Elijah's 2.5 gallon Pico

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  1. Roc

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    This tank is my son Elijah's. He is 6 and this is his 1st tank. I orginally got this tank for myself for a Pico tank chalange (which it is still entered in) but he will be learning using this tank how to maintain a salt water reef aquairum and will be making the stocking and aquascaping choices.

    Spec's

    Tank is a 2.5 gallon Acrilic cube made by FCA (Frist Class Aquairums)
    18watt 50/50 bulb USA Current
    HOB AC70 / Modded with cheto grate - filled with LR and cheto
    25 watt Visi-therm heater

    Liverock is a mix of stuff from my sump and from from Tony (Radar1)
    Live sand is from my fuge

    Money spent - $0.00 since I traded a fellow reefer 2 green Rics and a Neon Orange Ric baby for this tank and equipment, he was gonna sell it for 50.00 so we could consider that Elijah's budget.

    Specs after 1 week

    PH - 8.2
    Amonina- 0
    Nitrite - 0
    Nitrate - 10ppm
    Temp - 78.9


    Man I need to get the stuff to make a ATO for this thing, the evap is crazy.

    And the pics

    Elijah getting Sand from 120 gal tanks fuge

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    Adding the 1st bit of water

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    Learning to do it on his own without spilling

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    Admiring his work

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    Lighting added

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    Cycleing started

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  2. LeviT

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    Cool! I'll have my son's build thread soon. He's a little older though and has been hounding me to let him set up an account :)
     
  3. Roc

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    Well being 6 he has a couple of things to learn , like No elijah you can't have a shark in your tank..........ROFL.

    He is a lot like his dad though as he changed his aquascaping this morning.
     
  4. LeviT

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    [quote author=Roc link=topic=4813.msg58511#msg58511 date=1223739214]
    ...he changed his aquascaping this morning.[/quote]
    lol, isn't there only 2 rocks in there :)

    I'm gonna have to do something to butter up one of you guys with the florescent orange rics :)
     
  5. Roc

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    [quote author=LeviT link=topic=4813.msg58514#msg58514 date=1223740000]
    [quote author=Roc link=topic=4813.msg58511#msg58511 date=1223739214]
    ...he changed his aquascaping this morning.[/quote]
    lol, isn't there only 2 rocks in there :)

    I'm gonna have to do something to butter up one of you guys with the florescent orange rics :)
    [/quote]

    There's 3 rocks and hell theres a lot you can do with 3 rocks.....ROFL
     
  6. Roc

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    Well Elijah switched out one of his rocks for a new one that I guess had some dorment xenia and marco algae on it.

    We had to add a couple of blue legged hermits to deal with the begining of his tank's diatom outbreak

    And now some pic's

    FTS

    [img width=991 height=1000]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v19/1Iroc/fish/elijahtank10-11-08014.jpg[/img]

    Blue legged hermit cleaning up

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    What kind of algae is this?

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  7. seminolecpa

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    Looks like turf algea to me. Can be quite painful if it is. Tough to get rid of.
     
  8. Roc

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    [quote author=seminolecpa link=topic=4813.msg58547#msg58547 date=1223776023]
    Looks like turf algea to me. Can be quite painful if it is. Tough to get rid of.
    [/quote]

    If it's a pest algae I will just tell Elijah he has to get a different rock.........lol
     
  9. A_Lee

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    It actually looks a little bit more like a type macro algae to me
    I know there are probably many species of alga deemed "red turf algae" but mine doesn't look like that.
     
  10. Roc

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    Yea it don't look like all the red turf algae pics I seen.
     
  11. seminolecpa

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    Yeah I did some searching too and it is not the true definition of turf algae. I definately looks very familiar to a very nuiscence algae I had in my tank a long while back. Is it very corse? I think in order to get anything to get it under gontrol it required me manually trimming with scissors and letting my foxface help get it under control. I would try doing a search on RC for it. Again just speculating but I believe if it is what I am thinking it is its a real PITA.
     

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