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  1. YHSublime

    Living Room Nano Peninsula

    Hey Nano-Reef's. Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been through all sorts of sized reef tanks, from a 5 gallon Fluval Edge, all the way up to a 180. This time around I've decided to go with something more appropriately sized: Mr. Aqua 22 Long. Surprisingly, there is not a lot of information on them out there, or at least builds, so I hope this will at least help somebody out there make some informed decisions, and bring some enjoyment as well! Now I wanted to re-scape, as well as get all this moved out, so I could just keep one tank, here's my Biocube 14: Originally I had come across an old PicoReef III, which probably would have been fine, but I was getting bored, and didn't like the aquascape, when locally a Mr. Aqua 22 long popped up FS. I pulled the trigger, and picked it up within 24 hours. The original owner ended up getting an AIO insert installed from Ocean Box Design, and while that was a really cool idea, it took up way to much real estate for my liking. My solution? Drill, and add a sump that was bigger than the tank! But first I had to find an overflow that I wanted. I spent a lot of time looking at Glass Holes, but ended up going with an Eshopps S Eclipse overflow. Meanwhile, I had a local club member building a stand for me. I wanted something that was going to fit right by my couch, but also new I was going to run it peninsula style. I had an old piece of red oak I was doing a failed project with, filling the cracks with silicone and glow in the dark powder, so I gave it to him and told him to use it if he could. It ended up being the top of the tank, so it has a nice live edge on the wood. I just picked it up last night, doors are coming later, but here's how everything is sitting for now. The bottom is holding a Trigger Systems Ruby 36 sump, and there is a Reef Octopus 110 int setup to handle the 45 gallons of total water. I have an XHO Reefbrite that I'm going to mount over the sump for the fuge, as well as lighting in the bottom. I'll have one MP10 for flow underneath the overflow in the back. I'm anticipating a zoanthid dominated display, but will probably end up doing a mix of everything. Here is a picture of one of my small candy racks: Thanks for reading!
  2. Hi Everyone! Really excited to start this writeup and document the journey of my first saltwater extravaganza. The dream of having my own reef has long been with me, but I always found a reason to put off starting one. It was the usual reasons: Too expensive, Not settled yet, Maybe I should wait and get a bigger tank, Not enough time, etc (I'm sure you guys know the deal). Fast forward through some awkward and weird times, past college and into the working years, and I finally ran out of excuses - so here we are! I draw most of my knowledge from the freshwater world as I kept a few different fresh tanks through my teenage years and had great success with planted tanks and a variety of fish. My only experience in the salt world was a short, summer job working for an LFS building custom tanks and stands. When I wasn't sweating to death building tanks, I soaked up as much knowledge as possible. Most of that has been lost since then and I am learning as I go through forums, books, and the not so occasional mistake. But hey - that just makes it more interesting! On to the fun part! The tank was setup on August 17, 2018, making it about one month old now. The cycle was incredibly quick on this tank (just under 2 weeks). Not sure if it was the live rock and live sand combo or beginner's luck.On my own skepticism, I verified the water quality with my LFS prior to adding the livestock. Everything has been doing great so far and my two clowns seem very happy. The corals are growing pretty quickly and showing fantastic color. The clowns are fed one third of a cube of frozen spirulina brine shrimp (Hikari brand) and considering adding in a second/third food source to mix things up. I also started dosing RedSea's Reef Energy A+B product recently to help promote growth/coloration. Results of this are TBD, but I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome! Equipment Tank - 26g Aqueon Bowfront Light - Aqua Illumination Hydra 26 HD (Modified David Saxby Settings) Heater - Fluval 150 Watt Filter - AquaClear 50 (Sponge, Floss, Bio Pellets) - AquaClear 70 (Sponge, ChemiPure Elite, (Soon to be a HOB Fuge for Chaeto..)) Flow - Hydor 1350 (2) Rock - ~20 lbs Live Rock from LFS Substrate - 40 lbs CaribSea Arag Alive Fiji Pink Livestock 2 Fancy Ocellaris Clownfish Cryptic Six-Line Wrasse Gold Maxima Clam Fire Shrimp Softies - Interstellar Mushroom - Ricordea Yuma - Green Ricordea - Sonic the Hedgehog Galaxea Zoanthids - Bam-Bams - Blue Hornets - Bob Marleys - Bowtie Blasters - Crybabies - Daisy Cutters - Fangbangers - Gobstoppers - Hawaiian Ding Dangs - Lunar Eclipse - Magicians - Rainbow Infusions - Rastas - Scrambled Eggs - Spiderman - Utter Chaos - A few others I'm forgetting LPS - Atomic Torch - Purple Tip Hammer - Gold Tip Hammer - Branching Duncan - Green/Red Aussie Big Polyp Blasto - Kryptonite Candy Coral - Acans (3 rainbows and 2 no name) SPS - Jason Fox Jack-o-Lantern Leptosiris Thanks for reading! Going to update this periodically to track the tank as it matures. Look forward to chatting and hearing any ideas/recommendations you may have!
  3. 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:
  4. Snazxy

