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  1. banasophia

    Banasophia’s Evo V 🌀

    Recent FTS: 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!
  2. This guy is extra salty

    Extra Salty 365 acroholic fuge

    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!
  3. 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: Daphne, the Pajama cardinal fish Fathom, the Percula clown: Dead Six lined wrasse: Dead Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp: Dead Nautilus, the Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp (older): Dead Porcelain Anemone crab Rainbow BTA CUC: Turbo snail 2 Nassarius snails (one might have got eaten by his fellows) Rip van Winkle, the Cerith snail Astrid and Astrix, the Astrea snails TBD: Coral: Neon Green star polyps Cats paw Mystic sunset Montipora Montipora spongodes Frogspawn light green Duncan Spider Flakes zoa Utter Chaos zoa Mohawk zoa Orange blowpop Nuclear green paly Mind-blown paly Leptastrea Meteor shower Ricordea Mushrooms FTS:1/30/21 FTS: 12/6/20 FTS: 11/10/20 FTS: 10/1/20 FTS: 9/1/20 FTS: 8/8/20 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
  4. 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.
  5. The tube returns! Plans - I'm not sure, the Rollands will likely be banished here to keep it cycled. Lots of Macro once it's in season again, maybe an elegance or some euphyllia to just let go nuts in a nutrient-heavy system. I may as well do a little pricing game since I tagged this as a #BudgetReef, I'll update below whenever anything gets added: -Atoll tank, freebie with $130 AI Prime (I sold the light, bought a prime hd for 120 and then sold that - in any case the light's not on the tank so I don't think it counts) -Return pump, came with tank -Finnex Titanium Heater $20 -ABI Tuna Blue PAR 38 $30 ($3 for the lowedepot bargain fixture and $2 for the pie-tin light-shield) 12/20 Replaced with equal-cost NiCrew Hyperreef -Branch Rock $15 -Rolland's Damselfish $20 ($0 after store-credit, but that's kind of cheating) -Dragons Breath $0 (Was $5 for the original frag, but little lydia likes to frag it for me) -Odd Frogspawn morph $0 ( $5 originally, Came from 20L system -should maybe count?) -White Tipped Torch $0 ($10 originally, Came from 20L system -should maybe count?) -Pair of Trochus $3 -Red Legged hermit and shells $2 -4+ dwarf ceriths $0 (compliments of old tank and possible baby-time, still have a few juvie trochus growing up) -Branching Briarium $5 March Additions: -Duncan (purchased by my wonderful wife) $10 -Bravo Favia (Some crazy oaf of a monkey came in and fragged the original $15 animal, what luck!) -Baby Acan colony $20 May Additions: -Chalice coral from 20 Long $0 ($10 or so last year -might need to count?) -Iron Man Disco $12 August Additions: -Neon Green Sinularia $10 -Autumn Favia $5 -Hydor Centrifugal 260 Return pump $25 November Additions: -Gobstopper Zoanthid $3 PP $10 -Miami Hurricane Chalice $5 (Thank you PieMan2k for the ID) -Mystic Monti $Free.99 December Shuffling: -Sinularia swapped with Trumpet coral -Par Bulb swapped for NiCrew $192 Total This is about the tanks, not me, so I decided to post every acrylic-tanks favorite snackfood, Polish... I may have accidentally crazed the whole interior with a paper-towel which previously had rubbing alcohol on it, and it may have taken a few days to polish it clear again. Whole setup is just waiting for a table to sit on, and then will get wet and dirty with some nice pre-cycled rock, I'll even toss a damsel in for color!
