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2013-06-17 12:24:18 -0700

I have been looking into Pico aquariums. It looks like you had a good experience with them. Would you recommend them?

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  • kla
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    2013-06-03 16:22:54 -0700

    What's in the first photo?

  • clay
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    2013-06-03 17:59:14 -0700

    I really like your aquascape. I'm very jelly.

  • JDH
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    2013-06-05 21:42:39 -0700

    kla, It's a sponge. Super tiny though - about the size of a tip of a pencil!

    Thanks clay!

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2013-06-03 14:24:46 -0700

Photodump! Enjoy :) Some of these were taken with my new set of Extension Tubes!

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2013-05-26 17:52:03 -0700
You should add this pic to the db for this lil guy
You should add this pic to the db for this lil guy
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2013-05-20 09:13:17 -0700

Got any updated shots of your tank with livestock added? :)

  • JDH
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    2013-05-20 13:44:44 -0700

    I only have one for now. This was the TSB yesterday :)

  • klm
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    2013-05-21 07:14:16 -0700

    Thanks for posting them--great shots of the shrimp/blenny. Blennies have such personality.

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2013-03-23 12:22:49 -0700

Well looks like after adding Ammonium Chloride a few days ago, my cycle is technically complete. I have decided to dose ZEOstart3, ZEObak, and ZEOfood7 for increased diversity for bacterial populations. I have also dosed additional Ammonium Chloride as the intial dose has since been used up (yay!) This is for two reasons.

  1. To provide a food source for the nitrifying bacteria
  2. to test to see how efficient it is at nitrifying it.

From intial tests, I have concluded that bacterial populations are rising, and it took only one evening (about 14 hours) for Ammonia to go from 1 to 0.25 when it previously took 2 days to do the same.

  • firstlight10
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    2013-03-29 15:25:20 -0700

    I cycled using ammonium chloride and it worked out well.

  • JDH
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    2013-03-29 15:32:01 -0700

    Glad you have success as well! I just like that it's a simple clean way to cycle a tank. No rotting junk in there to worry about.

  • partrobot
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    2013-04-01 14:29:12 -0700

    Are you saying it only took a few days to cycle?

  • JDH
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    2013-04-01 15:09:52 -0700

    No. I have been "cycling" my tank for about a month. Now I didn't start using ZEO supplements or Ammonia until about 3 weeks in. Although one may cycle a tank very quickly, it really just lets you know that nitrifying bacteria is present, not that it can handle any ol' Bio-Load :p

    Everyone's experience will differ, but I have no doubt that if I dosed ammonia and the ZEO from the get-go, I would have had bacteria present within a week or two. Keep in mind, I am using base rock, absolutely NO Live Rock and the pre-packaged 'Live Sand' from CaribSea :)

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JDH posted on jdh/nitoralis-retired
2013-03-28 12:37:15 -0700

Okay people, we have diatoms! They are all hanging out on the back and top of my rock. There are none to be seen at the front of the scape, or on the sandbed? Strange...

  • klm
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    2013-03-29 10:16:33 -0700

    I have been doing some research prep for when I switch over to sw & I actually just read something about this. The article said that diatoms were a normal occurrence for new tanks & most likely caused by lack of filtration or overuse of lighting. Not sure if either applies in your instance.

    Someone with experience with this might be able to provide more insight & tips on how to address but I thought I'd share what I read :)

  • JDH
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    2013-03-29 11:07:49 -0700

    Thanks klm. From what I have researched, it is mostly from silicates either in the sand (most common) or the rock. I have also increased my photo period, which i'm sure helped to contribute to that. It seems to generally occur at the end of a cycle. I am not bothered by them, in fact quite excited as it is a visual indication that my cycle is complete (which is also evident from my testing see Logs) After time passes they should "starve out" after the silicates are used up. I'll keep everyone posted. :)

  • kla
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    2013-04-01 14:33:14 -0700

    Yeah, diatoms are normal after a cycle. Same thing happened with me. What is your current photo period?

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    2013-04-01 15:06:49 -0700

    My photo period looks like this (Channel A is essentially 'White' and Channel B is 'Blue'):

    Time - A - B
    7:00am 0% 1%
    10:00am 10% 20%
    1:00pm 30% 30%
    4:00pm 10% 20%
    7:00pm 0% 20%
    10:00pm 0% 0%

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  • JDH
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    2013-03-25 13:48:14 -0700

    A few Photos so you guys can see the actual "setup" and location.

  • FishFace
    FishFace
    2013-03-26 06:35:35 -0700

    Very cool lil nano!

  • kla
    kla
    2013-03-26 15:47:42 -0700

    Your whole setup is very clean and modern looking. Like it.

  • JDH
    JDH
    2013-03-26 16:22:28 -0700

    Thanks guys! I must have succeeded equipment-wise as that's what I was going for. Hopefully my livestock will live up to that claim as well!

  • firstlight10
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    2013-03-29 15:23:55 -0700

    Very nice tank, I love the modern look!

  • JDH
    JDH
    2013-03-29 15:31:30 -0700

    Thanks firstlight :)

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2013-03-14 19:52:14 -0700

Glad you like it. Well it's going to be a slow process, but well worth it! can't wait to see your 10gallon!

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2013-03-12 11:59:16 -0700

Got some goodies today! I'll post some more pics later :)

  • klm
    klm
    2013-03-12 13:13:52 -0700

    Exciting--looking forward to seeing what came in the box :)

  • JDH
    JDH
    2013-03-12 18:02:21 -0700

    I'll be posting pics shortly :)

  • klm
    klm
    2013-03-13 08:37:36 -0700

    That custom cover is awesome. I am looking to redo my 10g over from fresh at some point soon & living vicariously thru yours until then-lol. Can't wait to see what you do next with yours

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2013-03-12 18:06:26 -0700

This is the custom screen cover made by Chris @ PicO Aquariums

  • kla
    kla
    2013-03-12 19:53:17 -0700

    I really need something like that. Have lost a few fish due to them jumping out. Think I'm going to do something similar to what you have here.

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2013-03-06 11:58:55 -0800

It's wet! Taken with just the "Blues" [Channel B] It was a bit cloudy at the time and it made it look a bit better :p

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Aquarium Specs

Name
Nitoralis [RETIRED]
Environment
Salt
Up Time
over 4 years
Total Volume
10 gallons
Display
10 gallon Custom Aquarium built by PicO Aquariums 20"x12"x10"
Substrate
CaribSea Fiji Pink Arag-Alive! 1.5"
Sump
N/A
Filtration
Dual Rear "Overflow-Style" Chambers (Purigen & Carbon ROX 0.8) Filter Floss
Lighting
MaxSpect Razor (R420R) 120w 16000k
Circulation
VorTech MP10es & 2x Eheim Compact 300, one in each of the Dual Rear Chambers
Controller
N/A
Heater
Cobalt Neo-Therm 75w (Temperature kept at 76°F)
Views
2701
Updated
2014-06-08 19:57:17 -0700

Fishes

Tail Spot Blenny

Invertebrates

Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab