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Am now a saltwater fish keeper!

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Hey guys just picked up a 160L tank/cabinet/sump saltwater setup yesterday.

Has a few fish

3 clownfish, 

1 fire goby (unfortunately one ended up on the floor where I picked up the tank from)

1m 1f melanurus wrasse (hiding)

Meant to have a coral beauty too but I haven't see it, I don't know how big it was and whether it could be hiding in the live rock)

 

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I'm gonna need some help along the way.

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Thanks guys.

I think I got a pretty good deal at $450 (+$100extra for Testlabmarin kit, flipper max glass cleaner and other odds and ends)

I had the live rock with the anemone upside down. Looking better now.

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And the business end (a bit dirty).

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Picked up this 12 outlet power board from Bunnings, came in pretty handy.

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Man just got news I will be moving in less than 2 weeks, gonna have to go through everything again.:shock:

I might be able to get away with carting all the water with me, I got 6 x 20L drums with the tank, if not do I really need to use RODI for this setup? and is this one ok?

Reefpure Ro Systems Essentials 4 Stage 50GPD (189 litres per day) - The Tech Den

Also I assume this salt is ok?

Red Sea Salts - 7 kg (210 Ltr) Bucket - The Tech Den

Thanks

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@QldMick
hey mate

The RODI is not 100% essential will you be on rainwater or town? if rainwater no dramas at all, if town, boil your water then cool it and then use it

the salt is fine, if u are near curra or gympie at all I can make u RODI water no issue at all, just make sure you use a air stone in your tubs for your live rock

 

for your move RODI not essential definitely need it going forward 

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I consider Salt the ultimate challenge.  

I got a second hand tank that had been run of town water mixed salt.  This caused me issues due to the absorbed phosphate and managing that moving forward.  

Get an RO unit - cheap compared to the corals.  

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3 hours ago, raycam01_au said:

@QldMick
hey mate

The RODI is not 100% essential will you be on rainwater or town? if rainwater no dramas at all, if town, boil your water then cool it and then use it

the salt is fine, if u are near curra or gympie at all I can make u RODI water no issue at all, just make sure you use a air stone in your tubs for your live rock

 

for your move RODI not essential definitely need it going forward 

Thanks were I moving has a water tank.

I can look into getting a RODI unit.

49 minutes ago, gingerbeer said:

I consider Salt the ultimate challenge.  

I got a second hand tank that had been run of town water mixed salt.  This caused me issues due to the absorbed phosphate and managing that moving forward.  

Get an RO unit - cheap compared to the corals.  

I use NLS Probiotx which actually reduces phosphates.

New Life Spectrum® daily fish diet fortified with at least 3 million live probiotic cultures that support your fish’s digestion and helps keep water clean. The proprietary probiotic blend both increases nutrient absorption (for healthier fish and less + cleaner waste!) & acts in the water and filter to consume harmful phosphates.

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Both male and female wrasses are out and about that's a few days for them to be hiding considering I picked them up on Saturday. Haven't seen the fire goby in over a day, It actually came home in the Liverock tub as it was hiding in there and we didn't know were it went, had a few marks on his body but he was out and about before yesterday. 

I've been naughty and ordered this guy,

Man I'm getting ahead of my self buying coral but I thought what if someone else buys it it was between my 2 favorite ones I found online. I did my research and apparently along with soft corals its an easier coral to keep(trachyphyllia)? 

 

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Coral has arrived, was meant to be sent next week (missed the cutoff time to be sent this week) but was hoping they would send it anyway and they did.

Needs to settle in the tank I think only been there a few hours.

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If I can look after this guy alright I want to get a Bleeding Apple Trachy.

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Trachy is eating so that's great. Anemone has moved and is looking worse for ware, the seller told me he hasn't been healthy lately and has now gotten worse. I read that they should be in a tank that's been established for a year? the baby ones going ok in there and want one long term for the clownfish, as well as for aesthetics. 

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Hey mate
Its a Green Leather coral, yours just looks like it needs a bit of tender love and care, we have 2 of them, and they are vibrant green will see if I can get some shots of them
Ours tend to do best in a medium flow so it gently rocks the arms as they feed in the current and a medium light, 
Reef roids in a tank feed once a week they love it 
hope this helps

Just google Leathers, cant go wrong they are awesome starters :)

 

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Do I need to get rid of my anemone? I was In a bad way when I brought it and looks worse. Or do I make it more upright? it just seems like its sagging down anyway. I tried pulling it off the rock the other day and it didn't budge. I am using a bit of bio-enhance now and have reef roids coming, I have placed a few pieces of fish inside its tentacles but don't know if they ate it.

 

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A bit more complicated than the old freshwater masters test kit,

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I have some bad news, here are the results,

Salinity - 1.0245

PH - 8.1

Ammonia - <0,05

Phosphorus - 1.8

I had to add around 30L of tap water when setting up could that of caused it? I'm moving next week and will have salt by then as well as rain water maybe I could do a big change with that?

Thanks

Mick

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Should I buy some Phosphate remover in the short term? I can add some to my Techden order, should be here Tuesday.

Something like this, Seachem PhosGuard 500ml - removes silicate and phosphate - The Tech Den

Although trying to feed enough for the clean up crew, 2 large snails, 1 small snail, 1-2 hermit crab and 1 sea slug, I don't believe I was over feeding. 

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both accounts would assist, 
boil your water and then cook it down and use it from there, until you get settled I think your going to have a few little swings, fingers crossed you can get through this little period unharmed

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I cant really boil water as our stove barely boils a big pot, we know from cooking crabs I think we used the side burner to the side burner to the barbie still thinking it will take me hours of boiling then cooling water.

Have a Phosphate absorber coming as well as salt. They will get a partial water change when we move.

I also tested Nitrate and its only 5. I am really surprised about how high phosphate is, I even have a refugium running 24.

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Also the temp was about 21.5 despite the heater being set on 26. I pulled it out and some of the guard had melted, so I chucked it out and updated from 200w to 300w.

I also have half a box of dead liverock/coral, when setup again after moving I've gonna add some more, obviously the dead stuff will be the base for the liverock to go on top. I don't want it to just be one giant pile of liverock, maybe just another 50% of what I've already got. I'll set it up and see what looks good.

Rays been a great help too, so thanks Ray.

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temp would have put some pressure on the tank at 21, The anemone doesnt look that good, and you dont want it getting sucked up into a filter and fouling the tank, I would personally take it out (they are cheap to replace) The addition of some dead rock is a great idea as it will colonize quickly and help stabilize the tank

 

no worries on the help :)

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Anemone is gone but everything has survived the move.

Got some Reef Roids earlier this week and plenty of salt, some phosphate remover too.

Added some live rock to lift the middle of the tank.

Here's the other day,

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And now post move,

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