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nanoreefwannabe's 5 gallon pico reef proves good things come in small packages

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 21, 2013 07:00 AM
The five gallon pico reef of 3reef.com member 'nanoreefwannabe' has come a long way since he started the aquarium two years ago. Healthy soft corals, LPS, and LPS now fill the cylindrical display from top to bottom. A five gallon bucket never looked so good. [Updated with more information]
nanoreefwannabe's 5 gallon pico reef proves good things come in small packages

nanoreefwannabe's impressive five gallon pico reef

Here is more information about this mini-masterpiece (provided by the "artist" himself, Mike):

  • 5 gallon cylindrical aquarium
  • DIY LED fixture consisting of eleven 3W Cree XRE's (5 cool white and 6 royal blue on separate dimmers)
  • 12x12x12" custom sump
  • Filtration consists of Purigen, filter floss, Phosban, and GAC
  • Additives include kalkwasser and Kent Marine Essential Elements
  • 50% water changes bi-monthly

Visit nanoreefwannabe's thread at 3reef.com to read more information about his pico reef, ask him questions, or simply compliment him on his beautiful pint-sized reef.

Here are photos of the tank's progression over the past two years culminating into the beauty you see at the top of this article:

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Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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