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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl-Jan update

Postby Sin » Sun 02 Feb, 2014 4:58 pm

Handed the tank over to my son today and the first thing he did was made me take him to the shop to buy a few corals.

Added a superman morph, tiny blasto, zoos and a tiny starfish.

A couple of updated pics below.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl-Jan update

Postby Kah » Tue 04 Feb, 2014 2:00 am

I love the looks of how it is on a single rock with no sand around. It has a great effect!
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl-Jan update

Postby Sin » Fri 14 Feb, 2014 6:55 pm

Kah wrote:I love the looks of how it is on a single rock with no sand around. It has a great effect!


Thank you, It went through a few changes before i was happy with it and removing the sand has made it more manageable.

Small update for Feb so far.

All seems to be going well and the corals are settling in nicely. the temp is pretty stable at 25-26 deg thanks to a small 5 cm fan. Added another small morph today and did another 1.2 L water change.

Next small project is to build a small wooden airstone driven skimmer which i will hopefully start sometime next week.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- Feb update

Postby Alf D » Fri 14 Feb, 2014 7:13 pm

Looks great.
Love the 1.2 litre water change :)
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- Feb update

Postby MeLLeR » Fri 14 Feb, 2014 11:15 pm

Nice Sin ;)

What are you feeding?
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- Feb update

Postby Sin » Sat 15 Feb, 2014 8:37 am

Thanks guys, Below is what i feed / dose and when

Zeobak - 1 drop every 2-3 days
Water change 1.2L every 2-3 days :roflmao:
Small bag of purigen in the back compartment

I found feeding to be the hard part as it doesn't take much to throw everything out of whack with overfeeding. Lesson learn't from when i had a tiny layer of sand on the bottom, I would mix it up and a small chromus would die. I lost 2 that way and decided to remove the sand bed and rethink what and how i feed this 8L beast.

What i do now is take a tiny amount of food when i mix it up for my other tank.

I mix a spoon full of 100% reef safe aminos and 2 drops of sponge power in a small cup of tank water and take out 0.2ml with a syringe for this tank - Daily.

Also when feeding the fish on the other tank i mix up 1/2 a cube of ocean Nutrition Marine mix + 1/4 cube of cyclops + 1/4 cube of rotifiers in a small cup of tank water and take out 0.2ml for this tank - Daily.

This seems to be working for me and at the moment, I'm seeing no nuisance algae growth and the corals seem to be loving it. Plenty of lessons learn't along the way.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- Feb update

Postby Sin » Sun 23 Feb, 2014 10:06 pm

My son wanted me make a small video for him so he can show his friends. So here it is

https://vimeo.com/87382711

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- Feb update

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sun 23 Feb, 2014 11:35 pm

Looking sweet mate, keep it up!
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- Video update

Postby robthepom » Mon 24 Feb, 2014 11:28 am

looking good Sin, even your xenia is clapping you :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- Video update

Postby Sin » Sun 30 Mar, 2014 5:28 pm

Thanks for the comments Guys!

Here are my end of March updates, Everything is growing nicely, I have cut about 80% of the Xenia back, The Zoa's have doubled in numbers and the Millepora has great polyp extension and is colouring up nicely.

The tank is pretty maintenance free and I have gone back to changing 1.2L every 3 days as there is zero algae growth and the nutrients on the 3rd day are still non existent.
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- March update.

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Mon 31 Mar, 2014 12:48 am

This is awesome!
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- March update.

Postby Sin » Sat 26 Apr, 2014 6:40 pm

Time for an April update, Still carrying out 1.2L water changes every 3 days and everything just keeps on multiplying.

I have a second green morph that has grown since i put the single one in, It's about the size of a 10c piece now and the zoo's have spread like crazy. I cut 3/4 of the Xenia away and the new bit has taken off again, Keeping it under control and the size of a 20c coin Max.

The biggest surprise is the acro frag, It went in pretty much poo brown and now it a bright green as seen on the pic below.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- April update.

Postby Thommo01 » Sat 26 Apr, 2014 11:58 pm

Looks great Sin. Amazing just what some regular water changes can do to keep everything happy.

Whats your plans with the cooler weather comming? Any concerns with temps?
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- April update.

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Sun 27 Apr, 2014 12:22 am

Looking wonderful, I think we have a winner coming our way :)
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- April update.

Postby Sin » Sun 27 Apr, 2014 7:58 am

Thanks for the comments Guys!

I have a small 7.5w heater in the back which was pretty much on full time since the start of last week.

