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blueblue48 04-26-2008 10:04 PM

10 gallon nano diary (picture heavy)
Well i wouldnt say that i got bored of freshwater, it just got un-challenging. So i decided id try out my first saltwater, a 10 gallon, and see how things go. Keep in mind i dont have a job and therefore arent willing to pay 100 dollars for lighting so alot of this stuff is DIY (100 dollars or free? you be the judge). It should be a little slow because of revenue but i hope you stay tuned. As of now all i have is a 10 gallon with a small overflow (for lr rubble), a 50 watt heater, an AC 30 fuge (for lr rubble, crushed coral and chaeto), a glass top, and a DIY compact flourescent hood giving me 54 watts. For substrate ive got some plain white ocean sand. I plan on a reef with maybe 1 goby, but more likely just a heard of sexy shrimp and snails.
I heard tap water wasnt good, but i couldnt get RO, so i just used distilled:
Heres my AC fuge:
Heres my little overflow (i made a line at where i want to keep the water):
Heres my DIY hood, one of my ballasts super glue came unhinged so its just sitting there, i hope to maybe make a better more powerful one soon but this should do for now:
And heres a little FTS:
I hope you stick around to see how this turns out.

Cody 04-26-2008 10:16 PM

You beat me! :blueshake:

19 days left for me... :roll:

Looks great so far. Can't wait to see what you will do with it later on down the road.

Hmm, sexies or fish. 5 Sexies would look cool, but so would a lot of other things. I do think it would look best with 5 Sexies, 2 Pom-Pom crabs, a Porcleain crabs, and the CUC. Plus the addition of the softies would make it look great.

blueblue48 04-26-2008 10:29 PM

i swear i didnt know :D . anyways im amped for yours, are you sure you couldnt start a wee bit sooner??

Cody 04-26-2008 10:33 PM

Eh, I could. Still have to convert my AC110 into a fuge and make a DIY stand and canopy. I am starting on that next friday/saturday when my dad gets home. Then I got to paint it, and get the water/rock/salt. He said he will buy all of that for my birthday in May since I payed for everything else. But I still need a few more things (fuge light, extra heater and powerhead, 5G buckets, etc). I am going to sell my PS2 and a bunch of other stuff for like $150-185 soon for extra cash.

You know someone looking for a PS2? :P

blueblue48 04-26-2008 10:38 PM

I hear ya, i have to sell my old gamecube and some fish stuff so i can get some 5 gallon buckets, corals and a new hydrometer and junk. it should be worth it though. my birthday is the 27th so hopefull by then things will be cycled and ready for some corals.

willow 04-27-2008 04:08 AM

keep up the good work.
i look forward to watching your tank grow. :)

blueblue48 04-27-2008 04:58 PM

alright today i went down to sea dreams and got 10.56789 whatever pounds of LR, it only cost me 34 dollars! anyways i washed them off a bit and threw them in the tank, i might re-scape later but it looks pretty cool right now!
Heres before i washed:
and heres the new FTS:

willow 04-28-2008 11:04 AM

i like the way the rocks are,i think it looks good.
i'm not a salt water person,but can i ask this,.............
if it's live rock how come it's dry ?

blueblue48 04-28-2008 03:57 PM

they just take it out of the water and let it dry, its just cheaper because it takes about a month for all the old stuff to die off, and then you seed it with cured rock so new stuff to start moving in. cured is 9 dollars a pound and this stuff was 3 so when i need to seed ill just get a couple pounds of cured tonga.

Cody 04-28-2008 05:17 PM

Oh, I see what your doing now. :)

More rock would look great btw.

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