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Whiskey27

Hello all!

 

I've been in the hobby for a while, but before I left the state for a long distance move I was working on a Nano tank, and that's the only one I was able to take with me.  Now that my large tank was gone, I put all the tech into the nano, and I'm thrilled to have put coral in it this week.

 

Here's a quick rundown of the build, it was supposed to be a desktop tank before life changed:

The stand was built around a 1x1 populr frame:

48772670241_cd06938845_c.jpgIMG_6124 (Edited) by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

The back section was designed to hold the tech:

48779240503_6bd69a88a4_c.jpgIMG_6127 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

It was covered in Oak, and I left space under the drawer to hold all the extra wires:
48818676032_4fcb32495a_c.jpgIMG_6167 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

Here is with some staining, and some trim going on.  The whole top lifts up, as well as a small door in the front for feeding:

49016644133_a56acf76d6_c.jpgIMG_6396 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

It has an AI Prime 16 HD, and flow monitors for the return:

49616097438_db96c81c8d_c.jpgIMG_7397 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

This is the auto water change setup for now, but I will eventually replace the small containers with larger ones to last at least 2 weeks once I'm confident in it:

49677031278_d81b6e794e_c.jpgIMG_7496 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

This is the current scape:

49677030803_a8e1262ac3_c.jpgIMG_1011 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

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6 minutes ago, Whiskey27 said:

Hello all!

 

I've been in the hobby for a while, but before I left the state for a long distance move I was working on a Nano tank, and that's the only one I was able to take with me.  Now that my large tank was gone, I put all the tech into the nano, and I'm thrilled to have put coral in it this week.

 

Here's a quick rundown of the build, it was supposed to be a desktop tank before life changed:

The stand was built around a 1x1 populr frame:

48772670241_cd06938845_c.jpgIMG_6124 (Edited) by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

The back section was designed to hold the tech:

48779240503_6bd69a88a4_c.jpgIMG_6127 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

It was covered in Oak, and I left space under the drawer to hold all the extra wires:
48818676032_4fcb32495a_c.jpgIMG_6167 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

Here is with some staining, and some trim going on.  The whole top lifts up, as well as a small door in the front for feeding:

49016644133_a56acf76d6_c.jpgIMG_6396 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

It has an AI Prime 16 HD, and flow monitors for the return:

49616097438_db96c81c8d_c.jpgIMG_7397 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

This is the auto water change setup for now, but I will eventually replace the small containers with larger ones to last at least 2 weeks once I'm confident in it:

49677031278_d81b6e794e_c.jpgIMG_7496 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

This is the current scape:

49677030803_a8e1262ac3_c.jpgIMG_1011 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

Whiskey

:welcome:

 

That stand is very cool. 

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The tank is viewable from 3 sides:

49648056012_78efc9e6af_c.jpgIMG_7450 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

These are the wires under the drawer, it pops out easily for maintainance:

49628667523_6cbe6fcb9a_c.jpgIMG_7436 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

This is the current view of the back section:

49629455742_0039dc0efc_c.jpgIMG_7437 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

And here are some of my new corals!
49695443536_6a778ff4ef_c.jpgIMG_1078 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49695443461_e74183a111_c.jpgIMG_1080 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49695443376_ae477bbeb5_c.jpgIMG_1086 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49695443271_87b6940521_c.jpgIMG_1087 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49695443161_a9a965501f_c.jpgIMG_1091 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

I love the forum!!!  I'm looking forward to hanging out here!
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4 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

:welcome:

 

That stand is very cool. 

Thank you Christy!  I love woodworking 🙂

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Pjanssen

:welcome:

That drawer is brilliant! wish I  had thought of that when I built mine. Also love the light hood. Yep, might have to rebuild mine. Looking forward to seeing this progress.

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SaltyGallon

That is a seriously impressive/tidy stand!!

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Adiantum

Nice job on the stand! It gives me inspiration for the future.

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On 3/26/2020 at 6:50 AM, Pjanssen said:

:welcome:

That drawer is brilliant! wish I  had thought of that when I built mine. Also love the light hood. Yep, might have to rebuild mine. Looking forward to seeing this progress.

Thank you!!!  I've built a few stands over the years, and always wanted a drawer, but they got in the way of sump plumbing.  That's not an issue with this tank!

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On 3/26/2020 at 7:00 AM, Azur said:

That is a seriously impressive/tidy stand!!

Thank you!  It's fun to try out different things and see what works.

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On 3/26/2020 at 5:52 PM, Adiantum said:

Nice job on the stand! It gives me inspiration for the future.

Thank you!!!  A tip for you if your planning to do the same.  I've already run into trouble with the equipment being in the back.  A better design would be setting that section on drawer rails so it can slide out and mounting the stuff to the back.  Twice now I've had to spin the thing to get better access.


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Mrod1!

Wish I was handy every time I see these cool projects.  Would save me a lot of money and also not pestering good friends who usually bail me out, lol. 

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On 3/29/2020 at 10:04 AM, Mrod1! said:

Wish I was handy every time I see these cool projects.  Would save me a lot of money and also not pestering good friends who usually bail me out, lol. 

Lol!  Honestly it doesn't pay off, based on the amount of time spent, and money put into materials, you really have to love it to do something like this 😉

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I have more pictures!!!  And more stuff in the tank.

