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Uwwmatt's 2.5 Gallon Pico

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  • Equipment:
    $15.00-2.5 gallon Glass aquarium
    $20.00-AquaClear 20 Power Filter
    $10.00-Mini-Jet 404 (108 gph)
    $35.00-2x18watt retro light kit from Nanotuners.com
    $5.00-7 Watt stealth Heater
    $12.00-Fan
    $10.00-ac/dc and other fan wiring
    $5.00-digital thermometer
    free using scrap wood-Oak Stand/Canopy
    free from my other tank- Sand/liverock
    Total=$112.00

 

After a few months of neglect I finally got around to messing with my pico. It has a serious aptasia problem that will have to be dealt with. I took out the larger 4 heads of frogspawn and added a smaller one that had been laying behind a rock in my 14 gallon. It started to bleach so I hope I can bring it back!

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  • Current Livestock:
  • Frogspawn
  • Eagle Eye Zoanthids
  • Radioactive Dragon's Eye Zoanthids
  • Green Lantern Zoanthids
  • blue legged Hermit Crab
  • 12x Ricordea
  • Blastos
  • Superman mushrooms
  • Blue stripped mushrooms
  • Purple and green mushrooms
  • Red Macro algae
  • Green Macro algae

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TANK BUILD

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LIGHT BUILD

I haven't gotten around to finding a good reflector, but for a minor boost I painted the inside of the canopy white.

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FAN BUILD

One of the biggest problems with these little tanks is temperature swings. To remedy this problem I decided to add a fan to my canopy. I chose a 120mm Scythe fan and faced it outward to suck out the heat. 20 min after I installed it the tank temperature went from 85 F to 74 F (there wasn't any livestock in it then so don't worry ;) )

 

Equipment:

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan

-Variable voltage 12V/0.20A AC/DC adapter

-DC Jack to 3Pin Fan Adapter

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I was originally worried about what the noise was going to be, but it turned out to be no worse then my computer, and if I ever want it to be more quiet I can just turn down the power on my adapter and slow down the fan a bit.

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debbeach13

looks very nice. I like the black sand. Greatr jod inside the hood. Good luck with your new tank.

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matty0206

Very nice!

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NAL

Anothing pico in Wisconsin, nice. :)

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uwwmatt
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davidr2340

Sweet... I loves me some sexay!!!

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debbeach13

Sexies are a great addition. There so tiny but have so much character.

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uwwmatt

So I made the mistake of using my pico as a quarantine tank, and I lost almost all of my Ricordia. I freshwater dipped and removed all my remaining corals and they have since been doing fine in another tank. Live and learn I guess :angry: . The sexy shrimp are still going strong, they actually take food right from a pair of tweezers, it is pretty funny to watch.

 

Now I think I am going to turn it into a macro algae tank.

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wannenmacher

Man that sucks about the Ricordia. and the sexy shrimp are amazing. This set up is similar to my 5.5 gall

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uwwmatt
Man that sucks about the Ricordia. and the sexy shrimp are amazing. This set up is similar to my 5.5 gall

 

Yeah this set up seems to work well. I have had crazy coralline growth since those picture where taken. My rocks are completely purple now.

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uwwmatt

Well I have started consolidating my 4 tanks into 1 so this tank is on the way out. I will be dismantling it over the weekend. It had a good run, almost up for one year.

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PSYS

Hey!! ...another Wisconsinite... :)

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uwwmatt
Hey!! ...another Wisconsinite... :)

 

Hey, did you go to the Madison Frag swap last month?

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midna

Which tank are you moving everything to? A completely new one, or the 25G?

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MGDMIRAGE

Very pretty tank, did you have any probs with moisture and the way your ballast is?

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uwwmatt
Which tank are you moving everything to? A completely new one, or the 25G?

 

I moved everything to my 25.

 

Very pretty tank, did you have any probs with moisture and the way your ballast is?

 

I never had an issue with the lighting, although they would get covered with salt creep pretty quickly.

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