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  1. 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. 9/11/2020 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 is updated periodically to reflect the tank's current inhabitants) Corals and friends: Star coral (Probably Stephanocoenia or Siderastrea sp.) Caribbean mushrooms (Discosoma carlgreni) 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) Purple sea whip (Pterogorgia anceps) 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 few stony 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, dose KH and Ca manually every day, and do a 2 gallon water change twice a month. 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
  2. This tank started off as a 20L, but is currently a 40B. Taken: 11/19/17 ___________________________ For those of you that have previously followed my tanks, you've probably learned to not expect too much. This won't be anything different. 06/21/17 This is a tank that I've had running for awhile now. I've finally decided to do something with it.
  3. I've been dreaming about it, talking about it, and threatening to do it for about a year now, but the order is finally placed and the time has finally come: I'm upgrading! 🥳 Oh jeez Billy what did you buy? An Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 40 gallon AIO aquarium. And what did you go and do that for? My 18 gallon Caribbean biotope has been very successful over the past 21 months, but it's starting to get crowded: Ricordea are jostling for space on the rocks, gorgonians are growing all the way up to the water surface, and shading is becoming more and more of a problem. I've found myself faced with a choice between aggressively pruning my rapidly growing gorgonians and flooding my tank with frags, setting up a second system to accommodate some of my livestock, or simply getting a bigger tank. Needless to say, this choice ended up being pretty easy to make! 😁 I went with the Fusion 40 because it's nearly 19 inches (48 cm) tall, affording maximum headroom for my gorgonians, and because 40 gallons is in my opinion the optimum size for a home aquarium (it's the biggest tank you can get while still being able to do a 10% water change with a single 5 gallon bucket). Great. So what kind of gear are you putting in it? Most of the equipment for this system will be transferred directly from my 18 gallon setup: IM MightyJet 538 GPH DC return pump EcoTech MP10 wavemaker w/VorTech battery backup Kessil A160WE Tuna Blue w/Kessil Spectral Controller 200w titanium heater and rebranded InkBird from BRS Tunze Nano 3152 ATO I'm going for the same low-maintenance plan that's worked well for me in the past, with no mechanical filtration, no skimmer, and no chemical media of any kind. Seems boring so far! Any cool new livestock in the cards? No, actually! The entire purpose of this upgrade is to make life better for the corals that I already have. I love gorgonians, and growing huge, bushy, mature colonies of these beautiful corals is my only goal in reefing (and possibly also in life 😅). This tank will be the vessel that allows me to achieve that goal. I might end up adding some new fish if everything goes well, but that is a low priority for me and is many months down the line at any rate. Okay! I'm very excited, but that's all I've got for now! 😄 Pictures and all that will be coming soon! 🙏
  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!
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