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  1. Welcome to the machine I've done a few wreck dives in my time and I find it cool to see nature slowly colonise the old broken machinery and give it new life and purpose. I've wondered for a while whether I could try and reproduce that in a reef aquarium. Well I shall wonder no more although the answer is probably no 🤣. I'm only allowed another reef tank by the missus if it's a coral quarantine so this has to double as a QT but if the corals remain in there longer than is strictly necessary, well I'm just being cautious aren't I? Also I'm trying to keep costs to a minimum but fortunately I do have a collection of bits & pieces that can be pressed into service once more. I have a 30 * 30cm cube aquarium that has previously been used as a QT but has been dry for a while. The problem is I want to keep the display as clean as possible so will need to drill and construct a custom sump from acrylic. Let the fun begin.... 😲 Contest Entry Picture: A 3/4" plywood cabinet has been bashed together. Current Full Tank Shot: TBD Equipment: Stuff I already have Tank: 30 * 30 cm 6mm glass Light: AI prime 16 HD Tunze 9001 DC skimmer 100w titanium heater Aqua Medic mini reactor reef-pi controlling ATU & Heater Sicce syncra 1.0 return pump (might need to upgrade, dunno yet) Need to buy: Acrylic for the sump Pipe, valves etc. AI Nero 3 powerhead Livestock: Coral... TBD a mixed reef, sticks up high lps in the depths Fishies.... TBD no clue as yet Highlight Links: None as yet but knowing me these will be epic fail links! The current design for the pipework and sump bring the total volume over 9 gallons. This will be fixed in the next iteration of the design to bring it to within contest rules. I could've saved a bit of drilling by going for a durso overflow rather than a herbie but I'm wary of dursos blocking and bits of my anatomy are at stake if there are leaks! The height of the sump is dictated by overflow chamber which is that height to allow for a 4" * 9" filter sock. The rest of the sump does not need to be that high and will be cut down to bring it within the rules. Backflow on power off should be kept to a minimum by the non-return valve on the return. Both the siphon and return are valved to balance the flow as the sicce is not controllable. The proposed scape will be 3D printed with plenty of locating holes for frag plugs, it has to be a coral QT to pass the tank inspector.. I'll paint it and weather it with non-toxic acrylic paint. It will probably flake and chip over time but I'm hoping that will just add to the effect and that coralline will take over in time anyway. A render of the proposed scape. I still have changes to make but it's getting close to how I want it. To make up in part for the lack of home for nitrifying bacteria the central pipe will be filled with sintered glass media, probably JBL sintomec with the side vents allowing some flow through. If necessary I can also put media in the sump. This has fail written all over it but hey, I'll give it a solid go...... Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  2. Sponsored by inTank and Nano-Reef.com. & @Christopher Marks, @inTank, and I are pleased to announce the Reefin' 9 to 5 - Office Nano Contest. The following memo outlines the rules, dates, and entry requirements. Refer to this thread for future contest announcements. Have you ever wanted a reef tank in your office? If it's alright with your boss, this could be the perfect time to start one. However, since aquariums aren't allowed in everybody's workspace, and because many of us are working remotely, home tanks are also welcome. If you haven't participated in one of these contests before, they are primarily about the fun, comradery, and bragging rights (but mostly the fun and comradery). The rules are simple. You see, there's a mat which you put on the floor, with different Conclusions on it... Just kidding. Actually, there are a few RULES & IMPORTANT DATES that you need to be aware of: Entries can be any system capable of holding a total volume of saltwater between 5 and 9 gallons [US, liquid]*, including: any tank or multiple tanks, or any container or containers, with any filter(s), closed loop(s), sump, etc. Saltwater systems only. No freshwater entries accepted. Contest tank journal threads MUST have the tag: 9to5. I'll be using this tag () to verify all entries. Contest threads should be started in the Nano Reef Journals forum. To help identify these contest threads to other Nano-Reef members, it would be nice if thread titles also contain "9to5", "9 to 5", or "925" somewhere in the title. An entry photo MUST be posted in your contest tank journal, taken of your empty/dry tank or container, containing: a coffee mug, cup, or tumbler (for example: a novelty ceramic mug, travel mug, paper Starbucks to go cup, insulated cup, or tumbler). Post of picture of your mug/cup/tumbler inside of your empty/dry tank or container; if it doesn't fit, post of pic of your mug/cup/tumbler in front of your empty/dry container. This contest starts on Friday October 1, 2021, and ends on Sunday May 1, 2022. In order to qualify, all contestants must be properly entered BEFORE Wednesday December 1, 2021 (with a journal thread tagged with 9to5, and an entry photo containing a coffee mug/cup/tumbler). All eligible contestants MUST send me a contest quick-view pic/summary by Sunday May 15, 2022 (details of the summary will be disclosed in this thread prior to the end of the contest). Refer to this