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  1. Hi everyone...i am newbie here who started just early this year with a help of a nice bro from here too..currently just having a small nano tank and i thought why not go for a bigger one haha...so i planned to build a rimless 3.5ft tank with a cabinet on my own and wanted to share this long journey with all of you...feel free to correct me if i am going in the wrong way...
     
    The build of the cabinet below
     
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    Manage to build the cabinet successfully which took me about a month because was doing it onli on my off days...will say it was tuff as i was doing this the first time and the onli help was youtube haha....stay tune for my tank overflow build ,sump and pipping...i hav a short video on my cabinet structure build , anyone knows how can i upload it...thank you
     
     
     

    Hi , really love this DIY project, for the cabinet itself did you pre plan the measurements and ask a wood shop to cut for you before hand ?


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  2. Looking to sell this very large piece that use to cover one of my rocks.

     

    1. Red Monti large piece ($ 60)

    - pen to get a idea of the size

     

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    2. Green Monti Medium size ( $30 )

     

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    3. Green Monti slightly small size ( $20 )

     

    I have other small red and green Monti also . Do PM if you keen .

     

    Location : Senkang or Rivervale Crescent

     

     

     

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  3. Light Upgrade on my Lagoon 25 :yahoo:

    • Hydra 26HD (Used) 
      • After running AI prime HD for almost 1 year , i couldn't help but keep thinking i need a light that provide more PAR. 
        • I feel that AI prime is a very good light for LPS , but i noticed that once i entered the SPS world the lighting is not sufficient enough.
        • One way to understand the PAR level would be using a Par meter. It's not something many reefers carry under their reefing gear. But i was fortunate enough that forever friendly Reefer Leon has a Par meter and he helped me with testing my tank Par. 
          • Huge shout out to Leon for being so helpful and if you wanna get your PAR level checked , you could contact him for more information.
    • I'm sure most of you are aware that one of the most expensive reefing gear in our tank is Lights , I was determined that i wanna change my lights . So i started checking the SRC forum daily for any good lobang  ^_^
      • It didn't took me long to find a very good deal on a second hand Hydra 26HD , I was lucky enough to strike a very good deal for a second hand light with warranty intact. 
        • I feel that Hydra 26HD is perfect for those small tank, the spread and the PAR is sufficient to give a good growth in SPS and keep the LPS happy at the same time. Overall it was really a good buy worth every penny. 

      (Growth after changing the light and Manual dosing since 2019 September ) 

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    • If anyone AIO reefers wanna try out my light setting , PM me and more than will to share with you. It's a modified version i got from the AI website itself.
    • TIP for all those reefers who are looking for equipment, if you able to afford brand new that's the base case scenario. But if you are like me keeping the reefing more budget friendly and sustainable. don't rush to get equipment. Our very own SRC Sell off/Pasar Malam Shop always got reefers letting go equipment at very affordable prices. strike a deal and who knows you might make a new friend  :friends:at the same time. 

    Deep down i really love AI products and i think will keep supporting AI products all the way.  

  4. Don't chase the numbers !!! :dunno:

    This is one statement that i often heard since the day i started reefing. what does that really mean ? 

    In my opinion most new reefers often misinterpret this statement. Many of us believe that you are not required to meticulously do test on your system to achieve a more stable matured system. Well there is somewhat truth to it , But I always feel that you need to know whats going on in your tank in order to understand what you need to do to reach your end goal. 