    The Snazxy Reef

    About Me and This Tank (TLDR at bottom) So a few years ago (about 4) my family and I were getting cichlids for my little brother's bow-front from this little shop that our uncle recommended. Keep note that the closest thing Ive ever seen close to a reef tank was a shark-filled-false-coral tank at Seaworld. As soon as I stepped into those doors I was greeted by a 32 gal Biocube. As fast as a blink of an eye I was hooked, not just by the clownfish playing around in a foot long circumference of a bubbletip anemone, but as to what I noticed as those alien like creatures that I have roughly known as coral from the books in the elementary library (I was a big reader). I was mesmerized by the beauty of a 30 gallon box of water to the point where my parents had to pull me away from the dang thing. Naturally I was pissed and refused to leave the thing. But my parents told me to check something out. I round the corner see a room full of frag tanks, my jaw dropped. That day was the day that I owned my first reef tank. We got a Fluval Spec 5 gal, some live rock, live sand, a small strip light, a clown goby, a firefish, a 6 lined wrasse, and some zoanthids as well as a paly. I had that tank for about three years until we moved and things went down from there, I had my first algae bloom and the tank went out with a boom, everything dead except for a GBG as well as my blue coral banded shrimp (that I still have today lol). I was devastated. Even though I didnt know what I was doing I knew I was on fire, I mean, I had some pretty cool corals as well as a dragonface puffer (that somehow lived about 6 months but sadly died to my firefish -big meany) and on top of that I never did a single waterchange! After that I had nothing but an algae filled tank for about a year. That brings me to where I am now! Last year for my birthday my parents got me a Fluval Evo 13. BIG learning curve. I had constant algae blooms and the seams even busted. But luckily that gave mw a clean slate-- the best of the slates! I started doing hardcore researching on reefing, and I mean hardcore, as In staying up til 3 AM on school nights (still a strait-A student!) watching videos and browsing forms, until I had a rough Idea of how to properly care for the delicate, money draining art forms we call reef tanks. As of today I have my Fluval evo 13.5 that only houses about five corals, sad I know but its hard when the closest LFS from where I live as 45 minutes away (an hour if you count Austin traffic). I have also recently bought an AI Prime HD that I got with lawn mowing money😄! Im still learning but since i've been doing water changes algae is at a minimum, only a few spots. Tommoro I will try to add pictures but thanks if you've made it this far through my story. I look forward to adding pics soon! TLDR; I have been reefing since a young age and I have a Fluval evo 13.5, but srsly this doesn't do my story any justice just read the above lol
  5. ChristopherDido

