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  1. I am fascinated by them! Their colours are really coming out well under the tank lights :D They've opened out well and I hope they multiply as they grow. I wouldn't mind a few more in different colours too.

    It's amazing how sticky they are! They hold on really well to anything that touches them.

  2. Thank you! they are lovely zoas and opened out really well


    This nem was white and turquoise when I first got it but it must have been bleached as it is now a gloriously rich greeny blue!






    I'd like to add more zoas to the tank and some mushies so the sexies are even happier :D they've spread out all over the tank which I am told is a good sign that they are happy.

  3. I've transferred all the stock over from the edge today which was fun. I didn't want to transfer any of the rock from the edge as it has an infestation of aiptasia on it but had to move over two bits. Only one aiptasia on it so will burn that off with the soldering iron next weekend. The mini maxi nem (a lovely blue one) didn't want to shift off the rock in any way so it had to go in aip and all.

    The 7 sexy shrimp were fun to try and catch in such an awkward space but I got there in the end and they went in along with 2 stomatella snails, 1 money cowrie, 2 sand conches and 3 turbo snails. Sadly none of the other type of anemone shrimp had survived as all they did was fight each other :(

    I will leave them all to settle and hopefully get some nice photos for you all during the week. All the nems have opened out barring one that's sulking upside down under the rock at the back at present :)

  4. Thank you for all the comments peeps! :D

    Tbh, I would go for the larger tank as the first marine tank as the paramaters are much much easier to keep stable. Any mistakes are easier to correct and the errrors take longer to reach potential fatal levels. In a small tank the params can become fatal way too rapidly when you're beginning to learn about salt water and how to keep it.

    I haven't seeded this tank with anything from the Edge tank yet. The live rock was cured and ready to go so I bought some new sand and put it all in the tank and have been waiting for it to cycle. It's been a week so far and there's still a minute trace of nitrite still so I will leave it another week before even contemplating a move across.

    If the live rock is from a tank breakdown, nice and mature and out of the water for a very short time, then the cycle can be more or less non existant. The longer the rock is out of the water, the more chance there will be some die off from the good bacteria and organisms in the rock and the more chance of a cycle taking place. With uncured rock then the curing process can indeed take a very long time to take place.

    My other nanocube was so much easier to keep clean than the Edge tanks are. It will be a breeze compared to them :lol:

    I'll keep you all updated with my progression :)

  5. I used to run this lovely little 24gal nanocube when I first journeyed over to the salty side


    I loved the tank but soon got the urge to upgrade, even though I'd said I never would. I soon regretted selling the tank and always wanted to get another one day.

    My Edge tank has had several guises and I have had it full of mini maxi nems and sexy shrimp of late and it's been doing so well. The trouble is the access (or lack of it) has been giving me trouble as I have osteoarthritis in my left hand and wrist so can't get into it properly to clean it.

    I decided I'd look for a Wave Box Vision 45 which is a lovely little tank, but while searching I came across a brand new and no longer in production DD 12gal nanocube just begging me to buy it :lol:

    So, here starts a new diary! :carrot:

    Tank and all the gubbins


    I am chucking this lot


    the two little leds - I doubt I'll use them as I can't time them individually and will fit some led strips inside the lighting housing


    20000K of pc lighting


    handy access flap and the display sand (thrown away)



    That was last week. There's still traces of nitrites so I am going to leave it another week to settle further. I will be transferring the shrimp, snails and mini maxi nems to the tank when it's properly cycled.

    This tank will be so much easier to look after and I am looking forward to it maturing nicely :D:clapping:

    I hope you'll enjoy my journey with this tank too :D

  6. I am picking some more corals up after the weekend with any luck so more pics to come :D I am delighted that the tank has picked up well after the near nuking by the dreaded xenia. It's a delight to look at now and I find myself missing half of the films I watch on the tv as my eyes wander to the tank next to me :lol:

  7. I find it easy enough to care for the corals. The main things to think of ate flow, light, supplementation and parameters. If you practice good tank husbandry (as with our beloved Goldie's) then you're half way there!

