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  1. UPDATE: Most Recent FTS 10/4/18 (***The following description was back in July 2015) Hey guys so I've had my nuvo fusion for about 4 months now (3/15/15 start date), and things look pretty good so far from what I can tell. (Besides a Cyano problem, a little bit of bubble algae, and my nano tunze ATO flood malfunction) I work as an electrician during the day (11 years now) and a fish hobbyist at night. I have been into fishkeeping for over 10 years now and I've always wanted a nice nano salt tank. So about 4 months ago I decided to upgrade my small crappy 5 gallon salt tank to a nice AIO. I chose the nuvo fusion and I am VERY happy with it so far, here's what I'm working with.... Setup: (current as if 3/17/18) -Innovative marine nuvo Fusion 10 gallon -Kessil a160we (with gooseneck and 90 degree attachment... with the spectral controller) -Tunze Silence 1073.008 pump (used as an upgrade rather than using the weak stock pump) -Hydor Koralia 425 (powerhead) -Hydor Koralia Smart Wave (powerhead controller) -Tunze Osmolator Nano (ATO) 2.2 gallon kalkwasser mix -IM Spin Stream attachment -IM Ghost skimmer (protein skimmer) -Finnex 50 watt titanium heater -Cobalt neo therm 50 watt back up heat -Tunze Mini pump 5024.040_A (very nice tiny poverhead type pump for caves or bottom flow) -Power center by coralife (makes things so much easier to unplug...it's like my power controller center) -Custom caddy with chemi-pure blue nano, purgen and phosguard -10 lbs of live sand -8Lbs of dry rock Livestock: (Livestock has been updated as of 3/17/18) Tail spot blenny 1 Barnacle blenny 2 Royal Gramma 1 false clown 1 dwarf zebra hermits 5 turbo snails 2 blue legged hermit 1 nassarius snails 2 cleaner shrimp1 Corals: (corals have been updated as of 3/17/18) zoas acans blasto palys hammer candy cane duncan Favia Ricorida mushrooms Yuma mushroom Rhodactis mushroom Gsp Montiporas
  2. Hello! Today, I moved over the stock and equipment from my 5.5 gallon into a 10 gallon, and decided to move my tank journal into the nano reef section of the website. The general goal of this tank is to provide my girlfriend with a tank that's colorful and full of life without throwing her too deep into advanced reefing. She's just now getting into the hobby, and the plan is for her to eventually completely take this tank over - right now, I'm teaching her general tank husbandry, tank stocking, how to feed correctly, etc., and she's doing great. Any stocking choices you see in this tank are going to be her personal choices, and I'll choose not to steer her one way or the other unless what she chooses presents a danger to anything in the tank. So, no, there will be no hippo tangs! Maybe a yellow tang later, though 😉 Right now, we're still deciding on the particular direction that we want to go with this tank, but I think she's really enjoying LPS, macros, leathers, and monti's the most so far. Whatever she chooses, you can bet that this will be a mixed tank. I'll try and steer her away from the less hardy SPS, but SPS are new territory, even for me - I'll have to be asking some questions on here about that. Currently, we've just got a few macros (that aren't exactly thriving), plus a CUC and a fish. We'll be adding more in a month or so, once the tank settles in and we get some more cash flowing to this tank. College is so very, very expensive! Equipment List: 10 Gallon Aqueon Glass Tank AquaClear 30 HOB Top Fin 10 Internal Filter (for added circulation) Aqueon 50W Heater (set to 80F) ABI 10000K PAR38 23W 9W PAR30 Reef Bulb So, I'm planning on adding in a Koralia 425 once Black Friday comes around, and that'll be replacing the Top Fin filter I have in the tank right now. Right now, I'm only turning the tank's volume over about 21 times per hour, and I'm shooting for between 30 and 40 - which should be no issue with the Koralia powerhead. For lighting, I went the PAR38 route instead of DIY LED's for the initial savings. I'll probably DIY a light at a later date, but for now, I'm using one ABI PAR 38 and a cheap, off-brand PAR30 I found at my LFS. I'll probably be adding in another PAR38 at some point, but the tank is well lit right now, so that's not at the top of my priority list. I may eventually turn the HOB into a fuge, depending on how nitrates and phosphates settle out in the tank. Stock list: Fish: 1 False Percula Clown Inverts: 1 Scarlet Hermit Crab 15 Dwarf Ceriths 1 Florida Cerith Coral: Macroalgae: Dragon's Breath Codium Caulerpa Prolifera The CUC came packaged with a tank on Craigslist, and I plan to fill it out with some Nassarius snails, and maybe some Nerites or more Ceriths. I think I'll eventually get some sort of ornamental shrimp, probably a blood shrimp, but that'll be later on. As for fish, she loves Finding Nemo, so we had to get a false perc. She's only about 1" right now, so she's pretty tiny. I think we're going to avoid getting a second clown, to avoid the possibility of constant aggression (I've had to separate two pairs over the years), and right now, we're looking at a Royal Gramma as the only other fish for this tank. I've read around online, and talked to some people on forums, and this seems like it'd be okay. Any opinions on this? I'm looking for something with more blues/purples, that isn't going to be so scared of the clown. Suggestions are welcome! As I mentioned above, we're planning a mixed reef, with a focus on LPS and macroalgae. Kinda random, but I gotta admit, I think it could look really nice. She's also really liked the photosynthetic gorgonians everytime we've been to the LFS, so those are probably in our future too. Finally, a few pics of the setup. The macros have accumulated a little bit of debris on them since they've been added to the tank, but excuse that. I'll be adding some more dry rock to the tank this week, once it finishes soaking. FTS: Dragon's Breath: Codium:
