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    Wink New tank in the making

    This is my first ever salt water tank. It was set up on July 11, 2004. A long looking 55 gallon tank. What's in the tank:

    1. 75 Lb Fiji Live rock
    2. 2 power heads: RIO 400 + 1 Zoo Med SP-40
    3. Protien skimmer: Red sea
    4. Coralife 4 X65 W Power compact with Lunar Light
    5. Marineland Emperor Bio-Wheel 400 Power Filter

    Fish:
    1. Blue devil Dem sel
    2. Maroon crown fish (2)
    3. Yellow Tang
    4. Blue Tang
    5. Cow fish
    6. Copperband Butterfly
    7. Yellow longnose Butterfly
    8. Spotted Cardinal

    Invert:
    1. Bulb Anemone (bought 2 but became 3)
    2. Sexy Anemone Shrimp
    3. Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
    4. Blue Leg hermit crabs (30)
    5. Snails (10)
    6. Flame Scallop
    7. Horseshoe crab

    Corals:
    1. Torch Coral
    2. Green bubble coral
    3. Green hammer coral
    4. Sun Polyp
    5. Sunshine Zoo
    6. Orange/blue Ricordia
    7. Cauliflower Colt coral
    8. Green star polyp
    9. Spotted mashroom
    10. Mushroom leather
    11. Flowerpot
    12. Favties brain coral
    13. Brown Gorgonian
    14. Purple Finger Leather
    15. Red Polyp
    16. Mixed rock (with brown zo, green zo, geen star polyps)
    No fish nor corals are allowed to die in my tank !

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    Welcome to Aquaria Canada.

    Assuming that you posted for comments and reactions, I'll post a couple. Not to be discouraging, but rather, just giving feedback to help keep thinkgs going well.

    The tank looks nice in the picture. A 55G is a good size. Have you measured you water parameters?

    Your fish load is rather high for a 55G tank, especially since it is only two months old. Most people would say it is too small to host a tang; so, including 2 tangs is likely not a good idea.

    Horseshoe crabs can grow up to 20" in size and usually don't do well in tanks. The same goes for Flame scallops.

    If you plan to keep the anenomes long term, you might need to up-grade the lighting to metal halide.

    Many people have reported problems with the Rio powerheads which have actually caused tanks to over-heat and killed off livestock.

    Have you considered adding a sump and/or refugium?
    Nick

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    Cool

    WELCOME as well!!
    your tank looks very nice. As NICKB mentioned there is a few things you might want to ''tweak'' in the close future.
    a 55g is considered fairly small in reefing and theres a few fish and others you'll probally need to find a better home.
    This is what I'd loose unless you plan a bigger tank fairly soon.

    1 tang, both butterfly fish, possibly the cow fish,flame scallop will eventualy die,horse shoe crab!! flower pot coral.
    I wouldn't add any more corals either and ditch those power heads and bioweel. AC here have some great JBJ or MAXIJET powerheads. the skimmer sucks to.
    It is good to cut your teeth on that tank for sure but really for long term success its best to change over to a reef tank drilled with a good skimmer and reliable power heads. you'll have better success. also, lighting and be carefull with anenomes as they'll move and sting corals. 1 dead coral in there could wipe out your tank over night!!
    please feel free to ask for tons of help here

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    Thanks for your suggestions, I will definitely look into those. I actually try to break all the rules that states in the books.

    What's your take on tank covers? Should I keep it on or off?
    No fish nor corals are allowed to die in my tank !

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    Breaking rules sometimes works but usually doesn't :-)

    What type of cover are you talking about? Air-tight covers aren't a good idea since they interfere with air exchange (oxygenation of the water), retain heat and reduce light levels. However, since many fish are 'jumpers', having a non-air-tight enclosure (e.g. egg crate or a full lighting hood) can be a good idea.
    Nick

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    Were all those fish in the tank when the picture was taken?

    I wouldn't go with a cover in your case. You will need all the oxygen you can get in your tank. As Nick mentioned, maybe just some eggcrate so the fish don't jump.
    Susan

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    Here is my feeding schedule:

    Food:
    Morning: frozen Blood worms, frozen brine shrimp, flakes,
    zooplankton and selcon (5ml)
    Evening: frozen blood worms, frozen brin shrimp, flakes and 1
    Sera Spirulina tab
    Late night (twice a week): brine shrimp for corals
    Weekly: Live Phytoplankton

    Solutions
    Morning: 2 Little fishes's C-Balance, 10ml of each A and B
    solution and 8 drops of Iodine
    Night: Marc Weiss's coral Vital DNA (5ml)
    Every 4 days: Strontium and Molybdemum solution (5ml)

    Light:
    White light and Actinic light (blue): 8AM to 8PM
    Lunar light: 8PM to 8AM

    I am planning to use live brine shrimp instead of frozen ones

    Any suggestion?
    No fish nor corals are allowed to die in my tank !

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    I'd feed frozen mysis instead of brine shrimp. Brine shrimp has almost no nutritional value. Also, consider some Nori on a veggie clip for the tangs, they need this in their diet.

    I'd love to see more pictures of your fish. Do you have one of your cowfish?
    Susan

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    TRy some cylop-eze freeze dried. I started using it a few monthes ago and were amazed by the results.

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    pics of my clown fish

    Here is the picture of one of my clown fish
    No fish nor corals are allowed to die in my tank !

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