2.5g Tetra Pico Tank

  1. xiholdtruex

    xiholdtruex Member Member

    So I have been thinking of doing something tiny, Have had a empty 10g I wanted to put my betta in, Finally got around to putting him in there so I had his empty tank sitting on my dresser ready for a make over, Decided to covert it over to a salty mini setup, not sure what I want to stock in it to far, Im open to any ideas. So far this is what I have hope you enjoy this journey as much as I will.

    Current setup
    2.5g tetra mini bowfront tank
    Hydor Pico Evo-Mag Circultaion Pump
    Black Petco aquarium sand
    3.5lb BRS reef saver rock

    25 watt heater
    (Maybe) Aquaclear HOB
    Budget light not sure yet, may just get corallifebulbs and try it that way or experiment with some bulbs

    open to suggestions
    maybe inverts
    maybe some tiny goby
    some sexy corals getting jealous of all those beautiful ones I see everyone with lately lol IMG_6212.JPG IMG_6213.JPG IMG_6214.JPG IMG_6215.JPG IMG_6216.JPG IMG_6217.JPG IMG_6220.JPG IMG_6221.JPG

  2. FlipFlopFishFlake

    FlipFlopFishFlake Well Known Member Member

    Lol I misread and thought you were setting up a 2.5 gallon tank with plecos and tetras haha! Wish I could be of assistance, but I have no clue about anything saltwater.

  3. NLindsey921

    NLindsey921 Well Known Member Member

    I read it as tetra pleco as well. I really wanted to see that.
  4. OP

    xiholdtruex Member Member

    Lol that would be a cool pleco
  5. stella1979

    stella1979 Fishlore VIP Member

    Awesome! :D So, have you been to Reef Top? They have been in the process of moving... for a looonngg time. Dude told us about the move months ago when we saw that a couple of their bigger tanks were torn down, but we went to the new location several weeks ago and it was still locked up. The reason I mention it is because I haven't been to the old store in a while, so I'm unsure what's still set up there. Anyway, they used to have a very nice pico, mostly full of softies like high-end zoas and some of the brightest clove polyps I've ever seen. Mushroom corals are super hot right now too, with some really bright colors available. You could top the whole thing off with euphyllia. A torch would be really nice, but they are the most dangerous of the euphyllia family. For example, you can crowd hammers and frogspawn, but you better give a torch it's own space. Anyhow, I think it's a good idea to do a softie/LPS reef because they will be more forgiving of nitrates and such, which I'm sure you know increase faster in a smaller water volume.

    I'm super excited for this! I know things don't happen overnight, but if you can get that light set up in the next couple of months... well, I'm fairly certain WWC will be having a live sale for their anniversary in July. You can score some very nice corals at a significant discount, plus, we're super lucky to be in Florida because shipping for us is only $15. Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you some tips for success, as WWC live sales are a bit crazy.:wacky:
  6. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    I'll be following!

    Picos are a ton of fun. Take it slow, and you shouldn't have any issues!
  7. OP

    xiholdtruex Member Member

    sounds good, I pass by reef top every few days during work and its always locked up lol need to check it out when I get a chance, need to look into mushrooms, hammers and frogspawn. after getting the rfa my coral research took the back burner lol
  8. OP

    xiholdtruex Member Member

    Checked perameters on cycle
    1 ppm ammonia
    1-2 ppm nitrite
    0 nitrate
    8.0 ph
    1.025 sg

    Evaporation has been very good barley a 1/4 cup a week.
  9. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    Wow, just 1/4 cup, and you live in South Florida?

    I live in Central Kentucky, and I'm replacing about a liter a day in my 10 gallon. Granted, it's been almost 90 every day for a week or so, but still!
  10. OP

    xiholdtruex Member Member

    On my open tanks two liters a day is normal but on my 12g I barley ever have to top off and this pico has a partial lid
  11. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    Gotcha, now that I'm looking at the pics a bit more closely, I see the lid.

    Sounds like your cycle is going well. Looking forward to see this guy progress!
  12. stella1979

    stella1979 Fishlore VIP Member

    How long has it been cycling? I'm mid-cycle too, and it's been a struggle in the past on this little 5g sw qt. Last time took months until I finally broke down and put sand in what was supposed to be a bare tank. We're back to bare-bottomed, no rock, just a PVC hide, but upgraded the filter media. Still, the nitrite phase is taking forever.:meh: Hope your pico cycles faster than mine. ;)

    Gotta say, this made me laugh. You'd think it's so hot, but if you're dealing with the heat down here you're also dealing with very high humidity. Wouldn't humidity at 100% mean less evaporation? Anyhow, because of those nasty conditions, air conditioning is a necessity rather than a luxury around here. So, while humidity may be 100% outdoors, inside it's half that and temps are mild. Our 20g with a glass lid needs about 20 oz. of top off water every day. :)

    So, I guess you're topless then @Lorekeeper ? :p Why not throw a lid on it? I use a regular old Aqueon, but cut most of the center strip out, leaving a few inches on each side for support while opening up the middle for light.
  13. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    Air condition is very much a necessity for me even up here!

    Currently, yeah, I'm running without a lid. I've just been too lazy to go get the glass lid and cut it to size... I need to do that soon!
  14. OP

    xiholdtruex Member Member

    16 days into the cycle so far, this one is going to be slower because I do not have a heater in it yet, and I keep the house at around 68 so my tank is around 68-70 depending on if the ac is cycled on or off.

    I think AC is necessary all over either the house has too much moisture or not enough lol

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