    STL Reef Odyssey

    Ok so after lots and lots of thinking... We decided we are changing tanks from our JBJ NanoCube 28. I got tired of the bright white lights off the NanoCube and wanted more of a blue color light, like the Kessil gives off. So I setup the Nuvo 20, that was at the school, in our living room. So I will be "breaking down" the NanoCube and it will be given a rebirth in my classroom in the fall for our club. I plan on keeping all the rock that is in here live and cleaning up the tank for the new school year and putting it on a smaller stand so the kids can reach it. Here is my Journal for the new tank. Equipment: Tank - IM Nuvo Fusion 20 Pump - MJ-1200 (Pulled the Stock) Light - Kessil a160we (Bought from here, DIY Mounted with Spectral Controller) Heater - Finnex HMA 100W Heater ATO - Want to use the AutoAqua Smart ATO (Not the Micro) but it did not seem to work with the black glass on the back (Anyone else have problems with this?), so right now I have a Tunze ATO (can’t remember exact model.) Filtration: Rock - 20Lbs Dry Rock (I think BRS - Sold at Local LFS, was gonna be for a Lagoon 25 that never happened) Substrate - Ocean’s Direct Caribbean Live Sand IM Media Basket(want to upgrade to inTank) with their Mechanical Sponges, had good experience with them in the classroom, may switch over if I get InTank baskets Filter Sock - Nothing in it at the moment, just there to catch debris Goals for this tank: Over the last year and 4 months I have maintained a 28 gallon NanoCube with pretty good success, there were a few things that I wish I would have known when getting into the hobby. For one how much I hated putting my arms way down into a deep-ish tank when doing maintenance. Two how much it costs for Chemi-pure elite every 3 weeks. I also hope to keep a much more engaging Journal that folks can follow along with us. So I kept both of these things in mind when setting up this setup, I made sure that maintenance of the tank will be very easy, ie. ample room to work in the tank and around the rocks to stir up the sandbed and keep that clean. Secondly the goal for this tank will be to run very little in terms of chemical filtration. I wish when i set up my first tank that I understood more about “refugiums” and MacroAlgae, so I specifically am planning on incorporating some form of refugium in the back chambers and a couple display macros that will help with sucking up excess nutrients. Ideally with a child on the way, this tank will take minimal maintenance time - 30-60 minutes a week not counting running an algae magnet over the glass every day or so. Another thing with this tank that I am excited about is controlling exactly what goes into it, the 28gallon I bought from an LFS fully setup (I am sure now that I overpaid lol.) So with this one I am going Dry Rock with a couple rubble pieces from my Pico to help seed the tank. I originally bought the dry rocks that I did with a scape in mind for a Nuvo 25 Lagoon tank that we thought we were getting, that didn’t happen. When I bought the rocks I immediately began “curing” them in a 10 gallon tank with saltwater and an AC70 with just a sponge in it. I did this because I had read that dry rocks tend to “leech” phosphates and from what I can tell it’s because they were not cleaned very well based on anecdotal evidence. They have sat in there since April with water circulating and being topped off every few days, about once every week or two I would take a turkey baster and blast the rocks to get as much dust out of them as I could. Towards the middle of May I put a couple pieces of rubble Rock from my pico in there and then week before Memorial Day I put a bottle of Bio-Spira in the tank… This is where I may have made my first mistake, after dropping in the bottle on a Wednesday, my wife decided we were gonna take a last minute vacation for Memorial Day before the baby comes, so i was not able to test levels during this time. When I came back my Ammonia was reading “Zero”, Nitrite was “Zero” and Nitrate was between 60-80. I did a 50% Water Change and dropped in some more Bio-Spira then left for almost a week to help my best friend move from Chicago to Burlington, VT. When I came back the tank was measuring 60 Nitrate and No Ammonia or Nitrite, so based on all that I have gathered about the cycle of a reef tank, my cycle was finished. This past Friday June 8th I finally got the stand together and bought the upgraded pump. On Saturday I got the sand and water and proceeded to fill the tank up. Again still no Ammonia or Nitrites showing, Nitrates were measuring in at 10-15. After all of this I just decided to set the timer up on the Kessil and find a schedule and put some macro algae in there. After a couple of days of the Macro doing fine I added a small frag of Frogspawn to test the waters. Everything seems to be happy! Planned Livestock: Planning on Moving over our fish from the 28 2X Clownfish (Standard Occelaris and Darwin) 1X Pajama Cardinal New Additions: Possibly a Tailspot Blenny or Goby/Shrimp Combination Planned Inverts: Cleaner Skunk Shrimp (Already have in my 28Gallon) Rock Flower Anemones - Planning to have a “Garden” of them off the Left Side of the Aquascape Snails - Will have an Assortment of Trochus, Nassarius, Turbo, Fighting Conch and Astreas (Don’t think I will do Hermits this time around) Possibly a small urchin down the line Softy Corals: Assorted Zoas - Goal is to cover the “arch” with them as they grow out. Ricordeas - Planning to move over my Blue, Orange and Green Florida Ricordeas and maybe add a few more to create a “Ric Garden” on the Bottom Right of the rockwork (there is sorta a cavish area there) LPS Corals: Hammers - I have two currently in the 28 that I plan on Moving over, will be placing these up on the rocks above the “Ric Garden” along with…. Frogspawn - I have currently in the Nuvo as a “water-testing” coral (they should be fine next to the hammers, based on information that I have read) Probable additions: I will most likely try my hand with Acans again, I like the looks of them but I think the lights in the JBJ NanoCube were just too much for them. Hopefully this time I can keep them, planning to keep them on the substrate most likely under the “arch” Candy Canes - Thinking I will move over the Candy Cane Coral that I have in the 28, but only if I can figure out how to successfully kill the vermitid snails that are coming out it is in many different places lol - Not sure where I will place them yet probably above the RFAs once they settle in. SPS: Really I’m not the biggest fan of them, plus I know our Family Lifestyle does not bode well for the demands of most SPS, but I have a Birdsnest that has done phenomenal for us in the 28gallon and I plan I keeping that as well. FTS 8-21-18: FTS 7-13-18: Picture of the Rockscape with ideas of where I plan to place corals: Picture of the Rockscape without the colored circles 🙂 Here's a quick pic of the two tanks next to each other. I have put a lot of thoughts into my fish so far in the tank and I would ideally like to add one more so I will put a couple of options down below and maybe you all can give me some opinions on adding those. I have also put a lot of thought into the corals that I like and would want, I am thinking I may also add some Dendros down the line or if you think there is anything else I should look at adding please let me know. Let me know what you think and if I am missing any key information here for being successful? Or just your thoughts on my plans! Thanks!
  6. i have visited my LFS and saw some majestic pakistani butterfly fish or red tail butterflyfish now correct me if im wrong but there are NOT REEF SAFE so i wanted to know how i may be able to house them together with minimal damage to corals
  7. If you don't want to hear my obnoxious story skip down to the bottom, but the story does provide background) So I have never kept a reef aquarium but I have kept (and still maintain) many of the most challenging freshwater species (like discus if you are from that side of the hobby) and I look corals and corals and the inverts are the reasons I always loved looking at reef threads and watching builds, but it from my stand point it never warranted me getting one manly because I would need to do things like mix RODI water, get super expensive lights and drop loads on corals. But about a month back I wandered into a Saltwater exclusive store and was blown away by how much cooler these things looked in person then through a computer screen. And the only fish that really made me do wow (I was mostly attracted to corals and shrimps) where a Yellow cores wrasse in there 3000 gallon display along with a Flame angel and after hearing that these fish are a little more on the easy side of care I wondered if I could house them in my favorite tank which I already decided I would purchase after reading into it and seeing my friends display with one, And that tank is the Innovative Marine 25 gallon Lagoon. I love this size because I feel that it has enough space but I can still light it with one AI prime LED fixture (my favorite fixture) and its not so big so while I start out I can just purchase my water from my LFS. So I've done about a year of research now I think I am ready. Long story short can I house either (or both but I doubt it) A flame angel or Yellow Corris Wrasse in a IM lagoon 25 with like a Shrimp goby pair and a Firefish? (this will be a coral reef) the Dimensions of the tank are 24x20x12 and there will be about 30 pounds of LR and more than enough filtration (ghost skimmer, filter socks, chemipure blue, Seachem matrix, and possible a reactor or Fuge) Any response is much appreciated!
  8. PoorBigBlue

