Reef Hobbyist 29g

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Nav, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Its my 4th week in the hobby and things have been amazing. I've been journaling everything on Tumblr since its easy and is one source of truth (instead of posting same stuff in various forums).

    Here's my spec (I'll try to keep this list updated)

    • 29g Aqueon
    • Sand bed
    • 29lbs live rock
    • 2 x 425gph Koralia powerbeads
    • Reef Octopus BH-100 HOB protein skimmer
    • Aqueon kit HOB mechanical filter
    • Sump-less
    • 1 x T5 full spectrum
    • Basic LED strip (36 lights x 5050 bright)
    • I use a reflectometer
    • API Saltwater master test kit
    • Red Sea Reed Foundation test kit
    • 2 x Clownfish
    • 1 x Firefish Gobi
    • Greenstar Polyps
    • Trumpet Coral
    • Frogspawn

    Keep an eye on my latest activity on Tumblr :
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Guest

    Tank looks really nice! Looks like a much nicer start then the first tank I had ever setup!

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  3. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    looks like your tank is still cycling?

    great start!
  4. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    @Jeremy, why do you say that?

    It's my 4th week, parameters are all stable and I've now had livestock for a week...

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  5. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Sorry, meant @neuro...

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  6. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Guest

    following along!
  7. Devon

    Devon Guest

    Looks good! Your on your way.
  8. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography



    Nice rock work.
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  10. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    After I got the BH100 I was pretty upset of the motor size… and the fact that the grey motor was so visible in the tank bothered me a lot.

    Since the background is black, I decided to turn the skimmer black too.

    I got a “Krylon Fusion for Plastic” spray paint from Walmart for $3.5 and just painted the whole submersed area black. Let it dry for an hour and ran the motor in a tub of hot water for another hour just to make sure the coating is safe to go inside my tank.

    So here’s how it was:

    … and here’s how it is now.

    For now, this is my version of the BH100 mod :)
  11. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    I would of let that sit for around 48 hours to fully cure and gas off before putting into a tank with livestock.

    Looks good though!
  12. nly04

    nly04 Guest

    If I not wrong, you will see algae bloom soon cause most of new tank will went through this process before consider stable. Let it be and let the tank cycle itself, avoid any med if possible.
  13. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Interesting that i never got algae outbreak yet... I'm starting to see very small green colorations on few rocks which I guess is like a starting stage.

    Until now the params have been ok and the livestock have been doing good. Corals are healthy too.

    I might get more snail and hermits to keep the algae under control.

    - Navdeep
  14. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    @tr1gger, yea I should've waited a bit more to cure the paint, just was in a rush to get the skimmer broken in. I hope it won't have any side-effects later...

    - Navdeep
  15. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    hey nav, the reason why I ask, is because i haven't seen a diatom bloom yet--your rocks are white still.

    Although you've hit your 4th week and i'm assuming you've monitored your spike in nitrite/nitrate levels, and you're past the initial stage already.

    which means the diatoms and algae will start to begin soon.
  16. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Neuro, I started with 21lbs of LR which was mostly cured and later added 8lbs of dry rock (which are white).

    Yea, I hope my tank doesn't turn into crap after the outbreak.

    Any tips on keeping it controlled?

    - Navdeep
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  17. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    When you mean mostly cured, do you mean they were in a previous tank immediately before it was put into this one?

    Diatom blooms are ubiquitous with new tanks. Even small, new rock (previously cured and cycled) that I put into an established tank spark diatom outbreaks. You can usually wait it out, and do water changes every week before it's cleared itself.

    I got a few snails (turbo and a few others) to clean up the diatoms. But you have to be careful to siphon out any poop they release. Otherwise you'll get an increase in nitrates/phosphates.

    Diligence is key to a clean tank.
  18. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Thx neuro, Out of the 21lbs half of it were from a designated LR tank from LFS and other half was from an actual established saltwater tank (with fish n coral).

    I've been doing 40% water changes every week and was planning to continue with 25% here on...

    I have 4 margaritas and 4 hermits for how. I've heard turbos are known to knock down coral?

    - Navdeep
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  19. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    oh that's great then. looks like you have everything under control.

    turbos are notorious for that, but i pick the corals back up and glue them back down. this is just one of the things i am willing to put up with when taking care of a tank. at the same time, i get to figure out if one place is better than the other. i go through a lot of replacing coral in different spots anyways to see what spots are simultaneously the most aesthetically pleasing and allow for my corals to grow quickly.

    the turbos were good at picking turf and dead bryopsis algae for me. mileage will vary, they won't don't do a clean "shave" of any rock but they pick up the majority of the bad stuff--at least in my experience.
  20. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

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