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  1. I have a filter sponge over the intake on the return pump, but that's it. I'm just going to keep it this way for a while and see what happens. The water cleared up part way over night after the water change, and I'm actually a little disappointed. Shouldn't have don't that the same day as adding the sponge, now I can't tell if the water change did it, or the sponge, or both. I know sponges can filter quite a bit of water given enough time, but I have no idea if a smallish piece like what I have could filter three gallons over night. I'll see if it grows and do some trials down the road if it does.
  2. Thanks! I believe it is a Mr Aqua tank. Hopefully the contents will eventually be as nice as the glass. The heater burst was technically my fault: the cap on the cable end pops off, and I removed it to save space, but it turns out it was structural support and not cosmetic. This wasn't obvious right away and the burst didn't happen until a month and a half after I started. The heater was a TopAqua mini 15W, and I guess it would have been fine if I hadn't touched the cap. That said, I wouldn't recommend it: anything with an essential component that can be popped off that easily isn't quality equipment. Also, it was supposedly set to 77 degrees, but I never saw any evidence of it self regulating. Now I'm using an Aqueon 15W flat heater in the overflow and regulating it with an Azoo Micro Temp Controller. This is working well and I'm pleased with it. I think if I set up again I'd look into this heater: http://www.fish-street.com/aqua_syncro_mh_heater. What's cool is that it's flexible. I know Fish-Street has terrible English, but my experience with their customer support has been great. I just did my first water change today. What's odd is that the first time I set up the tank I did not have a green water problem at one month. I did have a few more corals and more microalgae growth on the glass, though, so maybe they were sucking in the nutrients. Or maybe it was because the tank gets lots of natural light from the windows and the days are longer now. At any rate, I've decided to look on the bright side of the greenish hue: I can feed something that needs phytoplankton. So I found a volunteer sponge in the local store's tank today and brought it home. It's light blue and came with some little shrimp in the shell it's attached to (mysids?).
  3. Hello All, Here is my new three gallon aquarium with one gallon overflow on the side. Originally set up in mid December, my heater burst on Valentine's Day and I had to completely redo everything. There were a few survivors (hermits, snails, and star grass), so I threw the new setup together rather quickly. Naturally, the design isn't perfect, but nothing catastrophic. It has now been up a little over a month, and, as you can see, the water is still quite green. I went with a three gallon partly for the challenge (my last tank was fifteen gallons), but also because I'm in limbo right now and can't afford something bigger/will probably be moving in a year or less. I also want to toy with how I do my supplements, water changes, topping off, lighting, cleaning, aquascaping, and inhabitant selection, which is why I'm calling it a Tester Tank (also a great excuse for why it looks terrible right now). Some lessons from the first month: 1) Low iron glass is totally worth it 2) Drilling holes in glass is noisy and time consuming, but also surprisingly easy (at least when making small holes with a dremel) 3) You can drill holes in old coral skeletons, if you give yourself an hour to do it 4) Water Weld can fix your mistakes, but it looks kind of ugly 5) Put the overflow plumbing on the outside of the tank 6) Hide the return plumbing in the sand and behind the rocks 7) Test your plumbing before adding the sand 8) If you use a tiny heater, you need to get an external controller for it 9) Patience (sigh) If anyone wants to predict why the water is still green, please do so. I'm sure someone's going to say it's the 5000K LED's from Home Depot, or all the light from the windows, but I also feed the hermits and marginella snails a pinch of frozen mackerel three or four times a week and for nutrient consumers I have just two small soft corals, only a small patch of star grass, and no macro algae, so keep that in mind...
  4. You're right! I looked back at my records and it is indeed a T. crocea. Not quite sure how I got them mixed up, it was over three years ago, though. Thanks for catching that!
  5. At the time of the photo (September 2015) it had been up for about two years. I had to sell it shortly thereafter, though, because I finished school and moved back to Seattle. The person I sold it to used it to seed a larger tank, so unfortunately it no longer exists. Here's a short montage I made to remember it by:
  6. Thanks! That little guy (or gal?) was super photogenic and would perch on the corals just a few inches from the glass while I had the camera out.
  7. Just wanted to introduce myself to the Forum, I'm starting up a new tank and looking for creative inputs. I have several years of combined experience in reef keeping and am always learning and perfecting my technique. The video is of my old tank I had during my master's studies (had to sell it when I moved). Will post more as I get the chance.