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Old 05-02-2022, 06:17 PM   #1
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Iíve been out of the game for about 15 years, but a couple of months ago while watching some Nat Geo, I got the bug again. Man has the equipment changed since then. I decided to look for a project and keep a tight or, reasonable budget to dive back in and get my youngest involved. I decided to go the nano route to keep costs down and lower my success/failure rate. I need to get my feet back under me and retrain myself on all this stuff.

Anybody else in the hobby please post pics and info!!

I searched Craigslist and FB looking for a deal and I found this diamond in the rough not 5 minutes from the house. Offered the guy $125 and it was a deal.

16 Gallon Cube and Stand
More than enough Rock
2 Jebao Controllable Powerheads
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All in all a little over $1000 worth of stuff retail.

Last week I started bleach curing the rock and cleaning up the tank. Threw a new paint job on the stand for a slicker look and to help hide salt creep and deposits.

Iíll start cycling the cured rock with Dr Timís One and Only and Ammonium Chloride towards the end of this week so hopefully in 3-4 weeks, Iíll be able to get started stocking livestock.

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Old 05-02-2022, 06:58 PM   #2
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If you need another project I have a 75 gallon saltwater tank that I’d like to sell.
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Old 05-02-2022, 08:28 PM   #3
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My son had one for about 18 months. It was fun but he lost interest and I was tired of taking care of it.
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Old 05-02-2022, 08:35 PM   #4
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I loved mine had them for years… sure don’t miss them though.
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Old 05-02-2022, 09:19 PM   #5
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Looking good man. You'll be shocked the prices of tiny frags now, people learned they can make money. I used to wholesale stuff and hand out frags like Halloween candy but those days are gone. Wild live rock is pretty much gone, the big thing now is the aquacultured stuff from Florida shipped in water with all the hitchhikers.
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Old 05-03-2022, 08:50 AM   #6
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I'm in for the ride, used to have 3 tanks up and going but been out of the game for a while now. Sometimes I miss it but I don't need any other projects lol maybe when I have kids I'll set one up with them.
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Old 05-03-2022, 09:22 AM   #7
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My last big reef tank was a 200 gallon. Tons of good Fiji live rock in it. Love the hobby, but just don't have the time anymore.

I tried one of those smaller reef tanks a few years ago and just didn't have the time for it either.

That being said, I absolutely love the hobby. So relaxing and rewarding.
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Old 05-03-2022, 09:25 AM   #8
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I just looked for my sale ad. Been 10 years since I sold that 28 gallon tank. Wow. Feels like 2 or 3 years ago.
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Old 05-03-2022, 09:43 AM   #9
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I used to be huge into coral propagation, now my favorite thing is watching the pistol shrimp and watchman goby. That shrimp builds tunnels all day long, little bulldozer never stops until lights out.
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Old 05-03-2022, 09:50 AM   #10
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I've got a 30 gal that is neglected now. When I was single with no kids it was beautiful. Coral everywhere, clownfish laying eggs.... Now I am down to 1 clown and 1 LPS.
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Old 05-03-2022, 12:23 PM   #11
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I loved mine had them for yearsÖ sure donít miss them though.
Here is yours now, with a frag tank tied to it.
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Old 05-03-2022, 04:56 PM   #12
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I have been slowly acquiring bits, pieces, fish and coral. Not trying to let it get out of hand as I do not plan on staying in this current house for long. Not trying to move 8 tanks and 900 gallons of BS to another house again. Once I build, that will be another story. I was out of it for 10+ years after I had a 300g tank seam fail which caused me to replace flooring, wife said no more. The most recognizable thing I have seen from now til then is the automation. I work in the patch and can control just about anything on the tank that I want remotely. Justletmein is correct on the frag prices, insane now days. Don't get hung up on some eye candy that is out of your experience level, it will drain your wallet quick. Also, keep an eye on the ban of collection in HI. Yellow tangs use to be $20ish, once the ban was in place, their price has soared. I could go on for days.
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Old 05-03-2022, 05:01 PM   #13
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:29 PM   #14
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Rock is done bleach curing and soaking in RODI right now.

Tank is set in place and most of the wiring is done. Still need to finish the Reefkeeper automation set up and ATO.

Should have it filled up by Sunday to start the cycle.

Between 7 sets of French doors in the living room and my wifeís decor, I donít have much room to work with so this is where it landed lol.









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Good clean wiring, I like it.
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I was heavily into aquariums about 20 years ago. At one time I had 7 tanks in my apartment. I spent a lot of time doing water changes and an absurd amount of money on fish and live rock.

Konnor has a little 10 gallon tank with 4 goldfish and a crawfish.
One of these days I'd like to set up another salt tank.
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:46 PM   #17
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Good clean wiring, I like it.
So far my budget is on point. All in Iím at $239 right now and that will get the tank cycling. From here, next expenses will be for livestock.
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:59 PM   #18
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awesome stuff! my dad had a 125 gal tank for while and it was a blast. eventually gave it up. still have the tank, stand, and some misc equip for sale if someone wants a great deal.
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Old 05-05-2022, 03:26 PM   #19
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So far my budget is on point. All in Iím at $239 right now and that will get the tank cycling. From here, next expenses will be for livestock.
PM me your address when the tank's ready and I'll send you a few basic frags.
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Old 05-05-2022, 03:33 PM   #20
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PM me your address when the tank's ready and I'll send you a few basic frags.
Awesome!
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Old 05-05-2022, 04:06 PM   #21
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Used to have a 50ish gallon tank that I sunk way more money into that I care to think about. A girl broke it with a baseball bat during a new years day party, albeit it was a total accident.

