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  1. Hello one and all, So i have been lurking since I got my Clownfish in a trade, to be honest I really struggled and eventually traded her away to a friend who has been teaching me about Saltwater (and I about Fresh and Brackish). The tank has now been stripped down and returned to Freshwater use and is currently inhabited by a school of injured Corydora's from my LFS. Anyways, I have been looking at this contest build and rummaging through my spares room (the basement) and I think that perhaps I can take part, with a serious amount of community help!! Currently I have leak tested the tank, and made sure the heater fits within the Hob. I have some work to do on the lid to allow the HOB room to fit but keep the minimum exposed surface area to a minimum. Equipment Tank: 12 Litre Cuboid Tank: (12x6x8) Heater: I have a Nano 50W adjustable and a 15W Preset Filter: Marina Slim S20 Power HOB Filter (I plan to add a heater within the HOB) 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
  2. MetaTank

    MetaJANKs Old School Polished Turd

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

    JP's 3g Pico

    Current FTS *11/13/2018* 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Date started - 11/13/2018 Equipment Tank - 3 Gallon JBJ Picotope Curved Glass Lighting - Hipargero 30w Aqua Knight A029 LED Circulation - Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 GPH Heater - Cobalt Neo-Therm 25w Filtration/Refugium - Aquaclear 70 Modified (Floss/Chaeto Macro Algae) Refugium Lighting - ACKE 12w Full Spectrum Grow Light Auto Top Off - Smart ATO Micro Salt - Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Parameters Temp - 80F Salinity - 1.025 PH - 8.2 NH3/4 - 2.0 NO2 - 0.0 NO3 - 0.0 Livestock Macro Algae: Chaetomorpha (12/18/2018) Inverts: 1 x Scarlet Hermit Crab (12/18/2018) 2 x Astrea Snails (05/09/2019) Corals: Zoanthids/Palythoa Brown Palythoa (12/18/2018) Scrambled Egg Zoanthids (01/03/2019) Eagle Eye Zoanthids (01/08/2019) Punk Rocker Zoanthids (01/08/2019) Nuclear Green Dragon's Eye Zoanthids (02/19/2019) Rasta Zoanthids (02/28/2019) Pink Flamingo Palythoa (02/28/2019) Chocolate Chip Zoanthids (04/07/2019) Pink Grey Zoanthids (04/07/2019) Pink Green Zoanthids (04/07/2019) Blue Eyed Blonde B***h Zoanthids (04/24/2019) Candy Apple Zoanthids (04/24/2019) Dragon Loops Zoanthids (05/18/2019) Soft White Clove Polyps (12/18/2018) Orange Florida Ricordea (01/03/2019) Rainbow Clove Polyps (02/19/2019) Orange Mushroom (04/07/2019) Blue Florida Ricordea (05/18/2019) LPS Green Duncan (01/03/2019) Bizarro Cyphastrea (01/08/2019) Green/Purple Micro Lord (01/24/2019) Orange/Lavender Micro Lord (01/24/2019) Purple Tipped Green Branching Frogspawn (02/19/2019) Orange Warpaint Scolymia (04/24/2019) Red/Purple Micro Lord (05/18/2019) Yellow/Orange/Purple Micro Lord (05/18/2019) Green/Orange Chalice (05/18/2019) Background & Goals A little background on myself and the tank to this point. I began reefing when I was about fourteen years old, and originally started the hobby of fish husbandry when I was maybe ten. I quickly became obsessed, but in earnest I was too young and crashed my then 37 gallon "reef". Fast forward sixteen years and I'm thirty, and not using my parents money to support my hobby. I have been wanting to start a pico reef for many years, but put it off until now. I also, live in a major city with access to many awesome corals, so why not? I was most inspired by El Fab's Pico which is why I special ordered the JBJ from the USA (and paid a ridiculous amount to have it shipped to Canada). Also, another 7 gallon bowfront tank that I remember from many years ago (like 2002 lol). I have been curing some Pukani Dry Rock for over three months because they have been leeching phosphates like crazy. I can say I had a lot of luck with dosing Lanthanum during the cure process. If I could go back in time I would have dosed LC immediately following the bleach/primed water stage. It rips phosphates out of the water quickly. I would not recommend dosing in a DT though. I went for the bare bottom tank because of the horror stories I have read about sandbeds. Aesthetically speaking, the sandbed does nothing for me and the tank is actually sitting at eye level while standing so it would be hard to notice it anyway. I would rather have an easier space to clean and there is a lot that can go wrong quickly in a pico. There is no starboard on the bottom, just the glass. Lighting the tank currently is the Hipargero A029 Aqua Knight and as far as color goes I like it. I plan to run a 6-7 hour photoperiod starting when I add zooplankton/phytoplankton. The HOB AC70 Refugium will be running filter floss and chaeto with a 12watt ACKE grow light duct taped to it. The grow light will be run on a reverse photoperiod to the pico's lights. I'll be changing out the floss weekly or bi weekly. Another idea I have had is to occasionally use the "pico" filter included with the aquarium itself to run as a chemipure reactor? For instance, if something gets out of whack quickly and a water change isn't possible, just set up the pico filter with some chemipure blue and run it for a few days. Just an idea. I'm using Red Sea Coral Pro salt with distilled store bought water. I am currently dosing the tank with Dr. Tim's Ammonia and Dr. Tim's One and Only Nitrfiying Reef Bacteria to start up. Temp is set to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and I will be using API to test during cycle (and switching to Salifert or Hanna once corals are added). Once cycle finishes I plan to add copepods, phytoplankton and chaeto and to begin the photoepriod. Maybe a week or two after that I will add a part of or the entire CUC. I am open to suggestions regarding all livestock. As far as water changes go, I am thinking probably doing a 50% weekly change and upgrading to a 100% once the inhabitants begin to use minerals more quickly. Also, open to suggestions. Tank has been up and running for 24 hours and I'm very excited to see what I can do with this little tank! Thanks in advance for any replies/suggestions. This community has been great over the last four months and I have learned a lot while researching! Cheers
  6. 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:
  7. robertsdalton

