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  1. 별을보는아이

    pico reef from korea

    - Previous column -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- tank size : 25 x 25 x 30 This is the last pico tank column. Because I'm going to upgrade to a bigger nano tank within this month. Next time, I'll come back with a cooler tank. Have a good day 🙂
  2. The Rainy Day Aquarium

    🚧RDA's DIY Build Thread🚧

    There comes a time where we all get a little bored of this hobby. Everything is running smoothly. You have all the gadgets and automation you could ever want. Your corals and fish are happy AND you finally got rid of that pesky emerald crab that was chowing down on your $150 zoas. You can't fit any more corals in your display and your frag racks have become part of the glass of your aquarium... I have not reached this point in my reefing career. Ironically, during this season of joy and happiness I have been a little down. It's been a bit of a hard time for me. So, against the advice of my therapist, I am drowning my angst in miscellaneous projects and doodads. You know the saying "if your life is busy make it busier." Wait no...hmm...how about "if you need to finish something, start something else." No that's not it...What I'm trying to say is... WELCOME TO MY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PICO REEF: UNDER 2.5 GALLON 6 GALLON EDITION This is going to be my adventurous journal into the depths of diy, tiny reef tanks, and bad jokes. I won't be focusing on any tank in particular, but rather sharing my spiritual journey of cutting glass and gluing acrylic and maybe. MAYBE. if we're lucky, some sprinkles of 3D printing. I have to say this may be the first and last post of this here journal, but with any luck we'll be cooking with gas here in no time at all. So grab a gift bag on your way in, help yourself to the snacks there to your left and pull up a chair! -RDA
  3. shank1990

    1.5l vodka bottle Pico Reef

    Hi, New to the forum but not reefing in general, have been out for a few years but recently set up a small nano for my daughter in her room, and have been bitten by the bug again. I have been offered an old RSM130 for free but cant get it for a few weeks due to covid restrictions here in UK and now i'm working from home I'm going for a little desk pico while I wait! I've had a large empty vodka bottle sat on teh shelf gathering dust for some time with a mind to upcycle it at some point, and reading through the Jar picos threads on here its seemed like an ideal container to build something a little different. the plan is to drill out the bottom of the bottle, seal the top and stand it upside down. with a small power head for flow and LED lighting. The bottle will be mounted in a solid wood base, with a matching hood suspended on copper pipe, I have roughly started the build today with progress pics below. small amount of rock is currently in the nano seeding up and i'm still waiting on pump, LED driver and heat sync to be delivered.
  4. 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
  5. This DIY is intended for a pico or small nano mixed reef tank that's around 1-6 gallons. Could also be used as a refugium light or other small scale need. I'm trying to get this DIY our there because pico tanks are super fun and they're becoming much more popular too. They also have very simple lighting requirements despite what some people might say. You don't need to spend $100+ on a pico light! Many of the commercially available lights are simply overkill for a typical mixed reef pico. On the flip side the cheap Amazon/eBay lights can have sketchy quality, bad color rendering, or low PAR. The cheap lights can also be overkill because they're so cheap that we tend to overbuy. So rather than spending a ton on a light that's overkill or buying a light that you don't know if it will even work take a look at DIY. This light has exactly the features needed for a typical mixed reef pico or small nano. Also it's super easy. I'm tempted to buy these parts again and have my 7 year old try to build it - I actually think she could with some practice soldering. FYI I'm using this light on my Fluval Spec III and it works much better than the stock light! Still to do: Design a simple mounting solution. I'll update with that video when I've made one. Materials list - total cost: $25. $5 Meanwell LDD-700 HW https://www.ledsupply.com/led-drivers/mean-well-ldd-h-series-cc-step-down-mode $8 2x Royal Blue XT-E https://www.ledsupply.com/leds/cree-xlamp-xt-e-royal-blue-leds $4 1x Neutral white (4000-5000K) https://www.ledsupply.com/leds/cree-xlamp-xt-e-white-leds $3 12-24v LED PWM dimmer https://www.amazon.com/XtraLED-Dimming-Controller-Lights-Ribbon/dp/B00H8KTXNU (can get it prime for $6) $5 12v 2A DC power supply https://www.amazon.com/Choose-Nice-TM-Switching-Regulated/dp/B00LPCX2BQ/ref=sr_1_34?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1509556333&sr=1-34&keywords=12v+power+supply includes plug adapter You'll also need some wire, thermal paste, epoxy, and an old computer heatsink or something similar. Credits: I did not come up with this idea, just modified the information found on thePlantedTank.net.
  6. WV Reefer

