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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. 11/24/2019 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: Cobalt Mini MJ606 return pump and EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10 wavemaker Chemical filtration: None Mechanical filtration: None Livestock: (This list will be updated periodically to reflect the tank's current inhabitants) Motile inverts: Blue-leg hermit crab (Clibanarius tricolor) Green porcelain crab (Petrolisthes armatus) Orange banded brittle star (Ophiocoma wendtii) Snails: Dwarf and Florida Cerith, Planaxis, Nerite, and Nassarius Corals and friends: Blushing star coral (Stephanocoenia intersepta) Caribbean mushrooms (Discosoma carlgreni and D. neglecta) Corky fingers (Briareum asbestinum) Hidden cup coral (Phyllangia americana) Ricordea florida Rock flower anemones (Phymanthus crucifer) Zoanthids and Palythoa Gorgonians: Angular sea whip (Pterogorgia anceps) Candelabra gorgonian (Eunicea calyculata) Purple plume gorgonian (Muriceopsis flavida) Purple sea feather (Antillogorgia sp.) Purple sea rod (Eunicea flexuosa) Rusty gorgonian (Muricea elongata) Silver bush gorgonian (Muricea laxa) Fish: Masked gobies (Coryphopterus personatus) (2) Yellow-headed jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) 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. Occasionally I run carbon for a few days if I sense that something is off. 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
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!
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.
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.