At nights i wrap a blanket around the tank which at the moment keeps it warm enough for the heater to stay off, I'm hoping this will be enough to see it through winter.
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- April update.

Postby Sin » Fri 30 May, 2014 8:24 pm

FTS for May, Excuse the photo as i had to take it with the video camera.

Still going along nicely, Have noticed 3 new red rimmed zoo's pop up which i didn't have in the tank previously, Totally different colour to the ones that were on the rock when i bought them. Too tiny to photograph atm.

The only thing im not liking at the moment are the 3 big stomatella snails that move the corals around each night. :roflmao:

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- May FTS.

Postby Wakareefer » Sat 31 May, 2014 12:51 am

Looks good mate have you seen any growth with the acro frag?
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- May FTS.

Postby naqua » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 2:46 pm

Wow this is one amazing tank.
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- May FTS.

Postby Sin » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 7:15 pm

Thanks for the comments guys! The tank is still coming along nicely.

I played around with the light intensity a few weeks ago and the SPS tissue has lightened a fair bit so I've had to turn it back down
and hope it recovers. Not much growth on the SPS before the light issue but the colour change from when i first put it in was amazing.

It gets a 1.2L water change every 4th day now as 2-3 days seemed a bit much, The coraline algae has taken off and needs scraping at least once per week to keep it all clean.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- May FTS.

Postby Mr Miagi » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 10:00 pm

This is reallt really cool Sin. How do you prevent algae growing all over the glass? Do you remove the rock and give it a wipe down, or is it naturally taken care of by the stomatella?
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- May FTS.

Postby Sin » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 10:51 pm

Mr Miagi wrote:This is reallt really cool Sin. How do you prevent algae growing all over the glass? Do you remove the rock and give it a wipe down, or is it naturally taken care of by the stomatella?


Thank you Sir! :thumbsup:

This little tank gets next to no algae and i only see a light film forming after 2-3 weeks of not wiping the bottom / glass. I've spotted 3 stomatella's in there which came on the live rock and have gone from a match head
size to nearly 2cm long when they cruise the glass.

They do a great job of cleaning the glass.
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- May FTS.

Postby Mr Miagi » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 11:37 pm

Well consider yourself very lucky! Haha! I cant keep the algae off mine, but im certain it is the lighting! My Stomas dont make a dent! Very nice anyway man! :)
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby Sin » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 4:58 pm

Here are my final updates for the end of the competition. As soon as i come close to the tank the corals start to close up, below is the best i could take.

It's been fun and I've learn a fair bit about tiny tanks and what it takes to look after them long term. Listed are some of the things i checked daily / weekly
- 1.2L water change 2 times per week
- In addition to the small heater, I had to wrap it in a blanket to keep the heat in
- Summer needed a 5cm computer fan to keep it at 26deg
- Change a small strip of filter wool every few days which sat in the back part directly under the overflow comb.
- Feed the tank with mysis and cyclops daily (mixed 1/2 of a block each for the main tank and took out 0.5ml in a syringe.
- Mixed up 2ml of KZ B-Balance, 2 drops of sponge power 3 times a week for the main tank and took out 0.5ml in a syringe each time for the pico.
- 2 drops of zeobak weekly.

It's been easy to maintain and keep with the only issue being the SPS losing tissue colour when i raised the light intensity, It still kept the bright green polyps and i have adjusted the light back to see if it recovers.

Thanks to all who organised and ran this competition, it's been fun and see you next year.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 6:23 pm

Looking good mate, hope you continue to run it and update for years to come :D
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby Sin » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 9:29 pm

Thanks Cody, This ones a keeper, My son claims and tells everyone what a great tank he built and looks after so i can't take it off him.

I think he fed the tank once this year :roflmao: :roflmao:

Looking forward to adding some more corals now that the competition is over.
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby izzywitt » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 12:27 am

Such an inspiration for pico reefing!! Are you using any sort of filter media still?
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby Sin » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 7:12 am

izzywitt wrote:Such an inspiration for pico reefing!! Are you using any sort of filter media still?


Thank you!

I only cut a small strip of sponge and sit it behind the overflow comb to pick up particles in the water.

It lasts about a week before its dark brown and needs changing.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby Kah » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 1:52 pm

That's a fantastic garden piece happening right there!
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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby Rod the Reefer » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 9:51 pm

Well done Sin, looks excellent.

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Re: Sin's 8L pico in a bowl- End of comp update

Postby babyreefer » Wed 30 Jul, 2014 5:11 am

Looks Astonishing! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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