My Son Elijah's new 2.5 gallon Pico

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Roc, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Roc

    Roc Guest

    This tank actually belongs to my son Elijah. He is 6 and this is his 1st tank. 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 (I traded Tony 2 green Rics and a Neon Orange Ric baby for this tank and equipment)


    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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    [img width=1000 height=750]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v19/1Iroc/fish/elijahstank10-4-08003.jpg[/img]

    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. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Day 5 -

    Elijah madea change today, he diecided he wanted one of the pretty "purple rocks" from Daddys tank, so I let him chose one.

    We aslo did the 1st round of testing

    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.
     
  3. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Day 8 -

    Well Elijah's tank is moving right along. The Diatom bloom is in full effect, and we are going to need to add a CUC very soon. Elijah is already begining to coral shop in my 120, so this should get interesting very quickly. The ATO needs to be tested again before I stick it on the tank but the new design seems like it will work fine.
     
  4. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Day 10 -

    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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  5. TimTen

    TimTen Guest

    Very nice looking tank. I have wanted something like that in my office for so long, but my boss is no fun. You can see the reef bug bite in the "Admiring his work" shot. Keep up the great work.
     
  6. Roc

    Roc Guest

    He just read your comment and said "thank you computer person" ROFL Kids are the best
     
  7. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Yes that's Tim. He's the reefer from inside the computer :D
     
  8. Roc

    Roc Guest

    [quote author=Mr. Ugly link=topic=4941.msg60867#msg60867 date=1224981656]
    Yes that's Tim. He's the reefer from inside the computer :D
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    Well Elijah still hasn't grasped the idea that you can talk to hell KNOW ppl all from typing on a computer, I'm not exactly jumping at the chance to teach him about IM and e-mail.............
     
  9. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Elijah got to coral shop again in my tank yesterday, he picked a pink yuma and two green rics.

    Everything seems to be doing real well, looks like the stocking list will just be a Yashi Goby and a Randell Shrimp.

    He is a couple of pics[​IMG]Rics[​IMG]Zoas growing[​IMG]Xenia doing nice[​IMG]
     
  10. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    I love the mushrooms! Good job on the tiny tank! :D
     
  11. Euphyllia

    Euphyllia Guest

    That tank is nicer than my 14g! Nice job! :)
     
  12. Roc

    Roc Guest


    Elijah said thanks so much.

    Just shows what can be done by a 7 year old once they learn patence and do research before they add anything to a tank.
     
  13. Roc

    Roc Guest

    I thought I would update this with a ton of progress pics

    1/18/09

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    2/7/09

    FTS

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    Top down

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    Some close up's

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    2/22/09

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