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  1. Jon-Paul

    JP's 3g Pico

    Current FTS *07/29/2019* 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Date started - 11/13/2018 Equipment Tank - 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Lighting - Hipargero 30w Aqua Knight A029 LED Circulation - Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 GPH Heater - Cobalt Neo-Therm 25w Filtration/Refugium - Aquaclear 70 Modified (Floss/Chaeto Macro Algae) Refugium Lighting - ACKE 12w Full Spectrum Grow Light Auto Top Off - Smart ATO Micro Salt - Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Parameters Temp - 80F Salinity - 1.025 PH - 8.2 NH3/4 - 2.0 NO2 - 0.0 NO3 - 0.0 Livestock Macro Algae: Chaetomorpha (12/18/2018) Inverts: 1 x Scarlet Hermit Crab (12/18/2018) 2 x Astrea Snails (05/09/2019) Corals: Zoanthids/Palythoa Brown Palythoa (12/18/2018) Scrambled Egg Zoanthids (01/03/2019) Eagle Eye Zoanthids (01/08/2019) Punk Rocker Zoanthids (01/08/2019) Nuclear Green Dragon's Eye Zoanthids (02/19/2019) Rasta Zoanthids (02/28/2019) Pink Flamingo Palythoa (02/28/2019) Chocolate Chip Zoanthids (04/07/2019) Pink Grey Zoanthids (04/07/2019) Pink Green Zoanthids (04/07/2019) Blue Eyed Blonde B***h Zoanthids (04/24/2019) Candy Apple Zoanthids (04/24/2019) Dragon Loops Zoanthids (05/18/2019) Utter Chaos Palythoa (06/29/2019) Soft White Clove Polyps (12/18/2018) Orange Florida Ricordea (01/03/2019) Rainbow Clove Polyps (02/19/2019) Orange Mushroom (04/07/2019) Blue Florida Ricordea (05/18/2019) Blue Mushroom (06/29/2019) LPS Green Duncan (01/03/2019) Bizarro Cyphastrea (01/08/2019) Green/Purple Micro Lord (01/24/2019) Orange/Lavender Micro Lord (01/24/2019) Purple Tipped Green Branching Frogspawn (02/19/2019) Orange Warpaint Scolymia (04/24/2019)-(06/20/2019) Red/Purple Micro Lord (05/18/2019) Yellow/Orange/Purple Micro Lord (05/18/2019) Green/Orange Chalice (05/18/2019)-(06/29/2019) Australian Purple Torch (06/29/2019) Blue/Green/Orange Micro Lord (06/29/2019) Background & Goals A little background on myself and the tank to this point. I began reefing when I was about fourteen years old, and originally started the hobby of fish husbandry when I was maybe ten. I quickly became obsessed, but in earnest I was too young and crashed my then 37 gallon "reef". Fast forward sixteen years and I'm thirty, and not using my parents money to support my hobby. I have been wanting to start a pico reef for many years, but put it off until now. I also, live in a major city with access to many awesome corals, so why not? I was most inspired by El Fab's Pico which is why I special ordered the JBJ from the USA (and paid a ridiculous amount to have it shipped to Canada). Also, another 7 gallon bowfront tank that I remember from many years ago (like 2002 lol). I have been curing some Pukani Dry Rock for over three months because they have been leeching phosphates like crazy. I can say I had a lot of luck with dosing Lanthanum during the cure process. If I could go back in time I would have dosed LC immediately following the bleach/primed water stage. It rips phosphates out of the water quickly. I would not recommend dosing in a DT though. I went for the bare bottom tank because of the horror stories I have read about sandbeds. Aesthetically speaking, the sandbed does nothing for me and the tank is actually sitting at eye level while standing so it would be hard to notice it anyway. I would rather have an easier space to clean and there is a lot that can go wrong quickly in a pico. There is no starboard on the bottom, just the glass. Lighting the tank currently is the Hipargero A029 Aqua Knight and as far as color goes I like it. I plan to run a 6-7 hour photoperiod starting when I add zooplankton/phytoplankton. The HOB AC70 Refugium will be running filter floss and chaeto with a 12watt ACKE grow light duct taped to it. The grow light will be run on a reverse photoperiod to the pico's lights. I'll be changing out the floss weekly or bi weekly. Another idea I have had is to occasionally use the "pico" filter included with the aquarium itself to run as a chemipure reactor? For instance, if something gets out of whack quickly and a water change isn't possible, just set up the pico filter with some chemipure blue and run it for a few days. Just an idea. I'm using Red Sea Coral Pro salt with distilled store bought water. I am currently dosing the tank with Dr. Tim's Ammonia and Dr. Tim's One and Only Nitrfiying Reef Bacteria to start up. Temp is set to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and I will be using API to test during cycle (and switching to Salifert or Hanna once corals are added). Once cycle finishes I plan to add copepods, phytoplankton and chaeto and to begin the photoepriod. Maybe a week or two after that I will add a part of or the entire CUC. I am open to suggestions regarding all livestock. As far as water changes go, I am thinking probably doing a 50% weekly change and upgrading to a 100% once the inhabitants begin to use minerals more quickly. Also, open to suggestions. Tank has been up and running for 24 hours and I'm very excited to see what I can do with this little tank! Thanks in advance for any replies/suggestions. This community has been great over the last four months and I have learned a lot while researching! Cheers
  2. camperich

