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  1. natalia_la_loca

    Natalia's reefbowl is 2.5 years old!

    I'm using a single thread to document all three of my bowls. Central concept: Simplicity. Reefbowl, 4 January 2017 Reefbowl, 27 June 2016 Opae'ula Brackish Shrimpbowl, 26 March 2016: Reefbowl 25 March 2016: Quick specs (updated 20 March 2017): Mossbowl (land picosphere) Tank: 1 gallon hand-blown glass bowl from Amazon.com ~$15 shipped Substrate: Random rocks and ceramic baby heads (now entombed by moss) Moss: Random moss from the backyard and from the pots my carnivorous plants grow in Inputs: RODI water once every week or so Light: East window + old Skyye LED fixture Shrimpbowl (brackish picosphere) Tank: 1 gallon hand-blown glass bowl from Amazon.com Substrate: White silica sand Rocks: Dry Marco Rock Water: Brackish SG 1.012 Evaporation control: Repurposed glass jar lid Light: East window + old Skyye LED fixture Stock: 12 captive-bred opae'ula (Hawaiian volcano shrimp, halocaridina rubra), 1 horned nerite snail, 1 brackish moss ball Reefbowl (ocean picosphere) Tank: 1.75 gallon hand-blown glass bowl from Amazon.com Substrate: Aragonite flakes Rocks: Dry Marco Rock Circulation: Airline, no airstone Heat: Betta Stik 7.5 watts with Finnex digital temperature controller Light: ABI 12W 50/50 blue & white Tuna Blue par38 LED from Amazon.com Fixture: Black architect table lamp from Amazon.com Light cycle: 11am-7pm with time switch; intermittent sunlight from east & south windows and LED light from shrimpbowl Filtration: None Dosing: None Skimmer: None Auto top-off: None Credit card debt: None Evaporation control: Repurposed terrarium lid; vinyl tubing added around rim to control salt creep Water change: Weekly 100% Feeding: Weekly before WC. Combo of: Reef Roids Coral Frenzy Rods Food Coral Blend Phyto Feast Fauna Marin Ultra Ricordea & Zoanthus + Ultra Min D Stock as of 27 January 2017: Pink goniopora Green/yellow gonipora Orange Rainbow goniopora Red Planet acropora Green slimer acropora ORA tricolor acropora valida Neon green nephthea Purple/green frogspawn Bubblegum montipora digitata Red montipora digitata Tyree sunset montipora Orange leptoseris JF jack o' lantern leptoseris Mr. Freeze leptoseris 2 misc. acan lordhowensis Witches' wheel acan lordhowensis Blastomussa merletti Duncanopsammia Captain America palythoa Meteor shower cyphastrea Traded in at LFS Mountain dew chalice Traded in at LFS Zoas: Petroglyphs (or something very similar) Utter chaos Blondies Supergirls Raspberry limes Solar flares Fruit loops Pink & golds Rastas Rings of fire Glitches Unique Corals fire hornets Gifted to Teenyreef Vamps in drag Ultra searchlights Morphed watermelons No-name green, purple and blue zoas ----------------------------------------------------------- So, this is my new project After several years of reefing, I wanted something extremely simple, minimal and low-maintenance so that I could have more time to do other things, like travel and painting. I learned about volcano shrimp or opae ula (halocaridina rubra) while listening to the Reef Threads podcast; Christine has a little opae ula tank and loves it. Volcano shrimp live in pools of oxygen-poor water in Hawaii. So this isn't technically a reef tank, in fact it's not a reef tank in the slightest, but it's brackish water and it has Marco Rock in it, and Nano-reef is fun, so...yeah Equipment list: -Hand blown glass 1-gallon bowl from Amazon -Leftover white sand from planted tank -Dry Marco Rock -Gorg skeleton -Brackish water from LFS -Old Skyye LED that I use to light my moss bowl All ready to get started (I was going to use that red pumice too but ended up wanting all white stone and sand) Gluing together the rockscape Aaaaaand it's wet! I have it in the studio next to the moss bowl. I like the contrast between the two. Try not to pay attention to the metal bars, that's an old tomato cage I'll figure out a more stylish solution eventually. I added a drop of Zeobak and the cycle is well underway. As soon as the cycle is done and I start to see some algae growth, I'll order the shrimp, captive bred from Petshrimp.com. I love my shrimp bowl already and it doesn't even have shrimp in it yet.
  2. jakes_tanks

