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Welcome to Granite’s 2.5g Dropoff thread. Let me start off by pointing out that I got carried away during the building process and used dividing walls to create a drop off tank. All my other equipment will remain within contest parameters and I plan to proceed as though I am participating with hopes of winning a nanoreef shirt and some stickers in the rule breaker category! Display: Deep Blue 2.5g standard Lights: Current USA 12” Truelumen Pro LED Strip Lights. 1xMarine Fusion(12k white/453nm blue) and 2xDeepwater Blue(453nm only) 9w each. Both are connected to a Current USA Ramp Timer Pro. Heater: 25w Archaea Nano w/ controller Air Pump: Cobalt Aquatics USB DC Air pump Dual Port (47.6gph!!!) Lid: Aqueon 2.5 lid, also have the deep blue lid but it fits the rim tighter and leaves no gap for tubes/power cords Dividers: These came as a set with the Deep Blue lid to make the tank a 3-way betta tank. I simply set one at 4” horizontally and the other slightly pitched vertically to make the Dropoff platform. Filtration: 2x cut to size Lee’s 2.5 original undergravel filter. Substrate: Caribsea Florida Crushed Coral Rock: Dry pukani and coral rubble, one live rock with brittle stars and bristle worms and Copepods Salt: Redsea Coral Pro mixed to 1.026 Refractometer: Milwaukee MA887 FTS: In the March/April 2019 coral magazine on pages 106-111 you will find a really great article written about the author’s experience in scientifically working with Leptastrea Purpurea. This coral and the article really captivated me, so I am making the drop off a Leptastrea specimen tank! Both because of its hardiness and its cool brooding reproduction technique. Leptastrea Resources This link is to the same research that was showcased in coral magazine but in a more scientific manner. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00466 This is some poorly written news article about leptastrea’s ability to survive a molasses spill. Super random but interesting. https://www.petcha.com/leptastrea-purpurea-more-resistant-to-stressors-than-other-corals/ Basic Care Guidlines. https://captivecoral.net/portfolio/leptastrea/ Towards the bottom of the last link is species specific information and it will redirect you this very helpful site http://www.coralsoftheworld.org/species_factsheets/species_factsheet_summary/leptastrea-purpurea/
I'm pretty new to all of this. I had freshwater tanks for a while, many years ago, but didn't really understand the hobby and I didn't take the time to learn. I've always wanted a salt water tank, but stayed away because I was afraid of the the time and money commitment. A friend of mine owns a pet store. For years he's been trying to get me into the hobby because I'm always hanging out at his shop looking at his saltwater stuff. In December he finally got me. He gave me a Coralife 29 biocube. Oh boy, I had no idea what I was in for. It's been just under 6 months and it has been a hell of roller coaster, both good and bad. There's a lot to recap in just 6 months, but I'll start with where I am now. Then I'll recap everything I can recall going through/doing along the way to this point. Hopefully others can make use of all of the things that have and have not worked well for me. Attached is what my tank looks like as of April 8, 2018. Hardware: Coralife biocube 29 Stock hood/lighting: CF daylight, Actinic Blue, Blue LED bar x2 Stock Pump Upgraded ultra quiet hood fans Hydor 425 & 240 powerheads EHEIM Jager 150W heater Filtration: stock bioballs, carbon filter cartidge, Chemipure Elite Blue biobag 2 digital electric outlet timers to control lights Livestock: 2-Picaso Clowns 1-Yellow Wrasse 1-Purple goby firefish 1-Redstripe cleaner shrimp 1-Sand sifting starfish 6-crabs (3-red, 3-blue) 2-Nessarius snails 3-Turbo snails 2-Trochus snails 4-Astrea snails 1-Zebra snail 1-Bumblebee snail Corals: Duncan Frogspawn Hammer Kenya tree Zoanthids Blue star polyps Hollywood stunner