Nano sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Nano sapiens, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Baykes

    Baykes Webmaster

    Man I just have to say that this tank is simply beautiful! And the fact that it has been going for 7 years... wow!
  2. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Thank you. Let's see if it makes it to Christmas (7-1/2 years) :)
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  3. anathema

    anathema Guest

    Beautiful tank, makes me miss my nano.
  4. Tskiller

    Tskiller Guest

    Terrific looking tank! Gonna have to find another 14g i think...
  5. Ahruk

    Ahruk Guest

    YES!!! Nanos are the best <3
  6. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Thanks. 14 - 16g are really good sizes. The 12g is nice...but not if one has large hands.
  7. nly04

    nly04 Guest

    wow, it looks imagine. First I though it photo shop because the percula clown color so intense and does not seem true, but I though the owner will not do this because it not a for sale thread. What lighting are you using on this tank? It crazy nice color.
  8. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Since the tank is 100% LED I do have to manipulate the image a bit (white balancing, mostly) in order to get a true-to-life image.

    This LED array is a combination DIY LEDs (for 'punch') and Exotic Stunner Strips (for T5-like coverage). I like to run lower Kelvin lighting than is typical these days (~12k). As a result, the array has more warm hues (oranges, reds) that tend to mimic somewhat shallower water which enhance the warmer, non-fluorescent fish and coral colors.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2015
  9. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    I feel like I always say this but Nano Sapiens Ricordea garden inspired me to do mine.

    I actually got my first two ricordea floridas and yumas from nano sapiens at the new hobbyists work shops.

  10. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Glad I got you 'hooked'. As far as addictions go, that's one of the better ones ;)

    I've been mess'in with Rhodactis inchoata ('Tonga' Bullseye) lately and they are proving more difficult to manage in this small tank. Much more flow and light averse (tend to detach) than Ricordia and they don't handle changes/physical touch nearly as well. It'll take me a while to build up that little side garden...

    Zoas were all single polyps just a few months ago...getting out of control already:

    Last edited: Oct 3, 2015
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  11. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Still chugging along at 7-1/2 years:


    No major issues. Orange Yuma bleaching up front, but should recover (it's done this a few times over the past 14 years).
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015
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  12. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Do you do anything in response to the yuma bleaching?

    For me I have to move them to lower light to nurse them back to health.
  13. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    A little less light helps and I add a few extra drops of iodine over the week. I also feed it heavily since it has lost much of the zooxanthellate derived nutrition.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2015
  14. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Anywho, 8th year pics for this 12g non-filtered nano:


    Left side:


    Right Side:

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2016
  15. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Very nice. Do you have any issue with coral trying to push into each other territory?
  16. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Thanks! There's a fair bit of pushing-and shoving, but I've only lost one coral type so far. I like to transplant frags in multiple places, so that helps to prevent loosing a specific coral type.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2016
  17. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Happy 8th Birthday! Amazing achievement! This tank never ceases to amaze me :)
  18. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Right?! It's like an anomaly.
  19. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    Thank you, Felicia :)
  20. Nano sapiens

    Nano sapiens Guest

    I guess you could say that, but there are a few even older examples of small nano/pico tanks out there.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016

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