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  1. This guy is extra salty

    Extra Salty 365

    So here is the start of the build, just five pieces of acrylic 1@20”x20“ (base) 2@20”x11”(front/back) 2@19.5”x11“(sides) I haven’t put something edible in it but it’s a “literal” start first things first! I have got to build the stand the stand is a 24x24X32 which will have a one inch top all of which is made out of scratch resistant lexan now I will have to start building the tank!
  2. caas1496

    caas1496's 40 Breeder

    I have been working on this project here and there for a while but I figured it was time to start an official thread. This tank will hopefully be filled in the next few weeks! Current Progress: Tank: Drilled 40 Breeder with Modular Marine Overflow (Bean Animal Style) Sump: 20 Gallon Long with Custom Baffles https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/custom-20g-long-sump-design-feedback-wanted.601665/ Filtration: Refugium, Carbon, Klir Filter Roller Lighting: Aquatic Life T5 and Orbit Marine Pro -3X Blue+ -1X Actinic Flow: Sicce 2.0 return pump with RFG nozzles Tunze 6015 Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 Heater: 200W Cobalt Neotherm This tank marks a lot of firsts for me so please chime in if you have suggestions. Does anyone still use Miracle Mud? I was thinking about adding it to my refugium section. I built a tray to hold some substrate in my fuge and am looking for suggestions on what to fill it with. I'm also gonna go bare bottom with this tank and hopefully grow some montis, zoas, and other encrusting corals all over the starboard at the bottom. I have a lot of montis at the top of the scape in my 20 gallon and I dont want to repeat that mistake. They are fast growers and shade out large sections of the tank. I am currently working on the plumbing which has given me a lot of appreciation for all the reefers with those immaculate color coordinated PVC works of art in their stands ( you know who you are). I am on at least the 4th home depot run at this point. Anyways I look forward to getting this tank wet and sharing the progress with everyone!
  3. NirvanaandTool

    FS: Assorted DIY LED Items

    I've been out of the hobby for a bit and need to clear out some of the old LED parts I was hanging onto. Had hoped I could swing a new tank by now but the wife says it ain't happening LOL. Anyone need some LED parts? I've got drivers and two fully built fixtures. Message me for any questions. Thanks. DIY LED Fixture x2: These lit up a 90G really well and looked great doing it. $100 each OBO. (If anyone wants both fixtures, with drivers and power supply, I'd do $200 for it) 12" MakersLED Heatsink w/cooling fan 1x Bridgelux BXRA-40E0950-B-03 Neutral White LED 4x Luxeon M Royal Blue LEDs 4x Cree XPE2 Blue 4x Hyper Violet 430nm 2x Luxeon ES Cyan 2x Luxeon ES Lime + Optics (Unused) Controllers: Bluefish LED Controller - Wifi Enabled LED lighting Controller w/ 3 pre-stripped control cables (missing power supply though but it just takes a 12V power supply) This thing was easily the coolest item I had during my DIY led days. Works great with LDD drivers (which I happen to have a few of). https://aquarium-led-controller.com/...ed-controller/ Used 1 year - $100 OBO Power Supplies: Meanwell NES-350-48 Power Supply w/ 110vac plug - $25 OBO 350w 48V 7.3A Drivers: Meanwell LPC-35-700 (2 drivers, both unused) - $10 each or $15 for the pair OBO 700mA 35w Constant current driver Meanwell ELN-60-48P (3 drivers, used about 2 years) - $10 each PWM Dimmable, 60W, 1.3A output Meanwell LDD-1000H (5 drivers, used a year) on Coralux LDD-6 board- $25 for all drivers on the board PWM Dimmable, 1000mA Meanwell LDD-700H (2 drivers, used a year) on Coralux LDD-2 board - $10 for both on board PWM dimmable, 700mA Spare Meanwell LDD-700H (unmounted) $5
  4. Amphrites

    Amp's 20L [Retired]

