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  1. Hello everyone, The story : I wanted a simple reef tank, smaller than my 20g peninsula (Here), and an easier maintenance. The maintenance on the 20g wasn't too bad but I'm really lazy, while I love a clean looking tank. I realized than a 20g was a bit too much for my current place and motivation, especially if something goes bad and I need an emergency water change. The plan : A simple looking rockscape that I can eventually take out of the tank when needed, especially for deep cleaning Bare bottom Enough stuff to make it simple to maintain (ATO, heater / fan with controler, etc.) One or two pieces of euphyllia (probably hammer) / some zoas with colors complementary to euphyllia At least one fish : a gobiodon or something similar Current FTS The system itself : I was happy to find a nice AIO Tank made by VIV : 30cm x 30cm x 30cm 27L / 7.5g Filtration : Chamber 1 : filter floss + media Chamber 2 : Chaetomorpha + light Chamber 3 : heater + return pump (sicce syncra nano) Wavemaker : SLW-10 really close to the bottom, behind the rock so the flow breaks and generate random pattern Light : AI prime 16 Controller for heater and usb fan ATO : simple system with a floating switch Livestock (so far) zoanthids : Lord of the rings zoanthids : Sunny D zoanthids : citrus cooler Red discosoma Reddish rhodactis sponges 2 astrea snails 1 other snail 2 hermits 2 hammer corals 1 montipora 1 paragobiodon 1 clownfish Next steps refrain impulsive buying wait till everything is thriving / growing refrain impulsive buying work on maintenance to get a routine refrain impulsive buying if everything goes right in the next few months, get more livestock enjoy the tank while drinking a cold beer Feedback so far : Knowing what livestock I was focusing on (nice hammer coral, softies to complete) was essential for choosing the equipment Testing the rockscape before gluing anything proved I'm shitty when it comes to measurements Having owned both AOI tanks and external filter tanks, I knew what to expect to the equipment I ordered Reefing is an addiction, but as long as you don't consume corals you should be ok
  2. lakedawgs

    Lakedawgs 13.5

    Howdy, I have had 2 small reef tanks in the past but have been out of the hobby for 8-9 years. Picked up a Fluval EVO 13.5 and have just set it up and am currently cycling. Thought I would start a journal thread. A buddy is tearing down his 90 gallon in mid April. He is offering me some different polyps, a small hammer coral, a leather, a trumpet and some other small stuff. Really lucky timing on my part for sure. Fluval EVO 13.5 Upgraded the pump to a Tunze Silence pump Cobalt 75 watt heater 13-14# of live rock from a friend (only out of the water, covered with a wet towel, for about an hour, hoping for a short cycle) 7-8# of Carib Sea 'Super Naturals' sand paired with 8-9# of crushed coral Not sure I love the initial rockwork. I might break up the large slab on the left side, it is pretty big for this small tank. Thanks for checking out my new setup, much more to come. Lakedawgs
  3. LazyFish

