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Looking good. Be careful with the crab. They can be oportunistic eaters and, as all crabs have the potential to do, may eat a coral. Can we get a FTS? I saw the thread about the deal you got. the cult coral, xenia, and zoas looks a bit upset has your tank cycled?

Many shrooms everywhere! I hope they don't take over the tank, but i hope they grow (which usually means take over the tank :shock:). Welcome to the reefing world!

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FTS?

The tank has been set up since 2007 at my buddies house. He has worked at the fish store for 10+ years A lot of that stuff I messed up when I was setting it up. (Since I had no clue what I was doing) It was my fault, I was too rough when I was putting them in. I have lots to learn. But a great starting set-up I have been told.

Thanks for tuning in. Looking for all of the education I can get.
 

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Front Tank Shot or FTS

Did you use the water from the origional set up or is that all fresh Saltwater? also, what lights do you have on it? Where do you plan to go with this tank? Will you continiue with soft corals or do you plan or going with more difficult corals down the road like LPS (Large Polyp Stoney) and finally SPS (Small Polyp Stoney) corals? If you do have plans to move this way what reef safe fish will you get? and do you plan on upgrading your lights to accomadate the new corals? In Coral Lighting and Acclimation will give you an idea of where to go with lights, if you don't already know.

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They are power compacts. I am going to stick with soft corals. For this tank, I do not think I want to invest in metal halide. The water was the same water from the existing tank, transported to my house 5 gallon jugs. Coral was transported in large styrofoam coolers and fish was transported in bags.

If I get the hang of saltwater, in the far future I might do a large reef set up.

When I was given my 75 gallon oceanic tank. The lighting kit was 2 metal halides and a ballast retrofit. Which I still have in a box in my storage room. I am using 2 t-5 strips for my cichlid tank.
 

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Sounds like you set it up right. GJ. and glad you have a plan. That's always a good thing.

If you are going to get rid of the Ciclid tank and turn it into SW, then you'll need to make sure that you have never dosed copper in that tank. If you have, it may have seaped into the seams and it'll slowly leak out of it over time, esp in saltwater and that'll cause some ill effects to livestock.
 

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Im going to keep my cichlid tank. Its pretty much show quality. I have it now in my office.

IF...IF I ever set up a salt water aquarium it will go in my theater room. (13x20') It will be large. 120+ gallons.
 

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Nice, i'm currently using my 55g for a grow out, yes it looks like a display, but i'm growing the corals out to go into my future tank... I'm wanting to do a 72"x84"x20" and that's a large tank about 500+gallons. I'm really going to need more corals, but it's a good start.
 

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That is a big tank. We are in the talks of building a house in 5-10 years. So I might wait until then for the big tank.

I need to worry about painting, 2" blinds, crown molding, chair rail and quarter round at the house before anything else. Plus I need to learn how to play with this salt stuff before I do anything stupid.

Hopefully everything looks alright. This morning the corals were Blooming? Not sure if it was normal, but it looked cool as crap.
 

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Front of the tank


Few updated close up pictures, stuff appears to be healthy.








I want some brain corals and whatever you folks could recommend.
 

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looks good. in the other thread, u said u didn't know what the purple/yellow fish was. just so u know now, it appears to be a royal gramma.
 

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looks good. in the other thread, u said u didn't know what the purple/yellow fish was. just so u know now, it appears to be a royal gramma.
I agree with that, i heard those can be kinda aggressive.
 

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The white on the back is called Coraline Algae. You also see coraline on the live rock, in this case it is pink. From looking at the pictures and age of this system, I would be curious what levels of Calcium you maintain?
 

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That looks bloody brilliant!!

Very tidy. One of the few marines (and more importantly nano's) that doesn't have powerheads, skimmers and junk cluttering up the tank.

Good lighting too by the looks of it.

Great deal, well done!
 
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