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Featured Richard's 30cm cube, 12/10/11 update.

Discussion in 'Pico Tanks (0-10gal)' started by richard, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. richard

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    After getting fed up of flooding my bedroom with my 150ltr tank I have decided to downgrade.

    I was originally going for a tmc micro habitat 15 but after some problems with ordering one I decided to go for something else.

    Ended up finding an ex display 30cm cube tank from pets at home, and got it at the bargain price of £22.

    This gives me more room than the tmc and at a fraction of the price.

    The only issue was the filtration, which I wanted to be internal so there was no chance of another flood ( which I probably still end up doing somehow) .

    I originally planned to do a bit of diy by adding a filtration section in the back, but after my last attempt of doing this with my old sump I decided to look into getting something custom made.

    I've used led's on my last tank for almost two years and have had really good results, so I wanted to continue using them on the pico, which should also help with lower heat and less energy.

    I decided to go for a par38 quad spectrum led bulb that I had shipped over from america, from Rapid led. The bulb gives of really bright light with a purple glow which really brings the colors of the corals out, and only uses 17w.

    I've transfered most of the corals from my old tank and they all seem to be doing really well, some are looking better than they ever have done.

    So here's the pics of how it's currently looking.

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  2. Boogyburd

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    Looking fantastic mate, could you pm me where you got the bulbs please.
     
  3. ladielucie

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    ahh,thats a nice little one you have got there :smile:
     
  4. richard

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    Thanks

    Planning on getting some more live rock later this week to fill it out a bit more, but I'm going to add it gradually so I don't get a cycle, which is something I've managed to avoid so far.

    And when I've got all the rock I'm going to look into getting a yellow clown goby to start of.

    Just wish I had a better camera as the colors of the corals look allot brighter than that.
     
  5. bumcrumb

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    lovely mate ;)
     
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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    bargain looking good too
     
  7. MRMantis

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    Looks really good m8, looks very bright and the corals look like they are responding well to the new light.
     
  8. richard

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    Cheers mate, you should see the colors in person, the light isn't just making them look brighter, it has actually brought out some more vibrant colors in most corals, its great.

    I don't know if its just down to the light but all the corals seem to be looking allot better than in the old tank, and the tank is allot easier to maintain, so far anyway.

    I've added a yellow clown goby in today which seems to be doing well, and even that glows under the light !
     
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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    great start mate, good choice of bulb in the end.
     
  10. richard

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    Thanks

    And thanks for all your advice, the chemi pure elite seems to be working really well.
     
  11. Sandy

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    hi richard

    nice tank, how much was the p+p for the bulb from the states and was it hassle free

    cheers sandy
     
  12. richard

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    Thanks

    The postage was $20 and it was pretty quick getting here.

    Only problem was having to pay extra for custom charges etc, can't remember how much it was but it was over £10.

    So in the end after the price of the bulb, the postage and the extra charges it was close to £100, but to be honest for me it was worth it because it's doing great over my pico.
     
  13. ILoveFish

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    very nice nano tank you have there :D
     
  14. wilko

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    Any updates?
     
  15. richard

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    Lots of changes over the past few months, will update and post some pics later today.
     
  16. richard

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    Re: Richard's 30cm cube

    Photo taken about 2 months ago.

    New filter section from chippypah added in back corner, just running filter floss and chemi pure elite which is working great, and also the added benefit of surface skimming.

    Added a few new corals including some metallic green star polyps, quite a large yellow tipped torch coral and a zoa frag as well as an extra kg of live rock.


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  17. richard

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    Photo taken today.

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  18. MRMantis

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    Tank looks good Richard the corals are looking great is the torch splitting (growing new heads) looks a little bigger from the previous picture
     
  19. wilko

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    looking good buddy.....!
     
  20. markalex

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    looks really well thought out,impressive
     
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