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  1. reefcrimp

    reefcrimp's contest pico

    2018.02.01: 2018.01.06: 2017.10.24:
  2. Tom@HaslettMI

    My Pico Wants to Kill Your Mama

    Hello all! After much internal debate... I'm in. I have a few ideas on where I want to take this itty bitty ecosystem, but I've not landed on a final plan yet. What I do know is I want this thread to have a non-reef keeping theme. So, post will of course be focused on the "tank" but I will also attempt to enrich readers with something more. Thus the aforementioned theme, which will be the music of the late, great Fank Zappa. So, To keep with the theme each post will contain a secret word (like he did for so many if his concerts). And the secret word for this post is "vacuum flask"! What?!? Why vacuum flask you ask? Well, because the creative container is a 4000 mL vacuum flask. I rescued this from the garbage about 10 years ago when my fellow grad student broke the vacuum hose barb off it. I've always wanted to make it either a terrarium or an aquarium. Posts may also include some lyrics or recommend a Zappa song to check out. More on the pico as I figure it out. Happy pico reefing! Tom
  3. Hi everyone! This is the thread for the monthly full tank shots for the Creative Container Contest. I’ll be posting all the contestants’ full tank shots for each month of the competition (October, November, December, January, February, and March). Each photo will be linked to the contestant’s build thread so you can easily read more information and view more photos of each build. This thread will be locked for editing, so that it does not become cluttered with conversation. We want to keep this thread as an easy, organized place to follow all the contest tanks’ progress throughout the competition. If you notice any issues with a photo or link, please pm me and let me know so I can fix it.
  4. SaltyBuddha’s Floating Islands Equipment Tank: Clear Dome Vase Flow: Tetra Whisper Air Pump, 10 Gallon Light: ABI 12W PAR38 Tuna Blue LED Heater: Betta Fish 10 Watt Heater Controllers: Inkbird Temperature Controller Corals Green Star Polyps Toadstool Leather Birdsnest (?) Zoanthids (?) Invertebrates In consideration Goal Simplicity while turning a pico into a macro landscape. The most complicated part of this tank will be the initial aquascaping. After that, I will let the corals do their thing and hopefully fill the tank out by the end of this competition. Concerns #1 Cat – Our feline companion is aptly named Floki. He likes to drink out of my freshwater tank and has broken my RO/DI filter once by pushing it off a shelf. This pico will be on our desk so we will see what he does. Unfortunately, he already loves the Tuna Blue light. #2 Temperature – Big temperature fluctuations in Southern California. I am hoping I can convince the wife to let me use the AC. #3 Aquascaping - I have a few ideas on how to put this together; acrylic rods and fishing line. I will elaborate more when I have it completed. #4 GSP - Main coral will be the GSP. Obvious problem will be it overtaking the main toadstool. Inspiration Most Recent FTS - 10/22/17 Contents Raising of the Floating Islands - Construction Week 0 Update - The Cycle Begins! Week 1 Update - The Competition Officially Starts Week 2 Update - The Cycle Really Begins!
  5. ERRMAHGERD! @Mariaface and I are super stoked to enter the Pico contest! Here is our o-fish-al entry for a bell jar pico. Not sure exactly what we might end up doing for water movement. The total volume here appears to be about 3/4 of a gallon so it is purretty small. #yourekillinmesmalls BUT WE KNOW WE ARE GONNA HAVE SOME DONGS UP IN HERE!
  6. This is my entry for the creative container pico contest. Its a 2gallon planters peanut jar from a thrift store with a slight pink hue. Thought it would be interesting to see how it affected coral color. mainly going to be a zoa garden with some small inverts. I'll be using the abi 12w aquarium par light. With a 40gph fountain pump. still deciding on a permant heater. Also need to find the perfect light fixture. Will update more later!
  7. I decided to join the contest and will be participating with the help of my 4th grade students. We will build this pico together as a classroom project. The following are the supplies we have gathered and will use: glass pitcher (2 quarts), $3.50 air stone, new (from old fresh water aquarium) air pump, borrowed from a friend airline tubing, $3.50 Galaxyhydro 12W Aquarium LED Light, $18.00 Tertial Work Lamp (IKEA), $9.99 Attached is the picture of the glass pitcher. The condiment of choice in my house is home-made salsa but the container did't fit inside, so I put Sriracha in the container instead since it is also spicy and delicious! I will add a picture of the set-up tomorrow!
  8. New_Here

