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  1. VOTING: It's inspiring to see the transformations that these tanks have gone through. I hope that it motivates others to follow suit. We have 8 finalists that are eligible for prizes; and we need the help of the Nano-Reef community to help choose the winners. Voting starts today January 21st, and will conclude on midnight on January 29th. Each of the following contestants has submitted: Up to 3 pictures before the renovation Up to 3 pictures after the renovation And an optional summary not to exceed 200 words Use the following pics and summaries (along with the members' tank journals) to decide who to vote for in each category. You can visit the journal threads by clicking on the title/link after each member's name. Vote for your favorite renovations to support the hard work that these eight finalists put into their tanks. Any ties will be broken by @Christopher Marks. I wish to thank all of our contestants; and a special thanks to Chris, without which we couldn't have these contests. CATEGORIES & PRIZES* Overall Best Reef Renovation - The winner will receive a Nano-Reef T-shirt, a 6" tall acrylic award (with the contest logo, and the winner's name or screen name), plus a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* Exceptional Re-Aquascaping - The winner will receive a Nano-Reef T-shirt, a 15oz coffee mug with the contest logo, plus a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* Outstanding Low/No Budget Reno - The winner will receive a Nano-Reef T-shirt, plus a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* Bonus Award: Ugliest "Before" Pics - Christopher Marks will pick the contestant with the ugliest "before" pics. The winner will receive a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* * In the event that an international contestant wins a prize category, we'll make an effort to see if shipping is possible, but with no guarantees. In addition, where shipping is possible, international contestants might be responsible for some or all of the additional shipping and/or customs charges. Thanks, seabass 90 Day Nano-Reno 🔨 Brought to you by: &
  2. FTS You can find most of my reefing journey here. water test: 2/6/2021 FTS History
  3. This is the tank I won on Oct. 30, 2020. First let me once again say Thank You to IM and Christopher for having that drawing. I am truly grateful. Tank - IM Nuvo Fusion Pro 10 Stand - APS Light - Hipargero 30w Heater - Aqua Forest heater with controller Sand - Caribsea special grade live sand Rock - Dry rock seeded with a little live rock The rock has been in an old tank with a heater and pump since last July. The sand is from a bag received with a tiny hole in it so it was placed in an old salt bucket with a lid but not opened until today. Open the bag and there was no odor at all. I gave it a rinse before using.
  4. Started February 2021 Full tank shot Jan 2023 Full tank shot December 2021 Welcome to the build thread for my Reefspace 900 Deluxe. If you're interested the journey actually started in my nano thread HERE. This tank has been initially stocked with rock and inhabitants from my nano 15g which was around 8 months old, and is now dry. EQUIPMENT TMC reef pump 4000 return, Bubble Magus C3.5 skimmer, Jecod SOW-15 and SOW-8, Reef Factory Reef Flare Pro L, D-D ATO, D-D P1 Doser, D-D Temperature Controller. FISH Scopas Tang, Six Line Wrasse, 2 x Clowns, Royal Gramma, 3 x Green Chromis CORAL Mixed reef LPS and SPS Duncan's Coral, Leptoseris, Montipora, Goniopora ZOAS Radio Active, Red Man Eater, Blue Hornet, Green Implosion, Rasta, Bullseye, Kryptonite, Space Invaders, Utter Chaos, Cheesehead, Spiderman, Pearl Jam Zoas, Blue Boo Berries, Red Green Zoa Rock, Mind Tricks and loads of unknown MUSHROOMS Orange, red Rhodactis mussoides, Blue Actinodiscus, Green Ricordea LEATHERS Kenya Tree, Leather Finger, Cabbage OTHER SOFT CORAL GSP - Lime Green, Firecracker Clove, Gorgonians CURRENT PARAMETERS I like to keep a track of the tank, progress and additions so regularly keep this thread updated (Aka TANK OCD!). Feel free to comment or tell me I'm doing it wrong.... I am known for the odd direction change from time to time! Cheers @Murphych
  5. Tamberav

    7.2g Cold Water Reef Build

    First, a big thanks to Stu at Cold Water Marine Aquatics and Mike from Micro-Reefs for making this all possible! Tank: Micro-Reefs 7.3g 12x12x12 temperate aquarium made from 1/2 inch acrylic Chiller: Chill Solutions CSXC-1 Aquarium/Hydroponic Chiller 1/15hp JBJ Chiller Light: Ledtric full-spec par38 Nano-box Tide Flow: Mp10 Jebao Sow-4 Skimmer: CAD PLS-50 Elite Temp: 56 degrees Livestock: Fluffy Sculpin Kelpfish Catalina goby x2 Strawberry anenome Jewel nem's Chiton Micro Hermits Moonglow nem's Ball anenome's Aggregating nem's Purple Urchin Green Surf nem's Encrusting Hydrocoral Star Coral Turban snails Margarita snails Mexican turbo snail sculpkelp1 by Tana Jahangier, on Flickr
  6. Do you need some motivation to fix up a dated, neglected, infested, bare, or overgrown reef tank? Or maybe you're too embarrassed to update your tank journal. With the popularity of Home Improvement TV shows, @Christopher Marks and I have decided to host this 90 day reef renovation competition. We all know that life happens, and that our aquariums don't always get top priority. Well, this contest is for anybody wanting to improve their reef tank, even if it isn't that bad. There are practically no restrictions, and you have the full 90 days to: enter, set some goals, take a few pics, and renovate your reef. This contest begins NOW! I'll be the moderator and will address questions about the competition. Please refer to this thread for future announcements and rule clarifications. The Rules: You must add a tag to your reef tank journal, called Nano-Reno. Use an existing thread; or if this tank doesn't have one, you can start a new journal thread. Before the end of the contest, you must post at least three current "before" pics, accompanied by the contest logo. And as long as the contest logo is also included, additional "before" pics can be added to your thread. This contest will conclude at midnight on December 29th, 2022. So no new entries, or no new "before" pics will be allowed after this date. In order to qualify for prizes, contestants MUST send @seabass three "before" pics and three "after" pics (along with an optional 200 word summary) by January 15th, 2023. Additional details regarding this requirement will be provided prior to the end of the contest. Nano-Reef members will start