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  1. Wow! It's absolutely beautiful, and must be so much fun to see it evolving daily. :)

    We've missed you, and glad to see you here. :)

    Thank you Alex! It's definitely a lovely sight; it's in the bedroom so I can look at it when I get up in the morning and before I go to bed at night. I have missed you guys a ton too; I have been running around like :krazy: lately!

    It's beautiful :)

    Thank you Gustave. :D

    Second this :) I'm also very interested in your pretty tank

    I hope you like the answers I gave in the last post then! I am happy to answer questions if I know the answers.

    It looks amazing :D

    Thanks! I :heart it also!

    Thirds! I wish I had more time for a saltwater tank. I would really love to see a tutorial on fragging. Too cool Courtney, thanks for the update, it looks amazing!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks! This one actually doesn't take up a ton of time, which is good, because I don't have a lot of it lately. A 50% water change on this tank takes like 4 minutes because it's only a 2 gallon tank. However, a tank this small is probably not indefinitely sustainable, so there's definitely a trade-off.

    I love saltwater tanks and yours is very beautiful! It's great seeing updates - keep them coming! :clapping:

    Thank you! I will definitely keep posting pictures! This one is changing much more rapidly right now than my goldfish tank, which still looks almost exactly the same as when I last updated you all on it. I'm sure there will be more to share for this one soon!

  2. It looks great!! :clapping:

    Thank you! :D

    It looks amazing!

    Thanks! I agree. Saltwater tanks can be so pretty!

    Oh it is so cool!!!!! Corals are so neat :) One day I want to learn about saltwater tanks

    Corals are really neat! The learning curve is definitely steep but there are really cool things to be learned!

    Wow! What a lot of change from the first pic! Very nice!! :clapping:

    Thanks! Tank evolutions are always fun to see, aren't they?

    Very cool!!!! I need way more info on this though! Do corals create a bioload? When you say you will have to frag them aggressively to keep them in the tank this small, why is that? Just so they don't get overgrown or will they die if you don't?

    Will you give us all a tutorial when you do some fragging? Will you sell the frags to your lfs?

    What the heck do you feed coral?

    I have so many questions Courtney! This is so cool :P

    The corals do create a bioload! It's not like a goldfish or anything, but definitely you have to watch it too. I have rather a lot of snails in there as well.

    The fragging will just be to keep them small enough to fit in the tank. The zoanthids are naturally small, but they would grow to cover all of the rock in there if I let them. The ricordeas would make a colony that could take over the tank too, and frogspawn and duncans both usually have several heads on fully grown specimens; the ones I have in there are just single-head babies. :)

    I will try to take pictures when I cut them up for you guys. I hope it won't have to be for a little while yet. I am not sure what I will do with the frags. I could sell them, but my husband also is thinking about setting up a larger tank in the future so maybe he would keep some of them too. :)

    All of my corals host microorganisms that can photosynthesize and then that in turn provides nutrients to the coral. So in short, they mostly eat light. You can also feed them things like plankton and some of them will even eat brine shrimp. I will have to make a video of my duncan eating a tiny shrimp! It's pretty awesome!

    Good questions. They are fun to answer. I have learned a lot about this in a short time. :)

  3. 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 :D ):


    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.

  4. The Spec got its first live inhabitants yesterday! I hijacked some snails from my husband's tank (and then ordered more to replace them) and also bought a tiny frag of what I think is frogspawn, or something very like it. I couldn't resist; it's proportioned just right for this tank. :) It can grow quite a bit and still not be horrifyingly large.



    Stay tuned for more updates when I have more to update. :D

  5. Is it possible for you and hubby to put together all the pieces and graphic instructions for us? We be willing to pay. I wanna try this.

    There is actually a place that does this already! They do it better than we could, even, since many of our parts were just from leftover projects.

    This is super neat Courtney, I can't wait for some updates! :D

    Thank you Jenny! I will post updates when I have new stuff to share! I'm hoping to shop for something at least this coming weekend!

    Amazing! :D Can't wait to see updates. :)

    Thank you! I can't wait to update you!

  6. That is amazing! What a cool project! :) I'll have to try to bend acrylic now too, since it's "so much fun" :rofl

    Oh man it totally is! You're all heatin up the acrylic and thinking "there is no way this is going to work... oh wait, maybe it's starting to bend a little bit... hey look it's all done now!" And then you're done and you're all "bwahahahahahahahaha I have bent the plastic to my will!"

    Maybe it's just me. :)

    Very nice project :). I wish I was as skilled with my hands as you guys!

    I think you could do this stuff! I am super excited about this project. This is what I needed that Spec part for! So thanks for enabling the whole thing. :D

    That's so awesome, you guys did a great job figuring all that out!

    Thank you!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Nice :)

    Thank you Shell! I'm excited about it!

    Wonderful! What a smart idea to keep the evaporation in check!

    Thanks Chelsea! It is a really cool device! Many people do this on a large scale for their reef tanks but I think it's lots more important here.

    That's kool. I have a Spec 5. Where did you get those gadgets for refill? Mine doesn't evaporate quickly, tho. Its empty now and thinking what fish to add.

    The various parts were either ordered from the Internet or came from my husband's stock of misc electrical bits. The expertise assembling them into something that functions was all him, though.

    This is awesome Courtney!!! It looks like a piece of art! Can't wait to see what you decide on for inhabitants :)

    Thank you Jess! The blue-ish lights on reef tanks definitely have an allure of their own. Hopefully it will just get better with more things in it!

    That tank would be perfect for sexy shrimp!

    It's looking great so far, can't wait to see how it develops. :D

    Thanks. :) I definitely would entertain the idea of shrimp. We'll have to see how things go!

    That's so cool! :)

    Thank you Shelli! It's a nice little tank to look at already, and I love having a project to work on.

  10. 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. :D


    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:



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