10 Gallon Nano Reef Tank | Algae Reactor | Kessil A80

This is a 10 Gallon Nano Reef Tank that I built for my 2 sons, 8 & 4. Stocking 2 Clownfish and a small Pajama Cardinal, couple snails and Blue Leg micro hermit crabs and a Coral Banded Shrimp. Lighting - Kessil A80 with Kessil Spectral Controller Fluval Aquaclear 50 Apex Jr Macroalgea Reactor Aquamaxx Reactor - http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaMaxx_Fluidized_GFO_and_Carbon_Filter_Media_Reactor_Standard_Phosphate_Reactors-AquaMaxx-UJ5311-FIFRISPR-vi.html Macroalgae Lights - http://www.marinedepot.com/Accel_Aquatics_Warm_White_High_Output_Waterproof_LED_Strip_Light_with_Transformer_6_foot_LED_Light_Fixtures_for_Aquariums-Accel_Aquatics-6H94602-FILTFILD-vi.html Standard Petco 10 Gallon Tank Media Basket - http://shop.mediabaskets.com/ MarineDepot Reactor Build - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHB1xbOqCRo

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This is a 10 Gallon Nano Reef Tank that I built for my 2 sons, 8 & 4. Stocking 2 Clownfish and a small Pajama Cardinal, couple snails and Blue Leg micro hermit crabs and a Coral Banded Shrimp. Lighting - Kessil A80 with Kessil Spectral Controller Fluval Aquaclear 50 Apex Jr Macroalgea Reactor Aquamaxx Reactor - http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaMaxx_Fluidized_GFO_and_Carbon_Filter_Media_Reactor_Standard_Phosphate_Reactors-AquaMaxx-UJ5311-FIFRISPR-vi.html Macroalgae Lights - http://www.marinedepot.com/Accel_Aquatics_Warm_White_High_Output_Waterproof_LED_Strip_Light_with_Transformer_6_foot_LED_Light_Fixtures_for_Aquariums-Accel_Aquatics-6H94602-FILTFILD-vi.html Standard Petco 10 Gallon Tank Media Basket - http://shop.mediabaskets.com/ MarineDepot Reactor Build - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHB1xbOqCRo

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J B
J B - 2 years ago
Are you still dosing trace elements or do you just do water change and that's it?
Ltytify
Ltytify - 2 years ago
Subscribed! What kind of ATO do you have setup with the pump?
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 2 years ago
Ltytify I was using the Smart ATO micro
EDK ReefMeister
EDK ReefMeister - 2 years ago
Cool! how often do you clean out the chaeto?
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 2 years ago
I upgraded this tank to a 14 gallon nano but I empty the cheato about once a month.
Subhan Toba
Subhan Toba - 3 years ago
How about the heat? how much the led increased heat in your tank? and what's your water parameter while using this reactor? and how much cheato you put back as seed?
Subhan Toba
Subhan Toba - 3 years ago
Thank you good sir
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
I never paid attention to how much heat this ads to the tank. My kids room where the tank is located is really warm so a fan is used to keep the tank cool. My latest Triton test showed phosphates at .01. I usually leave about 10 percent in. If you nutrients are high, leave about 25% so the nutrients absorption rate doesn't drop too low. This tank gets fed a lot. a cube of mysis and a healthy amount of spirulina flakes on alternate days.
Joseph Ramirez
Joseph Ramirez - 3 years ago
How long do you keep the led lights on? Why is my chaeto brown?
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
I run them for 12 hours a day, reverse light cycle.
Fishman
Fishman - 3 years ago
Great setup!
lundiboy8
lundiboy8 - 3 years ago
Just added basically the same algae reactor to my Fluval Evo 13.5. Ordered the whole kit from Marine Depot. It only took a week to fill up mine though so I think the only difference is the pump.
lundiboy8
lundiboy8 - 3 years ago
ReefingwithO the one I got was purchased with the cobalt mj1200 pump. I added a video on my page last week and updated yesterday to show growth. Our reactors seem like the same size. My aquarium lights are on 7am to 9pm and my reactor is on 9pm to 12pm.
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
lundiboy8 Interesting, I'll try to upgrade the pump on mine and see how the cheato responds.
William Scarbrough
William Scarbrough - 3 years ago
Nice tank. I had a 90 gallon setup 10 yrs ago but moved and had to get rid of everything. I had just started using Chaeto in my sump with pretty good results. One question? With running a Chaeto reactor do you not need to worry about protein skimming anymore or still necessary?
TOM REEFMAN202
TOM REEFMAN202 - 3 years ago
this lil tank is nice... what's salt you use? I was thinking about a apex junior myself on my 70 reef... do your kids do water changes?
TOM REEFMAN202
TOM REEFMAN202 - 3 years ago
ReefingwithO yea those are some slick tanks... I have a 10 gallon still inside the box... I wanna try a algea reactor heard good things for nutrients
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
I "upgraded" this tank to a innovative marine 14 gallon that has the small back sump. It still has the algae reactor as the main filtration.

They do water changes with some help from me. We have it measured out how much salt to add to the water so it comes out perfect. I also have a digital refractometer that is easy for my 9 year old to use.