    Well, it's a little late to start a build thread now seeing as the tank is mostly put together, if anything I suppose this will be more of a "polishing up" stocking and grow-out... thing... I do have some pictures I've taken of the process though and some little stories about how one thing or another got thrown together, but at this point I like the scape and stock enough I wanted to share it. Hope you enjoy! About 8 months ago I bumped into the opportunity to purchase a used Nuvo Atoll and AI prime light for $150 and I just couldn't say no. I'd been really wanting to get back into the hobby after moving off the big island of hawaii for ongoing health-reasons after a bout of myocarditis. It came in pretty scratched but I polished it up within an inch of the factory using the three-step Novus polish kit and some microfiber towels. Unfortunately I no longer really have any before and after pictures of the 6 or so hour process of getting everything nice a bright again, but I definitely learned I never want to deal with an acrylic tank again. I can't believe how easily these tanks scratch and how deeply at that... Next up was grabbing some rocks, I didn't want to deal with all the pests and unknowns which can hitchhike on live rock so I went with dry, instead figuring I would cycle the tank using ammonia, bottled Tim's, and some time. I couldn't really think of a fantastic scape Idea and had too many plans laid out, so I just ended up walking out of the LFS with a 30lb or so pile of Dry rock. I figured I could do some kind of really vertical scape to take advantage of the cylinder-shape of the tank, and I grabbed enough flat pieces that I felt like I could easily make a cove or island layout if I wanted to down-the-road. I replaced the stock pump with a Sicc nano 120 gph and bought a Sicc Voyager 240 for circulation alongside Brightwell N03 cubes, about "50 gallons worth" of Matrix and No3-out media, some chemi-pure blue nano satchels, phosguard, carbon, and egg-crate to hold it all in the AIO section. Underneath the overflow is filter-floss, carbon/phosguard, and then a chemipure satchel, to the right of it in the section which gets essentially no-flow is the NO3 seachem media, then in the large-middle section is half-a container of the brightwell NO3Out media and the Seachem Matrix. I also fashioned a little DIY lid out of Lowes scrap acrylic to keep evaporation down, though I really should have used some rods to keep it from warping, I still can't say I'm unhappy with the results. Bought a continuous power-supply UAC, which doubles as a backup for the nebulizer-compressor... And a Finnex 100W heater. Next-up the protoscaping while the tank cycled, I really wanted to try to maximize the amount of space I had for corals and livestock, while working with keeping a kind of full-tank-gyre action going. I was never really happy with the initial-concepts but couldn't quite figure out what I wanted to do, shy of keeping things bare-bottom, either. I managed to skip any huge algae or cyano breakouts and ended up with a 0-ammonia 10-nitrate tank within two moths, though I did get a few diatom blooms they always cleared up as fast as they came on. (That said I still get the occasional bloom after playing with my rockwork >_>) After two months wet, and about 1 month of feeding an empty tank, I decided to test the waters with a small clean-up crew, four nerite snails and a dwarf cerith. I never really took any pictures of them, but my wife and I both love watching the nerites zip all over the tank despite supposedly being "nocturnal", and have enjoyed trying to figure out where on earth the cerith is hiding during the day. Shortly thereafter we decided to grab a maxima from a local LFS, at the time it looked almost opal-white and was barely two or three inches across. I placed it towards the top of my rockwork and woke up the next morning to find that the little bugger had jumped into a hole and quite-firmly attached itself, prompting a "quick" re-working of the tank. Unfortunately working in the tank and scaping is much less pleasant than I had expected, certainly nowhere near as enjoyable as it used to be for me. Because of my various conditions I've lost most of my postural muscles over-time and have swinging electrolyte-imbalances which can cause shaking, spasms, and pain at just about any angle or weight. Needless to