    The Girlfriend's Pico

    This tank was upgraded into a 5.5 after a week! Read down a bit to find that update. Hello all! I've recently gotten back into the hobby after quite a long time out of it. I was scrolling through Craigslist, and found a cheap 10 gallon reef setup that someone had let go bad. It still had some inverts and some macroalgae, but it was covered in nuisance algae. It needed to be started over, and I kinda wanted to use the 10 gallon for something else anyway. It's becoming a planted betta community! However, I did want to get back into reefing, and since I had all the equipment on hand, I decided to try my hand at a pico reef. I went to Walmart and found one of the 3 gallon glass cookie jars that seems to get used for this quite a bit. I threw in a cheap "powerhead" from Petsmart (it's an internal filter without any media) and a preset heater. I went to the nearest saltwater shop, and bought some truly cured Live Rock, got some old aragonite out of my storage, and bought some salt. Here we are! I set the tank up today, and I'm loving it so far. I'm planning on doing a pretty simple mixed reef. I'll probably stick with softies, macros, and LPS, with one centerpiece invert, plus all the snails and the hermit crab from the 10 gallon. Equipment List: Walmart 3 Gallon Jar Top FIn 10 Internal Filter (no media) Tetra 50W Preset Heater (may replace soon with an adjustable one) 50W Walmart Desk Lamp EBAY PAR 30 LED (may replace with an ABI bulb I have on hand) Stocking List: Inverts: 1 Scarlet Hermit 10-15 Dwarf Cerith Snails 1 Florida Cerith Macros: Codium Dragon's Breath Caulerpa Prolifera (not certain that it's prolifera) For now, I've got the macros sitting in a tub of water until tomorrow when I can get them glued down onto rocks and such. The Codium seems to be doing okay, but the Dragon's Breath is just tiny pieces and the Prolifera is just stems with "roots" shooting out of it. We'll see how they handle things. In the future, I'm considering adding an RFA as the "main attraction" of the tank, along with something along the lines of a Blood Shrimp as the centerpiece. Maintenance will include weekly 80-90% WCs, along with a 100% every few months. Here's a cloudy FTS. I'll update with another pic tomorrow, once the macros have been added.
  9. DaveFason

