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  1. Hello everyone, For some time now I have been considering starting a pico reef tank with the sole focus on rock flower anemones. After recently stumbling upon this contest, it seems to me like there is no better time but now to get the ball rolling. I am super excited as this is my first contest and only my second tank after starting my first nano tank in May 2019. Since discovering this hobby, I have been fascinated by anemones but more specifically, rock flower anemones because of their appearance, endless variation of color, and the one of the only anemone species that can be kept in a pico or nano reef tank. My primary goal for this tank is to create a vibrant and colorful environment where rock flower anemones can spawn and reproduce. I do not know how difficult this is or if this is even possible in a pico tank but I hope to succeed at breeding them. System: Display: Lifegard Aquatics 3.8 Gallon Peninsula (14.17" x 7.87" x 7.87") Lighting: AI Prime HD Filteration: TBD Heater: Archae 25W Circulation: Stock Pump Auto Top Off: XP Aqua Duetto Aquascape: I will be using live rock from GulfLiveRock.com and I will opt for a sand bed as I feel it is completely necessary for an environment catered to RFA's. I hope to create a sand bed fully covered in RFA's and leave the live rock home to colorful coral. However, it might be a challenge to have the RFA's favor the sand bed over the rock. To possibly overcome this challenge would be to have a high sand bed to rock ratio in addition to a tall/cliff-like rockscape - resulting in more favorable lighting conditions for RFA's on the sand bed rather than rock. Livestock: Coral: Assortment of Zoanthids and Palys Possibly Leathers? Any suggestions? Inverts: Rock Flower Anemones Porcelain Crab Blue Leg Hermit Snails Any suggestions? Fish: None Essentially, I plan to stick with zoanthids and palys to compliment the colorful variations of rock flower anemones but would also like some coral the exhibits movement with flow and can really fill out the tank if need be. I also choose to keep this a strictly invertebrate -only system for stability and chance of success but I might be easily persuaded... FTS 02-24-2020 If you have any suggestions for other livestock or concerns/input, I'd be interested in knowing. Thanks for reading!
  2. Ok guys this is going to be a fun one... after much thought and debate on that tank and theme I wanted to use for this challenge I went with what I had.I did not want to build out 3 tanks at once and a move coming up sometime in the next 2-4 months I wanted to keep it somewhat simple. the theme is: color & flower power and inverts... as the tank will focus on rock flower nems, mini max nems, zoas and any thing that is flower like and colorful. I had so many themes I wanted to use here i needed 3-5 tanks, eh that not gonna happen. Tank info fiji cube 18.5 peninsula such an amazing little tank return pump I just upgraded to the eheim 1000 a bit more flow but the same noise level as the stock RT pump. intake flow none at this time but that could change skimmer none I will do Wc and media lighting 1X AI prime HD and 3D reefing defuser- perfect light I will be running a low level BRS AB+ profile LR real reef rock making some DIY branch I might add after the move if it turn out well. ATO auto aqua micro I really like this ATO more the the big tunze and ATK I used it on my big tanks and never got around to the ATK still new in the box. Sand carib sea special grade. love this stuff. almost went BB but I love the look of sand so much. heater a small finnex heater with digital read out. might be something I replace here soon. temp control not 100% decided on this one but I am leaning towards getting a PM1 and eb4 or 8 and extending my apex for the long haul. or a ranco upgrades down the road: ~ gonna have @This guy is extra salty build me a media basket. gonna look and work better then the egg creat I was thinking about. ~Vca RGF I have the .5" RFG but need to get the real loc line so it will fit. hoping to keep Power heads out of the DT for this one. ~after/during the move I might build a Tsot stand for the little guy if I feel the stand I have it not working or does not go with the new house. ~ in the processes of making some DIY branch rock something I am excited about and wanted to try for years, however it will take 2-3 weeks to make and 3-6 weeks to fully cure . ~ DIY upflow ATS, not sure I will need it or not but I plan to make ( and Have all the goodies ) a ATS for AIO nano stay tuned. So some of you my remember this tank from a build I started a few months ago. tank only had sand, LR, and the nems. NO fish or CUC was just setting here, whent through a bad algae out break and was starting a red slime cycle. so I really wanted to be part of the FUN and getting a new tank in time for the dead line was looking slim at best that and the added extra cost of a new set up with all the goodies only to have in run in the basement mech room at the new place. and moving it seemed like a bad idea I thought the why spend all the time and money to only see it 2x a day in the basement fish room. SO I cleaned this tank up, let it dry out for a few hours, gave the rocks a good scrub clean the heck out of the sand and re-scaped. took most of the day but today is a slow day for me anyway. condiment pic : nice clean sand: new scape top down: front on: the Kitty is happy I am done messing with the nano it's here nap time after all in her fav. nap spot.
