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  1. Hello Everyone! I've been reef-keeping for about four years now (after a long stint keeping tropical before that) and having had a 180L mixed reef, a 60L nano, I have now gone even smaller with a 30L system. I haven't kept a reef build before so I hope I can keep you guys posted on this system's progress (assuming there is progress)! Like many, I'm sure, I started off by reading up about reefs on many sites and eventually, now, I only really come onto NR! My early inspirations were all from this forum, mainly TeenyReef's 10G, ninjamyst's 12G, yoshii's 10G and Justind's 9G. Subsequently, I fell in love with the shallow style tank and East1, Scorched, 4x5 and Brad908's builds. Setup: Display- ADA Cube Garden 45-F (45 x 16 x 24cm); Sump- custom acrylic four chamber sump (approximately 25 cm cube); Overflow- a Scorched style direct drain/ return system with a 1" drain and 1/2" return; Return pump- Jecod DCT-1200; Heater- Aquael 50W Easy Heater; Circulation- will probably add my MP10 from the 60L; Light- at present nothing but my Ai Prime will be mounted onto this in the near future (when the 60L is closed down); Mechanical filtration- 4" filter sock; Bio filtration- maybe 2kg live rock and future plan to add chaeto chamber to sump; Chemical filtration- None planned; Doser- single dosing pump (TMC) planned for Kalwasser addition; ATO- TMC single switch; Cabinet- IKEA! My plans for livestock are actually just two or three corals which I hope to nurture to eventually fill a lot of the open space. In fact I only started this tank to keep some of my old favourite colonies (or frags of) when I sold almost all of my 60L system off and realised I'd miss reef-keeping too much! My cleaner shrimp from the 60L (already two years old) will also probably see out his days here and hopefully a porcelain crab if I can find a pretty one. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  2. ChristopherDido

    Pico gift for co-worker

    Hey all, So I'm involved in the Pico container contest, definitely not an expert in Picos or reefing lol. I also Have a 20 gallon in my classroom, the science teacher across the hall comes in and looks at our classroom reef all the time and loves it. So I have some questions about getting him a small Pico, not a jar. I bought an 8X8X8 deep blue cube ~ 2 gallons. I'm trying to think it the best way to set this up. Have a few ideas here is what i am definitely doing (Already purchased...) Doing an ABI 23W PAR38 bulb. Picking up ~3 Lbs of live rock on Monday to start the cycle. Need help with a few Question items: Should I stick to an Air Pump or do an Internal Filter like this or this? Would I be able to put a pistol/goby pair in here? Seems like I could, someone said YWG would be fine. Are their any goby/pistol pairs I should avoid? Would Hawaiian Black Sand be too large for a goby? If not which sand will work? And for a hanger for the light will this with this work? TIA... He is thinking he wants to set up his own tank but is nervous, I think going this simple setup may help him jump on board.
  3. Myka

    Myka's 10L Bubble Reef

    I have this Tank Journal posted up on a couple other sites, but figured I would share here too. Yesterday The Bubble turned 4 weeks old. I'll catch you all up... Posted Jan 27th: One of the local Facebook pages started up a "jar reef challenge". We're all taking our jar reefs to the local frag swap in April to show them off. I've wanted to do a pico reef for probably 10 years, and I figured why not now? Of course I am always up for a good challenge, and the first thing was finding a "jar" I liked the look of. I wanted something that was clear to look through, not wavy and distorted. I also really like how the 12-gallon IM Cylinder tank looks - the convex acrylic makes the livestock look a lot bigger than it is. My inspiration is from floating flower bowls:
  4. Jimmeh Lee

