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Luft Reef

Postby smatter on Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:39 am

Greetings all. I've been out of the hobby for quite a while but the bug has bitten again so I threw together a pico with some stuff I had lying around. The tank is a standard 2.5 with a tight fitting glass lid sans one corner for cord access. Circulation is provided by a Luft pump through an open-ended piece of rigid air line tubing. I can go from gentle currents to jacuzzi-like conditions with a turn of the rheostat. I can't think of a more reliable piece of equipment to be the heart of the system. The best part is that it imparts no heat to the tank. The 1.7 lpm of air actually cool the tank. Salt creep has been a non-issue thanks to the lid and I only have to top off every 4 days. There is a Cobalt Aquatics 5w Mini Therm heater in there to keep it a few degrees above ambient. Light is provided by a 50/50 Reef Brite strip. It really lights up the tank with a spectrum that to my eyes looks a lot like a Radium with the shimmer to boot. The dry rock is from my basement from a long decommissioned tank. The live sand is from a well established tank. I just put in a few frags. Let's see what happens.

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Re: Luft Reef

Postby Landon on Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:15 am

Fun stuff. :) Welcome back.
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Re: Luft Reef

Postby tickle on Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:47 am

Looks good, itll be fun to watch this thing fill out.
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Re: Luft Reef

Postby smatter on Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:00 pm

I did a 100% water change today. It took 5 minutes. While the rock was exposed I daubed a couple of patches of algae that was thinking of getting started with some peroxide... totally nuked. The nerites seem to like steamed vegetables because they don't touch it until it's "cooked."

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Re: Luft Reef

Postby smatter on Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:55 pm

The palys got eaten by my mutant amphipods. Too bad because they were multiplying. The zoas remain untouched and growing. I didn't want any fish but there have been two bluestripe pipefish at Living Art for months and I couldn't resist. He is tiny and will stay tiny and the tank is crawling with pods. With supplemental cyclops and ova feedings I think he will do well; but mainly because there are no powerheads or an overflow to get sucked into.

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Re: Luft Reef

Postby Carinya on Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:43 am

Nice! Those are beautiful fish.
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Re: Luft Reef

Postby smatter on Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:39 pm

Yes he is pretty; and really unique. His behaviors are very interesting. When he isn't flaring his tail and posturing to his reflection, he's hovering over the rocks and sand hunting.

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