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Got bit by the reef bug late last year and realized there was no known cure for this infection. It had a death grip on me and all I could do was.... buy a new tank!

 

I quickly out grew my BioCube 14 and bought this new tank to add a little flavor to the family room. I figured it would give the kids something look at, my wife something to complain about and give myself something to fuel my obsession. I am not an expert by any means and usually have to make a few mistakes before I get it right. So I welcome all feedback / advice.

 

Current FTS: Jan 1 2014

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July 10

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June 9

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May 15 (w/ new Radion Pro) B)

 

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April 18

 

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March 15

 

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January 7

 

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November 16

 

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Equipment:

 

Tank - Innovative Marine Mini Nuvo 38

Stand - Innovative Marine

Lights - Aqua Illuminations Vega, Radion Pro

Flow - MP10wes x2

Skimmer - Innovative Marine Skimmate

Heater - Ebo Jager 150w

Stevie T Filter - Baskets x2 - Chaeto, CPE, GFO and Floss

Rock and Sand: Tonga live rock 28lbs Caribsea Arag-Alive 40lbs

 

Fish:

 

Black and White Ocellaris​ (moved to basement tank)

Standard Ocellaris (moved to basement tank)

Purple Firefish (m.i.a.)

Bangai Cardinal

Six-Line Wrasse

Blue Spotted Jawfish (jumped through lid)

Mystery Wrasse

Yellow Tang - returned to LFS - (red turff algae experiment)

Phantom Clownfish

Davinci Clownfish

Lubbock's Wrasse

Sunburst Anthias

 

Inverts:

 

Clean up crew - Various snails and crabs

Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp

Pom Pom Crab ( seen 3 times since introduced)

Emerald Crab

 

Corals:

 

SPS:

 

Purple Highlighter Acro

ORA Bird of Paradise

Ice Fire Echinata

ORA Borealis Acro

Hawkins Echinata Acro

Purple Plasma Acro

Pink Pocillapora

Forest Fire Digitata

Superman Montipora

Rainbow Montipora

Tubbs Blue Montipora Stellata

Green Monti Cap

Pink Setosa

Lemon Lime Shortcake Acro

Red Planet Acro

Mellow Yellow Acro

Blue Tort

Raspberry Delight Purple Tip Millipora

Green and Purple tip Pocillapora

 

LPS :

 

Ultra Pink Rainbow Acan Colony

Blue Rainbow Acans

Red/Green Acans

Incredible Hulk Acans

Red/Blue Acan

Mystery Chalice

Blue Moon Chalice

The Hills Have Eyes Chalice

Miami Hurricane Chalice

Blastomussa Merletti

Green Frogspawn

Purple and Green Euphylia

Golden Chalice

Crayola Chalice

Orange Fungia

Orange and Red Scolymia

 

Zoas/Paly's:

 

God of War Paly

Metalic Pink Paly

Super Neon Paly

Gauntlet Zoa

Radioactive Dragons

Sunny D Paly

Ice Fire

Alien Explosions

Captain America Palys

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MooseBranch

Awesome tank. Looks great

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BusterDB
Awesome tank. Looks great

 

Thank you. Just checked out your build...looking good. Still can't get over that hitchhiker Eel! That's crazy.

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jgpico

This is an awesome tank! I love the scape. I have the nuvo 30 and I am contemplating getting a vega. How do you like the light?

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BusterDB
This is an awesome tank! I love the scape. I have the nuvo 30 and I am contemplating getting a vega. How do you like the light?

Thanks! I think the scape looks good but I'm not sold on it just yet. The bottom left side of the tank is kind of dim and tank maintenance can get tricky.

 

The Vega is an outstanding light. I've only had it since mid Sep and already starting to see a difference in the color of my SPS. The color is more saturated and growth has taken off with on a few corals. The only downside that I can see is an increase in red turf algae. Which may or may not be from the addition of red spectrum in the light. So far, its a kick a$$ light but I will say the wireless controller is a joke. But the controller issue should be solved once AI releases the new Director control platform.

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Spirofucci

Nice job on the second tank! I also like the scape. Too bad about the BSJ :(

 

Oh and I also loved the gansta light shot, lol. You should post it Kat's Ghetto thread in the DIY section.