    Dalton’s 5 Gallon Pico Reef

    Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve had time to keep things updated on here. But I just finished my first year of college & hopefully this summer will yield lots of progress. My last update was during a rough time for the tank: I battled the cyano for a while and had some help from fellow members @JBM and @dpoltsdsu who sent some macro my way to help get nutrients under control. Thanks guys!! Unfortunately, I came home one day to see that my yellow goby had disappeared. He wasn’t on the stand, not on the floor, nowhere in the tank or the internal filter. Just disappeared without a trace. It was a sad day. I also decided to completely take the internal filter out of the display. I originally liked it, but I decided the rimless look would be better without it, it would give me room to spread out the rock and fit more coral, and would give just a bit more room for fish to swim. It was a pain to take out because it was siliconed to the glass & I didn’t want to empty out the tank just to cut it out, but eventually I got it off & stuck an AquaClear on the back. I spent the next few weeks collecting coral from various road trips. (The local fish store where I live has a selection close to nothing). I also dared to take in a starving bubble tip nem & nurse it back to health. 😧 Things are looking good now, and I’m super happy with my little ocean. Things are are a bit closed up in the photo. I took it this morning right as the light turned on & things started to wake up. The anemone has been a wonderful inhabitant. He’s got his bubbles back & the color is looking so much better. I also picked up a Fiji Devil Damsel who quickly became comfortable & now acts like king of the reef. My goals for the future are pretty simple. I of course want all of these frags to start getting bigger. But I also want to fill this little tank with as much life as I can, in a sustainable & humane way. I’m also still using the Current Marine Orbit LED, and it’s working at keeping things alive, but that’s about it. I have plans to upgrade the light to the Kessil A160 sometime in the near future. Well that’s all for now, thanks for reading!! Dalton
  8. 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.
  9. Theshivinator

