LazyFish Posted November 1, 2015 Share Posted November 1, 2015 This is a long one so hold on! I've been running a pico 4g finnex with the finnex canister filter & a small air lift fuge & ecoxotic panorama rbg for lighting for 4 years now. The stand is an antique wrot iron singer sewing machine base with marble top. It has been a great little tank but now it's time to upgrade. After much web searching & oogeling at many of the new aoi systems I decided on the IM fusion Nuvo 10g. Stand: Still using the antique wrotiron sewing machine base with the marble top. My determination of its load bearing capacity was probably not the most scientific but I think it should be OK. I am about 138 lbs & sat on it repeatedly & did some wiggling around while the old 4g was still in place along with all the other junk I put on it. I guesstimate it was a little over/under 200lbs I had stacked up on it & it seemed very sturdy & solid. Tank: I ordered from amazon it came in a huge box with lots of packing & a good thing as the package appeared damaged. I also had some denting on the tank box even with all the bubble/ pillow wrap. The tank was securely encased in foam in the box appeared undamaged. I ran it for a leak check then set it up! The glass is thick & dang this thing is heavy! The silicone is black & appears to be extra thick in the tank corners. Overall it feels very solid. The overflow teeth are fairly wide & it has a good flow going into the back compartments. I am not impressed with the top..the mesh thing is just ugh.I'm going to have a top cut for it. I will have to use thick glass & black out the edges to keep the black frame look at the top of the glass as this thing is rimless. The booklet states that it has a leveling mat that needs to be put under the tank...no mat can be found in packaging but there is a rather thin foam like pad stuck on the bottom of it. I'm guessing this is the mat? My Biocube had the same thing on it. Filtration & equipment: Pump/filtration media: It came with a filter sock ?:confused: The sock is even worse than the dinky stock media basket they were shown to come with. I have the basket from in tank & it is running puragen carbon & filter floss in it some of it has been recycled from the original tank. The return pump it came with is rated for 13-92gph it also has a mettle shaft. I have a spin stream on the return. Upgraded to sicce 0.5 pump. Skimmer: Had an im ghost nano on the tank but had too many issues with it and dumped it after a few months. Lighting:I had the stock 18w skkye light. But I did not like it. I changed to.im prime it's perfect for this tank. Set up: Everything from my old 4g tank going in this one. I added some more CaribSea sea aragonite live sand to the existing sand bed keeping the black/white sand. I put in 2 smallish chunks of live rock that have been in my other tank for a long time. I think it's a little over 10lbs live rock now. I used all of my old water from this tank & some of the water from my bio cube to fill it up. There was no cycle on this tank. The first picture is the pico just before I took it down the kenya tree is kinda lopsided. The lights had not been on very long. The picture dosn't do anything for the color of the tank as it looked way better in person. new fts 1/4/20 1 Quote Link to comment
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