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bmoore92

-IM Nuvo Fusion 20

-10-12 lbs of Aquamaxx Dry rock

-Cycling for about 3 months

-Looking for honest opinions

 

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Thanks everyone, Britt

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Snoop

Looks really nice the only thing i would consider changing would be to make one of the islands slightly taller. I'm a fan of asymmetric look.

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davidanthony921

Love it.. I'm jealous though should have went with the 20 instead of the 10

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ajmckay

That's a bad ass scape - I'm really diggin' it.

 

While I would normally agree that things usually look best when one side is slightly taller than the other I think that there's enough distinction between the 2 that the left side serves as the initial focal point.

 

Why the 3 month cycle? That rock looks pretty clean I think any curing should be very minimal. By all means if you want to have a long cycle go for it, but with some careful planning and possibly some bacterial starter like bio-spira you should be able to move things up considerably.

 

Good luck!

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bmoore92

-IM Nuvo Fusion 20

-10-12 lbs of Aquamaxx Dry rock

-Cycling for about 3 months

-Looking for honest opinions

 

Front view:attachicon.gifIMG_1004.JPG

Left Side view:attachicon.gifIMG_1005.JPG

Right Side View:attachicon.gifIMG_1006.JPG

Close up of Right island:attachicon.gifIMG_1007.JPG

Sort of top down view:attachicon.gifIMG_1008.JPG

 

Thanks everyone, Britt

Hard to tell because of my terrible pictures but that taller spot on the right island is a good 2-3 inches taller than the rest of the scape. Gives it a little more depth and also the asymmetrical look which I love as well.

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bmoore92

Love it.. I'm jealous though should have went with the 20 instead of the 10

Yeah I knew i had to go bigger than the 10...I actually regret not getting the 40!

 

That's a bad ass scape - I'm really diggin' it.

 

While I would normally agree that things usually look best when one side is slightly taller than the other I think that there's enough distinction between the 2 that the left side serves as the initial focal point.

 

Why the 3 month cycle? That rock looks pretty clean I think any curing should be very minimal. By all means if you want to have a long cycle go for it, but with some careful planning and possibly some bacterial starter like bio-spira you should be able to move things up considerably.

 

Good luck!

Rock was really clean, I have yet to measure phosphates in the tank. I started with Dr. Tims and have continued to feed with pure ammonia so I know it is definitely cycled. Two reasons for holding back: 1) dealing with some algae issues on some frags I have from a previous build so trying to keep all that out of the new tank and 2) Still deciding on a light for the tank. I'll likely go with a duo from Dave at nano box but I am still deliberating. Thanks for the kind words everyone!

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oldskoolwayz

scape looks great!

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Murphych

Yes I like this, very balanced design , liking how the 2 components are split via a sweeping stream/path.. Very clever indeed. It will be great to see how it looks when your frags have been added...

 

Well done

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Cencalfishguy56

Love it, but damn 3 months? You must be a very patient person lol

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bmoore92

scape looks great!

 

Thanks!

Yes I like this, very balanced design , liking how the 2 components are split via a sweeping stream/path.. Very clever indeed. It will be great to see how it looks when your frags have been added...

 

Well done

Im glad that came through in the pictures. The front tank shot perspective in person gives it that endless oblivion feel in the middle of the two islands.

 

Love it, but damn 3 months? You must be a very patient person lol

Yeah i rushed into a 65 gallon reef ready setup, my first saltwater tank, back in september and regretted it so i decided to take this one slow and make sure I get it exactly how I want it.

Anyone have suggestions for coral placement? Im hoping to go full blown mixed. Right now I've got mostly zoa frags with a few lps, and one monti undata. I want to eventually get some branching sps. I had a problem with high nitrates and phosphates in my last tank from the live rock so I have never actually gotten around to placing corals in a tank.

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Im glad that came through in the pictures. The front tank shot perspective in person gives it that endless oblivion feel in the middle of the two islands.

 

Yeah i rushed into a 65 gallon reef ready setup, my first saltwater tank, back in september and regretted it so i decided to take this one slow and make sure I get it exactly how I want it.

 

Anyone have suggestions for coral placement? Im hoping to go full blown mixed. Right now I've got mostly zoa frags with a few lps, and one monti undata. I want to eventually get some branching sps. I had a problem with high nitrates and phosphates in my last tank from the live rock so I have never actually gotten around to placing corals in a tank.