    Pico Rock Flower Anemone tank

    Hi, this is my journal of a 3-gallon pico reef I set up in December in of 2017. My goal for this tank was to have an easy to maintain, small tank specifically to focus on rock flower anemones and Sexy Shrimp. If anyone has questions on how this tank is set up equipment wise and livestock feel free to ask below, as well as post about any suggestions you have or pictures of your own Sexy Shrimp or Rock Flower Anemones.  Stay tuned as I plan to add more RFA's to the tank soon
  3. jahnje

    Cambro Reef

    So... the back story. I've got more planted tanks than I know what to do with and want to try my hand at reefing. Always looking for family projects for me and the kids, this seemed perfect. So two of my girls opted in to this project. We looked around and decided that some of my 6 quart cambro containers might make a good pico reef. I already have a bunch.You generally find them in commercial kitchens and can get them for about $6 to $8 a piece. I'm really curious about the idea of combining a recent coral mag article about using them as fish QT system, and combining them with @natalia_la_loca 's pico bowl. The idea being can I use small pico reefs as coral/invert QT system for a larger reef tank, while at the same time giving my girls a chance to really be involved with creating something. After much deliberation: We decided that the ultimate condiment was chocolate syrup. ps. Also using this as an excuse to stop being a lurker....
  4. So I have been doing reef aquariums for 10-15 years. This go around I want to try something new and I was hoping you guys could give me a little guidance on what to expect. Here is the scenario. 2.5 Gallon Pico Aquarium All in One Live Sand purchased from PetSmart in a bag Scoop of sand out of LFS established aquarium Fully Established Live Rock from LFS Salt Water from LFS So my question is based on the live sand and the established LR that I have purchased and had in the water in less than 30 minutes during transport, what type of cycle should I expect? Will I see a full cycle of 4-6 weeks? Will I see any cycle at all? Will I see a quick cycle of 1-3 weeks? I know its impossible to say for sure, but just looking for opinions. Thanks, Neowind712
  5. So today is finally here, today I move from the original Pico to the new one. I figured I would start a new journal and detail it from now as well as go into more detail about the setup, what was built and what was bought. FTS 3/14/18 FTS 10/8/17 More to come... Set up consists of : -2 X 2.5 gallon aquariums (Total tank volume after rock and media displacement is roughly 3 gallons) -Roughly 5lbs of live rock -256gph pond pump with two outlets - one up top for surface tension, one lower for flow through middle of tank -Diy led, 4 blue, 6 royal blue, 4 warm white and 3 cool whites on 3 channels powered by laptop power supplies and dc motor dimmers. -LEDs are 3 w, 3v ordered off ebay, non branded -Tank was drilled with a dremel and Bulkheads are made from male and female pvc adapters (After tank was drilled and bulkheads were siliconed in I mixed and poured a two part epoxy resin about 1/4 inch thick to reinforce the glass and pcv) -Sump is a simple 2 chamber design, water flows through filter floss-chemipure-a box of MarinePure biofilter media-purigen-return pump -DIY ATO - Float switch connected to DC 12v relay which controls a 40gph pump in the reservoir -Temperature controller is a 5$ board bought off ebay, set temp and a fan will kick on when needed, it sits directly over the return side of the sump. Keeps the temperature between 79-81 Coral list: Hammer Candycane /trumpet Kenya tree Pink xenia Duncan GSP Clove polyp Purple gorgonian Orange rhodactis mushroom Green rhodactis mushroom yellow/green plate coral five kinds of palys - will update closeup pictures for help with identification eleven different types of zoas - will update closeup pictures for help with identification *when it comes to zoas and palys I have come to learn that most of them have made up names. My 'laser lemons' were actually purple people eaters... * Any questions about the setup, feel free to ask.
  6. Hello! Long time, no post.  I've downsized my Nuvo10, which I probably never posted about, to a 2.5 gallon pico tank. It's well established and hasn't had anything real exciting in it due to a move, just a nice little condo for my inverts for the past year, plus two ugly shrooms that survive with the beta light, and a giant aptasia that I just eradicated this week (RIP) to prepare to add some corals and nems I actually like.  I think the tank is about 8x8x8. It is a cheap Top Fin Retreat from PetSmart. I kept the sand from my old Nuvo10 setup and also a tiny bit of liverock from that as well. I should have my Kessil A80 here this Friday, and hope it fits. I have a fluval heater in the back sump area and occasionally use the carbon filter inserts made for the tank. I am going to "upgrade" the pump to the tiny Tunze, but not today because I haven't measured to see if it will fit. The stock pump doesn't move quite enough water and it's a little loud. It also connects to a branched cord so the light and pump are all on one AC plug, which is a nice feature for the little tank, but won't meet my needs when I put the new light on. I have no algae or other issues in the little tank. I've had 7 and 10 gallon setups, but never anything this small. I love how easy the water changes are and the simplicity, or non-existence, of my equipment. I am looking for recommendations of inhabitants, such as nems and corals. I don't want to do any dosing, but do like sps corals, though I've never had any. Are they even possible in this type of setup? I love shrooms also and don't know if the lighting will work to support both, due to the small size of the tank. I will only be stocking super BA specimens, and obviously am in no hurry, but will keep this thread updated as I make changes.  11 January 2018: Upgraded to Kessil A80 light  19 May 2018: Upgraded tank to Fluval Spec III  28 May 2018: Added Kessil Spectral Controller  30 May 2018: Added Inkbird Temperature Controller  09 June 2018: Added IM Hydrofill ATO system  Setup: TopFin 2.5 Gallon Retreat Fluval Spec III Aqueon 25w submersible heater Kessil A80 Tuna Blue light Kessil Spectral Controller Inkbird Temperature Controller IM Nuvo 10 Pump (92gph) to replace stock pump InTank Media Basket InTank Clip On Surface Skimmer on intake IM Hydrofill ATO setup Homemade Surface Skimmer Intake Mod Upgrading to a tiny Tunze pump as soon as I shave off part of the housing of it to fit in the back of the tank.  Current critters: 2x 3x Sexy Shrimp 1x Pom Pom Crab 2x Nassarius Snails 2x 1x 0x 3x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs (one regular, one little blue leg) Blue leg is missing/assumed deceased. He was 2 years old. RIP. Nobody local has any in stock. Billions of spaghetti worms and pods running around  Corals & Non-motile Inverts: 1x Rock Flower Anemone 2x Boring mushrooms that were on a piece of liverock. 1 purple & 1 green (Getting traded at some point due to lack of wow) 3x Acans 1x Golden Torch Coral 1x Green Goblin Acro (Probably going to be traded due to lack of wow) 1x Blue Rhodactis Mushroom 1x Green & Yellow Rhodactis Mushroom  An order from AquaSD.com will drop in soon, including: 1x Alienware Palys 1x Strawberry Shortcake Acro 1x Rainbow Pox Discosoma Mushroom 1x Aussie Bloodshot Discosoma Mushroom 1x Aussie Yellow Eye Long Tentacle Red Gonipora  Wish List (I would LOVE suggestions): Beach Bum Montipora More ultra colored RFA's More ultra colored mushrooms A really nice chalice or Monti Cap Â
  7. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper's 3 Gallon "Shallows" tank!

