The Salty Shelf- 6.5g Bookshelf Pico Tank

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Hey everyone!
I am starting up a 6.5 gallon bookshelf reef tank. My previous tank lost a battle to dinos unfortunately. I started that 15 gallon tank with dry rock which was the biggest mistake EVER! I have been in the hobby for 7-8 years. I always started with LIVE rock and all of my tanks were successful. I wanted to try a negative space aquascape and boy did I regret it. No matter what I did I could not shake the dinos. The lack of biodiversity in the tank just was not enough to overcome and catch up to the dinos. I have noticed a ton more reefers struggling with dinos and cyano more than ever before and I can almost guarantee its because of the increase in use of dry rock. Having the huge bacterial population on the rock from the ocean is vital to a successful tank. We should really promote the use of live rock more. If I was not experienced my last tank would have chased me out of the hobby. I broke this tank down and now I have this really cool pico bookshelf tank. I started up this tank with KP aquatics live rock from the Florida keys! I received the rock last Friday and it is incredible! The colors and life on the rock is unbelievable. The filter I chose was the Aquatop 15-25 gallon and im using my Kessil A360x with the 35 degree reflector. I might even try and go with some SPS pieces because I have more than enough power with this light from my last tank. I am currently cycling the tank. Its almost finished my ammonia is about .10 so I will be adding fish very soon! my plan for this tank is a mixed reef. I have limited space so i am going to try and use it wisely with expensive rare pieces. I have a jawbreaker mushroom in the tank right now and its doing well. I hope you enjoy and participate in this tread! Stay tuned! Below is a top down picture of the tank. More pics to follow !

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Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on the new adventure - it sounds like it’ll be a fun ride!
 
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Almost 1 month, how the tank looks like after this blackfriday?
Bad news guys. Long story short if you didn’t know. I had a 15g before this tank. Riddled with Dino’s. I have 7-8 years experience and I still couldn’t get rid of them so I broke it down and started up this 6.5 gallon. The only thing I transferred from my old tank were the fish. Well unfortunately the Dino’s have found a way to the new tank and I’m infested again. This time around I think I have a better shot because I started with live rock. I just dosed algae barn Galaxy pods with phyto. Im trying the hands opproach this time around and just hope the ecosystem corrects itself instead of playing with chemicals and messing with it too much. Algae barn does promote that the phytoplankton do help with Dino’s. I would be pleasantly surprised. Only time will tell. I will post a picture of the tank this afternoon!
 
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GOOD NEWS!!! Seems as if the dinoflagellates are mostly eradicated. The dosing of nitrates and phosphate was the only intervention that was effective to FINALLY overcome the Dino’s. The dosing of Algae Barns “Galaxy Pods” was a great #2 for support but not enough to stop it alone. I’m so excited for the future of this tank! Recent additions to the tank are the Jason Fox butt Kracks and GMK zoanthids. I will start posting pictures. Although this tank has a nice footprint, 6.5 gallons is only so much room so my plan for this tank is exclusively high end pieces only. PUMPED!
 
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GOOD NEWS!!! Seems as if the dinoflagellates are mostly eradicated. The dosing of nitrates and phosphate was the only intervention that was effective to FINALLY overcome the Dino’s. The dosing of Algae Barns “Galaxy Pods” was a great #2 for support but not enough to stop it alone. I’m so excited for the future of this tank! Recent additions to the tank are the Jason Fox butt Kracks and GMK zoanthids. I will start posting pictures. Although this tank has a nice footprint, 6.5 gallons is only so much room so my plan for this tank is exclusively high end pieces only. PUMPED!
Glad you got rid of the Dinos!!!!
 
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