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  2. MrObscura

    Fish or corals first?

    Imo fish first, then cuc and corals. The fish create nutrients which fuels algae, so the clean up crew has something to eat, and the corals use nutrients in the water. Technically you could add them all at once if you wanted to, but this way lessens the possibility if issues imo.
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  4. Haha it's what cannedfish calls his impressive garden of (shh) bubble algae.
  5. Jon-Paul

    Overdue 3g Pico Project

    Current FTS *11/13/2018* 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Date started - 11/13/2018 Equipment Tank - 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Lighting - Hipargero 30w Aqua Knight A029 LED Circulation - Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 GPH Heater - Cobalt Neo-Therm 25w Filtration/Refugium - Aquaclear 70 Modified (Floss/Macro Algae) Refugium Lighting - ACKE 12w Full Spectrum Grow Light Auto Top Off - Smart ATO Micro Salt - Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Parameters Temp - 80F Salinity - 1.025 PH - 8.2 NH3/4 - 2.0 NO2 - 0.0 NO3 - 0.0 Below is a list of planned livetock. Please feel free to comment on any of it. I'm really just going on what I think could work. Livestock Macro Algae: Chaetomorpha Inverts: 1 x Scarlet Hermit Crab 1 x Astrea Snail 1 x Trochus Snail 2 x Cerith Snail 1 x Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Corals: Duncans Florida Ricordia Acans Zoas Scolymia Montipora Favia Candy Cane Blasto Crocea Clam Acropora (just one) Background & Goals A little background on myself and the tank to this point. I began reefing when I was about fourteen years old, and originally started the hobby of fish husbandry when I was maybe ten. I quickly became obsessed, but in earnest I was too young and crashed my then 37 gallon "reef". Fast forward sixteen years and I'm thirty, and not using my parents money to support my hobby. I have been wanting to start a pico reef for many years, but put it off until now. I also, live in a major city with access to many awesome corals, so why not? I was most inspired by El Fab's Pico which is why I special ordered the JBJ from the USA (and paid a ridiculous amount to have it shipped to Canada). Also, another 7 gallon bowfront tank that I remember from many years ago (like 2002 lol). I have been curing some Pukani Dry Rock for over three months because they have been leeching phosphates like crazy. I can say I had a lot of luck with dosing Lanthanum during the cure process. If I could go back in time I would have dosed LC immediately following the bleach/primed water stage. It rips phosphates out of the water quickly. I would not recommend dosing in a DT though. I went for the bare bottom tank because of the horror stories I have read about sandbeds. Aesthetically speaking, the sandbed does nothing for me and the tank is actually sitting at eye level while standing so it would be hard to notice it anyway. I would rather have an easier space to clean and there is a lot that can go wrong quickly in a pico. There is no starboard on the bottom, just the glass. Lighting the tank currently is the Hipargero A029 Aqua Knight and as far as color goes I like it. I plan to run a 6-7 hour photoperiod starting when I add zooplankton/phytoplankton. The HOB AC70 Refugium will be running filter floss and chaeto with a 12watt ACKE grow light duct taped to it. The grow light will be run on a reverse photoperiod to the pico's lights. I'll be changing out the floss weekly or bi weekly. Another idea I have had is to occasionally use the "pico" filter included with the aquarium itself to run as a chemipure reactor? For instance, if something gets out of whack quickly and a water change isn't possible, just set up the pico filter with some chemipure blue and run it for a few days. Just an idea. I'm using Red Sea Coral Pro salt with distilled store bought water. I am currently dosing the tank with Dr. Tim's Ammonia and Dr. Tim's One and Only Nitrfiying Reef Bacteria to start up. Temp is set to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and I will be using API to test during cycle (and switching to Salifert or Hanna once corals are added). Once cycle finishes I plan to add copepods, phytoplankton and chaeto and to begin the photoepriod. Maybe a week or two after that I will add a part of or the entire CUC. I am open to suggestions regarding all livestock. As far as water changes go, I am thinking probably doing a 50% weekly change and upgrading to a 100% once the inhabitants begin to use minerals more quickly. Also, open to suggestions. Tank has been up and running for 24 hours and I'm very excited to see what I can do with this little tank! Thanks in advance for any replies/suggestions. This community has been great over the last four months and I have learned a lot while researching! Cheers
  6. inTank

    inTroducing inTank • SWAG •

    By popular request we have released versions of our internal use clothing designs. Wear the most iconic symbol in the hobby, the Clownfish. And not the every day ordinary species but the Black and White Darwin Clownfish. Represented as the inTank brand for over a decade, now she is made to travel. inTank's beautiful filtration products are rarely seen hidden underwater, it's time one product surfaces for everyone to enjoy. High performance shirts and caps now available in different styles and sizes https://intankaquatics.com/intank-swag/
  7. Theres some nerd stuff going on in this post that may be over my old drunken mind and I cant comprehend. I googled it and am still confused However it links to here Yep still over my head......Carry on
  8. Droy008

