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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 A SMALL AMOUNT 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
  4. 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:
  5. ZekesReef

    Zeke's softy Pico Bowl

    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 14/03/21 : 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 collected locally from shoreline 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: Macro Algae: Inverts: FTS Library: Maintenance Routine: Bi-weekly: - Scrape glass with nano magnet glass cleaner - check/refill ATO with distilled water Weekly: - 70% water changes 1-2 times weekly with natural salt water collected locally from shoreline - Top up ATO if required - Rinse airstone, wipe airline with paper towel - Wipe top of bowl with paper towel (skimmer scum build-up) - Rinse off acrylic lid - wipe external glass of salt creep/scum with warm water/white vinegar (50/50 mix) Wish list/Future Upgrades: - Lighting - AI Prime 16HD, Dymax spaceX LED, Asta 20 - Chiller/better temperature control - In tank ATO - Bottle looks a bit messy (Maybe more lines will too :P) - Black air lines (Aesthetic) - Limewood airstone - finer bubbles = lesser splash?, better skimming effect? - Dosing - as coral load increases - Controller? - (Reef-pi maybe) - Better Camera..... - Bigger tank ;) Thanks for visiting!
  6. So, I currently have a freshwater shrimp tank that is mostly self-sustaining (walstad method) and I was hoping to recreate something similar that's saltwater. My end goal: 3 gallon tank (same size as my freshwater, for aesthetic purposes) Filled with Macros (I don't expect/want a large variety, 3-4 types at most.) Little maintance (Specifically glass cleaning & water changes. I know that I'll need to dose, trim, and top off.) Low tech? (Would love to just need a light. I know something that generates flow may be necessary.) Some fauna (Maybe like asterina starfish, not expecting to be able to support much.) Little testing (Hopefully once everything is stable I'll be able to do everything on a schedule and only test once in a while.) I already have some Macros. Specifically Gracilaria Hayi, and Red Ogo (I think, the store laballed it as Gracilaria Hawaii). I also know that dosing will be necessary in the long run (trace, iron, calcium). I have a few questions for the community to help me get started and hopefully I'll be posting some long term updates/data from my tank. Are there any current posts/websites that go in depth with Macro tanks? (I know tigahboy.h2o on instagram runs lovely macro tanks and responds on there, but I'm hoping to find some other sources.) What is the role of flow in relation to macroalgae? (Why do some need higher flow than others? Can some grow without any?) What are some easy macros that would pair well with what I already have? (ie What grows in similar conditions to Gracilaria Hayi?) What are the best micro fauna for such a setup? (I do mean micro, I'm down for brittle stars, isopods, and the such. I prefer inverts over fish.) How much does the ph in macro tank swing at night? And what would this affect?
  7. Leo_ian

    Nps pico?

    Hi everyone, I recently bought a 3l tank with a HOB filter and light for $19!!! I’m probably going to use it to display one baby fish that just metamorphosised (maybe a week or less at most on display) and/or sexy shrimp babies from my breeding tanks at a time so I want to stock the tank with some NPS coral to try. I’ll be doing water changes abt 50-75% a day and 100% a week What NPS would be good for a pico and hardy enough to withstand it? and can there be a CUC? To eat algae and detritus. and can fan and coco worm thrive in these conditions? Dwarf cerith?
  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: Quiet One 200 (stock pump) Heater: Topfin 20w preset Lighting: Luminie Asta 20 ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite LIVESTOCK: Coral: Purple tip hammer (possibly a "frammer") Orange Rainbow Acan Misc. orange and green Acan Yellow Brick Road Zoas Orange zoas (name??) "Japanese Deepwater Zoas" (got them for their color not for the name 😉 ) Solar Flare Zoas Scrambled Egg Zoas GSP Fish: Snowflake Moray Eel (~3") 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. 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 🙂
  10. Bahura-Living

    Pico Reef AIO lifegard 4.14

    I Pretty much copied my file from the other site and added my progress I purchased Lifegard aquatics 4.14g last week Items used: *CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Aquarium Sand *CaribSea Life rock (dry rock) *1lbs of live rock (life rock is not enough) *Carbon balls that included in the aquarium package *Sipora *filter floss *Sicce Micra plus 158gph(upgrade from stock Lifegard 108pgh) *25w water heater *Dr tims one and only I'm in my 4th week of cycling already so far my parameters are pretty good with the reading of API Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: hard to tell but between 5-10ppm also added this week a Lid from Kraken Reef and Copepods from Fish Dude. I thinking of Zoanthids dominate tank. in terms of fish either put my ORA mandarin(frozen food eater) or my Yasha Goby pair with candy cane pistol shrimp. all of them are in my Quarantine Tank. I'm coming from a failed 30g long. i almost quit before getting really into hobby(lacked of knowledge) but ill gonna try 1 more time with this Pico tank set-up hopefully ill be more Carefull and successful with this. ill be posting my Updates, Upgrades and Progress.
  11. jbb

