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FTS May, 2019:

 

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Hey Reefers!

 

Super excited to be sharing my new build here at Nano-Reef. I’m a long-time follower of this community and have been a saltwater and reef hobbyist for over 30 years. With family, life, and career, I have been waiting for the right time to start a new tank build. My last tank was way back in 2005, with a JBJ NanoCube 12dx, from NanoTuners. Here’s a pic of 12 gallons of Softy Glory, all that it was:

 

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Fast forward to 2018. I’ve been fighting the reef bug for 3 years, and I just couldn’t shake it. Work relocated me and the fam to the great state of Minnesota, and I visited some of the LFS’s in the area. I walked into a reef mecca in Plymouth, MN and was immediately hooked. I knew I had to have a tank. My supporting wife says, “You work so hard, you deserve this!” That’s all I needed to hear. So, what does a recovering reefer 13 years sober do? Scour the forums, learn what’s hot ‘n not, and then shoot on over to BRS and pickup a car full of reefing gear. BRS is 20 minutes from my house, and that’s just too darn convenient.

 

Enough with the backstory blah blah, here’s my build:

 

Tank: Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 20

Stand: Bush Furniture computer armoire matching my office furniture

Lights: (2) Aqua Illumination AI Prime HDs with rigid mounts, running BRS AB+ spectrum

Return Pump: Innovative Marine MightyJet AIO Pump 538gph

Heater: Cobalt 75w NeoTherm

Control: Ink Bird ITC-308

ATO: AutoAqua AWC Auto Water Changer Plus ATO

ATO Reservoir: Innovative Marine 5 Gallon Hydrofill

Flow: (2) EcoTech Marine Vortech MP10WQD paired in Tidal Swell Mode (TSM)

Filtration: (2) InTank Media Baskets, filter pads, and a bag of MarinePure Gems for biological

Nutrient Export: AquaMaxx Media Reactor converted into DIY Cheato reactor and Cheato

Testing: Hanna, Red Sea, Salifert

 

Dosing:

(2) Jebao DP4 Dosers

BRS Soda Ash

BRS Calcium Chloride

BRS Magnesium

Brightwell Aquatics NeoNitro

Brightwell Aquatics NeoPhos

 

Fish & Invertebrates:

Two Black Ocellaris Clowns - "Ace & Gary"

Tail Spot Blenny - "P-Blenny"

Royal Gramma - "RG"

Three Gold Ring Cowries

Six Banded Trochus Snails

 

SPS Corals:

Green Spongodes

Purple Digitata

Forest Fire Digitata

Tubbs Stellata

Red Encrusting Montipora

Red Dragon

Red Planet

Red Setosa

Green Tenuis

 

LPS Corals:

Duncan

Superman Blasto

Rainbow Echinata

Dragon Soul Favia

Golden Eye Chalice

Ice Blue Leptastrea

Rainbow Acan

Red Acan

Red & Blue Acan

Bizzarro Cyphastrea

 

Zoas:

Radioactive Green Dragon Eyes

Rastas

Halle Berry

Black Hornets

Eagle Eye

Armor of the Gods

Everlasting Gobstoppers

Sunny D

Green Dragon Eyes

Blond Blue Eye

Pink and Green

Agent Orange

 

History:

The tank was assembled over Christmas, 2018. Water was added 01/01/2019, all gear tested and configured. Water was brought to temp (78F), specific gravity set at 35ppt. Live rock was added 01/03/2019, and the tank was fishless cycled with Dr Tim’s One and Only and ammonium chloride. The cycle finished in two weeks, which I attribute to the rock and the bottled bacteria. Once the tank could process 2ppm of ammonia in 24 hours, it was time for a 75% water change. Nitrates were floating around 50ppm at this point, so I was happy to oblige. Knowing I was a day or so from adding my first occupants to the tank fueled the water change excitement.

 

Future:

My plan moving forward is patience. There are lessons I learned on my own, and from those who post journals here. My hope is to avoid failures, mistakes, or overlooking something obvious. I’m targeting mostly SPS in this build, but I’m sure Acans and Zoas will work their way into the tank along this journey.