    Droys' IM Fusion 10 11/13/18 Update

    Thank you so much, I really do appreciate it. Hopefully I can get the tank back on track. I just need to find some time for it, something that has been harder and harder to find as of late. 😞
  9. The wheels be turning in my crazy head.....Just gonna throw this out now.......I am sorry if what I send you is offensive
  10. Sancho

    Dueling 80s

    I may have been talking about both
  11. Tamberav

    Desktop Micro Reef

    Peterson shrimp are tiny and move all over..fun to watch.
  12. Andreww

    Help! Duncan Troubles

    A Mag overdose will surely hurt livestock . That’s why it is not recommended to go above 100ppm a day when dosing or raising levels. High magnesium levels will also make snails lethargic. Long exposure will kill them. I think it’s safe to assume it can hurt something else besides snails, we just don’t have much data on this... OP confirmed his levels were elevated for awhile , or being always like this. Just something to think about that’s all...
  13. teenyreef

    Desktop Micro Reef

    @spectrabeat me to it, but I vote for a pom pom crab and a tang. Small ones of course. If you cover it you won't need an ato, if it works like the jars we were playing with in the creative container contest.
  14. I'm in! I have no idea what I want (well, that's reasonably priced, which a Wavelink pump and ATO with IM ATO box are not lol). Will update with list shortly whenever I come up with it. I had a lot of fun picking out your gifts last year, and I think that Elsa the Mermaid is gonna be some tough art to beat. I think @Cannedfish would fight you on the best Erin Spheroid Water Lettuce farm title.
  15. teenyreef

    Dueling 80s

    For a minute I thought you were commenting about the barbie picture 😋 But I agree it is a nice leather.
  16. Sancho

    Hillbilly Lounge

    Churches chicken I find reasons to go outside my work area to eat that stuff for lunch! I have a few things that make me happy, sexytime, beer, dive bars, fried chicken and sometimes this stupid hobby.
  17. Clown79

    Fish or corals first?

    Whichever you want. There is no set rule. Some start with a cuc, some a fish, some corals.
  18. Clown79

    Help! Duncan Troubles

    High mag isn't known to hurt anything whereas low msg does. High mag is often used to combat algae outbreaks. Have you ever tested your alk on a daily basis?
  19. Ladytank

    Desktop Micro Reef

    I saw one of these tanks on the king of DIY like 2 months ago. I believe it was even smaller.
  20. Lula_Mae

    Dueling 80s

    That leather is so pretty, one of my toadstools has a green sheen on the cap and pink polyps. So pretty.
  21. Lula_Mae

    Innovative Marine Fusion 10 Club

    What an attractive-looking lid! Mind sharing where it came from?
  22. Lula_Mae

    Droys' IM Fusion 10 11/13/18 Update

    I'm sorry about the crash. I'm amazed anything survived! It's totally normal to be discouraged after a major setback like that, I've been there myself. The tank looks good, especially considering what it's gone through. I hope what's in there can grow and thrive and be something for you to enjoy for the life of the tank.
  23. Snow_Phoenix

    Smithii Mantis Shrimp beginners discussion

    Maybe Shrimpy is still a bit hungry? You can buy a small batch of CuC (hermits & snails) to refresh your tank. Shrimpy will eventually take them down one by one in time, but at least he'll be well-fed and there's less chance he'll go after your chromis again. Glad Shrimpy is doing very well though. 🙂
  24. NuisanceAlgaeCultivator

    Skimmer for a nano tank.

    I purchased the Aquatic Life 115 mini internal skimmer from Amazon for about 50.00 for a 30gallon. It gets the job done, but there are a few small things I’ve encountered: a) Mine needs adjustment every 1-3 days due to water evaporation b) makes a gargling noise, YouTube has a bunch of videos on how to address this c) micro bubbles from time to time, I have no idea why sometimes and sometimes not, but a simple piece of filter cloth on the output stops them 50.00 can’t complain too much though. Hope this helps!
  25. jack1978

    Hillbilly Lounge

    Lol
  26. jbb_00

    Hillbilly Lounge

    But they have good chicken and those honey butter biscuits tho
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