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Zuma

Hello fellow nano-reefers,
Not so sure my tank is actually a legit nano-reef but I find this forum inspires me to stay engaged in the reef hobby and the tanks maintained here by fellow members are awesome; not to mention the website has a great design layout and interface!  I maintain a freshwater setup with the same dimensions (ADA 90p) as this build and after returning from Maui last spring I new I had to build a reef equivalent.  Started collecting the parts and slowly building this tank over the last 2 months and thought I'd start documenting my build finally.


Tank: AquaTop 90-P Rimless Aquarium, 48 Gallons (36”x18”x18”) w/ painted (black) back panel and drilled to accepted an Eshopps Eclipse M overflow

 

Reef structure and substrate: 30 lbs KP Aquatics uncured live rock (love this stuff), 15 lbs fiji rock and 30-40lbs coral sand

Stand: DIY out of ¾” Maple plywood (36" x 18" x 32”)

Sump: DIY modeled after a Trigger 26 (26”x 14” x 14”, same baffle dimensions) minus the 1st chamber for the inlet/overflow pipes


Lights: 2 XR15 G3 Pro’s w/ RMS mounts

 

Circulation and ATO: 2 MP10's, Jebao DCP 4000 return pump and a Smart Micro ATO w/ Kalkwasser in the reservoir to handle evaporation and keep things relatively stable.

Here we go..

 

Building the stand

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building the sump

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leak test, all good!

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whole set up leak tested and powered up, all good!

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Initial aquascape; work in progress and will probably modify this weekend a bit.

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Taking it slow with this build and feeling pretty good about it so far, looking forward to adding some more corals soon.

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Reeferadicto13

Beautiful tank! 

Good job on sump and stand

 

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vlangel

Looking really good!

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Zuma
1 hour ago, Reeferadicto13 said:

Beautiful tank! 

Good job on sump and stand

 

Thanks!  It's been fun doing all the DIY stuff.

51 minutes ago, vlangel said:

Looking really good!

Thanks!  Looking forward to adding fish soon too.

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Christopher Marks

Awesome new nano reef @Zuma, that's a beautiful setup! That will be nice a nice tank dimension to work with. I'd be curious to see your matching freshwater tank too!

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Zuma

Thanks! Indeed I really dig the dimensions of these tanks.  I live about an hour away from Aqua Forrest in SF which is an ADA dealer with some amazing planted tanks.

 

Here's a fairly current picture of my freshwater set up.  I swear there's a school of fish in there and its not just plants! ; )

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teenyreef

Following! Nice looking build and you've selected great equipment. I love the uncured live rock from KP Aquatics too, I've used it to start both of my last two tanks. 

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6 hours ago, teenyreef said:

Following! Nice looking build and you've selected great equipment. I love the uncured live rock from KP Aquatics too, I've used it to start both of my last two tanks. 

Totally agree, I think I enjoy checking out all the micro fauna on the KP live rock as mush as I enjoy the macro fauna.

 

By the way, I've definitely been inspired by your IM 40, thanks for build thread on that awesome tank!

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On 10/12/2018 at 12:12 PM, Zuma said:

Totally agree, I think I enjoy checking out all the micro fauna on the KP live rock as mush as I enjoy the macro fauna.

 

By the way, I've definitely been inspired by your IM 40, thanks for build thread on that awesome tank!

Thank you! 

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Zuma

Bit of a re-scape with the remaining LR I had curing in another tank; provides a little more real estate for corals.

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amazed at what comes attached to the LR; checkout the little coralites/polyp's on the bottom corner of the rock and the unidentified mollusk above it

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couple closeup pictures

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FTS.. added a few new corals, green slimer, forest fire digi, even glued them into place which was a bit of a learning experience!

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Added a few new corals and fish, really digging the carpet anemone and two Picasso clowns.  Decided to trying taking a few pictures of the guys wallowing in their carpet!

 

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A little up date and FTS , added a few new corals (an acro, acan and a few other LPS); feeling pretty good about the tank thus far everything just needs to grow in a bit now.  I must say though that while I enjoy the color's of the sps "sticks" I find myself much more drawn to the LPS and softies movement and color.  Think I'll continue in that direction for any future coral additions!

 

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vlangel

I also love the gentle swaying movement of LPS and softies.  I like where this tank is going!

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4 hours ago, vlangel said:

I also love the gentle swaying movement of LPS and softies.  I like where this tank is going!

Thnx!

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Quick FTS and traded a frogspawn for this really cool hammer coral.1345043839_DSC_0440fts(2).thumb.JPG.bcddf7732e451b1f87314f4f7c0f6cc3.JPG

 

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Christopher Marks

Great new additions @Zuma, I dig that frogspawn! Your nano reef is filling out nicely. The placement of the torch coral makes me a little nervous though, I wonder if its sweeper tentacles will start to bother the neighboring SPS corals.

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Thanks! You read my mind with the placement of the torch; I was watching it a bit yesterday and could see several tentacles bumping into the forest fire digi causing the digi to retract some polyps.  Have not seen it send out sweepers after the lights go out but I think your right and its time to move the torch and give it a bit more space; its such a cool coral.

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Quick FTS.  Added a bit more rock and a tail spot blenny and tang; the tail spot blenny is super cool and easily has the most personality in the tank. Will follow up with a few macro shots soon.

 

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k4ndyk1ng

Looking very nice 

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Zuma

All blues, I think there's a good jazz album by that same namesake..

 

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I was weeding through some pictures and came across a few of the birds nest and the chili pepper monti when I originally purchased them last year; my how they've grown in 8 months!  Also including a FTS and perspectives of the tank from either site.

 

May 2018                                                                  January 2019

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May 2018                                                                                                         January 2019

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FTS 01.2019

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Right side

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Left Side

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A couple pictures for February; overall the tank is doing great, very stable and just enjoying observing life on the reef!

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Ye old FTS shot taken yesterday. I had an old 4x36" T5 fixture in the garage and wanted to see how it looks in comparison to my Radions; kinda liking it.

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Back to Radions!

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