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  1. FTS: Display: Innovative Marine NUVO Concept Pro 20 - 10 Gallons (Each Side) Rock: Marco Rock - old, from my old DSA 105g Sand: 1.5” of CaribSea Hawaii Black Live Sand (10lbs) Lighting: Ecotech Radion XR15w G4 Pro - Coral Lab SPS/AB+-template @ 35% peak brightness – 9 hour light cycle Heater: Cobalt Neo-Term 75W digital heater Chiller: No-name, and no plans for one Circulation: Return: Innovative Marine AIO approx. 92GPH (2 Stock)– Powerhead: Maxspect Gyre XF130 - Random @ 20% Skimmer: Innovative Marine Aqua gadget NuvoSkim DC UV: Innovative Marine 9W Aqua Shield Filter Media: None Top Off: AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro with IM Auqa Gadget 5 g Hydrofill reservior Dosing: None - ( On standby when needed - Kamoer X1) Controller: Neptune Systems Apex Classic Platinum with PMM and PM2 modules. Misc.: Intank Basket (Left Chamber), Intank Surface Skimmer and Intank Filtration Cover Fish: ORA Captive Bred Naked Ocellaris Clownfish (LiveAquaria.com) LPS Coral: Double Cotton Candy Torch (Unique Corals Inc.) Rainbow Micro Lord (Unique Corals Inc) Black Widow Blasto (Unique Corals Inc. - Free for ordering - Thank You) Purple Tip Frogspawn (Vivid Aquariums) Work in progress .............
  2. 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!!!🎶
  3. 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
  4. 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
  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. 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!
  7. Day One. Tank: @UNS 45A Project: Saltwater Planted Tank
  8. 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!
  9. 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: BTA (down the road) Clown fish (down the road) Emerald crab or Blue eye hermit, pom pom crab Dimond back Gobi Fire shrimp or cleaner shrimp Coral: Zoa Zenia Green star polyps BTA Euphylia Candy cane Will fill this in when items arrive or we source them. 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. @righttirefire @spectra @Matteo @shaneandjohn
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. Red sea max office nano (20 gallons) March 30 2020 Update February 6 2020 Start ~Rock rescape march 10 2020 (old scape broke while remodeling) Equipment: AI prime hd Vortech mp10 Smart ATO micro Tunze 9001 Reef Tops UK custom top D&D coral lense Filtermedia: 10 Maxspect biospheres Bag of carbon when needed Substrate/Aquascape: Red sea reef base pink Real reef rock -second hand, bleachcured ~ 10 lbs Fish and inverts Pair of Wyoming clownfish Dwarf blue hermit crab Coral None (yet)
  14. 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
  15. Sancho

    Mrs Sanchos CAD 8

    More to come........Maybe
  16. jbb_00

    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
  17. 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!
  18. ꧁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.
  19. GraniteReefer

    Granite’s 365

    Welcome to Granite’s 365 Day challenge tank! Display: Aquamaxx 12g long Lighting: Coralife Aqualight HOt5 dual lamp T5 Bulbs: Stock 10k/actinic(for now) Heater: Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 75w Return Pump: Jebao DCS-1200 ATO: 48oz HDPE nalgene feeding a float valve Sand: Nature’s Ocean Samoa Pink Rockwork: Dry Pukani that was bleached/acid washed AIO insert: DIY single chamber overflow built with 3/8” blue acrylic 6”w x 3”d x 9”h. With floss holder and float valve holder built in. Mechanical Filtration: Filter Floss only Return Nozzle: 2x 1/4” RFG nozzles Wavemaker: TBD Favorite Condiment: Liquid Gold!!! 100% pure New Hampshire Maple Syrup. The only condiment I keep by the gallon. Theme: Feeding Since this tank is so shallow feeding corals should be easy, so I will try to stock with corals that show strong feeding response(acans, scoly, blastos, gorgonians). And corals that have good polyp extension like leathers and acros. So a true mixed reef. Livestock: TBA Official February 2020 FTS:
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. Ok everybody... Here goes my first tank journal for the nano contest 2020... Going with a theme of ... Drumroll... StarWars! I'll be using a IM 6 gallon frag tank with diy aio enclosure in the back. This is a frugal setup. Equipment list: 6 gallon IM tank Mj-606 as return pump Aqueon 50w heater Wavepoint Blade HO 9" 10k/blue
  24. 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.
  25. Noah C Peterson

    365 Days of Zen

    What have you all done to me? I go 4 whole years without a tank and now I'm setting up my second contest tank in a year. You should be ashamed! Found this little 2-3 gallon AIO chilling in my attic and couldn't resist myself. The plan is to spend very little money while creating a peaceful flowy zen garden. I'm planning on a bonsai style scape hoping to recreate a Ishizuke, ishitsuki so a tree on a rock. Gotta shout out @pisces4u for his 10 gallon torch bonsai. This inspired me years ago as a teenager to get into reefing and I think it will be an incredibly fun homage for this contest. Equipment Tank - Aqueon 3.7 AIO Light - KINGBO Par 38 Heater- Aqueon Mini Flow - JaJale mini 66 GPH So far all of my equipment has been found from old projects 😎 Current FTS 3/5/20
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