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  1. Hey there! Recently, I have reduced this hobby to just one tank in light of life changes and an intense schedule working at an observatory. Although never intending to set up another reef tank, this 9 to 5 contest twisted my arm into setting up this small reef tank 🙈 In all respects though, I think this is going to be my endgame reef and plan to have it running until in 30 years I finally get my 220 or get out of the hobby. Like the title says, my goal with this tank is to have it be a "jungle" of SPS corals, or rather, a dedicated SPS system (but only between the hours of 9 to 5... 😉) This tank will be plumbed into a sump and will have a display fuge if everything goes to plan. I still have to tack down a few items that are going to power this tank, but I look forward to creating a neat little tank to help me get through the work day. Join me on this small adventure for many moons to come! Me in the office waiting for things to arrive... Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank: UNS 45L Lighting: 2x Noopsyche K7 V3 75W LEDs Stand: Vasagle Lowell Cabinet Filtration: Penn Plax Cascade 700 Wave Maker: Hygger Mini Wave Maker Heater: Topfin 20w preset ATO: Auto Aqua Smart ATO Lite Livestock: Corals: So much SPS Fish: TBD Inverts: TBD
  2. Hi everyone, I've started a new build, and have decided to document it in this journal so that you might follow along (if you're interested). Background: I used to have a wonderful tiny mixed reef picotank for the last few months which brought me much joy. Unfortunately, 2.6G of volume wasn't enough to grow out all my corals, and I did add more than 60+ frags in that little tank. Eventually, I decided upgrading was the best solution. I needed a tank that wasn't too large that it would become a burden doing WCs, but not too small that it didn't have enough space to accommodate all the corals either. I settled on a 10G+ tank - it was roomy enough to meet my requirements, and most importantly, be simple enough to WC every week. I used the Tank Transfer Method (TTM) to upgrade, and used established cured LR (~5-years-old) from older systems as a biofilter. Only the LS was new, but I seeded it with a small cup of LS from my picoreef. The new nano is now located in my bedroom, and the temp. dips down to as low as 25'C (night) and as high as 30'C (very hot afternoons). The swing seems wild, but my pico operated under the same temp. range (more or less), and so far the animals didn't have any issues with the temp. Specifications: 10.23G tank 18" x 12" x 11" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: H300 Dophin HOB (440L/Hr) Aqua Knight Spectra M029 (30W) Jebao SOW-4 Wavemaker (4000L/Hr) Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my previous 2.6G's picoreef, 60G's refugium & 10G's nanocube in the library Sand: 4.5kg Aragonite Live Sand --> seeded with a small cup of LS taken from the sandbed of my 2.6G picoreef Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Fish: None for now. Inverts: (My monsters! a.k.a. Critters of Chaos!) 2x Turban snails 1x Yellow Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus cyanoscelis) - Shrimpy - 02/05/2021 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 1x Hermit Crab - Geralt - 15/12/2021 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Hitchiker Stomatella Snail Hitchiker Limpets Corals: SPS (7 Types): Red Pavona Garf Bonsai Acropora Valida Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Neon Yellow/Purple Montipora Spongodes Chili Pepper Montipora *Unknown Purple/Green Montipora Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS (12 Types): Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Christmas Favia Purplish-Gray Blastos Purple/Blue Whiplash Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral (4 Types): Orange Clove Polyps Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas (35 Types/Morphs): Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys (Blue/Green Morph) Nuclear Death Palys (Green/Yellow Morph) Rainbow Infusion Palys Metallic Green Palys Sunny Ds Palys Green Implosion Palys Captain America Palys Vampire in Drag Zoas Firestorm Zoas Fire and Ice Zoas Kedd's Reds Zoas King Midas Zoas Fairy Dust Zoas Gold Maul Zoas LA Laker Zoas Butt Muncher Zoas Incredible Hulk Zoas Devil's Armor Zoas Purple Monster Zoas Rainbow Yoda Zoas Blondie Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Purple Hornet Zoas Rasta Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Mint Green Zoas Red PE Zoas Red PE Zoas (XXL-size Morph) *Unidentified Brown/Pink Zoas *Unidentified Maroon/Pink/Beige Paly *Unidentified Purple/Blue/Green Starburst Zoas *Unidentified Pink/Green/Beige Zoas Mushrooms (20 Types): Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Green Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Superman Discosoma Mushroom Watermelon Discosoma Mushroom Red/Green Discosoma Mushroom Ironman Discosoma Mushroom Red Discosoma Mushroom Blue Discosoma Mushroom Yellow-Spotted Green Discosoma Mushroom Blue-Spotted Red Discosoma Mushroom Green/Light Green Rhodactis Mushroom Forest Fire Rhodactis Mushroom Tricolor Rhodactis Mushroom Violet Rhodactis Mushroom Tricolor Orange/Blue/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Purple Green Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Rainbow Yuma Mushroom Yellow Yuma Mushroom Blue Hairy Mushroom Current Coral Count: ~78 Types/Morphs/Varieties *TBA: Livestock: Fish Ornamental Crab Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 16/11/2020: Post-TTM on 16/11/2020: FTS on 17/11/2020: Topview FTS on 17/11/2020: FTS on 12/12/20: Topview FTS on 12/12/20: FTS on 09/01/21: FTS on 09/02/21: FTS on 20/03/21: FTS on 23/04/21: FTS on 25/05/2021: FTS on 15/07/21: FTS on 10/09/21: FTS on 16/10/21: FTS on 15/11/21 (*1-year-old) : FTS on 16/12/21:
  3. joshthebox

