Wyatt's 6 Gallon Reef

Discussion in 'Nano Reefs' started by doubleorange, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. doubleorange

    doubleorange Plankton

    Here is a 6 gallon I put together for my son. It is an Evolve 8 but the actual volume is 6 gallons. Only one fish -- a PJ -- with a cleaner shrimp, feather duster, camel shrimp and a dangerous little reef lobster lurking about.


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  2. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    Beautiful nano! Did I see an urchin in there too?
  3. doubleorange

    doubleorange Plankton

    Yup. A small pencil urchin. I'm fighting a war on hair algae right now -- I seem to be gaining some ground lately. I wonder if it has anything to do with my son having the lights on more than 12 hours a day? LOL

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  4. Deton8it

    Deton8it President Staff Member

    I like the little Acan coral

  5. Kim

    Kim Secretary Staff Member


    Kewl! Wish my 4 gallon looked this nice!

    Yes, keeping the lights on that long can help algae growth. I'd cut it back to 8 hours.

    Kim/Benton, AR
  6. Lyndya

    Lyndya RRMAS Supporter

    Sometimes good things come in small packages.
  7. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged RRMAS Supporter

    We're having the same fight against hair algae in our 6-gallon, and we only have the lights on 8-hours/day (for that reason). We were thinking about a pencil urchin but read that a tuxedo urchin is more reef-safe.
  8. doubleorange

    doubleorange Plankton

    Waterlogged, I think that urchins are very interesting to watch and a nice addition -- not all are reef safe of course. Regarding the pencil urchin, it eats some hair algae but I'm sure eats as much coraline algae. Doesn't seem to have any preference.

    I'm just trying to step up water changes mostly. Some report good success with red leg or blue leg hermits... some say sea hares, lettuce nudibranches, turbo snails or lawn mower blenny.

    But... for a nano the water changes are probably the biggest impact. Love the urchins but I haven't seen a big impact against nuisance algae.

  9. Lyndya

    Lyndya RRMAS Supporter

    I fought hair algae for months then I scrubbed all of the hair algae off with a tooth brush. It never came back.
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