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  1. State of the Aquarium, 1 August 2020, 10am EDT the journal begins here: Didn't realize image compression and Figure 1 looks terribad. yikes! The story actually begins well before this photo on the 22nd. We rewind to December 27th to where I was moving a couple of aquariums in my wife's Honda Fit. (near professional aquarium mover at this point, it's my 4th move). She says she didn't say that, but from that video conversation through Facebook I started thinking real hard what would I make for a third aquarium. I wanted to be lazy and build another planted tank, but I was ready for something different like the tank I made before. I built an Amazon blackwater aquarium to just see how simple or hard it was to maintain that effect. Turns out it was just a matter of boiling botanicals to no end. Wife was okay with another tank. Good enough for me. I was a newly minted aquatics specialist at my Petco and I turned the saltwater section around by not killing all the invertebrates. (That's another story to tell.) Then I thought, hey you're not at FOWLR tanks why not building a reef tank at home? $1 per gallon sale happened right around the new year. I hemmed and hawed at the idea of getting a tank. I looked at Inappropriate Reefer's 10g build. Then I saw defekt's Sanity Saver. Perfect. I had to work around my property management for not having an aquarium of 15 gallons or more. I worked the legal gray area by getting a 20 gallon long since I remember measuring the inside dimensions came closer to 16 gallons than 20 gallons as advertised on the marketing label. I never enjoyed tanks that ran tall with a poor footprint. Bigger footprints mean more horizontal swimming room and unless you're caring for sea jellies or freshwater angels height can be a dimension to ignore. Fortunately there was only one 20L sold at my store and after 3 weeks of thinking really hard of how to build it and its life support elements I decided to go for it and blocked out the image of a nasty credit card bill (but hey points right?). I bought the tank around January 10th and it just sat there sad without a stand for about a week. I was still wondering if this was a good move, but I didn't like the idea of just wasting a perfectly good tank. I built one of those nicer Petco stands (because my wife doesn't have her woodworking tools right now). And that stood for another few days. I painted the back of the aquarium with clearance acrylic paint from Michaels. I waited another week as I was picking out parts. Life Support System: (thanks defekt) AC70 from a previous tank with floss, purigen, phosguard (as needed since mid-Feb), and biomax rings 2x Koralia 240s Fluval 100w heater Current Orbit Marine LED 24-36" Parts arrived on January 21st. Thanks Amazon Prime trial. CaribSea LifeRock, 20lb box arrived January 22nd. I bought CaribSea CORALine from my Petco store. Figure 1. Insert awful photo.
  2. House Reef

    Lagoon 25 | SPS Reef

    Hello everyone, I've been reading these forums for inspiration ever since I joined the nano world, and there are so many great threads that gave me plenty of ideas that I wanted to start my own, and hopefully - without being big headed - I can give someone else a little inspiration one day from this. For a little background on myself, I used to run a Reefer 525 on the KZ ZEOvit method until around 8 or so months ago. I shut that down due to mostly running costs, and I never felt like I was getting anywhere with it. My style of tank is definitely a deep (front to back) but shallow tank that has a nice aspect ratio - so I have no idea why I bought the Reefer because it wasn't any of those things at all. The Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 had been on my radar for some years now but being in the UK, we have only one or two suppliers I think. Right when I was shutting the Reefer down, the main supplier had stock of the Lagoons in on their first ever shipment, but I missed out on them because being an indecisive **** I didn't pull the trigger quick enough. I needed a tank to keep my clownfish and a few corals in because I wasn't prepared to let those go for sentimental reasons, so I ended up with a Fluval Evo 13.5. That lasted maybe 6 months until last week when that same supplier had their second shipment in. This time I didn't miss out and ordered the Lagoon straight away! So without further ado, here is my new setup which I intend to keep for a lot longer than the Fluval or the Reefer. I'll detail the planned upgrades and methods in a further post. Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 Aqua Illumination Prime HD GHL Profilux 4 Tunze 3152 ATO InTank Media Basket x2 Jebao OW-10 Schego 100w Titanium heater IKEA Stuva/Besta stand - heavily reinforced 14-4-2019 | Full Tank Shot by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview Face On by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Top Down by Andy, on Flickr Thanks for looking, Andy
  3. Hello everyone! Newbie here entering the 365 day challenge. This is going to be a 16g coralife biocube I just received from marineandreef. They had an amazing sell, and I just could not pass it up. I currently have a 54g corner tank in my living room, which was my first saltwater tank and was established 07/2019. I'm still a newbie and am hoping for the best. Even if I am not considered a finalist later, I'm hoping to meet some awesome people and gain some great advice! Reef on, my friends!
  4. Break

    4.1g Desktop Reef: New Coral!