say working in the tank can at times be incredibly frustrating and physically-unpleasant, that said I still love aquascaping dearly and will probably end up with a planted bookshelf-tank or jar in the future. A shot of the clam and a Photo-bombing pair of nerites a few weeks-in. About a month later I decided it was time to start adding some corals when I chanced upon a bunch of indo euphyllia about to run out its' timer on Ebay, I picked up an unknown piece which I think is Baliensis, a bi-color frogspawn, and a yellow-ish hammer; plus a Florida-ricordea, chalice, and blasto-merletti colony for about $15 a piece after-shipping. Here's a grumpy shot of everyone after shipping, dipping, and dropping into the tank: And everyone a few days later: After an ongoing, impressively-successful, feeding regimen of sera-marin-granules (once a week) and 1/4 the recommended dose of RedSea AB I decided to order some plastic-coated neodimium magnets to replace the frag plugs, with the plan of epoxying and gluing their pairs into the rockwork, this way I can remove, swap, and frag the colonies without tearing apart my scape or worrying about much of anything. Unfortunately I think I went overkill on their strength as I can pretty much pick my rocks up by the corals XD Shot of the Maxima and Pink-green chalice after about a month settling-in and my dialing in the two-part dosing to keep alk and cal stable. The longer I had the scape up the more I realized the flow levels just weren't working out for the euphyllia or the chalice. The water coming off the voyager was getting deflected down directly onto the colonies and buffeting them, so I bought a timer to turn the powerhead off a few times a day as a temporary-solution until I felt ready to begin more re-scaping. After a week or so I decided breaking up the rock the Maxima was attached to was a great starting place as its' size and awkward shape left itself and the entire scape unsteady and prone to constantly coming apart while I tried to work with the coral. A few days ago my wife fell in love with this dark black-purple and rich-green anchor coral we found at a LFS, it reminds me of a truffula tree or some goofy fairytale-plant. Which leads me to the current iteration of the scape, overnight the new anchor coral decided to go cliff-diving and fell off its' plug entirely, to fish it out I pretty much had to tear apart the whole tank. With that said it did give me the opportunity and excuse I needed to completely-redesign my rockwork into something that would work better for my animals and for me. Four hours and a very sore back/core later and we have this beautiful little lagoon/cove which keeps the euphyllia sheltered from harsh flow and light, keeps the clam high-and center toward the Prime-puck, and the chalice in highish-flow and medium-ish light. The plan from here is to get a Lobo/Favia/Acan colony for the center and some bubblegum Digitata for the back-right of the wall (to be suspended by magnets) and decide on a small fish which won't harass the clam (No clown gobies, no damsels, I've heard clownfish can be mean...) maybe an assessor? I would love to try a yellow-stripe clingfish, but I know you're not supposed to keep pipefish with clams and am not sure if there's a similar rule. On top of that they're very difficult to keep and, while I would be willing to make it a little-feeding dish and shelter and go the extra-mile, even those who seem to do everything right tend to have their fish die within 3 years... Since there's no real information about their actual lifespan in the wild, I don't know how comfortable I am with the idea of potentially doing that to an animal when other species seem to adapt or even thrive in captivity by contrast. Anyway, that's pretty much the whole process of setting up this 13g nano, it has been a really long time since I've been able to play around with this hobby and honestly this tank has been jumping back into the deep-end for me. I'd love to hear any suggestions on livestock, but I want to keep it light and 10% every-other week or even monthly water-changes in the realm of possibility because of my condition (I test every three days to make sure nitrates are undetectable). Hope you enjoyed the read as much as I've loved browsing around the community and admiring all of your tanks and projects, hope you have a great day!
  5. X8HCI0

