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Rob Francis

Hi all,

I'm based in the UK but have joined due to the amount of small tank love here compared to our forums.

 thought I'd start my own thread to chart my progress and keep a diary of how this set up goes.

When space and new furniture allows, I plan on upgrading slightly to the 60-F but I only have space for this one at the moment, Its a shallow, optiwhite aquarium made by ADA and I'm really impressed with the quality. It arrived today, along with the 'garden mat' also made by ADA, basically a soft foam shock protection/levelling mat that goes under it.

The measurements are 45cm x 24cm x 16cm high so very small.

Kit bought in advance includes a Kessil A80, Schego 50w titanium heater with Simply Aquaria temperature controller (fan to be decided) Autoaqua smart micro ato and two Tunze 106s/5024 mini pumps for flow. The heater may prove to be too big in size being in the display so my change to a Newatt all black 50w instead.

Plans include keeping it bare bottom and just using the single piece of TMC eco rock for my scape. Im going to try and run it filterless, relying on regular water changes to keep parameters in check. I do have a home made mechanical filter (pump with a floss filled container that I can use if & when required if I feel the need.

I also have a bag of TMC eco sand in reserve which is made from sea-shells from UK beaches but ideally I wont be using it.

Anyway, first, dry pic attached.

Feel free to add comments and advice or criticisms, all welcome.

Rob

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debbeach13

Welcome to NR. Is this your first tank. It looks great.

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3 minutes ago, debbeach13 said:

Welcome to NR. Is this your first tank. It looks great.

Thanks, Its not my first, I had an 18" cube about 6 years ago, then downsized to a pico which eventually turned into a zoa/frag tank before selling it off due to work commitments.

Im back working locally again now so have plenty of time to invest, just not much space!

Old pico below.

Rob

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debbeach13

Cute

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mitten_reef

Are you sticking with zoas again this time?  

 

Love the single-rock look!  If you're going filter-less, I'd recommend getting a few small (or tiny??) mature live rocks to help establishing biodiversity that is likely needed to run no-filter system.

 

I told you about @WV Reefer's tank the other day, here's another one without any filter (empty AIO chamber).  The tank is actually a two-time TOTM, 5 years apart. 

   

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prdoring

Love the tank, shallows are so cool.

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4 minutes ago, mitten_reef said:

Are you sticking with zoas again this time?  

 

Love the single-rock look!  If you're going filter-less, I'd recommend getting a few small (or tiny??) mature live rocks to help establishing biodiversity that is likely needed to run no-filter system.

 

I told you about @WV Reefer's tank the other day, here's another one without any filter (empty AIO chamber).  The tank is actually a two-time TOTM, 5 years apart. 

   

I will have a look through that thread too, thank you.

The single rock really appealed to me when I saw it. I did start a Fluval Evo with some eco rock in that but it looked crowded in the space so a friend has taken it on.

I want to keep things as simple as possible this time and be very selective, not buying on impulse from the LFS, only purchase things that are a bit 'special' 

Its hopefully going to be a long term project, I dont want to rush and fill it in a couple of months as I wont have anything left to do then. Ideally I will buy single head Zoas and grow them on myself to create a garden, along with some nice Ricordeas which are probably my favourite coral!

Maybe a couple of small Torch/Hammers towards the back and maybe try a small SPS of some description too if the Kessil allows?

I have 3 Rics on hold at a LFS which are on a piece of live rock, the idea is to remove them and glue onto the eco rock, then use whats left to help seed the tank with different bacteria strains.

Im still not sure which way Im going to cycle it yet either, but theres no rush atm with whats going on in the world.

Rob

 

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4 minutes ago, Rob Francis said:

 

I have 3 Rics on hold at a LFS which are on a piece of live rock, the idea is to remove them and glue onto the eco rock, then use whats left to help seed the tank with different bacteria strains.

Rics are probably the first on what I'd recommend for such a shallow setup.  I'm also partial to them (just look me up). I think some of the substrate that those rics come on will definitely helps with adding diversity.  as for other corals that might work, other than zoas, I think a small clump of colorful goniopora (strategically in a corner somewhere) would help add movement without requiring height space.  

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3 minutes ago, mitten_reef said:

Rics are probably the first on what I'd recommend for such a shallow setup.  I'm also partial to them (just look me up). I think some of the substrate that those rics come on will definitely helps with adding diversity.  as for other corals that might work, other than zoas, I think a small clump of colorful goniopora (strategically in a corner somewhere) would help add movement without requiring height space.  

The Gonipora is definitely worth a thought, good idea.

I would also love a brightly coloured Rock Flower Anemone sitting right at the front where the shelf touches the bottom of the tank. I think you can get mini ones but am not sure if this tank is big enough? Would look good though with a porcelain crab hosting it though.

Rob

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EfrainChicagoDeepdish

Purr.  I love ADA tanks.  I can't wait to see what you can do with it!  

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pmang6

I'll let my profile pic speak for itself here.

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Well, its wet!

Im just tinkering around with it at the moment and trying things out.

The titanium heater was too large to be honest so have put a 50w Visitherm in for now but will try a Newa Pro tomorrow as being all black it should look a bit stealthier.

The D-D Temperature controller is working well though.

Flow seems ok with the two 300lph pumps but they are a bit louder than I expected, maybe they will 'run in' after a while. 

The only negative is the shimmering reflections on the ceiling from the Kessil which are quite distracting. I think its due to having no substrate but I really want to try without if I can as I think it will be easier to keep clean and I wont have much of a bioload (I think)

I'll update again when everything is in place and i start the cycle, I have to work out which way to go with that now...

Rob

 

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Hi all,

can anyone offer any advice for flow in the tank.

I have the two Tunze mini pumps in there at the moment but it looks a bit crowded with them both and also, one of them is very noisy!

i originally wanted to avoid a power head due to the size of them but am now reconsidering, thinking one larger item, rather than two smaller ones.

What about a Koralia Nano? They look fairly small/compact.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Rob

 

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On 5/6/2020 at 4:21 PM, Rob Francis said:

Hi all,

can anyone offer any advice for flow in the tank.

I have the two Tunze mini pumps in there at the moment but it looks a bit crowded with them both and also, one of them is very noisy!

i originally wanted to avoid a power head due to the size of them but am now reconsidering, thinking one larger item, rather than two smaller ones.

What about a Koralia Nano? They look fairly small/compact.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Rob

 

Are you looking for controllability or static flow? 

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Azur

Take a look at the TMC Reeftide 4000s wavemaker mate... Got one in a 7 gal and it's nice and compact/fully controllable.

 

 

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