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  1. The Rainy Day Aquarium

    365 Day BushWacking Stix

    Well, I figured I waited long enough to enter the 365 Day Challenge, so here we go! Theme: As the title would suggest, this tank is going to be dominantly SPS coral with a few misc. coral to help balance the scape. In addition, a subtheme of "DIY" will be used because, well, there isn't a whole lot of equipment for pico reef tanks out there.👷‍♂️🚧🚨 Equipment: Aquarium: 3 Gallon Dropoff AIO (DIY) Lighting: Asta 20 Marine Heater: 10watt Aqueon heater with Cobalt NeoStat controller Return Pump: mini USB fountian pump Wave Maker: mini USB fountain pump Media Reactor: DIY Skimmer: DIY Livestock: Coral: Goniopora Pipeorgan Zoas (Pink Zipper, Sunny Ds, Green misc.) Green/Orange Leptastrea Fish: Pair of Griesengeri Gobies CUC: Three Nerite snails There is still a lot to do, but I'm excited to see what this little reef can do!
  2. After 5 years of living in the Bay Area I have finally convinced my now husband to let me start another reef after the holiday season. (Why is it now a theme on Nano-Reef that we have to convince people to let us have tanks that we buy and we take care of?) I had planned to start a simple pico with a HOB filter similar to my old 10 gallon tank which I had for 3 years. while getting tipsy in my back yard in SF and researching tanks I saw the 365 day challenge and thought well hell, this will work. Within an hour I ordered the Lifegard Aquatics 4.1 gallon AIO online! Odell Easy Street Hot Sauce I generally prefer external filters so I can clean them out in the sink, but I will say this tank is SLICK! Kev (the husband/non-reef keeper/spending discourager) and I went to Komodo for part of our honeymoon and I would LOVE to do a Komodo-Flores biotope in this tank. Soon I will post the amazing photos from Komodo Resort's house reef that will serve as inspiration. Equipment Lifegard Aquatics 4.1 gallon AIO (display is like 2.9) Nanobox Tidebox (still being made) Colbalt Neo-Therm (still shipping) Stock pump - will have to replace Stock media - will also have to replace ADA lid- also will need to be replaced because it is a bit too big In the Tank 3 LBS of Real Reef live rock (I have a serious phobia of bristle worms, so much so I still have nightmares about them from past tanks) Samoa pink live sand Set up Feb 15th !!!! Going to be cycling a while Pictured with our cat's betta fish Spots' tank More to come soon! Xx
  3. bruinhd