    Best things I can say tip wise are Slowly slowly happy tanky and for your first marine tank...go large! It's much easier to keep a large tank stable and any mistakes or learning curves take longer to cause any harm to the stock, thus allowing time to put things right. The hardest tanks of my 4 marine tanks to keep stable are the two smallest ones :)

  8. It is with much much sadness that I am writing this obit to my beautiful black oranda, Churchill. She was a beautiful fish with the most charismatic face and I was besotted by her totally.

    Sadly she took a very very sudden turn on Saturday and I came down in the morning to see her on her back in the anubias and I thought the worst had happened. Instead she was still alive but not making any attempt to swim at all. I moved her out of the plants very gently and she wafted round the tank in the current so I popped her in a breeding net to keep her from harm.

    She showed no signs of anything externally wrong and had been eating and swimming about most happily prior to Saturday and I was heartbroken to come down on Sunday morning to find she had passed in the night :bye2::rip:

    I'd like to share a few pics with you in memory of my beautiful girlie



    She had a huge wen and shops that she grew into nicely




    My favourite photo of her


    Goodbye lovely girlie. gone but not forgotten!

  9. I've had another bout of buying for this tank :ehh:whistle

    First off we have a new little boyfriend for Georgina my tank bred percula clownfish in the guise of a tiny tank bred perc called Suma (short for satsuma)


    he's really tiny compared to Georgina but has brought her out from the back of the tank to play in the polyps of the hammer coral and she seems quite chuffed!


    My ever inflating scholymia






    rainbow montipora which is totally stunning and the pic can't capture the beautiful violet blue tissue of the base flesh of the coral


    Montipora confusa


    Thank you for looking :D

  10. Thanks for the comments peeps!

    Fred is a starry blenny and can change his spots at random. Sometimes he sports a moustache and others not, and he can go almost completely white too!

    None of the fish are shoalers, but Stinky would be happy with a smaller mate to make loving eyes at ;)

  11. Yes, yet another marine tank I 'forgot' to tell you all about :hummm

    This is quite possibly the least problematic tank I have ever had. 180L with mainly leather corals in and I am branching out with a few sps corals now too.

    Fish wise I have a valentini toby puffer (Moomin) who never touches any of my corals, a female skunk clownfish (Stinky) who loves curling up in the long polyped toadstools, a blue cheek goby (Norman) who cleans the sand bed perfectly and manages to move it all from one side of the tank to the other every few days, a cheeky starry blenny (Fred) who changes colours so beautifully, a speedy coral beauty dwarf angelfish (Zippy) who zooms in and out of all the rock crevaces so fast and finally a stunningly colourful little leopard wrasse called Lily.

    I also have a big tuxedo urchin called Mega Cushie (as in giant pin cushion) and an indestructable blue knuckle hermit crab called Titan. Oh lest I forget I also have a gigantic black mythrax crab called Darth as he's black, shiny and slightly sinister but totally harmless so far. He lives ina rock called the Death Star and rarely comes out to play unless there's food about :happydance

    So, as usual I'll shower you with pics to show you how it's developed

    I upgraded from this which was leaking



    to this




















  12. I possilby am a little overstocked to be honest, but weekly water changes keep the params in check.

    I have the following...

    1 true perc clownfish

    1 royal gramma

    1 pygmy possum wrasse

    1 pink scooter blenny

    2 watchman gobies

    1 leopard toby puffer

    3 blue eyed cardinalfish

    Apart from the gobies, they are all small fish so hopefully it's not too horrendous. I haven't lost a fish in here for some years, so I must be doing something right :D

  13. No sumps on any of my marine tanks hun. I run an external filter on this one (new skimmer being added soon) and a skimmer on the vision 180 (need to put pics of that tank up too lol) and a small internal on that.

    I like things simple and manage to hide most stuff behind rockwork.

  14. I wonder if a 20g high would work? I have one on hand and then I could just buy the filter and lighting, already have all the other things for a saltwater tank pretty much. What do you think, would that be big enough for a small setup with mainly some nice corals and just a few farm raised fish?

    Sorry for the late reply! :lol: I would definately go for it! I had a 30Gal high tank running for a while and it was super. I had a toby puffer in it and some soft corals. It's now grown into a 180L Juwel Vision tank that's easier to get in to as I got sick of having to climb onto a decorating platform to get in to the tank.

