UNS 45 Biotope build

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So one of the four nano's I picked up last week was an UNS 45 7 gallon. Doing a light test with it here:
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A couple of orders from Amazon (Crushed Coral, Miracle Mud, Livesand) and some water, we end up with this:
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KP Aquatics order on the way, most everything will going into other tanks, but once this is ready, stuff will get moved over. Used live rock from my big tank, so cycle should be minimal if any.

The light will be something I picked up from Amazon a PopBloom 16 30W LED Reef Light, which looks like it might be interesting, simply because if has a weird lens on it. It is also adjustable, as sunrise/sunset and built in timer. For $60, it's worth a shot.

Waiting on the heater to get in tomorrow, I don't think I'll run a powerhead on this tank, as I upgraded the return pump to a maxijet, it pushes the flow out pretty well. I do want some sand sifter/ diggers in there though.

Now we wait!
 
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Cool video! How did you make that?
I used HitfilmExpress. There is a free version, and then one a step up that is like 19.99. Just cut out the big gaps and sped it up about 800%. It takes a little bit of learning, but I went this way as you can actually make movies with it (tons of how - to's on youtube). Most everything is drag and drop, so once you get the basics down, it isn't too bad.

And thanks!
 
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I’m thinking I’m going to be getting my live rock from KP also...did you get it yet and if so how does it look?
My original order from KP came about two months ago. The rock was nice, but didn't have anything exciting. Or so I thought. Fast forward to now, I've got all kinds of macro algae, sponges, and other stuff on there. Nothing bad, just lots of worms, sponges, macro algaes. KP is awesome. Worth every penny. One note on live rock. Since they are in Florida, if you wait till June/July, you'll get more stuff growing on the rock, as the summer hours of the sun really promotes growth on the rock.
 
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Ok, lets take a look at this tank shall we? So my idea was to go Macro algae and Sponges and Gorgs in this tank. Everything that came in was way to big for this tank, so it went into my main tank.
Red Sponge:
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Gorg (finger if I remember)
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So because these were too big, I had to switch gears a bit. New plan - Ricordea/Mushroom Factory!

I ordered two St Thomas Mushrooms, and 10 rainbow ricordea. Because of shipping delay (again!) they got in a day late, and the water temp was below 60 degrees. Lost two ricordea, everything else is acclimating in the tank. Some better than others...
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The little filter I have for my phone washes out colors, the bright yellows are really orange and yellows. The Mushrooms are pretty much dead on colorwise, but there is a reddish/purple line under the rim that looks pretty nice in the tank. Here's another poopy shot:
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These have been in the tank less than a day, and they are recovering. Still a ways to go with them. Two fish - Royal Gramma and a lantern bass, both about 1.5" long are in there. I had forgotten how awesome lantern bass are in reef tanks. Super cool little fish! Pics of them when I can get them.

Lastly, a couple Mangroves in the back of the tank:
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They both had leaves, till I dropped one and knocked the top off. The root systems are really strong, so not too worried.

More pics when they open up more!
 

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