    WV Reefer’s Macro Micro

    Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You!
  7. Welcome to my tank journal! I've been out of the hobby for a few years, life got in the way with living overseas and moving around quite a lot. Now that i'm staying put I've really caught the bug again! The purpose of this tank is a low maintenance, easy to care for pico tank that isn't going to bust the budget. I work away from home so time enjoying the tank is of the upmost importance. Initial set-up 10/11/2020 Latest FTS 23/12/20: Tank and current equipment: Display: Refurbished bowl from opshop Lighting: Unbranded 12 watt Par38 (e27 fitting Bulb) with cheap desktop stand - Purchased on Ebay or Similar available on Amazon Heater: Marina beta (preset heater) - Similar available on amazon Circulation: Tetra Whisper 60 Air pump - Purchased on Ebay Top Off: Gravity fed bottle ATO - Purchased on Amazon Lid: generic acrylic lid (needs to be modified) Controller: INK bird ITC-306T temperature controller - Purchased on Amazon Salt: Natural salt water Build Cost: AU $118 - (US $87.12 as of 29/11/20) Parameters: Temp: 25-26°C (~77-78°F) Salinity: 1.025 Lighting cycle: 6.5 hours on (2:30pm ~ 9pm) - analogue timer Current Stock: Soft corals: LPS: Inverts: FTS Library: Maintenance Routine: Wish list/Future Upgrades: Thanks for visiting!
  8. The Rainy Day Aquarium

    RDA's 1.2 Pico

    I have a confession; another pico reef is on it's way. 😅 Life has been absolutely nuts for me right now, some would call it "chaotic"😉. Even still, ever since I tore down my 365 dropoff tank I've been on the hunt for a small replacement. To scratch that itch 😅. I've been eyeing Lifegard Aquatics' new "Elevated" series aquariums since they were announced earlier this year, and the smallest of the bunch really peaked my interest. (What can I say? I'm a sucker for small AIOs). With Marine Depot having their Black Friday sale and spending weeks trying to ignore a painfully empty corner on my desk in my office at home, I finally said to myself, "it's time." EQUIPMENT: Tank: Lifegard Elevated 1.2 gallon AIO Return Pump: Jebao DC650 Heater: Topfin 20w preset Lighting: Luminie Asta 20 ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite LIVESTOCK: TBD FTS 11/29/2020: I've had a bit of time to think about how I'm going to go about piecing all of this together during a small trip my wife and I took up to Oregon recently (beautiful drive) to pick up our new furry friend, but I'm still on the fence about some things. I have several ideas in mind, but I think either way I'll be leaving the bottom bare to take advantage of the lifted glass bottom of this tank. I'm also scheming a new return nozzle layout given the peculiar design of this system. I was thinking about just getting an RFG nozzle, but heck I have a 3D printer; I've been wanting to try some return nozzle designs of my own so this will probably become a testbed for that. I've also ordered a dc650 return pump from Reefbreeders as I want more flow and more control; SPS coral is a curiosity for this tank. Although we'll have to see if the overflow can take it (hopefully a design flaw from the other crystal series aquariums that was corrected). I'll keep you all posted on how it comes together in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Apollo, our new Alaskan Klee Kai 😁
  9. Nathans_Reef