    I have lots of catch up to show you all on this tank!

    I had a near wipe out because the pulsing xenia spread so much it went 'nuclear' on the tank and was slowly poisoning all my lovely corals :(

    I ripped it all out and more or less started again...

    Here's a timeline of tank shots from where I left off




    the evil xenia



    my weed wearing tuxedo urchin


    my leopard toby puffer, Freckles


    the tank started suffering


    so I pulled out all the xenia and started again with frags








    the muppets and Ken-obi the pistol shrimp







    It's now getting back to its former glory I am pleased to say :D



  15. There's been a few changes to the tank! It's been a while since I visited the forum (so ashamed about that) but here's an update. Trying to catch up with all my tank diaries so bear with me :D

    At the same time as someone gave me some ?nice beadlet anemones for your Osaka tank? (which I decided to put in the Edge instead), I had a big disaster with the tank. I went away overnight and came home to a murky tank and two tiny bodies lying on the sand. The HOB filter impeller had been jammed by a lone small snail which had somehow got in through the outlet section of the filter. I had a sponge on the inlet so it didn?t get in that way so that?s the only explanation I could come up with.

    Sadly, I lost my pom poms and the lone sexy shrimp too, as well as various hermits and other cuc. I was close to shutting the tank down, but decided to devote the tank to the beadlets instead. I had read they were most likely native to our coastal waters so I took the heater out, removed the various corals barring one or two mushrooms and left them to it.







    They must have been happy?they multiplied from 5 to 25+ in a matter of weeks, but the tank looked great and it was SO easy to look after. I kept the lights off during the day and fed them frozen foods while the lights were out which made them open up well. It?s fascinating to watch them open like flowers when they sense food about!





    After a while, the lack of access started to grate on my nerves. No amount of cleaning seemed to be able to prevent sediment build up and I found it a real annoyance trying to get into the tank to clean the glass properly. How many times I ended up flooding the cupboard top after forgetting to take a jug or two of water out of the tank before I went in I do not know!

    So, I bought myself an AquaEl 25L bowl and the beadlets went in there and the edge was shut down for a while.

    Me being me, it is complete torture to have a tank sitting empty and there's no way I can part with spare tanks as you never know when you're going to 'need' them again. I was still itching to have a sexyshrimptopia and I loved the new must have mini maxi anemones and after a few enquiries it was deemed feasible to have a tank with a few of the nems in and that the sexy shrimp would actually be rather happy in with them and not get eaten.

    I didn't want to chance any fish in with the nems - have you felt how sticky those things are? - so I thought I'd go for critters instead...

    and so, the Edge came out again!

    I managed to buy a great coral skeleton from one of my fave LFS


    sadly it was too big to get in the Edge complete, so I had to get Darren to take an angle grinder to it and we hacked it up into manageable pieces and I set about 'scaping' the tank


    Then it was time to let it cycle so I started researching the sexies again and also thanks to Laura's suggestion, I looked at the various different anemone shrimp that have a symbiotic relationship with the mini maxis in the wild.

    Once the tank was cycled I paid a visit to Laura who said she'd try and get me some nice nems and shrimp to go with them. I also managed to pick up my first nem on a big bit of branching rock from Cambridge Coral Tech and the tank started to take shape



    A few weeks later and I came home with some more nems and matching shrimp and have just recently managed to add a troupe of sexy shrimp and some lovely zoas from Zoaphoria (they woke me up at 7am knocking on the door!) :D

    So that's where I am now...a tank with no less than 5 beautiful mini maxi nems, 3 anemone shrimp, 7 sexy shrimp shaking their tushies everywhere, zoas, a ricordea, 2 sand conches, a few snails and a red leg hermit all living in harmony.

    I keep it simple with a 2x24W T5 light unit above the tank (stunningly supported by tins of chopped tomatoes until I can get hold of a couple of brackets and a hanging kit) running a blue and fiji purple KZ set of bulbs. Bi-daily RO top ups and the HOB filter running with Seachem Purigen and Phos Guard and a weekly 10% water change using DD H2Ocean salt.

    It still drives me nuts when trying to clean it but at least I remember to take water out before I get in!












    I do like a happy ending :lol:

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