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  1. Hello Nano-Reef! I've been waiting a while to get back into the hobby after breaking down this pico reef build due to frequent moves for school and work. Now that we're more settled in one place, my wife and I have decided to start up a new reef and bought ourselves a Red Sea Max Nano. Livestock plans are pretty set in stone at this point: Mixed SPS/LPS Fish Ocellaris clownfish pair ✅ Helfrichi firefish Yellow watchman goby Pink streaked wrasse ✅ FTS: 11/12/19 Table of Contents: 7/24/19 - First FTS 9/18/19 - September FTS 10/14/19 - October FTS 11/12/19 - November FTS Equipment: Tank: 20G Red Sea Max Nano Lighting: AI Prime HD x2 Filtration: stock protein skimmer Heater: 75W Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm, Inkbird Temperature Controller Flow: MP10, stock return pump ATO: Tunze Osmolator Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro Media: BRS carbon Rock & Substrate: ~15lb BRS Reef Saver Rock, ~3lb KP Aquatics Uncured Live Rock 15lb Caribsea Dry Aragonite Special Grade Reef Sand Maintenance: 5-10 gallon water change weekly Replace filter floss weekly Replace carbon monthly ESV 2-Part twice weekly (manual dosing for now) ESV magnesium as needed Feeding: Hikari pellets daily Reef Roids twice weekly Frozen mysis weekly Fish: Pink-streaked wrasse Black and orange ocellaris clownfish pair Invertebrates: Cerith and dwarf cerith snails Nerite snails Nassarius snails Banded trochus snails Scarlet cleaner shrimp Blue porcelain crab Corals: SPS Red montipora capricornis Red montipora setosa Forest fire montipora digitata Superman montipora Sunset montipora Green slimer acropora Oregon tort acropora Vivid's fundip acropora Vivid's phantom acropora WWC snow drop acropora RMF last dragon acropora GSC walt disney acropora GSC red robin acropora ORA pearlberry acropora ORA red planet acropora JF fox flame acropora LPS Fluorescent tip purple torch Peach/pink hammer Purple tip green frogspawn Jack-o-lantern leptoseris Green duncan Brown/green candy cane Various acan/micromussa colonies Red/green war coral Neon green candycane Red/yellow chalice Red/green blastomusa Warpaint scolymia Mummy eye chalice
  2. AKay3600