    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
  12. Pnutyler

    5 gallon Pico

    Ok so my mom is about to get a new tank for her fish so I will be getting her 5 gallon with an internal filter and am looking for some stocking ideas I already have a 29 gallon with 2 clownfish a yellow watchman goby a jewel damselfish and a longnose hawkfish so anything that I can put in the 5 gallon then eventually move to the 29 gallon?
  13. Adiantum

    ReefBreeders Pico LED lights?

    Has anyone tried the ReefBreeders Pico light models? I'm interested in the full spectrum, mostly. Secondly, the "saltwater" model. The saltwater model with one violet and four blue LEDs is probably too blue spectrum for my tastes. But I'm not sure about the full spectrum light having enough blue spectrum for corals. I'm looking for a quality, but affordable, small light for a pico. I'm hoping to grow Leptastrea only, since real estate is limited in a pico and I like encrusting corals. Maybe plus an easy softy but I'd like to make this a tiny species tank. What information is available for Leptastrea puts it as happiest in low-med lighting. This LED might fit the bill? I have found little in terms of reviews from people who have actually used these lights to grow things. For reference, my tank is tiny: it's ~1.6 gallons (closer to 1.3-1.4 with sand and rock I think), 9x6x6" cube. So I shouldn't need a big light to be sufficient for the water volume.
  14. benedictus natura

    My Little Piece of Nature

    My Aquarium Journal! After a long, long, long time out of the reefer community and thanks to a wonderfully supportive SO, I'm starting up a new pico! I've fallen in love with the macro algae dominate tanks; they've inspired me to start my own. Unless otherwise stated, most everything was purchased from the devil we hate to love, Amazon.com. Inspiration: @kimberbee TOTM @brad908 TOTM @yoshii TOTM @Tigahboy Insta Everyday Aquarist Each of the above has inspired this tank. Some because of the color palette used, some because of the stocking, and others because of how much work they've benefitted this hobby. Setup Display: Fluval Spec III Lighting: Kessill A80 Tuna Blue Heater: Cobalt Aquatic Neo-Therm Heater 25W Circulation: Stock Pump Hydor Pico Pump Hydor Flo Rotating Water Reflector Attachment Testing: Red Sea Marine Care Multi Test Kit Red Sea Reef Foundation Pro Sand/Rock Crushed Coral/Shells Middle Keys Marine LLC. Shelf Reef Rock Thin Frag Rock Crushed Coral Rock Aragonite Reef Sand 1 small piece of live rock from the LFS Other Hobein Black Egg crate Dr. Tims Ammona Dr. Tims One and Only Brightwell Aquatics NeoPhos Brightwell Aquatics NeoNitro Brightwell Aquatics Chaeto Gro Brightwell Aquatics Ferrion Wishlist Livestock 1 Goby & Pistol Shrimp Pair or 1 White Spotted Dwarf Goby 4 Dwarf Planxis 4 Marginella Snails 4 Dove Snails, Pictocolumbella ocellata 4 Cerith Snails 1 Pom Pom Crab, Lybia edmondsoni 4 Sexy Shrimp, Thor amboinensis Spotted Porcelain Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus Macroalgae Rhipocephalus phoenix Halimeda, various species Gracilaria, various species Red Grape Algae, Botryocladia Coral Red and Green Mushrooms Red and Green Rock Flower Anemones Currently the take is empty, cycling without fish. While building the final stand for this tank, I started playing with the rocks. Playing with the rock like Legos, building up towers and once found a formation I liked, I started glueing from the top town. When I placed the build in the tank I realized a few problems. The initial build was slightly too large to fit in the tank and allow room for any magnetic algae scrubber to reach 100% of available glass space. Also, the summit of this little mountain was way too close to the top of the water. This setback was a blessing in disguise. In taking the rockscape out of the tank and chiseling off some of the excess rock, it fell apart. After all, I used cyanoacrylate to hold it together. I was able to remove a few 'blocks' and was left with a form that as much more pleasing. Now I can scrub all of the glass and there is more room between the summit and the water's edge. Initially I had planned for a pico pump with a deflector to create more random water movement, but I had forgotten about his while building the rockscape. It took up a lot of room anyway. I'm sure it'll be useful in the future. The rear of the tank has some crushed coral and shells mixed in the sand while shells are above the sand and scattered all over the top of the rockscape. Sand is about 2"-4" thick graduated from the front to back. My tank is small and I want to display of small critters. This won't be a tank to sit back in a chair and watch from across the living room. It will be a tank that necessitates getting close and watching small things travel across the rock and through the sand. It will be a tank that requires you get close and actively pay attention When cycling is over, I'm hoping that my LFS or an online vendor has the macros and inverts on my wish list. Until then I'm waiting patiently.
  15. Phycostatic