    LazyFish's IM 20g

    My 29g biocube was started June 6th 2010. It was in a bad place in my house. Too close to the door with everyone in & out. It got nicked once or twice & the press board stand is starting to come apart at the seams! I really was afraid the stand would collapse one day. I will one day convert the cube to a freshwater community tank, move the cube & build a new wooden stand. I moved all the livestock into an IM fusion 20g. Tank: 20g im fusion pro Flow: Mighty jet pump that came with the pro Filtration: filter floss, Chemipure blue, carbon, x2 intank caddies. (looks like a newer version from the one I have in my 10 its a very tight fit on both of the new ones almost too tight(?)) Lighting: Two AI Primes. Livestock: CUC: A variety of snails. I can't remember what all I had in the old tank. I know I have one some stomatella varia Florida ceriths. Narsius snails, 1 blue legs hermits 1 red legs hermits. Asterina starfishes. FISH: Blacker ice & phantom clown pair. X2 firefish NEMS: 18 RFA ❤️ and idk how many babies CORAL: Softies: Pink Cabage coral. Very Large unidentified photosynthetic gorg. (slit pore?), Pink Encrusting gorg, Red mushroom. macro algae. red pom pom.
  4. I say it's sort of a penensula because I have it arranged to be viewed from the long side like a regular tank. I built this chonk of a stand from 2x4 and it weighs a ton. I moved all stock from my I'm nuvo 10g into this tank. It's running x2 ai prime hd lights with 3d reefing printed shades. The Curent fish is a davinci clown that I've had probly close to idk 5 years. I'm hoping to add another clown maby a mocha davinci or a mocha storm and probly a 6 line wrasse or a royal gramma later on. On the back side it has this rough textured cling on window black out plastic stuff that I velcroed to the back of the tank quite effectively. It actualy looks quite nice. I added a neoprene mat under the tank even although it came with one. Eventualy I'm going to have a custom top on it. I have the in tank filtration cover over the filter section. I took the skimmer from the 10 and my old style intank media basket. This tank is running the mighty jet pump it came with. As you can see everything is still angry with me and the tank is still a bit hazy.
  5. After about 6 months without a box of ocean in my life, I'm back in the hobby. We moved in October 2021 and at the time, I was on tank burnout. I felt overwhelmed and had lost the love. The only problem was that reefing in my small town was almost non-existent and those who were in the hobby didn't have the $$ to take my whole setup. Thankfully, a reefing friend said that he'd keep my tank happy and healthy until I was able to sell it or decided to pick it up. Fast forward to about a month ago when I finally had an interested buyer for my 40 breeder. Here's a pic 👇🏼 I kept having second thoughts about selling but I knew that the buyer had a lot of experience and a thriving reef at home. Now on to the reason for this thread!! Little reminders of the hobby were popping up all over my social media and I realized a couple weeks ago that I needed this hobby in my life. Facebook Marketplace found me a great deal on a Coralife Biocube 16 LED and I jumped at the chance. My plan is to keep it simple. Right now, the only upgrade has been a Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 in the return chamber. I haven't decided on what to do for the middle chamber, maybe a mini refugium? LFS water and rock has been in the tank since April 22nd. I will be continuing to use their water for my weekly water change as they use Fritz Pro (blue box) and it was very successful with my last tank. Also, I didn't want to get another RO/DI unit and make water because that is where my burnout started. My aquascape is a work in progress but is really growing on me. The rock is live and was cured and cycled by my LFS. I'll be going bare bottom for this build because I hated the sand in my last tank. April 22nd: Last week, I added a Hygger wave maker to give a bit more flow and I'm pretty impressed with this little thing. On May 1st I added a Tail Spot Blenny, one of my most favorite nano fish, and an acan frag. Here's the TSB in his hidey hole. The acan was more pink and peach at the LFS but it has a golden look to it in the white light and a reddish look under the blue spectrum. Thanks for checking out my new thread ☺️ Happy reefing🏼✌️
  6. Hey whoever’s reading, I decided to start a little journal on my up coming tank build to track its progress and to share my journey with all of you. I’m prettt new into the hobby, just under a year. I currently have a Fluval Evo and when I saw this tank for sale I couldn’t pass on the price and decided to start up a second tank. I finally finalized my scape and am just waiting on some live sand (CaribSea Special Grade Reef Sand 20lbs) before I can get her wet. I went with 4 CaribSea LifeRock Nano Arches and a couple other LifeRock pieces from my LFS. I plan on housing mostly softies and LPS with a little dabble into the world of sticks. Still can’t decide which bio media I want to use between Seachem Matrix, MarinePure Bio Balls or Brightwell XSport Cubes, feel free to chime in. Equipment: Tank: Innovative Marine Nuvo 20 Pro Pump: Stock Mighty Jet DC Pump Light: EcoTech Radion XR15 Blue with RMS Mount Wave Maker: EcoTech MP10w QD Protein Skimmer: IM NuvoSkim Desktop Heater: Cobalt NeoTherm 50W 2x InTank Media Baskets InTank Refugium Basket (just for extra bio media) Fish Ideas: Tailspot Blenny ✅ Bengai Cardinal ✅ Royal Gramma ✅ Red Dragonet ✅ Helfrichi Firefish ✅
  7. FM's Round 2 Reef

    FM's 15g Waterbox Peninsula

    After almost a decade hiatus from the hobby, I got the itch again and decided to do things "better" this time around and correct some of the mistakes that I made my first go at this. The goal was to keep things as simple as possible, utilize a small footprint, purchase quality equipment, create an "easy" to maintain system, and stay under a $1,000 budget for all tank/equipment/rock/sand to get things started (looking back at this laughing at the thought of all this). Below is what I ended up with (I even hit my budget mark with $50 to spare!): Tank: Waterbox Peninsula Mini 15 Lighting: AI Prime 16 Controller: Neptune Systems Apex Pumps: Sicce Syncra Silent .5 Powerheads: Hygger Mini Wave Maker ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite Heater: Eheim Jager 75w (2 for redundancy) Substrate: CaribSea Special Grade (15lb) Rock: BRS Dry Rock (10lb) RODI: RO Buddy 50gpd Entire tank was setup 5/16/21 and running in about 6 hours, which was mostly just waiting for salt to mix. Live sand and dry rock clouded things up but cleared in under 12 hours (assuming I can thank the filter sock for a big part of this). Not planning to add any live stock for at least a month after cycling with the assistance of MicroBacter 7 and some live rock rubble from an established tank to seed the dry rock. No lights at all or water changes during cycling until confirmed completed. Will do a 80%-90% water change when cycle is completed to get any excess nutrients out of the tank for when the lights get to turn on to avoid any nuisance algae that can be avoided. Looking forward to seeing how things go! May 2021
  8. TimeOrMoney

