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  1. Hi everyone, I've decided to start a journal for my third tank - a tiny 2.6G picoreef with some vicious monsters from the deep! Background: This tank was originally set up to meet the O.S.P.R.C. organized last year by NR. However, I kept battling a persistent flatworm issue which resulted in a loss of livestock and motivation in general. It served as a betta tank for a short while, but now that I've moved my betta into a better/larger tank, I've decided to re-start this tiny aquarium as a picoreef. Most of the corals added to this tank was done via an emergency TTM, because I ran into some really nasty temp. issues with my nanoreef in the library (the water spiked up to 33'C ) and this was my last-ditch effort to save whatever I could. The pico is located in my bedroom, which is currently the coolest spot in the house, and the average temp. is between 26'C (night) and 29'C (very hot days). The TTM went over quite smoothly so far, but I didn't have any extra sand when the tank was re-set, so I went barebottom for the time being. Specifications: 2.6G tank 11.5" x 6.5" x 8" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: 500L/Hr Dophin HOB 1x Aquazonic LED (17W) 1x Chihiros A-Series LED (18W) 1x Thermometer Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my 60G's refugium Sand: 1.5kg Aragonite Live Sand Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Fish: 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 1x Blue Devil Damselfish (Sapphire) - 05/10/2020 Inverts: (My monsters!) 1x Banded Serpent Starfish (Ophiolepsis superba) - Benny 1x Bubbletip Brittlestarfish (Ophiomastix annulosa) - Kraken 1x Turban snail 1x Stomatella snail 1x Porcelain Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes ohshimal) - Memphis - 05/10/2020 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Corals: SPS: Red Pavona Orange Passion Acropora Tenuis Pink/Green Acropora Millepora Pink Acropora Millepora Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Orange Montipora Setosa Chili Pepper Montipora Purple Rim Montipora Undata *Unknown Purple Montipora Radioactive Green Birdsnest Coral Bird of Paradise Birdsnest Coral Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS: Meteor Shower Cyphastrea Red/Green Leptastrea John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Green Favites Green/Purple Acans Green Blastos Tricolored Blastos Orange/Green Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Red Blastos Blue/Gray Blastos Purple/Blue Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral: Orange Clove Polyps Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Japanese Neon Green Nephtea Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas: Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys Rainbow Implosion Palys Metallic Green Palys Utter Chaos Palys Sunny Ds Palys Captain America Palys Green Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas LA Lakers Zoas Rasta Zoas Mint Green Zoas Watermelon Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Tubbs Blue Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Armor of God Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Sparkling Red Zoas *Unidentified Red/Beige Zoas *Unidentified Red/Green Zoas *Unidentified Blue/Green Zoas *Unidentified Orange Zoas *Unidentified Pink/Brown Zoas Sunflower Zoas Orange Bam Bam Zoas Red PE Zoas Mushrooms: Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Red Devil Mushroom Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 20/4/2020: First Invert addition on 21/4/2020: FTS on 22/4/2020: FTS on 26/4/2020: Regrowth of acans from almost-dead skeletons observed five days ago: Added more rock and rescaped. FTS on 29/4/2020: Red fungia regrowth noted yesterday: Addition of CUC today: Transfer of injured rainbow brain coral from 60G to pico today: FTS today on 2/5/2020. Under yellow filter lens, and without yellow filter lens. So far, 3x full WCs have been performed without any issues. FTS on 26/5/2020: Topview FTS on 28/6/2020: FTS on 23/7/20 : Topview FTS on 23/7/20 : FTS on 16/8/20: Topview FTS on 24/8/20: FTS on 25/9/20 : Topview FTS on 25/9/20 :
  2. The cyphastrea and chalice adventure begins. One month old. 3 pounds of Carib sea base rock seeded with Aquamarine Canada copepods. One purple frilly gorgonian. One Bizarro cyphastrea frag. Stock light. All is well. I may have a goby pistol pair in a week or so from Raging Reef Montreal.
  3. FTS 9/01/2020 FTS 4/12/2020 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.
  4. Joshua27

