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UGFuge 2.5G Pico - No Rules Old School Reef

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Tigahboy

Ooooh.  Nice trap door mod + undegravel fuge!  Ingenious!  And congrats on being done with the cycle.

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Lula_Mae

This is so old school it makes old school look new school!  The undergravel fuge is great lol.

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Wonderboy

Dealt with a mini cycle after removing the seed rock; it settled back down over a short time period after a partial water change and dose of phyto and pods.

 

I finished putting the underglow under the chassis.

I cut some reflector from an unused T5 fixture (who needs that anyways) and used 12V strip LEDs in red, pink and blue:

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It was brighter than expected so I cut a diffuser from Styrofoam packaging sheet (doubles as insulation from the warm LEDs):

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Here's the whole setup last night:

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Check out those disco bubbles:

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So I might reduce the power to the LEDs. There was SO much light coming through the gravel that I had to add more gravel; and now, there's still SO much light coming through the gravel... 🤣 For the time being, I'm just going to let whatever happens happen. Running underglow for 18 hrs, DT light for 8 hrs - 1 hour of overlay (both lights on).

 

What it kind of looks like with both lights going (sorry, cell phone pics):

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Snap shot of this hot bottom:

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The mushroom and zoa started to shrivel up slowly, so I relocated them to another system (hopefully they recover) and did a large water change on the 2.5G. I'm going to try coral again in a couple WCs. I had added 3 small blue leg hermits a while back, 2 large electric blue knuckle hermits a few days ago and a blue damsel just yesterday. So far, these seem to be doing well. The rock is easily removed, so I can catch the damsel easily if I decide he is not staying in here. Also, the rock's back is cut flat and sits off the aquarium wall almost a half inch, so he is able to swim behind, into, and out of the rock's features. He quickly took to observing everyone walking by not far from this tunnel entrance:

 

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One of the large hermits:

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Wingy

I have a cranky mushroom too.  The darn thing looks like a blueberry every morning but by the time I get home it is spread out like a puddle and purple instead of blue.  It seems to want a shaded area from the mouth up but spreads into the light below the mouth.  We have started calling it Mister Cranky Pants.  

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The zoa that was moved out is now toast - it was an official slime ball in the 10G last night... I guess it's more like jelly for the toast. The mushroom is in the 10G, too; it's starting to look like it might make it.

 

I had added a small powerhead, which is basically a small USB powered pump, to the top right corner to prevent too much debri settling. I programmed it to turn on for 3 hours around lights off and on; running it full time had influenced the tank's temperature too much.

 

Also, after the addition of the underglow, I noticed the temps were hovering at the high end during the night like it was doing when the CFL was on 24hrs. I am going to try running the underglow for one and a half hours then have them cut off for a half hour repeatedly during the night. Probably wouldn't be an issue on a larger tank - I'll be watching. I also have the underglow scheduled to come on midday for an hour and a half so that -theoretically- the tank is assuredly kept warmer during the day.

 

Ironically, the placement of this setup ended up being behind one of my wall mounted oscillating fans in the house, so I got that workhorse on the schedule, too. I have the fan programmed to be on during the day and intermittently during the night.

 

There is a series of analog timers running this operation - one for the oscillating fan, one for the UGF LEDs, one for the powerhead, and one for the display CFL - it's basically a DIY aquarium controller from before our time...

 

Here's a rare look behind the scenes:

 

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Camouflaged?

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Tigahboy

We need more tricks, Wonderboy!

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9 hours ago, Tigahboy said:

We need more tricks, Wonderboy!

Okay okay... So I noticed that this thing doesn't really evaporate much of anything with the glass lid being nearly sealed, so I figured I could incorporate a small ATO somewhere to help keep the salinity as stable as possible. Without any further ado, this is what I came up with:

 

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                                                                                                 ...yes, the tank's stand is leveled with pennies.

 

 

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Wonderboy

So this is a heat warped piece of conduit tube super-glued to a bulkhead gasket. It's belled to hold an upside-down bottle.

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It's supposed to maintain the seal for the "ATO" over the hole I drilled in the glass like so:

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So that these parts (the shortened air stone/RODI inlet and the air inlet) are suspended at the surface of the water, kind of like this:

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Tigahboy

Yasss!  OP delivered!  Very cool ATO!

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It drips a little faster than 1 drop per second when the air inlet isn't plugged [with water]:

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I have to drill another hole tomorrow just for quick access broadcast feeding.

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The ATO unit is not too obvious from the front...

Though I'll have to take a photo when the DT light is on to see how well the in-tank parts are hidden.

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Oh yeah, I made a little tree out of some dry rock for some plain Jane green star polyps to grow on - I'm going to mount that frag on there tomorrow, too.

 

52 minutes ago, Tigahboy said:

Yasss!  OP delivered!  Very cool ATO!

Thanks!!

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All the equipment in here turned out to be better hidden than I thought it would be; you can hardly even see the powerhead:

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The ATO in-tank parts are almost invisible

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                                      ...you didn't see anything...

 

I glued a tiny GSP frag onto the back of the rock tree (or the dead coral tree) - really hard to see/shoot:

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I've been up to some more nonsense...