thread for any future contest announcements. Voting will begin on Friday May 21st (with polls closing on Tuesday May 31st). Any ties will be broken by StevieT from inTank. * The total water volume is to be determined by the capacity of the system (NOT the amount of water used), rounded to the nearest US gallon. We will accept the stated manufacturer's specifications for capacity, OR the calculated capacity by entering the inner dimensions into this tank volume calculator, OR by using measured amounts of water to determine the capacity of unusual shapes (like vases). Standard aquariums, all-in-one tanks, carboys, buckets, external filters and plumbing are all allowed - as long as the total volume capacity is between 9 and 5 US gallons. In addition, there are no equipment, livestock, or budget limitations. However, while bragging rights are worth a lot, spending a bunch of cash on livestock in an attempt to win a contest doesn't always impress the judges. I encourage contestants to post pics and updates frequently. You should try to include at least one Thread Post Status (TPS) update each month. I'll be posting monthly TPS reminder memos in this thread. Nice mug Bill. I wonder how someone might get one of those. However, I don't intend to bump individual contest threads with reminders each month. Lack of journal entries will likely negatively affect how many people will follow your thread and will vote for your entry; however, "the Bobs" (Christopher Marks and I) won't let you go because of it. Your office nano can have a theme if you'd like (they can be quite popular). Maybe you'd like to setup a macroalgae dominant nano, or even light your tank with just sunlight. This is your workspace to do whatever you want. I anticipate seeing some very creative entries; and judging them all might be as difficult, and fun, as aquascaping a narrow mouth carboy. CATEGORIES & PRIZES, winners to be determined by a Nano-Reef poll: ** Best Office Nano: Nano-Reef T-shirt, a Reefin' 9 to 5 (Champion) engraved acrylic award, and an inTank Tervis® Tumbler. Most Impressive or Innovative Filtration (a.k.a. "Wettest Water"): An inTank filtration pack (including a value pack of world famous inTank Filter Floss, 100mL Bagged Seachem Purigen, and 5 Packets of Boyd Chemi Pure Blue Nano). Exceptional Budget Build: Milton's Red Swingline Stapler, Bill Lumbergh's Nano-Reef mug (see pic above), and inTank surprise "flair." I believe you have my stapler. BONUS AWARDS, winners to be determined by Christopher Marks (for a Nano-Reef sticker pack): ** Outstanding Execution of a Theme Best Use of a Non-Traditional Aquarium Most Unique or Biodiverse Livestock ** International entries are welcome; but we aren't able to ship prizes everywhere. In the event that an international contestant wins a prize category, we'll make an effort to see if shipping is possible, but with no guarantees. In addition, where shipping is possible, international contestants might be responsible for some or all of the additional shipping and/or customs charges. Once you are sure that you will be participating, you can start your contest tank journal. But don't fill your display until after you've taken your coffee mug/cup/tumbler entry photo. Qualified Contestants: aclman88 - Aclman's 9 to 5 Contest Tank allesluge - 9 to 5 Awkward cube chipz - 9to5 Diminutive Desktop Distraction: Breaking Rules Left and Right Chowder's Reef - 🌿9to5 Acro Jungle🌿 New Outboard Motor Cryolath - 9to5 The World Turned Upside Down empresto - Empresto's 9to5 5-Gallon Cube System fenderchamp - nine2Five micro-reef 5 FishI - My 9to5 Reef pond Grundler - 9to5 - The Drop-in Reef Jaren45 - [9to5] The "free" Nano kekke1082 - Reefing 9to5 Keke's first nano reef contest kimberbee - The "No More Dinos, Please?!?" IM 10 (9to5 Contest) kimdawg - 9to5 Tybee Island Tank M. Tournesol - 9to5 Cubicle Maas101 - Reefin' 9to5 - Welcome to the machine MainelyReefer - Milton’s Basement Carboy Bommie 9to5 Merthynia - 9 to 5 No more heatwaves! Murphych - cube of nothingness NoOneLikesADryTang - 9 to 5 Goniopora and Alveopora Forest Ratvan - Ratvan's Reefing 9to5 - Tidal Action Tank Robbie_Maxwell - 9 to 5 Montipora Cube seabass - 9 to 5 - Reef in a Bottle 🏴‍☠️ Caribbean Carboy Tamberav - 9to5 budget build You can also use the following tag to access our current contestants: Finally, a big thanks to @StevieT of inTank, and to our fearless leader Christopher Marks for bringing us this contest! &
  3. CURRENT FULL TANK SHOT ENTRY PHOTO TANK INFO Upaqua nano L series 9.6 gallon tank Hydor Koralia pump Aqua Knight light Aqueon HOB (I think) This tank began life after the old school janky tank grew up. I basically just added its contents in here and let it run wild. The zoas grew like crazy, but they were pretty ugly to start with. The uglier they were the quicker they grew until the whole tank was dirty, brown and ugly. I just dumped the whole mess in my 75 gallon GSP tank and decided to start over. I love Nano Reef contests because they give me a reason to start over and fall in love with my tanks again. I ordered two display cases and my husband added the brick for weight and silicone to glue them shut. The total size blocked off is 16x3.75x3.5, which takes the tank down to 8.69 gallons. With a small HOB filter I should be right at the 9 gallon mark. I plan on keeping the clown fish in the tank. The top shelf will be zoas and rics and the floor of the tank will have Rock Flower Anemones. I don't have a theme, but might call it the "Brick Hit House"
  4. Jaren45

