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  1. Oh yes, I would like to thank @Christopher Marks for another contest, it is a superb way of marking the first complete year since I joined the forum. Thank you sir, even if you were a coupe weeks late. 😁 So I guess I should hurry up on my Pico Build. Tank: Fluval Spec 3 AIO (2.6G) Light: Kessil A80 on Spectral Controller Heater: 15w Betta Preset Pump: 105GPH Chinese pond pump 🔥Hot stuff🔥 Theme (2020.02.14): - This time around I have a clear theme in mind and want to stick to it as much as possible. I really like the idea of having a single Genus tank and for the purposes of this contest I have decided to go with Montipora. Essentially I wanted a Genus where I could have a selection of colour and growth patterns that can capture the eye and drag it around the tank. I am also getting annoyed with two of my Gobies in the Red Sea Reefer 130D. They keep trying to spawn and getting everything eaten by everything else in the tank. So the first two points of this tank is to get it cycled and set up quickly and then SPS ready, I plan on adding Montipora in one, maybe two different additions, depending on bonuses at work etc. I plan on doing this so that I have a full 9-10 months where I can concentrate on growth and see whether my two self imposed limits make this difficult or not. Aquascape is pretty clear, Rockwall, cliff whatever you want to call it. Small. Island in the middle as well. Going bare bottom with this one. Have already undertook a couple of mods to the tank, sealed bottom hole in filtration. Also filled in large amount of top weir. Waiting on the putty to dry before I can fill this, maybe as early as tomorrow.
  2. 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?
  3. 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) Talbot Damsel (Talbot) Inverts: 2x Turban Snails 1x Pink Legged Hermit Crab (Derp) Macroalgae: Leaf 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:
  4. 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
  5. contest popo told me i had to put link in here lol
  6. 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!
  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. 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. 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
  10. I've been considering doing a pico jar for a couple months, and so I though this competition would be a good excuse to pull the trigger. My goal/theme for this jar is to have a space for green star polyps and pulsing xenia to go wild and take over the whole aquascape without threatening any other corals. Those two species will most likely be the only corals in the tank. For the sake of my personal finances, I'm building this system as cheaply as possible. All equipment and prices are as follows: System: Tank: Anchor Hawking Heritage 2 gallon jar - $18 Pump: Generic 95 GPH pump from amazon - $9 Return lines - $7 Heater: Aqueon 50w preset - $8 Lighting: Lominie Asta - already had - $0 Black Acrylic: already had - $0 Black silicone: already had - $0 Scape: 4lbs dry rock - $12 Live rock rubble from a refugium - $0 Aragonite sand, already had - $0 Curent total: $54 Without further ado: I'm from the Midwest; ranch goes on everything. Cardboard mock-up of the rear chamber. The contour of the jar is going to make the acrylic work a bit more complex I originally had attempted to form the chamber out of a single piece of acrylic heated in the oven. It didn't go well. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos, so i can't share what a mess that was. Though maybe for the sake of my pride that's a good thing... Here's the finished piece siliconed into the jar. And here's where it's at right now, waiting for the silicon to cure. Hoping to be able to scape and fill tomorrow. I'm really excited about this challenge! Good luck to all, let's have some fun!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. Hansentyspy

