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  1. Arquisto

    WV Reefer’s Teeny, Tiny and Dirty

    Looks like we all got the same heater! Let me know how it goes. I was hoping it'd stay at 78F but it peaked today when i got back from work to 82F, will continue to monitor. And if you have some macro lenses for your phone they're going to be great to use since everything is so much easier to capture in a small tank.
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    First Time Reefer - Mini Complete Tank

    @Wonderboy Here are a couple videos! Apologies for the background music.. apparently youtube doesn't allow you to remove audio anymore. Was recording it while we had Nailed It running in the background so had to cover that. Video of Mysterious Critter Video of the Sand Horder
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    First Time Reefer - Mini Complete Tank

    So I set up my Macro DSLR lens and have been spending again a few hours just looking around the tank. @Nelson I got myself a Hydrometer last year when I set up a brackish tank for my Hawaiian shrimp so I'll make sure salinity is in check with that. The store owner at first was worried about evaporation but there an adequate enough cover to minimize that hopefully. @NanoRox Thanks! I saw you in the other thread mentioning that you may be making specialized pieces for this Mini Tank soon, can't wait to see some of the products! So as a continuation from yesterday's IDs, I saw that this forum has an abundance of good pinned threads so I've gone down that rabbit hole. One thing I have to remember is that all these critters that I take photos of are on a macro-scale so they're really really small... I think most likely they're all going to be in the 'Pods family. Isopods or Amphipods of some sort... and knowing there are half a million species in each.. It may be futile. Temperature is now hovering around 80F and it hit peak yesterday... I'm hoping it'll stay at that. If not i may have to fork out some money and get a controller which is funny cause itll be bigger than the tank. But I figure in such a small tank better to have it otherwise things can get ugly real fast. Photo and ID time. So the Bristle Worm I thought is definitely not a that.. its a Munid Isopod - can look these up online and they match perfectly with the photos I took. More Photos of the Mushroom Coral Thinking it's going to be some sort of Chalice - the store I got these rocks from sell Cynaria Coral and Dracula Chalice, probably one of those. Mystery Amphipod? Those Crab Zoea Larvaes... really unsure that that's what they are, I'm thinking a type of Amphipod they seem to be able to walk around really well and I don't believe the larvae have that ability. Here's a really good shot of it using my DSLR set up. Unidentified Corals Saw these within a few millimeters of one of the mushroom corals, don't know that they are but I'll ID them soon enough. Sand collecting Isopod in Young Coral? So I was staring at this weird coral.. don't know if its just a husk of a dead one or if its a young one growing and started seeing this weird critter gathering single particles of sand and putting it into the tube... I caught it on video. So again, if you guys want the videos up let me know and I'll post them. Young Pulsing Xenia Caught some what I believe are Xenia's issue is I don't know how they'll do as the side of the rock they're on gets almost no water movement. Watching them for a minute I caught the arms seemingly it was able to grab some food. I figured with all the online mentions of this thing growing like a week it's not a bad thing if it does die out. But if a weed can't do well in the tank that's not a good indication for other corals. Spionid Worm Saw these small tubes and when I managed to switch to my Macro DSLR set up I caught these long transparent tendrils coming out of them.. pretty sure these guys are Spionid Worms and luckily are reef safe. That's it for now!
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    First Time Reefer - Mini Complete Tank