  3. I've been in the reefing hobby for about 7 months. Before that for the past 20 years I had a 45 gallon salt water tank. Nothing fancy, just fish, crabs and tons of algae 😉 . Last fall, as I had been neglecting the tank and was thinking about getting out of the hobby all together I stumbled across a new-ish local fish store. They specialized in corals and unlike another fish store in the area, seemed to really know what they were talking about and VERY customer friendly. Talking to the owner about reef tanks he introduced me to the IM 10 and 20 all in one tanks, how they worked, what was required in reefing along with the challenges everyone here is aware of. So I decided to decommission my 20 year old standard saltwater tank and went with the IM 10 Nano set up. It took some convincing with my wife but we found a great place in our kitchen that we could all enjoy a new and smaller tank. I was aware of the risks with smaller tanks as smaller = more fluctuations/chances for disaster but this time I really wanted quality over quantity. I wanted quick and easy maintenance and not something that would take hours every few weeks to keep up. More frequent, 10-15 min small maintenance items I was fine with. So I started it up in Dec, got a great quick cycle, imported two of my clowns (only one stayed as they began to fight) and some crabs into the 10 gallon and off I went. 12/19/17 Parameters were really stable aside from a Nitrate issue I was never able to completely beat into submission but the corals didn't seem to mind. I added a Golby with his shrimp buddy and a cleaner shrimp. I had Zoa's, Candy Cane's, Xenia's, some leathers and a few torches including a beautiful Pink Tipped Torch at the top. I even added a nice Monti that was doing well and a small clam that took the the tank instantly. 5/4/2018 The tank was doing really well. I had even tapped down the Nitrate problem and was getting 2 weeks easy per water change. The pictures above were from May. Below is the tank on June 9th. No I did not upload the wrong picture, that is what a tank looks like after a complete (and I mean complete) crash. So what happened. We went on a family vacation for a week. I had my parents coming over every other day to check on the tank and feed the fish along with adding just a little Alk ever 2-3 days to keep my levels where I wanted. They came by on a Sunday and everything was cool. Came back Tuesday evening to find the tank completely cloudy, corals closed up and dying. They called me sent me pictures and I had them open the tank up to get a better look. They found the clown dead (which is what I think triggered everything). They got him out along with the dead cleaner shrimp and I walked them through a 50% water change (not easy with 70 year old parents). I then called my LFS and had them come out the next day to do another water change. By the time they came out almost everything was dead or dying but did another water change to try and salvage what they could until I got back on Sat. When I got home EVERYTHING was gone. Not a fun way to return from the beach. As I began to pull the dead corals out I found the dead golby under the rock which obviously continued the death spiral the rest of the week. Devastated doesn't fully describe how I felt. So why am I writing this? A few reasons. 1) For newbies -- know the risks. Things can go bad in a hurry especially in small tanks. I wouldn't trade my 10 gallon. I love the size, I love where it is in our house and everyone that comes in would marvel at its beauty and just how "cool" it was. 2) Be careful with fish in such small reef tanks. I know fish are common in this small of a tank but my clown was probably a bit big for this size and if they up and die on you --ish goes bad quick. There is a reason many contributors here have corals only in Nano's. That is my plan (at least for now) for this tank going forward. 3) Get to know and support your LFS. Those guys were INVALUABLE in educating me and still are. Look I buy some of my stuff online but most of my items I try to buy from them even if its a little more expensive. If they go out of business all I have to turn to are the message boards here 😉 4) When on vacation, checking on a small tank every other day is risky (esp if you have fish). Spend a little more money paying off the next door neighbor's kid to come and and make sure everything is alive every day. Had I had my parents checking every day, the dead fish would have been caught immediately and a small water change would have sufficed until I got back with minimal damage. And the 5th reason I'm posing is since I got into the hobby and found this forum I've loved following individual tanks progress sooooo the "Phoenix" rises from the ashes... reborn and will be better than ever.... 6/21/2018 Tank completely re-cycled added a nice Zoa rock and red mushroom to get things going then found someone getting rid of a cool multi-head Candy Cane Trumpet that gives some nice definition/shape and color pop to the tank. Watching the levels closely, everything is stable right now. I learned a lot in my first go around of what I liked and ended up not liking. Looking for quite a bit of movement in this tank along with some different colors. Will be doing Euphyllias, some Acans, maybe some small Duncans and my wife loves the pulsing Xenia's. She enjoys the tank as much as I do (except I do all the work) and she has good taste in what makes a tank look good (and expensive taste as well). I appreciate and welcome any and all advice as the one thing I'm sure of is that the knowledge on these boards is beyond anything I hope to achieve and I've learned a ton just reading and following tanks. This community is awesome! Long post but I hope my (expensive) mistakes helps others out, esp in the Nano newbie arena. Mark
  4. DanielHerrera

