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My 24 Gal Nano Tank...


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I'd like to show you some pics of my marine tank that I started in September. It's all very new to me but I have researched my pants off for a long time and chose a tank that was best for me and my lifestyle.

I'm delighted with my D-D 24 Gallon nano. I've modified it somewhat. I got rid of the sponges and noodles and bioballs that came with it and turned the back chambers into a mini refugium.

In the first chamber (L-R) I have chaeto permanently lit with 2 submersible leds and a layer of lr rubble on the bottom. I've separated this from the chaeto with filter wool. The second chamber is lr rubble and masses of filter wool to polish the water and the third chamber has a Maxijet 1200 pump with Sechem Seagel and Rowaphos in.

11kg of live rock in the main tank area well matured from a tank breakdown.

Pics will do the rest of the speaking...a photo diary of the progression if you will :D

Day 1

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Excuse Podgey...he was grumpy as I wouldn't let him sit on my back while filling the tank up!

lots of brittle starfish in the chaeto - one almighty leg stretch there

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the only pest hitchiker to trouble me gave me one heck of a struggle to catch though

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from this

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to this

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a few things have changed since then. The galaxea ihad has been returned as it was chucking out monster sweeper tentacles like the head of medusa!

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Not good for a nano tank :lol:

Inhabitants...2 tank bred percula clowns George and Mildred

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Norm the reticulated coral goby

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Alfred the starry blenny

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being cleaned by Jacques

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I have ricordeas (named Edmund, Hilary and Scott as they kept travelling about til I stuck them down), a stylophora, a green hammer coral (Enoch), a branching montipora (Rudolph) and did have a nice trachy (The Brain) but my peppermint shrimp kept picking at it and it died :(

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I also have astrea snails and a sand conch called Hooter cos he has along hooter

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I put in another moonlight led strip and the corals and tank inhabitants really glow!

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It's very much an ongoing project that I'm stocking up nice and slowly.

Future plans for either a goby/shrimp combo or another reticulated goby to keep Norm company, followed by the gentle addition of corals to fill it out nicely.

Hope you like it and I will keep you updated on my progress :D

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Thanks Chloe :D

I do admit to naming everything. I know a few old school hardened mariners who it drives mad :lol:

More pics to follow indeed :D

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Gorgeous! I had a five-gallon nano for a couple of years. They can be tough! I had no fish in mine, too small. Sometimes I miss my saltwater tanks, except at water-change time! lol

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They are alot of work indeed! I am now having to learn about supplementation for my corals. Such a huge amount to learn but fascinating!

I am still in awe of the giant ricordea. It is indeed an utter beauty!

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They're too specialist for me at the moment Martha - I'm still learning all about marine basics :D

FTS

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White sponge

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Alfred looking for tea

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I just love Hooter's eyes...he loves nori seaweed too!

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:D

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Yeah he's a sand conch :D

He's a mad creature. I watched him tuck himself up for the night last night. He takes a nosedive into the sand then shuffles his nose about burying himself. While he's doing this he keeps his eye stalks above the sand :lol: SO bizarre!

I am dosing the tank for magnesium at the moment and my giant ricordea is still growing! It's vast today!

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Yeah he's a sand conch :D

He's a mad creature. I watched him tuck himself up for the night last night. He takes a nosedive into the sand then shuffles his nose about burying himself. While he's doing this he keeps his eye stalks above the sand :lol: SO bizarre!

I am dosing the tank for magnesium at the moment and my giant ricordea is still growing! It's vast today!

Very intriguing!

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I had to take more pics of Hooter the sand conch - look at the lengths his schnozzer grows to when he's sniffed out algae!!!! That's gotta smart a bit!

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It made my eyes water thinking about it! He didn't like the taste of the starfish though

When will Walter stop growing?

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The hammer heads are starting to get a nice curl to them now - it's doubled in size!

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Hooter likes rock climbing too

What's up here then?

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He didn't hold on too well

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:lol:

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wow what an amazing tank. I hate to sound stupid, but does marine mean salt water? is it also tropical? Is it hard to keep?

Magnificent pics. absolutely amazing

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It is indeed a tropical sea water tank :D Intended to be a little slice of a coral reef eventually :D

It requires alot of pre planning research and there's lots of equipment involved. I had to shut down 4 freshwater tropical tanks to be able to afford to buy and run this tank! Everything is so much more costly than freshwater tropicals or coldwater setups. The live rock alone works out expensive, then there's the marine salt, special RO water (can't run a marine tank with tapwater), tank and equipment, let alone the price of fish and corals etc.

Scary when you think about it! Mine is a small set up compared to many I know of and they run into the thousands to set up and enrich with corals and fish!

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WOW great set up!

How do you take such great pictures of the moonlights?

To bring the cost down a bit you could invest in your own RO system (that's what my bf did when he set up my puffer in marine, what a great guy :heart ) It costs a lot initially but it's o so convenient and it pays for itself!..........eventually :rofl

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Thanks for the comments peeps :D

I am fully intending to get an RO system plumbed in sometime this year RG :D

I am starting the hunt for new corals now so there will be updates on the horizon :D

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Update time! Lots have been added since my last offerings :D

*****************NEWSFLASH!****************

Shock and horror as conch reverts to eating himself in algae shortage!

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Clownfish keeps still long enough for a few nice photos

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and mysteriously loses one fin

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Cleaner shrimp tries to muscle in on the photo action

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New red mushroom has baby

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Conch still eating own shell

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YCG wonders why toadstool leather hasn't extended polyps

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FTS

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Nice acan frag

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Norm on some nice zoas

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Can you see my black and white banded brittle starfish?

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I have a nice ricordea garden going now too

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:D

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Oh he gets nori on a daily basis and there is plenty of algae for him to munch on. I was joking about the algae shortage and was just lucky enough to catch him eating algae from his own shell the other night :D

He's very funny as he eats algae from the astrea snails shells too :lol:

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Some update pics :D

Had a good day shopping yesterday. Finally found a lovely cabbage coral, got some more hermits and a mithrax crab which promptly trundled off eating the algae as it went *yay*

The cabbage coral is stunning! The photos don't do the colour justice...

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This may be the only pic I ever get of the crabby - it shot into the rockwork eating as it went :laugh:

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The hermits are chowing down

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The leather is happy with its goosepimples

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Alfred is as handsome as ever too and he took extreme umbridge to me placing the cabbage over his rock and actually shoved the rock off his domain!

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Norm keeping an eye on a brittle starfish when I turned the pumps off for a water change

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Cliff's growing well

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I just can't capture the velvety green of these mushrooms on the camera

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:D

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