    FTS 7/14/20 Current Tank Specs Established: 6/24/20 Display: Lifegard Aquatics 4.1g (with Built-In Back Filter) Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) Filtration: Filter floss, Chemi-Pure Blue, MarinePure Gems Flow: VorTech MP10 Lighting: AquaIllumination Prime LED Heater: 50w Hydor Theo Cooling: Computer Fan ATO: Innovative Marine HydroFill + Tom's Aqualifter Controller: Apex Jr Controller Current Livestock Cleaning Crew Limpet Dwarf Cerith Florida Cerith Dwarf Planaxis Nassarius Vibex Polka Dot Hermit Crab Fish Yellow Clown Goby ORA Sharknose Goby Coral Zoanthid/Palythoa JPS Mystiques LC Andromedas ASD Atmospheres WWC Sweet Tooth UC Detonation Palys Rastas Bimini Pink Sonic Flares Space Chaos Rainbow Infusion Scrambled Eggs Mango Tango Goniopora TCK Rainbow Flame Cyphastrea LC Blizzard Bizzaro Pink/Green Branching Purple/Green Branching Mushrooms Blue Discosoma Red Discosoma Gorgonians Purple Ribbon Pink Lemonade Golden Candelabra ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ FTS 6/25/20 Original Post Below ~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟~🐟 ~🐟~🐟~ After 5 years of ups and downs with my 3.4g Desktop Reef, it's time for a refresh! The goal is to keep things simple and minimalist with low maintenance. Ideally, I would like to avoid dosing, but I do have a IceCap dosing pump that has been handy in the past. We'll be using Hawaiian black sand and minimal island-style rock work using the main pieces from the current display. Looking to house most zoanthids/palys (my fiance's favorite), photosynthetic gorgonians, mushrooms, and maybe a few basic encrusters (monti, cyphaestra, psammocora, etc). Will eventually get a tiny tank-bred goby of some kind once I have finished making a mesh lid for the display. I love my VorTech, but the display on this tank is super small, so I'll be attempting to make do with just the return for flow. The stock return pump is weak as hell, but still manages to sound like a blender. I remember when Quiet One pumps were actually quiet. Anyway, I've ordered a Sicce Syncra Nano (110gph) and a loc-line diffuser, so we'll see how that goes. I ordered the Chamber One and Two Media Baskets along with the Filter Floss Holder for the Waterbox 7 off of inTank as they seemed to have the closest measurements the back chambers on this. Hopefully, with some tweaking I can find a solid combination of those for the back chamber set-up. Where the tank will be going once everything arrives (pic is from a few years ago): Some additional shots of leak testing:
  5. SaltyTanks

    SaltyTank's 40G Mixed Reef

    Hello & welcome to my new reef journal! I’m a SoCal nano-reef enthusiast that’s been in the hobby 4 years, and I’m finally committing myself to starting this journal – mostly for my benefit, not yours😊 No seriously though, I need help holding my bad habits in check and hoping you will all help me achieve my goal. My goal is that 1 year from now my 40-gallon mixed-reef tank will be a living masterpiece, and so appealing to me that I will have no impulses to stick my hands in the water to move/add anything. That said, here’s some more background and visionary objectives: SETUP: Tank: 40-Gallon Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion (24” x 20” x 19”) Lighting: Radion XR15w Gen-4 Circulation: (1) IM stock return pump w/2 spin stream nozzles; and (2) Icecap 1k Gyre Heater: None (controlled room temp) Cooling: Desktop fan controlled by Inkbird thermostat/temp controller Mechanical Filtration: (1) Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 skimmer; (2) filter floss Bio Filtration: (1) RealReef dry rock; (2) Caribsea sand; (3) CerMedia Marinepure biofilter balls Chemi Filtration: RedSea carbon Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Dosing: manually, Brightwell Reef Code A + B & magnesium BACKGROUND: I’m a middle aged father whom loves to drink red wine while staring up-close at my fish tank excessively. I grew up by the ocean and first fell in love with tropical fish & corals when I got scuba certified in Indonesia circa 2000. Since then I’ve done many dives around the world and find myself more interested in biodiverse macro reef-scapes than shipwrecks and cageless bull shark feedings. Also, I’m a photo enthusiast and art aficionado, which I aim to incorporate into my reef keeping. My wife gifted me my first tank about 4 years ago (a 6-gallon JBJ AOI), and pretty sure it’s her biggest regret of our long-standing relationship. I'm now about 1 year into the current setup. VISION: If I were shrunk down to be a little 2 inch scuba diver and my wife threw me into my tank, I want to be surrounded by colors, contrasts, textures, movement, and dimension. I’ll want to swim down, up, around, through, under, and over copious amounts of corals, and be accompanied by a few fish friends that will join me without fearing they’ll bully or eat me. OBJECTIVES: Over the next 12 months, I’ll try to post progress updates every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, I’ll try to engage you all into helping me fill in the holes with new coral suggestions. Since I like to go to the local LFS’s frequently, maybe together we can make this an interactive team effort - although, let me try not to get ahead of myself here. So for now I’ll share some relevant pics and focus on following through with a 2nd post sometime soon. P.S. I have a lot of bad habits to work on... - hands in the tank frequently - impatiently making changes, expecting expedited results - providing poor instructions for friends to care for tank while on vacation - overfeeding and then underfeeding - vindictively taking vengeance on hungry hermits that snatch food from feeding acans
  6. Ash1176