voting for the winners beginning on the morning of Saturday January 21st, 2023. Polls will close at midnight on Sunday January 29th, 2023. Any ties will be broken by Christopher Marks. If you haven't participated in one of these contests before, they are primarily about the fun, camaraderie, and bragging rights. But in addition, there will be prizes for the most votes in the following categories. Prize Categories: Overall Best Reef Renovation - The winner will receive a Nano-Reef T-shirt, a 6" tall acrylic award (with the contest logo, and the winner's name or screen name), plus a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* Exceptional Re-Aquascaping - The winner will receive a Nano-Reef T-shirt, a 15oz coffee mug with the contest logo, plus a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* Outstanding Low/No Budget Reno - The winner will receive a Nano-Reef T-shirt, plus a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* Bonus Award: Ugliest "Before" Pics - Christopher Marks will pick the contestant with the ugliest "before" pics. The winner will receive a pack of contest and Nano-Reef stickers.* In addition to the fun and prizes, we hope that this contest motivates other hobbyists to improve their own tanks. Chris and I wish all of the contestants the best of luck. And now... Click on the Nano-Reno tag for a list of the participants. * International entries are welcome; but we aren't able to ship prizes everywhere. In the event that an international contestant wins a prize, we'll make an effort to see if shipping is possible, but with no guarantees. In addition, where shipping is possible, international contestants might be responsible for some or all of the additional shipping and/or customs charges. 90 Day Nano-Reno 🔨 Brought to you by: &
  7. October '22 Tank Shots Equipment Mr Aqua 22 gallon Lominie LED (x3) MP10 (x2) Jaebo Doser Micro ATO AquaClear 30 Backstory This tank was started back in January of 2017. At it's zenith it was a thriving mixed reef with a massive amount of bio-diversity ( sadly, all my pictures of it died with an external drive ) When I start a tank I always have a picture in my mind of how it will look when grown in. Sometimes that image will change as I come across unexpected livestock opportunities, but for the most part the aesthetic remains the same. But here's the rub... Once that picture perfect image comes to life as the tank matures and grows in... I lose interest?? When this happens I really should sell off or give away the livestock and start fresh, but I rarely ever do. By the time Covid hit the nation the tank was in auto-pilot. The Lockdowns happened and then disasters started befalling the tank. On March 24th, 2020 -2 Red Spot Gobie, 2 Red Stripe Gobie, 1 Green Banded Gobie, 1 White Spot Gobie and 1 Coral Beauty Dwarf Angel all died in 1 night. Cause(s) still unknown 2 Gobie survived and are still in the tank. Then in April my Calcium doser timer stayed open and dumped my whole Calcium Reservoir into the tank...luckily it wasn't the Alk, but it still pissed all the SPS off. 2 weeks later 1 of my NanoBox Tides died. We were in Lockdown and I was only able to get Amazon so I ended up with the Lominie light as ( what I thought at the time ) was a temporary fix. Then a month later the doser timer froze again. After this time I bought the Jaebo doser on Amazon but ultimately it was too late and I lost a few sensitive SPS. Then in July 2020 my second NanoBox Tide died as well. The tank was cursed. I bought 2 more Lominies for replacement and wrote the tank off and just waited for the glass to crack or some other disaster to strike...none did. I still performed water changes, dosed 2 part and fed the fish but I didn't enjoy the tank or spend any time looking at it. And so here we are now. What was once a very small rock of Xenia has now spread wildly and covered/killed most of my corals. Aptasia have also spread throughout the tank. There is cotton candy algae everywhere, and Grape Caulerpa has gone rogue. I had been thinking about just salvaging what coral and fish I could and then just ditching all this pest rock for new. But then this contest thread came up and I had an idea. There really was a great amount of bio-diversity in there and probably still is under that mess. I"m going to try and resurrect this rock and tank. The PLAN I have a few empty tanks laying around. I will transfer everything over to a 29 gallon except the sand. The sand i will rinse thoroughly and keep in the 22 show tank. I also have a little 8 gallon tank that will act as my quarantine tank. I will take a piece of rock from the 29 and pull, cut, Kalk paste and Aptasia-X the hell out of it before placing into the quarantine tank for observation and repeat process as needed. Once satisfactorily clean it will go into the show tank. Then repeat for all rocks. I have a box of small dry rock to use as fillers if needed. Every coral is engaged in warfare at the moment and most are growing into each other. I will try to salvage larger colonies but most likely will frag into many pieces to sell off and then keep a few to start again. I will not put any money into livestock into this tank, I'm just going to keep what i find in there and also just see what grows back. EDIT: I actually will eventually add some more snails and possibly some Peppermint Shrimp I'm gonna try and keep this thread updated with pictures as it progresses.
  8. banasophia

    Banasophia’s Evo V 🌀

    Recent FTS: Hi all, It’s funny how many of us are talking about our spouses/significant others as we figure out whether we’ll be doing this new Nano-Reef challenge. It really shows what an investment of time, money, and care this hobby can be. This past week I discovered that my hubs actually supports me in this hobby more than I knew. Because of him, I’m back, and joining in on the fun. Here’s what happened: Early last week the hubs informed me it’s not his place to tell me I can’t start a new tank; it’s up to me to decide 🤔 hmm could be a good sign When I had my little temper tantrum in the contest thread, it was the hubs that suggested I could apologize and come back 😊 hopeful to think people understand and give me a chance... we all have our issues Hubs even told me last night he liked my tank idea 🚦seems like a green light to me! 😁 So, of course, I took all this as the go ahead to move forward, and went to pick up the tank today! I’ll be doing a Fluval Evo V, 5 gallon tank, in my home office. Here’s my condiment shot. Honey for the humans, coral frenzy for the corals!
