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  1. Hello one and all, So i have been lurking since I got my Clownfish in a trade, to be honest I really struggled and eventually traded her away to a friend who has been teaching me about Saltwater (and I about Fresh and Brackish). The tank has now been stripped down and returned to Freshwater use and is currently inhabited by a school of injured Corydora's from my LFS. Anyways, I have been looking at this contest build and rummaging through my spares room (the basement) and I think that perhaps I can take part, with a serious amount of community help!! Currently I have leak tested the tank, and made sure the heater fits within the Hob. I have some work to do on the lid to allow the HOB room to fit but keep the minimum exposed surface area to a minimum. Equipment Tank: 12 Litre Cuboid Tank: (12x6x8) Heater: I have a Nano 50W adjustable and a 15W Preset Filter: Marina Slim S20 Power HOB Filter (I plan to add a heater within the HOB) Media: Filter Floss, also I have some Ceramitex and Bio Carbon Filter Cartridges for the HOB still, are these usable? Lights: Nicrew 6-Watt White/Blue LED Asta 20 Saltwater LED Gooseneck Rock: 1KG Live Rock Sand: 1KG Live Sand Livestock - Clean Up Crew Red Legged Hermit Crab (Miss Penny Pincher. MPP for short) Turbo Snail Nassarius Snail myself with toothbrush and turkey baster Livestock - Others 3x Sexy Shrimp 1x Firecracker Goby Macros Caulerpa Prolifera - DEAD Caulerpa Racemosa - DEAD Codium - Surviving in my HOB Gracilaria - Relocated to "Dirty Tank" Doing well Ochtodes - DEAD Corals - "Named" Electric Apple Palythoas MOC Cool Citrine Zoas MOC Hot Sapphires Zoas MOC Ring of Fire Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Blue Danea Montipora Green Yellow Superman Montipora Purple Danea Montipora Mystic Montipora Orange Montipora Plate Green Pavona/Leptoseris? Green Eyed Pavona? Tri Colour Acropora? Corals - "Not Named" Hitch Hiker Zoa - Palythoa Mutuki? Hitch Hiker Zoa - Tiny Green Hitch Hiker Zoa - Tiny Brown Lime Green Duncan Water Parameters: From LFS (£10 per 10 Gallon - minimum spend) PH: 7.9-8.2 Salinity: 1.024-1.026 Nitrate: 5-10ppm Phosphate: Below 1ppm Magnesium: Around 1200-1300ppm Calcium: 400-450 ppm Iron: about 0.01 ppm Iodine: about 0.04 ppm The plan is to keep this tank and build as simple and cheap as possible and use it to learn SW before I start to look at pretty fishes, crabs, snails, shrimp. Does anyone have any input on any of my choices, or even can point me in a good place to learn more about HOBs? I gave up on these years back and switched to internal and HMF filters FULL TANK SHOTS MARCH FULL TANK SHOT 31.03.2019 APRIL FULL TANK SHOT 30.04.2019 MAY FULL TANK SHOT 31.05.2019
  2. Been lurking here for a while. getting ideas and sparked my curiosity to my 1st saltwater tank. i have 7 freshwater tanks and had an empty Fluval Spec 3. Started the tank March 2019. Tank: Fluval Spec 3 Light: Lumini Pixie 30 Filter media: InTank media basket with filter floss, ChemiPure Nano, Purigen, (Phosguard removed), marinePure bio balls Heater: Cobalt 50w heater Pump: Hydor centrifical pump 100gph ATO: Smart micro Nature’s Ocean bio active dry Liverock from lfs livestock: paired hi banded goby and pistol shrimp, 2 snails (forgot what kind)
  3. MetaTank

    MetaJANKs Old School Polished Turd

    A Uh yeah...it's a thing apparently... Found myself in Petsmart the other day after reading about the contest, and this happened. Current FTS 5/20/19 Current Equipment List: -Subject to change(especially the cheap heater) any time before April whatever-the-cutoff-date is 1x 2.5g Tetra Janky tank 1x AC50 I had laying around. I ordered an AC30, and the next day found my old AC50...oops? 1x 50w Tetra compact preset heater 1x 7.5w Hydor compact heater 2x 40mm PC cooling fans 1x 80mm PC cooling fan 1x Inkbird Temperature controller 1x Asta20 LED... marine version 3x Blue LED 0.5w dusk/dawn 1x Blue LED strip moonlight 3x USB LED strips refugium lights 4x Timer cheapo home depot
  4. vqreefer