    First saltwater build

    Hi, I’m new here, coming from the freshwater side of things. 1st post on nano-reef but I’ve been creeping behind the scenes for a while, soaking it all in, research, research, so much more research. But I’m finally here, got my first salt water tank set up and cycling! Guess what ? It’s a super original tank... no it’s Fluval Evo 13.5, would have rather started with something like a 40 breeder but space and money are tight for that scale, it’s definitely size down but the ease of the Evo is what appealed to me. I know there’s literally 100+ of these threads, but I kinda kicked myself for not starting one when I set up my freshwater tank. So here it is: - stock light + 2x truelumen actinic 12” LED + glo-light led (adds nice purple) -stock pump -VCA Random flow generator -hydor Koralia 240 powerhead -cobalt neo therm 50w heater -inkbird temp controller ITS-308S -XP Aqua duetto ATO -diy eggcrate basket for chamber 1 and 2 running filter floss, and a bag of seachem matrix Got about 12lb of the CaribSea life rock and 10lbs of their Fiji sand. the plan is to have a clownfish, a watchman goby and maybe down the line a third fish (purple firefish) and some cuc (trochus, nassirius, cerith, and emerald crab, might add a skunk cleaner or red shrimp but keeping it to two fish) and obviously add some coral down the line, can’t wait to add more colour and movement to this tank! Let me know what you think.
  7. NicoB0817

    Best digital test kit

    I'm new to this hobby and don't want to continue coming to the fish store every week to get my water tested, but I don't want to have to deal with looking at all of those colors. I have seen 2 digital test kits, the Hanna test kit and the idip, the Hanna test kit is very expensive and I've heard the idip is inaccurate. I'm not made of money but I don't want something that's too inaccurate. Wich should I get (unless you know of any other ones)?
  8. mylertitchell

    Majors Nano Reef 49l

    Background So Tank was started in July, it all started with doing a water feature in the garden (a well with some goldfish), then a betta tank (aquaponics) for the office, then I came across the reef hobby, started googling galore, owned nothing and had every system dreamt up, i wanted to get a nano tank that would fit into my house with no upset and then if all went well and knew the hobby was for me, I would be able to upgrade down the line. I read an article, that was just spoke to me and it was based upon a book, so i found the book, bought it in hardcopy (the wife said was on the phone too much) and was locked in. Reef was gonna be definitely for me. I had a friend who was a long time fish enthusiast (tropical) and had just got into the saltwater game, FOWLER tank and then into corals and then sacked his tropical tank and upgraded to just one reef tank. Having a Reef Buddy has definitely made this journey even more enjoyable. So after reading the book, my brief was simple a nano tank that would fit on the table I already have, buy equipment which can be used in the next tank (modular etc) and hopefully i enjoy the hobby and if so upgrade to as big as tank I can (ie id love a 6ft peninsula with walk in room behind it, dividing the dining room and living room, but then id need a new house, most likely 200l, big enough tank but in scale with the room), and if i didn't well, well don't even need to finish the sentence. As its a great hobby! Goal Fully stocked stable Tank, once I Reach this target I will begin the journey all over again with most likely a 3ft sumped tank, then convince the wife we need a bigger house and its nothing to do with the fish. Tank Spec Start: July 2019 Display: Aquael Nano Reef Duo 49 Litre Rock: Aquanetta 2 Module display (ceramic), 2 live pieces (donated by friend) and some dry pieces Sand: CaribSea Aragonite Fiji Pink Sand 15LB Lighting: Stock , Zetlight 1201 x1 x 2 Heater: V2therm 50 Digital Heater 50w Wavemaker: APS 2500 Powerhead, Jebao SW-4 (running at 1000l) Filtration: Stock, HOB Canister Filter APS-500, Filter Media: Coarse Sponge, FIlter Floss, Seachems Matrix, Phosguard, CarbonMatrix ATO: Autoaqua Smart ATO Micro (4l res - Cereal Container) Testing: Salifert test kits (Alkalinity, Calcium, Nitrates, Phos) Dosing: Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium, Saliferts KH Buffer, LaCl3*, Carbon (NitraPhos Minus)* Automatic - Single Doser - Kalk/Vinegar solution, Manual - Microbe-Lift Calcium*, Saliferts KH Buffer*, LaCl3* *if required I have been on quite the journey so far (including a bad crash), it is gonna be quite enjoyable going down memory lane to get yous up to date... Plan of Action: Monthly updates as part of my routine. July 2019
  9. Jackal227

