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    Default 14gal Nano Reef Build

    I'm making this post the official journal of this tank and will update it as often as possible. This first post will expand as the tank grows and as I add livestock, it will also contain the most recent FTS of the tank so you won't have to scroll through the entire thread.

    Outline:
    • Tank: PicO Aquariums 15x15" low iron cube
    • Filtration: CPR Aquafuge 2 Small
    • Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50W (Will be put inside Aquaclear)
    • Water movement: Vortech MP10
    • ATO: Tunze Nano ATO
    • Lighting: Ecotech Radion XR15wPro
    • Skimmer:
    • Substrate: Barebottom
    • Live Rock: Yes
    • Fish: 2 Onyx Clownfish
    • Coral: SPS Dominated, to many to list for now.


    Current FTS:



    Extremely humble beginnings



    Stay tuned for more!
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    Default 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    I was really hoping to see a sweet sea horse tank. Maybe because this is a future endevor I want to do lol! Good luck Matt!
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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Matt, I had a nano reef. Would you like me to see if I can find a picture or two?

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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Potentially 75 watts+ of leds on a 6.5g nano tank=awesome fixture . Im interested to see your video on it, ive never soldered, only done the solderless so it will help me on future fixtures. Will you be using a pwm controller?
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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Sure Pat.

    Matt, its all about the par, which i will have plenty of! lol. I'm not the best at soldering....but it gets done. I wanted to use a controller but honestly don't want to spend the extra money on it. The plug and play controllers run about $50+ and no idea how to program or anything. I'll be using Buckpucks for the LEDs since its so few per string and I'm familiar with the drivers. The only controller I know of that supports the buckpucks is the Typhon. So maybe down the road I can install one, but starting out no controller.

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    Nice Pat!

    Light supplies are ordered, few other things like filter/heater etc will be ordered tonight probably. Then next week (next pay check) I'll order the rest of the stuff. Trying to do this the responsible way for once, instead of saying oh....$600 sure, boom, drop it and be dead in the water for a while. Spread it out!

    This is real now!!

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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Cool Matt. You know where you are getting your rock etc?

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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Probably going to look locally first, see whats out there since I haven't been paying attention to stock/prices for the last few years....and because I only need a little bit. But I am open to ordering online if someone knows of a good place to get a small package.

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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Matt, I have gotten rock from the gulf and the keys. I would look locally first also since you need 20 lbs or less.

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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Looks like this may be more slow developing then I originally thought. It will probably be late April/early May before the tank even sees water in it. My very last (finally!) Annual training for the Marines goes in April (2 weeks) and I figure it would be smart for me to wait until after that to start the tank so I can be there and not start it and leave for 2 weeks. I'm going to build the light as soon as I can though, the parts should come in this week and next week however I have drill next weekend and no idea when a day off will come to build it. So hang tight!

    By the time the tank is ready to go I should have a good budget for some frags/livestock when that time comes.

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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    I'd love to update everyone on this, but days off are a myth and don't really exist so I haven't done anything else so far. I think I need a new job.....

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    Default 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Quote Originally Posted by Discus-n00b View Post
    I'd love to update everyone on this, but days off are a myth and don't really exist so I haven't done anything else so far. I think I need a new job.....
    I will second that one. Hope you can find a little time to work on this.
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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    Teaser, not finished but its just that....a teaser.

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    Default Re: 6.5gal Nano Reef Build

    So I finally found some time to finish building the lights. I must say, LED fixtures can hurt your eyes they are so bright but this fixture is on another level. All of the colors are so crisp that it literally Hurts to look at it lol the blues and violets especially, going to make the tank look great. Unfortunately the video I wanted to make showing how didn't turn out the way I wanted so for now it's scrapped. The next thing on the to do list is to get a mat for the tank to sit on and build a way to hang the light without drilling the wall or the ceiling. I have some ideas but we shall see.

    Also, been contemplating upgrading to a 15x15x15 tank which would double the gallons of this current tank. So that's a decision to come soon as well.

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