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Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Sun 05 Jan, 2014 6:22 pm

Introduction:
I've previously kept mainly planted freshwater aquariums, but several years ago I did have a nano tank that housed a pair of clowns and a H. crispa. I had the anemone for nine months before selling it off before the temperature got to high.

System Type: Mixed reef

PICO System:

PICO Tank: 22 x 22 x 36cm

PICO Volume: 17 liters

PICO Lighting: BoostLED Par30 with 3x royal blues, 1x neutral white and 1x warm white

Start up date: December 14th


Support systems: small chiller rated for up to 30 liters

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: HOB with 500l/H flow

Filtration: Not yet but I will be adding filter wool

Evaporation Top Up: Manual

Water Changes: 50% once a week and 100% once a month

Chemical Support: None, but I may add carbon

Calcium and Alkalinity Addition: Water changes only

Other Chemical Maintenance: Water changes only

Current Water Chemistry: If applicable
Nitrates: 1
Phosphates:
Alkalinity:
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.025
Magnesuim:


Livestock: Yellow tail damsel

Corals: 2 acros, a hammer, various acans, a scolly, Xenia, blasto and a toad stool.

Invertebrates and or CUC maxi mini carpet anemone, planning on adding 5 sexy shrimp. Nerite snails and a stromb for CUC.

Feeding Regime:

Coral food: The scolly gets fed a few pellets three times a weed

Method: I use tweezers to target feed the coral

Budget
Equipment expenses The only things that were purchased for this tank was the chiller ($110), the light ($50) and the light stand ($22). Totaling $188.

Images:

Chiller:
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14th of December:
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19th of December
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23rd of December, added the par30
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26th of December
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2nd of January
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4th of January
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby Joshua-Marshall » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 10:10 am

matt_95 wrote:Chiller:
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Thermoelectric cooler? I like that idea! Does it cool the tank effectively?
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 3:02 pm

Sure is, works pretty well, although during the heat wave a few days ago, it was only keeping the tank at 29 degrees. However that does mean it keeps the tank 10 degrees below the temperature of the room.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby sparker » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 3:18 pm

made yourself or purchased?
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 3:38 pm

I purchased it off someone who made a few of them on another forum.

Here are the fish that will be going into this tank. Bad photos sorry but it's the best I could do atm. They're currently at 1.010, I'm hoping to have a pair in this tank within a week.5395539453945395
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby sparker » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 4:06 pm

PM me the info???

Nice looking Guppies too I presume?
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Mon 06 Jan, 2014 4:25 pm

They're endlers, closely related but smaller and with more vibrant and metallic colours. I may end up moving those to another tank though and going for a red variety.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Tue 07 Jan, 2014 8:27 pm

Endlers are now at 1.012 as of last night. I had one die, we had a blackout last night and the room they're in needs to have the power restarted manually. Went in in the morning and they were all gasping for air at the surface. They are all fine now.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Fri 10 Jan, 2014 12:40 am

The endlers are now at a SG of 1.019. Hoping it move them in within 3 days.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Sat 11 Jan, 2014 2:09 am

Here's a little acro crab I have, he hasn't been around the acro though. From a bit of googling, he may not be so beneficial. He's confined to the HOB for now.Image
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I got my carpet nem! I got three, however one didn't look so good upon arrival and I removed it as it was starting to die today. They're pretty small but I can't wait for them to get some size on them.
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I found these shrimp, not sure what they are.
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New FTS. Starting to be satisfied with coral placement.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby MeLLeR » Mon 13 Jan, 2014 11:52 am

Nice :thumbsup:

I'm still fiddling with my thermoelectric chiller....
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Fri 31 Jan, 2014 6:51 pm

Well my endlers were slowly disappearing and I had no idea what was going on. I couldn't remove them though as my other tank has not finished cycling. It turns out my shrimp were killing them. So I now have no shrimp and no endlers. I wanted something blue in here, I did some researching and I found a few people recommended yellow tail damsels, I found at least one person who had kept on in a jbj picotope which is around 12 liters. I went out and got one today to add to the tank. If it does end up too big or looks cramped in the tank, I'll pull it out and put it into my larger tank.

My water change schedule is currently 50% once a week and 100% once a month. In my research a lot of people recommend 100% water changes to "reset" the parameters and help maintain a pico long term. I am having a bit of a problem with detritus so I think I need to add a small power head. Any recommendations?
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matts20891 » Fri 31 Jan, 2014 8:40 pm

Detritus on the sand or rocks? Would the tank be too small for a strombus?
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Fri 31 Jan, 2014 11:12 pm

I'm getting detritus building up on the sand and rocks. I'm not sure how much help the storm us strombus would be as my problem is that the HOB isn't sucking up the detritus unless I stir it up. Thanks for the links, they look perfect for what I need!
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Fri 07 Feb, 2014 7:44 pm

I've added some snails to the tank to act as my CUC now I have removed the shrimp, the sand bed is looking better already. Hopefully the new power head will help as well. I may make the sand bed a little deeper for the stromb, it doesn't go over the really shallow areas.

I'm also getting very good growth from all of my LPS, I have many new heads on the acans and the hammer is splitting. Aptasia damage to the blasto is healing and vinegar damage from removing Aptasia is also healing very well. I have some spots of coralline appearing and the rock looks like it is maturing well, it's a lot darker than when I started. I am considering getting rid of the Acropora, they have yet to show any growth so my conditions must not be optimal for them.

I've also had a small pair of gobies show up. No idea where they have come from, they're always out in the open so I assume they haven't been hiding this whole time. I will have to rehome them.

I'll try for a FTS tonight.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Sat 08 Feb, 2014 2:00 pm

I was playing around with my camera, trying to figure out how to take good photos of the tank. Haven't really succeeded so far. I've figured out how to prevent the corals in the top half of the tank from over exposing, but now it looks too dark.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Mon 17 Feb, 2014 5:47 pm

Disaster struck last night, I helped a friend move into their apartment last night and I ended up staying over. At some point in the night the outlet for the chiller pump came out of the aquarium. I walked into my room to smell the unmistakable smell of dead coral and I saw the tank was half empty. I lost the sps, along with some new acans, new hammer and a few others. Looks like the green hammer will make it along with a few acans that were on the bottom. Although some have started to recede, hopefully they recover.
It appears that the chiller and pump are fried, the screws in the chiller have rusted and there are rust stains on the carpet as well. Skirting boards are absolutely ruined and I am trying to dry the carpet out as we speak.
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby Kah » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 12:27 am

Ah that looked like it would be a good chiller :(
Hope your tank bounces back!
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Tue 18 Feb, 2014 6:02 pm

I think I have found where the problem is in the chiller, getting a replacement part this afternoon, hopefully that should do it!

Thanks :) I may have to withdraw from the competition, I don't think I'll be able to restock in time, but oh well, I'd rather a healthy tank :)
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby matt_95 » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 7:08 pm

Unfortunately my tank is no longer in the competition as I couldn't finish restocking it before March. However my tank is now thriving and looking great so I thought I would update this post with a FTS anyway. Any constructive criticism?
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 03 Jun, 2014 2:19 pm

Looks awesome!
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby elliven » Sat 07 Jun, 2014 8:23 pm

Unique scape, I like it!
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Re: Matt's 17 liter mixed reef

Postby Mr Miagi » Wed 02 Jul, 2014 10:01 pm

I reckon some Fungia would look awesome on the bottom right hand side too! :cheers:
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