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Post by Rambo on February 10th 2010, 6:40 pm

This is the official post. Its a curved glass 2.75g. Styrofoam around the sides. The tank is holding at about a steady 53.9 degrees.......lol. I love decimals
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10 watt 50/50 pc light. one of those ones you put in a incandescent fixture.
old style iceprobe thermal chiller
Aqua clear 20 filter.
Its basically diy. I have the iceprobe connected into the filter. Of course the styrofoam on the back has Saints painted on it. I have a few strawberry nems in there right now. Im trying to figure out how to seed this tank. I think ill try acclimating bacteria from the reef tank to here? I dont see why not. Everyone says you should acclimate 2 degrees per week but my system changes form like 80-82 degrees with lights to like 78 at night and everything is fine. Smile

heres a fts kinda bland right now. need more rocks.


my ghetto iceprobe rig


the nems!


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Post by Hero on February 10th 2010, 6:50 pm

Nice. Okay first of all get some substrate. You could try and collect "natural" sand from your beach which will most likely have the beneficial, and possibly non beneficial bacteria in it. Another thing, bacteria from the reef tank i am pretty sure won't survive since they are well, tropical reef bacteria. However as stated in one of the info centers articles it would only leave off the hardiest of organisms. Another thing, changes that you stated above are still in the tropical spectrum of things and don't dip in the slightest to temperate temperatures which is different. If the tank you were running were sub-tropical then it would be different. Okay, i think i covered everything Wink.

Great tank btw. Such small nems Smile.

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Re: My 2.75g pico coldwater

Post by Rambo on February 10th 2010, 8:58 pm

lol I wish i was going to be at the beach soon. But the forecast calls for snow this weekend. Ive only seen this 3 times in my life.lol. ill take your advice on the live rock. Lalani from NR said you can do it but I trust you before her. I do have a native brackish/saltwater tank that ranges from 68-72 degrees that I might be able to get some seeded sand with. It was supposed to be brackish but the salinity has been about 1.023 lately. Are crushed oyster shells good for substrate? I have some sand but its silica based which id rather not deal with. i think I can add livestock if I keep lots of water on hand to do water changes when needed because it is such a small tank.
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Post by Hero on February 10th 2010, 11:00 pm

I'm personally not a fan of the crush oyster shells. What i would do it hold of on substrate until you get some sand then put a couple nice big patches of the crushed stuff for some aesthetic affect.

If the salinity is correct and the temperature is also correct you can try and seed with that sand. Expect a mini-cycle from the die off but otherwise it's fine. How long has the tank setup? The average temperate tank takes twice as long to cycle as its tropical counterpart.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 11th 2010, 1:04 am

Yep, Simply due to the variety diffirences in the temperature ranges i bet.
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Post by Rambo on February 11th 2010, 8:38 am

yep, ill try and seed later. I need to find some better sand. I have the white play sand stuff but that would definantly not be good. Ill do what I can and i will keep yall updated.
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Post by Bluntokian on February 11th 2010, 4:14 pm

You cant just get a bag of aragonite? I think EVERY pet store has it
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Post by Hero on February 12th 2010, 8:02 pm

Not the same, and definitely not seeded.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 12th 2010, 9:15 pm

Oh sorry didnt notice we were talking about live.
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Re: My 2.75g pico coldwater

Post by Rambo on February 27th 2010, 12:20 am

Well were reaching a month and seeded. Almost time for livestock.

hmmmm.....whats up with this week? nobodys posting?
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Post by Bluntokian on February 27th 2010, 12:55 am

Everybody left us Sad
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Post by Hero on March 4th 2010, 10:29 pm

Good, what are you thinking about getting? Sorry it's been a while.

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Re: My 2.75g pico coldwater

Post by Rambo on March 4th 2010, 11:46 pm

not exactly sure what the guy is collecting for me. Just lots of anemones, macro, crabs, etc. Cant wait.
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Post by Bluntokian on March 4th 2010, 11:48 pm

I dont know about an anemone in that small of a tank. Just my opinion anyway.
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Post by Jacobnano on March 5th 2010, 12:55 am

I think nems will be fine in that tank. CW nems are very tough and can tolerate very high nutrient levels. Fish on the other hand might be too much. I want more pics!
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Post by Bluntokian on March 5th 2010, 1:47 am

Didnt know that. >.>
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Post by Jacobnano on March 5th 2010, 2:05 am

Yea thats why nems can survive a cycle. Of course try to keep nutrient levels down but they are a lot tougher than tropical ones.
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Post by Bluntokian on March 5th 2010, 2:22 am

Wow. interesting man, Thanks.
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Post by Jacobnano on March 5th 2010, 2:34 am

Yea anytime. CW stuff is pretty tough actually. For a fish, if you really want one, what I call bullheads (only one) might be a good inhabitant. They eat anything but then again it is such a small tank. Go for nems first Smile Also maybe add some macro for nutrient export Smile
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Post by Bluntokian on March 5th 2010, 3:41 am

Macros own Very Happy
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Re: My 2.75g pico coldwater

Post by Rambo on March 5th 2010, 8:37 am

lol... CW nems are very strong. It is also very easy to keep nutrient level down in the tank because it is so small therefore water changes are really easy. I dont want to put any fish in here because it would be just a little to much I think. Maybe after a year of cycling I might upgrade to a larger tank and chiller. Very Happy
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Post by Hero on March 5th 2010, 9:30 pm

Haha yep. Sounds like you can do mostly inverts in this tank. I agree with jake, more pics!

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Re: My 2.75g pico coldwater

Post by Rambo on March 9th 2010, 9:26 pm

well brown algae is starting to come, it should go away in a few weeks. But that means the cycle went good. Im struggling right now to keep the tank at 58 degrees. It keeps wandering to 60. Do yall think a fan would cool it down like 2-3 degrees?
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Post by Bluntokian on March 9th 2010, 9:44 pm

Couldnt hurt to try.
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Post by Rambo on March 9th 2010, 10:41 pm

true...I am going to test my electrical skills and connect a computer fan to a dc ac power transformer. ill tell yall how it goes.
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