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Old 09/20/2021, 11:25 PM   #1
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First Reef Tank (65G)

Hello everyone. I posted in the newbie forum and got some great feedback. Being familiar with automotive build threads I'm actually excited to get one going for my wife and I's newest tank.

Some brief background. Fish, snorkeling, diving are one of our shared passions and fishkeeping was really our first hobby together. We have different tastes (I like weird stuff, she likes pretty stuff) but we have a lot of fun with it. We have 3 freshwater tanks (10G Betta Apartment), 9G nano tank, 45G freshwater community tank.

The 65G is our first real venture into reef keeping. My in-laws have a custom 700G FWLR tank that we do a lot of the work on, but this is special to us because these fish are ours.

So far we have 2 black O clowns, 1 YWG and a Midas Blenny that is a couple days old. Our rock situation is a hodgepodge of synthetic live rock from petco, dry rock from a LFS and a big rock I found in the Bahamas snorkeling. Our goal is to build a nice reef tank, populate it with fish that we enjoy and create our own little reef in our living room. I'll try and find a way to get some things uploaded so you all can see an update oearly stages. stages.


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Old 09/26/2021, 09:57 PM   #2
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Full shot of the tank + sump. Added marinepure media spheres to the sump and refugium but I think I'm going to move them all to the sump. I picked up a 20G tank with a hood and a light for a quarantine tank so I'm just looking for a stand of some sort and I can get that up and running. Next fish on the list is a Springer Damsel, and I should be going shopping tomorrow. Our Midas Blenny is doing great as well which is good because she was really super freaked out when we brought her home.


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Old 10/01/2021, 08:56 AM   #3
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Got our Springer Damsel, Jerry. He had a run-in with the YWG but other than that he's doing pretty good. He hid for the first 24-36 hours but since then he's usually out and about and picking at rocks. No conflicts with the Belnny or Black O's yet. Soon we are going to pick out a wrasse, I'm leaning towards a social fairy wrasse but I do like the lemon meringue wrasse a lot


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Old 10/01/2021, 09:30 AM   #4
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Jerry Springer, love it LOL


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Old 10/06/2021, 04:35 PM   #5
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Currently looking at lights for eventual coral growth. I'm surprised at the price range going from like 60$ for the cheap amazon ones to 800$ for the fancy stuff. For a tank with our dimensions, looking to grow simple corals and not get too complicated what would be the most cost effective option?


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Old Today, 08:06 AM   #6
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We lost our smaller clownfish and my wrasse, not sure why. No visible aggression, the clown just stopped eating and the social fairy wrasse did great for a week and then disappeared for 3 days, came back looking shaky and died later that day.

Our larger clown, Midas Blenny, YWG and Springer Damsel are all still doing pretty well. Midas Blenny (Frito) definitely rules the tank. I think it may have been a combination of overstocking too quickly or just not quarantining/treating the fish the way I should have. We get back from a trip in later November and at that point we will resume trying to add fish.

I've set up a quarantine tank that is now 3 weeks old and by the time we get back it'll be about 7 weeks old, it's a 20G with a HOB filter full of media, a sponge filter and a blue/green chromis to keep the biological load going and for future stock I will be quarantining and observing fish before they go into the main tank. My test fish is going to be a royal gramma because it's one of our favorite fish and relatively cheap.

Additionally I got a refugium light finally and I wanted to know how to successfully grow a community of pods? Thanks


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