3 Gallon Pico Tope

Toronto Danforth
Volume 3 Gallons
Make Pico Tope
Model 3 Gallon Curved Glass
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Introduction

I setup this tank planning to use it as a mini mixed reef but I ended up getting some baby clowns and needed a place to put them so for now I have what is to be a bonded pair of platinum clowns Percs. Also I have a lot of macro algae in there as you can see from the picture. I plan to turn this into a mini reef later on when I have the time maybe even a seahorse tank if it is possible, may have to be dwarfs. Anyhow this is my 2nd system that I call my sons system who is 3 years old and I am trying to get him into the hobby. I recently Bought a new Canon T3i DSLR Camera with a 18-55mm lens and even more recently purchased a 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens which is amazing for Macro photography so be ready for many more pictures down the road!! :)

Background

Started the hobby back in 1992 and have been in the marine hobby ever since , I have seen reefs in person from all corners of the world and will always be fascinated with the hobby!The hobby has gone through many changes since 1992 and we still don't know everything not even close .. There is always something new to learn and that is one of the things I love about this hobby!! Really I should call it a career :)

Photos

Filtration

I have maybe 2-3 pounds of Live rock rubble in this system and a lot of macro algae as well as the kit filter which is a Hang on Back filter that came with my pico tope in the box setup similar to an aquaclear filter just smaller I have a carbon filer pad and a floss pad,a few bio cubes andit has been running so long without a cleaning there must be a lot of beneficial Bacteria. I also use carbon when ever I change the media in the pico tope. It may look like I don't do a lot with this system cause I really don't but what I do do I used to post with my other system under maintenance so I will post what i do here from now on as I plan on doing something cool with this system. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Lighting

All I have for lighting right now is an 18 inch t8 florescent fixture from Globe with a cool white bulb. Though Planning to upgrade!

Flow

I only have one small pump/powerhead for flow similar to a rio 50 in size not sure of the name brand but has the same flow as a rio 50 I also get a small bit of flow from the filter that I have on the system that came with the Pico Tope Box kit , it is similar to an aquaclear hob style filter and looks the same only smaller.

Measurements

Salinity
420
Calcium
Alkalinity
Temperature
Phosphate
20
Nitrate
Ammonia
7.9
pH

Inhabitants

Cheato Macro Algae , Culipera Macro algae ltos, 2 small babie Platinum Clown fish, Various snails,hermit crabs and tons of Pods and mini stars of all sorts

2 Fish

17 Corals

Mushroom coral
Rasta zoas
7 Toxic Green Palys
4 live rock

6 Invertebrate

Green lipped Mussels
4 Sexy Anemone Shrimp Thor amboinensis
left handed hermit crab

Equipment

I don't really test much in this tank as it is only for a pair of small baby platinum clowns at the moment also it is full of pods and culipera and cheato ..I would say this is more like a separate refugium for the main system! I just keep my salinity around 1.026-1.028 sometimes but mostly 1.026 and the temp around 78-80 and it seems to be thriving .. I have never seen so many pods , it is literally like a pod factory!

Additives

Currently I only use reef Crystals Salt and no other additives in this tank but that will change when I figure out what to do long term for this small system!

Feeding See more

fed omega One Marine Flakes with Garlic · NutriDiet Marine Marine Flakes Seachem · Omega One Marine Flakes with garlic · omega brine and PE mysis soaked in selcon and garlic guard · Pe Mysis · frozen brine · Ocean Nutrition · brine , Omega Brine and PE mysis soaked in selcon and Garlic Guard · IO Marine Chips Omnivore · brine and PE mysis soaked in selcon and Gaerlic Guard for 30 minutes · Omega One Marine Flakes soaked in Garlic Guard · Omega One Marine Flakes · Instant Ocean Marine Chips Omnivore · brine and PE Mysis · Julian Sprung Sea Veggies mixed seaweed flakes · PE mysis and brine soaked in selcon and Garlic Guard for 2 hours · instant ocean brine shrimp gel food · Sera Marin Pellets · Polyp Lab Reef-Roids · Argent Cyclop-Eeze Freeze-Dried · brine and pe mysis soaked in selcon and garlic guard · Rotifers · Coral Frenzy · Frozen CyclopEeze · pe mysis soaked in selcon and garlic guard · brine shrimp soaked in selcon and Garlic guard · all fish and shrimp PE mysis soaked in selcon and Garlic Guard for 1-2 hours · all fish Big al Brine soaked in selcon and Garlic Guard for 1-2 hours · dendros brine soaked in selcon and garlic guard for 1-2 hours · brine shrimp soaked in selcon and garlic · pe mysis soaked in selcon and garlic · cyclopeeze,rotifers, zo plan,phyto plan and frozen cyclops soakied in selcon and garlic, fed only a little squirt with the turkey baster · brine,pe cyclopeeze,pe mysis phytoplan,zoplan and marine snow soaked in selcon and garlic guard · Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef
I feed my fish a large variety of foods one day will be Omega one flakes sometimes soaked in Garlic Guard and or Selcon and another day PE mysis or brine sometimes live smetimes baby then back to cyclopeeze and another type of flake or pellet .. I have over 20 types of food at least!!

Maintenance

I try to do a 50 percent water change once a month or preferably more but at least 50 percent a month... I would like to do 10 percent a week but I don't have time for that at the moment as the big system take most of my time and I also have a 3 year old son and a wife to look after.. :) Also I should add that I try to clean the pumps and filters once a month but usually ends up being every 3-4 months, Which is working for now but not good for the pumps.

On average you perform a 47.4% water change every 18 days.

0% total water change in August.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

To bring down the alkalinity and stabalize the tank I took out 70 percent of the water and filled it back up with water from my main system!

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Inspiration & Goals

My Goal for this tank is to turn it into a mini reef system preferably sps but probably an all Zoanthid system with nice rock work and a small clown Goby and shrimp.. But with all collector Zoas.. I got the idea for this from tanks I saw online on sites like reef central tank of the month and nano/pico sites!

Acknowledgements

aquariumpros.ca , Bob fenner, Coralife for helping me so much free equipment when I had a problem with one of their products! Nanoreef.com , M.A.S.T and gtaaquaria.com, also Reef Crew For supplying me with great phytoplankton and great service Thanks Brian!! You Guys are great..and all fellow hobbyists for collaboration and all web forums it has helped me and I am sure almost all other reefers :) Keep up the good work everyone and try not to buy anything without researching it first!!