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  1. DCaldarona

    2.5 gallon office Pico Reef

    On a whim one day I popped into Petsmart on my lunch break and was inspired to create a pico reef for my office by a tiny Top Fin Retreat 2.5 gallon all in one tank. I grabbed a 25w preset heater, a 5lb bag of Ocean Direct live sand, and a thermometer and checked out for less than $70! On my way home from work that day I stopped by my LFS and grabbed two chunks of purple "life rock" and a tiny bottle of Fritz Turbo Start. After messing around with the rocks that evening I decided to use one interesting chunk. The next day I lugged a couple gallons of premixed, preheated saltwater from home. It took about 2 minutes and the pico was wet and cycling. That same day at lunch I shot over to another LFS and picked up some zoa's, a small finger leather, and a rock flower nem for the pico. Upon my return to the office I started planning the upgrades. The little tank is cute, however the light isn't right for Coral and the tiny pump is pretty weak and doesn't really create decent flow. So of course I jumped on this forum to get some ideas and then on to Amazon. I was able to find a tiny Tunze pump (hope it fits) which will increase the flow and a Astra 20 light all for about $70. I'll be installing these on Monday when I return to work. Fingers crossed the pump fits or at least can be jury rigged.... Stay tuned for an update with pics tomorrow!
  2. Montipora Fields of Bikini Bottom 🗿 Business Up Front... Party in the Back CURRENT PIC: FTS: 10/27/19 HIGHLIGHTS: Equipment/Livestock lists, and Progression Photos Live rock Lights and filter Top and SpongeBob decorations Pics of cutting the glass top Video of cutting the glass top (and fish room tour) Merch Diorama construction Completion of diorama Water added Copper pipe stand Unique Corals orders (with Bayer dip) Corals and April FTS Heater and temperature probe Proposed LED mods May FTS June FTS July FTS August FTS September FTS Contest Recap (October FTS) What could possibly go wrong?
  3. 🚧Under construction🚧 Equipment List: T̶e̶t̶r̶a̶ ̶ ̶2̶.̶5̶ ̶g̶a̶l̶l̶o̶ ̶n̶ ̶t̶a̶n̶k̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶L̶F̶S̶ ̶(̶$̶1̶5̶)̶ dont ask DeepBlue 2.5 Custom top (Free) 50 watt Tetra heater (stick o death) ($10) AquaClear Hob (closet) Sledgehammer 3 lbs dry rock 3 lbs live rock Bio spira Livestock: Gorgonian feom form my reef 3 acan frags 1 red macro algae 1 spike macro algae 3 rfa 1 mangrove 1 orange ricordia 1 Hawaiian feather duster Tba Maintenance: Mist mangrove and wipe leaves (everyday) Tba
  4. Harkins Aquatics

    Harkins Aquatics 2.5 Gal Pic Challenge

    So I know I'm getting at the buzzer but it was actually a huge pain to find an Aqueon 2.5 in Vegas. I had to go to 6 Petcos to find one. And they just had got it in yesterday. So my planned set up is to run the following AQUEON 2.5 gallon pico Fluvel 20 HoB Cobalt neotherm 10W heater Still trying to figure out the additional flow.
  5. 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!
  6. Hello all, First of all, let me apologize if there is a good topic on this info elsewhere - I have been scouring the net for a few hours, and haven't been able to fully answer my questions, so I'm hoping to find some clarity here. I appreciate any time and information you can offer me, as there is still a whole lot that I don't understand. I realize that caring for aquatic life is a significant investment of time and money, and that my question seeks to (sort-of) skirt those caveats, so I hope I don't offend anyone - I have a lot of respect for the reefkeepers here and am just looking for some possible answers. With that said, what I'm looking to do is set up a very small tank at work, with mostly plant life to observe, but I would very much like to have some kind of tiny invertebrate in there like a shrimp or crab. However, I can't really manage large or frequent water changes in the space I'm in, as it is the web department (still marveling that they're letting me have a tank at all). I have been wondering if it would be possible to set up a 2.5 - 5 gal tank with perhaps 1-2 shrimp, a crab, or a few snails, and then LOTS of plants to try and get away with smaller volume water changes once, maybe twice a week. I definitely wouldn't think of subjecting a fish to this; I had considered a betta early on but quickly learned how foolish an idea that was. Realistically, I know I might just have to stick with some cool aquatic plants (I've wanted a marimo forever and will just stick one in a jar with some lucky bamboo if everyone thinks this is a terrible/otherwise impossible idea) but I would really love to have something I can feed and watch move around a bit. Even sea monkeys, lol. So, any suggestions for an ultra-low maintenance nano-tank? I've been looking at plants like marimo, anacharis, java fern, and lucky bamboo to have poking out the top. Would it be possible to add in any inverts? What type of maintenance would I be looking at if so? Would a filter/heater/additional light be necessary under those circumstances? Sorry for any stupid questions
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