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  1. robertsdalton

    Dalton’s 5 Gallon Pico Reef

    Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve had time to keep things updated on here. But I just finished my first year of college & hopefully this summer will yield lots of progress. My last update was during a rough time for the tank: I battled the cyano for a while and had some help from fellow members @JBM and @dpoltsdsu who sent some macro my way to help get nutrients under control. Thanks guys!! Unfortunately, I came home one day to see that my yellow goby had disappeared. He wasn’t on the stand, not on the floor, nowhere in the tank or the internal filter. Just disappeared without a trace. It was a sad day. I also decided to completely take the internal filter out of the display. I originally liked it, but I decided the rimless look would be better without it, it would give me room to spread out the rock and fit more coral, and would give just a bit more room for fish to swim. It was a pain to take out because it was siliconed to the glass & I didn’t want to empty out the tank just to cut it out, but eventually I got it off & stuck an AquaClear on the back. I spent the next few weeks collecting coral from various road trips. (The local fish store where I live has a selection close to nothing). I also dared to take in a starving bubble tip nem & nurse it back to health. 😧 Things are looking good now, and I’m super happy with my little ocean. Things are are a bit closed up in the photo. I took it this morning right as the light turned on & things started to wake up. The anemone has been a wonderful inhabitant. He’s got his bubbles back & the color is looking so much better. I also picked up a Fiji Devil Damsel who quickly became comfortable & now acts like king of the reef. My goals for the future are pretty simple. I of course want all of these frags to start getting bigger. But I also want to fill this little tank with as much life as I can, in a sustainable & humane way. I’m also still using the Current Marine Orbit LED, and it’s working at keeping things alive, but that’s about it. I have plans to upgrade the light to the Kessil A160 sometime in the near future. Well that’s all for now, thanks for reading!! Dalton
  2. Aquatic Spendthrift

    carbon dosing skimmerless

    I'm going to be documenting my carbon dosing skimmerless using this forum. My purpose of carbon dosing is NOT to reduce nitrates but to feed the bottom of the food chain, such as bacteria. hopefully testing if the method is even possible to keep NPS alive. I also have a youtube channel so you can get a better view of my set up and all the changes as they come. The only test equipment I have is Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia, and ph test from API. Currently running an aqua tech 5-15 filter with a makeshift algae scrubber. 7 watt led light , 5 gallon acrylic aquarium and currently using reef crystals salt. Current tank stock includes ,green hand leather, xenia ,ducan, 2 margarita snail 1 clownfish 1 trochus snail, blastomussa, acan lord, mini maxi anemone, torch, emerald crab, toadstool leather, yuma mushroom(i think), montipora, and a gorgonian menella(i think). Now the gorgonian is NPS and i believe i got it too soon as i just started but i will attempt to keep it alive. My dosing scheduled is 1 drop of vinegar per day which is approximately .05ml per day. I am contemplating removing filter floss and only using carbon- for chemical war- when i upgrade my filter and algae scrubber. I am a novice and the tank has only been up for approximately 7 months and this is my first reef tank. this video is the most up to date of what is currently going on in my tank. my nitrate is currently high at 40 ppm but i plan on bring it down with water changes slowly Any ideas and recommendations are welcome. any questions ask away!
  3. Not only am I a newbie to nano tanks but I'm also a newbie to saltwater aquariums. I know, I know, probably not the smartest thing to start with a nano but due to space and time this is what I decided worked best for me. Plus- I love challenges. Here's what I have/running: Marineland Portrait 5 gallon tank VicTsing 80 GPH pump Hydor 50W Submersible Heater Hydor Flo Rotating Water Deflector Attachment Nature's Ocean Live Sand 4-5lb Dry Live rock Using filter floss and Chemi-Pure Blue Nano packets Stocked with: Ocellaris Clownfish, Yellow Rose Goby, and two Nerite snails. My tank has been up and running since October/November. I kick started the cycle with a dead shrimp and after cycling for a few months my levels are great. I decided to wait for fish until after Christmas due to out of town vacations. Unfortunately the Clownfish I got two days ago has ick which I'll start treatment tonight/tomorrow. My question and part I need help with is lighting. The stock lighting on the tank is okay but I hate that it is not programmable and I'd soon like to add some soft corals. I leave the house-weekdays-for work at 7:30am and don't usually return until 5:30pm. I'd hate for the bright light to be on that whole time. Anyone have any recommendations on a light I can upgrade to that is programmable and not super expensive? Width of my tanks is 11". I found these but will gladly take any recommendations AquaMaxx NemoLight Fluval Sea Marine Nano Photo when I first set tank up- (its no longer cloudy)
  4. DaveMc

