gimptastic matt

matts 2 gallon pico reef Dymax IQ3

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Hi guys and girls

first off this topic is a bit late as i was hoping to document the whole setup

anyway it has been 8 weeks since water went in

So heres a recap of equipment

 

2 gallon Dymax IQ3

Extra dymax robot light

blue moonlight strip

25w heater

 

ive since added an led light to the first back chamber for growing chaeto

 

this is how it looks atm

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These are my parameters to date

 

day one of livestock

ph 8.4

Nitrite 0 ppm

Ammonia 0.25 ppm

Nitrate 40 ppm

Salinty 1.025

Temp 24.7c / 76.8f

 

Week 4

Ph 8.4

Nitrite 0 ppm

ammonia 0 ppm

Nitrate 25ppm

Salinity 1.026

Temp 24.5c

 

week 5

Ph 8.4

Nitrite 0 ppm

ammonia 0 ppm

nitrate 5ppm added chaeto

salinity 1.025

Temp 25c

 

week 6

Ph 8.4

Nitrite 0 ppm

ammoina 0 ppm

nitrate 0 ppm

salinity 1.025

Temp 24.7

 

Week 7 more livestock added

Ph 8.2

Nitrite 0 ppm

ammonia 0 ppm

nitrate 0ppm

salinity 1.025

Temp 24.6

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I first added sum coral gravel

 

then i used a a large colony of zoanthids about 1kg instead of liverock

i also added a female sexy shrimp

 

4 weeks later i added a small gsp colony

and got sum sad looking frags from my lfs

a purple blue mushroom (which has started to split since)

Tiny frag of blastomussa (3 tiny heads)

And a tiny xenia stump ( which was not happy in lfs but now is much better bigger)

 

I was doing a 30% water change twice a week

but after talking to mark callahan aka "mrsaltwatertank" im changing roughly 280/ 300ml daily

i feed the shrimp every otherday to stop her eating the zoas

And add 1 drop of concentraited phyto every other day

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Week 8

 

ph 8.4

Nitrite 0 ppm

ammonia 0 ppm

nitrate 0 ppm

salinity 1.025

Temp 24.6c

 

im expecting some more test kits this week

calcium

water hardness

phosphate

so expect more parrameters soon

a short video pf my tank

 

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Im thinking of adding some ricordia mushrooms

Ive seen a lot about mini maxi anenomes but would like some suggestions as to wether it would be ok for my tank

also would the sexy shrimp host it

And i would like a couple more sexy shrimps

 

my lfs keeps trying for me too buy a trimma goby of sorts but im unsure about keeping fish in some thing so small

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i subscribed to your youtube channel (: check out mine?

it looks great!

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I subscribed to yours

Nice tank

liking the seahorse

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Week 8 parameter update

calcium 440ppm

phosphate 0.5 ppm

kh 14 ( is that a little high ? )

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Week 9

 

Ph 8.2

Nitrite 0

Ammonia 0

Nitrate 0

Calcium 440

Phosphate 0.5

Kh 12

Salinity 1.025

Temp 24.5

 

Does anyone recomend a good shop that i can get a good maxi mini by mail order in the uk

also does anyone recommend a good liquid phosphate remover cheers

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Heres an update vid

 

heres a vid of my basic water change system

 

ive also put in a tmc phosphate sponge

anyone used them?

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Nice. Are those all zoas in your first picture?

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I think they are :o That's crazy!

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Hi guys thanks for the comments

ye there are quite alot of zoas lol

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It test day wooohoooo :angry: lol

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week 10 parameters

 

ph 8.0

Nitrite 0ppm

ammonia 0ppm

nitrate 0ppm

calcium 420ppm

phosphate 0.25ppm (a slight drop since adding the phosphate sponge 2 days ago)

kh 10

Salinity 1.024

Temp 24.2c

 

my ph was a little low

i think it was because i forgot to light my chaeto last nite ? :o:mellow:

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Was just wundering

the only place i could put the phosphate sponge

was at the top of the first chamber above my chaeto

will the sponge effect the chaeto? Or am i just thinking too much lol :huh::P

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Some pics ive taken with my mobile

Zoas everywhere !!!! :D:o

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More zoas, gsp and sexy shrimp ( owen wilson )

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Evil xenia, gsp and more zoas

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My water change tank heated and aerated

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My baby

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My blue mushies!!! :P

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Gsp and owen wilson

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Brilliant mate, great scaping

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Brilliant mate, great scaping

 

Cheers matey

ive subscribed to your youtube channel

nice tank too :D

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Thanks mate, tank doesn't look like that now, it cooked and is now an sps zeo cube :)

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hi guys can i keep any other shrimp speieces withe the sexy shrimp?

i dont know what else there is for a tank this size :happy:

also on another note im thinking of removing the coral gravel

and going bb until a carpet of gsp grows on it :huh:

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also are ther any other corals that would form a mat on the base of the tank

i feel the coral gravel is gona be the end of the tank as its always catching crap and stuff

then again i might just leave it and keep on turkey basting it lol

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Well ive gone bare bottom for now :o

its still a bit cloudy :angry:

i think itpl take a while to grow a carpet of gsp

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New livestock

1 little male sexy shrimp

and an ubercool porcelain crab

ill take pics when i can find em

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I'm lovin those zoas bro! Looks great.

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