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57G Skimmerless Mix Reef

This is a discussion on 57G Skimmerless Mix Reef within the Tank Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; As mentioned on my first Nano Reef experiment, I have decided to convert my 57G Rimless planted tank into a ...

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    Default57G Skimmerless Mix Reef

    As mentioned on my first Nano Reef experiment, I have decided to convert my 57G Rimless planted tank into a Mix Reef with special blessings of my budget manager, a.k.a. my wife.

    Yes another Reef tank for me!

    This setup will just be a bigger version of what I have started, setup a reef tank as cheap as possible.... again, using existing equipments that I have and keep it simple as possible.

    INITIAL SETUP
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    Tank: 57G Starphire Rimless Tank
    Lighting: Sunlight Tek 39W x 4 T5HO
    Skimmer: None
    Sump: None
    Bio Filter: 30lb Dry/Live Rocks (I need to add more)
    Mechanical Filter: Marine Land Hot Magnum
    Pump(s): Petco Power Head (400Gph), MaxiJet 600 (I think the Vortech MP10 would be nice

    Dosing: None
    Salt: Reef Crystals (Instant Ocean)
    WC: 10% Every Week
    Photo Period: 12 hrs.

    Livestock: 30-40 lbs (I've been cycling this rock for about 2 months no)

    Fish:
    Inverts:
    Corals:
    Cleanup Crews: Nerite snails, Asterea snails, 1 Turbo Snail, 1 Red-legged Hermit Crab (Sub Contract from my 20G Nano)

    Day 1:


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    Looks good so far. Looks like someone couldn't wait till the weekends to set it up eh? :P

    Have you decided what types of fish to put in?

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    #1 yay scimmer less
    #2 yay new reef tank !!!

    im so jelus lol looks great !
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    I'm seeing my tank in my dreams already, so I started settin it up yesterday.

    I'll throw in some azure damsel as my test fish or green chromies. I want to have a yellow tang, i like the hippo tang but they say that hippo tang needs more room to swim. Maybe a couple of Picasso Clown Fish.

    I'll be stocking it with LPS and Softies. My wife love those softies.

    Any suggestions on fish?

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    not an type of tang the smallest tang needs a 75 gal min a blue hippo need s 180 plus


    id have a Picasso trigger
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    i wish my budget manager is as nice as your manager lol very nice tank!
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    #3 Yay bare bottom!!
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    After placing some dead shrimp in the tank, algae bloom took place in no time and the water turned hazy. Brown algae are all over my rocks.

    After several days the water cleared out a little bit, I had placed some clean up crews... some snails and a hermit crab. I "Outsourced" them from the agency that provides cleaning contract on my 20G Nano tank.

    I woke up this morning and.... voila! Those clean up crews are the best! I'll tell their agency to give them some bonus.

    Will post some pics later

    Time to look for some fish

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott tang View Post
    not an type of tang the smallest tang needs a 75 gal min a blue hippo need s 180 plus


    id have a Picasso trigger
    Scott, thanks for your input. I love the looks of the Picasso Trigger, but man I checked its profile and it could grow up to 10 inches. I don't think they will be happy with the size of my tank

    Now you're telling me to get a much bigger tank Oh no! my 90G planted tank is in the brink of conversion too!

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    o yea thats right its a 57 nvm then how about a school of cardinals and some fary wrass
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