    Nathan's 25l Softie Reef

  10. Nathans_Reef

    Nathan's 25l Softie Reef

  11. To add to the Tank Keepers total and complete frustration, I’ve decided I want to start my own little tank, that will eventually become my office tank. (Once we are back in the office, and not working from home, due to the Corona virus.) My goal is to learn from the Tank Keeper about husbandry, so I can help more with the other four tanks we currently have up and running. Also, it’d be a snowballs chance in hell, that I’d be able to talk her in to another tank to manage, so if I wanted it, I’d have to be responsible for it. I am beyond honored to have gotten the prototype from @Micro-Reefs Aquariums midnight series 4.7 gallon aquarium. Equipment : Cobalt NeoTherm 25w Heater Inkbird ITC308s (to control the heater, and fans if needed) NanoBox Duo WuyouChy Aquarium ATO System The tank arrived Monday, and all though UPS did their best to damage the tank on the way, the box was so well packed, that it arrived unscathed. All of the frag racks and the media rack were inside the tank, under the packing popcorn. I set the tank up, and a guy in our local reef club had ordered too much ocean rock from Gulf Live Rock. The Tank Keeper has an affinity for live rock, and went with me to pick out a couple pieces. We put a really nice piece in to this tank, and picked out a second piece for our 365 day challenge tank. I think that I’m going to put an invert in this tank. I’m leaning towards a pistol shrimp, and maybe a small goby... But I’m definitely open to suggestions, since a tank this small is new to both of us. I also don’t want to put a fish in this tank, if it’s too small for it. As far as corals go, I’m thinking maybe a nice piece of euphyllia and a zoa garden. I’d like to keep it fairly simple, since husbandry is mostly new to me. All though, I read a lot, and enjoy learning. I am above average at fragging (the tank keeper doesn’t like to frag at all, so that’s a responsibility that’s been given to me.) Please feel free to offer suggestions, as being responsible for a tank of my own is a first for me.
  12. FTS 11/1/20 Current Tank Specs Established: 6/24/20 Display: Lifegard Aquatics 4.1g All-In-One Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) Filtration: Filter floss, Chemi-Pure Blue, MarinePure Gems Flow: VorTech MP10 Lighting: AquaIllumination Prime LED Heater: 50w Hydor Theo Cooling: aFan Cooling Fan ATO: Innovative Marine HydroFill + Tom's Aqualifter Controller: Apex Jr Controller Current Livestock Cleaning Crew Limpet Dwarf Cerith Florida Cerith Dwarf Planaxis Nassarius Vibex Polka Dot Hermit Crab aka The Snail Murderer Fish Yellow Clown Goby ORA Sharknose Goby #2 ORA Sharknose Goby [Killed by Vortech] Coral Zoanthid/Palythoa JPS Mystiques RC Antivenoms LC Andromedas JPS Latin Lovers LC Rainbow Pixies ASD Atmospheres JF Insane Rainbows WWC Sweet Tooths UC Detonation Palys Gonzo's Citrus Coolers Rastas Bimini Pinks Sonic Flares Space Chaos Scrambled Eggs Rainbow Infusions Mango Tangos [Eaten by amphipods] Goniopora TCK Rainbow Flame Cyphastrea LC Blizzard Bizzaro Pink/Green Branching Purple/Green Branching [Eaten by amphipods] Gorgonians Purple Ribbon Pink Lemonade Golden Candelabra ORA Grube's Gorgonian ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ FTS 11/1/20 FTS 10/18/20 FTS 9/10/20 FTS 7/25/20 FTS 7/14/20 FTS 6/25/20 Original Post Below ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ After 5 years of ups and downs with my 3.4g Desktop Reef, it's time for a refresh! The goal is to keep things simple and minimalist with low maintenance. Ideally, I would like to avoid dosing, but I do have a IceCap dosing pump that has been handy in the past. We'll be using Hawaiian black sand and minimal island-style rock work using the main pieces from the current display. Looking to house most zoanthids/palys (my fiance's favorite), photosynthetic gorgonians, mushrooms, and maybe a few basic encrusters (monti, cyphaestra, psammocora, etc). Will eventually get a tiny tank-bred goby of some kind once I have finished making a mesh lid for the display. I love my VorTech, but the display on this tank is super small, so I'll be attempting to make do with just the return for flow. The stock return pump is weak as hell, but still manages to sound like a blender. I remember when Quiet One pumps were actually quiet. Anyway, I've ordered a Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) and a loc-line diffuser, so we'll see how that goes. I ordered the Chamber One and Two Media Baskets along with the Filter Floss Holder for the Waterbox 7 off of inTank as they seemed to have the closest measurements the back chambers on this. Hopefully, with some tweaking I can find a solid combination of those for the back chamber set-up. Where the tank will be going once everything arrives (pic is from a few years ago): Some additional shots of leak testing:
  13. ReefAdoRe