    New NanoBox LED Color : Mint

    NanoBox is excited to introduce a new color to the NanoBox lineup, Mint. The color was discovered after switching to the Luxeon C LED on the V3.1 array. We have been using Lime for three years and have had incredible success. The mint spectrum nearly mimics lime however has a peak under the 450nm ( wavelength ). As you can see in the graph below marked with light pink. What does this mean for reefers? A better overall color, better blending and a more ideal spectrum. We have tested this spectrum for over a year with amazing results. Our original Lagoon 25, IM Drop Off , Fusion 10 and now our Red Sea 170 have used the mint spectrum. Along with many of our loyal NanoBox customers. The mint color has a "greenish" tone however once you blend with royal blue, blue, cyan and violet you will see how it shines. Mint Only : Mix : When will this be implemented in the NanoBox lineup? We made the switch back in November! We started to hear more and more people talk about the color looking better and glad we made the switch. Mint costs a few cents more but is well worth it. Will we be able to run the mint channel independently? Yes, if you would like. When ordering I would need to know. If you currently have a Plus M model we can change the wiring to separate the mint. Experiments? We have been running all of our tanks without any white supplementation for sometime. The results have blown us away. While there still needs to be true testing done ( spectrograph ) we believe this is a step forward. Creating a "reef" spectrum without white. If you look at 90% of the LED lights out there the white channel is marginally used. NanoBox will be sending a unit out to be tested utilizing only mint, royal blue, blue, cyan and violet. Rainbow Chalice Under Above : Have questions? Ask away! Happy reefing! -Dave
  10. Hi all! I just recently got into the saltwater hobby about 3 months ago I do have a 55 gallon FOWLR at the moment and just recently picked up a Nuvo 10 from my LFS he gave me a pretty sweet deal and it was up and running with him for about a year and a half. Transferred real smooth to my home with no issues. All parameters checked clear after the move and letting it settle. I’ve been following multiple threads here and it’s great to see there are a lot of people willing to help out and give advice. I did my first 2 gallon water change and plan on doing the 2 gallons weekly. This is is when I first got it home 10/13/18 10/18/18 Equipment: IM NUVO Fusion 10 IM Custom Caddy Sicce Syncra Silent 0.5 AI Prime HD 50 watt Aqueon Heater  Filtration: 10 lbs Sand LFS gave me 7 lbs Reef Saver Rock 2 Marine Pure spheres Chemipure Blue Nano Purigen Livestock:  2 Frostbite Clowns 1 Astrea Snails 1 Red Legged Hermit 2 Brittle starfish (came in tank) Current Corals: Torch Gold Torch Bicolor Hammer (Blue/Green) Acan Zoas Ultra BTA
  11. Hello! I never actually setup this tank. Life and laziness got in the way. This tank will be housing my mushroom collection. Planned equipment: Lifeguard Aquatics Fullview 7 gallon AIO Nanobox Tide (currently a V2 array, I might have to send it off to Dave for a new array. Its my first Nanobox and I dig it) Upgrade return pump to an Eheim 600 or one of the new hydors I will be using the glass top to hopefully keep evaporation to a minimum. Manual top offs will have to do for now Built a scape with 5 lbs of stax rock, looks too symmetrical for me Planned live stock: Yellowtail Damsel A small cuc Bounces! some hammers and torches Some favias Tank is going in our bedroom
  12. I have used this site so much in my research that I thought it would be best to chronicle my journey here. I am new to reefing and after half a dozen books and countless hours online I finally took the plunge and bought an IM Fusion Peninsula 20. For lighting I found a good deal on a Current Orbit Marine PRO 24" and so far I really like it (but then again, I'm new so not much to compare it too). I also swapped out the filter sock for an inTank media basket and changed the stock pump to an Eheim compact 1000 after a few days of dealing with the noise (this tank is on my custom built work desk). The tank has 20 lbs of live rock from the LFS and 10 lbs of CaribSea Ocean Direct sand. I also added a Jebao SW-2 powerhead to the back wall and an IM Hydrofill hooked up to a TOM Aqua Lifter for ATO. There is a 75w Cobalt Neo-Therm heater in the third chamber as well. Here it is the day I flooded it: I mixed my own salt with RO water from the LFS that I transported back to my house in truckload of Home Depot buckets. I used Tropic Marin Bio-Actif and did the mixing in a new Rubbermaid Brute 28 gallon recycle bin with a heater and cheap powerhead. I installed my new RO/DI system a few days later and my TDS is zero. I rigged it up so I could bypass the deionization if I wanted drinking water. Here it all is under the sink: It has an dual in-line TDS meter measuring both RO and RO/DI separately. I calibrated it to my handheld TDS meter and it reads true. Red hose is for fish, blue hose is for me. The tank I have been using to store RO/DI has an air release port that the water line fits into perfectly. I used a sharpie to make the measurement marks on the jug more visible from across the room. I have a 1/4" airline from my ATO pump running into the same hole when it is set up near the tank for that purpose.
  13. jakes_tanks