    New Here's Pico Tank

    So I am new to this forum. I do have some experience with fresh water, but this will be my first saltwater setup. I have been reading topics on these forums for a while and thought this contest would be a great reason to sign up and start posting myself. I am sure that I will have several questions to ask along the way. I was at Target and found my container. I am just waiting for the rest of my equipment to arrive. Equipment: LED bulb from amazon
  9. spec33

    Spec's Spec Sized Tank

    TANK START DATE: 11/12/2017 FTS: 11/30/2017 EQUIPMENT: Powerhead: Hydor Pico-Evo Mag 180 Heater: Aqueon 50w Preset Lighting: 12w Abi Tuna Blue Par 38 bulb from Amazon Bowl: Smith and Hawken Terrarium from Target Thermostat: Coralife Probe and glass in tank MAINTENANCE: Water Changes: Weekly 80%-100% (The tank is BB so it is easy to get rid of all of the excess nutrients with water changes) Feeding: (Reef-Roids once a week)-(LPS get target fed with mysis shrimp) Inhabitants: 1 Cerith Snail 1 Scarlet Hermit Crab Several Limpets 1 Stomatella (My favorite thing in the tank lol) CORAL: Duncans Caribbean Rose Coral Pulsing Xenia Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas 2 small colonies of random Zoas Kenya Tree 5 small mushrooms not sure what kind Small ricordea...I can't find it in the bowl.... Birdsnest I believe? Anthelia That I cannot get rid of
  10. aio.tankhero

    Aio.Tankhero's shorty cookie jar

    **Pico tank shut down, bacterial bloom in full effect, see last post - 1/5/2018 Here's my entry for the creative container pico contest Equipment Container - 3.1L Cookie Jar, $4 new at Dollaramma Mason-Stein, in storage Flow - Coralbox A100 DC controllable micro pump, $23.99 new petsandponds.com Heat - Cobalt Aquatics 5W Mini-therm, used in storage OFFLINE **see service notes Light - Par38 12 LED bulb, $40, used from local forum member GTAAquaria.com Light fixture - 'Tertial' work lamp, $12.99 new at Ikea ATO - AutoAqua Smart ATO micro, $125 BNIB local forum member GTAAquaria.com Controller - Noma 8-outlet power bar with timer, used, in storage Livestock pom pom crab toadstool leather orange acans blue acan various zoanthids aussie mushrooms To-do list setup autoaqua micro ATO more flow #Progress November 1/17 - Jar is officially setup, liverock, zoas, various mushroom coral and acans November 5/17 - pom pom crab and toadstool coral added November 8/17 - full jar shot November 13/17 - Left the jar for a few days, just topped it off. Everything is doing great, zoas in the center will be moved after water change tomorrow December 2/17 - With the cooler temps I noticed my tank was getting cooler, finally I can use the heater! Woke up to this soup, the tank overheated. I'll need a heater controller to manage my heat woes. Service notes November 18/17 - weather outside at 5C (41F) or higher jar will overheat at 29C (85F) with LED on, heater taken offline until required. Jar a bit too close to radiator heater December 2/17 - **TEMPORARY SHUT DOWN - Restart begins on Dec. 16/17
  11. FTS 11/1/17 Figured I would try and take a stab at this contest. I really wanted to try something different that I hadn't necessarily seen before. This may fail horribly but it should be fun trying. I still haven't found the exact jar I want to use but will most likely go with one of the par lights, a small heater, and a little powerhead to keep the bottom clean. The only other thing I am worried about with this design is the lack of biological filtration due to the lack of sand and rock. Again this is more of a fun experiment though so we will see. The idea is to glue a single piece of tonga to the jars lid and attach the corals to that. Maintenance will consist of lifting the lid with the rock/corals on it, dumping out the old water, and adding clean water. The light will sit inside a small cabinet and shine from the bottom up. I think it should create an interesting little desk lamp as well. I plan on going out this weekend to find a jar and a cabinet for it to sit on :-) . Just wanted a bit of feedback on the design. The plan: Sorta what I have in mind: The tank! The tanks view :-p
  12. Let's do this! Bowl: Approximately 1 gallon total volume Light: Kingbo 18W PAR38 Flow: Rio Plus 180 Aqua Pump - 120 GPH
  13. flatlandreefer

