lot. We went to petsmart again another day and i was able to convince my mom to buy a fish tank. Oh boy was i excited, i planned freshwater of course. I bought a top-fin starter kit and a tank stand. The top fin kit included a top-fin 20 power filter, NO (normal output) fluorescent lights, and an all glass aquarium heater. I got all the equipment i needed including a book. I then joined a forum. Learning a lot of things i ended up buying more stuff for my tank since the original things i bought were no use. Mainly leaving the top-fin area for the more popular seachem and aquarium pharmacueticals etc. I upgraded my heater to a visi-therm stealth, i upgraded my filter to a bio-wheel, but i kept the lights. I upgraded my test strips to liquid tests. Not really paying attention i accidentally bought a reef test kit. Upon realising this at home i felt really bad since i felt that i wasted my moms money after all she had spent on me to start a new hobby. Very depressed i moved on without a liquid test kit. Then we got a coupon from petco where the liquid test kit was on sale and bought it then. After i bought the kit i started to want to upgrade tanks to a 55 gallon. I thought after i upgraded i would use the 20 gallon as a reef tank so that reef test kit wont go to waste. I started researching early january. I finally upgraded my freshwater tank to a 75 gallon and the 20 gallon was empty. I started buying equipment:

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20H gallon tank
100w Visi-therm Heater
Tunze Nano DOC skimmer
1 Maxi-jet 1200 with Flo attachment
150 watt 14,000k MH lamp (sunpod)
Milwaukee instruments refractometer
25-30 pounds live rock
0-10 pounds base rock depending what would look good in my tank
20-30 pounds Carib-Sea Ooltic sugar grade aragonite sand, not live, aiming for 2.5 inches
Reef Crystals Salt
Melevs reef RO/DI unit
Garlic Guard
Omega one saltwater flake food
phosban
garlic guard
API reef master test kit
API saltwater master test kit
AquaGloves
Kent turbo calcium
Kent marine buffer


I have everything there right now and will take a group picture of it all.

Here is what i plan on having as livestock

LIVESTOCK:
2 O. Clownfish
10+ Blue Legged hermit crab, amount will depend on how much algae i have
6+ Astraea Conehead Snail, amount will depend on how much algae i have
6+ Nassarius Snails, amount will depend on how much algae i have
1-2 Peppermint shrimp OR Scarlet Skunk Cleaner
0-1 Emerald Crab, amount will depend on how much algae i have
Mushroom corals
Polyp corals
Lots of LPS (want it to be an lps dominated tank)
Maxima or crocea clam
May include some macro algae.
Various hitchhikers i will be expecting from the live rock


So here is the start of my reef log, i will set up my RO filter tomorrow and my tank will get filled up tomorrow.


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Old 07/06/2007, 09:57 PM   #2
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Wow, you got a good start! It's going to look great and it's so nice of your mom to get your tank for you. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.


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Old 07/06/2007, 10:29 PM   #3
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Great start, keep us updated.. Welcome...

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Old 07/06/2007, 11:04 PM   #4
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Great start, keep us updated.. Welcome...

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Old 07/07/2007, 12:17 PM   #5
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Ive installed my RO unit under the sink and i am flushing it right now. It is very very easy to install, clamp it on your cold water copper pipe, turn a screw that pokes a hole in the copper pipe, attach the tubing to the clamp, unscrew the needle that pierced your pipe, and voila your done. Very easy. Had a few leaks but was fixed by tightening a few screws.


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Old 07/07/2007, 02:59 PM   #6
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Congratulations on the new tank! Sounds like you've done the research needed to be successful and you've found the right forums to get help along the way. Good luck and enjoy the journey!


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Old 07/07/2007, 04:58 PM   #7
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Thank you for all your comments, i flushed the first 5 gallons of RO water and then tested:

Before RO- 187ppm
After RO - 008 ppm
After DI - 001 ppm


Im gonna clean out the tank and fill it up now.


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Old 07/08/2007, 12:21 PM   #9
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MUSHO!!!! Is that you?

Still have your betta?


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Old 07/08/2007, 12:28 PM   #10
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Rue lol, we saw each other on fish forums right? No dont have a betta ....