    Jackal's Nuvo EXT 50 Lagoon

    I'm excited to announce my upgrade from a Biocube 16 gallon to the Nuvo EXT Lagoon 50 gallon. Tank:. Innovative Marine Nuvo EXT 50 Lagoon Sump: Trigger Saphire 26 Saltmix: Tropic Marin Pro @ 1.026 S.G. Aquascape:. CaribSea Liferock Sand: TropicEden Miniflakes Lighting:. Noopsyche K7 Pro II x 2 Powerheads: Coralbox RN-1 x 2 Heater: Finnex Titanium 300 Watt with ITC 306-A Controller Skimmer: Reef Octopus Classic 150SSS INT Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 3.0 ATO: XP Aqua Duetto with Eshopps 5 gallon reservoir Chemical Filtration: Matrix Carbon Mechanical Filtration: Poly Filter The current plans for the tank include continuing the mixed reef theme from the Biocube and expanding on that theme in a larger body of water. It'll open up possibilities for additional fish and corals that I couldn't add to a smaller tank. This will be my tank of firsts. First sump, first ato, first large tank, first skimmer, first tank move, first time plumbing, etc. It's going to be a journey and I have a lot of new exciting stuff to learn along the way. I will document my journey so that hopefully others may learn from the countless mistakes that I'm about to make. Livestock: -Royal Gramma -Banggai Cardinalfish -Flasher Wrasse -Leopard Wrasse -Yellow Coris Wrasse -Longnose Hawkfish Inverts: -Green Speckled Bubble Tip Anemone -Nassarius Snails -Scarlett Hermits -Turbo Snails -Cerith Snails -Fighting Conch & Tiger Conch -Skunk Cleaner Shrimp -Purple Urchin Corals: -Green Star Polyps -Various Zoanthids & Palythoas -Green Duncan -War Coral & Favias -Meteor Shower Cyphastrea -Green and Purple Hammers -Leng Sy Montipora Cap -Orange Montipora Setosa -GARF Bonsai Acropora -Green Slimer -Blue Slimer -Purple & Red Blastomussa -Various Acans -Various Leptastrea -Anacropora -Forest Fire, Bubblegum Digitata -Various Chalices -Platygyra -Green Trumpets -PC Rainbow -Electric Myagi Tort -ORA Red Planet -Frogspawn -Cristata -Orange Fungia Plate -Hulk Acro 7 Months FTS: 5 Months FTS: 1 Month FTS: Aquascape:
  10. itchy