    New 2.5 gallon Fluval Set-up 😎

    Alrighty well here we go !! Previously have owned a 5 gallon fluval but when I moved to NYC I decided to donate my set up back to my local store . Well now I’m back from New York and ready to take on another challenge ! This small fluval fits perfectly in this small area in my apt . Just got it set up yesterday with some rock and sand . Now just to wait and research what to put in it 🤔🤔. Any suggestions ??
  10. Harkins Aquatics

    Harkins Aquatics 2.5 Gal Pic Challenge

    So I know I'm getting at the buzzer but it was actually a huge pain to find an Aqueon 2.5 in Vegas. I had to go to 6 Petcos to find one. And they just had got it in yesterday. So my planned set up is to run the following AQUEON 2.5 gallon pico Fluvel 20 HoB Cobalt neotherm 10W heater Still trying to figure out the additional flow.
  11. WV Reefer

    WV Reefer’s Bad Crab’s Dirty Den

    Last night I put this tank together for the mystery crab that lives in my 12 Gallon Long. It is the same cube I used for The Home of The Creep. The crab has recently grown quite large and the other night I caught him trying to murder Buffalo Bill! When I checked the tank this morning I discovered he had killed the Halloween Hermit!! The tank is too small for any kind of trap so I just went berserker and grabbed the little sh*t and pulled him out! Now he has a lovely new home. 😊 Equipment: 2.2 Gallon Cube Nano Box 14000K light Hydor Powerhead Heater This is his last molt. I’m guessing Stone Crab. New home. I need to get the stand out of the attic..... for now it’s in the kitchen with wires balled up in the back. The killer in his new home.
  12. Current fts Yup another entry. My goal isn’t to crash this tank. Between 3 cats and 2 kids 4 and under I’ve got a pretty nice shot. Hell, I might manage to crash it myself. tank: Boring old rimmed 2.5 gallon aga equipment: a light, I’ll find something a heater, my basement doesn’t get very warm. I have a 75 watt cobalt or a 50 watt aqueon. We’ll see what ends up working. a filter, I originally bought a seachem tidal 55 butttt I had a mishap on my black water tank (little bit of a drip at the connection to the online heater. Tried to tighten it. Ended up shattering a lily pipe somehow. Managed to fry the Kessil power supply). Holy crap do I like the tidal though. This pico might not be good enough to purchase another one 😝. So I’ll find something laying around here eventually I don’t know about any other equipment. I will probably paint the back of the tank blue. Or stick a bunch of painters tape to the back. Livestock plans: not sure, I like soft corals. offical entry pic shout out Uber eats for my late night snack that I didn’t have to share with the family
  13. HahahaHeather

    Heather's a Picorastinator

    Hi everyone, I'm Heather, this is my very first marine tank, my husband, @dasrkrain talked me into doing this competition and honestly I'm super excited ( shh, he doesn't need to know that) Up until this point I've kept to betas and aquatic frog keeping. at this point I think I'm going to do a coral only tank with a large amount of color variation. the equipment I have so far is: 2.5 gallon Tetra tank Top Fin silentstream 10 power filter Aqueon mini heater 10w I haven't made a decision on the light I want quite yet, hopefully I'll have something locked down by the time my tank finishes cycling. As of right this second I have dry rock, sand and one small live rock ( that I stole from Hubs) to seed my dry rock in my tank. As you can see I have a serious case of snack indecision. I personally like portrait view tanks better than landscape view tanks, so I have my little tank set up in portrait view. Right now it is just setting on my dresser, but I plan to give it a more permanent home on the bookshelf, surrounded by books. Wish me luck!
  14. Been lurking here for a while. getting ideas and sparked my curiosity to my 1st saltwater tank. i have 7 freshwater tanks and had an empty Fluval Spec 3. Started the tank March 2019. Tank: Fluval Spec 3 Light: Lumini Pixie 30 Filter media: InTank media basket with filter floss, ChemiPure Nano, Purigen, (Phosguard removed), marinePure bio balls Heater: Cobalt 50w heater Pump: Hydor centrifical pump 100gph ATO: Smart micro Nature’s Ocean bio active dry Liverock from lfs livestock: paired hi banded goby and pistol shrimp, 2 snails (forgot what kind)
  15. Gyu ri