P.S. i got banned from fish forums, its not that i dont like it anymore, its that i have no choice lol.

How are you doing?

I got everything that i talked about on fish forums, got the bigger freshwater tank and as you can see im working on this saltwater .

Im turning into the off topic crew even though i am the OP.....


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Old 07/08/2007, 12:33 PM   #11
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How did you get yourself banned? You're such a pumpkin!

I'm fine! Tanks are all fine! Still doing what I can to get all bettas into nice, warm, planted 5g tanks...

...and am into my first SW tank ever! So exciting! Even the algae is exciting...although not quite as exciting as when I first saw it...think I'm going to have to do some harvesting by hand...


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Old 07/08/2007, 12:38 PM   #12
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Cool, good to see more saltwater people...

Well i did get banned but i used this program where you dont have an IP adress and got back onto the forum. Im youtubefind, its to complicated to use the program so i gave up on the forum. I just asked admin why i was banned (didnt tell him that i was me) and he said too many people complained about the way i talked. He said he didnt want other members to be angry that i got banned so he didnt tell anyone and kept my member status at platinum member rather than banned.

Good to see my betta post worked with some people . I remember that post since admid told me to right it so i did and after i wrote it he banned me.... Dont think it was a coincidence.....

Anyway it was blue (i think called lupin now) that asked admin to ban me since whatever i did blue thought it was wrong and pmed me about it.

How did you find me here?

Got any more pics of your tank?


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Old 07/08/2007, 02:32 PM   #13
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...I tried to PM you! But it says your mailbox is full! Empty it...and I'll try again...


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Old 07/08/2007, 04:40 PM   #14
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do you mean the one on reef central? I deleted a few..


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Old 07/09/2007, 03:53 PM   #15
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Some long awaited pics...


Tank and stand



Protein skimmer: Tunze nano DOC 9002



Heater: Visi-therm stealth 100 watt heater




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Old 07/09/2007, 03:53 PM   #16
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Maxi-jet 1200



Light: 150 watt sunpod 24"



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getting live rock tommorow


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Old 07/11/2007, 06:47 PM   #18
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Still a bit cloudy from the sand but you can see the live rock a bit.


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Old 07/15/2007, 04:41 PM   #19
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Old 07/15/2007, 05:23 PM   #20
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sorry, i have 3 logs going on on 3 different forums, getting all mixed up:









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Old 07/15/2007, 05:25 PM   #21
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Old 07/15/2007, 05:26 PM   #22
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well i think i found a nice and small brown mushroom on one of my bottom rocks:




Some other nice rocks:




I gave up with the hydor flow, got jammed with sand and it cut down the flow a lot, plus it didnt give that random wave patterns so its sitting in my junk section.


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Old 07/23/2007, 07:57 PM   #23
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ooo its been a while since an update, sorry everyone:

I got my cleanup crew since my cycle finished and algae was showing up. 6 astraea snails and 6 blue legged hermits. My hermits took care of my rocks and my snails took care of my glass with a little encouragement. My diatoms and hair algae are at a minimum now.

Phosphates were a little high acording to my lfs who tested my water with liquid test for free. He said it was ok since my tank just started and the live rock is probably leeching phosphate since i dont use tap water. Its lowered a bit so my phosban is working.

Skimmer is all good

I downgraded my MJ 1200 to a MJ 600, but i also got a hydor koralia 2. Hydor is at one side of the tank pointing down, MJ at the other side pointing up. I feel that i am getting good wave patterns.

Other than that not much to say....


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Old 07/23/2007, 11:50 PM   #24
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ok ok i apologize, i cant be an update without pictures, plus i did change my aquascaping a little bit.

5 dollar fan i bought at target that i thought should have been worth 20 dollars since it is silent, works better than my fan that came with the sunpod, and has an on and off button which, ive noticed, that many things in this hobby doesnt have.


A clearer pic of my shroom before the rescape


FTS of my new scape which looks a lot like the old one.....


My pumps




Snails:




And skimmate


Unfortunately no hermits came out to the camera.


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Looking great!

How's the parameter's doing right now?


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