    Aquatop 12 Gallon Long

    Starting this build thread of my Aquatop 12 gallon long rimless reef. After being out of the hobby for 5 years, I decided to get back in and combine it with my woodworking hobby by building my own stand. Which will house a DIY 10 gallon sump/refugium. Inspired by @Scorched ‘s original 12 gallon tank build https://www.nano-reef.com/featured/2014/scorched-r85/ Display: Aquatop 12 gallon long 3 ft rimless with ultra clear low-iron glass DIY Sump/Refugium (3 section): 10 gallon Aqueon Aquarium - Section 1: 200 micron filter sock Protein skimmer - Section 2: Refugium with Algaebarn’s Ultimate Refugium Starter Kit -Section 3: Return Pump Plumbing: (2) 1 inch bulkheads drilled on each side for drains using JT screens as covers (2) 1/2 inch bulk heads drilled on each side for returns - Flexible black hose for both drain and return lines Equipment: -Jebao DCP 4000 DC Return pump -36” Current USA Marine Orbit IC LED Reef Light -SC Aquariums sca-301 protein skimmer -DIY gravity fed auto top off using eshoppes tank and float valve - ACKE grow light for chaeto in refugium - American DJ light controller for controlling different equipment to make water changes easier DIY custom walnut stand
  11. iProShot

    Biocube 32

    I Recently started a Biocube 32g this is my current light schedule 1. 1:00pm-6:00pm 2.11:30am-7:30pm 3. 8am-10pm I don’t know if this light schedule is good enough?? I have been running the tank now for 42 days. Before starting the cycle I swap out the stock filter system the Biocube 32 comes with and got InTaNk media basket Poly Filter Floss Biological Ceramic Filter Rings Chemi-Pure Elite de-nitrate InTaNk Fuge Basket Chaeto- LeD 10 hours When Reef Asleep 💤 Live Copepods 12 pounds of live rocks Live sand Coralife Protein Skimmer Eflux Wave Maker (2) 660 gph day temp at 79f never exceeds 80f at 7pm my heater stops and tank cools temp down close to 75f through out the night at 7am heater turns back on again repeats Daily Kinda to give it that hotter temp by day cooler temp at night. I have a UV sterilizer connected to pump but only using when adding new fish or coral in case has any parasites I keep off otherwise today I started adding the ESV Bionic 2 part I added 8ml of each I will probably just add this same amount 1-2x a week or as needed looking to invest later on into a dozing system. currently have 1 clown & 1 purple dottyback gsp,candy cane coral, Zoan, 4-5 Herman crabs 1 starfish Slowly trying to add mainly corals and a few other fishes I’m Doing weekly water changes of 5-10g I’m using Red Sea Coral Pro Salt I’m Making My Own RO water using a 4 stage Please feel free to give me Feedbacks If Im doing something wrong or what I can do to improve the aquarium to make it better. Thank You Guys 😃🐠🐠
  12. Phantomwerkz

