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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-18-2011, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Planted Salty-JBJ 3 Gal Picotope-

Just came in the mail today! I will be setting it up tomorrow or the next day.
I will keep this thread updated as much as possible!
Equipment:
9W Compact Fluorescent Clamp-on Lamp
40 gph Pico powerfilter(Do you think ill need more flow?)
MarineLand 78 degree preset.
Fauna:
Hermit Crab
Amphipods
Bristle worms

Flora:
Halimeda
Different caulerpa species

Corals:
Pulsating xenia
Red mushrooms


Thats a 2.5g beside it for reference.

Pretty cool little light.

The light.

And filter. Anybody have an idea what the knob is for on the bottom?

Great little set up for the price!

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Doesn't seem like that light would be strong enough to support corals, but I am not a salt expert. Filtration is OK although you will likely want to add a small powerhead to get more current if you are going for a reef setup.
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Well its mostly for macro aglaes and plants, with some mushrooms and zoas.
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It may be able to support them but don't expect vibrant growth with that stock light.
I've tried a 10 watt coralife 5050 cfl on my edge for a few days when one of my powerbrite strips conked out on me and it seems that the light will do but the shrooms and zoas dont expand too well and tend to extend their bodies upward trying to reach for better light.
Plus you dont get the colors to pop out more vibrantly.

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Its mostly for the plants though, and its descent light just for plants. And plus its not super high light so the plants won't suck as much calcium out of the water.

UPDATE:
It has been filled!
My family thinks im crazy for only wanting to put macro algaes in the tank, all they say(especially my mom) "I don't understand why you dont want corals? I mean thty's why you put up a salt water tank for?" They dont understand that I like botany more than some corals.
Well I'll be adding some halimeda to it tomorrow or later today from my mom's tank, I don't think the cycle will hurt it.

New pictures when it clears.


(It doesn't look near as blue as in the pictures)
Will be getting rock this weekend and maybe some aglae/plants and I will be getting a heater tonight for it. Probably one of those Marineland Stealth 78 degrees pre set one.

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I LOVE that tank, looks awesome and I cannot wait to see it. Nice to see someone interested in saltwater plants and not just corals. Nice job with the updates, keep it up.


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Thanks! I will do, anything that changes will be updated.
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I think that light will do you fine, it will be interesting to see your choices.

Where are you looking to get your macros from?
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Genomer gave me two good links, do you have anymore?
http://live-plants.com/

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UPDATE:
Added a heater, going to be getting rock very soon.
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I've been wanting to get into marine at some point. I don't have space for a large reef but I was considering a pico or nano fish only tank. You've given me some inspiration

I can't wait to see how this turns out. Keep the pictures coming!

You said you were going to put in shrooms and zoas...what other fauna do you plan to keep in there? a small goby? some shrimp?


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3 or 4 Sexy shrimp, 2 blue legged hermit crabs and different types of snails.
Maybe a pom pom crab!

Buy this set up off of foster and smiths, its amazing for the price! Money well spent. Cheapest place I found for the tank.
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UPDATE:
Added the rocks! Tell me how you guys like the layout. Feedback needed!
Two of the rocks are well cycled, one is just beginning. So the color will change to the same as the others.


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UPDATE:
Cycle is coming along nicely. But the tank does need a cover, probably plexi glass because the evaporation is forcing me to do top offs two times a day to keep the salinity level stable. Also on a creepy note, every night there are probably 40 bristle worms crawling around in the tank. It might be too many, so I'm probably going to thin them out.
Oh and some halimeda has been added, doing well and putting out new leaves(?). Going to be buying many more aglaes in a month or so.
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it's looking great. That is a bit creepy with the worms at night lol

where are you buying your algaes?


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