  9. ptora

    9g Peninsula

    9 Gallon Peninsula of softie goodness My little nano tank that I started up as of May of 2022. It's a 9 gallon aquarium, but with rocks and water displacement I'm ballparking around 6.5 gallons. The theme of the aquarium was soft coral dominated filled with sarcophyton, lobophytum, sinularia, nepthea, along with some mushrooms and zoanthus. To compensate for nutrients, I have some macro algae although I'm sure the corals don't mind the nutrients. Equipment Tank: Seapora 9 Gallon Rimless Lighting: Maxspect Jump 165 Filtration: Tunze Comline Filter 3161 Powerhead: Nero 3 Dosing: Tropic Marin AFR with Kamoer X1 Doser Stocking 2 x Mocha Storm Clowns 1 x Biota Royal Gramma The tank was going to be submitted for the Reno contest but just when X'mas was around the corner the tank was hit with a nasty infestation of dino, which recently cleared up and corals are recovering now. Before: After
  10. StealthPrix

    "Upcycled" 1.5 gallon system

    After failed attempts at the last two contests I'm finally able to partake in this one! I missed out on the last one due to illness and the contest before that I was making an acrylic tank at work and due to the Covid lock down I had to work from home and I accidently left the tank at work and couldn't get it. With that being said, time to get to work! I currently do not have a marine tank to overhaul, so I do have to start from scratch, but I found an interesting way to fit the theme. My father-in-law works maintenance at a few apartment complexes and he occasionally comes across aquarium items. He left me this old, nasty, and absolutely thrashed Oceanic 20 gallon aquarium. I broke it down, salvaged some of the glass to make a pico system. The display tank is a 8"x8"x6" cube that I bottom drilled for a single 1/2" drain. The sump is a 6"x6"x4" with a single divider. The tank is too small and I do not want to see any cords or heaters. My goal is to use almost exclusively leftover equipment I have laying around the house. I'm using a 7.5 watt preset Aqueon flat heater from one of my old neocaridina shrimp tanks and the return pump is a tiny 80gph aquaneat pump that I bought awhile back for a project with my kids. The return is fed through 1/4" RO tubing. I took advantage of the BRS 15 year discount and got an IM marine nuvo purity pack which will be my mechanical and chemical filtration. I had some scrap foam and silicone for the joints as well as a spare 1/2" bulkhead. Current to date expenses: - IM Marine Nuvo Purity Pack - $6 (shipping cost only) - 25ft of RO tubing $2.60 Total to date expenses - $8.60. I'm currently working on the aquascape and a method of feeding the 1/4" return line into the display to keep it as minimally intrusive as possible. Stay tuned!
  11. FTS November 20th, 2022 FTS July 23, 2022 FTS June 20, 2022 FTS October 4, 2021 FTS January 24, 2019 Day Night FTS August 23, 2018 FTS March 29, 2018 Tank and Stand March 29, 2018 So, after 6 months of getting settled after a move and lots of planning and designing, I'm finally getting started on setting up the tank my wife bought me for my birthday! The equipment I plan to use: Display - AquaMaxx 18.1 gallon cuboid with Eshopps Eclipse S overflow (drilled through display) Sump - DIY standard 10 gallon retrofit using Plexiglas and silicon Display Lighting 2x - Current USA IC Marine 18" with Loop Controller Radion XR15 Pro Flow - 2x Current USA eFlux Wave Pump 660 gph Return - Current USA eFlux Return Pump 1050 gph Biological Filtration - LR in sump and display as well as chaetomorpha in the sump Controller/ATO/Dosing - A Raspberry Pi based controller I built that has: Built in ATO Temperature monitoring and heater control Sump light control Automatic water changes Email and text alerts Scheduled dosing Parameters logged to a MS SQL Server Database with options for hand entry of log items Phone app to connect from anywhere to see what's going on with the tank I'm building myself a custom stand for the whole setup to live in/on. This has been the biggest holdup of getting this going since one of my income streams is my wood shop, so paying customers come first in the project queue You can check out my other work at www.PrestonWoodArts.com . I'm currently almost ready to start applying finish to the main cabinet (minus doors). Here is a shot of the main cabinet structure in my shop. And here is the tank sitting on the cabinet top when I was measuring for the wholes for the return and overflow plumbing. Here is the sump that will go in the bottom of the cabinet on a sliding shelf to allow better access for maintenance. The middle section of the sump will be the macro refugium. I'm excited to add water to this system, but I still have my plumbing and cabinet finishing to do. But, like all things in reefing, nothing good happens fast!
  12. WaterBoxer

    20g New Start

    After a rough couple of years that included a couple moves and one near total tank collapse, I've decided to reboot my saltwater tank and start adding more coral again. I started out with a Waterbox 7 gallon cube almost 4 years ago and it did well enough for a year or two with plenty of growth on my soft corals and LPS, but I eventually ended up going with something larger for some more stability. I moved up to a 20 gallon and got a couple snowflake clowns that were doing really well until we were hit with a nasty storm in summer of 2020 that knocked out power for a week. Unfortunately, my battery backups only kept things going for a few days and I ultimately ended up losing most of the tank, with the exception of some hardier coral, a few sexy shrimp, and some snails. I kept the tank going and nursed it back to a decent state over the next year or so and eventually added a single clown and a leather frag from a local chain petstore back in October of 2021. After a pretty disastrous move this summer (2022) where our new place wasn't ready on time, my tank ended up being broken down for much longer than I had intended. Many of the inhabitants didn't take well to an extended stay in a 5 gallon bucket and I was left this time with some snails, my clown, and the leather coral I purchased last year. My last LPS and sexy shrimp were lost in the move. I've decided to place this tank in my WFH office and I want to start devoting more time and money to water changes, testing, and equipment. After settling my live rock back in and rinsing my sand out with RO and then saltwater since it sat for weeks in a bucket, I've added a few additions as of September 2022: I decided to get another clown and carefully got them used to each other by swapping them in and out of a mesh breeder box over the course of several days. Thankfully, the one I ordered online (no good LFS around here) was larger than the juvenile that I had picked up in October and they've really taken to each other: I also added a small neon goby, some xenia, and a tuxedo urchin. Since I wasn't entirely sure how large the urchin would be when it got here and I was afraid of it bulldozing my small corals, I ended up anchoring down my corals after making sure flow and light were okay where they were. Other than the clownfish, all of these pictures were taken with the Fluval set to 100 percent on