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Hey everybody,

  My name is Ryan aka hopperdoggy and i have been into reefs for about 10 years now. I have always loved this website and although i didn't share any of my old tanks (i apologize) i am here to share my new pico that was set up almost two weeks ago. Right now it is probably halfway cycled. I got some some live rock and established water from my LFS to help kick start the cycle. I plan to do mosty zoas and palys with one beautiful chalice once its ready. Since the tank is so small i plan on getting some premium corals and letting them fully grow out. If I can control myself It should only have magacians, utterchaos and a mummy eye chalice (cant beat the classics) 

Here are the specs:

UN rimless tank (3 gal i believe)

aquaclear 50 modded into a fuge/ heater holder

Ai prime HD (not yet hung)

25w cobalt aquatics heater

livesand with about 2.5 lbs of live rock from my LFS

 

I will keep this thread updated at things progress, until then ill continue to drool over all of your tanks...

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WV Reefer
38 minutes ago, Hopperdoggy said:

Hey everybody,

  My name is Ryan aka hopperdoggy and i have been into reefs for about 10 years now. I have always loved this website and although i didn't share any of my old tanks (i apologize) i am here to share my new pico that was set up almost two weeks ago. Right now it is probably halfway cycled. I got some some live rock and established water from my LFS to help kick start the cycle. I plan to do mosty zoas and palys with one beautiful chalice once its ready. Since the tank is so small i plan on getting some premium corals and letting them fully grow out. If I can control myself It should only have magacians, utterchaos and a mummy eye chalice (cant beat the classics) 

Here are the specs:

UN rimless tank (3 gal i believe)

aquaclear 50 modded into a fuge/ heater holder

Ai prime HD (not yet hung)

25w cobalt aquatics heater

livesand with about 2.5 lbs of live rock from my LFS

 

I will keep this thread updated at things progress, until then ill continue to drool over all of your tanks...

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:welcome:

 

sounds like you are off to a good start. Watch out with the chalice in such a small space...... they are super mean. 

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Tank update:

I installed the light today. And Ammonia is reading almost zero. I think the tank cycled pretty quick due to the established water and rock I started with. I also organized the cables and tidied up the cabinet a bit. Here are a couple pics. The tank looks crazy blue in the pics but not in person. Any help on photos are greatly appreciated 

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JBM

Bet that flow from the aquaclear is more than enough for the entire tank

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brosegge

I love the simplicity of this build.  I'll be following!

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Disher

I love the clean look of this! 

 

Where’d you get that floating cabinet and how’s it mounted to the wall? Looks great!!

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On 5/9/2018 at 3:58 PM, JBM said:

Bet that flow from the aquaclear is more than enough for the entire tank

Yes it’s actually really nice. I figure once it’s full of Chaeto it will be perfect

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On 5/9/2018 at 7:36 PM, Disher said:

I love the clean look of this! 

 

Where’d you get that floating cabinet and how’s it mounted to the wall? Looks great!!

Thank you, my wife is super picky so I made it look as nice as possible. I cot the cabinet from Ikea and it’s rated to hold up to 55 lbs (more than enough for my lil tank) I also made sure to mount it to the studs. 

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So my tank is officially cycled. It was done in about two weeks. Super fast I know. I’m contributing it to the high quality live rock and water I got from my LFS. I was measuring a small amount of ammonia with a salifert test kit. I tested fresh made saltwater and it was the exact same reading as my tank water (tested multiple times) I added a small nerite snail a few days ago and it has been totally fine. Today I added a lil phantom clown and he’s happy and eating so all is good! Alk is kind of low (7.4) and I have yet to test for magnesium and calcium so no corals yet. I will also be testing for iodine since I plan on some nice zoas and plays. Here is a pic of Leche my lil clown. He already has a great personality!!!

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If my wife knew there was such thing as a "Phantom" clown (I'm assuming this is a phantom of the opera reference) we would have one!

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I’ve decided to go with a ricordea dominant tank and one frag of the Japanese pink nepthia from Koji Wada. I got this frat from my buddy Ali at Amazing Aquariums in Orange. So stoked on it! Anyhow here’s some pics..

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4 hours ago, Hopperdoggy said:

I’ve decided to go with a ricordea dominant tank and one frag of the Japanese pink nepthia from Koji Wada. I got this frat from my buddy Ali at Amazing Aquariums in Orange. So stoked on it! Anyhow here’s some pics..

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That nepthea is gorgeous!  Can't wait to see it all fluffy and happy.  Rics are very nice too.  I second the previous comment about the chalice, they can very much dominate a small space like this.  Tank looks great!

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Thanks  Lula Mae! Me too, it’s been tough to get it to stick to the rocks. The glue has melted the base twice when I tried to glue it. It’s now wedged between some rocks where I want it to grow. Hopefully it sticks. They’re pretty hardy corals so I’m being optimistic. I’m not doing a chalice anymore. It’s going to be ricordia dominant with the nepthia as the center piece. 

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Lula_Mae
3 hours ago, Hopperdoggy said:

Thanks  Lula Mae! Me too, it’s been tough to get it to stick to the rocks. The glue has melted the base twice when I tried to glue it. It’s now wedged between some rocks where I want it to grow. Hopefully it sticks. They’re pretty hardy corals so I’m being optimistic. I’m not doing a chalice anymore. It’s going to be ricordia dominant with the nepthia as the center piece. 

Sounds like a plan, hopefully the nepthea sticks! If not, I wonder if the rubber band method might help? I love rics so I look forward to seeing it. Look for trueisb2's old TOTM, it was an ADA about 3.5 gallons I think? Predominantly rics and it was very inspirational!

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2 hours ago, Lula_Mae said:

Sounds like a plan, hopefully the nepthea sticks! If not, I wonder if the rubber band method might help? I love rics so I look forward to seeing it. Look for trueisb2's old TOTM, it was an ADA about 3.5 gallons I think? Predominantly rics and it was very inspirational!

Awesome! I’ll check it out! It’s wedged between the rock work pretty good now. I didn’t even think of rubber bands. Thanks!

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New corals, new pics ...

picked up a fluffy lil Ricordea florida with what looks like a lil feather duster or possibly a tiny coco worm. Also got a ricordea Yuma. The other rics are doing good. The nepthia however is still not looking so hot. I wedged it between the rock work but has since shrunken up and fallen through. I’m hoping it will come back. Fingers crossed. I threw in a FTS as well. 

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Here’s a recent FTS. Everything is going great and just letting everything grow out and look natural. 

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ramona

So pretty little tank, do you still have it?

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Let's hope so.! It looked very clean in the pictures and it will be nice to see if the ricordea covered the stones. @Hopperdoggy

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