Roger's 3 Gallon Pico

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Roger, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. Roger

    Roger Guest

    Hello, All.

    I figured I'd start a tank journal for my little desktop experiment. I bought a used 4 gallon (or so) pico on Craigslist that came with a HOB filter and a heater (that I replaced). Started the cycle on 1/18/'14 with 1.6 pounds of live rock, 2.2 pounds of dry rock, and about a pound of rock from my year old BC14. Also threw in 4-5 pounds of dry sand and added a cup of sand from my established tank.

    Here's the rest of it:

    ViaAqua 50-Watt Heater
    Rio Plus 50 PH
    10-Watt 14000K LED (ebay)
    TOM Aqua Lifter + Timer as ATO
    Unknown Mini HOB Filter

    Orange Monti Digitata
    Blue Acro
    Blue Digitata
    Thin Branched Frogspawn
    Kedd's Reds Zoas
    Aussie Platygyra
    Candy Apple Pocillipora

    Blue Maxima Clam
    Unknown Hermit Crab
    2 Sexy Shrimp

    Other Livestock
    Green Banded Goby
    Mini Carpet Anemone


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  2. Roger

    Roger Guest

    After having unreliable ups and downs with this tank and pretty much neglecting it, I've decided to spend more time with it. The clam and maze brain have been moved to my main tank. Right now, the nem is still in there as well as a yellow watchman goby/pistol shrimp pair. Everything else died. I have a devil's hand leather and an unknown chalice. Just added 1.3 pounds of rock and an in-tank refugium with a small bit of chaeto. Have since gotten rid of the Aqualifter as a top off and am using a bottle of water. Also got rid of about 2/3 of the sand.

    Added a tsp of charcoal and a 1/2 tsp of GFO into the HOB. 38PAR bulb arrived from China today and should get the swing arm desk lamp I ordered on Monday.

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    Last edited: Nov 5, 2015
  3. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Wow! A 3 Gallon Tank!

    Must be super hard keeping that thing stable!

    You need a sexy shrimp!
  4. Roger

    Roger Guest

    Got my PAR 38 bulb attached to a swing arm desk lamp and some corals (Zoas, Trumpets, Zebra Shrooms). So far everything is opening up and happy.

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  5. Roger

    Roger Guest

    Got some clearer pics. Everything still doing great.
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  6. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Hey notice you mentioned a Tom aqualifter and timer for ato but I see a water bottle inverted. Curious how these two work together?

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  7. Roger

    Roger Guest

    I replaced the TOM with the water bottle, so I am not using the aqualifter anymore. The bottle, though more archaic, is more accurate.

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