Description: Peace To All,
This is my 1.5 gal. Vase Reef bowl. I've been running this vase for 7 months and it includes live rocks, live sand, 19 different species of corals, lps, sps, softies, 1 red hermit crab, and absolutely no fish. I'm operating this vase with a whisper air pump, and 1 air stone. I have no heater because my room is temp. controlled. I do have the top of the vase covered with a clear plexi-glass, to keep down evaporation, which gives Me a weekly top off of 4-5 days, The circulation is generated from the air stone and can be controlled by the air pump, which is also a battery operated air pump, in case the fuse ever blows and I'm not home.
Water changes are done every 7 days, with absolutely no skipping on this maintenance. Before I do my 100% water change, I feed the vase with Cyclops, Oyster Eggs, and I feed 1 cube, including target feeding various corals like the Duncans, Blastomussa, Palythoas, and Zoanthids. The SPS corals also get fed the cloudly water from the prepared food with a baster.Then I wait 2 hrs, remove the air stone, and use the baster to blow on the corals, live rock, and sand, just to stir up all the excess food and detritus, so I can remove with a hose, and start the 100% water change.
I use a 27W LED bulb from China with 6-12K whites, and 3-Actinic Blues. Light is suspended 9" above the vase, and is on a 10 hr. timer. Salinity is at 1.025 and I've never test for anything. I just make sure that the salinity and temperature match the newly prepared, R.O. water with Instant Ocean salt, mixing for 24 hrs with an air stone and a set heater.
Advice: My advice is to, Study, watch video on the type of setup you're trying to set, ask questions, READ, and be Patient!!! Reefs were not built over night.
Fish Kept: Blue Stripe Hermit Crab
Corals/Plants: 20 species of Corals