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bolts.mania posted a topic in Pico Reef JournalsOK, well they might not be getting degrees but they are for sure helping me get mine! I am currently a Junior at a small school in Ohio and I have something no one else has, a pair of badass clownfish! I have been keeping reef tanks for about 7 years now and after all that time I finally feel like I'm avoiding rookie mistakes. I originally brought a 5 gallon tank to school my second semester of my freshman year and my whole plan was to make everything as simple (and cheap) as possible. Anyone in the hobby knows where this is going. I went too simple and too cheap right out the gate. I went bare-bottom, no mechanical filtration and even skimped on the live-rock. Long story short that tank did not survive past spring semester. I tore it all down and swore that I was done! Fastforward a year and my obsession with the hobby had been rekindled. I spent the last summer researching how I can make this tank 1) thrive long term, 2) personally enjoyable and 3) informative to others. As the only person on my campus to have a saltwater tank I felt like this time around I had to keep the up for myself but also for the people living with me. 5 months into that journey and people still come up to me and ask "you're the one with the fish tank in your room right?" Tank Specs Display: 10 gallon glass aquarium Lighting: 2 Par38 Rapid LED bulbs suspended using Coral Compulsion clamps Heating: Eheim 25W heater Circulation: Ecotech mp10 (OG model) Rock: Reel Reef Rock (10lbs) Filter: Aquaclear 20 w/Chemi-Pure Blue Substrate: Carib Sea Arag-Alive Reef Sand (-12Lbs.) Current Livestock A pair of Ocellaris clownfish 2x Sexy Shrimp 2x Nassarius Snails 2x Scarlet Hermit Crabs Soft Coral Green star polyps Radioactive Zoanthids Hulk Zoanthids Anemones Red rock anemone All my livestock, besides the female clownfish (bigger of the two), came from vividaquariums. I highly recommend them! It is the second time I have gotten shipments from them and they are world class and very professional. I ordered a pair of clownfish but one died within 12 hours and they were great about refunding me the next day! If you cannot tell, I love photography so if you're looking for a thread with some cool photos, stay tuned for more. I will be trying my very hardest to post every ~2-weeks about how tanks journey. The good, the bad AND the ugly! Thank you for reading.
What the flip is up guys, I'm back on the forums and better than ever!! If your lazy and don't like to read like me just watch my videos! To preface I am a senior college student studying Renewable Energies and sustainability -Been keeping Reef aquariums since I was in 8th Grade.... 8 or so years? w/e you get the deal -Trying to have a social life drinking and listening to Post Malone while keep a mildly alarming aquarium addiction (obsession?) f So I got this aquarium to downsize from a Deep blue 20 gallon DIY AIO (that's a lot of acronyms i know, Do it yourself All in one, is what it stands for) So the stocking is a little bit tight but one thing i like to challenge is the typical Reef norms, I HATE to follow the rules though I understand in some cases there's logical reason to. I am not talking about throwing a blue tang in my 7 gallon nano tank or unplugging my protein skimmer and just doing months water changes LOL. No those people are ridiculous but I will challenge type norms and try to use logical reason to support my challenges. Most people would say my Maroon clown and Mandarin need to go and I would agree but not now, I change tanks like your Uncle Steve changes Wives (Every 1-2 years) So this really is not a long term obligation to keep these fish together forever. Okay! If you made this long without skipping you get a pat on your back. Now the Current Tank Equipment: -Fiji Cube 7 gallon AIO Pico -Maxi Jet 400 return pump (swapped the stock rio because it sucks and doesnt allow the AIO to skim) -AI nonPrime that ramps all day from 3%-60% -Ceramic rings, foam pad, Red Sea Carbon -Tunze Doc 9001(Baus Skimmer, I love this guy) -Dosing Kalk in ATO (a Quart jug I mix once a week or so) -Glass marineland heater that i need to get rid of Inhabitants starting with fish -Misbar Maroon clown -Yellow cleaner Goby -Tailspot Goby (He is the biggest wuss) -Mandarin Goby -Skunk Cleaner (this guys a savage) -Emerald Crab -Hermits and snails -Blue Tux Urchin (love this guy but he kinda needs more room) -Green Bubbletip Anemone -Green Frogspawn, Green hammer, Three types of Acans, Pink/green Blastos, Orange Zoas, Xenia Here is a 4K video of my tank check em out! I also have an unboxing of my Fiji cube on my youtube page definitely check that out Ill try to update this weekly or whenever something big happens
Whats up, I am starting a thread to document my 4.7 gallon Pico reef build. I have kept a few reef tanks for about 2 years now. I have kept aquariums for about 18 years now. Why I choose such a small tank? I am going to school, I live in an apartment that only allows up to a 10 gallon tank. I have also kept nano reefs in the past. I got inspired buy some tanks I found on this forum and on the internet that look amazing. I find it crazy how you can create a whole underwater world in just few gallons of water. The Tank 4.7 gallon all glass aquarium from Petco only cost $50 that has an all-in-one filter, and a led light that can grow low light corals! The tank came with a pump that was only 44 gph I upgraded it to a 130 gph pump that I turned all the way down. I have kept all the original filtration and media (for now) Lighting The original lighting and ABI par38 blue tuna light blub that I bought off amazon. Live stock Has of 9/3/2017 2 margarita snail 2 Hawaiian Zebra hermit crabs 1 peppermint shrimp