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Hey everyone! I used to keep track of my projects on other forums years in the past; I figured I should try to document my tangents once again. I found there are several usb powered miniature water pumps on the internet and it squeezed my thoughts into reason of a similar ratio... put a mini-pump in a mini-sump for a mini-reef! So my latest experiment is a very tiny pico reef aquarium; the system is constructed from found up-cycled material and attempted-budget-purchased equipment. I plan to play with it while I setup other more sustainable systems. The tedious DIY aspects of it are complete; its success will depend on equipment application/reliability from this point. The empty "display tank" can hold .123 gallons. The system is very nearly sealed using multiple containers and a mini pump for movement, no airline or stone. My goal is to culture some type of really-small-polyp coral and micro-fauna. Obviously a few or more concerns: can the pump produce sufficient movement? Avoiding the inevitability of rapid temperature and PH fluctuations. Also, choosing the appropriate species of coral... I just filled it with saltwater not even a few days ago; I had been taking checkpoint pictures and hand-recording processes and will share them with details here as soon as I can. - Brant Here's a teaser photo for now:
It's been a while, and I had that itch again. Just started (well, brought to work after cycle) a jar for my desk. I wanted a lamp because sometimes we keep the lights off in the office. Instant inspiration. The "lamp that grows coral" was born. Welcome to the the journal. Installed 07/20/2017. COMPONENTS AND MATERIALS - Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon Mason Jar - EcoPlus Eco Air 1 - Jebao Pp300Lv Water Pump 40 GPH (for water changes) - 15W E27 Warm White LED Bulb (lens removed) - (2) Royal Blue, (1) Blue, (1) UV, (1) Warm White LEDs - 1/2" PVC pipe (light stand) - Pipe fittings: (3) 90 sxs, (1) T - Aquarium airline tubing - Plexiglass (lid and led splash guard) - Spray shellac (for metal ring) - E27 bulb socket - Epoxy ---------- INHABITANTS - 1lb live rock - (2) Blue Leg Hermit - (2) Bristle Worms - (1) Stomatella Snail ---------- CORAL FRAGS - (1) Aussie Big Polyp Blastomussa - Single head - (1) Fiji Bam Bam Orange Zoanthid - Large polyp with 4 baby buds