    Nate’s Retreat 5 Gallon Reef

    I finally feel confident to start a thread for the tank and it has been running for almost 2 months. This is my first venture into saltwater and I knew it wouldn’t be the easiest way to start. The tank and hardware: TopFin Retreat 5 gallon Koralia Nano 240 Seachem Matrix media Asta 20 Marine with broken remote Customized 2 piece lid Started with Caribsea Aragonite sand, dry rock, and Dr. Tim’s all in one The livestock: Possum wrasse Trochus snail 2 nass snails Red leg hermit Bam bams Red and blue acans Magicians Mystery zoa #1 Another mystery zoa #2 Fire and ice Yet another mystery zoa (Korean) #3 Mystery zoa #4 probably has a name Utter chaos Frogspawn Pocillapora (these and frogspawn were given to me by my neighbor to see how they do) Future plans: I’m slowing down a bit on stocking but I’m eyeballing some more zoas at lfs and in classifieds. There’ll be more acans in the future and maybe a torch or hammer. I’d like to add a shrimp or some sexies but I’m still researching. I also plan on adding an AC70 filled with media for additional bio filtration and volume. If I can’t get the remote for my light fixed or replaced, I may buy a new light entirely. My experience so far has been pretty good. I lost my first fish (Pygmy geometric hawk) a couple of days after adding it but so far everything else seems to be doing well. I feed a few times a week with mysis and reef roids. Algae is present but not very bad. I’m a little worried about the pocillapora but we’ll see if they make it. I live in California so heat may be an issue in the future. An Inkbird or other temp controller may be a good idea especially if I can get one with a cooling channel for a small fan or something. I don’t have an ATO and that may come some time in the future as well. All that defeats the simplicity usually associated with pico reefs but if it means preventing loss or crash it’ll be worth it. I’ve learned a lot in a short time and I hope that I will be successful with this tank. I may make a video about it and a how to for picos for someone with zero saltwater experience or knowledge. Pictures:
  5. Gyu ri

    Gyu ri's floating garden

    Hello gyus! This is my first posting. I'd like to introduce my pico tank. 10 gallon. I made rocks and named "floating garden" You can see the grass( star polyp coral) and a tree (tiny acro) When the rock cover with up full star polyp, it will be looks nice! I have tried to do care them very well (corals and fishes) everyday. Age: 2 months Size: 10 gallons Lighting: I bought it LFS shop Equipment: AQUAEL FZN 2 No skimmer and No sump Jebao wavemaker Periha heater borabora sand Live stock: Nemo 1 Dory 1 Corals: pulsing xenia candy cane Ricordea mushrooms Cynarina Mint hydropora Clam Moon coral Birdsnest Rainbow acan Brain Dendro Yellow spot pssamotocora Montipora button Starpolyp Aussie blue staghorn and so on... Dosing: zeobak, acrogrow, carbonsource change water 2 times a week Thanks for reading! Very nice to meet you gyus!
  6. I recently set up my smallest tank yet, a Waterbox CUBE 10. It was a bit of a forced situation, as I needed a place to house my purpleback pseudochromis while I am in the early stages of my 180 dream tank build. (FTS Updated March 8, 2019) Some may say this is too small a tank for him, but "Pinky", as my daughter calls him (he's not pink, go figure, maybe pinky finger sized?), is a mean and hardy little bastard. He has been the sole fish in my JBJ 29 cube for 4 years, as he killed any other fish that I have tried to pair with him in that tank. He even bites at me when I have to work in the tank! But I need that tank to house other fish so he had to go somewhere... He has been in the WB10 now for about 2 weeks and seems to be doing fine. He is eating well, doesn't seem to be fretting or swimming along the tank sides, but just hangs out in his sand hole or hovers around staring menacingly at anyone he can see and begs for food…quite a character! I probably could have just grabbed a cheap tank and set it up for him, but I rarely do things halfway, so I figured I'd try my hand a smaller nano reef tank with (most) all of the trimmings of a larger tank. I am certainly interested in constructive thoughts and opinions. Please let me know if you have specific questions, or suggestions for improvements.
  7. Hello! In the past, I've attempted a planted saltwater tank with little success. It wasn't even really planted - it was barebottom with some macros thrown in. The tank didn't last long, and while I did have good growth out of some codium and dragon's breath, it wasn't what I wanted from the tank. I tore it down, and have restarted from basically scratch. I'd love to get some experts to pitch in! The tank is a standard 5.5 gallon, with a Top Fin internal filter for flow. It pushes around 80 GPH, which seems to be enough - unless I'm mistaken. For lighting, I'm using a daylight PAR 20 from lowes. It's 6000K, and is 500 lumens (I don't have PAR, sorry). I'm using one at the moment, but I think I might add a second soon. Intensity is okay, but it leaves a the sides of the tank dim, and when the bulb is raised, intensity gets a bit low. I'm not using much live rock at the moment, as I wasn't sure if I really wanted much of a rockscape. I had considered maybe just getting a couple of mangrove shoots to serve as the "scape", and just planting macros in the sand and attaching them to surfaces around the tank. I do have a cycled sponge in the filter, and I'd assume the rock is well-seeded at this point. I'd also thought about using a couple of large dead coral skeletons with macro attached so that they resemble the large "chains" of seaweed you see in movies. For stocking, I'm unsure of what to do with my CUC. Should I even get a conventional CUC? Or will they do more harm than good? Which snails are completely macro-safe? I assume no crabs are safe? Will shrimp cause issues? I do think I'd like to try a fish, although I'm unsure what I'd want. I'd considered a pair of Yellow Clown Gobies, perhaps a yasha goby/shrimp pair, or maybe a yellow striped clingfish. Anyone have suggestions? I already have some macro in the tank, although I'm pretty sure I won't be keeping all of what I have. I have a TON of different Caulerpa (a guy at the LFS was very generous) that doesn't really fit into the tank, so I'll be thinning it out. Here's what I have so far: Dragon's Breath Codium Caulerpa Prolifera Feather Caulerpa Caulerpa Racemosa Peltata Caulerpa Racemosa Cylindracea Mermaid's Fan Lots of caulerpa, but I actually really like how all of it looks. I'd love to get a few more species, too. Here are some macros I'd like to try: Mermaid's Wine Glass Shaving Brush Red Ogo Green Ogo Caulerpa Mexicana Palm Caulerpa (love this macro) Pink Galaxea (love it) Branching Coraline So, lots of stuff here. Can anyone give me pointers on stocking, maintenance, macro care, etc? I'd like to do it right this time!
  8. Mariah