all color channels; I have the white lights set much lower on my schedule, but my phone camera can't seem to handle that much blue very well. Current stocking: 2 ocellaris clowns 1 neon goby 1 tuxedo urchin leather coral pom pom xenia assorted snails, including at least 2 nassarius snails living in the sand Current equipment: 100w Aqueon Pro heater 2 Sicce nano 1000 powerheads 1 non-functioning powerhead - My neon goby took a liking to this right as it died and I haven't had the heart to evict him yet so I've just left it in for now Coralife HOB filter with skimmer - I'm just breaking the skimmer portion back in again after an extended period off, so it's producing a lot of micro bubbles right now in the tank, but I know from experience that it will settle in after a few weeks. Additionally, I'm running a small 50 watt heater in the heater compartment of this filter along with filter floss and chemi-pure blue Fluval Marine 3.0 24 inch - Slowly ramping light up even brighter, but I don't think it'll supply enough long term, even with the little help my second light is providing Nicrew LED light on timer - This light was originally on this tank when it was freshwater. I've turned on the blue LEDs too when I switched the tank to saltwater, but it still doesn't provide enough light and I'm sure it isn't at the right spectrum. For now it's just on during the peak hours of my Fluval light's schedule Short-term plans: Finish breaking in skimmer and fine tune to reduce micro bubbles Continue with regular water changes Purchase better testing kits - I'm using API tests for now but I'm ordering Salifert kits soon to replace them Manual removal of vermetid snails - I had a few of these still on my live rocks from a frag I got years ago; I started crushing them with small forceps from time to time and that seems to keep their population in check Add light-diffusing privacy film along back of tank and add LED strip for lighting behind tank - I used these LEDs on the back of this tank previously and it looked really nice behind the opaque black background I had up before. Now I want to try it with some privacy film that will still let some light through while also hiding the equipment cords Possibly add some more soft corals or Zoanthids in a couple months Long-term plans: Purchase a second Fluval light to increase brightness for new corals and replace the Nicrew light Add more corals, including LPS up top once I have more light to support them Add an ATO - I've been topping off with RODI manually for now, but I know the salinity swings can get really bad if I don't keep up on it, especially during the winter Build wood stand with doors to hide equipment and wires - The tank is currently on a cheap Walmart metal stand that I picked up a few years back when I noticed damage and flexing in my stand at the time and needed something to replace it quickly Plumb either this tank or a new 20g (not that confident in my glass cutting ability to not have a backup on hand) and install a DIY 10g sump underneath - This would allow me to hide almost all of my current equipment in my new stand, cut out any remaining micro bubbles from the HOB skimmer since it will be on the sump instead with multiple baffles to get rid of bubbles, and potentially leave some room for a tiny refugium if I decide I need/want it down the line Most of my "long-term" plans I still want to complete well within the next 6-9 months, aside from maybe the move to using a sump. That might need to wait for my next move after our lease is up. We're planning on moving a few hours away next time, so it would be really nice to be able to just set up the new 20g and sump at our new place and have it ready to go when I move the rocks, sand, and livestock.
  13. vision

    nuvo 10g reef

    nuvo 10g. mostly zoa, some mushrooms. 90 Day Nano-Reno entry -- started from scratch. fts 12.30.2022 (picked up filters) 12.13.2022 12.13.2022 10.8.2022 10.15.2022 // – equip: - self made ada style stand - nuvo 10g display - ai prime 16 hd - mighty jet desktop w/ 2x RFD's - hygger mini powerhead - icecap ato - inkbird wifi controller - eheim jagar 25w heater – fauna orange spot goby mocha storm clown (java) – inverts candy cane pistol shrimp trochus snail x2 nassarius snail x1 stomatella - hitch hiker on green mushroom – zoa radioactive dragon eyes blue hornets fire and ice fruit loops chernobyls candy apples purple people eaters // not doing so hot green people eaters purple death paly - within colony of chernobyls – mushrooms green rhodactis orange rhodactis (sp inchoata?) orange rhicordia (sp yuma?) – misc green star polyp - on back glass. we'll see how this goes, heh. // routines – feeding i've always enjoyed smaller feedings more frequently simply because i get to interact with the tank in some way. for fish lrs reef frenzy - daily sera treat tabs - once daily if i'm home && remember (very inconsistent) for coral .5ml redsea ab+ - daily, if i remember reef roids for zoa - weekly, if i remember – testing keeping an eye on nitrates and making sure the water changes line up to maintain 5-10 nitrates. probably even cut down to 1 fish depending on how this goes as these get bigger. will likely pick up salifert nitrate – maintenance nothing to note here. water changes - weekly filter floss - weekly clean glass - whenever lol – cats luna and luke
  14. This journal is for my awkward middle child of a tank, motivated by the Nano-Reno challenge. The tank has never had a journal of its own, but has gotten the occasional guest update on the other two journals that I infrequently keep on my big tank (the show-stopper) and the desktop tank that I started as part of the 9to5 competition. The challenge is coming at the right time for me to save the tank from my neglect. Ok, so some background on the tank. I started this tank on July 1, 2021 as an upgrade from my Evo13.5. Unfortunately, this tank has gotten the least love out of my three saltwater tanks because it somehow requires considerably more work. The situation has been especially bad after I started a new full time job 3ish months ago, and kept my previous position as a part time gig. Between that and several other hobbies, this poor tank has been sadly neglected. It has gotten the occasional water change the past three months, but any time I find the time to do one water change one week, I run out of time the following week. But I love the fish that live in it, and have hopes that I can revive it. (At some point I promise I will edit this post to fill out the rest of the details here) Specs Tank: IM40 Light: Prime HD ATO: Pump: Powerhead: Heating: Inkbird & some heater Mini refugium: Inhabitants: Fish: hi-fin goby, pearly jawfish, captive-bred blue goby, firefish, starry blenny, midas blenny, yellow-banded possum wrasse Inverts: Tiger pistol shrimp (fortunately very fine with all the little fish that use his burrows), pincushion urchin, tuxedo urchin, several hermit crabs, and three emerald crabs (my husband can never know that I have any real crabs....he has something of a crab phobia), and some snails Corals: one toadstool, 2 , bubble coral, ORA red goniopora, blastos, and some very sad acans and favias Issues: The parameters are all out of whack. I haven't checked