    Office Spec V Journal

    Hello Nano-Reef! I'm getting salty again after a long hiatus with a boss approved desktop reef. I'll be using a Fluval Spec V that's been collecting dust. Thankfully I still have some of my old equipment, including an mp10, ATO, and intank media basket. The plan is to keep zoas, LPS, and probably something small with perching behavior like a tailspot blenny. Current hardware list: -Fluval Spec V -Intank media basket -Stock return pump w/o spray nozzle -50w Aqueon heater -MP10QD -Current USA Orbit Marine 18-24" -Tunze 3152 Nano ATO; going to try to make this work, the sensor is too large for the back, even without a heater in there. If I can set it correctly in the display, I'll keep it. I did a little repair work on the filter panel where the silicone detached from the plastic, and plasti-dipped the back panel yesterday. Just about everything that's been ordered should be arriving between this Friday and upcoming Monday. We should be cycling by the middle of next week! Here's how we're sitting for now.
  5. Newbie or Noob..... I started the Tetra cube May 1st....the day it got wet. Using aquacultured live rock, Instant Ocean Reef Crystals , and CaribSea Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite ( sand is very fine ) all from Petco I used this sand because it is very fine and easy to clean in the type of tank I am running, I will not be using this sand in the Marineland it is too fine and blows around very easy. You wonder why I listed 2 tanks ??? The tetra is a test tank, to see if I could do a salt water tank, if things turn out good I will start the Marineland next spring. I do no live stock ordering in the cold months, been there done that with my fresh water tanks. I plan to go all out with the Marineland, it will be my only salt water and plus I need to budget for it....buy things for it slowly. I find that this hobby is not cheap. The tetra I will use as a QT tank. Right now as of this date I have no test kits which is kind of stupid for me. I ran the tetra with only sand, rock and water for 4 weeks with the lights running for a short period of time. A week later I added live stock, 2 red leg hermit crabs and 2 frags of mushroom coral. The hermits will be the only critters, the tank is too small for fish. Betta maybe. On 6/21/17 I tested my water for the first time at Petco, the water I took in was this: I did a water change of about 20% waited 2 days then took it in, this is the reading. Nitrates....20ppm Nitrites....1.0 alkalinity.....40ppm ph....7.4 Believe it or not, I have no clue as to what this is......now I will try to post a link Now this is where I started.........
  6. 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!
  7. Hello, I had a circulation pump, which stopped working a few days ago. I'm thinking to buying a return pump, because it's more cheaper! For my aquarium with soft corals how many gallon per hour would be better? Maybe 130 gph? Bye
  8. Hi! it's been forever since I've posted. After several years, I've decided to get back in the hobby. I'm slowly planning my launch of a 2.3 gallon "long" aquarium. After the initial setup I'm going to leave it for three months before I add any live creature or coral. The measurements are: 18"x5"x7" as shown here: I decided on using a CurrentUSA Orbit 18" LED light. I like it because of the controller and it fits this aquarium perfectly.  There are other pieces of equipment that I already had (stored away), but I would like your advice as to whether to use any of it: Hydor Submersible 25 watt heater Rio Nano HoB Skimmer Aquarium leveling mat Eheim Classic 150 cannister filter (seems way too large for this!) AquaClear 20 Digital thermometer Refractometer  I don't have any nano-size powerheads or anything else for water circulation and not sure what to get, if any. What kind of water testing kit should I get?  A thin layer of sand would be great, since I don't like the look of a bare bottom tank. But not a thick layer (the aquarium is only 7 inches high after all). I was thinking about CaribSea Ocean Direct (5 lbs - the smallest amount, but not use it all). I have plenty of dry nano-size aragonite reef rock to use, and I do not want the possibility of any hitchhikers. I had a huge problem with bryopsis in my last tank and I don't want to go down that path of agony again.  I'd like to create a theme: an ALL-BLUE stocked aquarium. Maybe with things like Blue Zoanthids? Blue Ricordea? Blue clove polyps? Blue mushrooms? What else is blue that's small and would work with this lighting? It cannot be large! Oh, and I have no plans for fish. Not sure to have for a clean-up crew either, but there are blue hermit crabs, aren't there? Whatever I add, I don't want to add any additional rocks to this build, so as to avoid hitch-hikers.  What are your thoughts???
  9. Darkhorsereef