  6. Day One. Tank: @UNS 45A Project: Saltwater Planted Tank
  7. ꧁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. Note to my self: First life bacteria was made on May 31 2020 EVOLUTION OF THE AQUARIUM
  8. 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 😅
  9. 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!!!🎶
  10. 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
  11. (03/20/2021 FTS) The Tree of Life.🌱 Start date: 02/20/2020 Equipment: Waterbox Cube 10. AI Prime 16HD Reef with 12" Flex Arm. Eheim Heater 50 Watt. Finnex Max 300 Heater Controller. Sicce Syncra Nano Return Pump. (2) Ecotech Marine Versa Dosing Pumps. AI Nero 3 Wavemaker. XP Aqua Duetto ATO. Trigger Systems 5g ATO Reservoir. D-D Jumpguard Aquarium Screen Cover. Flipper Nano Glass Cleaner. 3D Printed Filter Floss Cup. 3D Printed Fish Feeder Ring. 3D Printed Dosing Tube Bracket. Filtration: 8.5 lbs. Dry Aragonite Rock. Big Kahuna Filter Floss/pad. Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon. Salt Mix: 38% Red Sea Salt. 12% Red Sea Coral Pro Salt. 50% Tropic Marin Syn-Biotic Salt. Testing: Alkalinity- Hanna Alkalinity DKH. Calcium- Salifert. Magnesium- Salifert. Nitrate- Salifert / Hanna Nitrate LR. Phosphate- Hanna Phosphate ULR. Salinity- Milwaukee Digital Refractometer. Par- Seneye. AutoAqua Smart Stir Magnetic Stirrer. Additives: Brightwell Aquatics Coral Amino. Red Sea Reef Energy Plus AB+. Tropic Marin All-For-Reef. Tropic Marin NP-Bacto-Balance. BRS Alkalinity / Calcium / Magnesium (For General Adjustments) Red Sea Trace-Colors ABCD. Foods: Piscine Energetics PE Pellet Fish Food. Hikari Marine -S- Pellet Fish Food. Benepets Benereef Coral Food. Brightwell Aquatics ReefBlizzard-XC Coral Food Brightwell Aquatics PhytoChrom. Brightwell Aquatics Zooplanktos-S. Livestock: (2) Black Darwin Ocellaris Clownfish. Blue Leg Hermit Crabs. Astraea Snails. Coral: (Soft) Bam Bam Zoanthids. (Knox Corals) Bob Marley Zoanthids. (Knox Corals) Eagle Eye Zoanthids. (Salt Critters) Ked Red Zoanthids. (Knox Corals) Nirvana Zoanthids. (Knox Corals) Radioactive Dragon Eye Zoanthids. (Salt Critters) Rainbow Infusion Zoanthids. (Knox Corals) Sour Apple Zoanthids. (Knox Corals) Mystery Zoanthids. x2 (Aqua SD) Blue Discosoma Mushroom. (Staub Aqua Farm) Briareum. (Aqua SD) Green Star Polyps. (Nano Reef Member - MikeW) Rainbow Clove polyps. (Aqua SD) Grube's Gorgonian. (Fish of Hex) Purple Plume Gorgonian. (Nano Reef Member - nathenvan) (LPS) Duncan. (Aqua SD) Splatter Hammer. (Salt Critters) Purple Tip Frogspawn. (Basement Reef) Yellow Mouth Teal Tip Frogspawn. (Basement Reef) Green Trumpet Caulastrea. (Aqua SD) Teal Trumpet Caulastrea. (Fish of Hex) Alveopora. (Aqua SD) Red Blastomussa Wellsi. (Aqua SD) Purple Blastomussa Wellsi. (Aqua SD) Dragon Soul Goniastrea. (Aqua SD) (SPS) Green Slimer Staghorn Acropora. (Fish of Hex) ATL Blue Clover Staghorn Acropora. (Fish of Hex) WWC Yellow Tip Austera Acropora. (Fish of Hex) PC Rainbow Acropora. (Fish of Hex) Millepora Acropora. (Aqua SD) Red Montipora Digitata. (Aqua SD) Green Montipora Digitata. (Fish of Hex) Red Montipora Capricornis. (Basement Reef) Idaho Grape Montipora Capricornis. (Fish of Hex) Green Pavona. (Fish of Hex) Montipora Spongodes. (Basement Reef) Purple Stylophora. (Aqua SD) Rainbow Pocillopora. (Aqua SD) Neon Green Pocillopora. (Fish of Hex) Pink Pocillopora. (Aqua SD)
  12. 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge Sponsored by CoralVue Hydros If you've been looking for the right excuse to start up a new nano reef in 2020, consider this your official permission slip! 