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post #1 of 103 Old 12-03-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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20G Nano Reef Tank (Diary)

Hi TFK!

After much debate and research, I have finally decided to plunge into Saltwater after many years of Freshwater tanks. I've seen a ton of controversy as far as "What size is the easiest to start off with?" With many people saying smaller is easier, and others saying that maintaining a reef setup in a smaller tank is much more difficult. Anywho, I decided on a smaller tank to start off with to avoid the higher costs involved considering the price of rock and the equipment required for larger tanks.

I'm still in the 6-week cycling stage right now and only have my basic setup but can't wait to start adding coral after the cycling period. I have all of my necessities, so this isn't a help thread, just something to document my journey.

So far I have: Live Sand, Live Rock, Lights (2x 36W 1x 10k & 1x Actinic) My Heaters, Filters, Power Heads, and some simple base rock I used to build on.

I still have to get my circulation pumps installed and test for dead spots, but so far I'm having a pretty good time (despite the expenses).

I have a few low-res pics from after adding the live rock, it's a little stirred up due to the sand though.





Looking forward to documenting and sharing this experience with you guys

Any suggestions or recommendations? Feel free to tell me, I'm pretty new to SW so I'll be happy with any advice you can offer!
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post #2 of 103 Old 12-03-2013, 08:40 PM
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You may have to arc the circ pumps twards the surface as sand will kick up rather easy. Also if you are using a hang on back filter rinse the cartridges frequently as to avoid nitrate build up.Once you have had an algae bloom and you get some readable nitrates then it's about time to add some corals,after a water change of course.Start slow as you know and ask alot of questions as patience and research\learning are key to success in the marine hobby.

I will give you a coral once your tank is ready,just let me know.

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You may have to arc the circ pumps twards the surface as sand will kick up rather easy. Also if you are using a hang on back filter rinse the cartridges frequently as to avoid nitrate build up.Once you have had an algae bloom and you get some readable nitrates then it's about time to add some corals,after a water change of course.Start slow as you know and ask alot of questions as patience and research\learning are key to success in the marine hobby.

I will give you a coral once your tank is ready,just let me know.
Thanks for the advice and I appreciate the free Coral offer as well!

I installed my Circulation pumps today and cleared up the dead spots in the tank the best I could, I added about 9Lbs of additional rock to fill in the areas around the aquarium. Again, sorry for Low-Res pics, all I have right now if my cell phone for pictures and eventually need to go buy a decent camera since I sold my last one.

Some of the rock is a little "Out of place" right now as I haven't taken time to re-arrange everything like I want it to be, but for the most part I simply wanted to get all the Rock for the aquarium. When I re-arrange the rock tomorrow it'll have better flow areas for maximum bio-growth.

I have plenty of "Free" area in the aquarium for LiveStock, it may not seem so considering how it looks right now, but it'll look a bit better once I go through and arrange the rock

The "Middle" is actually hollow right now since it's bridged off of two pieces of base rock which I intend to remove since the base rock is rather moot now considering I have a few sturdy pieces of live rock I can build from.




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Wow, looking good! Can't wait to see what it will look like down the road!

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Wow, looking good! Can't wait to see what it will look like down the road!
Thanks!

Still got a long ways to go; but we'll get there. Patience is the key.
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Looking good! Jumping into SW from FW is an awesome change!

You're gonna love it!
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Looks great! I'd love a salt tank, so I'm excited to see you working with a small one.
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Looks like I am starting to get my Diatom bloom

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The sooner the better.get it out of the way and onto better things.
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post #10 of 103 Old 12-08-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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I found Mushrooms!







(This one is in between the two rocks, it's greenish, kinda hard to tell from my lovely low-res photos. Sorry!)

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