    Elmo's Tank- 4Gal IM Nuvo

    Hello! I'm Mariah (Rye). This is my first dive (pun intended) into reef keeping. I live in a small apartment and wanted as little equipment to keep it as natural as possible and after doing lots of research came across a reef group of FB (although TBH there are a lot of arsehole's on that page...it's a huge deterrent from posting questions on there haha). Then I found Nano-Reef! Huzzuh! This seemed like the right place for support and advice! Brandon's and Nathalie's tanks have inspired me to stick to basic biology rather than relying on copious testing and products. This is my tank (and hamburger phone): I have so far: Innovative Marine 4gal Nuvo AIO Filtration: AOI came with but probably won't use (I plan on having live rock and live sand how deep should my sandbed be in a 15L?) Acrylic Filter Wall w/ Overflow Media Basket Mechanical Sponge Activated Carbon Sponge Phosphate Sponge Flare Nozzle Lighting: 4 watt SKKYE Light Clamp LED Am considering getting the Maxspect Celestial 35W: worth the upgrade? All my research has suggested that the SKKYE's do ok for softies and mushrooms but this is a really low wattage, hey? probably only supposed to be used for a freshwater. Alternatively, I'm considering buying a better LED light and just installing into a regular lamp fixture. Suggestions? I have purchased: Tetra Whisper 10Gal AirPump + airstone H-B Enviro-Safe General Purpose Liquid-In-Glass Thermometer + Another thermometer to compare Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm Heater with Adjustable Thermostat (Fully-Submersible, Shatterproof Design) 25W I will custom build an acrylic lid to minimise evaporation because the current lid won't prevent evaporation for shit. I'm planning on using Natural SW because I live near clean SW and can keep a 60L drum downstairs in the garage (cool, dark, stable temp!) and will enjoy the drive to the beach to collect every 2-3 weeks. In terms of what I'd like to keep my vision is zoas, rics, mushrooms, finger coral and maybe an open brain coral and some clams. I'm still not sure about which and how many CUC, I'd love a fire shrimp and my husband (who is not in charge of this) requested a fish (coloured me surprised) however I'm obviously really hesitant because this is such a small tank and I know having even one fish would make taking care of this much harder. What do you think? I am already so appreciative of this community and all the advice available on here already. P.s This will probably be the slowest pico ever built. I really take my time with things and want to be as knowledgable and prepared as possible so thank you in advance for your patience. I will try to update this when I can but I have a young son and a busy family so we'll see. Ta and cheers from Aus! P.p.s thinking about putting Chaeto in the overflow. Does anyone is Sydney have some?? THANK YOU!
  9. I figured there are several of us now with these tanks, so time for a official thread! Not familiar with a Mini Complete Tank? Check them out at: minicompletetank.com.
  10. Raindog3030

