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  1. State of the Aquarium, 1 August 2020, 10am EDT the journal begins here: Didn't realize image compression and Figure 1 looks terribad. yikes! The story actually begins well before this photo on the 22nd. We rewind to December 27th to where I was moving a couple of aquariums in my wife's Honda Fit. (near professional aquarium mover at this point, it's my 4th move). She says she didn't say that, but from that video conversation through Facebook I started thinking real hard what would I make for a third aquarium. I wanted to be lazy and build another planted tank, but I was ready for something different like the tank I made before. I built an Amazon blackwater aquarium to just see how simple or hard it was to maintain that effect. Turns out it was just a matter of boiling botanicals to no end. Wife was okay with another tank. Good enough for me. I was a newly minted aquatics specialist at my Petco and I turned the saltwater section around by not killing all the invertebrates. (That's another story to tell.) Then I thought, hey you're not at FOWLR tanks why not building a reef tank at home? $1 per gallon sale happened right around the new year. I hemmed and hawed at the idea of getting a tank. I looked at Inappropriate Reefer's 10g build. Then I saw defekt's Sanity Saver. Perfect. I had to work around my property management for not having an aquarium of 15 gallons or more. I worked the legal gray area by getting a 20 gallon long since I remember measuring the inside dimensions came closer to 16 gallons than 20 gallons as advertised on the marketing label. I never enjoyed tanks that ran tall with a poor footprint. Bigger footprints mean more horizontal swimming room and unless you're caring for sea jellies or freshwater angels height can be a dimension to ignore. Fortunately there was only one 20L sold at my store and after 3 weeks of thinking really hard of how to build it and its life support elements I decided to go for it and blocked out the image of a nasty credit card bill (but hey points right?). I bought the tank around January 10th and it just sat there sad without a stand for about a week. I was still wondering if this was a good move, but I didn't like the idea of just wasting a perfectly good tank. I built one of those nicer Petco stands (because my wife doesn't have her woodworking tools right now). And that stood for another few days. I painted the back of the aquarium with clearance acrylic paint from Michaels. I waited another week as I was picking out parts. Life Support System: (thanks defekt) AC70 from a previous tank with floss, purigen, phosguard (as needed since mid-Feb), and biomax rings 2x Koralia 240s Fluval 100w heater Current Orbit Marine LED 24-36" Parts arrived on January 21st. Thanks Amazon Prime trial. CaribSea LifeRock, 20lb box arrived January 22nd. I bought CaribSea CORALine from my Petco store. Figure 1. Insert awful photo.
  2. billygoat

    Billy's 18g Caribbean Biotope

    Hi folks! I am here to share my nano with you. I've been in and around aquariums for much of my life (mostly as an admirer of other people's systems), but this is the first tank I've ever set up and managed entirely by myself, so I am still very much an amateur. In early November of 2018 I started lurking on Nano-Reef and a few other forums, and soon got the itch to start a tank of my own. After doing a lot of research I decided to set up a small system to display some of the species that I remember from my childhood in the Caribbean. So, here it is! A recent FTS is at top; the FTS included with my original post is underneath. 7/21/2020 5/3/2020 3/15/2019 My goal from the beginning was to create a simple and easy-to-maintain ecosystem that features species from Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. I wanted to run it as "natural" as possible, with as little equipment as I could get away with. So far I think I've done a pretty good job of meeting those goals. Here are the specs: Equipment: Tank: 18g Cobalt C-Vue AIO aquarium (with stand) Lighting: Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue w/Kessil X Spectral Controller Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 75w Circulation: Sicce Syncra 1.0 return pump and EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10 wavemaker ATO: Tunze Nano 3152 Mechanical filtration: None Additional media: a bag of MarinePure Gems in the sump Livestock: (This list will be updated periodically to reflect the tank's current inhabitants) Corals and friends: Star coral (Probably Stephanocoenia or Siderastrea sp.) Caribbean mushrooms (Discosoma carlgreni) Encrusting corky fingers (Briareum asbestinum) Caribbean tube coral Ricordea florida Rock flower anemones (Phymanthus crucifer) Zoanthids and Palythoa Gorgonians: Candelabra gorgonian (Eunicea calyculata) Purple feather (Antillogorgia sp.) Purple plume gorgonian (Muriceopsis flavida) Purple sea rod (Eunicea flexuosa) Rusty gorgonian (Muricea elongata) Silver bush gorgonian (Muricea laxa) Yellow sea whip (Pterogorgia citrina) Fish: Sailfin blenny (Emblemaria pandionis) All very simple and easy-to-maintain inverts and fish, as you can see. I can't even really call it a reef, since the only few corals I have are nearshore Caribbean species that came in on my live rock. Maintenance is very simple as well: I scrape the glass as needed, and do a 2 gallon water change once a week. That's basically it! You can view my original post and pictures from many months ago here: Thank you for visiting my journal! I hope that you enjoy what you see in this thread, and if you have any questions about my system please don't hesitate to post them or message me! Cheers, Billy
  3. Diamonds x Pearls

    The Ryukyu Shallows, full system shot (90 days)