    An adventure: Waterbox 10

    Hello everyone, I recently joined the forum to educate myself on nano reef keeping as I venture on my own adventure. I am a college student at Penn State and I understand that a small tank will require much more care than the larger tanks, but I figured given my situation, a nano tank would be the best choice. So, after weeks of careful planning I finally got myself a 10 gallon Waterbox cube along a AI Prime HD from Saltwateraquarium.com. I went to a local fish store and got about 10 pounds of Caribsea Life Rock Shapes, saltwater and off I go to set up my tank. Current equipment in this tank is the following: Tank: Waterbox cube 10 gallon Lights: AI Prime HD Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm Heater 50w Return pump: Stock pump Skimmer: Hydor Slim-Skim Nano Protein Skimmer (Fits like a glove!) Refugium light: Innovative Marine ChaetoMax 2-n-1 Refugium LED Circulation pump: IceCap 1K Gyre Generating Flow Pump ATO/AWC: AutoAqua Smart AWC Touch The first chamber of the back will house filter floss media for mechanical filtration and a small refugion with chaeto and ceramic media for bilogical filtration. The second chamber will hold the skimmer and some more ceramic media. The third chamber holds the heater and return pump. There is no sand in this tank since I intend to have strong water movement and will make it easier to clean. As of the time writing this post, the tank is in the third fourth day of cycling with no lights. Livestock that requires feeding will be added next year, until then, some input on the livestock would be awesome. What would you guys put in it? The plans for this tank is to eventually incorporate some sps corals. I am some time away from that, so in the meantime I am learning as much as I can. I am not an expert on reef keeping, but I am determined to experience and learn, hopefully not the hard way. I do not expect this to be an easy adventure, but surely will be fun.
  5. TANK SPECS: I.M Nuvo 10 Kessil A160we with spectral controller Tunze Nano osmolator Ghost Protein skimmer Reef Glass protein skimmer Sicce silent 0.5 Cobalt slim heater I.M Glass ATO 5 gallon I.M caddy upgrade Ikea Sektion wall cabinet as stand (reinforced the back with 3 2x4's cut to fit so you don't see them. It's rock solid) BRS RO/DI unit 4 stage Vortech MP10 QD APEX Classic System Chill solutions Chiller FTS 6/22/18
  6. So as the title says,I'm converting to saltwater tanks. I definitely have a tight budget because I want to get my feet wet,not just cannonball in. In my 10g,I've already upgraded my aquarium with the Aquaclear powerfilter 110V. My tank currently stays around 76-77 degrees. I definitely want to house a pair of clownfish and a cleaner shrimp...and corals in the near future. I'm so scared of lighting and don't want to buy the wrong thing for corals. I'm getting a custom glass lid so I can't have anything clipped to the tank in the back,so for now I prefer the lights that slightly hover above the aquarium cover. Since price is strict,here's some lights I've run into on Amazon...let me know what you guys think ? Green Element EVO 18"-22" LED Aquarium Light Fixture - Reef Capable 10x3W https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00APBO2XU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nFPtBbHM2NND9 EVO 12 LED Aquarium Light Nano Marine Coral Reef Cichlid 6x 3W 3 Watt 30-40 cm by Odyssea https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0PJK0S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TFPtBbVPXKD1Q SLR Lighting LED Aquarium Lighting – All Sizes for Fish Tanks, Terrariums, Vivariums – Plants, Coral, Seaweed – Natural Night & Day Light Patterns w/ Brackets & Remote Control [Size: 14-22 In.] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759NLDSB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_dGPtBbAF0Y92Y
  7. Established 6-7-17 Thanks for checking out my tank thread This is the Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 10 gallon aquarium. My previous tank (IM Drop-off) sprung a leak and I was forced to start something new. Instead of going larger, I went smaller. Well, I initially went larger, to the 25 gallon Lagoon but decided I hated it. It was too big. So I downsized quite a bit, and now I'm quite thrilled with it. I was able to transfer almost everything into this new 10 gallon tank. No small feat, when coming from a 20 gallon aquarium. Needless to say, I had to do some fragging of colonies. So far I'm running this stock with the only addition being an mp10 that I already owned. Lighting is an AI Prime. I was able to use my original DIY stand that was used for the Drop-off tank. Inhabitants: Fish: 2 Ocellaris clown fish 1 Pink streaked wrasse 1 Green clown goby Corals: LPS and Softies Inverts: 1 Pompom crab
  8. coltnanoreef

