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    Clownfish cincyJames's Avatar
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    1 gallon pico reef

    Well this weekend I decide to try something new. I have a 90 gallon mixed reef that has been up for a year now and a 5.5 gallon nano reef that has been going for two years. While shopping at IKEA I noticed a large glass cylinder and decided it would make an awesome pico reef tank. Large would turn out to be relative because it actually only ended up holding 1 gallon of water. Anyways, I knew I had some parts laying around and figure that it would be a small investment...always laughable because we all know that a tank is never a small investment, be it financial or just your time. So let's talk equipment:

    Lighting-a friend friend of mine had bought some LEDs a while back and figure that this would be a great chance to try them out. They were 3 white LED fixtures and 3 white LED fixtures. I figured that two bulbs would be overkill, so decided I would just swap an LED from each fixture. I haven't really decided what I like better over the tank actually, so we will see.
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    I divided the tank with a piece of plastic to make a "sump" area to hold chaeto, a heater, the return pump and a sump light. Total sunp volume is 1/4gallon.
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    I added sand from my 90 gallon and a nice rock. Total water volume with sand and rock is 3/4 gallon. These are photos with the different lights.

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    Last night I added a couple soft corals: mushroom, xenia, button polyps and zoanthids. They have all been open and closed at different times as of now. Still waiting to see all of them opened at once.
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    I am excited to see how this tank turns out. Right now the investment has been fairly minimal, but I feel like it may be an amazing tank if all goes well.

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    Looks cool. Do you have a top off on it? Is it hard to keep up with the evaporation?

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    No lid currently. Evaporation hasn't been a huge problem yet. Well it evaporates less than a pint in two days, so maybe that is a lot when you consider it only holds 6 pints of water. Lol.

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    Well I finally had a chance to finish my light for the tank. I bought a $5 desk lamp at IKEA and rewired it to fit a GU10 bulb. uploadfromtaptalk1380487469748.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1380487485243.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1380487499916.jpg

    I also have some new additions to the tank. I added some snails, a porcelain crab and a geometric pygmy hawkfish. All seem to be doing well and the corals I added have opened up and look great.
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    That its a very cool project. Looks great

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    How do you like the gu10? I have read mixed reviews on them.

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    Probably too soon to tell. I like the color and shimmer effect and the corals seem to be pretty happy, but growth will be what I am looking for.

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    Cool little tank!
    28 gallons of ocean!!!

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    Thanks!

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    That's pretty neat. Nice work!
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