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PostSubject: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:25 am

I started this project earlier this month.I want to create a efficient yet decorative display tank.This was located on prime countertop real estate next to the kitchen sink." />
Special thanks to badxgillen for construction of the sand pipe:

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I am using the the small Tom brand pump and light fixture that came with the gallon tank.Here's a close-up of the upper level,now with coral!
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The sand pipe creates nice turbulence.The next shot is sideways,Hamstern I am looking in your direction.
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PostSubject: CONT...   Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:28 pm

I used this light fixture from a bathroom exhaust fan I found at the thrift shop.I am using a 50/50 Coralife bulb to illuminate the 5 gallon tank.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:37 am

That looks pretty decent. I thought for sure the PC bulb would be brighter than the screw in PC.Maybe you should use the PAR or Lux meter to see which is brighter,or just throw in two of the same frags under the two different lights and let the coral decide.
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PostSubject: PC bulb   Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:30 pm

Thanks!The bulb in the upper level is used and may not be up to par so to speak.I am planning on adding more corals soon.My parameters are looking good and the tank is looking empty.
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PostSubject: updates   Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:00 am

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 I made a background using felt,foam and a binder.The 7 watt bulb has been attached to the cabinet with hooks as my sticky Velcro failed me.I also added some zoas and a chalice frag.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:24 pm

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PostSubject: New additions   Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:32 pm

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 I added some liverock and a zebra hermit.Also got a collection of zoantharia from badxgillen.Named varieties include;Speckled Fire,,Fire and Ice,Mary Janes and Mind Blowing palys.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:09 am

Now there are some nice name brand zoas. It will be quite a nice zoa patch here before too long, are you going to focus on softie corals?
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PostSubject: Zoa patch   Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:19 pm

Most likely I will end up with a nice assortment of softies.So much variety,so little space.I Would like to add some brain coral frags to the gravel bed when the water parameters stabilizes.Also plan to add a waterproof LED so that I can attempt some SPS.Ultimately I want this tank to look like a large aquarium from a distance with plenty of macro brilliance up close.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:31 am

Be careful about the brains as they tend to have nasty sweepers,Maybe acans? If you do decide on a brain I have a frag I can throw your way,just let me know if you want to go that route. Oh and nice progress,slow and steady wins the race.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:59 pm

Thank you!I am pretty set on adding a brain in the foreground as a focal point. I can trim it up as it out grows the space.In the background I would like to add favia or favites as their tentacles are shorter.I have a acan that could use a trimming too!
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:52 pm

I will break out the saw and cut you my finest platygyras...I warned you though.
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PostSubject: Thank you for your brains   Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:37 pm

Here they are just cut:" />
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PostSubject: Livestock additions   Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:00 pm

Recently added the following;2 porcelain crabs , clown gobie , emerald crab , peppermints and a pipe fish.
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PostSubject: The lower display   Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:43 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:45 pm

More and more progress made. Chalices,brains, and zoas are all looking great.Plans for any other coral varieties or just going to add to the color spectrum of the existing coral species? I know you have to keep things form getting too chaotic especially when things start to grow out. A single head of Duncan might look interesting in there.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:51 pm

Actually I was thinking I should add head of Duncan.Those corals seem very  underrated especially in larger aquariums.They are well behaved and add nice movement to the water.A good finishing touch. I was hoping to include a SPS,however the lighting seems inadequate.The current group is growing steady,especially the softies." />
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:18 pm

Talk about being efficient with the use of space, and looking good doing it.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the cabinet Nano Bluid   Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:47 pm

Defninately not your average pico deco kit. It has some nice fish and killer corals in a tight package.Makes me want to set one up at my work but I know that would not fly,better to keep it at home were I can control things. looking forward to an update,it is always fun seeing corals grow especially when they are small.
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PostSubject: Pico time   Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:20 am

Thanks for the kind words.I will post updates soon.The platygera I got from badxgillen is growing so well.It has been relocated to the gravel bed.The acan and zoas are thriving too.
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PostSubject: Nano pics   Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:18 pm

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PostSubject: A few more   Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:33 pm

Platygera healed up:
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Pearly Jaw fish:
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A full tank shot before I moved the mini brain down:
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