PJPS Posted December 9, 2022 Share Posted December 9, 2022 Tank IM 20 Outside DIMS: Length 23.62” Width: 15” Height: 13” Display DIMS: Length 23.16” Width: 11.38” Height: 13” Sand & Rock Ocean Direct Sand (10lbs) CaribSea Liferock Shapes (15lbs) Equipment Lights Radion XR15 Pro G6 Reefbrite KHO 15 Powerheads 2 MP10s set to alternating pulses switching every 4h. I play with flow constantly, so this is unlikely to stay this way longer than a few weeks. Nero 3 in the saltwater container. Skimmer Eshopps nano (foam removed from skimmer & pump) Simple BRS style CO2 scrubber attached (non recirculating) HVAC Cobalt NeoTherm 75w Honeywell Fan mounted to the wall beside above the tank. Controller Neptune apex circa 2019 Dosing 1 Versa (Kalk) 4 Head ReefDose Testers Trident 4x per day Hanna Low Range PO4 weekly Hanna HR NO3 weekly RO/DI Aquatic Life 4 stage ATO/AWC Auto Aqua Smart AWC 3 White 5G Buckets (ATO reservoir, Saltwater reservoir, Exported tank water) backlit so water level is visible. Salt Aquaforest Reef Salt (Mixed to 1.025) Livestock SPS RR Red Dragon RRC Holy Grail CC Purple Haze FG Gila Monster FG Mother Pucker FG Grape Soda DV Bonsai Cali Tort Limeade Nasuta Teal Echinata ND Red Montipora Digitata ND Rainbow Montipora LPS Goniopora Aussie Blastomusa ND Neon Trumpets FCC Bling Bling Cyphastrea Micromussa Lords FCC Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseris Soft Long Tentacle Japanese Deepwater Toadstool 2 Varieties of GSP Photosynthetic Gorgonian Ricordea Red Discos - Discosoma That 70s Shroom - Discosoma Crock Skins - Rhodactis Persian rugs - Rhodactis Money Shot - Rhodactis Bullseye - Rhodactis FCC Hairy Green - Rhodactis Fish 2 Clownfish 1 Royal Gramma 1 watchman goby Inverts 2 Peppermint shrimp 1 Pistol shrimp 5 Dwarf hermits 3 African hermits 1 Polkadot hermit 9 Nasarius 2 Strawberry conchs 4 Trochus 3 Astrea 2 Star astrea 3 Turbos A thriving pod population Food Frozen Reef Frenzy big seaweed removed. Get the nano to skip this. Our LFS isn’t super consistent keeping nano stocked. Hikari Mysis Alternated Randomly daily. 1 cube mysis or 1 1” square of Reef Frenzy. Powdered Benepets Coral Frenzy Alternated randomly 1/16 tsp mixed daily with frozen. We’ll substitute Reef Roids every now and then (twice a month roughly) to bump PO4 Frozen and powdered food is put in 20mls tank water, thawed, mixed, and fed in 3-4 feedings. Frozen is not rinsed. Liquid Oyster Feast - 4 drops into a powerhead a few times a week after lights out. Live Phyto - 5ml every 2-3 days Dry Vitalis flakes and pellets - only used if no frozen is available, and used sparingly even then Feeding regimen inspired by Reinaldo of Pirate’s Reef. Maintenance Daily 1-2L water changes Change floss every 2 days Empty skimmer cup every 2-3 days Change carbon weekly Change RowaPhos monthly Clean skimmer pump and body every 2-3 months Clean return pump every 2-3 months Clean media caddies every 2-3 months This is the ideal, bits and pieces slide around. Filtration Filter floss Marine Pure gems RowaPhos 3 Tbsp in a bag changed monthly Carbon (ROX or ReefSpec) 3 Tbsp in a bag changed weekly Eshopps nano skimmer 1.3ml daily NO3PO4X We run an inTank IM caddy in each side of the IM 20. Biological media on one side, carbon and Rowa on the other. Filter floss top layer on both sides. Parameters Alk 6.8 - 7.5 Ca 400 - 430 Mg 1400 - 1440 NO3 10 - 20 PO4 0.03 - 0.1 PH 7.9 - 8.3 Dosing Daily 425ml full strength kalk (Seachem) dripped 24/7 with Versa 1.8ml Foundation B (Liquid) 1.4ml Foundation A (Liquid) 1ml Foundation C (Liquid) 1.3ml NOPOX We live in a high-rise condo, and this particular combination gets us to a pH We can live with in the cold Canadian winter, and a great pH the rest of the year when we can open the windows. The dosing is all spread out over 24h. Live Phyto - 5ml every 2-3 days 10ml Eco Balance every 3-4 weeks The Story So Far This tank was started November 2021. It was started with Stax rocks, but was rescaped by my wife with LifeRock in May. That rock was run in a bucket of heated saltwater for 5 weeks, with 1tsp Aquaforest Life Source dosed weekly. The lid was loosely on to keep light to a minimum. We’ve had 0 algae/cyano/dino issues doing it this way. The rocks were replaced 50% at a time, 4 weeks apart. Live stock was added in the following order, after cycling for 4 weeks, and testing 0 Ammonia and 0 Nitrite. Clowns Mushrooms 6 each, hermits, nasarius snails, trochus snails Various LPS (some we kept, some didn’t make it) Royal Gramma Toadstool Goby Pistol Pair More mixed hermits and snails Montipora Acropora More mixed hermits and snails This was spread evenly across 12 months. Our philosophy is largely influenced by Nicholas Marion @Aqua Splendor. Build a full ecosystem, from phyto, to micro and macro grazers. Create habitats for the animals, adjust what you do in response to the animals in your care. For instance, we feed many foods that everything can eat. Pretty much everything eats the powdered food, phyto, oyster feast, and tiny bits