12 Gallon Aquapod
I'm buying a 12 gallon Aquapod off someone today for $60. Just can't pass it up for the price as it's complete and fully working. Any opinions on it? Plan on making it into a reef tank. What's a good tank setup with these as far as inhabitants?
You can house most easy-to-keep softies for corals. Almost nothing else, as the lighting is not sufficent enough. I would replace it with a hood mod from NanoCustoms or NanoTuners if I were you, or get like a 70W Viper HQI light. Do you know how old the unit and lights are?
Also, the tank only holds about 10 gallons, give or take, becuase of the flase wall. Again, you should replace the pump with a Maxi-Jet, as the stock pumps are known to fail. I would also add a Koralia Nano Powerhead for extra flow.
A pair of Clowns would look nice in the tank. Nothing else. There are other options, but in my opinion, the best way to choose is to go to your LFS, write down names of fish you like, and then post them here so we can determine what is best for your tank.
I'm thinking a pair of clowns or maybe a royal gramma and a small blenny. Would any anemones work in the tank? Lighting is not good enough for any hard corals? There was already a torch coral in there and some zoo rock.
I actually lucked out on this tank as it was the recalled model from a couple years ago. So I cut the cords and took them down with the form to the LFS and picked up a brand new one. So this tank has a new hood/lights on it.
I'll look into replacing the pump, probably won't do much lighting wise right now because I'm sure this is going to lead me into a bigger reef tank again. I plan on doing weekly water changes so I'm not going to worry about skimming. Flow wise the stock directional return is not on there there's a 360 degree spinning head on it that is constantly changing the flow direction.
A pair of false perc clowns, some zoanthids, xenia, and small mushrooms. That's my suggestion. You can get nice color out of the zoanthids and mushrooms, and the xenia will add a bit of "life" to the corals, and they are all good hearty beginner corals. The false percs will host in anything, including the Zoanthids and Hairy mushrooms. add in a dozen blue leg hermits, a few cerith snails, a few nassarius snails, and a few trochus or astrea snails. Since you wont need much, use good quality Live rock too.
That's my suggestion.
Most anemones require high lighting T5 or Metal Halide. There a re a few that would do OK under lower lighting, but best to go simple at this point.
And, anems get too large for a 12G AP. The only one I know that is suitable is the Flower Anemone, but I doubt clowns will host in that.
Look for a torch coral; the closes thing to an anemone, that is just easier to care for, doesn't require as much light/water circulation, and clowns might host it.
Nice! Once the coral starts to grow more, a pair of clowns will probably host it.
I am going to have to beg to differ with the first response to this thread. You can keep soft corals and LPS corals under pc lighting. Hell, I did, and got good growth under it. Its totally possible, and I even kept a branching monti under Pcs for about 4 months. Not only did I not kill it, it grew too.
Obviously you need more powerful lighting so you can keep most sps type corals, and you get better growth out of everything with a stronger set up. But dont crush this kid with that Cody.
It's been at least 14 years since I have had a reef (went freshwater). The deal on the AP12 was too good to pass up and I have been wanting to do a small reef for a while. I lucked out as well I bought the AP12 with the live sand that was in it already and 15 lbs of live rock that was already part of a running tank as well for $90.
Then I found out that tank was the recalled model and cut the cords, filled out the recall form, and got a brand new one from the LFS. I then rewired the ballasts on the faulty one to get rid of the common hot line voltage hazard so I have two tanks.
Currently tank #1 has some zoas, a pulsing xenia, and a torch coral with 2 false percs in it. Tank #2 is just starting to cycle with a damsel in it. I figure I'll propagate corals from tank #1 to #2 in a couple months after cycling is complete. Also since these tanks are small I'm not bothering with mixing salt water up I just buy the Catalina water in the box.
Here's what tank #1 currently looks like:
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