    Pico Rock Flower Anemone tank

    Hi, this is my journal of a 3-gallon pico reef I set up in December in of 2017. My goal for this tank was to have an easy to maintain, small tank specifically to focus on rock flower anemones and Sexy Shrimp. If anyone has questions on how this tank is set up equipment wise and livestock feel free to ask below, as well as post about any suggestions you have or pictures of your own Sexy Shrimp or Rock Flower Anemones. Stay tuned as I plan to add more RFA's to the tank soon
  14. Hello, I am finally starting up another 10 gallon nano-reef after a couple of years out of the hobby. I am building my own LED system and was hoping to get a couple of knowledgeable/experienced forum members to check off on my design. Specifically, I think my drivers and power supply should be sufficient to handle the load of the LEDs in this configuration, but I would be more comfortable getting another opinion. My hope is that this system can support a bubble tip anemone and SPS corals. Thank you for any help you can offer. There are three "strings" of LEDs, each one controllable by a PWM-dimmable driver. The three drivers are then powered by a single power supply and controlled by an Arduino Uno. Below are links to the components followed a screenshot of the schematic. LEDs Royal blue, blue, and red Violet Neutral Whites Driver LDD-L Series Mean Well Step-Down Mode CC DC-DC LED Drivers ("Wires", 700 mA, 9-36 Vin, 2-32 Vout) Power Supply LRS-150-24 Mean Well LRS Series Enclosed Style Switching Power Supply (24 Vout, 150 W)
  15. This is my third tank! Started the cycle for the tank on June 22nd. Will be moving at the end of July so won't be adding any livestock to the tank until August. Using Indo-Pacific live sand, BRS Reef Saver rock, and Red Sea Coral Pro salt. Just added the light on July 8th. Diatoms are beginning to grow! Equipment List stock pump (slight noise doesn't bother me) - after breaking in the noise is equivalent to a quiet fan IM custom caddy with filter floss - chemi-pure blue, and live rock rubble Kessil A80 Tuna blue with gooseneck Kessil A series spectral controller Cobalt Neotherm 50w heater AutoAqua smart ATO micro
  16. ReefAmorous

    30g Cube Nano Reef DIY Project

    Hi Everyone, I started recently to build my first SPS tank, and I want it to be a nano cube, so here is my build specifications Display tank dimensions: 50cm cube = volume 30g External Sump: 10g External refugium: 8g Light: A80 Kessil Skimmer: Reef Octopos A8 This is the build video https://youtu.be/OniBBbOSHsU There are some other videos for my refugium and for my SPS frags added to this tank
  17. So I have been doing reef aquariums for 10-15 years. This go around I want to try something new and I was hoping you guys could give me a little guidance on what to expect. Here is the scenario. 2.5 Gallon Pico Aquarium All in One Live Sand purchased from PetSmart in a bag Scoop of sand out of LFS established aquarium Fully Established Live Rock from LFS Salt Water from LFS So my question is based on the live sand and the established LR that I have purchased and had in the water in less than 30 minutes during transport, what type of cycle should I expect? Will I see a full cycle of 4-6 weeks? Will I see any cycle at all? Will I see a quick cycle of 1-3 weeks? I know its impossible to say for sure, but just looking for opinions. Thanks, Neowind712
  18. So today is finally here, today I move from the original Pico to the new one. I figured I would start a new journal and detail it from now as well as go into more detail about the setup, what was built and what was bought. FTS 3/14/18 FTS 10/8/17 More to come... Set up consists of : -2 X 2.5 gallon aquariums (Total tank volume after rock and media displacement is roughly 3 gallons) -Roughly 5lbs of live rock -256gph pond pump with two outlets - one up top for surface tension, one lower for flow through middle of tank -Diy led, 4 blue, 6 royal blue, 4 warm white and 3 cool whites on 3 channels powered by laptop power supplies and dc motor dimmers. -LEDs are 3 w, 3v ordered off ebay, non branded -Tank was drilled with a dremel and Bulkheads are made from male and female pvc adapters (After tank was drilled and bulkheads were siliconed in I mixed and poured a two part epoxy resin about 1/4 inch thick to reinforce the glass and pcv) -Sump is a simple 2 chamber design, water flows through filter floss-chemipure-a box of MarinePure biofilter media-purigen-return pump -DIY ATO - Float switch connected to DC 12v relay which controls a 40gph pump in the reservoir -Temperature controller is a 5$ board bought off ebay, set temp and a fan will kick on when needed, it sits directly over the return side of the sump. Keeps the temperature between 79-81 Coral list: Hammer Candycane /trumpet Kenya tree Pink xenia Duncan GSP Clove polyp Purple gorgonian Orange rhodactis mushroom Green rhodactis mushroom yellow/green plate coral five kinds of palys - will update closeup pictures for help with identification eleven different types of zoas - will update closeup pictures for help with identification *when it comes to zoas and palys I have come to learn that most of them have made up names. My 'laser lemons' were actually purple people eaters... * Any questions about the setup, feel free to ask.
  19. TitusNuvo20

