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Old 09/18/2017, 08:57 PM   #1
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The 20 gallon nano SPS Tank journal

Hello, After 15 years away from salt water and keeping big freshwater tanks im back to salt After years of looking at this forum I have come to conclusion that keeping things as simple as possible is going to be a great fit for me. The current tank is a 20 gallon shallow Innovative marine fresh water aquarium that i drilled. My sump is a converted 10 gallon tank with sump kit purchased online. Skimmer is an octopus classic 110. the return pump is an Octopus Varios 2 DC pump (pretty amazing how Quiet it runs). For the power head im using a jebao tw-10, and lighting is a radion xr15w pro 4th gen. There is about 8lbs of rock and used coarse live sand. I will eventually get a 3 head dosing system and will be using the brs 2 part system.

So far the tank has been cycling for 3 weeks on a fish less method dosing ammonia. I finally got the bacteria to bring my ammonia from 3+ to under.25 and my nitrates just jumped so everything doing what i want. Hopefully only a few weeks left or less for fish.

My plan is to do a dominated sps tank with 2 clown fish and a few crabs/snails.

I have a few friends with very successful aquariums and they attribute their success to forum communities like this so making a journal like this showing my ups and downs with all of your great input im hoping to keep this going for many years. If anyone has a suggestion, Question, Or anything that seems weird please chime in

LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!


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Old 09/18/2017, 09:02 PM   #2
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Old 09/18/2017, 10:00 PM   #3
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Very cool tank. How do you like the jebao?


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Old 09/19/2017, 05:11 PM   #4
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Thank you kalan, I love the jebao so far. Pretty crazy what you get for the price point and the thing is crazy powerful (too much flow on high setting for this tank). I will probably get a second one for the other side of the tank and get more of a wave action.


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Old 09/20/2017, 09:01 AM   #5
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Great looking tank! Looking forward to seeing this grow


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Old 10/11/2017, 06:35 PM   #6
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A little update. got a pair of clowns in the tank and made a netting topper to prevent any jumping. I have been having some hard times with my octo protein skimmer and might try something else. Other than that everything is staying stable will probably wait a few more weeks before trying coral


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Old 11/03/2017, 03:56 PM   #7
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we got coral!!!!! I had tested the system with a green birdsnest and has done very well so i pulled the trigger on 4 different frags and an orange plate coral. Unfortunately my phones camera does not do the colors justice at all and will have to get a better camera.

my alk is 7.8
CA 425
Mag 1500
salinity 1.025
Temp 80.1F

The place i purchased the corals from I matched their parameters so will see how everything goes.

All my numbers have been very stable except for my alkalinity i constantly have to dose daily to keep stable. I read that the bacteria might be feeding on it so will have to figure out a better way of nutrient export. I feel like the small pellet food im feeding my clowns is messy and the problem so might try something else. Im not a big fan of running chemical filtration along with water changes, but might have to do that.


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Old 11/09/2017, 10:53 PM   #8
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great looking tank


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