😇🏁 We're kicking off the new year with a fun community tank building competition, The 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge! Work hard all year long to achieve one of three goals and compete to win a HYDROS Control 2 Aquarium Controller from CoralVue! It takes hard work and dedication to be a nano reef keeper, show off your skills and commitment to the hobby by competing in our 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge! Select an All-in-One aquarium of your choosing and build a nano reef to rival all the rest! Everyone can choose their own equipment for the challenge, but it must follow these basic rules: 📦 All-In-One Aquarium - 20 Gallons Or LESS Competing tanks must use an 'all-in-one' style aquarium design with an internal partition. Qualifying tanks cannot be larger than 20 gallons total volume, NO EXCEPTIONS. DIY custom tanks are allowed, but must embody the concept of 'all-in-one' filtration design with partitioned equipment. No filtration equipment is allowed inside the display portion of the tank. 💡 Any Lighting - Yes really! Dazzle your coral and your competition! 🐠 Any Livestock - Go wild, but keep it nano reef friendly! ⚙️ Limited Display Side Equipment Allowed 1x Circulation Pump or Wave Maker inside the display tank ✅ Optional Equipment Allowed (Use all or none) Lid, cover, or screen (highly recommended) Aquarium heating of any wattage Cooling fans or Probe based aquarium chillers Automatic evaporation top-off unit with external freshwater reservoir and/or dosing system. Aquarium controller, temperature controller, power strips, timers, etc. Surface skimmer modifications Media baskets inserts Skimmers (must fit inside AIO filtration space) Reactors (must fit inside AIO filtration space) Refugiums (must fit inside AIO filtration space) 🚫 Disallowed Equipment (For a level playing field) No External sumps No External plumbing (except for incoming automatic top-off water or dosing fluids) No Hang-on-back filters No Canister filters No External filters or reactors Many of you may already own these items or have them available around the house, dig through your aquarium supply stash! Your all-in-one aquarium and equipment do not need to be new, but they must be DRY at the beginning of the contest! There are no rules or budget limits in regards to stocking of your nano reef tank, have fun and let your imagination run wild! Note: Your entry must be a saltwater aquarium, no freshwater entries are allowed. Competition Timeline - How To Enter ⏰ Official Start Date: January 31, 2020 🎉 The competition is open to any and all Nano-Reef Community members starting today January 31st! In order to formally enter the competition, you must begin your 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge build by the end of February 2020! This means that by February 29th 2020 you will need to have done the following tasks: Sourced your qualifying 20 gallon or smaller all-in-one reef tank and equipment. Started a new aquarium journal here on Nano-Reef.com in our Aquarium Journals Forum. Shared a photo of your dry AIO nano reef tank in your new aquarium journal with Your Favorite Food Condiment inside. Posted an announcement of your entry into the competition here in this thread with a link to your build journal. Competitors are required to post at least one monthly update to their 365 day challenge journal that will include a full tank shot photograph in order to remain eligible, at the bare minimum. Your build thread must also include the tag "365 Day Challenge", so that they are easy to locate on the forums. We all can understand that life gets in the way of our hobby sometimes, photo updates can be up to a week behind, but if you miss more than 2 monthly updates along the way, you will be disqualified. Qualifying competitors will be asked to post a final 2-3 paragraph synopsis and full tank shot in their aquarium journal within the final three weeks of the competition, which will be used for voting purposes. Only one (1) aquarium per community member may be entered into the competition. 