    1.5g “The Rook” Jar Reef

    So it’s been 6 months into my Reefing career and everything is running smoothly on my 29g sumped mixed reef.I decided to build a Pico Jar Reef. Running on nothing but bubbles, a light, and a heater.Equipment used:Fluval Q.5 PumpDeep Blue 7.5w heaterAbi 12W Par38 Tuna Blue LED Bulb2 gallon Anchor Hocking glass jarBiological Equipment:3lbs live rock5lbs live sandAssortment of corals, list will be put together as the cycle is being established.Stay tuned!
  10. GunslingerGirl

    Ty-ron and Precious' Crib- CC contest

    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?
  11. Hi folks. Here is my entry and tank journal for the Creative Container Pico Contest! Picked it up at a thrift store for $6. Measured the water volume and it comes it at 1.9 gallons. No real plans as far as stocking goes. Really excited. Good Luck Everybody.
  12. Brain Coral Pico - schgr.cube's creative container contest entry Current full tank shot: It lives! October 17th, 2017
  13. Hello all, just a quick intro... I have been keeping aquariums (planted, fowlr, reef, etc.) For over 16 years now and took a little break from saltwater to have some kids. Now that my babies are all in school and I have free time again, I am back in the game. I got rid of my 36 gallon Amazon biope angel tank and made way for a Fluval Evo 13.5 which is chugging away nicely. I am now getting ready to crack into my Fluval Flex 9 Gallon that has been sitting in it's box for months now. I already have one set up as an aquatic frog terrarium for one of my kids so I was able to get a good idea of the pros and cons.  One thing I do like about it is that there is much more room in the rear compartment to fit my hand in, this is compared to the Fluval Evo 13.5 gallon tank. It also has an intake lower down on the back wall, so far down it's almost at the bottom. This is in partnership with the normal intake/overflow area up top on the back wall.  One thing I don't like, is the flow and the stock pump. They have got to go, they simply won't provide the flow needed for a reef tank. Thankfully, I have the pump from the Fluval Evo 13.5 that was upgraded to a Sicce .5 so I'll see if that fits and does the trick.  So, I'm thinking of going bare bottom, only a little rock work, changing out the filtration in the back (nobody likes those dang sponges Fluval keeps putting in there), and maybe getting a new LED light kit from somewhere like Nano Box. I think I can open up the top and take out the stock LEDs and put in some better ones, I would like to keep the hood.  The main goal is to have a decent pico sps reef with maybe a shrimp/goby pair. I don't necessarily care what kind of fish go in, so any suggestions or ideas are welcome.  Wish me luck!!  Here are a couple of pics of the Fluval Flex 9 Gallon Frog tank. You can see the top and bottom intake. Pretty cool Second pic Â
  14. AlmightyJoshaeus