    Horizontal Algae Scrubbers?

    Hey guys i have a 15g biocube and was thinking of implementing a algea scrubber was wondering if this would work? If placed the algae scrubber across the top of the overflow (All in on unit btw) and use a return pump to pump the water in and out the other side of the overflow box. I would use some led's and shine them directly onto the scrubber. Would this work?
  6. Tom@HaslettMI

    Arch-Scape Reef

    Hello all. Finally starting a journal to share and document my reef. I’ve been a reef aquarist for a long time. I set up my first reef tank in the early 90’s, and I have had one ever since. This tank is an upgrade from a Marineland 25 gallon rimless tank. My goal for this thread is for pictures to do the talking... so I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum. Enjoy! May 2018. DIY stand being built. Empty tank just there to dream a bit. August 2018. The stand is mostly done. September 2018. Tank moved! Rock and coral just dropped in. Pile-o-rocks! October 2018. A peak under the hood. Wire organization mostly there. A de-rimmed 10 gallon as a temporary sump. November 2018. Arch complete! Thanks for looking! Tom
  7. RedCrow

    RedCrow's AIO 4.5 Gallon

    Full tank shot as of 01/01/2020 Current stock list: Fish - pair of antenna gobies Stonogobiops nematodes Invertebretes - randall's pistol shrimp Alpheus randalli - blue legged hermit crab (one) - nassarius snail (one) Coral SPS - green birdsnest - red monti cap - tricolor pocillopora - encrusting pavona - red monti digi LPS - white tip torch - purple tip hammer - yellow goniopora Polyps - radioactive dragon eye zoas - incredible hulk zoas - ring of fire zoas - green star polyps - pulsing xenia -------- I've been out of the reef game for a bit of time (which was killing me), so I finally decided to set up a pico to satisfy the urge. My goal with this tank is to keep it as low maintenance as possible while still being able to keep some more demanding corals. I've always liked the appearance of peninsula style tanks, and I really wanted an AIO so I could grow chaeto. I ended up buying a Lifegard Aquatics 3.8 gallon rimless with built in side filter. I wasn't happy with the lack of space behind the false wall (there was only about 2.5"), and the glass was fogged rather than being opaque. I liked the quality of the tank itself, so I bought a regular rimless tank from them. Marine Depot lists this tank at 5.4 gallons; it's right around 4.5 gallons with nothing in it. I bought some black acrylic and built a rear chamber. The rear chamber is split in two; the left side is for chaeto, and the right side has a Finnex titanium heater and an MJ mini. I wanted the get an A80 for lighting, but wasn't quite ready to spend that much. I found this Chinese light on amazon for 50 bucks Here is the tank set up with no water And here it is after getting wet. I also cut some black acrylic to make a cover around the rear chamber. Live rock added And here is a full tank shot after the water had cleared. I added a couple zoas, and accidentally got a half a dozen blue leg hermits with the live rock. Now i just have to wait out the cycle.
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  9. Hi, The skimmer is noisy, hard to maintain (Fluval PS2) and eats coral's food. I found a better solution - (UAS) Upflow Algae Scrubber. Your water will be crystal clear and maintenance is very easy. You will need (upd. you don't need an airpump in AIO chamber area). Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget Chaetomax 2-in-1 9W Refugium LED 1$ basked from the dollar store (just find any basket that will fit) Plastic mesh screen (I rub it on asphalt to make it rough) Airpump (I think is not necessary, but I use one for "Micro and nano bubble tank treatment" and for this scrubber too). I use Fluval Q2 (stay away from noisy Q1). Airline tubing with many holes (I drill with 1/16 drill). Always use Check Valve and stay away from "Hagen Elite Check Valve". Airline Gate Valve for air control One Suction Cups (I use "Marina Black Thermometer Suction Cups") I attach the mesh screen on each side of the basket (using tie wraps, but you can use reef safe glue). Use a drill to make the hole in the airline tubing - if not, all the air will out from the biggest holes: Scrubber test: I put it in the middle chamber: Result: UAS in working (at night when light off): Future upgrades: I need to install this for better airline tubing: Good luck!
  10. I was wondering If it would be possible to use inert pigments when making concrete live rock, or something like activated charcoal to give it a deep black color. Maybe titanium oxide for a bright white, though I think there's some research that it's also harmful. I've heard of using purple PVC primer for a coralline effect. My main intent here is to make a frag plug mold with different color frag plates. Has anyone tried this or know of anything safe to use?
  11. jbb_00