    [9to5] The "free" Nano

    Entry pic 10/1/2021 Starting this contest tank with the intention to use all* used equipment that I already have. Here's the rundown so far EQUIPMENT: - Tank: IM Nuvo Black 6g (20.8x7.8x7.8") - Sump: Aqueon 2.5g - Circulation: Jebao DCP-2500 - Heater: NEWA 50w - Lighting: 2x 150w equivalent 6500k LED bulb LIVESTOCK: - Red Mangroves - 1x Sailfin Blenny - Rest tbd!
  5. Merthynia

    9 to 5 No more heatwaves!

    No More Heatwaves! Hello! Welcome to my little tank contest entry! This tank is starting on the heels of a recent crash I experienced in my 3 gal picotope. I have two separate heaters malfunction and cook that little tank to an excess of 90 degrees. I’ll be putting what may be able to be saved into this tank, but it may melt before it recovers. I hope to go lower budget with this tank, possibly moving some trimmings from my big tank, bargain frags at the store, or trading what survives the crash for additional frags! I am not sure that I want a fish in here yet, but I know I would love a star invert with a few lively friends! Current Full Tank Shot: November 28: October 22: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: PicO 5 gal aquarium (Oldie, but a good tank!) Nanobox Tide (Seem to have some hard to find equipment!) Hygger HG-916 heater (Please don’t explode) Smart ATO micro Livestock: Purple photosynthetic sponge GSP Mushrooms Note that all of these went through two different heater malfunctions, each resulting in temps >90 degrees. These may all melt. 😞 Highlight Links: None yet Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  6. Robbie_Maxwell