    3G ReefAdoRe Pico

    Hello all! It has been some time since I was here in my “Biocube - A very Hard Journey” journal. Though I have been following, and appreciating everyone here, with their knowledge, and communication! I am beginning, or have begun a new pico tank. I am still getting logistics down, but I just put water in the tank yesterday. I built an aquascape with pieces of reef saver dry rock (10 bucks for 3 large pieces that I broke into smaller), which I will post pics of the process & final product. Aquascape - 2lbs. Rock Flow - 90 GPH SICCE Micra Pump 158 gph Sicce Micra Plus pump Heater - Still looking at heaters (but right now, the temp is keeping a steady 79 w/o one) Hyggar Mini Betta heater 25w Lighting - Kessil’s A80 Tuna Blue w/ controller (ordered, soon to be on tank) Thanks for visiting ☺️
  14. Hello everyone, For some time now I have been considering starting a pico reef tank with the sole focus on rock flower anemones. After recently stumbling upon this contest, it seems to me like there is no better time but now to get the ball rolling. I am super excited as this is my first contest and only my second tank after starting my first nano tank in May 2019. Since discovering this hobby, I have been fascinated by anemones but more specifically, rock flower anemones because of their appearance, endless variation of color, and the one of the only anemone species that can be kept in a pico or nano reef tank. My primary goal for this tank is to create a vibrant and colorful environment where rock flower anemones can spawn and reproduce. I do not know how difficult this is or if this is even possible in a pico tank but I hope to succeed at breeding them. System: Display: Lifegard Aquatics 3.8 Gallon Peninsula (14.17" x 7.87" x 7.87") Lighting: AI Prime HD Filteration: inTank Filter Floss Holder for Waterbox Cube 7 Heater: Archae 25W Circulation: Cobalt MJ606 Auto Top Off: XP Aqua Duetto Aquascape: I will be using live rock from GulfLiveRock.com and I will opt for a sand bed as I feel it is completely necessary for an environment catered to RFA's. I decided to go with a very simple aquascape with no overhangs or caves. Current Livestock: Gorgonians: Angular Sea Whip Yellow Sea Feather Spiny Orange Gorgonian Inverts: 25 Rock Flower Anemones Fish: None FTS 02-24-2020 FTS 05-28-2020 FTS 07-29-2020
  15. cheesesteak

    Cheesesteak's 4G Pico

    Hi all! Its been about 7 years since I kept a reef, but I decided to jump back into it after months of research during quarantine. I originally planned on a Waterbox 20, but ultimately decided on something smaller until I have a house and things are permanent. Tank: Enter the UNS 25C (9.84 in^3)! I had ADA tanks back in the day, and I can say that UNS craftsmanship definitely competes. The glass may be a little a greener, but the 45 degree edges and expert silicone work are top notch. I'm really impressed. Livestock: My plan is for this to be a simple zoa and paly heavy pico. I also really liked xenia and cloves back in my old tanks. I may also dabble in some of the less demanding SPS like birdsnest or monti caps. I've also always wanted to keep sexy shrimp, I think they're so goofy. And maybe a goby as well. Lighting: Fluval Marine Nano. Filtration: I have a small Azoo 150 I'll run with Purigen until everything is well established. (I may or may not actually run this...) Flow: hygger Mini for its small form factor. Jebao SLW-10 because it won't blast away my stuff. Things I still need to get: Sand Live Rock Heater Lid ATO Glass scraper Test kit Refractometer Some sort of coral dip Spare heater and pump for SW mixing Empty FTS 7-7-2020
  16. 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. Update July, 2019: Pinky passed away a while back, this tank was fallow for a couple months while I decided what to do with it. Turns out, after I put a Naked Clown and Lighting Clown in my JBJ28 with a Rainbow Anemone, they never really got along. The Naked Clown kept chasing the Lighting around and just generally being a pain. So, when I got back from a recent trip and the Anemone had split, I figured it was a perfect time to move both of them over to the WB10. Thus, now this is Storm's private tank, and the saga continues.
  17. 365 day challenge build from March 2020 to August 2020. Unfortunately, life got busy and I unexpectedly got another tank so I had to shut this one down early. Theme: Mushroom and Flower Oasis A mix of Ricordea florida and yuma with a few rock flower anemones. Equipment: Total $255 Tank: Lifegard 4.14 Cube $61 - Actual Volume: 2.5 gal Lid: Cut Acrylic Sheet $10 ATO: Manually Light: Hipargero Aqua Knight 30w $64 - White 10% (9/10) - Blue 10% (9/10) Timer: Teckin Smart Plug $12 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 35w $60 Thermometer: $5 Water: RODI Salt: Red Sea Blue Bucket Rock: 2.5 lbs Live Rock (GB) $15 Sand: 2 lbs Caribsea Special Grade $28 Filtration: TBD Livestock: Total $155 Fish - None Invertebrates - Red/Orange Rock Flower Anemone (BL 2/23/20) $25 Coral - Orange Ricordea yuma (BL 2/23/20) $20 - Green & Purple Ricordea yuma (CC 3/11/20) $50 - Teal Ricordea florida (CC 3/11/20) $30 - Purple Ricordea florida (CC 3/11/20) $30 2/29/2020 3/1/2029 4/4/2020 5/5/2020 6/22/2020 7/31/2020
  18. 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.
  19. aclman88

