2010 pico contest!

Discussion in 'Contests' started by Bifferwine, Jun 1, 2010.

?

Which 3-gallon setup would you prefer to be used in the contest?

Poll closed Jul 1, 2010.
  1. PICOTOPE

    29 vote(s)
    80.6%
  2. DECO KIT

    7 vote(s)
    19.4%
  1. Bifferwine

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    Hello,
    We are discussing getting the 2010 Pico Contest underway. Every participant will start with the same set up, which has been narrowed down to one of these two 3-gallon all-in-one setups:

    PICOTOPE:
    Desktop & Small Aquarium Starter Kits: Picotope 3 Gallon Aquarium Kit
    - Includes: 3 gallon glass aquarium - 11-3/4" x 8-7/8" x 8"; compact fluorescent Clamp-on Lamp fixture with 9W 50/50 lamp and remote ballast; 40 gph Pico powerfilter.

    DECO KIT:
    Desktop & Starter Aquarium Kit: 3-gallon Deco Kit Aquarium
    - Includes: 3 gallon acrylic aquarium - 12-1/2" x 9-5/8" x 7-1/4"; Rapids powerfilter, 18W compact fluorescent perch-light fixture with 50/50 14,000°K actinic and 7,400°K daylight lamp.

    As you can see, there is about a $10 price difference between the two. Please vote as to which setup you'd prefer!
     
    Bifferwine, Jun 1, 2010
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Bifferwine

    ggNoRe

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    885
    Likes Received:
    138
    Location:
    Houston
    Man, that is a hard choice. IMO the pico looks better but the deco has the better lights. I chose the pico because if I do happen to join the contest it will be setup on my desk at work and the sleek looks of the pico prevail.
     
    ggNoRe, Jun 1, 2010
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Bifferwine

    Alexander

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,208
    Likes Received:
    558
    Location:
    Boise ID
    picotope hands down! the edges on it are clean and make it look really good compared to the rounded edges of the other one. still provides 3wpg which is totally enough and the light looks better on physical appearance as far as contour and style.

    plus how can you go wrong when its cheaper and it looks better !
     
    Alexander, Jun 1, 2010
    #3
  4. Bifferwine

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    The Deco kit w/ the option of 18w PC light is what I voted for.The other ones aren't strong enough even for mushrooms.
     
    reeffreak, Jun 1, 2010
    #4
  5. Bifferwine

    Alexander

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,208
    Likes Received:
    558
    Location:
    Boise ID
    3 wpg isnt strong enough? where have you been reefing?
     
    Alexander, Jun 1, 2010
    #5
  6. Bifferwine

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    I don't know about the lighting, Freak... It's 3 wpg in the Picotope. In such a shallow tank, I think that'd be more than enough for softies and even some LPS.

    The kicker for me is that the Picotope is glass, and the Deco Kit is acrylic. I really don't want an acrylic tank!!
     
    Bifferwine, Jun 1, 2010
    #6
  7. Bifferwine

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    Cheap bastards!
     
    reeffreak, Jun 2, 2010
    #7
  8. Bifferwine

    Alexander

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,208
    Likes Received:
    558
    Location:
    Boise ID
    it looks soooo much better dude. I really want a better light but that other tank looks so lame.
     
    Alexander, Jun 2, 2010
    #8
  9. Bifferwine

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    Alright,alrigh,sheesh!

    I love the description on the Picotope-''Small tank size,big tank feeling''.Aha,okay?!?!
     
    reeffreak, Jun 2, 2010
    #9
  10. Bifferwine

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    That's what she said?? :shock:
     
    Bifferwine, Jun 2, 2010
    #10
  11. Bifferwine

    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2006
    Messages:
    26,996
    Likes Received:
    3,868
    Location:
    Ringgold,Ga
    I voted for the Pico.
    But to be totally honest.Those are both great looking little tanks.We sale both at the LFS.
    You can also get an LED light upgrade for the Deco tank that WILL support corals with no problems.
     
    yote, Jun 2, 2010
    #11
  12. Bifferwine

    the reef kid hi

    Joined:
    May 19, 2010
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    65
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Either would be able to keep corals, but I actually prefer acrylic, so I voted for the deco.
     
    the reef kid, Jun 2, 2010
    #12
  13. Bifferwine

    Brian_G overly obsessed

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Messages:
    787
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA
    is the contest requiring that you set it up with that light?

    and it in no way can be connected to your current tank right?
     
    Brian_G, Jun 2, 2010
    #13
  14. Bifferwine

    the reef kid hi

    Joined:
    May 19, 2010
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    65
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    The idea is to have everyone start with the same thing, so it really does test to see who is the best at aquascaping, coral choice, etc., so I would say that you have to use stock lights and it has to be seperate from other tanks. Am I right?
     
    the reef kid, Jun 2, 2010
    #14
  15. Bifferwine

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    Yes. You have to use the filter and light that come with it. No modifications or adding your own lights or filter. Although modifications to the filter media, or leaving off the filter altogether are probably okay, I'm guessing... Alexander will be writing up the official rules.
     
    Bifferwine, Jun 2, 2010
    #15
  16. Bifferwine

    dcantucson

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Messages:
    20,917
    Likes Received:
    1,898
    I like the glass aquarium but chose the Deco because of the lighting. I think that is more important than having glass. Dominick I'm with you... Cheap bastards! :mrgreen:
     
    dcantucson, Jun 2, 2010
    #16
  17. Bifferwine

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    Oh David, you probably won't even participate!! Why should your vote count?! :lol:

    All I care about is whether or not the walls of the tank will be clear enough for me to see my school of sohal tangs. Scratched up acrylic obviously won't cut it!
     
    Bifferwine, Jun 2, 2010
    #17
  18. Bifferwine

    dcantucson

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Messages:
    20,917
    Likes Received:
    1,898
    :bowdown:Yes I will!!!:bowdown:
     
    dcantucson, Jun 2, 2010
    #18
  19. Bifferwine

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    Okay then, I will hold you to that commitment!
     
    Bifferwine, Jun 2, 2010
    #19
  20. Bifferwine

    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2010
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    This thread made my day. Thanks Biff!!!

    I voted for the Pico, Acrylic tanks are PITA. You can walk by them briskly and scratch the crap out of them.
     
    mikewurtz, Jun 2, 2010
    #20
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.