  3. Theme: Mushroom and Flower Oasis A mix of Ricordea florida and yuma with a few rock flower anemones. Equipment: Total $255 Tank: Lifegard 4.14 Cube $61 - Actual Volume: 2.5 gal Lid: Cut Acrylic Sheet $10 ATO: Manually Light: Hipargero Aqua Knight 30w $64 - White 10% (9/10) - Blue 10% (9/10) Timer: Teckin Smart Plug $12 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 35w $60 Thermometer: $5 Water: RODI Salt: Red Sea Blue Bucket Rock: 2.5 lbs Live Rock (GB) $15 Sand: 2 lbs Caribsea Special Grade $28 Filtration: TBD Livestock: Total $155 Fish - Invertebrates - Red/Orange Rock Flower Anemone (BL 2/23/20) $25 Coral - Orange Ricordea yuma (BL 2/23/20) $20 - Green & Purple Ricordea yuma (CC 3/11/20) $50 - Teal Ricordea florida (CC 3/11/20) $30 - Purple Ricordea florida (CC 3/11/20) $30 2/29/2020 3/1/2029 4/4/2020 5/5/2020
  4. Hello everyone! Newbie here entering the 365 day challenge. This is going to be a 16g coralife biocube I just received from marineandreef. They had an amazing sell, and I just could not pass it up. I currently have a 54g corner tank in my living room, which was my first saltwater tank and was established 07/2019. I'm still a newbie and am hoping for the best. Even if I am not considered a finalist later, I'm hoping to meet some awesome people and gain some great advice! Reef on, my friends!
  5. Hello everyone, Thanks to a couple of things that happened to me recently, I decided to enter the challenge for the very first time. My 15 gallon column reef recently crashed due to a combination of 2 part over-dose and heater malfunction. I was trying keep a mixed nano reef despite not having planned for it nor having proper equipment. It was not a fun time to see most of the corals bleached over night and animals lying at the bottom of the tank lifelessly. Just as I thought I was going to take it easy from the hobby for a while, my friend showed me this challenge. Although part of me is still afraid of making mistakes that would end up killing my tank again, I decided that I need to get up right where I fell. I need an opportunity to learn from my mistakes and this challenge is it. I am entering the challenge with a SPS dominant pico tank, and my ultimate goal is to learn how to keep it alive and happy, for at least 365 days. We will see how it goes, I guess. Here is the picture of the dry tank with my favorite food condiment inside.
  6. Kentech5

    365 Day Kentech’s Nuvo 16

    So this is more of a placeholder but I wanted to join in in the fun. I have an IM Nuvo 16 thats been sitting around unused for a year or two do I am digging it out and starting it up again. Im thinking Ill do a clown pair with some bubble tip anemones. Ive always avoided nems in the past so I want to try something new. Id like to put this tank in my son’s room eventually. Here it is getting filled for the vinegar treatment: I’ll post a condiment pic once its clean.
  7. To be honest I was not going to join the challenge. I have 2 20 gallon mixed reefs that take a lot of my time and money. BUT..... I went to my LFS anniversary sale and low and behold I won a 5 gallon Aquatop Pisces tank. With the tank falling in my lap how could I not join in on the fun? Why is it Rascal the Cat’s tank? Well about 5 years ago I used to have a 5.5 gallon set up on our pass through from our kitchen to the dining room and he loved that tank. Rascal is now 13 and though still plays like a kitten he has had some medical issues. Soooo this tank is going to be set up for his enjoyment. Ok ok so now the fun part the equipment list. Tank: 5 gallon AIO Aquatop Pisces Filter: Not sure what media I will be using Light: Stock LED 4.3W Return pump: Stock 53GPH Hater: buying soon Rock Scape: still in the works Coral: Softies Fish: Goby? Inverts: Sexy shrimp?