    Flatland's Pico Contest Tank

    Here is my entry for the Pico Contest! I am 95% sure this is the container I will be using, I ordered this as well as a 2.5 gallon anchor hawking jar but I think I like this the best. The vase holds 2 gallons if filled to the brim. I'm not exactly sure how I will be aquascaping this quite yet but I am envisioning a slim tower of dry rock that will be epoxied together. One challenge I foresee is gluing frags in place on the rockwork due to the fairly narrow opening. I can't wait to get this build started!!!
  14. The "Angler Fish"......aka......"A Bellyful O' Sunshine" an NPS pico So I've decided I want to keep a pico FULL of Tubastraea and possibly some tube worm/anemones. For equipment I'm going to try and do all this with just an AZOO 180 Powerhead, water changes, water changes, water changes and some biological additives. My house temp stays pretty consistent so no need for a heater. It'll get roughly an hours worth of early morning sunshine and then ambient light the rest of the day. I have a low watt incandescent bulb strictly for aesthetic "Angler Fish" purposes...and to give me some light to feed by. And so all the cash that I allotted for this contest is going into corals and feeding. We'll see how it turns out. Dec. 28th Nov. 28th Oct. 11th Oct. 3rd here's the shot with my favorite condiment. And here's a shot with it filled with 1.5 gallons
  15. Boggers

    Boggers CC contest tank

    Well I just ordered the light, guess I am in.
  16. boyscoutrickybobby

    light bulb CCPC

    Here is the start of my creative container pico. I have had the container for weeks and have not got back to it so I will update the journal more in a few days. (A1 is not my favorite condiment, its all I had in the fridge)
  17. Allaboutcorals

    Allaboutcorals pico reef

    Hey nano-reef! Ive been a lurker here for quite some time and have learned a ton from many of the build threads here. Really excited to be joining in on this contest and finally beginning to participate on the forums. Ive seen some really incredible entries. the competition is fierce! My girlfriend and I were originally going to enter together but in brainstorming creative containers we each came up with ideas we wanted to try out on our own so we will each have a build thread going. I will get into more details later but for now here is the container that I chose to work with. It is fairly traditional but I wanted an opening wide enough to allow me room to aquascape and easily move around the different components. Thanks!
  18. Hi Everyone! Sofrinat here! I first learned about this contest through my boyfriend, Allaboutcorals, and initially planned on entering with him as a way for us to experience the hobby together. As we began to discuss and go back and forth between different tank ideas I found myself becoming more engaged and really fell in love with my concept of a lava lamp reef. We tried to compromise but figured it would be more fun to each have our own tank. Thus, a lovers' quarrel became a Lover's Coral!
  19. MrNanoReef

    Phuong's Micro Atoll 1.5

    Welcome to my Micro Atoll 1.5! I've always wanted to try a reef jar and The Creative Container Pico Contest is the perfect opportunity! I'm excited, inspired, and ready to roll! Got all my stuff ordered and on their way. Keeping this simple and elegance. 1. Candle holder 2. Par38 bulb 3. Air pump 4. Live rock/sand 5. Things to make More to come...
  20. alprejean

