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With social distancing having no foreseeable end in sight, my significant other gave me the green light on a pico/Nano bookshelf build. My Waterbox 70:2 will also appreciate this as I have been messing with it too much as of late. The tank will go where my pico contest tank Was previously. I will also use most of the equipment I used on my pico contest tank. 
 

I have decided on the Lifeguard Aquatics Crystal 7.3 gallon peninsula. 
 

Tank: Lifeguard Aquatics Crystal 7.4 gal peninsula. 
Light: Nanobox Tide 

Return: Sicce Micra 
Skimmer:  Reef glass Skimmer 

Heater: 50w neotherm 
Flow: Hygger Eco-slim 

ATO: XP Aqua 
Heater: Viaqua 50w, Inkbird controller 

Filter Media: 250ml seachem matrix 

Sand: 5lbs live sand 

Rock: KP Aquatics live rock 

Dosing: DIY Kalk reactor powered by Kamoer x1 doser 
 

Livestock: 

  • mantis shrimp (Neogonodactylus curacaoensis)
  • Blue Eyed Cardinalfish 

Coral/inverts: 

  • SPS: Red planet, Infected green Stag, Red monti cap, green monti cap...
  • LPS: candycane, orange lepto
  • Softies: ricordia Yuma, ricordia Florida, red mushroom, orange jawbreaker mushroom, forest fire rhodactis
  • Anemone: “Black widow” bubble tip anemone, Red mini carpet anemone


 

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billygoat

Sweet. I might do the same thing. Still have that 4 gallon Waterbox cube sitting around with no water in it...

 

Any particular plans for livestock?

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Nice, welcome to the Lifegard club!

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chickpea

good call in a social distancing tank, mines been innumerably useful for my entertainment during lockdown. looking forward to this tank 

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William
4 hours ago, billygoat said:

Sweet. I might do the same thing. Still have that 4 gallon Waterbox cube sitting around with no water in it...

 

Any particular plans for livestock?

Right now I’m planning on doing a species tank. I am thinking about a wartskin angler species tank, or  a pearly jawfish, or a mantis shrimp

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William
33 minutes ago, chickpea said:

good call in a social distancing tank, mines been innumerably useful for my entertainment during lockdown. looking forward to this tank 

I have my Waterbox 70:2, but I’m worried I’m tinkering with it now out of boredom and  need something Else to occupy my time. I have all of the equipment I need besides the tank, so the overall cost outlay won’t be that high (hopefully) 

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William

I am leaning toward a small order of KPA live rock. I will see if they will ship me 5lbs (hopefully submerged in water) for the price of their 10lb shipment. 

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William

So I’m really looking into the possibility of keeping a mantis shrimp in this tank. In the 20 years I have been in this hobby, they are one of the few animals I have never kept. To be honest, this is party due to the fact that they scare the Sh*t out of me. 
 

Right now I’m looking at obtaining one of the following species 

 

Neogonodactylus wennerae

Pseudosquilla ciliata

Gonodactylaceus chiragra 

Gonodactylus smithii

 

 

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Christopher Marks

A mantis tank would be really cool! Do you have any leads on a supplier?

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William
3 minutes ago, Christopher Marks said:

A mantis tank would be really cool! Do you have any leads on a supplier?

I know KP Aquatics and Tampa Bay saltwater carry P. ciliata and N. wennerae.  I would ideally like to get N. smithii, but being sourced from the indopacific, I’m not sure how viable of an option that would be right now. 
 

the tank and dry goods have shipped and should hopefully be here soon. I really want to order true live rock for this tank, so I’ll probably pre cycle the tank with sand, Dr. Tims, and ammonium chloride before the rock comes. 

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William

I went ahead and ordered the ReefGlass skimmer. I have also been chatting with Phillip at KP Aquatics about shipping the live rock in water. Do you guys think it will be worth the extra cost? I only need about 5-7 lbs. I would like to put a piece or two in my Waterbox 70:2 (mainly to increase biodiversity) so having it shipped in water may be the better option. 

