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  1. btmedic04

    Future Acan garden

    Looks great! How are you liking the light?
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    Small update. The bryopsis is gone except for one tiny patch on a large grain of sand. I ordered some spinstreams and the overflow guards. One of my trochus snails has blocked them every night at about 12-1am just long enough to turn my ATO on and when he moves, the water level raises and it sets off the alarm. Hopefully those guards stop that lol! Also here is a picture of the start of my zoa garden and a current FTS during dusk
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    Future Acan garden

    Nice! And very nice little set up! I just started stocking my nuvo 20 in my living room and keep thinking about a nuvo 10 for my bedroom lol. I ended up using the stock IM screen frame but replaced the screen with BRS 1/4" clear mesh and it works perfect for me
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    The bryopsis is really dying back today on day 4, so I put my skimmer cup back on and set it to dry skim. I figure it cant hurt to pull some of that out now since I have 10 days to go until my next water change. I also added 4 dwarf blue legged hermits today who immediately started going to town on the bryopsis wreckage. My LFS is having a coral sale this month too. 10% off of all corals and buy one get one in their $30,$20,$10 frag tanks. I may have picked up a rasta frag and an unknown zoa frag (its got a neon green center and purple skirt) I also toyed around with my phones camera setting a bit. Let me know if these look better to you guys
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    Today is day 3 of fluconazole being in my system. So far no effects on my clownfish, trochus snails, zoa frag or even my pod population. Now the bryopsis population is a different story. Theres already some die off and recession, but a few other areas that are still pretty deep green. Hopefully those spots start dying off soon. I'll probably pick up a few more snails and maybe some hermits this week. Also I am getting very nice green coraline algae forming on my rockwork and specks of purple showing up as well
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    oh yeah! massive improvement! you will not be disappointed and it was super easy to install. 4 screws, put the white reflector in (make sure you check orientation) and screw them back on. the diffuser is held in place with 4 magnets so you can remove it easily for maintenance
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    I was running max growth setting at 40% without the diffuser. I bumped it to 50% with the diffuser. Visually to me it looks about the same but I need to borrow a par meter and get some readings. Here's some comparison photos without and with the diffuser
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    Just finished weekly maintenance and rewarded myself with a diffuser for my Radion XR15. The visual quality improvement is quite pronounced! Like I think the diffuser should be included in the package right from the factory. Here are my aquariums chemistry readings post water change Phosphate: 0 (undetectable on red sea pro kit. maybe time to invest in ULR Hannah checker) Nitrate: 3 (color was between 2 and 4) PH: 8.2 Calcium: 430 Alkalinity: 8.1 Magnesium: 1360 Fluconazole arrived today and will be going in tonight after lights out. I had to keep telling myself this at my LFS because they had a very nice piece of rock with rasta zoa's and a bit of a green lepto on it as well
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    Here's a couple pics of my clowns and Forest inspecting the new roommates
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    Hey folks, so it turns out those hitchikers were bryopsis algae that must of came in on the piece of live rock and survived the cycle and lights off. It is spreading on my rock work but I have some fluconazole en route. Hopefully its here Saturday on time and I can begin treatment before this stuff explodes. Wish me luck! in happier news, I have added 2 juvenile black snowflake clowns who seem really happy at the moment. Im also debating the merits of picking up a nuvo 10 and beginning to cycle it in case I need to move my clowns so I can tear down the 20 and restart it if the fluconazole doesn't work. Thoughts on this?
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    The Ugliest 20G High - Black Friday Corals!

    Yeah, that mushroom used to get huge too! like dang near the size of my palm when fully extended. That skimmer was a hydor slim skim nano. It did pull light brown skimmate out of the water and clear up the oil slick look on the surface of the water but looking back, I don't think it was necessary.
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    btmedic's Nuvo 20

    Just wanted to post an update. My tank can now completely process 2ppm of ammonia in a 24 hour period with zero readings for ammonia and nitrite. I have also started getting diatoms beginning to show on my rockwork and film algae on the glass so tomorrow I'll be picking up a pair of trochus snails and picking up fish later on in the week. Should I get my clowns first or the royal gramma? I was going to wait until tomorrow to do my water change, but decided to do it tonight since I had the motivation (funny how diatoms in a new tank can do that lol.) I ended up doing a 10 gallon change out of the 14 gallon total volume since my nitrates were ~40 ppm. I found hitchhikers on the glass that are either hydroids or baby aiptasia on the glass, so they were vacuumed out. Ill be keeping a close eye out to see if they return and if so, will take appropriate measures (wait out the hydroids or get a peppermint shrimp for the aiptasia)Current test readingsPH 8.4Ammonia 0Nitrite 0Nitrate 5-10 (guess the color with API kits is always fun)Also this coming Monday, my red sea reef foundation test kit and algae control test kit arrives so I'll have more accurate numbers going forward.hitchhiker shots if yall want to give me your opinions on them
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    20 Long Nano "Budget" Build

    I've read that ACE hardware stores branded ammonia is pure. When I started my cycle though, I went to chewy.com and ordered DR Tim's ammonium chloride to be on the safe side. Only took 2 days for it to arrive too. Can always look at amazon as well. Alternatively you can ghost feed your tank with fish food or get a plain table shrimp from your local grocery store
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    20 Long Nano "Budget" Build

    You can pull some sw out of the tank and replace it with rodi. Alternatively when you do your partial water change at the end of the cycle, you can mix your replacement saltwater at a lower salinity like 1.024 then test to see where salinity is at. Also have you provided an ammonia source to the tank either by ghost feeding,1x grocery store seafood section shrimp or ammonium chloride?
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    The Ugliest 20G High - Black Friday Corals!

    Very nice! My first saltwater tank was a 20T and had a lot of equipment in the display too so I don't think your 20 is ugly. I did find that adding a background helped clean it up a bit and they can be picked up for cheap at most big box pet stores. I did run a refugium on mine and it seemed to help. What I did was modify an Aquaclear 50 (the 70/110 will work too and has more room) by taking out the media basket and cutting it along the fold seams then using aquarium epoxy to secure it in place behind the exit ramp. you may have to measure it, but it may be able to hold your heater in the AC 70 as well. I hope this helps and Im really looking forward to seeing your aquarium progress! Here's the last FTS of my 20T
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