    Phantomwerkz - 29g v2.0

    15 years ago or so I started my first foray into a salt water aquarium. First up, was a 29g standard glass FO setup that eventually transitioned to a FOWLR with a bunch of acquired LR. Equipment was pretty stock and basic though I ran a Skilter250 alongside an Aquaclear 20 (I think) along with a couple of small Powerheads. Call it beginners luck, though I had a couple of resources to help along the way, I didn’t have too much trouble with it. This tank was up for only 1-2 years along with a 15g Tall that we moved the LR into and then lost due to an exploding thermometer. Can’t recall why exactly it was broken down, I’m thinking I had a heater failure or possibly a crash but we also ended up moving and were unable to have a setup in the new rental. Fast forward to being in our own home for a couple of years now and getting back to the point that we’d like to setup another Aquarium. A LOT seems to have changed and though I thought a 29g was small for a salt water tank before, I LOVE seeing all the Nano and Pico setups that seem to be possible now. I’m trying to be smart though and sticking with part of my philosophy that I “think” served me well last time. Go bigger on equipment in the sense of do not go with bare minimum specs for filtration and flow, aka tank turnover rate. Also, take it SLOW so that’s the plan as well this time and I’m doing more research than before and trying to get my game plan in order. Still have the old 29g glass tank, stand and hood that I planned on using. Having thought about it sitting all this time as well as finding out about Petco’s $1/gal. tank sale, it seemed this would be a no brainer decision. So, on Black Friday checked in to find the $1 sale going on and one 29g tank in stock… SOLD. Went ahead and grabbed a glass top as well. Will still clean and test my old tank and glass top and either find another use or send it on it’s way for a few $’s. The plan for now is basically a FOWLR tank setup again with similar stock featuring at least one pair of Clowns. My wife and I enjoyed our previous clowns and so that’s where we start. She would prefer a FO setup, but I think the health of the tank and maintaining it would be easier with biological filtration so LR created with our own clean dead coral pieces along with maybe 10 lbs of dry rock are my thoughts. I’d like to move towards a more reef setup at some point but I think it’s either a ways down the road on this setup or possibly I do something along the lines of a 10-20 setup for myself (when I can come up with a suitable location). So, here’s what I’ve decided to start out with. Starting Equipment: Aqueon 29 Gal. Standard Glass Tank Aqueon Versa Top Hinged Glass Top Aquaclear 110 HOB Filter - 500 GPH Seachem | Tidal 110 HOB Filter Current Orbit Marine 24"-36” LOOP LED (x2) Current Pump Manifold Current eFlux Wave Pump - 660 GPH (x2) Inkbird ITC-306T Temperature Controller IOAOI 100W Heater (x2) Carib Sea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand - 30 lbs ARC Reef Reef Stacker Dry Rock - 25 lbs Various Dry Clean Coral Skeletons (x2) Instant Ocean Sea Salt Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Sea Salt Instant Ocean BIO-Spira Instant Ocean Marine Conditioner Planned Upgrade Equipment: InTank Media Basket for 110 Skimmer (AQUATIC LIFE 115 Mini Internal Protein Skimmer/Filter purchased but undetermined if using) Current eFlux Wave Pump - 660 GPH Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Sea Salt ATO (TBD) Current Stock: Ocellaris Clowns - x2 CUC (Snails - Dwarf Cerith, Nassarius and Nerites) Diamond Goby - x1 Banded Coral Shrimp - x1 Planned Starter Stock: CUC (Snails, Hermit Crabs, Peppermint Shrimp) Yellow Watchman Goby - x1 Tail Spot Blenny - x1 Firefish - x1 Shrimp (Scarlet Skunk Cleaner?) - x1 Additional Starter Stock Choices: Bangali Cardinal - x? Blue/Green Chromis - x? Dottyback - x1 Thoughts, Ideas and Suggestions are appreciated and I plan on combing through this site a TON as I gather more insight and inspiration.
  13. Hello everyone, Was hoping everyone could provide me with some tips and suggestions on a new 10 gallon build I want to do. Right now here is my plan: Tank: UNS 60S shallow aquarium (24x14x7) Light: Kessil A80 Rock: Stax and marco rock Heres where I need help. I’m stuck between filtration options. I would like to build a sump, but have never owned a tank with one, and don’t even know where to begin with overflows/drilling/plumbing let alone building the sump itself. Other things I am considering is using a canister filter and cleaning it often, or just an AC. I just love the clean look of this tank, and would like to be able to keep the filtration, heater and ato out of the view area if possible. Would like to keep the tank as close to looking “empty” looking as possible. I also would like a solution that won’t kill my wallet, however I know this hobby and am expecting it to at least get a beating. My stocking plan: bit of LPS/Softies 1 fish (either Azure Damsel OR a pygmy angel) 1 blood red fire shrimp I am attaching a picture of what the tank looks like, and the second picture is the aqua scape I want to follow. I basically want a shallow lagoon look, with lots of open sand areas. Essentially what I am asking is what would you guys do with this tank? How would you filter it? Any suggestions will be appreciated and the more detailed the better! thanks in advance!!
  14. I'm Batman

