Felicia Posted October 2, 2017 Share Posted October 2, 2017 @Christopher Marks, @pj86, and I are excited to announce the next official Nano-Reef community tank building contest... The Creative Container Pico Contest! Sponsored By We've listened to the community's requests for a pico container contest and now we want to give everyone the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing to create unique pico container reefs! What do we mean by containers? We mean any container with a volume of 3 gallons or less (before displacement by rocks and sand) that is not a traditional tank or aquarium. Bowls, jars, and vases are all wonderful options, but your imagination is the limit in terms of the type of container! It just has to be 3 gallons or less in total volume, and not traditionally sold as an aquarium. For this contest, we want to keep things simple and focus on creativity and the wonderful husbandry skills of the Nano-Reef Community. Everyone can choose their own equipment, but we are limiting the allowed equipment to the following items: 1 Container totaling 3 gallons or less in total volume that is not a traditional aquarium. Note: Built from scratch or custom built containers are not allowed. Containers must be purchased and maintained intact with only minor modifications to seal the container, accommodate qualifying equipment, to allow ventilation, or to create a lid allowed. 1 Heater of any wattage. 1 Air Pump with accessories (airline, valves, air stones, etc.) and/or 1 Powerhead Pump for flow. 1 Single PAR LED bulb or Fluorescent bulb with an E26/E27 socket screw type in a light fixture of your choice. Your single bulb may be of any wattage or any color temperature. Note: This rule has been modified to allow a single fluorescent bulb that fits in a standard household light fixture as an alternative to a single par LED bulb. Auto-top off systems and controllers are permitted, but optional. Sumps, mechanical or chemical filtration (internal or external), skimmers, auto-dosing systems, etc. are not permitted. All-in-one modifications and plumbing of any type are also not allowed. We want to keep the equipment simple and focus on husbandry. You do not have to use all of the allowed equipment (i.e. having a sunlit tank instead of using a PAR bulb), but you just cannot use any other, unapproved equipment. Many of you may already own these items or have them available around the house. Your container and equipment do not need to be new, but they must be DRY at the beginning of the contest. There are no rules or budget limits in regards to stocking of your pico container, but use your space wisely! Have fun and let your imagination run wild! Note: Your entry must be a saltwater aquarium. No freshwater entries are allowed. Contest Timeline: How To Enter Official Start Date: October 2nd, 2017 The contest is open to any and all Nano-Reef community members starting today! In order to formally enter the contest, you must begin your pico container build by the end of the month on Halloween! This means that by October 31st you will need to have done the following tasks: Sourced your qualifying pico container and equipment. Started a new build thread here on Nano-Reef.com in our Pico Reefs Forum. Shared a photo of your dry pico container in your journal with your favorite condiment inside. Sriracha anyone? Posted an announcement of your entry into the contest here in this thread with a link to your build journal. Contestants are required to post at least one monthly update to their build thread that will include a full tank shot in order to remain eligible, at the bare minimum. Your build thread must also include the tag "Creative Container Contest", so that they are easy to locate on the forums. There's even more incentive to maintain a detailed build thread because one of the winners will be chosen based on the best pico build journal. More details on winning categories and prizes is below. Qualifying contestants will be asked to post a final synopsis and full tank shot in their aquarium journal within the final two weeks of the contest, which will be used for voting purposes. International entries are welcome with the disclaimer that the sponsors may not be able to ship prizes internationally due to customs and increased costs. In the event that an international contestant wins, we will do our best to see if its possible to ship the prize internationally, but we make no guarantees. Also, additional shipping costs may need to be paid by the international contestant if it is possible to ship their prize(s). The contest will officially end on March 31, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM. This means a 6 month contest from start to finish. We wanted to give everyone time to get their tanks going and headed on the path to maturity before choosing the winners. Community Voting will begin on April 2nd, 2018. Contest Prizes There will be three winning pico containers chosen at the end of the contest by community vote. In the event of a tie, Christopher Marks will cast the tie-breaking vote. The winners will be chosen for the following categories: 1) Grand Prize – Best Overall Pico Container Seneye Reef Monitor Boyd Chemi-Pure Blue Nano (5 Pack) Aqamai KPS Wifi Controllable Wavemaker Pump Reef Glass Nano Protein Skimmer Valued at over $400 and sponsored by: 2) Most Creative or Unique Pico Container Custom Nano Box Pico Tide Light Fixture