    3n

    I'm only playing along so @Ratvan doesn't win. Tank : UNS 3n Lighting : TBD Heat : Archaea (25W) ultra slim Flow : Cobalt mini-jet 404 Entry FTS : 2/1/20
  12. Hi there! I’m excited to be embarking on the 365 Day Challenge with my little DIY tank. The plans for this tank are to have a little fun and keep it carefree—while hopefully still being beautiful—so I’ll be making this a ‘pest tank.’ Call me crazy, but I’m currently on an avid hunt for Majano anemones, and other undesirables that I find intriguing, but don’t want in my reef tank. Other livestock will include some zoas / palys for a pop of color, macro algaes, and other soft corals. I have yet to decide if a tiny sexy shrimp or hermit crab will be added; I’m going to base that off of how everything progresses over the next month or so. Now for some of the more technical details: The Tank - Thrifted cylinder vase (edit: about 1 liter of water) - AIO divider was created with a repurposed plastic binder, and attached to the vase using Super Glue. - The mesh intake cage from a powerhead is being used as a media basket, which the water from the display flows directly into. Pantyhose are being used as a makeshift media bag to hold carbon and GFO (about 1/4-1/2 tsp of each). There are also some ceramic media pieces in the back chamber; they too are secured in a pantyhose ‘bag’ to make removal easier if necessary. - A tiny fountain pump is being used for circulation. I made a little L-shaped arm using extra pieces of piping from other aquarium projects, and have covered the ‘return’ with sponge to slow the flow down to a manageable level (I would like to possibly create a little spray bar or something instead—I’ll tinker with it and see how it works). - The lighting is still in the works. There is a tiny reading light (not pictured) on the tank currently. I am going to work on supplementing this white light with blue and red LEDs this weekend. - an ATO will be added eventually as well. The Scape I’m keeping the scape minimalistic; I would like to have two little islands, but am still searching for my second piece of rubble! I’ll also be growing corals (most likely some GSP) on the back wall. I chose black sand for this little project since I’ve never tried it before in a reef environment. I just snagged one of the tiny craft-sand bags from the dollar store. The tank is so small, I used maybe 1/3 of a hand-sized bag. That’s it for now! Hopefully some of you will be along for, and enjoy, the ride! Cheers, Rain
  13. So I've been reading around on how to improve my evo, and I read I need to plug the hole in the false wall. Any idea on how I can do this safely? My tank has been up for a year and is already stocked.
  14. Psilopsych

    12x12 diy cube

    So here it is. I built this tank from some free shelves I got from a couple on Craigslist. It’s 12x12 inches. I have a 250gph return and a 110 gph in the display for flow. An aqueon 10w heater, coralview 3” smart fan and inkbird to run them. Smart auto top off with a 5g rodi storage container. Filtration is tanken care of by foam, filter floss, chaetomorpha and an ns80 reef octopus skimmer. Great lil unit! There is around 9lbs live rock and a 2” sand bed. The tank is lit by a nanobox mini. Big upgrade from the Chinese box light. Livestock includes a oscilaris clown, pajama cardinal, Randall’s goby, margarita snails, astrea snails, electric blue hermit, red hermit, and left handed hermits. Corals. Chicken pox discoma and a red and blue dot disco. Green branching hammer. Blue branching hammer. Green octospawn. Eagle eye, gobstopper, and Rasta Zoas. Montipora setosa. Sunset montipora. Green palys and utter chaos paly. Birds nest. Some sad ass trumpets and acan that burned up with a crappy Chinese box light. And a green and purple Favia. I have had a lot of success’ and failures with this tank. I have lost fish,inverts ands corals. I have also brought corals back from the dead. I fought and beat bubble algae and bryopsis. All in all this tank has been a rollercoaster but I feel like I am finally getting on the right path. I do weekly 3-5g water changes. Clean the glass daily and test weekly to bi weekly. Hope yall like like what you see and happy reefing.
  15. In April I set up an180 gallon marine tank(6x2x2) I love it and it is doing very well. However, in an effort to keep my 'tinkering' hands out of the tank, I finally persuaded my wife to let me buy some glass, wood and acrylic and build my own 50l display tank with a 25l sump and 7.5 l top off tank. It's been fun, fun, fun.... time to start a build thread. I'm aiming for a 'mini cycle' at worst. (there is nothing brown and hairy growing in the sump that's a reflection of the living room rug!) as I am seeding the tank with some siporax, a little sand, live rock and some sponge media from the180. I thought about purchasing TMC habitat 50 tank... they look so good! Then I thought to hell with spending almost £600 pounds on that... I would make my own 'version' for less than half that amount.... wish me luck! The tank including equipment should cost me less than £300. I'm really looking forward to receiving feedback on my plans for this mixed reef and its progress! Display: DIY 12 gallon Display Sump: 6 gallons Lighting: TBA Filtration: Tunze 9001 skimmer, filter floss, gfo, carbon Heater: 50w Circulation: Jebao 1200 ATO: Tunze Nano ATO - not purchased yet Dosing: Manual ATI Essentials (not pro and not yet!)
  16. BoredNuke

