Koleswrath Posted December 15, 2022 Share Posted December 15, 2022 Hi everyone, I always regretted not keeping a build journal for my first tank and since I get so much inspiration from Nano Reef and all you wonderful people I decided to keep one here for my 2nd tank. Here we go! THE TANK AND EQUIPMENT -Tank size is roughly 13" square and the total water volume after sand and rock is taken into account is close to 7 gallons. -I have a Seachem Tidal 35 hang on filter running fleece and occasionally carbon. -Jager heater - no controller yet. Yes, I'm living on the edge. -Two Jebao SW2 powerheads set on Else mode provide ample randomized flow. -Lighting is provided by an AI Prime 16HD roughly set to BRS AB+ spectrum at 40% of max for the moment. I may ramp this up slowly depending on how the Montipora fares. I made a mount from some flat bar and 1" square tube I had kicking around in the shop and bolted it to the wall behind the tank. -ATO is a gravity drip system hidden in a closet on the other side of the wall from the tank. I use a precision needle valve to adjust the drip rate which often needs slight adjusting based on the evaporation rate but I can typically leave it for a few days without worry. THE PLAN AND METHODOLOGY We're going to try to limit pests this go around by using dry rock from my last tank which has been sitting around since we moved into our new house 7 years ago. I bleached it for a week to break down any organics and did a quick vinegar bath to try to open up some pores. Dry Caribsea special grade sand was used while cycling and some Ocean direct live sand was used to seed biome. Biome and diversity of beneficial bacterial and microcrustaceans is the main goal and major focus of methodology. Starting dry and adding the organisms we want as we go will be the name of the game. Exacting nutrient control via careful and consistent input and calculated export (water changes) should be easy enough with a tank this small. That brings us to the end of this introduction post, hope I can inspire someone else with this build as I've been inspired by so many! Check out the quick links to major post updates if this turns into an overly long thread which I'm sure it will. Thanks! Greg IN THE BEGINNING Full tank shot - Jan 9, 2023 BEFORE THE UGLIES Full tank shot - Feb 9, 2023 UGLIES NOT SO BAD Full tank shot - Feb 18, 2023 DINO'S AND CYANO INVADE! FULL SWING UGLIES Full tank shot Feb 26, 2023 BAD GUYS ON THE RUN! Full tank shot March 11,2023 DINOS are NO MORE! Links to major updates/interesting posts: RO/DI and Mixing bin setup: https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/426358-the-great-canadian-9-gallon-cube-dry-start-working-well-so-far/?do=findComment&comment=6088147 Custom light mount for AI Prime 16HD https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/426358-the-great-canadian-9-gallon-cube-dry-start-working-well-so-far/?do=findComment&comment=6088539 First sign of the "uglies" appears at around the 1 month mark https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/426358-the-great-canadian-9-gallon-cube-dry-start-working-well-so-far/?do=findComment&comment=6089715 First SPS added - Forest fire Montipora digitata https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/426358-the-great-canadian-9-gallon-cube-dry-start-working-well-so-far/?do=findComment&comment=6091256 4 Quote Link to comment
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