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  1. Hello, NR! It has been quite sometime since my last build. I've spent quite the time out of the hobby and have been itching to get back into everything. Over the last month I've spent some significant time on Craigslist looking for deals on AIO tanks. With my past experience, I knew that when one person wants back in the hobby, another one wants out😂. I knew I wanted something small since time and space is more limited on my end - and with AIO tank options coming a long way since my last biocube 14g, I knew my options were vast. Also, with this build - I wanted to make sure I stayed within a reasonable budget. On my second week of searching I came across a Fluval Spec III 2.6g (2018 version) being sold for $45 locally. I knew this was the one I've been looking for. It was an AIO, perfect size, local to me and on top of that - BRAND NEW. From the old tanks in my past, I managed to save old rock and sand. I am going about the bleach bath method to get them all crisp clean and white again. I ordered all the essential items and got them ready for the tank set up. Last night I had some free time to fill up the tank with some RO water to test fill. Everything went well and all parts seem to be in functioning order. I mixed my salt and poured it back in to get the pump and heater up and running. The stock pump seems to be pretty weak for the whole tank so I ordered another mini pump from amazon. As far as it goes, I am only running the heater, pump and occasional light while I am working on the tank. I plan on adding a small piece of Live rock I got from the LFS a few days ago in the tank tonight to kick start some cycling. Over the past few days I've kept the rock in a small container with an air pump to preserve any life still living. I turned that pump off this morning and plan to come home to some stagnant water. I am hoping that this will be enough die off for an ammonia spike to kick off my cycle. Almost 10 years and a lot has changed in the hobby and the husbandry, any recommendations or suggestions are highly encouraged. I need all the help I can get with this new tank!
  2. Day One. Tank: @UNS 45A Project: Saltwater Planted Tank
  3. SaltyGallon