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Christopher Marks

It's incredible what can survive in live rock, particularly all the bacteria, even a couple days out of water. If the extra cost isn't too bad to ship it submerged though, I say go for it. You'd maximize the surviving hitchhikers and minimize any die off.

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William
21 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

It's incredible what can survive in live rock, particularly all the bacteria, even a couple days out of water. If the extra cost isn't too bad to ship it submerged though, I say go for it. You'd maximize the surviving hitchhikers and minimize any die off.

I think I will probably ship it wet as I plan to have the mantis shipped at the same time  (I plan to pre-cycle the tank with sand and seachem matrix + MB7 + ammonium chloride) 

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Tigahboy

Looking forward to this one, @William!  Given that I'm stuck at home for the foreseeable future as well, I've had all kinds of crazy thoughts about new tanks/projects.  Could end up with a lot of tanks myself.

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6 minutes ago, Tigahboy said:

Looking forward to this one, @William!  Given that I'm stuck at home for the foreseeable future as well, I've had all kinds of crazy thoughts about new tanks/projects.  Could end up with a lot of tanks myself.

Yea, I have had way to much time

on my hands. Though my aquarium has never looked better. My Nano should be arriving tomorrow and the remainder of the supplies Thursday. I will hopefully be able to have KPA send out the rock next week.  

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NoOneLikesADryTang

I've been looking for a G Smithii for over a year - to no avail. 

 

By a stroke of luck, about a month ago my LFS got in a mantis. It wasn't a Smithii, but it was G Ternatensis. They are such cool little creatures. 

Definitely want to follow this thread! 

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William

Well the tank and other supplies are supposed to arrive today per UPS, but based on tracking, they are still in Atlanta ....

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William

Most of the supplies arrived. I am a little unimpressed with the build quality. Maybe I have been spoiled with Waterbox, Red Sea, and Ultum Nature Systems but I could tell that this aquarium was of cheaper stock. While the glass is high clarity, it is not as high quality as my other tanks. I ordered a Sicce 0.5 pump from marine depot (it was listed as fitting in this tank), but it does not fit. So I will use the stock pump for now. does anyone happen to know a good return pump that will fit in this tank? @Marine Depot
 

I glued the paper thin (maybe not even 1/16”) foam mat to the bottom of the tank and applied a frosted background. 

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William

I went ahead and ordered a Sicce Micra plus (158 gph), hopefully it will fit and work better than the stock pump. 
 

I completed a leak test and now have the tank cycling with microbaxter 7 and 4 drops of ammonium chloride. I have 250ml of seachem matrix in the back filter compartment. The sand was supposed to arrive today but USPS seems to have lost it. I will go to my LFS tomorrow and buy some if it isn’t delivered. 
 

My reefglass skimmer is also stuck in transit. I am unsure if I will use it from the start or hold off. 

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William

Last post of the day:

 

I went ahead and placed my KP Aquatics order. 
 

 

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NoOneLikesADryTang

Can’t wait to see pictures of your mantis. Did they agree to ship the rock in water for you? 

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William
1 hour ago, NoOneLikesADryTang said:

Can’t wait to see pictures of your mantis. Did they agree to ship the rock in water for you? 

I have not heard back from them

yet 

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NoOneLikesADryTang

That’s why I ordered from TBS. I really wanted to minimize die off, so ordered from them and they air freighted it in water to me. 

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14 minutes ago, NoOneLikesADryTang said:

That’s why I ordered from TBS. I really wanted to minimize die off, so ordered from them and they air freighted it in water to me. 

I have ordered from TBS before but I like the rock structure from KPA better.L (I have found TBS rock to be more boulder like).  Also with TBS based in Tampa and KPA based on the keys, there is a difference in marine life on the rocks. 
 

I emailed TBS and they are Not shipping right now. 

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William

I added about 10lbs of live sand today. 
 

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