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Pico reef! Lifeguard Aquatics crystal AIO 4.1!

Daniel92481

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Hey reefers! I decided to start a pico reef after shutting down my Nuvo 40! I have always wanted a small reef tank, and here I am!

-LA crystal AIO 4.1 gallon with stock pump

-Ecotech MP10

-Kessil A360X

-LA 25 watt heater

I managed to put the remaining corals from the Nuvo 40 into the pico...

-Trochus snail

-Blue legged hermit

-fire shrimp

-nirvanas, pink constellations, bowsers, playboy bunnies, sonic flares, laser lemons, and more

I have attached a few pics. Thanks for looking! 66F29463-ED36-4439-93FB-897B00B306A5.jpeg 18A276A8-194F-41AA-B3F4-A7B25FD6A494.jpeg 302BF335-E8B2-48E4-8818-3ACB2E7FE718.jpeg
 
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Quick update with the pico...I lowered the light a few inches to accommodate a few new sticks that I purchased from a member here on MARSH that I’m really happy about. They seem to be responding well in their new home. My RFA did decide to move from where I initially placed him. He moved to the front of the main display rock, covering some precious psychosis zoa polyps I had. On the bright side, the other zoas are doing well. Maintenance schedule is really simple here, water changes are biweekly 50%, along with cleaning filter floss pads. I am really enjoying the simple maintenance plan on this pico. I have attached a few pics! Thanks for 👀 BFF1C45B-430A-4206-BC43-ECBD25AB7A78.jpeg 158B3AE7-76CD-4EBB-A1FF-AFA69EF76386.jpeg 9D20984D-CD4D-4FC7-8AAA-D70D8FDC5A84.jpeg 4652DC59-C948-4B87-B71D-989494F72317.jpeg
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Hey reefers, I figured I would give one last update before the end of 2020. :)

Things were going so smooth until...GHA! Ugh. Gotta love it. It had been progressively getting worse for a few weeks before I decided to scrub the back wall and main rock with a toothbrush. I managed to get the majority of it with scrubbing, cleaned my filter sock a couple times, and added one chemi pure blue nano packet. So far, things seem to be improving. I am now doing 80% water changes bi weekly. I was able to lower my phosphates from 0.06 to 0.03 with the chemi pure packet, although I’m not sure how accurate those readings are because of the algae. I was also able to pluck some small bubble algae off the main rock. After cleaning up the tank, along with the sand, things are looking better. My zoa polyps are slowly starting to come back to life, which I’m really happy about. I did lose my three recent sticks due to STN.:( It is definitely discouraging to lose corals from poor maintenance/water quality. Hopefully things will continue to improve from here on though. My fire shrimp, trochus, RFA, and hermit are all still doing well. I would also like to mention that my jawbreaker mushroom is also doing well and never fails to impress me with its vibrant colors! With the sticks gone, I also removed the MP10 and am now only running off my return pump. I am really liking the simplicity of this. Especially since the coral I have now have lower flow demands. I recently added a baby purple firefish and a single head duncan. Both additions seem to be doing well, and are adjusting nicely to the tank. I will also be adding a torch coral to the tank this week. I am thinking somewhere in the sand vs. the main rock. Any suggestions on this? The other torches I had before were all on the rock vs. the sand. I am thinking it should do fine either place.

I think that’s about it with the tank, just wanting to keep things as simple as possible while continuing to enjoy this amazing hobby, and the ups and downs associated with it.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another update soon! :) 2EE3DD13-BC74-4EDD-9418-13802F2E4532.jpeg F06DCDA7-356F-4D8C-866F-2FC8364F478E.jpeg 3C040C93-1A41-4C02-BE95-717805EEE456.jpeg 9E241C86-C72F-46A3-94F6-E7D305F09C06.jpeg B4275E4D-8F68-4993-9325-CA05E4868909.jpeg 10407958-40DB-4C7B-A559-A046C3622F9C.jpeg EA3E6177-EE26-4F3C-8A0D-6F5C6C0B4886.jpeg
 
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I just bought the same pico you have lol
I'm on 3 days of cycle
With old water from other tank
And new one that I made.
I'm surprised you added an mp 10 there lol
Keep us updated I look forward
 
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Nice! You will really love this tank. Super clear, low iron glass. The MP10 actually fit pretty good in the tank. It did kick up some sand at 30%, but nothing major. I hope to see your new tank thread here soon too.:)
 
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I’ve been thinking about that. I don’t have one currently. Any ideas where to find such a small one? Or maybe a piece of acrylic? Thanks!

Maybe something like this...

 
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That could work. I have a glass top on one of my tanks, and screens made from a BRS kit on the other. A solid top has the advantage of less evaporation, but the disadvantage that it can quickly get dusty on one side and coated with algae and/or mineral deposits on the other and thus lower the light to the corals, and it can increase the heat.
 
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Sounds like the screen would be the way to go. I’ll have to check them out at BRS. I’ll try to get the acrylic one for the time being.👍🏼
 
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Hey reefers!🙃

First update of 2021!

Things are really improving with the tank, bouncing back from a GHA outbreak I had about a month ago. I was able to dial in my feeding schedule, helping to keep my nutrients under control. I’ve been managing to test most major parameters once a week, usually on Sunday. I have also been performing 80% water changes biweekly with good results. I am going to continue this WC schedule, and see if there needs to be any tweaking to it in the future. All corals and inverts are doing good, as well as Flash, my firefish.🙂As many of you already know, a fellow member (RDA), made me a media basket for the back chamber. I love this thing! It really accomplishes everything I wanted from it, plus the design is really cool. I am really loving the UV reactive orange that he used for parts of it. Love it!☺️Another cool piece for the pico that I just got was my custom lid made by Kraken Reef. This thing is super well made, and fits perfect on the tank. Although I ultimately got this lid so that my fish doesn’t jump out, turns out it’s for the snails too. On three different occasions, I have come home to one of the snails on the floor, trying to escape. One time, about 2am, I heard a crack on the hardwood floor. Sounded like an egg! Sure enough, Mexican turbo snail on the floor. Hey! Mexico is that way!👈 Fortunately, they are all ok.😃I had just picked him up and dropped him back in the tank. Seems like they’re pretty resilient critters. As far as my corals go, I added some gobstoppers from a fellow reefer, UC pepto pink goni, UC limearitas, and UC papaya clove polyps. Now, I don’t want to kid myself and say I won’t buy anymore corals lol, but as of now, I would like to sit back and watch things settle in. As for flow, I recently purchased the LA Quiet 400 pump, but haven’t installed it yet. I believe it’s 103gph vs. the 87gph that the 200 delivers. After doing more research, I found that I might actually end up ordering the Cobalt Aquatics/Newa 606 or the Sicce Micra plus. Either one of these pumps will give me about 150gph turnover. With the removal of the MP10, I think this upgrade will be sufficient for any LPS/SPS corals that I add in the future, without having to add a powerhead.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another update!🙂 FD9E8942-57B4-4442-B51C-182C6333461B.jpeg EF8F042B-47DF-46EC-80CC-DF0D35A52A4B.jpeg 8B37683C-4ACC-4154-9A01-38C99F9084CE.jpeg 575738A9-CA2E-44A0-B2FE-087EE9DE4123.jpeg 485DD3B1-C5B2-47B2-A2F3-70B2ACFEB031.jpeg DDA8E4E6-E673-4BDB-B9F2-E8028C56DF19.jpeg 8369F99E-7E4F-4AA3-84AC-D1CCF71BECAA.jpeg 09B3E86E-0898-4084-892F-83E645B9AF3F.jpeg
 
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