Schmitty's 40g Nuvo Reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Schmitty, Jun 29, 2017.


I just have one clown fish, what should my next fish be?

  1. Another Clown

  2. Anthias

  3. 6-line wrasse

  4. watchman goby

  5. lawnmower blenny

  6. yasha goby

  7. Something else(please list in comments)

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  1. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    Just got a new tank and added some water and rock/corals from the old tank and some Dr Tims... Gonna be trying to add lots in the next few months at a patient pace of course. Here's the first photos:

    40 lbs of sand
    Glued some rock together with epoxy for my first time...
    First rock put into tank...
  2. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    Here's a photo of the tank once it cleared...
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    not sure about fish but add some color other than green :D
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  4. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    I'd get the Gobies or Blenny.
  5. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    I like the all green look. It puts the clown in stark contrast as a highlight.

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  6. Looking really good!
    Another clown. Six lines are assholes and Anthias need more swimming room. Most people add clowns first to the tank to establish them. Then kind of a descending order of aggressiveness after that so the most aggressive is put in last. That's always the theory anyway -- what most of us do is have a great plan and stick to it till we go to the LFS on fish delivery day and say "oh! I have to have that ... and that... and that."
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  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    My six line was a model citizen until it jumped out. It also does a good job of eating some of the unwanted pests that can sometimes hitchhike into the tank.
  8. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    YES, I need someone to eat the hitchhikers... I think Ive already spotted some weird worms peeping out of live rock. UGH!
  9. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    I took some photos last night but realized too late that I gotta change the return so I dont get all the bubbles making it look like it's snowing in there...
  10. RobMcC

    RobMcC Supporting Member

    Looking good. Hitchhikers are mostly good addition by the way. There are only a few bad things - worms are almost never that bad, even the much maligned eunice (unless they huge, but most don't). They often do a great job as part the clean-up crew, and add interest.

    In terms of next fish, I'd get another clown of the same species. I'd def avoid anthias in a 40 gallon tank, as they prefer to be in a big group, and need lots of swimming space. Many species also need multiple feedings a day, at least until they are well established, this can put a huge strain on nutrient turnover in small system.
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  11. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Arrow crab
  12. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    Is it ok to add a clown? I was told you need to add oth clowns at same time or the one that is comfortable already will attack the newbie?
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    Those are pretty cool but kind of creepy too. They look like an underwater spider.
  14. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Just make sure you get the same
    Species and either much smaller or much larger
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  15. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    Do any of you know what this flat tube that looks like paper, kinda like those big inflatable guys on side of road in front of tire stores? I just found one that comes out of my rock when I feed tank...
  16. Gablami

    Gablami Guest

    Photo? Vermatid snail web?

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  17. A living aquatic condom?
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  18. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    I'll try and get a photo. In the meantime I dropped my kessil to 9 inches above the water with a ramping of

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  19. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Love the giant Duncan!! Very cool!

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  20. Schmitty

    Schmitty Supporting Member

    Just got back from a trip, my calcium was pretty much on point from the doser, but my alk was low(6). Gonna make some tweaks and get it on point and hopefully buy a new fish this weekend. Keep you posted.

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