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My Aquarium Journal! After a long, long, long time out of the reefer community and thanks to a wonderfully supportive SO, I'm starting up a new pico! I've fallen in love with the macro algae dominate tanks; they've inspired me to start my own. Unless otherwise stated, most everything was purchased from the devil we hate to love, Amazon.com. Inspiration: @kimberbee TOTM @brad908 TOTM @yoshii TOTM @Tigahboy Insta Everyday Aquarist Each of the above has inspired this tank. Some because of the color palette used, some because of the stocking, and others because of how much work they've benefitted this hobby. Setup Display: Fluval Spec III Lighting: Kessill A80 Tuna Blue Heater: Cobalt Aquatic Neo-Therm Heater 25W Circulation: Stock Pump Hydor Pico Pump Hydor Flo Rotating Water Reflector Attachment Testing: Red Sea Marine Care Multi Test Kit Red Sea Reef Foundation Pro Sand/Rock Crushed Coral/Shells Middle Keys Marine LLC. Shelf Reef Rock Thin Frag Rock Crushed Coral Rock Aragonite Reef Sand 1 small piece of live rock from the LFS Other Hobein Black Egg crate Dr. Tims Ammona Dr. Tims One and Only Brightwell Aquatics NeoPhos Brightwell Aquatics NeoNitro Brightwell Aquatics Chaeto Gro Brightwell Aquatics Ferrion Wishlist Livestock 1 Goby & Pistol Shrimp Pair or 1 White Spotted Dwarf Goby 4 Dwarf Planxis 4 Marginella Snails 4 Dove Snails, Pictocolumbella ocellata 4 Cerith Snails 1 Pom Pom Crab, Lybia edmondsoni 4 Sexy Shrimp, Thor amboinensis Spotted Porcelain Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus Macroalgae Rhipocephalus phoenix Halimeda, various species Gracilaria, various species Red Grape Algae, Botryocladia Coral Red and Green Mushrooms Red and Green Rock Flower Anemones Currently the take is empty, cycling without fish. While building the final stand for this tank, I started playing with the rocks. Playing with the rock like Legos, building up towers and once found a formation I liked, I started glueing from the top town. When I placed the build in the tank I realized a few problems. The initial build was slightly too large to fit in the tank and allow room for any magnetic algae scrubber to reach 100% of available glass space. Also, the summit of this little mountain was way too close to the top of the water. This setback was a blessing in disguise. In taking the rockscape out of the tank and chiseling off some of the excess rock, it fell apart. After all, I used cyanoacrylate to hold it together. I was able to remove a few 'blocks' and was left with a form that as much more pleasing. Now I can scrub all of the glass and there is more room between the summit and the water's edge. Initially I had planned for a pico pump with a deflector to create more random water movement, but I had forgotten about his while building the rockscape. It took up a lot of room anyway. I'm sure it'll be useful in the future. The rear of the tank has some crushed coral and shells mixed in the sand while shells are above the sand and scattered all over the top of the rockscape. Sand is about 2"-4" thick graduated from the front to back. My tank is small and I want to display of small critters. This won't be a tank to sit back in a chair and watch from across the living room. It will be a tank that necessitates getting close and watching small things travel across the rock and through the sand. It will be a tank that requires you get close and actively pay attention When cycling is over, I'm hoping that my LFS or an online vendor has the macros and inverts on my wish list. Until then I'm waiting patiently.
Hi all! I'm back in the hobby after an almost 10 year hiatus. I was active on this forum with my 12g nano tank before I moved across the country (Georgia to Portland, OR). This forum provided a lot of help, so I'm glad a larger tank thread exists for my Red Sea Reefer 250! I'm inspired by scuba diving, both coldwater and tropical. I was in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, before the pandemic hit and I enjoy diving in kelp forests in the Pacific Northwest. I've always said I was too busy or didn't want to sink money in to another tank. But now I'm stuck at home and the world is depressing, so I need a happy hobby! Tank goals: -As sustainable as possible without taking many (any?) things directly from the ocean -Mixed reef with lots of gentle movement -Gorgonian -Clam -Pistol shrimp and goby pair -Clowns and anemones -Maybe some macro algae -Future goal- pods and a mandarin Equipment List as of October 2020: Red Sea Reefer 250 - 54g display and 11g sump SeptraPure MaxCap 5 stage RO/DI Return pump - Eheim 1260
mickeyc1195 posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsSo I have entered the big challenge for 2018 for us nano reefers. So I figured to put my build up on the forum since I've been trying to find a build where someone was mostly if not only focused on using leather corals. Yes they are pretty simple but, with the right combination I think I can create a pretty good display. Keeping it simple: Heater AI Prime 12x12x12 cube Minimal sand 6lbs of rock Powerhead And NO FILTER Simply a water change once to every two weeks should be fine since leathers prefer little dirty water. My bio load will also be minimal with two tiny super tiny bullethole clown fish. Will post pics very soon! P.s. this is my first topic... wish me luck ?