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The 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Tue 26 Nov, 2013 4:31 pm

Introduction:
I had a 3FT mantis shrimp reef tank waaay back in 2002 before moving house. The tank was shut down until the beginning of this year when I started up a new reef in it.

For this pico, I want to have a lawn of green star polyps on a flat rock up front and a fluffy morph "tree" at the back somewhere along with a selection of zoanthids and some LPS for colour and movement.

I also will try a floating piece of rock attached to a magnet somehow, but not sure what corals I will put on it at this stage.
^ This idea has been dropped as the floating rock shaded too much of the aquarium and blocked views to the other focus points in the rock scape

System Type: Mixed Reef.

PICO System:

PICO Tank: 22 CM cube.

PICO Volume: 10 Litres

PICO Lighting: LED. Going with the Orphek NR-12 PAR30. Used a spare Minu LED while I wait for it to arrive.

Start up date: 25/11/2013.


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: HOB Aquaclear 50.

Filtration: Live Rock biological.

Evaporation Top Up: Smart ATO.

Water Changes: Going with weekly 50%+


Chemical Support:

Calcium and Alkalinity Addition: Maintained by the water changes

Other Chemical Maintenance: As Above

Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates: 0 - <5 API
Phosphates: 0 - <0.25 API
Alkalinity: 8dKH API
Calcium: 460 ppm API
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.026
Magnesuim: N/A


Livestock:

Corals: GSP frags. Will also have Morphs, Zoanthids and some LPS.

Invertebrates and or CUC
2 x Turbo snails
1x hermit crab

2x Anemone shrimp - added 31/01/2014

Feeding Regime:

Coral food: N/A

Method: N/A


Budget
Equipment expenses

Tank - $25
AC50 - $79
Stand - $50
Heater - Old spare that i have.
Lighting - PAR30 globe Orphek NR-12 $70
- Gooseneck Holder - $18
Fuge light - spare from an old AIO.
Smart ATO - $150

Total $392


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Latest Image:
03/07/2014
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30/06/2014
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27/05/2014
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08/04/2014 - now with the new light!
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29/03/2014
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28/02/2014
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Day 1:
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A few days later, GSP frags added. The cycle was assisted with some Seachem stability which I have used for several aquariums now and feel confident applying it for a pico.
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They look rather sad right now, but hopefully will do their thing and spread everywhere. :crossfingers:
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby DaElf » Tue 26 Nov, 2013 5:11 pm

Hey Kah was is the stand that you are using?
It looks almost like a surround sound speaker???

It looks cool whatever it is :thumbsup:
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Wed 27 Nov, 2013 1:38 pm

It's the stand from one of the 25 litre AquaPro aquarium sets that Better Pets and Gardens was selling. I managed to get the stand by itself due to some luck. :D

And here is my "floating" rock attached to an aquarium magnet curing in a bucket. Will test the bond in my main aquarium before placing into the pico.
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 2:35 pm

Using large GSP colonies as well to help seed the lawn. :thumbsup:
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I should have guessed that the floating rock would not work too well. It shades a large portion of the pico and blocks the view to my focus points.
Oh well scratch that plan and save it for a nano.

Here be zoas. I like these large red ones.
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This is during the day in indirect filtered daylight, but the phone doesn't handle taking pictures with bright light sources very well.
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby cody.sheridan-2008 » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 2:41 pm

Looks sweet :)
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby linnx » Tue 03 Dec, 2013 11:01 pm

i love the floating scape
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Thu 12 Dec, 2013 2:14 pm

One of my rocks had some hair algae when I put it in which has really taken off. Dropped in one of my stromb snails to mow it down a bit. :)
It is having a great time with the algae.
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Preparing one of the display rocks that will be one of the focal point in the pico. This one will also be placed to conceal most of the AC50 intake.
"Jewel studded" with acans frags from my main colonies. :thumbsup:
It's currently hardening in my main tank for a bit before transferring over.
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Also got a Smart ATO and hooked it in because evaporation was high enough that I was topping up twice per day.

It is a nice little unit and it's compact footprint really suits the small size of a Pico.
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby ssscuz » Thu 12 Dec, 2013 5:35 pm

Looks good mate, gsp lawn will look sweet.
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Re: 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Fri 13 Dec, 2013 2:07 am

Cheers sscuz!

It's amazing how fast that stuff grows!
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I only placed the large colony to the left at the start of the month and discovered today that it has already attached and started spreading out over the rock.
The original GSP frags are also starting to come out again.
The goal is to eventually have the whole of the flat rock on the bottom covered with GSP to give the "lawn" effect. The original colonies will eventually be removed.

:clownfish: :clownfish: :clownfish:
The par30 goose-neck arrived... and I discovered that it will not bend down enough to face the tank if I clamp it to the stand.

Going to have to get an Acrylic book-stand made up to hold it.
Basically the base of the book-stand will go under the tank itself and the vertical part should extend up behind it - giving me a vertical hold for the goose-neck clamp.

Only downside, its going to be expensive and is probably going to cost more than the tank and the goose-neck combined. :nut:
Will look real nice though.
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Re: The 10L GSP lawn

Postby Mr Miagi » Sat 14 Dec, 2013 11:10 am

They are a nice colour, I have some I am planning to grow, ill send you some pics and maybe we can trade! Would be neat to have a few varieties in your tank! :clap:
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Re: The 10L GSP lawn

Postby coral1 » Sun 15 Dec, 2013 2:53 pm

coming along nicely :clap: :clap:
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Re: The 10L GSP lawn

Postby funebris » Sun 15 Dec, 2013 9:13 pm

Yep, must admit I am planning on stealing a few of the scape ideas you have employed in this build.
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Re: The 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Sun 15 Dec, 2013 11:12 pm

Thanks fellas! :D

I am in the process of giving the branching piece the the rear right a base for some stability. Right now only the sand and glass holds it up and in such a small space that does not mean a whole lot of stability.