  8. Hi everyone. I've decided to participate in the 365 day challenge in NR. 🙂 Background: This tank is actually 4 years and ~3 months-old, However, it was always used as a halfway tank of sorts - meaning, I rotate livestock in this tank pretty often before moving the animals to other tanks. It was always treated as a 'spare' tank, and sometimes a hospital tank. For the past 1 year++, it was run exclusively as a FOWLR. But I've decided to strip it down and convert it to a full reef tank. So this will be a reboot. Even though the rocks are very old, everything else (except a few existing fish and inverts) will be entirely new. 🙂 Theme/Concept: 'Tropical Jungle'. I live in the tropics and I'm drawing inspiration from local places I've visited throughout my life. The real jungle is dense but beautiful. For this tank, I'll be using different types of corals and macros to fit the 'jungle' theme. For example: 'Flowers' = Clove polyps/Xenia 'Mushrooms' = Mushrooms 'Grass' = GSP 'Trees' = Green Torch/Green Leather Corals 'Bushes/Undergrowth' = Various types of Macro (Caulerpa/Chaeto/Galaxaura/Halimeda etc.) Specifications: 10G cube tank with built-in mini sump at the back of the tank Rimless 8mm Crystal White Glass Equipment: 500 L/Hr Astro Return Pump Sobo Mini Wavemaker (4000 L/Hr) 1x PAR 38 LED (36W) ' 1x Aquazonic LED (17W) Rocks & Sand: ~3.5 kg of cured, mature LR (>4-years-old) ~3kg of coarse aragonite sand (brand new) Salt: Fritz RPM Media: Filter Floss Activated Carbon Coral Stones (in zipped up mesh bags) RowaPhos Fish: Bicolor Blenny (Dusky) Occy Clownfish (Pisces) Inverts: 2x Turban Snails 1x Pink Legged Hermit Crab (Derp) Corals: Red/Green Favites Purple Encrusting Montipora Green Encrusting Montipora Red Pavona John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Duncan Coral Red People Eater Zoanthids Green Zoanthids Green-skirted Purple Zoanthids Orange-skirted Red Zoanthids Rainbow Implosion Palythoa Red Acan *Unknown Acans/Blastos Pom Pom Xenia Green Torch Coral Red Fungia Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Green Kenya Tree Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Alien Pox Cyphastrea Macroalgae: Leaf Caulerpa Blade Caulerpa Chaeto *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals 2x Turban Snails Assorted Macroalgae 1x Cleaner/Fire Shrimp Equipment: 1x Cooling Fan 1x Thermometer 1x Mini-Skimmer (*Only if necessary, otherwise this will be a skimmerless system) The tank is currently located downstairs, in my library/art room. The present water temp. spikes up to 31.5'C on very hot days, which makes it unsuitable to host any coral atm. So, for now, I'll refrain from adding any corals until I can purchase a new mini fan. Macroalgae can survive in this heat however, so I'll be adding macro first to the tank. Today morning, I stripped down the tank, drained/emptied it and tossed out the old LS. Here's my condiment pic: And here's how the tank looked like this morning: I even drained the sump chambers at the back of the tank, and removed the remaining water using kitchen towels. My livestock and LR was kept soaked in a separate container while I did this: FTS 1/3/2020:
  9. About a week ago I went to the petsmart to get a glo betta since they just came out with them this month. When I got there they were all sold out, but had the 3g aio glo betta tanks on sale for $34, regular $60. I grabbed one thinking I'll pick up the fish in a week or 2 after I give the tank some time to cycle anyway. Surprised at the quality of the tank. The glass is pretty thick and came with and equally thick glass lid as well. But after a day I realized I no longer wanted a glow betta and the novelty had worn off. I considered making it into another planted tank, but I already have 10 of those. So then the gears started turning and I thought to myself that it would make a good pico reef. It's been about 10yrs since I've had a nano reef and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get back in the hobby. Luckily I found the 365 day challenge thread at the perfect time. So here I am! Back in the days of my various nano and pico reefs mushrooms were my favorite corals. So I'm dedicating this tank to be atleast 75% shrooms as my theme. Also this tank will be a simple budget build as I have no plans for modification and will run the aio chamber the way it is, but maybe upgrade the carbon in the filter pouch. I will rely on water changes and a bare bottom as my main form of nutrient export. Tank has been up and running since late last night. equipment 3g aio glofish aquarium Aqueon 50w heater Asta 20 led light planned livestock 5.8lbs of cured real reef rock(already added last night) Lots of shrooms Gsp Toadstool Sexy shrimp