    Skip to the bottom of this post if you want a summed up version of this! Okay, so this tank has been set up 4-5 different times over the past few years, and has been taken down for various reasons. Upgrades, equipment failure, tank nukes, and disinterest have all been culprits. Well, now that I've got more time for the hobby, I've decided to give this tank one last go. The "tank" is a 3 gallon jar from Walmart that you've probably seen people on here use for the pico contest, or, it's a variation of that jar. I think this one may be a slightly bigger version of the ones I've seen used most commonly on here. It's being lit by a 6000K LED bulb, rated at around 1100 Lumens. I think it's pulling 11W, and is being powered by a Walmart desk lamp. Maybe I should just make this an all Walmart build! 😋 I'm using a Top Fin Internal Filter with some cycled media to seed the tank and get it going, and I'm using a small preset heater that keeps the tank right at 76F. I plan to slowly remove some media from the filter with each water change, and eventually switch over to a much smaller powerhead once the media is no longer needed. When planning this tank, I threw a bunch of ideas around. I had thought about a freshwater shrimp tank, or a Pygmy Sunfish tank, or even something like an Opae Ula tank. Eventually, I narrowed it down to either a softy reef, or a macro tank. I decided to go with the macro idea, after remembering how I had tried and failed with them in my main tank. I'm hoping that with a dedicated tank, I'll be able to make it work. From there, I posted on the forum and learned that I'd be best off to choose a color of macroalgae (green, red, or brown) and create the tank around that color of algae. Greens are collected in shallow water (1'-40'), reds are collected in much deeper water (30'-onward), and browns seem to be collected from a variety of depths. After learning that, I decided to go with the greens and have thought about trying to imitate a "patch reef", or a little island of rock and macroalgae far behind the main reef. Running with that idea, I've kinda picked out a variety of macros that I like and think will make for an interesting tank. I decided to stock with a Yellow Clown Goby, and decided to do a snail-only CUC. I figured that if things go correctly, the macros should keep the water fairly clean and make weekly 30-50% WC's enough. So far, the little guy made it through QT and has been doing great. Eating well, fairly active, and very colorful. I'm planning on 8-10 dwarf ceriths, a few nerites, and maybe 1 or 2 Florida ceriths. If I notice a lack of any microalgae, I'll reduce the CUC. As far as macros, I'm planning Caulerpa Prolifera, Caulerpa Mexicana, Codium, Fern Caulerpa, Carpet Halimeda, Blue Scroll, and maybe some Cactus Caulerpa. Lots of Caulerpas, but I find them attractive and don't think they should cause issues with weekly prunings. TL;DR... Tank and equipment: 3 gallon jar Top Fin 10 Gallon Filter, with seeded media Preset Heater at 76F 3 lbs of rock Barebottom Livestock: Yellow Clown Goby Dwarf Ceriths Florida Ceriths Nerites Caulerpa Prolifera Caulerpa Mexicana Codium Fern Caulerpa Carpet Halimeda Blue Scroll Cactus Caulerpa Dragon's Breath Here are some pics of the tank as of today. Tank has been running for a few weeks, and has had fish, some macros, and a couple of snails for 8 days. Parameters have been good so far. Thanks for reading!
  8. Lorekeeper

