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Back In The Game - 5g Marineland Portrait

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fsu1dolfan

So coming from a 29 biocube from years ago, I had this Marineland 5g portrait calling to me lol. Originally had it in my office with with a betta and then when it died, I did some cold water tetra. Eventually after a few years I just stopped stocking it and took it down. I have two little boys and I figured a little reef tank with be fun for them and me.  Before I get judged, the clown will eventually be swapped for another baby.  I know at 5g it is pushing it. Mainly I wanted to do this for a pistol and goby relationship. And the boys even enjoy watching the clean up crew. 
I got rid of the plastic filter thing In the back and using double sided intank filter stuff. Replaced the stock pump for the one listed below and also replaced the crappy stock lights. So far it has been really good little tank. 
Here is what I am using: 

Equipment -

Marineland portrait 5g (Had it already)

Hydor nano koralia $28

Hydor 160gph return pump $24

Spin stream $23

Hipargero Light $64

JW submersible thermometer $6

Refactometer (Had it already)

Saltwater master test kit $23

Hanna refills for calcium and alkalinity $32

PVC pipe for pistol shrimp $3

Vinyl tubing for water changes $5

Water weld from Home Depot $6

Intank magnet cleaner

Intank filter media $15

Chemipure $8

Shells

Shark teeth

 

Live stuff:

Chaeto $5

Pods $10

Live sand $10

Live rock/dry rock $15

5g Ocean water $5

2 hermits $2

1 Nass snail $2

2 nerites $4

4 trochus babies free

1 percula clown $15

1 hi fin banned goby $25

1 red stripe pistol $23

 

Coral:

Gsp back wall $5

Utter chaos one polyp $10

Mandarin orange one polyp $10

 

 

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debbeach13

Welcome back. The kids are going to love this.

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Tamberav

Awesome! I have one of these little tanks and it was been working really well for a reef 🙂

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ReefAdoRe

Following along - looks like it is going to be awesome! ☺️

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fsu1dolfan
3 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Welcome back. The kids are going to love this.

Thanks. It has been for sure. Good learning tool too. My oldest had no clue how cool the pistol shrimp is. 

3 hours ago, Tamberav said:

Awesome! I have one of these little tanks and it was been working really well for a reef 🙂

Nice!  If you have any tips, feel free to share. 

2 hours ago, ReefAdoRe said:

Following along - looks like it is going to be awesome! ☺️

Much appreciated!!

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fsu1dolfan

Not sure if this works but I’ve tried uploading my stuff to a site called smugmug

let me know if this link works. 


btw my pistol and goby don’t care for the pipe I made for them 😂😂😂

 

but they seem to be doing well and pair within seconds of going in the tank together. 

 

 

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eventually need to catch the shrimp out and about. 

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ReefAdoRe
1 hour ago, fsu1dolfan said:

Not sure if this works but I’ve tried uploading my stuff to a site called smugmug

let me know if this link works. 


btw my pistol and goby don’t care for the pipe I made for them 😂😂😂

 

but they seem to be doing well and pair within seconds of going in the tank together. 

 

 

Def works! Cool video! 

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So took care of a water change a couple of days ago and my shrimp and goby are making all kinds of tunnels. Had to finally scare them out and into the pvc home I made for them.  Took one night and the shrimp found the goby hiding out in there.  Busy at work making it a new home and no more destroying my rock scape lol. 
 

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Christopher Marks
On 9/15/2020 at 2:51 PM, fsu1dolfan said:

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Home sweet home! This is a great solution. 

 

Welcome back to the community too! If it’s any help, you can upload photos directly to the site now when you post, just tap the ‘choose files’ link at the bottom of the post editor. 👍

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