    AKay3600's 29 Gallon Reef

    Started this tank up in January of 2015. Setup/Equipment: 29 gallon tank (30x12x18) 10 gallon sump - small refugium Reefbreeders Photon V2 24" Eshopps Nano Overflow Box Hydor Nano Slim Skim Protein Skimmer Jebao PP-4 Wave Maker RIO 1400 Return Pump Hydor Smart Level ATO 100W Heater Flipper Glass Cleaner BRS Mini Reactor w/ MJ900 pump Matrix Maintenance and Upkeep: Weekly 4.5 gallon water changes (Reef Crystals) Clean the glass every 3 days Blow off the rocks every 3 days. Kalk +2 in ATO Carbon + GFO in reactor Phosgaurd when needed Feed frozen LPS Reef Frenzy or Rods every other day with pellets and flakes between. Feed the corals once or twice a week with reef-roids. FIsh: 1 Ocellaris Clowns (Alice) 1 Six Line Wrasse (Speed) 1 Yellow Clown Goby (Krusty) Corals: Frogspawn Duncan Green Trumpet Green Star Polyps Pulsing Xenia Kenya Tree Assorted Mushrooms Assorted Zoas Green Palys Purple Blasto Red/Green Blasto Red Acan Orange Acan People Eaters Zoas Green Sinularia Superman Mushroom Silver Eye Lepstrea Orange Yuma Ricordia Neon Toadstool Green Torch Hammer Green Porities Green Birdnest Purple Monti Clean Up Crew + Inverts: Assorted Snails and 1 hermit that is too big for my liking named Crash. Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Kevin) FTS: 10/20/2018
  3. Hey everyone! I am new to the forum and thought what better way to introduce myself than to start a journal for my nano! A little bit about me, I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan and will be graduating in 2019. I am originally from Chicago - hence the username! I have been in the hobby for about 10 years and have had tanks from FOWLRS to full blown reefs. I have always wanted to start a journal for one of my tanks but never really got around to it. As a graduate student this has made things a little more difficult. But I recently came across a deal I could not pass up that is perfect for my situation! The goal is to document everything in this thread. Let me introduce to you my new nano! It is an IM 10 gallon fusion with the following equipment: inTank Media basket (just made the switch from a custom IM media basket) MP10wes vortech Ghost Desktop skimmer Tunze nano ATO AI prime Cobalt heater with a finnex temp controller IM spin stream The tank currently has 2 clowns, a starry blenny and a mix of SPS and LPS. Here are a couple photos! Pardon my cell phone photos, I am working on getting a better camera.. Looking forward to meeting all of you! October 2019 - IM 25 gallon fusion: September 2018: May 2017:
  4. Well, it's a little late to start a build thread now seeing as the tank is mostly put together, if anything I suppose this will be more of a "polishing up" stocking and grow-out... thing... I do have some pictures I've taken of the process though and some little stories about how one thing or another got thrown together, but at this point I like the scape and stock enough I wanted to share it. Hope you enjoy! About 8 months ago I bumped into the opportunity to purchase a used Nuvo Atoll and AI prime light for $150 and I just couldn't say no. I'd been really wanting to get back into the hobby after moving off the big island of hawaii for ongoing health-reasons after a bout of myocarditis. It came in pretty scratched but I polished it up within an inch of the factory using the three-step Novus polish kit and some microfiber towels. Unfortunately I no longer really have any before and after pictures of the 6 or so hour process of getting everything nice a bright again, but I definitely learned I never want to deal with an acrylic tank again. I can't believe how easily these tanks scratch and how deeply at that... Next up was grabbing some rocks, I didn't want to deal with all the pests and unknowns which can hitchhike on live rock so I went with dry, instead figuring I would cycle the tank using ammonia, bottled Tim's, and some time. I couldn't really think of a fantastic scape Idea and had too many plans laid out, so I just ended up walking out of the LFS with a 30lb or so pile of Dry rock. I figured I could do some kind of really vertical scape to take advantage of the cylinder-shape of the tank, and I grabbed enough flat pieces that I felt like I could easily make a cove or island layout if I wanted to down-the-road. I replaced the stock pump with a Sicc nano 120 gph and bought a Sicc Voyager 240 for circulation alongside Brightwell N03 cubes, about "50 gallons worth" of Matrix and No3-out media, some chemi-pure blue nano satchels, phosguard, carbon, and egg-crate to hold it all in the AIO section. Underneath the overflow is filter-floss, carbon/phosguard, and then a chemipure satchel, to the right of it in the section which gets essentially no-flow is the NO3 seachem media, then in the large-middle section is half-a container of the brightwell NO3Out media and the Seachem Matrix. I also fashioned a little DIY lid out of Lowes scrap acrylic to keep evaporation down, though I really should have used some rods to keep it from warping, I still can't say I'm unhappy with the results. Bought a continuous power-supply UAC, which doubles as a backup for the nebulizer-compressor... And a Finnex 100W heater. Next-up the protoscaping while the tank cycled, I really wanted to try to maximize the amount of space I had for corals and livestock, while working with keeping a kind of full-tank-gyre action going. I was never really happy with the initial-concepts but couldn't quite figure out what I wanted to do, shy of keeping things bare-bottom, either. I managed to skip any huge algae or cyano breakouts and ended up with a 0-ammonia 10-nitrate tank within two moths, though I did get a few diatom blooms they always cleared up as fast as they came on. (That said I still get the occasional bloom after playing with my rockwork >_>) After two months wet, and about 1 month of feeding an empty tank, I decided to test the waters with a small clean-up crew, four nerite snails and a dwarf cerith. I never really took any pictures of them, but my wife and I both love watching the nerites zip all over the tank despite supposedly being "nocturnal", and have enjoyed trying to figure out where on earth the cerith is hiding during the day. Shortly thereafter we decided to grab a maxima from a local LFS, at the time it looked almost opal-white and was