    Aclman's Pico (Retired)

    FTS 4/12/2020 - Last Picture in it's full glory before ugrading to 20 g tall. FTS 1/30/2020 Tank: Petco Imagiatrium 3.7 AOI Removed the sump area entirely to make more room for rock and coral. Livestock Fish: Frank the Green Clown Goby Inverts: 1 Cerith Snail 2 Nassarius Snails 1 Trochus Snail Coral Softies: Green Star Polyp Green Leather Coral Variety of Zoas 3 Random Mushrooms Green Ricordia Kenya Treef LPS: Acan Colony (started as 2 heads and now about 6) Hammer (Two heads) Torch (Almost two heads) Duncan Green Candy Cane (5 heads) SPS: Random from Frag Swap (no clue what kind) FIltration: Aquaclear 20 running Filter floss, chemipure elite and purigen Lighting: Lumini Asta 20 Heat: Cobalt Neotherm 50W Cooling: Small USB Computer Fan set up over the Aquaclear Filter Flow: Small 80gph submersible pump Feeding: Spot feed mysis to LPS (2-3 x per week) Target Feed reef roids once weekly Maintenance: Stare at tank daily Pick bubble algae and scrape glass every other day Weekly Water chance of 1 gallon Change filter floss during water change Replace Chemipure bimonthly Replace Purigen when exhausted This tank started off as a planted betta tank but I soon found the size to be inadequate as well as ugly. I tried and failed to use aquasoil and the mopani wood I bought was leaching sap and was therefore unusable. I quickly grew tired and took down the tank and decided to try my hand at running a reef tank. I had a FOWLR in highschool but never made the jump to coral. Huge thanks to @TatorTaco who responded to a post I made asking for feedback and was instrumental in getting the tank setup by being kind enough to send me sand, rocks, heater and a ton of other extras. Some other people I need to thank are @Clown79, @Lula_Mae, @ninjamyst, @ksadam, and @tgore for all their advice and experience! I hope to keep this journal up to date as a record for coral growth, triumphs and any failures I may (will) come across. Currently battling an infestation of Bubble algae and some red cyano as well as green algae that are both growing on the sand and the walls of the tank. No way to test for phosphates, so I am planning on getting a Hanna ULR checker soon so I can stay on top of those numbers. I theorize it coincided with reduced nutrients when stopping all feeding to try and kill off hydroids that were starting to spread. The hydroids are under control, but I think it allowed the algae to start and take hold. I am slowly sucking out the sand during water changes and that is helping to stop the spread of algae on the sand bed and might eventually try going no sand bed to allow me to crank up the flow a bit. I won't be adding emerald crabs since I have hear mixed reviews on wether they are reef safe.
  20. aclman88