them in quite a while. From an ICP test I did a while back I know that the nitrates and phosphates are high, and that while the trace elements probably need to be supplemented by now, I had gotten things pretty well in check. Thanks to the nitrates and phosphates, there is a TON of hair algae. A TONNNNN. I can't even see in the tank at the moment. Aaand there's some cyano, too. The hair algae and the wonky parameters have done bad things to the corals. There are a few left, but most are quite sad. I have several pieces of equipment that I've not been using that I got specifically for this tank. So it is time to get those hooked up. More details will follow. Ongoing maintenance: I need to come up with a better plan for how I will manage this setup in the future. The Reno Plan: As I go I will cross off the steps as I complete them. I will also add to the list as I figure out what other steps are appropriate Establish a baseline: Take some "Before" photos Double check calibration on the refractometer Test water parameters and report back Aesthetic improvements: Clear the food containers off the top (this is the last tank I feed, so sometimes the sample container of frozen food doesn't make it back downstairs to the dishwasher) Take out the isolation box (the pearly jawfish was just supposed to grow out in this tank before moving on to my bigger tank, but it staged a jail break and I guess lives here now) Scrape glass so I can better assess the situation Pull hair algae Improve parameters: Start with a 5 gallon water change Change out Chemipure Start dosing All-for-reef Get an ICF test? Vacuum sand and spread it back out Vacuum rear chambers Coral care Remove hair algae. Rearrange the coral so that they aren't touching where they shouldn't Dip the corals Get back in the routine of feeding the corals before water changes Upgrades, additions, and improvements. Switch around power strips. (I haven't used much of my available equipment because I didn't have enough outlets on my power strip) Plug in the UV filter and start using it. Add dosing pump for all for reef Consider whether a skimmer would be worth adding. Set up the AWC system. Get that automated! It's a bummer that the jugs won't all fit under the stand but since I sit next to the tank all day I think it would be relatively safe to run the tank with auto water changes--I just need to make sure that I empty/fill jugs regularly (no convenient drain) and Set up a controller Set up a feeding routine on the controller so that I don't forget to turn important equipment back on. Today (10/10/2022) I have off work, so my goal is to get through all of numbers 1-3. Next week will be working on numbers 4-5, with probably some circling back to do more water changes and algae pulling! Some considerations/questions that I'm hoping you can help me answer: Should I be worried that the UV light is basically just an arm length from me all day? Could it work to have it on only at night, when I am not in my office? Or should I switch it to the far side of the tank so that it is two arm lengths away? This would require me to change the side that the mini refugium is on...which was a function of the length of power cords and the lack of a convenient outlet. Am I being too paranoid? Would you add a skimmer? I've actually only used a skimmer on one tank ever. It was a huge PIA to deal with emptying the darn thing, and it stank. I spend all day sitting next to my tank in my home office, so I don't want anything stinky. My husband also is sensitive to bad odors, so to keep him on board with my tanks I try not to let them smell any more than absolutely necessary. Right before the whole scandal with Vibrant, I got a bottle of it as a freebie from BRS. Should I use this to treat me algae issues? It is tempting! Photographic Evidence of my shame 😭 Hooo, boy. Definitely got my work cut out for me.
  15. sadie

    Sadies Biocube 16

    I don't get my tank till Monday (hopefully) But I had a couple questions before it gets here. A little history: I started my first SW tank in 2000 with a 12 gal Aquapod. I was part of a forum like this and got tons of great advise and my tank was great. I didn't really keep up with the forums after about 2 yrs so as things changed in the fish world, my knowledge did not. Life got a little crazy for a while and my poor tank got neglected. I almost threw in the towel twice, but just couldn't. I moved in 2012 and all my LPS died in the 4 hr move (frogspawn, acan, candy cane). My last attempt to bring my tank back to life was a huge mistake when I bought a JBJ 12 gal with LED in Nov 2015. I thought I was upgrading my lights and found out they were actually too weak to even grow the softies I had. That's when I joined this place and tried to figure out what was wrong. I lost my star polyps, red mushrooms, yellow polyps and some new frags I had bought. Basically everthing except m y toadstool. My Plan: *I am staying with the stock lighting. *I upgraded my pump in the 12 gal to the maxijet 900- not sure if that will be anybetter then the pump that will come with the Biocube 16 *I have a 50watt heater I just bought (thinking that might have caused my coral to die) it is preset to 78 I believe. It keeps my tank about 79 *Right now I have a black activated sponge in the intake chamber with purigen on top. I have been reading the sponges are a no no? I read a lot about filter floss, I have never used that, but think I will switch, but don't know what exactly to do with it. *My heater is in the 2nd chamber and my pump in the 3rd. *I will be taking the balls out of the Biocube, I have read and seen pictures of the Biocubes chambers, looks a little wierd. Not sure about this. *I want to add some more LR to my tank (going from the 12 to the 16) I will get it at my LFS . *I have a power head I bought in 2015 with my new tank it is a Korlina or something like that for a nano My Maintence: I do weekly water changes (2 gal withRO) Instant Ocean Sea Salt sometimes getting the reef crystals if they have it. Was thinking of switching to Distilled, everyone seems to talk about that now. I add Nano A&B everyday I vacumm the floor every time I do a WC and sometimes stir the top of the sand in hard to reach places. I just started blasting my rocks with a turkey baster (read it on this site) My tank didn't come with a moon light so I instaled an LED strip just to give it a "moon light" appearence. I leave this on all the time, but was just reading my tank should have a total dark period? I turn my lights on around 8 am and off around 7pm My Parameters: Amonia 0 Nitrates 0 Nitrites 0 PH 8,2 Calcium 420 (I think this might be too low when I start adding LPS not sure how to raise it) Salinity 1.025 (checked with a refracto meter calibrated every day) temp 79 phosphates 0 Alk I can't remember, tested it with a dip stick (don't like those) and it was within range, but can't remember what it was. Will be picking up a test kit at LFS soon (not a dip stick one) I think that's it. Any help advice would be great. I know this is a pricey hobby, I don't have the funds to go out and buy top of the line everything, but have some money to tinker and do what I need to do. I am so excited and so nervous. I Just want my tank back.
