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  1. *Clears Throat* Hello. Never thought that I would be here with another build, but alas, here we are. Over the past few months I have all but gotten out of the hobby. Between renovating our living room, and then overhauling the yard I have had no time to take care of a tank, let alone think about them. I guess like a lot of things in life this hobby ebbs and flows for me and balancing reef tanks with a few other interests has proven difficult if not impossible recently. To add insult to injury I have had to sell off most of my hobby things to help fund the ever hungry academic adventure that I am apart of. With the end of summer on the horizon, though, things have started to slow down a little and it was my wife who mentioned that a particular bookshelf would look nice with a reef tank to fill the space. Haha I think she missed having a reef tank more than I did. Well, I have to admit I didn't sell ALL of my reefing stuff (come on now 😉), and I soon found myself pulling out a gently used Lifegard Aquatics 6 gallon bookshelf aquarium out of storage. It took some work with a razor to scrape off all of the old crusties from once upon a time when it was a planted aquarium, but it cleaned up pretty nice. In a perfect world I wouldn't mind hanging some high end lighting and really going to town on this little tank, wouldn't we all, but in the process of paying for school I had to sell my wallet as well, so I guess we're going for broke with this one. I did however have a few pieces here and there and a hardscape took shape. I usually use Aquamaxx's (RIP MarineDepot) reef welder to glue rocks together, but given the delicate nature of the scape I was trying to achieve it really looked tacky so I switched to just plain old superglue which worked well still. I decided to only add a minimal* layer of "standard grade" Caribsea sand (*all I had). I want to go pretty minimalistic on equipment as well as looks with this tank so between a light, a heater and small wavemaker that will be the only tech powering this tank. I placed an order for an inexpensive Nicrew LED. Since this tank is so shallow, I figured I can get away with a less powerful lighting setup (and save some coin too). Filtration will be taken care of by the rock and sand as well as water changes. I do expect some hiccups in trying to find a groove with this tank, given how low tech it will be, but it shouldn't be too hard to upkeep (<famous last words ha!). I have a few housekeeping things to do; wire management and hanging the light when it arrives. And as per tradition, a mixed reef seems proper here. We also had a friend open a new shop just a few blocks away so some perusing might occur soon. Thanks for stopping by and happy reefing! 😁 Equipment: Tank: Lifegard Aquatics 6 Gallon Long Lighting: Nicrew Marine LED Heater: Hitop 50w Wavemaker: Jebao SOW-3 Corals: Soft: Lilo & Stich Zoas Scrambled Egg Zoas Pink Zipper Zoas Deepwater Zoas Magician Palys GSP Golden Plume Gorgonian LPS: Duncan (×2) Rainbow Acan Misc. Orange Acan Watermelon Acan Purple Tipped Hammer Golden Hammer Green Purple Tentacle Fungia SPS: Purple Pocilloproa Neon Green Seriatopora Yellow Millepora Blue/Green Millepora Green/Pink Tenuis Purple/Yellow Tenuis Neon Green Tenuis Red Setosa Macro Algae: Codium Inverts: Blue Legged Hermit Crabs Fish: TBD FTS 8/07/2021: FTS 9/22/2021 FTS 10/21/2021 FTS 11/17/2021
  2. Hello everyone, its me Hammerlover. Although cookie jar reefing is a joy and great experience for me, I wanted a fairly "bigger" setup where I can keep more shrimps, crabs and snails which i cant in my pico jar because only very few and small shrimps/crabs are allowed (they can irritate the corals, or even die in starvation). So after reading the thread of the legendary pico reefer, El Fabuloso and seeing Sandeep's awesome AIO pico tanks I decided to plunge myself into this new journey and start myself this new project! ---TANK SPECS--- * 5 gallon standard tank modded to a 5 gallons AIO setup (4 gallons DT and 1 gallon sump) * Pump rated for 10 gallons as return pump * Sand from beach (washed twice and sundried for a week, then washed again before using) * 3 kg of liverocks fresh from the sea (My LR has amazing worms, pods and tiny feather dusters plus a hint of coralline algae) * DIY LED lights by Sir Florencio * Polyfilter (from my 12 gal fowlr), TGR HPP (local version of Seachem Matrix) and some liverock rubble for the sump. There is another section where Im planning to add some macros soon * DIY gravity fed ATO from my dog's old water dispenser inspired by Nano Sapiens So here is the obligatory cloudy shot The tank after one day, it cleared up nicely but my phone cam is way too crappy it still doesnt look nice ignore the reflection of my face, the gate and our car A top view of my sump, the green plastic thing is my DIY ATO A closeup of my LED lights. Its nice how the violet and blues mix together ---PLANS--- -longevity, regular cleaning of my sandbed, sump and medias is a must! -turn this setup into a mixed reef (softies, some lps and sps) -lots of shrimps and crabs -Keep It Simple -Have a fully stocked reef even in a budget Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this setup and new journey will be a new adventure for me. ~Aaron
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