    9 gallon Pico LPS Reef

    Alright guys. I've been out of the hobby for 8 years and was fully inactive. I had been doing pico reef tanks in grad school and then sold off everything when I moved out-of-date. Now I'm married, employed, and ready to get back into the hobby. This time around, I am remembering all of the things I used to do wrong. I'm building a 5g pico reef that will be very low tech and minimalist. I will focus on biostability over filtration whenever possible. I got a Fluval Evo V tank. I'm upgrading the stock pump to an MJ 606 (180gph). I'm going to avoid any more power than that because my old experience was that it stressed fish out and I had jumpers, etc. I'm avoiding an electronic ATO because I once had one overflow and It was no bueno. I also just hate having wires everywhere. In my photo you can see that I have a gravity evian bottle ATO that works perfectly. There's a 100 watt Aqueon preset heater in the back. I have a custom glass cover with rubber risers to allow gas exchange and to limit evaporative losses. I found that a 4-5mm gap also avoids condensation buildup on the lid from the heat of the light source (also learned from experience). The glass piece was cut at Ace Hardware and cost $11 total for the glass and risers. I got some live rock from my local LFS Golden Aquarium In Chicago. I'm on day 4 and my ammonia level has been chilling at 0.25 for 2 days and I'm starting to register a little bit of nitrite so cycling is underway. I might keep filtration very low tech. Probably just carbon once soft corals go in. I'm planning just a juvenile clown and a small cleaner shrimp once everything is established. There is one nasarius snail and an emerald crab that hitchhiked in the middle of the big live rock. The emerald crab emerged yesterday I assume because it was sick from the cycle and died almost immediately. The snail feasted on his corpse today. I hope the snail survives the cycle. I am certain he is stressed. Im going to say one more controversial thing. I used to do all my top-offs with RO/DI. However I'm going to be adventurous this time around and do them with....tap water. I checked parameters on my tap water yesterday and found the following: CaCO3 hardness: zero (impressively) Chlorine: zero (shockingly) Carbonate ppm: zero Alkalinity ppm: 120 pH: 7.2 Ammonia, nitrite, nitrates all zero as well of course. Hit me with your thoughts. And thank you for visiting.
  4. Oh yes, I would like to thank @Christopher Marks for another contest, it is a superb way of marking the first complete year since I joined the forum. Thank you sir, even if you were a coupe weeks late. 😁 So I guess I should hurry up on my Pico Build. Tank: Fluval Spec 3 AIO (2.6G) Light: Kessil A80 on Spectral Controller Heater: 15w Betta Preset Pump: 105GPH Chinese pond pump 🔥Hot stuff🔥 Theme (2020.02.14): - This time around I have a clear theme in mind and want to stick to it as much as possible. I really like the idea of having a single Genus tank and for the purposes of this contest I have decided to go with Montipora. Essentially I wanted a Genus where I could have a selection of colour and growth patterns that can capture the eye and drag it around the tank. I am also getting annoyed with two of my Gobies in the Red Sea Reefer 130D. They keep trying to spawn and getting everything eaten by everything else in the tank. So the first two points of this tank is to get it cycled and set up quickly and then SPS ready, I plan on adding Montipora in one, maybe two different additions, depending on bonuses at work etc. I plan on doing this so that I have a full 9-10 months where I can concentrate on growth and see whether my two self imposed limits make this difficult or not. Inspiration Images Aquascape is pretty clear, Rockwall, cliff whatever you want to call it. Small. Island in the middle as well. Going bare bottom with this one. Have already undertook a couple of mods to the tank, sealed bottom hole in filtration. Also filled in large amount of top weir. Waiting on the putty to dry before I can fill this, maybe as early as tomorrow. Livestock: Fish and Clean up Crew Spinel (Royal Blue Damsel - CHRYSIPTERA SPRINGERI) 01.03.2020 3x Stomatella Snails Livestock: SPS Corals - Montipora - Unknown"Green" Encrusting Montipora 01.03.2020 - Rocky Road "Branching" Montipora 04.03.2020 - Green Digitata 04.03.2020 - Pumpkin Pie "Plating" Monti 04.03.2020 FULL TANK SHOTS Set Up February March April May June July September October November December January February
  5. jbb_00

    3n

    I'm only playing along so @Ratvan doesn't win. Tank : UNS 3n Lighting : TBD Heat : Archaea (25W) ultra slim Flow : Cobalt mini-jet 404 Entry FTS : 2/1/20
  6. I told @DaveFason about this idea a long time ago, lets see if I can pull it off ... I need input : 1. should I paint / cover back wall ? 2. ATO ideas (smart micro?) 3. Coral ideas ? 4. Maybe a pom pom crab ? @Justind823 said no
  7. 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 - 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
  8. Kimpos

    TheReefVase

    Almost eight months ago, I closed down a Red Sea Reefer 525 XL. I'm planning to build a new tank later this year, about 120-150l in size. But right now I couldn't stay away from the hobby, I had to start something and it became a vase on 8l / 2g. It's supposed to hold only zoa's and other soft corals. Maybe an euphyllia if I get the flow and light right, with only an air pump and cheap China LED. I don't know if 2g is maybe too small for sexy shrimps or a porcelain crab? Here's a video from when I set it all up a week ago. Please feel free to give tips and suggestions on corals and inhabitants for this pico! 🙂
  9. RedCrow