    9 to 5 Montipora Cube

    9 to 5 Montipora Cube. For this tank I aim to keep it Montipora only (or at least close enough to it), being made up of different species and morphs of branching, plating and encrusting Montis. The plan is to try and keep as much of the equipment outside of the tank as possible, so that the corals are the main focus. To do this I have a have ordered some glass lily pipes to create the minimal equipment look Im going for and a fluval 205 canister filter with a hydor external heater I have lying around. Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank: 12” Cube. Stand: Ikea Eket. Lights: AI Prime 16HD. Heater: Hydor inline heater. Temperature Controller: Inkbird ITC-308-Wifi. Auto Top Off: DD H2Ocean compact ATO. Flow: Jebao SLW-5. Mechanical filtration: Fluval 205. Dosing: TBD. Livestock: Coral: Various Montipora species. Fish: TBD. CUC. Highlight Links: Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  7. Good morning Nano Reefers! This the official start of my reefing 9to5 nano tank. Its also the first nano reef contest I've ever participated in! Im super excited! Mini Macro Mansion My goal with this tank is to use it for macro and coral QT. The main focus of this nano will be the macro algae species i can acquire. I fell in love with macro algaes thanks to wonderful inspirations from nano reefers like @Tigahboy I've also been inspired by @billygoat's florida/carribean themed tank and most of the macros will be ordered from Gulf Coast Ecosystems and live rock will be coming from either gulf live rocks or other Florida based aquaculturing facility. Current Full Tank Shot: Sorry guys I'm uploading a lot of this from my crappy LG cellphone so cant insert pics where i want them to be yet 😅 Contest Entry Picture: Please see above 😅 Equipment: Tank: this tank is actually a second hand tank i bought from someone who built it themselves. Dimensions are 11in W x 11in L x 12in H making the volume of the tank about 6.3gallons. Filtration: the tank is actually built to accommodate a canister filter so I'll be using a hydor professional 150 with a total capacity of .84 Gallons (3.2L). Outside of the live rock and macro thats going into this litte box of water the canister will only be for mechanical filtration and water movement. It will contain mainly just filter floss and possibly carbon or chemiclean if needed. Lighting: I'll be using either a kingbo par38 bulb suspending if from a floating shelf above the tank (if my fiance allows me to 😂) or a aquaknight clamp on led Heater: for the size of this tank I'll probably be using an old preset betta heater i have left over from an old set up. Power heads: an additional pump for water movement may become necessary in which case I'll be putting the aquamai kps to work to keep the tank from harboring detritus. Livestock: Various soft corals most likely ricordia and other mushrooms, gsp, xenia (?), zoas, but its mainly about the macro! Im going to try and get my hands on some blue hyp. @Tigahboy has me going gaga for his carpeted macro display. Fish: ? Suggestions welcome i have no idea yet if i want any fish in this nano but I'm open to recommendations. I'd love to keep it to theme and go with a fish that will not pose a threat to the macro but also wouldnt feel cramped in the space this little box allows. Highlight Links: Nothing yet 😊 I'm going for both unique and budget build when it comes to thia nano. Having just moved at the end of august into this new place, and having several other projects both reef and non reef related going on too I'm going be doing this with materials i pretty much already had in my storage unit or purchased second hand. Besides the macro from gulf coast ecosystems all other live stock including corals will be purchased with gift certificates i won from a local reef club event. There will be a combination of live and dry rock. The dry rock for this tank was all free, I'll probably go the bare bottom route, and attach the macros to rocks or do small enclosed containers (mini clay pots?) With course sand or crushed coral substrate still undecided. Alright time to get back to work!! Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  8. Milton’s Basement Carboy Bommie Milton is going to be setting this carboy on 🔥. Knowing my limitations, I cannot tweeze together a reef in a bottle, so I will place frags and let them do it naturally. Husbandry will mimick that of my old reefbowl….. air pump, heater, light, 100% water changes. The plan is to fasten small fragments to frag plugs that are inverted so the stem faces upward. This will achieve lifting the frags off the bottom, it will allow me to fit mounted frags more easily through the tiny opening, and it will create a wide base to hopefully offer stability to the frags once set. Perhaps some crushed coral as a bed to help conceal the bases of the plugs and offer further stability in the event the glue loosens from below the plug(I know it likely won’t stick well to the glass bottom). If they don’t stick I might try stapling them in with my trusty Swingline. The initial stocking with frags will hopefully be the only one and they will be allowed to grow into a Bommie. This is a long term project that likely won’t look spectacular until well after the contest. Current Full Tank Shot: [Photo 📸 Here] Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: 5g Glass carboy Cobalt Aquatics 10w Minitherm Heater(likely need a 20w but since it’s a budget build I’m trying my luck, might even use 2x 10w heaters as I have those on hand) Azoo Temp controller(Dr. Fosters score from when they closed) Cobalt Aquatics Airpump w/ battery backup Lift Pipe Carboy Bung(LOL google it) Carboy Jacket w/ Viewing window cut out(if needed) Light spill from my 50g and maybe a kessil a80 or two w/ controller Livestock: Coral Only, excess frags from my 50g lowboy nothing fancy CUC stomatella, micro brittle stars, bristleworms Super excited to be participating in another nanoreef competition, especially one sponsored by Stevie T. Still upset the grand champ doesn’t get flown out to Intank head quarters for a dip in the ping pong ball filled hot tub in the wettest water man has seen. Hookers, blow and all the Swedish fish imaginable included. Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  9. Tamberav

    9to5 budget build

    What kind of tank can we make with Milton's budget? Contest Entry Photo: Equipment: Aqueon Rimless 5.5 gallon: $15 Deep Blue Heater, 30 watt: $12 Bottle ATO: $13 Inkbird Heater Controller: $25 Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  10. FishI

