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 Post subject: 20l Nano
PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:07 pm 

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Hello fellow reefers!

New member here wanting to show you my crazy project, a 20l nano (or pico if you will) which has been running stable for 8 months now :sweat:

I have a long experience in reef tanks having built a 300l fully self sustaining tank about 10 years ago. I moved to the UAE one year ago and could not resist the urge to start something small. As the project progressed, so did the level of ambition.

The tank is a 20l Macro Aqua M5S that came with all the basic stuff like active carbon filter, return pump and skimmer. I made modifications to the filter compartment to accomodate more media, added a digital pH meter, heater and an auto top-up using RO water in a separate tank. Lighting is a AquaMedic Qube with controller and for added circulation I have a VorTech MP10.

I started with new sand and cured live rock and water. Cycle was short as I added some life in ther third week. No NH3, NO3 or PO4 spikes after cycling, only NO2 and relies on feeding primarily.

The current life in the tank includes:
- 2 juvenile Amphiprion ocellaris
- 1 Ecsenius stigmatura (Tail-spot Blenny)
- 1 Pseudochromis porphyreus (Strawberry Dottyback)
- 1 Lysmata amboinensis (Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp)
- 2 Turbo fluctuora
- 1 Neritina natalensis
- 1 xanthid sp. hitchhiker crab (growing fast, but peaceful so far)

The invertebrates are:
- Entacmaea quadricolor (BTA) that has split into two
- Trachyphyllia geoffroyi (open brain coral)
- Euphyllia paraancora (Hammer coral)
- Protopalythoa sp. (Radioactive dragon eyes)
- Briareum sp. (Green star polyps)

The tank is doing well but high maintenance as you can imagine, at least when it comes to monitoring and testing (each week). Parameters are excellent and water changes occur about every 4 weeks with 20% change though the skimmer does a very good job.

pH varies depending on light as expected and pleny of macro's flourish in the tank and filter box. Calcifying algae is starting to cover tank components which is always a good sign.

Thanks for reading!

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 Post subject: Re: 20l Nano
PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:40 am 
The Evil Mod

Joined: Thu May 13, 2010 3:01 pm
Posts: 3273
wow, that's really good.
now I want a pico

 Post subject: Re: 20l Nano
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:09 pm 

Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:55 pm
Posts: 69
Cool looking tank Lewis.

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