    All In One 20g Long DIY

    Alright so here goes the ultimate adventure! Transfering my 15g tall to the new 20g Long I put together. Shout out to Cromag who cut the acrylic I needed for this project.
  15. 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!
  16. Hey guys! This is the result of me combining all of my reef tanks into one small aquarium - partially due to space, but mostly because I didn't have enough in any of those tanks to justify keeping them up. So, I fragged what I wanted, got this tank from work (I work at Petsmart, as well as a small LFS), and started cycling. The rock is all established from my old tanks, but I decided to use some liquid ammonia anyway. It cycled through everything fairly quickly, so I decided to call the tank cycled, did a water change, and started adding stuff! I'll be adding old frags over the next couple of days, and will be adding stuff from a LiveAquaria order fairly on Tuesday as well. Tank details: Tank: Top Fin 10 Gallon Column Tank - $30, half off due to rim damage Light: Wattshine 150W Black Box LED, 100% Actinics and 50% Whites Flow: Aquaclear 50 and Koralia Nano 240 Heater: 200W Fluval Heater (oversized, but I had it laying around), 50W Preset heater in HOB for redundancy Rock: 7lbs of pre-established rock Substrate: Barebottom (hoping to carpet some GSP) Water: Distilled water from Walmart Salt: Fritz RPM Water Parameters: Nitrates: 0 PPM, Phosphate: 0.2 PPM, SG: 1.026, PH: 8.1, Temp: 79F Fish: Two Wyoming White Clowns Inverts: Two Mexican Turbo Snails (I'll move these out soon - too big for this tank!), 1 Blue-Legged Hermit, 1 Fire Shrimp Coral: Green Star Polyps, Green Rhodactis Mushroom, Orange Zoa Frag, Mystery Zoas that I found under a rock that are slowly coming back to life I think that about does it for basic info. This tank has had a really smooth beginning - the fish went through QT in this tank (I know, I know... but I got them straight from the breeder!), and came out the other side healthy. I don't plan on adding anything else, fish-wise. I'm going to remove the Turbos ASAP, and replace them with a horde of ceriths and dwarf ceriths, and a few nassarius snails. All of the coral that are in here right now are from my old tanks, and this is just the hardier stuff that I threw in here to test the waters (pun intended!). I'll be adding a few more frags on Tuesday, as well as a couple of RFA's. The only issues I've had so far with this tank have been my own fault - my refractometer was improperly calibrated (it got off over time), and this tank was started at 1.030. I only noticed things were off when I couldn't find my refractometer and chose to use my old hydrometer instead. I initially chalked it up to a hydrometer's inaccuracy, but decided to look into it a bit more and put some distilled water onto my refractometer. I was WAY off. After calibrating my refractometer with some calibration fluid, I brought the tank down to 1.026 over the course of a couple days. My FOWLR tank was at 1.034! Craziness. Other than the refractometer being off, I think part of the issue was that when I mix my water, I use Hamzareef's calculator, and I typically calculate everything in metric. Then I'd fill my bucket up with 4 gallons of water, not realizing that 4 gallons and 16 liters aren't quite the same. I guess that small difference builds up over time! The high-ish phosphate reading is also due to a bad RODI unit. I got it, started the tank with it, and returned it after a couple days. No matter what I did with it (even after running several gallons through it) I'd get high phosphate readings and sometimes even chlorine readings. So the 0.2 PPM phosphate is just what's left after I've been changing it out with distilled. I'd like to try some hardy SPS in here, so I'll do my best to get that down a bit lower! I'm shooting for a mixed reef, so I think I'll try and keep nitrates and phosphates at readable levels. I'm still doing some reading on the Redfield Ratio, and while I like the idea, it seems like some people stand behind it 100% and some people that seem to be well-respected in a lot of circles (namely Randy Holmes-Farley) seem to think it's much less important. Anyone got opinions on that here? I'm not planning on micromanaging the tank that much, but if I have a clear goal to shoot for, it might help me out in the long run.
  17. Hi everybody, most reef tanks in the hobby consist of bright white coral sand and purple rock, has anybody got any ideas on how to make a reef tank look more like something you would see in nature?
  18. jackson_998

    WaterBox 10 Gallon Cube

    Second go at a reef tank, the first being a fair few years ago. Wanted something small for the bedroom so here is my WaterBox 10 gallon cube. Planning on keeping somewhat of a modest mixed reef. The tank was cycled with FritzZyme 9 and seems to be doing really well so far. Keeping up with testing every one or two days. Quality of the tank and filtration design is the best i've seen on any all in one aquarium thus far. Could do with a little help regarding return pump flow for an all in one as sometimes my ATO seems to be kicking in more than it should. Im not sure whether this is down to flow rate of the pump or some restriction through the filtration as different filter medias seem to change the water height in the back chambers when used. (I've noticed this difference between no filtration (obviously), filter floss and the supplied filter sock). Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Equipment: WaterBox 10 Gallon Cube AI Prime 16HD D-D DIY jump guard Eheim Jager 50w heater Jecod DC650 return pump (about 75% flow currently) Jecod SOW4 wavemaker D-D ATO Seachem Matrix LFS reef sand TMC Eco-Reef Rock Custom filter media basket (ordered) Livestock: Ocellaris Clownfish Firefish
  19. DaveFason

    NanoBox Lighting Guide

    We have been working on a lighting guide for months and now feel confident to share. The NanoBox Lighting Guide features four new presets that work extremely well for reef tanks. We hope the guide helps new to experienced reef keepers have successful aquariums using NanoBox lighting. The guide goes over... Overview Lighting Placement NEW NanoBox Presets Coral Care - Common NanoBox practices to reef keeping The presets work for all units ranging from the Tide to Hybrids. We want to thank @ninjamyst, @Justind823 @markalot for the incredible photos! Enjoy! -Dave
  20. Rickyrooz