    My 9to5 Reef pond

    My 9 to 5 Reef Pond Hello Nano Reef! Super excited to enter the contest. Ive always wanted to do a big reef pond cheap. But never started one because I was too afraid id miss the side view. So this is kinda of a test to see if that really would bother me. Maybe i'll just stick my iPhone in to get some side shots. Apple care warranty FTW. Im gonna use as much equipment as I have laying around. I have a par 38 bulb that I will hang over it. I think I have a small aqueon heater thats hiding somewhere. Since i'm already at the max gallons I plan on using water changes to control nutrients. The rim is so large id have to cut it to get a hob filter to work anyways. Maybe I will get one of the small tunze internal filters. We will see. I still have to decide about rock and live stock. Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: 9 Gallon pond https://www.lowes.com/pd/MacCourt-26-in-L-x-26-in-W-Black-High-Density-Polyethylene-Pond-Liner-9-Gallon/1112805 Par 38 bulb - Galaxyhydro 12W Aquarium LED Light Bulb Aqueon heater TBA Livestock: TBA
  11. NOTE: THIS CONTEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 1, 2021. Here's the link to the official contest thread: 🕘 Reefin' 9 to 5 - Office Nano Contest 🕔 ______________________________________________________________________________________ We are pleased to announce an office nano reef contest, brought to you by inTank and Nano-Reef.com. Have you ever wanted a reef tank in your office? Well, if your boss, or better half, are cool with it, this might be the perfect time to start one. However, we totally get that aquariums might not be allowed in your workspace (like at Chotchkie's), and that many of you are currently working from home, so home tanks are also welcome. If you haven't participated in one of these contests before, they are primarily about the fun, comradery, and bragging rights (but mostly the fun and comradery). The rules are simple. You see, there's a mat which you put on the floor, with different Conclusions on it... Actually, there are a few RULES and IMPORTANT DATES that you need to be aware of: Entries can be any system capable of holding a total volume of water between 5 and 9 gallons [US, liquid]*, including: any tank or multiple tanks, or any container or containers, with any filter(s), sump, closed loop, etc. It's the capacity of the system, not the amount of water used, which will determine the total volume. Saltwater systems only. No freshwater entries accepted. Contest journal threads MUST have a "9to5" tag. I'll be using this tag to verify all entries. Contest threads should be started in the Nano Reef Journals forum. In order to help identify these threads to other Nano-Reef members (as being part of this contest), thread titles should also contain "9to5", "9 to 5", or "925" somewhere in the title. An entry photo MUST be posted in your contest tank journal (taken of your empty, dry tank or container, containing an object which will be revealed after the contest has officially begun). This contest starts on Friday October 1, 2021, and ends on Sunday May 1, 2022. In order to qualify, all contestants must be properly entered BEFORE Wednesday December 1, 2021 (with a journal thread tagged with 9to5, and an entry photo containing a specific object). All eligible contestants MUST send me a contest summary by Sunday May 15, 2022 (details of the summary will be disclosed prior to the end of the contest). Voting will begin on Friday May 21st (with polls closing on Tuesday May 31st). Any ties will be broken by StevieT from inTank. * Rounded to the nearest gallon. Standard aquariums, all-in-one tanks, carboys, buckets, external filters and plumbing are all allowed (just as long as the total volume capacity, not amount of water used, is between 9 and 5 gallons). In addition, there are no equipment, livestock, or budget limitations. However, while bragging rights are worth a lot, spending a bunch of cash on livestock in an attempt to win a contest doesn't always impress your coworkers (the other Nano-Reef members, a.k.a. the judges). I encourage contestants to post pics and updates frequently. You should try to include at least one Thread Post Status (TPS) update each month. I'll post monthly TPS reminder memos in the main contest thread. Nice mug Bill. I wonder how someone could get one of those. However, I don't intend to bump individual contest threads with reminders every month. Missed journal entries will likely negatively affect how many people will vote for your entry and/or follow your thread, but "the Bobs" won't let you go because of it. Your office nano can have a theme if you'd like (which can be quite popular). Maybe you'd like to setup a macroalgae dominant nano, or even light your nano with just sunlight. This is your workspace to do whatever you want. I anticipate seeing some very creative entries; and judging them all might be as difficult, and fun, as aquascaping a narrow mouth glass carboy. CATEGORIES & PRIZES, winners to be determined by a Nano-Reef poll: ** Best Office Nano: Nano-Reef T-shirt, a Reefin' 9 to 5 (Best Office Nano) engraved acrylic plaque, and an inTank Tervis® Tumbler. Most Innovative Filtration (a.k.a. "Wettest Water"): An inTank filtration pack (including a value pack of world famous inTank Filter Floss, 100mL Bagged Seachem Purigen, and 5 Packets of Boyd Chemi Pure Blue Nano). Best Budget Build: Red Swingline Stapler, Bill Lumbergh's Nano-Reef mug (see pic above), and inTank surprise "flair." I believe you have my stapler. BONUS AWARDS, winners to be determined by Christopher Marks (for a Nano-Reef sticker pack): ** Best Executed Theme. Best Use of a Non-Traditional Aquarium. Most Unique Creature, or Biodiverse Livestock. ** International entries are welcome; but we are not be able to ship prizes to every country. In the event that an international contestant wins a prize category, we'll make an effort to see if shipping is possible, but with no guarantees. In addition, where shipping is possible, international contestants might be responsible for some or all of the additional shipping and/or customs charges. Feel free to start collecting whatever you will need before the contest begins. And once you are positive that you will be participating, you can even start your contest tank journal. But don't fill your display until after you've taken your entry photo with the approved object. Thanks again to StevieT of inTank, and to our fearless leader Christopher Marks. Good luck everyone! Oh, And Remember, Next Friday Is Hawaiian Shirt Day!
  12. Grundler

