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Wingy's "Old School Pico Reef" now a 5 gallon rimless

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On 7/6/2020 at 7:11 AM, Wingy said:

When did GSP become more expensive than common euphyllia?  It is crazy.  A little inch square piece of plain green GSP on some rubble costs $40? 

Was it some kind of special neon GSP?? That sounds ridiculous

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Wingy

Plain GSP.  I have a baseball size rock of bright long  tentacle gsp that is starting to branch.  I may see what the lfs would trade for it.  

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Wingy

The blasto has a 3rd baby.  I have never had a blasto so it makes me feel good that I am doing something  right.

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debbeach13

Been awhile since we have seen the tank. What’s up with that?

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Wingy

I will try to get some pictures tonight.  Hopefully the frogspawn will not be grumpy tonight.   I cleaned the impeller which changed the flow.

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The frogspawn is still grumpy.  The shrimp thinks it's a chicken and the frogspawn is her nest.  

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Break
On 7/6/2020 at 10:11 AM, Wingy said:

When did GSP become more expensive than common euphyllia?  It is crazy.  A little inch square piece of plain green GSP on some rubble costs $40? 

The prices these days are weird! I can't tell if it's due to the Covid-19 chaos, a change in reefing trends, or a change in regional collection laws? Maybe all of them?

 

I haven't been making many purchases or paying attention to prices for the last few years though, so what do I know? 🤪

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As everyone it trying to cool their tank I am trying to insulate it to try and keep it warm.  The AC blows on the left corner and from behind so I have styrofoam sheets along the back and side and boxes piled on the ledge behind.  

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I had an aaha moment and with some bits I had handy built a attachment to turn my HOB into a vacuum for the substrate.  The process needs some tweeking to use in small spaces but over all I am really happy with the job it did.  

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debbeach13

Show us I have always wanted to do that.

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Wingy

Adding one tick of the red/green in my light has really made a difference.  The color is starting to come back in the JF star gazers.of course now I have algae growing in the substrate again. What is available that will clean the top layer of substrate and is suitable for a 5 gallon?  

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Ratvan
20 hours ago, Wingy said:

Adding one tick of the red/green in my light has really made a difference.  The color is starting to come back in the JF star gazers.of course now I have algae growing in the substrate again. What is available that will clean the top layer of substrate and is suitable for a 5 gallon?  

Dwarf Ceriths, and I always find that hermits turn over the top layer of mine as well quite nicely. Nassarius to a certain point but sure as you know not to expect them to eat it just keep it moving when they bury/unbury.

 

If you find anything else let me know, that's one of my main struggles 

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I have a single blue leg hermit and with he has no interest in the bottom or he is lazy.  I can try the snails.  Turning it over may help.  

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Ratvan

The vacuum HOB not work out then? Or just want a bit of living maintenance crew to improve it

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It works but but still needs some tweeking.  I would like the tube smaller to get into the corners better so I would rather it not get so dirty during the week and I just do routine cleaning on Sunday.  

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Wingy

Would micro brittle stars make a difference in keeping the top layer of the substrate clean?  I can call around and see if any of the lfs will sell me some or I can order a group of 6 but they are kind of expensive and 6 sounds like a lot to add to a 5 gallon.. 

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Ratvan
1 minute ago, Wingy said:

Would micro brittle stars make a difference in keeping the top layer of the substrate clean?  I can call around and see if any of the lfs will sell me some or I can order a group of 6 but they are kind of expensive and 6 sounds like a lot to add to a 5 gallon.. 

I have purposely added 6 Micro Brittle and 6 Stomatella to my 2.5G Pico, never see them and not noticed the sand particularly cleaner. 

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Break

Cerith, dwarf cerith and planaxis do a decent job with sand turnover for me, though I definitely still have to vacuum it every week. I don't see pico-sized tank residents doing much in comparison to those you can get in larger tanks and even then, you'll still have to clean the sand a fair bit.

 

Let us in on your gravel vac design if you figure out something with making the tubing thinner. The 1 inch diameter classic gravel vacs are a bit big to get in all the nooks and crannies of my pico without moving the rocks, so I've been considering making a DIY gravel vac like this out of a submersible pump and 1/2" or 3/4" tubing myself.

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One of the crabs pushed the single headed duncan off the rock, head first into the frogspawn.  I don't  know how long it was in there.  The duncans tentacles are out now but one side looks withered and droopy.  Is there any chance the duncan will be ok?  

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I am thinking of replacing the HOB with a  Tunze Comline Nanofilter 3161. The overhead water flow is just pounding the heck out of things.    I am hoping @risk1994 can offer some insight on if it will be to much for a 5 gallon and maybe provide a video of the flow.  

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