barely two or three inches across. I placed it towards the top of my rockwork and woke up the next morning to find that the little bugger had jumped into a hole and quite-firmly attached itself, prompting a "quick" re-working of the tank. Unfortunately working in the tank and scaping is much less pleasant than I had expected, certainly nowhere near as enjoyable as it used to be for me. Because of my various conditions I've lost most of my postural muscles over-time and have swinging electrolyte-imbalances which can cause shaking, spasms, and pain at just about any angle or weight. Needless to say working in the tank can at times be incredibly frustrating and physically-unpleasant, that said I still love aquascaping dearly and will probably end up with a planted bookshelf-tank or jar in the future. A shot of the clam and a Photo-bombing pair of nerites a few weeks-in. About a month later I decided it was time to start adding some corals when I chanced upon a bunch of indo euphyllia about to run out its' timer on Ebay, I picked up an unknown piece which I think is Baliensis, a bi-color frogspawn, and a yellow-ish hammer; plus a Florida-ricordea, chalice, and blasto-merletti colony for about $15 a piece after-shipping. Here's a grumpy shot of everyone after shipping, dipping, and dropping into the tank: And everyone a few days later: After an ongoing, impressively-successful, feeding regimen of sera-marin-granules (once a week) and 1/4 the recommended dose of RedSea AB I decided to order some plastic-coated neodimium magnets to replace the frag plugs, with the plan of epoxying and gluing their pairs into the rockwork, this way I can remove, swap, and frag the colonies without tearing apart my scape or worrying about much of anything. Unfortunately I think I went overkill on their strength as I can pretty much pick my rocks up by the corals XD Shot of the Maxima and Pink-green chalice after about a month settling-in and my dialing in the two-part dosing to keep alk and cal stable. The longer I had the scape up the more I realized the flow levels just weren't working out for the euphyllia or the chalice. The water coming off the voyager was getting deflected down directly onto the colonies and buffeting them, so I bought a timer to turn the powerhead off a few times a day as a temporary-solution until I felt ready to begin more re-scaping. After a week or so I decided breaking up the rock the Maxima was attached to was a great starting place as its' size and awkward shape left itself and the entire scape unsteady and prone to constantly coming apart while I tried to work with the coral. A few days ago my wife fell in love with this dark black-purple and rich-green anchor coral we found at a LFS, it reminds me of a truffula tree or some goofy fairytale-plant. Which leads me to the current iteration of the scape, overnight the new anchor coral decided to go cliff-diving and fell off its' plug entirely, to fish it out I pretty much had to tear apart the whole tank. With that said it did give me the opportunity and excuse I needed to completely-redesign my rockwork into something that would work better for my animals and for me. Four hours and a very sore back/core later and we have this beautiful little lagoon/cove which keeps the euphyllia sheltered from harsh flow and light, keeps the clam high-and center toward the Prime-puck, and the chalice in highish-flow and medium-ish light. The plan from here is to get a Lobo/Favia/Acan colony for the center and some bubblegum Digitata for the back-right of the wall (to be suspended by magnets) and decide on a small fish which won't harass the clam (No clown gobies, no damsels, I've heard clownfish can be mean...) maybe an assessor? I would love to try a yellow-stripe clingfish, but I know you're not supposed to keep pipefish with clams and am not sure if there's a similar rule. On top of that they're very difficult to keep and, while I would be willing to make it a little-feeding dish and shelter and go the extra-mile, even those who seem to do everything right tend to have their fish die within 3 years... Since there's no real information about their actual lifespan in the wild, I don't know how comfortable I am with the idea of potentially doing that to an animal when other species seem to adapt or even thrive in captivity by contrast. Anyway, that's pretty much the whole process of setting up this 13g nano, it has been a really long time since I've been able to play around with this hobby and honestly this tank has been jumping back into the deep-end for me. I'd love to hear any suggestions on livestock, but I want to keep it light and 10% every-other week or even monthly water-changes in the realm of possibility because of my condition (I test every three days to make sure nitrates are undetectable). Hope you enjoyed the read as much as I've loved browsing around the community and admiring all of your tanks and projects, hope you have a great day!
  5. 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
  6. Background: This is an upgrade from my Fluval Spec V. I have always struggled with the rock being too big in the Fluval Spec V. It makes it very hard to clean the glass on each side so lots of algae build up. I also wanted to get a bigger tnak for the clown fish. This clown fish has been with me for over 2 years now and survived through 2 leaks, 1 move, and other mishaps. It is also a total bully so I can't put it into my Red Sea Reefer 350. When I first saw ReefBuilder feature the Fluval Evo 12, I knew it will be my next tank. The dimension fits perfectly wherethe Spec V is now and the rock will look great with more space on each side. There are some questionable design choices with the tank such as the black honeycomb at the top of the tank (which I razored off) and the AIO chamber allows a lot of detritus to build up in the first and second chamber. The stock lighting and pump are good only for softies and low light LPS. But overall, the tank itself is pretty decent for the price. I do like it comes with surface skimmer and the return nozzle is already split into two. In additional, the raised design is very modern. My vision for this tank is a very natural tank with gorgonians, LPS, zoas, acans, and ricordeas. I will get another fish or two, something that can put up with the clown.
  7. Bailyfox