I put kalkwasser on a small dosing pump to maintain calcium and alkalinity.

I use Reef Crystals salt.

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Frank Hinojos
Frank Hinojos - 3 years ago
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing the knowledge. Love the tank.
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
The tank is doing great. I moved to a 14 gallon but I kept the algea reactor.
Nate V
Nate V - 3 years ago
Awesome tank
starwind aquariums
starwind aquariums - 3 years ago
nice setup your sons are lucky
starwind aquariums
starwind aquariums - 3 years ago
nice setup your sons are lucky
Oneil's Reef
Oneil's Reef - 3 years ago
Hi how are you liking this reactor ? Nice videos good to see a fellow Monroe Grad in the hobby
Oneil's Reef
Oneil's Reef - 3 years ago
nice yo
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Reactor is working well man. I move to a 14 gallon nano but I kept the reactor. Big up to the Mustangs.
Santa Monica Filtration
Santa Monica Filtration - 3 years ago
Congrats on entering the world of algal filtration. I was going to say that red lights will work better, but I think the kids would not like that as a night light :)
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Thanks Santa Monica. I'll look into red lights for the one I'm going to build for the 75 gallon.
Beto
Beto - 3 years ago
So many stuffs for a small tank. With all this equipament...you can have a 30 / 40G tank
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
That's the plan - to possibly upgrade the tank later while only purchasing minimal equipment. In the past I wasn't very forward looking with some of my purchases and it would've saved me a lot of money. I definitely learned my lesson.
Evan Eversole
Evan Eversole - 3 years ago
what are your nutrient levels
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Nitrates <5 - It's hard to read some of the nitrates test kits at low levels. Phosphate .03 using the Hanna Checker Ultra Low Range checker.

Calcium at 420 and alk at 9. I use Kalkwasser in the top-off water.
Nardelli's Reef
Nardelli's Reef - 3 years ago
Great Video man!
How long you keep the lights of the Reactor on? Did you buy the small pump too and the tubes? Where you bought the algea? As is out of stock in marinedepot do you think the small size one will work too?
Sorry about that much questions.
Thanks
Nardelli's Reef
Nardelli's Reef - 3 years ago
Thank you for your answer! I just got mine today. Where did you buy the Cheato? Do you have Dragon Breath too? Do you think is a good idea to put both macro algae together?
Thank you again !
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
It's on for 16 hours a day - It could probably be less but 16 hours works for me. I want it working hard since its the main filtration. I bought a small 100gph hydor pump that works well. I got the reactor, tubes and light from MarineDepot. I am using the standard sized Aquamaxx reactor.
John Gaines
John Gaines - 3 years ago
Awesome. Do you have a link or a video that you did on the algae reactor? I used to have a sump on a larger tank, but after several floods, I'm not trying that again. haha
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
I didn't do one but here's a link to one that MarineDepot did - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHB1xbOqCRo

20. comment for 10 Gallon Nano Reef Tank | Algae Reactor | Kessil A80

ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Thanks
Reef Gaming
Reef Gaming - 3 years ago
How did you get jr so cheap what was the % off. Thats more than 50%
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
I had BRS points and it was during their Black Friday Sale!
Reefing with Reefer
Reefing with Reefer - 3 years ago
very nice nano man wow :) awesome idea on the apex too i like that 4 timers same price ... why the heck not get it right ?!
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Thanks. I got the Apex during the BRS black Friday sale at a huge discount.
Rookie Reefer
Rookie Reefer - 3 years ago
Looks like its working well :) yours sons are lucky they've got you! Subbed
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Thanks a lot
Rico's Reeftank
Rico's Reeftank - 3 years ago
great video!
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Thanks Rico. I love your channel man. No BS just keep giving it to them straight.
John’s Reef
John’s Reef - 3 years ago
Very nice tank. That's an awesome way to build future reefers.
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
We live in Brooklyn, NY. It's a great way to introduce them to nature that is nowhere close to where we live.
billshreeveable
billshreeveable - 3 years ago
Hats off to you bud for getting your sons involved in their own reef, really like the reactor great job.
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
It's working well so far.
eric olsen
eric olsen - 3 years ago
what a great tank dude. perfect kid tank. keep it up
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Thanks I appreciate it.
Cesca's Reef
Cesca's Reef - 3 years ago
Nice video and lovely setup. I've subscribed  :)
Reefgrrl
Reefgrrl - 3 years ago
What a beautiful tank - I love your approach to having it for your sons. I've never seen an algae reactor before - my chaeto is in the centre compartment of my sump that acts as a kind of refugium (also works perfectly for keeping molly fry out of the display and away from the parents). I agree that chaeto acts as an excellent form of nutrient export and wouldn't be without it. Your reactor is a super idea for a nano. I enjoyed this video, it's a gorgeous tank!
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Thanks! I'm a huge fan of your channel. I'm surprised how well this worked. It's relatively cheap and efficient and no need for a noisy skimmer.

30. comment for 10 Gallon Nano Reef Tank | Algae Reactor | Kessil A80

Lovebetta
Lovebetta - 3 years ago
That 10g is awesome.
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 3 years ago
Lovebetta thanks!

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