Because I probably won’t get a better quality picture this is my rock that is now on its way! Along with my Chaeto and an additional light I was blessed with for the Chaeto. Also the sand should be here around the same time!
I actually solved that problem the day of. I just needed to add more water. Haven’t had the foamy bubbles since then. Tank is clear and looks good. Added a yellow tail damsel a few days ago. Stays hidden in the rock scape but comes out to eat. Been feeding tiny pieces of brine shrimp cubes cut off from when I feed my Discus. All in all things are going well so far.IMO your are going to want to find a way to stop the hob from making bubbles returning water ..
Unlike in fresh water bubbles in marine are bad ..They mean CREAP,besides added evap ..
I have used the back plastic part of lids that people cut out for filters to divert water from my AquaClears ..
Most LFS should have them or be able to order them ..They have a wide range of prices on the net so be careful here is cheap listing ;
Perfecto Hood Backstrip - Clear
The worst listing was on EBAY $48 for a piece of plastic worth about $4-5..
I also receive these trace elements I will be using when adding the anemone. Won these products off of Facebook! Have you or anyone else had experience with them? Or could you help with dosing and when to dose? I have read the bottle but would like an experienced opinion. LolNice!! Very nice view.
Hrmm... A damsel for your first eh? Sorry to be the stocking police but they can be meanies. Might not want to wait too long before adding the next. That is, don't let one fish own the 20L for long. It will become their tank and they may not take kindly to newcomers. I bring it up because it happened to me with my beloved, timid firefish Scorch. He was an awesome presence in the tank for so long while we took forever getting a qt set up and moving fish through it. For nearly a year he was out and about all day everyday, even when my crazy kiddos were eyeing him.
He did not handle the addition of new fish even though they were not aggressive. He lasted a few months and just as we thought, "well, he hides a lot now but comes out to eat so this may work out"... one day he didn't come out and was never seen again.
Anyway, whether timid or aggressive, in nano tanks I think it best that the hierarchy get worked out before any one fish establishes territory over the entire tank.
Thank you VERY much for that response!! It was super helpful and I will make sure to look over everything again over time. These small tips are the most helpful being that I am new to reefing and need all the help and info I can acquire. I didn’t intend on dosing anything until I have tested my levels for at least two months consistently. My main concern was the fact of weather the nem would be safe so early in the life of the tank. Like you said I will be sure to make sure my parameters are stable before adding anything. I was planning to add a second ai prime hd by next month to cover the tank completely. I really appreciate all your info and experience you have shared and I will be SURE to reach out if I can think of any other questions I may have! Love being a part of this forum and have learned so much here!! Everyone is so helpful and supportive and that really makes this hobby enjoyable! I will keep you all updated as time goes by and the tank “matures”! Thanks again!!!It's very cool to win stuff in the hobby! Congrats!! However... you absolutely. do NOT want to start dosing all willy-nilly, lol. Let me explain a few things as best I can then try to tell a little personal story as quickly/shortly as I can.
First, anemones are related to but are not exactly corals. They do not use trace minerals in growth so your winnings will have no bearing on the success of an anemone in your tank. However, nems are photosynthetic so they need the same light corals do. A single Prime would do in the short term, however, I believe its max light spread is around 24 inches... and you (and I) have 30 inch long tanks. Getting the max light spread from a light is also dependant on hanging it high enough to provide all its light to the tank. This is why I decided to not go with the puck style lights myself because if I wanted to have enough light for any coral I may want, then I would need two of them for full coverage. Anyway, for the time being, a single Prime can provide enough light to at least most of your tank, giving the nem the light he'll need.
I'm kinda with ya on adding a nem early so it doesn't take walks all over established corals, stinging them in the process. However, the danger in adding a nem, or anything particularly sensitive in the early days is that new tanks tend to have swings in parameters, even those none of us test for. The term 'a mature tank' could also be referred to as a 'very stable tank' in my own experience. So, while the nem doesn't use trace minerals like calcium to live or grow, it may become upset from unnoticed swings in say... pH, calcium, alkalinity (KH or carbonate), and magnesium... and here's where we get back to dosing with products such as your winnings.
Stony corals (keyword, stony) use calcium and alkalinity for growing their stony skeletons, and mag, (well, it's been a while since my own days of mineral research) works with calc and alk to be made available to corals... I think! Anyway, this use of the Big 3, (calc, alk, and mag) is known as the tank's uptake and each aquarist has to determine the level of uptake for themselves before they begin dosing. This means, lots and lots of testing to gather data on a tank's uptake, then figuring daily loss so we may then dose regularly in small amounts, thus, not causing swings, just keeping those parameters stable. However, a young tank with little to no growing corals will not have this mineral uptake, but an established tank with a decent amount of growing LPS and SPS corals will. Frags... are small, so even though I got about 30 corals in the first 9 - 12 months of the reef tank, a drop in calc, alk, and mag levels was not seen until the tank was about 1.5 years old, at which time, we tested daily for about a month and in the meantime did LOTS of research about the proper way to dose a tank for mineral loss. So, your winnings will not likely go to waste, but you definitely don't need them for the nem and you probably won't need them at all for some time.
Lastly... there is a range in the levels of pH, calc, alk, and mag which will keep corals happy. Let's take alk for example. For the first year, my alk tests told me the tank's level was steady near 8, at about 7.6 - 7.8. All the corals were happy, though admittedly, we wished for faster growth. After a few big coral hauls and some time in the hobby, during which, I noticed tanks younger than my own had corals which grew faster than my own, we started looking a little closer at parameters. Alk was now even closer to the low end of its range, running closer to 7.0 and calcium didn't trend very low, but it could've been higher. So, this is when we decided to dose and we'd bring up the calc level, as well as maintain a higher alk level than ever before. We were shooting for alk to be steady at 9 dKH. All went well and the corals responded to these higher levels well too. Then, my son was doing chores and looking for a place to plug in the vacuum. Poor kid... we didn't have the cord situation labeled and the tank's doser (which supplies the small daily doses of calc and alk) was mistakenly unplugged... and left that way for 3 days, unnoticed until the corals suddenly looked very mad. The first thing to do in that situation is test, and we found alk down at 7.5.
Please remember that for more than a year, our tank's alk was around 7.6 - 7.8 but for a couple of months now, the corals had become used to an alkalinity level of 9. Despite fixing the levels as quickly as is safe, the sudden drop nearly caused a catastrophe in my tank. Several corals dulled in color and didn't extend their polyps for weeks on end. For about 3 months, I and they hung on, but they looked so bad that I was sure I'd lose some of them, including several treasured pieces. In the end, by month 4, I knew they'd ultimately survive and 6 months out, they were really flourishing again. In the end, of about a dozen corals I was scared for, only 2 heads off of a 4-head hammer coral were lost. This story is to show all the stress and worry that can come from making dosing mistakes and I tell it to you so you will be very careful with your winnings. Please do learn from my mistake and avoid making your own in this area because I got pretty lucky, but dosing mistakes can and often do lead to disaster.
I am proudly Stella the Slow reefer because changes in a reef tank are scary! Perhaps you won't have a year of reefing under your belt before you learn what's necessary to dose safely... but the point here is, I did feel like an experienced reefer when I undertook that research and made that change for my tank, and still, getting that area knowledge straight in my head was probably the hardest part of reefing for me thus far. PLUS, the honest mistake made by a kid and his aloof parents brought home the lesson about not messin' with these parameters pretty hard. So, please forgive the rant my friend.