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My Aquarium Journal! After a long, long, long time out of the reefer community and thanks to a wonderfully supportive SO, I'm starting up a new pico! I've fallen in love with the macro algae dominate tanks; they've inspired me to start my own. Unless otherwise stated, most everything was purchased from the devil we hate to love, Amazon.com. Inspiration: @kimberbee TOTM @brad908 TOTM @yoshii TOTM @Tigahboy Insta Everyday Aquarist Each of the above has inspired this tank. Some because of the color palette used, some because of the stocking, and others because of how much work they've benefitted this hobby. Setup Display: Fluval Spec III Lighting: Kessill A80 Tuna Blue Heater: Cobalt Aquatic Neo-Therm Heater 25W Circulation: Stock Pump Hydor Pico Pump Hydor Flo Rotating Water Reflector Attachment Testing: Red Sea Marine Care Multi Test Kit Red Sea Reef Foundation Pro Sand/Rock Crushed Coral/Shells Middle Keys Marine LLC. Shelf Reef Rock Thin Frag Rock Crushed Coral Rock Aragonite Reef Sand 1 small piece of live rock from the LFS Other Hobein Black Egg crate Dr. Tims Ammona Dr. Tims One and Only Brightwell Aquatics NeoPhos Brightwell Aquatics NeoNitro Brightwell Aquatics Chaeto Gro Brightwell Aquatics Ferrion Wishlist Livestock 1 Goby & Pistol Shrimp Pair or 1 White Spotted Dwarf Goby 4 Dwarf Planxis 4 Marginella Snails 4 Dove Snails, Pictocolumbella ocellata 4 Cerith Snails 1 Pom Pom Crab, Lybia edmondsoni 4 Sexy Shrimp, Thor amboinensis Spotted Porcelain Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus Macroalgae Rhipocephalus phoenix Halimeda, various species Gracilaria, various species Red Grape Algae, Botryocladia Coral Red and Green Mushrooms Red and Green Rock Flower Anemones Currently the take is empty, cycling without fish. While building the final stand for this tank, I started playing with the rocks. Playing with the rock like Legos, building up towers and once found a formation I liked, I started glueing from the top town. When I placed the build in the tank I realized a few problems. The initial build was slightly too large to fit in the tank and allow room for any magnetic algae scrubber to reach 100% of available glass space. Also, the summit of this little mountain was way too close to the top of the water. This setback was a blessing in disguise. In taking the rockscape out of the tank and chiseling off some of the excess rock, it fell apart. After all, I used cyanoacrylate to hold it together. I was able to remove a few 'blocks' and was left with a form that as much more pleasing. Now I can scrub all of the glass and there is more room between the summit and the water's edge. Initially I had planned for a pico pump with a deflector to create more random water movement, but I had forgotten about his while building the rockscape. It took up a lot of room anyway. I'm sure it'll be useful in the future. The rear of the tank has some crushed coral and shells mixed in the sand while shells are above the sand and scattered all over the top of the rockscape. Sand is about 2"-4" thick graduated from the front to back. My tank is small and I want to display of small critters. This won't be a tank to sit back in a chair and watch from across the living room. It will be a tank that necessitates getting close and watching small things travel across the rock and through the sand. It will be a tank that requires you get close and actively pay attention When cycling is over, I'm hoping that my LFS or an online vendor has the macros and inverts on my wish list. Until then I'm waiting patiently.
Left Coast DJ posted a topic in Beginners DiscussionI'm thinking about getting back in to the hobby. It's been about 8 years or so. I last had a 75 gallon tank that just got too overwhelming and I got out. I should have stuck with my original Red Sea AIO. What would be a good set-up these days that'll also be easy to maintain? I also want to keep the cost down so as to not PO the wifey. I'm planning on using Catalina water from my LPS. Looking for something around 20 gallons or so. Would want just a clown fish (or a pair) and a wrasse along with some easy to maintain corals.