    Baileyfox's 7gallon cube

    Day 1 - Tank has cleared up and is looking good, I've seen some neat creatures as well as my first aiptasia anemone on my rock work. full tank shot one of my lovely hitchhiker mushies my hitchhiker bumblebee snail Adorable micro brittle star, I'm so happy to see a few. Hopefully I'll have some feather dusters hiding somewhere as well. I'm thinking of killing the aiptasia by frying it with a lighter and then putting a glob of super glue over it, is this a bad idea?
  8. Sinibotia

    My first reef tank

    Hello all, this is the start of my first reef tank. I'm hoping to document everything here so I can see how things progress and get feedback as I go. This is my first reef tank, but I have had extensive success with even difficult freshwater fish so I'm confident that I can take on the challenge of a nano reef. This is the tank so far. It's a standard 10 gallon. I have about 3 inches of crushed coral sand, 10 pounds of cured live rock, a koralia 240 nano pump, an aquaclear 50 that I'm still deciding what to put in (chaeto, purigen, chemipure, carbon?). The heater is a hydor 50 watt heater. Light is going to be a Current USA Orbit Marine 18" light. Salinity is currently 1.026, temperature is 80 degrees (both will be lowered before I start stocking), and ammonia is 1.0ppm(dosed in order to cycle the tank). Nitrates are reading around 5ppm. pH is 8.2. My phosphate and calcium test kits come tomorrow. Planned inhabitants are a firefish, a black ray shrimp goby, a tiger pistol shrimp, a clean up crew, and for corals, I'm still deciding on corals but likely it'll be a mix of soft corals for the lower rocks and a single LPS for the central rock (where it should get enough light and flow?) I'm open to suggestions, I've done a lot of reading but there's still plenty I don't know!
  9. Raindog3030

    Waterbox Nano Owner's Thread

    Howdy y'all! I believe I may be one of the first to adopt one of these gorgeous little Starfire beauties and I figured it would be a good time to start a thread for anyone else who may/has purchase(d) one! So far, Waterbox has been very responsive in dealing with the only issue I have run into so far [with the 7g model], the included return pump. They did so by sending me a free Sicce Mi Mouse return pump to replace the ECO66 pump, this may or may not be the case with other tank sizes in the series. I don't think any of us can argue that these AIO cubes are very attractive considering the quality of materials, construction, and included accessories! So, without further ado, please join in on the conversation! Is it just another AIO? Do you have one? What do you think? Are you some weird-o lizard person impersonating a reefer?!?!?! Here is the manufacturer page for reference: https://waterboxaquariums.com/cube/
  10. Just getting started on my first reef tank. I have had freshwater tanks in the past but it has been a couple of years. I have been researching how to setup a reef tank for over a year now. Just didn’t have the time or money to set something up, until now. MY SETUP Tank: CoralLife Biocube 14 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50w Lighting: Stock Lighting - 24w Actinic - 24w 10K - 1x Blue LED Bar Filtration: Chamber 1: False Bottom Removed/Heater Chamber 2: InTank Media Basket (4/29/19) - Top: Filter Floss - Middle: BRS Carbon ROX0.8 and GFO (5/14/2019) Chamber 3: Stock Pump/Temperature/ AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Sand: 20 lbs Caribsea AragAlive Special Grade Rock: BRS Reef Saver Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: Red Sea (Blue Bucket) Dosing: BRS Kalkwasser- 2g/gal Testing: Refractometer API Saltwater Masters HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish A. ocellaris (LA 4/18/2019) - Randalli Prawn Goby (AA 6/8/2019) “Timon” - Black Ice Clownfish [QT] “Columbus” A. ocellaris (BLC 10/12/2019) Invertebrates: - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 2x Cerith Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 1x Trochus Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) “Jack” - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) - Red Banded Pistol Shrimp (BTR 6/15/2019) “Pumbaa” - 3x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) - 5x Cerith Snails (BLC 10/12/2019) Corals: Soft Fire and Ice Zoanthid (WWC 5/24/2019) Green Star Polyp (WWC 5/24/2019) Weeping Willow Toadstool (BLC 6/8/2019) Blue/Green/Yellow Zoanthid (AA 6/15/2019) Purple Monster Zoanthid (BLC 10/12/2019) LPS WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) WWC Swamp Thing Favia (5/24/2019) Lavender Duncan (WWC 5/24/2019) Duncan (AA 6/15/2018) Pink/Purple Blasto (AA 6/15/2019) Purple & Pink Acan (BLC 10/12/2019) The Dearly Departed: - 1x Trochus Snail (LA 4/18/2019-5/5/2019) - WWC Grapevine Lord (5/24/2019-5/30/2019) - 1x Scarlet Hermit (AA 6/8/2019-6/21/2019) *Jack - Misbar Clownfish (BLC 6/8/2019-7/9/2019) *clownfish aggression - 1x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019-??) - 1x Nassarius Snails (BLC 10/12/2019-10/13/2019) *Jack Startup 3/16/2019 5/21/2019 9/25/2019
  11. merickson45

