First reef 40B

Slombardi

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Hey man off to a good start! It was nice to meet you the other day. I see you changed from your 20L idea. As said above 40b is a great starter size. Might be a little longer to get the tank established with no sand, but long term I love having bare bottom.
 

Fiberacci

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Hey man off to a good start! It was nice to meet you the other day. I see you changed from your 20L idea. As said above 40b is a great starter size. Might be a little longer to get the tank established with no sand, but long term I love having bare bottom.
Thanks! With the sand in my 180 I think I am all set with that. I think the skimmer is tuned it, however I dont have much of anything for it to skim haha.
 

Fiberacci

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I have been debating fish stocking for this tank and I think I'm going to go with:

Midas blenny
Royal gamma
Pepermint shrimp

I'm slowly stocking CUC but my lfs didnt have any trochus snails.

Current stock:

1xemerald grab
2xblue legged hermits
 

Fiberacci

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8/11
I'm going to backlog my updates
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3 trochus and 2 blue legged supplemental feeding some seaweed but released that was ruining water so changed to flake food

Salinity: 1.023 ( as found out after recalibrating refracto thanks to dong)
Nitrates: 20
Nitrite:0
Amminia: 0
 

Fiberacci

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8/16 the emerald eater
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The emerald crab was picking on the stylo. Removed from tank. Shouldve just placed in refugium temporarily, but we live and and learn

40 Breeder
08/16 Friday 08:22 PM
Temperature: 78 °F
pH: 8.14
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Phosphate: .25 ppm
Salinity: 1.0255 SG
Alkalinity: 8.2 dKH
Calcium: 385 ppm
 
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Fiberacci

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8/14-8/16 ish still fine tuning the ATO

I tested the ATO system at some point and when the tube was in the water it back flowed. Good thing I did a trial run. However I didnt think much of the salt water being backflowed into the ATO bucket. This will become important soon.
 
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Fiberacci

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8/19 lets relax and be consistent

As you can see below my salinity is a little higher. No problem I say. My sensor is about to top off and lower it a little. My insomnia is kicking in and my ATO just finished kicking on. Firstly I realize it w3ssnt able to finish flilling because the reservoir and pump are too far below the tank. I go to measure my salinity. Its 1.05. Whaaaat!! I check 5x more...how could this be? I check my ATO water. My ATO is measuring 1.026... At this point I'm thinking Dong messed up with calibrating my refractometer. I check 5 more times and realize this is from when my pump back siphoned a bunch of water. Luckily just the night before I had created 30 gallons of ro/di water. I change resevoir and bring salinity down to 1.026. And I put the resevoir higher so it can actually fill the tank. The tube for ato is above the maximum waterline so i had forgotten that event occurred...now let's see how the tanks doing


40 Breeder
08/19 Monday 08:33 PM
Temperature: 77 °F
pH: 8.1
Nitrate: 25 ppm
Phosphate: .25 ppm
Salinity: 1.029 SG
Alkalinity: 8.4 dKH
Calcium: 425 ppm
Magnesium: 1275 ppm
 
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Fiberacci

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8/20 how are the corals

So I`ve gotten a Diatom bloom. The trochus and hermits are working hard.

The stylo seems to have a lot of retracked pollops on the side where the output of aquaclear is coming from. I'm not really sure why. Usually at night I have a lot of polyop extension on everything but not even the birdsnest. One small tip of the many tips on the birds nest is a little brown, maybe diatoms? Also the lepto seems to be the only coral not showing okay coloration. It has browned a bit even though it's at the bottom portion of the tank

Par readings
Top: 250ish
Lower 3rd 150ish



40 Breeder
08/20 Tuesday 08:46 PM
Temperature: 77.5 °F
pH: 8.2
Nitrate: 10 ppm
Phosphate: .5 ppm
Salinity: 1.026 SG
Alkalinity: 8.6 dKH
Calcium: 415 ppm
Magnesium: 1200 ppm
 

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