    Macroalgae Display Pico!

    This isn't so much a tank thread as some questions about how to get the best growth and color out of some display macros. The tank is just a 3 gallon jar from Walmart that I threw an internal filter and heater into. I used a bit of rubble from my main tank, as well as a sponge from the main tank's HOB. Insta-cycled! I'll be removing the filter once the tank matures a bit and replacing it with a uniclife 80 powerhead. The tank is lit with a cheap PAR 30 reef bulb, but it'll be switched to an ABI PAR 38 hung above the tank in the near future. Here's what I'm going to stock: Fish: Yellow Clown Goby (will be moved to 10 gallon if he's unhappy in here) CUC: 4-5 Ceriths Ornamental Shrimp (?) Macroalgae: Caulerpa Prolifera Palm Caulerpa Red Mangrove Red Grape Caulerpa Codium Blue Hypnea Green Ogo Red Ogo Lots of macro, and maybe even too many for this tank. Caulerpa can be a bit iffy, but I've never had it go sexual and have had great growth in the past. I may decide to leave one species of caulerpa out of the picture. So, what can I do to ensure best growth and color? There'll be nitrates available, so I don't think I'll need to dose any sort of carbon. I use IO Reef Crystals, so I'm not sure I'm going to need to dose, since I do weekly 50% WC's on all of my tanks. Should I need to dose a very small amount of a macro-fert? Just looking for some pointers. In the past, I've had algae (short brown hair algae, mostly) grow over dragon's breath macro. I ended up losing most of it, but still have a branch or two of it left. Anyone got any tips in avoiding that? I tried manual removal, as well as trying it around the tank. No luck. Thanks! Tank's first day Goby, after QT:
  9. GraniteReefer