    Sea of Stars

    FTS: Start and post date 9/5/2021 Hello all. I used to frequent these halls years ago. At some point Ill put a link in here to my old aquarium, but I dont even recall what name I used. Nothing special, but definitely put a lot of time and care into it. Update, found it: Well..my floor is wet again after years off. This time I'm going simple. The scape is 2 rocks....and that's it... The plan is to have a Euphyllia rock, and a star polyp rock. The GSP rock has some pretty large holes for a blenny or more to peak out from. I may get a couple firefish, but not sure yet. Equipment is also simple: - NUVO AIO 20 (not peninsula) - Eheim 75 - stock pump (may change..need to find source of vibration) - MP10W that still works! - In Tank floss holder - Kessil A150W Ocean Blue This tank will be called Sea of Stars, named for the GSP, but also after some lyrics from a band called Lord Huron. FTS will be updated.
  9. Hey guys so I am currently very invested in buying and keeping a dragonet or something like it. So dragonets, they like copepods to feed on 24/7 right? Then that means we need a decent copepod population, enough for it to be feeding on all day. Of course the whole goal of dragonets for some people is to get them to feed on prepared foods. While that is a goal of mine I will be postponing it for a while. The real goal for right now is to establish a good "podpulation", haha, but the problem is that I have a biocube 32 which is not running a sump. So I have done a little research on it and haven't found much on keeping a successful pod population in an AIO (That doesn't mean there isn't any I just couldn't find any of them). I am making this a journal of my experience/journey of trying to keep a successful copepod population without having to do anything or buy anything frequently. I am hoping this helps anyone else who wants to keep a dragonet but have an AIO. So here are the tank specs currently: Aquarium: 32 gallon Biocube Light: RedSea50 LED Flow: Sicce 1.5 return pump (switched out for original return pump), and the aqamai kps Filtration: Intank media basket (takes up half of the 2nd chamber), using filter floss, chemi pure blue, and chemi pure elite (1 bag each) Heater: Cobalt aquatics neotherm Established July 2020 Yes I know it isn't the best pic of my tank, I don't have a camera so I am using my phone with a filter square, but it is the most recent I took showing all of the live stock right now (some corals can't be shown but that doesn't matter). So as you can see I have a goby pistol shrimp duo, clownfish pair, snails, hermits, and corals. So since I am planning on getting a dragonet, that means I need pods. Obviously there is the option of just buying pods every week or something like that, but that isn't fun plus your kind of wasting money IMO when you could either establish/culture your own population. (Yes I realize not everyone has the time to do that but for those of you who do I suggest you try keeping them on your own instead of buying them). Also I am successfully keeping amphipods in my tank right now so I think I can keep other types of pods. I am thinking of getting Tigger pods and apex pods but not sure so if you guys have any suggestions for who to buy from please do. So there are 2 ways I want to try keeping a population of pods in my tank. Option 1: The "pod hotel", the pod hotel is basically a small box with 6 different floors and each floor having room for detritus and other things that pods love to attract them to it and give them a safe haven for feeding and multiplying. So my plan with this would be to keep it in one of my chambers and input the pods I buy right into the chamber I put the pod hotel in and hope they multiply and survive and also possibly feed into the main display without me having to do anything. If they don't go into the main display then I would take it out every certain # of days (3-7) then dip and shake it into the main display or just simply set it down somewhere and leave it overnight and let them leave it and go into the rock or wherever while everyone else is sleeping. I am not sure which chamber I would put it in though, I could either put it in the first chamber at the bottom which has nothing in it except for a heater, in the second chamber to the left of my media so they would get clean water I guess, or the third chamber where the return pump is. Where do you guys think it should go? Also is it true that the pods will die if they go through the return pump? Anyway onto option 2. Option 2: An HOB refugium, an HOB refugium is basically self explanatory. Not sure what side I would put in on but I can't do the back because it would 1 not fit, and 2 flow right into the return pump so if any pods flowed out and they do die from the return pump then I would be sentencing them to death. So I would obviously just put in some macro algae or something and input the pods right into the refugium most likely, and so on so forth. If neither of these work then I will simply culture my own copepods as well as phytoplankton maybe. So now you know my goal/objective, my tank specs, live stock and soon to be live stock. Do you guys have any other ideas that might work to keep a thriving copepod population for dragonets in an AIO? Do you have any experience keeping a thriving copepod population already in an AIO? Please leave any ideas/suggestions and please answer some of my questions if you are able to, thanks!
  10. This guy is extra salty