    merickson45's Tank Journal

    Hi everyone! Total beginner here who decided to start a reef tank. I've always been fascinated with marine life since an early age, and I did a bunch of research/planning before jumping in. That said, I'm sure I have a lot to learn, which is why I decided to document my progress here and hopefully get helpful tips along the way! Full disclosure: this tank was originally a display model at my local reef shop. I was originally planning to start from scratch, tank cycling and all, but the deal was just too good to pass up (I'm working on a tight budget). So I may have slightly cheated because this tank was already set up and running for a month or two before I got it. I did change up the aquascaping quite a bit though to make it my own. Tank: IM Nuvo Fusion 10 Gallon Heater: Aqueon Preset 200W Light: Kessil A80 Tuna Blue Filtering: IM CustomCaddy Media Basket (Mechanical Fiberball, Carbon, GFO) Pump/Powerhead: MightyJet 326 GPH Return Pump ATO: DIY implementation (as seen here) Fish None currently Inverts (still identifying/counting things as they crawl out of the rockwork) 1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Jonah) 1 Margarita Snail 1 Nassarius Snail 3 Bumble Bee Snails 4 Stomatella Snails 2 Common Bristleworms Assorted starfish Corals (Came along for the ride from the shop) Green Star Polyps Green Pavona "Scrambled Eggs" Zoanthids "Utter Chaos" Zoanthids Unidentified Zoanthid Neon Green Candy Cane Duncan Frogspawn Previous Inhabitants 1 Ocellaris Clownfish (deceased, likely due to stress of initial move) 1 Peppermint Shrimp (coral muncher, returned and replaced with Skunk Cleaner Shrimp) Blue Snowflake Polyps (removed due to potential for taking over) I would definitely appreciate comments/tips/suggestions!
  12. partlycloudy531

