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  1. coopaloop

    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    I tried to take out the heater and airline with this tiny 53gph pump turned all the way down: https://www.amazon.com/Homasy-Submersible-Aquarium-Statuary-Hydroponics/dp/B07DW91KRR/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1546797492&sr=8-5&keywords=homasy+pump The flow seemed good but it heated the jar to 84🙄 So I think the heater and airline is the only way to go
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    I’ll post a pic soon but the jar is looking pretty bare and underwhelming for people that want to see it and myself as well!!! GSP is starting to open up again, orange ric and acan look good but really getting the itch for a torch and a fish. Need to make some moves on it - think I’m going to ditch the wood crate behind the jar and get a new light fixture. Also seeing some hydroids on the glass I think
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Okay well the jar has seen better days... the shrooms disappeared, birds nest is a goner, blasto is pale as hell, and everything else looks pretty terrible🙃 So that's great. Going to clean it tomorrow and see how things end up
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Those dimensions are so tempting... I know if I get anything else I'll wind up wanting it in the end hahah I was actually thinking of the desk idea but remembered I just got a monitor. I really want to get an AIO insert, run it as a peninsula, and be able to see it on both sides. Only way I can think of doing this would be putting the stand on the side of my bed
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    My brother's girlfriend actually does have a cat so that may make things interesting hahaha The jar comes today! We'll see how it held up. I've also been thinking of upgrading... Don't know if I can end the reef jar this quick though. I've wanted a 12 long but I'm not sure it'll fit in my bedroom, which is 9ft x 12ft and I'll be putting a desk in. Have been looking these (of course they raised the price🙄) https://www.marinedepot.com/Lifegard_Aquatics_CRYSTAL_Aquarium_45_Degree_Low_Iron_Ultra_Clear_7.4_Gallon_(with_Built_In_Side_Filter)_Nano_Tanks-Lifegard_Aquatics-RB9366-FIAQNC-vi.html https://www.marinedepot.com/Lifegard_Aquatics_CRYSTAL_Aquarium_45_Degree_Low_Iron_Ultra_Clear_3.8_Gallon_(with_Built_In_Side_Filter)_Nano_Tanks-Lifegard_Aquatics-RB9373-FIAQNC-vi.html
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    2 Gallon Pico Reef Jar - Amphipod Kingdom 💧

    Though it’s a little noisier, I think taking the air stone off the air line would bring the salt spray down a bit
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    2 Gallon Pico Reef Jar - Amphipod Kingdom 💧

    As much as I wanted to keep cords out of my jar, I had to add a heater too. Out of those two I would say the cobalt one. Another one to check out that a lot of jars use and I was recommended is the Archaea 25W slim heater, which has an adjustable controller on it as well. I always thought the original glass lid for these jars was an eyesore. Good looks👍🏼
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Really appreciate it! Means a lot being my first go at things. I had someone change the water and though the sexies and probably the birdsnest didn't make it I think everything else might be alright. Surprised after seeing pictures of it... Couldn't even see through it Oh and the crab is good!! hahah hopefully it can handle the car ride coming up next
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Found out “it hasn’t had bubbles the past two weeks”😅
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Thank you! Sadly I got an update today and it’s not looking too hot... water is very cloudy, air pump came disconnected, sexies dead, and I’m guessing most of the corals might be goners. Might be starting fresh when it gets here next weekend.. No bueno. I really think I could have had this going awhile if I could have had it with me
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Thank you! Based on how easy upkeep has been it should be okay *knock on wood* You can't see it but there’s a small 1.5in temp sticker on the side that has consistently read 78. I also left a different thermometer in there for a week that read the same thing so it seems like the 25W heater with the controller has been working really well. Also, I know I probably should butttt I haven't warmed up my water before a water change since I started the jar. It sits in a 2.5gal jug from a lfs at around 72.
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Tomorrow I'll be moving into my brothers' studio with him and his gf... so as small as this jar is I won't be able to take it for 2-3 weeks when we move into a 2 bedroom. My plan is to have my parents top the jar off and change the water once or twice while I'm gone. Hoping these aren't the last pics I take of it haha everything's a little closed up after cutting the new frag plugs and changing the water twice before I leave (gsp and shrooms especially). FTS after about 4 months (glad a sexy found its way in). I'm wanting to fill the rock with zoas, rics, and shrooms if its still kicking next month.
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Since it was Black Friday I obviously had to get something. I decided on 2 sexy shrimp and some frags. Acan was kind of an impulse buy and I’m not really sure where I want to put it since it looks so big. I probably shouldn’t have picked the biggest one hahaha I was supposed to get zoas Need to bring my camera home and swap out the pics later this week
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    Thank you both! Things are still going well. A little more evap since the changes but still only need to top off once a week. Another addition I was thinking is a brittle star. Probably should add 1-2 small snails too. Lastly, thought of maybe giving away the hermit and getting an electric blue or sexy shrimp. I’ll be moving to Chicago in the start of December so fingers crossed the move goes well and I don’t have to break it down (might be staying at my brothers for a bit)
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    Half Gallon Reef Jar

    So a few changes lately (don't have my camera so I had to use my phone). About a week and a half ago I added a ric, shroom, and then a birds nest that I figured I would try and give away if things went south. Planning on getting some zoas. Again, no sign of macros at the store so I'll have to order offline but everything has been going well with algae pretty much only on the hermits shell. Probably going to switch out the birds nest for a tall macro. Wish the sand wasn't so coarse too. Also decided to put a heater in the jar since the temp was constantly on the lower end. I used a Archaea 25W Slim Heater with Controller. A lot of people including @Lula_Mae used it in the container contest and recommended it so thank you again! Since I would be adding cords to the jar, I figured I would swap out the drilled jar and feed the air hose through the top so I don't have to worry about a leak. As small as the heater is (5in)... it almost didn't fit the jar... so I had to loop the cord and drill the edge of the lid.
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