    RedCrow's AIO 4.5 Gallon

    Full tank shot as of 01/01/2020 Current stock list: Fish - pair of antenna gobies Stonogobiops nematodes Invertebretes - randall's pistol shrimp Alpheus randalli - blue legged hermit crab (one) - nassarius snail (one) Coral SPS - green birdsnest - red monti cap - tricolor pocillopora - encrusting pavona - red monti digi LPS - white tip torch - purple tip hammer - yellow goniopora Polyps - radioactive dragon eye zoas - incredible hulk zoas - ring of fire zoas - green star polyps - pulsing xenia -------- I've been out of the reef game for a bit of time (which was killing me), so I finally decided to set up a pico to satisfy the urge. My goal with this tank is to keep it as low maintenance as possible while still being able to keep some more demanding corals. I've always liked the appearance of peninsula style tanks, and I really wanted an AIO so I could grow chaeto. I ended up buying a Lifegard Aquatics 3.8 gallon rimless with built in side filter. I wasn't happy with the lack of space behind the false wall (there was only about 2.5"), and the glass was fogged rather than being opaque. I liked the quality of the tank itself, so I bought a regular rimless tank from them. Marine Depot lists this tank at 5.4 gallons; it's right around 4.5 gallons with nothing in it. I bought some black acrylic and built a rear chamber. The rear chamber is split in two; the left side is for chaeto, and the right side has a Finnex titanium heater and an MJ mini. I wanted the get an A80 for lighting, but wasn't quite ready to spend that much. I found this Chinese light on amazon for 50 bucks Here is the tank set up with no water And here it is after getting wet. I also cut some black acrylic to make a cover around the rear chamber. Live rock added And here is a full tank shot after the water had cleared. I added a couple zoas, and accidentally got a half a dozen blue leg hermits with the live rock. Now i just have to wait out the cycle.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. Corydork

    5 gallon pico tank

    Hi! Just a brief background on me: I've kept discus, I actively breed corydoras and I have over 1,500 gallons worth of aquariums, and I've been keeping fish for 5 years now. I've always just had freshwater and brackish water, but I'm interested in starting a 5 gallon pico tank (it's the only free tank I have after my betta passed at 8 y.o.). I've a few questions that I'd like to have answered. 1.)What fish/inverts would be good for a pico tank at my level of saltwater knowledge? 2.)What would you estimate to be the baseline price for the tank? I've already got aragonite, the tank, a skimmer, and a sump. 3.) Would it be possible to keep corals in the tank?
  13. jxpars004

    Fluval Evo 5 Gallon Marine Kit Build

    Greetings all! New to the forum and getting back into the saltwater world after a 4-5 year hiatus. My last tank was a 40 gallon acrylic with a 20 gallon sump. Due to a work schedule, that tank was eventually broken down and is awaiting it's resurrection. After moving, i've decided the time is right to ease back into the hobby although i realize a small tank like a 5 g is no "easy" task, its also not a major financial investment at the moment. I've taken full advantage of my amazon prime trial and purchased a Fluval Evo 5 gallon marine aquarium kit, some natures ocean bio (that i may or may not use). Here's the catch. While it is January, i live a mile away from the Atlantic ocean here on Cape Cod. I have been reading into and thinking about filling my 5 gallon with ocean water from the nearby clear beach as well as possibly using some of the substrate. Any thoughts on this? Super excited and my whole kit should arrive in the next two days, will post pics and updates every step! 🙂
  14. I’ve had quite a few saltwater tanks up to a 90 gallon with sump, lots of coral, auto water change system, apex, etc. The 90 gave me a on of problems with cyano, aiptasia outbreaks and the like. My cat also had a fun habit of chewing through RODI tubing and flooding my basement. Eventually he managed to spray RODI water on the electronics of the RODI which messed up the auto flushing system so I had to manually bypass that. It was mounted on the wall but that didn’t stop him. Finally, less than a year after a full tank reboot I had a massive cyano outbreak I couldn’t beat. Lost everything and shut down the tank. Haven’t sold anything that still works because I know I’ll start it up again or upgrade so it’s sitting there waiting to be dealt with. Started getting the bug again about a month ago but not wanting to deal with the 90 I started thinking about nanos. My first tank was an Aquino Evolve 8 and one of my favorites was a little 1.5 or 2.5 gallon tank. I’ve had a 5 gallon tank I was using for a betta sitting next to my bed empty for a while now so I thought why not. The tank is a little Current USA Solo 5 Gallon aquarium. It’s rimless and pretty nice. Threw in some dry rock, black sand from a friend, an aqua knight light I had laying around, cheap heater, and leftover in tank style filter then started cycling. I was using filtered seawater from Petco and distilled Walmart water to start out. I’ll figure out the RODI situation eventually but with a little tank it’s not as big of a deal. After a couple weeks I grabbed two zoa frags to test the waters. Got some slides for a Seneye reef I had laying around and hid it behind the rock. I also got a little power head to throw in the back and replace the filter for flow. Finally, I set up a Smart ATO Micro to keep things a little more stable, another tank leftover. Things were still doing pretty good at this point. Zoas were open and a little algae growing. Wish I had been taking pictures through the setup process but I didn’t think to. The next week I bought another little frag (Ricordea) and a tiny cleanup crew. This is when things started going downhill. I added the frag and cleanup crew consisting of 2 nassarius snails, 2 bumblebee snails, 4 stomatella, and an asters snail. Only problem was the LFS gave me two Cerith not two nassarius and I didn’t notice til I got home. The store is an hour away so I didn’t go back to switch them out. I was also stupid and picked up a sickly looking yellow clown goby they were selling cheap. He was eating and this will probably be a single fish tank so I gave it a shot. I worked In the tank and got things placed, did a water change, etc. That night things looked irritated but they usually do after messing around in the tank. I had also picked up a Mini Complete Tank I planned on bringing to work. I put some sand and live rock in and added a little hermit crab. I upgraded the heater to a 10 W betta heater on an inkbird temp controller. It’s a cool little tank. The next day day zoas were closed and angry, Ricordea did not look happy, and I found the yellow clown goby dead. Snails were not moving much. Ammonia was at 0. Tried waiting things out that day but they weren’t looking better. I thought maybe I had some bad distilled water. That evening I did a 100% water change with heated water and things were looking better for a bit. I transferred one zoa to the mini tank as that hadn’t any distilled water in it yet and monitored. I put hands in to tweak one more thing in the tank and things started looking annoyed again. That’s when I realized I had put some hand sanitizer near the tank and both times the tank looked annoyed I had put my hands in the tank after forgetting I had used the hand sanitizer. I normally only rinse with water before hands go in tank but I messed up. Checked the label on the hand sanitizer and it has moisturizers in it too so yeah. I didn’t have water for another full change so I put the filter back on with a new carbon filter pack and hoped. THe next day (two days ago), the tank looked a lot better. Zoas open again and snails moving around except the Ceriths which I think I am going to lose. Moved the zoas back from the mini and the hand sanitizer is now in a different room. Yesterday my my friend gave me a Monti frag and some really tiny clove polyps. Polyps are in the Mini and Monti in the main tank. Things look good except a couple zoa polyps that don’t wanna open. Switched to a tiny hang on filter with carbon to finish clearing out the water but it won’t be permanent. Considering an upgrade to an AI Hydra light eventually. I have an order for an Octolid for the tank and I hope to get my hands on a hammer soon if things stay stable. Euphyllia are probably my favorite coral and yellow clown gobies are one of my favorite fish. A YCG was also one of my first two fish. I’ve approached this tank much differently than I have other tanks in the past. Moving faster than I normally would for sure. I’ve been reading up on reef bowls and 100% water changes so I figured I’d try doing things differently. I would never start a large tank this way but I have a lot more control with this nano. Of course I never would have considered doing a 100% water change even on a nano in the past but I wanted to try this approach this time around. Hopefully I can remember to take pictures as things move forward. 2/12/2020 Mini Complete Tank
  15. 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:
  16. Hello everyone! Long time lurker, first time poster here 👋🏼 I'm an avid but new lover of plants and saltwater aquariums, and this space has been instrumental in being able to learn so much in a short amount of time. So far, I have a pretty successful 10g AIO with 2 clowns, some macro, and a few LPS going. But recently I found and bought a used AI Prime HD and decided I wanted to set up a 5g planted macro tank with my first light: a fluval sea nano. Now I want to keep this as simple as possible and buy as little extra equipment as I need to. This is where I would like your input. I got a 50w Aqueon heater and I have an Eheim Skim350 that I occasionally run on my 10g- could I use that for flow and minimal filtration? The system would mostly be running on biological filtration and water changes. As a thought also, is live sand enough? Im still working out the scape in my head but it's a question I had in my head 🤔 I don't plan on having animals in here except a clean up crew and maybe a yellow goby? (Is this appropriate or too small a volume for the fish?) Thank you for anyone reading this and those that might respond 🙂
  17. aclman88