    20 long! - 365 day challenge

    Hey guys! This is my first post on this website. I have a jellyfish tank with 3 moon jellies, and I used to have a 10 gallon freshwater tank. I got rid of the freshwater tank because I really want corals and clownfish! My friend is laser cutting a custom aio for this 20 long! I derimmed it, painted the back wall, bought a skimmer, media basket, wave maker, pump, heater, live sand, and aio, now I just need dry rock and this weekend I'm assembling everything!! I hope I'm a solid contender on this journey. And can't wait to see everybody's tanks mature over the upcoming year!
  14. Hello all, starting a journal thread for the 365 day challenge. I don't expect to win, but it's an excellent excuse to start this IM Fusion 10 tank I purchased before I was married, and I've been married 3+ years! New baby takes almost all personal time, and I can see I just need to start this thing, or forget about a saltwater tank. Right now I've got a 75 gallon planted tank with angels and rams, a Fluval 6 with the rim removed containing female black bar Endlers, and a 20 long qt/hospital tank with all male endlers. I've had 3 small saltwater tanks, but back when we got fuji rock and had bioballs, and no internet, so I am not exactly full of reefing know how. The most fun tank I had was a 3 gal picotope with a single fuji rock that filled the whole thing. I never put any corals on it, but various soft and hard coral, as well as many fans and sponges grew out of it. I never had a cycle that I could observe in this tank, and I think it was bcs of the large amount of live rock, and a single fish. It did great for a year or 2, till I slacked on water changes and an algae bloom smothered everything. That pico tank is what I would like to re-create with this IM 10. I dont even remember what all the equipment I have consists of, but I know I had it ready to reef. My plan is natural salt water from the gulf (when there's no red tide), rodi ato, a rock backwall of small individual dry pukani glued on (i never had one when they were popular, and I think it looks like the reef walls in the Philippines when snorkling), and live gulf rock on the floor, with plenty of sand and negative space. I like macro tanks and zoa gardens. Also tanks with red, blue, purple, pink, and minimal green colors. I'll pbly try some zoa and encrusting macro, as well as Florida ricordia and a hammer. Being within driving distance of Tampa, I hope to drive to one of the live rock suppliers to pick out a small amount of live rock. For livestock, I'll collect some local hermits and snails, and try some sexy or pompom shrimp. For fish, a tailspot blenny, and maybe a high fin goby. I was also considering doing a cryptic refugium in the center section of the sump with rubble and possibly with local mud. There are a lot of pods in it when catching critters with nephews. New ideas people are trying interest me. I've had good past experiences with the KISS method, and am leaning in that direction with the IM. Anyone think a cryptic refugium with a mud floor is a bad idea in the center of the Fusion sump? This is all very sudden and I'm still entertaining different ideas and advise from fauna to flora to setup.
  15. ... 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 4 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 scape Two mini egg-crate media racks Stock Plenty of GSP Papaya clove polyps Two very sexy shrimp Neon green kenya tree Some nice green ultra rhodactis or similar Radioactive dragon-eye and rasta zoas Small green hammer and/or candy-canes, if stable (... big if!) Latest FTS: Cheers, Azur
  16. 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.
  17. Tigahboy

    Three Six Five

    Day One. Tank: @UNS 45A
  18. Welcome to my Page and for following along my Cast-A-Reef - 365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge
  19. This guy is extra salty

    Extra Salty DIY

    So here is the start of the build 5 pieces of .375 cast acrylic 1@20x20 4@20x11 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!
  20. 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: Media basket DIY Reef saver rock -free Stock: TBD Will fill this in when items arrive or we source them. Here is the AIO chamber build. Here is the aquascape layout, but I think we might have changed it. @righttirefire @spectra @Matteo @shaneandjohn
  21. the beast is a freshwater flex 15 gal. The plan ! Top Secret 15lbs hawian black sand 13lbs dry rock first time having any aquarium let alone saltwater 150 w heater because im a noob and diddnt know better jpv 110 water pusher thingy majiggy home built stand red green style stock as of now
  22. 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
  23. Sancho

    Mrs Sanchos CAD 8

    More to come........Maybe
  24. 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!
  25. Well I saw the challenge thread I thought that I could use my pico to enter the contest : I started adding the first frags last week and wasn't entirely happy with the outcome. So why not take everything out of the tank, dry it, take a shot and start again to join the aventure? Here is the dry tank (yeah, I kinda like mustard). It's a Superfish IQ13, around 13 liters / 3.5 gallons : Light : Asta 20 (should be enough for what I plan) Pump : upgraded the original one in the return chamber with a cheap one from amazon, around 300l / 80g per hour (cheap but silent) Heater : small superfish 50w heater ATO : cheapest one I found on ebay Small thermometer Made some adjustments, espacially to provide a real flow in the back chamber : had to seal some holes allowing water to run trought the return pump directly. The hidden and ugly truth : outlets and ATO tank (old salt bucket, but small enough to get under the furniture) What it looks like with light on. I haven't changed plans for this pico, I want to make it a sexy shrimp tank with soft corals (sinularia, zoas, GSP). The challenge should force me to stay focused on that rather than messing it up every few weeks.
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