    My 9.1G Bookcase Nano Reef

    After keeping my first successful reef tank for over a year (BC32), I decided it was time for another tank. This will be going in the bottom left hand corner of a built in bookcase in my living room. The sump will be hidden away underneath in the cabinet. Im waiting on the last of my plumbing pieces to arrive so I can begin the install. Here is my plan so far. Updates to come soon. Display Tank: Aquamaxx 9.1g Rimless Sump: Eshopps RS-100 Overflow: Eshopps Eclipse S Light: AI Hydra 32 Return Pump: Innovative Marine MightyJet Midsize 538gph Powerhead: Ecotech MP10 Vortech ATO: XP Aqua Duetto Heater: HMO Finnex Titanium 100w with an AutoAqua Smart Temp Security Sand: CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Rock: Real Reef Rock Filtration: Seachem Matrix and Chemipure Blue Skimmer: Eshopps Axium 120 Lid: Custom made by Octo Aquatics
  13. Latest FTS 2019-11-05 FTS 2019-10-25: Dear co-Reefers, First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Harmen, I am from the Netherlands, living in a historical city called Zwolle and I have been lurking here for quite some time. I am really inspired and baffled with the things you come up with and what you guys and girls create! Hopefully I can add some quality nano reefing here as well. Since I was young I've been fascinated with all the small creatures living on this planet, from the small poisonous frogs and insects living in the jungles, to the nano fishes and other inverts living in and around the great (and small) reef banks in the world. Since I visited the aquariums in the zoo of Berlin in 2016, with some great smaller reef tanks, it was my definitve confirmation I wanted to be part of this world. Luckily there was a LFS only a few miles away from my home, so it was not hard for me to get over the threshold and start something for my own. Because I am fascinated by the small animals living in the sea and my appartement providing me space for only a small tank, I decided to give it a go. In december 2016 I started of with my first reef tank, a Blue Marine 125 (liters) and simply enjoyed the small things that came from the live rock and the animals that fed from it, especially my little fellow blue legged hermit crab and different kind of dwarf angelfish. Since then, I ran all kind of tanks, last now a Superfish 80, which I converted to a saltwater tank with an 4x24w t5 ATI Sunpower and Real Reef Rock. But for me the RRR doesn't feel like the real deal and I miss the 'hunt' for all the small treasures hiding in some good pieces of live rock plus the lack of biological filtration giving me a hard time to gain a stable enviroment for the fishes and especially the corals to thrive. So, I hope with the experience I gained over the last few years and with the lessons learned, I can start a new tank from scratch, with all the good parts I like. This is going to be a slow and (hopefully) quality build of a natural nano reef tank, because the one thing I learned from the last years is to be patience and work with quality elements and let nature does 'her' thing. For now, I only can show you the Aqua Medic Blenny, which I purchased yesterday without any of the technical equipment. I didn't realise the black acrylic partition was also not included, so I need to figure out if I can reorder one from my LFS. 😅 Next friday (March 9) I hope to get the stand for the tank, which I need to reinforce cause the original stand can't keep with more than 90 pounds. The actual Aqua Medic Blenny: And the stand I hope to get next friday: That's it for now folks. I will keep you updated and hope to get it wet before the end of this month! 😉
  14. I'm Batman

    All In One 20g Long DIY

    Alright so here goes the ultimate adventure! Transfering my 15g tall to the new 20g Long I put together. Shout out to Cromag who cut the acrylic I needed for this project.
  15. YHSublime

    Living Room Nano Peninsula

    Hey Nano-Reef's. Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been through all sorts of sized reef tanks, from a 5 gallon Fluval Edge, all the way up to a 180. This time around I've decided to go with something more appropriately sized: Mr. Aqua 22 Long. Surprisingly, there is not a lot of information on them out there, or at least builds, so I hope this will at least help somebody out there make some informed decisions, and bring some enjoyment as well! Now I wanted to re-scape, as well as get all this moved out, so I could just keep one tank, here's my Biocube 14: Originally I had come across an old PicoReef III, which probably would have been fine, but I was getting bored, and didn't like the aquascape, when locally a Mr. Aqua 22 long popped up FS. I pulled the trigger, and picked it up within 24 hours. The original owner ended up getting an AIO insert installed from Ocean Box Design, and while that was a really cool idea, it took up way to much real estate for my liking. My solution? Drill, and add a sump that was bigger than the tank! But first I had to find an overflow that I wanted. I spent a lot of time looking at Glass Holes, but ended up going with an Eshopps S Eclipse overflow. Meanwhile, I had a local club member building a stand for me. I wanted something that was going to fit right by my couch, but also new I was going to run it peninsula style. I had an old piece of red oak I was doing a failed project with, filling the cracks with silicone and glow in the dark powder, so I gave it to him and told him to use it if he could. It ended up being the top of the tank, so it has a nice live edge on the wood. I just picked it up last night, doors are coming later, but here's how everything is sitting for now. The bottom is holding a Trigger Systems Ruby 36 sump, and there is a Reef Octopus 110 int setup to handle the 45 gallons of total water. I have an XHO Reefbrite that I'm going to mount over the sump for the fuge, as well as lighting in the bottom. I'll have one MP10 for flow underneath the overflow in the back. I'm anticipating a zoanthid dominated display, but will probably end up doing a mix of everything. Here is a picture of one of my small candy racks: Thanks for reading!
  16. Hey everyone! I used to keep track of my projects on other forums years in the past; I figured I should try to document my tangents once again. I found there are several usb powered miniature water pumps on the internet and it squeezed my thoughts into reason of a similar ratio... put a mini-pump in a mini-sump for a mini-reef! So my latest experiment is a very tiny pico reef aquarium; the system is constructed from found up-cycled material and attempted-budget-purchased equipment. I plan to play with it while I setup other more sustainable systems. The tedious DIY aspects of it are complete; its success will depend on equipment application/reliability from this point. The empty "display tank" can hold .123 gallons. The system is very nearly sealed using multiple containers and a mini pump for movement, no airline or stone. My goal is to culture some type of really-small-polyp coral and micro-fauna. Obviously a few or more concerns: can the pump produce sufficient movement? Avoiding the inevitability of rapid temperature and PH fluctuations. Also, choosing the appropriate species of coral... I just filled it with saltwater not even a few days ago; I had been taking checkpoint pictures and hand-recording processes and will share them with details here as soon as I can. - Brant Here's a teaser photo for now:
  17. I want to upgrade the pump on my tank. It's slow and gets clogged up easily. I've seen a bunch of builds here with different pumps. If you upgraded: to what pump and how has it been so far? What about lights? I've seen people rave about AI Prime and even Kessil, and some use Current USA (with lukewarm reviews)
  18. vision