    Hugo Stiglitz the Mantis Shrimp

    Recently I purchased some beautiful rocks off KP Aquatics(epic Gorgonians and rocks) and had mentioned that I hoped a mantis shrimp would hitchhike its way to the granite state. Sure enough within minutes of unpacking I noticed Hugo Stiglitz slipping through the rocks being a creature of the black lagoon. Having not fully thought about the rocks then housing a villanous murderer I realized the rocks he resided in where permanently his and he would need his own tank. He was already in an IM10 I was using to QT the rocks and cycle them but the depth between the panes allows him too much hiding space for decent viewing. So I bought the Mr.Aqua serene 3 gallon tank. The tank is seriously my favorite tank ever! At 17.7"x 5.5" x 7.1" the dimensions on this thing are a dream! I want a nice clean look so I am going with a toothless overflow, tempted to call it a coast to coast but is that only on tanks that crest over the length of the aquarium not the width? Always wanted a white back wall but never found one for sale so I will be fulfilling that dream too. In this thread I plan on chronicling the build process of the tank and also Hugo, Who I hope turns out to be half as cool as another murderous sea wench nanoreef knew so well. It's my first time working acrylic and designing my own AIO insert, and also my first predator tank. Also would love to have some comments that could even make the guys in lawns lounge blush so speak freely. And I will copy one of the other posters who make such nice first posts showcasing equipment and such, at the Chris Marks guy that yells at me for being political can we maybe get a template so I don't have to spend time figuring it out? I have included a picture of a cardboard mockup of my simple plan.
  10. YogiReef

    John’s 8G Pico Cube

    John’s 8g Pico Cube Hey everyone! Just to give you a little backstory before I get into the tank. My name is John, I am 15 years old, and I live in Georgia. I got into this hobby a year ago by watching tanks on YouTube and seeing them on the forums. I recently moved to Georgia from NewYork and my parents agreed to let me have my first saltwater tank YAY! I have read lots and lots of information online and have educated myself with as much stuff as I could. I purchased used equipment and some new things from my lfs. Tank Specifications: 7.5 gallon Deep Blue Professional rimless glass cube tank Kessil A80 tuna blue led light with gooseneck mount and spectral controller Aquaclear 50 HOB Filter Koralia Hydor nano pump Finnex Marine 2 Refugium Light Chaeto algae from my lfs Acurel poly fiber media pad pack Pro Clean sand cleaner and water siphon kit by Python Sybon Refractometer DrTim’s Tank cycling bottle Walmart Turkey baster JBJ nano ato system Preset 78.5 degree 50 watt Aqueon Heater Digital Aquarium thermometer Old piece of furniture for tank stand Dry rock from my local reef club CaribSea Dry aragonite sand 15 lbs bag AquaStik Stone Grey rock epoxy Innovative Marine glass cleaner Premixed salt water and RO water from my lfs BioCube nano protein skimmer with woodblock air stone 1 Bucket from Home Depot to be used for my ato reservoir Livestock I’m planning on adding: x1 goby and pistol shrimp x1 Snails x2 hermit crab x?- a few corals I hope you all follow along with me on this journey! You an check out weekly update videos on my youtube channel at Yogi’s Reef by clicking the link [HERE] I’m also on Instagram @Yogis_Reef
  11. Utahpico

    3.7g Pico reef

    I hope I'm doing this right, I'm back into the hobby after taking a long break and moving around all over the place. Had a 20g setup in my garage to get started again, then it started getting hot, so I moved everything into a 3.7g petco tank and it has been fun, I love small tanks, they are a lot of work
  12. Good morning! I've made a quick introduction video to my office pico tank. This little tank has quickly become my favorite. Only, because I don't get to see my home tank (28 gallon JBJ nanocube) as often! I'm starting this thread as a foundation for future updates and a place to request guidance/assistance. Thank you for stopping by! Here's the video: And here's some quick stats: Set up in middle of February 2017 Back in the hobby after getting out in 2009. Still learning, taking it slower, being patient, bigger budget to do this correctly Fluval Spec III, 2.6-gallon (freshwater) leaked, replaced by Imagitarium Pro 3.7 gallon in February 2018. Kessil A80 with controller - never used stock lighting - tried to use ABI Tuna Blue 12w Par38 bulb Rio Plus 180 (120 GPH) return pump – cut small holes in return line to promote circulation Cobalt Neo-Therm 25 watt, temp set to 78 InTank media basket – filter floss – poly filter pad – BioMax bio rings – ChemiPure Blue 6.5 oz Feed – Reef Roids, once a week – frozen brine shrimp, Monday, Wednesday and Friday Water changes – daily, heavy on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, small amounts on Tuesday and Thursday 80% weekly changes No interaction on the weekend and holidays Use Aquarimate (on iOS) to track special incidents, livestock additions, parameters, and completed tasks Rarely test parameters (other than salinity)
  13. GuelphPico

