Lchi’s Saltwater Build- 10 gallon To Im25 Lagoon!

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Sorry to hear that. He was cute. How long did you have him?
 

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Sorry about Blenjamin But congrats on the new nano tank! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
 

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Sorry to hear about Blenjamin. New tank looks great.
 
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Dch48 said:
Sorry to hear that. He was cute. How long did you have him?
Thanks, he was my first saltwater fish so he’s been with me over a year and a half. He had such personality and was so much fun to keep.
DioAquatics said:
Sorry about Blenjamin But congrats on the new nano tank! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
DarkOne said:
Sorry to hear about Blenjamin. New tank looks great.
Thanks guys! I am glad to have something to keep me busy.
 

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Lchi87 said:
Guys, Blenjamin is gone

I found him sitting on the sand last friday but otherwise looking normal and eating and Saturday morning, found a crab picking on what was left of him.. I am shocked at the sudden loss and am bitter because our time together was too short. He weathered my newbie mistakes like a champ and was always ready to greet me at the front of the tank. I will miss you Blenjamin, you’ve joined the big reef in the sky way too soon.
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I’ve got a new nano build I am keeping busy with though; I won a 5 gallon Aquatop at a reef store party so here’s what I’ve got so far. tfreemawe can build our 5 gallon tanks together now
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Pico tanks are so yummy lol Sorry about Mr Blenjamin it always hurt when our buddies pass. only thing I will say is picos are so much easier bare bottom other than that looks nice!
 
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xiholdtruex said:
Pico tanks are so yummy lol Sorry about Mr Blenjamin it always hurt when our buddies pass. only thing I will say is picos are so much easier bare bottom other than that looks nice!
I wasn’t actually sure what the cut off was for pico vs nano I guess anything less than 10 gallon? What about the substrate makes it more difficult? And thanks, I miss him a lot . i still catch myself glancing at his favorite hidey hole expecting to see him there..
 

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Lchi87 said:
I wasn’t actually sure what the cut off was for pico vs nano I guess anything less than 10 gallon? What about the substrate makes it more difficult? And thanks, I miss him a lot . i still catch myself glancing at his favorite hidey hole expecting to see him there..
5.5 gallon is the cut off for pico which is what most follow, I feel like anything under 10 gallon is pico. Main issue I had with substrate is once you start to get decent flow it would blow around. I removed it in my 3 g and made husbundry easier. In my 5.5 I left it out and all I do is once a month siphon out the small dead spot where detritus collects. Here is what it looks like bare bottom. Also have two snails in that keep my glass clean. In this tank I have alot of turn over. If you do not plan to have too much flow you ahoukd be good.
 

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Oh no! I am so sorry you lost Blenjamin! That is tragic. :-(

I love the looks of that tank! It looks so much bigger than the 5 gallon I have. Mine is taller. I have to say, I really do like the more square rimless look. Maybe that is what makes it appear so much larger??
 

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Sorry to hear about Blenjamin Lchi.
 
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xiholdtruex said:
5.5 gallon is the cut off for pico which is what most follow, I feel like anything under 10 gallon is pico. Main issue I had with substrate is once you start to get decent flow it would blow around. I removed it in my 3 g and made husbundry easier. In my 5.5 I left it out and all I do is once a month siphon out the small dead spot where detritus collects. Here is what it looks like bare bottom. Also have two snails in that keep my glass clean. In this tank I have alot of turn over. If you do not plan to have too much flow you ahoukd be good.
My substrate is pretty chunky ( I had a bag of crushed coral laying around and didn’t want to waste it..) but do plan on keeping things lower flow. Hopefully they won’t blow around too much!
tfreema said:
Oh no! I am so sorry you lost Blenjamin! That is tragic. :-(

I love the looks of that tank! It looks so much bigger than the 5 gallon I have. Mine is taller. I have to say, I really do like the more square rimless look. Maybe that is what makes it appear so much larger??
Thanks, I miss the little guy

I do prefer longer tanks vs taller, footprint is a little bigger for corals!
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Sorry to hear about Blenjamin Lchi.
Thank you
 

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What're your plans for the 5 gal
 
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Joey Bekius said:
What're your plans for the 5 gal
I may stick to softies for now as they’re easiest but maybe work up to something more challenging if the zoas do well :)
 

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You should get another Blenny. As much as I love my Betta, if he died, I'd have another one that same day if PetSmart had a nice one. Hi
 
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Dch48 said:
You should get another Blenny. As much as I love my Betta, if he died, I'd have another one that same day if PetSmart had a nice one. Hi
I do miss my blenny very much. I will consider another one in the future!
 

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I don't know enough about the salty side to know if it's an option, but maybe a different type of blenny would be neat too. Somewhere along the way I lost track of this thread and I just now saw about Benjamin. I'm so sorry, and I'll miss seeing his videos.
 
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Life has been so busy lately that I’ve neglected this thread :( But I will do my best to catch up now!

First of all, we’ve moved into our first home! Knowing that homeownership would be putting more demands on my time, I’ve downsized pretty drastically; I went from 5 freshwater tanks and 2 saltwater tanks to just ONE freshwater tank (my new 75!) and my 25 gallon reef. The pico tank turned into an algae farm due to my neglect so I decided to start fresh with new rocks:
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And added some new friends too!
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The lagoon has been running smoothly aside from the loss of a clownfish. I’m not sure what happened to her as I never found a body but there’s a decent chance she was eaten by a rock flower anemone :/ I had no idea that was something that could happen but goes to show that there’s always something to learn in this hobby. Some photos:
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The one in the pink skirt is who we think ate the clown :(
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Jawbreaker and its baby :D
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Full tank shot:
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Home sweet home :)
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That’s all for now!
 

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I love them!!

Good to hear from you.
 
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