Micro-Reefs Aquariums 12.5 gallon AIO (Build)

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Hey Reefers,

I have been a hobbyist since 1991 when I at the young age of 21, purchased my very 1st saltwater aquarium from TruVu aquariums. Back then it was a 10 gallon rounded corners black back with euro brace acrylic aquarium. I had an under gravel filter with two powerheads maxi jets to drive the under gravel filter it came with a PC florescent cool white bulb. From that day, I was hooked in the saltwater world and never went back to fresh water which I had since a very young age.

Now, fast forward 2021, I am building a 12.5 gallon AIO system and want to share my experience from all the knowledge I have been exposed to all those years. Please feel free to chime in and ask questions and lets have fun learning and exploring newer challenges! :)

Equipment:
1/4 inch acrylic AIO 12.5 gallon system (Micro-Reefs Aquariums) w/independent cover tops
Eheim 1000 return pump (264) GPH
1/4 inch acrylic 3 stage media basket (Micro-Reefs Aquariums)
Aqua Illumination 16 HD prime (White version)
Aqua Illumination tank mount black
1/4 inch acrylic 32 inch stand (Micro-Reefs Aquariums) white version
1/2 inch bulkhead w/elbow
Loc-line directional nozzle with ball socket
ChillSolutions: Chiller w/Sicce nano pump [email protected]
JBJ chiller installation kit: 2 U tube fittings with 12ft 1/2inchID hose
Coralife UV mini sterilizer 5 watt
Nero 3 Aqua Illumination 20 watt

Filter media:
RedSea charcoal (100 gallons) version using 1/2 charcoal
Filter Floss (Coralife)
2 Foam black blocks (Eshopps) one in media basket, second as pre-filter to return pump to work as bubble stopper.

Live goods:
20 lbs. live sand rock Bimini Pink (CaribSea)
10 lbs. live rock
Fritz 9 bacteria
(1) Yasha Goby, (1) Barnacle Blenny, (2) Striped Gobies, (2) Red-head Gobies

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Look what Amazon dropped off for the 12.5 system. Now my entire reef is Wi-Fi controlled. One cable plugs into the outlet, you see nothing but a reef tank, zero cables all hidden inside the stand.
 

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I also installed a Corallife 5 watt UV to my Eheim 1000 pump. Works flawlessly anf my water is crystal clear and water temps are stable did not go up more than .03 degrees.
 

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KASA Wi-Fi power strip connected to control 6 units, everything is at my control via a simple app to use anywhere there is internet for my reef tank.

Look how clean your system is with one outlet, one cable and no wires anywhere!

For those reefers that like just an aquarium in front of them and zero cables .
 

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My test kits all came in, enjoy using technology since coming back to the hobby, Hanna is dead on accurate!
 

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I got my IM refugium light installed on my AIO system. I will pick up a small ball of cheato tomorrow as I set up a reverse lighting system for night time operation.
 

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Had to make some quick modifications on my media basket to block out excessive light that was going everywhere on my media basket.

The basket was made prior to me deciding I wanted a refugium. But 15 mins later the basket had the add-on and the results were perfect!
 

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Fabricated my own black acrylic cover to trap any red back scatter from escaping into the room. Fits like a glove.
 

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Results of growing Cheato in my AIO 12.5 GALLON. Pictures 1-4 show the growth from just six days vs pictures 5-6 when the Cheato was first started. I am impressed with IM 9watt refugium LED.
 

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Reef Glass simmer came in for both my 12 and 30 gallon AIO systems. Smallest air driven skimmer on the market!
 

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Unbelievable how this skimmer is the smallest in its class and how my tank has all the variables you need for my SPS corals, soon to arrive!

Here are the pics:
 

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Update: April 4th @11:20pm



Salinity 1.025

Temp 77.5

PH 8.3

Phosphates ULR 0.00

Alkalinity DKH 6.9

Nitrate .48

Calcium 481



So, my Alk stayed the same, PH went down by 1.0, read 8.4 last Sunday. Interesting that Phosphates are not detectable again, however I upped the feeding to each day frozen brine, what the 6 gobies can eat, and sure enough, I have readable low range Nitrates at .48 and the Cheato grew from a golf ball to a tennis ball, in just 1 week, WOW! My refugium is way to awesome and that is on a AIO with black out acrylic using IM 9watt LED. That red and blue is killer man. Calcium went down, since I used non reef salt, just regular, it went down slightly. I will take a picture of the cheato so you can see comparison when I pruned it last Sunday and 7 days later.
 
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Ur gonna need a new.skimmer man.
Nice media basket and tank. Looks great.
Yes technology has moved since 1991. Lol
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For heat and space, nothing else would fit in my AIO, so nano glass skimmer was the only choice and better than nothing.

But did you see my crazy cheato growing? Only 1 week and this.
 

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Replaced the 5 watt Coralife Biocube UV. It is set to run 24 hours a day. Removed it off the schedule it was set on. I don't want to burn another!
 

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