    Visions' Nuvo 10

    What up NR, Started this tank at the end of December 2018 - I got the itch again. Equipment: Tank: Innovative Marine Nuvo 10 Lighting: AI Prime HD Heater: Eheim Jager 25w Return: Mighty Jet Circulation: MP10 Filtration: InTank Media Basket - Floss & Seachem Matrix ATO: IceCap ATO Controller: Neptune Apex Doser: CoralBox WF-04 - B-Ionic 2 part Light schedule: 7 hour AB+ with a 1 hour ramp up/down. Maintenance: Bi-monthly 30% water changes, weekly Reef Roids, daily Marine S pellets for the clowns. I rarely test, but when I do, I use Hannah checkers. Alk: 9.2 dkh ~ 9.4 dkh Ca: 380 ppm ~ 420 ppm Mg: Never tested PO43-: Never tested -- Corals SPS - Red Montipora - Meteor Shower Cyphastrea - Seriatopora (rescue) LPS - 3x Acans, not sure on ID's - Green Hammer - Green Duncan w/ purple tips - Emerald Mummy Eye Chalice - Red Blastomussa - Mini teal Scoly (rescue) Softies - Eagle Eye Zoa + unidentified Zoa - 2x Florida Ricordea, Green & Orange Fauna Inverts - Orange Rock Flower Anemone - Purple Banded Trochus - Dwarf Ceriths - Nassarius vibex - Florida Ceriths - Small Nerites - 1 tiny Brittle Star hitch hiker Fish: - 2x Snowflake Clowns, purchased as extreme juveniles
  19. Latest updated photo 10-20-19: Hello friends, this is my new project, it's a 5 gallon Topfin engage. This is day 2 and live rock is in, but the sand wasn't live. I don't really have mapped out plans for it so we'll see it evolve as the days go on. Right now i'm going to wait a few weeks maybe a month for the system to cycle. So far I haven't added anything non stock to the aquarium, besides heater. I'm using Chemipure and Purigen for filtration. I think I need more interesting looking rock, but for now it'll do to break in the system. I prefer soft & lps coral so that's going to be the main inhabitants, fish-wise idk yet (prob clowns). I'm going to update every week or so, stay tuned. First photo log 10-15-19:
  20. Aqua16