    9to5 - The Drop-in Reef

    Contest Journal Title Hello Nano-Reefers! I've been a mostly-lurker since 2004 (with a different account name). I'm a huge fan of this site and always look forward to seeing the next Tank of the Month. I've been keeping mostly nano reefs on and off since that time. I've always wanted to enter a contest but it has never worked out for me...until now! Full disclosure: I've been delaying entry into this current competition because I already have an office tank! I've had a 7 gallon desktop reef that has evolved from a 2.5 gallon pico that I originally set-up for my wife. The inhabitants have been moved around across several tanks over the last 3 years. I intend to leverage the below quote from @seabass: I will be dropping much of the contents and inhabitants of my current tank into a spare tank of the same make and model! I'm borrowing this spare tank from a friend for exactly this purpose. There's a chance, judges allowing, that I'll transfer everything back into the original tank soon after the contest has begun (I prefer my tank which lacks the LIFEGARD logo in the bottom right corner, which can be seen in the contest entry photo below). Judges, please let me know what, if any, additional steps I might need to take to satisfy entry with what is an already running tank. Of course, I will be altering the aquascape and improving the look of this reef. In addition, I will be adding more corals and inverts to the tank to engage in the progression aspect of this competition. The general theme of this reef is meant to take full advantage of the "gimmick" that the aquarium possesses: an inwardly sloped front glass panel. The visual effect that results is a slight forward rotation of the aquascape's viewing angle, showing a bit more "top down" than can normally be seen in a standard tank. I have (and will continue to) stocked this reef as predominantly a zoanthid garden. Stocking consists of zoanthids, rock flower anemones, and various other round-shaped corals and inverts that both take advantage of the aquarium's visual gimmick and are low maintenance in their care. At one point I had considered a "binary" theme, with round and straight corals filling in for 1's and 0's (that might be what I pursue for this contest). There are existing fish, but they will be juggled around for the contest run. Alongside my empty tank contest entry photo, I have included a photo of the "before" incarnation of this reef such that I can sufficiently establish a baseline to transform over the coming months. Current Full Tank Shot: [Photo 📸 Here] Contest Entry Picture: The established aquascape that will form the basis for this contest: Equipment: Aquarium: LIFEGARD Full View 7 gallon AIO Light: AI Prime HD with a hanging kit on a reptile lamp stand Wavemaker: AQAMAI KPS Return Pump: Hydor Pico 300 Heater: Aqueon 150 watt Filtration: sponges, activated carbon, ceramic bio-media Algae Magnet: Nimble Nano Livestock: Tentative list. To be updated upon "dropping-in" the old aquascape as I will be rehoming some corals. Coral Zoanthids Blastomussa Sarcophyton Acanthastrea Pachyseptis Ricordia Yuma GSP Frogspawn Fish Yasha Haze Shrimp Goby Banggai Cardinalfish Yellow Clown Goby Inverts 1x Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp 4x Rock Flower Anemones
  13. fenderchamp

    nine2Five micro-reef 5

    I'm gettin' better at sneaking up on you like this. 9to5 I saw the little micro-reef tanks (somebody else bought one) and then I had to have one. Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: micro-reef 5 gal AIO sicca-nano return inkbird WI-FI temperature controller AI Prime HD16 ioaoi 50 watt heater (it's too big and will be gone soon) hygger 50 watt quartz heater with controller Livestock: Halloween hermit crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus) Scarlet hermit crab (Paguristes_cadenati) Blue Leg hermit crab (Clibanarius tricolor) 2x Highlight Links: Cycling cloudy water, diatoms and micro bubbles (1-2 weeks in) Conclusion, summary, or thanks... Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: & Dry tank:
  14. 9to5 Diminutive Desktop Distraction This tank will be a coral/invert QT system. At least, that is the official and spouse-sanctioned purpose of this tank (since I've already got two reef tanks and a planted freshwater tank). I'm going to try really, really hard to stick with that plan...unless I cave and add a fish because I'm a sucker for tiny little gobies. I am also going to try really, really hard to keep this a buy-nothing tank (or at least a shoe-string budget). The goal is to only use supplies I have on hand or had already purchased with the coral/invert QT in mind. Background: For a while I was running a Fluval 13.5 as my desktop distraction tank, but I've since moved, upgraded my home office situation, and thus upgraded that tank. Just under a year ago, I introduced some snails and corals from my LFS to my two tanks without doing any QTing, and ended up with ich in one tank and flat worms in the other. Ugh! I picked up the Fluval Evo V to serve as an invert QT system. I never got around to setting the tank up, though, so I figure I might as well get it going as part of this contest. Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Fluval Evo V Stock Light Stock Pump Heater: Aqueon 50w preset JBJ OceanStream Nano...not sure if this works, it's in my box of extra supplies and must have come as a freebie in another tank ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155 (woohoo! just realized I also have this guy lying around, too) manual🙄 Yeah, no, manual didn't last more than a week before I caved and got an AutoAqua SmartATO Lite Aquascape: Live sand (extra I keep on hand for QT of shy/sand-loving fish) Live rock (I've been curing a bunch for a rescape of my big tank) Livestock: TSB Corals (lookin' at you, upcoming TCMAS Frag Swap) Sexy shrimp? Candy cane pistol shrimp? New home/time out for my bruiser tiger pistol shrimp? Highlight Links: TBD Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  15. Tidal Tank: Aka the Frankencube Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank (5.5 gallons, 11" x 11" x 11") ATO Container (Tide Machine) Airstone for 40 Litre Tank ASTA 20 LED Marine "Hardscape": Cycled Rock from Mantis Tank Cycled Sand from Mantis Tank Collection Rocks from Beach Livestock: TBD The Idea: Tidal Tank, along with actual tide action.
  16. M. Tournesol