    Extra Salty 365 acroholic fuge

    So here is the start of the build, just five pieces of acrylic 1@20”x20“ (base) 2@20”x11”(front/back) 2@19.5”x11“(sides) I haven’t put something edible in it but it’s a “literal” start first things first! I have got to build the stand the stand is a 24x24X32 which will have a one inch top all of which is made out of scratch resistant lexan now I will have to start building the tank!
  11. I have a Red Sea Max Nano 20 Gallon tank. I have minimal space in the back. It comes equipped with a protein skimmer and a small ATO unit in the back overflow chamber. If I replace the ATO unit, I have a small 3x3x3.5 space, right before the return pump, (after the Filter Sock & protein skimmer) where I could possibly put a Fuge basket with a light to help with nutrient export. Has anyone had success with this (possibly pictures). And yes, I do 25% water changes weekly, and I am about 2.5 months into this thank. - Is this an effective nutrient export method (given limited actual space)? - Is there another nutrient export method that would be better given the details above?
  12. My 125 Gallon is already a so-called all-in-one system, as it lacks a sump. But it also lacks any extra filtration...no skimmer, no filter to run carbon, etc. So far it's been just live rock, LED lights and as much flow as I can give it. This 125 was an upgrade itself almost a year ago. I originally (11-ish years ago) had a 37 gallon+sump system for SPS...no fish. After a few years I added a second display (50 Gallon) to that system for more coral space. About a year ago all of the contents from both tanks were consolidated to the 125. I did have to add new lights to accommodate the increased tank length. The old sump and skimmer along with a little rock and the original sand bed were left behind. I'm upgrading now for a few reasons. I'd like to have the aeration from running a skimmer again. I have more algae growing that I have historically and I think corals are suffering from the day/night pH/oxygen swings. I'd like the tank to get a little better flow from a lot fewer pumps. Currently there's a mix of six smaller Tunze powerheads. I'm also upgrading the (still new) lights, but mostly for the superior form-factor. I like having excellent access to the tank for maintenance and the current lights are large for the space. OLD (all gear used at various times and listed roughly in order, ending with the most recent) Lights: Coralife 2x 150 watt halide Radium, Ecoxotic, DIY, Maxspect Razor, Ocean Revive Flow: Hydor Flo's, Hydor Korallia Gen 1 model 3 and 4, Seio Prop pump, Ecotech Vortech Gen 1 or 2, Tunze 6045 multiple generations Return Pump: Quiet One 2200 (Italian), Mag 7, Quiet One 4000 (Chinese) Skimmer: Oceanic "Plus Series" Model 6 (classic!!), AquaC EV-90, Tunze 9410 NEW Lights: Three Kessil A360x's Flow: Two Tunze 6105's Skimmer: Tunze 9012 Also gaining a Tunze Osmolator ATO and Multifilter in the upgrade. More info once I have the gear installed.
  13. Hello, I'm (finally) getting back to saltwater after a long time. Looking forward to share and discuss reef with all of you. I've just started a thread in the Pico Reef Journals. you can follow the journey on Instagram @Squid_reef. Squid.
  14. NoviceNanoReefer

