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Tore down my 3.7g reef and replaced it with a 5.5g ada "mini m" low iron  glass tank. 20180608_174307.thumb.jpg.3a06692109541cf4f0146eca8035eede.jpg20180608_175028.thumb.jpg.8e5b9263f4559110454aeb4a5f63959f.jpg

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Found a thin no slip drawer liner to place under the tank. Worked great! Went with white and didn't paint the back glass black as I always do. I want the edges to be as transparent as possible. 20180608_220144.thumb.jpg.e8430b6270d90dd42e326c9008157f79.jpg20180608_181842.thumb.jpg.ca3da560f04de36f3bf1d9ab8ddaba20.jpg20180608_190625.thumb.jpg.17c6f8c6a9536da286ad105d5f0f8efd.jpg

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I have a 6lbs piece of marco rock, all the extra pieces are from the old setup. Needed that bio filtration to keep everything happy. It will be coming out soon one piece at a time. 20180609_074629.thumb.jpg.8b619c3bd6ff49a5ee1313757e8456b8.jpg

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Lula_Mae

Looks really nice!

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debbeach13

Very nice upgrade.

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Only new coral addition ive added to the tank in the last year. FROGSPAWN!! I've gone from being obsessed with zoas to wanting more of a euphillia dominated tank. 20180607_225742.thumb.jpg.c73f2ae848037b3d451c71c87bebafa9.jpg20180609_072203.thumb.jpg.f6f54f4800e949a06e8f97c638ae7f8d.jpg20180609_200435.thumb.jpg.75cc344a3866067a44f1b72219ef13b6.jpg

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So, now I understand why my hammer has gotten so big in the last year, cause it has 3 heads now. I've never seen it closed up like that, I really pissed it off gluing to to it's new spot in the ada. Went from a nickle size to about the size of a kiwi 20180609_005400.thumb.jpg.5efed76fc4e21e34f3dd915f9a2f7d7d.jpg

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Just as I was thinking wire loom would really make this look good, I saw a piece hanging from under my truck for no reason. So  how I don't have to buy a piece, worked out great and adds a nice finishes clean look. My goal is to have the most amazing and clean pico reef 20180610_175721.thumb.jpg.eec9a2e0e92a21a93b6f1d56d8ccac9b.jpg20180610_180913.thumb.jpg.ff44b252c442717b005573b5834df996.jpg

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Got 3 new additions today, sps, sexy shrimp, and a royal gramma.20180610_181805.thumb.jpg.aa29d6f5ecffea0a9a5f7ac2a56ded23.jpg20180610_181812.thumb.jpg.3dfe1d21dc9c3bf9a992311fbb138f64.jpg

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el_ote

That's some good extension on the hammer and frogspawn! Love em! And cool beans on the royal gramma it's been a fave of mine forever! Does it hide for you all the time?

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I put the royal gramma in and I haven't seen it since, I hope it shows face or at least eats 

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6 hours ago, Utahpico said:

So, now I understand why my hammer has gotten so big in the last year, cause it has 3 heads now. I've never seen it closed up like that, I really pissed it off gluing to to it's new spot in the ada. Went from a nickle size to about the size of a kiwi 20180609_005400.thumb.jpg.5efed76fc4e21e34f3dd915f9a2f7d7d.jpg

If it gives you trouble you can try a Lugol's iodine dip.

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Everything there is to know: 

 

Tank: ADA mini m 5.5g

Lighting- 12w miracle led bulb in a home depot desk lamp, 8hrs a day

Flow- jebao pp4 slow and on wave

Heater- cobalt 25w neo

Rock/sand- 6lbs "krylon" marco rock and 5lbs Fiji pink

 

Coral:

Sps- green entrusting acro, birds nest, cyphasteria

Softies- green and red button zoas, gsp

Lps- hammer, frogspawn, duncan

 

Fish/inverts: 

Clown, royal gramma, sexy shrimp, 1 snail and 4 hermits

 

Water: 

Cal: who knows?

Mag: who cares?

Ph: don't know!

Alk: ?

Specific gravity: 1.024 - 1.026

Temp: 78

 

 

Reef Crystal's for now, will be switching to frits pro "blue box". Will be doing a 3 gallon water change every week or two when I feel it needs it. And top off twice a day by hand with ro/di water I do not test water and never will, only thing I add to system is "seachem reef plus" every few days. 

 

- The end

 I just keep it simple it's my hobby and I don't have time to waste on drama b.s., haters and water parameters mother nature doesn't have a master test kit, or hanna checker. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just about 24hrs and already looking happy.20180611_192200.thumb.jpg.dc39eb4c26adba5aacf8468c37154404.jpg Sexy shrimp is starting to move around, and royal gramma came out to eat. Fyi my tank has a lot of water flow, its intense so I can understand it taking a few days for them to get comfortable. 

 

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MrsK

I like your set up, very clean looking.

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I do t understand the blue light, I get the white is mostly for human viewing, but I couldn't leave my tank all blue, it's so unnatural, I've spent a lot of time in the ocean collecting my own corals for years, and that's what I'm shooting for, I want my corals to look how they do in nature, I've never seen a zoanthid in the wild with a 2" stalk reaching for the light. Or a plump fat polyp, it just doesn't appeal to me. I know a lot of people like it that way, "to each his own."20180611_011030.thumb.jpg.82edf8cf1558c643640fc716c1c128d8.jpg20180611_011136.thumb.jpg.3a5fbb5db2bdb8b736d4efcb1fde1390.jpg

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Oh no! Sexy died, weird I acclimated it properly I guess that's why you should do your research before buying a $9 shrimp 20180612_130041.thumb.jpg.1c6c41c387b5552fee611c2b9220a01b.jpg

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el_ote

Oh no? A molt maybe? 

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I do t think I'm that lucky, I think the tank was too new, it was only setup 2 days before I added it in. "My bad!" 

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el_ote

What are the nitrates or ammonia at? I'da thought the corals would show stress before a shrimp.

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 I don't water test. I'll wait a month then buy a couple new invert's. 

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BaristaBob

Damn! This tank is awesome! It's gonna be cool to see ours progress together.

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41 minutes ago, BaristaBob said:

Damn! This tank is awesome! It's gonna be cool to see ours progress together.

Yeah! I'm ordering a few more corals then leaving it be. Lol 

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Took those rock rubble pieces out finally. This is the aquascape o went with. One solid piece of marco rock for easy maintenance. I glued a small piece of rock at the top right for more sps. 20180613_151027.thumb.jpg.d2396ab689a51fbfe186e3226a39d653.jpg20180613_152002.thumb.jpg.22a342ba1577e6b1bdd9bd39a2adc956.jpg

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