    365 Day Challenge: 1G Office Ocean

    ... Throwing my hat in the ring with a silly undersized AIO shrimp tank! I'm getting a new office at work and once the dust has settled I'm planning on setting up a small tank to house some sexy shrimp and hardy corals - the theme will be "Mean & Green". I haven't actually asked my employer yet but as they say, it's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission haha... Tank Custom cut AIO wall and lid in 4mm and 8mm acrylic Custom 3.4L/0.9USG cube in 4mm opti-white glass 15x15cm square of purple yoga mat foam under tank Equipment Visitherm 10W heater Tunze 'Universal Mini' pump TMC iLumenAir v2 Nanolight Media Carbon/GFO Trusty filter floss Gnarly dry rock rubble scape Two mini egg-crate media racks Current stock Plenty of GSP Asterina starfish Mini dove snails Two sexy shrimp Papaya clove polyps Metallic green rhodactis Ultra green velvet rhodactis Red Gracilaria mammillaris algae Ultra green jawbreaker discosoma Radioactive dragon-eye, gobstopper, goblin's fire, and rasta zoas End of June FTS End of May FTS End of April FTS End of March FTS End of February FTS Cheers, SG
  4. Little back ground. I have been on NR since 2012 and this is our first saltwater tank. My son and I were going to start a 2 gallon jar but ended up with a 20L that was given to us along with the light and pump. We have not thought of what to do and we did not have room for a sump. My son wanted to go with an AIO and the only way was to build it. 🙂 Equipment: 20L tank and stand. Sicce 1.0 pump Jebao PP-4 AI Hydra 26 Media basket DIY Media: Intank filter floss Caribdsea life rock: two new domes one used arch Caribdsea Fiji pink sand Stock: Percula clown fish CUC: Turbo snail Astrea snail Cerith Snail MIA for a week TBD:Emerald crab or Blue eye hermit, pom pom crab Dimond back Gobi Fire shrimp or cleaner shrimp Coral: Green star polyps BTA Frogspawn Zoa (TBD) Zenia (TBD) Candy cane (TBD) Will fill this in when items arrive or we source them. FTS: 7/2/20 FTS: 6/7/20 FTS:5/3/20 FTS:4/4/20 FTS 3/18/20 LOL not much to show. Here is the AIO chamber build. Here is the aquascape layout, but I think we might have changed it. RO/DI Rebuild thread. @righttirefire @spectra @Matteo @shaneandjohn
  5. I was already planning to move my 2.5 gallon Old School Pico contest tank to a little larger tank and keep it running - AND it seems I can't stay away from these contests - especially when there's over 60 people joining - so why not?? This will be contest #3 for me . I doubt it will be a charm like they say, but it should be fun, and hopefully not as frustrating as it's been lately. Going into this, my goal is to get the rocks and coral recovered. The tank's been in a world of hurt for the last several months as I've battled several things and lost some coral. Click on the link in my signature if you're at all interested in what's been going on with the tank. I appreciate everyone who has been trying to help me through it all. Here's an FTS from this past Thursday just so you can see the starting point - thankfully just lots of brown and red algae now and a couple of corals on the decline...but this WAY better than it's been. It doesn't seem quite legit to just move everything into a different tank for this contest, so I may change up the scape a bit now that I won't have the big HOB filter hanging down taking up a lot of prime real estate within the display itself. And the coral will be getting a huge lighting upgrade from the 12w ABi Tuna Blue par 38 bulb - to either a Nanbox Mini Tide Plus M (starting with this) or an Ai Prime. And then there's the Lifegard 4.1 gallon AIO tank, which I got for Christmas from my wife a couple of years ago that got put into the closet when the Old School Pico contest was announced. I'm very happy finally be able to get to use it. So I guess it will be a little different afterall - and I know I'll make changes over the course of a year and add a bunch more coral - once the tank is stable and I've got the nutrient levels stable. Tank - Lifegard 4.1 gallon Return Pump - MJ606 Heater - 25W Aqua Thermo Temp Controller - Finnex Max-300 Lighting - Nanobox Mini Tide Plus M (from @second_decimal) Flow Pump - TBD and if space allows ATO - XPAqua Duetto Filter Floss Holder - InTank (Waterbox Cube 