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I figured it was time to put up or shut up. Welcome to my 12 Gallon long and dirty reef. Equipment: (updated 11/5/2019) Display: Mr. Aqua 12 Gallon long Lighting: Current USA Marine Orbit Pro IC Heater: Tetra Flow: 2- MP 10's Carib Sea Dry Base Rock Carib Sea Fiji Pink Sand This tank was started 2/4/2016 with a tank i found on craigslist. I am a long time freshwater fish keeper. I had thought of keeping a saltwater tank before but I didn't even know nano reefs were a thing.......maybe i should have kept it that way. Photo dump to follow.
I have an idea for a 55 gallon low maintenance tank. No sump or mechanical filtration. Just chaeto, soft corals, and a couple hardy fish. The goal would be for the growth/harvesting of chaeto to keep nutrient levels low enough to eliminate the need for water changes/outcompete undesirable algaes. I would assume that since I only stocked chaeto, soft coral, and very few fish I wouldn't need to dose (except maybe iron for chaeto?) I basically got the idea from the Triton method (minus LPS/SPS corals)/the BRS refugium testing series/tanks like https://www.nano-reef.com/featured/2016/brad908-r114/. Thoughts? More Details: I am thinking of doing bare bottom, some dry rock, LED lighting, heater, strong powerheads. I am worried that without sand/lots of rock the biological filter might not establish, but I was also hoping that lots of chaeto would make up for it, since all of that macro algae also has surface area for bacteria (right?). Basically just want to better understand if a very simple, very low maintenance tank would work. Really not sure though, hence why I'm here asking for advice.
Hey everyone! So this is my first post on Nano-reef but I've been a long time lurker. I've kept reef tanks in different forms for about 10 years now but due to constant moving in my 20's never really had anything that I would consider a well established tank! Now that I'm in my 30's and feel fairly settled when I saw a 40 breeder with stand pop up on my local Craigslist for $40 I jumped at the opportunity to pull out some old equipment and start my journey again! I've always loved the dimensions of 40b's and to me its the perfect nano sized tank. it has a big enough foot print to come up with some interesting aquascapes and house some interesting creatures while still being relatively affordable by not needing to go overboard on equipment like the fact that you only need one light. I used a majority old equipment I had laying around for this system. This system has been up for about 5 months now and has gone through a few changes, mainly lighting related. Equipment: Aqueon Tank Breeder Black 36X18X16 40gal Older Reef Octopus HOB skimmer, closest thing I can find now is a classic 100 Aquaclear 70 with InTank media basket running filterfloss, chemipure elite, and biomedia 165w black box led (started with 4 bulb t5 fixture and may go back to t5 if I find a reasonably priced 6 bulb fixture) 2 old hydro powerheads I had laying around (plan to pickup single crossflow style pump in the near future) Stock list: only stock at the moment are a pair of snowflake clowns, a few frags, and clean up crew (random snails and a few hermit) Future plans: As someone who has had a bare bottom tank in the past I don't know why I thought I would like having a sand-bed. It's messy and I hate it so I'm going to start siphoning it out with water changes and go bare bottom. I like the look of reef tanks with a lot of "flowing" corals in it so I'm probably going to be pretty BTA and LPS dominated with the possibility of some SPS in the future. Also looking at adding a six-line wrasse and maybe a dwarf angel of some sort as tank mates. Early August 2019: initial set up July 2020: start of tank journal
Hello all! I am starting a 2.5 gallon pico tank (chiefly macroalgae oriented but may eventually add corals) in a large critter keeper and will record my progress here. No pics yet, but I will describe it; Filtration - internal homemade bottle filter (currently only some gravel to keep it down, but will have phosguard, carbon, and denitrate in it). Powered by two air lines, sufficient to keep brine shrimp slowly in suspension in the tank. Considering getting a small internal filter instead to improve circulation... Heater - generic 25 watt Flora - None currently (am adding caulerpa and chaeto tonight) Fauna - None currently Lights - A 20" and a 12" LED light from cll petsuppilies, a seller on Ebay. I have no PAR reading, but they produce 3,360 lumens put together and consist of 50% 10000k, 40% blue 460 nm, and the rest red and green LED's Water changes; Just set it up Friday, will start with 40% weekly (1 gallon) Feeding; have fed flakes and brine shrimp (how often should I feed a pico?) Will add pics at a later date.