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My pico has been set up for a couple of months now. It is the candy aquavase XL, disguised by a beautiful base and hood made by Scott over at nanohoods.com/. Inhabitants include 1 trochus snail, 1 blue legged hermit, some macro algae, some bubble algae (I kind of like it ;), a couple of tiny hitchhiker anemones, and some blue mushrooms which miraculously survived shipping without water. For a while, I had an awesome little anemone shrimp, but he decided to jump out and commit suicide. Poor little guy.


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IMPRESSIVE!

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Awsome! Very nice stand and base, BTW GET RID OF PLASTIC PLANTS!!!! AHHHH! *runs and hides away from fakes*

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Beautiful shrooms.

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i have the urge to flip it upside down

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Originally posted by MessyRoadKil
Awsome! Very nice stand and base, BTW GET RID OF PLASTIC PLANTS!!!! AHHHH! *runs and hides away from fakes*



I don't think those are plastic :P

And, very nice. Interesting base/hood setup. What kind of lighting is over it?
3g long: Wow, found my first tank thread (retired)
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2.5g reef: Complete DIY 2.5g acrylic tank & hood (retired due to split seam ;_;).
20g long prop tank. 10g sump, 175w MH.

Coming soon! 2.5g dubbed "Pulse".

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Looks like prolifera algae

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very nice, could add some zoos though...

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Plastic? You couldn't pay me enough to put that in my tanks! ;) It's Caulerpa prolifera. I thought it might help control nutrients and I like the way it looks.

Flip it upside down? Like a snow globe? LOL

The lighting is a 13w PC 50/50.

I can't decide if I want to add any zoos to it or not. Right now is has a very simple zen look. Do you think adding zoos would destroy that?

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Beautiful, what a work of art! B)

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dont add anything!!!! beauty in simplicity - that's the ticket, and that's what you have achieved

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Very clean looking set-up. I think it looks great, regardless of whether plants are real or fake. hehe.

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woah.... they are real! *thinks naughty* um Yeah.... It looked like they were plastic...

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Where did you get the blue striped mushrooms from ?
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Jtsam, I think you are right. I'll leave it as is... for now at least.

Rhs, I got the shrooms in an order from Farms of TheSea. To tell you the truth, I don't know how they are alive. All of the water leaked out of the bag in shipping, and I got a smelly rock. I didn't want to jeopardize my main setup. Since I had just purchased the aquavase, I decided to throw it in and see what happened. A couple of them survived. There are actually a few on there that have turned into black masses with a mouth in the center... they kind of remind me of cancer, but still exist.

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yummmmm, black cancer zen

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So how much did you pay for the blue striped mushrooms (plus shipping) ?
How do you get in contact with Farms of The Sea ?
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I'm thinking a small zoo rock might work well in front of and slightly off-center to the left of the shroom rock. I'd pick some nice colorful zoos to complement the shroom color. Small rock with some small types of zoos might work well.
3g long: Wow, found my first tank thread (retired)
5.5g reef: 96w Quad 50/50("rigged")| AC500 full modded fuge. (retired)
2.5g reef: Complete DIY 2.5g acrylic tank & hood (retired due to split seam ;_;).
20g long prop tank. 10g sump, 175w MH.

Coming soon! 2.5g dubbed "Pulse".

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A small plastic snowman would rock for when you shake it up.

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Rhs: I think I paid about $30 for the blue striped mushroom colony. Packing and shipping is about $40, but I had a large order. Here's the link - http://www.farms-of-thesea.com. Stock is a bit low right now.

Daemonfly: If I do add some zoos, I think I'll attach them directly to the rock.

Undertheradar: Plastic snowman... hehehe.

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Thats a Red Sea Aquavase? Are you using one of the little hang on filters they come with? is thath the origonal PC lighting?
LOL... I have one too... sitting on my desk empty... was thinking of doing something similer but never got around to it!

You can now do water changes with a shotglass!

:blush: stop flirtin' or I might cross the border.


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Now I may be a little biased, but I think it looks great Farrah.

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TJ, I am using the stock filter, which seems to run fine (except algae grows in the plumbing because it's all clear. Know of any good way to clean it out? As for the lighting, I had a 13w PC installed when the hood was built. It's really quite bright.

Nanoist, I have you to thank for it! It wouldn't be as beautiful without your lovely craftmanship!