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  1. I was super interested in the Drop-off Tank from IM, but after hearing the bowing issues and now that they are adding braces to some of them which makes things inconsistent, I started to look at the peninsula tank. I'm planning for the future, so no rush here, but these look nice. I hear the complains about IM though that others have mentioned in regards to their proprietary chamber design etc. which i did agree on, but I am not in need of a skimmer, so that isn't a big issue for me. Hopefully someone can chime in that owns one soon!
  2. I wonder if they will be doing the bracing to all the aquariums from here on out. I'm sketched out by some people getting replacements, some not with IM saying "it's perfectly normal" and now braces on only some of the tanks?
  3. Did IM say what the bowing was from that won't affect the replacement tanks? It would be nice to know if certain batches are affected or not or if it was a problem with manufacturing that is sorted
  4. I could kiss you right now! I will read that link after work. I think some of it was the fact I had it sitting at the bottom of my ATO reservoir, it's now "suspended" in the reservoir. However, it is only slightly quieter. Maybe I have a defective unit? I mean it works at what it is supposed to do - just loudly!
  5. Thanks so much for posting the photos gena! From all my readings on acrylic tanks this is completely normal (although i'm the opposite of an expert here!) That's not as bad as some people made it seem anyways.. Well i've had 2 IM tanks, and they never steered me wrong. Glass would be a nice option. Do you do anything special for wiping down the outside of the tank? I always use a microfibre cloth for my glass tank, but never really thought about Acrylic before this tank came about
  6. The Hydor ATO is very good; I actually disabled the alarm (not recommended) as my wavemaker caused it to go off regularly. What I really enjoyed about that ATO is you can use your own pump. I am crazy about quieting my tank down so I used an Aqualifter pump. Those things are dead quiet. Worked well for the year I kept it. I later decided to try the AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro and it is the best I have tried to date when it comes to stability and size. The only downside right now is that when it fills it is quite loud.
  7. I love this ATO. I've had ELOS, Hydor and now this, and all performed well, but this seems to keep the aquarium the most stable which is great. What I don't like however is the power of the pump! It is very loud whenever filling the tank up with ATO water, and would like to see if there is any way to quiet it down? Anyone have ideas or suggestions?
  8. Hi Gena, Love the drop-off! I'm looking at a new nano and this tank definitely speaks to me! I know you mentioned you can see some bowing (which is normal for acrylic) but how bad is it? Is t noticeable to the point of it getting under your skin, or more of a "I have to look for it" thing? Could you provide some pics of it to show us like top down showing the front pane?
  9. Yay a new tank! What plans for flow besides the return pumps?
  10. Nice! God choice on the light too
  11. Have you tested the freshly mixed salt water just to see what that reads at?
  12. Hah, spoke too soon. My urge of holiday shopping got the better of me, so I decided to place an order for 2 of the a80's. I'm going to try them out and see how i like them. If they don't work out i'll keep them as back-ups or for a QT tank, or sell them. I'll keep my progress updated, but they probably won't be delivered until closer to or after Christmas.
  13. Tristan!!! Updates?
  14. Just an update, After checking in with everyone here at NR, I decided to see what Kessil says about their light, and only a day after sending my inquiry, this was their response: I noticed they didn't really specify SPS coverage details, but I know this light isn't geared towards that. Mine would technically be a mixed reef anyways. With this info I decided not to proceed as 90% intensity doesn't give me much options to increase intensity if needed. So I will keep my a160we's for now, but if I ever run a small <10g nano/pico, this would be my first choice hands down!
  15. Are you me?! I installed an Apex some time ago and now that everything is automated I got extremely lazy and besides feeding pellets daily and doing the occasional water change, I was severely neglecting my tank. I started AF a while ago, and although I haven't seen the results that i'm after yet, it was getting me more involved with my tank again. Although i'm not intentionally running ULNS I am a light feeder, but have decided I need higher Nitrate and phosphate readings for happy corals so I am feeding A LOT more, but will continue to use AF products. I will be switching from Probiotic to Reef Salt once it runs out and I no longer dose any of the Bacteria products as I feel I'm starving my corals I'm now looking to use: Reef Salt A, V, (twice/week) B, E (once/week) Components 1+, 2+, 3+ Feeding ridiculous amounts to get Phosphate ~0.03 and Nitrate 2-5ppm I guess you could say Aquaforest light Thanks for sharing your progress!