Sponsored by: 3) Best Pico Contest Build Journal $50 Gift Certificate to Reef Cleaners PJ Reefs Latest Product - Mini Seahorses Kit - Valued at $350 Sponsored by: Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors for their generous support of this contest! Monthly Full-Tank Shots (FTS) We will be starting a topic/thread within the pico forum that will contain the monthly FTS's throughout the competition and will be locked for editing so it won't get cluttered with discussion. I will make a post for each month and will post all of the FTS's. Each photo will be linked to the tank thread so you can easily go find more photos and get involved in discussion. For each month, each contestant will get ONE FTS in the FTS thread. In order to make sure your FTS's make it into the thread each month, you will need to PM me your FTS and a link to your build thread sometime before the end of the month each month. The end of the month will be 11:59:59 pm on the last day of the month. Please try to get your FTS and build thread link to me by that deadline each month. However, we will provide a couple days leeway as needed since we know people may have travel or other extenuating circumstances throughout the competition. Resources So you want to enter, but don't know how to set-up a pico container? No worries! Community member @pj86 has written a new library article detailing the set-up and care of a pico container based on his extensive experience keeping pico jars. This is a great place to start for guidance and ideas! Here's a wonderful article that Gena put together about performing a water change in her contest container. Need even more ideas and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? Read through our collection of featured pico reef profiles! Here are two just to get you started, a bowl and a vase: Please keep in mind our wonderful sponsors when purchasing your equipment, supplies, and livestock. Links to appropriate equipment from our sponsor MarineDepot.com are provided for you below. Heaters Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm 25 Watt Aquarium Heater with LED Display Lifegard Aquatics Pre-Set Quartz Heater - 25 Watt Cobalt Aquatics Easy-Therm Submersible Heater - 25 Watt Air Pumps Aqueon QuietFlow Air Pump Tom Aquatics Stellar Air Pump Air Pump Accessories Powerheads/Circulation Pumps Hydor Koralia Nano 240 gph Cobalt Aquatics MJ400 106 gph Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 4W Circulation Pump 180 gph Auto-Top Off Systems Auto Aqua Smart ATO Micro Tunze Osmolator Nano Innovative Marine HydroFill Ti Controllers Neptune Apex System JBJ TrueTemp Digital Heater Controller Hamilton Digital 24 Hour Digital Timer Good luck to all the contestants! We can't wait to see what you all come up with! Contestants Follow along with all of the builds throughout the contest in the monthly full tank shots thread. One FTS per contestant will be posted each month throughout the contest. All photos are linked to the respective build threads. Gena - Gena's C.C. Pico Contest Build vlangel - Dawn's shrimp chalet Lula_Mae - Lula Mae's Creative Container Pico Contest Jar kimberbee - Kimber's Pretty Pico Harrisonbored - The Angler fish...maybe? (pico contest thread) tanacharison - Tana's Pico Tower schgr.cube - Brain Coral Pico - schgr.cube's creative container contest entry Tamberav - Into the Shallows - Tamberav's C. C. Pico Clown79 - Clowns Pico contest build seabass - seabass's contest pico Orangutran - Orangutran's excuse to reef at work Sharbuckle - Sharbuckles Creative Container Pico Contest Tank Farmboyreef - The Joker: Creative Container Pico Build GraniteReefer - Live Free or Reef, a CreativeContainerContest tank GunslingerGirl - Slinger's Ghetto-Rigged Cookie Jar JoeR - Joe's 0.5 Gallon Post-Modern Pico Jar Merthynia - 2 Gal Pico OldManSea - OldMAnSea's Pico Shallow Reef Creative Container Pico Contest Tank Boggers - Boggers CC contest tank Coral_chef - Coral_chefs Mr. peanut C.C. Contest pico Nickmcg - Nickmcg pico Creative Container Contest cnseekatz - Chris' Creative Container Pico! Droy008 - Droy's C.C. Pico Jar-o-nonsense flatlandreefer - Flatland's Pico Contest Tank duderubble - DudeRubble's Test Tube of Rubble, a Creative Container Contest entry dmw913 - Denise's Skull Pico Creative Container Contest Entry metrokat and Mariaface - The Girlfriend Pico: Getting Creative with Dongs... skibum513 - Joe's Icy vase lobster876 - Lobster876's Contest tank TFish77 - Upside Down Pico Reef - Pico Contest Entry fishfreak0114 - Fishfreak's C.C. pico aio.tankhere - Aio.Tankhero's mason-pico-stein ChristopherDido - Midwest Industrial CC Pico Reef SaltyBuddha - SaltyBuddha's Floating Islands Pico Friendly - Cam's Coral Condo Contest Pico Tom@HaslettMI - My Pico Wants to Kill Your Mama reefcrimp - reefcrimp's contest pico teenyreef - Teenyreef's Teenycookie Jar jahnje - Cambro Reef alprejean - Try not to Wine natalia_la_loca - Natalia's Art Project Pico Contest Build spec33 - Spec's Spec Sized Tank New_Here - New Here's Pico Tank MedievalITGuy - The Mad Science Experiment hinnenkm - Classroom Pico ajmckay - Cephalapico - ajmckay's Creative container damianita - Classroom Pico -Creative Container Contest MrNanoReef - Phuong's Micro Atoll 1.5 sofrinat - Lava Lamp Pico "Lover's Coral" Allaboutcorals - Allaboutcorals pico reef boyscountrickybobby - light bulb CCPC 13 Quote Link to comment
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