    9to5 Cubicle

    The Cubicle This is a false start. The tank is chipped (and the seller refused to refund me 😢). I am waiting for a new one to be available (at another seller). The goal, rehoming my mantis shrimp living in my other tank. Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank : 25 liter 30cm cube Livestock: Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  17. Murphych

    cube of nothingness

    9to5 7g Cube of nothingness.. Current Full Tank Shot: [Photo 📸 Coming Soon] Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank 30, 30, 30cm 7 US Gallons. Jebao wp10 pump Fluval 50w heater Livestock: Coffee 3kg Caribsea Moani Dry Life rock, 5kg white 1mm sand..
  18. This Caribbean reef is my take on the classic ship in a bottle, with a Pirates of the Caribbean motif (featuring rock flower anemones, a Pederson anemone shrimp, gorgonians, and zoanthids). Current Full Tank Shot: 📷 Contest Entry Pic: ☕ Just in case: Equipment: 💡 5 Gallon PET Carboy ($32) PAR38 KINGBO 18W LED bulb ($30) Two 50gph fountain pumps ($13 each) Deep Blue Heat Stik Mini 15W heater ($12 eBay) Inkbird ITC-308S Aquarium Temperature Controller ($36) Livestock: 🦐 Caribbean Rock Flower Anemones Corky Finger Gorgonian Macroalgae Scarlet Reef Hermit ($4) Caribbean snails Pederson Anemone Shrimp ($20) Aquascaping & Themed Decor: ⛵ Spanish Doubloon Pirate Replica Coins ($14) 3lbs Tropic Eden Supreme Tonga Branch Rock ($48) Live Sand From the Gulf of Mexico Key Posts: 🗝️ Tropic Eden Supreme Tonga Branch Rock Live Sand From the Gulf of Mexico Thanks for stopping by! Did you spot the hidden Squidwards in the two Office Space pics? Reefin' 9 to 5 is brought to you by: &
  19. Hey there! Recently, I have reduced this hobby to just one tank in light of life changes and an intense schedule working at an observatory. Although never intending to set up another reef tank, this 9 to 5 contest twisted my arm into setting up this small reef tank 🙈 In all respects though, I think this is going to be my endgame reef and plan to have it running until in 30 years I finally get my 220 or get out of the hobby. Like the title says, my goal with this tank is to have it be a "jungle" of SPS corals, or rather, a dedicated SPS system (but only between the hours of 9 to 5... 😉) This tank will be plumbed into a sump and will have a display fuge if everything goes to plan. I still have to tack down a few items that are going to power this tank, but I look forward to creating a neat little tank to help me get through the work day. Join me on this small adventure for many moons to come! Me in the office waiting for things to arrive... Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank: UNS 45L Lighting: 2x Noopsyche K7 V3 75W LEDs Stand: Vasagle Lowell Cabinet Filtration: Penn Plax Cascade 700 Wave Maker: Hygger Mini Wave Maker Heater: Topfin 20w preset ATO: Auto Aqua Smart ATO Lite Livestock: Corals: So much SPS Fish: TBD Inverts: TBD
  20. Empresto's 9to5 5-Gallon Cube System A 5 gallon office closet budget build (yes, the second tank in my office closet). Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank: 9.5"x9.5"x9.5" (Internal Dimensions) 3.7 gallon Cube Filtration: DIY Sun Tea Container Canister filter (1 Gallon) Cobalt Aquatics inline pump for water movement Lily pipes for in/out/surface skimming HOB Filter (holds about a pint) Lighting: AquaMaxx Nemo Light DIY Aquarium Controller More equipment TBD... Livestock: Coral frags from my other two tanks TBD... Highlight Links: TBA... This tank is basically a resurrection of my first saltwater tank, empresto's 4gal Cube. My main goal with this contest is to see if I can set up a tank from just what I have lying around the fish room, hoping to only buy things that are consumables (salt, food, additives) with the exception of possibly adding a fish I don't already own, but that's still TBD. Might need to get a couple more snails as well. As for scape, I have two pieces of BRS dry rock I've added to the sumps of my other two systems which I hope to use to make a two mountain with valley type scape. Corals will mostly be montipora sp. along with some mushrooms and xenia for some movement. Might add a pocillopora frag depending on how things go/look. Planning to test out an idea I've had for an Arduino based controller on this tank. I've got other ideas too, but we'll see where this journey goes... 🙂 Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  21. NoOneLikesADryTang