    First Reef, 5.5 Gallon Mixed Pico

    Hello Nano Reef Forum, I wanted to post to this community to seek out some advice and wisdom in running my first Pico reef. I have had the tank running for approximately 3 months with no substantial coral growth. I have also recently discovered an outbreak of rust coloured flatworms. Additionally, there is a fair coating of brown and green algae along the glass even though nitrates, nitrites and ammonia all read 0ppm. My calcium, mg and alk levels are all within normal ranges. I am running a cheap Amazon led reef light in addition to white leds for fuge. Two ac hob filters mini and 30 as well as korilia 425 power head. Current inhabitants include: Royal gramma - plans on upgrading to 12 or 22 long. Cleaner shrimp Blue and red legged hermits x4 x1 Naussarius x1 Unknown species of scavenging snail x2 Astrea x3 Coral: Red Monti cap Torch Rainbow acan Devils hand Kenyan tree Utter chaos zoas Cheato algae in mini refuge Any input is regarding my apparent nutrient, pest and stocking problems are really appreciated. Looking to upgrade in the near future. Cheers from a student reefer!
  14. Lost absolutely everything to a house fire back in February. I mean everything, tank clothes, food, memories. EVERYTHING. Family and I are fine. We have a new place to live......SOOOOOOOO Back at it again. No name 5.5g tank. Cheap wal-mart filter. Cheap Amazon Par38 bulb. how it all started Tank is cycled, cuc has been ordered already. Time for some frags this weekend. FTS SECTION FTS 5/30/2017 2/12/18 3/20/18 Some uglyness more updates later
  15. Disher

    Suggestions for pico AIO

    I had my heart set on the 3.7g Imagitarium from Petco but had bad luck getting them to arrive unbroken! Two of these tanks in a row arrived broken or shattered. Petco refused to ship a third, and wouldn’t ship to my local store either... Anyways, other tank suggestions?? I’m looking for <5g AIO under $100. Fluval Spec 3 Gallon - I don’t like the look Marineland Contour 3 Gallon - Back chambers are very small JBJ mini Cubey - haven’t seen many of these Ocean box designs 4.3 gallon - $150 price tag! 4 Gallon Starphire Ultra-Clear Glass Cube - Waterbox - AMAZING but Out of Stock DIY Mr. Aqua 3g Or a creative way to get my hands on the 3.7g tank I originally wanted? Thanks :-)
  16. Alright All, we live in a Pretty Historic Industrial City so we have decided to go an industrial/reused idea for this time setup, as much as can be accomplished anyway. Display: 1 gallon handblown glass bowl slumped onto Driftwood ($30 find on sale) - Deep Blue 2 Gallon Cube ("upgraded" 5/17/18) Lighting: ABI 23W Tuna Blue PAR38 Bulb (had it from the original setup for the classroom tank - So no $$$ Spent) Heater: Aqueon Mini Heater 10W ($17) Air Pump: Marina 75 Airpump ($11, i think this may be overkill and will probably downgrade, it's splashing water out of the tank.) - Eheim 300 Compact Pump $5 buy (Upraded 5/17/18) Rock: About 2 pounds of LR from an LFS ($3.50, only charged me a pound) Sand: 1 Lb of Dry sand from LFS ($3.50, I think its aragonite not really sure) Salt Mix: Reef Crystals (buying 2 gal at a time from LFS $1/gallon) Thermometer: Zoo Med Digital Thermometer ($10) Light Stand: Will update this when it's built, probably ~ $30 Am I missing anything I am supposed to Add to my build thread? Gonna experiment potentially with Rock Flower Anemones and grow a "Garden of Flowers" in here, hoping the flow will be ok, still need to get a regulator to lower it a bit. Here's our Entrance to Contest tank shot with my wife's favorite Pizza Condiment 🙂 Here it is performing a Water Test - I'll add Pictures of the rock, sand and display stand when I get it all together tomorrow 🙂
  17. My entry into the Creative Container Contest. Container: 2 gallon bowl/vase from Tuesday Morning $9 Light: 14W PAR30 LED 18K Vibrance Reef Light from Coral Compulsion $59.99 Flow: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Heater: Archaea Mini Aquarium Heater (25W) Ultra Slim from Aqua Forest Aquarium $28.99 ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro - $0 I had this on hand. Coral: Sunny D's Frag Unnamed Acan Frag Unnamed Zoa Frag x3 Yellow polyps Campfire Zoa Frag Green and blue spotted mushroom x 4 Merletti x 2 Trumpet Frag Small Hammer Frag Small Leather Frag Photosynthetic Sponge Livestock: Blue legged Hermit crab Tiny peppermint shrimp Snail x1 Tiny Brittle Star Tiny Feather Duster Tiny Bristle Worms x lots Full Bowl Photo: 03/31/18 02/25/18 01/30/18 12/31/17 11/28/17 10/7/17
  18. Hello all! My 3 gallon is now at the point that I feel comfortable starting a journal about it. Here goes nothing! Initial setup: Lights: 49 watts worth of a generic LED outputting 50% 10000k and about 35% 460nm Filter: A generic internal filter at 160 GPH filled with seachem matrix (eventually going to start adding tiny amounts of vodka to encourage the growth of denitrifying bacteria) Heater: Generic 50W heater Fauna: None yet but will likely include a pom pom crab or two. Unsure on the fish front. Considering getting a photosynthetic sponge carried by gulf coast ecosystems. Corals: Again none yet, TBD if I will have any. Macroalgae: Caulerpa prolifera, Gracilaria parvispora and hayi, coralline algae. All are thriving and start producing oxygen bubbles within an hour of the lights going on (a timer keeps the lights on from 1 to 9 pm). Here is a picture of my tank. Hope you enjoy it!
  19. Okay, I’m IN more to come, but let’s start with this
  20. Jellyingabout