    BoredNukes Reef Rebuild

    Wife decide she want the tank to go from okay to as good as I can make it. A challenge I happily accepted. Tank is a Redsea Reefer XL425. Goals for this project is to better(fully) automate & failsafe the system as I travel 28 days at a time for work. Secondary goal is turning the wiring and controls from embarassing chaos to display quality. Current Equipment: 2 kessill 360s, 1 Mp40, Knockoff DC return pump, Semi ATO (kalk on a timer + redsea internal ATO tank), JBJ 1/10hp nano Chiller. Heater of some wattage (forgot but works) Ancient salt ruined ReefKeeper that is limping (shuts down if bumped at all). 2 crappy small bottom fed bio pellet, carbon(GFO) reactors. Incoming Equipment: Apex + Trident, Apex ATK,Break out Box and DOS, PM1, Apex COR15, 2 aquamax reactors, 1 aquamax Bioppellet reactor, Clarisee Auto Roller SK 3000 Aquamax Ctech t1 Calcium reactor. A bunch of plumbing material (pipe,Valves etc.), Home depot wood and (plexi)glass for controls cabinet, cheap periastic pump (CaRx feed potentially temporary ). Makeup water container TBD based off available room in control stand. and Redsea cover to keep jawfish from becoming dog food. Current Inhabitants: 2 warrior baby clowns (ocellaris) (RIP Death and Destuction) Lawn mower blenny Leopard wrasse Coral Beauty 2 pajama cardinals Aiptasia eating File fish (name is alie) Brittle star 1 Urchin All the Aipatsia. and 4 lost apparently on strike berghias. CUC: Snails,hermits, 2 RBTA Down the road Plans: Add backlight to controls display that changes color based on Apex error alerts, Webcam to apex fusion feed phyto farm in garage Phyto chiller/doser Actual Continous duty periastatic. Full water chem tests (ICP or equivalent) Blue Spotted Jawfish Purple dartfish Buy more(all the) Frags 🙂
  17. Hi guys, I wanted to share with you my Arduino DIY Dosing Pump.I worked on them for some time so i have many versions of it, but the final one is great and can dose with a great precision (0.1 ml).Here a pic of the finale work: Build on Nodemcu, a ESP8266 chip based they are controlled via Web: You can also log all your test results on the website and have graphs You have an alarm when your containers are going out of liquids: And you have alarms on power failure too: You can find all the step by step instruction and the software at: JoyreefFeel free to ask for details, or help.
  18. This guy is extra salty

    Made of acrylic

    So I’m participating in the contest and I’m deciding to build EVERYTHING from scratch well except the acrylic which will be pulled from the scrap bin (my ole lady said,”You can participate if you don’t spend any money.”) Aka “TEAM BUDGET” Final FTS 10/31/19 Proposed equipment: 1-12x6x8 (2.5 gallon tank) 1-8x3x4 hob filter(acrylic) (didn’t work as planned) 1-160gph pump(for HOB Filter) 20$ (😭) 1-2.5x7.5 surface skimmer(acrylic) 1-AI prime HD w/mount 1- custom stand (for AI prime hd) 1-controller board (I’m debating this) 1-50w heater 1- hydor nano 240gph wave maker (too much flow) 1-90gph pump 1-Hydor water deflector 1-6ft water proof warm white led string (didn’t need it) 1-24hr timer 1- 🎁 auto aqua smart ATO/AWC (g 1- 🎁 Brightwell Aquatics Xport mini cubes (Gift) 2- 🎁 VCA random flow generators Total spent: -20$ I didn’t even need it 😭 Livestock: candycane pistol shrimp (pew 🔫 pew) moved to 160g ♾Bristle worms (who’s counting?) 4-cerith snails 4-astrea snails 4-trochus snails ♾majano anemones ♾aiptasia anemones Coral list: compliments of Corallivore Corals jedi mindtrick montipora (1 polyp is holding on) mystic sunset montipora didn’t make it Blue discosoma Teal discosoma blue spot discosoma orange ricordia rainbow ricordia reverse rainbow ricordia kedds red zoanthid rasta zoanthid eagle eye zoanthid nuclear waste zoanthid bam bam zoanthid rainbow infusion zoanthid armor of god zoanthid green finger leather Brown toadstool GSP blue clove polyp green Ricordia pink moon zoanthid BOP stylo Didn’t make it gorilla nipple zoanthid Pulsing xenia cove polyps cespitularia out grew the tank moved to 160 purple hammer moved to 160 macro algae dragons burp( compliments of @inland_reef) bubble algae GHA (it’s finally dying! 10/2/19) The beginning picture “4/2/19” with dehydrated apple rings and cuppy cakes Here is a shot of it empty
  19. Wonderboy

    Project Xenia

    I don't even know the volume of this thing. It was important for it not to be too volumous, though. I set this up mainly because I wanted there to be some existing reason for making that ATO I retired from use for my 2.5G a while back. This is going to be my special little xenia experiment. I am not sure of all demands that this thing may need to be powered by xenia instead of any kind of pump, but I have some ideas and am willing to fail if not figure it out. This is what I've done so far: Start-up was 8-22-19 Ingredients: dry rock, water most from my 10G reef some RODI (for a salinity of 1.0205), 1/2mL Microbe-Lift Special Blend, fauna, macro, and a dash of Reef Roids Fauna introduced (same day): 1 blue leg hermit crab + shells, 7 tiny dwarf cerith snails, 1 asterina sp. starfish (which immediately split over night, so kind of 2), tisbe copepods, munnid copepods Macro: pretty sure it's a titanophora sp.? - it responds well to low or bright light - there's many little free floating pieces placed under the rock intentionally) Equip: jar, thrift shop stand/cabinet thing, air pump, acryllic top, DIY ATO bottle, little centrifugal fan, blue and pink LED lights strips (wattage: not a clue), 15min increment analog timer, and emergency didgeridoo I was aware already that these LED strips produce a good amount of heat from using them on my 2.5G - so I knew I would need to cool this thing. The fan is wired so that it is on with the LEDs. I had the fan mounted to the inside of the box at first - it pulled air from outside and pushed it up throught the LEDs - the water temperature was not being reduced (running at 83 - 84F) - swapped the fan to the outside (would have done it in the lower compartment if there wasn't a hole already) water temperature has been stable at 78 - 80F Adding the xenia soon - thanks for checking this nonsense out!
  20. MikeLNewell

    New tank plans - ADA 60-P

    I am in the process of planning a new reef tank and thought I would share my plans with the community. The plan is for an ADA-60p and, for the sake of planning, the associated stand. The space is a fireplace set inside a chimney brest in my dining room that has an arch around the top - it's fairly modest space size but would benefit from having something there to add value to the room. Here are a range of plans below. They are near enough to scale relative to one another. Red arrows indicate water direction. On to more specifics of the sump: There is a primary and emergency return from a narrow overflow box (which is based on something like this: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/eclipse-s-overflow-box-600-gph-eshopps.html The primary return will then be split into two... There will be a bubble tower (inspired by Melev's designs) for one of the split returns. The water exits the bottom into the 1st section of the sump where the skimmer is housed. Along the front of the sump is a long thin refugium which is fed by the second of the split returns. The refugium runs the whole length of the sump and exits in the return chamber. The internal baffle will be black acrylic which will extend above the height of the sump to stop light leakage and algae growth in the other compartments of the sump. Here is a side on view of each of the compartments of the sump from L-R: split returns into bubble tower and refugium; skimmer section and first baffle; refugium outlet into return section and small probe holder. The return pump will join to flexible reinforced tubing to reduce noise then into a single return (likely with an anti siphon valve somewhere... something I've missed off). The specifics of components are yet to be decided. The skimmer size is based on something like this http://www.eshopps.com/products/proteinskimmer/midlevelline/x120/ I plan on building the sump myself from acrylic so open to suggestions regarding design. The biggest missing compartment is an ATO section - thinking of shortening the refugium and return section to accommodate for one. Space is a touch tight! Any feedback would be warmly received, particularly around the plumbing plans. Cheers, Mike
  21. This is not a cute little 'all in one' aquarium, this is a Frankenstein, a diy monster that is going to offend some with its lack of interest in traditional reefing. This is a hands on, built not bought reef. Most of you won't respond or comment, it's expected, but you will look because you must, it's your nature. So here for your enjoyment (quiet, unresponsive enjoyment) is a reef tank that has undergone changes, that has evolved since the first post and is flourishing. Here is the beginning, if you can make it to the end you might find that you enjoy it instead of skipping to the end now and not understanding what you are looking at... ... So this is my current Pico... 2.5 gallons... (this is a crappy picture that I murdered even further with a photo editor...) 6/26 new tank fts 9/20 fts Fts 10/12 Fts 12/3 And things are starting to get cramped, when the Duncan is fully extended he really takes up a lot of space on his own, not that he cares. He's just like that, but is also my favorite coral in the tank. (he's also growing 2 (maybe 3) new heads. I also want to spread out the zoas, move the Kenya tree further away and put the xenias in their own area. The anthelia I mowed down already but know it will come back which is fine. So enough of the why, let's get to the point. The new tank is going to be 6.5 gallons. (it's gonna be huuuge). I'm currently working on the hood and stand. I will be using my sump and canister filter from the smaller tank still. It's a semi hex and it was a gift. The wood is rough cut cedar I had left from a gazebo I built for a customer. So here are a few things I'm planning to do differently this time, because I have been paying attention : Better flow! I mean way better, turbulent! alternating! flow flow flow! My entire scape will be mounted to a removable background to make it easier to add new corals, move corals, treat algae or pests (should they appear from thin air or awaken from hibernation). This will also allow me to dip the entire scape if the corals require it. I will be adding violet and turquoise leds to my lighting and switching out my 10k whites for neutral whites for a better blending of color and spectrum. Ok, so here are a few things I want to do but won't really know how they will work until I get it set up. I plan to have a set of return lines behind my Live rock scrap and a set up top facing down. These lines will be powered by separate pumps that will alternate via a wave maker. I'm hoping that will be much better for keeping detritus from settling. My canister filter will be a sort of closed loop set up. Two returns coming up from the bottom with heads/nozzles designed to sweep the bottom of the tank and the drain mounted in the bottom as well to (theoretically) catch any debris. I plan to hollow out two small pieces of rock to hide these nozzles. Will my green star polyps hate this constant flow? They will be spread out on the bottom of the tank. I still have a lot to do and decide on, like most things I will probably change my mind about a dozen times before it is all said and done. So this is the beginning, I post pictures as I go, maybe you will find it interesting or maybe you won't (boooo) if you have tried any of the things I've said please let me know how or if they worked out for you. Thanks (fingers crossed I don't just screw this up :p)
  22. New Steves Led Hurricane pwm controller Comes with extra wire $40 plus shipping
  23. Hey everyone Quick note: i've never used silicone or sealed anything I purchased a used fish tank and attempted to reseal all the silicone (the silicone was really old and loose). I'm not sure if I did the silicone too thin.? Tank is 60g I have attached images of the job I did. Will this hold okay or should I re-do it ?
  24. I have taken down my tank and am looking o sell my DIY led/t5 hybrid light. This is a housing from a Coralife 4x 24" T5 lunar fixture. I removed 2 of the T5s, as well as the lunar LEDs, and mounted a 4 channel Nanobox Duo M inside of it. So total it has 2 24" T5s in the front and back each with individual reflectors, and a Nanobox Duo M (4 channels, moonlight channel, & lime LEDs) mounted in the middle. 4 channel Bluefish controlled with the t5s on a separate outlet. I'll also include the old nanobox duo gooseneck in case you want to restore it. The nanobox fan is burnt out. It is an easy fix, but works fine without it since the t5 has a fan and the housing is looser around the nanobox than the original housing. It also needs a cover for the nanobox fan hole I cut into the top. It also could use a better plexiglass protector, I couldn't find a single piece big enough. The mounts for the T5s are VERY rough, and it wasn't a finished project when I took it down. With a little TLC this could be a really clean fixture, but it's currently a bit rough around the edges. That being said, this thing works great for growing corals and has a great mix of flashy led and natural fluorescent spread. I really like the colors, and look of this light. I am selling because I have taken down the tank, sold all my stuff, and am moving across the globe.
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