    Best filter for 5g Pico

    Hey gang, I need some input for a 5g pico I am gonna be starting. Was wanting to get some input on a what would be a good filter to use for it. Preferably a HOB type unless anyone has a better option. Was looking at the following... Aquaclear 20 Odyssea CFS 130 Hang on Aquarium Canister Filter Boxtech Aquarium Hang On Filter - Power Waterfall Suspension Oxygen Pump Small Power Filter for Rimless Tanks --- 3-in-1 Filtration System AZOO Aquarium Mignon Filter 150 Seachem Tidal This is going to be my first pico. My nano and regular system I didn't have so many questions lol. But going this small I want to make sure I do it right. Appreciate any input or suggestions. 🙂
  5. Sean1123

    My first Saltwater aquarium!

    Hey all, This is my first build thread and my first Saltwater aquarium. I have decided to switch from a 2 gallon jar to a 5 gallon aquarium because I found that the jar is hard to see into because of the thickness of the glass. Here's a picture of the tank. I'll be getting my live rock and live sand from Tampa Bay Saltwater hopefully this weekend. Heres a picture and the stats: 5 gallon aquarium ABI 12w LED light Hydor 25w heater Air pump (might get a real powerhead because of the larger water volume if you think it would be a good idea) Proposed Livestock: Live rock critters 3 blue legged hermit crabs 1 pom pom crab Sexy shrimp Zoanthids Rodactus sp. Candy cane coal or Duncan coral Had trouble finding a top so I'm using plastic wrap for now 🙊 Sean
  6. Hi everyone, here's a few first pics of my tank-swapped 20 gallon Waterbox next to my 5 gallon "floating" no-named nano tank. I'll be updating and posting new tank pics as I can on this thread, along with more info on the system as time goes on. Thanks for looking!
  7. So I picked up an Evo 5 while I was out picking up a spec III for my girlfriend this weekend. This is my first attempt at saltwater and a reef so bare with me. I am already in the progress of putting together a 40g breeder as well but I haven't gotten around to cutting the bean animal overflow yet. But back to the Evo, I created this thread to track my progress and share my experiences. Any ideas, suggestions or comments are extremely welcome. I am currently going to run the evo stock until I see that upgrades are necessary for what I am wanting. FULL TANK SHOTS April 2017 February 2017 TANK SPECIFICATIONS Started: 2/27/2017 TANK - Fluval Evo 5 AIO EQUIPMENT - Hydor Theo Heater (50W) - Digital thermometer - BRS value plus rodi unit (purchased for use with 40g) - Instant Ocean Reef Crystals - inTank Media Basket - Jebao SW-2 DC Powerhead/Wavemaker LIGHTING - Nanobox Tide Plus M FILTRATION - inTank Media Basket Filled from top to bottom: Filter Pad/Floss Carbon Chemi-pure Elite Blue (nano) Biomax - Live Rock - Live Sand FEEDING - Frozen Mysis: twice a week - Reef Chili: target feeding once a week MAINTENANCE - Water Changes: 15-25% bi-weekly - Evaporation Control: RO/DI manually - Cleaning: Bi-Weekly sand bed vacuuming, live rock blasting with a turkey baster. Break down/cleaning of return pump, heater, powerhead every other month. POSSIBLE UPGRADES - Aqueon 600 to replace stock pump Was too loud, going to try to 'break it in' - Hydor Rotating Deflector Unless the Aqueon Quiets down I will not use this (would decrease stock flow too much) - Lighting (either Current USA Oribt or TrueLumen Aquatic LED Strips as an addition) Nanobox Tide Plus M - Hydor 240 / Hydor 180 / Jebao SW-2 / MP10 (dreaming) Went with the Jebao SW-2, it's awesome - Custom built media basket (egg crates) Went with the inTank model as it is really clean looking and I was lazy TANK INHABITANTS CORALS Green Florida Ricordea March 5th, 2017 Reefwise Duncan March 12th, 2017 Reefwise Orange Florida Ricordea April 30th, 2017 Reefwise Favia (Brain) April 30th, 2017 Reefwise INVERTEBRATES (1) Nerite Snails March 19th, 2017 Petland Aquatics (1) Astrea Snail March 26th, 2017 Petland Aquatics DECEASED (2) Nerite Snails March 19th, 2017 - Unknown Petland Aquatics Lost 1 to Pistol Shrimp March 29th, 2017 (2) Astrea Snail March 26th, 2017 - Unknown Petland Aquatics Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp March 19th, 2017 - Unknown Petland Aquatics 'Bam Bam' Zoanthids March 12, 2017 - Unknown Reefwise Randall's Pistol Shrimp (Candy Cane) March 5th, 2017 - October 30th, 2017 Reefwise
  8. So I have an empty 5 gallon tank from my betta and pleco died. And I’d like to try a saltwater tank, but I’m not sure what fish to use, how much live rock/sand to use, what equipment to use and how to test salinity and such. Any recommendations? Or is that to small of a tank?
  9. Lugmos12