  16. (08/13/2022 FTS) The Tree of Life.🌱 Start date: 02/20/2020 Equipment: Waterbox Cube 10. AI Prime 16HD Reef with 12" Flex Arm. Coralvue Hydros: Control X4. Temperature Sensor. Auto Top Off Kit. Level Sensor for ATO Reservoir. Automatic Fish Feeder. Eheim 75 Watt Heater. Sicce Syncra Nano Return Pump. Icecap KI Neo Skimmer. Ecotech Marine Versa Dosing Pump. (3) EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10. Trigger Systems 5g ATO Reservoir. D-D Jumpguard Aquarium Screen Cover. Flipper Nano Glass Cleaner. inTank Filter Floss Holder. 3D Printed Feeding Ring. 3D Printed Dosing Tube Holders. 3D Printed Cord Holders. Filtration: 8.5 lbs. Live Rock. Big Kahuna Filter Floss/pad. Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon. Salt Mix: Aquaforest Reef Salt. Testing: pH- Pinpoint pH Probe / Hanna Checker pH. Alkalinity- Salifert / Hanna Checker Alkalinity DKH. Calcium- Salifert. Magnesium- Salifert. Nitrate- Salifert. Phosphate- Hanna Checker Phosphate ULR. Potassium- Salifert. Temperature- Hanna Checktemp 1. Salinity- Milwaukee Digital Refractometer. Par- Seneye. AutoAqua Smart Stir Magnetic Stirrer. Additives: Seachem Reef Plus Tropic Marin NP-Bacto-Balance BRS Kalkwasser BRS Alkalinity / Calcium / Magnesium (For General Adjustments) Brightwell Aquatics Potassion (For General Adjustments) Livestock: Pair of Black Darwin Ocellaris Clownfish. Gulf Peppermint Shrimp. Blue Leg Hermit Crabs. Dwarf Cerith Snails. Stomatella Snail. Astraea Snails. Coral: (Soft) Eagle Eye Zoanthids. Nirvana Zoanthids. Rainbow Infusion Zoanthids. Sour Apple Zoanthids. Blue Discosoma Mushroom. Briareum. Green Star Polyps. Rainbow Clove Polyps Clavularia. Grube's Gorgonian. Purple Plume Gorgonian. (LPS) Duncan. Splatter Hammer. Purple Tip Frogspawn. Yellow Mouth Teal Tip Frogspawn. Lemon Lime Trumpet Caulastrea. Kryptonite Trumpet Caulastrea. Bicolor Trumpet Caulastrea. Alveopora. Red Blastomussa Wellsi. Purple Blastomussa Wellsi. Yellow Goniastrea. Dragon Soul Goniastrea. (SPS) ATL Blue Clover Staghorn Acropora. WWC Yellow Tip Austera Acropora. PC Rainbow Acropora. Millepora Acropora. Bubblegum Montipora Digitata. Green Montipora Digitata. Red Montipora Capricornis. Idaho Grape Montipora Capricornis. Green Pavona. Montipora Spongodes. Purple Stylophora. Rainbow Pocillopora. Neon Green Pocillopora.
  17. This tank has always been my wild child. It is a tank of excess. First it was GSP, then flatworms and now macroalgae. Left side shot 11-3-22 Right shot 11-3-22 Full tank shot 11-3-22 I will add a plan of action at the end of the current thread. If anyone has an idea on how to battle this please let me know. I will also include these pics on the next post in the end of my thread. This is my 75 gallon tank and it has a 20 gal. sump. It has been allowed to grow freely for a couple of years and it shows. I am ready to get to work on this tank and have ordered 25 pounds of dry rock to replace most of what is in the tank. I want to let the left of the overflow remain wild and keep everything that is now in the tank contained to that side, or place it in the sump, or sell most of it really cheap. I may see if the fish store would give me a little credit for the coral and rock it is growing on. This is where I am open to any or all suggestions. I have nine fish in the tank and plan on keeping them all. Fox Face Sixline wrasse 2 Clowns Bangaii Cardinal PJ Cardinal Royal Gramma 2 Blue Damsels I would like to add a Blenny and maybe one more small fish, for a total of eleven fish. The corals in the tank include 2 types GSP hairy mushrooms toad stool leather anthelia ugly zoas red mushrooms sinularia - I think Does anyone need any of this stuff and live close? One of the GSP is metallic and branching. I can pull up most of what is growing on the bottom in one big piece. The thing I think is sinularia is about 16 inches high and a foot wide. Can it be fragged? I would like to keep a small piece and rehome the rest. I feel guilty throwing this stuff in the trash. I would rather share it with someone, if anybody wants some. Right side of tank Left side of the tank My plan as now is to clear the right side to the sand bed with a water change and add a little of it on the rock on the right side. I will add new sand and the dry rock on this side and let it settle a month or so before I change the left side. The right side will be new rock and sand and I plan on putting RFA, riccordia, zoas and grogonians on this side. If I leave a six inch sand bed between the current corals and the new rock do you think any of the would encroach on the new stuff? If I do this in sections do you think think this plan will cause any harm to my fish? I really like the idea of 1/3 of the tank being freeform and the other side having a set rock scape. I have the new rocks fixed in a simple scape with lots of holes and a couple of cave areas. I am waiting on the sand and any suggestions anyone may have. One last question what is this? I have three of them growing on the acrylic that came out of my 10 gallon when I emptied it for the 9-5 contest. They are about 1/2 inch big and look like a pile of dog poop, for lack of a better description.
