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Old 04/14/2018, 08:10 PM   #1
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2.3 gallon AIO build

This project is based off a tank that was given to me while i was building a stand for a 5.5g tank. It was supposed to be used as a sump but ended up being too big. Now, a few years later i came across the tank and figured Iíd make a new project out of it.
The display is roughly 1.5g

Equipment:
Cobalt aquatics neo-therm heater
Innovative marine hydro fill ti ATO
Innovative marine return pump
Cobalt mini mj 404
Ecoxotic panorama pro led strips on a simple timer and manual dimmer

The tank:




The stand and canopy:
Iíll be staining it and working on fancying it up.




With the lights:






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Old 04/15/2018, 02:16 AM   #2
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I see 3 things wrong(not wrong but not "quality" products either.

First thing is the API test kit. While they work, once you get into corals they are no where near precise enough.

Swing arm hydrometer. Again they work, just not very accurate and quite often are off by a few thousandths. Quite a few use them, but they also know how far off they are and adjust accordingly. A decent quality refractometer is like 20$ on amazon. Just make sure you buy one for saltwater and not for beer making(brix).

Third and last thing is the cobalt heater. These things are known to blow up in tanks for no reason. Search google for cobalt neotherm failures.

Again not that any of those things are wrong, they are just not good quality products.


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Old 04/15/2018, 08:16 AM   #3
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Homer,
Thank you for your reply. Iíll definitely look into upgrading my test kit, i used to use the salifert test kits with my last tank but they all expired. Iíll probably go back that route.
I have purchased a refractometer on amazon.
And a big thanks for the heads up about the neo-therm heater. Iíll have to look around and see what else i can find.
Thanks again, and good looking out.


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Old 04/17/2018, 02:00 AM   #4
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I believe they found a fix for the cobalt heaters and the new ones donít blow up.


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Old 04/20/2018, 05:07 PM   #5
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Bowen,
Thanks for the reply. Iíve been looking around and have seen a lot of information both ways. Iíll probably end up using it in my ďmixing stationĒ and trying to find something else.


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Old 04/20/2018, 05:11 PM   #6
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I picked up some LR from a LFS i got about 4lbs which is more than I need but i figure itíll allow me some different options.



I played around with a few different ideas but ended up just putting all the rock in for the time being. I was hoping to be done with the stand by now. But itís taking a little longer than i hoped. Once the stand is finished Iíll spend a bit more time being picky about the scape.






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Old 04/21/2018, 09:00 PM   #7
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Tanks installed

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Old 04/22/2018, 08:16 AM   #8
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Looking good!

My only concern is the candle melter right next to it. There have been reports of those causing issues with bacterial blooms and such. My wife burns them also, but far away from the tank and I have yet to have an issue.

Just an observation.....


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Old 04/22/2018, 03:47 PM   #9
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Homer,
Thanks for the reply. And for the heads up. Iíll have to relocate it.

I picked up some new inhabitants today.
2 nassarius snails
1 nerite snail

I was planning on grabbing 2 cerith snails but they didnít have any. Thereís another LFS up the road so i might run there tomorrow to see what all they have.




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Old 04/24/2018, 07:27 PM   #10
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So good news, I picked up a zoa frag and i think I figured out my rock scape.



Not so good news, I noticed that the ďfloating shelfĒ that i had the tank on had shifted. It was only a couple mm but it was enough for me to move the tank and re-assess the situation. I think Iíll be looking into either buying or building a stand for it to sit on...


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Old 04/26/2018, 07:42 PM   #11
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Got a new stand. Need to do some wire work and a few small upgrades. But all in all i think itís gonna hold up better than the shelf.






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Old 05/03/2018, 12:24 AM   #12
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Old 05/03/2018, 03:35 PM   #13
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Really nice looking tank, and I love the magnifying glass on it's own holder for looking at all the small critters you can showcase.


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Old 05/03/2018, 07:03 PM   #14
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Thanks. The magnifying glass has come in handy a lot, and my kids love looking at all the critters.

A few updates, Mostly some upgrades. I purchased:
refractometer, Julianís thing, a salifert test kit, and some pellet food.

IM micro mag glass cleaner


LED accent strip


A new overflow cover


A controllable powerstrip


And some new tank inhabitants and frags from aquarium depot


Iíll add some pictures of the frags and critters later

Iíve been doing 2x weekly water changes and so far 1 spot feed to the corals and I drop 3-6 pellets in every evening. Iíll drop 2. If they get eaten Iíll add another 2 and so on.


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Old 05/03/2018, 08:58 PM   #15
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Old 05/04/2018, 05:54 PM   #16
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Old 05/06/2018, 08:39 AM   #18
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Built a top for the canopy. Hopefully itíll still allow for some good airflow.








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Old 05/13/2018, 12:36 PM   #19
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So the top came off. The tank was starting to heat up and the cooling fan wasnít able to keep the temp down. Iím gonna look into cutting a hole in the top and adding a second fan to help push out some heat. Although I did purchase a new fan. So Iíll try the lid with this one for a bit to see how it works.



This fan is quiet, I mean silent.
I also picked up a new test kit.



I changed the scape a little bit And a few more frags. I think Iím done adding for now. Gonna let things grow out.

















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