    Aclman's Petco Pico

    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.
  18. I'm using a single thread to document all three of my bowls. Central concept: Simplicity. Reefbowl, 4 January 2017 Reefbowl, 27 June 2016 Opae'ula Brackish Shrimpbowl, 26 March 2016: Reefbowl 25 March 2016: Quick specs (updated 20 March 2017): Mossbowl (land picosphere) Tank: 1 gallon hand-blown glass bowl from Amazon.com ~$15 shipped Substrate: Random rocks and ceramic baby heads (now entombed by moss) Moss: Random moss from the backyard and from the pots my carnivorous plants grow in Inputs: RODI water once every week or so Light: East window + old Skyye LED fixture Shrimpbowl (brackish picosphere) Tank: 1 gallon hand-blown glass bowl from Amazon.com Substrate: White silica sand Rocks: Dry Marco Rock Water: Brackish SG 1.012 Evaporation control: Repurposed glass jar lid Light: East window + old Skyye LED fixture Stock: 12 captive-bred opae'ula (Hawaiian volcano shrimp, halocaridina rubra), 1 horned nerite snail, 1 brackish moss ball Reefbowl (ocean picosphere) Tank: 1.75 gallon hand-blown glass bowl from Amazon.com Substrate: Aragonite flakes Rocks: Dry Marco Rock Circulation: Airline, no airstone Heat: Betta Stik 7.5 watts with Finnex digital temperature controller Light: ABI 12W 50/50 blue & white Tuna Blue par38 LED from Amazon.com Fixture: Black architect table lamp from Amazon.com Light cycle: 11am-7pm with time switch; intermittent sunlight from east & south windows and LED light from shrimpbowl Filtration: None Dosing: None Skimmer: None Auto top-off: None Credit card debt: None Evaporation control: Repurposed terrarium lid; vinyl tubing added around rim to control salt creep Water change: Weekly 100% Feeding: Weekly before WC. Combo of: Reef Roids Coral Frenzy Rods Food Coral Blend Phyto Feast Fauna Marin Ultra Ricordea & Zoanthus + Ultra Min D Stock as of 27 January 2017: Pink goniopora Green/yellow gonipora Orange Rainbow goniopora Red Planet acropora Green slimer acropora ORA tricolor acropora valida Neon green nephthea Purple/green frogspawn Bubblegum montipora digitata Red montipora digitata Tyree sunset montipora Orange leptoseris JF jack o' lantern leptoseris Mr. Freeze leptoseris 2 misc. acan lordhowensis Witches' wheel acan lordhowensis Blastomussa merletti Duncanopsammia Captain America palythoa Meteor shower cyphastrea Traded in at LFS Mountain dew chalice Traded in at LFS Zoas: Petroglyphs (or something very similar) Utter chaos Blondies Supergirls Raspberry limes Solar flares Fruit loops Pink & golds Rastas Rings of fire Glitches Unique Corals fire hornets Gifted to Teenyreef Vamps in drag Ultra searchlights Morphed watermelons No-name green, purple and blue zoas ----------------------------------------------------------- So, this is my new project After several years of reefing, I wanted something extremely simple, minimal and low-maintenance so that I could have more time to do other things, like travel and painting. I learned about volcano shrimp or opae ula (halocaridina rubra) while listening to the Reef Threads podcast; Christine has a little opae ula tank and loves it. Volcano shrimp live in pools of oxygen-poor water in Hawaii. So this isn't technically a reef tank, in fact it's not a reef tank in the slightest, but it's brackish water and it has Marco Rock in it, and Nano-reef is fun, so...yeah Equipment list: -Hand blown glass 1-gallon bowl from Amazon -Leftover white sand from planted tank -Dry Marco Rock -Gorg skeleton -Brackish water from LFS -Old Skyye LED that I use to light my moss bowl All ready to get started (I was going to use that red pumice too but ended up wanting all white stone and sand) Gluing together the rockscape Aaaaaand it's wet! I have it in the studio next to the moss bowl. I like the contrast between the two. Try not to pay attention to the metal bars, that's an old tomato cage I'll figure out a more stylish solution eventually. I added a drop of Zeobak and the cycle is well underway. As soon as the cycle is done and I start to see some algae growth, I'll order the shrimp, captive bred from Petshrimp.com. I love my shrimp bowl already and it doesn't even have shrimp in it yet.
  19. jemmott

