Ratvan's Hamburg Pico's

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So the little Reef is on Autopilot now until I get around to stocking, which I plan on starting at the end of this month. I have managed to keep parameters, temperature and salinity stable, I should be receiving my bio diversity package shortly including a lot of Coraline algae scrapings to seed the tank, as well as Rotifers, Copepods (two types), Phytoplanton and more Micro Clean up Crew (Stomatella, Brittle Stars, Bristle Worms, Peanut Worms).


I am feeding the clowns multiple small meals daily to make sure that they dont miss the pellets, i was ghost feeding this tank so I know that it can cope with the waste production of two small clowns.


The little Betta tank is not going quite as well, I have what i think is a mixture of Cyano and a bacterial bloom as the wood was not correctly soaked and cleaned, so yay for the freshwater uglies!



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Afternoon All,


So about a week has passed so I thought i'd update on the tanks. I have finally beaten back the uglies in the freshwater tank, the amount of bacterial/algal growth has slowed to the point where i can leave the tank for a few days before attempting manual removal, which is nice. Still want to find some Buce and Crypts for the background the mid ground area


Added a small filter to the Reef, I removed the sponges and filled with some rock rubble that I had sat around in my HOB. Since this filter was added with the intention of creating more turbid flow over and around the rockwork; i figured that I could attempt to use this as a space for pods to breed safely. Its a little 100LPH filter so I dont expect it to be too much.


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Looking better! Time for some coral in the marine? Right hand rock looks like a perfect frag holder  8D

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Looking better! Time for some coral in the marine? Right hand rock looks like a perfect frag holder  8D

Its so close I can taste it, payday on the 27th. I can't physically go out and coral shop at the moment so will be trying an online order and see what the quality over here is like compared to Leeds.

I'm proud of that rock, took a while with a masonary drill and diamond drill bits to get it looking like that. The plan is to introduce some encrusting Montipora species to encrust over the plug onto the rock, then in theory I can remove the plug leaving some coral encrusted on the surface and trade the frag for something else.

Essentially I am going to attempt to build my own reef physically in the tank, have encrusting and plating montipora acting as the base for the digitata, elkhorn and branching varieties (fingers crossed)

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lol i thought you'd found it like that! 

Diamond drill bit... that makes sense.  I used a masonry bit to drill into my liferock and it went blunt pretty quickly and got a bit hot  :D

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lol i thought you'd found it like that! 

Diamond drill bit... that makes sense.  I used a masonry bit to drill into my liferock and it went blunt pretty quickly and got a bit hot  :D

I wish would saved a lot of time, work and effort, yeah I went through a couple masonry bits myself before borrowing thr diamond tipped.

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Hi Ratters,
Been a long time me old Mucca , glad to see you up and running again,
Surprised you didn't have a wrasse , (pink streaked wrasse ) full size is only 2 and half inch max ,
Just a thought .
Neon gobies as mentioned above always a good choice and breading possibility,.
Nice baby clowns though ,
Dave
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Hi mate,
Cardinals and some of the damsel fish stay small ,
Or you could have had a go with sea horses ,
Some bright colours about now ,
Dave
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Hi Dave, it has indeed been a while. How you doing? Life and Lockdown treating you well?


I like these tanks to run topless (oo err) as otherwise I have issues with the temperature rising under the light and also the condensation causes a lot of hotspots within the tank so only tend to have the lid on when the light is off. Hence lack of Wrasse, each one I have had so far has been a nightmare.

I have my eye (and deposit placed) for a gumdrop coral croucher. They typically live in and around branching SPS Colonies in the wild and will only venture 2-4" from their home base to eat. Just need to offload the clowns when I have confirmation it is on it's way. Most species here are either too large for the reef or seasonal so i have ordered a seasonal fish. Also I have had my first review after being here a month and I have been taken off of probation so it is confirmed that this is now a 24 month contract (22.5 remaining) So now i know that I can look forward to placing an order on the 27th. Also my birthday is the 28th so hoping i get some monies that I can splash on delivery lol

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I have located possibly some of my first frags to go in the Pico, the first maybe a little large to go in in one piece. Well they both might be but for 35 Euro for both


So a Limeberry Hysterix, that I will need to Frag to keep the "colony2 to this size or maybe a little smaller


German Blue Digitata, will most likely have to frag this into 3 or 4 sections to fit into the tank.


So far these are the smallest frags that I have found locally and no one really wants to cut smaller nubs to sell or trade so I may have some different issues

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Beats getting a finger nail sized bit for £40!

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Beats getting a finger nail sized bit for £40!

While it does I do worry that a coral that size wouldn't survive the system or I would need to track alk and I'm not in a place to test for that right now.

So have begged for some smaller pieces, they have been knocked off during maintenance and I had to beg to get them onto plugs.  lol lol

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Reply #29

Those look really nice mate.  👍🏻

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