Pico Reef

Texas
Volume 3 Gallons
Dimensions 9'' x 12'' x 6.8''
Make Marineland
Model Crescent 3 gallon
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Introduction

This is my first attempt with saltwater. I had fancy guppies for a while growing up, and more recently I've been the primary caretaker of my daughter's betta, Fishy.

After hours upon hours of reading online, I finally got started by "converting" an extra tank (former home of the betta, until he was upgraded to a Fluval Spec V) into an all-in-one tank.

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Filtration

Filtration is live rock in the main area with rock rubble and floss (craft stuffing) in the back area.

Measurements

Salinity
9.0
Alkalinity
540
Calcium
0
Copper
Ammonia
Nitrite
10
Nitrate
8.1
pH
Temperature
Magnesium
99
GH

Equipment

Feeding See more

flakes for cycle (third time) · flakes for cycle (fourth time) · flakes for cycle (fifth time) · flakes for cycle (sixth time) · flakes for cycle (seventh time) · flakes for cycle (eighth time) · flakes for cycle (ninth time) · flakes for cycle (tenth time) · flakes for cycle (eleventh time) · flakes for cycle (twelfth time) · frozen cyclops

Maintenance

As of December 2013, weekly water change of 40% - 60%. It's a pico, so WCs are very quick and easy.
Hi Fin Red Banded Goby Thumbnail
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  • Hi Fin Red Banded Goby / Stonogobiops nematodes

On average you perform a 44.4% water change every 4 days.

0% total water change in June.

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Transferred occupants to MR 4.3 and retired this tank.
RIP, Golden :-(

No idea why the fish died, quite unexpected.
Golden (hi-fin red banded goby) and one of the Nassarius snails
Spotty and Golden (sexy shrimp and hi-fin red banded goby)
Pom-pom will now take mysis from tweezers.
Pom-Pom and Spotty (sexy shrimp) are becoming bolder and are more often visible, although they do usually go back to hiding when we feed Golden.

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Inspiration & Goals

I've always admired saltwater aquariums but been turned off by the space required for large systems. While researching care of the betta (see "Fishy's Tank"), I discovered that pico tanks and all-in-one systems are now a "thing" and that thing is exactly what I want.

I don't like the look of sumps, skimmers and all the extra pipes, equipment, etc., even when it's all hidden in cabinets. With a pico-sized AIO, I hope to be able to maintain a simpler system.

Eventually, I hope to have corals. But for now it's just the goby, pom-pom crab and snails.

Acknowledgements

I'm grateful to my daughter for giving me an excuse to indulge this habit. It is, after all, educational.