Courtney's DIY nano reef

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  1. Courtney99

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    Hi guys,

    So ive broken out of my freshwater comfort zone and started my very first marine.I love doing DIY and am on a very tight budget so everything was just about built myself using materials i scrounged or had lying around.

    The tank is about 75 liters total volume and 60 display,the tank has a built in sump at the back.The stand and lidis made of old pallet wood i scrounged around for and was fortunate enough to find all the sealant and varnish i need in the garage.

    The skimmer is an air uplift skimmer i waslucky enough to score from a member (thanks RiaanP) and it worked the best out of a few other i scored from other people and some diy attempts.After i put in an extra wooden airstone and a bigger pump that thing skimmed like a beast!Goes to show sometimes a sweet and simple old-school design is the best!

    Lighting is a Beamswork LED that i bought on impulse and havent regretted it one day!

    There is about 7 kilos of liverock between the DT and the sump and a bag of no-name argonite as substrate that seems to do the trick quite well.

    Livestock:- True Percula clown
    -Bangai Cardinal
    -Blue legged hermit crab
    -Cleaner shrimp
    -Glass shrimp
    Corals:-Blue mushroom
    -Blue polyps
    -Plenty more to come as soon i save up some cash-any donations?;)

    I also have some macro algea i got from petstop that i grow in my DT and it seems to look quite cool-no idea what it can be though...(anyone know maybe?)

    I seem to be struggling terribly with aiptasia and cant get hold of a pepperment shrimp to get rid of the problem:(

    But otherwise ive had no problem whatsover for the last 4 months since the tank has been stocked - not even algea to speak of and my lights are on for about 14 hours a day! image.jpg

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    Congrats! Its looking good!
     
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    Hey guys,im struggling with the photos...ill try and see if i can sort it out-me and my gf's I-pad dont seem to get along well!:)

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    that is a grape type caulerpa on the right. It grows like mad.

    Just be careful, they can go sexual easily. I had them and they did it twice within 4 months. As soon as they do not have nutrients it is a trigger and all of it pops open, release their spores and they die. So keep it in check. trim it frequently.
     
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    A shot with te lid on

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    Thanks Riaan,

    Will keep an eye on that!

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    Here are my little polyps

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    Ill see if i can get better success tomorrow on a PC,i am not sure why its doing this:(

    Ill then also add the pics of the tank and stand build:)
     
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    Welcome to MASA! Better get a hold on those aiptasias before it looks like my tank. Try using vinegar and a small syringe. 1ml vinegar per 100 litter water per day, and inject it in thr stem of the aiptasias. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks tigers eye,i normally dont like artificial means of controlling my aquariums.But I think it is necessary to tackle the worst of them now because they are hurting my corals! And they are getting seriously out of hand!

    Can i do all at once or must i stagger the massacre:biggrin:?
     
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    stagger.

    else you sit with too much dead things in your small system.
     
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    looking sweet, that bracket holding up our airpump in your second pic, where did you get it from, need to DIY a filter sock bracket and it look like what i need for the job
     
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    @RiaanP,stagger it is then!Found an old thread of yours regarding using vinegar to zap aiptasia-good stuff!

    @Hammerhead- Thanks, I'm not sure about exactly what the places name is-kinda stumbled on it once about 4 years ago and don't think I may mention it cos its a non-sponsor.If that kind of thing is what you need,how about an old Jebo skimmer bracket or similar?
     
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    Ok kewl, il look for one when im at the lfs.
     
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    looking good there @Courtney99 like the DIY that you did on your system:thumbup:
     
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    Lookig good really like you macro algae. Keep up the good work...
     
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    And as promised here are some more pics!
     
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    Here are some pics of the build IMG_0543.jpg

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