    Waterbox 10g "Viewing" Thread

    Overview Tank: Waterbox 10g Equipment: Supplied pump AI Nero 3 AI Prime 16HD AquaEL Ultra 50W Heater Kamoer ATO SE Media: Poly-filter Supplied media (Activated carbon, sponges and plastic bio balls) Plans to change this to something like ceramic bio balls, but I believe most beneficial bacteria is on the rocks Plans to get rid of the carbon, due to polyfilter Rocks: Caribsea Dry Rock Arches Sand: Aqua Natural Course Aragonite Sand 9kg (not all used) Salt: Aquaforest Reef Salt Water: Tap water (TDS: 39) with dechlorinator Fish: Percula Picasso Clownfish Orange Ocellaris Clownfish Inverts (and Nems): Green Bubble Tip Anemone Rose/Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone (unsure?) 3x Small hermit crabs 4x 3x Turbo Snails (I knocked a Turbo snail off the glass cleaner when using it, and by chance it fell into the mini maxi) 4x 2x Nassarius Snails (one hermit keeps eating them for their shells....) Blue/Yellow Mini Maxi Anemone Corals: Softies: Orange Bam Bam Zoas Alpha and Omega Zoas Eagle Eye Zoas? Unknown Green skirt, yellow centre Zoa Green Ricordea Mushroom LPS: Pink tipped green elegance Green alveopora White and blue alveopora White alveopora Green and brown hammer Blue hammer Purple hammer Purple and green hammer Purple acans Red acans Future Plans: Sexy Shrimp Redline Cleaner Shrimp Fire Goby Hi everyone, I've found that I loved looking at all the build threads on this site, and I thought I would share some of my build thread experiences. My tank has been already 'built', however I thought I would try to share photos of how it matures, even if it is only for my own entertainment. Having previously fallen in love with the freshwater hobby over a year ago, I'm not particularly experienced, however I like to think I've learnt a lot since starting. I was first attracted to the saltwater hobby over a year ago, when I discovered the first marine lfs where I live. I instantly fell in love with the 'more colourful' fish, and I thought that corals would certainly be far too hard! Fast forward to March this year, and being in Australia, I had been spending a lot of time at home. Eventually my girlfriend allowed me to get a second tank if that was what I kept to. I'm proud to say its stayed at two tanks for the time being! In April, I picked the Waterbox 10 at my local lfs because I liked the cube shape, and the AIO nature of it, and I thought it would be a reasonable place to start in the saltwater hobby. After consulting my lfs, I bought everything that was needed, setting it up with: - 5 kgs Caribsea Dry Rock Arches, - ~6 kgs Course Aragonite Sand, - AI Prime 16HD with Flex Arm Then what followed was an extremely frustrating process of waiting. I had prepared myself for approximately a month of cycling, and my ammonia was at 0 after approximately 3 weeks, but the Red Sea test kit showed nitrite at the maximal 1, with nitrates often being 5-10. This led me to believe I couldn't start until I had 0 nitrate due to my lfs and my experience in freshwater. I then was curious about what could possibly be causing this, and I discovered my rocks were leaching small amounts of ammonia, and reasonable amounts of nitrite, by way of an experiment. I did this by performing an experiment with a control, with the rocks separately in buckets of water, and with the sand again in separate water. The rocks had 0.25 ammonia each and 0.5 nitrite each after 2 days. I have no explanation for how this occurred. (I'm a science student, can you tell?) I eventually came upon information that nitrite is not toxic to marine life in low levels around July, after buying and using so much bottle bac! However being cautious I waited it out, hoping my nitrite would reduce. Finally I bit the bullet and bought a basic ocellaris clownfish. Thankfully, all was well for about a week, with no signs of stress, and so I wanted to get 'it' a friend. Whilst at the lfs I fell in love with a picasso percula clownfish, as well as a small green bta. I also grabbed a small clean up crew of turbos and hermits. Having researched the gbta previously, I know it was a dubious decision, however, is my tank mature after being dormant since April? Who knows? The gbta quite quickly settled in a location and to my surprise was extremely happy visually. A few days later the picasso percula then started hosting it! I then visited the lfs a couple weeks later, where my girlfriend had spotted a nem that she loved. So I figured when I returned I'd entertain her and see what nem it was. It was a 'rainbow' bubble tip, and when we returned to the lfs she pointed it out in their display. I asked about their availability, and they offered to sell that exact nem to me, as it had split! I had also hoped that given my clowns weren't paired they could have a nem each for the time being! Unfortunately the percula decided both nems were theirs, defending them both from the poor ocellaris. I'll leave the thread at that for now, I hope you enjoy it!
  15. 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.
  16. Sorry for the super 'average' question. I wasn't sure whether to ask it in this Discussion, or the AIO one, but since I'm a novice when it comes to marines I'll put it here. I simply want the best for what I'm looking to set-up, I've already asked & done a lot of research but I thought where better to ask than here. Going away to university, want to downsize my hobby but also bring a piece of my job along with me. I'm very aware of the maintainence & have plans for stuff like weekly water changes etc. My budget is flexible, but obviously I'd rather not blow it all. The one I've had my eye on was the Aqua One Nano Reef 35, & I was thinking to just probably upgrade the skimmer & maybe the lighting too. It's an AIO, since I don't want to set-up a sump in my dorm, and comes with a heater etc. It's retailing for around $230 / £170, but for the upgrades it'd cost me extra, so let's assume it's around $300. I've also been scouring ebay etc for deals but it's hard to find tanks which are a good deal & near-by, since most people aren't willing to ship them with it being glass and all. Are there any other good & reliable options / recommendations? -->If these options require some small upgrades e.g. skimmer / lighting, what upgrades would you recommend?<-- Others I've seen: Peninsula Box Mini 15 (Expensive, £479 with the light, which I assume is a good light) Fluval Sea Evo Innovative Marine 10 Pro (out of stock on official site) Thanks! Edit; A tank that sits nicely on a desk / square cabinet would be preferrable. Ideally too some nice coral recommendations which aren't too sensitive. The end goal is a nice anenome / xenia showcase.
  17. There comes a time where we all get a little bored of this hobby. Everything is running smoothly. You have all the gadgets and automation you could ever want. Your corals and fish are happy AND you finally got rid of that pesky emerald crab that was chowing down on your $150 zoas. You can't fit any more corals in your display and your frag racks have become part of the glass of your aquarium... I have not reached this point in my reefing career. Ironically, during this season of joy and happiness I have been a little down. It's been a bit of a hard time for me. So, against the advice of my therapist, I am drowning my angst in miscellaneous projects and doodads. You know the saying "if your life is busy make it busier." Wait no...hmm...how about "if you need to finish something, start something else." No that's not it...What I'm trying to say is... WELCOME TO MY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PICO REEF: UNDER 2.5 GALLON 6 GALLON EDITION A SMALL AMOUNT EDITION This is going to be my adventurous journal into the depths of diy, tiny reef tanks, and bad jokes. I won't be focusing on any tank in particular, but rather sharing my spiritual journey of cutting glass and gluing acrylic and maybe. MAYBE. if we're lucky, some sprinkles of 3D printing. I have to say this may be the first and last post of this here journal, but with any luck we'll be cooking with gas here in no time at all. So grab a gift bag on your way in, help yourself to the snacks there to your left and pull up a chair! -RDA
  18. Raindog3030