 

Current water parameters: 2019-05-06

Temp: 77.8F

Specific Gravity: 35ppt

Ammonia: 0ppm

Nitrite: 0ppm

Nitrate: 1.5ppm

Phosphate: .03ppm

Alkalinity: 8.5 DKH

Calcium: 470ppm

Magnesium: 1470ppm

 

FTS February, 2019:

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FTS January, 2019:

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Setup:

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Live rock added and start of cycle:

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AquaMaxx Chaeto Reactor:

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Water Station & RODI:

 

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There’s a lot I’ve learned from this community. I want to start by saying thank you, seriously. Without your commitment to this hobby, and sharing information or lessons learned, there would not be this database of knowledge one can so easily tap into to build their vision of a perfect reef.

 

Until next time!

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Christopher Marks
1 hour ago, SliceGolfer said:

My last tank was way back in 2005, with a JBJ NanoCube 12dx, from NanoTuners. Here’s a pic of 12 gallons of Softy Glory, all that it was:

 

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A walk down memory lane, what a lovely nano reef that was 😍.

 

Welcome back @SliceGolfer, you're making a splash with a really nice setup! Great job on the build out, very tidy work. This should be perfect for an SPS dominant nano reef, the dual AI Prime HD's are stellar 👌. It sounds like you truly are in reef heaven now, how nice to have BRS a short drive away! Looking forward to seeing your new reef grow up 🙂 

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TatorTaco

You reintroduced yourself to the hobby with guns blazing.  Well done!  

 

I've ordered a 2nd AI Prime HD to go on my Fusion 20.  What intensity are you currently running the tank at?  Or, are they still not on for long because their isn't coral in it yet?  

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1 hour ago, TatorTaco said:

You reintroduced yourself to the hobby with guns blazing.  Well done!  

 

I've ordered a 2nd AI Prime HD to go on my Fusion 20.  What intensity are you currently running the tank at?  Or, are they still not on for long because their isn't coral in it yet?  

do you need more light? I'm curious why, as reading the specs on the AI Prime HD, it's light spread is 24" x 24", so should be more than enough to illuminate the space the IM20 takes.

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JCarpenter4

Looks great, just make sure you inspect the Chaeto reactor often, mine cracked and leaked.

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alpinestar

Epic start!

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SliceGolfer
3 hours ago, TatorTaco said:

What intensity are you currently running the tank at?  Or, are they still not on for long because their isn't coral in it yet?  

I’m starting with the BRS AB+ running 10 hours, with a 1 hour ramp on each side. I also turned on acclimation mode, starting at 30% intensity, ramping up across two weeks. The purpose behind acclimation mode was to gauge how the tank responded to light, and how quickly diatoms or other algae presented itself. It has been a week and no algae, so I turned off acclimation and will let it go full intensity at this point. 

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SliceGolfer
2 hours ago, Friendly said:

do you need more light? I'm curious why, as reading the specs on the AI Prime HD, it's light spread is 24" x 24", so should be more than enough to illuminate the space the IM20 takes.

I’m planning on SPS with this build, but purchased for the future. So if/when I outgrow the IM20, I can move the lights to a new build, like an IM50 Lagoon or IM40, or other. Same reasoning behind two Mp10’s.

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2 hours ago, JCarpenter4 said:

Looks great, just make sure you inspect the Chaeto reactor often, mine cracked and leaked.

Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been watching it and so far so good. Was your reactor that cracked the same AquaMaxx unit?

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4 hours ago, SliceGolfer said:

Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been watching it and so far so good. Was your reactor that cracked the same AquaMaxx unit?

Yes, but it looks like you have a different light wrapped around it.

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Daniel91

Wow, what a build. Great looking stand too!!

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SliceGolfer

FTS February, 2019:
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It's been a while, time for a quick update...

