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Well, I figured I waited long enough to enter the 365 Day Challenge, so here we go! omgomgomg

 

 

Theme:

As the title would suggest, this tank is going to be dominantly SPS coral with a few misc. coral to help balance the scape. In addition, a subtheme of "DIY" will be used because, well, there isn't a whole lot of equipment for pico reef tanks out there.👷‍♂️🚧🚨

 

Equipment:

  • Aquarium: 3 Gallon Dropoff AIO (DIY)
  • Lighting: Asta 20 Marine
  • Heater: 10watt Aqueon heater with Cobalt NeoStat controller
  • Return Pump: mini USB fountian pump
  • Wave Maker: mini USB fountain pump
  • Media Reactor: DIY
  • Skimmer: DIY

 

Livestock:

Coral:

  • Goniopora
  • Pipeorgan
  • Zoas (Pink Zipper, Sunny Ds, Green misc.)
  • Green/Orange Leptastrea

 

Fish:

  • Pair of Griesengeri Gobies

 

CUC:

  • Three Nerite snails

 

 

 

There is still a lot to do, but I'm excited to see what this little reef can do!

 

 

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Definitely lurking here

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devaji108

Daaannnggg...

 

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RedTheReefer

This is going to be interesting...

 

I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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GraniteReefer

Is there going to be a lip of sorts on the interior vertical that makes up the drop off wall to hold in sand/rock work from the upper level? 

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seabass

DIY skimmer is intriguing.

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1 hour ago, GraniteReefer said:

Is there going to be a lip of sorts on the interior vertical that makes up the drop off wall to hold in sand/rock work from the upper level? 

Good question. I intentionally left it without a lip as I am leaning towards having the top shelf covered with encrusting corals and such but we'll see. 

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54 minutes ago, seabass said:

DIY skimmer is intriguing.

I have a couple ideas for one. I'm assuming an airpump doesn't count as "equipment outside of the tank"?

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5 minutes ago, The Rainy Day Aquarium said:

Good question. I intentionally left it without a lip as I am leaning towards having the top shelf covered eith encrusting corals and such but we'll see. 

What Weld-on did you use?

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@This guy is extra salty I used #3 for all the joints. I did use #16 (sparingly) for a few spots that needed some gap filling (I wasn't joking about the hand saw thing 😂). Water test should be here in a few days so we'll see if she holds. 

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1 minute ago, The Rainy Day Aquarium said:

@This guy is extra salty I used #3 for all the joints. I did use #16 (sparingly) for a few spots that needed some gap filling (I wasn't joking about the hand saw thing 😂). Water test should be here in a few days so we'll see if she holds. 

You should be good with using 16 on the joints. I personally use SC94 (equivalent to WO5) I only use WO3 for quick fixes and making Jigs. You could’ve mixed some 16 and 3 for a fast setting gel. It works the same lol but I’m still wondering why you used 1/2” acrylic lol overkill much?

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2 minutes ago, This guy is extra salty said:

You should be good with using 16 on the joints. I personally use SC94 (equivalent to WO5) I only use WO3 for quick fixes and making Jigs. You could’ve mixed some 16 and 3 for a fast setting gel. It works the same lol but I’m still wondering why you used 1/2” acrylic lol overkill much?

Haha I used 3/8", I was just tired of my other tanks bowing so I did go a bit overkill on thinkness to eliminate that worry of mine 😅. I actually found #3 easier to work with and much less messy than 16. I'm no pro, so a lot of this was experimenting with different consistencies of weld-on. 

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Azur

Very cool mate, especially as DIY!!! What are your plans for flow and dosing? 😁

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debbeach13

Another awesome concept tank. Good luck with your tank and the contest.

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15 hours ago, Azur said:

Very cool mate, especially as DIY!!! What are your plans for flow and dosing? 😁

Still trying to decide with both. The return pump won't be enough for flow so I'll need to get a wavemaker of sorts. I'll be manually dosing probably until the budget comes in later this spring 😊

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Exciting day! The tank holds water and the stand is done (just need to stain and seal it)! Now trying to figure out a rock scape 🤔

 

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Spent the evening playing with rocks haha. Scaping this was quite the challenge, but I think I've settled on this iteration of hard scape for now. I even added some pizzazz lighting haha 🎉🎇 Also, one of the local guys is tearing down his frag tank tomorrow so I'm going to go check things out🤫🧐

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devaji108

nice scape it looks like its melting off the ledge.

 

I see you are in Utah I am up in Jackson. nice to see another rocky mountain reefer.

I hope you get some great corals form the tank tare down.

 

 

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debbeach13

That looks great. Good luck shopping from that guy's tank. 

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9 hours ago, devaji108 said:

nice scape it looks like its melting off the ledge.

 

I see you are in Utah I am up in Jackson. nice to see another rocky mountain reefer.

I hope you get some great corals form the tank tare down.

 

 

Haha it kind of does🌋 oh nice! Yeah we seem to be kind of a rare breed. Thank you! I hope I get some too!😁

4 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

That looks great. Good luck shopping from that guy's tank. 

Thank you! Hopefully he's not cleared out😅

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We just got home from a super busy weekend. Not much of a break, but it was fun to be with family and friends.The frag tank tear down was great! It was a local vendor that frequents a lot of shows nation wide and they had some pretty cool stuff! I ended up spending way too long there haha just chatting and swapping stories (and I spent wayyyy too much, but I couldn't help myself😅😁). We all had a good time. I got some new coral that I've never kept before, but I'm excited to see how they turn out! I'm sitting right now acclimating everything so it's going to be a late night for me. *Sigh* the things we do for our tanks! I'll get some photos up of my loot when everything settles down. 😁

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Azur

Can't wait to see your haul mate! 😎

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Some teaser photos of what I got 🤓 seriously considering getting a macro lens to start getting closeups of these guys 🤔

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Green Pipeorgan. I've always wanted to give these guys a shot! I promised my friend I would keep this thing alive as it's her favorite coral and I got the last frag. (No pressure 😅🤪)

 

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Goniopora. Another one on my bucket list to keep. This is growing to be my favorite.

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Enjoying the evening with a 3/25/2020 FTS. PSX_20200324_200435.thumb.jpg.fe234d0f9d009ee2a8fdd5ed13744920.jpg

 

 Also, I did a little thing 😅

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Azur

What's the fish? Gorgeous 😯😯😯

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