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About Ckane2

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  1. One year old today, very proud at how far along my first reef tank has come.
  2. I have a very happy healthy juvenile clown in my Fluval Evo 5gal, set up and pics are on my profile. I’d only recommend it if 1) you’re going to do frequent water changes, 2) plan on upgrading eventually (which I am currently doing) , and 3) get your clownfish at a very small size, mine was less than an inch long. I would definitely not recommend getting an adult clownfish and keeping it in a 5gal for the entirety of its life. Then vs now pics
  3. I have a Fluval Evo 5 too and although I’m sure the extra canister filtration wouldn’t hurt I don’t think it’s necessary. This is redundent info on here but the most important thing for a system so small (at least for my system) is consistent weekly water changes with RODI water. I’ve never had problems with cyano or algae, and I use cheap filter floss, phosguard, and activated carbon. I also upgraded the light and the return pump to run around 160gph I believe.
  4. Any idea what the water capacity of the nuvo 10 is after 10lbs of sand and 7lbs of rock?? Some people say it’s more like 7 gallons than 10
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    11 months in

  6. I have 3 snails and 4 hermits
  7. I had the same problem, I left it in that chamber and to fix the problem I poked a few pin holes in the return pump tubing, that way water in that chamber circulates and the display is heated. I used a thumb tac and it made holes so small it doesn’t effect return flow much at all, but gives circulates in that chamber. That’ll also save space for your filter media
  8. Is your 4 cubby cube stand from Target? I believe have the same stand with a fluval evo 5 gal on it currently, and I am upgrading to a IM nuvo 10 cube. I’m weary about using this stand because the weight limit said 100lbs, any concerns with this? Tank looks great by the way, love the hidden ATO container.
  9. I have a prime I’m not using right now that I’m considering putting on my mine so I second this question
  10. Surprisingly no I did not.. I’m sure if it had been on any longer I would’ve started to feel something burning
  11. Sharing this story so that other rookie reefers might avoid the mistake I made.. Excited to have purchased my new AI Prime HD I was playing around with the settings with the light in my lap, what I did not know is that when you mess with the settings the light itself is actually on, but I couldn’t see this since the light was facing down into my sweat pants. After a couple minutes I smelled smoke and thought maybe my light had malfunctioned or the fan wasn’t working. It wasn’t until an hour later I noticed the burn holes through my pants in a very specific pattern matching the LED’s on the light. Lesson learned, don’t leave the puck face down on anything because it can in fact start a fire. Waiting for a new lens for my light and a mount until I play with the settings again!!!
  12. This is my 5gal and I had to move my hammer away from everything else because of the size of the tank, it was stinging my leather coral from 3-4 inches away.
  13. Excited to share that I will be upgrading from the Fluval Evo 5 to an IM Nuvo 10! Not sure when the tank will get wet, but I thought I’d start a tank journal for suggestions. Lighting: AI Prime HD (suggestions for light schedule?) Flow: aqueon 600 (from my 5g, 150GPH) and Current Orbit 660 wave pump Sand: thinking Caribsea’s special grade reef sand so no sand blows around the tank Rock: trying to decide if I should wait until I find the perfect rock or use epoxy to make my own rock, suggestions? Filtration: custom caddy with phosguard, filter floss, and chemipure blue nano Livestock: 1 ocellaris from my 5g and a small skunk cleaner shrimp, may pick up a small clown goby or other small fish corals: most of the corals in my 5g will be used in my 10g. I’d like the 10g to have a large zoa garden, and some more monti cap and digi. Considering making this an anemone tank with just an anemone and maybe zoas? The 5g was a great learning experience, made some rookie mistakes (not dipping coral frags) and have some nudibranchs and I believe a zoa parasite that’s causing one of my colonies to close up. Pictures are of the 5g currently and the new 10g. Any suggestions for the 10g are much appreciated!!!
  14. @empresto well my tank is about 1/32 the size of the BRS160 coming in at 5 gallons so a wrasse is out of the question. Thank you for the advice, I may just have to do a dip. The rock has zoas, mushrooms, montis, and stylophora growing on it, is it safe to dip them all at once?
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