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  1. How to Perform a Water Change on a Pico Jar

    Water changes are so 2016....
  2. Chris' Creative Container Pico!

    I think I get what you're trying to say! I got this guy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M6WMUYI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Chris' Creative Container Pico!

    My aerial plants seem to be doing well. I've never had them before so I didn't really know what to expect. They seem dry all the time, but they're growing new leaves, so I assume they're happy. The old leaves don't really drop off, they just dry up, turn brown, new leaves grow out of the top, and the plant gets.... longer. Not all that beautiful unfortunately, but we'll see what happens over time. My Inkbird controller showed up today. $20 on Amazon, and the thing is legit! It's a heater controller only, so it's basically a probe and a single outlet. 4 buttons and about 30 seconds total to set the temperature (I chose 78-80 degrees) and get it up and running. I don't really have a reliable way to check the accuracy, besides a cheap digital thermometer that I don't really trust, so I'm just going to believe this thing is accurate. I'm going to give it a couple days at reef appropriate temperatures to see if anything dramatic happens. I don't really expect much, but a bacterial bloom or an algal bloom is possible. Me neither! I've been thinking about this quite a bit. Given the small volume and lack of filtration, I'm leaning toward species that enjoy "dirty" water. Zoanthids, LPS and misc softies are on the list. Stay tuned!
  4. Chris' Creative Container Pico!

    Still not much to report. I ordered the temp controller, so I cannot add any livestock until it arrives. I don't even know if the bacteria that have formed will survive when the temperature goes up. I've been averaging around 74-75 degrees, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see!
  5. Some gift ideas for me: Orphek Azurelite 5 Watt LED Flashlight New tweezers/forceps to replace my rusty ones A gift card (reefcleaners.com, live-plants.com, liveaquaria.com, bulkreefsupply.com, etc.) Something cool and disease free from your tank! If you're particularly motivated, you can send me a bourbon that is distilled locally... in your town or state. Bonus points if you send something I haven't tried before!
  6. Chris' Creative Container Pico!

    I believe my bowl has finally begun to cycle. I'm starting to see diatoms! At this rate, I'll be able to stock the thing right before the contest ends!
  7. Thanks! Yeah, he's a boss nowadays. He was very shy for a long time, but he's out and about a lot now especially when it's feeding time. He takes food from the tweezers.
  8. Haha.... that's what I said about my 'fuge.
  9. Chris' Creative Container Pico!

    I had a 25w Hydor heater lying around from my Quarantine Tank experiment, so I squeezed it into the bowl, behind the rocks. It fit okay, and has a built in thermometer, so I thought it would work out. I rotated the little dial to 78 degrees, and went to bed. Woke up and the digital thermometer I have in there is reading 90 degrees. Luckily there is nothing in there to kill, so it's just a failed experiment. I'm going to leave the heater in there (unplugged for the time being) and am going to purchase a cheap temperature controller that'll turn the heater on and off as necessary to maintain a proper temperature. Here's what I'm looking at: https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Digital-Temperature-Controller-50-108Β°F/dp/B01M6WMUYI/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1509637884&sr=8-9&keywords=aquarium+temperature+controller
  10. Chris' Creative Container Pico!

    Really hard to tell with the air plants. They seem the same. Always dry, but I guess that's how they go!
  11. Gena's C.C. Pico Contest Build

    Gotta go topless Gena.... er... lidless as the case may be.
  12. Chris' Creative Container Pico!

    Nothing too exciting to report. I don't even think a cycle has started yet. The mangrove lost two leaves, so I'm hoping a few more sprout here soon.
  13. 45G Shallow Reef - Suicidal Snails?

    How did I miss this? This is the new version of my tank. I'm really excited to see what you do with it! The suicidal snails are part of the game. They can be out of the water for a LONG time before they die. I went on vacation for 10 days, and had my mom tank-sitting. She found snails on the floor and instead of throwing them back in the tank (or in the trash) she left them all on my kitchen table. I came back and figured something in my tank would eat them and/or use their shells, so I tossed them all back in. They ALL survived.