    9 to 5 Goniopora and Alveopora Forest

    9 to 5 Goniopora and Alveopora Forest Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank : ADA 60F Lighting : Nanobox Duo Flow : Vortech MP10 25w Heater Livestock: TBA Highlight Links: The Tank Keepers bare bottom! 😍 Check out Seabass trying to convince Spectra to participate in the 9 to 5 Contest!
  22. Aclman's 9 to 5 Contest Tank - Theme Pending This is going to be a budget build all the way around. The current plan is to cut down a 10 gallon, turning it into a lagoon peninsula all in one, using an acrylic false wall with glass baffles repurposed from the glass cuttings. As a back up, I have a 5.5 gallon tank that I can fall back on. Current Full Tank Shot: [Photo 📸 Here] Contest Entry Picture: [Photo 📸 Here] Equipment: Ten Gallon Tank (Cut to 8.5 inches tall - This will create a tank volume of approx. 7-7.3 gallons DIY Acrylic False wall with 3.5 in Glass Baffles Hipargero LED Light Repurposed Waterbox 10 Pump (replaced that waterbox pump with a Sicce) Aqueon Preset Heater Inkbird Temperature Controller Manual ATO (To be replaced with DIY ATO using float switches Livestock: TBD Highlight Links: Note: To get the URL, click on the Share icon "" in the top right corner that post. Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: & Reserved!
  23. FTS #1: Oct 1, '21 CONTEST ENTRY PHOTO: EQUIPMENT: IKEA Kallax Stand IM Nuvo Fusion 10 w/ stock (92gph) pump LIVESTOCK:
  24. allesluge

    9 to 5 Awkward cube

    9 to 5 Awkward Cube Hello everyone, this is my second contest. I had tried the 365 day challenge, sadly I couldn't get the filtration system to work so I quietly walk away. I have had this cube for over 2 years, but couldn't figure out what to do with it, and this contest is the perfect excuse to use it. Since the old school reef contest, I have hoarded some equipment, so I will reuse most of it. Still not sure whether to use the canister filter or just relay on the rock and flow for the filtration. It will be sitting in my living room, but my office is a 7 minute walk from home so I consider it to be at work. For livestock I will try to stay on easy corals, mostly soft and few invert, nothing fancy, just hope I make them thrive. Good luck everyone, and the most important, Happy Reefing Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Custom made cube h=24 cm, w=28.5, l=28.3 (inside measurements) 19.36 lts around 5.11 gallons Canister filter (not sure yet) Surface skimmer rest to be defined Livestock: TBD Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  25. The World Turned Upside Down Current Full Tank Shot: Oct. 31st Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank: Aqueon Rimless 5.5 gallon tank (16 3/16 x 8 3/8 x 10 1/2) Light: ABI 23W Tuna Blue Par38 LED Heater: Aqueon Submersible 50W heater Circulation: Jebao SW-2 AutoAqua smart ATO Lite Powerhead from my 20 gallon, I don't remember the brand Livestock: TBD So I am a long time lurker very intermittent poster in my tank thread (I have been lax on maintenance recently so it is not looking quite its best), but I already had the tank, light and heater from a planned coral quarantine tank that I never ended up setting up. So I decided that since I had most of the equipment already I may as well put it to use. So I bought a powerhead, some extra base rock and am going to join my first ever nano-reef contest. My attempts to put together the aquascape over the next week or so will determine if the current tank theme will work or if I will need to think of a new theme very fast! I figure that it has been a very topsy turvy couple of years, so I will attempt a topsy turvey aquascape, hopefully unveiling soon, however neither my construction or DIY skills are that great so we'll see how it goes. There also remains the problem of structural integrity, I may be able to accomplish what I am hoping for, but if it falls apart later then there will be an entirely new set of problems!
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