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    First Salt - 72 Bow Front

    The wife has really been wanting a salt tank and I figured I owed her after all the hard work and care she has been doing around the house. I think half of that decision came while I was recovering from the wisdom teeth extractions.
    So.... We picked up this 72 Bow Front from a boxer and have been working on it.

    72 Bow Front with a DIY 29 Gal Sump/ Fuge (18W light)
    Quiet One 3000
    300W Heater
    Dual Head 3200 GPH Powerhead
    Only 2x T5's but planning on making it 4
    50lbs Macro Rock, 30lbs Live from a Boxer, and some extra with great coraline from another boxer
    Also got a small Kenya tree and a piece of Xenia when I got the coraline
    About 8 blue leg hermits and 13 misc snails

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    Nice start

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    Looks very nice, now to see its progression and where it goes from here. Are you wanting to do a reef setup?
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    Yep, wanting to go reef. Hope to start with the photosynthetics and progress from there. Havent really figured out what fish we want to get yet. Eventually want to get a Dragonet.


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    Nice start r u gonna be covering the front of the stand ?
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    OH, my wife made a nice curtain for the front and I added another support on the front lip. I had a full pic but I figured the tank was more important than a black curtain.


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    Thought I would update a little info. We have several different corals now and a couple damsels.
    Added:
    2x Three stripe Damsels, 1x Domino Damsel
    Another bunch of snails and red leg hermits.
    A few Asterina Starfish - which have now gone missing.
    More pieces of Xenia, a piece of frogspawn, 3 heads of Duncan, couple pieces of Ricordea, a rock with some Green Star Polyp, and a rock with some mushroom corals.

    Found out that one rock had a RBTA hitch hiking on it. Its just now getting big enough to identify. The other rock had a micro brittle star hiding in it.

    Added a DIY auto top off with a 5 gal water jug and a Aqua Lifter pump. Also, changed the light over the sump to a 6500K bulb but I'm not certain if its working. The chaeto in the sump seems soft now.
    I got some info from http://www.melevsreef.com/fuge_bulb.html for the light and the ATO.

    Spoke with some one about a month ago about the brown algae growing on the rocks and they suggested using Purple Up once a week to help get the coraline going a little faster. It really seems to be helping and the algae is slowly going away.

    I think its been 4 weeks now but I have been taking photos the last three. You can see the progression on this one rock really well. The hermits and snails also have lots of coraline too.
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    Nice start. be sure the "RBTA hitch hiking on it" isn't aiptasia or manjano!

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    Does aiptasia split into two and move around the rock? It was growing and then it split into two smaller ones and started moving around the rock. I think its been trying to find a good spot for about a week now.

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    Update - It was aiptasia. It grew about the size of a quarter and split. I left them alone for a while but they took up a spot next to two large mushrooms and it didnt work out. I was able to "chip" the rock of at the foot and chunk it. We will see if it comes back. The damsels have become a huge disappointment. They look cool but THEN they dig like a cichlid and push all the substrate against the front glass. They also think they own the tank and dont want me putting my hand farther than 2 inches into the water.

    Upside is we got a real RBTA and its awesome. Also, we have seen lots of pods crawling on the rocks and in the substrate. Even noticed several micro brittle stars yesterday. Today, I saw one of those tiny starfish so I guess there is still a few in there hiding. The algae has stopped growing on the rocks but I still get a little on the glass. If I had the money I would change the 200 to salt b/c we love this tank.


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