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  1. Chowder's Reef

    CR's Lifegard 6 Gallon Long

    *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: Sunny D Zoas 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 SPS: Purple Pocilloproa Yellow Millepora Green/Pink Tenuis Macro Algae: Codium Inverts: Blue Legged Hermit Crabs Cerith Snails Fish: TBD FTS 8/07/2021: FTS 9/22/2021 FTS 10/21/2021
  2. NoviceNanoReefer

    Waterbox 10g "Viewing" Thread

    Overview Tank: Waterbox 10g Equipment: Supplied pump AI Nero 3 AI Prime 16HD AquaEL Ultra 50W Heater Kamoer ATO SE Media: Poly-filter Supplied media (Activated carbon, sponges and plastic bio balls) Plans to change this to something like ceramic bio balls, but I believe most beneficial bacteria is on the rocks Plans to get rid of the carbon, due to polyfilter Rocks: Caribsea Dry Rock Arches Sand: Aqua Natural Course Aragonite Sand 9kg (not all used) Salt: Aquaforest Reef Salt Water: Tap water (TDS: 39) with dechlorinator Fish: Percula Picasso Clownfish Orange Ocellaris Clownfish Inverts (and Nems): Green Bubble Tip Anemone Rose/Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone (unsure?) 3x Small hermit crabs 4x 3x Turbo Snails (I knocked a Turbo snail off the glass cleaner when using it, and by chance it fell into the mini maxi) 4x 2x Nassarius Snails (one hermit keeps eating them for their shells....) Blue/Yellow Mini Maxi Anemone Corals: Softies: Orange Bam Bam Zoas Alpha and Omega Zoas Eagle Eye Zoas? Unknown Green skirt, yellow centre Zoa Green Ricordea Mushroom LPS: Pink tipped green elegance Green alveopora White and blue alveopora White alveopora Green and brown hammer Blue hammer Purple hammer Purple and green hammer Purple acans Red acans Future Plans: Sexy Shrimp Redline Cleaner Shrimp Fire Goby Hi everyone, I've found that I loved looking at all the build threads on this site, and I thought I would share some of my build thread experiences. My tank has been already 'built', however I thought I would try to share photos of how it matures, even if it is only for my own entertainment. Having previously fallen in love with the freshwater hobby over a year ago, I'm not particularly experienced, however I like to think I've learnt a lot since starting. I was first attracted to the saltwater hobby over a year ago, when I discovered the first marine lfs where I live. I instantly fell in love with the 'more colourful' fish, and I thought that corals would certainly be far too hard! Fast forward to March this year, and being in Australia, I had been spending a lot of time at home. Eventually my girlfriend allowed me to get a second tank if that was what I kept to. I'm proud to say its stayed at two tanks for the time being! In April, I picked the Waterbox 10 at my local lfs because I liked the cube shape, and the AIO nature of it, and I thought it would be a reasonable place to start in the saltwater hobby. After consulting my lfs, I bought everything that was needed, setting it up with: - 5 kgs Caribsea Dry Rock Arches, - ~6 kgs Course Aragonite Sand, - AI Prime 16HD with Flex Arm Then what followed was an extremely frustrating process of waiting. I had prepared myself for approximately a month of cycling, and my ammonia was at 0 after approximately 3 weeks, but the Red Sea test kit showed nitrite at the maximal 1, with nitrates often being 5-10. This led me to believe I couldn't start until I had 0 nitrate due to my lfs and my experience in freshwater. I then was curious about what could possibly be causing this, and I discovered my rocks were leaching small amounts of ammonia, and reasonable amounts of nitrite, by way of an experiment. I did this by performing an experiment with a control, with the rocks separately in buckets of water, and with the sand again in separate water. The rocks had 0.25 ammonia each and 0.5 nitrite each after 2 days. I have no explanation for how this occurred. (I'm a science student, can you tell?) I eventually came upon information that nitrite is not toxic to marine life in low levels around July, after buying and using so much bottle bac! However being cautious I waited it out, hoping my nitrite would reduce. Finally I bit the bullet and bought a basic ocellaris clownfish. Thankfully, all was well for about a week, with no signs of stress, and so I wanted to get 'it' a friend. Whilst at the lfs I fell in love with a picasso percula clownfish, as well as a small green bta. I also grabbed a small clean up crew of turbos and hermits. Having researched the gbta previously, I know it was a dubious decision, however, is my tank mature after being dormant since April? Who knows? The gbta quite quickly settled in a location and to my surprise was extremely happy visually. A few days later the picasso percula then started hosting it! I then visited the lfs a couple weeks later, where my girlfriend had spotted a nem that she loved. So I figured when I returned I'd entertain her and see what nem it was. It was a 'rainbow' bubble tip, and when we returned to the lfs she pointed it out in their display. I asked about their availability, and they offered to sell that exact nem to me, as it had split! I had also hoped that given my clowns weren't paired they could have a nem each for the time being! Unfortunately the percula decided both nems were theirs, defending them both from the poor ocellaris. I'll leave the thread at that for now, I hope you enjoy it!
  3. 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.
  4. I say it's sort of a penensula because I have it arranged to be viewed from the long side like a regular tank. I built this chonk of a stand from 2x4 and it weighs a ton. I moved all stock from my I'm nuvo 10g into this tank. It's running x2 ai prime hd lights with 3d reefing printed shades. The Curent fish is a davinci clown that I've had probly close to idk 5 years. I'm hoping to add another clown maby a mocha davinci or a mocha storm and probly a 6 line wrasse or a royal gramma later on. On the back side it has this rough textured cling on window black out plastic stuff that I velcroed to the back of the tank quite effectively. It actualy looks quite nice. I added a neoprene mat under the tank even although it came with one. Eventualy I'm going to have a custom top on it. I have the in tank filtration cover over the filter section. I took the skimmer from the 10 and my old style intank media basket. This tank is running the mighty jet pump it came with. As you can see everything is still angry with me and the tank is still a bit hazy.
  5. Chowder's Reef