    Josh's SPS and Softy Reef

    Tank: 21”x21”x12” Miracles Glass (roughly 20g) Overflow: XAqua inout Sump: Trigger System Ruby 20C Skimmer: Reef Octopus 150int Return: Sicce 2.0 Doser: RedSea Reef Dose 2; ESV B-Ionic Wave makers: 2 MP10QD and 2 Nero5 Lighting: Aquatic life DX18 hybrid with G5 XR30 Blue. 3 ATI Blue+ and 1 Geisemann tropic Custom tube stand ATO: XP aqua duetto Heater: Eheim 200w This system has been running for almost a year(?) now, and was covering some of it in a previous thread for my other tank. The goal for this tank is to keep it simple and easy to maintain. The equipment might seem overkill because this system was pretty much frankensteined together with parts I was either given, or got an extremely good deal on. Looking forward to seeing how the corals will grow in over the years. I'm not perfectly happy with the coral placement though. I might have to rehome the Goniopora as my clownfish keep torturing the poor things...
  4. Hello all. I have to confess my interest in this hobby has waned over the past half year or so. Aquarium projects and ambitions have come and gone; regardless of good intention I seem to fall back on not having as much time as I thought to keep things rolling. That, and I'll be honest, my attention span is about as long as- sorry I got bored writing that out. I seem to start and stop journals like a fashion connoisseur changes clothes, so I figured I'd do myself (and all of you) a favor and post all of my aquarium shenanigans all in one place to enjoy. Call it a "gallery" of ideas, diy, and messes if you will. Anyways, I hope to keep you all updated on what I'm up to and different projects I'll be working on in the future. Sorry folks, no gift bags at the door this time (this is a "bring your own food and charm" kind of potluck). As always, thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the mess to come, happy reefing.
  5. Tank: RS Reefer 170 (~43g total) - Started 8/23/20, restarted 8/1/21 (apt. move) Lighting: GHL Mitras in 24" AL Hybrid Fixture Dosing: GHL Doser 2.1 Skimmer: Coral Box D300+ from Reefbreeders Circulation: 2x RS-M from Reefbreeders Return: Platinum DC Blue 800 Heater: 150w Jager w/Cobalt controller Bulbs: 3x Blue+, 1 PowerChrome Super Actinic (last changed 11/11/21) Supplements: BRS Two-Part + Lugol's Salt: RS Blue Bucket Rock: Tropic Eden Supreme Tonga Branches 👌 (10-12lbs) with AquaMaxx Reef Welder (Purple) Sand: CaribSea Fiji Pink (20lbs) Fish: 2x Banghai Cards, Cherub Angelfish Supported by: GHL USA ❤️ Not on the forums much or just want pictures? Follow the tank on Instagram here! Lighting Schedule: T5's ON 11am - 3pm, LEDs ramp 9am-6pm Status: Phosphates are high, Ca is low, KH is high, testing and trying to correct (after a lazy period before/after apartment move) - 11/4/21 Inspiring tanks... Full-tank shots (November 1st, 2021 - 3 months after soft restart)
  6. TheKleinReef