7 version) Substrate - Bare bottom - white ABS siliconed to the bottom glass Aquascape - Aquamaxx rubble rock - a couple of pieces glued together to make the largest one Lid - TBD Livestock - Shark nose goby from Algae Barn Ricordia (Got Corals) Zoas (Got Corals) Sexy Peach Galaxy palys (from @Weetabix7 orginally in reefbowl) Bubblegum digitata (Got Corals) Green Psammocora (Got Corals) - not looking so good Frogspawn (Got Corals) Hammer (Got Corals) - not looking so good Acan (originally in reefbowl) - not looking so good GSP (from @Weetabix7 originally in 100 Days of Nano's tank) Dwarf ceriths (Reef Cleaners) Florida ceriths (Reef Cleaners) Trochus snail (Reef Cleaners) Blue legged hermits (Reef Cleaners) As this is a 365 day challenge, I’m going to try to live up to that spirit by posting something here every day. It may be an observation of something in or about my tank, a question I need an answer to or advice on, water test results, a remark of frustration (I will try to keep these to a minimum), something I’ve learned or read about reef related, or anything else reef related. Hopefully that will add to the richness of the thread.
  6. ꧁Hello Reefers and welcome to my thread꧂ I'm super excited to finally enter in my first Aquarium competition, always wanted to participate in this kind of event, this time the timing is good 🙂 My name is Nicolas Marion, i'm from Montréal. I also have a YouTube channel youtube.com/c/aquasplendor where I create ... "things". I'm really happy that my first competition is on the nano side, space is a big issue in my apartment so I don't have choice :P. Also reefing have a special place in my heart, so both together is close to a Big Bang event for me hehe 🙂 I'm pumped to create a display tank, I don't any, the one I have at home is more a laboratory testing gears/product for my channel then anything else. I'm also planning to cover this aquarium on my channel, so everyone can see the evolution of a reef tank. In other to do that I will have to change my editing style, something more simple and relaxing that is fast/easy to edit. I will show the total budget also maybe? Will see. I bought a tank for this competition 3 weeks ago and last week I receive the cabinet to put the tank on. Today I just open the box to see inside, turn out, they sent me the wrong cabinet... yay, it's starting well 🤣 The tank size is 60x30x20cm (23.6x11.8x7.8 inches) It's 36 Liters, 9.6 U.S. Gallon I'm not 100% sure if it's that aquarium i'm going with, i'm concern about the height with coral growth that might be problematic with one of my aqua scape I have in mind. I'm still looking for equipment most of has been bought, waiting to be deliver. For the wall separator I will look at it when i'm sure i'm going with this tank. I'm not in hurry to start the aquarium right now. I love planning things before, making sure i'm taking the right decision, specialy with aquascape. This aquarium will be set at my work place. I've been annoying my collegue with aquarium for the last 2 years, but now, they will see why i love this so much. It worry me a little bit to have different people (client/unknow/cleaner) to be around this. It's a little fragile baby for me and, i'm not going with a friendly budget either, hopefully people don't know how this hobby is expansive! Also the real reason why i'm doing this at work it's because I don't have any place for aquarium at home 😶, and look so much better at work then at home. L.i.g.h.t.
  7. I have been wanting one of these little tanks for over a year, so this competition was a great excuse for it. I had wanted the cube version, but as they didn't have it in stock, I took the peninsula instead. Also, it most likely will prove the better decision anyway, for the livestock I plan to get. Tank: Started 2/7/2020 AquaTop Pisces 5 gallon Peninsula Bullet Equipment: Stock pump Fluval 50W heater Stock light Media: Stock bio balls Stock carbon/floss filter cartridge MB 7 2lbs live rock Bare bottom Stock: Two accidentally transferred blue leg hermits Bristle worms GSP colony Small colony of palys Plan for: 1 tail spot blenny 1 ornamental shrimp (either skunk cleaner or fire shrimp) More palys or zoas Mushrooms 🎵LET IT WHIP!!!🎶
  8. 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?
  9. Tamberav

