gimptastic matt

matts 2 gallon pico reef Dymax IQ3

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Ive been thru andrews thread its awesome

its the reason why i did this tank it was gona be a fw cherry shrimp tank

 

1 of the reasons i havent done anything with the flow is that my corals seem happy

obviously if they start looking sad ill have to do it

 

as for the lighting im sure they will fade ive got sum gu10 3w blues and whites i can use

 

are there any better pumps i can swap with the stock pump?

Cheers

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Just upped my blue lighting added an extra 3w led

The corals really openned up under it

can corals live under a more blue light?

 

Cheers

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Yes they can. Especially if it is led . You get good par from the three watt leds

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Cheers for your quick answer

ill leave it there for now as my zoas look awesome under it

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doesnt really do it justice there a lot more blue and yellow

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Looks good. You are not planning to only use blue lights though right?

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The two robot lights are still on there which add up 3.4w

so its virtually equal

i was makimg a gu10 fixture for this tank but its on hold for now

as the light didnt look right and the two colors didnt mix

looked a bit like a disco :)

I had 2 3w cool whites, 2 3w blue and 1 3w rgb with remote

I may finish it at sum point lol ive started stripping the bulbs down

and taken the lenses out and ill attach the led boards to a heatsink

wen i get time/money

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YeAh lenses are not needed on a tank this size

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2 toothbrushes

2 plastic clothes hangers

And superglue =

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new ghetto pico cleaning set lol :P:D

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Ive got a small colony of gsp aprox 2 inches square

thats been looking sad for a couple of days

and after seeing a lot of pods on it decided to give it a fw dip

 

well 30 seconds later

6 white slugs

10 amphipods

2 bristleworms

2 small mantis shrimp

 

wow :o

 

bit gutted i spotted the tiny mantis shrimps late

Would have saved them

:huh:

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2 more slugs and a bristle worm met there end

The corals been back in the tank for a while now and the pests are still coming out

good job for the xtra long tweezers

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White slugs?Intrested in a photo.

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They been disposed of sorry

but im sure more will show up

 

there white 3/8 of an inch long 1/8 wide

at the front on top of the heaf theres 2 short stubby antenne with frills on the ends

hope this rather rubbish discription helps :P

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They might be stomella snails

or

Zoa eating numbibranch

 

Id look into those names on google images

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Well they wernt zoa eating nudibranch

the stomatella snails look close but the ones i had had no shells at all :huh:

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Week 13 update

 

 

Nitrite 0ppm

ammonia 0ppm

nitrate 0ppm

Ph 8.0

Calcium 450ppm

phosphate 0.15ppm

kh 10

Salinity 1.026

Temp 25

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Im pondering about my diy led fixture im going to do

 

after stripping down some gu10 fittings i have

 

6 1w cool white leds 9000k approx

6 1w royal blue leds

 

im looking at getting some more spectrum in there any ideas

ive seen some 19000k leds on fleabay

cheers guys

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Had a look around would a 27w par38 be to much

4 3w royal blue

4 3w cool white

1 3w warm white

 

£65 / $103

Is that expensive?

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Had a look around would a 27w par38 be to much

4 3w royal blue

4 3w cool white

1 3w warm white

 

£65 / $103

Is that expensive?

 

That is about the going rate, but it might be a little too much for this tank.

 

As for the 19k leds, I love them.

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Thanks for the answer josh :)

They do a 15w par 30

2 white

3 blue

 

£40 / $ 63

Would that be better

cheers

 

Might have get some 19000ks then :D

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A Par 30 would be a better choice for this size tank.

 

I think you should get the 19k LEDs, it is a night and day difference between them and the standard cool white LEDs.

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Cheers

ill have to be nice to the other half so i can spend some more of my own money lol :D

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Also on your advice ive purchased another pump

its a tunze micro pump

150 to 300 litre per hour

and with a bit of modifying it will fit nicely

will have to lose the cheato and light in the first chamber tho

unless i do the closed loop thing

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Cheers

ill have to be nice to the other half so i can spend some more of my own money lol :D

 

Good Luck!!! lol

 

Also on your advice ive purchased another pump

its a tunze micro pump

150 to 300 litre per hour

and with a bit of modifying it will fit nicely

will have to lose the cheato and light in the first chamber tho

unless i do the closed loop thing

 

You won't regret it.

I finally replaced my original pump last night. I used a MiniJet 404 pump. It fits perfectly in small chamber, once you remove the covers to it.

I used the original attachment, just put some 3/8 inch tubing around the pump and it fits like a glove.

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Ill probably change the stock pump too wen i get a chance

 

By the way ur 3 gallons coming on really well think ill go sps in my next tank

as ive never kept sps

just in the planning atm want it to be right the first time

 

just got too many unfinished projects cos lack of proper planning

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