    Roger’s Cursed 65g

    Chapter One: 29G First Frags Ecotech Marine First Anemone 1st Birthday! Aquascape Change First Time with the DSLR Anemone Split LiveAquaria Order #1 DSLR shoot #2 New Leopard Wrasse (: Chapter Two: Rimless 65G Stand Construction begins Tank Arrives 29G Tear Down 65 Construction Weekend (9.22.2013) Starting to Move Coral Over (9.28.2013) RED BUGS !@#$% The Cure for my Pale SPS Begins (12.2.2013) GHL Doser Install (1.11.2014) All SPS Removed (2.14.2014) The Comeback (4.9.2014) Trying SPS again (4.16.2014) Back in the Swing of Things DSLR Update (5.7.14) Berghias! (6.20.14) 4 Pillars of Awesome (7.5.2014) 1st Birthday! (9.22.14) Reunited! (12.20.14) Nano-Reef Meetup at Reefwise (1.3.2015) Summer Clean Up! (8.1.2015) 2nd Birthday (9.27.2015) November 2015 Tank of the Month (11.1.2015) The Christmas Cluster F*** (12.20.2015) Crash and Burn (5.2.2016) Post Crash Re-vamp (8.25.2016) Holiday Update! (12.22.2016) Crash and Burn II (6.20.2017) The Reboot (8.2.2018) The Reboot v3 (11.25.2019) Equipment: Tank: DSA NE0 65 Pro Sump: Sea Systems 36" Berlin Style Sump Skimmer: Reef Dynamics INS-80 Return Pump: Ectoech Vectra M1 Display Light: ATI 6x39W Sunpower (3x Blue+, 3x Coral+) Controller: Neptune Systems Apex Lite Controller (Temp & pH) Flow: Maxspect Gyre Dosing: GHL Standalone Doser 4 Pump Model Dosing Reservoirs: 4x Vertex Libra 2.5L (Short) Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Refugium: 29G AGA Top Off Reservoir: Standard 10G AGA Probe & Dosing Line Holders: Vertex Video Webcam: Dropcam Refugium: 29G AGA with 2x 1.5" bulkhead overflow screens Refugium Lighting: 2x Kessil H80 Tuna Flora Dosing & Supplements: BRS Soda Ash Solution BRS Calcium Chloride Solution BRS Magnesium Chloride/Sulfate Solution Coral: Soft Coral: Ricordea Yuma Green Toadstool Large Polyp Stony: none Small Polyp Stony: Blue Tort Setosa Red Monticap Purple Monticap Elkhorn Fish & Non-Coral Invertebrates: 1 Snowflake Clown Yellow Tang (Clyde) Matted Filefish (Matt) Longnose Hawkfish 2 Talbot Damsels Green and Red Rose Bubble Tip Anemones Current NEO 65 Full Tank Shot: 11.25.2019 Lastly, A Special Thanks to: | Urbaneks | Metrokat | Kimberbee | Ninjamyst | | Scorched_Ice | Arkayology | Rehype | SouthFlorida_Tron | Arce | TeenyReef |
  7. 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.
  8. My 125 Gallon is already a so-called all-in-one system, as it lacks a sump. But it also lacks any extra filtration...no skimmer, no filter to run carbon, etc. So far it's been just live rock, LED lights and as much flow as I can give it. This 125 was an upgrade itself almost a year ago. I originally (11-ish years ago) had a 37 gallon+sump system for SPS...no fish. After a few years I added a second display (50 Gallon) to that system for more coral space. About a year ago all of the contents from both tanks were consolidated to the 125. I did have to add new lights to accommodate the increased tank length. The old sump and skimmer along with a little rock and the original sand bed were left behind. I'm upgrading now for a few reasons. I'd like to have the aeration from running a skimmer again. I have more algae growing that I have historically and I think corals are suffering from the day/night pH/oxygen swings. I'd like the tank to get a little better flow from a lot fewer pumps. Currently there's a mix of six smaller Tunze powerheads. I'm also upgrading the (still new) lights, but mostly for the superior form-factor. I like having excellent access to the tank for maintenance and the current lights are large for the space. OLD (all gear used at various times and listed roughly in order, ending with the most recent) Lights: Coralife 2x 150 watt halide Radium, Ecoxotic, DIY, Maxspect Razor, Ocean Revive Flow: Hydor Flo's, Hydor Korallia Gen 1 model 3 and 4, Seio Prop pump, Ecotech Vortech Gen 1 or 2, Tunze 6045 multiple generations Return Pump: Quiet One 2200 (Italian), Mag 7, Quiet One 4000 (Chinese) Skimmer: Oceanic "Plus Series" Model 6 (classic!!), AquaC EV-90, Tunze 9410 NEW Lights: Three Kessil A360x's Flow: Two Tunze 6105's Skimmer: Tunze 9012 Also gaining a Tunze Osmolator ATO and Multifilter in the upgrade. More info once I have the gear installed.
