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cooley 08-31-2009 05:38 PM

My 2.5g desktop reef
 
I work in a shop and business always gets pretty slow in the winter. I decided to start a small tank on my bench so I'll have a hobby in the upcoming season. I got a 2.5 gallon allglass and a 12" strip light with a 20 watt 50/50 pc bulb. I used aprox 4 lbs of live rock from my sump at home and aprox 5 lbs of live sand from my reef at home. I am running an azoo palm h.o.b. filter, a small heater, and an airstone. So far I have 5 small colonies of zoas, a couple mushrooms, brown star polyps and green star polyps, 1 hermit, 2 astrea snails, and 1 small blue and gold damsel. Tank has been up and running for about 2 weeks and all is well. I am really impressed with how well the azoo palm filter works. Its completely silent and can move quite a bit of water for its size.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...is/TANK002.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...is/TANK001.jpg


Before any stock was added, shows the size of the display next to my laptop.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...chris/TANK.jpg

aunt kymmie 08-31-2009 06:21 PM

What a great little reef! :-)

dramaqueen 08-31-2009 07:37 PM

Very nice!

cooley 08-31-2009 10:00 PM

Thanks! The small volume of the tank and the high output of the single bulb put me at aprox 10 watts/gal after sand and rock displacement. I'm wondering if I can keep SPS in there. Any input?

aunt kymmie 08-31-2009 11:54 PM

I have no idea on the SPS but would love to see pics of your other tank. Your 2.5 is so well done I'm sure the others are just as spectacular. :-)

cooley 09-01-2009 01:09 PM

I rearranged the rocks and took some closer pics.

mushroom and some scattered zoas
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...is/TANK006.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...is/TANK004.jpg

Small BSP frag and some more zoas
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...is/TANK003.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/h...is/TANK005.jpg

SueK 09-01-2009 10:09 PM

Love it!

Do you think this would be practical if you didn't have other tanks to take cycled materials and water change water from? I would love to give this a try but am otherwise out of saltwater right now. I'm wondering if the necessary consistancy can be gotten making up such small batches of water for changes.

Keep us posted on it's progress!

Sue

Kellsindell 09-01-2009 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SueK (Post 237050)
Love it!

Do you think this would be practical if you didn't have other tanks to take cycled materials and water change water from? I would love to give this a try but am otherwise out of saltwater right now. I'm wondering if the necessary consistancy can be gotten making up such small batches of water for changes.

Keep us posted on it's progress!

Sue

It can, but you also have to consider it's what in the tank that matters. I had a heavy softy tank, but there were no fish in it and had ok growth. You do need to stay on top of topping the tank off often to keep evap from being less noticeable.

Looks good though.

Goody 09-04-2009 09:08 AM

Very nice im looking to set up a tank soon

mullinsd2 09-04-2009 10:57 AM

that is so cool. I would like to have a nice little tank like that in each room lol


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