🌎🌍🌏 International community members outside the United States are welcome and encouraged to join the competition, however I cannot guarantee that all shipping costs will covered. Additional shipping costs or duties may need to be paid by the international prize winner, but I will do my best to personally accommodate everyone. The competition will officially end on Sunday January 31, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM PST. This means a 12 month contest from start to finish. The idea is to give a full year for all competing tanks to reach maturity and their goals. Community Voting will begin on February 6, 2021. 🏆 Challenge Goals & Prizes There will be 3 winning nano reefs chosen at the end of the contest by community vote. In the event of a tie, I, Christopher Marks Community Founder, will cast the tie-breaking vote. Winners will be chosen based upon achieving 1 of 3 potential goals: Goal 1 - Best Theme Tank Kitschy or cool, colorful or coldwater, pick a "theme" and stick to it. Give us detail on what your theme is and why you picked it. Take us along on your creative journey as you share your theme with us. Goal 2 - Best Aquascape Design The golden ratio, symmetry or asymmetry, spires, caves, and cliffs. Creating a balanced and harmonious aquascape is a delicate art form. Show your creative side and dazzle us with a colorful and unique aquatic landscape. Goal 3 - Best DIY Modification Don't you hate it when you can't find what you want in a store? Sometimes you just have to DIY! Share your problem and the steps you take to come up with your own solution. Win a CoralVue Hydros Control 2! 🏆 Challenge goal winners will receive a HYDROS Control 2 Aquarium Controller from community sponsor CoralVue! 🎉 The all-new HYDROS Control by CoralVue allows you to monitor and control your aquarium like a pro, even if you’re a beginner just starting out. Track temperature, PH, ORP, water level, flow, leaks, outlets and more. Control pumps, timers, level sensors, dosers, fans, solenoids, switches, cabinet lighting, and whatever else you dream up. Check the health of your tank and take corrective action from anywhere using the HYDROS mobile app. Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Smart plugs. Color-coded ports and cables. Add accessories without having to connect extra modules and cords. HYDROS is a system you can grow with! The Control 2 and Control 4 can be used together and are compatible with the HYDROS WaveEngine. HYDROS Control 2 Aquarium Controller Includes: Control 2 Head Unit Power 4 WiFi Controllable 4-outlet Power Strip Temperature Sensor HYDROS Control 2 Features Monitor key aquarium water parameters and control equipment from anywhere using the HYDROSapp for Android and iOS. Easily adjust settings by swiping on your mobile device. There is zero coding or complicated programming required. Mobile text alerts and app push notifications are sent the instant something goes wrong so you can take corrective action remotely. Set rules to turn on & off equipment automatically based on real-time data and create schedules to perform tasks throughout the day. The HYDROSControl 2, HYDROS Control 4, HYDROS WaveEngine, and future HYDROS products can all be used together. The HYDROS Control 2 Aquarium Controller launches spring 2020! Potential prize winners may only claim a prize from 1 of 3 goal categories. In the event a nano reef tank is voted as a winner for 2 or more goal categories, the winner must choose only 1 of the available winning prize categories and forfeit the remaining category prizes to the nano reef tank(s) with the next highest vote count(s) in the remaining goal category (or categories). 🎁 Bonus Awards from CM Win a Nano-Reef T-Shirt & Sticker pack! Friendly Competition - Award for the most helpful and encouraging competitor. Bad Luck - Award for the competitor that just can't seem to catch a break. Frugal Master - Award for the best challenge tank on a budget. Please keep in mind our wonderful community sponsors when purchasing your equipment, supplies, and livestock! ❤️ 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge Competitors List Follow along with all the entries by using the Nano-Reef Community Tag "365 Day Challenge" <- Bookmark This Link Check Back Soon!
