View Full Version : unique fish room, multiple picos and planted tanks

11-19-2009, 08:04 PM
I posted this in a different forum a few months ago but I see there is a sw area so I am posting up a vid of my fish room, it has very rare reef tanks that I've been discussing on the forums. nice to meet you all


11-19-2009, 09:39 PM
Very nice tanks, unique is kind of an understatement in this case.

11-20-2009, 12:39 AM
That is awesome. i just recently started my 0.01gallon pico marine tank.
Yes, one hundredth of a gallon. 21 milliliters. Hope it survives. All it has is 2 bristle worms and chaeto. Im thinking its too small.:sconfused:

11-20-2009, 12:53 AM
That sure is tiny!lol
Impressive tanks though! thumbs2:
I know I would have no chance with anything that tiny!

Good luck with yours Amazon.It sounds like a half a shot glass size

.: JaCkPoT :.
11-22-2009, 02:44 PM
wow have you got any pics of that small tank mate?

11-23-2009, 01:17 AM
Thay is cool

12-01-2009, 04:55 PM
lol on the 21 ml tank Im thinking people might think im trying to do ridiculous things but i promise these are an experiment in bare bones approaches and the shapes and sizes of the tanks aren't just for novelty they actually control physical parameters of the tank...hopefully that justifies the palmtop approach lol

the vase has a lid that fits exactly on the inner diameter of the neck of the vase, and directs all the airstone splatter back down into the bowl without salt creep. This presents partial evaporation control in a very real and measurable way...how many gallon reefs you know run 3 days in between topoffs~ so it wasn't just the size, the shape matters more.

The little palmtop sps reef is sealed totally and does not evaporate, something not done in any size reef tank so that is also a unique physical character as well. the shape matters because it is a very very small square tank, which fits under very small reef lighting, which prevents temp issues which all larger sealed reefs would have to mitigate. Here's a few more pics. i already posted these in the nano forum but i know a lot of people don't check out other forums so here's a few for this thread to show sizing...the day I can find a ten gallon glass vase it's on! for the mean time im stuck with gallon sized models
lastly the main separation id like to state between these tanks and the novel/temporary ones would be the four years life span and coralline so thick you can't chip it off without breaking something he he

12-01-2009, 05:02 PM
here are some laser-clear sps tabletop pics of acropora growth for two years in the palmtop sealed tank. This is table top acropora growth at 3 inches in diameter, smallest table top you'll find anywhere fo sho! hope a remote host of these pics is okay, I didn't want to download them all on my work pc Id rather just copy and paste the links







12-02-2009, 01:29 AM
Man dude....I seriously love your tanks! You use the palm galaxy light(is it called that?) on the sps tank. How much does electricity cost for you? What all equipment so you use on it? water changes? Sorry for all the questions but I just tried corals and it has proven successfull.

12-02-2009, 01:46 AM
*picks up jaw*

I have never -ever- appreciated the look of "reef tanks" until seeing this:

Is this for real? I mean...I'm not doubting but...incredible!

12-02-2009, 02:30 PM
i really thank you for stopping in! every light I have is a taken down galaxy light you are correct, they are cheap and the 50 50 bulbs i get from aquaticeco.com keep them perfect. one key element to growing corals with 13 w bulbs is the spacing you can see...1/2 inch away is actually too much sometimes so I have to make little light barriers to keep from light-induced bleaching...

im glad you like that shot, lemme ask you this did you see the shrimp hiding in the upper right area of the shot, mimicking the coral stand? lucky catch that snapshot...in that aquascape it took me a week of hard work because every frag in there was shaped with a dremel, often leaving white or scarred edges, and then spot-glued into place using surgical hemostats and suture ties and such. it all had to grow in for a few months to overgrow the cut edges and look seamless, it was the most delicate model of an aquascape I could do, too much$$ to do again I now just concentrate on the bowl designs because they are so much cheaper and don't need to be fanned.

I just noticed yesterday the coralife lighting I use was called mini-might back in the day but it's changed to something else, but the point is they lowered the cost down from 99 to 35$ which is dang cheap for a reef tank light. They are 9w and come with one 10k bulb, and one actinic bulb. You just add one galaxy light to hit the vase from the side to get the lower corals, and you will never have to upgrade lighting to keep any coral you can fit in the bowl pretty much

12-09-2009, 06:28 AM
This is very cool.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

12-09-2009, 10:54 AM
No, I didn't notice the shrimp. Is it the little black and white thing? That, to me, seems to be the only thing that kind of stands out in all that.

12-16-2011, 06:49 AM
the reefbowl is still alive. coral banded shrimp, gold var, in for four years. sps frags are commonly fragged off not ever any real profit but at least it exports biomass. this vase grew 5 blastomussa merletti frags into about 100 that species is very well suited to pico reefs.

This reef is fed in a unique manner to control nutrient overloading

a mixture of high grade feed such as frozen cyclopeeze and Reefcleaners filter feeder formula are fed to the tank and then a large water change is done. So I limit the feedings to once or twice a week, but the corals eat well, since the system is small a water change takes no time.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6157/6197999742_f00e13781d_b.jpg pics this month


12-16-2011, 06:59 AM
top down view of the bowl

coral allelopathy has stopped even among acanthastrea and montipora, and montipora vs duncan, the polyps actually touch now with no war. The study of stimulus negation of corals in the vase is mesmerizing.

12-16-2011, 10:56 AM
Just moved your thread in the SW journal section.

Lady Hobbs
12-16-2011, 02:22 PM
Wow. This thread began two years ago and now going again. Corals are looking remarkably good in such a small area.

12-16-2011, 09:01 PM
thank you for stopping by
I think the bowl has an indefinite biological lifespan its all about luck with the home ac, tank heater etc

the reefbowl was a few years old even before the thread started I think it close to 75 months now~ my goal is to see how long it will run. there has been a few insults along the way but its still been pretty lucky
forgetting to plug the heater in for two days after a water change was a close call...