    Wave motion in a pico

    Ok so this may be a pipe dream however i have hopes of creating wave (ish) motions in my 4L pico. My thought is to run two lines into the tank pointed at each other. Both inflows would come from the same pump like so: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _tap _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _Inflow1 ¦ (2/3 open) ¦ ¦ Pump _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ¦ ¦ ¦ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ tap _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ¦ ¦ (1/3 open) ¦ ¦__ _ _ _ _ _ _ _¦ ¦_ _ _ _ _ _ _ Inflow2 ¦ ¦ ¦_ _ _Solenoid valve _ _ _ ¦ This way neither inlet is ever off. When the solenoid is open the flow balence is 40/60, with the solenoid shut its 60/40. By doing this we keep both Inflows always on, avoiding any noisy gargling that would happen with the flow simply turning on/off. I have a 12V DC solenoid valve and a 12V DC power supply. What i need help with is what electrical wizardry do i need to turn on the solenoid intermitantly? Cheers, Aaron
  21. Jellyingabout

    Auto Water Change - 4L Pico

    Hey all, So after 3 years without a tank i'm finally "easing" myself into it with a 4L pico set up plus a few gadgetry things. I live on the coast and the water here although a bit high in nitrates is generally very clean. I'd like to set up two large resovoirs under my pico one for fresh SW which i will drip feed into the sump. At the same rate fresh SW drips in, i'd like system water to drip out the sump into the second resovoir. But how do i match the rates without a peripump £££. Any ideas? Cheers, Aaron
  22. So I figured I'd join in on the latest Pico container fun. I've always liked the idea of a jar reef, so now I've decided to give it a shot. Not completely sure on anything else yet, but I'm sure it'll be fun! So far here's what I've got. Also, seaweed snack are a condiment right?!
  23. robertsdalton

    My First Pico

    The journey begins! After wanting something different from my freshwater, I did lots of research on reef keeping and I’m so excited to get started. I’ve just set up my very first pico and the cycling has begun. I wanted to challenge myself by using the small tank I already had. It’s a 5 gallon with internal filtration. Here’s what’s in the tank so far: About 7lbs live sand 5lbs live rock Aqueon pro 50w heater Hydor Koralia 240 I’ve taken out the filter cartridge for the cycling process and plan to add filter floss and Chemipure Elite when the time comes. I added a pinch of flakes to the water to kickstart the cycling. My test kit will come in the mail tomorrow. The 3.6w LED light that came on the tank probably won’t be enough to grow corals, so I’ll be buying one tomorrow. Is it okay to put in a clean up crew now or should I wait until ammonia and nitrite is at 0? Also I plan to make this mostly coral but a pair of clowns is very tempting. Feedback would be greatly appreciated! I’m new and still have lots to learn so I’d love to hear from you.
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