My First Nano

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    Hi All! For many years I have been welcomed by the TCMAS family as a friend and admirer of the reef keeping world, as I watched my pal (@ChristopherKriens) devote so much time into caring for his beautiful ecosystems. I’ve been in awe with the patience and dedication that he and so many others put into this hobby, and it’s because of him that I finally have the courage to start my own reef adventure. And honestly, I am quite nervous. The animal lover side of me is conflicted knowing that there are many ups/downs with fish care. I have this gut feeling that when I do experience my first loss, I will want to call it quits. But I also feel comfort knowing that I will have a supportive community and my hobbyist-in-crime to help when needed.

    So here it is, my very own first nano! I’m starting out fairly simple with a 20-gallon high tank. As far as the build, it’s a little like Frankenstein’s monster at this point..
    Tank: Some cheap thing that came from PetCo and was previously used for quarantine
    Lights: A029 Acquaknight by HIPARGERO
    Heater: Cobalt 50W
    Powerhead: Sicce Voyager Nano Stream
    Filter: No plans, open to suggestions or may just end up doing weekly water changes
    Misc: DIY screen top (BRS) and shelf rocks from Reef Collective

    Currently, almost three weeks in the cycle and patiently waiting for my tested ammonia levels to zero out. Almost there. Plans are to keep fish to a minimum, add macro algae (once I get my hands on some) and hopefully keep a few softies. It will be interesting to see what my limitations are with the budget light as far as coral growth. From what I have heard from others with this same light, is that it should decently suit my needs for now.

    Here’s a few pictures, hopefully I’ll have more updates to share over the next couple weeks. Looking forward to finally being an active club member!

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    Welcome!!!
    (And... finally!)
    (And as Chris does.... I just needed to be the first to post.)
    (Hi, Eva!!!)

    Back when Jo and I kept multiple systems (AKA before kids), she kept a Valentini Puffer; great fish.
     
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    I'm picturing rolling Nebraska hills of GSP...

    Welcome! If you manage to keep with your rock theme it will look great!
     
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    Puffers?! I love puffers!!
     
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    Thanks to you both! I've always had a soft spot for puffers, so this is kind of like my dream tank. I know it might restrict what type of coral I keep, but in my opinion it's worth it!
     
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    Thank you! I really got into the shelf rock as soon as I saw them, it felt like playing with legos and I like how you can create interesting angles by stacking them.
     
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    Great start. Welcome :)
     
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    Welcome to the addiction lady!
     
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    Thank YOU lady!
     
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    Thank you
    Thank you!! Yes, I have been checking out his macros for sale, problem is now that I can't make up my mind on which ones I want. haha
     
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    Your lights reminded me of a video I recently saw from Inappropriate Reefer on youtube who builds a 10g budget tank with that light. In his series he builds an inexpensive refugium with an AquaClear filter. Might be worth checking out, the series is called "$146 Nano Reef".
     
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