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Theme: Mushroom and Flower Oasis

A mix of Ricordea florida and yuma with a few rock flower anemones. 

 

Equipment: Total $255

Tank: Lifegard 4.14 Cube $61

        - Actual Volume: 2.5 gal

Lid: Cut Acrylic Sheet $10

ATO: Manually 

Light: Hipargero Aqua Knight 30w $64

         -  White 10% (9/10)

         -  Blue 10% (9/10)

Timer: Teckin Smart Plug $12

Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 35w $60

Thermometer: $5

Water: RODI

Salt: Red Sea Blue Bucket

Rock: 2.5 lbs Live Rock (GB) $15

Sand: 2 lbs Caribsea Special Grade $28

Filtration: TBD

 

Livestock: Total $155

Fish

 

Invertebrates

- Red/Orange Rock Flower Anemone (BL 2/23/20) $25


Coral

- Orange Ricordea yuma (BL 2/23/20) $20

- Green & Purple Ricordea yuma (CC 3/11/20) $50

- Teal Ricordea florida (CC 3/11/20) $30

- Purple Ricordea florida (CC 3/11/20) $30


2/29/2020

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3/1/2029

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4/4/2020

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5/5/2020

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Just saw the competition post Saturday. I would have wanted to build a DIY tank but for time-sake decided to buy one. So naturally on Sunday I visited 4 aquarium shops to find a tank. Unfortunately, I did not find what I was looking for and ended up ordering a tank online, keeping my fingers crossed 🤞  it will be here in time. However, I did pickup a few things for the tank already.

 

5.5 lbs of live rock currently chilling in my QT

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Orange Ricordia Yuma 

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Red/Orange Rock Flower Anemone

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debbeach13

When do you think it will arrive?

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Gravity

I have no idea. The sand I ordered at the same time and it shipped yesterday for arrival Thursday. No word on the tank yet. 

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debbeach13

Fins crossed it arrives in time. I think your allowed to post a copy of your order for the tank. Double check that in the contest thread.

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Gravity

Was getting nervous so I ordered another tank from amazon today. Now it seems I’ll have two tanks to choose from on Thursday. 😅

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debbeach13

Same tank or different? Will you keep both?

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Different tanks, amazon didn’t have the same options. So I will have two Lifegard AOI tanks coming. They are the 7 gal peninsula and 4 gal cube. Will probably keep both. Assuming both arrive without delays or damage I’m not sure which one to choose. I originally wanted the 7 gal but feel it may be to large.

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debbeach13

Personally if I had a place to put it I would go with the 7 gallon. More water is usually a little more stable plus I like long scapes. More room to separate the corals that are aggressive. Good luck with which ever one you decide to go with.

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12 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Personally if I had a place to put it I would go with the 7 gallon. More water is usually a little more stable plus I like long scapes. More room to separate the corals that are aggressive. Good luck with which ever one you decide to go with.

Yeah, that is why I originally wanted the 7 gallon. However, I am currently leaning towards a  sexy shrimp tank which doesn’t need to be that big. Plus it would be easier on the wallet. 

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Started getting some supplies in today. 

HIPARGERO Aqua Knight 30w LED - thought about doing a DIY led but the price on this was just too hard to pass up. 

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Cobalt Neotherm 25w Heater - not the cheapest heater but the temperature consistency and reliability is worth the extra cost. Also picked up a cheap digital thermometer. 

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10 lbs Caribsea Special Grade

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Are you going to pick a tank and show us an entry photo? 2 more days and you will have to.

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Tank Option #1: Lifegard 4.14 gallon 3 in 1 

 

Overall Dimensions: 12.2”x8.66”x9.06”H

Display: 11.9”x5.4”x7.4-8.38”H ~ 2.1 gal

Chamber 1: 3.63”x2.75”x5.5-8.13”H ~ 0.25-0.35 gal

Chamber 2: 5.53”x2.75”x5.5-8.13”H ~ 0.36-0.54 gal

Chamber 3: 3.25”x2.75”x5.5-8.13.”H ~ 0.20-0.31 gal
Total Process Volume: 2.9-3.3 gallons

Return Fitting: 3/4”

 

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38 minutes ago, debbeach13 said:

Are you going to pick a tank and show us an entry photo? 2 more days and you will have to.