    Display refugium

    Would this make for a good display refugium? Just something I thought about today (no plans to do it anytime soon). It’s a 5 gallon Topfin tank. I was thinking of running a powerhead from the main tank into this one and filling it up with macro algae. Main tank is a 13.5 gallon. Thoughts?
  10. Drplatano17

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  11. Drplatano17

    First salt water tank

    Iam new to this always had a fresh water tank. This is my fluval chi 5 Gallon tank that I have converted to salt water. I have live sand and live rocks in there. Let me know what you think of this tank anything else I should be doing it's been up and running now for 4 day. Some of my rocks are starting to get pink spots on them any idea what that could be?
  12. Hello everyone! I currently have a fluval evo 5 set up with a jebao pp4 wavemaker. I do not have any issues when I run the wavemaker in terms of sand sand going everywhere or water splashing, but I just added a Black Ice Clown today (he is small, and I will eventually be moving him to a larger tank!) and I can't seem to tell if he is struggling or not with the flow. I have attached a video, but basically when the wave maker is on, he is in that corner and when I turn it off, he swims everywhere. I feel like he is struggling? I want to eventually add some soft corals in this tank and will need flow, but is this too much flow and if it is, any recommendations for a different powerhead? https://media.giphy.com/media/DF5eUeiX55oXe/giphy.gif SETTINGS: Jebao PP-4 Lowest power, W1, and two notches above midline. Stock EVO Pump, Its at full power so about 80gph is what it says.
  13. Saumann7

    What is this film?

    i have a 5 gallon reef tank and there is a film on the rock and shells and such. It flows and comes back whenever I scrub it off. I do a 50% water change every week and don't have any parameter issues from what I test for. Any ideas on what it is and how to get rid of it?
  14. Hello all, First of all, let me apologize if there is a good topic on this info elsewhere - I have been scouring the net for a few hours, and haven't been able to fully answer my questions, so I'm hoping to find some clarity here. I appreciate any time and information you can offer me, as there is still a whole lot that I don't understand. I realize that caring for aquatic life is a significant investment of time and money, and that my question seeks to (sort-of) skirt those caveats, so I hope I don't offend anyone - I have a lot of respect for the reefkeepers here and am just looking for some possible answers. With that said, what I'm looking to do is set up a very small tank at work, with mostly plant life to observe, but I would very much like to have some kind of tiny invertebrate in there like a shrimp or crab. However, I can't really manage large or frequent water changes in the space I'm in, as it is the web department (still marveling that they're letting me have a tank at all). I have been wondering if it would be possible to set up a 2.5 - 5 gal tank with perhaps 1-2 shrimp, a crab, or a few snails, and then LOTS of plants to try and get away with smaller volume water changes once, maybe twice a week. I definitely wouldn't think of subjecting a fish to this; I had considered a betta early on but quickly learned how foolish an idea that was. Realistically, I know I might just have to stick with some cool aquatic plants (I've wanted a marimo forever and will just stick one in a jar with some lucky bamboo if everyone thinks this is a terrible/otherwise impossible idea) but I would really love to have something I can feed and watch move around a bit. Even sea monkeys, lol. So, any suggestions for an ultra-low maintenance nano-tank? I've been looking at plants like marimo, anacharis, java fern, and lucky bamboo to have poking out the top. Would it be possible to add in any inverts? What type of maintenance would I be looking at if so? Would a filter/heater/additional light be necessary under those circumstances? Sorry for any stupid questions
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