    New 29gal Biocube

    Started my Biocube Tuesday 3/5/19 40 lbs. of CaribSea Fiji Pink Sand 10 lbs. of CaribSea base rock 8 lbs. of Live Rock from LFS (looking to add one more piece) Water is Reef Crystals from LFS InTank Media Basket - Filter Floss > Bag of Carbon (now) Filter Floss > Purigen > Chemi-Pure Elite (once cycled) Comline DOC Protein Skimmer 9001 (add after cycle) Stock Pump Stock lighting Koralia 425gph pump 100W heater PH 7.8-8 Ammonia .25 ppm Nitrite 0 ppm Nitrate 0 ppm So my plan is all LPS and softies. Thinking frog spawn, mushrooms, green star polyp as my start. 2 clowns for sure and not really sure on the rest. I plan to upgrade the hood to the LED version before I add coral. Any suggestions or feedback is welcome as I am a newby. Already can't stop looking at my tank, even though it is empty. Picture below. -Rich
  3. ZoroReef

    Old Oceanic BioCube 29

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advise or anything actually that will help me with an old Oceanic Biocube. The tips I keep finding are very old so I just wanted to know if those are still acceptable or if there is new information I could use?
  4. JulieReefer

    JulieReefer’s salty adventure

    👋🏻 hello! This is my first saltwater tank, and with not much of an aquarium culture in my little mountain town, I’m hoping to share and learn with some other obsessed aquarists! I’ve got a nice 55 gal South American freshwater planted tank that’s been going great for about 2 years. I got this biocube 29 used with all of the stock equipment, but have upgraded to the following -eheim 100 watt heater -inkbird temp controller -duetto ATO -IM wavelink wave maker -stock skimmer -dry rock from Bulk Reef Supply -inTank media basket with filter floss and bio media plate pieces -stock lighting (for now) I’m just now cycling, entering week 2, so feeding and testing for ammonia/nitrites. I seeded with seachem stability. Running with lights off. I will run a small Refugium with chaeto in the back sump when I get some nitrates and phosphates going. Would love to hear advice or encouragement! Thanks for letting me join the forum 👍🏻 Ps follow me on Twitter @JulieReefer
  5. Hi Nano-Reef'ers, My name is Danny Tran and this will be the start of my reefing experience. My goal? To record every success and mistake and lessons learned through this forum. I'm located in Vancouver, BC Canada. A little about me, I'd been a freshwater aquarist for about 4 years, mainly focusing on aquascaping with easy to keep small fish. I've had marble angels, pleco of all types, tetras, and shrimp! I never thought that one day I would start a reef tank. My interest really started when I saw all these beautiful aquariums with amazing colourful corals and very few fish, feeding corals, growing up them, propragating them, it all was so fascinating. I also spent 2 hours reading this CRAZY incident of a bobbit worm taking over an entire aquarium and destroying everything in it's path, here is the link....http://www.michiganreefers.com/forums/advanced-topics/84173-bobbit-worm-chronicles.html So here we go.... I don't have anything in possession yet but I just wanted to begin with a Hello and get your best advice on getting started.
  6. I am getting this tank handed down to me by odd occurrences. I really want to do it right and make it into a well rounded tank. It is a 40 Gallon with a Clown Fish, Yellow Tang and a shrimp. It has every part it needs to run but I just need advice on what other Fish I should add and Plants i should put in. Please let me know. Preview attachment IMG_3310.PNG IMG_3310.PNG 5.7 MB
  7. My tank was started on 8/30/17. I kept the stock light, filter media and pump and added Fluval's PS2 mini protein skimmer. I used 10 pounds of Caribsea Fiji pink live reef sand and approximately 13 pounds of dry rock. Threw some fish food in there to decompose and lots of aquavitro seed to start the biofilter up and cure my rock. After my nitrates started rising and ammonia and nitrite fell I did a large water change with seachem prime and more bacteria and added my first fish, a little ocellaris. It's been four days, he is doing great, swimming all over and eating everything put in the tank. Excited to see how this turns out A few more pics. I can't figure out how to take a good picture with the blue lights on on this iPhone
  8. Newbie Ian here, experienced wild betta breeder and rare plant grower. After months of research I went to my LFS and picked up a FLuval SeaEvo or whatever. Brought it home decided I was an idiot and went back for the new Cobalt C-VUE 18 AIO, which is GORGEOUS and great quality, at least for an AIO, though It actually doesn't come with all that much. Perhaps I'm old fashioned but when it says "All In One" I should get a heater, skimmer, and especially a light. That being said the tank is lovely 20"W 12" T 16 Deep with dual filter socks, and a Flow Rate of 165 GPH. So my first question is this, anyone else running one of these? 2. I am going to buy Live sand this week and water and stone in two (payday ya know?) how important is light and heat at this stage? Thanks in advance for the A's
  9. LiamFalconer

