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    Greenwich CT
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    - MSE Major at UConn
    - Hobbyist for ten years
    - PADI Diving Certification
    - Fresh and Saltwater Experience
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  1. Spencer7

    Spencer's 25g Tide Pool Tank *Experimental*

    Tank is cycled, algae came and went. The five mangroves (with leaves) that I got have not worked out despite misting everyday. Don't know if it was shipment trauma or what. Two were miracle mud in tide tank, one outside mud, and two more in mature 60-P reef. I might take the largest and least dead pod out of the tank all together and replant it in mud and a little water outside the tank. I'm in college but I'll be home for spring break in a week. Starfish and three RFAs are doing well (normal+saturated pics)...
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    Spencer's 25g Tide Pool Tank *Experimental*

    Pic update ;P aquascaped and added crushed coral today.
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    Spencer's 25g Tide Pool Tank *Experimental*

    Thanks man, I'm sure I'll have a good time with it. The simple rig I envisioned was two aqualifter pumps with my RKL and a 5g bucket. The pumps are cheap, reliable and have a moderate flow rate. If the pump going into the bucket were to fail, I can have the inflow line positioned ~5g deep in the tank (nothing is draining completely). Conversely, the reservoir line would go to the bottom of a 5g bucket (no chance to overflow tank in case of failure). At a flow rate of ~3.5 gal/hr, a day might be... 12am: Pump A turns on 90 mins of receding tide 4.5 hours of slack low tide 6:00am: Pump B turns on 90 mins of incoming tide 4.5 hours of slack high tide 12:00pm: Pump A turns on 90 mins of receding tide 4.5 hours of slack low tide 6:00pm: Pump B turns on 90 mins of incoming tide 4.5 hours of slack high tide 12am: Pump A turns on The biggest pain will probably be the controller/timers honestly. I can't recall if my RKL will be able to do this, it's possible it only has one programmable ON/OFF schedule per day per outlet. It's not the end of the world if it doesn't work out (not super practical in this manner) but this little" gimmick" would be pretty cool. Time lapse of it working would be fun. Taking out 50% of volume vs. 25% would be more dramatic/realistic but I'm not sure I can be f-cked to have a 10g reservoir. Maybe if 5g works great. Don't see a flow-surge device above the tank as being practical for this setup given it's in my carpeted bedroom.
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    Spencer's 25g Tide Pool Tank *Experimental*

    Nah. Phrased it poorly. Tank is in my room at home a couple feet away from my 60-P. Added a pic of the live rock bin above Thanks. So originally (i.e. summer of 2016) I started thinking about this tank with a custom AIO build in mind. Kind of like a IM Lagoon 25 with my own filter section/gear. Things went south when they only had 1/2" glass , which I begrudgingly agreed to. Tank sat in my room for six months+ because of school, lost interest due to tank weight/glass thickness, and because I still had the 60-P to look at. Point being, I'm not necessarily in love with the tank and it wasn't custom made for this theme (probably would go to ~9") but I have the equipment to set something up and mine as well use the tank/stand I paid for.
  5. Background: I'm currently in college and have a super low-maintenance mixed reef set up at home (link), which I've gotten a bit bored with. I decided to set up the empty tank in my room and found the tide pool theme inspiring, challenging and creatively-stimulating. Still low-maintenance given I'm only home once every ~3 weekends during the semester. Status: Live rock is chilling with some water movement and heater. Will be getting more rock and adjusting the aquascape. Substrate ordered. Need to set up lights, timers, and possible tide cycle. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Tank: 24x18x12" (Starphire glass) by Miracles Stand: 25 IM Fusion Lagoon high gloss black stand w/leveling mat Lights: 2x LEDTriC Par38's (9am-6pm), RKL controller Filtration: HoB Aqua Clear filter, 5g tide cycle (6hrs per period) Heater: 200w Jager Substrate: 10lbs Florida Crushed Coral (Caribsea) Livestock (early thoughts): Ultra Rock Flower Anemones, urchin, starfish, crabs, snails, mangrove pods, feather dusters, macroalgae IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Day One (12.21.17)
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    Spencer's College Tank

    Will probably change up scape soon. Corals and fish all happy. Y A W N. Tide pool tank endeavor is more interesting.
  7. Outside of ADA's $180 surface skimmer, there are a lot of options out there. Was wondering if people had experience. This is for a low flow (sump-less) tank that tends to get a film on the surface (which then supports dust). Examples are... Amazon Link HOB add-on Another filter add-on (current choice) etc. Suggestions? Quality DIY build link?
  8. Yea, sorry, wasn't trying to sound like a d-ck. While I don't "have to" comply with the forum's decision lol...I think I will go with the tidal pool! Will be fun to aquascape and have some rock come out of the water. Also, I can slap a few mangrove pods in the back and have them grow as well. They'll take an eternity. Couple Maxi-Mini's, feather dusters, some macroalgae/grass, an urchin, shrimp, maybe a starfish after a year...I have some thinking to do! As far as tides (low priority)...I'm not going to do a Carlson flow surge device in my bedroom...might just have two small pumps running opposite of each other (one pumping into a 5g bucket, other pumping out) on a timer. I can have the intake mounted so that if the pump somehow kept draining, it wouldn't drain the tank. We'll see.
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    Kat's METROpolitan: Retired May 2018

    Nice Rhombo, still alive?
  10. Appreciate your comments but just for some context...I worked in the industry for seven years and have done seahorses/pipefish systems, ULN Zeovit, high maintenance ADA and much in between. Not saying I'm a god but I know what a soft coral is lol. Just wanted to hear if people had any intriguing creative input that I hadn't considered. (i.e. brackish biotope with archer fish or mud flats with crabs (not low maintenance, but cool)). If the tank was taller, a cave/overhang reef would be fun. And I agree that conventional NPS, if your focused on i.e. blueberry gorgs and sun coral, are not low-maintenance but there are still plenty of viable filter feeders. Also, I know how the community feels about canister filters -- they're babies. Probably will do HOB anyways since that is what I have spares of lying around.
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    Spencer's College Tank

    Tank is doing well. Got a nice blue lepostrea frag. Setting up another low maintenance tank I think, vote for theme here:
  12. Yea, that will be the case for most of these. Run a little bit of carbon and WC once a month to replace nutrients and suck up detritus (i.e. from cleaning all sides of algae). I'm surprised #3 is winning! I thought people would jump on the tidal pool. Not that they couldn't be together but a field of 10 feather dusters + seagrass would be pretty dope. I would like to resist combining everything because I see this as a themed (almost species) tank. Naturally, some stuff will find it's way in but at least in planning and early days I want to have some discipline ;P
  13. Tank is ~22 gallons at 24"x18"x12". Would likely light it up with a couple par 38's and run a canister or HOB filter (+heater, ATO, tiny circulator). Experienced reefer, have an empty tank sitting on a nice stand and it's time to run it. Any fish that go in will be flake-eaters or survive off of microfauna. Fish not the focus. Think outside the box!
  14. Congrats, I think two years is the point at which most tanks truly mature.
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    120G SpS Tank

    Any update or growth?
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