That was the hope but I really want to compare them. The 4.14 gal tank arrived today but the 7.4 gal is now pushed back to Saturday delivery. So it looks like I will have to make a last day decision. 😔

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SeaFurn

Even if it ends up being a sexy shrimp tank I think you’d come to appreciate the extra size and stability. I’m anxious to get my 2.5g pico moves into the same 4.1g tank you’re considering. And, had I not already had that one in storage, I would now go with the 7g. 

 

Either way you go you’re going to need to upgrade the pump. I think it’s the same 87 gph pump with both tanks and It’s pretty weak and a little noisy (although mines not broken in yet and not nearly as bad as the IM pump that came with the 14 peninsula contest tank a few years back.) 

 

I’m working on a filter floss holder for it right now. You’ll want to ditch the sponges and consider that too.

 

Following along for sure! 

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1 hour ago, SeaFurn said:

Even if it ends up being a sexy shrimp tank I think you’d come to appreciate the extra size and stability. I’m anxious to get my 2.5g pico moves into the same 4.1g tank you’re considering. And, had I not already had that one in storage, I would now go with the 7g. 

 

Either way you go you’re going to need to upgrade the pump. I think it’s the same 87 gph pump with both tanks and It’s pretty weak and a little noisy (although mines not broken in yet and not nearly as bad as the IM pump that came with the 14 peninsula contest tank a few years back.) 

 

I’m working on a filter floss holder for it right now. You’ll want to ditch the sponges and consider that too.

 

Following along for sure! 

Yeah, will see if the 7 gal actually arrives in time. I had heard that the pump wasn’t great but wanted to give it a try. I’m also considering a random flow generator for the return. 
 

I wasn’t planning on using the stock filtration long term. I may use the sponge to start but will build something later on. Look forward to seeing what you come up with. 

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debbeach13

Jeez I hope it make it to you in time so you can choose. If it doesn't I am sure the 4G will make a great sexy tank!

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55 minutes ago, Gravity said:

I’m also considering a random flow generator for the return. 

One from Vivid Creative Aquatics? 

Thought about using that one but it seems like it would take up too much room up top. It’s 2.75” long. 

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16 minutes ago, SeaFurn said:

One from Vivid Creative Aquatics? 

Thought about using that one but it seems like it would take up too much room up top. It’s 2.75” long. 

That’s a good point, it might draw a lot of attention in a small tank. 

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Tank Option #2: Lifegard 7.43 gallon 3 in 1 side filter

 

Overall Dimensions: 17.72”x9.84”x9.84”H

Display: 14.94”x9.38”x8.38-9.25“H~ 5.4 gal

Chamber 1: 3.13”x2.18”x4.88-9.0”H ~ 0.14-0.27 gal

Chamber 2: 3.75x2.18”x4.88-9.0”H ~ 0.36-0.54 gal

Chamber 3: 3.13”x2.18”x4.88-9.0”H ~ 0.18-0.34 gal
Total Process Volume: 6.1-6.6gallons

Return Fitting: 3/4”


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Well did you pick one?

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Ultimately, decided on the 4.1 gallon Lifegard. It seems to be a better fit for the house and my wallet. In hindsight I could have started on Thursday. 😂

 

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devaji108

nice! I really looked at those tanks too. along with all others haha 

 

 another sexy & RFA tank!  that is doing to fil up mighty fast and look great I have 19 RFA in my 365 tank could use dbl that agin to make it look full.

fallowing along. 

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spectra

Ok so you had both tanks ?

 

Hell set them both up...................his and hers...................

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49 minutes ago, Gravity said:

Ultimately, decided on the 4.1 gallon Lifegard.

Excellent choice! I’m biased of course. 

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