    Tamberav's pico in 365 - 5g SWAMP

    I never make seem to make it to the end of these but always fun regardless. Decided to order a Marineland 5g AIO because it's super inexpensive at 60 bucks and has a great lid. Plus I don't see people using them so let's see what it's got to offer!
  10. This is my first ever reef tank : Tank: innovative marine peninsula 20 heater:TBD wavemaker: hydor nano koralia 500 gallon light: current USA orbit marine this is pretty much it for now. got a friend in the hobby that is going to give RODI water
  11. NoOneLikesADryTang

    Two Tanks, One Thread - Found Eunice Worm

    At the end of December, I pulled off what I thought to be my greatest aquarium feat; I talked the tank keeper in to a much larger (for us) aquarium. We found someone getting out of the hobby that had an IM SR80 for sale, with all livestock and equipment. The arrangement we came to, was that the tank keeper got to restart the tank, and to get down to three tanks. With that being said, we’ve spent the better part of the last two months selling off livestock, donating corals to two school marine clubs, and planning the start of this new tank. Our goal was to get the tank broken down, by March 1st, and by golly, we made it(I didn’t account for leap year - thank goodness for the extra day!). Over the last month, with the help of many of you here, I was able to talk the tank keeper in to letting us join the AIO 365 Day Nano Reef Challenge. The tank keeper and I both like the looks of peninsula tanks, and I knew if I had a shot at joining this challenge, it’d have to be a peninsula tank I set my sights on. After a couple of discussions/begging/pleading/promising I ordered an IM NUVO 20 Peninsula, for this challenge. Today, we spent most of the day, moving the remaining livestock to holding tanks, and completely broke down, cleaned and moved the SR80. It is now back up and running, but we will not move any livestock back until we are happy with the aquascaping, and know that the tank is stable. I will be journaling both of the tanks in here, but I know that only the peninsula 20 is eligible for the competition. However, it did not stop us, from commemorating the day for us, by starting two new tanks. I present to you, Two Tanks, One Thread. An IM Nuvo SR 80, and an IM Nuvo Peninsula 20.
  12. banasophia

