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2 Gallon Pico Reef Jar - Amphipod Kingdom ūüíß

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1 hour ago, Christopher Marks said:

Thank you! Your reef jar-now-bowl has been a big inspiration, I've been reading through your journal all over again today, and definitely follow in your footsteps. Thank you for documenting it so well through the contest and beyond, I love seeing it in the new glass bowl now!

Awh man I take no credit! I learned from reading Brandon's and maritza stuff haha! But thanks so much, sometimes I wonder if its a personal diary or if people actually read any of it ūüėāūüėāūüėā

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Day 36: Yesterday I changed out 6 quarts of water, I used some airline tubing to siphon it out after wiping the glass with a little poly filter and blasting the sand and rocks with a pipette.

 

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The new favia has been quite happy in the tank, it’s neat to see its feeder tentacles out late at night. The zoanthids have been a little more temperamental, opening and closing throughout the day, but mostly open. I had been running the pico jar at room temperature still, down to 71F at night, and the new additions didn’t seem to mind much.

 

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Nonetheless, stability in temperature is surely worthwhile, so I finally set up the Inkbird ITC-308 thermostat temp controller and 7.5w Bettastik heater last night. Knowing that the light will still warm the water during the day, I decided to set the Inkbird to heat the tank to 77F so it doesn’t overheat after 12hrs of light. The Inkbird and heater maintained that precise temperature throughout the night, and today has been the first full day with heat.

 

The acans and favia started the day quite content with the warmer waters, they definitely seemed more filled out first thing this morning. The zoanthids don’t seem as pleased with the change though, but I know they can take longer to acclimate, they’re about half open tonight. 10 hours into lights on, the tank has reached 79.7F, so I think this new heating routine should work out fine, at least until late spring.

 

Acan after lights out, tentacles out!

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Nice set-up!  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I saw the words "pico jar", but I'm digging it.  :)  I was looking into Real Reef Rock as well, so glad to hear you like it!

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Thanks @Tigahboy! I never imagined I'd have a pico jar of my own, but it was the Creative Container Contest we hosted last year that won me over. Just like regular nano reefs, new smaller lighting technology has helped make these possible, and so many reef jar pioneers here have learned the best maintenance techniques to sustain them long term, more simple than we ever realized.

 

The tank got to 80.5¬įF by lights out last night, and the Inkbird thermostat kept the tank warmed to 77¬įF all night. It does appear to let the water cool 1 degree¬†before turning on the heater, it was at 76.4¬įF early this morning before lights on, I heard it click on at 76¬į. I have the heater positioned higher up in the jar, I may try to hide it lower eventually, but the curve of the jar and the optics help it disappear when viewing the tank straight on. In hindsight that under gravel betta¬†bowl heater would hide away quite nicely, but I think it's too late to wrestle one into the sand bed without disturbing my aquascape. I also haven't found a good way to stick the Inkbird temperature probe against the glass, it's hanging in the middle at the moment. I think I'll have to zip tie it to something else.

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I've often wondered if you just put the betta bowl heater under the jar itself if it would keep it warm enough. 

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3 hours ago, martinicu said:

I've often wondered if you just put the betta bowl heater under the jar itself if it would keep it warm enough. 

I've thought about a heating mat of some kind, but most aren't meant to have much weight resting on them. I haven't looked too hard though, that would be handy. I think for the betta bowl heaters, they're not meant to run without being submerged in water, they can overheat and melt when exposed.

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You're right I didn't take into account it needs to be submerged. I did find this in a quick search. It would also be one less cord coming out of the lid. Probably could be hidden under a decorative place mat of sorts.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Small-Heated-Pet-Bed-Warmer-Dog-Cat-Electric-Heating-Pad-Comfy-Heater-Indoor-Mat-/223203725798

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The air bubbles breaking at the water surface combined with the curved edge of the jar seems to act as a crude protein skimmer, waste collects on the edges of the glass between cleanings. It seems particularly helpful in catching acan poo!

 

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One curious outcome is that over the last few weeks it has skimmed two small bugs that were attracted to the jar light and found their way inside. Unwelcome detritus, but at least they seem to get skimmed out quickly. 

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Read through. Some other magnet cleaner suggestions are the IM mini magnet cleaner. But this one I really like, it's my fav for small tanks. The Nimble. 

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9 minutes ago, metrokat said:

Read through. Some other magnet cleaner suggestions are the IM mini magnet cleaner. But this one I really like, it's my fav for small tanks. The Nimble. 

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Is that the Nimble Nano that was made by a Nano-Reef member back in the day?  I remember when those came about but was too broke to buy one back then.  If I had bought one I'm sure it'd be lost right now lol.

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10 minutes ago, metrokat said:

Read through. Some other magnet cleaner suggestions are the IM mini magnet cleaner. But this one I really like, it's my fav for small tanks. The Nimble. 

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How could I ever forget @C Jerome‚Äės amazing¬†Nimble Nano?!¬†A long time member and community supporter,¬†I can‚Äôt think of a more perfect magnet cleaner for my tank! I¬†wasn‚Äôt sure if I could still get one, I will see to it! ‚̧ԳŹ

43 minutes ago, metrokat said:

SUBSCRIBED!!!!! :wub:

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1 hour ago, Lula_Mae said:

Is that the Nimble Nano that was made by a Nano-Reef member back in the day?  I remember when those came about but was too broke to buy one back then.  If I had bought one I'm sure it'd be lost right now lol.

Yup.

 

http://www.nimblenano.com/Purchase.html

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Awesome thread so far!  Looking forward to seeing what else you do with this system.

 

I am also patiently waiting to see this Pico Pro light come out to market (or pre-order?  there seems to be a lack of pre-order links on your website@ReefSmart)

This may be a great solution to the office system I have been planning and re-planning for over a year now :P

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