Just getting started and am new to saltwater. I noticed an 'all-in-one' approach to jellyfish tanks at Kickstarter, which sent me searching for nano-aquarium, and then I found El Fab's great Simple Guide and his awesome Sexy Pico thread and I was hooked! I did check out bio-cubes a couple of years ago, but for me, still too big.
Frankly, I truly believe there's a dormant market for pico-reefs, if it can be made simple enough. That's why the Kickstarter project funded so quickly-- a friend of mine told me folks desire an analog desktop device instead of all the digital computers, cameras, TVs, TiVos, etc.. Makes sense. That's where I'm keeping mine-- next to my computer.
That said, I'm not sure it's possible to create such a simple Pico. And frankly, there's not much out there as far as a really good Quick Start for Picos (hint: El Fab or someone should write an E-Book and sell it for $20-- bet they would make a killing ;-)
Actually reading about all the experiences in this forum seems to be the best education one can get. So, here I am, starting my own thread. Please let me know if you see me making any mistakes!
OK, now here's what I have so far:
The aquarium is a most unique Bending Glass Tank AQUA H20 AQ-35 3.5 gallon aquarium. It was the last one at the LFS, and had been sitting on the shelf for quite some time. I cannot find mention of another one like it anywhere on the Internet. Has anyone else seen this one?
IMO, it's great! It has full radiused front L/R corners, and 90 degree corners in the back. The front is flat, not an arc, which should make for better and distortion free photography. It comes with a 4/5 covered glass top with clips (rear open for HOB and other stuff). Bottom is glass too! So far, it seems to be just the right size.
I've added to it an AC-30 power filter. I'm not sure it's big enough to convert later to a fuge, but I guess I'll cross that road later. I also have a Fluvial PCL 13W compact lamp. Good enough to get started, but I've already put in an order for one of these LED lamps-- it's exactly the same length as the aquarium, but I'm not sure how I'm going to mount it (ideas???).
I've ordered at Rio 50 powerhead which should increase the flow. I'll put it in when the tank is finished cycling.
- Just set up. That's the light which will be replaced.
- The next morning. The tank gets morning sun. I *think* this is good? Those are chopsticks.
- Traditional Filter
- Live rock.
I'm using cured live rock. I waited a couple of days then added 2 hermit crabs only to find another one was already in the tank.
Here are my current readings:
I'm now waiting for this thing to cycle. My LFS tells me I can start adding a couple hardy LPS corals this weekend, though I'm not sure. He says with this particular LR, it's finished cycling after a couple days. I haven't ever read anything about this. Any thoughts?
Edited by chippwalters, 08 March 2012 - 02:40 AM.