    2.5 gallon pico

    Hello all! I am starting a 2.5 gallon pico tank (chiefly macroalgae oriented but may eventually add corals) in a large critter keeper and will record my progress here. No pics yet, but I will describe it; Filtration - internal homemade bottle filter (currently only some gravel to keep it down, but will have phosguard, carbon, and denitrate in it). Powered by two air lines, sufficient to keep brine shrimp slowly in suspension in the tank. Considering getting a small internal filter instead to improve circulation... Heater - generic 25 watt Flora - None currently (am adding caulerpa and chaeto tonight) Fauna - None currently Lights - A 20" and a 12" LED light from cll petsuppilies, a seller on Ebay. I have no PAR reading, but they produce 3,360 lumens put together and consist of 50% 10000k, 40% blue 460 nm, and the rest red and green LED's Water changes; Just set it up Friday, will start with 40% weekly (1 gallon) Feeding; have fed flakes and brine shrimp (how often should I feed a pico?) Will add pics at a later date.
  15. So I picked up an Evo 5 while I was out picking up a spec III for my girlfriend this weekend. This is my first attempt at saltwater and a reef so bare with me. I am already in the progress of putting together a 40g breeder as well but I haven't gotten around to cutting the bean animal overflow yet. But back to the Evo, I created this thread to track my progress and share my experiences. Any ideas, suggestions or comments are extremely welcome. I am currently going to run the evo stock until I see that upgrades are necessary for what I am wanting. FULL TANK SHOTS April 2017 February 2017 TANK SPECIFICATIONS Started: 2/27/2017 TANK - Fluval Evo 5 AIO EQUIPMENT - Hydor Theo Heater (50W) - Digital thermometer - BRS value plus rodi unit (purchased for use with 40g) - Instant Ocean Reef Crystals - inTank Media Basket - Jebao SW-2 DC Powerhead/Wavemaker LIGHTING - Nanobox Tide Plus M FILTRATION - inTank Media Basket Filled from top to bottom: Filter Pad/Floss Carbon Chemi-pure Elite Blue (nano) Biomax - Live Rock - Live Sand FEEDING - Frozen Mysis: twice a week - Reef Chili: target feeding once a week MAINTENANCE - Water Changes: 15-25% bi-weekly - Evaporation Control: RO/DI manually - Cleaning: Bi-Weekly sand bed vacuuming, live rock blasting with a turkey baster. Break down/cleaning of return pump, heater, powerhead every other month. POSSIBLE UPGRADES - Aqueon 600 to replace stock pump Was too loud, going to try to 'break it in' - Hydor Rotating Deflector Unless the Aqueon Quiets down I will not use this (would decrease stock flow too much) - Lighting (either Current USA Oribt or TrueLumen Aquatic LED Strips as an addition) Nanobox Tide Plus M - Hydor 240 / Hydor 180 / Jebao SW-2 / MP10 (dreaming) Went with the Jebao SW-2, it's awesome - Custom built media basket (egg crates) Went with the inTank model as it is really clean looking and I was lazy TANK INHABITANTS CORALS Green Florida Ricordea March 5th, 2017 Reefwise Duncan March 12th, 2017 Reefwise Orange Florida Ricordea April 30th, 2017 Reefwise Favia (Brain) April 30th, 2017 Reefwise INVERTEBRATES (1) Nerite Snails March 19th, 2017 Petland Aquatics (1) Astrea Snail March 26th, 2017 Petland Aquatics DECEASED (2) Nerite Snails March 19th, 2017 - Unknown Petland Aquatics Lost 1 to Pistol Shrimp March 29th, 2017 (2) Astrea Snail March 26th, 2017 - Unknown Petland Aquatics Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp March 19th, 2017 - Unknown Petland Aquatics 'Bam Bam' Zoanthids March 12, 2017 - Unknown Reefwise Randall's Pistol Shrimp (Candy Cane) March 5th, 2017 - October 30th, 2017 Reefwise
  16. weston.bechtold

    Project Pico 2.6

    Hello all! Just started this account because I am excited to state that I finally started my dream pico tank! Im using a Fluval Spec 3 2.6 gallon all in one tank, with an adapted Kessil A80 Tuna Blue LED. I started this tank a little under a month ago and everything is going flawlessly. I am going for an aquarium full of LPS Euphyllia and a small zoanthid garden. Im running with a 6.5lb piece of live rock, and about an inch and a half of live sand. The only upgrade I performed on the tank is the return pump from the stock 29gph pump to a rio that does about 59gph. Also I use the stock pump as an additional powerhead to get a little more movement. Live stock so far in the tank is one (tiny) ocellaris clown, blood/fire shrimp and one turbo snail. For corals I have two torch corals a hammer coral and a small colony of what I think are rasta zoanthids.(Let me know if they are something different!) Tests are turning out to be... Ammonia-0 Nitrites-0 Nitrates-15 PH- 8-8.2 Calcium- 450ppm Magnesium- 1440 ppm Alkalinity- 11.9 dkh Im performing small 10% water changes about twice a week and everything seems to be happy and healthy. I am experiencing the typical Diatom algae and I was wondering if anyone could possible tell me what to do if this gets out of hand or to prevent it from getting out of hand. I dialed my light schedule down to 6 hours per day max. It isn't super visible in the images because I sifted the sand around a bit before the pictures were taken. Any feedback, criticism, or comments will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS. Quick story, the purple torch coral closest to the center actually split in half straight up the branch while I was trying to remove the frag plug!!! But I glued it back together on the outside of the skeleton and it seems to be very healthy. This incident took place just last night!!
  17. Harlequinn