 

Yesterday, I realized that there was a bunch of unused space inside the light hood and that I had a bunch of extra strip LEDS; though I was and am still absolutely uncertain of what any of their wavelengths are, I decided more blue of whatever nanometer added to the display couldn't hurt much. So, I found the rest of what I needed around the house to Jerry-rig this thing up properly. I was able to get the LEDs on a separate switch mounted sturdily to the rear of the hood; the CFL and the LED strip can operate individually or together. I was also able to better route the airline into the back of the hood and direct it towards the CFL. The acrylic shield still goes over it all without argument.

 

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I also drilled the lid again for that prospective feed hole and made a little cap for it:

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For comparing...

FTS "pre-op" (just CFL):

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FTS after surgery (CFL+LED):

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Again, I am not at all sure of what the actual nanometer these LEDs is, but I can now do this to my camera with my over-hauled incandescent strip light lol:

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1 hour ago, Wonderboy said:

I've been up to some more nonsense...

 

Yesterday, I realized that there was a bunch of unused space inside the light hood and that I had a bunch of extra strip LEDS; though I was and am still absolutely uncertain of what any of their wavelengths are, I decided more blue of whatever nanometer added to the display couldn't hurt much. So, I found the rest of what I needed around the house to Jerry-rig this thing up properly. I was able to get the LEDs on a separate switch mounted sturdily to the rear of the hood; the CFL and the LED strip can operate individually or together. I was also able to better route the airline into the back of the hood and direct it towards the CFL. The acrylic shield still goes over it all without argument.

 

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I also drilled the lid again for that prospective feed hole and made a little cap for it:

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For comparing...

FTS pre-op (just CFL):

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FTS after surgery (CFL+LED):

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Again, I am not at all sure of what the actual nanometer these LEDs is, but I can now do this to my camera with my over-hauled incandescent strip light lol:

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Nice retrofit, adds a ton of blue. Lookin good

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yoshii

Additional blue looks nice!

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seabass

Awesome setup!  The internal filter might disallow you from winning prizes, but I wouldn't change it.  This tank is sweet.

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Wonderboy

A google image search of 'internal filter' brings up what equipment I thought was referenced as restricted. I did not know the terms were characteristic descriptive. UGFs are from way before HOBs, so I rolled with it, but I understand if it's not allowed; I'm just here to share new ideas with the community.

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Clown79

Tank is looking great. The damsel really stands out. 

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seabass
14 minutes ago, Wonderboy said:

UGFs are from way before HOBs, so I rolled with it, but I understand if it's not allowed

Yeah, sorry.

On 3/28/2019 at 11:03 AM, Christopher Marks said:

HOB filters only, or no filter

 

But I'm stoked to see this tank come together.  Keep up the good work!

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Wonderboy
On 5/1/2019 at 9:03 PM, Wonderboy said:

UGF = Under Gravel Fuge

 

But it's not a filter.... 🤣

 

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"HOBs filters only, or no filter" ...this was referencing a Tetra brand in-tank mechanical filter...

 

But also:

On 3/23/2019 at 7:03 PM, Christopher Marks said:

but you cannot use any additional unapproved equipment.

So, I guess count me in the rule breakers category lol

 

Poor UGFs, always being shunned from the hobby...

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Quick update:

 

I banished one blue knuckle hermit to my 68G. Caught him trying to pry the other one out of its shell :eek: even though he has a couple shell options behind the rock.

 

Though the green star polyps are always open, its 'tentacles' seem to be shrinking/melting slowly away. I'm worried the pea gravel has something to do with it... But I am going to try changing the lighting schedule to something similar to that of my stacking pico's lighting schedule - as that thing can actually keep coral happy.... I am thinking that the issue is pH stabilization? Going to try less consecutive photosynthetic hours for both the display and fuge to help reduce the potential fluctuation. I may have to start testing the water soon. Here's a shot of the new "controllor" settings (powerhead runs for 1hr before and stops one hour after DT lights on and off):

 

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I added four baby stomatella and two small trochus snails - surplus from my 10G. I also added a new resident today:

 

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Since this one is probably permanent, I let him pick a name; he went with Jaws Jr. He is a sharknose goby after all. He seems to be doing well so far; he ate immediately after adding him; literally. I fed the damsel some frozen brine shrimp as a distraction when adding the goby, and Jaws Jr started chowing down pieces of sea monkey with the damsel.

 

I'm planning on taking a shot of the underside of the tank soon to see what's been going on with the chaeto.

 

Here's a FTS of my nearly FOWLR 2.5G from just now:

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Hoping the GSP can recover... I'm going to leave it in here as the canary.

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Tigahboy

Nice shark nose!  Almost got one myself, but ended up cancelling my order last minute (like few minutes past the cut-off before they shipped).  Now I want one again.  Liveaquaria is going to hate me.  

 

Hoping the GSP pulls through.

 

 

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Christopher Marks
On 5/13/2019 at 9:22 AM, Wonderboy said:

"HOBs filters only, or no filter" ...this was referencing a Tetra brand in-tank mechanical filter...

 

But also:

So, I guess count me in the rule breakers category lol

 

Poor UGFs, always being shunned from the hobby...

Aww yeah, unfortunately internal filters were specifically excluded from the competition @Wonderboy. I'm sorry I didn't catch the conflict sooner 😞. I have provided a special rule breaker prize category for tanks that fall out of bounds, it's not perfect, but these tanks still deserve some recognition too for participating!

 

This is nonetheless a really awesome concept you're exploring, and I really appreciate you sharing and I hope to continue forward with it! ❤️ 

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