    Raindog's 7g Waterbox

    Raindog's 7g Waterbox AIO!!! The current plan is to get through the cycle and probably stock with a RBTA in the coming months and a pair of Porcelain Anemone crabs to host in it. Strike that, found a Gonodactylus smithii! And Lord knows there will be some zoas too! Part List: Waterbox 7g AIO w/ ECO66 pump (included) Sicce MiMouse Pump (provided by Waterbox) Cobalt Mini-MJ 404 pumpHydor Koralia Nano 240 Cobalt Neo-Therm 25wKessil A80 w/ GooseneckMini Smart Plug (my $10 lighting controller, with wifi!) Mechanical Timer (also $10, and apparently smarter...since it actually works!) ~10 lbs Haitian Live Rock10+ lbs of Nature's Ocean No.0 Live SandTropic Marin Salt *Original Post: So...this happened! I got to see these in person at RAP, and I got sold! The absolute quality and attention to detail for the cost is mind blowing! I guess I can get past the logo being etched into the front panel Anyone else have one of these that has any suggestions/tips? Feel free to follow! Hoping to order the light soon :3 *EDIT: I got a call from Saltwateraquarium.com, there is/was an issue with the 4g. So, they are upgrading me to a 7g gallon for free...shipped out for a Friday delivery!!! I was really looking forward to the tiny 4g, but 7g is still pretty small and should work out for my desk
  11. Dirté Sanchez

    Le Dirté Pico 2g Cookie Jar

    Le Dirté Pico 2g Cookie Jar Started 4/1/19 (not an April Fool's joke) Tetra 10-30g Whisper air pump Tetra air stone Cobalt Pico heater Cheapo thermometer ABI 23W tuna blue LED coral reef bulb (will have) Desk lamp (will have) Maori dry rock from LFS- 5lbs Carib-sea Arag Alive Hawaiian black sand- dunh dun DUUUNNNNNNHHHH!!! The Tetra Air pump came with an air regulator valve, which is actually pretty nice. Literally can't hear this thing--BEAUTIFUL!! Will tack this to the wall so it's not so whiskey tango hanging there. After MUCH effort and some cursing, managed to stuff the air stone beneath the central rock structure, so the air bubbles are now coming up a central water column. Cuts down on the bubble spray and I think aerates the whole jar better.
  12. Smokey

    2.5 Gallon Pico Reef

    I am setting up a 2.5 gallon pico from freshwater after my betta passed away... :( .I am not new to saltwater lol i work in my LFS and i just couldn't get enough information about the LED Clip on Coralife Fixture which goes around for 40 bucks on Amazon. Im pretty sure this is alright for soft corals which is what i plan on keeping. Anythoughts on the light?
  13. HahahaHeather

    Heather's a Picorastinator

    Hi everyone, I'm Heather, this is my very first marine tank, my husband, @dasrkrain talked me into doing this competition and honestly I'm super excited ( shh, he doesn't need to know that) Up until this point I've kept to betas and aquatic frog keeping. at this point I think I'm going to do a coral only tank with a large amount of color variation. the equipment I have so far is: 2.5 gallon Tetra tank Top Fin silentstream 10 power filter Aqueon mini heater 10w I haven't made a decision on the light I want quite yet, hopefully I'll have something locked down by the time my tank finishes cycling. As of right this second I have dry rock, sand and one small live rock ( that I stole from Hubs) to seed my dry rock in my tank. As you can see I have a serious case of snack indecision. I personally like portrait view tanks better than landscape view tanks, so I have my little tank set up in portrait view. Right now it is just setting on my dresser, but I plan to give it a more permanent home on the bookshelf, surrounded by books. Wish me luck!
  14. 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:
  15. Jon-Paul

    JP's 3g Pico

    Current FTS *11/13/2018* 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) 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) 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) Red/Purple Micro Lord (05/18/2019) Yellow/Orange/Purple Micro Lord (05/18/2019) Green/Orange Chalice (05/18/2019) 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
  16. Coinee