    Mini Complete Tank: Tiny Skimmer!

    Through a series of events I came into the possession of a Mini Complete Tank. Having an affinity towards small aquariums, I've always wanted to give these tiny tanks a shot. The packaging was neat and the bonus of a MCT sticker and a bamboo tray from TankMods was a great surprise. Putting the tank together though I wasn't crazy impressed with the sump, infact it bothered me so much that I decided to make a tiny custom sump, then a media basket, and later a stand to give this tank a little more pizzazz and enhance the functionality of everything. Anyways, this all led me down a rabbit hole that seemingly has no end. So buckle up and join me for a tiny adventure. Equipment: Tank: Mini Complete Tank Light: Stock LED Sump: Custom DIY Stand: Custom DIY Return Pump: USB fountain pump (80gph) Heater: Aqueon 5W with Cobalt Neostat ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite Corals: TBD Inverts: TBD FTS: 9/11/2021
  6. After starting my membership here with a strong showing, and for my own educational purposes and record, I guess I’ll start a journal. Seems like a good place to keep a list of ideas and tips to help me on this journey! Tank: Fluval Evo XII 13.5 gallon started 1/21/2019 Equipment: Fluval spec return pump 132gph Fluval sea mini protein skimmer 5-10gallon Fluval 50W heater In Tank Chamber 1 media basket Current Orbit Marine LED light w bracket arm Current Orbit Eflux Wave pump 660gph (along w their hubs) IM mesh screen Media: Fluval bio rings (bottom level of media basket) Fluval 100gm carbon (bottom level media basket) Fluval clearmax (middle level media basket) IM filter floss (top level media basket) Stock: 14lbs live rock ? Lbs of life sand Black oscellaris clown True percula clown Blue spotted goby watchman Red banded snapping shrimp Scarlet shrimp Trochus snails x4 Dwarf red hermit crabs x 10 Star polyp x 2 (one split into two sections thanks to hermits, so there’s three-ish) Palys x 2: both protopalythoa Hairy mushroom x3 (all on one big rock) Hammer x 1 Zoa x1 Now obviously I didn’t start with all of this at once. We started with three clowns in fact- two percula and the oscellaris, but the two bigger fish kept trying to kill the smaller so I took the small guy back to save him from certain death within a week. Following that, the black was named Jolly Roger and the percula Jack Sparrow. (What can I say- this tank is “supposed” to be owned by my soon to be 9 year old who LOVES POTC, but secretly, it’s mine 😁) We started with two trochus and five hermits, but I doubled that for more cleaning power after about two and a half weeks. Those guys don’t get names. We added the goby and his “pal” Jan 22, but they NEVER hang with each other and in fact I’m not sure they know the other exists anymore. The goby was named J Edgar Hoover because he is always watching us with disapproval from across the room and follows us around the tank with his permanent frown. The pistol shrimp was named Snappy because well..... 🤷🏻‍♀️ We added the scarlet shrimp a week ago, and he’s quite the personality. We call him the Red Baron. We started the tank with a zoa and the little star polyp that the herms split in two. We next added the protopalys. Added the hammer today, with some drama due to the LFS lady who evidently thinks I’m out to kill everything in my tank 🤦🏽‍♀️. That’s it for this tank in a nutshell.
  7. Hello fine folks of the internet, My old thread was getting a bit too ridiculous having three builds all in one so I've decided to bring the 40 gallon peninsula to life in it's own thread. After I moved my 29g into my 65g and 15g. The 65g cracked and caused $8000 in damage and the 15g sprung a slow leak. I was close to calling it quits but decided to get a 40g breeder. It's a size of tank i've wanted for a very long time and just went for it. Saw a reeeeeeally cool soft coral reef peninsula on YouTube and decided that is exactly what I wanted. Mostly soft corals and gorgonians. Also, I wanted to incorporate some macro algae in the display. Oh and one leptastrea frag that I had leftover from my 65g so it's not completely a softie reef I suppose. Anyway here's a quick breakdown of the equipment i'm using as well as Livestock and Coral selection. Equipment Standard 40g Breeder Standard 20g long sump Eshopps Eclipse-S Overflow Tek 6 Bulb T5HO with ATI Bulbs Tunze Nanostream 6040 Koralia Nano Aqua Macro Flow Swing Arm (or something like that, it attaches to return line and moves the return flow side to side) Eheim Jager 200W Heater Tunze 9004 Skimmer Syncra Sicce 2.0 Return Pump Apex Jr. Other Stuff Chemi Pure Blue Filter Sock Filter Floss Aquavitro Fuel Livestock 4 Clowns 4 Blue Streak Cardinals 1 Longnose Hawk 1 Royal Gramma Cleaner Shrimp Peppermint Shrimp Emerald Crab Porcelain Crab Various Clean Up Crew Coral 6 Gorgonians (various) Fiji Yellow 2 x Toadstools Clove Polyps Alveopora 2 x Goniopora Too many Zoanthids to list Various leathers Superman Mushrooms Green Mushrooms Leptastrea Frag
  8. DCaldarona

    2.5 gallon office Pico Reef

    On a whim one day I popped into Petsmart on my lunch break and was inspired to create a pico reef for my office by a tiny Top Fin Retreat 2.5 gallon all in one tank. I grabbed a 25w preset heater, a 5lb bag of Ocean Direct live sand, and a thermometer and checked out for less than $70! On my way home from work that day I stopped by my LFS and grabbed two chunks of purple "life rock" and a tiny bottle of Fritz Turbo Start. After messing around with the rocks that evening I decided to use one interesting chunk. The next day I lugged a couple gallons of premixed, preheated saltwater from home. It took about 2 minutes and the pico was wet and cycling. That same day at lunch I shot over to another LFS and picked up some zoa's, a small finger leather, and a rock flower nem for the pico. Upon my return to the office I started planning the upgrades. The little tank is cute, however the light isn't right for Coral and the tiny pump is pretty weak and doesn't really create decent flow. So of course I jumped on this forum to get some ideas and then on to Amazon. I was able to find a tiny Tunze pump (hope it fits) which will increase the flow and a Astra 20 light all for about $70. I'll be installing these on Monday when I return to work. Fingers crossed the pump fits or at least can be jury rigged.... Stay tuned for an update with pics tomorrow!
  9. There comes a time where we all get a little bored of this hobby. Everything is running smoothly. You have all the gadgets and automation you could ever want. Your corals and fish are happy AND you finally got rid of that pesky emerald crab that was chowing down on your $150 zoas. You can't fit any more corals in your display and your frag racks have become part of the glass of your aquarium... I have not reached this point in my reefing career. Ironically, during this season of joy and happiness I have been a little down. It's been a bit of a hard time for me. So, against the advice of my therapist, I am drowning my angst in miscellaneous projects and doodads. You know the saying "if your life is busy make it busier." Wait no...hmm...how about "if you need to finish something, start something else." No that's not it...What I'm trying to say is... WELCOME TO MY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PICO REEF: UNDER 2.5 GALLON 6 GALLON EDITION A SMALL AMOUNT EDITION This is going to be my adventurous journal into the depths of diy, tiny reef tanks, and bad jokes. I won't be focusing on any tank in particular, but rather sharing my spiritual journey of cutting glass and gluing acrylic and maybe. MAYBE. if we're lucky, some sprinkles of 3D printing. I have to say this may be the first and last post of this here journal, but with any luck we'll be cooking with gas here in no time at all. So grab a gift bag on your way in, help yourself to the snacks there to your left and pull up a chair! -RDA
  10. Hi all, I've started a nano saltwater tank, specifically a Biocube 16 gallon. This is my first tank and after lots of research I decided to make the plunge. I found lots of information about the Biocube 14, but not much on the 16 gallon with the LED lighting. It is because of this that I've decided to document my journey so that other's can learn from my experiences. I chose this tank because of size restrictions where it's going and the ability to program a lighting schedule out of the box. Tank:. Biocube 16 gallon Saltmix: Tropic Marin Pro Aquascape:. About 15 lbs Fiji Dryrock Sand: Caribsea Oolite 1" - 1.5" deep Lighting:. Stock LED's Powerhead: Aquamai KPS Heater: Eheim Jager 75 watt Biological Filtration:. 1 litre of Seachem's Matrix in addition to the rock Chemical Filtration: Matrix Carbon & Purigen Mechanical Filtration: Poly Filter Tank Modifiations: Removed the false bottom in chamber #1 to allow space for the heater (Details), Added Refugium into chamber #2 (Details), added ITC-308 temperature controller for heater, removed tab between chamber 1 & 2 to increase flow (Details). Livestock: -Nassarius Snails x 1 -Trochus Snails x 7 -Astrea Snails x 2 -Cerith Snails x 10 -Bumblebee Snails x 2 -Fighting Conch -Scarlet Hermit x 3 -Purple Pincushion Urchin -Ocellaris Clownfish x 2 -Royal Gramma -Green Mandarin Dragonet Corals: -Zoas (Eagle Eyes, Blondies, Orange Bam Bam's, King Midas, Sour Lemons, mixed) -Purple Blastomussa Wellsi -Green Duncan -Purple Tip Hammer -Green Tip Hammer -Sunny D Palys x 2 -Green Star Polyps -Green Rock Flower Anemone -Pink, and Teal Ricordea Florida Mushrooms -Candy Striped Red and Green Acans -Orange Leptastrea & John Deere Green Leptastrea -Montipora Stellata -Leng Sy Montipora Cap -Blue Montipora Digitata -Purple People Eater Cyphastrea & Meteor Shower Cyphastrea -Violet Cespitularia -GARF Bonsai Acropora -Neon Green Trumpet -Bird of Paradise -Favias (War Coral, Purple Virus, Lemon Lime, and Blueberry) -Jack O Lantern Leptoseris -Purple and Green Platygyra -Bali Green Slimer Acropora Plans for the tank: The long term goals for the tank is to have a mixed reef with 3 fish and a mix of inverts. 27 Months: 2 Years: 19 Months: 15 Months: 1 Year FTS (started recovery): 10 Months (post tank crash): 7 Months: 4 Months: 6 Weeks:
  11. Chowder's Reef

    RDA's 1.2 Pico

    I have a confession; another pico reef is on it's way. 😅 Life has been absolutely nuts for me right now, some would call it "chaotic"😉. Even still, ever since I tore down my 365 dropoff tank I've been on the hunt for a small replacement. To scratch that itch 😅. I've been eyeing Lifegard Aquatics' new "Elevated" series aquariums since they were announced earlier this year, and the smallest of the bunch really peaked my interest. (What can I say? I'm a sucker for small AIOs). With Marine Depot having their Black Friday sale and spending weeks trying to ignore a painfully empty corner on my desk in my office at home, I finally said to myself, "it's time." EQUIPMENT: Tank: Lifegard Elevated 1.2 gallon AIO Return Pump: Quiet One 200 (stock pump) Power Head: Micro USB fountain pump Heater: Topfin 20w preset Lighting: 2x Luminie Asta 20 ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite LIVESTOCK: Coral: Misc. Blue Tipped Acropora Purple Pocillopora Superman Digi Purple tip hammer (probably a "frammer") Gold Hammer Orange Rainbow Acan Watermelon Acan Yellow Brick Road Zoas Lilo and Stitch Zoas Scrambled Egg Zoas "Japanese Deepwater Zoas" Solar Flare Zoas GSP Magician Palys Madarin Polyps Fish: Baby Wyoming White Clown Fish Hector's Goby Inverts: Red/Blue Legged Hermit Crabs Cerith Snails Stomatella Freaking Acropora Eating Spiders. Probably some Aptasia somewhere FTS 08/16/2021 I've had a bit of time to think about how I'm going to go about piecing all of this together during a small trip my wife and I took up to Oregon recently (beautiful drive) to pick up our new furry friend, but I'm still on the fence about some things. I have several ideas in mind, but I think either way I'll be leaving the bottom bare to take advantage of the lifted glass bottom of this tank. I'm also scheming a new return nozzle layout given the peculiar design of this system. I was thinking about just getting an RFG nozzle, but heck I have a 3D printer; I've been wanting to try some return nozzle designs of my own so this will probably become a testbed for that. I've also ordered a dc650 return pump from Reefbreeders as I want more flow and more control; SPS coral is a curiosity for this tank. Although we'll have to see if the overflow can take it (hopefully a design flaw from the other crystal series aquariums that was corrected). I'll keep you all posted on how it comes together in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Apollo, our new Alaskan Klee Kai 😁
  12. Jaren45

    IM Nuvo 6 black pico!

    Hey all, this is another one of my too many IM tanks. Was restarted just over 2 weeks ago now, set up for a very special clownfish. My sword tailed friend! The tank sits next to its big brother in my bedroom, and will most likely end up as a spillover for frags. FTS as of 8/9/21 Specs: Tank - Nuvo 6g Black Light - Relassy """300w""" led (probably more like 30w.. honestly no idea how it'll do) Filter - Seachem Tidal 35 Flow - Sicce Nano 270gph Thanks for looking!
  13. SaltyTanks

    SaltyTank's 40G Mixed Reef

    Hello & welcome to my new reef journal! I’m a SoCal nano-reef enthusiast that’s been in the hobby 4 years, and I’m finally committing myself to starting this journal – mostly for my benefit, not yours😊 No seriously though, I need help holding my bad habits in check and hoping you will all help me achieve my goal. My goal is that 1 year from now my 40-gallon mixed-reef tank will be a living masterpiece, and so appealing to me that I will have no impulses to stick my hands in the water to move/add anything. That said, here’s some more background and visionary objectives: SETUP: Tank: 40-Gallon Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion (24” x 20” x 19”) Lighting: Radion XR15w Gen-4 Circulation: (1) IM stock return pump w/2 spin stream nozzles; and (2) Icecap 1k Gyre Heater: None (controlled room temp) Cooling: Desktop fan controlled by Inkbird thermostat/temp controller Mechanical Filtration: (1) Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 skimmer; (2) filter floss Bio Filtration: (1) RealReef dry rock; (2) Caribsea sand; (3) CerMedia Marinepure biofilter balls Chemi Filtration: RedSea carbon Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Dosing: manually, Brightwell Reef Code A + B & magnesium BACKGROUND: I’m a middle aged father whom loves to drink red wine while staring up-close at my fish tank excessively. I grew up by the ocean and first fell in love with tropical fish & corals when I got scuba certified in Indonesia circa 2000. Since then I’ve done many dives around the world and find myself more interested in biodiverse macro reef-scapes than shipwrecks and cageless bull shark feedings. Also, I’m a photo enthusiast and art aficionado, which I aim to incorporate into my reef keeping. My wife gifted me my first tank about 4 years ago (a 6-gallon JBJ AOI), and pretty sure it’s her biggest regret of our long-standing relationship. I'm now about 1 year into the current setup. VISION: If I were shrunk down to be a little 2 inch scuba diver and my wife threw me into my tank, I want to be surrounded by colors, contrasts, textures, movement, and dimension. I’ll want to swim down, up, around, through, under, and over copious amounts of corals, and be accompanied by a few fish friends that will join me without fearing they’ll bully or eat me. OBJECTIVES: Over the next 12 months, I’ll try to post progress updates every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, I’ll try to engage you all into helping me fill in the holes with new coral suggestions. Since I like to go to the local LFS’s frequently, maybe together we can make this an interactive team effort - although, let me try not to get ahead of myself here. So for now I’ll share some relevant pics and focus on following through with a 2nd post sometime soon. P.S. I have a lot of bad habits to work on... - hands in the tank frequently - impatiently making changes, expecting expedited results - providing poor instructions for friends to care for tank while on vacation - overfeeding and then underfeeding - vindictively taking vengeance on hungry hermits that snatch food from feeding acans
  14. Elitists

    Elitists biocube journal

    Hello all, I’ve been into saltwater nano tanks sense 2018 but due to living in a apartment I didn’t want to take the plunge. Well now I own a home and I’m very excited to start journey and document it. First I must give credit where it is due. Thank you @Jackal227for your very well documented and researched journal. It has paved the way for me. Tank: Biocube 16 gallon Saltbox: Red Sea coral pro salt Aquascape: 17lbs Caribsea life rock Sand: Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Lighting: Stock Powerhead: Hydros 425 Filtration: Intank media basket with Filter floss, Purigen and Seachem matrix. I plan to add chaeto when I add the CuC, hoping to get a stable copepod population. Heater: Eheim Hagar 75 watt with ITC 308 temp controller Tank mods: Removed false door in chamber #1, removed tab between chamber #1 and #2 Planned CuC: Spoke to John at reef cleaner and was suggested -10 dwarf ceriths -3 nassarius vibex -4 Florida ceriths -3 hermits -3 nerites Planned fish: -Pair of clowns -1 Neon blue goby if I can create a stable copepod population Planned coral: -Zoa’s -Primarily softies -Hammer, Frogspawn and Torch Longterm plan: I hope to use the knowledge and experience gained to set up and maintain a 80 to 100 gallon in the near future
  15. UPDATE: Most Recent FTS 11/12/19 (***The following description was back in July 2015) Hey guys so I've had my nuvo fusion for about 4 months now (3/15/15 start date), and things look pretty good so far from what I can tell. (Besides a Cyano problem, a little bit of bubble algae, and my nano tunze ATO flood malfunction) I work as an electrician during the day (11 years now) and a fish hobbyist at night. I have been into fishkeeping for over 10 years now and I've always wanted a nice nano salt tank. So about 4 months ago I decided to upgrade my small crappy 5 gallon salt tank to a nice AIO. I chose the nuvo fusion and I am VERY happy with it so far, here's what I'm working with.... Setup: (current as if 3/17/18) -Innovative marine nuvo Fusion 10 gallon -Kessil a160we (with gooseneck and 90 degree attachment... with the spectral controller) -Tunze Silence 1073.008 pump (used as an upgrade rather than using the weak stock pump) -Hydor Koralia 425 (powerhead) -Hydor Koralia Smart Wave (powerhead controller) -Tunze Osmolator Nano (ATO) 2.2 gallon kalkwasser mix -IM Spin Stream attachment -IM Ghost skimmer (protein skimmer) -Finnex 50 watt titanium heater -Cobalt neo therm 50 watt back up heat -Tunze Mini pump 5024.040_A (very nice tiny poverhead type pump for caves or bottom flow) -Power center by coralife (makes things so much easier to unplug...it's like my power controller center) -Custom caddy with chemi-pure blue nano, purgen and phosguard -10 lbs of live sand -8Lbs of dry rock Livestock: (Livestock has been updated as of 3/17/18) Tail spot blenny 1 Barnacle blenny 2 Royal Gramma 1 false clown 1 dwarf zebra hermits 5 turbo snails 2 blue legged hermit 1 nassarius snails 2 cleaner shrimp1 Corals: (corals have been updated as of 3/17/18) zoas acans blasto palys hammer candy cane duncan Favia Ricorida mushrooms Yuma mushroom Rhodactis mushroom Gsp Montiporas
  16. Daniel92481

    Daniel’s Pico reef!

    Hello everyone! I briefly introduced my new pico reef the other day, but wasn’t sure where to post a journal at. A big thanks to The Rainy Day Aquarium for some solid advice on how to get this journal going! I have always wanted a miniature reef tank, or pico in my life. I think it’s the challenge of keeping parameters stable with such a small volume. Who doesn’t love a mini reef tank? Equipment -Lifegard Aquatics Crystal AIO 4.1 gallon with stock pump (surprisingly quiet) -Lifegard Aquatics 25watt heater -Kessil A360X with rigid mount -Ecotech MP10 on reef crest between 20-30% -filter floss -small amount of carbon in rear chamber I initially wanted to use the strainer vs. the drain plug on the tank, but couldn’t find a way for the strainer to fit properly. I had to lower the MP10 flow to between 20-30% to keep things flowing nicely without taking a beating, or overflowing the tank. The Kessil is a bit over powered for this tank, but I managed to keep my same settings from the 40, just increased the height of the light to about 12 inches vs. 7 on the 40. So far, everything seems to be responding well. I recently shut down my Nuvo 40 with anticipation of setting up my pico tank with the remaining corals leftover from a massive coral sale I had with my local reefing community. I managed to save some really nice pieces for this little project though. I am really happy with my livestock so far. Livestock -variety of zoas, including nirvanas, laser lemons, bowsers, sonic flares, playboy bunnies, and more -fire shrimp -trochus snail -blue legged hermit white morph RFA I plan to keep things as simple as can be, while testing major parameters at least once per week. I have attached a few pics. Thanks for looking!
  17. raiqkashif

    Raiq's IM 25 lagoon.

    Hi guys, Finally made it to the saltwater community after countless hours of research, youtube videos, and reading amazing stories from other journals here. First got the idea of starting a saltwater tank in october when i saw an aio 20g tank with rock, sand, a protein skimmer, and heatet. While i was absorbing new information everyday, i came across this IM marine 25g tank with i knew i had to get it. I uploaded my 20g and the carib sea dry rock i had on different fb pages and had it sold by the next morning before i went to grab this tank. Went to my LFS in Mississauga, aquariumdepot and grabbed the remaining items i needed to get this tank started. Equipment: Tank: IM marine 25g tank Stand: DIY stand from ikea (sektion) Live rock: 25lbs of reef saver rock Sand: Caribsea ocean direct live sand Wavemaker: jebao rw20 Heater: red sea 150w Jebao auto top off Lights: AI prime 16hd Return pump: dont know the name got it with the tank Filtration: 2 custom caddy media baskets which run Mechanical filtration:High performance Fiber Ball for detritus Chemical filtration: Premium Rox 0.8 Carbon Biological filtration: 3 marine pure blocks with 500g of sea chem matrix Pretty nervous today lol, going to scape the tank. Got 3 big pieces of reef saver rock. Using a hammer and chisel to break these bad boys and well see where it takes us. Okay so update after using about 1 tube of 2 part epoxy i pretty much gave up on the scape. No matter what i did the rocks wouldn't stay and kept falling again and again. Thinking of using super glue. After talking with a budy of mine he suggested using a super glue with an instant bond adhesive going to grab that tomorrow. Fianlly got my hands on the super glue due to the covid lockdown going in canada it takes soo long to get stuff from curbside pickup. Ill let you guys know how it goes 😄. After going through a bottle of super glue finally got a decent scape but ngl not happy with it but lets see. Now the challange is getting this with my tank upto my room and setting it. Annnddd what i feared most actually happened, got to my room without any damage but the upper arch support broke and brought the rest of it down with it 😂. Need to get more super glue and fix it tomorrow. Might actually do something different this time.
  18. Ocean_dreamer89

    Ocean_dreamer89's Red Sea Reefer 250

    Hello! About a year and a half ago, I started my first reef aquarium which was a BioCube 16. Even though I had been told nano tanks can be hard to maintain due to the small water volume, I had a great time with that tank and learned a TON. For me, it worked very well to "get my feet wet" in the reefing world. The small size and (relatively) cheaper cost, allowed me to get started and find out if I really enjoyed it and would stick with it. I always knew that if I did really enjoy reefing, that I would eventually upgrade to a larger aquarium. I had originally wanted to go with a RedSea Reefer 425XL, but a friend of a friend decided to sell his RSR 250 and it was a deal that I could not pass up! The tank had been up and running for about six months before he took it down and it is in near perfect condition. I bought the tank back in August 2020 and today (2/5/21), I am finally adding water to it. I'll add more details in subsequent posts, but just wanted to get this thread started and say Hello! As this thread continues, I'll try to keep this first post updated with the latest equipment and livestock. Tank: RedSea Reefer 250 Salt: Fritz RPM Aquascape: About 50 lbs CaribSea Life Rock (40 lbs regular rock/10 lbs arches) Sand: 20 lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Live Sand (about 1 inch deep) Lighting: RedSea ReefLED 90W x2 Return Pump: Octopus Varios-6 Powerhead: Ecotech Vortech MP40wQD Skimmer: Nyos Quantum 160 Algae Turf Scrubber: IceCap 20W Heater: Finnex 150W Heater with Inkbird WiFi controller Chemical Filtration: TBD Mechanical Filtration: RedSea Filter Cups filled with matrix and topped with filter floss ATO: TBD, Innovative Marine HydroFill Reservoir 15 Gal Tank Modifiations: Removed stock plumbing and replaced with custom plumbing P.S. I love hearing other people’s opinions and suggestions! Please comment all you want!!! Edited: 3/2/21 Livestock: TBD Will be transferring over 2x Ocellaris Clownfish and 1x Blood Fire Shrimp 1x Melanurus Wrasse in QT Corals: TBD - will be transferring: Duncan 1x Green/Purple Hammer 1x Toxic Green Hammer 2x Ricordea Florida (orange and green) Ultra Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Blastomussa merletti (I believe, could be wellsi) Green star polyp Frogspawn Candy Cane Plating red Montipora Solid pink Scoly Meteor Shower Cyphastrea JF Burning Banana Stylocoeniella Encrusting white/green Montipora Neon Green Cabbage Leather Rainbow Trachyphyllia
  19. Twinklekink

    Fluval evo jumble

    I’ve been a long time nano reef creeper, but never put my own tanks online. just recently (January 2021) picked up a fluval evo and downsized my whole marine collection into only that nano to try and reboot my love for the hobby.. this is my resurrection if you will! I’m in England - if that makes a difference. my plan was to buy this low end all in one tank and just run it stock (except for media). But within a week of buying it I’d pretty much gotten rid of everything apart from the tank! started with: fluval evo live rock Tmc eco sand d flow filter baskets 1&2 tunze 1073.008 pump (never used stock pump) Eheim heater 2 x 1/4” random flow generators aqua one radiance 3 unit (my back up LED that I keep around. deciding on upgrade at mo) considering adding: top up - there isn’t a lot of room for it skimmer - undecided which. Do not want it in the first chamber where the purpose built one would normally go jump guard / lid heater controller Wave maker pic from beginning of February 2021
  20. Tom@HaslettMI

    Arch-Scape Reef

    Hello all. Finally starting a journal to share and document my reef. I’ve been a reef aquarist for a long time. I set up my first reef tank in the early 90’s, and I have had one ever since. This tank is an upgrade from a Marineland 25 gallon rimless tank. My goal for this thread is for pictures to do the talking... so I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum. Enjoy! May 2018. DIY stand being built. Empty tank just there to dream a bit. August 2018. The stand is mostly done. September 2018. Tank moved! Rock and coral just dropped in. Pile-o-rocks! October 2018. A peak under the hood. Wire organization mostly there. A de-rimmed 10 gallon as a temporary sump. November 2018. Arch complete! Thanks for looking! Tom
  21. Well, this is awkward. Long story short, my other DIY journal started to get a little cluttered with the beginnings of this build and I realized that it was quickly turning into just a regular build journal, so I figured as a last ditch effort to save a sinking ship I'd make THIS journal about the happenings of my other journal to keep that journal from becoming this journal that I now made. You follow? Equipment: Aquarium: Lifegard Aquatics 6 gallon long Lighting: Lumini Pixie 30 (×4) Heater: TBD Return Pump: TBD Wavemaker: TBD Overflow: DIY Sump: DIY Skimmer: DIY Media Reactor(s): DIY Livestock: TBD FTS____: TBD Obviously their are a LOT of undecided factors here and with this project there are going to probably be a lot of moving parts to work with. Either way I'm excited to get to work on this small build. I just finished building the stand (small bookshelf), but still need to aquire some other parts. In the meantime enjoy these teaser photos 😁
  22. Most Recent FTS: Updated 11/19/2020: Tank: Drilled 40 Breeder with Modular Marine Overflow (Bean Animal Style) Sump: 20 Gallon Long with Custom Baffles https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/custom-20g-long-sump-design-feedback-wanted.601665/ Filtration: Carbon, Klir Filter Roller, Simplicity Skimmer Lighting: Aquatic Life T5 and Orbit Marine Pro -2X Blue+ -1X Coral+ -1X Actinic Flow: Sicce 2.0 return pump with RFG nozzles 2X Nero 5 1X standard non-controllable powerhead Dosing: Red Sea Ca, Alk, and Mg on Kamoer X1 Dosing Pumps Heater: 200W Cobalt Neotherm ______________________________________________________ I have been working on this project here and there for a while but I figured it was time to start an official thread. This tank will hopefully be filled in the next few weeks! This tank marks a lot of firsts for me so please chime in if you have suggestions. Does anyone still use Miracle Mud? I was thinking about adding it to my refugium section. I built a tray to hold some substrate in my fuge and am looking for suggestions on what to fill it with. I'm also gonna go bare bottom with this tank and hopefully grow some montis, zoas, and other encrusting corals all over the starboard at the bottom. I have a lot of montis at the top of the scape in my 20 gallon and I dont want to repeat that mistake. They are fast growers and shade out large sections of the tank. I am currently working on the plumbing which has given me a lot of appreciation for all the reefers with those immaculate color coordinated PVC works of art in their stands ( you know who you are). I am on at least the 4th home depot run at this point. Anyways I look forward to getting this tank wet and sharing the progress with everyone!
  23. Hi all! I'm back in the hobby after an almost 10 year hiatus. I was active on this forum with my 12g nano tank before I moved across the country (Georgia to Portland, OR). This forum provided a lot of help, so I'm glad a larger tank thread exists for my Red Sea Reefer 250! I'm inspired by scuba diving, both coldwater and tropical. I was in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, before the pandemic hit and I enjoy diving in kelp forests in the Pacific Northwest. I've always said I was too busy or didn't want to sink money in to another tank. But now I'm stuck at home and the world is depressing, so I need a happy hobby! Tank goals: -As sustainable as possible without taking many (any?) things directly from the ocean -Mixed reef with lots of gentle movement -Gorgonian -Clam -Pistol shrimp and goby pair -Clowns and anemones -Maybe some macro algae -Future goal- pods and a mandarin Equipment List as of October 2020: Red Sea Reefer 250 - 54g display and 11g sump SeptraPure MaxCap 5 stage RO/DI Return pump - Eheim 1260
  24. Current FTS 8/2 7/2019: Past FTS pics: 7/2018 12/2018 Finally decided to start a tank journal. The tank is only 2 years old as of 2018. JBJ 28 stock equipment: 2x 266gph Accela return pumps Stock 89w LED Ai Prime HD media basket (a small amt of carbon & large micron sponge pad) Significant obstacles faced: 2016 Dinos -- had to scratch tank 2016 Moved tank to new house 2017 Heavy metal contamination (anchors for macro algae was composed of lead) 2017 Nitrate accumulation and nuisance algae from lack of maintenance 2018 Cyano outbreak 2018 Total light failure This tank was rebooted in May 2018: Small fan added to help cool down hood & installed Nest to adjust room air to 73 F when lights turn on (tank avg temp 82 80) Upgraded flow from a Koralia Evo 750 to a Icecap 1K Gyre Added significant amount of new live rock Added an Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 (slightly modified plumbing so I could prop hood open) Started testing alk, cal, and mag (dose seachem manually twice once a week if needed) - targets are 8 dkh, 420 cal, 1350 mag Performed a sand rinse on 95% of substrate and vacuumed out chambers. Change 10% weekly with Red Sea PRO/Instant Ocean/Tropic Marin @ 1.024 SPG (25% as it stabilized [about 2 months]) Added a variety of copepods and installed a micro refugium in tank. Inhabitants (fed everyday except water change day): 1 yellow watchman goby (first fish...survived all obstacles) 2 clownfish 1 tailspot blenny 1 springerii damsel 1 Royal gramma 1 Pajama cardinal 1 Fang Blenny 2 red legged hermits 2 turbos 1 strawberry conch 4 nassarius 1 tuxedo urchin 1 purple coral banded shrimp (stenopus tenuirostris) 4 trochus snails 3 ninja star snails 1 tiger pistol shrimp various hitchhikers like a mico serpent star, chitons, stomatella, spaghetti worms, limpets, and bristle worms. Coral & Macro Algae (coral fed twice a week, zooplankton and alternate frozen foods (capelin roe, mysis): caulerpa prolifera caulerpa racemosa dragon's breath halimeda Rose petal macroalgae Blue ochtodes Bottle brush Scrolling Codium Unconfirmed rhodophyte Identified as Fauchea Graciliaria forest fire digita (+2 years old, endured all obstacles; since monitoring alk, cal, mag, has colored up significantly, moreover growth has spurted) duncan (+2 years old, also endured all obstacles) balanophyllia (fed krill daily) big head dendros silver pom pom xenia 2 acans rock flower anemone birds nest neon clove polyps st. thomas mushroom green star polyps aquacultured flower pot trumpet coral gomezi acropora yellow polyped orange montipora capricornus montipora undata montipora palawanesis tubbs stellata digita miami orchid acropora red planet acropora fuzzy milli ice echinata rainbow montipora aussie cherry blastomussa some green with yellow skirt zoa pink digitata venom eye acropora red dragon echinata lavendar white acro setosa golden psammacora cerulean tenius mini Aussie Scoly Florida ricordea Emerald echinata Blue tort straberry shortcake acro Hawaiian PPE paly Daisy Dukes Pink Hallucinations Outcasts Sunny D King Midas Pinwheels Bam Bams Gatorade Fruit loops LFS: Coral Corral Marine Warehouse Creative Aquariums Corals and Fins Drysdale Fish and Other Ichthy Stuff Coral Bargain Warehouse Coral Reefs & Aquariums
  25. I used to be REALLY into fish when I was younger, but once I hit HS I switched to larger more emotive pets. I'm currently in university studying to be a marine biologist and suddenly got the itch again. But this time I wanted a marine tank, now that I can not only drive by myself but also have my own finances. This tank started back in January of this year. She fully cycled in 1 month through a mix of patience and some added bacteria. Shes had only 1 ammonia spike, which led to a few zoa losses, and my first pair of clowns passed due to unknown circumstances (I believe bad quarantine from the store, I heard from an employee that they only QT for 1 week). My new clown (different store) is doing well. I've got a new batch of zoas and some GORGEOUS LPS. I'm ADDICTED to color and movement (title *teehee) and am already planning on expanding. I should probably start at the beginning though for anyone who might be interested. Day 1: Jan 22 - Bought used for $200 + $20 (delivery) Week 2: Started the ammonia cycle on day 1 using frozen brine shrimp cubes. Added Fritz zyme 9 on day 14
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