    Cycling with Microbacter7

    I have just started a 32 gal biocube and i am using microbacter7 to cycle. All instructions are unclear as to whether i should add an ammonia source for the bacteria to eat. should i?
  10. thespinningsadhu

    Jagadeesh's Elysian Gills

    Elysian Gills... Nice name for a tank, right? (Don't answer that!) So, I just did the initial "setup" on this 2.5 tank. I got some of the man-made live rock as I don't want worms or aptasia or other crap I don't grow myself. Woot! The light is pretty awesome. I like my rock placement. Live sand is good. Put a whole bottle of Bio-Spira in there (bottle said do the whole thing up to thirty gallons). I have ceramic rings and a ChemiPure sachet in the back hidden part. I got a spinner thing on the output. Now..here's what sucks... the poor little "powerhead" is severely not enough. I thought maybe it would be because I have the exact same tank set up as a planted freshwater with a single betta. At wide open it almost blew the fins off the fish. Po' critter. So now I have the little pump wide open in the pico tank and even without the spinny thing it is weak. I don't know. Maybe it's bogged down with sand particles? Too many ceramic rings around and on top of it? The killer is that the little pump **may** be two inches by two inches by two inches. Tiny. I can't seem to find a good one online that is that small. Well, I can't find a single one - good or not - that is that small. I don't want a powerhead showing in such a tiny tank. I may have to just break this down and transfer everything to the JBJ picotope with the AC 50 when it arrives on Wednesday. Any advice? The flow is stronger without the spinny thing but I don't want just laminar flow. I've read some corals are low flow. There's hope. But what exactly is low flow when it comes to a picotope? There's absolutely no rating on the pump anywhere so I don't even know what I have. I am LOATH to take it out again. I put all the hidden stuff in and then realized I'd forgotten to turn the pump all the way up. I had to get about fifty ceramic rings out with CHOPSTICKS. Yep. You read it right. Thank god it's a skill I have. Would that my little pump was as good as my chopstick Kung Fu. GOALS Merman's Shaving Brush Marshall Island Hammer Coral Micronesian Torch Coral Lavender Mushroom PomPom Xenia KeddRedd Polyps Pederson Shrimp Dwarf Colored Feather Duster
  11. Hey all, So while I'm figuring out lighting, MarineDepot drops a bomb on the price of the AI Prime HDs for now only $200. And here I thought my mind was made up. Well, after some research again, now I'm debating. So I've come with a couple questions for those who have been around since LEDs have been the hot item. I'm trying to find a semi-concrete answer to what light is capable of maintaining an SPS tank. However it seems that a lot of the answers are either not clear or indifferent at best. And search results haven't been helpful either. So with that being said: My tank to be built is a standard 10 gallon AGA tank. Which is more reputable? The AI's or the Nanobox? Which is capable of maintaining an SPS tank of this size? (Standard 10 Gallon Tank) I assume both can be used as a refugium light with the proper focus in the proper spectrum? I'll be buying two of the ones I decide on to simplify running things. Thanks in advance for helping me learn more about LED tank lighting!
  12. 2FazeeeFlow