  9. *Clears Throat* Hello. Never thought that I would be here with another build, but alas, here we are. Over the past few months I have all but gotten out of the hobby. Between renovating our living room, and then overhauling the yard I have had no time to take care of a tank, let alone think about them. I guess like a lot of things in life this hobby ebbs and flows for me and balancing reef tanks with a few other interests has proven difficult if not impossible recently. To add insult to injury I have had to sell off most of my hobby things to help fund the ever hungry academic adventure that I am apart of. With the end of summer on the horizon, though, things have started to slow down a little and it was my wife who mentioned that a particular bookshelf would look nice with a reef tank to fill the space. Haha I think she missed having a reef tank more than I did. Well, I have to admit I didn't sell ALL of my reefing stuff (come on now 😉), and I soon found myself pulling out a gently used Lifegard Aquatics 6 gallon bookshelf aquarium out of storage. It took some work with a razor to scrape off all of the old crusties from once upon a time when it was a planted aquarium, but it cleaned up pretty nice. In a perfect world I wouldn't mind hanging some high end lighting and really going to town on this little tank, wouldn't we all, but in the process of paying for school I had to sell my wallet as well, so I guess we're going for broke with this one. I did however have a few pieces here and there and a hardscape took shape. I usually use Aquamaxx's (RIP MarineDepot) reef welder to glue rocks together, but given the delicate nature of the scape I was trying to achieve it really looked tacky so I switched to just plain old superglue which worked well still. I decided to only add a minimal* layer of "standard grade" Caribsea sand (*all I had). I want to go pretty minimalistic on equipment as well as looks with this tank so between a light, a heater and small wavemaker that will be the only tech powering this tank. I placed an order for an inexpensive Nicrew LED. Since this tank is so shallow, I figured I can get away with a less powerful lighting setup (and save some coin too). Filtration will be taken care of by the rock and sand as well as water changes. I do expect some hiccups in trying to find a groove with this tank, given how low tech it will be, but it shouldn't be too hard to upkeep (<famous last words ha!). I have a few housekeeping things to do; wire management and hanging the light when it arrives. And as per tradition, a mixed reef seems proper here. We also had a friend open a new shop just a few blocks away so some perusing might occur soon. Thanks for stopping by and happy reefing! 😁 Equipment: Tank: Lifegard Aquatics 6 Gallon Long Lighting: Nicrew Marine LED Heater: Hitop 50w Wavemaker: Jebao SOW-3 Corals: Soft: Lilo & Stich Zoas Scrambled Egg Zoas Pink Zipper Zoas Deepwater Zoas Magician Palys GSP Golden Plume Gorgonian LPS: Duncan (×2) Rainbow Acan Misc. Orange Acan Watermelon Acan Purple Tipped Hammer Golden Hammer Green Purple Tentacle Fungia SPS: Purple Pocilloproa Neon Green Seriatopora Yellow Millepora Blue/Green Millepora Green/Pink Tenuis Purple/Yellow Tenuis Neon Green Tenuis Red Setosa Macro Algae: Codium Inverts: Blue Legged Hermit Crabs Fish: TBD FTS 8/07/2021: FTS 9/22/2021 FTS 10/21/2021 FTS 11/17/2021
  10. 4 month update after lighting upgrade to stock hood: May 13, 2018: SPS growing really nicely! Thicker & better coloration too! Compare these pictures to the older ones. Update: January 22, 2018: Upgrades: - Aquamai KPS Wavemaker - Current USA 12" Truelumen Pro LED bars (x2) and 10" LED strips (x2). This is in addition to the stock Fluval light. Total wattage 40.2 watts - Current USA Single, Dual and Dual Pro Ramp Timers - Smart ATO Micro Auto Top-off System - Aquatic Life 115 Protein Skimmer - inTank Chamber 2 Media Basket - Inkbird Aquarium Dual Stage Temperature Controller + NTC Sensor - Hydor Centrifugal Pump 300gph (it's not much stronger than stock pump, although smaller) - Green Killing Machine Mini 3W UV - Fluval Edge 25W heater (The room is fairly warm all year so don't really need much heating) Filter Media: Purigen, Matrix, inTank Poly Filter Floss --- March 4th, Day 1, tank goes live & cycling: April 5th, one month after: It's been a bit over a month since I setup this tank and it's my very first reef tank. I've been in the freshwater world for over a decade (currently have a 55g Discus tank) and decided to take the plunge and setup a reef. I'm running the stock lighting for now and it seems pretty decent. Even my SPS are starting to show new growth although the coloration isn't too good. Here are the additions/upgrades I've done so far: - Fluval P2 Protein Skimmer - Hydor Koralia Nano 425gph - Hydor Centrifugal Pump 300gph (it's not much stronger than stock pump, although smaller) - Green Killing Machine Mini 3W UV - Fluval Edge 25W heater (The room is fairly warm all year so don't really need much heating) Filter media: Purigen and Phosguard I got 17 different corals (mostly frags) right now including quite a few SPS. Cleanup crew consists of 5 snails, 3 hermit crabs, emerald crab and a blood red fire shrimp. And an acid rain bubble tip Anemone!
  11. Robbie_Maxwell

