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GraniteReefer

Live Free or Reef; 1 year Wet

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Display: 1.75 gallon handblown glass bowl slumped onto Driftwood

Lighting: Corallife 50/50 20w cfl in an Exoterra Mini Terrarium Canopy with customized reflector Now an AI Prime

Lighting Scedule: 7am-9pm

Heater: Cobalt Aquatics Minitherm 10w

Air Pump: Phantom Ultrasonic Airpump 8gph by Cobalt Aquatics w/ air stone

Controller: DA Reefkeeper Lite Basic, for temp control, light control, and air pump control(feedings, WC’s, etc.)

Rock: Dry pukani that I acid washed, KP Aquatics rubble that was later removed after it seeded the pukani

Sand: Natures Ocean Samoa Pink

Salt Mix: Red Sea Coral Pro mixed to 1.026

Glass Cleaner: BettaMag by Two Little Fishes

Refractometer: Milwaukee MA887

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Nice tank!  And the ExoTerra fixture is a pretty brilliant solution for that particular bulb. :)

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Gorgeous bowl!  I was waiting for the thread for this one, following. 

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That bowl is so zen!

 

Never knew about the cobalt mini heaters. Think I may look into one now! 

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The tank is wet! I need to get a lid really bad as the bubbles make a ton of splash. For the time I'm using a huge glass bowl and short of blocking light it's working ok at it's intended purpose, I rigged up the electrical to behind my fridge and hung the power bar on the underside of the cabinetry and the display to the controller on the cabinets exterior.  I also put a beeswax finish on the wood to protect it from drips. Light, heater, air pump lets grow corals!

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You are movin' right along.  That is neat that your little pico will be in your kitchen.  I like it!

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New lid, better than the 1.5l Pyrex bowl lid! It's some sort of candle or oil burner and it's shape causes it to dip into the water so it's like a view port, but I think at the same time it may aid in directing the flow to the sides rather than wasting energy going up only.  The Xenia that hitched a ride in on some rocks I had cycling is fully pulsing now which is always a great sign. 

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Two little fishes Bettamag was waiting for me when I got home! It is perfect for a tank this size and almost preferable to the original nanomag.  I also cut some soft blue tubing to wrap around the bowls mouth to aid in condensation trapping and stop glass to glass contact with the lid, and also create a small section for tubes and cords to enter without getting pinched by the lid. No more bubbles on the glass!

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Have you installed the lift pipe? Interested to see if it works like you intended? I think they are supposed to increase flow as well. When I joined this contest, I was trying to google this lift pipe thing, but couldn't remember what it was called.

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so far, this tank has my vote at the end. i love everything about it so far.

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Lift pipe is installed and working as intended!  I ended up drilling a few rocks to create a shaft then glueing rubble around it to conceal it from my main viewing angle. The GSP is actually directly above the outlet because I figured it would care least of all corals. Thanks for all the replys!

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I love your tank choice and the surroundings. Good job concealing the lift pipe, and solving any lid concerns. 

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1 hour ago, GraniteReefer said:

Lift pipe is installed and working as intended!  I ended up drilling a few rocks to create a shaft then glueing rubble around it to conceal it from my main viewing angle. The GSP is actually directly above the outlet because I figured it would care least of all corals. Thanks for all the replys!

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The lift pipe looks great.

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I agree, that is one cool looking tank!!  Where did you come across such a gem?

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IMG_1865.thumb.JPG.4f9e1bf961257259d8e51d52a369b833.JPGCoral a day keeps the addiction at bay, I know to reef slow but am doing water changes daily to soft cycle anyways, here is a blue trumpet from my IM40 glued up to conceal an exposed section of the lift pipe once it grows in. Also may have added a first occupant can you spot it?!?

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5 minutes ago, GunslingerGirl said:

Sexy?

Yep! She was Happily cruising the tank after a few moments of chilling near the GSP, I figured she may like the trumpets to sit on and wave around until something better comes alongIMG_1848.thumb.JPG.14ae039fa0f82a4be15ed3dd762f41d7.JPG

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I really like how this is coming along. The shape of the vase makes the aquascape look large.

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You have everything I want in my pico... lift pipe, cobalt heater, sexy shrimp,! Lol I swear I’m not copying! Looking great

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IMG_1880.thumb.JPG.114a632d400e8c082ac4da9a235a652d.JPGNano hammer added! This is a frag I made when I took apart my hammer colony a few months ago, it was one of those little nubs on the stalk you always wonder about trying to grow.  I did and it worked but it's so small I have included a picture of it next to a few regular 2-3 head frags.  Sorry for the dirty tankIMG_1873.thumb.JPG.a8a9a695978a8c331d38c052e034ab0e.JPG  The tweezer kind of pinched it while glueing so it may take a day to open fully. Also sexy Shrimp accepted my offering of a single pellet of food and brought it back to the trumpets! IMG_1881.thumb.JPG.c65256b80cc624631e6f225203251a73.JPG

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