    Gyu ri's floating garden

    Hello gyus! This is my first posting. I'd like to introduce my pico tank. 10 gallon. I made rocks and named "floating garden" You can see the grass( star polyp coral) and a tree (tiny acro) When the rock cover with up full star polyp, it will be looks nice! I have tried to do care them very well (corals and fishes) everyday. Age: 2 months Size: 10 gallons Lighting: I bought it LFS shop Equipment: AQUAEL FZN 2 No skimmer and No sump Jebao wavemaker Periha heater borabora sand Live stock: Nemo 1 Dory 1 Corals: pulsing xenia candy cane Ricordea mushrooms Cynarina Mint hydropora Clam Moon coral Birdsnest Rainbow acan Brain Dendro Yellow spot pssamotocora Montipora button Starpolyp Aussie blue staghorn and so on... Dosing: zeobak, acrogrow, carbonsource change water 2 times a week Thanks for reading! Very nice to meet you gyus!
  16. Hello! In the past, I've attempted a planted saltwater tank with little success. It wasn't even really planted - it was barebottom with some macros thrown in. The tank didn't last long, and while I did have good growth out of some codium and dragon's breath, it wasn't what I wanted from the tank. I tore it down, and have restarted from basically scratch. I'd love to get some experts to pitch in! The tank is a standard 5.5 gallon, with a Top Fin internal filter for flow. It pushes around 80 GPH, which seems to be enough - unless I'm mistaken. For lighting, I'm using a daylight PAR 20 from lowes. It's 6000K, and is 500 lumens (I don't have PAR, sorry). I'm using one at the moment, but I think I might add a second soon. Intensity is okay, but it leaves a the sides of the tank dim, and when the bulb is raised, intensity gets a bit low. I'm not using much live rock at the moment, as I wasn't sure if I really wanted much of a rockscape. I had considered maybe just getting a couple of mangrove shoots to serve as the "scape", and just planting macros in the sand and attaching them to surfaces around the tank. I do have a cycled sponge in the filter, and I'd assume the rock is well-seeded at this point. I'd also thought about using a couple of large dead coral skeletons with macro attached so that they resemble the large "chains" of seaweed you see in movies. For stocking, I'm unsure of what to do with my CUC. Should I even get a conventional CUC? Or will they do more harm than good? Which snails are completely macro-safe? I assume no crabs are safe? Will shrimp cause issues? I do think I'd like to try a fish, although I'm unsure what I'd want. I'd considered a pair of Yellow Clown Gobies, perhaps a yasha goby/shrimp pair, or maybe a yellow striped clingfish. Anyone have suggestions? I already have some macro in the tank, although I'm pretty sure I won't be keeping all of what I have. I have a TON of different Caulerpa (a guy at the LFS was very generous) that doesn't really fit into the tank, so I'll be thinning it out. Here's what I have so far: Dragon's Breath Codium Caulerpa Prolifera Feather Caulerpa Caulerpa Racemosa Peltata Caulerpa Racemosa Cylindracea Mermaid's Fan Lots of caulerpa, but I actually really like how all of it looks. I'd love to get a few more species, too. Here are some macros I'd like to try: Mermaid's Wine Glass Shaving Brush Red Ogo Green Ogo Caulerpa Mexicana Palm Caulerpa (love this macro) Pink Galaxea (love it) Branching Coraline So, lots of stuff here. Can anyone give me pointers on stocking, maintenance, macro care, etc? I'd like to do it right this time!
  17. Mariah

    Elmo's Tank- 4Gal IM Nuvo

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

    Raindog's 7g Waterbox (Retired)

