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Hi there, it's been a little bit!

I took a break from the hobby, but I can't help but get excited again with everyone's reef inspiration!

 

After a few years of being away from Nano-Reef I decided on April 2nd to take a peek & see what I've been missing out on... Now I just have to jump in & get my feet wet (literally)!

 

I love reading about people's reefs & seeing all the cool photos, but haven't been one to comment much. Hopefully getting involved with this old school pico reef contest will give me a boost to engage with you all more. I'm excited!

 

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TANK- UNS 3N Rimless

LIGHT- Fluval Sea Nano Marine LED

Light mount- gooseneck tablet stand

HOB- Aquaclear 50

           With DIY surface skimmer

POWERHEAD- Azoo 180 or Koralia Nano

HEATER- Tetra 50 watt

LID- Cut Plexiglass

SALT- Red Sea Coral Pro

CORALS- TBD

LIVESTOCK- TBD

 

My 1st challenge right now is the mount to my light fixture. I plan to set up my tank as a peninsula with the aquaclear on one end, so then there's no room to mount the light on the rim of tank. I'm not a real fan of that anyway b/c of how small this thing is. This particular light comes with a metal bracket that's just shy of 1 inch wide & thin that slides into a slot in the body of the light fixture. It does not tighten into place & that does concern me as well... could it possibly slide off?

 

I'd like to mount the light to the little table/desk that the tank is sitting on. 

Just need to find something that has enough extension for the light to be able to "hover" over the tank. Also, something that will securely hold the light fixture & not drop the darn thing.

 

Could something like this work?Screenshot_2019-04-07-17-10-20-1.thumb.png.b28528ee4e8ed2e8135e5f9647eee7d3.png

 

 

Another option...

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I am going to head to the hardware store & electronics store to see if they might have something similar or even a longer metal bracket, like the one that came with the light. 

What do ya'll think? You all always have great ideas, so please help a girl out!

Update: I went with option #1, above ^

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Tigahboy

Welcome to the contest!  Glad to see another UNS tank in this competition.  Team UNS!  👊

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22 minutes ago, Tigahboy said:

Welcome to the contest!  Glad to see another UNS tank in this competition.  Team UNS!  👊

YES, love this rimless!!!

Thanks for the welcome & your volcano theme is looking great!

I can see a really nice tank down shot in your future with lots of corals on that rock ruble!

 

Question: Are you thinking you'll mount your light on your tank?

Just wondeeing, I see you haven't chosen a light yet...

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1 minute ago, Wendy said:

 

YES, love this rimless!!!

Thanks for the welcome & your volcano theme is looking great!

I can see a really nice tank down shot in your future with lots of corals on that rock ruble!

 

Question: Are you thinking you'll mount your light on your tank?

Just wondeeing, I see you haven't chosen a light yet...

Thanks!  Love the UNS tank as well.  It is probably the nicest glass tank I've ever had.  

 

Yeah, no lights yet.  But I was planning to mount a light on the side or maybe like back wall in the corner (on the side where all my equipment is).  I have a super tiny HOB so it's easier for me to mount on the side tho.  

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748S911

Welcome to the contest!

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22 minutes ago, Tigahboy said:

Thanks!  Love the UNS tank as well.  It is probably the nicest glass tank I've ever had.  

Every time I see your edges and zero trace of silicone....😩

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27 minutes ago, Tigahboy said:

Thanks!  Love the UNS tank as well.  It is probably the nicest glass tank I've ever had.  

 

Yeah, no lights yet.  But I was planning to mount a light on the side or maybe like back wall in the corner (on the side where all my equipment is).  I have a super tiny HOB so it's easier for me to mount on the side tho.  

Gosh, it just makes me nervous to mount the light on this tank...

 

However, my husband is worried about those ideas I posted above for holding my light. I'm just ready to order now & get a move on!

 

I was lucky to find this tank in one of the half dozen LFS within 15 miles of me & it looks like I paid $12 more than you.

You did good on that find!

11 minutes ago, 748S911 said:

Welcome to the contest!

Thank you! Your custom trey/trim is looking so sharp! 

 

I couldn't go with the janky tank b/c I'm not that engenious, heck I'm have trouble with mounting my light!

I knew when I saw the fixture at the LFS that it would need alterations, but it was 20% off sale & it should work well enough.

 

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3 minutes ago, Wendy said:

Gosh, it just makes me nervous to mount the light on this tank...

 

However, my husband is worried about those ideas I posted above for holding my light. I'm just ready to order now & get a move on!

 

I was lucky to find this tank in one of the half dozen LFS within 15 miles of me & it looks like I paid $12 more than you.

You did good on that find!

Thank you! Your custom trey/trim is looking so sharp! 

 

I couldn't go with the janky tank b/c I'm not that engenious, heck I'm have trouble with mounting my light!

I knew when I saw the fixture at the LFS that it would need alterations, but it was 20% off sale & it should work well enough.

 

Thanks, its was spur of moment kinda thing, this whole entry for me was. I was going uns all the way if I did enter. Even mapped out and planned the whole thing with Volcano man @Tigahboyuntil I found that tray. Then at that moment I went to the jankyside 👻.  On the plus side I am rimless....lol 

 

Go team rimless!! can I get a 🤛🤜.... anyone...fine no team rimless 😩

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5 minutes ago, 748S911 said:

Go team rimless!! can I get a 🤛🤜.... anyone...fine no team rimless 😩

Until I saw a couple of people have to order replacements I was all up for it. That would have blown my entire months budget

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10 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Until I saw a couple of people have to order replacements I was all up for it. That would have blown my entire months budget

When I was de rimming mines I thought any min now this thing is gonna break... lol 

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This guy is extra salty

Welcome to the contest!!