  13. ... 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 soft corals - the theme will be "Mean & Green", with all corals being green, red, and super hardy! 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 Brittle stars Plenty of GSP Asterina starfish Mini dove snails Two sexy shrimp A baby turbo snail Interstellar discosoma Firecracker discosoma Metallic green rhodactis Green Codium fragile algae Ultra green velvet rhodactis A nub of neon green kenya tree Red Gracilaria mammillaris algae Ultra green "jawbreaker" rhodactis Mystery Tye Dye jawbreaker discosoma Radioactive dragon-eye, goblin's fire, and rasta zoas End of January FTS [Final!] End of December FTS End of November FTS End of October FTS End of September FTS End of August FTS End of July FTS End of June FTS End of May FTS End of April FTS End of March FTS End of February FTS Cheers, SG
  14. The 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge 🏁 has officially come to an end! 🗳✅ WE NEED YOUR VOTES! ✅🗳 Sponsored by CoralVue Hydros Hey everybody! 👋 How was your year? How are you holding up? 2020 really threw us some curveballs, didn't it? Who could have imagined there would be a global viral pandemic just after we got started?! It's been a tough year, things have not gone according to plan, and I know we've lost touch with some of our dear friends and community members. I hope everyone is doing well out there, know that you are missed and thought of here. This 365 Day Challenge began as way for community members to flex their reef keeping skills and show off what they can create in 12 months, all within the confines of an All-in-One style aquarium system, 20 gallons or smaller. After 12 months of competition, and impressive 17 nano reef tanks have made it to the end to compete for the top prize in one of three different goals categories! Now we need you, the Nano-Reef Community, the help decide the winners! Each contestant has been asked to share a final FTS and a brief summary of their experiences in the 365 Day AIO Challenge, which are listed below in alphabetical order. Please review each competitor's Nano Reef before casting your vote for each of the goals listed below. Click on any contestant's nano reef to be taken to their competition aquarium journal to learn more about their journey. Voting Ends Sunday March 7th at Midnight PST! 🏆 Challenge Goals & Prizes There will be 3 winning nano reefs chosen by community vote. In the event of a tie, I, Christopher Marks Community Founder, will cast the tie-breaking vote. Winners shall be chosen based upon achieving one of three potential goals: Goal 1 - Best Theme Tank Kitschy or cool, colorful or coldwater, pick a "theme" and stick to it. Give us detail on what your theme is and why you picked it. Take us along on your creative journey as you share your theme with us. Goal 2 - Best Aquascape Design The golden ratio, symmetry or asymmetry, spires, caves, and cliffs. Creating a balanced and harmonious aquascape is a delicate art form. Show your creative side and dazzle us with a colorful and unique aquatic landscape. Goal 3 - Best DIY Modification Don't you hate it when you can't find what you want in a store? Sometimes you just have to DIY! Share your problem and the steps you take to come up with your own solution. CoralVue Hydros Control 2 Prize Package 🏆 Challenge goal winners will each receive a HYDROS Control 2 Aquarium Controller from community sponsor CoralVue! 🎉 The all-new HYDROS Control by CoralVue allows you to monitor and control your aquarium like a pro, even if you’re a beginner just starting out. Track temperature, PH, ORP, water level, flow, leaks, outlets and more. Control pumps, timers, level sensors, dosers, fans, solenoids, switches, cabinet lighting, and whatever else you dream up. Check the health of your tank and take corrective action from anywhere using the HYDROS mobile app. Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Smart plugs. Color-coded ports and cables. Add accessories without having to connect extra modules and cords. HYDROS is a system you can grow with! The Control 2 and Control 4 can be used together and are compatible with the HYDROS WaveEngine. HYDROS Control 2 Aquarium Controller Includes: Control 2 Head Unit Power 4 WiFi Controllable 4-outlet Power Strip Temperature Sensor HYDROS Control 2 Features Monitor key aquarium water parameters and control equipment from anywhere using the HYDROSapp for Android and iOS. Easily adjust settings by swiping on your mobile device. There is zero coding or complicated programming required. Mobile text alerts and app push notifications are sent the instant something goes wrong so you can take corrective action remotely. Set rules to turn on & off equipment automatically based on real-time data and create schedules to perform tasks throughout the day. The HYDROSControl 2, HYDROS Control 4, HYDROS WaveEngine, and future HYDROS products can all be used together. Potential prize winners may only claim a prize from 1 of 3 goal categories. In the event a nano reef tank is voted as a winner for 2 or more goal categories, the winner must choose only 1 of the available winning prize categories and forfeit the remaining category prizes to the nano reef tank(s) with the next highest vote count(s) in the remaining goal category (or categories). 🎁 Bonus Awards from CM - Winners to be announced March 7th Win a Nano-Reef T-Shirt & Sticker pack! Friendly Competition - Award for the most helpful and encouraging competitor. Bad Luck - Award for the competitor that just can't seem to catch a break. Frugal Master - Award for the best challenge tank on a budget. Please keep in mind our wonderful community sponsors when purchasing your equipment, supplies, and livestock! ❤️ 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge Competitors List See all the competition entries, including those who did not make it to the end, by using the Nano-Reef Community Tag "365 Day Challenge" 📜 Final Challengers List (Alphabetical Order) @A.m.P Amp's 365 challenge, The Return of the Tube - Final Summary @Aqua Splendor ༺ ᴀq͎ᴜᴀ ꜱᴘʟᴇɴᴅᴏʀ - ɴᴀɴᴏ ʀᴇᴇꜰ ༻ - Final Summary @banasophia Banasophia’s Evo V 🌀- Final Summary @Craig. F L O A T I N G R E E F - Red Sea Nano Max 365 AIO! - Final Summary @ECLS Reefer Le Dirté’s Flirting with Divorce 🙊 365 AIO Challenge - Final Summary @ef4life Jared’s 5g 365 aio challenge build - Final Summary @Jerad - Jerad81's 20g Newbie Build - Final Summary @Lorenz725 Rascal the cat’s 5 gallon 365 day AIO Challenge - Final Summary @McCune Waterbox Cubed - Final Summary @MrP The Tree of Life - Waterbox Cube 10 - 365 Day Challenge - Final Summary @NoOneLikesADryTang 365: Two Tanks One Thread - Final Summary @SaltyGallon 365 Day Challenge: 1G Office Ocean - Final Summary @SeaFurn SeaFurn's Old School Pico Gets An Upgrade - Final Summary @Tamberav Tamberav's pico in 365 - Final Summary @This guy is extra salty Extra Salty 365 acroholic fuge - Final Summary @Tigahboy Tigahboy’s SW Planted Tank Project - Three.Six.Five - Final Summary @waldoz 20L AIO build -365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge - Final Summary
  15. jbb

    3n

    I'm only playing along so @Ratvan doesn't win. Tank : UNS 3n Lighting : TBD Heat : Archaea (25W) ultra slim Flow : Cobalt mini-jet 404 Entry FTS : 2/1/20
  16. FTS February 25, 2020 Tank was started February 25, 2020, and entered into the 365 day challenge. Here are the condiment photos for entry. Specifications Tank Innovative Marine NUVO Fusion 20 Gallon Pro AIO (23.62"L x 15"D x 13"H) Rock and Sand 9.7 lbs of Real Reef Rock 20 lbs of CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Sand Lighting Aqua Illuminations Prime HD Flow Innovative Marine MightyJet 326 GPH DC Return Pump MP10 Quiet Drive Filtration Innovative Marine Media Rack with filter pad, Purigen, and Chemi-Pure Blue Innovative Marine Filter Sock Heating Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm 100 Watt Heater Finnex HC-810M Digital Heater Controller Auto Top-Off AutoAqua Smart Micro ATO Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget HydroFill Ti Reservoir RO/DI System Bulk Reef Supply 5 Stage RO/DI System Livestock Fish Yellow Watchman Goby Onyx Percula Clownfish 3 Barnacle Blennies Inverts Tuxedo Urchin Nassarius Snails History Month Day, Year My previous tank, the Innovative 14 gallon peninsula, had been running for about 2.5 years when I took it down on February 25, 2020 and moved all of the inhabitants into this new setup. I really enjoyed the look of the 14 gallon peninsula, but ever since I moved into a new house in November of 2018, I've been having issues with the