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Hey All--

 

Just got back into reefing and wanted to share my journey with you and get feedback as well.

 

Background: setup my first saltwater tank many years ago and had a good run but I was impulsive, did a lot of guess work, and made a lot of assumptions about the health of my tank. Obviously, that led to many issues and I wasn't getting the results I had hoped for.   After taking a 3 year break, I now want to get back into the hobby and do things a little more by the book (taking things slowly, testing parameters, etc). 

 

Anyways, onto the tank:

 

Going with the barebottom thing now..

 

Current FTS:

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Equipment:

  • Tank: IM Nuvo Fusion 30L
  • Stand: Ikea Besta stand
  • Lighting: 2x Radion Gen2 w/hanging kit
  • Return pump: Cobalt 1200 (300gph)
  • Circulation: 2x Vortech MP10
  • Heater: Fluval 
  • ATO: JBJ w/Aqualifter pumps
  • Individually switched outlets 
  • RODI w/inline TDS meter & Bulk Reef Supply filters 

LR/Substrate:

  • 12lb CaribSea Life Rock (dry rock)
  • 1 Quart CaribSea Life Rock frag zone rubble
  • Bare Bottom

Filtration:

  • 2x IM Media Baskets
  • Top: Filter Floss
  • Middle: Seachem Matrix 
  • Bottom: empty for now

Livestock

  • Snowflake Clownfish (regular)
  • Snowflake Clownfish (black ice)
  • Helfrichi Firefish

Clean Up Crew:

  • 3x Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab

Corals:

  • Not ready

 

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WEEK 5:

 

Todays FTS:

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Diatoms are here:

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More shots of diatoms on the backwall... 2 baby clowns I picked out of the community tank at House of Tropicals

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Will be using this to quarantine down the road.. IM Fusion 10

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New API test kit to follow the cycle.. will be using better quality ones for Alk/Ca/Mg down the road

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Just did my water test...

 

PH looked to be between 7.8 - 8 

Ammonia looks to be 0.25 ppm and 0.50 ppm 

Nitrite 0

Nitrate 0

 

I'm just about 1 month in and still no nitrates, only ammonia... should i dose another type of bacteria?

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Just picked up and dosed some Seachem Stability to try to get this cycle moving along

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colinadam

That tank is amazing, very cool design and great rockwork. You better update this a lot 😉

 

I used Bio-Spira for the cycle, it seemed to do a good job for me. 

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colinadam--Thank you! I will definitely be updating everyone here as the tank progresses as well as looking for feedback/thoughts to help me make the right choices. Nano-reef has helped me tremendously in the past and I continue to learn more everyday from reading about how others are approaching their setups.

 

As far as my bio-spira, I saw a bacteria bloom from it but my guess is that my bio load was just too small to feed the bacteria, and I was removing anything caught by the filter floss every 3-4 days so that was taking away from the bacteria as well

 

I will be continuing to feed fish as usual but I think I this time I will be leaving the filter floss for longer, I will update when both ammonia & nitrite to hit 0ppm fingerscrossed

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WEEK 6:

 

I think my cycle is ready! 5-10ppm nitrates!

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colinadam

Any plans for a screen top of some sort? Does the manufacturer offer a solution or would you have to rig something yourself? 

 

I have always had enclosed hoods, don't want any carpet surfers haha

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19 hours ago, colinadam said:

Any plans for a screen top of some sort? Does the manufacturer offer a solution or would you have to rig something yourself? 

 

I have always had enclosed hoods, don't want any carpet surfers haha

 

I'm glad you asked! I bought a DIY screen kit from Home Depot and used 1/4 netting from BulkReefSupply and made tops for both my main display and quarantine tank.  I made the tops the same dimensions as the tank so that it can sit right on top, and I can slide it back when I want access.  The original top that came with the tank had a very wide frame which was blocking a lot of light, I love how this frame kit is super low profile.

 

The frame is aluminum which makes it super light and sturdy. I may put silicone over the areas I cut so it doesn't oxidize. 

 

Tank is a little cloudy again after dosing Seachem Stability bacteria

 

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I also got my quarantine tank going a couple days ago. For this one I will be doing a fishless cycle with ammonia dosing. I'm using a mechanics stool I got from Costco so that it is mobile.

 

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Christopher Marks

Welcome back @dcNano! That might be the first nano reef on wheels I've ever seen! 😄 

 

What kinds of livestock are you planning to keep in your new reef tank?

 

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5 minutes ago, Christopher Marks said:

Welcome back @dcNano! That might be the first nano reef on wheels I've ever seen! 😄 

 

What kinds of livestock are you planning to keep in your new reef tank?

 

 

Thanks for the welcome @Christopher Marks! It's good to be back in the hobby and nano-reef is where I learned to setup my first reef. 

 

The wheels on my quarantine are great so far. It helps me access cables behind my main tank and also makes it a lot easier to work on the quarantine as well. 

 

Plans for the reef tank:

 

Most likely a mixed reef with a lot of softies and LPS, 5-6 peaceful nano fish (3 inch or smaller) and small inverts. I am trying to keep everything as simple as possible so it doesn't become a chore and makes it easier for me to maintain and enjoy.  Going barebottom with filter floss + biomedia + chemipure in the media basket and chaeto in the refugium to help keep phosphates/nitrates in check.  No skimmer or reactors, planning to do bi-weekly water changes and use Kalk in the auto top off to maintain alk+calcium between water changes.