    As promised here's the post with a tally of all the reef creatures that have come to life in the last 24 hours. None of these were planned and are just hitchhikers from the live rock. I've tried to ID some but would love any help on the others. Quick list here in order that I spotted them; -some mushroom corals, I haven't tried to ID them yet, see photos below -a couple snails, I'm thinking Astraea Snails due to the pattern of their shells -these weird jumping critters that wave feather arm like appendages in the water.. they're pretty active, i catch them moving to the highest points of the rocks and often jumping as well.. i think they're Crab Zoea Larvea but see photos below -red/orange slugs which I believe are Vayssierea felis, a thread from this forum actually helped me with that one; https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/341768-red-slug-nudibranch/ -an asterina starfish, pretty sure this is the correct ID.. im just hoping its the type that won't eat my Zoas when i eventually get some next week -some sort of bristle worm maybe? no clue as I haven't done digging on this one yet either Crazy how much life came out of these 3 rocks!! I have videos of some of these as well.. if you guys need any of them let me know. Thanks again!! Photos - Taken with my Google Pixel with a Macro lens Coral Mushrooms Astraea Snails? Crab Zoea Larvae??? Vayssierea Felis (orange slugs) Bristle Worm???
  5. So... after being inspired by @jbb_00 and @WV Reefer I decided that I'd turn my newly bought Mini Complete tank into my first ever reef aquarium. I've done some research and am sticking with hardy corals such as Zoas and Mushrooms. You've all been super helpful and reading your threads have just been an immense amount of information and knowledge. I know that getting into this hobby with such a small tank (the Mini Complete is less than a gallon) is a daunting task but I'm going to take it slow and make this a learning experience. I've had the tank now for a week but all I've done is fill it up and check its temperature. I realized the heater that came with the tank wasn't going to do it, it never got the water temp above 70F, with @jbb_00 help i got the heater he had and for the last couple days now its been stable at 78F. Next thing I did was find a really small but passionate frag store in Toronto (where I live) and was hoping they could help me out. I found FrabBox and decided to bring the tank with me... they blew all my expectations. The owner saw the tank fell in love and started making the hardscape right there and then because he was just amazed at how such a small All in one tank could exist. He supplied me with live rock, live sand, and a bag of his water which was more than enough to fill it up and then do a water change. He basically said I got a transplant of his 1400 gallon system for his frag store. Anyone in Toronto should really check it out. I was excited when he told me the rocks had already a couple of mushroom corals on it and i promised him I'd come back next week for some Zoas. But needless to say I've spent over a few hours just watching the small tank and I've seen so many creatures now. Hoping some of you guys can confirm my IDs or help me figure out what they are. Here are some photos of the set up first, and then the creatures in question in the next post. I'll keep you guys updated as I progress but thank you so much for all of your advice and in advance for all of your help and guidance! Live Rock Live Sand - store gave me from an open bag they had of Carrib Sea.
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    Mini Complete Reef

    Looks good I actually ordered it last night 😋
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    Mini Complete Reef

    Actually you don't see it clear in that video but the actual overflow is positioned higher than where you see those slots on the left. So risk isn't too much. I can try to take a clearer photo of mine if you want.
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    WV Reefer’s Teeny, Tiny and Dirty

    Nice! You even gave it to me via Amazon.ca and I have prime! Wonder what I should do with the one I bought from them..
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    Mini Complete Reef

    Awesome thanks!
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    Mini Complete Reef

    Hey Jbb thanks for that! Edit: asked for photo of the heater forgot you showed it earlier.
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    WV Reefer’s Teeny, Tiny and Dirty

    Im in Toronto so with winter here my room temp is about 64F atm. I'll keep an eye on my tank but I may have to look at getting another heater. I did contact Cunzo who supplies the tank and they gave a quick and well detailed answer. So their customer service has been pretty good. Here is their reply in case it helps anyone else: Reply from Cunzo on my heater issue: "1, the fish tank temperature needs to be controlled between 20-30, preferably 22-26 2, room temperature higher than 18 degrees can be used without a heater, below 18 degrees recommended a heater. 3. The heater comes with a 25 degrees built-in temperature control, but cannot be adjusted, not very accurate, when the room temperature is higher than 20, it may be heated to 30 degrees or higher; 4. The heater power is only 7.5W and only 1 degree is used in one week. The power of the heater is relatively low. When the room temperature is lower than 10 degrees, the heating may be insufficient. The bottom tank may be insulated by a bubble film or a carton. 5. Customers who keep seawater organisms or creatures with higher temperature requirements are advised to purchase an external electronic temperature control (we don't it at the moment, please buy it at other stores) Special Note: Do not put the thermometer together with the heater chip. Otherwise, it is measured that the temperature of the heater chip is not the temperature of the water body. It is recommended to place the thermometer probe in the middle of the cotton or test the temperature of the upper tank."
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    WV Reefer’s Teeny, Tiny and Dirty

    I got their heater as well. Let me know how yours goes as I don't think mines working well. It's been on for a few days and the temperature has at most gone up by a couple degrees. I've contacted them to see what they can do.
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