GTi's 3.7 Gallon Cube Build Thread
Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:14 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:16 PM
I suspended the Dragon's Breath and Gracilaria from a piece of fishing line to stop the chestnut turbo from eating it all. I'm not sure what the long term solution is exept keeping them apart. The DB is colouring up nicely with orange tips.
There are lots of pods on the glass and running around in the substrate.
Edited by GTi, 16 March 2012 - 05:15 PM.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:25 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:34 PM
Thanks! I'm excited to have this as well as the BC29. The BC sits on a table on the other side of the room but this pico is on a table right next to the sofa and you can sit and watch everything close up. That's why I wanted to keep it uncluttered and with clean lines - a bit like some of the freshwater planted tanks.
Love the tank! Can't wait to see it develop more.
I orderd a pom pom crab at my LFS today - should be in later this week!
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:40 PM
The macros have put on noticeable growth and the nudi and sexys are doing fine.
Last week I made a small dry rock structure that can be placed against the main rockwork to make a small arch.
Even with 5 LED strips I'm not totally happy with the light output so I just ordered 4 3up LEDs (2 royal blue and one neutral white on each star), a Dim4 and a power supply. I'm planning to run 3 stars for daylight and one on low power for moonlighting.
Also my ATO arrived yesterday. It has an optical sensor and is quite compact. I need to work out how best to mount the sensor and the water line to not detract from the clean lines of the tank.
I'll get some pictures when there is some daylight so everything doesn't come out all super blue.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 05:22 PM
The Pom Pom wasn't looking good when I left home. I traded a couple of corals from my BC and also the pistol shrimp because he was making too much mess, even though he was very cool. I picked up a rock with a load of Rastas on it cheaply because they weren't all opening and a jewel damsel.
Yesterday I traded a couple of coral frags with a local guy and got a dwarf BTA and 4 heads of Duncan.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:58 PM
All is peaceful again!
Unfortunately the Green Lettuce Nudi died this afternoon, too. One minute he was crawling along, next dead. I had heard they are very delicate and not long-lived. Althoug very cool, I don't think I will replace it.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:44 PM
Even with 5 strips the EcoPico light looked a bit dim. I used the arm and added 4 3-up LED stars (2 royal blue and 1 neutral white per star) and ran 3 as day lighting and one on low power as a moonlight. I used the Dim4 controller which can run 3 LEDs per channel at up to 500mA. It is a bit brighter and much more controllable. I just heard there is an exotic 3-up Star coming soon to ledgroupbuy. I'll be checking that out to help some of my reds and greens pop more.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:48 PM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:24 PM
Ordered one of the exotic 3-up LED stars yesterday and hooked up my autotopoff.com ATO today.
I want to keep this tank looking clean and simple and the ATO was a challenge. Traditional float sensors were too big and conspicuous. A lot of searching led to 2 other options - pressure (Avast) and optical (autotopoff). Both companies were great at answering questions. In the end I opted for the optical sensor because I could integrate it more tidily.
Currently the sensor is held to the light bracket with a cable tie. I might paint the non-functional parts of the sensor black so it blends in to the bracket better but I am not sure. I think I'll give it a couple of days before I decide. The 1/4" water line is also attached to the light bracket by feeding through an existing slot and using a cable tie to prevent it pulling out. I am sure I can do something neater with this. I did order a bulkhead fitting with the ATO but it is a bit larger than I expected. Painted black to match the bracket, it might work.
Edited by GTi, 06 January 2013 - 04:38 AM.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:16 AM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:27 AM
Yes - Eheim 2232. I am not using the biomedia that came with it but I have small bags of carbon, granulated ferrous oxide and purigen in the canister. I like the canister because it allows me to keep the tank uncluttered and also to use an external heater. The water in the canister also adds a little volume to the system but not much. The flow is adjustable using the return ball valve on the canister. The lily pipes keep a clean look although they need cleaning more often than I hoped!
Looking good so far GTI. Are you using a canister on that tiny tank? If so would you recommend it and why?
I was a bit hesistant to use this as few people use canisters for saltwater but a sump wasn't an option here. So far so good!
Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:54 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:14 PM
I took this tank down at the weekend. 2 tanks and the frag tank were taking too much time to maintain.
I'm also thinking about putting my frags in my DT to rduce maintenance further. I don't like the look of a lot of frags in the DT so I may not do it.
Noooooooooo. is sooo nice looking.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:28 PM
I'm thinking about combining the best of both tanks to get a rimless, open top 50 gallon or so and transferring the contents of the BC in to that.