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I have a confession; another pico reef is on it's way. 😅 Life has been absolutely nuts for me right now, some would call it "chaotic"😉. Even still, ever since I tore down my 365 dropoff tank I've been on the hunt for a small replacement. To scratch that itch 😅. I've been eyeing Lifegard Aquatics' new "Elevated" series aquariums since they were announced earlier this year, and the smallest of the bunch really peaked my interest. (What can I say? I'm a sucker for small AIOs). With Marine Depot having their Black Friday sale and spending weeks trying to ignore a painfully empty corner on my desk in my office at home, I finally said to myself, "it's time." EQUIPMENT: Tank: Lifegard Elevated 1.2 gallon AIO Return Pump: Quiet One 200 (stock pump) Power Head: Micro USB fountain pump Heater: Topfin 20w preset Lighting: 2x Luminie Asta 20 ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite LIVESTOCK: Coral: Misc. Blue Tipped Acropora Purple Pocillopora Superman Digi Purple tip hammer (probably a "frammer") Gold Hammer Orange Rainbow Acan Watermelon Acan Yellow Brick Road Zoas Lilo and Stitch Zoas Scrambled Egg Zoas "Japanese Deepwater Zoas" Solar Flare Zoas GSP Magician Palys Madarin Polyps Fish: Baby Wyoming White Clown Fish Hector's Goby Inverts: Red/Blue Legged Hermit Crabs Cerith Snails Stomatella Freaking Acropora Eating Spiders. Probably some Aptasia somewhere FTS 08/16/2021 I've had a bit of time to think about how I'm going to go about piecing all of this together during a small trip my wife and I took up to Oregon recently (beautiful drive) to pick up our new furry friend, but I'm still on the fence about some things. I have several ideas in mind, but I think either way I'll be leaving the bottom bare to take advantage of the lifted glass bottom of this tank. I'm also scheming a new return nozzle layout given the peculiar design of this system. I was thinking about just getting an RFG nozzle, but heck I have a 3D printer; I've been wanting to try some return nozzle designs of my own so this will probably become a testbed for that. I've also ordered a dc650 return pump from Reefbreeders as I want more flow and more control; SPS coral is a curiosity for this tank. Although we'll have to see if the overflow can take it (hopefully a design flaw from the other crystal series aquariums that was corrected). I'll keep you all posted on how it comes together in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Apollo, our new Alaskan Klee Kai 😁