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Hey everyone!

Time for tank number 2 unfortunately not a reef tank this time and don't even try to talk me into it i want nothing to do with corals in this tank haha. (If you make it to page 2 you will see i completely did what i said i wasn't going to do ha)

It will be a 42 gallon half moon FOWLR.

So what do we have
42 Gallon Tank
58 lbs of dry rock
8 lbs of live rock (seed rock)
15 lbs of fine white sand

USA Satelite LED Light
Hydor Internal Skimmer
sunsun 1300 GPH Wavemaker (1 is setup, got a second on hand if need be)
ATO Top Off System (ill have to get a water reservoir 10-15 gallons)

Now that we are done with all that lets see what were working with.

This was how i had it setup with freshwater (discus tank)


Sooooo where are we sitting now.

I ordered Macro-500 which is a paste that hardens after it sits i use it to combine rocks to make crazy structures.

It took about an hour and then we let it sit for 24 hours and this is what we came up with. (this is without the live rock just all dry rock)


2 days later we decided to get this baby rolling so we added water and powerhead.


Tonight i will be adding the sand. This weekend i will add the skimmer and maybe next week setup the auto top off.
 

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Added sand and live rock to seed the dry rock.




Also used food/shrimp to kickoff the cycle.
 

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The only 2 fish i have for sure that will be in there are my valentini puffer and orange tail / blue spotted puffer.

I already own these 2 fish and they are currently in my 20 gallon quarentine waiting to get in this new tank.

The tank has been cycling since last tuesday the 31st.

Id like to add a wrasse and possibly a firefish or 2.
 

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Water has cleared up. I got my Hydor internal skimmer all hooked up.

 

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currently in the tank-

1 purple firefish
1 regular firefish
1 valentini puffer
 

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How are the firefish getting along? I've been curious if the two different types would pick at each other. What happened to the other puffer?
 

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I moved Biggy (blue spotted/orange tail puffer) to my room QT tank. He killed a coris wrasse that i loved dearly. I am still upset about that. He was very aggressive trying to go after the Valentini puffer next.

On the note of firefish mine are best friends. I was told not to mix purple with a regular but mine literally sleep under the same rock and the purple seems to hide more then the white but the white literally goes and gets the purple from his cave when i feed it is really fun to watch.
 

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Yes at the moment the regular firefish is the only active fish. The purple stays in his corner and the valentini puffer is either laying on the rocks or swimming around following the firefish.

They seem happy though.
 

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I think the puffers scared them enough to say hey man we don't need to fight we need to team up on those puffers ha.
 

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The blue seems to make it keep that ocean look. I like blue :)
 

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Ill post some tomorrow. I just have the 2 firefish in there now. I am getting my shipment of fish in tomorrow.

I upgraded the tank light to a reefbreeder led value.

 

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Sorry i have been gone lately and havent updated. But i thought i should show you this tank and what i have done with it.

I know people will frown on this but it has been up and fine for over 3 months and i do have to feed baby brine shrimp 3x a day and also 1 frozen cube per day as well. I use flake food to occupy the fish and i hand feed seahorses using a long long turkey baster.

Current stock
2 eretrus seahorses
5 firefish (2 purps)
1 henichos
1 random file fish (cleans tank)







All and all i wouldn't do a moon tank again due to depth of this 42 gallon. I over feed it a lot due to seahorses and i have to do weekly and sometimes weekend water changes. Just to combat the ditrus but i do get a lot of compliments on this tank since i switched the lighting to reef breeders.
 

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My seahorse friends have there own tank now and have since i moved to the new house. I turned this 42 into a schooling tank. I will try to update with some pictures soon.
 
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