    Titus' Fusion 20

    So we just upgraded to our Fusion 20 from a generic 10 gal. We had the tank for a few days and were just waiting on a stand from Walmart. Once we got the stand, it took us about 4 hours to transfer everything over. Equipment: Fusion 20 Wal-Mart Flipper stand Eshopps nano skimmer AI Prime HD 2 hydor nano circulation pumps 1 spin stream 75 watt neo therm heater 2 IM Fish Guards for the overflows Auto Aqua Smart ATO micro Hardscape: Mostly used carib-sea aragonite sand 10 lbs Then new sand same kind 7 to 8 lbs 40 ish lbs live rock transferred over Corals: Green birdsnest Bird of Paradise birdsnest Pulsing Xenia Season's Greetings montipora Lots of Green star polyps Hollywood stunner chalice 2 various acans Red cap montipora Hammer coral Frogspawn Jack o'lantern lepto Florida Ridordea's: orange, blue, green Yuma Ridordea Duncan coral Meteor Shower Cyphastrea Lots of zoas: Eye of Sauron Gold Midas Sunny D Rasta Radioactive Dragon Eye Fire and Ice Gobstopper My Clementines Gatorades Blonde Blue Eyed Bitches Watermelons Darth Mauls Fish: 1 oscellaris clown 1 snowflake clown 1 mandarin dragonet Inverts: 2 RFA's Assorted Snails: astrea, trochus, margarita
  20. coryscritch

    corys IM 14 gallon

    hi guys about 10 years ago i had a 65 gallon reef that i loved! since moving to nyc i haven't set one up until now. which began as a very basic 10 gallon tank. a month in she started leaking which forced me to upgrade to something a little bigger but much nicer. so heres what i have. tank -IM nuvo 14 gallon heater-cobalt 100w lighting -current orbit marine led (light works great for the price and what i have for now) -finnex light (for refugium) filtration -purigen -chemipure -phosnet i also have the algae barn nano refugium kit. -finnex hob refugium i have about 17lbs of live rock i got from my LFS (pacific aquarium) 5lbs of live sand flow -sicce .5 silent pump (stock pump was too loud) nano koralia weekly water changes (about 2 gallons) the old tank is pictured first. i liked the rock work much more in the first tank. all together the tank is about 3 months old.
  21. So as the title says,I'm converting to saltwater tanks. I definitely have a tight budget because I want to get my feet wet,not just cannonball in. In my 10g,I've already upgraded my aquarium with the Aquaclear powerfilter 110V. My tank currently stays around 76-77 degrees. I definitely want to house a pair of clownfish and a cleaner shrimp...and corals in the near future. I'm so scared of lighting and don't want to buy the wrong thing for corals. I'm getting a custom glass lid so I can't have anything clipped to the tank in the back,so for now I prefer the lights that slightly hover above the aquarium cover. Since price is strict,here's some lights I've run into on Amazon...let me know what you guys think ? Green Element EVO 18"-22" LED Aquarium Light Fixture - Reef Capable 10x3W https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00APBO2XU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nFPtBbHM2NND9 EVO 12 LED Aquarium Light Nano Marine Coral Reef Cichlid 6x 3W 3 Watt 30-40 cm by Odyssea https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0PJK0S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TFPtBbVPXKD1Q SLR Lighting LED Aquarium Lighting – All Sizes for Fish Tanks, Terrariums, Vivariums – Plants, Coral, Seaweed – Natural Night & Day Light Patterns w/ Brackets & Remote Control [Size: 14-22 In.] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759NLDSB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_dGPtBbAF0Y92Y
  22. Meme's Nano Tank

