Kat's 10L pico!

…and everything smaller!

Postby KittyKat » 2007-01-29 00:30

Looks like my long planned pico is finally happening!

The tank is 30x20x20 cm, giving it an (estimated) 10L when full... or 2.2 imperial gallons or 2.6 US gallons... But unfortunately so far it is the only part of my equipment that I actually have here :(

So my first question (as a complete beginner when it comes to marine) is this: will a 200lph pump/filter be enough for a coral and critter only set-up?
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Postby smiley » 2007-01-29 01:59

oooooh,
i cant really help you with the pump :(

but i am intrested in a pico tnak myself, so i will definatly like to see some pics of it :rolleyes:

what sort of critters are you having ?
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Postby Kev » 2007-01-29 08:00

I think something that powerful should be ok, it has a tank turn over of about 20 times per hour.... seems about right personally.
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-01-30 15:02

Thanks J! Not sure about critters yet, but I'm thinking... snails :P

Next question! How much LR should I be aiming at? I was thinking about 2kg, but I guess it depends on the density of what I can find (obviously)... so just a rough guide line would be good enough!
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Postby Kev » 2007-01-30 15:34

There isn't really a guideline on Live Rock to be honest. I think about 2-3Kg should be plenty, also you can break larger bits with a hammer... this helps if you have a little too much.

Open structures (in terms of Live Rock, also try getting hold of Branch Live Rock... this stuff if awesome for smaller tanks) should be aimed for as it allows better circulation which in turn results in more efficient biological filtration.

It is all down to personal choice in the end what type of LR you use and also how you arrange it in the tank (like you have much room to arrange it anyway *laughs*)

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Postby Perfectblue » 2007-01-30 20:01

For pico tanks you don't need much flow. I used a AquaClear 30 for flow in my 2.5g and it worked great. When it comes to housing inhabitants in such a small tank you are very limited. For your cleanup crew I would go with a couple snails and possibly a hermit crab. A small group of Sexy shrimp would work well for your tank. Here are some pictures: <a href='http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Thor+amboinensis&btnG=Search+Images' target='_blank'>http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Th...G=Search+Images</a>

Good luck with your pico. :)
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-02-12 16:40

Don't worry Kev! I've read and re-read them many times already...

Thanks for the idea PB! I think it was one of the suitable shrimp suggested to me a long time ago by Kev when I first started thinking of a nano! :rolleyes:

Photos coming! The rest of the equipment will be here soonish (I hope!)
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Postby Perfectblue » 2007-03-03 20:57

How is the pico coming along?
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-03-03 21:27

Did it manage the move alright?
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-03-05 12:06

Pico got delayed till after the move, but all the bits did get moved ok... will be going to the (now L)FS hopefully next weekend!
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-03-15 17:49

Okies, the filter and the coral sand got delivered yesterday (:woot:)... but the simplex look on the verge of spawning, so they got to take over the tank for a little while...
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Postby Kev » 2007-03-15 18:06

Sounds like its coming along awesome, get those simplex outta there though... you gotta get the reef on the roll :P lol j/k
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-03-15 22:19

*is hopping about eagerly, and prods fish*

C'mon, c'mon!

What sort of snails are you having? My friend Gary has a pair of seaslugs the size of slippers, and he's got baby yellow seacucumber for sale!
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-03-29 10:14

Ohhhh... Haven't descided yet :P

Bettas have now moved out and so the tank is free again!

BUT, I still have to sort out the lighting... what would people suggest? How many watts would I need in a tank that size?
I'm thinking 50/50 blue/white tubes, but that's so far about as far as I've had time to think to!
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-04-02 09:31

sounds great KK, I've just founds out that I'm getting a pico too!
Is it ok if we share the post so we don't keep blocking each other?
my tank is a hexoganal 14l tank. I'm buying a filter today, along with salt, hydrometer etc.
I was gona go with just hermit crabs; blue legged;

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^^it shows just about all the tank kept crabs.^^

My next q was lighting :D where are you buying your kk?
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