    9 to 5 Montipora Cube

    9 to 5 Montipora Cube. For this tank I aim to keep it Montipora only (or at least close enough to it), being made up of different species and morphs of branching, plating and encrusting Montis. The plan is to try and keep as much of the equipment outside of the tank as possible, so that the corals are the main focus. To do this I have a have ordered some glass lily pipes to create the minimal equipment look Im going for and a fluval 205 canister filter with a hydor external heater I have lying around. Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Equipment: Tank: 12” Cube. Stand: Ikea Eket. Lights: AI Prime 16HD. Heater: Hydor inline heater. Temperature Controller: Inkbird ITC-308-Wifi. Auto Top Off: DD H2Ocean compact ATO. Flow: Jebao SLW-5. Mechanical filtration: Fluval 205. Dosing: TBD. Livestock: Coral: Various Montipora species. Fish: TBD. CUC. Highlight Links: Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
  12. 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
  13. Chowder's Reef

    RDA's 1.2 Pico

    I have a confession; another pico reef is on it's way. 😅 Life has been absolutely nuts for me right now, some would call it "chaotic"😉. Even still, ever since I tore down my 365 dropoff tank I've been on the hunt for a small replacement. To scratch that itch 😅. I've been eyeing Lifegard Aquatics' new "Elevated" series aquariums since they were announced earlier this year, and the smallest of the bunch really peaked my interest. (What can I say? I'm a sucker for small AIOs). With Marine Depot having their Black Friday sale and spending weeks trying to ignore a painfully empty corner on my desk in my office at home, I finally said to myself, "it's time." EQUIPMENT: Tank: Lifegard Elevated 1.2 gallon AIO Return Pump: Quiet One 200 (stock pump) Power Head: Micro USB fountain pump Heater: Topfin 20w preset Lighting: 2x Luminie Asta 20 ATO: AutoAqua Smart ATO Lite LIVESTOCK: Coral: Misc. Blue Tipped Acropora Purple Pocillopora Superman Digi Purple tip hammer (probably a "frammer") Gold Hammer Orange Rainbow Acan Watermelon Acan Yellow Brick Road Zoas Lilo and Stitch Zoas Scrambled Egg Zoas "Japanese Deepwater Zoas" Solar Flare Zoas GSP Magician Palys Madarin Polyps Fish: Baby Wyoming White Clown Fish Hector's Goby Inverts: Red/Blue Legged Hermit Crabs Cerith Snails Stomatella Freaking Acropora Eating Spiders. Probably some Aptasia somewhere FTS 08/16/2021 I've had a bit of time to think about how I'm going to go about piecing all of this together during a small trip my wife and I took up to Oregon recently (beautiful drive) to pick up our new furry friend, but I'm still on the fence about some things. I have several ideas in mind, but I think either way I'll be leaving the bottom bare to take advantage of the lifted glass bottom of this tank. I'm also scheming a new return nozzle layout given the peculiar design of this system. I was thinking about just getting an RFG nozzle, but heck I have a 3D printer; I've been wanting to try some return nozzle designs of my own so this will probably become a testbed for that. I've also ordered a dc650 return pump from Reefbreeders as I want more flow and more control; SPS coral is a curiosity for this tank. Although we'll have to see if the overflow can take it (hopefully a design flaw from the other crystal series aquariums that was corrected). I'll keep you all posted on how it comes together in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Apollo, our new Alaskan Klee Kai 😁
  14. Lloydpancakes

    Pancakes’ Evo journal

    This is my first tank since leaving the hobby 10 years ago when I was in grad school and my first ever nano. I did a homemade stand built out of 1/2 plywood and 2x4s which my baby girl helped me set up. Tank was wet on 12/5/2020. 10lbs of Carib sea aragonite sand, 10 lbs of live rock. The total water volume is 10 gallons after you account for all the rock and such. Cycle was complete on 12/17 or so. Since then I’ve upgraded the setup substantially and now have a cash sink on my hands. The tank has come a long way in a short period of time. Nutrient levels stable and I’m already seeing growth on my zoos. Current equipment list: Fluval evo 13.5 AIO tank AI prime HD (running Saxby preset on acclimation right now) InTank media baskets for chamber 1 and 2 sicce silent 1.0 return pump Smart ATO micro hydor koralia 240 aqueon 100w heater No skimmer, but I’m looking into HOBs. I’m going completely open top for the time being and doing the ole finger cross hoping that my fish doesn’t jump out. Livestock: -1 ora naked clownfish. -1 black storm clownfish. -Branch frogspawn (green, purple tips) -branch hammer (purplish pink I guess) -wall hammer (little different purplish pink with whitish tips.) -red monti cap frag -forest fire digi -bubblegum digi -Idaho grape monti -fruity pebbles monti -giant piece of Jason fox monti. Idk what the name is. I think it’s the cherry tree. -Pineapple favia -clove polyps that hitched a ride on my live rock and somehow lived through the cycle -king midas zoos -orange oxide zoos -lunar eclipse zoos -Pandora zoos -Nirvana zoos -fire and ice zoos -sunny d palythoa -Aoi zoos -Ron burgundy zoos -three other types of unknown zoos. -gsp -3 astrea snails (the nassarius ate two of the astrea. -2 nassarius snails -a bit of nuisance algae that Is decreasing slowly, but surely. maintenance: 2.5 gallon weekly water changes dose calcium and carbonate weekly I’m absolutely certain that I moved a little too fast on this set up, but it’s brought me and my family a lot of enjoyment. No major set backs yet, but obviously there’s still time. I hope y’all like it. Comments and constructive criticism are welcome.
  15. Sharbuckle

