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Snow_Phoenix posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsHi everyone, I've started a new build, and have decided to document it in this journal so that you might follow along (if you're interested). Background: I used to have a wonderful tiny mixed reef picotank for the last few months which brought me much joy. Unfortunately, 2.6G of volume wasn't enough to grow out all my corals, and I did add more than 60+ frags in that little tank. Eventually, I decided upgrading was the best solution. I needed a tank that wasn't too large that it would become a burden doing WCs, but not too small that it didn't have enough space to accommodate all the corals either. I settled on a 10G+ tank - it was roomy enough to meet my requirements, and most importantly, be simple enough to WC every week. I used the Tank Transfer Method (TTM) to upgrade, and used established cured LR (~5-years-old) from older systems as a biofilter. Only the LS was new, but I seeded it with a small cup of LS from my picoreef. The new nano is now located in my bedroom, and the temp. dips down to as low as 25'C (night) and as high as 30'C (very hot afternoons). The swing seems wild, but my pico operated under the same temp. range (more or less), and so far the animals didn't have any issues with the temp. Specifications: 10.23G tank 18" x 12" x 11" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: H300 Dophin HOB (440L/Hr) Aqua Knight Spectra M029 (30W) Jebao SOW-4 Wavemaker (4000L/Hr) Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my previous 2.6G's picoreef, 60G's refugium & 10G's nanocube in the library Sand: 4.5kg Aragonite Live Sand --> seeded with a small cup of LS taken from the sandbed of my 2.6G picoreef Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Fish: None for now. Inverts: (My monsters! a.k.a. Critters of Chaos!) 1x Turban snail 1x Yellow Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus cyanoscelis) - Shrimpy - 02/05/2021 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Hitchiker Stomatella Snail Hitchiker Limpets Corals: SPS (8 Types): Red Pavona Garf Bonsai Acropora Valida Purple Montipora Digitata Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Neon Yellow/Purple Montipora Spongodes Chili Pepper Montipora *Unknown Purple/Green Montipora Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS (13 Types): Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Christmas Favia Purplish-Gray Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Purple/Blue Whiplash Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral (6 Types): Orange Clove Polyps Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas (27 Types/Morphs): Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys (Blue/Green Morph) Nuclear Death Palys (Green/Yellow Morph) Rainbow Infusion Palys Metallic Green Palys Sunny Ds Palys Green Implosion Palys Captain America Palys Gold Maul Zoas LA Laker Zoas Butt Muncher Zoas Incinerator Zoas Incredible Hulk Zoas Devil's Armor Zoas Purple Monster Zoas Rainbow Yoda Zoas Blondie Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Purple Hornet Zoas Rasta Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Red PE Zoas *Unidentified Brown/Pink Zoas *Unidentified Purple/Blue/Green Starburst Mushrooms (20 Types): Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Green Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Superman Discosoma Mushroom Watermelon Discosoma Mushroom Red/Green Discosoma Mushroom Ironman Discosoma Mushroom Red Discosoma Mushroom Blue Discosoma Mushroom Yellow-Spotted Green Discosoma Mushroom Blue-Spotted Red Discosoma Mushroom Green/Light Green Rhodactis Mushroom Forest Fire Rhodactis Mushroom Tricolor Rhodactis Mushroom Violet Rhodactis Mushroom Tricolor Orange/Blue/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Purple Green Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Rainbow Yuma Mushroom Yellow Yuma Mushroom Blue Hairy Mushroom Current Coral Count: ~74 Types/Morphs/Varieties *TBA: Livestock: Fish Ornamental Crab Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 16/11/2020: Post-TTM on 16/11/2020: FTS on 17/11/2020: Topview FTS on 17/11/2020: FTS on 12/12/20: Topview FTS on 12/12/20: FTS on 09/01/21: FTS on 09/02/21: FTS on 20/03/21: FTS on 23/04/21: FTS on 25/05/2021: FTS on 15/07/21: FTS on 10/09/21: FTS on 16/10/21: FTS on 15/11/21 (*1-year-old) :