    Meme's Fluval M90 Build

    Hi ya'll, I'm new to Nano-reef forum and forums in general. I have a new Fluval M90 36-gallon AIO tank and stand. Petsmart had it on clearance as they do not keep salt tanks in the store and so I got it for a third of the retail price. ? From my previous experience in the salt tank world with an EVO Spec 5, I am taking this one s-l-o-w-l-y. I have been researching things over the past month and created wish lists. I'm keeping with the stock items for the time being but if they aren't up to par (pun intended), I will replace them. I have already placed my Life Rock by Caribsea; that took about 4 hours. I have made a screen top to keep my future fish from jumping out and built a filter media stand. I am currently awaiting the delivery of my Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef substrate. I'll be going to my LFS to get water as I haven't yet invested in a RO/DI system. I'm hoping to be adding the sand and water sometime this next week. To expedite the cycling process I will be adding Bio-Spira from Instant Ocean. Let me know what ya'll think and follow my tank successes and learning opportunities. ?
  23. YogiReef

    John’s 8G Pico Cube

    John’s 8g Pico Cube Hey everyone! Just to give you a little backstory before I get into the tank. My name is John, I am 15 years old, and I live in Georgia. I got into this hobby a year ago by watching tanks on YouTube and seeing them on the forums. I recently moved to Georgia from NewYork and my parents agreed to let me have my first saltwater tank YAY! I have read lots and lots of information online and have educated myself with as much stuff as I could. I purchased used equipment and some new things from my lfs. Tank Specifications: 7.5 gallon Deep Blue Professional rimless glass cube tank Kessil A80 tuna blue led light with gooseneck mount and spectral controller Aquaclear 50 HOB Filter Koralia Hydor nano pump Finnex Marine 2 Refugium Light Chaeto algae from my lfs Acurel poly fiber media pad pack Pro Clean sand cleaner and water siphon kit by Python Sybon Refractometer DrTim’s Tank cycling bottle Walmart Turkey baster JBJ nano ato system Preset 78.5 degree 50 watt Aqueon Heater Digital Aquarium thermometer Old piece of furniture for tank stand Dry rock from my local reef club CaribSea Dry aragonite sand 15 lbs bag AquaStik Stone Grey rock epoxy Innovative Marine glass cleaner Premixed salt water and RO water from my lfs BioCube nano protein skimmer with woodblock air stone 1 Bucket from Home Depot to be used for my ato reservoir Livestock I’m planning on adding: x1 goby and pistol shrimp x1 Snails x2 hermit crab x?- a few corals I hope you all follow along with me on this journey! You an check out weekly update videos on my youtube channel at Yogi’s Reef by clicking the link [HERE] I’m also on Instagram @Yogis_Reef
  24. GuelphPico

    First Reef, 5.5 Gallon Mixed Pico

    Hello Nano Reef Forum, I wanted to post to this community to seek out some advice and wisdom in running my first Pico reef. I have had the tank running for approximately 3 months with no substantial coral growth. I have also recently discovered an outbreak of rust coloured flatworms. Additionally, there is a fair coating of brown and green algae along the glass even though nitrates, nitrites and ammonia all read 0ppm. My calcium, mg and alk levels are all within normal ranges. I am running a cheap Amazon led reef light in addition to white leds for fuge. Two ac hob filters mini and 30 as well as korilia 425 power head. Current inhabitants include: Royal gramma - plans on upgrading to 12 or 22 long. Cleaner shrimp Blue and red legged hermits x4 x1 Naussarius x1 Unknown species of scavenging snail x2 Astrea x3 Coral: Red Monti cap Torch Rainbow acan Devils hand Kenyan tree Utter chaos zoas Cheato algae in mini refuge Any input is regarding my apparent nutrient, pest and stocking problems are really appreciated. Looking to upgrade in the near future. Cheers from a student reefer!
  25. Arod125

    Lighting

    I currently have a kessil a150 over my 29 gallon 30 inch long tank it looks great but not happy with growth would the a160we be an improvement looking for suggestions.
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