  10. Well, I was not going to enter this contest, as I have a new 40 gallon AIO reef I started a month ago (which is doing great, just haven't posted it yet) But I was looking through a box of aquarium parts and realized I still have an AIO insert that I got with a Petco bowfront set I tore down a while ago. I also realized I had a dry 6 gallon tank, and turns out the AIO fits 100% perfectly in the tank. Figured what the hell, I have everything I need, might as well join the contest. I'm getting a late start here I realize, but I am pretty excited that I found everything I need equipment wise in my aquarium box, and just a few days before the cut-off. Here's what I've got so far... The tank: Aquatop 6g Rimless Low-Iron Bookshelf Light: Current USA Orbit Marine 18". Had this in my last 14.26 gallon build (contents of which are now in 40g) Filter: AIO Insert from Imagitarium 6.6g bowfront kit Pump: Stock Pump from Imagitarium kit Powerhead: Jebao OW10. Currently in my 40g, need to upgrade and then will move it over to this tank. Heater: Hygger 50 watt controllable titanium heater Have some cool ideas for a theme and aquascape as well, using only dead coral collected by a friend from the beach in the Dominican Republic. So this tank will be costing me very little, if anything at all! Here are my entry pics, dry setup
  11. Hi there! I’m excited to be embarking on the 365 Day Challenge with my little DIY tank. The plans for this tank are to have a little fun and keep it carefree—while hopefully still being beautiful—so I’ll be making this a ‘pest tank.’ Call me crazy, but I’m currently on an avid hunt for Majano anemones, and other undesirables that I find intriguing, but don’t want in my reef tank. Other livestock will include some zoas / palys for a pop of color, macro algaes, and other soft corals. I have yet to decide if a tiny sexy shrimp or hermit crab will be added; I’m going to base that off of how everything progresses over the next month or so. Now for some of the more technical details: The Tank - Thrifted cylinder vase (edit: about 1 liter of water) - AIO divider was created with a repurposed plastic binder, and attached to the vase using Super Glue. - The mesh intake cage from a powerhead is being used as a media basket, which the water from the display flows directly into. Pantyhose are being used as a makeshift media bag to hold carbon and GFO (about 1/4-1/2 tsp of each). There are also some ceramic media pieces in the back chamber; they too are secured in a pantyhose ‘bag’ to make removal easier if necessary. - A tiny fountain pump is being used for circulation. I made a little L-shaped arm using extra pieces of piping from other aquarium projects, and have covered the ‘return’ with sponge to slow the flow down to a manageable level (I would like to possibly create a little spray bar or something instead—I’ll tinker with it and see how it works). - The lighting is still in the works. There is a tiny reading light (not pictured) on the tank currently. I am going to work on supplementing this white light with blue and red LEDs this weekend. - an ATO will be added eventually as well. The Scape I’m keeping the scape minimalistic; I would like to have two little islands, but am still searching for my second piece of rubble! I’ll also be growing corals (most likely some GSP) on the back wall. I chose black sand for this little project since I’ve never tried it before in a reef environment. I just snagged one of the tiny craft-sand bags from the dollar store. The tank is so small, I used maybe 1/3 of a hand-sized bag. That’s it for now! Hopefully some of you will be along for, and enjoy, the ride! Cheers, Rain
  12. MaineReefkeeper

    RoxBox 10 365 day challenge tank

    So I’ve decided to join in on the 365 day challenge. I’m mostly a lurker on the forum but have been around a long time. Tried to do the IM 14 peninsula challenge a few years back but had just had twins and man were they a lot of work! 😂 Just couldn’t find the time or energy to keep up with the tank. But they’re almost 4 now and it was actually them wanting a Nemo that got me going in the reefing world again last spring after a long hiatus. Looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun and some really unique tanks and ideas! Below are the quick basics to start. I’ll update thread with my plans as I decide just what I’m doing. 🤔 Specifications Tank Waterbox 10 cube (14.2”W x 13.8”D x 13.8"H) Lighting Aqua Illuminations Prime 16 HD Filtration Intank media rack chamber 1 Bio pure chamber 2 Rock and Sand bare bottom NanoRox Heater Neotherm Flow Undecided Auto Top-Off AutoAqua Smart Micro ATO Undecided on reservoir RO/DI From local LFS Salt Fritz RPM Livestock Fish Inverts Coral MORE TO COME.
  13. Here is the start of my entry for the 365 day aio challenge. The tank specs are as follows 10 gallon Aqueon DIY AIO partition Small chinese pond pump 50 watt preset imagitarium heater I just wanted to get a start on it tonight as I just found out about the challenge this evening. So this is as far as Ive gotten so far. I will be posting at least 1 update a week from here out. Tomorrow there will be a guarenteed update, that being my favorite condiment inside my dry tank 😁 Tomorrow I will complete the scape, get it filled and seeded with live rock from another tank of mine.
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