    Cycling Help Needed for Pico

    As the title says, I need help cycling my pico tank. I messed up the original cycle by removing every last bit of phosphate somehow, so I tried to add it back by putting some dry fish flakes in. The problem now is that, within roughly 12 hours, the food disappeared, Nitrates spiked, ammonia stayed at 0.5, and nitrites at nearly 2. However, the phosphates did not increase in the slightest bit. I only dosed two things in that time period: aquavitro's remediation (since there was a lot of seemingly organic things floating around) and Seachem's prime (to see if it would help the ammonia level). I have been adding Seachem's stability as well, but not within the 12-hour period that the food was in the tank. Also, I used live sand and live rock in the tank set up, and it's still in there of course. I'll upload a picture of my test results here so anyone may be able to interpret them. They look a little lighter in person, so consider that bit. I also increased the temp to about 82 to help with the bacteria effectiveness. Is that wrong? Did that throw off the whole cycle again? Also, any ideas what happened with the flakes? From left to right (not considering depth) is: ph - ~8 | Nitrates - ~40 | Ammonia - ~0.5 | KH - ~14 | Phosphates - 0.00 | Nitrites - ~2.0 Edit: Just did about a 50% w/c and ammonia dropped properly to about 0.1. Nitrites are at 0.4. The phosphates are actually at 0.1 roughly, I believe. Nitrates are at 20 now, KH at 12. I plan on getting my water digitally tested today, so I'll come back later with those results.
  16. Phycostatic

    Phyco's 5 Gal Reef

    Woah hey this is my first post here, though I've been somewhat of a lurker... I have started up a new pico reef a bit more than a week ago. As of today, Specific Gravity is 1.026 at 78 F, pH is around 8.4, Ammonia is around 0.5, Nitrates around 20, Nitrites around 0.3. As of three days ago, Calcium was 450, Magnesium was 1370, Phos was 0.0, KH was 16.3. I've done multiple water changes since then, so those last ones have probably gone down. For supplements, I have Red Sea's Foundation + (1 kg), which I dose very lightly (about 0.5 mg daily/whenever needed since I have nothing in there yet). I also have Red Sea's trace elements, which I dose even lighter. I have aquvitro's balance which I believe I dosed too much of, hence the high pH. I also have Red Sea's Algae Management, which I don't dose unless nitrates are high. For filtration, I just use the filter that came with it (it was Aquatop's Bullet Tank) but with SeaGel instead of a cartridge. I use the same lights that came with it since I plan on having 2-3 softies only. I use Hygger's heater (20W I think), and no skimmer. I am planning on getting a small powerhead to increase circulation if I need it. To cycle it, I used FritzZyme 900 with about 3x the base dose. This seems to not have worked, so I'm re-trying with SeaChem's Stability. That one seems to be working much better. I will be getting something to re-establish coralline algae on my live rock, since it seems to have died off. So, once I get this tank stabilized and get the rhythm and routine down, for livestock, I plan on putting a green clown goby in there, as well as a dwarf feather duster and possibly hermit crabs and snails. I'm not sure which of those last two, yet. I also plan on getting 2-3 softies. Will I need a skimmer for this? Any recommendations for what to do with my tank? This is only my second tank, so I'm no expert yet. Please give me any advice you think I may need.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 ☺️
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. WV Reefer

    WV Reefer’s Macro Micro

    Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You!
  24. Nathans_Reef

    Nathan's 25l Softie Reef

  25. Nathans_Reef

    Nathan's 25l Softie Reef

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