    Raindog's 7g Waterbox AIO!!! Last Update (7/8/2019): Unfortunately, Bam Bam has passed on. We believe it was simply old age (he was full grown when we rescued him from the LFS just over a year ago). I have been maintaining the system since we discovered his passing, but it honestly looks like it is time to dump this system out. Since there was no way to keep any kind of clean-up crew, this system had become more than overrun with bubble algae and aiptasia. I'll be dumping her out this coming weekend and setting the rock to an RO bath to attempt to remove all the pest algae and anemones. We may or may not refill it and try again in the future, but that decision has yet to be made. Thank you everyone who tagged along on this rather excellent, although short, venture into aquaria! The current plan is to get through the cycle and probably stock with a RBTA in the coming months and a pair of Porcelain Anemone crabs to host in it. Strike that, found a Gonodactylus smithii! And Lord knows there will be some zoas too! Part List: Waterbox 7g AIO w/ ECO66 pump (included) Sicce MiMouse Pump (provided by Waterbox) Cobalt Mini-MJ 404 pumpHydor Koralia Nano 240 Cobalt Neo-Therm 25wKessil A80 w/ GooseneckMini Smart Plug (my $10 lighting controller, with wifi!) Mechanical Timer (also $10, and apparently smarter...since it actually works!) ~10 lbs Haitian Live Rock10+ lbs of Nature's Ocean No.0 Live SandTropic Marin Salt *Original Post: So...this happened! I got to see these in person at RAP, and I got sold! The absolute quality and attention to detail for the cost is mind blowing! I guess I can get past the logo being etched into the front panel Anyone else have one of these that has any suggestions/tips? Feel free to follow! Hoping to order the light soon :3 *EDIT: I got a call from Saltwateraquarium.com, there is/was an issue with the 4g. So, they are upgrading me to a 7g gallon for free...shipped out for a Friday delivery!!! I was really looking forward to the tiny 4g, but 7g is still pretty small and should work out for my desk
  19. Dirté Sanchez

    Le Dirté Pico 2g Cookie Jar

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

    2.5 Gallon Pico Reef

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

    My first (pico) reef

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

    WaterBox 4g SPS Pico

    So with being out of the hobby for a year or two I finally decided to dive back in to give myself something to do in my down time. I began assembling equipment for a 60g cube but gathering everything I wanted for the build was taking to long and the itch was getting to me. When I came across these small AIO tanks from WaterBox I just couldn't resist. The main inspiration for this tank came from seeing a video of Battlebox corals and then when I saw the AutoAqua Smart AWC the idea popped into my head. Build Plan Equipment 4g WaterBox Cube AI Prime HD w/ Gooseneck (Great option for this tank just like the NanoBox Coloring more) NanoBox Mini Tide w/ Storm controller 25w Neo-Therm Heater MP10QD AutoAqua Smart AWC (Hard to implement with the rear chamber size restrictions) Xp Aqua Duetto ATO Livestock: Citron Clown Goby - For some reason had bad luck with these guys, lost two of them to brook. Juvenile Signal Blenny - Really interesting fish (impulse buy lol) CUC - One small blue leg hermit and a couple of snails at max. Macroalgae - Since having a refugium isn't really possible with this build I am going to look at getting some to have in the display. Corals - Various SPS nothing in stone so far. Going to try out a BattleBox and then get what I can from lfs around me. So no telling what I'll end up with at the moment. Rock - Purchased some dry reef saver rock for this build. To get things started with this tank I am going to give Fritz 9 NItrifying Bacteria a shot and maybe find the smallest bottle of pods I can find. Algae Barn will probably be my go-to for the pods and macro once the tank gets water in it. The Automatic Water Changer from AutoAqua is the key to my plan for this tank. The only other filtration will be biological and some Chemi-pure blue. Excited to get this tank set up and running. I'm gonna have to play around with the AWC and find what I will be able to do since the return chamber is so small I will have to either do extremely small amounts or set up a timer to turn shut the return pump off and allow the AWC to run. The goal will be to accomplish 100% water changes every week at the least. This should handle any nutrient issues with such a small bio-load and most likely keep major and minor elements in a decent range. I plan to test this and see how things go and if the water changes alone can't keep up I am considering using Kalkwasser or try Red Sea Coral Pro salt since it has elevated levels, to begin with. If you made it this far. Thanks for reading all my thoughts and rambling. Let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations on adjustments. Also if you have any recommendations on corals or any good livestock ideas I would really appreciate it.
  25. Just starting a 2.5 gallon pico and I need a reliable heater. What are you guys using?
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