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debbeach13

Welcome back to reefing. I know this contest will be a lot of fun. Good luck with your tank.

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14 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

Welcome to the contest!!

Thank you! I'm really jealous of your custom stuff, just so you know (;

I'm not that great at DIY & building things so it's pretty fascinating to see what you are putting together!

5 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Welcome back to reefing. I know this contest will be a lot of fun. Good luck with your tank.

Thank you! There's so MANY entries that I'm working my way through everyone's threads to see what's happening!

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spectra

Welcome to the UNS club...……… cant wait to see what happens with it. 

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Since I do not currently have a SW tank set up & just have some odds/ends sitting in a corner, I am pretty much starting from scratch.

 

Over the weekend, along with my husband, we visitrd a few LFS. 

I purchased the tank, light, filter, salt & live rock.

The rock has been brewing in a bucket of SW, giving me time to leak test the tank & filter.

I've also disfigured a pill bottle to use as a surface skimmer. It's not turning out how I'd like ):

 

Oh, I did have a bucket with some larger grain sand in it, that's been sitting in the "aquarium corner" for quit some time 0:

 I rinsed that all out really well & had enough for this little tank with a little left over.

 

I used the cardboard top on the UNS & just eye balled the live rock when I picked out 2 pieces. Well, the larger one is just too tall for my liking, so I had to rectify that situation!

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I was able to chizzle of 2-3 inches & it looks much better!

Now, I need to decide on which scape to go with...

 

1st scape is both rocks, but it pretty much covers the whole bottom of the tank.

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2nd scape is the larger rock with some chipped up rubble & it's very minimalistic, but leaves more sand bed.

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I went a head & put all the rock in for now & filled her up with SW water to keep it stewing (:

Lmk what ya'll think! Scape #1 or #2??

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Tigahboy

Scape #2 looks great!  

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vlangel

I like scape 2 since there is more sandbed.  A lot may depend on what coral you are thinking of keeping.

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45 minutes ago, Tigahboy said:

Scape #2 looks great!  

I'm kinda leaning that way too..

 

6 minutes ago, vlangel said:

I like scape 2 since there is more sandbed.  A lot may depend on what coral you are thinking of keeping.

With the 2 rocks it already seems crammed...

 

I want to go a different route than I normally do. I usually do some kind of macro tank.

 

This time I've got my mind set on zoas, acans & some ricordias.

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748S911

#2 the slope is cool and have a lot of ways to mount corals and stuff. 

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spectra

Agree with everyone on number 2............also could bust up the other rock and maybe try making something with the rubble.

 

I know when I made my scape it took a few runs with the rock to find something. Even in the end when I thought it was done I changed it..........

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minimal

I'd agree on #2!

 

With the corals you mentioned, this would look SWEET 🙌🏻

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debbeach13

You will look at it more than anyone else. What do you like?

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Lostandfound

#2 with less sand. Be very conscious of livestock mounting space on both the rock and sand bed. Need the most area possible in these tiny tanks.

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3 hours ago, Wendy said:

I'm kinda leaning that way too..

 

With the 2 rocks it already seems crammed...

 

I want to go a different route than I normally do. I usually do some kind of macro tank.

 

This time I've got my mind set on zoas, acans & some ricordias.

I think scape 2 is perfect for zoas, acans and ricordia!

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4 hours ago, Wendy said:

Since I do not currently have a SW tank set up & just have some odds/ends sitting in a corner, I am pretty much starting from scratch.

 

Over the weekend, along with my husband, we visitrd a few LFS. 

I purchased the tank, light, filter, salt & live rock.

The rock has been brewing in a bucket of SW, giving me time to leak test the tank & filter.

I've also disfigured a pill bottle to use as a surface skimmer. It's not turning out how I'd like ):

 

Oh, I did have a bucket with some larger grain sand in it, that's been sitting in the "aquarium corner" for quit some time 0:

 I rinsed that all out really well & had enough for this little tank with a little left over.

 

I used the cardboard top on the UNS & just eye balled the live rock when I picked out 2 pieces. Well, the larger one is just too tall for my liking, so I had to rectify that situation!

20190410_143437.thumb.jpg.468409f738fb03a0d967121f12c410ba.jpg

 

I was able to chizzle of 2-3 inches & it looks much better!

Now, I need to decide on which scape to go with...

 

1st scape is both rocks, but it pretty much covers the whole bottom of the tank.

20190410_141929.thumb.jpg.58219d92fb4d3d67aade29d8f6ff6e6e.jpg

 

2nd scape is the larger rock with some chipped up rubble & it's very minimalistic, but leaves more sand bed.

20190410_141806-1.thumb.jpg.b7760a90ca7cbdb65f159ff758e880f9.jpg

 

I went a head & put all the rock in for now & filled her up with SW water to keep it stewing (:

Lmk what ya'll think! Scape #1 or #2??

It reminds me of a pic I took in Cozumel with that slope. 

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