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On a whim one day I popped into Petsmart on my lunch break and was inspired to create a pico reef for my office by a tiny Top Fin Retreat 2.5 gallon all in one tank. I grabbed a 25w preset heater, a 5lb bag of Ocean Direct live sand, and a thermometer and checked out for less than $70! On my way home from work that day I stopped by my LFS and grabbed two chunks of purple "life rock" and a tiny bottle of Fritz Turbo Start. After messing around with the rocks that evening I decided to use one interesting chunk. The next day I lugged a couple gallons of premixed, preheated saltwater from home. It took about 2 minutes and the pico was wet and cycling. That same day at lunch I shot over to another LFS and picked up some zoa's, a small finger leather, and a rock flower nem for the pico. Upon my return to the office I started planning the upgrades. The little tank is cute, however the light isn't right for Coral and the tiny pump is pretty weak and doesn't really create decent flow. So of course I jumped on this forum to get some ideas and then on to Amazon. I was able to find a tiny Tunze pump (hope it fits) which will increase the flow and a Astra 20 light all for about $70. I'll be installing these on Monday when I return to work. Fingers crossed the pump fits or at least can be jury rigged.... Stay tuned for an update with pics tomorrow!
This is my first reef tank and is currently around 21 months old. Late into my first year I experienced some Dino and had really slowed my coral growth. It has taken many months to get things growing again. I initially started this tank as a softy and LPS build but it has now shifted to a softy tank. MY SETUP Tank: CoralLife Biocube 14 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50w Lighting: Stock Lighting - 24w Actinic - 24w 10K - 1x Blue LED Bar Filtration: Chamber 1: Heater/ False Bottom Removed Chamber 2: InTank Media Basket (4/29/19) - Top: Filter Floss - Middle: BRS Carbon ROX0.8 (5/14/2019) Chamber 3: Stock Pump/Temperature/ AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Sand: 20 lbs Caribsea AragAlive Special Grade Rock: BRS Reef Saver Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: Red Sea (Blue Bucket) Dosing: None Testing: Refractometer Nyos Nitrate HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish “Pennywise” A. ocellaris (LA 4/18/2019) - Randalli Prawn Goby (AA 6/8/2019) “Timon” Invertebrates: - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) “Jack” - Red Banded Pistol Shrimp (BTR 6/15/2019) “Pumbaa” - 1x Nassarius Snails - 1x Cerith Snail - 1x Trochus Snail - Dwarf Cerith Snails Corals: Soft Fire and Ice Zoanthid (WWC 5/24/2019) Green Star Polyp (WWC 5/24/2019) Weeping Willow Toadstool (BLC 6/8/2019) WWC AOI Zoanthid (CC 1/15/2020) OG Pink Zipper Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) Hot Hawaiian Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) WWC Purple Monster Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) Green Ricordia Yuma (CC 1/15/2020) Orange Ricordia Yuma (MSR 1/2/2020) LPS WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) * Recovering from Blackout Frag Tank: Pink/Purple Blasto (AA 6/15/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) Green Acan Lord The Dearly Departed: - WWC Grapevine Lord (WWC 5/24/2019) *Shortly After Received - 1x Scarlet Hermit (AA 6/8/2019-6/21/2019) *Jack - Misbar Clownfish (BLC 6/8/2019-7/9/2019) *Clownfish aggression - Purple Monster Zoanthid (BLC 10/12/2019- *Single Head disappear - Black Ice Clownfish “Columbus” A. ocellaris (BLC 10/12/2019) *Disappeared, likely clown aggression - WWC Lavender Duncan (5/24/2019) *Blackout - Duncan (AA 6/15/2018) *Blackout - Purple & Pink Acan Lord (BLC 10/12/2019) *Blackout - WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) *Blackout - Orange Acan Lord *Blackout Startup 3/16/2019 5/21/2019 9/25/2019 12/04/2019 2/04/2020 3/16/2020 One Year! 5/24/2020 Post Blackout 1 12/9/2020
Bought a frag of orange mushrooms yesterday (3 small on one small rock) two of them have white edges, is that bleaching or new growth? Parameters: Temp swings from 77-79 Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrate-10 pH-8.2 opened up fine a few hours after acclimation. just the very edges are white Bleaching or Growth?