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Noah's Hidden Cavern - A Old School Pico Adventure

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Noah C Peterson

Well its finally happened, after five years out of the hobby I stumbled on the contest thread and got hooked by all of your sick tanks. I'm really excited to jump back into the game! 

 

Equipment

 

Tank: 2.5 AGA Aquarium (Are Tecatas a snack? If not banana for scale/snack) 

 

Lighting: ABI Tuna Blu 12w LED 

 

Filter: Whisper PF10

 

Heater: Aqueon Mini 10w

 

Livestock:

 

** I really want to focus on one centerpiece, thinking a maxi mini and some sexy shrimp, maybe a pretty toadstool, not really sure yet. Please give me suggestions!!*****

 

The Plan:

 

One of my favorite parts of going to a well designed aquarium is the attention to detail that goes into not only the inside of the aquarium, but the fully themed displays that capture the world both within the tank and around it. The goal for this little guy is to devise a Hidden Cave. A glimpse into a lost ecosystem.

 

How:

 

The biggest challenge for this tank is going to be creating the illusion of depth in a tank that is only 6" deep. I plan on constructing and exterior shadowbox behind the tank making a mirage of stone deeper in the "Cave"  

 

I want to put a lot of time into the exterior of the tank. The plan is to design a cave structure to surround the tanks, giving us a glipse into the tank. I'll post some of my inspiration images below so this maybe makes sense Lol 

 

Well that about wraps it up until I can actually start working on the tank. I have no clue if any of these things are going to work out but I think this is going to be a very fun little contest and I'm so stoked to finally be back in this awesome addiction.... I mean hobby...Thanks for looking everyone, I would love some suggestions or ideas on stocking and critics of my plan!

 

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Wendy

Welcome back!!!

I'm diggin your cave concept & can't wait to see what you come up with!

If you need a "column" rock like in your 1st cave pick, I gotcha covered, lol!

(You'll have to check my thread 🙂

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Tigahboy

Very cool idea.  Looking forward to seeing this take shape.  And welcome to the competition!

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debbeach13

Welcome back. This contest is bringing a few back into the hobby. Your idea sounds interesting. Following and wishing you good luck.

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mariahranch

Glad to see another entrant returning to this great hobby! Love your idea and hope it works out exactly as you are envisioning. I’ll be following along for sure 

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seabass
7 hours ago, Noah C Peterson said:

 

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I like this look.  A cave in back of the tank with light streaming through the top (with the tank's aquascape blending in, as an entrance to the cave).  Kind of a take on @Droy008's creative container tank:

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7 hours ago, Noah C Peterson said:

focus on one centerpiece, thinking a maxi mini and some sexy shrimp, maybe a pretty toadstool

You could do the mini carpet and sexies, but I wouldn't make them the centerpiece.  A toadstool would have more structure for a centerpiece.  So maybe both.

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MetaTank

Welcome back to the hobby! Much like you, I haven't had a reef tank in a few years, and this Pico competition is my re-introduction to reefing as well! Love the cave concept, and I'm  eager to see this shadow box and the work you do outside of the tank as well! Should be an exciting one to follow along!

 

And :welcome: to Nano-Reef!

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Noah C Peterson
13 hours ago, seabass said:

I like this look.  A cave in back of the tank with light streaming through the top (with the tank's aquascape blending in, as an entrance to the cave).  Kind of a take on @Droy008's creative container tank:

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You could do the mini carpet and sexies, but I wouldn't make them the centerpiece.  A toadstool would have more structure for a centerpiece.  So maybe both.

That's an dope little tank! Its a similar concept for sure, I'm planning on constructing my shell out of styrofoam and doing a full encasing but after seeing this I might plant the structure too 🤔 Totally ganna lurk that thread for some inspriation! Thanks!

 

I agree about the toadstool being a more stable centerpiece. Also thinking now maybe a nice torch or some kind of other Euphyllia, I'm a fan of flowy coral. Anyway I plan on planting the sides of the tank with mushrooms and zoas so a maxi would fit fine sitting in there I think. 

 

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Noah C Peterson
4 hours ago, MetaTank said:

Welcome back to the hobby! Much like you, I haven't had a reef tank in a few years, and this Pico competition is my re-introduction to reefing as well! Love the cave concept, and I'm  eager to see this shadow box and the work you do outside of the tank as well! Should be an exciting one to follow along!

 

And :welcome: to Nano-Reef!

Glad there are a few of us jumping back in! I can't wait to see how everyone's tanks shape up! Glad there is a community that's so welcoming and enthusiastic, I'm happy to join in the fun! 

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This guy is extra salty

Welcome to the contest!

 

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ChristopherDido

Welcome to the contest! Sounds like a cool idea!

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