NPS Tank.

Discussion in 'NPS Corals' started by NanoNoob, Mar 21, 2013.

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  1. NanoNoob

    NanoNoob Plankton

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    Hello everybody out there, I hope with this thread I can catch people that are really experience or well informed about NPS only tank. My questions are what are the necessities for having a successful NPS tank? Lighting? Filtration? Food? Food schedule? I read about this prior about the feeding schedule and it's pretty involved since NPS corals don't use lighting for feeding.


    Current Tank:


    Display Tank: 29g

    Sump Tank: 15g (3 chamber)

    Lighting: DIY 5 10w aquarium LEDs dilated to 50%

    Filtration: Refugium (Rubble, Kelp), Nano Cube Protein skimmer.

    Live Stock: Small colonies of grass polyps, Red Bubble Tip Anemone, Zoas, Leopard Wrasse, 2 paired Red Banded Gobies.


    If you want pictures I will post them. I will move the polyps and the RBTA. Can I keep the Leopard Wrasse and the Gobies.
     
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  3. weems23

    weems23 Astrea Snail

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    I kept one for a very short time. Low light and/or lots of shaded overhangs. I fed by use a half liter or so of food mix in a bucket that had a controlled drip line into the main tank. The mix was RO water, fresh live phytoplankton, and some finely powdered shrimp stuff for freshwater that I have found to be good coral food. The food dripped slowly all day and I replaced it every other day because the phyto dies very quickly in the RO water and will start to decompose. I had a yellow carnation corals only and the tank was only 5 gallons. They liked medium, constant flow. I just used a bunch of carbon and bio-media for filtration. All that said the coral lived fine for a while, but I got tired of the constant maintenance (so I stopped doing it) and the filtration was not cutting the high feeding rate, which lead to the corals death and the tank to crash.
     
  4. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    please post pics.....
     
  5. NanoNoob

    NanoNoob Plankton

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  6. Thatgrimguy

    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    To answer this thread would be a term paper of data. There are no "rules" like there are for SPS and LPS> the experience levels are just too low. Everything is experimental.

    The LPS azoox are much easier and a good starting point. Start playing with dendros and sun corals and work from there. You are going to need to do a few days worth of research to really make it past those two corals. It's very involved and you will need significantly more filtration.

    You can look at my azoox thread and see what I have been doing to prepare for the NPS journey. http://www.3reef.com/forums/show-off-your-fish-tanks/grims-azoox-build-139079.html

    Once you have done enough research to generate specific questions I can try to help.
     
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  7. Camkha1234

    Camkha1234 Great Blue Whale

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    +1 Grim definitely knows a lot about this stuff.

    I would also return the Leopard Wrasse. Your tank is way too small and they are recommended for experts ;)
     
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  9. m2434

    m2434 Giant Squid

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    There are really only 3 things needed for nos, you just need lots and lots of em. 1) time 2) money 3) patience ;D.

    I would definitely check out a azoox.org too, but not many people are successful honestly with true dedicated NPS tanks. I can probably count the truley successful ones I've seen on one hand. There are some quasi nps tanks, and nps tanks with some of the more easy nps, like sun corals an gorgs that do better though. For the most part though, minus a few of the easier nps, many need to be fed 10-15+ times per day to thrive and need perfect water on top of that, so, not for the faint of heart.
     
  10. DevinH

    DevinH Montipora Capricornis

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    Man I couldn't imagine. I'd have to say a perfect sized skimmer, high turnover rate into a filter sock, gfo, and heavy carbon usage would have to be employed.
     
  11. Birdfeather

    Birdfeather Bristle Worm

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    I'm experiences with NPS, I have NPS anemone's, blueberry gorgs, orange and purple chillies, dendro's, sun corals , spiral corals etc......I would definitely get a chiller for an NPS tank....Feel free to pm me any questions