aquarium. The system survived the move just fine without any issues, but the only place I had to put the tank in my new house was right in front of two big windows. This issue was compounded by the fact that I had the peninsula-style aquarium sitting "sideways", such that the back of the aquarium was clear glass right in front of the window. I've been keeping the blinds closed, but enough sunlight would still leak in to cause major algae growth. After over a year of fighting the algae issues and having the algae grow back in a day or two after scrubbing the aquarium, I finally decided it was time to get more invested in the hobby again and come up with a solution to the problem. I decided that my best bet was to switch back to a traditional (non-peninsula) tank shape, so that the back panel that faces the window would be blacked out and therefore block much more of the sunlight from the window. Based on the size of the piece of furniture my aquarium sits on, and the fact that I didn't want to go much bigger, I decided to transfer the current tank inhabitants into a new Innovative Marine NUVO Fusion 20 gallon Pro. I completed the transfer late tonight, and everything went very smoothly. Now I'm just hoping I can get the algae under control and the corals looking happy and healthy again. Some corals were smothered by algae, while others are just constantly annoyed by the algae growth. I'm sure it will take a bit of time before this tank is looking good again and then I will work on restocking with some new corals. Here's a quick video of the previous setup show its placement in front of the window. I made the decision to upgrade the aquarium without having been on Nano-Reef in months. However, when I posted to Facebook about the new aquarium I'd just purchased, @yoshii let me know the 365 day AIO challenge was just starting on Nano-Reef. The timing was too good not to enter, so this new build is officially entered into the contest.
  17. Hi Nano-Reef! Thanks for checking out our journal! This tank will be jointly cared for by my partner (Ange) and I. We were inspired by the floating reef tank of coral_fish_zoa of instragram, and decided to create our own rendition - It's perfect timing that the 365 day challenge coincided! 🙂 We'll add more info and plans shortly, but for now, we hope you enjoy the initial scape ❤️ Craig & Ange
  18. Dec 2020 Nov 2020 Oct 2020 Sept 2020 Aug 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 March 2020 Feb 2020
  19. 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.
  20. MinnReefer

    365 Day Challenge- EVO 13.5

    This is my first reef tank. Noticed the contest last week and jumped in. Tank: EVO 13.5 Still gathering up the other supplies I will be needing. Need to built some sort of stand. So hopefully I will have it up and running in the next week. Hope to keep some softies and maybe LPS. Going to keep it stock to start out but I am sure the mods will start happening the more research I do. Excited to participate. Have always wanted a reef tank. So here we go!
  21. I am officially entering the 365 Day Challenge. This is the first saltwater tank I have ever owned so this could get interesting. My tank is a 20g Nuvo Fusion pro all-in-one. I will also be using a Prime HD light, Hydor koralia circulation and wave pump with a 425 gph flow rate, and a Eheim Jager 100w TrueTemp heater. As required, here is a dry pic of my tank with a food condiment inside it. Since I'm a horrible cook you all get some mayonnaise! Please don't hold that against me . Also, my theme for this tank will be a money cap. Any livestock I add must cost $45 or less.
  22. 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?
  23. tanacharison

    Spec 3 Pico Reef

    I present to you another Fluval spec 3 pico reef! Last time this tank was running it was a freshwater shrimp tank. After a few years in the basement it's back for a fun nano-reef contest. This time I'm letting the family participate in this one... First choice is the winner of every taco Tuesday. Taco Bell sauce, mostly for the fun quotes. 😂 Tank: Fluval Spec 3 2.6g Return Pump: Sicce Micra Filtration: Intank Media basket Light: ABI 23W Tuna Blue LED Bulb Heater: 25W-Neo-Therm
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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