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Low Cost 20G Nano Soft/SPS Coral Salt Water Adventure

This is a discussion on Low Cost 20G Nano Soft/SPS Coral Salt Water Adventure within the Tank Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; I've been an aquarist for more than a decade (on and off) and it's been a long while since I've ...

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    DefaultLow Cost 20G Nano Soft/SPS Coral Salt Water Adventure

    I've been an aquarist for more than a decade (on and off) and it's been a long while since I've been contemplating on setting up a salty tank... The multi-thousand $$$ dollar cost including electric bills kept me away from dipping my feet into salt waters. However after seeing those lovely nano tanks and the development of different light technology I was tempted to start my first ever salt water aquarium.

    I have learnt that it is a very long process and takes a lot of patience, (I thought I was patient enough to keep a successful planted/discus tank) so I thought I would start small and accumulate as much as hardware as I could.... (Now my 57G rimless tank is in the brink of conversion into this project) .

    I have started cycling my 20G tank with an old Coralife CF fixture, all I have is about 15lbs of dead rock, a heater and a couple of power heads. Initially I was thinking of starting a BB tank, but since I'm not putting any filtration I will shab and maybe start with a shallow sand bed or maybe a DSB when able. I'm planning to house a couple of Clowns and some softies as special request by my kids to awaken their interest in this hobby... I need to find allies just in case my wife veto my plans .

    I would like to thank fellow BCA members that convinced me to take into the plunged. If you have comments and suggestions please feel free to do so, I'm a complete Green in this.

    Hardware:

    Tank: 20G Breeder Tank
    Lighting: Coral Life Aqualight 65W x 2 Power Compact Florescent
    Skimmer: None
    Filter: AquaClear HOB filter, 15lb Rocks, Sand

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

    Livestock:

    Fish: Ocellaris Clown, Bi-color Blenny
    Inverts: Fire Red Shrimp, Hermit Cra
    Corals: 1 Pulsing Xenia, 1 Hammer, 1 Frog Spawn, Hairy Mushrooms (1 Colony), Green Star Polyps, Zoas
    Cleanup Crews: 4 Nerite snails, 4 Asterea snails, 1 Turbo Snail, 1 Red-legged Hermit Crab

    Cost:
    20G tank (old tank): $0 (I can get one for $20 brand new)
    Light Fixture: $30 (used)
    10lb Dead Rock (Marco): $60 (I could have done a DIY rock to reduce the cost)
    Live Rock (to seed): $20 (From SeaHorse Fanatic)
    HOB filter (old stuff): $0 (utiizing my old stuffs)
    Powerhead (old stuff): $0 (get used ones maybe $5 from fellow members here)
    Reef Crystal: $15
    Fragspawn/hammer/
    Pulsing Xenia/zoa: $20 (from fellow BCAer)
    Fuzzy mushroom $25
    GSP/zoa $20 (from Scott)
    Cleanup crew $20 from J&L
    Clown fish $20
    Bi-color Blenny $17
    Red Fire Shrimp $20

    Day 1:




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    Week 2

    The water is now clear, Algae is starting to form. I got an Ammonia spike after dropping a couple of dead shrimp in the tank.




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    I will be following this thread closely as i may do the same thing. looks good so far.
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    It going to be a carpet full of corals. I can see it now. vibrant colours just like your fw. Glad to have you on board!
    Tank looks good. Are those really live rock? Looks pearly white lol. And are those base rocks?

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    Welcome to the Bright Side! You might want to get a few LR to help speed up the cycling process. I started my 2 SW tanks with half live and half dead rock.

    AgoAdobeOtoCat:
    I believe the OP meant dead rock cos he mentioned it in the 3rd paragraph... But you are right, he also listed 15lb of live rock under "Hardware"!?? Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdobeOtoCat View Post
    It going to be a carpet full of corals. I can see it now. vibrant colours just like your fw. Glad to have you on board!
    Tank looks good. Are those really live rock? Looks pearly white lol. And are those base rocks?

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    Thanks AdobeOtoCat & JTang.. Those are dead (Marco) rocks, soon the be live. I'm dropping by Anthony's place this weekend to seed it with some live rocks.

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    looking good so far, and yes welcome to the Bright Side haha. I am sure you wont go back now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrock View Post
    I will be following this thread closely as i may do the same thing. looks good so far.
    You need to setup one Jamie, its totally fine with Elaine. She saw my post in FB your boys will love it especially when they see a pair of Nemo in your tank. My boys are really excited, they were bugging me all the time as to when Nemo will swim in this tank

    I'm sure that Red Sea Max tank in J&L will look nice in your living room ^_^ :wink:

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    I can't believe how fast this Live Rocks grow





    Got some LR from Anthony, did a re-scape. I was surprised my scape looks like a rabbit lol maybe because of those 2 lovely rabbits at Anthony's backyard

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    Looking good so far! This is the toughest period of setting up a SW tank. Just be patient n don't rush it. I'm really bad with that but I'm sure you will do better than me. Oh n make sure u don't dump 20 hermits n 20 snails in there. IMO, you only need half, if not less. I never follow the 1/1gal rule. I think it does more bads than goods. But again that's just me... Have fun reefing!
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    While suffering from BTS few years ago...
    135 Gal Africans
    120 Gal Reef Journal
    46 Gal Bowfront Saltwater Predator

 

 
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