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9darlingcalvi

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About 9darlingcalvi

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  • Birthday November 6

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    Moorhead,MN
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    Nano,Pico marine tank, Tidepooling
  1. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    All things must come to an end, good bye 2.5 Marco tank. It was fun, but I’m starting a new project. A 10 gallon White Cloud Mountain Minnow tank!
  2. 9darlingcalvi

    Northwoods Macro Garden

    I’m going to be moving the stock from the 2.5 bowfront over to the 20 long today or tomorrow
  3. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    Here’s the current state, lots of microalgae growth even with reduced lighting and minimal feeding
  4. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    I don’t know how much longer this tank will be around, might have to take it down
  5. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    For real? What the heck!
  6. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    I might try to get that, the only problem is I don’t have a card to buy stuff online
  7. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    Well the mini heater worked for like 2 days and now the tank is back at 70 degrees! Guess I’ll be looking for 2 new heaters as I setup a 5 gallon least killifish tank
  8. 9darlingcalvi

    Nano tank contests

    I might get a basic aquaclear 20 and an aqueon pro heater. I was also thinking maybe invert only livestock with maybe a shrimp/goby pair
  9. 9darlingcalvi

    Nano tank contests

    I got a “ghetto” 5 gallon Glofish tank for $10 off Facebook. I need filter and heater suggestions
  10. 9darlingcalvi

    Northwoods Macro Garden

    Well, some sad news. The lab said that after I leave the leaf fish would be too much to feed so new fish are needed! Any ideas? I was thinking some longspined cardinals and a blenny species
  11. 9darlingcalvi

    Northwoods Macro Garden

    Well this tank has been setup, but I’ll stay at my local college MSUM (Minnesota State University Moorhead). The tank has around 16 pounds live rock with an internal filter (changing to hob) soon. I have a 150 watt heater which makes the water around 79 degrees. There is a 20”? current USA ramp pro led on the M1 cycle when I’m away from the tank but on partial cloudy mode when I’m at the lab. The tank cycled fast as I used live sand and rock from another tank. Over Christmas break the tank went from no diatoms to brown, might go to the fish store to pick up some snails and maybe hermits. I added some bits of caulerpa racemosa? and caulerpa prolifera as well as a few fanworms. Also, went to the LFS earlier this week and got my name out on a list for a pair of leaf fish (Taenianotus triacanthus)!
  12. 9darlingcalvi

    Nano tank contests

    Are there any 5 gallon nano tank contests coming up soon? I might upgrade to a 5 but if there’s a contest soon I will wait.
  13. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    Perfect! Trio of sexies and a Pom Pom crab....hopefully
  14. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    I think I’m going with a pair of Pom poms and a trio of sexies, do sexy shrimp NEED an anemone or would it be fine in a photosynthetic gorg or Xenia?
  15. 9darlingcalvi

    Stormin The Dorms- 2.5 invert tank

    FTS 11/24/18 FTS 11/26/18 FTS 11/30/18 FTS 12/17/18 FTS 12/18/19 FTS 12/29/18 Tank: Aqueon 2.5 mini bow in white with frosted background Substrate: Mix of pool filtration sand and aragonite flakes Rock: ~1.5 lbs live rock from LFS Heater: 7.5 watt Filter/Circulation: Stock filter with “algae scrubber” top Light: Aqua(something) 8" light? and stock LED for shimmer effect Light Cycle: 8am-8pm Dosing: 3 drops trace elements every other week Skimmer: No ATO: No Funding: $20 every other week... Water Change: 50-75% after feeding Feeding: Various frozen cubes Stock: As of December 2018 Inverts 2? Mexican red legged hermit crabs 1 Nerite snail 1 Peppermint shrimp Fan Worms Macroalgae Caulerpa prolifera Caulerpa racemosa Gracilaria sp. (pom pom?) Potential Stock Inverts Scarlet hermit Pom pom crabs x 2 Anemone porcelain crab Peppermint shrimp x 1 Sexy Shrimp x 3 Corals Xenia Kenyan tree Zoas/polyps Photosynthetic gorg I purchased this 2.5-gallon aqueon mini bow from Petco on black Friday for 50% off (I instantly regreted not getting the 5 gallon). This tank will be making the trip from my local college's marine lab to Bemidji State next fall where I will be majoring in Aquatic Biology to later become a Marine Biologist working at Pacific Northwest aqauriums. The goal was originally a Pacific Northwest biotope, but.......my LFS dragged me into the reef hobby. After looking at a variety of reef nano tanks I got inspired by Yoshii's amazing macro garden tanks. So, now the tank was ripped apart and I added a pound or so of live rock with a few clippings of caulepra prolifera. Later I bought a peppermint shrimp, trochus snail (RIP), 2 nerites (RIP one) and 1 nassarius snail (RIP). At the same time, some caulerpa racemosa was added. Jump to today (12/29/18) and everything has grown in well, I added some red macro (pom pom gracilaria?) and 2 bristleworms [migth regret later]. I have a 7.5-watt slim heater in a 3 gallon with a thermostat to make sure it won't boil my water after that's stable I will add some corals and more inverts with MAYBE a micro goby (Clown goby, Green banded or Tiger goby)???
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