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First saltwater tank

Johnniebt

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Hello everyone! My names Johnnie and I’m located in the Houston/Spring/Woodlands area of Texas. I finally started my first saltwater tank after years of being intimidated! It’s been up and running for about a year now and recently started adding corals. I’m still learning things every day and recently stumbled across R2R Forum. Hope to meet some new people here and hopefully get some pointers. I have a 36 gallon bow front tank at the moment. I already purchased a 90 gallon that I will be upgrading to at the end of the year. It’s just going to take time to purchase the items I want for the tank. My favorite fish so far is my mandarin it does eat frozen food but, I have a hang on the back refugium with copepods and chaetomorph algae just for it of course it helps with nutrients to. I have been checking my water recently to make sure everything is where it should be. Today my test results were:
Salinity 1.025
Temp 78.7f
Alk 8.7
Phosphate .24
Cal 450
Ph 8.0
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 0-3
I want to make sure that everything is were it should be. I recently got Hanna checkers and geez they have made my life so much easier. I also was told from fish gallery to use reef fusion 1 and 2 for dosing. I’ve been checking my water and it doesn’t seem to change much from alk or calcium so not sure if I should dose every two days as the bottle states or just wait till it drops. I have recently been crazy for zoanthids but, think it’s time to try some different corals. Any recommendations are appreciated. I just recently fraged some zoas and willing to trade if anyone is near me. Can’t wait to meet some locals in my area!
 

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Johnniebt

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I’m still learning things every day and recently stumbled across R2R Forum. Then Found the Marsh Forum and joined something local to me.

I wanted to clarify member pointed it out to me sorry guys. I also cant edit the post for some reason.
 

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Welcome to MARSH! It looks like you're off to a good start.

Hopefully you already know to be careful fragging zoas, as they produce a toxin that has sent people to the ER. Lots of people keep them without any problems, you just have to be careful.
 
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Welcome to MARSH! It looks like you're off to a good start.

Hopefully you already know to be careful fragging zoas, as they produce a toxin that has sent people to the ER. Lots of people keep them without any problems, you just have to be careful.
Yes I did a lot of research on Zoas and was still scared to actually do it. I figured I needed to learn eventually.
 

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Hey man! If you’re into Zoas, Crxej1 usually has awesome stuff for sale in the For Sale section.
 

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Hello there. I'm in your area if you ever want to come over and talk shop. I've been in this for over a decade and started with exactly the same bowfront that you have now. I still have it too. Nice tank, just a little too tall for my liking.
 
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Geez didn’t realize how long ago I posted this. Guess it’s time for an update. Well I added a few pieces of equipment. Upgraded to a new light radion XR30 gen 4, Túnez ATO, also added a HOB Skimmer. I have added a few corals and picked up my first acan that I love! I also have a new tank in the works just working on getting the equipment still. Sorry but photos were taken as the lights were about to go out so everything was starting to close. 8450AF76-6260-42DF-8211-3FABCCF893AA.jpeg CEE5F402-B08E-4334-9228-343BF5076956.jpeg FC3C79F8-BA2E-4885-83E6-41518D756B5D.jpeg 98664F9F-4D2B-4B7E-8F67-A158C1D09693.jpeg 4E76DB0E-5718-45D0-B94A-97D40935F9F4.jpeg
 
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