    Biocube 32 LED

    Hey this is my first time setting up a saltwater tank. I've done freshwater previously. I'm a student / intern right now. I am hoping to keep my tank relatively low maintenance (hopefully). My tank has been running for about 7 weeks. I try to do biweekly 5g water changes with premixed store bought saltwater or distilled water with seachem vibrant sea salt. Equipment: Coralife Biocube 32g LED Stock Biocube LED Lighting Stock Return Pump Hydor Theo 150W Heater Hydor Koralia 425 Circ Pump Coralife Protein Skimmer Magfloat curved glass cleaner Refractometee from Amazon Cheap glass thermometer Aquascape: 20 lb Caribsea Coarse 5 lb Caribsea Oolite ~20 lb dry rock Chamber 1: Heater Protein Skimmer Chamber 2: Stock biocube filter cartridge Stock biocube media basket Seachem Matrix Carbon Seachem Purigen Seachem Matrix Biomedia Stick Sponge between Chamber 2&3 Chamber 3: Stock Coralife Return Pump Livestock: 2 small oscellaris clownfish 2 small firefish gobies 1 small cleaner shrimp 3 astrea snails 1 Mexican turbo snail 1 Tongan Nassarius Snail Detritus, lots of it Coral: 1 Green Duncan frag 2 Zoanthid colony frags 1 large green mushroom frag 1 small purple mushroom frag 1 pulsing Xenia frag 1 green star polyp frag Any constructive comments / advice would be much appreciated.
  13. Hello all, First of all, let me apologize if there is a good topic on this info elsewhere - I have been scouring the net for a few hours, and haven't been able to fully answer my questions, so I'm hoping to find some clarity here. I appreciate any time and information you can offer me, as there is still a whole lot that I don't understand. I realize that caring for aquatic life is a significant investment of time and money, and that my question seeks to (sort-of) skirt those caveats, so I hope I don't offend anyone - I have a lot of respect for the reefkeepers here and am just looking for some possible answers. With that said, what I'm looking to do is set up a very small tank at work, with mostly plant life to observe, but I would very much like to have some kind of tiny invertebrate in there like a shrimp or crab. However, I can't really manage large or frequent water changes in the space I'm in, as it is the web department (still marveling that they're letting me have a tank at all). I have been wondering if it would be possible to set up a 2.5 - 5 gal tank with perhaps 1-2 shrimp, a crab, or a few snails, and then LOTS of plants to try and get away with smaller volume water changes once, maybe twice a week. I definitely wouldn't think of subjecting a fish to this; I had considered a betta early on but quickly learned how foolish an idea that was. Realistically, I know I might just have to stick with some cool aquatic plants (I've wanted a marimo forever and will just stick one in a jar with some lucky bamboo if everyone thinks this is a terrible/otherwise impossible idea) but I would really love to have something I can feed and watch move around a bit. Even sea monkeys, lol. So, any suggestions for an ultra-low maintenance nano-tank? I've been looking at plants like marimo, anacharis, java fern, and lucky bamboo to have poking out the top. Would it be possible to add in any inverts? What type of maintenance would I be looking at if so? Would a filter/heater/additional light be necessary under those circumstances? Sorry for any stupid questions
  14. Hi all, this is my first saltwater aquarium. I used to keep a fresh water tank some time ago. I always wanted to start a saltwater tank. My daughter showed interest in having a fish tank so I used that as an excuse. I've been reading everything I can. Needless to say there are lots of differing opinions and contradictory statements out there. Even the fish store told me to cycle the old way with a damsel... So far I have the tank, salt water from the store, live rock (wet at the store with purple growth, dead detritous, no visible live critters in three days), live sand, heater and that's about it. The tank is cycling now I guess? Ammonia is 0, salinity 1.022, pH 8.4, 78 degrees, for three days now. My understanding is that I may not have a "real" cycle? I'm planning on getting the water tested in a week. Any comments or suggestions? Once the water is safe, should I am thinking of adding the clean up crew first. Any comments on that? Should I add 10 critters all at once? I want at least a shrimp, hermit crab and then snails. The plan after that would be two clown fish. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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