    Pico Aquascape Thoughts

    Wanting some feedback on my different possible aquascapes. This was the tank before: I took out a massive piece of rock on the left because it took up too much of the tank and didn't leave much room for corals. It might look nice now, but is actually learned forward and shadowed most of the sand bed in front of it. The LPS have all since moved to a larger tank. This tank I am thinking will be mostly softies and some LPS such as acans or a small elegance to act as a centerpiece. I am aiming for a minimalist scape to allow more placement for corals on the sand or to have small islands. I also prefer the minimalist as the tank has no backing expect the wall behind it, which gives the tank a sense of depth. Below are some different layouts I tired. I like the idea of an arch or overhang. I also have a lot go different rocks I could break up to add to this. I am leaning towards the last one, since the rounded arch its a little more natural and it leaves the entire front and left open for islands or corals to sit on the sand. Any thoughts?
  21. Hello, NR! It has been quite sometime since my last build. I've spent quite the time out of the hobby and have been itching to get back into everything. Over the last month I've spent some significant time on Craigslist looking for deals on AIO tanks. With my past experience, I knew that when one person wants back in the hobby, another one wants out😂. I knew I wanted something small since time and space is more limited on my end - and with AIO tank options coming a long way since my last biocube 14g, I knew my options were vast. Also, with this build - I wanted to make sure I stayed within a reasonable budget. On my second week of searching I came across a Fluval Spec III 2.6g (2018 version) being sold for $45 locally. I knew this was the one I've been looking for. It was an AIO, perfect size, local to me and on top of that - BRAND NEW. From the old tanks in my past, I managed to save old rock and sand. I am going about the bleach bath method to get them all crisp clean and white again. I ordered all the essential items and got them ready for the tank set up. Last night I had some free time to fill up the tank with some RO water to test fill. Everything went well and all parts seem to be in functioning order. I mixed my salt and poured it back in to get the pump and heater up and running. The stock pump seems to be pretty weak for the whole tank so I ordered another mini pump from amazon. As far as it goes, I am only running the heater, pump and occasional light while I am working on the tank. I plan on adding a small piece of Live rock I got from the LFS a few days ago in the tank tonight to kick start some cycling. Over the past few days I've kept the rock in a small container with an air pump to preserve any life still living. I turned that pump off this morning and plan to come home to some stagnant water. I am hoping that this will be enough die off for an ammonia spike to kick off my cycle. Almost 10 years and a lot has changed in the hobby and the husbandry, any recommendations or suggestions are highly encouraged. I need all the help I can get with this new tank!
  22. Guest

    20 Gallon Nano

    This is my first saltwater aquarium, so I figure I would start a journal of my 20 gallon nano reef! The tank as of august 10th 🙂
  23. Hey community! First post here, looking to document my latest venture into exotic animal care. I had seen a post on another social site weeks ago with an Upside Down Jellyfish and never thought about housing them as I am aware Jellyfish are generally very sensitive and hard to care for. This species however, might be more easy to work with as they generally keep to one spot (against the glass or on the sand bed). In this interest, I happened to find someone who had some in inventory and I've taken up the challenge of caring for this little creature. I just set it up yesterday, I'm going to attempt to house it in a filterless pico rimless tank which means extremely frequent water changes (easy for the size of the tank). Tank: Aqueon Edgelit Cube Aquarium, size 1. ~1 gal. Lighting: Currently natural light from the window and white LEDs coming from the base to illuminate the glass. I've got a HOB spectrum LED coming in the mail sometime today/tomorrow which I'll use to suppliment. Heating: I have a 5w flat heater on the back of the tank which keeps the tank ~80F. Food Supply: I've got it near my window for some natural light to help feed the zooxanthellae living within it's tentacles, and am setting up a "sea-monkey" home to raise some live brine shrimp to feed it periodically as well.
  24. Hello 🖐️, Welcome to my zoanthid sanctuary! I am a novice in reef keeping, but my husband (mirepa) is a veteran and has been helping me along the way! 🥰 Pixel Diary for the tank 😉 : www.instagram.com/zoanthid.sanctuary Some specs: Tank - Aqueon 2.5g Light - Radion XR 15 Pro Gen4 Filter - Aquaclear 20 Water Pump - Koralia Nano His and Hers Dec 09, 2019 Jan 05, 2020 Jan 28, 2020 Went to AquaFest and got a bunch of goodies! March 03, 2020 Realized my tank isn't really equipped for SPS, so I moved the SPS to my husband's tank so they'd have a better life. June 09, 2020 Here are some macro pics of my residents:
  25. Tank: 2.6G 4mm Glass (12x6x8) Light: Asta 20 LED Marine Heat: 50W Adjustable Flow: 120LPH HOB Filter Rock: 1KG Cycled Rock Sand: 500G "Live Sand" infested with Caulerpa Taxifolia Will pop a shim under the waterproofed board on the table to level the display, the water line bothers me. Plan for this tank is Zoas, Palys, Trio of Sexy Shrimp MAYBE an RFA or two if i can find one cheapish
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