SHOW OFF THREAD *Unoffical* Mini Complete Tank Contest

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REEFERS! The start date for the *Unoffical* MCT contest is upon us! Start your pumps, add your critters, and snap some pics!

This is the (unoffical) official thread for monthly updates and discussions moving forward with the contest. This will be how I keep track of everyone, so don't forget to post here AND your build thread (if you choose to make one).

A re-posting of all rules and requirements:

The agreed on start date has been moved to OCT. 1st
It's a soft start date though, so as long as you get water in it by the 31st, you're in the contest! All future updates on your tank will need to be made by the 5th of each month.

The initial soft start date is to accommodate members that may have shipping delays, so that everyone can participate. I think it's fair to require that everyone has their tanks ordered by the start date, and can prove that the tank was purchased by this date if there is a major shipping delay so that people aren't straggling in randomly. This will make the contest more fair for all participating members.

The gist of the contest:
[ ] Create a unique MCT
[ ] Run time: 12 months
[ ] Start date: Oct. 1, 2021
[ ] End date: Oct. 1, 2022
[ ] Monthly check-ins: by the 5th of each month.

Other general rules:

1. Everyone MUST start with a new (to you) MCT; Tank must also be dry at the start of the contest to make it fair.
2. Each contestant can modify their MCT however they choose (within guidelines)--this includes adding DIY lighting, flow, ATO, monitoring, ect.
3. Equipment and mods can be made at any time during the contest. Again, this is part of the fun!
4. NO PLUMBING TO LARGER SYSTEMS. Any add-on water volume (refugium, sump, ect. cannot exceed .5 gallons). This is a pico tank contest after all.
5. To stay in the running for ultimate mini complete tank master, contestants will need to post MONTHLY (by the 5th) updates to the communal thread. Contestants may (please do!) also create personal build threads to document their progress. The communal thread will be used to keep track of everyone.
6. Livestock can be sourced from other displays, or bought specifically for this build. All coral and small invertebrates are fair game.
7. No fish.
8. This is a friendly contest; please only offer criticism if it's asked for by other members. We're all here to have fun and see what we can create in such a tiny space
9. Everyone gets one "warning" or "free pass" for a late update. After a second missed update, you'll be disqualified from the final judging. I think this is fair to keep everyone accountable and in the loop! If there's a conflict such as vacation please reach out and we can figure something out. Again, this is for fun, but I also want to make it fair for everyone playing.
 
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Mine has water! And sand! Still debating on the scape though.
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I hate this!! I ordered from Alliexpress back in august, was supposed to be delivered by Sept 17, and I still haven’t received it. I’m going to give it another week or two, and if I haven’t received it, I’ll order another from the US distributor so that I can meet the 31st deadline.
 
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Mines wet!

Fitted the ATO and organised the cables in the stand.

Scape is done and a few frags glued on. Need a few more USB plugs before I can put the Scape in as I have no heat at the moment!
Business in the front, party in the back. I like it.
 

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Had to do some fine tuning and waiting on parts. Not wet yet but I hope to have it going by end of this week.

Have some LFS live rock and sand/pebbles ready to go. Also have some frags put aside but haven't fully committed to any yet.

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Had to do some fine tuning and waiting on parts. Not wet yet but I hope to have it going by end of this week.

Have some LFS live rock and sand/pebbles ready to go. Also have some frags put aside but haven't fully committed to any yet.

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Love the sump and stand, being able to see the water level is really nice. I may have to do something similar
 
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I added water today and tested out my DIY "lily pipes" using the pump (pictured!) I'll be making a little ATO with (hopefully Monday). There's still a lot of work to be done, but that's for another day.

I'm going to start sending out individual messages to members to make sure everyone get their entries in! I love what I'm seeing so far!
 

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Saltwater check. Heater check. Media from sump check. Rock and shell from tank check. Limpet and teeny tiny baby snail check. Still too chicken to drill the ato but will need to at some point.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
 

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Since I had to take mine down (I jumped the gun and started too early) I switched to a black sump. I also added a micro ATO, AI Prime and a slightly larger return pump, so far so good! Should have the wife’s up and running later this week.
 

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We're up and running! Still want to add sand from the big tank but no time tonight. Corals are not pleased with things like glue and fingers and changes. Watch my thread throughout the month for better updates than the monthly here will give.

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