    Try not to Wine

    set it up this afternoon and forgot to take some pictures of it dry so i might have to pull it all out tomorrow and get pictures TANK : glass bow (had) SUBSTRATE : three hand fulls of dry PINK FIJI (had) AQUASCAPE : three dry rocks (had) WATER : Fritz saltwater (had) POWERHEAD : Aqua Culture aquarium air pump and tubing (bought... from walmart) LIGHTING : Rapid LED Par 38 mixed color (plan to buy) WATER VOLUME : with sand and rock 1.3125 gallons i plan on throwing a small rock from another tank in it to kick start the cycle. since im starting this tank from dry, i may be behind others starting with live sand and rock but im ok with that. i cant wait to see how this goes, ive always loved seeing pico tanks
  21. here it is. a Anchor Hocking 2.5 gallon Montana jar. it comes with a metal lid, but I probably will use the glass one showing on the side. ABi 14w Tuna Blue Tetra Whisper 40 (got my tubing, just need to get my airstone) 25w AFA Heater Fiji Pink Sand not sure of the rockscape or the corals I'll keep. I do know I hope to have 3 small crabs.
  22. lobster876

    Lobster876'S Contest tank

    Hey all here is my attempt at my jar tank. I will be running a par38 bulb over a 1.2 ish gallon jar. The theme will be mainly softies but could have a few LPS down the road.(Pictures to come when i get home from work.
  23. skibum513

    Joe's Icy vase

    Hey everyone pico reefs are one of my favorite aspect off reefing. I love how simple and unique they can be. When I saw this contest I had to enter. For my entry I decided to mix it up and do a temperate tank (I know using a chiller instead of a heater isn't on the equipment list but it still just controls temp). Anyways I located this nice flower vase and decided it would be a good tank. This vase is made of acrylic which helps insulate better then glass. I added a 12 volt pump and have attached some acrylic water block to the back to allow the chiller to work. The chiller is going to be another DIY peltier chiller similar to the tank i brought to Kuwait. With the acceptation that it is directly attached with the pump inside the vase not exterior and plumbed. For life in this tank I am going to add some green surf anemones, aggregating anemones, some inverts and maybe a Catalina gobey and keep a pacific cost type biotope. Temp should be around 55 to 60 and regular water changes will be the only filtration. As far as light the anemones dont need much and I will rely on a par bulb placed further away. **** Edit no chiller instead this tank will be placed in my basement over winter to maintain mid 60' temp hopefully. Thankfully Utah gets pretty cold. ****** Current Tank Shot Current StocK Fish - Catalina Goby (Lythrypnus dalli) Inverts Snails- Margarita Snail 2 Anemones- Green Surf (Anthopleura Xanthoframmica) Aggregating Anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima) Starburst Anemone (Anthopleura sola) Vase with some peanut butter and a shot of the chiller attachment point.
  24. Hey all! Here is my entry into the Creative Container Pico Contest! I have been sitting on making a pico for awhile now, but the contest pushed me over the edge. The container I am using was sourced from the depths of my parent's basements. I think at one time it held a fair goldfish. I think we fed it cracker/toast dust. Clearly it didn't survive. I think it may also have actually housed cookies when my grandmother was alive. Mmmm cookies. My favorite condiment is soy sauce. Because it is liquid gold. I use it on everything. Annnnnnd now I want mongolian beef. The container is an old hexagonal cookie jar. Roughly 1.5 gallons in total volume. About one when filled with water, sand, rocks, and equipment. I am using a koralia nano 240 I had laying around. I am seeing if I even need a heater currently. I plan to keep salinity at 1.025. The light is currently a standard lightbulb. Tbd. (probably cheapo 12 W par38). The theme of this tank will be ghetto chic. Stay tuned for the awesome sauce! (and I don't mean soy sauce) God I am lame.... Equipment Inhabitants Living in the Lap of Ghetto Luxury Macros, Corals, and How the Hey Did They Get in There?
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