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On a whim one day I popped into Petsmart on my lunch break and was inspired to create a pico reef for my office by a tiny Top Fin Retreat 2.5 gallon all in one tank. I grabbed a 25w preset heater, a 5lb bag of Ocean Direct live sand, and a thermometer and checked out for less than $70! On my way home from work that day I stopped by my LFS and grabbed two chunks of purple "life rock" and a tiny bottle of Fritz Turbo Start. After messing around with the rocks that evening I decided to use one interesting chunk. The next day I lugged a couple gallons of premixed, preheated saltwater from home. It took about 2 minutes and the pico was wet and cycling. That same day at lunch I shot over to another LFS and picked up some zoa's, a small finger leather, and a rock flower nem for the pico. Upon my return to the office I started planning the upgrades. The little tank is cute, however the light isn't right for Coral and the tiny pump is pretty weak and doesn't really create decent flow. So of course I jumped on this forum to get some ideas and then on to Amazon. I was able to find a tiny Tunze pump (hope it fits) which will increase the flow and a Astra 20 light all for about $70. I'll be installing these on Monday when I return to work. Fingers crossed the pump fits or at least can be jury rigged.... Stay tuned for an update with pics tomorrow!
FTS - October 2019: Left-FTS - September 2019: April 2018: Setup date: 28-Oct-2017 (picture taken 13-Nov-2017 because, well.....cycle and stuff) Hi there Nano-Reef Been meaning to put together a tank build thread for a while now, but have been busy working (gasp!) while at work. Well that and staring into this little nugget of an office nightstand tank: ( for the workstation rules update) Almost a year ago, my group was moved to a new office area, and it's so quiet you can hear other people breathe. And no, no one is a particularly heinous mouth-breather either. In an effort to create a little background noise, I dusted this little beauty off after a 5-year storage stint in the ol' garage. A quick to trip to Scripps (yay ocean water), some left over live rock from the house tank, et voila! Background noise is now a go, and so is an excuse to stare off in space while pretending to solve all the manufacturing crises of the day. Here are the deets: Tank: Innovative Marine 8 gallon - a little sad they don't make these anymore, the curved corners are super nice (but also tedious to clean) Gadgets: Skimmer: Aqua Gadget SkimMate Return: Whatever pump came with the setup (I'm having a brain fart at the moment) Heater: Finnex 50W (caused the great Christmas cook-out of 2018) Extra flow: VorTech MP10 Top Off: Custom Controller: Apex Jr. since it's toasty 'round these parts and old heaters sometimes cook things Lighting: EcoTech Marine Radion XR15W G4 Pro The good stuff (aka livestock😞 Fish: PigFish - an oinker of a tiny smallish maroon clown Creep-o - the creepiest little Green Banded Goby (went keyboard surfing one weekend) Inverts: Blue Legged Hermits All the Stomatellas - Pig Fish got hongry Nassarius snail Every dumb Astrea snail I could find - Hermit houses Corals: Rainbow torch...............there's a story for another post........................ Rainbow Pocci-lypse (it's everywhere now, even in the back chambers) Pink Pocci Multicolor birdsnest ALL THE ZOAS Holy Scoly Moly The dendro sisters ('shroom food, thanks Hermit) Random platy, gonis, and a chalice (cooked Christmas 2018) Killer green 'shrooms Whew! Well, there it is. My office nightstand nugget. Comments and suggestions are definitely welcome, especially since this is my first tank. (There's one at home, but I'm not allowed to touch anything wet...just program pumps and wire thingies. Tech skillz, yo.) Looking very forward to nerding out with all of you and learning from all you Reef Masters.