    Waterbox Nano Owner's Thread

    Howdy y'all! I believe I may be one of the first to adopt one of these gorgeous little Starfire beauties and I figured it would be a good time to start a thread for anyone else who may/has purchase(d) one! So far, Waterbox has been very responsive in dealing with the only issue I have run into so far [with the 7g model], the included return pump. They did so by sending me a free Sicce Mi Mouse return pump to replace the ECO66 pump, this may or may not be the case with other tank sizes in the series. I don't think any of us can argue that these AIO cubes are very attractive considering the quality of materials, construction, and included accessories! So, without further ado, please join in on the conversation! Is it just another AIO? Do you have one? What do you think? Are you some weird-o lizard person impersonating a reefer?!?!?! Here is the manufacturer page for reference: https://waterboxaquariums.com/cube/
  19. One of the joy of this hobby is watching your corals grow. So I used that as an excuse to start a frag tank because I am tired of seeing frag racks in my other tanks. This will be mostly for zoas and easy SPS. The acrylic tank is custom made by a seller on Ebay. It measures 20 x 16 x 6 and is only 8 gallons. It's sooo shallow and wide that it looks much bigger than 8 gallons. It comes with two frag rack that holds 100 frags total!! This tank will go into my basement that flooded a couple of months ago and remodeling is just wrapping up. I originally wanted a 18 x 18 x 8 tank, but it is impossible to find a cheap, modern sideboard / console table that's 18" deep. I will be running a MJ1200 pump and NanoBox Tide. I can't wait to stock this bad boy with corals. I will be using this thread to document growth and also to eventually start selling stuff on the forum when the weather gets nicer to ship 2 days USPS.
  20. Erik the Red

