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  1. 1 hour ago, milu_kaka said:

    This gonna be very interesting journey , I never thought that I would ever document my reefing journey. But would definitely give a big thank you to SRC forum admins and all the sponsors for coming up with this initiative to encourage all of us to more actively participate and share part of out life in these mini threads. :score:

    First of all let me give a brief introduction about my reefing journey.

    - I started reefing roughly around October 2018. ( yet to reach the 2 year milestone )

    - Equipment  :

    •  Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 ( its a 25g small tank perfect for a beginner )
    •  IM Nano Ghost Skimmer ( not the best in the market , but not the worse too )
    •  Eheim Canister Filter :fear: ( All mechanical filtration removed )
    •  China brand wavemaker which I eventually changed to a Nero ( one of the most expensive equipment I bought to this date, But no regrets because Nero is a work horse)
    •  Eheim Return pump ( Which I had with me during freshwater tank )
    •  HS-28a Chiller ( Its really decent and so far been treating me well , not that noisy or maybe I'm use to it ) 
    •  My very first light was a white LED light i used on my Arowana tank (Initially I wasn't sure if i wanna spend a lot of money on light with wide spectrum and it took sometime for me to read and understand before i got myself a second hand AI Prime HD ) 
    • Last but not Least , Im using a very old table as my cabinet for the tank ( Which is in use to this date and those who know me been bugging me to change it to a proper cabinet (For safety)  , but hey sometimes I can be a bit stubborn. :eyebrow: . ) 

    Well we all have gone through that phase where the tank is empty and you see all the reefers posting their nice tanks and you wonder " How in the world " gonna fill my tank. Give it sometime and you will be telling yourself " I NEED A BIGGER TANK :idea:

    If anyone have any questions regarding the equipment, feel free to comment and I will try my best to explain to the best of my knowledge.  

    my tank look as of 16th Oct 2018 : 

     

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    Guess what I found a picture of my FTS :lol:

     

     

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  2. Well everyone try to rush through the tank cycle period for one REASON :D

    •  Its time to add new fish :
      •  My first fish was a Domino's damsel , Though it's really not ethical to add fish to a tank which is not fully cycled. I'm sure most reefers know that Damsel can even withstand a nuclear meltdown. It was black in colour with white dots and boy I was excited to see some movement in my tank :cheers:
        • My take from the tank cycling process , If you have the patience , Please run a fishless tank and spare a thought to the fish that might be suffering in your tank even though from outside they look totally normal.  
        • I got to admit that once you add one fish , in my case flood gates opened and to this date so much regrets and wrong decision making and I really hope that this will be a reminder to all beginners. I'm sure you hear it all the time , but I'm gonna say again " DONT RUSH and ENJOY THE PROCESS" . Even with my little experience I've seen many hobbyist who join in and disappear in few months because they are heartbroken. 

     I think to make things interesting , I will share my very own experience with the fish I have kept so far ( Dead or Alive) 

    •  Clownfish : I honestly kept many pairs in my tank and it could be me , I kept failing till the current True Perc and midnight clown. Clown fish can be very timid to very aggressive when they protecting their hosting ground. I've heard of stories where reefers selling their clowns because they wont let you put your hand inside the hand. overall clownfish are a good beginner fish since they are not picky eater most of the time and most of the LFS got stock almost all the time. So definitely can add to starter pack of a new reefers tank. 
    • Tangs : This gonna be a very controversial topic, I'm not planning to address the tank space and how many tanks you should be keeping. I leave that for you to manage. ( Warning : Some tangs are highly prone to Ich , so do put a little extra effort to get them feed regularly )  
      •  Hippo Tang : This is another cheap tang that is readily available in most local LFS and come in different sizes. They get big very fast and prefer a lot of swimming space. They are very peaceful most of the time and best if you planning to do a community tank. (These are ich magnets
      • Yellow Tang : I would range this tang under mid range pricing and another tang that is readily available locally. Most of the time you can find a YT that is already pellet trained. They can be very territorial against other new tangs. so plan wisely if you planning to get one. 
      • Purple Tang : Another beautiful tang with purple body and yellow fins. Lately the prices are very reasonable , however I always find PT to be a big bully in most tanks. Definitely advisable to provide these kind of tangs lot of hiding spaces and rocks to reduce the aggression. All in all I love PT and I would take a risk and keep one in my tank. 
      • Blonde Naso Tang : This is my all time favourite fish and sadly one fish I been keep failing to keep alive. I always love to call them the gentle giants. These Naso tangs will get huge very fast and if you planning to get one , remember to plan yourself a upgrade in the future. The only challenge I faced number of times with this fish was to get them to eat. they are very picky when it comes to eating, specially when they are small. 
    • Wrasse :  
      •  Yellow Wrasse : Very forgiving to beginners and can easily be trained to eat pellets. Most wrasse family fish prefer sand , but its not required. they will help you eat those nudi and other pest. but don't expect them to clear your tank on their own. you need to do your part to maintain the tank. Highly advisable to use a cover for your tank as these guys tend to jump if they get spooked. Mine jump and I found friend Ikan bilis  :rip:
      •  Melanrus Wrasse : Another very useful wrasse to keep specially if you have issues with flatworms. I had some flatworms on my glass and some of my friendly reefers suggested to get a Melanrus and to my surprise he really did his job and so far no issues with flatworms ( At least no that I can observe). These wrasse are not people shy and easy to keep. another good beginner fish that can be trained to take pellets and they will help you keep the tank clean.  

    Here is a picture of my current  fish (without the Naso :(

     

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  3. This gonna be very interesting journey , I never thought that I would ever document my reefing journey. But would definitely give a big thank you to SRC forum admins and all the sponsors for coming up with this initiative to encourage all of us to more actively participate and share part of out life in these mini threads. :score:

    First of all let me give a brief introduction about my reefing journey.

    - I started reefing roughly around October 2018. ( yet to reach the 2 year milestone )

    - Equipment  :

    •  Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 ( its a 25g small tank perfect for a beginner )
    •  IM Nano Ghost Skimmer ( not the best in the market , but not the worse too )
    •  Eheim Canister Filter :fear: ( All mechanical filtration removed )
    •  China brand wavemaker which I eventually changed to a Nero ( one of the most expensive equipment I bought to this date, But no regrets because Nero is a work horse)
    •  Eheim Return pump ( Which I had with me during freshwater tank )
    •  HS-28a Chiller ( Its really decent and so far been treating me well , not that noisy or maybe I'm use to it ) 
    •  My very first light was a white LED light i used on my Arowana tank (Initially I wasn't sure if i wanna spend a lot of money on light with wide spectrum and it took sometime for me to read and understand before i got myself a second hand AI Prime HD ) 
    • Last but not Least , Im using a very old table as my cabinet for the tank ( Which is in use to this date and those who know me been bugging me to change it to a proper cabinet (For safety)  , but hey sometimes I can be a bit stubborn. :eyebrow: . ) 

    Well we all have gone through that phase where the tank is empty and you see all the reefers posting their nice tanks and you wonder " How in the world " gonna fill my tank. Give it sometime and you will be telling yourself " I NEED A BIGGER TANK :idea:

    If anyone have any questions regarding the equipment, feel free to comment and I will try my best to explain to the best of my knowledge.  

    my tank look as of 16th Oct 2018 : 

     

    20180916.jpg

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