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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Thu 25 Dec, 2014 1:14 pm

Some Pocci growth (10 weeks)

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You can clearly see the change in zooxanthellae density from when I had detectable Po4 (first pic) to zero Po4 (second pic).
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby kevinicus » Thu 25 Dec, 2014 5:26 pm

hi,

nice build coming along here with really neat hardware. Keep the updates coming!
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby urbanrat84 » Thu 22 Jan, 2015 8:36 pm

Looking good! Any updates?

Btw that link you posted about sand beds in pico's is absolutely brilliant. Thats the sort of problems I encountered in my tank, it just takes much longer to happen in a bigger tank. And I've come to the conclusion after 7 years of learning the hard way that keeping the tank very clean and having renewable biological filtration or biofiltration on a rotational cycle is the way to go. Just my thoughts.
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Tue 27 Jan, 2015 2:03 pm

Unfortunately, I have lost the Strawberry Shortcake and Green Stag. Suspect this is due to the 100% water changes resulting in a substantial shift in water parameters. Now swapping to 30-40% water changes, weekly.

Ive never run into nitrate problems in any of my sand bed tanks. I've always preferred it as it gives a more natural look and also like the benefits of the micro flora that come with it.
I entered into the hobby back when Deep Sand Beds where all the rage and this has stuck with me. So long as they are largely left untouched they have never posed a problem for me. But I agree they are a nutrient sink and can cause problems, but in my experience this occurs when the bed is disturbed. Having said that, I am having a problem with my Damsel as he has started disturbing the upper level of the sand bed, will check nitrate and phosphate levels.
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Wed 11 Feb, 2015 1:40 pm

Hi All,

Tested nitrate (<.05) & phosphate (.03)

Have started doing an actual aquascape now.

The visiting acan, fungia and torch, have been removed and placed in tanks at home.

This morning, attached three tabling acros frags to the upright rock piece, back right :) Plan on putting a small selection of zoas on a rock just in front of that piece and then on the left at the front will be a small bommie of cluster acros frags, including the ones in the sand now. Once that is done, just going to sit back and hopefully watch everything grow :)

Polyps just starting to come out of the frags glued this morning

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Again, excuse the iphone photos, keep forgetting to bring camera to work. But will do once aqua scape is finished.
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Wed 18 Feb, 2015 1:37 pm

Some close ups of polyps extension. Frags doing well and colouring up. I am using a cheap magnifying glass infront of my iphone6+ (DIY macro lens :talker: )

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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Thu 19 Feb, 2015 1:27 pm

Finished my SPS cluster island and zoa island this morning.

Pics taken with a better camera: Panasonic LUMIX FT5 in macro mode correcting for blue saturation using custom white balance (i.e., pic of gravel sand)

SPS Cluster Island. Frags taken from my home tank. Some colours are yet to come as they were previous lit under a PC lighting. Also some were not in the best condition but hope will improve .
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Pink Pocci
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What hopefully will be a Purple acro
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What hopefully will be a teal/Aqua acro
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Purple & Cyan acro
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Hard to believe but hopefully will be a hot pink Stylo
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What hopefully will grow into a purple acro
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Zoa Island
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Green Alien Eyes
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Green Alien Eyes under blues
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Bloody Valentines
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Green something
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Green somethings under blues
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Fire n ice
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Fire n ice under blues
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FTS. Not much to look at yet. Cant wait till they start growing and hopefully colouring up. Will prune them down if any start to block/compete with other
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby ClarityReef » Sun 22 Feb, 2015 11:43 pm

whats your filtration system like?
Im just setting mine up and finding the best way so I can keep sps.
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Mon 23 Feb, 2015 11:11 am

ClarityReef wrote:whats your filtration system like?
I'm just setting mine up and finding the best way so I can keep sps.


Hi ClarityReef, what you see in the FTS is the filtration. It is purely biological with some help from the 30-40% weekly water changes. I don't run carbon, P04 remover, skimmer, nor do i have a reefuge with macro algae. I like to keep my nanos simple to avoid any mechanical/electrical malfunction, especially here at work. Nitrate and phosphate are absorbed by corals (more specifically the zooxanthellae and bacteria found in the corals), what ever microalgae grows in the tank (minimal), and bacteria in the water column and that attached to other surfaces (e.g., live sand, rock etc). I should warn that this doesn't work for everyone and it is a very fine balance to maintain - I can't just dump a cube of mysid/brine shrimp in and expect things to be ok, tank would probably crash. I am aware that the system can't handle a huge bioload so i'm careful with what goes in. I should also note that i don't dose any carbon sources (e.g., vodka).
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Mon 23 Mar, 2015 10:05 am

One month on and corals are colouring up nicely. Unfortunately, lost the two purple acros shortly after fragging everything. But apart from that everything else appears to be going well.

Pink Pocci
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1month on
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What hopefully will be a teal/Aqua acro
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1 month on
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Purple & Cyan acro
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1 month on
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Green Table
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1 month on
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Pink Stylo
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1 month on
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Misc. acro
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Blue/green table acro
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FTS 1 month on. Not much to look at yet as corals are still small frags.
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby tommoo » Sat 28 Mar, 2015 11:58 am

very interested in your drainage pipe for water changes? could we grab a close up on it please? where does it sit on the tank?
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Sat 28 Mar, 2015 1:52 pm

tommoo wrote:very interested in your drainage pipe for water changes? could we grab a close up on it please? where does it sit on the tank?


