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... Throwing my hat in the ring with a silly undersized AIO shrimp tank! 

 

I'm getting a new office at work and once the dust has settled I'm planning on setting up a small tank to house some sexy shrimp and hardy corals - the theme will be "Mean & Green". I haven't actually asked my employer yet but as they say, it's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission haha...

 

Tank

Custom cut AIO wall and lid in 4mm and 8mm acrylic

Custom 3.4L/0.9USG cube in 4mm opti-white glass

15x15cm square of purple yoga mat foam under tank

 

Equipment

Visitherm 10W heater

Tunze 'Universal Mini' pump

TMC iLumenAir v2 Nanolight

 

Media

Carbon/GFO

Trusty filter floss

Gnarly dry rock rubble scape

Two mini egg-crate media racks

 

Current stock

Plenty of GSP

Asterina starfish

Mini dove snails

Two sexy shrimp

Papaya clove polyps

Metallic green rhodactis

Ultra green velvet rhodactis

Red Gracilaria mammillaris algae

Ultra green jawbreaker discosoma

A very sulky uranium bounce rhodactis

Radioactive dragon-eye, gobstopper, goblin's fire, and rasta zoas

 

End of October FTS

 

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End of September FTS

 

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End of August FTS

 

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End of July FTS

 

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End of June FTS

 

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End of May FTS

 

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End of April FTS

 

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End of March FTS

 

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End of February FTS

 

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Cheers,

SG

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Ratvan
20 minutes ago, Azur said:

Throwing my hat in the ring for the 365 Day Challenge with something a bit silly... An undersized AIO shrimp tank!

 

I'm getting a new office at work next week and once the dust has settled I'm planning on setting up a small tank to house some sexy shrimp and a few hardy corals... I reckon I'll go super small with it so as to alay any concerns my employer might have re power consumption/a glass box of water on my desk! Planning a nice hardy stocklist and cool little rock rubble scape... Might even go bare bottom if I'm feeling fruity!

 

I haven't actually asked my employer yet but, as they say, it's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission haha...

 

Planned equipment

- Tunze Universal Mini Pump 5024

- TMC iLumenAir v2 Nano 3w LED light

- Visitherm 10W heater

- Custom cut opti-white 3.4L/0.9USG tank

- Custom cut acrylic AIO and thick lid

- Tiny egg crate media rack

 

Planned inverts

- Two very sexy shrimp

- A red leg hermit

- Asterina stars

- Mini brittle stars if I can find a few

- Mini dove snails

 

Planned corals (all mean and green!)

- Plenty of GSP

- Radioactive dragon-eye zoas

- Papaya clove polyps

- Neon green kenya tree

- Hairy green mushrooms

- Small green hammer, if stable (... big if!)

 

Tank and kit pics to follow when acquired! 🙂

 

Cheers,

Azur

Bold bit is spot on mate. 👍

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6 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Bold bit is spot on mate. 👍

Haha yes sir! They're health and safety nuts in my office so it could all go tits up in a few months... Heaven forbid a few plugs haven't been PAT tested!?

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 ... A little progress update!

 

After a bit of thinking I've decided the tank's theme is going to be Mean & Green - I'll be sticking to green corals and am tempted to do something a little wacky with the back wall. Today I've cut and glued some mini egg-crate media racks and picked up some rock rubble from the LFS for some serious micro-scaping this evening. My display area is going to be a rather spacious 100mm x 150mm - yes you read that right, haha! The AIO section will be 50mm in width so everything is being measured to make sure it will actually fit. I've also picked up the bulk of the kit I'll need, I've gone for a...

 

- VisiTherm 10W heater (it's bigger than I'd like, but it'll do)

- TMC iLumenAir Nano v2 light (first impressions are good, super compact size)

- Tunze Universal Mini 5024.04 return pump (it's tiny, about 45mm wide)

- A cheap eBay return nozzle and 10mm tubing

 

I'm still waiting on the tank to be finished before I can get the acrylic cut for the lid and AIO wall, but it's due to be done this week... Fingers crossed I can get a pic of the empty tank up (inc. a tasty treat) up before the end of the month! 🤞

 

Instagram account set up for easy pic sharing!

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ef4life

Mean and green, I like it. 

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The Rainy Day Aquarium

Looking forward to this one. Best of luck! 

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3 hours ago, The Rainy Day Aquarium said:

Looking forward to this one. Best of 

Thanks mate, I've just been having a look at your pico haha! Given me hope that going so small can be done... How do you find the evaporation on your office tank with the acrylic lid?!

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Looking forwards to this, not seen many colour themed reefs before, well none that lasted anyway

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1 hour ago, Ratvan said:

Looking forwards to this, not seen many colour themed reefs before, well none that lasted anyway

I'd be chuffed if it made it through the year but there's always the possibility that my work will stick their oar in and say they don't like the tank... If we can cross that bridge then all should be fine haha! Currently got the freshly glued scape drying under my desk 😎

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... Scape's dry! Here it is alongside a cut out of the display tank space with a Coke can for scale. Im hoping to pick up the tank this weekend or early next week, and then it'll be on to acrylic cutting. I also ran a little test of the TMC iLumenAir Nano light on a timer this morning (I think it's just a rebranded ZetLight) and it looks like the settings will default back to those previously used when it powers back up, so that's cool 😎

 

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On 2/6/2020 at 12:00 AM, Azur said:

Thanks mate, I've just been having a look at your pico haha! Given me hope that going so small can be done... How do you find the evaporation on your office tank with the acrylic lid?!

