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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 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 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 Macroalgae: Chaeto (In Chamber 2) Red Gracilaria (In Chamber 2) Halimeda Incrassata Caulerpa Prolifera 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
ReefahBarra84 posted a topic in All-In-One TanksAloha!!! Well, it seems that there was enough interest to make an official Lifegard Aquatics Crystal (All-in-one) Aquarium thread! The purpose of this thread is for all of us to come together, discuss, modify and just collaborate in general about our awesome, yet underrated Aquariums. LIFEGARD Aquatics has been around for quite some time, and while their main focus is on Commercial Aquaculture, they were cool enough to make nano-tanks for the hobby! I will also create links directly to everyone's personal tank journals as well! Even though I just ordered the 24.09 AIO, I'm going to begin to link people's tanks and get this party started! I know some of you have expressed your frustrations with lack of options for modifications, custom caddies, etc. I will be personally reaching out to INTANK about making many of the mods and gadgets they make for all the other brands, for us as well! First things first. The following is a breakdown of the (AIO) tanks that Lifegard Aquatics currently makes for the hobby ; The "Peninsula" (AlO) Style 3.8 Gallon CRYSTAL Aquarium with Built-In Side Filter (#R460003) by Lifegard Aquatics 7.43 Gallon CRYSTAL Aquarium with Built-In Side Filter (#R460002) by Lifegard Aquatics 14.26 Gallon CRYSTAL Aquarium with Built-In Side Filter (#R460001) by Lifegard Aquatics ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The "Standard" (AIO) Style 4.14 Gallon CRYSTAL Aquarium with Built-In Back Filter (#R460007) by Lifegard Aquatics 9.98 Gallon CRYSTAL Aquarium with Built-In Back Filter (#R460006) by Lifegard Aquatics 24.09 Gallon CRYSTAL Aquarium with Built-In Back Filter (#R460005) by Lifegard Aquatics
The Small Reef Experiment This is meant to be a list of nano(less than 30 gallons) all in one tanks to help me pick one out. All In One (AIO) means a sump is built into the tank. This will be a link to the specs i can find Disclaimer: I have not used any of these. a tank is only as good as its keeper. I'm trying to size out the right aquarium This is what I have found while praying to the google gods. Common tanks: fluval 5 and 13.5 5 manual: https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10528-evo-aquarium-5g-instruction-manual-int.pdf 13.5 manual: https://www.fluvalaquatics.com/manuals/fluval-10531-evo-aquarium13.5g-manual-eng-na.pdf nuvo fusion pro 10, 14p, 20p, 20 manual:https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf nuvo concept pro 20 and 20p a unique style but i believe it leads to wasted space manual: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/22dc9f_01de1fcfb50446f8917efc329bd96c15.pdf redsea nano 20 gallon to costly for my budget but looks amazing. redsea manual: https://5w56d28u4co20frgwagf5y18-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MAX-NANO-Manuals.pdf vca starfire 24 very sharp looking website: http://www.scaquariums.com/SCA-24-Gallon-Starfire-Tank-p/sca-24g.htm coralife biocube 16 and 32 classics manual 16: https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube16-15661.pdf manual 32: https://coralifeproducts.com/Files/Product/manual-cor-ledbiocube32-15662.pdf jbj nanocube 28 manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MT-604_Manual.pdf jbj rimless 25 jbj rimless manual: http://jbjaquarium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RF-254565_Manual.pdf lifegard full view 5 and 7 website with manual: https://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-full-view-aquariums-with-back-filter/ lifegard crystal 24, 10, 4, and 14p, 7.5p, 4p website: https://www.lifegardaquatics.com/products/lifegard-crystal-aquariums/ waterbox cube 10 and 20 website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/cube/ waterbox aio 28, 30 website: https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/all-in-one/ cobalt aquaitcs cvue 18, 26 website: https://www.cobaltaquatics.com/collections/aquariums/products/c-vue-aquarium-kit fiji cube nano 11, 18.5, 22.5, 30 website with measurement of tanks: https://www.fijicube.com/collections/glass-all-in-one-aquarium/products/22-4-gallon-rimless-aio-glass-nano-tank-fiji-cube All of these tanks are suitable for what I'm looking for. Planning to run a soft coral tank to stat and see if it grows. I'm planing to keep it low tech. Filter: Floss to sponge to bio medium. push as much marine pure into low flow area in sump, change floss ever other day. manual twice a day topoffs. I plan on stating out with just water changes and move on to dosing if my testing says so plan 1.this tank is mostly start some growing mushrooms and zoanthis, 2.plant to add green star polyp or Kenya tree (something hardy) to increase my load on tank 3. as bioload grows i will improve my testing and dosing abilities and become better at keeping stability in larger bio loads along the way i want to find the best nano all in one tank If there are any design flaws to avoid in any tanks listed please let me know Any other advise on picking between these would also be useful Please leave a list of any other equipment that is a must for a nano tank