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    shimp and goby pair

    Amblyeleotris wheeleri (with Alpheus randalli)
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    3 Gallon Dorm Design

    You've got a bunch of options for this, all of which will work, it just depends on your budget. My experience is mostly HID lighting with LED supplementation, but I've been eyeing some of the LED fixtures for my new pico tank. Personally, I prefer getting something more powerful than I need and just putting it higher up than normal. This gives plenty of space for air circulation and working in the tank. If you've got the money, check out the Kessil A80 Tuna Blue, like Weetabix7 said. This will give you the most options for color and intensity adjustments, and you can add in the controller for dimming and timing. The light's around $130 and the controller is $100. If you want to sacrifice some control for savings, the Fluval Sea Nano Halo LED sells for about $110. It's like the Kessil A80, but you have to choose between full spectrum or blue, no dimming option, and you'll have to buy a timer to control it ($10-$20). Then there's the Coral Box Aqua Nano from Fish Street for $75. This should be powerful enough for what you're planning on growing, though not as compact and sleek as the others. The instructions will also be in broken English, like everything else at Fish Street. My experience with them is that their products aren't very fancy, but they work and come with good customer service and some funny translations. Again, you will need a timer to control it. There's also Fish Street's "Digital Aquarium LED Lighting" light, for $30, which includes a built in thermometer and timer. I have bought this, and although it wasn't bright enough for what I wanted, if you put it close to the surface I think it might work for soft corals and some LPS in the space you described. The PAR38 and the fluorescent bulbs Weetabix7 mentioned sound good and cost effective, too.
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    Three Gallon Tester Tank

    Oh, and the I want to promote the proper term for the "rigid coralline algae", which is "rhodolith" (from rhodo- for red, and -lith for stone). I'm hoping to be able to propagate them, though still unsure how fast they will grow. I know the temperate ones have exceptionally slow growth, but tropical ones should be at least a little faster.
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    Three Gallon Tester Tank

    Thanks! Nice to hear that someone else gives their tank natural light, too. It's free, after all. I'm still going to supplement with some higher kelvin LEDs, once I get the money, but I bet I can get by with something less powerful since it won't be my only source. I remain unconvinced that natural light causes algae blooms in reef aquariums, at least those that are well maintained. It does add a wider color spectrum, and some algae may use that better, but it seems to me that nutrients should be the limiting factor in algae growth. Do you have any algae "problems" in your pico Weetabix7? I'm going to wait a bit on the icky brown string, it's such a young tank still. I will probably do a water change in a week or so, but I want to maintain some of that green in the water for my sponge.
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    Three Gallon Tester Tank

    So it seems the water change was likely the main driver behind the water clearing up, not the live sponge, as it has slowly gotten greenish again with the sponge still there. The (plastic) sponge over the pump intake had been there for a couple weeks so it may add some nitrifying capacity, but not anything to remove nitrates. The sand isn't that deep, or that established, so I doubt there's much denitrification going on, if any at all. This leads me to believe that I simply had a nitrate problem, possibly some phosphate, too, and the water change brought the levels back below the bloom threshold. The sponge is still light blue, hasn't grown any, but is definitely alive: the size of the osculum (out flow opening) changes periodically. I had it fully exposed to the lights, but it started getting a film of diatoms or something on it, so now I've got it in the shade. It's still getting a film, but not as bad. Unfortunately, its new location makes it hard to get good detail in the photos. As you can see from the photo, I've got some new additions: two types of macro algae and some cerith snails, all from Gulf Coast Ecosystems (GSE). The green one on the left is Halidmeda opuntia, and the pink branching algae next to it and to the right of the old coral skeletons is some sort of rhodolith (they call it "Coralline Rigid" on the site). I give GSE 4.5/5: They sent me way, way more than I was expecting, more than I could fit in the tank, actually. (I have a couple mangroves in an unheated bucket of saltwater under a light, so I put the extra in there, just to see what happens.) However, except for the one with the snails, there was no air in the bags, meaning no oxygen reserve, and they smelled pretty bad when I took things out. They use 2-day shipping (for $16.50), so things had been in the dark for 48 hours, and I was afraid the algae would be dead, but so far there's only a little die back.
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    Three Gallon Tester Tank

    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.
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    Three Gallon Tester Tank

    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?).
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    Three Gallon Tester Tank

    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...
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    Tridacna crocea

    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!
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    whole tank

    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:
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    Gobiodon histrio closeup 2

    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.
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    Hello All!

    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.
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    Tridacna crocea

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    maricultured Turbinaria pelta

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    Fromia sea star