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365 day AIO Challenge - kriswendorf’s 5 gal fluval

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Kriswendorf

Didnt meet all the qualifications but here goes.  I tried a simple budget build but went out the window when trying to find a cheap light. I tried the Hipargero A029 aquarium LED light and while it was nice it lacked the dimmable feature and i just didnt like the color output. I could have went the same route as my im10 and went with a Ai prime, I wanted to try something different. 


Tank

Fluval spec 5 gallon (i like the white look)


Equipment

Current Orbit marine ic pro dual led/bluetooth Light

Cobalt mj 606 return pump

hydor pico 180 powerhead

Intank media basket and surface skimmer

smart ato micro 120p

jebao 4 doser (it works stupid simple)

cheepo 25 w heater

 

Filtration, additives, etc.

filter floss/top

chemipure elite nano/bottom

ESV 2 part

ESV magnesium

ESV potasium iodide

acropower

Reef-roids


livestock

Hi fin red banded goby

Randall’s pistol shrimp

cleaner shrimp

3 x sexy shrimp

 

many different corals that i will change in and out with others from other tanks until i like what i see. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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kimberbee

Is this tank meant to be part of the contest that just started? Everyone needs to start with an empty/dry tank, but this looks like it's been running for a bit. 😕

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Kriswendorf

Just set it up today and no not in the contest just want to be part of the process. I built the rock structure, live sand and water added yest. Corals and fish added today. 

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Kriswendorf

This was the tank two days ago. So i really cant say it was ever dry. 😂🤣

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Llobrao

Nice build! Same here, not part of the challenge but keeping a tank this small thriving is a challenge on its own! Lmao fresh water gets a bit boring in 2-3 days I went from planted to reef 😂

 

how’s the pump working for you ? I want to add a tad more flow to the tank and been considering that hydor pump, can we see a better pic ? I don’t want something too big but don’t want something that barely moves water neither. I had an old MP10 when I started for the first week but was already on eBay with bids and didn’t want to cancel it it was a bit old already anyways but surprisingly it wasn’t too big In the tank and at level 1 pulse it was not too much flow neither 

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Kriswendorf

Did some coral swapping. Pulled some corals out to make room for hammer coral dumping grounds. Broke apart a big colony and had to put it somewhere. It will change again soon when i order more corals. 

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Kriswendorf
2 hours ago, Llobrao said:

Nice build! Same here, not part of the challenge but keeping a tank this small thriving is a challenge on its own! Lmao fresh water gets a bit boring in 2-3 days I went from planted to reef 😂

 

how’s the pump working for you ? I want to add a tad more flow to the tank and been considering that hydor pump, can we see a better pic ? I don’t want something too big but don’t want something that barely moves water neither. I had an old MP10 when I started for the first week but was already on eBay with bids and didn’t want to cancel it it was a bit old already anyways but surprisingly it wasn’t too big In the tank and at level 1 pulse it was not too much flow neither 

I tried using a jebao or a mp10 wireless and both seemed just overkill. Threw in the little hydor set on 50% along with the mj 606 and the flow seems to be nice. I am on the fence on coral choice still. I really want to do a chalice, acan, and meteorite coral tank but will see. 
 

let me know if the pics help. Tried to post a video of the flow but i guess we cant upload videos. 

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Llobrao

The MP10 seemed fine for me but then again my tank was empty just rocks and sand, didn’t really get a feel since corals give you a better feel when you see them react, I think I will pull the trigger on that hydor This weekend, keep them pictures coming I have a feeling this is gonna be an epic nano or pico I don’t know what a 5g would be call lol 

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Kriswendorf

Heres a pic from today. Most corals are open. The nuvo 10 is a mess and dont have time to organize it. I am getting more coral tomorrow and should be here on tues. maybe need to just hang everything on the glass until i figure out what i have and where it all goes. I can tell you that all these hammers are going bye bye in the 5 gallon. 

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Kriswendorf

Finally had some time to put the new lights on this weekend. I will try them out for a bit. I havent really found a light that i like over my ai or radions. Going to give the currents a fair run. Just want to try different things. 
 

The diatoms are starting to form on rocks and sand. Seems like a good start.  

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Llobrao

People are scare of diatoms, specially on new tanks, I saw diatoms and got so excited!!! Life! 

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Llobrao

I was going to give current orbits a try as well since they fit perfectly in these but was thrilled and wanted to buy some 2nd ones cheap didn’t find them. I’m really considering an AI or xr15 they are popping up a lot on eBay since Gen 5 are out now 

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Kriswendorf

I have a hydra 64 in white sitting here but i think it might be overkill. It would look too bulky. Going to give these current lights a honest run and see what happens. 

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Here is some new pics. Same old same old. Still not thrilled with the current lighting. It just doesn’t have the crisp or color that i can get with the ai. The hydra was overkill. Any suggestions??? The problem is i only have about 8” of clearance under the tv.  

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Some playing around. So cool to watch. 

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John6911
On 3/1/2020 at 9:19 PM, Kriswendorf said:

Finally had some time to put the new lights on this weekend. I will try them out for a bit. I havent really found a light that i like over my ai or radions. Going to give the currents a fair run. Just want to try different things. 
 

The diatoms are starting to form on rocks and sand. Seems like a good start.  

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Hey which version of the orbit Marine lights are those? The brand new pro or latest edition!

Hey which version of the orbit Marine lights are those? The brand new pro or latest edition!

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Kriswendorf
8 hours ago, John6911 said:

Hey which version of the orbit Marine lights are those? The brand new pro or latest edition!

Hey which version of the orbit Marine lights are those? The brand new pro or latest edition!

These are the orbit marine ic pro duel with bluetooth.  I have it set for 100% blue 20% white 30% red and green. This gave me 150 par half way down and comparable color to my ai prime on the other tank.

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