    Nano marinus 16g

    Hey nano-reef-forum! 😊 I’m currently thinking about converting my 60l dennerle tank (around 16 gallons) into a nano reef. I have experience with freshwater but am a complete noob when it comes to saltwater. This site has been a tremendous help and inspiration and so I thought why not just ask my questions here? So here goes: I currently have a 25W heater, dennerle filter and the dennerle 8W LED. I would obviously have to switch out the light, would I be able to keep corals with the Fluval Sea Nano? Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could stock? So far my wishlist (not set in stone) looks like this.. Stocking: A pair of ocellaris a yellow clown goby cleanup crew (3x hermit crabs, 3x nassarius snails, 3x trochus snails, perhaps some peppermint shrimp?) 2. Could I add another small fish to this? One final one, I know its a very thin line between balance and overstocking, especially for a beginner like me. Then the basics setup of course (sandbed, some life rock and some dry rock). For filtration, I was thinking either a Aquaclear70 HOB sump or a generic glass aquarium under the tank with a pump and some tubing to build a custom sump? And I would still need a powerhead in both cases, correct? 3. Is a skimmer necessary? 4. Any suggestions for softies or beginner SPS/LPS I could potentially keep? I’d appreciate any advice you could give me, thank you for your help! ☺️
  21. Well let me start this off with my latest endeavor It is a standard 5.5 Just started this tank 2 weeks ago it is one of many of my nano planted tanks(had to do something with the plants i trimmed back in the others right} It Is dirted which is whyu it has all the tannins in the water Equipment is a s follows 5.5 Gallon tanbk form Big Box store AQ 20 on back Foam sponge Bio balls Crushed Coral to buffer for adding Shrimp later down the road Nicrew Classic light Some lace rock mopani wood Magi Float Filter sponge for AQ intake Hydor 50 watt heater Livestock as follows Guppy breed in one of my other tanks Ramhorns snails form same tank 2 nerite snails plannned live stock after plants grow dense 6 Corydoras Pygmaeus And as many Freshwater shrimp as i can breed in my other tanks SO that is my Tank Keeping so far , I want to get a Nano reef going was thinking of the following setup after many moons of debate 10 Gallon tank from big box store Hipargero Light: https://amzn.to/2JHA8E5 Aqua Clear 70 HOB Filter : https://amzn.to/2Nx9DDA Hydor 50w Heater: https://amzn.to/2LFH4Dd Tropic Eden MiniFlake Sand: https://amzn.to/2QhYV5e Smart ATO Micro: https://amzn.to/2SE0iwJ inTank AquaClear & Oceanbox Surface skimmer https://oceanboxdesigns.com/product/aquaclear-ac70-ultimate-filtration-kit/ Have i missed anything? Besides live rock from local Fish store New to reef so let me know please and thank you!
  22. AyeNick

    Bay Area Nuvo 10

    Hi all, and hi to the Nuvo 10 community! For the past year or so, I've been wanting a reef of my own, and I'm now addicted. I decided on the Innovative Marine Nuvo 10 for the compact size and transportability, given that I plan to take it to college eventually. As of the moment I am writing this, I currently have put the rock and sand into the tank, after cycling the rock for about 3 weeks in a 5-gallon bucket using Fritz Turbo Start. The sand is Fiji Pink, and the rocks are Walt Smith 2.1. I have the tank on the 10 gallon white JBJ Nano Cubey Stand, which looks really great with the tank. Equipment List IM Nuvo 10 Tank 10 Gallon White JBJ Nano Cubey Stand AI Hydra 26 HD (Modified AB+ Settings) Cobalt Neo-Therm 50 watt heater (best heater on the market) Sicce Syncra .5 Return Pump Vortech mp10wqd inTank Media Basket (Running inTank filter floss, 2 chemi pure blue nano packets, and 1 marinepure cube) Tunze Nano ATO (Not running a skimmer, I'm running 4 MarinePure cubes in the second chamber) Aquatic Life 100gpd RODI unit Tropic Marin Pro Reef salt (mixes extremely fast) Tank as of August 16, 2019. No light or ATO yet. Tank as of October 2, 2019. Hydra 26 with diffuser has been added. Snails, hermits, and goby have been introduced. No corals quite yet.
  23. haema

    Waterbox Cube 10

    Hi to all nano-reefers!!! Some photos of my 10g Waterbox!! System 5 months old.
  24. I have an opportunity to snag 3 kessil a150w deep blue spectrum lights for 150.00. The deal is nice but is it dumb to buy discontinued fixtures? Will I be able to get any parts if needed? Thanks
  25. MrJDanP

    MrJDanP's Nano Reef Build

    This is my third tank! Started the cycle for the tank on June 22nd. Will be moving at the end of July so won't be adding any livestock to the tank until August. Using Indo-Pacific live sand, BRS Reef Saver rock, and Red Sea Coral Pro salt. Just added the light on July 8th. Diatoms are beginning to grow! Equipment List stock pump (slight noise doesn't bother me) - after breaking in the noise is equivalent to a quiet fan IM custom caddy with filter floss - chemi-pure blue, and live rock rubble Kessil A80 Tuna blue with gooseneck Kessil A series spectral controller Cobalt Neotherm 50w heater AutoAqua smart ATO micro
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