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This thing is insane! I can't even start to wrap my head around it. And I thought I could be creative. 

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23 hours ago, Wonderboy said:

Quick updates:

The pump ceased - switched to the spare and need to apparently buy another; hoping one lasts somewhere more sufficient.

Bought a teeny tiny blue hammer frag; introduced to display - seems to be doing okay, pic soon. Planning to move it to larger system when ready.

Burrowing brittle star died - watching parameters, nothing seems abnormal.

Display led failed - ran it with cfl 4 days - purchased this and put it over the system tonight

Finished upgrades to the calcium reactor; there was a persistent slow leak that, in the end, required sealant - now waiting on the media.
 

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I finally had a chance to catch up on your journal and build progress, so many incredible details! That overflow is really something, I'd love to see a video of it all running sometime! Looking forward to seeing your tiny calcium reactor come online too! 😍

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@Christopher Marks Thank you much - the reactor should be up within days (3M 5200 sealant just finished curing), and I was planning on putting a video together as soon as it was in place (meaning not necessarily operational lol - we'll see).

 

A lot of my time has been going into several other projects; a 5' x 7' frilled dragon terrarium/paludarium has been the most time consuming.

 

I haven't done a water change on the pico since the pump was replaced (I have ordered more, just in case). Planning for WC tonight.

 

The nassarius didn't make it; I spotted the hermit crab sporting its shell yesterday. I'm suspecting not enough larger particulate food made it down to the fuge for the nassarius - so I think I'll try another in some time. The dwarf cerith or baby cerith is still doing well. It is bigger though....

 

The calcium reactor media is in the mail, and I have been playing with a setup similar to this thing for CO2. I am trying to see if I can get it to let out just one bubble at a time lol.

 

The zoas lost almost all vibrancy after being semi-closed for a while and dealing with the lighting changes. I have a cfl next to the actinic led for a broader spectrum, but I am still thinking the setup can be better.

 

The hammer looks to be doing okay though.

 

Here's the zoas:

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Here's the hammer:

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FTS:

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Stocking update:

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cyphastrea
(possibly 'JF leap frog'):

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leptoseris (JF Jack-o-Lantern):

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Some orange-skirt zoas:

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Also, managed to squeeze a splitting ricordea in here (temporary until another setup is ready)

 

Still waiting on reactor media, and still playing with the "diy" CO2 approach.

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That tiny little hammer! :wub: Tank looks great!

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On 11/25/2018 at 1:51 AM, Tamberav said:

That tiny little hammer! :wub: Tank looks great!

 

19 hours ago, Snazxy said:

It’s a baby hammer 😃

I know, when I saw it, I just had to; I wasn't planning on anything branching, but for me it was like seeing that puppy in the store you weren't supposed to. The new LFS in town has a bunch of small frags, and they're thinking of fragging even smaller just to help with tiny displays like this; moreover, I have been thinking of building another type of pico. We'll see what happens.

 

Speaking of frags - stocking and layout update - center, left, and right side:

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Another cyphastrea (on the right) and that favia? (in the middle) are the newcomers. I removed that shell on the substrate thinking lps may need to go there; after too much effort, I got the shell out, but I could not get anything else down there - haha. Did my best to move the lower light demanding stuff to the sides - the patience required for shifting things around in here is unfathomable - I wouldn't recommend a display less than 500mL with a hardscape to anybody. Maybe Antman.

 

I'm still testing for appropriate CO2 output on this thing - not too far from success:

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Also, the cal reactor is filled with Brightwell Coralazarus and Neomag (11%) - will be installing it on the system tonight.

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A future concern of this is the water inlet or outlet becoming clogged - I am planning on implementing a particular practice during water changes that should help clear the potential for this up. I am going to try dosing 1mL of 3% H2O2 into the display water supply nozzle coinciding with powering off the pump - I might be able to keep the inside of the supply line, calcium reactor, and the pump clear when the display water is siphoning through the supply line.

 

Going to get the video up next and more pictures soon.

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What in the actual... that is insane !!! What are you gonna do for ph control/monitoring ? 

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Lol just imagine trying to frag the corals when they go to war or try to crawl up the glass

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9 hours ago, Reefkid88 said:

What in the actual... that is insane !!! What are you gonna do for ph control/monitoring ? 

Haha thanks. I have a couple ideas; I am planning on running a controller and finding and splicing a small pH probe to ideally fit in the sump. In case no probe can fit, I have been reserving designs for an exterior chamber, but ultimately, the probe's dimensions/guts will play the main role in any implementation effort. So, I need to figure out what to do for a controller and probe first.

9 hours ago, Tamberav said:

Lol just imagine trying to frag the corals when they go to war or try to crawl up the glass

Yeah I know, I have to pretend this was a good idea every time I see it - hahaha :rolleyes:. A few things in here are only temporarily confined until my 39G mixed reef is finished cycling. If anything becomes problematic, I will have to pull out the hardscape, transfer particular specimens out, clean the acrylic, reassemble and address placements. Sounds like about an hour's worth of miniature maneuvers; I won't be excited but have dealt with worse.

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What did it cost you to build the calcium reactor ?! 

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@Reefkid88 The calcium reactor recipe:

Mostly patience; I broke 3 test tubes making the top part before accomplishing the outcome of the fourth test tube. I have collected many test tubes over time, so those were free. I have 1/4" barbed Ts; used one for mitigation to the tubes, so no addition there. I purchased appropriately sized 316 stainless steel screws from ebay that I carefully ground into for flow control that fits into the T. There's a tiny "diamond edged" loop of 3/8" tubing in there to keep the media away from inserting/removing the T fitting from the test tube - snipped it from the slack of another setup. The media cost something, but also will be used elsewhere. I stole the rubber feet from the cooling fans for all of the inserts/seals. The screens were made from tiny net pots for fertilizing epiphytic plants; already had those. Filters in there were up-cycled as well. I purchased a set of several glass pipettes on ebay because I didn't have that aprx diameter glass tubing anywhere. The DIY CO2 thing was purchased part by part (bottle tops, pressure gauge, solenoid, needle valve, bubble counter, check valve) because I don't like plastic precision parts. I implemented 316SS quick connect to enable the setup to be modular, and I still kind of want to incorporate a pressure relief valve. I had the power supply and switch - collect those things, too. Vinegar or citric acid and baking soda, plenty in the kitchen already. I at one point had to go out of my way and purchase two sodas, too. I am looking through controller options and a probe that can fit somewhere; until then, I can manually test and switch on the solenoid. I think that's everything; except tools - those are common acquisition :wink:.

 

Screws: $2

Media: $33

Pipettes: $6

DIY CO2: $34  ...quick connect: $7  ...future pressure relief: $13.50

Sodas: $4

Controller + probe: ideally < $80

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I made this alternate hardscape a few days ago in preparation for when the current hardscape becomes unworkable:

 

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