My 10g Nano Unfiltered
Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:40 PM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:48 PM
I have followed along on NR for a couple of years now and registered earlier this year. I have enjoyed viewing other reefer's tanks and figured that I should post my own tank thread now. Thanks to everyone who has helped make this a great forum.
I have kept tanks for ten years or so and this 10 g has ran for a solid 8 years now. It started as a sump then evolved into a clown tank. Later it was moved to the warehouse and office. It was returned to my house a couple of years ago nearly dead. With alot of love and care it has become a tank that I am very satisfied with.
When I started to revive the tank, my goals were to create a sps dominate tank with little to no filtration. I wanted minimal dosing but regular WCs and resonable feedings. Lighting was important to me. I wanted to experiment with LEDs and try different color and strength combinations.
lighting: DIY LEDs- 15 RB CREE, 3CW CREE. 1 403 violet stunner, 1 Magenta stunner, 1 CW stunner.
filtration: HOB and floss
Alk: 7.5 - 8
Mag: 1450- 1500
I only dose alk because WCs with esv salt keep the cal and mag high and stable.
I feed 2-3 times a week rotating between Rod's reef, Oyster Feast, and now trying Coral Smothie. Feedings are light but regular. 5g WCs every 4-6 days handles export. My clown only gets Dainichi pellets. He eats them one at a time so there is no waste.
Feel free to comment or ask questions. I have enjoyed viewing and learning from everyone else's thread. I do not post much but spend alot of time reading.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:55 PM
Very nice monti, very nice indeed.
I want to move this out of there asap. I have a shallow 35 DT that is having new growing pains. I illiminated bryopsis but the dinos have made a reappearance. When the 35 is ready, the Red Cap goea over there freeing up space in the 10g.
In the center of that Red Cap is a very nice acro frag. I can not get a good picture of it with my camera and poor skills. It is blueish purple with green polyps. Do not know the name. I want more space for the sps to spread out and to add a few more acro frags.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 04:14 PM
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:55 PM
Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:29 PM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:43 AM
dang, one of the nicest nanos I've seen in a long time. and lol at the clown
Thank you Brian.
The clown has been pretty amazing. Years ago this tank was in my son's room as a clown tank with a few LPS and a nem. My son knocked the light into the tank. When I entered the room smoke was filling the room and the water was bubbling and making a frying sound. Clown lived. Two years ago, the tank was left in a warehouse with no electricity when the company moved. It was down to 40 degrees outside. After 10 days the clown was fine. I was able to stop by to feed him but apparently he is cold resistant.
Now he is just a grumpy fish. He has killed any other fish placed in the tank. He will bite my hand if it enters the tank for any reason other then to feed him. At night, he tries to stay wedged in the brain when it shrinks down for the evening. Everynight when this fails, he dejectedly goes to sleep under his ledge.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:57 AM
Very awesome. Sounds like you're having great success with such little filtration. Nice work!
Not much mechanical filtration but alot of export through WCs. 50 - 60 % wc every 5 days or so. If I had the time and money I would wc and then feed every day. One day I would like to do a pico vase tank and complete a 100% wc every day or so. It is hard to replicate the ocean's continuous supply of food and clean water at the same time.
The wc takes only a couple of minutes and keeps dosing at a minimum. The 55g system I have started would be too much to run the same way. I am liking the 10g or smaller idea more and more.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 02:32 PM
This has forced me to remove the center Red Cap to the larger shallow display tank. Need to make room in the 10g to spread things out. Problem is the larger tank is still having new tank issues and I did not want to put any corals of value in it yet.
It is tough to see a coral such as this acro, get disfigured like this. It started out as a small dark brown blob on a plug. Took a long time encrusting to be a big brown blob. Then finally colored up to green to rust colored skin with bright green polyps.
Now I am re arranging the tank to create space. Have to isolate the Hydno. It is too aggressive. I would just get rid of it but it is the wife's favorite coral.[Yea, go figure.]
Ultimately I wanted to make these changes anyway, just not yet.
Pics will follow.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:12 PM
Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:19 PM
Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:31 PM
This is not the same shot of the clown in the dome brain. every time there is a camera flash he swims into the brain. He thinks he is hiding.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 10:16 AM
edit: something I've noticed....most people (myself included) put their open brains in the lower right corner of the tank
Edited by gena, 27 December 2011 - 10:17 AM.
"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle" Marilyn Monroe
Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:28 PM
The cap touched the wall and then grew up the back.The last time I trimmed the cap back was about a year ago and that was left behind so it was not attached to the main body anymore. After a year the main body grew out into the center piece that you saw. The 35g in the pics has about three other good size pieces of the same cap that I had broken off to let light get to other corals. I was using them to be starter corals in the new tank. I will prolly trade them or end up giving them away.
That's funny about the placement of the brain coral. Now that you mention it I see alot of front right corner brains. It is more then likely due to some genetic glich common to the pyschological profile of reef keepers.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:05 PM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:12 PM
Yes i need a better camera. this is the wife's video camera that takes stills. I cannot zoom in for macro or even focus for shots of individual corals.
Right now business is very bad and my kid's activities are soaking me. One in college and the young one races. I never thought that saving money for a camera would be a project but it is.
Edited by kevlow, 27 December 2011 - 02:33 PM.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:01 PM
It is more then likely due to some genetic glich common to the pyschological profile of reef keepers.
So the cap grew to that size in a year's time? Awesome!
"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle" Marilyn Monroe