    Banasophia’s Evo V 🌀

    Hi all, It’s funny how many of us are talking about our spouses/significant others as we figure out whether we’ll be doing this new Nano-Reef challenge. It really shows what an investment of time, money, and care this hobby can be. This past week I discovered that my hubs actually supports me in this hobby more than I knew. Because of him, I’m back, and joining in on the fun. Here’s what happened: Early last week the hubs informed me it’s not his place to tell me I can’t start a new tank; it’s up to me to decide 🤔 hmm could be a good sign When I had my little temper tantrum in the contest thread, it was the hubs that suggested I could apologize and come back 😊 hopeful to think people understand and give me a chance... we all have our issues Hubs even told me last night he liked my tank idea 🚦seems like a green light to me! 😁 So, of course, I took all this as the go ahead to move forward, and went to pick up the tank today! I’ll be doing a Fluval Evo V, 5 gallon tank, in my home office. Here’s my condiment shot. Honey for the humans, coral frenzy for the corals!
  13. This guy is extra salty

    Extra Salty 365

    So here is the start of the build, just five pieces of acrylic 1@20”x20“ (base) 2@20”x11”(front/back) 2@19.5”x11“(sides) I haven’t put something edible in it but it’s a “literal” start first things first! I have got to build the stand the stand is a 24x24X32 which will have a one inch top all of which is made out of scratch resistant lexan now I will have to start building the tank!
  14. Hi there I stubled upon this challange and thought it was the PERFECT excuse for an office tank. I am playing with dryscape right now. Tank is not at my office yet. I want to get all the pieces together first then take it in. Is seeding from existing tanks ok? So here is my entry into the challenge Tank Fluval Evo V Pump Cobalt 606 Heater ? Lights Stock + 2 blue led strips Fliter area Intank media basket with floss and cpe in the very bottom a bit of a block of marine pure ATO Will be some sort of diy with the stock pump from the tank. Stock will be flowery I hope (Guys I am not very creative) Rock flowers a plenty Zoas I may do a small torch or other euphilla to act as the "tree" in my flower garden. Maybe a little piece of cyphastrea once I figure out how the light really is.
  15. Hello y’all Just joined the community here, saw this challenge on instagram and was highly interested. Lucky for me my birthday was close and more importantly I got the Wifeys approval 🥳🥳. Super late entry, but hey the obstacle is the way. Gonna try top stick with a budget theme here for this one. I have a a few parts laying around from other tanks and upgrades on my current tank. I recently got my buddy’s setup who left the hobby for $50. This included an AI Prime HD, 2 Picasso clowns, live rock with mushrooms and zoos and sand. A the main points. This was timed perfectly with this challenge to minimize my cost(HUGE selling point for Wifey 😎) Tank LifeGard Aquatics AIO 10 Gallon Light Not sure. I have an AI prime (now sitting after getting a prime from my buddy) Or a Kessil A80. Open for opinions. I am leaning toward AI prime currently 🤷🏻‍♂️ Upgrades Changed the stock pump to a Hydor I had in my drawer. I’ll update pics to come. LiveStock Picasso Clowns (from my buddy) Normal CUC Pistol Shrimp(supposedly in my buddy’s tank I inherited) **if there’s a pistol then maybe a goby Super Contingent for anything If I cant find the shrimp lol Coral **If my wife asks I am getting coral from my other tanks** TBD based on a local coral show and what I can sneak in 😈😈 Not sure what else to put here since this is literally my first post. Thanks
  16. After 5 years of living in the Bay Area I have finally convinced my now husband to let me start another reef after the holiday season. (Why is it now a theme on Nano-Reef that we have to convince people to let us have tanks that we buy and we take care of?) I had planned to start a simple pico with a HOB filter similar to my old 10 gallon tank which I had for 3 years. while getting tipsy in my back yard in SF and researching tanks I saw the 365 day challenge and thought well hell, this will work. Within an hour I ordered the Lifegard Aquatics 4.1 gallon AIO online! Odell Easy Street Hot Sauce I generally prefer external filters so I can clean them out in the sink, but I will say this tank is SLICK! Kev (the husband/non-reef keeper/spending discourager) and I went to Komodo for part of our honeymoon and I would LOVE to do a Komodo-Flores biotope in this tank. Soon I will post the amazing photos from Komodo Resort's house reef that will serve as inspiration. Equipment Lifegard Aquatics 4.1 gallon AIO (display is like 2.9) Nanobox Tidebox (still being made) Colbalt Neo-Therm (still shipping) Stock pump - will have to replace Stock media - will also have to replace ADA lid- also will need to be replaced because it is a bit too big In the Tank 3 LBS of Real Reef live rock (I have a serious phobia of bristle worms, so much so I still have nightmares about them from past tanks) Samoa pink live sand Set up Feb 15th !!!! Going to be cycling a while Pictured with our cat's betta fish Spots' tank More to come soon! Xx
  17. While this isn't my first reef tank I haven't had a fish tank for over 5 years (my last reef tank was a 30G lagoon tank). This 365 challenge was the perfect excuse to get back into it and I have been collecting parts since this time last week, and I have been silently lurking until I had enough of a tank together to make this post. I don't have a theme as such but there will be a heavy influence of DIY as specific saltwater tank components are either hard to come by or very expensive in New Zealand. The nearest cities to buy fish or corals is a 5hr drive or 1.5hr flight so this will be a challenge indeed! Obviously I still need to make the AIO chamber. I ordered the acrylic on Tuesday expecting it to be here for this weekend but it hasn't arrived yet 😡 More photos with condiments to follow next week. Tank 65L (16G) Tank DIY AIO chamber will be peninsula style Equipment AI Prime HD Eheim 600 w/ 3D printed RFG Jebao WP10 50W heater w/ DIY temperature controller DIY ATO Stock Plan Depends what I can get my hands on. Ideally a royal gramma, cleaner shrimp, & hermit crabs
  18. Starting out with a dry, cheap 5.5g glass box. I’m trying to stay very cheap on this build using mostly what I have laying around. One of my favorite condiments happens to be whataburger ketchup. Fresh delivered today since I was out or this would have been posted earlier 😅
  19. 5*Chris