    Change rocks in running tank

    Hey, I’m running a 30G AIO tank with a mix reef and a couple of ocellaris clownfish. I had to buy the rocks which are currently in the tank online, because there's not a big shop-choice around the place where I live. However, the rocks do not satisfy me as they’re really difficult to arrange in a decent aquascape. Water circulation is very bad. For this reason I have bought a box of CaribSea Belize Branch rocks. I’d like to provide a more homogeneous flow around the corals and to avoid “tunnelling” the flow in specific areas. …a part from the fact that the branch rocks are huge, I have the issue of removing the older rocks from the tank and insert the new ones without causing the tank to collapse. Do you have any idea of how I could do? The Belize Branch rocks are obviously dry rocks, but they are supposed to have a dry bacteria patina over them. Is anyone aware if this helps? What I was thinking to do is to let them soak for a couple of weeks in a box containing the water I remove from the tank when doing the water changes. Then switch the older rocks from the aquarium with the branches at once. I have, in any case, a compartment of my AIO’s tank full of smaller live rocks which, I hope, will help the transition. I would be grateful for any help! Thank you 🙂
  21. I've been lurking on the forum for a long time and finally gained the courage to start my first reef tank after decades in the high tech freshwater planted world. I learned a lot from everyone's journals and I wanted to give back to others also researching their first reef tank or thinking of starting with the Fluval Evo 13.5 AIO. Display: Fluval Evo 13.5g AIO ~ 20 lbs of CarribSea Special Grade Reef "Live Sand" ~ 14 lbs of live rock (which came already painted coralline purple/pink) Lighting: Stock Fluval Evo lighting on a manual dimmer Two 12in 21LEDUSA.com Reef Bar attached via double stick automotive tape Filtration: Chamber 1: InTank Media Basket with Intank floss, generic plastic bio-balls, generic ceramic rings Chamber 2: macroalgae refugium, 12w LED grow light, Bag of carbon, Inkbird Heater Controller Temperature probe Chamber 3: Cobalt NeoTherm 50w heater, Sicce Silent .5 pump Removed the stock output nozzle and added 2 segments 1/2 in Loc-Line and 1/2 in VCA RFG Nozzle Heating: Cobalt NeoTherm 50w heater on a Inkbird temp controller set at 78F ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Water Parameters: I keep a lot at AquaticLog.com: Catherine's Fishy Tank's Parameters (aquaticlog.com) Feeding: Ocean Nutrition Formula One flakes Ocean Nutrition Formula Two pellets New Life Spectrum Thera A+A mini Benepets BeneReef (2x a week) Hikari Crab Cuisine Live hatched baby brine shrimp (2x a week) Dosing: I do bi-weekly 15 percent water changes 1.0 ml daily of Tropic Marin CarboCalcium via Kamoer X1 dosing pump Tropic Marin All-For-Reef as needed RODI water via RO Buddie and Fritz Reef Pro salt (blue box) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fish: 2x - Juvenile Percula Clownfish ("Barcello" & "Atami") Invertebrates: 4 - Astrea Snails 1 - Red Banded Trochus Snail ("Turbo") 1 - Stomatella snail (hitchhiker) 3 - Marginella snails 4 - Red and Blue Leg Hermit crabs 1 - Rose Bubble Tip Anemone 6 - Rock Flower Anemones 1- Mini Maxi Carpet Anemone 1 - Fire Shrimp 1 - Tiger Sand conch ("Larry") 2 - Sexy Shrimp 1 - Feather duster worms (hitchhiker) Corals: Green hammer coral GSP Pulsing Xenia Bam Bam, King Midas, Lazer Lemon, Blue Alien Orgasm Zoas, Super Saiyan (best guess of these names) Blue spotted Red mushroom attach to a seashell Green Favia Coral Black Torch (Lost to brown jelly disease) Green Frog Spawn Galaxea coral Green long polyp purple toadstool Blue Ricordea mushroom Rainbow Lobophyllia Sunset Montipora (bleached or STN) Tan Candelabra gorgonian (Eunicea sp.) ACC Neon Icon Micromussa Lordhowensis (Acan Lord) ACC Bubblegum Alveopora (lost to STN) ACC Green & Gold Goniopora Pink Flamingo Micromussa Lordhowensis (Acan Lord) Valentine Micromussa Lordhowensis (Acan Lord) Pink Alveopora Red Blasto TCN Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Chili Pepper Plating Montipora CCGC Aquacultured Red & Green War Coral CCGC Aquacultured Marigold Montipora Macroalgae: Chaeto (In Chamber 2) Red Gracilaria (In Chamber 2) Out competed by Chaeto Halimeda Incrassata Caulerpa Prolifera 6/18/2021 4/16/2021 04/05/2021 03/28/2021 03/22/2021 03/15/2021 02/07/2021 02/03/2021 01/22/2021 01/15/2021 1/06/2021 Tank Journal
  22. chathurai

