My Aquarium

USA
Volume 60 Gallons
Dimensions 24'' x 24'' x 24''
Make Deep Blue
Model 60G RR Rimless Tank
Timeline

Introduction

My Son Logan and I started with a small freshwater tank but the fish were always hiding by the heater and it just wasn't much fun. So we decided to try Saltwater out.

Background

We are completely inexperienced and learning absolutely everything. We had someone else service our freshwater tank (stupid I know) so we really didn't know anything about fish or maintaining them. We are complete Newbies.

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Filtration

We use a Simplicity DC Skimmers 120DC, Simplicity DC Pumps 1000gph and a 200 Micron Felt Filter Sock.

Lighting

Actually today I just decided to disconnect my Kessil Spectral Controller from my Kessil A360WE Tuna Blue light and hook it to my Apex controller. I set some programming up to use the season tables to see how that looks. Basically 4 hours of gradually doing sunrise, then daylight, then three hours of sunset or something close to that. We'll see how it works out. I'm still learning this too.

Flow

I currently use one Icecap 3K Gyre Pump and I'm still tinkering with the flow trying to figure it out. Right now I have it doing 40% flow for four seconds and then 10% for a couple and just going back and forth. I'm still confused on what is best to set.

Measurements

Salinity
9
Nitrate
Nitrite
Phosphate
36
Phosphorus
Alkalinity
Magnesium
360
Calcium
Ammonia
Temperature
pH
488
ORP

Inhabitants

13 Fish (5 dead, 8 living)
5 Corals (all but 1 are soft corals. I have one LPS so I could practice keeping my parameters in check like magnesium)

2 Invertebrate

I love the LPS (Green Flower Pot Coral - Long Tentacle). It's awesome how all the tentacles sway back and forth when the lights come on.

I also enjoy the mushroom rock. Cool to watch. I've seen it spit up, try to kill a fish, shrink up extremely small, etc.

The Kole Yellow Eye Tang is funny to watch but he's a bully. Sometimes that's why he's fun to watch but it gets old. He's forced a couple of my fish to jump out of the tank and commit suicide so not cool as far as that goes.

The Banggai Cardinalfish Captive Bred is fun to watch too. Once I put in the Purple Long Tentacle Anemone, he won't leave it's side. Sometimes I find him sleeping/resting in the tentacles of the Anemone. Pretty cool!

I also thoroughly enjoy watching the cleanup crew. My favorite is the emerald crab. He's funny to watch how he walks around and how he uses his claws to grab things.

8 Fish

Cleaner Common Wrasse Labroides dimidiatus
Firefish Nemateleotris magnifica
Kole Yellow Eye Tang Ctenochaetus strigosus
Potter's Angelfish Centropyge potteri
Squareback Anthias Pseudanthias pleurotaenia

13 Corals

Leather Coral Colony Sarcophyton sp
Long Tentacle Plate Coral (Aussie) sp sp
Mushroom Rock Actinodiscus sp var
TMA Green Duncan 3-4 Heads Duncanopsammia axifuga
TMA Green Frogspawn 1 Head Euphyllia paradivisa
TMA Neon Green Hammer Aussie 2 Heads sp sp

28 Invertebrate

Assorted Hermit Crabs Paguroidea sp
Blood Red Fire Shrimp Lysmata debelius
2 Bristle Worm Polychaete sp
Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
Marble Sea Star Fromia sp var
Purple Long Tentacle Anemone Macrodactyla doreensis
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
2 Tiger Conch Strombus spp.
10 Tonga Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
4 Tonga Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
2 Trochus Snail Trochus sp.
2 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa
Simply to try and keep them inline with the following:

Salinity/Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 6 - 10 dkh
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Calcium: 380 - 450 ppm
Magnesium: 1200 - 1400 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: < 20 ppm
pH: 7.6 - 8.6
Phosphate: 0 - .03 ppm

Additives

I'm still learning how and when and even why we dose. Currently I've dosed Alkalinity/Calcium and Magnesium. Still trying to figure out what my daily dosing needs are.

Feeding See more

Frozen - Thumb Size piece · Pellets - Just grabbed a little · Coral Food · Frozen and Coral Food · Frozen Mysis
We feed every morning and evening. Three times a week we do frozen instead of the normal pellets. We also feed seaweed three times a week.

And once a week I try to add a little treat. I take one freeze dried brine shrimp and soak it in Selcon and then feed it to them.

Maintenance

Monday - Fill RO/DI Bucket/Add Salt, One squirt of Coral Food, feed frozen fish food.
Tuesday - Replace/Add Seaweed
Wednesday - Clean Protein Skimmer, Replace Sock, Fill RO/DI Bucket and Add Salt, One
squirt of Coral Food, feed frozen fish food.

Thursday - Replace/Add Seaweed, Check Salt Bucket parameters to ensure close to tanks.
If not, dose.

Friday - Check RO/DI TDS and Pressure, One squirt of Coral Food, Feed Frozen Food
Saturday - Nothing. Sometimes I'll get all the parameter testing out of the way.
Sunday - Test all water parameters if I didn't do on Saturday. Clean Protein Skimmer,
Replace Sock, Replace Seaweed, heat up salt buckets to match temp in tank, 10 Gal
Water Change.

Also, currently I'm doing testing of parameters daily to experiment with different test kits to see what I like best.

On average you perform a 16.7% water change every 41 days.

16.7% total water change in November.

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Inspiration & Goals

Honestly I'm not really sure there was an inspiration. Fish are so relaxing and fun to watch....we just wanted a tank that we could enjoy.

Words of Wisdom

I'm a newbie so I'll just say that if isn't fun anymore then get out of the hobby. It's not worth the stress and not fair to your inhabitants. But if you still have the passion for it, have FUN!!

Disasters & Regrets

I've lost money in fish because they jumped out. I had no idea they could squeeze through such a tiny space in the top of my tank. Before I get more fish I need to figure out a way so that they can't get through. So if you have a rimless tank like me or have any small openings in the top of the tank, make sure you find a way to plug them or accept the fact that fish can jump out.