Oh they can totally be successful little reef tanks! I've seen a few other ~1gallon tanks on here and they look amazing. Just be sure to keep up on water changes! 😊🌊 The acrylic lid helps with evaporation like we talked about. A lid is definitely recomended if you're not going to use an ATO.

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ef4life

I like that aquascape a lot, good job. What did you use to glue it together?

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21 minutes ago, ef4life said:

I like that aquascape a lot, good job. What did you use to glue it together?

Cheers mate, it's made out of three bigger rock rubble bits with some little feet added to them to make it seem bigger than it is. They're held together with a few good dollops of gorilla glue gel - the clear stuff with the green top 😊

29 minutes ago, The Rainy Day Aquarium said:

Oh they can totally be successful little reef tanks! I've seen a few other ~1gallon tanks on here and they look amazing. Just be sure to keep up on water changes! 😊🌊 The acrylic lid helps with evaporation like we talked about. A lid is definitely recomended if you're not going to use an ATO.

I think I'll go the thick acrylic lid route and ask colleagues to top off if I'm out the office for a while haha. Should I be worried about oxygen levels etc with a lid?

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... Picked up the tank this morning! Pretty pleased with it, the build quality's great... Nice opti-white glass and bevelled edges. It's made by an eBay seller here in the UK - NACD Aquariums if anyone's interested 😎

 

Acrylic next week and then I guess we'll get her wet! Pic below inc the sauce for tonight's dinner haha.

 

 

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@Azur I was out of town for a week and my coworkers topped it off for me. I came back and the tank was overflowing (they got a bit overzealous with the RODI water😅😬) and the salinity was below .75! Haha everything ended up being okay, but I would draw a line or something on the glass and/or get some one you trust to do top offs😅

 

With the lid I would cut some holes; just a few so there is still some gas exchange going on. I cut out a vent right above the filtration area in mine and it seems to do the trick. 👍

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On 2/9/2020 at 5:54 PM, The Rainy Day Aquarium said:

@Azur I was out of town for a week and my coworkers topped it off for me. I came back and the tank was overflowing (they got a bit overzealous with the RODI water😅😬) and the salinity was below .75! Haha everything ended up being okay, but I would draw a line or something on the glass and/or get some one you trust to do top offs😅

 

With the lid I would cut some holes; just a few so there is still some gas exchange going on. I cut out a vent right above the filtration area in mine and it seems to do the trick. 👍

Haha I've got a colleague who keeps a freshwater tank so hopefully he could be trusted with it! Thanks mate, that's good to know. I ordered some acrylic today, I'm gunna go for a few holes in the lid which should facilitate the ole gaseous exchange 😎

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This guy is extra salty

I’m following you on IG 

 

you got a sweet lil tank!

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2 hours ago, This guy is extra salty said:

I’m following you on IG 

 

you got a sweet lil tank!

Thanks mate. It's a sweet lil tank but I'm worried it's too lil haha? Once I've got the acrylic next week I'll be able to sort the rear chamber gubbins out but I already suspect my scape is 10mm or so too big 😅

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6 hours ago, Azur said:

Thanks mate. It's a sweet lil tank but I'm worried it's too lil haha? Once I've got the acrylic next week I'll be able to sort the rear chamber gubbins out but I already suspect my scape is 10mm or so too big 😅

I love the size of the tank, and the scape you have put together. Very interested to see where you go with this

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4 hours ago, Ratvan said:

I live the size of the tank, and the scape you have put together. Very interested to see where you go with this

Hopefully it won't dissapoint then haha...! Time to get that chunk of rock cycling, I reckon. More pics next week hopefully 😎

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Another little teaser photo before I silicone the AIO wall in place - tank, light, scape, extra groovy purple foam mat, and media racks on the right 🙂

 

 

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The Rainy Day Aquarium

Glad to see another zetlight user. Tank is looking great mate! Excited to see it all come together. 

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52 minutes ago, The Rainy Day Aquarium said:

Glad to see another zetlight user. Tank is looking great mate! Excited to see it all come together. 

Thanks mate, me too. Yeah it's kind of cheeky that light... We have a brand here in the UK called TMC who market this light as a "TMC iLumenAir Nano v2" and sell it for £35 (~45 USD) - but it literally says 'ZetLight' on the light unit? It just comes in a fancy TMC branded box haha... Is the Zet Light itself cheaper?

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Haha yeah it doesn't surprise me that they come under different names. I think it depends on who you ask, but I got mine (zetlight branded) off of ebay for £19. Either way they are great little lights for softies and maybe some LPS. 

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15 hours ago, The Rainy Day Aquarium said:

Haha yeah it doesn't surprise me that they come under different names. I think it depends on who you ask, but I got mine (zetlight branded) off of ebay for £19. Either way they are great little lights for softies and maybe some LPS. 

Haha I've been stitched up then!!! I'm glad I bought this 'v2' though because (if I've understood correctly) the settings are much more customisable on this model? I bet, it kicks out a lot of light for only 3W!

 

Update as of 13/02 - Scape now cycling in my other tank 🙂

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