Snow_Phoenix Posted November 17, 2020 Share Posted November 17, 2020 Hi everyone, I've started a new build, and have decided to document it in this journal so that you might follow along (if you're interested). Background: I used to have a wonderful tiny mixed reef picotank for the last few months which brought me much joy. Unfortunately, 2.6G of volume wasn't enough to grow out all my corals, and I did add more than 60+ frags in that little tank. Eventually, I decided upgrading was the best solution. I needed a tank that wasn't too large that it would become a burden doing WCs, but not too small that it didn't have enough space to accommodate all the corals either. I settled on a 10G+ tank - it was roomy enough to meet my requirements, and most importantly, be simple enough to WC every week. I used the Tank Transfer Method (TTM) to upgrade, and used established cured LR (~5-years-old) from older systems as a biofilter. Only the LS was new, but I seeded it with a small cup of LS from my picoreef. The new nano is now located in my bedroom, and the temp. dips down to as low as 25'C (night) and as high as 30'C (very hot afternoons). The swing seems wild, but my pico operated under the same temp. range (more or less), and so far the animals didn't have any issues with the temp. Specifications: 10.23G tank 18" x 12" x 11" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: H300 Dophin HOB (440L/Hr) Aqua Knight Spectra M029 (30W) Jebao SOW-4 Wavemaker (4000L/Hr) Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my previous 2.6G's picoreef, 60G's refugium & 10G's nanocube in the library Sand: 4.5kg Aragonite Live Sand --> seeded with a small cup of LS taken from the sandbed of my 2.6G picoreef Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Fish: None. Inverts: (My monsters! a.k.a. Critters of Chaos!) 1x Yellow Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus cyanoscelis) - Shrimpy - 02/05/2021 1x Blue-Eyed Red-Clawed Hermit Crab (Calcinus gaimardii) - Geralt - 15/12/2021 1x Halloween Hermit Crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus) - Jim - 15/05/2023 1x Banded Trochus Snail Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Hitchiker Stomatella Snail Hitchiker Limpets Corals: SPS (7 Types): Red Pavona Garf Bonsai Acropora Valida Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Neon Yellow/Purple Montipora Spongodes Chili Pepper Montipora Lime Green Montipora Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS (12 Types): Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Christmas Favia Purple/Blue Whiplash Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral (3 Types): Orange Clove Polyps Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas (40 Types/Morphs): Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys (Green/Yellow Morph) Rusty Red Death Palys Rainbow Infusion Palys Metallic Green Palys Sunny Ds Palys Starburst Green Implosion Palys Captain America Palys Utter Chaos Palys Blue Agave Palys Devil's Armor Zoas Vampire in Drag Zoas Firestorm Zoas Fire and Ice Zoas Kedd's Reds Zoas King Midas Zoas Gold Maul Zoas LA Lakers Zoas Purple Monster Zoas Watermelon Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Rasta Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Red PE Zoas Orange Bam Bam Zoas Pinwheel Zoas Gold Fairy Dust Zoas Rainbow Sakura Zoas Radioactive Pink Cat Eye Zoas Rainbow Yoda Zoas Incinerator Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Eagle Eyes Zoas Oompa Loompa Zoas Candy Apple Red Zoas Tequila Sunset Zoas Fruit Loops Zoas Sunkist Zoas Flaming Sun Zoas Mushrooms (27 Types): Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Green Leopard Discosoma Mushroom White Striped Green Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Golden Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Superman Discosoma Mushroom Watermelon Discosoma Mushroom Red/Green Discosoma Mushroom Ironman Discosoma Mushroom Blue Discosoma Mushroom Skittles Discosoma Mushroom Golden Spotted Green Discosoma Mushroom Interstellar Discosoma Mushroom Acid Green Rhodactis Mushroom Green/Light Green Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Forest Fire Rhodactis Mushroom Violet Rhodactis Mushroom Ultra Radioactive Green Rhodactis Mushroom Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Tricolor Orange/Blue/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Pink Godzilla Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Purple/Green Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Dark Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Rainbow Yuma Mushroom Yellow Yuma Mushroom Blue Hairy Mushroom Green Hairy Mushroom Macroalgae: None Current Coral Count: ~89 Types/Morphs/Varieties *TBA: Livestock: Ornamental Crab Ornamental Shrimp Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 16/11/2020: Post-TTM on 16/11/2020: FTS on 17/11/2020: Topview FTS on 17/11/2020: FTS on 12/12/20: Topview FTS on 12/12/20: FTS on 09/01/21: FTS on 09/02/21: FTS on 20/03/21: FTS on 23/04/21: FTS on 25/05/2021: FTS on 15/07/21: FTS on 10/09/21: FTS on 16/10/21: FTS on 15/11/21 (*1-year-old) : FTS on 16/12/21: FTS on 23/1/2022: FTS on 19/02/2022: FTS on 21/03/2022: FTS on 16/04/2022: FTS on 16/05/22: FTS on 06/06/22: FTS on 08/07/22: FTS on 13/08/22: FTS on 20/09/22: FTS on 26/10/22: FTS on 25/11/22: FTS on 19/12/2022: FTS on 23/1/22: FTS on 20/2/23: FTS on 12/03/23: FTS on 29/04/23: 11 5 Quote Link to comment
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