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Old 07-01-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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New pico tank...With leds!

Hello all,
So I recently set up a 2.5g pico to store extra coral in. Well, you know how that goes...

Now I decided to go all out and move up to a 7.5g Mr Aqua cube. Lighting is going to be all LEDs!

Thought I would kinda document this for others to follow as well as to get tips along the way. My 20g is getting ratty with all the scratches. This is to look sleek! And a Mr Aqua rimless glass cube is sleek!

Details for the light:
8 CREE 3W XR-E leds to cover a 12in cube.
4-CREE 3W XR-E cool white Q5
4-CREE 3W XR-E RB
These will be mounted without optics (tank is only 12in deep before adding a sandbed) on an 8in by 2.375in aluminum heatsink. Driven by one Meanwell 30-27D driver.

The other stuff to go into this tank is a 50W RENA Smart Heater, a Koralia Nano powerhead, and an AquaClear 20 HOB filter (for running chemicals and some extra flow).

I plan to paint the back of the tank black. Any suggestions of a good paint to use?

I am not decided on the sandbed yet. Should I go deep or shallow? Im set on it being dry aragonite sand.

I will be adding 10lbs of dry florida reef rock from reefcleaners.org as well as live rock from my 20g to get things going much quicker.

I plan to load this down with coral such as Acans, chalice, and zoanthids. I also plan for Acroporas and other SPS. (All from the 20g tank). All the stuff from the 2.5g pico will be moved over. Live rocks, sexy shrimp, snails, and my yellow watchman goby. (Looks retarded in a 2.5g tank).

No other fish will go into this tank due to size, unless someone here wants to talk me into a clown goby or such.

Most the stuff is ordered and on its way. Pics to come as things come in!

Sound good?
And yes, I was inspired by ZER0!
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:12 PM   #2
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Very cool! That sounds like a sweet set up.

Krylon Fusion has never done me wrong. In a tank that size, I'd go with a shallow sand bed to keep things "proportional" looking since you really don't have room for any diggers and SPS frags wouldn't be very happy with sandstorms amyway.

The only Clown gobies that I would personally purchase would be ORA or other tank raised. They're just too prone to wasting away.

P.S. I'll try not to hold the ZER0 thing against ya.
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Document it well! I want to see how the LEDs work out. I'm close behind, ordering tomorrow!
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:42 PM   #4
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Okay, Krylon Fusion...Check.
Shallow sandbed, check. (How does 1in sound?).
ORA gobys...Check! (If any more fish get added)

Document everything...Check!

Maybe I should name this tank the SUBZER0?

Just got to 1up Zer0 with the LED light over his MH.
EDIT: To really make it elite, I will plan to use an Arduino controller in the near future to control the lights! (engineering major )

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Awesome. Another Mr. Aqua build. Will certainly be tagging along.

I also strongly agree with HN1 on the clown gobies. Mine right now is definitely wasting away, and all the other gobies at the LFS look just like him so yeah.. I tried rescuing him and so far he's doing alright, but he looks terrible lol.

I would also go with Krylon Fusion for the spray paint, and definitely a shallow sandbed, 1" sounds fine. I like sugar-sized, but as others said it sometimes could produce a sand storm, but with proper placement of the powerheads you could definitely eliminate that. I did...

Can't wait to see pictures.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:45 AM   #6
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Yeap, the Mr Aqua tanks sound great and $36.00 for a 12in cube built as well as they say they are built just begs for a pico tank to be built!

This should hold me over until I can upgrade the 20g tank. I HATE it so much! (The actual tank that is, its COVERED in scratches from sand and the mag-float) I am shocked at how bad an acrylic mag-float scratches acrylic! There are the sand scratches and then there are the who knows how they got there scratches. Its so distracting to look at. I go to bed crying each night.

I figured I would settle with it being the main tank and this new 7.5g as the snazzy eye candy tank.

Hopefully it cycles quickly. It shouldnt take long at all as I am adding several fist sized rocks from my main tank. Cant wait to transfer the pico critters over. The new yellow watchman goby came larger than expected (2in long and thick). Hes been peeping out at me and giving me that "this tank aint gonna cut it" look.

Some concerns...
This will be the first thing I try to light with LEDs. Does my current LED plan sound good enough to keep anything I want? It will no doubt flood the tank, as well as my room, with light but will it be enough? Id figure 2in above the water is where they will be placed. SPS will go on top rocks so as to leave the middle and bottom open for zoanthids, Acans, and chalice.

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Cool! Glad to see some more LEDs. Pics?
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Cool! Glad to see some more LEDs. Pics?
Pics will come soon. Still waiting on the LEDs and friends to show up in the mail.

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SO my new goby died...Done with that place!

Now I am on the hunt for a fish that can go into a 7.5g tank and is aquacultured. Any ideas? Gobys come to mind, but I cant find any aquacultured ones. Bummer...

Anyways, decided to change the heatsink for the light to a 9in by 5.9in heatsink for a little bit better coverage. I am going to make a stand to hold the light over the tank. I will make this from aluminum bar stock from Lowes. Not sure if I will polish it nice and shiny or paint it black. Ideas?




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shine it. it reflects back into your tank and improves the thermal properties.

Also we should sit down and talk about Arduino, I need to be brought up to speed on the capabilities and such. Its something I have been interested in for awhile. and i am ordering my LEDs as we speak
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