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  1. There comes a time where we all get a little bored of this hobby. Everything is running smoothly. You have all the gadgets and automation you could ever want. Your corals and fish are happy AND you finally got rid of that pesky emerald crab that was chowing down on your $150 zoas. You can't fit any more corals in your display and your frag racks have become part of the glass of your aquarium... I have not reached this point in my reefing career. Ironically, during this season of joy and happiness I have been a little down. It's been a bit of a hard time for me. So, against the advice of my therapist, I am drowning my angst in miscellaneous projects and doodads. You know the saying "if your life is busy make it busier." Wait no...hmm...how about "if you need to finish something, start something else." No that's not it...What I'm trying to say is... WELCOME TO MY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PICO REEF: UNDER 2.5 GALLON 6 GALLON EDITION A SMALL AMOUNT EDITION This is going to be my adventurous journal into the depths of diy, tiny reef tanks, and bad jokes. I won't be focusing on any tank in particular, but rather sharing my spiritual journey of cutting glass and gluing acrylic and maybe. MAYBE. if we're lucky, some sprinkles of 3D printing. I have to say this may be the first and last post of this here journal, but with any luck we'll be cooking with gas here in no time at all. So grab a gift bag on your way in, help yourself to the snacks there to your left and pull up a chair! -RDA
  2. FTS 11/1/20 Current Tank Specs Established: 6/24/20 Display: Lifegard Aquatics 4.1g All-In-One Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) Filtration: Filter floss, Chemi-Pure Blue, MarinePure Gems Flow: VorTech MP10 Lighting: AquaIllumination Prime LED Heater: 50w Hydor Theo Cooling: aFan Cooling Fan ATO: Innovative Marine HydroFill + Tom's Aqualifter Controller: Apex Jr Controller Current Livestock Cleaning Crew Limpet Dwarf Cerith Florida Cerith Dwarf Planaxis Nassarius Vibex Polka Dot Hermit Crab aka The Snail Murderer Fish Yellow Clown Goby ORA Sharknose Goby #2 ORA Sharknose Goby [Killed by Vortech] Coral Zoanthid/Palythoa JPS Mystiques RC Antivenoms LC Andromedas JPS Latin Lovers LC Rainbow Pixies ASD Atmospheres JF Insane Rainbows WWC Sweet Tooths UC Detonation Palys Gonzo's Citrus Coolers Rastas Bimini Pinks Sonic Flares Space Chaos Scrambled Eggs Rainbow Infusions Mango Tangos [Eaten by amphipods] Goniopora TCK Rainbow Flame Cyphastrea LC Blizzard Bizzaro Pink/Green Branching Purple/Green Branching [Eaten by amphipods] Gorgonians Purple Ribbon Pink Lemonade Golden Candelabra ORA Grube's Gorgonian ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ FTS 11/1/20 FTS 10/18/20 FTS 9/10/20 FTS 7/25/20 FTS 7/14/20 FTS 6/25/20 Original Post Below ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ After 5 years of ups and downs with my 3.4g Desktop Reef, it's time for a refresh! The goal is to keep things simple and minimalist with low maintenance. Ideally, I would like to avoid dosing, but I do have a IceCap dosing pump that has been handy in the past. We'll be using Hawaiian black sand and minimal island-style rock work using the main pieces from the current display. Looking to house most zoanthids/palys (my fiance's favorite), photosynthetic gorgonians, mushrooms, and maybe a few basic encrusters (monti, cyphaestra, psammocora, etc). Will eventually get a tiny tank-bred goby of some kind once I have finished making a mesh lid for the display. I love my VorTech, but the display on this tank is super small, so I'll be attempting to make do with just the return for flow. The stock return pump is weak as hell, but still manages to sound like a blender. I remember when Quiet One pumps were actually quiet. Anyway, I've ordered a Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) and a loc-line diffuser, so we'll see how that goes. I ordered the Chamber One and Two Media Baskets along with the Filter Floss Holder for the Waterbox 7 off of inTank as they seemed to have the closest measurements the back chambers on this. Hopefully, with some tweaking I can find a solid combination of those for the back chamber set-up. Where the tank will be going once everything arrives (pic is from a few years ago): Some additional shots of leak testing:
  3. I have now been keeping jellyfish for 6 months and love the little guys, I find them extremely relaxing and super easy to care for. My YouTube channel recently hit 1k Subscribers and I'm giving away a JellyFish Art desktop nano tank as a way to say thank you to my followers. This giveaway has sparked up an idea to do a How-to jellyfish series where I walk through all the needed information to successfully setup and keep jellyfish. I'll be updating this thread as I produce more content in the How-To JellyFish series and add tips along the way of what has worked for me! If you guys have any experiences with Jellyfish or question feel free to chime in as we go! I always appreciate sharing knowledge and learning something new. Episode 1: Setup and Cycling your Jellyfish tank. -It's extremely important to fully cycle your tank before adding jellyfish. Many companies recommend waiting 2 weeks, however, I would advise you wait closer to 4 weeks to be safe. - Adding extra ceramic media goes a long way into adding surface area into for beneficial bacteria to go -Using bacteria in bottle such as JellyBio Start, Dr Tims or Bio-Spira are highly recommended to jump start your bacteria cycle
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    FS: IM Desktop Skimmer

    For sale: Innovative Marine desktop skimmer. Takes a moment to break in but once it does, the mini bubbles (like all skimmers) go away. Makes good skimmate and will set you back about $65
  5. Goal of this build was to build a nano 9 gallon with an AIO and sump that houses a refugium all while maintaining a very clean look. I selected a pretty big pump to avoid any power heads in the tank. I'm unsure the functionality of a fuge in such a small tank. If anything its for fun! Tank: Aquamaxx 9.1 gallon low cuboid Lights: Marine Orbit LED 24" Refugium lighting: LED grow light strip Pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 357gph Skimmer: TBD Media Reactor: TBD Heater: Lifegard Aquatics Pre-Set Quartz Heater - 50 Watt AOI: DIY Acrylic SUMP: DIY Acrylic Livestock: TBD First renders of idea Basic plumbing diagram. First AIO is around 8.5"x10". It will be sitting on top of refugium that will be around 7"x15". The area where plumbing goes does not contain water and will house the air pump for possible future skimmer. Might T off the plumbing and run a reactor. Also will house power bricks for lights. Rough draft determining room and drain and return placement Aquascape Never too early to start the biological filtration on your tank. Adding dry sand in a couple days to also start growing bacteria. Used dry rock and dry sand and seeded with biospira. Next step is drilling the holes for plumbing. I have a 3/4 drain but might be upping that to a 1". My question is do i really need a bulkhead. If you look at the above the bulkhead wont actually support anything besides its own weight. It will just overflow into the AIO. The bulkhead requires a much larger hole than necessary since its not supporting plumbing. Ill be putting the drain 1/2 to 3/4' from the top. Does this sound okay since its 5mm glass and no hardline or even soft lines connected. Still required: - DIY acrylic aio and sump - Refugium light - Plumbing - Permanent oak stand Let me know questions, concerns and compliments
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