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It was time to change nanos... The 3 gallon micro tank was running really great, but some weird snail I brought home from the Oregon coast just absolutely shredded my acrylic, so the upgrade was eminent. I went with a rimless 8gallon JBJ setup AIO with ATO, Chinese LED, MP10, and a little titanium heater. This is my office tank, so I actually see it more often then my large home tank, so I am trying to do it right:) I just finished swapping it, the water is cloudy and the corals are pissssssted.
Fish seem fine, so we'll see!
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Still have tidying up to do
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Its filter time.
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This tank will act as a mini frag tank, with just soft corals.

Fish: purple firefish
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Crab: strawberry crab
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Yasa Hashi goby added 2-10

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Carlos the fire shrimp added 2-21-16

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Looks like a great nano start.

 

I love the little cubes they have out now but I would have it filled in a few weeks :rolleyes:

 

What softies are you planning on? That strawberry crab looks pretty sweet!

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Oh the blue lol nice looking set up!

I really like that fire fish and crab

 

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ok, strawberry crab has been evicted! Put a fireshrimp in tonight and the crab grabbed right on! luckily I was able to grab the crab in time, but he did rip one of the fire shrimps claws off...shrimp is pretty stressed out, wouldnt be surprised if he doesn't make it. I should have known better...strwberry crab = bad!

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And here is mr feisty...ready for adoption!

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Bad crab wow what an aggressive one. Sorry to hear about your fire shrimp. If it doesn't make it I will donate mine Carlos to you. Happy healthy hand feeds but I get tired of him stealing food out of my dendro. ????

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Well sadly the fire shrimp didnt make it. I feel like an idiot! Sorry shrimp! Thanks Kim, i would live to give carlos a home:) i think i may have a coral that needs to be rehomed also;)

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Covered the top so that the yasa wouldn't jump...

Tank is coming along nicely...added a bunch of crabs and snails to help with the brown algae.

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These mushrooms are actually orange in person, iphone photography and led lights are a point of much frustration in my life...oh and strawberry crabs:(

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Which on another note strawberry crabs to me sound like some tropical disease...and just a week ago it sounded like something delicious and beautiful. Funny how our perception of these animals can change:-/

 

Daylights came on:

 

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Well sadly the fire shrimp didnt make it. I feel like an idiot! Sorry shrimp! Thanks Kim, i would live to give carlos a home:) i think i may have a coral that needs to be rehomed also;)

 

Carlos's is all yours! He's a bruiser of a fire shrimp.  He has a lot of personality and even will take shrimp away from the eel when I'm feeding him. I don't have the heart to tell him he's eating his relatives... ;)

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This is a great looking nano! We're you able to fit both jbj ato float switches?

 

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Nope, I was just able to fit the one float unfortunately.

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Carlos's is all yours! He's a bruiser of a fire shrimp.  He has a lot of personality and even will take shrimp away from the eel when I'm feeding him. I don't have the heart to tell him he's eating his relatives... ;)

Kim, I can't thank you enough for Carlos! He molted this weekend, so he's a little shy at the moment:)

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Nope, I was just able to fit the one float unfortunately.

Got ya. I did the same on mine back in Colorado. I was always paranoid the thing would fail on so I used a 20 oz soda bottle as a reservoir. I had to fill it almost every other day, but it did the job.

 

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funny you mention that! I use a 5 gallon jug, but I just slide the feed tube a little further down every few days...that way if it does fail it won't be epic.

 

I have been tempted to just remove the 2nd return pump and install the second switch in there...I wonder if anyone has modded this tank with just the one return...maybe keep the powerhead runnin on the bottom so that the water keeps moving...

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That would have been a good way to go too. I never spent too much time looking in to mods because I was pretty focused on school at the time. I'm sure someone has done it though. Getting proper flow in small tanks has always been a hard task for me

 

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Nitrates were crawling to 30...added a mini refugium to one of the pump chambers, not sure if this is a viable long term solution...but im gonna try:)

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Thats a good idea jack. Anything externally plumbed frightens me a little since it is on hardwood floors, away from my supervision 3 days aweek...

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