    My first (pico) reef

    Ever since I was about 15 years old, I've always been interested in salt water aquariums but I've never had the ability to own a large tank. And owning a large tank when you may move in a year or so is not something I want to deal with. I've own some small freshwater aquariums and stuff (I liked planted tanks), but I've never thought about salt water stuff being possible and anytime I thought maybe I could make a small tank, I'd see people saying "a small tank is impossible, it will always crash soon and quickly" in other forums, so I dismissed the thought. Then about a few months ago I found some with a pico aquarium and then found this forum and saw that a lot of reef newbies have had success with their pico reefs, so I just read stuff for a few months, then I bit the bullet a few days ago. I started my first pico jar now. Even a pico was expensive! Much more than fresh water since I needed better lighting, refractometer, higher quality water etc, but when this is successful, it'll be worth it! I'll list what I bought for this below: Equipment Prices in Canadian dollars Anchor Hocking Jar - $20 Red Sea Coral Pro salt - $45 Caribsea Livesand - $10 Caribsea Liferock - $30 Tetra Betta heater - $15 Brandless digital thermometer - $10 Brandless water pump - $10 Asta Mini Nano light - $60 I'm using distilled water bought from a local store. December 15th I added live sand, mixed water with Red Sea Coral Pro salt to measure 1.026 on the refractometer. Some stuff didn't arrive in the mail on Friday like I was expecting, so I didn't have my heater and a couple other items. So basically I just let the sand settle now. I realized I had some of Dr. Tim's Ammonium Chloride, so I added enough to bring Ammonia to about 2 ppm. I put my small pump in and let the water circulate a bit and left it alone. December 16th I tested parameters today: Ammonia - 2 ppm Nitrate - 5 ppm Nitrites - 0 ppm Sp. Gravity - 1.026 I went to the LFS and bought some Caribsea Liferock after seeing the price of their Liverock and the size of it. A piece of rock is not worth $75 to me, I'd rather wait a bit longer. The Caribsea Liferock looked nice (oooo purple heh) and it wasn't too bad, plus with its marketing of "dormant bacteria", I figured I'd try it even if it's BS at least it looks nice. I got home and added the Caribsea Liferock. December 17th I received my heater in the mail today, so I added it to the tank. Temperature of the water is about 26.5C or about 79-80F. I got some Seachem Stability today since I was curious if it would work. I checked my tank parameters again today just to see where it was at before I added the Stability: Ammonia - 2 ppm Nitrate - 5 ppm Nitrites - 0.25 ppm Sp. Gravity - 1.026 Interestingly enough 24 hours after adding the Caribsea Liferock, I am reading some Nitrites, this was faster than I was expecting. Maybe the rock has something in it, or who knows. I added a cap-sized dose of Stability to the tank. Picture is a bit hazy since I kicked up the sand a few hours ago cleaning the glass because I'm too stupid to realize the streak on the glass was on the outside, not on the inside. I have my light, I just haven't put it on the tank yet since there is nothing to benefit from it yet. I'm gonna make an ATO or buy one within a few days once I have everything set up. It doesn't lose water very quickly since the lid stays on mostly, so I'm not worried at this point since I have nothing living inside (besides maybe bacteria). Overall, my plans for the tank are to have a few cool beginner reefs and a couple inverts. If those survive for a couple days, I'm probably going to put a few tangs in because they look nice. By the way, the red LED on the right side by the thermometer is just the heater's LED. It looks like there is a lot of sand but there isn't, the bottom of the jar isn't completely flat. The glass of the jar makes the rock look huge but it's actually pretty small in real life. Just watching this now makes me want a bigger tank, hahaha. If anyone sees any problems with what I am doing, please let me know and my tang comment was a joke, I am going to add things slowly and this will be a reef and invert tank only.
  17. I don't have a cool pic yet so here is one that I stole from Spectra
  18. So I have decided that I would set up another Pico tank on my desk at work, mainly because I do like to have a back up plan in case my original idea crashes. Last week I picked up a Fluval Spec 3 (2.6G), knowing full well that I would need to replace the light and stock pump, the tank was a grand total of £10.00 and included a Nano 50W adjustable heater. So i got to rummaging through my spares bins and pulled out an old Mini 404 Pump. I also noted that the existing Output from the pump to output nozzle someone had made a series of cuts to dampen the flow from the pump (Probably a Betta Fish house at some point) so I cut a new pipe from suitably sized air hose and re fit to the pump and output nozzle. So on my lunch break I nipped down to my LFS for some more pre mixed water (this is now my Monday Lunch Time Task), picked up some more live sand, approx 0.5KG (which I "sprinkled" over my dry sand) 0.5KG as well as took a hammer to a really ugly bit of Live Rock again another 2KG ish. I have stacked this randomly in my Spec 3 with Saltwater and letting the Cycle start. I will most likely not test this again until Thursday/Friday at the earliest. The smallest Frags of this live rock were donated to my Contest Pico once i had super Glued the Macro to it. The rest I piled into a double "Tower/Island" with two smaller outcrops taking up the space in the front and rear left corners. I also added some Egg Crate to the back panel and far side (furthest from me) as I have seen some gorgeous tanks with Xenia and Green Star Polyps climbing th tank walls, I figured that Egg Crate would allow this process to take place faster? My Desk also occasionally takes a knock from time to time so the Egg Crate will also aid protecting the Glass from any potential falls. All in all I have roughly 1-1.5 inches between the Glass/Back Walls and the Live Rocks. Softies I want to Try Pulsing Xenia (Have purchased 2x Frags) Kenya Tree Green Star Polyp Toadstools Mushrooms Zoa's (Zoe Garden on rock with Xenia/Green Star "background")
  19. Last night I put this tank together for the mystery crab that lives in my 12 Gallon Long. It is the same cube I used for The Home of The Creep. The crab has recently grown quite large and the other night I caught him trying to murder Buffalo Bill! When I checked the tank this morning I discovered he had killed the Halloween Hermit!! The tank is too small for any kind of trap so I just went berserker and grabbed the little sh*t and pulled him out! Now he has a lovely new home. 😊 Equipment: 2.2 Gallon Cube Nano Box 14000K light Hydor Powerhead Heater This is his last molt. I’m guessing Stone Crab. New home. I need to get the stand out of the attic..... for now it’s in the kitchen with wires balled up in the back. The killer in his new home.
  20. tgore