    Jemmotts 2.7g pico

    Hello all I do believe I posted on this forum in the past..... Let me introduce myself and my tank 😃 My name is karl (jemmott is my surname) and I'm based in the u.k for my sins... I am the proud owner of a 2.7 gallon mixed pico. The tank is around the 4 months old and is doing well with 3 litre water changes twice a week (I plan to change this to once a week). Here is a list of my equipment: Lighting - asta lumimi 20. Filtration - 480lph unbranded hang on filter (carbon, floss). Added flow - 200lph power head. Heater - 25w unbranded Temp measure - unbranded Tank - cheap 2.7 gallon cold water tank. Livestock: Soft corals - zoas, palys, 2 x toadstool (wheeping willow and a common), pulsing xenia, mushrooms (superman), cabbage coral, colt coral, kenyan tree coral, 2 x gsp. LPS - hammers, candy cane, chalice (golden eye). SPS - Plating monti (green) Inverts - 1 x blue knuckled hermit crab (p.i.t.a), stortamella snails (hitchhikers), various feather dusters. I dont dose nor do I feed my tank however i may start sliding quantum Bio-Enhance soon as i plan to add more lps. Hope you enjoyed my post and feel free to comment 😃. Many thanks
  20. 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) Hydro Ripple HOB 250LPH(70GPH) 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 Stomatella "Daniels" 🤣 myself with toothbrush and turkey baster Livestock - Others 3x Sexy Shrimp 1x Firecracker Goby Corals - Ricordea Yuma's Blue Ricordea Yuma Green Ricordea Yuma Orange Rainbow Ricordea Yuma Purple Ricordea Yuma Metallic Lava Ricordea Emerald Jewel Ricordea Corals - Discosoma Mushrooms Blue Discosoma Red Discosoma Tiger Tamerin Discosoma Lava Lamp Discosoma Opal Sparkle Discosoma Ultra Toxic Green Discosoma 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 June FTS 30.06.2019 July FTS 11.07.2019 August FTS 23.08.2019 September FTS 2019.09.02 October FTS 2019.10.02 (and office Bitch) Final FTS 2019-10-24 FTS Rockwall - 2019/12/10
  21. 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.
  22. Buztan