    Cirque Du Reef

    Major Rookie alert! First reef ever, first pico ever, first contest entry ever! Over ambitious? Maybe scared I'll mess up? Hell Yea! The hobby caught my interest around a year back, thanks to @Shean and I've only learnt as much in theory about it. Super excited to get my hands dirty and learn more. Equipment So far: • my 2 gallon oddly shaped jar that looks like a circus tent • Power head for flow and movement • No heater needed considering I stay in India. Need I say more? • Hoping to receive our ABI tuna blue 12W lights soon since we had to get it shipped from the United States Concerns: • Getting our hands on equipment and corals since the hobby isn't as wide spread and supported in the country. • Clarity of the contents inside the jar due to the lovely shape I've chosen impulsively • Temperature control • Water Chemistry Will try and keep the updates as frequent as possible. Suggestions, criticism and tips more than needed and welcomed! P.S: fav condiment? Maggie tomato ketchup because it's different
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  19. EcoTech Vortech MP10 shallow shields for sale $30 FREE SHIPPING domestic only* PM PayPal e-mail address if you want one and I will invoice you. Will ship it right away! Review here:
  20. OK, Decided to enter the Creative Container Contest. Didn't think I'll have time, but I managed! Went to AC Moores and decided on a large wine glass. I hope no one else chose this, I didn't even go through all the entries yet to see what's been done (if it's already done, let me know and I'll find something else!). Snapped a quick pic at work. I probably won't get to fill it until this weekend since I am dog sitting. But it's a start! So far I got: Wine Glass container 20 lbs Argonite sand (don't worry, the bulk of it will go into my FW tank once I convert it!) Air stone (probably won't use a powerhead) Par38 Bulb that I already have (which may be an overkill in this set up)
  21. 1967type1

    1.5 pico

    So I’ve had an itch to start a pico reef the minute I started in this hobby. I’ve had a 1.5 mr. Aqua tank sitting around for a while now that would be a good start. The tank is being cleaned and ready. First question is how deep do you do a sand bed in a pico reef? Second what heater is both slim and short? Or I could run a longer heater horizontally in the back. Third LPS corals such as torches or hammers? Am I dreaming to big? Should I just stick with Zoas and shrooms? This is by far from my first tank. I know what I’m getting into. Any help would be great but please don’t treat me like a noob unless I’ve made a huge mistake. Thanks
  22. Most recent pic: DSC_2728 by Devon Fisher, on Flickr Original post: Hi all! I've been browsing around this site for a while now and decided to join. I've been keeping freshwater fish for about 2 years and decided to take the plunge into saltwater about 7 months ago with a 2.5 gallon tank sitting in my closet. At the time I didn't know what a pico reef was, or anything about the saltwater hobby. All the employees at my LFS tried to dissuade me from starting with a 2.5 gallon tank, but I'm super stubborn . After browsing around online and finding as much information as I could, I started my 2.5g reef in August 2016. in the beginning I wanted to have a single piece of live rock covered with pulsing xenia, but before long I became a little more ambitious. I've made a ton of mistakes along the way- battled the typical "new tank syndrome", cyano, had to replace my petco sand with aragonite, and moved the tank several times- but here's my tank today. My equipment includes: -Elite 25w heater, -aquatech 5-10 HOB filter, -and super duper cheap pennplex light (don't know the name, reason why my corals are brown:) for my filtration I am using filter floss and seachem Matrix. Livestock: Xenia, palythoas, birdsnest, frogspawn, candycane coral, montipora, acanthastrea, zoanthids, little gorgonian, GSP, bird of paradise and favites pentagona. I also have one blue-legged hermit crab and a hi fin red banded goby. All corals are unidentified and from the "Discount" section (except the birdsnest haha). Every week I change out 50% of the water and clean the HOB. I'm very much a newbie to picos and saltwater in general, so any advice would help!
  23. CAD-Aqua