Yup same here man, I'm gonna be starting fresh with BRS reef saver rock and and IM fusion 20 and start right this time, I had high ohosphates and my live rock got nasty so I want pest free and algae free rock, I'll be cycling the rocks in a bucket till my tank gets here I really like your idea for a mixed reef, the green birds nest is a personal favorite sps

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Ive read that the reefsavers is really similar to the rock I used. My whole right island is one piece that I chiseled into shape so its pretty easy to work with. I like the birds nest variety as well and I've heard they are relatively forgiving. My old rock didn't have pest or algae but the Nitrates always stayed around 40 and the phosphate always above 1 ppm. I just found the whole setup on craigslist and made an impulse buy and immediately regretted it.

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Ive read that the reefsavers is really similar to the rock I used. My whole right island is one piece that I chiseled into shape so its pretty easy to work with. I like the birds nest variety as well and I've heard they are relatively forgiving. My old rock didn't have pest or algae but the Nitrates always stayed around 40 and the phosphate always above 1 ppm. I just found the whole setup on craigslist and made an impulse buy and immediately regretted it.

How's the aquamaxx rock? I thought about it while ordering my tank but decided not to get it, also do you use the spin streams and upgraded return pump?

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I liked it a lot actually. No phosphates and it stacks nicely. I made the mistake of not letting it soak a little in rodi so I had this film of what I can only assume to be the dust from the rock but once I scraped it off it was no problem

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bmoore92

Anyone else have opinions about the scape? Im thinking of either a full mixed reef or maybe a euphyllia and zoa dominated tank

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DocReef

Nice job with the scape.

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bmoore92

may be a dumb question but I still consider myself a beginner so lets call it a beginner question but, what gives new dry rock its color? I'm not talking about like corralling but live rock is obviously not stark white like mine is. Im wondering what I can do to get some color on the rock. Ive recently started running an old chinese led fixture on the tank for now. Any ideas?

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Murphych

may be a dumb question but I still consider myself a beginner so lets call it a beginner question but, what gives new dry rock its color? I'm not talking about like corralling but live rock is obviously not stark white like mine is. Im wondering what I can do to get some color on the rock. Ive recently started running an old chinese led fixture on the tank for now. Any ideas?

It's a mass of algae of different types, coupled with debris I guess.. That's what makes it live rock and now just...well... Rock ;)

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bmoore92

It's a mass of algae of different types, coupled with debris I guess.. That's what makes it live rock and now just...well... Rock ;)

So with no light you think the rock would stay white? you are probably right. It is probably micro algae and detritus build up that stains it. I always thought it had to do with the bacteria but thats obviously not right. Anyone else have any ideas or reasons?

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ajmckay

I started my tank with dry rock and for the most part the rock stayed white until I introduced some coral frags and pieces of LR that had various algaes on it. There was a brief time that the rocks turned sort of brown due to diatom bloom, but didn't last that long for me. Now they're starting to turn brown more with greens and pinks and other colors but when a turbo snail clears a path it goes back to white - probably will until a calcerous algae forms.

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I started my tank with dry rock and for the most part the rock stayed white until I introduced some coral frags and pieces of LR that had various algaes on it. There was a brief time that the rocks turned sort of brown due to diatom bloom, but didn't last that long for me. Now they're starting to turn brown more with greens and pinks and other colors but when a turbo snail clears a path it goes back to white - probably will until a calcerous algae forms.

^ what he said

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bmoore92

I added a few pieces of LR rubble to one of the islands to perform a simple experiment. I'll leave one side without any rubble and have the rubble on one side.

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bmoore92

Dumb question seeing as I've posted pictures before but I can not remember how to post pics from my files. Any help?

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cjm3fl

Dumb question seeing as I've posted pictures before but I can not remember how to post pics from my files. Any help?

Can't help ya with that yet. New to this site.

 

But you picked up some really nice rock. And you arranged it really nicely.

Lovin all the caves and nooks. The way you set both piles so you have an angled channel between them....great looking!

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Please excuse the water spots but this is my little experiment. I'll try to post regularly and keep the thread updated.

Can't help ya with that yet. New to this site.

 

But you picked up some really nice rock. And you arranged it really nicely.

Lovin all the caves and nooks. The way you set both piles so you have an angled channel between them....great looking!

Preciate it!

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