    Start pico reef Dymax iq5

    Hi everyone, My name is Baptiste, i’ve been in freshwater aquarium since a while now and wanting to start a pico reef, i heard this is not ideal to start with a pico but as i had a Dymax iq5 i wanted to give a try :). Before that i’ve been researching a lot, watching videos, reading books and forum ... I bought a RODI filter set it up and tried it, all good. Come the time to buy sand, live rocks and salt. So i went to the nearest store (30mins drive) and bought all. When i came back home, i realised i forgot to buy salt so i decided to go back quickly but took time. My live rocks were in a bag closed at home without water. When back home, i started setup everything but took me at least 2h. So basically the live rocks were sitting during 3-3.5h in bag without water. I setup the aquarium, water at 1.025 ppm salinity, temperature 26degrees and i have a small protein skimmer wich i start it. 2 Days after, the water got very cloudy and the aquarium was smelling really bad like rotten eggs . A lot of worms and little shrimps died from the rocks. i’ve searched online to fix it and saw i needed to cure the live rocks to eliminate the died and start again the cycle. I cured it in a bucket closed with a pump during one week and after one week rocks were not smelling anymore and water was pretty clear. I’ve decided then to start again the cycle and put everything back in the aquarium. So here we are, it’s been 4 days since i’ve started again and my live rocks doesn’t look normal ... Again i’m a beginner so maybe everything is ok but i haven’t seen anything like that on internet ... i’ve done 1 water test and got : 1.0 ppm Ammonia 0.25 ppm Nitrite 0 ppm Nitrate 8.2 PH I haven’t done any other test as i don’t think it matters now ... Do you think my live rocks are dead and will never cycle ? Should i buy new one or wait and see ? Thanks for your advices :) Baptiste Ps: Sorry for the picture not the right side :/
  23. So after a few years off from keeping a tank, the big bit again, and armed with the knowledge gained by making ALL the mistakes (open top, over feeding, under filtered, canisters, poor research, eels...) I set out to make a Pico reef that would tick all my boxes. So a 30cm cube was bought from a certain large river, as well as a tiny wave maker, a budget LED light and a minuscule preset heater. The five gallon format would allow for 100% water changes in a matter of minutes and for a couple of quid. The old tank was big (and annoyingly deep) enough to make maintenance a chore (especially with our growing family) so this was a major consideration. Endless topping off would be dealt with by the construction of a lid from acrylic. The original plan was to try and mimic Jake Adam’s Ecoreef Zero, bare bottomed, no filer, minimal bioload, however the plan changed slightly to accommodate a pistol/ goby pair, so sand happened. Not just any sand though- 1.5 kilos of Limpopo black sand, which gives a minimalist look. As this was now starting to go the reef route, rather than the original minimalist ethos, some nice branching rock was procured from my lfs along with my first flexible water carriers full of salty water. pic below is a couple of months in.
  24. householdofpayne

    Another Reefsmart PicoJar

    I recently came across Christopher Marks Pico Jar that really intrigued me to give it a try. My biggest draw back before was dealing with top offs without having any bulky equipment hanging out the side of the jar. Reefsmart developed a light that was integrated into a lid that reduced the amount of evaporation by having a tight seal, and directing the water back into the jar. With seeing how much joy our display tank has brought my wife, I decided this would be the perfect Valentines gift for her desk at work. Steve at reefsmart.com was amazing to deal with, providing tons of hand holding information so get me started with success. I headed out to Target to purchase my 2.5 gallon jar that would house our mini reef. I found that the clarity of the jars varied greatly from jar to jar, and choose the best that I could find. Once I got home I water tested it to see just how clear it was, and decided to head to a different store with more options to have the best view possible. I did however have to accept that there was no perfect jar out there, and settle for one that had the optimal viewing window for about a 130 degrees around the jar. Selecting the jar was the hardest part thus far. I purchased a few different air stone defusers to experiment with, and found that just the air tube itself with no defuser created the largest bubble that created the least salt creep. Other difusers also created micro bubbles that bothered me aesthetically. The other examples that I followed used just the air pump for filtration. I have always approached the hobby by over sizing, and over filtering everything I set up. I opted to put a small internal filter to be able to seed some filter floss from my display tank, as well as create a little more flow. One thing that I found to be pretty cool about the jar was that beings the sides are curved, you can actually hide the equipment on the sides as it obscures the view. The internal filter is a little to large to completely hid, but some coral placement should make it hidden pretty well over time. As for aquascaping I put 2.5lbs of CaribSea Bahamas oolite live sand in the base, but decided to add just under another pound for looks. I was able to find the perfect size rock in my sump and left it to cycle. The first light you see in the tank was a bendable air stone with light that I used to test the clarity, and experiment with the entire back of the jar being bubbles. The back of the jar beings solid bubbles was cool, made a lot of flow, but created a ton of micro bubbles. The 2nd picture is just a extra light that I had that I used for cycling while I awaited the reefsmart light. We are now a day before valentines day, and I have placed my first few corals to be ready for the day. Again for over filtration and for more color, I placed some red macroalgae. I am very excited to try this back to the basics approach to reefing. I will be completing a 50%-80% water change weekly. I will include the equipment that I am starting with. Filter: Aqueon X_small filter quiteflow internal, 3 gallon A 3.5w air pump by Imagitarium An Aqueon 50w Heater. Nimble Nano glass cleaner Light: Reefsmart Picopro
  25. Reefanatic24/7

    WTB Kessil A80

    Looking to buy a kessil A80. On a tight budget but really need an upgrade. Thank you 🙂
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