Deciding if I mould one out of aquarium epoxy or try to stick it to another rock. Moulding it's own base sounds better the more I think about it though.
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Postby funebris » Mon 16 Dec, 2013 10:06 am

If you mold the base you can then hide the putty with sand too.
The best type of putty, is unseen putty!
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Re: The 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Wed 18 Dec, 2013 3:35 pm

Spotted something suspicious on my GSP colony.

1.5-2cm long. Good or bad?
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I am thinking that I should at least get rid of the eggs. heh.
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Postby Kah » Sat 28 Dec, 2013 4:07 pm

Looks like I'll have to keep an eye on that seaslug. It had another batch of eggs yesterday which was also removed.
Aside from that though it doesnt seem to be capable of out eating the GSP growth rate. Could make a decent reef safe sea slug as long as the numbers are controlled hahaha.

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The other colony of GSP has started doing its thing and has begun spreading over the rock too! :thumbsup:
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And here is some snaps of some of the zoas I have in there:

These are powder blue.
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The one mid left has the nice red but I cant seem to get any photos that show it off nicely.
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And a colony of red fringed blue center zoa.
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Same zoas as before, but under blue lights and taken with a DSLR instead of my phone.
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Postby Kah » Tue 14 Jan, 2014 8:37 pm

I figured it was about time to remove the original GSP colonies now that they have spread onto the rock that is to be the base for the "Lawn".
Scalpel time!
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I left the nudibranch in there as it seems to be sustainable.

Bonus video tour of the GSP lawn as it is today!
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Postby Kah » Sat 01 Feb, 2014 6:48 pm

I added a pair of anemone shrimp yesterday and will try and get a picture once the debris settles from the water change.
Cool little things they are. :)

...and here they are!

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It was feeding time. There are only two of them and the bottom two photos are of the same individual.
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Postby Kah » Sat 01 Mar, 2014 12:40 am

The acan studded rock has gone in!

It's to the left, and partially conceals the AC50 intake.
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Silly crab - you're covering the acans! :roflmao:

Frontal shot, slightly angled to stop my phone reflection showing.
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I intend to move out those frag tiles soon. Just the zoos on them are doing so well makes me want to leave them where they are as long as possible. :)

My par30 bulb should be on its way soon too.

Sadly both the shrimp have jumped. :(


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Postby Kah » Sat 01 Mar, 2014 12:52 pm

Better pictures taken during daytime because the last ones were taken at night with the light turned on.

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I need to swap to a black phone! hahaha.

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Postby Kah » Mon 31 Mar, 2014 12:09 am

Everything still growing well. A tiny mantis shrimp has been digging up some of the sand though.
Left it in as there isn't anything in there that it can attack.
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Some macroalgae has sprouted up too. The caulerpa has appeared seemingly out of nowhere!
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There is also some interesting stuff growing out from between the zoas. I am not sure what they really are, but they do look nice.
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Diagonal shots are always nice! :thumbsup:
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Postby Kah » Wed 09 Apr, 2014 5:34 pm

My Orphek NR-12 Par30 globe arrived on the weekend!
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So I now have it fitted:
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I will have to keep an eye on that caulerpa because it is threatening to overgrow everything.
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Postby Kah » Tue 27 May, 2014 10:00 am

Some of the caulerpa growth.
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Oops took this pic while the GSP were retracted...
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Overall it all looks happy. :D
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Postby Kah » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 3:01 am

A water change, abit of new sand and the filter turned off makes the pico very photogenic.
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Acan!! :-x
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They look good when the white-balance fails too. lol
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Those two were from using a different image converter to change RAWs to JPEGs...

View from above.
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More goodies!
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Postby naqua » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 2:41 pm

Looks great. Is the GSP still spreading? Seems to have stopped in the last few months.

Love hte macro algae, but be careful of that caulerpa ... can take over the whole system if you aren't careful.
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Postby Kah » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 3:48 pm

When I took these pictures, a trochus had just motored right through the middle of the GSP. The GSP growth had also slowed down when I reduced feeding to reduce the detritus buildup I was seeing.

The caulerpa gets alot of pruning, but I discovered it does still get everywhere. Still I like the contrast that its long green leaves provide. Almost like having freshwater sword plants. :)
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Postby Kah » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 3:49 pm

I have more pictures to upload just that the uploads stopped halfway.
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Postby Mr Miagi » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 9:59 pm

Love the macroalgae. I think you should add more, would look awesome! :thumbsup:
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Re: The 10L GSP lawn

Postby Kah » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 11:30 pm

It's been a good macroalgae. Nice growth I have pruned it slightly a few times.

More uploads have gone through!

Geroff my lawn!! (The trochus middle bottom)
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Here's what it looks like when big snails aren't rolling through it :)
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And some of the goodies promised earlier!
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Flatworms! D:
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The seaslug has been doing well too! :)
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I call it a Rabbit.
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And lastly a crappy smartphone shot of the whole system:
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Re: The 10L GSP lawn

Postby nudibranch » Sun 06 Jul, 2014 3:06 pm

Excellent Read. Very jealous of your nudibranch hitchhiker, seems like a perfectly scaled inhabitant. What happened to the floating rock ?
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