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Started on the 27th of august 2017 It's now one year old! Equipment: -3 gallon bowl - Whisper 10 airpump -50 watt heater (aqueon mini) -par 38 tuna blue led by abi (12w) -Ikea desk lamp (it's 13w so be sure to use a stand that works well with your bulb's wattage for safety) -Abi Refractometer -Inkbird thermostat (temp controller) Other: -newly added deep sandbed -live rock (pre cycled at lfs) from indonesia + caribsea life rock -Red Sea Coral Pro (love this so far, mixes super well, never problems with parameters, corals accilmate instantly and do great with 1-2 water changes a week) Current live stock: -Pom pom crab! -1 astrea snail -1 cerith snail -Infinite amphipods -3 blue leg dwarf hermits -Nassarius snail -Feather dusters -copious amounts bristle worms and spaghetti worms Frags: -Red acan -Orange Rhodactis mushroom -Papaya cloves -Duncans -Various zoanthids -Pink monti digitata -Hammer coral -Montipora spongodes -Yellow discosoma -Red spotted marbled discosoma -Bounced interstellar discosoma -Blue discosoma -Green birdsnest -Various palythoa 😍 -Green lavendar mushroom -Green sinularia -*not coral but...Gracilaria macroalgae* Maintenance: -Water changes 1-2 times a week (between 50% and 90%) -10 hours of lighting -test specific gravity every other day -top off with a drip system when necessary -closely monitor heating (fluctuates between: 77.3 - 78.0) -scrape and 3% peroxide any unwanted algae growth (do with caution and research before hand) -remove bad hitchikers whenever i spot one (harmful nudibranches, flatworms, other worms. Important to see what is beneficial in your tank, but if ever youre not sure remove it anyways. If theres one theres more, so youre better off getting rid of it while you can) -stare endlessly into a 2 gallon jar because you cant help yourself. I have an instagram: fools_reef August 28th ...the beginning: nov 24th 2017 Dec 13th 2017 January 17th April 21st May 31st July 7th
UPDATE: Setup Equipment Tank: Libbey 62oz Jar Light: ABI 12w Tuna Blue (diffused) Heater: 25W Slim Heater with Controller Circulation: Adjustable Air Pump (no air stone) Inverts -Scarlet Hermit -2 Sexy shrimp Coral -Blasto -GSP -2 Rics -2 Shrooms -Birds nest -Acan 11/29 FTS ORIGINAL POST: Soooo my tank that I've been contemplating over the years will have to wait. INSTEAD I've seen the pico jars that are a lot cheaper to set up and don't require top offs as often, which is ideal for being away. As of now I'm planning on getting one of these jars but am having trouble deciding which would better and need advice on drilling: 56oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075R5F43C/ref=twister_B073RL6VQK?_encoding=UTF8&th=1 62oz https://www.amazon.com/Libbey-62-Ounce-Vibe-Storage-Jars/dp/B000MR2OKK/ref=pd_sim_79_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000MR2OKK&pd_rd_r=a9b2e8b1-ac91-11e8-861c-cd06ea1130b1&pd_rd_w=WY352&pd_rd_wg=bcjx8&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=927de5f5-b69e-427f-88fd-1d020a551b5a&pf_rd_r=HFXZWNEKVVZQR67EA8CC&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=HFXZWNEKVVZQR67EA8CC I was thinking of drilling one side (or bottom if thats not possible) and fitting some bulkhead. Though what I had in mind was a little different the one below might help get the idea. Now that I'm looking at it I'm guessing it would have to be on the bottom since its flat. My idea was to run an air pump without an air stone and just have a T or some fitting on the end in the tank Any advice on drilling/fittings or which jar you like would be great!
Well, we (my children and I) finally threw everything into this jar this past Sunday. We'll see how everything goes. We're following the plans laid out in the Jan/Feb 2018 Coral Magazine on Pico Reef Jars as our first foray into salt water. We'll be throwing in a small live rock to seed this jar tomorrow and allow it to mature for a couple of weeks... Well, three actually, as we'll be out of town for a bit. At any rate, this should be a fun experiment with some hardier corals and probably a tiny hermit crab. For now, it's sitting in darkness for the first 48 hours.