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OK, I've got to channel reefing enthusiasm away from coral shopping if I'm going to have any kind of savings account left so I figured I'd get a tank thread going while I wait for frags to grow!

Aquarium: Innovative Marine Nuvo 8
Lighting: Aqua Illuminations Nano Sol w/ controller

Heater: Eheim Jager 50w

Controller: Reefkeeper lite

Dosing: BRS two part doser

Pump: Cobalt MJ900

Media: InTank media basket with Fluval Carbon, Purigen, GFO, and filter floss


Started: October 28, 2012

 

 

FTS 11/13, running 12 months

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FTS 7/13, running 9 months

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FTS 5/8/13, running 7 months

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HD macro movie

http://vimeo.com/65880527

 

 

 

FTS 1/27, running 112 days

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SPS

California Blue Tort

Acorapora nasuta "Pink Lemonade"

ORA pink sylophora

UWW orange starburst rainbow montipora

Tyree sunset montipora

ORA green birdsnest (2)

Bird of paradise seriatopa

Orange montipora digitalis

Garf bonsai acro

Green spongodes

Purple haze monti

 

LPS

Tyree bubblegum monster chalice

Miami hurricane chalice

Blastomussa

Banana rainbow acan

Aussie metalic green acan

Aussie rainbow acan (orange)

Aussie rainbow acan (green and orange)

Aussie acan (green and purple)

Aussie acan (red and pink)

Branching duncan

 

Zs & Ps

My clementines

Fruit loops

Red hornet

Yellow hornet

King midas

Chong's bongs

Typree space monster

UFOs

BEBB

Sunny D

Tubbs blue

Candy apple reds

Kedds red

Magicians

Rainbow (2 morphs)

Dragon eyes

Green speckled black one w/ green skirt and orange mouth

Fire and ice

Radioactive

Pink and gold

AOG (2 morphs)

Pink gobstopper

X-men

Purple nurple

Nuclear greens

Purple deaths

 

Softies

Papaya clove polyps

Yellow/green clove polyps

GSP

Pulsing Xenia

Pink yuma ricordea

Purple rhodactus mushroom

Blue snowflake cloves

 

Inverts

Purple whip gorgonain

lettuce nudibranch

coco worm

pompom crab

sexy shrimp (2)

purple sponge

yellow sponge

 

Fish

Green clown goby "Scarface"

Oscelaris clown "Nemo"

Tailspot Blenny "???"

 

Macroalgae

dragon's breath

red branching

red grape (?)

blue ochtodes (soon!!)

 


Love the elegance and durability of the Nuvo. Everything is well designed and it is turning out to be a great little AIO. The lid is durable enough to hold Namara (13 lbs) and keeps the kitten from having sushi for dinner.
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Thread links to bookmarks and notes that have helped me learn:

Reef chemistry

DIY ATO link

Troubleshooting coral coloring

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Polarcollision

Went a little nuts buying frags. Here's the current full tank shot, running 52 days.

 

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Reeftech

Its going to look great when it grows out!

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Bakenn

Wow lol, can't wait to see that grown out.

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Spirofucci

Wow! Love the scape!!

 

And......probably the best cat/tank shot ever! And....there are a lot of those pics on here. :)

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Wizzy

Good Corals Good Cats Good Job

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metrokat

I like it, all of it. Especially the catfish.

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BoCoMo

Looking great; I really like the bend on that scape!

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Veng

Tank looks great! You just need to get a dogfish to go with the catfish. :D

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Polarcollision

Thanks everyone for taking a look! I've been reading through your tank threads. Lots of drooling and inspiration happening today.

 

I've never played with custom white balance on the camera and gave it a shot tonight under the LEDs. Here's a macro of a hungry banana rainbow acan.

 

grow! grow! grow!

 

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GalaThoun

^great pic!

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Polarcollision

Sometimes you get a lucky shot - how about some love for a purple gorgonian? Not rare, or colorful, but so elegant!

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nano_reefer10

Fantastic pictures and great looking tank!

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metrokat

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Veng

This is why I hate browsing nano-reef at work. I can read everyone saying how awesome new pictures are, but I can't see any of them at work because of our stupid filters! Now I'm going to be thinking of acans all day!

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ward827

Very cool pics! W-

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TristanC

Love the rockwork, its gunna look awesome as it fills in.

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Polarcollision

Wow - you all are showing the love! Here's another frag macro below for your viewing pleasure, and back at ya for making me feel so welcome. :wub:

 

I've also got a question that the flow experts might be able to help me with. There's one return outlet on the Nuvo 8 which I've pointed down-ish and center to keep nutrients from settling on the sand. It ended a cyano outbreak in 2 days with no other chemical intervention, so I'm a little reluctant to change the positioning. the SPS directly in its path have great polyp extension and seem really happy, but the birdsnest SPS up on the tip of the bonsai rock have their polyps extended only about half as much. They're growing and showing good color, so maybe everything is OK? I dunno how much polyp extension matters since these are my first SPS. Do you all think it would be a good idea to get the spin stream to randomize flow or maybe get a Y-nozzel to split the output between the SPS and the lower sandbed?

 

 

Enjoy! Itty bitty bonsai chalice. Perfect size for growing into it's new home.

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ward827

Y nozzle would be a good idea, IMO. You need surface agitation for proper gas exchange. And good flow across the rock and sand.
Maybe add a koralia 250? Might be too much flow with that. 2 cents. W-

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jlbzixxer

+1 on the y nozzle

as far as PE on sps, in my tank some have great PE

and some have very little PE but i still have good

color and growth from both

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Polarcollision

Y nozzle would be a good idea, IMO. You need surface agitation for proper gas exchange. And good flow across the rock and sand.

Maybe add a koralia 250? Might be too much flow with that. 2 cents. W-

Good point about gas exchange.

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Veng

This is why I hate browsing nano-reef at work. I can read everyone saying how awesome new pictures are, but I can't see any of them at work because of our stupid filters! Now I'm going to be thinking of acans all day!

 

Ok... so now I'm at home and looking at that acan... holy crap that's awesome!

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Polarcollision

Happier now that the flatworms are gone

 

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metrokat

that chalice looks beautiful. MOAR KITTY PICS PLEASE!

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Belac

Your macro shots are amamzing. Ok you have to tell me how many different frags are in this tank, I am not going to try and count them.

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