    WaterBox 4g SPS Pico

    So with being out of the hobby for a year or two I finally decided to dive back in to give myself something to do in my down time. I began assembling equipment for a 60g cube but gathering everything I wanted for the build was taking to long and the itch was getting to me. When I came across these small AIO tanks from WaterBox I just couldn't resist. The main inspiration for this tank came from seeing a video of Battlebox corals and then when I saw the AutoAqua Smart AWC the idea popped into my head. Build Plan Equipment 4g WaterBox Cube AI Prime HD w/ Gooseneck (Great option for this tank just like the NanoBox Coloring more) NanoBox Mini Tide w/ Storm controller 25w Neo-Therm Heater MP10QD AutoAqua Smart AWC (Hard to implement with the rear chamber size restrictions) Xp Aqua Duetto ATO Livestock: Citron Clown Goby - For some reason had bad luck with these guys, lost two of them to brook. Juvenile Signal Blenny - Really interesting fish (impulse buy lol) CUC - One small blue leg hermit and a couple of snails at max. Macroalgae - Since having a refugium isn't really possible with this build I am going to look at getting some to have in the display. Corals - Various SPS nothing in stone so far. Going to try out a BattleBox and then get what I can from lfs around me. So no telling what I'll end up with at the moment. Rock - Purchased some dry reef saver rock for this build. To get things started with this tank I am going to give Fritz 9 NItrifying Bacteria a shot and maybe find the smallest bottle of pods I can find. Algae Barn will probably be my go-to for the pods and macro once the tank gets water in it. The Automatic Water Changer from AutoAqua is the key to my plan for this tank. The only other filtration will be biological and some Chemi-pure blue. Excited to get this tank set up and running. I'm gonna have to play around with the AWC and find what I will be able to do since the return chamber is so small I will have to either do extremely small amounts or set up a timer to turn shut the return pump off and allow the AWC to run. The goal will be to accomplish 100% water changes every week at the least. This should handle any nutrient issues with such a small bio-load and most likely keep major and minor elements in a decent range. I plan to test this and see how things go and if the water changes alone can't keep up I am considering using Kalkwasser or try Red Sea Coral Pro salt since it has elevated levels, to begin with. If you made it this far. Thanks for reading all my thoughts and rambling. Let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations on adjustments. Also if you have any recommendations on corals or any good livestock ideas I would really appreciate it.
  21. Current fts Yup another entry. My goal isn’t to crash this tank. Between 3 cats and 2 kids 4 and under I’ve got a pretty nice shot. Hell, I might manage to crash it myself. tank: Boring old rimmed 2.5 gallon aga equipment: a light, I’ll find something a heater, my basement doesn’t get very warm. I have a 75 watt cobalt or a 50 watt aqueon. We’ll see what ends up working. a filter, I originally bought a seachem tidal 55 butttt I had a mishap on my black water tank (little bit of a drip at the connection to the online heater. Tried to tighten it. Ended up shattering a lily pipe somehow. Managed to fry the Kessil power supply). Holy crap do I like the tidal though. This pico might not be good enough to purchase another one 😝. So I’ll find something laying around here eventually I don’t know about any other equipment. I will probably paint the back of the tank blue. Or stick a bunch of painters tape to the back. Livestock plans: not sure, I like soft corals. offical entry pic shout out Uber eats for my late night snack that I didn’t have to share with the family
  22. Harkins Aquatics