    Torn Between 3 Lights

    Thinking about getting an IM Nuvo 10 gallon and am debating between 3 lights. The aquamaxx nemolight (here) , a single par30 led 18k bulb (here) , and the Hipargero 30W light (here). They are all in the same ballpark cost wise, I want to keep it budget friendly and under $100. Each seems to have advantages, the nemolight being the most controllable and easy to use, but the most money and least amount of power. I do like its programmability and the thunderstorm feature. The other two seem to be similar in power and cost (minus the cost of the fixture for the bulb) but lack control and need to be manually dimmed (or not dimmed at all) and therefore are pretty much either on or off. It would be nice for them to ramp up and down during the day but I guess its not a dealbreaker. Also, how long until the single bulb would need to be replaced? I want to be able to have some SPS if it is at all possible. Anyone have any thoughts? Or other recommendations staying in the <$100 range? Thanks for any replies.
  9. dferrari13

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  10. I was inspired by Totm winners on nano reef forum and that drive my desire to set up a nano tank. On the other hand, I dont want to spend a ton of money. So I decide to go cheap by doing some diy. I bought an ADA knockoff tank made by Yiding, a chinese manufacturer rumored to be OEM of ADA tanks in the past. The tank dimension is 45cmx 30cmx27cm which approximately hold 34 liter of water. Here is the current tank info. I will keep on editing this as the tank develop. Tank – Yi Ding curve glass ( 45x27x30 ) cm around 8.5 gallons ( Net volume – 7 gallons) with DIY compartments and loc -line return nozzle. Return Pump – SOBO 600L/hr Light – DIY LED ( Cree XTE 12000k x 6, Cree XTE 450 nm x 4 ) driven at 650ma & (Philips Rebel 470nm x 6, Cree XPE 450nm x 5 ) driven at 300ma Skimmer – Bubble Magus NAC QQ Wavemaker – Jebao RW-4 Refractometer – BRS refractometer TDS Meter – HM TDS-3 TDS meter Salt – Marinium Reef Sea salt Salinity – 1.025 @ 28 C Temperature – 27-28 C Top off - manual 300ml daily Soft Corals Pulsing Xenia Zoas ( Zoanthus sp ) Toadstool Coral ( Sarcophyton ) Discosoma Mushroom Rhodactis Mushroom Green Star Polys ( Pachyclavularia sp. ) LPS Brain Coral ( Lobophyllia ) Button Coral ( Cynarina ) Torch Coral ( Euphilia Glabrescens) Flowerpot Coral ( Goniopora sp. ) SPS Forest Fire Digi ( Montipora Digitata ) Pink Birdnest ( Seriatopora Hystix) Radioactive green Birdnest ( Seriatopora sp. ) Cauliflower ( Pocillopora Damicornis ) Fish & Invertebrates Bangaii Cardinal x1 Tailspot Blenny x1 Trochus Snail x2 Full tank shot ( 6 Dec 2017)
  11. Wisdom.Corals

