Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

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Jul 2022 (14th Year Anniversary):

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Humble beginnings (Aug 2008):

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Simple little 12g Cadlights AIO nano...pump, heater, DIY 'Complete Spectrum' wide-spread LED array, live rock/live sand (no mechanical/chemical filtration), DIY gravity-fed ATOs, 6% weekly water changes (1/3g, 2x/wk). Only additives are Kalkwasser (added to the ATOs), magnesium 2x/mo and a few drops of Iodine/wk. Easy-breezy to service and maintain.

CORAL:

• 'Ponape' Birdsnest (Seriatopora dendritica) - Diablo Corals
• 'Sunset Monti' (Montipora danae) - Neptune Aquatics
• 'Mystic Sunset Monti' (Montipora sp.) - Aquatic Collections (2021)
• Metallic Gold Pavona (Pavona maldivensis) - Neptune Aquatics
• Mint-Green Pavona (Pavona frondifera) - Sacramento Frag Swap (2009)
• 'Fallen Horizon Leptoseris' (Leptoseris mycetoseroides) - Legendary Corals
• Pink Stylocoeniella (Stylocoeniella sp.) - CA Reef Co.
• Green/Red Leptastrea (Leptastrea pruinosa)
• Rainbow Acans (Micromussa lordhowensis) - Legendary & Aquatic Collections
• Orange Bowerbanki (Homophylia bowerbanki) - Diablo Corals, Oct 2020
• Ricordia Mushrooms (Ricordia yuma, Ricordia florida) - Coral Morphologic (2009), Diablo Corals
• Assorted Zoanthids - Unique, Legendary Corals, CA Reef Co., Aquatic Collections, AquaSD
• Fat Tentacled Duncan (Duncanopsammia axifuga) - Aquatic Collections., 01/20
Blastomussa merletti - Aquatic Collections, 01/20
Blastomussa wellsi - Unique Corals 06/22, Aquatic Collections, AquaSD 04/22
Blastomussa vivida- Aquatic Collections, 06/21
• Orange/Green 'Lobo' (Acanthastrea pachysepta) - Diablo Coals, 10/21
Scleronephthya sp. - AquaSD, 09/21
• 'Button Scoly' (Micromussa maxima sp.) - AquaSD, 04/22
• 'Mystery Stony Polyps' (3 separate polyps of unknown origin)


Fish:

• Eyebrow Barnacle Blenny (Ekemblemaria myersi) - 1 (Live Aquaria, 09/17)

• Azure Damselfish (Chrysiptera hemicyanea) - 1 (Aquatic Collections, 07/21)

Inverts (CUC):

• Collonista snails (Collonista sp.)
• Stomatella snails (Stomatella sp.) - 1
• Bristleworms (Eurythoe sp.)
• Blue-legged Hermit Crab (Clibanarius tricolor) - 1
• Halloween Hermit Crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus) - 1
• Limpet snails (unknown genus/species)
Small Serpent Sea Star (unknown genus/species)

Thanks for visiting :)
 
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Nice to see that the yuma is still doing well! This is one of the cleanest nanos I know.

Thanks, Darwin. Yeah, your 'teal with yellow' Yuma is doing fine. Slowly worked it into an area with direct lighting and its doing fine.
 
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Very simple but catches the eyes attention. I like it, keep it up!

Thanks for the nice comment. I'll be running 'as is' for at least another year...maybe longer.
 
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Simple, but it looks very nice! I am a huge fan of nano reefs and cant wait to make one of my own. Looks awesome.keep it clean ;)

Thanks! There is very little algae growth, so it usually requires cleaning only once a week.

I really enjoy these smaller tanks (used to have a 50g). When I started this tank I had simplicity in mind as well as efficiency (the cost in electricity is less than $50.00/year).

Tanks that people tend to keep running longest are those that have the least headaches/frustrations...and don't break the bank :)
 
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Lol, well once a week isn't too bad at all!
The fifty bucks a year has to be a big relief. I would love to only have to pay that for my tank ;)
Im excited to start my own when I get my own house. I am unfortunately in college, and don't have my own house yet. Maybe after med-school I will start one up :)
 
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Lol, well once a week isn't too bad at all!
The fifty bucks a year has to be a big relief. I would love to only have to pay that for my tank ;)
Im excited to start my own when I get my own house. I am unfortunately in college, and don't have my own house yet. Maybe after med-school I will start one up :)

Seems like a tanks energy costs go up exponentially with volume. I've seen a lot of college students with Pico or small Nano tanks. Great stress-relief from all that studying!
 
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I've run this tank for the last year without fish or inverts and that was okay, but it needed a bit of livening up. So, without further ado, the new stars of the show:

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Red Headed Goby ((Elacatinus puncticulatus)



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Barnacle Blenny (Acanthemblemaria macrospilus)

I also bought a very richly colored and healthy Pygmy Angel today, but it won't pose for pics just yet. These are always a bit risky for a reef tank, but since I've always likened them a lot I'm going to give it a try.
 
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