    Sharbuckles Reef

    One of my favourite things about Nano-Reef.com is looking back at old photos and write ups of My past and present tanks. So I have to start a journal for this one. I had originally planned to set up a 40 Breeder but I am incredibly impatient and drilled the holes for the overflow in the wrong spot. That’s what I get for rushing. While deciding on what to do a deal came up. A used cadlights 70. Complete with Radions and Mp10’s. I could not pass it up. I picked it up last week. Sold off some equipment I didn’t need and got to work cleaning it up. It was COVERED in coraline algae. It took a lot of vinegar and elbow grease but I got it done. Let’s write out the planned equipment and livestock lists! Equipment Tank: Cadlights 70 Artisan ii Lights: Radion XR15 x2 and Radion XR30 Skimmer: Nyos Quantum 160 Flow: Vectra S2/M2. MP10 x2 Heater: 200w Jager Controller: Neptune Apex Planned Livestock I will be adding only LPS coral to this tank. Starting from scratch. Big Mama the Clarkii Blue Spot Jawfish Various Damsels Various Wrasse Kole Tang Various shrimp Clean up crew I always go with trochus snails, nassarius, emerald crab, and hermits (I love hermits). Stay tuned for photos of the process.
  16. There comes a time where we all get a little bored of this hobby. Everything is running smoothly. You have all the gadgets and automation you could ever want. Your corals and fish are happy AND you finally got rid of that pesky emerald crab that was chowing down on your $150 zoas. You can't fit any more corals in your display and your frag racks have become part of the glass of your aquarium... I have not reached this point in my reefing career. Ironically, during this season of joy and happiness I have been a little down. It's been a bit of a hard time for me. So, against the advice of my therapist, I am drowning my angst in miscellaneous projects and doodads. You know the saying "if your life is busy make it busier." Wait no...hmm...how about "if you need to finish something, start something else." No that's not it...What I'm trying to say is... WELCOME TO MY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PICO REEF: UNDER 2.5 GALLON 6 GALLON EDITION A SMALL AMOUNT EDITION This is going to be my adventurous journal into the depths of diy, tiny reef tanks, and bad jokes. I won't be focusing on any tank in particular, but rather sharing my spiritual journey of cutting glass and gluing acrylic and maybe. MAYBE. if we're lucky, some sprinkles of 3D printing. I have to say this may be the first and last post of this here journal, but with any luck we'll be cooking with gas here in no time at all. So grab a gift bag on your way in, help yourself to the snacks there to your left and pull up a chair! -RDA
  17. Welcome to our small-boom-boom-sexy-time-kitchen-invertebrate-party tank! We're new to this and not entirely sure what we are doing, but by sheer luck and generous amounts of Buffalo Trace, Luxardo cherries, bitters, and ice it has somehow been somewhat and miraculously working. Basically, it's both happy and amateur hour over here. Living in an old house Uptown in the Big Easy, we were limited in both space and structural integrity, so we decided on a small Nuvo 10 that hangs out in the kitchen. Started up in late March 2017, we have been slowly adding both coral and livestock, with an overall aesthetic goal of making the tank look like the ill-advised and pom-pom crab infested underwater love child of Ashley Longshore & Lisa Frank (chew on that image). Lastly, I apologize for the less-than-profession nature of the pictures. Much like my reef keeping skills, my photography is still, very much, a work in progress. All advise and comments are welcomed and appreciated (except those critical of Blenwood, he's a sensitive soul). December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 February 2018 January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 Set-up: • Display: 10g Innovative Marine Fusion 10• Lighting: AI Prime HD (2x)• Filtration: Floss • UV Filter: IM 9W desktop UV• Heater: None• Circulation: IM MightyJet, IM Spin Stream, Jeboa Wavemaker• Skimmer: IM BioSkim • Dosing Pump: Jabao DP-4 • Salt: Aquaforest Reef Salt Dosing: • KZ Acroglow • KZ Coral Vitalizer • KZ Sponge Power • KZ LPS Amino Acids • KZ Pohl's Extra • Tropic Marin All-for-reef • Aquaforest NP Pro Fish: • Tail-spot Blenny (Blenwood aka "B-Wood Cash Money Dollar Dollar!") • Tanaka Possum Wrasse (Lorp) • Red rooster pygmy waspfish Inverts: • Pom-Pom Crab • Porcelain Crab (Whiskers III) • Scarlet-leg Hermit Crabs • Blue-leg Hermit Crabs • Cerith Snails • Nassarius Snails • Turbo Snails • Fire Shrimp • Gulf Oyster SPS: Acropora: • Highlighter (UC maybe? Idk) • Bonsai • Blue echinata • Yellow indo Mille • ARC fireworks • JF fire dragon • Red Mille (CF Booger Sugar) • Vivid confetti • OG OT • RMF Diablo • JKR Rainbow • SCOP • WD • Wild Pikachu • WWC Afterparty • UC peep show • ASD Rainbow Mille Seriatopora: • ORA Green Birdsnest Montipora: • ASD Grafted Cap • Setosa • RR CrazyT • Forest Fire Digi LPS • Various acans (x5) • Walking dendro • Indo trachy • Orange psammy • Orange lepto • Acan echinata • Ultron favia • Various Blastos (x4) • Meteor shower cyphastrea • WWC Peppermint cyphastrea NPS: • Dendrophyllia • Balanophyllia • Black Sun Coral • Pink/Yellow Sun Coral Softies: • Orange Mushroom • GSP Zoas: • Rastas • WWC Twizzlers • Vietnamese Wild • SunnyD's • Blondies • Utter Chaos • Blue Hornets • Pink Zippers • King Midas • Purple Monsters • WWC AOI • CB White Zombies • GB Buttkissers • Grim Reapers
  18. Ahooi....... So I was SUPER LUCKY to recieve a RSM REEFER 170 for free about 2 months ago from this clown called @Claundyke Think he fell in his HEAD pretty hard. Thank anyway BUD. Its been just standing there since then, but i pulled up my socks & started restoring / slight fixing it.... Few issued that needed fixing. TO DO LIST Glass scratched Front door re-wrap Plumbing redone (original pluming gone) Find a light (My Pico Light will not be enough :m16 DONE LIST: Glass scratched: I got a company out from Germiston to buff all the scratched out (today actually), they came all the way to the Vaal & sorted me out. Light: I was lucky to pick up a Radion XR15W Pro G3 for a great price & could not leave it. With that being said & see-ing the result with my own eye in @Christo 's tank, i decided to get a hybrid system & ordered myself a Aquatic Life Hybrid 24" T5 Light. This was ordered today from Ebay & is expexted to land month end. Skimmer: Got a Curve 5 with the tank. Thanks again @Claundyke Doser: Ordered a JEBAO 3.4 WIFI Doser off ebay as well & waiting for that. (want to try automated WC) ....................................................................................................... I got a NICE piece of rock as well with the tank & will be trying to do a floating reef bare bottom reef. Gonna do the same as what @Claundyke tried, just better. hahahahah Well I will try to update you all as i got along Tank: Before Thanks all -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So stripping it down & getting the 3 front panels polish, since they struggled to polish it nicely in the corners. Will strip the rest down the weekend & clean, then the notorious RR tank builder @RealReefer will help me put it together again with meticulous & immaculate seams. Will keep all updated -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sooooooo 2day felt a bit like Christmas.... Aqautic Life 24" T5 Hybrid arrived Build Quility looks good, will see when i assemble it. End Result will look like this with my Radion XR15 in the middle. Im considering to paint the radion white, what you all think? More info. https://www.aquariumcomputer.com/products/ghl-illumination/aquaticlife-t5ho-hybrid/ Also got myself a REEF OCTO KS100 Kalk Stirrer, Rip this thing doesnt fit into the cubert, LOL. Will run it next to the tank with a DOSER Jebao Doser 3.4 WIFI SonOff Smart House Devices These badboys connect to your home WIFI & you can control anything attached to it with your phone or to a set program you gave it. Give & Cuts power. This will be used as timers for the kalks stirrer & the T5's Still just waiting for my BM Filler Roller & T5 globes to come then im pretty much sorted for now. Need to strip the last bit of the tank so we (@RealReefer ) can reassemble the tank for start up...... We getting there guys Njoy
  19. chathurai

