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Jaren45

Hey guys, I'm starting this thread to document my first "real" attempt at an sps-dominant system. Here are some basic specs and pics, setup a few days ago as a transfer from a ~6mo system.

 

Specs

 

Tank: IM Nuvo 30g Ext

 

Sump: AGA 20g long w/ amazon acrylic baffles

 

Return: Jebao dcp-3000

 

Heater: 2x 100w aqueon pro w/ Inkbird controller at 78F

 

Lighting: 3x Ai Prime HD

 

Flow:  1x Nero 3, 1x Jebao ow-10, 1x Sicce XStream 1720gph

 

Skimmer: Bubble magus curve a5

 

Dosing: 2x Kamoer x1, 1 for fritz alk, 1 for fritz calc

 

ATO: Smart ato lite

 

Stocking

 

2x Black snowflake clown

 

1x Starry blenny

 

1x Bangai cardinal

 

1x Tomini tang (still a wee lad)

 

1x Orange line chromis

 

1x Neon Goby

 

1x Pygmy Hawkfish

 

 

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Room shot 8/15/21

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TatorTaco

I haven't seen many build threads on IM 30L EXTs.  I'm excited to follow!

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1 hour ago, TatorTaco said:

I haven't seen many build threads on IM 30L EXTs.  I'm excited to follow!

Glad to have you! Just earlier today I picked up some green birdsnest. Bonus pic showing my acros coming back from brown-town (garf bonsai and a no-name mariculture frag)PXL_20210608_194227287.thumb.jpg.35a0ec7f4028d161556dda34e245f41d.jpgPXL_20210608_194246877.thumb.jpg.1cf3331d33bbe0e7cc6d0383fe795174.jpg

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This is what my water changes look like at the moment. To say this sand is dusty would be an understatement, but it'll get better over time. Still love the look of it regardless

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Full tank shot for today, this week I picked up some green/blue stag and rearranged my gorgs/softies

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Here is my 2 other innovative marine tanks, 6g and 10g. I can't keep track of 3 threads so I just wanted to share some more nanos for you guys

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Quick full tank shot, this week I noticed my zoas really start to regain their original super bright colors. Hopefully my acros follow soon, keepin it stable and praying!

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Looking forward to seeing where this goes! I've got the same tank 🙂 I don't update much on here, but am @norther_reefs on Instagram if you happen to be on there. I would suggest renting a par meter to see where you're at with your primes - great lights, but I was surprised at how low of a par I had them set at (was running at close to 60%). 

 

Take care!

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5 hours ago, hinnenkm said:

Looking forward to seeing where this goes! I've got the same tank 🙂 I don't update much on here, but am @norther_reefs on Instagram if you happen to be on there. I would suggest renting a par meter to see where you're at with your primes - great lights, but I was surprised at how low of a par I had them set at (was running at close to 60%). 

 

Take care!

That's been one of my main concerns, on top of adding a 3rd in the middle eventually i've been slowly pushing them higher. Around 43w each I believe, so still a little room if I need more power. but by doing this my zoas have all but stopped stretching so I know i'm on the right track.

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Quick full tank shot and update

 

Added a few more frags I'm excited about, including some red planet, another mystery mariculture frag, and some blue digi

 

Colors and polyp extension is looking great!

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Added a pygmy hawkfish this week, unfortunately he's still so shy I can't get a photo of him.

 

Also I am not having much luck with my chalices, I think I may be burning them

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Semi weekly update: Tank is happy! Added some miami hurricane chalice, ff digi, and some stargazer/daisy cutter zoas

 

Coralline algae is taking off faster each day, and colors/overall health is looking good. 

 

In case anyone wants to know, my feeding regimen is PE flakes & Coral Frenzy slurry every morning, plus occasionally feeding Rod's coral blend

 

Also started dosing acropower, just 5ml every few days. I think I'm seeing better polyp extension but it could just be placebo.

 

That's it for now thanks for reading!

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Got this acro today for cheap, was told it wasn't a pearlberry but it looks similar. manager couldn't remember the name so y'all's guess is as good as mine! Happy to get some blue into the mix though.

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Got my 3rd prime installed, but couldn't find another rigid mount. Oh well..

 

Also added a sicce xstream 1720 for extra flow, I now feel confident in growing acros in this tank

 

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Weekly update, got rid of the giant toadstool and added more rock. 

 

Corals this week include some starburst monti cap, and another mariculture acro frag

 

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Is that the Caribsea Life Shapes rock in the middle?  I just ordered....a lot and I'm super excited to see them in person.  Looks like it gives you some great spots for coral placement!

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39 minutes ago, TatorTaco said:

Is that the Caribsea Life Shapes rock in the middle?  I just ordered....a lot and I'm super excited to see them in person.  Looks like it gives you some great spots for coral placement!

Looks like ‘Real Reef’ branch rock, I’d def pick that if I’d ever go bigger

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Well.....crap.  I just ordered $400 of Caribsea rock from BRS for an upgrade that's scheduled to be delivered tomorrow and the Real Reef stuff wasn't even on my radar. 

 

Oh well.  My scapes are usually pretty awful anyway. 😄

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3 hours ago, TatorTaco said:

Is that the Caribsea Life Shapes rock in the middle?  I just ordered....a lot and I'm super excited to see them in person.  Looks like it gives you some great spots for coral placement!

There is some shapes in there but they're rock colored and not purple anymore. The branch is real reef, super overpriced but no one else makes it as nice imo

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Added more rock to complete my scape (until I need more room of course)

 

Also finally found some rainbow monti after looking for so long!!

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Bryopsis has been beat thanks to the flucanazole I dosed a couple weeks back when I noticed it cropping up.

 

Did a water change and threw in some carbon, and today the tank was looking super clean.

 

Also added iron oxide zoas 

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Not much to update on this week. Zoas and softies continue to grow as expected, but a couple of my random mariculture acro frags stripped slowly over the week. 

 

I think this was majorly due to me adding the 3rd prime without acclimating them first. At least the acros I care about (Red planet, Cali tort, Garf) are all continuing to hold color and polyp extension.

 

Looking for some red or yellow acropora next, anyone know some good hardy pieces I should try?

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This is the best picture I've ever gotten of my pygmy hawkfish.. cool little character but I see him maybe once a week

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Hey all, just got back from a 3 day vacation and the tank was looking just alright. Here are some top down shots to really get an idea of how things are going, not too happy with all the death but I guess it could be worse.

 

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Thanks for looking let me know what you think

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New frag time! 

-Green pavona (potato chip coral!)

-Green anacro

-Sanjays Milka Stylo

 

Also I scored an mp40 for $40 bucks, manufactured in 2013 and still running strong with some spare parts on standby. Thanks for looking!

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