Thanks Tommoo, the drainage pipe for water changes was in my acrylic tank. I no longer have this since switching to the glass tank. In the acrylic tank, I had it plumbed through the bottom panel and hose went through the cabinet panel and sat inside cabinet stand. You can see its position in the tank in one of the pics on my very first post
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Thu 25 Jun, 2015 5:49 pm

Long over due for an update, 3 months since last. Tank has now hit 8 months of age (However, not all corals are 8 months in as some have been added along the way).

Here are the pics :thumbsup:

Purple Pocci
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Green Pocci
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Pink Stylo
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Teal Acro

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Purple Cyan Acro

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Zoas

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Table Acros

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Unfortunately lost the little blue purple one but replaced with cyan one

New Addition

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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby Mxett » Thu 25 Jun, 2015 8:35 pm

fantastic effort mate
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby hanzelz » Mon 04 Jan, 2016 3:34 pm

Wow....just WOW!!!

Where did you get the bracket for the light?
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Tue 09 Feb, 2016 1:34 pm

hanzelz wrote:Wow....just WOW!!!

Where did you get the bracket for the light?


Bracket is all DIY - heatsink and fabricated acrylic. :thumbsup:

Im long overdue for a update. Will provide this soon with pics :).

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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby millotoli » Sat 23 Apr, 2016 12:16 pm

So awesome

Looking forward to the update
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Fri 27 May, 2016 5:28 pm

Ok finally got around to doing an update. Things have been going well. Cause work has been busy, I haven’t been as religious with my weekly water changes but as you can see from the pics below things are going well. Unfortunately the two acros on the upright scape didn’t survive through the neglect. But the rest is ticking along nicely. Especially the poccis and stylo, which are now shadowing other acros. I plan to add a birdsnest and maybe a rainbow monti to fill the tank a little more. Hope you enjoy the pics.

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Yes, now have two yellow tail damsels. Really think damsels are underrated
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby Wakareefer » Sat 28 May, 2016 10:28 pm

Awesome growth in such a small tank mate, what salt are you using? And are you dosing anything?
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Sat 28 May, 2016 11:18 pm

Thanks mate. I'm using RedSea Coral Pro. Not dosing anything, not even alk/calc. These are elevated in the pro salt (SPS portions) so I'm just relying on water changes. I do feed the fish ofcourse ;). As corals look happy, I haven't bothered to check parameters.

Usually with my tanks, I spend more time maintaing than enjoying but this one is so simple that I actually have time to sit back and watch it grow, having it at work also helps.
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby wayne2.0 » Sat 28 May, 2016 11:33 pm

Kickass pint-sized tank :)
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby Callumkscott » Mon 30 May, 2016 8:31 pm

Tank looks good and I enjoyed reading the thread. Thanks
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby Mr Miagi » Mon 30 May, 2016 9:24 pm

Awesome dude! Love a good pocci!
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby Emperor_tang » Sat 04 Jun, 2016 3:05 am

Wow! Tank is coming along very nicely, loving it! Any new updates?
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby Wakareefer » Tue 07 Jun, 2016 11:10 pm

One more question mate, since your not surface skimming what do you do about the scum/oils accumulation
On the surface?
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Re: New Pico Work Tank - 12 litres

Postby chrismelb » Fri 10 Jun, 2016 4:52 pm

Emperor_tang wrote:Wow! Tank is coming along very nicely, loving it! Any new updates?


Will get some new pics up shortly :thumbsup:

Wakareefer wrote:One more question mate, since your not surface skimming what do you do about the scum/oils accumulation
On the surface?


Good question, I don't have anything in place to remove surface films. Only occasionally do I see a film but this tends to clear after a few days, could be tied to water changes. I was thinking of using a Tunze 9001 skimmer as they surface skim but as its not been an issue i've not bothered. I'm enjoying the simplicity of this tank.
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Re: Aquaforest - SPS Pico Work Tank (12 litre)

Postby chrismelb » Tue 09 Aug, 2016 6:38 pm

Bit of an update here:

Tank has a been a bit neglected last few weeks and I have missed a couple of water changes.

Unfortunately, the new yellow tail damsel also passed away from aggression from other damsel - these guys can be quite aggressive!

To more positive news, I am really excited to see Aquaforest products here in AU http://aquaforest.eu/en/. I've heard really good reviews about their range. I am now switching salt from RedSea Coral Pro to AF Reef Salt. My impressions so far on the salt are great, it mixes clear in 15mins as stated and coral polyp extension is noticeably greater for days after water change.

I will also start to test Alk consumption and if a drop is detected between water changes I will dose the AF balling: Calcium, Magenesium, KH Buffer, and Reef Mineral Salt. After four weeks I'll report any change and introduce Component Strong. I want to start slowly to determine what is causing change.

More to follow shortly :)

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Re: Aquaforest SPS Pico Work Tank (12 litres)

Postby UnderCoverBrother » Wed 25 Oct, 2017 12:53 pm

Bravo - great thread, its unfortunate the acyrilic let go :(
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Re: Aquaforest SPS Pico Work Tank (12 litres)

Postby Combatants » Wed 28 Nov, 2018 2:33 pm

Any updates on the Aquaforest?
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Re: Aquaforest SPS Pico Work Tank (12 litres)

Postby chrismelb » Mon 06 May, 2019 12:30 am

No new update, sorry. As you know this tank lived on my work desk. I've since changed jobs and as a newbie, didn't feel confident setting up a tank on my desk. I've now been at this new place a year, and it is simply too busy to even look at a tank at work. The tank in this journal was packed up. But I am in the process of starting another at home, as I love the nano tanks :).

Stay tuned for the new journal :).
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