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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!
My first Nano-Reef contest tank! 🙂 Mar 2020 FTS Feb 2020 FTS August 2019 FTS The pico didn't like me going on vacation 😅 July FTS June FTS May FTS April FTS Background I've been keeping saltwater aquariums for the past 12ish years straight, so I've been having some serious fish tank withdrawals in the past 6 months without one (since I moved from CA to Hawai'i). Luckily I get to play with tanks at my work, but I really miss having a tank of my own. So I'm glad I could use this contest as an excuse to get my feet wet again! If you are familiar with some of my old tanks, you may already know I like to keep things as simple as possible, so I'm loving the restrictions of this contest. Reef Tank in Hawaii? I think my main challenge will involve stocking this tank. I live in Hawai'i, where it is illegal to keep hard corals in your aquarium. They take this very seriously, so I will not push that. What you can have are zoas, palys, soft corals, and some anemones (I think just H. malu). Not too bad, right? Well...you can't import any coral, so you're stuck with whatever grows here in Hawai'i. Zoas and palys selection is ok, soft coral is almost non-existent (just a brown Sinularia and a mat-forming softie similar to Blue Snowflake). Also, live rock/sand is illegal to sell/collect. So you must start with dry rock and sand. The good news is you can collect your own CUC and zoas/palys, as long as you don't take any live rock with them. I can collect my own fish as long as I follow the regulations. Good news, limu (Hawaiian for algae/seaweed) is legal to have/collect. So you guys know exactly where this is going 🤓 Stocking * = endemic to Hawai'i Fish - Juvi Zebra Blenny (Istiblennius zebra)* Carpet surfed - 2x Petite Gobies (Priolepis farcimen)* Carpet surfed Macroalgae (limu) - Pink Galaxaura (Galaxaura rugosa) - Hairy Galaxaura (Galaxaura divaricata) - Halimeda discoidea - Turbinaria ornata - Laurencia - Dictyota - A few more, I'll update this list later Coral - Anthelia edmondsoni* - 1 Zoanthid morph Inverts - Mini brittle star - White Claw Hermit (Calcinus seurati) Equipment Tank: Marineland standard glass 2.5g Lighting: Natural sunlight (indirect) Asta 20 Filtration: Plenn-Plax Cascade HOB (their smallest one)
John’s 8g Pico Cube Hey everyone! Just to give you a little backstory before I get into the tank. My name is John, I am 15 years old, and I live in Georgia. I got into this hobby a year ago by watching tanks on YouTube and seeing them on the forums. I recently moved to Georgia from NewYork and my parents agreed to let me have my first saltwater tank YAY! I have read lots and lots of information online and have educated myself with as much stuff as I could. I purchased used equipment and some new things from my lfs. Tank Specifications: 7.5 gallon Deep Blue Professional rimless glass cube tank Kessil A80 tuna blue led light with gooseneck mount and spectral controller Aquaclear 50 HOB Filter Koralia Hydor nano pump Finnex Marine 2 Refugium Light Chaeto algae from my lfs Acurel poly fiber media pad pack Pro Clean sand cleaner and water siphon kit by Python Sybon Refractometer DrTim’s Tank cycling bottle Walmart Turkey baster JBJ nano ato system Preset 78.5 degree 50 watt Aqueon Heater Digital Aquarium thermometer Old piece of furniture for tank stand Dry rock from my local reef club CaribSea Dry aragonite sand 15 lbs bag AquaStik Stone Grey rock epoxy Innovative Marine glass cleaner Premixed salt water and RO water from my lfs BioCube nano protein skimmer with woodblock air stone 1 Bucket from Home Depot to be used for my ato reservoir Livestock I’m planning on adding: x1 goby and pistol shrimp x1 Snails x2 hermit crab x?- a few corals I hope you all follow along with me on this journey! You an check out weekly update videos on my youtube channel at Yogi’s Reef by clicking the link [HERE] I’m also on Instagram @Yogis_Reef
Hello everyone, greetings from Sweden. A few years ago i saw some pico jars on Youtube, and thought it was really cool and wanted to make one, well i did not manifest that thought into reality then. This week i said life is to short and started to get busy. I never owned a salt water aquarium, and i came from zero knowledge, there is so much to learn. My reasoning for starting a jar instead of a aquarium is that the cost is way less to get started, and way less to maintain, and if successful i will be able to frag the corals for a bigger aquarium. The jar i picked could anyone never guess, it is so genius nobody ever thought of it.... A 1 galon cookie jar XD lol. Well seriously that was, what was readily available, in the future i do plan to get a bigger vase or jar with more unique design. Here is what i have ordered Heater, 10w: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010T1R8PE/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item Light, 12w reef led: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01F8B4H2M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Air Pump, Ehheim 100: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eheim-Adjustable-100-Air-Pump/dp/B008N9OHK4/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1517999630&sr=1-1&keywords=eheim+100 Water conditioner, Aquasafe: https://www.amazon.com/Tetra-AquaSafe-Fish-Water-Conditioner/dp/B00068JW0A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1517999825&sr=8-4&keywords=aquasafe Salt, nano reef salt: https://www.zoo.se/aqua-medic-reef-salt-nano-1kg-30l-saltvatten.html And lastly some coral sand, and 1 kg live rock. My light and heater will arrive in a week or two, without heat or light the temperature is solid 72.5f. I have not started any cycle, maybe the liverock is enough to get it started? If that is not the case, for that 1 galon what would be the best way to cycle it, i suspect shrimp method could toxify that small amount of water. Lastly i have not bought any testing kit, is that necessary for this small body of water if i change water weekly? To sum up My questions are: * The materials i have listen are they suitable for this 1 galon tank. * Should i start a cycle myself, if so how? Or let the live rock start it over time. * Is it worth buying tests kits for this small body of water when i plan to change water weekly? * Is there anything i missed? Of course since room is limited not much animals can live there, but i would like something that takes care of algae. Hermit crab would be cool, but i suspect that will have to wait to a much bigger thank. Primary this was ment as a reef tank, small critters is a plus if possible, but not essential. If i understand it correctly, this small body of water would do best with minimum critters cause the water would be more stable? Well thank you all for inspiring me Ps: I have concerns about the lid, i heard its best to have no lid, so the water can breathe, but i don't want the salinity rise cause of evaporation, would be best if it don't need to be top of every day. And will 12w led light still shine through enough for those cookie jar lids? Right now i cut an opening on the side like one inch exposed to air. is that enough airflow?