I miss it sometimes but I won't have another until I can afford to have someone else take care of it for me. It was a cool hobby though while I had it.
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Old 05-06-2022, 10:37 AM   #22
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Got my rock scape completed. Used two part epoxy putty to fuse everything together to make essentially one rock. Should be plenty of hiding places for fish and mounting areas for coral. Sand should be delivered today and set-up and cycling will start this weekend.






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Old 05-07-2022, 09:54 AM   #23
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And itís full. Cycle starts today. Due to my test kit being a week late, I received a refund from Amazon for $33. Knocks my all in total back to $206.










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I could not imagine starting a new tank with dry rock. I am too impatient. Some of the rock I have in the tank is going on 17yrs since I bought it and has bounced around from tank to tank to friends tanks and back to my tanks. Sure miss the days of bouncing around San Antonio fish stores and cherry picking live rock before the ban. Sometimes I would get hyped up about a piece of rock more than the coral or critters I was looking for.
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^I miss the days of ordering straight from Fiji and picking up at the airport with airline freight. Back then it was nothing to buy 400lbs of rock to start a new system, it was dirt cheap.
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^I miss the days of ordering straight from Fiji and picking up at the airport with airline freight. Back then it was nothing to buy 400lbs of rock to start a new system, it was dirt cheap.

I ordered a few Red Sea fish YEARS ago and picked them up from the airport. Cool experience
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Old 05-07-2022, 02:42 PM   #27
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As you can see in the photos this was a while back.

75 gallon reef tank with 30 gallon refugium sump

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Love that Purple Tang. They were always a staple in all my tanks until the current one, durn things are expensive now. This is the first time I haven't had a PT or a Potter's Angel in a tank, sure do miss that combo.
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Old 05-09-2022, 12:10 AM   #29
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I could not imagine starting a new tank with dry rock. I am too impatient. Some of the rock I have in the tank is going on 17yrs since I bought it and has bounced around from tank to tank to friends tanks and back to my tanks. Sure miss the days of bouncing around San Antonio fish stores and cherry picking live rock before the ban. Sometimes I would get hyped up about a piece of rock more than the coral or critters I was looking for.
It was by choice really. The rock came with the tank which was crashed. I didnít want to spend more money on the high dollar cycled rock at the LFS so I just cured it and started over. Added Dr Timís One and Only and 2ppm of ammonium chloride yesterday. Will test parameters tomorrow and see if nitrites are showing up yet.
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I have always thought saltwater fish tanks were cool, some of them very cool. But those are one of the many things I just don't have the time for.
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I have always thought saltwater fish tanks were cool, some of them very cool. But those are one of the many things I just don't have the time for.
Youíve really just got to understand how they work. Itís an ecosystem in a glass box. Have to add livestock with a purpose to make the ecosystem work which in turn creates less work on you. You can go full automation these days and not have to mess with it much. But thatís more $$$
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A little update. Still waiting on Nitrites to convert which must’ve been sky high. They’ve maxed out my API test kit for the last 4 days in a row. I’m expecting to see some changes this week.

However…the longer I’ve sat here and looked at it and fish and coral researching, I decided to go a little bigger. Lol I have a 32g Fuji Cube AIO that should arrive tomorrow. Need to pick up some plywood for an ADA style stand build. I figured I’d just go ahead and upgrade now while it’s cycling rather than waiting another month or two. This new tank footprint is really as big as I can go for the living room due to all the French doors, so I have accepted it as my big tank, can’t upgrade anymore.

That being said, I have a 16g cube and stand for sale lol
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Any of you guys have freshwater experience you care to share. Not sure I want to pony up the money for saltwater but would like an aquarium sooner than later


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awesome stuff! my dad had a 125 gal tank for while and it was a blast. eventually gave it up. still have the tank, stand, and some misc equip for sale if someone wants a great deal.
How much for the tank? Moving into a new house in July. Wanting one this size
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Any of you guys have freshwater experience you care to share. Not sure I want to pony up the money for saltwater but would like an aquarium sooner than later


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You can really budget saltwater pretty well. And honestly, if you donít want to do coral and just do fish, itís even cheaper. No special lights or trace elements needed. You can get by with a lot less with fish only. And then when the time comes you want coral, you already have most everything you need.

Ideally how big of a tank are you thinking?
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Got the stand built for the new tank. Swapping everything over tomorrow.






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Needed a little TLC but was a great deal. Looks great after you got it all cleaned up. I have been out of salt water for a while now but still have several freshwater tanks. I am currently working on rebuilding my stock of shell dwellers for breeding projects. Lost 6 different species entirely in the 2021 February ice storm. Otherwise, I still have tanks for African cichlids, Discus, a community tank, and some shrimp tanks. Only back to 2 species of shell dwellers right now and waiting for the to be at breeding age.
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Needed a little TLC but was a great deal. Looks great after you got it all cleaned up. I have been out of salt water for a while now but still have several freshwater tanks. I am currently working on rebuilding my stock of shell dwellers for breeding projects. Lost 6 different species entirely in the 2021 February ice storm. Otherwise, I still have tanks for African cichlids, Discus, a community tank, and some shrimp tanks. Only back to 2 species of shell dwellers right now and waiting for the to be at breeding age.

Thatís some sweet rock work on the back of that first tank.


I got everything set up yesterday. Light will be here Wednesday along with a Netgear WiFi extender so I can access my 2.4ghz band for my reef controllers. Hopefully has some livestock by the weekend.




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