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04-03-2011, 07:07 PM
My salt project is almost complete. I am doing a FOWLR tank, using 30Lbs of live rock and 50Lbs of quarried rock. The tank is cycling nicely with levels across the board where they are expected to be at this stage of the setup. pH @ 8.4, Ammonia 0.75, Nitrite 0.25ppm, Nitrate 10ppm, copper 0.


I plan on adding Hermit Crabs in 2 or 3 weeks.

I was planning on having a Lion and a Leaf. I am not so sure now. After visiting several LFS in my area, there are so many choices, it seems almost endless! Anyhow, the up side is I have 3 weeks or so to make up my mind, well, what's left of it, what's the saying, hobby or obsesion...:scratchheadblue:

04-03-2011, 07:41 PM
Lookin good... interesting choice of substrate... most people just go with a finer sand but I like the look of that! Good to hear your cycle is coming along well

04-03-2011, 07:44 PM
I'm looking forward to reading about tank as it develops thumbs2:

do you have a skimmer or powerheads yet ?

04-04-2011, 09:47 PM
No protein skimmer yet, but there is a powerhead in there, bottom left what looks like a cave:


It's the KORALIA evolution (suction/magenetic mount) that moves 1050GPH, the tank has great flow with the EHEIM G160 pushing 330GPH as well...

I set up the powerhead so all the flow ends up at the pickup point for the cannister...

04-04-2011, 09:55 PM
That's one well hiden powerhead :ssuprised:

04-05-2011, 05:17 AM
love the hidden power head definitely well placed... just keep an eye it doesn't get clogged up with gunk

04-15-2011, 01:05 AM
The Tank is cycled! I have growth on most of the quarried rock now.


Fish added today as well. 2 Damsels and a Sabae Clown. I am seriously leaning towards a community tank instead of predators. I may do predators when I set up my 220G next year. Once again, sorry for the poor quality photo's. That will change soon...:22:

04-15-2011, 01:30 AM
Yup, you've got growth alright. Lovely Diatoms. :D

04-15-2011, 02:31 AM
Glad to hear your cycled

You diatoms should not last too long

Keep a close eye on those damsels. Some of them can get aggressive and might not be good for a community tank

04-15-2011, 03:34 AM
Will do on the damsels Cliff, but this little bugger

(Sabea Clown fish)

Is who I think I will have to watch! Cute little bugger though.

Not as agressive as the Maroon Clown, I was advised it is 'willfull', (sounds like my Malamute!) I chose him as the LFS had one that was full grown, spectacular IMO...

04-15-2011, 03:58 PM
Nice looking tank.

I would be very careful of the sabea clown. They do get very aggressive. I had a buddy who had a large female, and she killed every male he tried to add to the tank. She would also bite him bad enough to draw blood on occasion.

04-15-2011, 09:13 PM
Thanks Lab! The Sebae will be the only clown in the tank (unless I'm in there cleaning) LOL...

04-15-2011, 09:17 PM
I'm done with the fish on this Tank, I will be adding 1 juvenile Snowflake Eel (Australian) in a week or so, have him/her on order as I missed out by a few day's on the one they had. So I did add a Picasso Trigger (uber cool):


I promise photo's will improve as soon as I get real camera from the shop (loaned to my 13yr old for school,That'll learn me!)...

I will post my snowflake when I get him...:shappy:

04-15-2011, 09:49 PM
The aggression of that "Sebae" Clown will depend on weather or not it was identified properly or not. Often times the Clarkii is misidentified as a Sebae. A. clarkii and A. sebae are very similar in appearance. A. clarkii is quite aggressive and will attack other adult Clarkii clowns and even other clowns. A. clarkii adults will even fight with each other. If you want to assure a peaceful co-existance between 2 of these fish, you need to acquire them as juveniles or get a mated pair.

04-15-2011, 10:01 PM
Thanks Gbarb, as always, and I am only keeping 1 clown in this tank... The Damsels are to see schooling and the Picasso to admire, the Snowflake Eel just because they are so cool and funny!!! :22:

04-15-2011, 10:04 PM
Just be aware that when that Snowflake starts to get some size on him, that pretty school of damsels is going to disappear.

04-16-2011, 03:49 AM
Yes, of course your correct about the Snowflake vs the Damsel's. On what I have read, these guy's are extreamly lazy, once again, sorta like my Malamute!

If fed well with a good rotation on foods they like and feeding right before lights out, they tend not to wander and are disinterested on exerting any kind of effort to catch food. But, at $9 per Damsel, I am willing to chance it! :ssuprised:

Hope that doesen't sound too heartless...

04-16-2011, 06:05 PM
I'd keep an eye on the trigger too, they try to eat anything smaller than them lol, from your picture it looks like the damsels have some size on the trigger still though haha

Great progress though! Glad to see the tank coming along well!

04-17-2011, 01:07 AM
So here is the Tank as of today. There will be some minor modifications as of next week and I will re-post. Going are the 2 heaters, to be replaced by an inline unit. The powerhead wire will be moved to the corner with the one airline....More rock will be added as well...



04-18-2011, 09:26 PM
Click on image to enlarge...

Sebae Clown Picasso Trigger Yellow Tail Damsel

Sebae & Picasso

Emerald Crab (reef crab)

05-06-2011, 10:24 PM

So gone are the Heaters, replaced with a 300W Hydor inline heater, IMO, tank looks much cleaner. The unit works great and is easier to control temperature.

I added a snowflake eel

and a Racoon Butterfly

as well as a White Ribbon eel, he is a good 2 feet long put pencil thin and increadable to see. It's a bit camera shy and i will get photo's when he comes out to feed next time.

I also added a twin T5 Hi output bridge light fixture (Coral Life) with a 10,000 and a Actinic bulb. Much better! I installed a 48" Black light bulb in the old single bulb fixture for night viewing. Cheap and works like a charm, the Eels come out to play. I am very happy at this point with the Tank, I spend hours just watchin, it is mezmarizing!

05-11-2011, 06:28 PM
and heres the shy one!



06-13-2011, 03:46 PM
Super cool eels! Do you have any recent pictures?

06-13-2011, 09:32 PM
Love the eels man! Tank looks great

07-19-2011, 05:07 PM
So I ended up with the Red Slime! Easily cured and now prevented from re-occuring. I added a Submariner 13 Watt UV Sterilizer/clarifier. As I have no sump, it had to be placed in tank and hiding this behemoth is no easy task as i need to be able to observe the pilot light to see it is working. Luckily I had a piece of rock with a cave/tunnel that i can see the light through.


Im still looking for that perfect piece to camoflage the top!

07-22-2011, 11:10 PM
Wow, what a change from when I started. Gone are the in tank heaters, protein skimmer and some inhabitants re-homed. Added, lots' of rock, UV filter and several more powerheads. Originaly I stocked with a different end in mind, predators. Now, a FOWLR tank with some reef quality's. None are reef safe inhabitants, all are aggresive, but the tank feel's balanced to me and is somewhat peaceful until its' feeding time.

This was taken when it 1st cycled


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The Tenants

My 3 eels, IMO, are the most facinating of my tanks inhabitants. The Allards interaction with thier Anemone is a close 2nd.

So for me, other than adding another eel in the near future, I am pretty happy with it. I am looking forward to my upcomming 220G Marine project and the myriad of problems we all face when starting something new :ssuprised: