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ffoott posted a topic in Aquarium JournalsEstablished: October 2017 Disclaimer: It's a long one! (that's what she said?) Hello everyone! My name is André, and I'm from the Azores (a somewhat hidden piece of paradise). This is my second saltwater tank, but the first built on actual experience and purpose. The goal of this tank (yet to be achieved) was to house a small species of Mantis Shrimp. Sadly, Capitan Hook died prematurely during a shipping misstep. Sad times. Anyway, the tank is now an actual reef, and the mantis shrimp idea is on hold. One main idea with this tank (coming from a 50g) was to reduce the equipment and maintenance needed and increase the overall enjoyment of the actual tank. In my case because I collect my own NSW that meant that reducing the total volume of the tank would have a pretty significant impact on the time put into my weekly routine. Also, I wanted it to have a clean, minimalistic look and feel. Especially in a small tank that meant hiding the equipment, so an AIO became an obvious solution. Finally, it had to be cheap. Unhappy wife would mean soon-to-be-dismantled tank xD. Bought some glass, aquarium safe silicone and some acrylic sheets. As I had access to a laser cutter from a jewelry store, all the pieces were custom made to fit the tank. That being said, on to the original setup: Equipment Tank: DIY 10g AIO Lighting: Chinese Par 38 LED Bulb Circulation: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 Filtration: Filter floss, sponge and purigen Temp. Control: Small 50w heater ATO: Tunze Nano Osmolator Skimmer: Air stone diy water bottle skimmer Corals Utterchaos Zoas Scrambled egg Zoas Gorilla nipples Zoas Playboybunny Zoas Sunny D Zoas Rastas Zoas Orange Bam Bams Zoas Ring of Fire Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas Purple Bee Zoas Keds Reds Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Green Mushroom ————————–————————————— Below, a visual time-line of some of the phases the tank went through until reaching its current state: October 2017 It's safer than it looks... Back of the AIO Custom media basket Finished!! Acrilic top helped cut down evaporation and paved the way for the removal of the ATO. November / December 2017 Used some Frieda rock to seed new one, but it starts getting some bad air algae. Had no snails to counter it at the time. Ricordea Florida January - June 2018 - New rock structure made using reef glue added for a hair algae free start. This structure (or rather, part of it) would make it to present day! One of the "legs" broke and the structure had to be adapted. Tailspot Blenny, who sadly died a few days after coming in. Aiptasia eating monster! Tank born little trochus snail. New additions! Couple clownfish, torch, montipora, digitata and hydnophora corals. Top view Side view Simple "refugium" with some chaeto strands added to the back of the tank. July 2018 - changes to lighting and circulation AI Prime HD added! Spin Stream arrived! Unexpected hitchhiker... After light and flow adjustments August 18 Zoa island Current Equipment Tank: DIY 10g AIO Lighting: Ai Prime HD Circulation: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 + IM Spin Stream Filtration: Filter floss, sponge and purigen + Tunze 9001 Temp. Control: Small 50w heater Skimmer: Tunze 9001 Current stock - Occelaris Clownfish x 2 - Trochus Snails x 4 - Zoas (same as above) - Blue, orange and green ricordeas - Green and blue mushrooms - Torch Euphyllia - Red Montipora - Pink Digitata - Green Hydnophora - Purple and green Clavularia After a lot of changes and my fair share of challenges, I finally feel like it's on the right track. Feel free to offer insight or ask questions. Abraço, ffoott