    AIO Peninsula Build

    Hello guys. i have started this project 2020 jan and hold it due to covid 19 pendamic . so around 2020 June have restart the build . here is the spec and build , Tank 36*18*18 10mm Ultra clear glass aquarium (6 inch DIY AIO compartment) DIY Metal stand with covers on white plastic boards, Lights : Kessil A150 + keloray an13 + sunlight Nutrient Export : Bubble magus qq3, Biopallet reactor Here is the photos of fist few months
  20. 8/1/20 12/21/19 9/14/19 5/26/19 4/14/19 2/5/19 12/30/18 12/6/18 11/18/18 11/12/18 This is my 20g LPS focused mixed reef. The livestock was all originally from my 65 gallon display when I downsized. If you want to see my previous tank journal, you can find it here. Equipment: IM Nuvo Fusion 20 IM APS stand (upgraded open stand to fit my equipment) DJ 8 plug power strip Sicce 1.5 return pump 1 intank media baskets 200w Cobalt Neotherm heater Radion xr15w Gen 3 Pro Ecotech RMS mount mp10qd with DIY anemone guard Tunze Nano Osmolator ATO IM minimax media reactor AquaMaxx HOB-1.5 skimmer Filtration: Filter pads on top of media baskets (change out biweekly) Chemipure blue nano bags in left Intank (have 2 in cycle, replace 1 every month) Purigen bag in right Intank Tsp of GFO and 2 tbsp of ROX carbon in bag in Intank (change monthly) 14 MarinePure spheres in the 2nd left chamber Media reactor running biopellets in 1st chamber on right Skimmer after media reactor The Circus Clowns: Mackerelmore, the snowflake ocellaris clown Swim Shady, the black and white ocellaris clown Clean Up Crew: Banded trochus snail 2 nassarius snails Ninja star snail Dwarf zebra hermit 3 scarlet leg hermits Tons of chitons Tons of mini brittle stars Asterina stars Bristle worms
  21. Nathans_Reef

