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Long live the kitchen pico tank!

 

(Note beta is on the right now...)

It is Clark-ette Jr's little tank. She begged me to make it a pico.

Did not take much to talk me into it :)

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Pico tank updates.

This little tank is so simple, so easy to clean.  I can definitely see the appeal of a smaller tank.

Only certain things seem to do good in it, but that is part of the fun figuring it out.

Live Stock:

  • Blood red clown (Maroon x ocellaris, crazy bright orange)
    • The ORA® Captive-Bred Blood Orange Clownfish is an intergeneric hybrid demonstrating desirable qualities from both parent species. This boldly colored fish is the result of crossing a female Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus) with a male Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris).
  • Green banded goby
  • Griessingei Goby
  • Maxi mini (super cool one, from aquasd)
  • Acans
  • Brian67 grow out florida ricordias
  • Orange and Black Yuma from TPA Wilsonville 
  • Fingernail snails
  • Golf ball sized urchin gets tossed in on demand when algae shows up on rocks, then removed

 

Things that were removed back to the main system because they did not do well

  • Magician zoas from Badxgillen (nothing wrong with his awesome zoas, just the little tank...)
  • Torch

 

It's fun to experiment and see what does well since it is easy to pull stuff back out to the main system

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Just curious what kind of light you have over it? I'm thinking about doing something similar but want mainly a clown and bta so I'll have to figure out what kind of lighting would work that wouldn't be overkill for a small tank

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1 hour ago, TaylorW said:

Just curious what kind of light you have over it? I'm thinking about doing something similar but want mainly a clown and bta so I'll have to figure out what kind of lighting would work that wouldn't be overkill for a small tank

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Hi Taylor,

I have a little 9 watt DIY led, see this thread for details:

Pasted also here to keep it in this thread:

A few weeks ago we kicked the beta out of the 5 gallon cube and converted my daughters pico to a saltwater tank.

She loves it!

Lights were of course terribly deficient, I felt bad for her knowing they would need an upgrade.

So a few nights ago we built a new 3 led fixture!

It turned out beautiful, she now has a maxi mini and a sassy shrimp.

Sharing details for those who may be interested in building similar fixtures.

Parts

Mean well led 700 driver
Aluminum channel (Home Depot)
12v 2 amp power supply (5 bucks Amazon)
Leds (many from previous projects lying around)
Wire nuts
Tie wraps

Assembly

Follow the led wiring diagram for the LDD it is simple. No need to use dimmer wire / white wire.  +/- into the ldd, +/- out.  

 

LDD in goes to the power supply, LDD out goes to the LEDs
 

You can tie wrap it up for strain relief and it doesn't really require a project box as this is all 12v.

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LDD 700 driver

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This shows the aluminum c channel the leds, wiring + to -, repeat until the end.

 

I used cat 5 internal cable as it is sufficient and easy to deal with being so thin.

 

The tie wraps are for strain relief on the solder joints and for hanging the light.

 


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Mounted to existing light (hidden under cabinet when in place)

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Hard to see true colors but it's a nice purple blue.  I used 1 pink 420, 1 purple 420, and one 445.  The pink 420 puts out enough white that it worked.

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The maxi mini is in the middle of the rocks of course, hard to get a picture but it opened right up to the lights.

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