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  1. 40 breeders are awesome tanks. Why do you want a sponge filter, may I ask? It looks like a pretty good setup to me overall. Keep us updated.
  2. Hi everyone! I haven't been around too much of late, but my tiny little marine tank has changed a lot since I last checked in with you, and I kind of want to show it off. So here are some pictures. The whole thing: Here is what it looked like last time I posted about it, for reference: Here is a new closeup of the frogspawn coral (it's grown a lot already!): My new rock covered in super green zoanthids: My ricordea mushrooms (there are two mouths so I count them as two ): The second color of new zoanthids I got: The third color was all being camera shy and closed up on me while I was taking pictures, so please accept this broader picture of the whole top of the rock as a subsitute. The third color is at the very top. I think that group is not used to all the light right at the top of the tank yet, but I think it'll get there. And finally a closeup of my duncan. I love this guy! Hope you like looking at these at least partly as much as I do. I am excited to see them grow! Though I know I will have to frag them back pretty aggressively to keep them in this tiny tank.
  3. He is a beauty! I love the single tails. I think I need a pond...
  4. So I got to the third picture and was like "Dang! That looks like a different fish!" And then I realized that I was actually looking at a different fish. The color change is so cool! Two fish in one, right?
  5. It's so fun to watch him grow! Thanks for posting pics.
  6. I love the overhead shots. Those are very pretty fishes you have there.
  7. I had my fixture hanging from plant hooks like this for a while: http://www.amazon.com/Tillamook-Hook-C1520-15-Inch-Straight/dp/B005IZ4ZCG/ That worked pretty well. I just made sure I had them attached to a stud.
  8. I know there are a few people here who kind of stir up the surface of their sand lightly to get the waste up into the water. The idea with this is that the sand will settle much faster than the waste so you can suck more of it out with your water. You might try that.
  9. Looks awesome! Be sure to keep us updated.
  10. Great explanation of this process! Thanks for sharing this info. I plan to use it... someday.
  11. There may be a way you can cut the plastic! But it just depends on your particular hood. If you take a clear picture of your hood situation, we could maybe make suggestions about what you could do. Some hoods don't really allow that kind of tinkering, though, sadly. Which is why I added the bit about the canister.
  12. To put a hang on back filter on a tank, you do need a cutout the width of the filter that is also deep enough to allow the water to pour back into the tank. If your lid doesn't allow this, I'm afraid your non-internal option is a canister, like ninzah said. The downside to these is that they are definitely not cheap.
  13. Some of you might remember that I had a Fluval Spec (all of 2 gallons) shrimp tank a while back. In the end, it was fairly hard to keep, largely I think because the water evaporation was HUGE in proportion to the tank volume, and the parameters were fluctuating all over the place. So I upgraded to a downright enormous 8 gallon tank for my small planted needs, and put away the Spec for a later project. That project's day has arrived. My husband has built for me an automatic topoff for this tank. (Hooray!) This consists of a one gallon reservoir of RO water (as the thing that evaporates is just the water part of the water, and everything else in the water stays in the tank, this is the best way to maintain parameters), an aqua lifter (basically a very slow pump) and a float switch that tells the aqua lifter when the tank needs more water. Here are those components: By the way, we bent the acrylic piece in this next photo ourselves. It's super fun; I highly recommend it. The float switch sits down in the back part of the Spec like this (air line removed for better viewing): And when the switch indicates the water level is too low, the aqua lifter turns on and pumps water up into the tank through an air line. Pretty neat! I'm super excited about that. But wait, there's more. I also built a custom media basket for the other part of the back area of this tank. I wanted to be able to put the heater back there and out of sight, and I also wanted to be able to add my own media to the filtration of this tank. So the solution I came up with is this: As you can see in the photos above, on the top goes a layer of filter floss, and then in the triangular compartments I will put some biological and/or chemical filtration. I haven't quite decided what all I am going to put back there, but whatever it is, I'll be super glad I have that space. The filter media that comes with the Spec for this compartment is a giant sponge with small holes in it for carbon and ceramic media. Not really the filtration balance I wanted, and definitely no room for a heater. So with my awesome media basket and my awesome topoff, I have decided to completely jump off the deep end and make this tank a mini reef! My husband has kept saltwater aquariums since before I met him, so I've participated in many salty adventures, though this is the first one that is mine. I should note that attempting to make a reef out of a 2 gallon tank is a really really stupid idea. I don't expect it to last particularly long, although it would be nice if it did. (Luckily the things above that we've made for this tank are useful for other applications as well.) The reason I decided on this is that not only is this tank a tiny, tiny 2 gallons, but it's a tall 2 gallons, which means there's really no useable swimming space in it. So I decided to stock it with things that don't need to swim: a couple corals and a snail or two. I don't have anything in it right now but some rocks and sand, but here's what it looks like so far. I think it's just about ready to start thinking about living inhabitants, though I'm not sure exactly what just yet. I might start with the snails to get the cycle going and work from there. Stay tuned for more updates! In the meantime, here is what the tank looks like right now:
  14. How can you say this? Thunder I keep seeing you say things that are incorrect and in this case, potentially dangerous. What if the middle is weak? Over time it can crack, become warped, moldy, cave in, etc. It is just not OK to tell someone sight unseen that any tank on any dresser is safe. Its a fact that weight of tank is more on the corners. It's true that the best stands are made to transfer the weight of the tank down to the ground most efficiently at the corners, but it's also true that for the integrity of the structure as a whole, the rest of the structure should be taken into account. I don't think anyone here would put a tank on a stand made out of four cinder blocks, one at each corner, and there's a reason for that. The tank needs to be supported across the entire base. If the middle is bowing, the whole structure could be compromised, and then all that weight at the corners would no longer be supported either.
  15. I think for up to about 20 gallons, provided the dresser is reasonably well built, you would probably be fine. For more than that, just like with whether or not a floor can support a tank, it's just too dependent on the dresser and the specific situation to make a call like that. Many people have tanks on dressers and do fine with them, but they don't have your tank on your dresser. I would suggest looking around at various DIY stand instructions on the internet to see what kinds of things are necessary for a stand, and use that information to make an assessment about your dresser. At least this is easier than judging the structural integrity of the floor, as you can see inside the dresser yourself to make these judgments.
  16. There are some glazes that people use on terra cotta. For aquariums, you want the plain, unglazed kind--that type is perfectly fine. I've never had a goldfish sleep in a pot like that but I imagine it's not impossible.
  17. If you do frequent large water changes, you should be alright in the short term. You are definitely quite overstocked, though, so you will probably want to start looking around for a better long term solution. How big is your QT tank? An extended QT for the newbie might be one solution to look at while you figure out a strategy, if the QT is on the big side.
  18. Do you happen to know what the KH and GH are for your water? I use Seachem Alkaline Buffer but my tap water has a higher pH than yours. It probably would help, though. I think it's much easier to find than Gold Buffer.
  19. at this one: "What raspberries? I didn't see any raspberries. I have no idea who ate them."
  20. Looks like you got a good start. Keep us updated!
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