 

Tank has been doing well, nice and stable. AutoAqua ATO AWC is amazing, makes water changes easy. Cheato reactor is the bomb. Nitrates consistently test zero, pulling any free nitrate out of the water. I dosed nitrate a couple times during the month, just to see how the cheato responded. 24 hours after dosing, nitrates back at zero. Nitrate dosing was more of a test to satisfy my curiosity more than anything else. Phosphates have trickled down to .07, which is nice!

 

The tank looks like it's going through its ugly stage, however I wouldn't call this ugly. The AI Primes have been running 100%, and in this time, I've seen a light dusting of brown algae on the live rock for about 2 days. Following this was a few tufts of hair algae, which didn't last long as the CuC mowed it down. This was followed by an Ulva Lactuca outbreak. I think the Ulva came from the cheato reactor, and has been the primary algae I have been fighting. I added two Gold Ring Cowries (aka Money Cowries) and these guys made short order of the Ulva. There are very few patches left and I predict all the Ulva will be gone in the next week.

 

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The newest algae spotted in the tank is this Acetabularia Parvula. It's just a small patch, and looks like a daisy when viewed up close. This is the best shot I could get of it:

 

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I also added a Tail Spot Blenny, and a Royal Gramma. I wanted to introduce all the fish first, before any corals. This would allow me to build up the biological filtration, work on stability, and get an understanding of what's normal/abnormal for this tank. Most important, I want to get through all the tank phases before I think of adding coral. 

 

Maintenance has consisted of changing the poly filter pads twice a week, 4 gallon water change once a week, cleaning glass three times a week, dosing 7 drops of MicroBacter7, and dosing Alk/Ca to maintain my desired levels. Because I started with cured live rock from my LFS, which has a great amount of coralline algae, I suspect this is where the Alk uptake is coming from. I do not run any chemical filtration, no carbon, no Chemipure or Purigen, nothing. Just poly filter pads and the cheato reactor. 

 

I'd really like to add some corals, I'm waiting for my first signs of coralline algae on the glass, MP10s, or Spin Streams. I'm shooting for some LPS and Zoas to start, and have been looking at Duncans, Chalice, Leptastrea, Acans, and any cool looking Zoas. 

 

Until next time, thanks for watching!

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FTS May, 2019

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Left Island:

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Right Island:

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Hey Reefers! Time for an update! 

 

My tank just hit 4 months old and is really settling in at this point. The Clowns, Royal Gramma, and Tailspot Blenny have been doing great, and I'm starting to see a couple baby Banded Trochus snails moving about. I've been fighting small croppings of Ulva lettuce, turf algae, and some other nuisance hair algae over the past couple months. I've learned how to keep the algae in check and the CuC is doing a good job on the nightshift. 

 

I had a breakout of dino ostreopsis last month, which I attribute to near zero N & P. I also noticed that some of my corals (Golden Eye Chalice) began to lose it's color due to low nutrients. I've been dosing N & P with great success. Dinos disappeared after 2 weeks, and now all the colors are popping in the tank. I'm learning how to adjust the dosage when I start to see some algae pop up here and there to keep it in check.

 

Thanks for following along and happy reefing!

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What’s up Reefers! Picked up a few new corals this weekend, and seriously upgraded my photo game. I’ve been disappointed with the photos from the iPhone, and I’ve been looking to replace my old digital camera. So now I’m a novice photographer with a Nikon D7500 DSLR 👍 Looking forward to growing into this camera and hope to bring some amazing shots like others here on the forum.

 

New corals this weekend are:

Blue Green Millepora

Acropora Horrida

Honeycomb Leptastrea

Agent Orange Zoas

Acan

 

Here’s some new shots, hope you enjoy!

 

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Dragon Soul Favia

 

Echinata

 

Duncan

 
Red Dragon

 

Forest Fire Digitata

 

Ice Blue Leptastrea

 

Blue Green Millepora

 

Echinata

 

Radioactive Green Dragon Eyes

 

Armor of Gods

 

Agent Orange

 

Superman Blasto and Acans

 

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