 

I will also be trying to quarantine everything to keep hitch hikers out, I am still having nightmares from my last run that had a Vermetid snail outbreak

 

 

 

 

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Just added a 2" Helfrichi Firefish today.. so far it's eating Hikari Marine S pellets and likes to hang out in the open.  I was worried the clowns would bully it but so far so good.

 

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colinadam

Your tank inspired me to upgrade, just picked up a 30L this morning. 

 

Mine wont get wet until September so keep blazing the trail 🙂 

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dcNano

@colinadam thats awesome! You'll love this tank, the volume and dimensions are really cool for a nano tank. What are your plans for lighting?

 

 

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I am going with 2 AI Prime HD for lighting. Bought the IM skimmer over the other options (lower profile), a Sicce 2.0 return pump, smart ATO and a KPS powerhead for additional flow. 

 

I actually bought the KPS for my 16g Biocube and it showed up Friday, right around when I was seriously thinking of pulling the trigger on this upgrade 😃 

 

I love the rockwork options on this tank. I have always had cubes and it's tough to aquascape so I'm looking forward to this one. 

 

Besides the clowns and the helfrichi what are your plans for stocking? 

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@colinadam  great choice on the AI Prime HD, I think two is perfect coverage for the IM 30L.  I have one on my quarantine right next to my main display and I was able to tune the colors to match my Radions' coral radiance setting (I'll post up my settings once I get a par meter to set intensity correctly). Also, having a built in controller that can ramp the lights up and down automatically is priceless.  

 

For stocking ideas, I don't have anything set in stone yet but possibly a Tail Spot Blenny as they stay small and eat algae, or Neon/Yellowline goby. So far the clowns are calling dibs on the left side of the tank and the Helfrichi has taken space under a rock on the right side.  I think something that perches on rock like a Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish or a free swimmer would be nice too. 

 

 

 

 

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WEEK 8:

 

Boring week 8 update: Added tons of rock rubble to my main display behind my larger rocks. Helfrichi Firefish is reclusive, only comes out for a few seconds then goes back under his rock and only comes out for food so he's not in any pictures.. also replaced one of my Mp-10's for noise, I have 2 dead silent ones and i'm very happy with them. Just continuing doing 2 week water changes, Nitrate before last water change was 10ppm with current livestock. No signs of algae, still some diatoms but mostly clear skies. Getting excited thinking about coral now. 

 

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Quarantine tank is coming along on its cycle nicely.. I think we should be done soon. I've been following along and now I have all 3, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. 

 

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Matteo

Looking good! 😊 

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WEEK 8 & 9

 

WEEK 8 Friday 6/28/2019
api master test Nitrate: 10ppm 6/30/2019
QUARANTINE Ammonia: 2ppm,  Nitrite: 1ppm,  Nitrate: 10 ppm 6/30/2019
QUARANTINE Ammonia: 2ppm 7/2/2019
main display 5 gallon water change 7/2/2019
QUARANTINE Ammonia: 1ppm 7/4/2019
     
WEEK 9 Friday 7/5/2019
QUARANTINE Ammonia: 1ppm, Nitrite: 5+ ppm, Nitrate: 40ppm 7/6/2019
QUARANTINE Dose 0.25ML ammonium for 1ppm raise  7/6/2019
api master test pH: 8.0 @ 4:30pm 7/8/2019
QUARANTINE Ammonia: 1ppm 7/8/2019
QUARANTINE Dose 0.25ML ammonium for 1ppm raise  7/8/2019

 

Continue following along my quarantine cycle. Looks like its no where near done and stuck trying to process nitrites.

 

Modified my auto top off setup with some 1/4 bulkhead fittings & 1/4 acrylic rods to pull water up.. loving how clean it looks now

 

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Helfrichi Firefish seems to be getting more relaxed and is starting to hang outside his hiding spot more often now. Got a nice close up picture!

 

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colinadam

Great picture of your Helfrichi 

 

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WEEK 11:

 

Another boring update while I let the tank run.

 

My Clownfish are growing larger. Getting some small patches of algae on a single rock but it has not spread any further. Been feeding a good amount everyday and Nitrates are staying below 10ppm. The small patches of green algae made the Nitrates go from 10ppm to 5ppm. 

 

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WEEK 14

 

  • the quarantine tank has finally finished cycling. woohoo!!!!! added 2 neon gobies into the quarantine (last ones from the LFS and they paired up!!) and made some frag racks as out of egg crate & pvc
  • added 3 Scarlet Reef Hermit crabs to the main display to help clean up, they are doing a fantastic job. They are turning all the algae and detritus into hermit crab poop which i have been vacuuming up once every few days
  • clownfish have been growing really fast, i think they've both grown 1/2 inch longer since i first got them and the pattern is changing as well
  • main display: nitrates are staying at 0 even though i am feeding daily and there is no visible algae, I am not sure how the nitrates are being removed but I have tested multiple times, each time shaking the life out of API Nitrate bottle #2 and every time its 0, any ideas on what could be happening? i don't use chaeto, only filter floss and seachem matrix in the media basket, and live rock in the front
  • got a PAR meter rental on order, i will be testing and adjusting both my lights this friday.

 

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switched light settings to SPS PHX14

 

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