  18. Hello all! I joined nano-reef in 2019 with the thought of starting a little 5.5 gallon pico of just corals and inverts, no fish, inspired by the little tidepools I loved exploring as a kid (hence the username). This never came to be, between discovering it was going to cost more than I'd anticipated even for a simple set up, and starting grad school in another country! It was a wonderful experience, until of course COVID happened, classes went online only, and I came home early before being stranded overseas as airports increasingly closed. A few months pass, and as it becomes increasingly clear I won't be going back to school as usual for the next semester - cases are continuing to rise and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon - the thought of a reef begins to call to me again. This time though, I'm more prepared, and the 5.5 tank I'd planned to use feels too cramped. And so my journey begins: I chose the IM Nuvo 14 peninsula, because it's still small enough to easily find somewhere to put it, and I find the dimensions visually appealing. The fact it comes with a lid is a nice feature; not something I'll have to buy separately like many of the other AIOs on the market. This is the first low-iron glass tank I've owned, and I'm thrilled with the build quality; for the price of the tank it feels really sleek, and the clarity is impressive. I unboxed it on a video call with my partner, and she couldn't even see the outline of the glass until I pointed it out! I started cycling my rocks back in late September - 6lbs of dry rock and 2lbs of live rock from my LFS. I didn't expect much from the live rock other than a starter culture of beneficial bacteria, but I was pleasantly surprised to find micro brittles, pineapple sponges, and fan worms, with 0 pests. FTS 12/28/20: DETAILS: Tank: IM Nuvo Fusion 14 Peninsula w/ stock return and media basket Light: AI Prime 16HD Reef Heater: Eheim Jager 75W (need to change with one that fits in the back!) Rock: 2lbs live + 8lbs dry Sand: 20lbs Caribsea Special Grade STOCK: 4x Blue Leg Hermit And that's the tank as it stands currently! I added the hermits first since I had almost no algae growth yet and they seemed the easiest to supplement their diet. I've been offering them frozen mysis, NLS pellets, and nori, all of which they enjoy very much. As I now have a decent coating of green algae on the rock and glass, I will be adding some snails to my CUC in the next day or two. My intended stock when the tank is ready is a pistol shrimp/goby pair, and very tentatively a Tanaka's pygmy wrasse. For corals, I am thinking of a mix of softies and LPS - I've been looking at zoas and favias, with maybe a galaxea, maze coral, and ricordea. Further down the line I'd love to try an easier SPS - birdsnest maybe? Or a monti? I'm hoping to get at least some of the corals in before the fish, to give them chance to attach before my pistol shrimp can do any demolition work 😅 I'm also interested in a selection of inverts - dwarf pink feather duster, money cowrie, porcelain anemone crab. Perhaps a yellow ball sponge once the tank is mature and running well! Thanks for reading so far, and I'd love to hear any thoughts!
  19. Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my journal. 🙂 I got started in the hobby to take my mind off of work stress back in February 2018, and set up my Biocube 16 on 3/3. I was immediately hooked and started my second tank, my IM Nuvo 10, on 6/16. I really appreciate all of the knowledge and support I’ve found here. This hobby, and the community, got me through a tough time in my life, so thank you for that! I’ve learned so much in the past few months, and I’ve enjoyed the beauty and wonder in everyone’s tanks. 💛 Recent full tank shots: Biocube 16 (stock LED lights), February 28, 2019 Daylights Beauty Lights Blues Nuvo 10 (AI Prime) Favorite Pics: Biocube 16, Taken 4/23/19 Biocube 16, Taken 5/17/19 Current Biocube 16 Setup, as of 1/26/2019: Light Schedule, Stock LED Lights: LC1 11 am - 9:00 pm LC2 10 am - 9:30 pm LC3 6 am - 12:30 am  Chamber 1: Coralife skimmer, temp probe, false floor still intact, tab between chamber1 & 2 still intact (I recommend keeping the tab intact as it supports the Coralife skimmer if you ever want to use one) Chamber 2: Stock media rack, filter floss, Chemipure Elite (for up to 25 gallon), 2 sacks of matrix media Chamber 3: Cobalt Neotherm 50W heater, Chill Solutions chiller pump and hoses, Purigen (for up to 100 gallon) which is sitting in the spot where the small black sponge filter was (if you take out the sponge, save it in case you want it in the future) Original Journal Pics, from August 2018: Equipment Ideas for Beginners: When I first set up my tank, it was difficult to figure out what I really needed to run my tank, so I thought I would post my suggestions here to give people a nice starting point and maybe help you avoid the trial and error process I went through. The 101 Best Nano-Reef Species: How to Choose & Keep Hardy, Brilliant, Fascinating Species Perfect for Small Aquariums (Adventurous Aquarist Guide) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0982026242/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_0dS9Cb30MXXTY Nano-Reef Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Reef Systems Under 15 Gallons https://www.amazon.com/dp/0793807174/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ueS9CbNMZ92QM Python Pro-Clean Aquarium Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit, Small https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002APRVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_n.R9CbQ5NNTWK Python Squeeze Siphon Starter Aquarium Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017JHPA6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_R.R9CbM9BJDGP Milwaukee MA887 Digital Salinity Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation, Yellow LED, 0 to 50 PSU, +/-2 PSU Accuracy, 1 PSU Resolution https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Z4ITWU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UaS9CbTGM555X Coral feeder SPS HPS feeder, short version for marine fish and reef coral aquarium CFT-1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNLLL2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_RbS9CbQ85W6AP TAMSCO Hemostat Rochester Pean Forceps Curved 12-Inch, Extra Long Clamp Curved, Surgical Stainless Steel, 12-Inch, Curved Tip Style, Locking Ratchet ** Work great for removing Xenia and Kenya Tree babies if they are spreading where you don’t want them.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HB4VKWU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_hES9Cb5PZDE63 BinaryABC Aquarium Tweezer 48cm Length Straight Type Stainless Steel Water Plant Tool ** I use these almost every day... I think they are currently out of stock, but I recommend finding something similar.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0761PN8Q2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_xHS9CbD6DF5NV Mandala Crafts Stainless Steel Aquarium Fish Tank Plant Aquascape Scissors Spatula Tweezers Tool Set (3 Tool Combo) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XWH5NG5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_VIS9Cb1TDDZPK Transfer Pipette, 3.0ml Graduated, 5.0ml Capacity, Large Bulb, 155mm, Karter Scientific 206H3 (Pack of 100) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Z4QVZ4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_HcS9CbK4RSPD9 Instant Ocean BIO-Spira Water Treatment for Aquariums https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ODDS5E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UfS9Cb34GQ731 Caribsea Life Rock , 20-Pound ** I was able to get individual pieces from my LFS at the time I started my tanks, but if I couldn’t I would order either regular or shapes. ** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QSNHVLO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_1lS9CbG3NVKMC Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm Heater with Adjustable Thermostat (Fully-Submersible, Shatterproof Design) from 25W to 300W ** I use the 50W in both of my tanks.