The pico has been a hell of a lot more stable than I ever thought it would be. One of the main reasons for doing this was to see for myself if Pico's are REALLY a sustainable aquarium. Going from past experience and also by the number of unsuccessful attempts on this forum, I think it's a question we should be looking at. I really believe that anything sub 2 Gallon is unsustainable. My system aims to prove or disprove (I don't know myself yet) whether pico's can really be sustained, not only as a system but by people who have busy lives. It only takes one event such as a hot day or a busy week for one of these tanks to crash, meaning we have effectively killed everything.
Anyway, I have sustained Alk and Ca now by increasing the levels in my exchange water and doing a small dose on the 2nd day after the bi-weekly water change. This in itself can't be sustained because I know that at some point, I won't be able to do this manually. A pico, more than a full size aquarium needs automation.
I am feeding LPS nightly, polyp by polyp and have seen some unbelievable growth of my Duncan already. 3 new heads have half grown in only 3 weeks.
I'm surprised to see one of my acro's has attached. I glued it down as something to do. It was only an axial polyp but it was cracked down the middle. Well it now is still cracked but has about 6 new polyps.
here is the acro that i stuck down as a single cracked axial polyp. If you look close, you can see the polyp has now grown out of the crack and several polyps have laid down encrusting the glue.
And just to confirm for my FES
an equipment list to go with the photo.
pedistool fan for cooling
50W glass heater
Haliea 1000LPH pump
Float valve for ATO with 20L resevoir
3x 9w GU10 LED lights
1 bag GFO
1 bag GAC
Full range of testing equipment
6 outlet powerboard with timers