    "Under a wave off Kanagawa" Okay, this isn't a Kanagawa (Tokyo Bay) reef. If it was then I'd have an elegance coral in there and it would be even less diverse. Nothing special in the cabinet. Just where I hide most of my equipment like test kits, medicines, extra RODI, etc etc etc.
  4. melson

    Melson's Caribbean Oasis

    Hey everyone! The time has finally come (some peer pressure was involved haha) and I'm ready to show off my tank! I upgraded recently from a Cadlights 8G to a Cobalt C-Vue 26g, transferring everything to the bigger tank. This is my first biotope however I'm pretty proud of how it's coming along. I've seen a lot of Caribbean biotopes lately and noticed a lot of interest in them. I'd like to clarify though I have had a Caribbean biotope in my home since late 2017! 🙂 Here is a FTS of my old 8G (since has been transferred and taken down): 8G - FTS March 2018: Now here are pictures of my current 26G tank: 26G - FTS April 2019: 26G - Left Side: 26G - Right Side: Bonus macro shot of my Jawfish and neon Ricordea: -EQUIPMENT- Tank: AIO Cobalt C-Vue 26G Custom black stand Lighting/Heating: Single AI Prime HD Cobalt 75W Heater Inkbird ITC-306T temp controller Filtration: Intank Media Basket with filter floss, Chemipure Blue and Purigen Cobalt filter sock DIY Chaeto Reactor Flow/ATO: Icecap Gyre 1k Cobalt pump AquaSmart Micro ATO -LIVESTOCK- *11/19 Update* Fish: Chalk Bass - Serranus Tortugarum Yellowhead Jawfish - Opistognathus aurifrons Neon Goby x1 (Non-mated pair) - Elacatinus oceanops Sailfin Blenny x2 (Non-mated pair) - Emblemaria Pandionis Cherubfish - Centropyge Argi Inverts: Blue Leg Hermit x5 - Clibanarius tricolor Porcelain Crab x2 - Petrolisthes galathinus One lone Cerith Snail - Cerithiidae Pepppermint Shrimp x2 - Lysmata Wurdemanni Corals: Gorgonian x6 (when viewing left to right): Yellow Sea Feather - Pseudopterogorgia sp Purple Brush Gorgonian - Muriceopsis flavida Knobby Sea Rod - Eunicea sp Rusty Gorgonian - Muricea elongate Yellow Sea Whip - Pterogorgia citrina Purple Sea Feather - Pseudopterogorgia sp Rock Flower Anemone Florida Ricordea x4 Various Caribbean Zoanthid species x4. Caulerpa in the display and Chaeto in my reactor. Big shout out to KPaquatics.com for always being top notch on livestock and being patient with my questions. I apologize for the bad photos I just got a reef phone filter lens and am still playing around with it. I will keep posting photos here as I have much more planned for the future!
  5. The custom container pico contest has me excited so I thought I would start a tank journal! This tank has been running since December of 2016. Here's a brief rundown of what's going on in here: Equipment: Marineland Contour 3 gallon aquarium Neotherm 25 watt heater Stock pump replaced with Aquatop NP-302 Stock lighting replaced with NanoBox Mini Tide +M Chemipure blue nano and filter floss in the (modified) media caddy Livestock: Halimeda Galaxaura Botryocladia Hypnea pannosa Gracillaria hayi Fat-head "dendro" Tiny pink "dendro" Branching orange "dendro" Phyllangia Americana Manicina aureolata Leptoseris (orange and brown) Echinophyllia (teal with pink) Echinophyllia (grey/purple with green) Lime green and purple Favia "Honeysuckle" Lithophyllon "Freak hair" Lithophyllon "Blue fire" Psammacora "Emerald rim" Psammacora Blue/purple Rhodactus Metallic green Rhodactus Green star polyps Pom pom Xenia Galaxea "Spiderman" Stylocoenellia "Desert Oasis" Cyphastrea Stomatella snails Collonista snails Asterina starfish 1 Astrea snail 1 nassarius snail Picture is pretty accurate, for a potato camera. The stylo on the right is more pink, the mushrooms on the bottom are more blue-ish, and the favia is more of a yellow-green, but this is pretty close! I like picos for keeping NPS. You can see the orange branching "sun coral" and the pink dude I am working on rehabbing before I mount to the rockwork. I just feed and then do at least a 10% water change. Right now I'm feeding those two outside the tank in a bowl but in a few more months I hope to get them on the rocks.
  6. billerbong

    Jawfish Nuvo 30L Build

    I am a FL native and moved to Boston for school so naturally it made sense to start a FL tank I am a big fan of jawfish so decided to get this tank going for them -- initially I was going to do a pair of blue spots but decided against it as I can't keep them alive for more than a year. Here I go with pearlies!! I had a make shift lid for a few weeks while I waited for my artfully acrylics lid which just came and is great, I highly recommend them! I managed to get the feeding door to work for my mangrove. Here is the tank with my new lid Next up is cleaning off the shelves above it and re-arrange the wires. I have a novo 10 below and would love to connect them but can't decide if I want to risk using an HOB overflow -- thoughts? More pictures to come.
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