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Dr. Seuss's Truffula Tank - 2.5 Old School Pico

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Ok quick update, the majano is still alive, my pesky aptasia is still there, I killed some, turned the rock over cause I was playing with my rockscape and found more grrr... Now this week I've got brown stringy stuff all over, if it's diatoms ok, then I've never had them and this is a total newb thing lol. Anyway anyone want to help me and tell me what I'm looking at here? Thx

 

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asting

Looks like diatoms. give it time. i've noticed with just an AC30 my circulation is a bit low, just added a fountain pump.

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20 minutes ago, asting said:

Looks like diatoms. give it time. i've noticed with just an AC30 my circulation is a bit low, just added a fountain pump.

Thanks! That's what I'm hoping it is, I've never had diatoms lol, this is new for me. I'll keep the fountain pump in mind, hoping I won't need it, but if I do then I'll add it.

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7 minutes ago, ChristopherDido said:

Thanks! That's what I'm hoping it is, I've never had diatoms lol, this is new for me. I'll keep the fountain pump in mind, hoping I won't need it, but if I do then I'll add it.

Your powerhead looks like the fountain pumps i've used! I'm sure that's enough circulation.

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9 minutes ago, asting said:

Your powerhead looks like the fountain pumps i've used! I'm sure that's enough circulation.

I wish I had a power head in there. I don't think there are any small enough for a 2.5 gal lol

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47 minutes ago, ChristopherDido said:

Thanks! That's what I'm hoping it is, I've never had diatoms lol, this is new for me. I'll keep the fountain pump in mind, hoping I won't need it, but if I do then I'll add it.

Add some ceriths 

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18 minutes ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Add some ceriths 

Thanks! I'll pick up a couple tomorrow

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RudyEnt
On 4/7/2019 at 12:09 PM, ChristopherDido said:

Thanks!  It's honestly still one of my favorites and I am glad I get to share it with my little one now!

Thanks!  I'll try not to disappoint you or him! 😎

I just spent a few minutes searching for those, no clue where I would even begin to look to find them, not too much info on them other than wikipedia, but I'll keep my eyes open.

 

On 4/7/2019 at 9:09 AM, ChristopherDido said:

So I'm in... This will be my second pico reef, wife gave me the go ahead. I'll be building this pico reef through the eyes of a child.  We just had our son just over 7 months ago and watching him discover and be fascinated by the simplest of things and reading to him at nights got me thinking of all the wonderful fairy tale like aspects there can be to reefing. So this build will be devoted to my son and recreating a scene from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, so I present to you Dr. Seuss's Truffula Tank. I hope to build a whimsical little world that my son will be fascinated by and Dr. Seuss would be proud of. Here's my official entry shot, tank should be wet today:

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Hardware:

Aqueon 2.5G - $14

Aquaclear 30 - $0

Cobalt heater - 5W, probably gonna have to replace this - Changed to Tetra HT10 $20

Par38 not sure if it's the 12W or 23W I bought both during the reef jar contest and can't remember which stayed over the converted jar (anyone know how to tell by looking at it?) - $0

Still need to find/make a lid that will work with HOB on there (any ideas?)

Planning to do manual top off


Stocking:
Still deciding on lots of things...
Plan for corals at the moment, Truffula Trees (AKA different colored hammers) and trying to grow green, grassy mats (thinking green star polyps) over the "hilly" rocks. Will also keep looking for other corals that will keep the Lorax theme. 

You can add Duncans.  They look like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book.

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42 minutes ago, RudyEnt said:

 

You can add Duncans.  They look like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book.

I have been thinking about that, never had them, so good excuse to give them a try 🙂

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Quick update with a FTS. Still dealing with the brown stringy stuff, which is making my hammers not open!  I'm really hoping it's not Dino's (or as my students call them Dino-flatulence, and Dino Farts 🤣) I'm hoping to get more snails tomorrow. 

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Dino Flatulence 😂 

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11 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Dino Flatulence 😂 

I was laughing so hard the first time they said that, still chuckle every time they say it. 

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I got your lid finished..

there is a surprise on the other side

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4 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

I got your lid finished..

there is a surprise on the other side

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Awesome! Good to pick up on Friday? Meet you at Art of Aquaria? Or is there a better time?

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Looks like the dino flatulence. 😫

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48 minutes ago, ChristopherDido said:

Awesome! Good to pick up on Friday? Meet you at Art of Aquaria? Or is there a better time?

Sure sounds good to me!

unless you want it sooner. Doesn’t matter to me.

 

maybe @inland_reef would like to meet up also 😂 

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10 minutes ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Sure sounds good to me!

unless you want it sooner. Doesn’t matter to me.

 

maybe @inland_reef would like to meet up also 😂 

I’m game! Should be free after 3:30. I’ll bring the goods (aka macros) 🤣🤣

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33 minutes ago, inland_reef said:

I’m game! Should be free after 3:30. I’ll bring the goods (aka macros) 🤣🤣

Haha I’ll probably be there around 5pm, gotta drop off packages off at UPS 

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On 5/13/2019 at 9:41 PM, This guy is extra salty said:

Haha I’ll probably be there around 5pm, gotta drop off packages off at UPS 

I can probably make it around 6 

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Ok so whatever the the brown stringy/slimy stuff was, it had subsided. Now I'm hoping that the hammers will begin to open up! Wondering if the AC30 is too much flow for this tiny pico. Here's a FTS without the slime! We're in business now to begin stocking! Trying to decide on critters to go in there now.

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The tank is looking better.

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So got to hang out with @This guy is extra salty and @inland_reef for a few at a local LFS. @This guy is extra salty made me an acrylic top for my janky tank and included a nice etching on it... But get this I only asked for one and he hooked me up with two! Now to decide which lid to put on this tank. Thanks so much for the thoughtful etchings, here's a few pics for all of you to admire this awesome work. 

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5 minutes ago, ChristopherDido said:

So got to hang out with @This guy is extra salty and @inland_reef for a few at a local LFS. @This guy is extra salty made me an acrylic top for my janky tank and included a nice etching on it... But get this I only asked for one and he hooked me up with two! Now to decide which lid to put on this tank. Thanks so much for the thoughtful etchings, here's a few pics for all of you to admire this awesome work. 

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Amaaaaazing

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23 minutes ago, ChristopherDido said:

So got to hang out with @This guy is extra salty and @inland_reef for a few at a local LFS. @This guy is extra salty made me an acrylic top for my janky tank and included a nice etching on it... But get this I only asked for one and he hooked me up with two! Now to decide which lid to put on this tank. Thanks so much for the thoughtful etchings, here's a few pics for all of you to admire this awesome work. 

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Nice lid(s)!  Sounds like an awesome reefer meet-up as well.  

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1 hour ago, pricewayne said:

Amaaaaazing

Thanks I love them!

1 hour ago, Tigahboy said:

Nice lid(s)!  Sounds like an awesome reefer meet-up as well.  

It was a very nice little meet up... not too long or anything, we all had stuff we had to get to, but good none the less.

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