    AIO Peninsula Build

    Hello guys. i have started this project 2020 jan and hold it due to covid 19 pendamic . so around 2020 June have restart the build . here is the spec and build , Tank 36*18*18 10mm Ultra clear glass aquarium (6 inch DIY AIO compartment) DIY Metal stand with covers on white plastic boards, Lights : Kessil A150 + keloray an13 + sunlight Nutrient Export : Bubble magus qq3, Biopallet reactor Here is the photos of fist few months
  23. FTS 11/1/20 Current Tank Specs Established: 6/24/20 Display: Lifegard Aquatics 4.1g All-In-One Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) Filtration: Filter floss, Chemi-Pure Blue, MarinePure Gems Flow: VorTech MP10 Lighting: AquaIllumination Prime LED Heater: 50w Hydor Theo Cooling: aFan Cooling Fan ATO: Innovative Marine HydroFill + Tom's Aqualifter Controller: Apex Jr Controller Current Livestock Cleaning Crew Limpet Dwarf Cerith Florida Cerith Dwarf Planaxis Nassarius Vibex Polka Dot Hermit Crab aka The Snail Murderer Fish Yellow Clown Goby ORA Sharknose Goby #2 ORA Sharknose Goby [Killed by Vortech] Coral Zoanthid/Palythoa JPS Mystiques RC Antivenoms LC Andromedas JPS Latin Lovers LC Rainbow Pixies ASD Atmospheres JF Insane Rainbows WWC Sweet Tooths UC Detonation Palys Gonzo's Citrus Coolers Rastas Bimini Pinks Sonic Flares Space Chaos Scrambled Eggs Rainbow Infusions Mango Tangos [Eaten by amphipods] Goniopora TCK Rainbow Flame Cyphastrea LC Blizzard Bizzaro Pink/Green Branching Purple/Green Branching [Eaten by amphipods] Gorgonians Purple Ribbon Pink Lemonade Golden Candelabra ORA Grube's Gorgonian ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ FTS 11/1/20 FTS 10/18/20 FTS 9/10/20 FTS 7/25/20 FTS 7/14/20 FTS 6/25/20 Original Post Below ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ After 5 years of ups and downs with my 3.4g Desktop Reef, it's time for a refresh! The goal is to keep things simple and minimalist with low maintenance. Ideally, I would like to avoid dosing, but I do have a IceCap dosing pump that has been handy in the past. We'll be using Hawaiian black sand and minimal island-style rock work using the main pieces from the current display. Looking to house most zoanthids/palys (my fiance's favorite), photosynthetic gorgonians, mushrooms, and maybe a few basic encrusters (monti, cyphaestra, psammocora, etc). Will eventually get a tiny tank-bred goby of some kind once I have finished making a mesh lid for the display. I love my VorTech, but the display on this tank is super small, so I'll be attempting to make do with just the return for flow. The stock return pump is weak as hell, but still manages to sound like a blender. I remember when Quiet One pumps were actually quiet. Anyway, I've ordered a Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) and a loc-line diffuser, so we'll see how that goes. I ordered the Chamber One and Two Media Baskets along with the Filter Floss Holder for the Waterbox 7 off of inTank as they seemed to have the closest measurements the back chambers on this. Hopefully, with some tweaking I can find a solid combination of those for the back chamber set-up. Where the tank will be going once everything arrives (pic is from a few years ago): Some additional shots of leak testing:
  24. FTS: 08/25/2020 FTS: 08/06/2020 FTS: 08/04/2020 FTS: 07/19/2020 FTS: 07/09/2020 FTS: 06/29/2020 FTS: 06/26/2020 FTS: 06/04/2020 FTS 05/22/2020 FTS 04/09/2020 FTS 02/27/2020 Top Down 02/27/2020 Actinic FTS 02/15/2020 FTS 02/04/2020 FTS 01/04/2020 Top Down 12/04/2020 FTS 12/17/2019 FTS: 12/02/2019 Top Down: 12/02/2019 FTS:11/17/2019 Top Down 11/11/2019 Well here it is. I picked this bad boi up for a whopping $25! Had calcium all over so needed a good scrub. Bought a nice entertainment center, restructured it a little to make sure it can hold weight and custom made light hanger built from local reefer. The Goods: IM Nuvo 40 Stock media basket with filter pads, carbon, Purigen, and a mini refugium with chaeto IM AQUA Gadget 2-1 Chaetomax LED IM MightyJet 538gph w/ 1x Spin Stream IM Medium Size Nuvo Skimmer AI Nero 5 EcoTech MP10 ATI SunPower 4x Bulb 3x Blue + and 1 Coral + while running 2x Actinic LED ProLumen Strips Tunze Nano ATO ATO Reservoir 5g Soy Sauce Bucket 300 Watt Ceramic Heater Externally Controlled w/Finnix Thermostat The Wet Goods: Lighting Maroon Clown Pair & Rainbow BTA Yellow Tail Goby & Pistol Tiger Shrimp Pair Flame Angel Purple Dottyback Cleaner Shrimp Harlequin Shrimp Pair Mix Reef (lobos, scolys, btas, favias, zoas, palys, pavonas, torches, shrooms) CUC (trochus, turbos, nerites, red/blue legged hermits)
  25. Bahura-Living

    Pico Reef AIO lifegard 4.14

    I Pretty much copied my file from the other site and added my progress I purchased Lifegard aquatics 4.14g last week Items used: *CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Aquarium Sand *CaribSea Life rock (dry rock) *1lbs of live rock (life rock is not enough) *Carbon balls that included in the aquarium package *Sipora *filter floss *Sicce Micra plus 158gph(upgrade from stock Lifegard 108pgh) *25w water heater *Dr tims one and only I'm in my 4th week of cycling already so far my parameters are pretty good with the reading of API Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: hard to tell but between 5-10ppm also added this week a Lid from Kraken Reef and Copepods from Fish Dude. I thinking of Zoanthids dominate tank. in terms of fish either put my ORA mandarin(frozen food eater) or my Yasha Goby pair with candy cane pistol shrimp. all of them are in my Quarantine Tank. I'm coming from a failed 30g long. i almost quit before getting really into hobby(lacked of knowledge) but ill gonna try 1 more time with this Pico tank set-up hopefully ill be more Carefull and successful with this. ill be posting my Updates, Upgrades and Progress.
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