    365 Day Challenge Nuvo 10

    Time to put my Nuvo 10 to better use. I was telling my wife about the challenge, and my kids said they'd help me win. Not sure if it was to win the challenge or in convincing my wife to agree to this, which she did, so we've already won. On to the tank... I've had it basically as a holding tank for a BTA that moved around too much in my main tank and Benny my coral destroying lawnmower blenny. Emptied it this morning, added new Hawaiian black sand, and put Benny and the BTA back in with it's rock until I get the scape figured out, find both occupants new homes, and getting my daughter to stop crying about Benny leaving. So far Nuvo 10, sitting beautifully on the stand I made for my Lagoon 25. Sicce 1.0 return pump RFG nozzle Finnex heater Asta 20(upgrade here, just not complete 😁) More to come, and good luck to everyone!
  20. Hello everyone! I've had the itch for a long time to have a saltwater reef tank and recently decided to join the hobby with a small AIO tank. I am admittedly a complete novice in reef keeping so I'm sure I will have a ton of questions along the way. My plan is to take it slow and keep it simple. I have been in the fish keeping hobby for quite some time, and have had pretty good luck in the past with many different varieties of fish and tanks. Hopefully this experience will help me along the way! I picked up this 14 gallon Bio Cube about a week and a half ago (and since have found this forum and challenge) and can't wait to get started. I did empty the tank to get this shot as I've had water and some rock in it for about 10 days (again I wish I would have found this BEFORE I filled it the first time!). Everything is stock at the moment, but I will be adding/upgrading components as needed. I've already bought a smart power strip to control the lights as this old model doesn't have any fancy timers built in like the newer ones do. I have to dig through my stash of aquarium stuff.... I know I have several heaters and wave makers around here somewhere! I'm really hoping to accomplish two things by entering this challenge. First is to learn as much as I can about building a thriving nano reef tank. Second is to keep myself motivated to make this tank the best it can be for my livestock. I will try to get a picture tomorrow before work of the tank with the rock and water in place. An added bonus would be to learn how to take a decent picture!
  21. Here is our entry into the 365 day challenge. This Will be a team effort with my 5 year old daughter who loves online “challenges”. We are resurrecting a 12” Deep Blue cube that was converted into an AIO. Tank had been abandoned then emptied and sat in the shed for a couple years. The theme will be “5 year old dream” she will be in charge of stocking and maintaining with a little help. We will be using mostly if not all equipment that is laying around. She is excited to pick some fish and take some of dad’s coral.
  22. 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: inTank Filter Floss Holder for Waterbox Cube 7 Heater: Archae 25W Circulation: Cobalt MJ606 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 decided to go with a very simple aquascape with no overhangs or caves. Current Livestock: Gorgonians: Angular Sea Whip Yellow Sea Feather Spiny Orange Gorgonian Inverts: 25 Rock Flower Anemones Fish: None FTS 02-24-2020 FTS 05-28-2020
  23. Tank: Started Feburary 14 2020 IM Nuvo Fusion 10 Pro Equipment: Stock pump AI Prime 16 HD Duetto ATO West Mariculture Magnetic Rock Frag racks Media: Stock filter sock Stock carbon/floss filter cartridge 10lbs Aquacultured Deco Live Rock from Gulfliverock.com Bare bottom Stock: Trochus Snails Blue leg hermits Green Birdsnest Orange Montipora Anemone Crab Hidden Cup Coral Starlet Coral Recently started up my 40b reef tank after only keeping freshwater for the last 4 years. Then I saw this contest after looking at the IM AIO tanks.. so I bought a Nuvo Fusion 10 Pro and I'm in! Will post a pic when it gets here in a couple days. Most Recent FTS: 3/4/20
  24. Hello all, I am a long time lurker. I first joined Nano-Reef back in 2004. I took a few years off of the Aquarium hobby due to life. I was moving a good bit and never seemed to be in the same place for very long. I got tired of breaking down my tanks and just put them in storage. Now that I have settled down and don't plan on moving again, I am getting back into the reef keeping hobby. I have some FW tanks and anted to dip my toes back into the reefkeeping world. That being said, my goal for this challenge tank is frugality. I wanted something small, self contained and CHEAP. I am going to be using a combination of new and used equipment. I have the sand and rock on hand. I was going to evict the Betta I have in a Fluval Spec....but my wife likes him where he is at. So I just so happened to find a cheap alternative. On to the tank! The tank is a 3 Gallon Glo Fish Betta Kit from PetSmart. Regular Price is $59.99 on sale for $29.99. After using some TREATS points I ended up paying $25. These tanks are marketed by Tetra but remind me of the Marineland 3 gallon AIOs. I plan on keeping the filter area basic. I am going to take one of the 90* elbows off of the pump to help with flow. I will also be placing a 50W heater back there. With one of the 90* elbows removed, there is plenty of space for a heater without any cutting or modification. I plan on keeping the filtration fairly stock. I may add some chemi-pure later. I really like this tank. It doesn’t show up in the pic, but it has a nice glass top that will help keep the evaporation low and the kid/cats out. Obviously the light is not going to be sufficient, but I haven’t quite decided what I want to do for that yet. I’m going to try to keep that under $50. I am going to be scouring EBay for a clip on light. My stocking plans do not require a AI Prime or Kessil. (Although I am eyeing the AI Prime for my 15 gallon I started last week.) I have plenty of rock options. I even have the first pieces of LR that I bought in 2004 for the 2.5g Pico that I kept in my dorm room. I have a 29 gallon tank that is stuffed with rock that I have held onto over the years. The rock had dried out, but I am letting it hang out with some rock from my LFS while I decide what I want to do with it. I have a bag of new dry sand that I am going to be using....if I dont go bare bottom. As far as stocking goes I plan on a basic Zoa/Shroom Garden. No fish. Maybe some crabs for a CUC. My Theme on this tank is Frugality. I am enjoying piecing this tank together as cheap as I can. It is sorta taking me back to 2004 when I was a broke college student trying to piece together a cheap reef tank. (Which was no easy task in 2004!) So I will be keeping a running tally of the money spent on this project during my monthly updates. Corals will definitely be the most expensive part of this puzzle, but I plan on attending frag shows and club meeting to stock as frugally as I can. I have to spend 3 weeks out of town for work starting next week, so I will have plenty of time to pick out a light and let it start cycling. Tonight I am clearing off the area where I want to put it. I want to block part of the lower return so it doesn’t suck up sand before I fill it up with water. Pics of that process will come by the end of the week. Running Tally: 3g AIO - $25 Sand - on hand rock - on hand salt - on hand Total - $25.00 I am really enjoying planning out this tank and participating in the challenge! Adwyth
  25. 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!
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