    Fluval Evo V

    So just to start off. I had a 14 gallon bio cube a few years back which I loved. The tanked cracked and everything was lost so I kind of fell out of the hobby for a few years. I’ve been thinking for a while now about starting up a new one and I decided on the Fluval Evo V saltwater tank. I Set the tank up today with all the stock equipment. I used live sand and bought one piece of live rock but added more dry rock. I’m waiting for the tank to clear up so I can see what I need to move around. I may end up taking some of the rock and sand out depending on what it looks like. If anyone else has experience with the fluval evo V I’d love to hear what you’d have to say about the stock equipment. I’m not looking to put much in this tank maybe only a goby or smaller clown. As for cleaners I want a shrimp and a couple hermit crabs. I’m going to go mostly with zoas and maybe one or two lps corals. when the tank is clear I’ll post a pic.
  5. The Rainy Day Aquarium

    🚀Pocket Rocket Pico Reef🚀

    Introduction: Part of my employment includes working part time at a pretty slow desk job. Besides the common desky things that reside in my newly acquired personal space, it seems rather empty. I recently sold some aquarium hardware and such and had some extra funds to start a small office pico reef. After hours of research I knew what I wanted, but unfortunately there were no available commercial products that fit those needs/wants. Enter DIY. I'm not a professional, but consider myself fairly handy and enjoy a challenge. In all I ended up building my own pico reef using 1/8" thick acrylic. Equipment: Tank: DIY 1 gallon rimless AIO Light: Zetlight mini (zn1000) Heater: Aqueon mini heater 5watt (controlled by a Cobalt Neo-Stat) Live Stock: TBT Build: This was my first time working with acrylic so there was a learning curve for sure. The main panels were cut out using a compound miter saw and then sanded to finish the edges, and the rest of the fine cuts and details were done on a CNC machine. One of the key things that I wanted was to have a small tank, but with a false back leading to the built in filtration. Although this is a classic "AIO" filtration design, I had a lot of fun designing it. Since this tank is so small (measuring only 6" wide, 6" tall, and 8" long) It was for sure a challenge to find hardware that would work for what I wanted. I ended up going with a small unbranded 52gph pump as my return pump. For heating I am using an Aqueon 5watt mini heater controlled by a Cobalt Neo-Stat. Lighting was a challenge for me, I wanted something sleek, but small. I'm not a fan of the "light bulb hanging over the tank look" howbeit effective, it's just not my style. One thing I found is that there are not many, if any, vendors selling lights specific to pico reefs especially in the 1 gallon area haha. After a while though I found a light made by Zetlight that was close enough and decided to give it a try. I ordered two of them. One being a daylight, and they other is an all blue LED just to see which one worked the best for what I was trying to achieve. Installing it on the tank, it looks pretty sharp and am impressed with how much light this tiny 3 watt LED pumps out. This aquarium may be small, but it has a problem common to almost all aquariums, the medusa of cords hanging out the back 😜. Since this little tank will be visible from almost all sides, I acquired a black nylon cord wrap and tidied up the wires in the back that go below to the power strip that will be mounted under my desk. Stocking with this tiny reef will be kept simple to give the best chance at success as possible (can't show off an ugly tank at work 🙃). Aka strictly corals. Which ones I have yet to decide, I was thinking a duncan as a center piece with a bunch of zoas around a small rockscape, but who knows haha, let me know what you have any ideas. I might, MIGHT add a small shrimp (I really like Pederson's Cleaner Shrimp as they have beautiful coloration and stay pretty small) but stability is key with this tank so the less I have to feed the better 😉. Overall I'm pleased with how everything turned out so far! I'm going to be doing a leak test here in a few days and start working on a tiny rockscape. Let me know what you think/any suggestions that you might have! Thanks for stopping by! Baffles for filtration Testing some new cnc drill bits before cutting out the lid 😉 Back Panel installed Finished! Cord management Power strip setup
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  9. Hello everyone, finally i have found a shop here in italy that can provide me, very pricey, a couple of dwarf seahorses (hippocampus zosterae) I bought a small tank "wave orion 25" 11liter I am going to set up a biological filter. I don't really like bare bottom so I bought 2kg of live sand of "caribsea-ocean-direct" can it have hydroyds? I would include also few dead dry rock, so i need to sip them with panacur before? Thanks
  10. MrGlass1024

    Dirt Cheap DIY Pico Peninsula

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

    6g pico tank

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