    Wisdom's 10g SPS Dominant Reef

    Hey everyone! This is my first post here! Gonna post some progress on my 10g SPS dominant reef tank. Been up and running for a few months now. Instagram: @nano.reefer.10g Standard 10g - Bahamas Oolite Sand Light - Coral Box Moon LED Plus Flow - 150gph HOB, 425gph & 240gph Hydor Korlias HOB has chemi-pure blue and chaeto(with light on 24/7) Fish - Tailspot Blenny & Captive Raised Spotted Mandarin (I spot feed mandarin mysis and cyclops, which she(i think) was already eating when I got her. Also have a culture of copepods separately I use to keep population up) CUC - 6+ nassarius snails, one turbo snail, 2 astrea snails. 2 blue leg and 2 scarlet reef hermits. Lots of micro brittle stars Will post corals as I get to them. Thanks for checkin it out!
  12. RandyX

    Nuvo X reef

  13. RandyX

    X nano reef July 2017

    Starting an aquarium journal I guess List and post pictures of all the things I have added this month my tank has only been running for a few weeks started with dry and live rock as well as a fish and old water from an established tank
  14. GenericReefer

    Aquarium Shelf

    Hello! I have gotten all the necessary equipment for my reef tank, and now am working on the stand. I got a IKEA Kallax 4 Compartment, reading that it worked well for other people with 10g aquariums, but wanting to take caution, anybody got advice on how to reinforce the shelf? I have no woodworking equipment (except for maybe a just drill). Thanks! -Generic Reefer
  15. Tanks been up for a littl over a month some would say rushed but I used esblished water and some live rock and I've been in the hobby for a few years now here is some tank shots everything is doing awesome I lost a Hollywood stunner but I think he had something from the guy I got it off of everything else has been awesome Picked these acans and this mushroom up today
  16. mckinleym

    10 gallon nano reef advice

    I have been working on laying out the equipment needed for a 10 gallon coral only tank (it's 20 inches long and 12 inches high) where I am planning on getting mostly soft and LPS corals and MAYBE some SPS down the line once I do some more research and have good success with the more hardy corals. I am working on researching everything I need to do to establish this tank successfully as my main concern is and will always be the safety of the corals. I don't care so much about what's "aesthetically pleasing", I just want to give my corals a healthy home. I am aware that 10g is small to house corals and needs constant attention to water quality and I am fully prepared to put forth the time and effort needed. I am currently trying my best to compose a list of items I need for this tank but have seen mixed opinions on certain topics regarding 10 gallon tanks. So far I think I'm going with an ABI Tuna Blue LED Bulb and it comes with two watt options on amazon- 12 and 23. Would it be better to go with the 23? Or too overbearing? I know this light is not dimmable but I'm going to try to get a goose neck clamp to allow some distance between the light and the water. My next question is about a protein skimmer? I've heard it helps a lot with corals and other people say it's a waste of money. Is it better to use sand substrate or go bare bottom? What filtration is best for a tank this size? And in general, what equipment is absolutely necessary for a tank this size housing only corals, no fish? I'd appreciate as much help as I can get Thanks a ton!
  17. mckinleym

    Galaxyhydro LED Lights

    For a 10 gallon aquarium (20 inches long and 12 inches deep) would the galaxyhydro LED dimmable light be suitable for growing soft corals and LPS corals? Would it also be strong enough for SPS corals if I decide to try them in the future? Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Galaxyhydro-55x3w-Dimmable-Spectrum-Aquarium/dp/B00INM0J1M/ref=pd_sbs_199_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00INM0J1M&pd_rd_r=ZTGPB564VKVTSWYDYC85&pd_rd_w=Q8V5Q&pd_rd_wg=1MeCK&psc=1&refRID=ZTGPB564VKVTSWYDYC85 Any information on this light or any other light fixture that may be suitable for my tank is much appreciated, I am looking to make sure I get something to encourage coral growth and create a healthy environment for them to live in. Thanks a ton!
  18. RandyX

    im nuvo 10 build

    Build thread of my nuvo 10 gallon all in one reef He's pics of live sand and dry rock not sure my approach on cycling this tank yet Water is in thoughts on a quick start additive and a clown fish? I know it's not proper I have ran a 65 gallon mixed reef cube for the last 3 years parted ways so I'm not new to the hobby but wanted to hear some options
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