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WBs 10G Nano w/YWG + Fire Shrimp Pair?!

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That's what I thought at first, too, and I was trying to watch if they moved, but it was really hard because they're so tiny - guess I might as well get out the tripod and see what happens in a time lapse. I think it is something photosynthetic; looked into starfish larval stages - not looking too much like any bipinnaria larvae or brachiolaria larvae - also asterinas I guess don't have a bipinnaria larval stage, so I came to the probably not conclusion - what do you guys think? The little stars are kind of reddish and kind of shiny like little dull gems.

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Amphrites

You're quite the inspiring mad-genius when it comes to these setups, I may have to shamelessly steal your cupperware pod and sand-bed idea.

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Thank you!  :]  I think I just try to keep it simple... mostly try not to spend money unless I really need to

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2 hours ago, Wonderboy said:

Thank you!  :]  I think I just try to keep it simple... mostly try not to spend money unless I really need to

Always nice to see someone who has the tools and talent to do so XD Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced both of mine after a few moves and this sickness, these days I'm pretty sure I qualify as a casting-couch of jank.

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Sorry @Amphrites, doesn't sound too fun - here's some jank to keep you going lol:

  • 5G bucket ('fuge)
  • 3G container + lid
  • 1G plastic jar + lid (for RODI top-off)
  • screen from old mini fridge
  • calcite sand from demolishing calcite chunks for the 2.5G
  • round wick for portable "cool mist" evaporative cooler
  • float valve, some bulkheads, other small plumping stuff, mini usb pump, heater
  • 'pump intake screen' modified to hold lump charcoal around and under overflow
  • 2x waterproof 12V red and white accent LED adhesive strip lights (for cars lol - from Ross, yup, dress for less -$5) stuck together stuffed inside a length of clear 1/2" PVC sealed into a bulkhead at the bottom of bucket 😅
  • carbon filter sleeve from my 10G to seed

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Oh look a leak ^ ...brb lol

 

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I keep watching micro brittles fall off frag plugs when I move them, so I figured why not throw together a little micro brittle star culturing station... you know... in the middle of the night. If it was easy to collect them, I wouldn't mind taking time to try mailing them around. The little system's been up and running for just a couple days. Seeded with water and used carbon filter pouch from the 10G, bottle bacteria, roids. I've added 3 micro brittles so far; plan is to toss 'em in when I happen across them and feed this system. There's some fern caulerpa in the 'fuge - hoping that works without substrate - otherwise chaeto it is. CUC is going to be just stomatella, spaghetti worms (intend to add more sand), and munnid pods - hoping those may be easy to collect if necessary, too. Not sure if I need light above the 3G yet but probably. When I was thinking of what I could use for these guys, the evap cooler wick pretty much screamed at me, "I would be perfect for providing surface area!", so I decided to trust it and collect other materials based around its implimentation - now I'm just hoping that it is reef safe (of course it got a good rinse). It can be pulled straight up and out of the 3G chamber for harvesting/collecting - will figure out how to do that if/when that happens. 

 

Hope this helps! 😆

 

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Just took some pics of stuff in the 10G, will put those here soon

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They don't ship well by themselves or seemingly on rocks, maybe try sending them on frag plugs or in a bag within a specimen container, maybe even wrap them in paper-towels or something... Hm. Cool project though, I added a few of these to my system a while back and they've been cool to see on occasion.

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So I've heard - I was planning to be okay with losing some trying to figure out the best way. I was hoping that if they were easy to collect, then it wouldn't be much of a loss. All of the parts used came from past projects - some failed, some successful - except for the LED, so it's not unlikely that things end up being parted out/repurposed in the future. Time will decide.

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Some of the corals in here:

 

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You have a gift mate, I hope to be one of the first guinea-pigs for microbrittle shipments.

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