    Harkins Aquatics 2.5 Gal Pic Challenge

    So I know I'm getting at the buzzer but it was actually a huge pain to find an Aqueon 2.5 in Vegas. I had to go to 6 Petcos to find one. And they just had got it in yesterday. So my planned set up is to run the following AQUEON 2.5 gallon pico Fluvel 20 HoB Cobalt neotherm 10W heater Still trying to figure out the additional flow.
  23. Just starting a 2.5 gallon pico and I need a reliable heater. What are you guys using?
  24. Feb 1 Update: So if you have been following, my reef jar started out on my desk at work (thread formerly called "excuse to reef at work"), which was very distracting to me! LOL Water changes were a bit challenging too. Anyway, I had to bring it home for the holidays, and it's been in my basement since. Now I can do WC more regularly, and feed my pom pom frozen, which he/she deserves! Everything is happier now, just looking to fill it with more corals! Unfortunately, I have no way to scrape the jar cus it's too small for me to put my hand in, so it's top down view all the way! Here's the January 2018 FTS: NOV 1st UPDATE This creative container contest has really made me appreciate pico tanks! It's a lot of fun, and the possibilities are endless! There are so many creative and original entries so far; really humbling to see all the amazing ideas of the N-R community. To start, I wanted my reef jar to be as natural as possible. I used live rock, and was not afraid of any unwanted pests or hitchhikers. Of course, I still looked out for aiptasia before I bought it! A lesson from my larger tank is having as much biodiversity as possible. I see tons of pods on the glass now, which is awesome! My plan is to run the jar a little dirty, so softies can thrive. Originally there was a baby mangrove, but over 3 weeks, it slowly withered away. The new direction I am taking is having air plants above the water. (Following @cnseekatz and @Droy008 picos, theirs are dope!) This will provide the greenery I was looking for above water, that the mangrove was supposed to provide. Hopefully my green thumb does not fail me again! Things may move slower for me, because this reef jar is on my desk at work. I can't be messing around with it too much during work hours. But if my supervisor knew how much I stare at it, he would not allow it! lol Not sure what happens when I go on vacation though, either take it home or find someone I trust to top it off. Container: Anchor Hocking 1gal jar Light: eBay 5w bulb (2b/2w/1violet) -- I have a couple of 15w on order from eBay. One is the same ratio, the other is 2b/3w to give it a daylight look. Lets see which I like better Heater: Cobalt 5w Mini - this thing is perfect for 1 gal. Keeps my temps steady at 76-77 Flow: Aqueon Quiet Flow 10 air pump 1.5w with airstone Bio filtration: Live rock and dead (it's old) oolite sand Corals: zoas, rics and maybe acans Inverts: 3 blue legs hermits and hopefully some sexy shrimps OFFICIAL CONTEST ENTRY POST WITH CONDIMENTS SHOT (Oct 12): ORIGINAL POST:
  25. MrGlass1024

