My .3 Gallon Reef

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  1. AcroNem

    AcroNem Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    It's ironic that the first time I actually make a thread about my own system it would be something tiny.

    A lot of you know that I'm a saltwater aquarist at a public aquarium, so I work on systems like this 5k gallon reef
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    I also have my personal 150g and 250g coral propagation flat (flat is pretty empty right now)
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    But about 4 months ago my girl and I (who also works at the same facility with me) saw this tiny tank visiting an LFS and she mentioned we could probably make a cool little nightstand reef out of it. So we did :)
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    Tank is a 5.5" cube, so with nothing in it holds about a half gallon. It also had no lighting and no filtration so we had to rig that a bit with a tiny 60gph flow pump with a pre filter attached.
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    I added about an inch of sand and a couple rubble chunks from my 150g to get it started.

    For lighting I cut a sheet of aluminum and bent it at 90°, painted it black, added 8,000k, 10,000k, actinic and UV LEDs to make a ghetto little 10w fixture to go over it. I attached it with extreme double sided Velcro so it could be removed easily. It actually works quite well.
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    Fast forward 4 months and it's pretty well stocked. It's housed 2 Phymanthus crucifer anemones, Euphyllia paraancora, and a Zoanthid colony for 3 months and just recently added a couple bleached Ricordea yuma that should turn green, green Palythoa grandis and Stylophora guttatus.
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    Everything is doing very well in this little system, it holds about a third of a gallon so 90% water changes are done every other day or so. Lights are run about 9 hours per day.

    That's it, that's our tiny little tank. I'll update as I add more things to it. Enjoy :)
     
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    Tahoe61 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member Build Thread Contributor Moderator Emeritus

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    Very nice Pico, it looks fantastic.
     
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    Love it! I’ve seen a couple of these tiny cube tank setups in the past few days... makes me want to try one!
     
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    Thank you, it's turned out well I really like it.

    Thanks! I'm having fun with it, it can't be neglected at all though they can be a pain.
     
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    I have a bigger pump coming today, a whopping 80gph. Which in this size system is actually quite a bit.

    The 8,000k LEDs are going to be swapped out for another row of actinic or 12k to give some more blue, just too white right now.

    I also think I'm going to add some more Zoanthus or Palythoa frags today, and I have a tiny frag of green Acropora austera I'm debating on throwing in. But for now here's the happy tank

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