    Ricky's Reef (120 Gallon)

    Hello everyone, I am new to Nano Reef but not new to the hobby. I wanted to start a build thread to share my photos and track my progress over the years. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment.
  21. Starfishie99

    55G REEF

    I’m starting up a 55 gallon. Not exactly yet but if i don’t start a thread now then i know i won’t keep track 😉 going to start by buying an acrylic tank and we’ll go from there
  22. Hey guys so I'm here to start an aquarium journal of my Evo 13.5 that's been running for over a year now it's had some ups and downs but recently has gotten some upgrades. When I initially started this tank it was mostly stock equipment minus the intank chamber one upgrade and was stocked with a Cleaner shrimp, two clowns, bristle star, dwarf hermit, and LTA. Won't go into details but ended up losing the fish, shrimp, and LTA. All this and having a crazy algae problem killed all my hopes in the hobby. So I ended up leaving the tank dark for months with just the surviving star and hermit crab doing minimal water changes until the algae was completely gone and stuff was looking up. Fast forward to tax time this year and I decided to invest everything into this tank to make it much more high tech and easier maintenance. Now running this setup - Fluval Evo 13.5 InTank Chamber one (2019 V) Fluval 100W heater Stock Return AI Prime 16HD Auto Aqua Smart ATO & AWC Jebao SW-2 Back wall hole plugged with InTank plastic peice Stocked with - 1 Brittle star 1 Cleaner shrimp 1 LG blue dwarf hermit 3 SM blue dwarf hermit 1 nassarius snail 1 trochus snail 2 astrea snail 3 nerite snails Coral - 1 Chalice frag (not sure of the variety) 1 SPS frag (not sure exactly what it is) Some attached pictures of the tank and setup
  23. dannyk35

    Dannys IM Nuvo 10 Reef

    Hello Everybody! Its been about a year and a half since I had my 1 Gallon Cubus reef which I ended up tearing down before I moved back home. Now that I've been settled back in Wisconsin for a while, I felt it was time to get back into Saltwater. So, today I went and picked up an IM Nuvo 10 Pro from my LFS for 199.99. I will be picking up live rock tomorrow morning, I just wanted to get it running tonight with the sand. Equipment: Tank: IM Nuvo 10 Light: PAR30 (I believe. This light is off of my Cubus, I have a PAR38 on the way.) Heater: ViaAqua 50W Sand: Nature's Ocean Live Aragonite Sand Shoutout to @Tamberav and @Seadragon for suggesting this tank to me! Here's how it looks right now. My Iphone 11Pro is making it a lot bluer than it actually is. I will be posting more photos tomorrow once I get live rock.
  24. A big thank you to all the people that have posted their tank stories on this forum, especially those I’ve gotten ideas from. FTS_March_2018 by Kyl, on Flickr Welcome to my 60 gallon shallow reef tank build. This tank is the result of a migration from my two year journey into the hobby with a nano tank. All of my pictures are stored on Flickr, so there's a bit of visual history with the ups and downs over time if you're so interested. Hopefully someone can learn from some of the mistakes I've made along the way! Features: Tank: 60g Custom - 48" x 18" x 16" Sump: Custom - 44" x 18" x 16" Stand: Custom 1-1/2" steel powder coated Lighting: 3x Kessil A160WE Heater: Finnex Titanium 300W ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Skimmer: Icecap K2-160 Return: Jebao DCP 8000 Reactor: BRS 5" Mini Reactor (.8 ROX Carbon), w/ Cobalt MJ-600 Powerheads: 2x Maxspect XF230 Gyre, 2x Jebao SW-4 Export: Refugium w/ Kessil H150 Magenta Controller: Neptune Apex Rock: Marco dry, Seachem Matrix in sump Substrate: CaribSea Fiji Pink & Reef Select Livestock: Fish: Inverts: Corals: SPS: LPS: Softies:
  25. JTT1981

    To Skim or Not to Skim

    I got a bio-cube 16 for Christmas. It’s been up and running for going on 4mo. I’ve got live rock & sand (of course) with 3 hermits (2 blue, 1 red), 2 turbos, 2 conch snails. Thinking about getting a cleaner. Water perimeters seems great, believe it to be cycled fully. The kit came with a skimmer but it’s pretty terrible. My question for this longer then necessary post is “Do I need a skimmer or not for a tank this size”? might as well ask if I need a nano blower as well. thanks folks for the help. JTT
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