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abufisher
01-06-2012, 12:02 AM
So, I have decided to leave the Freshwater and start up a Saltwater Nano...

I know everyone here probably thinks that I am insane for doing so.

But!

I like a challenge... and so far everything is still alive..

To start my quest on saltwater I first decided to sell my freshwater 40g B.
I then saw on DFWMAS a nice guy who wanted to sell me the 12G Nano Deluxe. He included a lot of Sand, and one rock with Zoas he also advised that the tank was still running and didn't break it down until I made the drive to his place.

The very next day I went to True Percula on my break to purchase water so that when I got off from work I could put the water in with no problems.

It took about 1day for the cloudiness of the tank to disperse. I searched on DFWMAS for some LR and struck gold. A whopping $2/lb! I was ecstatic and it was already cured. I searched for very cheap deals on the site and found a few others.

In conclusion this tank and stand is super awesome and it looks like this!


http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l8/acornwin/2011-12-31101236.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l8/acornwin/2012-01-06003737.jpg

I hope everyone enjoys my pictures and story.

snow999ball
01-06-2012, 06:17 AM
Cool tank, I wanted a nano but ended up with a 54 lol.

How long has your tank been running?

OOwl
01-06-2012, 06:24 AM
No, not EVERYONE here thinks you're insane at all. :) Isn't that a cute little tank! So fresh and clean! Can't wait to see it bloom with life in the months to come. Enjoy! It's a fantastic side of the hobby!

Erniec
01-06-2012, 06:38 AM
Good looking tank, I see the little Hermit, I think am going the direction of crustaceans for my 12 gal nano

What type of Nano tank is that a JBJ ?

greeneyed
01-06-2012, 06:43 AM
Salt can be rewarding.
But it looks like you need to slow down.
Even with cured sand and rock, you are going to have a cycle of sorts.

abufisher
01-06-2012, 01:02 PM
Ya, I have stopped.. I am slowing my roll... But as I posted the tank was running before. It was put of commission for about one day. When it was broken down and set back up immediately.

I have had this tank since december 26, 1011. I didn't put anything in for the first 3 days? The guy I bought the tank gave me the big zoa. It was in water in a ziploc bag.

I did get some additional items as you can see. And I had my first outbreak of brown algae. My hermits are cleaning it daily. I only turn the lights on for about 7 hrs of the day.

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I have been debating on a skimmer... And new lights bc I don't know how old the ones I currently have been using are and I want more watts per gallon..

greeneyed
01-06-2012, 01:10 PM
Well, the brown "algae" is probably diatoms, which means your tank is in the middle of cycling.

abufisher
01-06-2012, 01:12 PM
Would it be better to siphon it when I see it or wait and then siphon the diatom?

Supergurlannie
01-06-2012, 01:33 PM
cant wait to see you put in some fishes

abufisher
01-14-2012, 10:02 AM
im waiting for the move before i do anything else to it.. haha

abufisher
11-20-2012, 10:48 PM
Here's my update!!! i got rid of some things and got some new things.......



http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l8/acornwin/20121120_213757.jpg

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if you put in too many corals at a time, does that change your parameters a lot to where cyno comes back? i was cyno free until i put in the GSP.

RichardB
11-21-2012, 08:02 AM
Here's my update!!! i got rid of some things and got some new things.......



http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l8/acornwin/20121120_213757.jpg

abufisher added 3 Minutes and 45 Seconds later...

if you put in too many corals at a time, does that change your parameters a lot to where cyno comes back? i was cyno free until i put in the GSP.
looking great man! Is that a RBTA in the back?


I think, if there were anything on the rock the gsp came on that could have died off, that will cause cyno to show up again. It should stop once your tank parameters are stable again.

abufisher
11-21-2012, 06:13 PM
yeah its an RBTA, i have a baby one too from the split about 2 months ago. :D

ok, i guess ill wait and see. saltwater is so sensitive! first encounter on the reoccurring cyno.

i am probably going to search for some sps and call it a day. and then lets see how it all looks in a year..... lol

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the baby rbta is below the black clown.

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also, i am wondering why the zoas dont expand on the rocks they are on? do i need to feed the zoas anything or just light?

jlcoop277
11-21-2012, 06:40 PM
I want one of those nano cubes, I've got a spare 20g kicking around I want to do a small coral tank with, but the wife will kill me if I start that right now. Lol

REID429
11-21-2012, 08:09 PM
Just light is needed for the zoas. They will overlap the plug and grow on the rocks if its close enough

abufisher
02-14-2013, 10:11 PM
here is another update with 2 ecoxotic panarama pro modules installed about 2-3 months ago? .... before i only had 1 module and 1 factory PC.


http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l8/acornwin/20130131_174331_zps1c4f041b.jpg


also again i got rid of somethings and added more, also things are finally starting to grow!!

bpjets
02-14-2013, 10:32 PM
soo sick!
i have really have no idea what i am talking about as far as salt water goes but the green wavy plant? i dont guess its a plant but i dunno what to call it haha. is that an anemone?

Oliphant
02-15-2013, 08:21 AM
Nice. Them gsp will take over

Typical Tony
02-15-2013, 08:26 AM
Looks like those anemones are already doing some damages...

abufisher
02-16-2013, 01:12 AM
the anemones are staying still now, and they aren't touching anything but the live rock and some of the sps... which i will move soon haha, i also moved the frog spawn in the back where you cant see.... actually the bigger anemone is on the side of the monti cap because it wasnt getting enough light. lol

yeah i try to move the gsp away from the other live rock... actually want to cut it in half and get rid of some of it.

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i am just growing the anems out. when i get another split i will sell. :D

pope
02-16-2013, 08:03 AM
BTA in biocube usually not a great idea. With a tank this small sooner or later you're going to have to decide between the nems and the coral. GSP might be indestructable. Looks cool though.

abufisher
02-16-2013, 03:00 PM
thanks!!! lol ya.. once they get too big i am forced to sell, but atm they arent doing anything destructive. so i let them stay. :D