firstchevalier Posted February 7, 2009 Share Posted February 7, 2009 I am planning out my first really small (for me) pico build. I currently have a 10g DIY running with a 5.5g refugium that's been up successfully for two years along with a 29g frag/prop tank that's been up for about eight months. Here are my rules for this build... It has to look professional It has to be inexpensive, but not cheap It has to be as easy to maintain as possible It has to look good (no ghetto builds here) Each piece has to be repeatable This is potentially going to become something I'm going to consign at the LFS if I can get the costs under control. All input is graciously accepted. With that here's the plan... 2.5 Petsmart rectangular aquarium Heater-Hydor Theo 25 Watt Aqua Clear 50 for the refugium/sump Light ballast Current USA Ballast 1x18w Power compact endcap for hamilton/german (straight pin) Light Bulb Coral Life 18watt straight pin 50/50 10k My best friend is a master woodworker and is going to turn out a simple stand with a drawer for gear as well as a simple hood for the 18w 50/50 10k. I plan to use about 3-5 lbs of live sand, either indio pacific, white, or black beach sand. I'm thinking about between 2 and 5 pounds of live rock. For coral I'm thinking of starting with AC GSP, pom pom xenia, and clove polyp but will probably add one or two rics and zoo's (suggestions here would be appreciated for brilliant looking easily propagated corals). Link to comment
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