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BusterDB
Nice job on the second tank! I also like the scape. Too bad about the BSJ :(

 

Oh and I also loved the gansta light shot, lol. You should post it Kat's Ghetto thread in the DIY section.

 

lol. Thanks for stopping by Spiro. If my wife didn't want her lamp back, I would have thrown a Par38 up in there and called it a day! I'll have to check Kat's ghetto thread, but I'm not sure they can handle all that gangsta...

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BusterDB

Xmas Ale has arrived! 'Tis the season ladies and gents.

 

 

 

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TristanC

Beautiful tank! Very well done!

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BusterDB

^ Thank you.

 

Hoping my Mystery Wrasse finds his appetite sometime soon. Going on day 5 and I've seen him in two spots, in a rock and swimming right next to the same rock. I've fed a little bit of everything and the whole time he has eaten maybe 3 mysis shrimp. He better figure it out soon. I'll be bummed if I lose this guy within a week of my BSJ taking a dive on the floor.

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JR!
Xmas Ale has arrived! 'Tis the season ladies and gents.

 

 

 

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we have a keg at work set aside just for us. lol cant wait to tap that ##### :D

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BusterDB
we have a keg at work set aside just for us. lol cant wait to tap that ##### :D

 

That sounds like trouble! My neighbor has it on tap in his basement and Xmas ale hangovers are not pleasant. Gotta love Great Lakes though, not sure I've had a beer from there I didn't like.

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BusterDB

The Mystery man finally came out of hiding today and ate some mysis. Apparently he found the cleaner shrimp too and hasn't taken his crazy eyes off him. Prob going to have to make a move or this could get ugly.

 

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Don't even think about it.

 

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Fsarmien

how do you like the tank? Im thinking of getting one. Do you got the dimensions?

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BusterDB
how do you like the tank? Im thinking of getting one. Do you got the dimensions?

 

The tank is really nice and well made. The only thing I don't like is the stand. Obviously its top heavy, but it's def not sturdy enough in my opinion. I think IM went with form over function in this case. I'm actually looking into a custom stand at the moment. Tank dimensions are 23.5L x19W x19H

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Fsarmien
The tank is really nice and well made. The only thing I don't like is the stand. Obviously its top heavy, but it's def not sturdy enough in my opinion. I think IM went with form over function in this case. I'm actually looking into a custom stand at the moment. Tank dimensions are 23.5L x19W x19H

ahh cool ill try to get this for christmas or something lol

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JR!

how do you like the vega btw?

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Lovely.

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BusterDB
how do you like the vega btw?

 

So far the Vega has been great and the corals seem to be liking it. Only negative has been the controller but I'll be swapping it for the Director control platform as soon as AI releases. Overall it's a sweet little light.

 

 

Lovely.

 

Thank you!

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BusterDB

Gotta love Black Friday. Scored a pretty sweet deal on a Sony Nex-5 camera. It's no DSLR but still not to shabby. Still trying to figure out how to work this thing. Here's a few practice shots.

 

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GrandeGixxer

Very nice!

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BusterDB

Here's a few more shots with the new camera.

 

 

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Mystery Man

 

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Smallest IceFire frag on the planet. Can u spot it?

 

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zoomed in Purple Highlighter Acro

 

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Pink Rainbow Acan

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JR!

you like that camera yet? :D

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BusterDB
you like that camera yet? :D

 

I do. It packs a lot of puch for a point and shoot and so far its been great. Haven't even scratched the surface with this thing. Most of the pics I've taken have been indoors and of the kids and tank. Gotta try the 3D movie thing soon.

 

Should have some new frags later this afternoon. Heading down to Tidal Gardens to see what I can find. I'm on the prowl for a nice piece of Monti Cap. I'm sure find more than I need down there, his selection is the best I've seen around NEO. Should have some pics up later.

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SoCal K
I do. It packs a lot of puch for a point and shoot and so far its been great. Haven't even scratched the surface with this thing. Most of the pics I've taken have been indoors and of the kids and tank. Gotta try the 3D movie thing soon.

 

Should have some new frags later this afternoon. Heading down to Tidal Gardens to see what I can find. I'm on the prowl for a nice piece of Monti Cap. I'm sure find more than I need down there, his selection is the best I've seen around NEO. Should have some pics up later.

Tank looks really good! I am thinking about getting a vega do you see good growth and color from your zoas with this light?

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