of LRS. The goby is well fed now.The fish eat anything large enough to see. We like a nice diversity of invertebrates, and the microscopic food keeps them thriving. As we notice fewer inverts, we replenish. As there aren’t any massively useful nano fish, we think a healthy and thriving crew of inverts is a necessity in a nano tank That said, in the first year here are the bummers & battles. Cyano (Best Fix: just go straight to a chemiclean treatment, dose bacteria weekly for a month afterward) LCA Dinos (Best Fix: Sponge Excel 3 drops every 4 days, 5ml live phyto every other day, Tisbe or other pods, 10ml Ecobalance weekly. Don’t clean your glass. You are trying to outcompete it with anything - cyano, diatoms, GHA are all easy by comparison. Skip the blackouts and higher temps, they do nothing towards the solution and add stress to the already stressed system. Run nutrients 100:1 eg Nitrates 30 Phosphates 0.3, neither should be 0. Identifying strain of ydinoflagellates is critical to solving the problem. I highly recommend Mack’s Dino support group on Facebook. They are THE dino solvers, just follow the advice, it’s literally the best around.) Diatoms (Best Fix: Pods & Live phyto.) GHA (Best Fix: get nutrients in line, 100:1 N:P eg 30:0.3. Manual removal, increase snail and crab numbers by diversity and amount.) 3 Fancy mushrooms disappeared An Australian and an Indonesian torch coral started to fight, and the Indonesian lost. The Australian one died six weeks later. Several micromusa never got comfy and eventually died. A chalice and cyphastrea frag didn’t make it. Several Montipora frags were tossed after Montipora Nudibranch eggs were spotted on the frag rack (why you should monitor frags on a rack for a few weeks before placement). Several acros stripped as the chemistry wasn’t yet stable enough. Larger (maybe double the price) encrusted Acropora frags improve success approximately 90%. 20G is too small to nurse tiny frags until you get some SPS in there and your dosing is dialed in. What Would We Do Differently Start with Life rock and dose 1 teaspoon of LifeSource mud for the first 10 weeks that the tank is wet with rock in it, including during the cycle. Add two bottles of pods and dose a couple of mls of live phyto every few days and get them reproducing after adding the first fish. Start dripping Kalk much earlier on, even if it’s a very mild solution. Upping the saturation as the demand from LPS slowly climbs. Do this slowly, go by Alk tests. Get a Hanna checker, you’ll be testing Alk weekly if not daily. Run high alk & calcium while only softies to encourage coralline. Our Reefing Story We got into reeefing shortly after my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2006. Prior to that I was a software engineer, my disability was enough to take me out of the workforce however. We were immediately addicted. A weekly LFS trip minimum. That first tank was taken down within a year. Although largely a success, we hadn’t anticipated how much of a roller coaster MS would be. Fast forward to 2019, I am now in a wheelchair and have plenty of time to dedicate to something. We started a FOWLR in a BioCube 16. It eventually got overrun with algae, and with the pandemic keeping us home… We had never lost our love of reef tanks and had contemplated numerous times starting another reef. So last fall we started up the Innovative Marine Nuvo 20. We agreed to split the duties. I’d handle all the research, the chemistry, monitoring, dosing, anything that didn’t need fine motor skill. She’d handle all the stuff that did, and all the heavy lifting, and we’d automate as much as we could as budget allowed. So while there is a great deal of automation, you can think of it as accessibility. It started with an AI Prime HD, but that got switched for a Radion XR15 pro when we started to go for SPS. Then we added the Reefbrite strips. We tried a small refugium in one of the back chambers, that turned out to largely be useless. After the rescape we decided to put everything on inch and a quarter frag discs and plugs, Securing them to the rock with a glue - epoxy - glue sandwich. This makes them easy to remove with bone cutters. Eventually you have a series of flat platforms of epoxy that you can just move the Frag discs between as you learn what corals like it where. This is mostly for the SPS so we can easily move them around without drilling the rock. Our set up is pretty dialled in at the moment. Input matches export, The ecosystem is stable to a large degree. Photos These are iPhone 14 Pro Max photos. We can’t find an orange filter that fits so any tips are gladly appreciated. These are largely from late October. Long View FG Grape Soda Limeade Nasuta Teal Echinata RRC Holy Grail RR Red Dragon (Daylight, before lights come on) More photos coming soon, questions welcome 😊. I use voice typing, so ignore anything too crazy, just point it out and I'll re-answer 😉 6 Quote Link to comment
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