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008AGWZCC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_PoS9CbS1N8XE4 Jebao OW-10 Wavemaker 132-1057 GPH with Controller and Magnet Mount https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076FK8G1P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_KpS9Cb9Y5SEBC Rubbermaid FG296400ROYBL Roughneck Square Bucket, 12-Quart, Blue ** I use these two gallon buckets (two of them) for my waste water during water changes. (Five gallons a bit too heavy for me to carry/lift.)** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XMMN24/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_.qS9CbTQHBF1S 2 Gallon Plastic F-Style Jugs With 63mm Caps, Pack of 4 ** I use these two gallon jugs for getting premixed water from my LFS, or for transferring water from my mixing bucket to my tanks if I’m mixing at home. Clean with vinegar then water before first use! (Five gallons a bit too heavy for me to carry/lift.)** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7TCQGY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_KNS9CbXR2V7YK Aquarium Filter Pad - Premium True Dual Density 12" by 72" by 3/4 to 1" Aquarium Filter Media Roll for Crystal Clear Water https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AHIOM8A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_.sS9CbE5NB79T Seachem Purigen Ultimate Filtration 100 ml. Bag Aquarium Fish Tank Filter Media https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079SN6SDY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ItS9CbACKG0D4 Boyd Enterprises ABE16742 Chemipure Elite for Aquarium, 6.5-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BS96U60/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_OuS9CbP3T5ET1 Seachem Matrix Bio Media 1 Liter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002A5VIO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_bQ--CbV9FYGJ4 Seachem The Bag Filter Media Bag ** For the matrix media.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X6F7AW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_7Q--CbVYRKJQR Flipper Nano Magnet Cleaner, 1/4 Inch ** For the Biocube walls, I use the Flipper Nano. For the Biocube corners, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MYHSD3I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_8vS9CbFJDVK33 Two Little Fishies ATLNM1 Nanomag Window Clean Device ** For the Biocube walls, I use the Flipper Nano. For the Biocube corners, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag.** ** For the Nuvo 10, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag daily, and I use the Segarty long handled scraper to clean more thoroughly during weekly water changes (and use the handle to stir the sandbed).** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JSTHXS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ Segarty Fish Tank Scraper, 25.6'' Stainless Steel Algea Scraper Razor with 10 Blades Cleaner Tool Kit for Glass Aquarium Fish Tank Plant Grass ** For the Nuvo 10, I use the Two Little Fishes Nano-Mag daily, and I use the Segarty long handled scraper to clean more thoroughly during weekly water changes (and use the handle to stir the sandbed).** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074KFZF7W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_wBS9CbPZ2WC6R Tripp Lite 7 Outlet (6 Individually Controlled) Surge Protector Power Strip, 6ft Cord, Black, Lifetime Limited Warranty & $25K Insurance (TLP76MSGB) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075NZLYB7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_dI--CbXS25T67 Tower Manufacturing 30440003 Auto-Reset 15 AMP Grounded 3-Prong GFCI 5-Outlet Adapter, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YPBITXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_EJ--CbR0607CA AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Automatic Top Off System (SATO-120P) ** For the Nuvo 10, I use this ATO. My Biocube doesn’t get any significant evaporation, so it doesn’t need one.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0195D3LC6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_cL--CbWB67FW5 Polyp Lab Coral View Lens (Original Version) ** I prefer the original version.** https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DVMFBNP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_N9S9Cb7BEC2R9
  20. Hey friends, I would like to present the beginnings of my new magical realm: DragonReef 🐉 Picked up the tank on a whim a few weeks ago when Amazon had it listed at only $192. Also got a great deal on Caribsea Liferock - 40 lbs for $83 - and picked up a couple of their arches from my LFS. I’ve been a bit delayed by the stand, but getting there... initially had to make a repair and add some polycrylic to protect the top... and a local reefing friend came by this evening to install some reinforcements since it’s a kitchen island and wasn’t constructed quite as I had anticipated. I’m hoping to get it going in the next few days. Planning to *try* to do an SPS dominant mixed reef under stock Biocube 32 lights.🤞 Special thanks to all my friends giving me feedback/inspiration/guidance on my new build. When I started my Biocube 16, I was new to the hobby... so awesome this time around to have so many experienced and supportive friends to help!! So thankful for the community! 💛💛💛 Keeping this initial post brief cuz it’s late; I’ll come back to add details, but just want to get it started.
  21. Does everybody know what time it is? It's been a year since the beginning of our last Nano-Reef contest, so @Christopher Marks and I felt that it was time for another one. Watch for an official announcement on October 1st. This contest will start immediately following that post, so keep an eye out for it.
  22. I'm throwing my hat in the race! Those of you who follow @Tigahboyon Instagram may have seen the contest posted and it gave me an excuse for another (small) tank 😂 my fiance has already asked me which tank I plan to take down or move to make room for the new one but at least she is on board. it also gives me a chance to move one or two of the macros that I feel haven't gotten the attention they need or are getting choked out by the culerpa in my mini Macro Mansion. stay tuned! Pic for tax Nano-Reno contest Entry Well the macro bowl is in distress 😭 I'm officially throwing my hat into the Nano-Reno contest. Not so I can win or anything just bc this little bowl needs some love! BEFORE: Macros covered in hair algae... Stand covered in my junk...🙄 And just generally looking rather sad and pouty... this poor bowl needs love! PLANS: 1) The plan is to somehow find a way to rid the bowl of the hair algae, 2) get a magfloat bowl cleaner, 3) add a lid, and somehow find a way to incorporate an ATO. 4) If possible, I'll also change the lighting and stand. These are all things I was planning to do for this bowl anyway so this contest is right in time ☺️. Well here we are at the end of the contest 😅 here are my after pics. They won't be as impressive as anyone else's in the contest I can tell you that for sure 🤣 At the start of this project I set out some lofty goals for myself. Yea none of that happened 😅. In the end I decided to mash all 3 of my currently running sw tanks into one large tank since I am in the planning stages of a very very large build and will eventually run out of time for the nanos. Well the end result is this.... Just a blank slate. I cleaned this Landen 16ish gallon tank I found on the side of the road over a year ago. It has had many iterations previously with some of my freshwater fish. After much deliberation my fiance convinced me to go with this as the new tank for all my reef babies! Although the contest did not go as planned, please know that I will continue to post updates as I progress with this transition. This was fun and got me moving! The focus of this will still be on the macros mainly but I will be looking to finally put more effort and time into growing LPS and SPS corals as practice for the future 150 gallon tank that I'll be picking up at the end of this month! 😁
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