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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Wed 29 Jan, 2014 9:04 am

Alright, tank is complete and is on the desk at work. Looks incredible! Can't wait to get a little goby in there and maybe a small shrimp and snail too. Not planning too much coral wise, just a zoa frag or three, a small torch frag and a couple of morphs :thumbsup:

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby robthepom » Wed 29 Jan, 2014 3:30 pm

That is so cool, I love it, well done another winner
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Wed 29 Jan, 2014 3:33 pm

cheers mate - appreciate it!
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Sun 02 Feb, 2014 9:55 am

added some livestock to the tank today. Three small pieces of coral, two from my existing display tank (just a green morph and a basic torch frag) and a $5 bargain duncan frag from Deer Park. Also added a small yellow coral goby who whilst being a bit shy whilst I am at my desk, he comes out and about when he thinks I can't see him. I'm sure he'll settle in nicely. Also managed to get a baby snail from my DT into the pico which was a bonus (nearly threw it out with the zip bag, noticed him just in time!).

I have a yellow coral goby at home too, we have called him "Gomez" so it seemed only fair that his brother be called "Fester". Hope Fester enjoys the tank as much as i do :cheers:

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Fester caught sticking his head out before I had left:
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby Morphology » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 9:33 pm

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 10:13 pm

What would you like to know :)

Tank is kicking along well, have an urchin in there too now, but that is the only addition. Will add another couple of morphs and a pepp shrimp soon, but that will be about it for the short term future. Just enjoy looking at it and talking to the goby :cheers:

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby Morphology » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 11:59 pm

I don't know, just wanted to see if you'd added anything :bunny:
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Mon 24 Mar, 2014 11:07 am

Pretty basic update, pink morph looking great - Duncan not so much.... Seems to be my luck with Duncans though!

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Please ignore poor iphone pic, they really don't like representing colours properly with LED's do they!
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 1:02 pm

April update:

Have had trouble with one string of my DIY led setup getting affected by humidity, so have taken the hood off for a couple of days to rework and add some small fans to keep moisture out. Tank looks a bit lifeless without the leds, but is still relaxing to look at on the work desk :)

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby NewyReefer » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 2:20 pm

Very cool little tank mate :thumbsup:
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 2:22 pm

Cheers! When the comp is over, I will pop a glass sump in it with an ATO I have sitting about. Should be pretty neat :)
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Mon 02 Jun, 2014 1:47 pm

Couple days late on the May update, but here it is none the less. Finally found time to move the lighting back over to the open top setup which is not plagued with moisture issues :)

Poor frags have gone a few weeks without light, so are slowly recovering again. Pepp shrimp is happy though, only hides for half the day now :pirate:

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 03 Jun, 2014 12:04 pm

He is probably hiding from Uma Thurman! :roflmao:

Amazing how much we can put these tanks through!
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 4:11 pm

haha you could be right, there are quite a few action movie posters around the tank to scare the poor little pepp: Kill Bill(s), Lost Boys, Traitor, Rock n Rolla, Body of Lies, Max Payne - to name a few ;)

Also - I have gone back through this journal and fixed the image sizing on the early pics. For some reason they were huge and cropped? All sorted now :thumbsup:
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 10:43 am

Final full tank shot. Not too much more happening in there, will add a bunch of differnt morphs to the tank once the comp is over and officially make it a mushroom garden! Everything just ticking over nicely :)

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby millotoli » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 8:26 pm

Looks so good, but also looks like it will fit in my pocket lol, maybe a tank for the borrowers.
what are the dimensions?
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 9:12 pm

It's at work and I can't remember the exact dimensions, but it is about the size of a tissue box or a 2l milk container. This pic gives a better idea:

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby chrismelb » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 6:43 pm

What a great idea, a scale pico. Very nice work! Looks great. Can i ask how you secured the plumbing in your return overflow, is it just silicone or did you use a small bulkhead?
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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 7:03 pm

Still waiting for my 3d printer to arrive (kickstarter....) so just turned down some nylon hose fittings for a snug fit and siliconed in place :)

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Re: Sams DIY Pico

Postby sparker » Thu 05 Feb, 2015 2:42 pm

Now that the comp is over, I replaced the DIY led setup with a spare GHL mitras I have. Slightly overkill for a 6l tank, and is on 10% high efficiency mode.... LOL

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