    MINI All In One's

    The CAD Lights Mini Series is the perfect all-in-one aquarium for any level of hobbyist. Perfectly sizes to create a nano-reef or freshwater planted aquarium. Low iron glass makes for crystal clear viewing and intelligently designed filtration compartments will help you to maintain a stunning aquarium. 1/4" Low iron ultra clear glass with hand-curved corners Energy efficient LED clamp light Moonlighting Includes plumbing and pump Clean and clear silicone seams Comes with a single panel glass cover Specifications Dimensions: (12" x 12" x 13") Energy efficient Marine LED 3 Watt clip on light with moonlight setting 187 GPH return pump Cell cast acrylic filter wall Multi-habitat aquatic filtration system (Marine, Reef, or Freshwater) $210
  24. 10/8/17 - Tank has been moved into a new setup, link to new journal is here: New Tank So here is my little Pico reef. Including the AC70 filter mod the tank is right around 2.7 gallons. When I first started it this was my first attempt at saltwater and the tank was a plain glass aquarium and a cheap 6 X 3watt led fixture I bought off ebay. I had to remove the optics because you could clearly see the blue and white light in the water. I knew when I started this I didn't want a tank with a light hanging high above it or I would never be happy. The LEDs are currently about 2 1/2"s above the water level, it works, the tiny zoa Frag I first added has grown considerably from 10-12 heads to over 30. One of the two hammer corals I first added is still there, the other was eaten by a peppermint shrimp. It of course was the more attractive of the two. The remaining one was also torn up pretty good but is slowly coming back. I spent days reading forums from all over the net, anything to do with picos and decided that like a lot of others I wanted the tank to look like a piece of furniture instead of a glass box full of water. So after some measurements and several bad cuts I had the basic frame work finished. I had to empty the tank into a bucket and then paint the back of the glass and attach the wood to the framework. Everything survived in the bucket for about a two days while I worked. Here are some pictures of the original tank and some variations of the rockwork that have changed over the past couple months.
  25. diddy2k

    Half Gallon Pico Jar

    It's been a while, and I had that itch again. Just started (well, brought to work after cycle) a jar for my desk. I wanted a lamp because sometimes we keep the lights off in the office. Instant inspiration. The "lamp that grows coral" was born. Welcome to the the journal. Installed 07/20/2017. COMPONENTS AND MATERIALS - Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon Mason Jar - EcoPlus Eco Air 1 - Jebao Pp300Lv Water Pump 40 GPH (for water changes) - 15W E27 Warm White LED Bulb (lens removed) - (2) Royal Blue, (1) Blue, (1) UV, (1) Warm White LEDs - 1/2" PVC pipe (light stand) - Pipe fittings: (3) 90 sxs, (1) T - Aquarium airline tubing - Plexiglass (lid and led splash guard) - Spray shellac (for metal ring) - E27 bulb socket - Epoxy ---------- INHABITANTS - 1lb live rock - (2) Blue Leg Hermit - (2) Bristle Worms - (1) Stomatella Snail ---------- CORAL FRAGS - (1) Aussie Big Polyp Blastomussa - Single head - (1) Fiji Bam Bam Orange Zoanthid - Large polyp with 4 baby buds
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