    • In my case i do water testing twice a week. I used to do daily and i realized that its too much time consuming and if i wanna check daily there are so many gizmo that can help you monitor every min of the day and i should invest on one instead of manually trying to achieve the same level. But well those equipment are really expensive and maybe :drunk: one day i will try to get one and enjoy hands free life.  
    • I feel that aside alkalinity (KH) of the tank , the next most important thing that you need to maintain is Salinity. Always remember to check your salinity every now and then specially if your tank is small. this is one challenge i constantly face, 1 minor carelessness can lead to a major problem.  
    • Water testing wise , I primarily test BIG 3 ( KH , CA , MG) . Imo this is a must , specially on a new tank until tank is matured and you know what you doing. 
    • Aside that , its always good to test your No3 and Po4 levels specially if you are having algae , Cyano or any others issues. these testing will tell you whats exactly wrong with your system and you can do the corrective actions. ( In my case at the beginning , i use to test every week once , now i do it once a month since i know that my nutrient levels are under control. ) 
    •  Specially if you having issues with your corals and you planning to enter the world of dosing from Water change only routine , it will be a very good practice to note down all the test values with the date and time you took the reading. 
      • This will help you understand and provide you a clearer view of your reef system 
      • It's best to do the testing around the same time of the day in order to have more accuracy on your test results 
      • remember to check the test kit expiry date 
      • don't ever take test results for granted and always try to observe and see how the tank doing 
      • if you have friends nearby with test kits such as Hanna, always try to cross check your results with those high accuracy test kits to get a better understanding. No test kit is ever perfect and its only a guideline for us. 
    • Please refer to my reef tank numbers below ( Remember every tank is different ) 
      • KH (Alkalinity) : 7.5 - 8 dkh  
      • CA (Calcium) : 400 - 420 ppm 
        • Calcium will be working hand in hand with KH , so its very important that you stabilize your KH so that you can get your desired Ca levels with little to no effort. 
      • MG (Magnesium) : 1400 -1450 ppm Often many reefers overlook on MG and i feel that its not very difficult to maintain MG desired levels , But something to take note regarding MG, in the scenario if you MG is low and you require to raise the MG level. you will have to dose a lot in order to raise MG. for some reason MG always goes up very slowly.  ( If anyone know why , please do share)
    • there are many brands and different test kits in the market, in my case my preferred choice is Salifert. 
      • KH , CA , NO3, PH & Po4 - Salifert test kit 
      • MG - Nyos Test kit ( Because its cheaper than salifert Mg kit :yahoo:)
      • I honestly feel that you don't really need the PH test kit. ( don't waste money on PH test kit ) 

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    MY take about all the testing , Do your testing because you want to know whats going on in your tank and not because you are some rocket scientist who trying to find the perfect number that will help you succeed in reefing. HAPPY REEFING !! 

  5. Currently I'm running a mix reef. 

    I always find mix reef somewhat challenging as you are required to find a sweet point between SPS and LPS. I would be lying if I said it was EASY , But its not as scary as most reefers think. Just stick to the basic and maintain the BIG 3 ( KH , CA & MG ). If you are running a small tank your water changes are sufficient to replace the trace elements. I wouldn't throw additional money to dose Trace elements unless you know what you are doing !!! 

    In my case I dose the things stated below :  

    • ALL 4 Reef  from Tropic Marine ( I call this the Nano Magic portion )
      • if you are struggling with maintaining your big 3 , give this a try as its loaded with all required elements for a reef tank. However do take note that if you happen to over stock the tank with corals , this Magic portion might require more heavy dosing and it will no longer be cost effective.  But all in all this is the beginner must TRY portion in my honest opinion. 
    • CarboCalcium from Tropic Marine 
      •  This is not necessary , but in my case my tank is heavily crowded and in order to reduce the amount of All4reef I dose into my tank , I use this product where this will add additional amount of KH and CA into the tank. which helps me to maintain the desired levels I'm looking to achieve. Only downside of this product, you will need to monitor your Mg in order to make sure that it doesn't drop too low and Dose Mg when required. I tend to check my Mg every 3-4 days.
    •  Amino from Nyos
      •  This was a product recommended by one of my friendly neighbourhood reefer and since the day I started dosing I see most of my zoas and SPS polyp looks happier and I will keep trying till I get a better understanding of additional element dosing.
    •  Coral Food
      •  Reef roids : I occasionally use reef roids since I like to heavily feed my fish now a days , I feel happy fish will help the corals to stay happy. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR PO4. Don't just listen to me :D
      • Phytoplankton from Continuum : i add once a week since I'm keeping a clam and I don't have much experience with clam and some of my friendly reefers told me that this is good food. 
      • Gold pods from Nyos : I don't really like this brand even though my fish do nip on it every now and then , I feel the pods are way to big for my liking and once I add gold pods my tank look like a mess 

     

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