I'm thrilled to report that the auto water change is working great, even if it is a little loud.  I've set it up to change 3/4 gallon per day, during the time between 12 midnight and 8AM.

I have fish now!!!  It's a little tank, so I'm sticking with small fish that don't swim much:
49722247741_289d48857f_c.jpgIMG_1147 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

49721708373_28c4785f55_c.jpgIMG_1145 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

And some new frags!
49721708478_c1f6ffe7d9_c.jpgIMG_1132 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

49721708413_3083ea0018_c.jpgIMG_1135 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

49722247756_325eb0fc8a_c.jpgIMG_1142 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

And one SPS,.. this guy is fairly low light for SPS but in this tank he fits right at the top because it's focused on lower light LPS:
49722562722_c077938580_c.jpgIMG_1152 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

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Nthanhalan

Nice wood work. wish I have your skills.

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On 5/16/2020 at 6:01 AM, Nthanhalan said:

Nice wood work. wish I have your skills.

Thank you!!! 


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The tank has been doing okay, but it's not quite on the tracks yet. I've been struggling with 3 things primarily.

1. The uglies,.. they didn't come forever so I thought I skipped it, NOPE! With this dry rock the algae stages are going way slower than I'm used to. I've never started a tank with dry rock, so maybe this is normal, but it's taking it's sweet time that's for sure.

2. Cloudy water. I don't know why, but this tank's water is always cloudy. For the longest time I thought it was a bacterial bloom and that it would go away, but it's not going away. Now I'm thinking phyto because I've been dosing things like live Phyto and Pods etc. I ordered some filter floss to see if it helps.

3. Light. This one was me over-reacting. I'm fairly new to LED only light so I read a bunch of research around their use. I ended up landing on the Coral Labs research about LPS and they recommend 75 PAR. I did this and some corals are okay, but others were not doing well at all. I think the reason is because although 75 PAR is fine for a flat prop rack with no shading it didn't work well for me with shading and a display tank.  I also feel that some LPS like Acans and Trachies where they are focused more actually need much less light than ones like candy canes and torches.

I took my PAR meter to stores with LED lighting that had coral doing well, and found that they typically had corals like I keep in 150-250 PAR. I've changed my lighting so that my tank has about 250 at the top, and 120 at the sand. All corals are already doing better.  My light is currently running at 100% on the blue channels and 15% on white.  Total it reports that it's putting out about 35 watts, and it's about 9 inches off the tank.

 

That being said, here are a few pics of where I am now:

49990068142_b43cde2dcd_c.jpgIMG_1560 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49989303978_ce6ee40975_c.jpgIMG_1561 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49990068112_2dfd2a416c_c.jpgIMG_1571 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49990068087_c8013c44a7_c.jpgIMG_1585 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

49989824451_2e096ca015_c.jpgIMG_1588 by Wiskey2727, on Flickr

 

Thank you,
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sadie

looks good.  Love the rock work and placement of coral.

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snostorm

cool project.  Like the stand.

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Thank you!!  It's been a really fun tank so far.  I'm looking forward to it "clicking in" and really taking off.

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So over all the tank is doing pretty well, but I seem to be dealing with a couple of issues now.

 

1.  The light - turning this up was the right move for sure, but it's not been the total fix, I believe that it was one part of the puzzle.  I'm not going back, but I did bring the blues from 100% to 95% because it made the fan in the light slow down a little.  There was no real difference in Par.

 

2.  Food for the coral - I think I've been missing nutrients in a form the coral can enjoy.  I've started feeding 3 times per day and including some coral food and its causing the LPS to open further.  They don't accept direct feeding, but boosting the nutrients seems to be helping.

 

3.  I think I have a serious case of Ulva, it's growing all over the rocks at the bottom of the tank, and the elevated nutrients aren't making it shrink.  I'm going to focus on what makes the coral healthy for now, and get some snails to try and combat the algae.  

 

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Break

Your stand is next level, well done! 

 

Also, I am very jealous of that auto-water change set-up - how long is it lasting before needing to be re-filled?

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On 6/27/2020 at 2:28 PM, Break said:

Your stand is next level, well done! 

 

Also, I am very jealous of that auto-water change set-up - how long is it lasting before needing to be re-filled?

Thank you!!!!!

 

The auto waterchange is fantastic for a tank this size!  it is loud though, so I have it running at night.  In my case I'm changing about 800ml per night, that works out to about 2 gallons per week.  i have 5g buckets so they last about 2.5 weeks before i swap them out.  i have empty and full sensors that kill the awc system and sends me an email and text when i need to swap the containers.  Alexa will also tell me when I wake up as part of my dismiss alarm automation that reads a tank status report.

 

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10 minutes ago, Whiskey27 said:

Thank you!!!!!

 

The auto waterchange is fantastic for a tank this size!  it is loud though, so I have it running at night.  In my case I'm changing about 800ml per night, that works out to about 2 gallons per week.  i have 5g buckets so they last about 2.5 weeks before i swap them out.  i have empty and full sensors that kill the awc system and sends me an email and text when i need to swap the containers.  Alexa will also tell me when I wake up as part of my dismiss alarm automation that reads a tank status report.

 

Whiskey

That's awesome, 2.5 weeks is pretty solid - especially dig the automated text message!

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