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

by | Jan 21, 2013 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

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 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:





  • Leonard Ho

    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.

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