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  1. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    I'm going to put it on the back wall. I figure if it looks bad I can scrape it off with a razor blade. My first attempt at this failed miserably as it had fallen off by the morning. I'm using Gorilla Glue Gel but even despite it being a gel it seems to immediately disperse in the water when I put the frag into the tank. I'm going to try again, but for now I'm waiting to see some polyps come back out as I seem to have royally pissed it off trying to press it onto the glass. Once it seems to be doing okay I'll take it back off the sand bed and retry the glue process. Yep Josh mentioned that if I want a big population, I can feed a fish pellet every so often and keep the tank fish-less until the pod population really takes off. Really glad @Sierra Bravo mentioned it, both because it seems to be a great company, but also because it's Texan
  2. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    I actually just messaged PodYourReef on Facebook and Josh responded within minutes saying there's no need to provide phytoplankton in my tank right now and the pods should be fine feeding off detritus. Talk about customer service! I went ahead and ordered some Tisbe pods and Chaeto to put in the back
  3. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Great suggestion, thanks. Another dumb question: Do I really need to feed pods phytoplankton? I've never intentionally fed pods before and they seem to do fine on their own, but maybe I was wrong?
  4. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Added a small frag of Zoas, a leather, and some GSP last weekend. Zoas have been doing great but the leather and GSP aren't doing so hot. I'm guessing it's just due to a fast change because I didn't realize my salinity was pretty high when I first added them due to evaporation. My BRS RODI unit came in last night so after setting that up I got the ATO in place and have the salinity back where it should be. Any recommendations on where to order pods from? Reading online it sounds like a lot of places tend to sell free swimming, freshwater, or cold water species that I want to avoid. I've heard Tisbe sp. are the ones I want? Would something like this be my best bet? Also, I checked the Nitrates this morning and they're pretty low. Is that normal after a cycle due to the low bioload? I had expected them to be pretty high at the end of the cycle, but I've always cycled with live rock in the past which brings more stuff with it.
  5. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Sounds great. Have a few followup questions: 1. When I get pods, do I put them in the back sump with the Chaeto, or just dump them straight into the main display? Maybe they're small enough to go through the return pump without problem? Are these something I can get at a LFS? In the past I never seeded my nano's with them. 2. I didn't really think this through before but I really like GSP and figure it would be a good one to start with because of how hardy it is. However, I hear it spreads like weeds so I'm wondering if I can still put it on some of my rock work and take it off later or if I shouldn't even bother with the hassle and either skip it all together or glue it onto the back wall?
  6. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Update: Ammonia is down to near 0ppm, Nitrite is 0, and Nitrate looks like it's somewhere between 10 and 20 (slightly hard to read with the cheap API kit I got for these tests). Feels weird to have cycled in one week, but this is my first time doing a dry cycle with bottled ammonia and Bio Spira. Maybe this is okay? Honestly not entirely sure what to do at this point. Tank has no algae so I feel like a cleanup crew would starve. Should I just get some hardy (and cheap) softies and wait for algae growth before adding a CuC?
  7. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Thanks for the info you two. I was thinking I wouldn't end up with a lot of the other organisms since they'd have no way into the tank. I guess I underestimate how many may come in with coral. However since this is a very small system, I'll have less coral going through it over it's lifecycle which means less chance to seed it with good things. Might still consider getting a seed rock either from one of the stores around here (or maybe from one of the members here :))
  8. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    So now after looking at more and more tank builds here I'm wondering if maybe I messed up going with dry rock. Wondering if I'm going to miss out on a lot of the beneficial filter feeders, sponges, worms, etc that come with good live rock. Any opinions on getting a small piece of good live rock to put in to seed the other rock? I figure if it's small enough I can potentially avoid some of the nasty hitch hikers, but maybe at that point I'd miss out on most of what I mentioned above so maybe it's not even worth it?
  9. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Oh that's no problem! I frequently lurk on R2R too so I can follow your progress there as well. I noticed you asked about media baskets in your thread. I spoke with the InTank people over on nano-reef and they said they're actively working on the waterbox 10/15 baskets and it hopefully shouldn't be too long. I believe they're also building stuff that has black acrylic so you can black out some of the smoked glass to prevent lights from bleeding through. I asked to be emailed when they were ready so if you're interested I'll let you know when I hear something.
  10. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Thanks I really like your 120 build thread, I've been slowly making my way through it as well as many of the other really detailed build threads here. I don't know what it is about ARC members posting really detailed pictures of their build, but I love it! Think you'll make a thread for your 10 gallon, or will I just have to settle for occasional pictures on your other thread 😛
  11. Ashton

    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Hey everyone! Finally excited to start a build thread for my new Waterbox 15g. The system is currently cycling so other than turning the lights on to take pictures and testing water parameters, I'm remaining hands off on the tank for now. Equipment: Tank: Waterbox 15g Light: AI Prime HD Return pump: Will be a Sicce 1.0, Amazon ran out of stock and canceled my order so I need to order one from somewhere else. Also contemplating getting a spin stream Heater: Cobolt Aquatics Neo-Therm 75W ATO: Smart Micro Back compartment filtration: only using the filter stock while the tank is cycling. Once cycle is finished I'll switch over to filter floss, chemi-pure blue, and eventually chaeto in the middle compartment Rock: Reef-Savers dry rock Sand: Fiji Pink Live sand Water: Using water from RCA until I can get an RODI system ordered and set up Cycle Additives: Dr Tim's Ammonia + Biospira Stand: Hacked together two separate pieces of Ikea furniture to make a stand that both fit the dimensions of the tank, and also gave me room to store supplies and an ATO container Future Plans: In previous Nano's I've had, I loved a lot of movement, so I'm definitely planning on getting some Euphillia like hammer & torch corals. Additionally I love the look of Ricordea. Livestock wise I don't have anything decided. I've always liked the idea of having a small pistol shrimp and goby pair, but that might be a problem in a smaller tank where I'll want to utilize the sandbed for corals. Current pictures (you'll have to forgive the messy wiring, buckets, and dirty glass, I took pictures pretty fast after getting everything set up): Front: Left: Right: Top:
  12. Think I could realistically do this starting from scratch, or would you still recommend I get some sort of RO/DI filtration even if it's minimal?
  13. Thanks for the insight. Those are gorgeous! Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but are you saying for some of your tanks you don't even use a filtration system, you just use COA tap water treated with Ammo Detox? Or are you saying you treat the water first and then run it through a RO/DI filter? I'm going to be running a 15gallon so obviously I need to be careful with water quality as I don't have a large water volume to work with, but I'm happy to hear any suggestions that may save money in the long term if I don't necessarily need large expensive filtration systems.
  14. Thanks for the extremely useful information. Any advice on how I should go about testing water to determine when I need to switch filters? Sorry, in the past I was blessed with incredibly clean well water so I have no experience dealing with chloramines or other city water contaminants.
  15. Hi everyone. I'm finally getting everything I need for my new 15 gallon and I'm having trouble figuring out which RODI system to get. I'm currently using City Of Austin water and am not sure even how many stages I should go with. Will a 4 stage system be enough or do I need to go with something larger? Thanks for any input y'all have