    Dirt Cheap DIY Pico Peninsula

    Dirt Cheap DIY Pico Peninsula How it happened: I've been keeping fresh water aquariums for an year now, mostly pico and nano planted tanks, while they are great fun they are now all mature and pretty much take care of themselves, so I've been looking for a new challenge. Since my house is pretty much strapped for aquarium space and we have a baby on the way the only option was a nano/pico reef. Luckily during a random trip to a big box hardware store I found the perfect little 2.5 gallon (10 litter) tank. Well 3 months of research and bargain shopping this is the result: The Gear (approximate price in dollars) Aquarium: 2.5 gallon (10 litter) 12$ Filtration: Old noname HOB that happened to fit the aquarium perfectly ~15$ Filter Media: Seachem Matrix leftovers from fresh water aquarium bought it bulk so i'd say it's about 3$ worth Lights: 2 noname white and blue led lights 6W each 18$ 1 strip of 18 high powered blue actinic leds 6$ Heating: Aquael Slim 25W 20$ Cooling: Single 60mm 12W pc fan 3$ Thermometer: JBL slim 3$ ATO: Airtight cereal box 3$ Air tubing & 2 valves 2$ Timers: 3 digital timers 15$ Aquascape; 2 small pieces of dry Zanzibar rock 8$ 2 litters of dry Zanzibar 3mm sand 5$ Other random bits & bobs: wires, plexiglass, super glue etc. 7$ GRAND TOTAL: ~120 $ The setup Lighting Since the 2 LED lights I found in a LFS didn't have blue and white channel controls and seemed a bit under powered, I decided to augment them a bit with a led strip I found in a hobby shop. The strip is SMD2835 12V and claims that each LED outputs 100 lumens also it's IP67 water resistant and comes with double sided tape pre-attached, should be more then suited to light this little tank. All I did is solder a power connector to the led strip made sure it's covered thoroughly with shrink wrap, plugged it in to a 12 power supply I had laying around. I've mounted them to a thin piece of transparent plexi (wish I had a white piece but what can you do), glued some standoffs and then glued the whole thing in between the two lights I already have. Job done, now I can have the blues on one timer and the whites on another. What I would have done differently is add a switch to the LED strip cable so I don't need to unplug it to turn it off and use a white piece of plexi to match the LED lights. ATO For an ATO I decided to go for a simple gravity fed drip system to keep the cost as low as possible. I got an airtight cereal box container, used my soldering iron make two holes the size of the air tubing. I threaded 2 pieces of tubing one that goes close to the boom and a short one that goes in about one inch into the container. Because the tubing tended to curl up I threaded the long one in a plastic straw to stiffen it up. After I made sure that the lengths of the tubing are right I super-glued around the holes to make a seal as air tight as possible. (inert silicone would have been a lot better but I didn't have any at hand) At the end of the tube that runs to the aquarium I put two valves for a more precise control of flow. In order to figure out how many drops per second I needed to keep up the evaporation I let the aquarium run for 24 hrs then measured how much it evaporated. As it turns out it evaporates exactly 0,5 litters... lucky me the maths will be easy. Assuming a drop is 0,05 ml I end up needing about a drop every 8,3 seconds roughly. That was the easy bit getting the valves closed just right took me about 45 minutes of trial and error, my phone timer never had as much use. The drip rate will most likely have to be adjusted as the seasons change and the light schedule will be set. After two days I'm satisfied with the results the level is pretty much unchanged. The container is big enough that I don't need to refill it for 4 day and It also has a handy dandy flip cap so I can re fill without removing the lid. What I would have done differently is get a "prettier" container as the wife doesn't approve of this (and I quote) "ugly ass bottle of water in between my beautiful plants" Cooling Since my house is basically a sauna all year around, a cooler is a must. I went with a small 12V, 60mm processor fan, as quiet as I could find. I cut a usb cable and spliced the fan the power cables to the USB cable again making sure to carefully shrinkwrap the finished product. Then all I did is plug it in in a old mobile phone usb power brick. Pro tip: use a 5V power supply the fan will work at approximately 40% speed and it is inaudible. I used double sided tape to fix the fan to the HOB filter with some hot glue added for extra safety. The fan is plugged into a timer after some fiddling with duration of on time I got stable temperature 26C (78F) with one hour on one hour off time, as with the ATO the schedule will have to change to account for seasonal temp fluctuations and lighting schedule. What would I have done differently is spring for a 30$ JBL temp sensor to have precise control but unfortunately the sensor only supplies 12V so the fan would be considerably nosier. Filtration & Flow As it stands the filter witch is 400l(100gl)/h is over kill, I'm pretty sure even on the low setting it could easily provide flow for SPS, even on the lowest setting but I intend to fit in a filter pad and possibly a light over it to make it into a mini refugium which would slow down the flow considerably. Heating Heater barely fits in the HOB filter wohoooo! Aquascape I wanted to go for something very simple and that looks good on all sides because the pico-reef sits in between my wife and my desk, so I spent hours looking through the box of rock and measuring each piece till I found the combination we both liked. After I washed the sand and the rocks in RODI water I dried them thoroughly, mocked the layout and proceeded to use gel super glue to fix the rocks to the bottom of the aquarium again silicone would have been muuuuch better. The damn glue takes ages to cure, being a bit impatient and a colossal moron, I thought let's use my wife's blow-drier on blister hot to speed up things ... WRONG! ... Do not do this! not only did it not speed it up significantly, the hot air evaporated the glue making a irritating toxic fume, my eyes were watering and my sinuses were on fire for a couple of hours! Current Status (21.03.2019) Tank has been cycling using Seachem Stability, a bit of seeded Seachem Matrix and daily small ghost feedings for about 3 days. Ammonia is starting to show up so the sit and wait phase of the process is on it's way. It's the first time I use any bacteria in a bottle and I'm really curious if it has any impact. Chemistry: Salinity; 1.025 Ammonia: ~1ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 0 ppm Temp: 26C/78F I will start test alk/cal/ph as soon as my Saliferst tests arrive. Which reminds me... "Hidden" Costs: RO unit: Aquamedic 2,5gl/hr 50$ Various water tests: Salifert NH4 NO2 NO3 Calc Alk ~50$ Refractometer: Red Sea 50$ Salt: Red sea coral pro 7kg/15lb 25$ (should last me for ages even with 100% water changes) Total: 175$ Future Plans Make a Plexiglas lid, I already have some supports left over this should be easy to do. Make a mini refugium in the HOB filter, might need some further research for this, as I what I gathered it might have low to no impact in such a small space. Define a maintenance schedule: weekly water changes, ato refilling, glass cleaning etc depending on the stocking. Planed Livestock CUC: one blue legged hermit one snail (astrea?) one/two shrimp (I'm quite partial to the cleaners, wife likes the red ones with white dots) Coral: Zoas Mushrooms Palys GSP (on the back wall) Xenia (wife's favourite) Hammer (my favourite) That's about it, I'll make sure to update as things evolve and I'll leave you with a few more pics of the tank:
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