    Best Sps corals for a beginner?

    I am currently in the planning stages of my second tank! This time its going to be a 20 Gallon tank with a canister filter packed with rock rubble, bio bricks and a pad of filter floss at the top that i will change every couple of days so that the detritus doesnt produce nitrates, The total amount of water in the system is around 25 gallons. I have always been researching more about corals since i have been in the hobby and i have started to get a good amount of corals in my 6 gallon tank now, they are all soft corals, and i know that they are a lot easier to keep than sps but i try to have the mindset that i am looking after water and as long as i keep all of the conditions right (lighting, flow, water parameters) then the corals i add to the tank will hopefully thrive. So i would say that i am not exactly a beginner in the hobby. I have researched the best sps corals for beginners and i am sure that i might get the same answers but i thought i would just ask if anybody has any sps corals that they think would be suitable for my system and a first time sps owner. Edit- I should also mention that i plan to do a water change every two weeks or so and i dont want to make the tank high maintenance, i will probably test my water every week or whenever i do a water change. I will dose all-for-reef when and if necessary.
  22. Hey everyone! I am new to the forum and thought what better way to introduce myself than to start a journal for my nano! A little bit about me, I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan and will be graduating in 2019. I am originally from Chicago - hence the username! I have been in the hobby for about 10 years and have had tanks from FOWLRS to full blown reefs. I have always wanted to start a journal for one of my tanks but never really got around to it. As a graduate student this has made things a little more difficult. But I recently came across a deal I could not pass up that is perfect for my situation! The goal is to document everything in this thread. Let me introduce to you my new nano! It is an IM 10 gallon fusion with the following equipment: inTank Media basket (just made the switch from a custom IM media basket) MP10wes vortech Ghost Desktop skimmer Tunze nano ATO AI prime Cobalt heater with a finnex temp controller IM spin stream The tank currently has 2 clowns, a starry blenny and a mix of SPS and LPS. Here are a couple photos! Pardon my cell phone photos, I am working on getting a better camera.. Looking forward to meeting all of you! October 2019 - IM 25 gallon fusion: September 2018: May 2017:
  23. 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),Jebao SLW-10 (3500lph) 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
  24. Hello all, I am in the process of setting up an Aqueon Evolve 8 AIO for SPS corals only. My Equipment list: Evolve 8 AIO stock return pump Bare bottom Fluval 50 watt heater 8 lbs base rock 4 lbs cured live rock Hydor Koralia Nano 240 gph (x2) GENERIC wave-maker module Beamswork LED light (looking to upgrade for SPS corals) Filter floss Chemi-pure Blue RODI water Instant Ocean Reef Crystals I am shopping for a budget friendly LED light fixture for maintaining SPS corals. Your recommendations are very much appreciated. Thank you for reading my post. reefkeeper87
  25. William

    William's Waterbox 70:2

    After years of contemplating upgrading my Red Sea Reefer Nano, I have finally pulled the trigger. I took advantage of Waterbox's "Blue Friday" event and ordered a white waterbox 70:2. Aquarium specifications: Aquarium: Waterbox Aquariums 70:2 (47 gal display) Sump: stock with Klir rollermat installed Return: Hydor Seltz D Varia Flow 1200 DC Aquarium Pump Skimmer: Red Sea Reefer RSK-300 Protein Skimmer Dalua Great White GW -12 Waterflow: MP40WQD , Gyre 330 x2 Heater: 2x100w Cobalt Neotherm eheim Controller: Apex with WXM, PH, ORP, Salinity, Trident Light: Reefi Duo Extreme Dosing pump: Kamoer X1, 3 pumps Auto-top off: XP Aqua Neptune ATK Sand: Barebottom Rock: Existing rock from my RSR nano, 20lbs Of Liferock “shapes” Salt: brightwell neomarine Misc: Artfully Acrylic screen top NO3/PO4 removal: Aquamax biopellets Marinepure Plate/ balls Fish: Flurry Clownfish x2 Flame angelfish Longnose Hawkfish Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish Mombassa Lionfish Biota Yellow Tang Red Bandtail Waspfish Foxface rabbitfish Fairy wrasse
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