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Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:24 PM (#21) User is offline   His Majesty 

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neat little tank. looks good so far

 CuzIsaidSo, on 25 May 2011 - 07:48 AM, said:

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View Postroccov12345, on Sep 4 2009, 01:13 PM, said:

Finally got it going.....

I picked up about 5lbs of LR and LR Rubble from an LFS for 7.49 a lb. Yes it was a mistake ;)

I think I may pick up a few small pieces today. Doesn't seem like its enough....

Just water and mechanic parts. I removed the skimmer for now, just made too many bubbles plus I can't imagine that many organic materials being in the tank right now.


Many larger skimmers take some time to "break in" and i would imagine the same with nano skimmers like Ex-E-Thug (speakyourmind) said... odds are after a couple days the micro bubbles will stop. As for the organics in the water, i am sure that the die-off in and on your rock from the move/new tank and water will be plentiful, and if you arent removing them it will get exponentially worse. I would run that thing full bore from here out as it cant hurt anything, and only better the quality of water in your tank. If the micro-bubbles dont stop, search google for something like "skimmer name, bubbles" and i am sure people will have advice for dialing that thing in.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 03:02 PM (#24) User is offline   roccov12345 

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Thanks for the advice and kind words....

I set the nano skimmer up and its been running for a few days now. I've had to empty the cup about 3 times, nasty brown crud :brow:

A buddy of mine was emptying his nano, had to move, so he gave me his two turbo snails and sally crab. I know I shouldn't have put anything in so soon but he had no choice. It was either kill the poor SOBs are be dropped into my newly established tank. Anyway, here's a few pics.

Added 2 more rocks from friend's tank. You'll notice I scrapped the whole idea of the internal sump filter. There just isn't enough room in a tank this small. So far its ok, starting to get a little cluttered with all the mechanics.

Anyone know what this is? It just popped out of the rock today....?

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[quote name='roccov12345' date='Sep 7 2009, 03:02 PM' post='2417529']
Thanks for the advice and kind words....

I set the nano skimmer up and its been running for a few days now. I've had to empty the cup about 3 times, nasty brown crud  :rock:

A buddy of mine was emptying his nano, had to move, so he gave me his two turbo snails and sally crab. I know I shouldn't have put anything in so soon but he had no choice. It was either kill the poor SOBs are be dropped into my newly established tank. Anyway, here's a few pics.

Added 2 more rocks from friend's tank. You'll notice I scrapped the whole idea of the internal sump filter. There just isn't enough room in a tank this small. So far its ok, starting to get a little cluttered with all the mechanics.

Anyone know what this is? It just popped out of the rock today....?


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Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:19 AM (#26) User is offline   nataz 

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Nice looking nano's you have.
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I was in the bedroom last night on the computer and took a few pictures with my phone. Nothing much to update, just that it's still going despite the hard learning curve I've endured getting this box of rocks to the 2 month point.

The parameters finally seem to be in check after a skew of problems. Added my first corals ever. Maybe I'll pick up some more this weekend if I have the time..

I will admit, getting a 5.5 gallon SW tank to operating condition with no prior experience was definitely somewhat of a handful for a newb like myself..


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- Diatoms are finally starting to subside.....

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You shouldnt need the HOB filter...you have plenty of rock for bio-filtration.

Looks great BTW.

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Wow looks really good nice job

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Thanks for all the comments!

So, as it stands, I emptied the HOB filter of all it's contents. All I use it for now is flow, additional water and a sponge to filter out the larger particles.

I'm holding the Tomato Clown for my brother until he irons out the issues he's having with his 39 gallon.

I feel like its starting to come together, just need some more cash. It's amazing how much a 5.5 gallon SW tank can wind up costing :thumbdown:

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Much better pic of the new star polyp....

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looks amazing man!
well done

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looking lush :thumbsup:

 CuzIsaidSo, on 25 May 2011 - 07:48 AM, said:

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Thanks yall!

Quick and somewhat boring update for those who care. I accomplished my first set of frags (never did that before), which was in all honesty quite easy. The main zoa colony had a broken piece that was flapping around with the current so I decided to frag that to a small piece of LR rubble. I also cut my GSP in half because it was just too big for the tank. You'll see that is now located in the mid upper section of the tank. A buddy of mine gave me a red mushroom which is a new addition. I feel like I'm already becoming addicted to salt water tanks. I'm already eyeing my brother's 39 gallon if I come across a few extra bucks.

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Tomato clown dick!ng around my first frag :)
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Neat looking nudibranch that came as a hitchhiker on the GSP
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Second half of the cut GSP, excuse the washed out pics, they're from my phone. You'll probably notice I'm still dealing with, what I believe, is cyanobacteria. The tank went from a full bore break out to just a tad bit remaining on the dead corals. I'm almost positive it came over with a piece of coral I purchased. I've just been siphoning as much as I can every water change. Extremely persistant....
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Thanks for all the kind replies! Much appreciated...... Updated shots after a new coral addition.... Not sure what the ID is on this one but I liked it!

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Looks great...

I believe your new addition is pom pom xenia, or a pulsing xenia of some sorts?
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View PostSkunkbudfour20, on Dec 1 2009, 11:59 AM, said:

Looks great...

I believe your new addition is pom pom xenia, or a pulsing xenia of some sorts?


Thanks! well it doesn't pulse and I've yet to find a close resembling pic on the web. Let me take a look at the pom poms....

Hey Skunk....right now I have a AC70 HOB filter that is really doing nothing but holding additional water and creating flow. If I had my choice, I would love to ditch it and just add another Koralia nano. What do you think....... Do you think that extra water is doing me any good stability wise?
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View Postroccov12345, on Dec 1 2009, 01:24 PM, said:

View PostSkunkbudfour20, on Dec 1 2009, 11:59 AM, said:

Looks great...

I believe your new addition is pom pom xenia, or a pulsing xenia of some sorts?


Thanks! well it doesn't pulse and I've yet to find a close resembling pic on the web. Let me take a look at the pom poms....

Hey Skunk....right now I have a AC70 HOB filter that is really doing nothing but holding additional water and creating flow. If I had my choice, I would love to ditch it and just add another Koralia nano. What do you think....... Do you think that extra water is doing me any good stability wise?


Figure out how much water its holding, and use your water volume to get a %

I would say its prob doing nothing for stability, but would fill it with rock rubble (3/4" pieces?) to the top and use it as a "mini sump" so its actually doing something and creating flow. You can even make an eggcrate screen to keep the rock from tumbling out.

And then add another Koralia... just for good measure
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