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  1. TerribleLobster

    IM Nuvo 20g Build Thread

    Build Thread! Start Date: 7/31/2019 Most Recent Pic: (8/29) . Hardware: Tank: Innovative Marine Nuvo 20 AIO Filters: 1 Media caddy, 1 200 micron filter sock, 15 lbs dry rock, 18 lbs live sand Heating: 150 W heater Cooling: AC Infinity AXIAL 1225 Fan - Amazon Temp Controller: Inkbird controller ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155 RODI Unit: Liquagen 4 stage (tds of city water is around 45 originally) Lighting: 1 Kessil a160 Blue with mounting arm Lighting Controller: Kessil A series spectral controller Return Pump: Stock ~250 gph Testing: API nitrite, API Ammonia and API Phospate, Refractometer, American Marine PH Monitor and probe, Inkbird Temperature probe, Hanna Checker Alk, Salifert Ca, Salifert Mg Possible additions: I want to add an MP10, but have been looking for a good deal on Craigslist. I may add an algae scrubber, they seem pretty hype. Dosing pumps may be needed once I dial in my corals needs. Livestock: Fish: 1 Clownfish, 1 Orchid Dottyback (deceased - jumped out of the tank the first day) Corals: Softies: 1 rhodactis mushroom, 1 neon green toadstool leather,1 ricordea florida mushroom (orange), Utter Chaos Zoa, LA Lakers Zoa LPS: 1 Aussie elegance coral, 1 Blastomussa Wellsi SPS: 1 red montipora cap Inverts: Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone, Fire Shrimp, 1 astrea snail, 1 trochus snail, 1 narcissus snail Maintenance: -25% weekly water changeover -feed a variety of foods -Add a bit of phyto (not sure how helpful this actually is, probably will not purchase again) Diary: Update 1: Tank Startup - Used dry rock and live sand, in a previous tank I had gotten aptasia and it was a nightmare so I endeavored to keep this tank as pest free as possible. I have really liked the dry rock so far. I got dry rock with a nice purple finish and was able to cement it into a cool arch. I used the NYOS reef cement and it was a nightmare to mix though it did work in the end after much frustration. I originally wasn't planning on using a temperature controller but stumbled onto one for free and holy cow is this thing nice. 100% worth the 40 bucks it would have cost if I bought it. I used dr tim's one and only for cycling + ammonium chloride and was pleased. It wasn't instant, my tank still took about 20 days to cycle, but I could very clearly see the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates changing as I tested. Update 1: I added my first fish (clownfish) after a month and then added a piece of macro algae a week after. When I added the macro algae, it may have brought a pest because my fish started losing scales near his gills. I freshwater dipped him and treated the tank with prazi pro, thinking it could be flukes. He has been great ever since and the tank has been happy. Update 2: I went to a Coral Farmers Market recently and picked up a few goodies. I want to see how a variety of corals will do in my tank so I got a Blastomussa Wellsi as well as two different kinds of Zoas. I probably will not add anymore coral for a while. I recently purchased a Hanna Checker for Alk and will be using Salifert test kits for testing Ca and Mg. I want to dial in where I'm at and get a handle on how levels change over time before adding anything else. The tank had some diatoms form. The sand is a bit browner now and there is some on the rockwork as well. I reduced the amount of time the light was on each day. I was at 12 hours which was way too much. I may reduce a bit further from 9 hours down to 8. I have a gradual ramp up throughout the day currently and keep the spectrum mostly blue. The Salinity and temperature have been extremely stable and Nitrates are remaining low week over week. Everything in the tank looks like it is doing well so far, though. I added a Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone! I absolutely love anemones and a friend gave me a good price on a 1 Inch diameter foot. It has been a bit brown the first few days, hoping it colors up nicely after it gets over the shock of moving. My clown has not hosted it yet. The zoas are just doing ok. Not sure where in the tank to put them. They are open, but don't look as vibrant as at the store. I added an orchid dottyback, but he jumped out of the tank the first night 😞. I will need to get a lid if I want to keep any fish that are in danger of jumping. I would love any feedback and suggestions. Picture Appendix First time adding water shot:
  2. pdiehm

    Paul’s BioCube 29

    This tank was up for about 2.5 years previously but due to a home renovation had to be torn down. It wasn’t anything special, a candy cane, 2 frogspawn, some zoas and a lot of mushrooms (hitchhiked on with the zoas). But it was self sustaining. I changed 5G water every other week and things were doing really well. But new new flooring meant it had to be moved. Into a 29 gallon holding tank the contents went. 2 clowns, a bi-color blenny, skunk cleaner, 25lbs of rock, and lots of vermetid snails. Some elbow grease, some vinegar, and a jet stream hosing...it’s clean. Mostly. With Th the vermetid snails all over the rocks, I decided to just mix those rocks, and got 20lb of Caribsea Life Rock shapes. I toyed with going barebottom, buuut it’s an LPS tank. Flow isn’t a massive requirement, though some is needed. I decided to go with Caribsea Arag Alive Fiji pink. I dosed the tank tank yesterday with 1.2ml of ammonia, a bottle of birospira, and 5ml of Microbacter7. Tested today and it’s zero with a trace of nitrites. Dosed again today with 1.2 ammonia, and tomorrow after we get back from Wildwood, I will test again. I actually may be able to move my clowns into the tank I think. I am also dozing 5ml of Microbacter7 daily. Prior, I had an aquamaxx HOB-1, and it’s a great skimmer. But this time, I think I will go the five route and skip the skimmer. I have the InTank Media Rack, and will be getting the InTank Fuge Basket. I am leaning toward the JBJ Nano Glo but there are some $15-$20 grow lights on amazon that I may be able to stick to the back and use that instead. I have time though to figure that out. If anyone has thoughts, please post them. I toyed with getting an mp10 but think I am going to try to split the return using a Y valve and loc line. If that doesn’t give me enough then I will look into a used mp10 and run lagoon. As for my plans...the 3 fish I have. And I think I will add either a pink streaked wrasse or a mccoskers wrasse and a small diamond goby for sand maintenance. Other sand maintenance creatures will be 6 or so nassarius snails, some dwarf cerith snails, 3 or 4 nerites and 2 scarlet hermits and of course a skunk cleaner shrimp. I also have 2 Green Bubble Tips that will go in before any of the corals i have go back in so they can find their home and get settled. for salt, I will be using ESV only on this following the cycle. And the light will will be a Noopsyche Pro II. I think the aquascape turned out pretty badass. Very happy with it!
  3. Review - The product itself is amazing. The stand is sturdy, UV coated, sturdy hinges, great cutouts and just looks super modern. The tank itself also looks very sleek and very well built. Also for a great price. A few cons would be I wish they provided the white AI prime light with the plus version since their stands are white. Also, the stands do not come with directions and they don't have specific directions for the cube 20 stand so someone that isn't handy like me it took a long time. Also customer service are hard to get a hold of, for me both email and voicemail took days to get a reply and you can't get anyone to answer. With that being said I don't regret my purchase I love the product and can't wait to start filling it up with goodies. Build Thread/Stocking Ideas - This is my first fish tank ever, never even owned a beta lol. So i may have a bunch of failures. Rocks - 20lbs life rock shapes (aquascaped with marco cement) Return pump - stock pump (may upgrade to sicce 1.0 to try and get it very quiet) Flow - Koralia 425 Heater - 2 x 50 watt eheim jager inTank media basket (filter floss, seachem matrix, chemipure blue) Tunzee 3155 ATO (5G jug) DJ switch that is labeled. Big Temp monitor that will alert me if temp gets off. BRS 5 stage RODI Unit Stocking 1 clown fish 1 yellow spotted goby/candy pistol shrimp pair 1 purple fire fish Lots of rock flower Anemones Mixed reef Sexy shrimp/Porcelain crab and other cuc Tank has been cycling 1 week, hopefully can add a fish in a week or two. I'm probably in the wrong hobby since I don't have patience lol.
  4. Started this tank on March 30, 2017 with stock pump and filter sock, koralia nano from previous tank, and 5 lb of LR, and about 8.5 gallons of saltwater to start. The tank is almost a year old now and some upgrades have happened. (will take some better pics with the camera later) Equipment -IM Ti ATO (going to tunze nano ato) -Ran a kessil a80 for 11 months before going to a radion (diffusion kit/rm -Jbj 1/15 hp Chiller with 1.0 return -Sicce 0.5 return - inTank Media rack with 2 filer floss on top, seachem matrix, bottom two filter flosses -inTank universal media skimmer -was running a IM desktop Media Reactor with carbon but since the RMS mount is fairly big i had to remove the reactor (don't mind that because its freaking study!) So in turn I have a Fudge basket that I might run with more matrix in it if the tunze 9001 doesnt work out (coming) -MP10 wQD -inTank Frag rock (2) - 5 lb LR -3 lb Sand (going to take down to less lb's till its barley covered probably -Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 100w heater - 6.5 chemipure Live Stock: - Rainbow Acans - Duncans - Walking Aussie Duncan - Purple Tipped Frogspawn - Young Maxima Clam - Rock anemone -3 nassarius snails -3 Trochus Snail -3 Aussie young scolymia/s? LOL -Side plant is one of 3 succulents I got at a baby shower and decided to try to grow it under the XR-15 instead of my bedroom window lol, so if they switch out ever that why. Let me know if you have any thoughts on the tank! Plan on upgrading to a Lagoon 25 at some point this year I hope!
  5. CAD-Aqua

    100 Zen Build

    We love including our customers and getting your opinions on new builds! This is a 100G Zen tank that we set up last week for one of our customers. What do you think we should add to this tank next? Which of our Cadlights tanks do you have set up in your home? Lets see what you got!
  6. Hi reefers i have 10000 Lph pump i have used for my old 90g tank, im going to build 24*20*12 shallow cube , is it possible to use this return pump for my newsetup ? planing to run cheato refugium and couple of media reactors in sump,and im not gonna use any wavemakers for this setup , i believe my return pump will make enough water moment in main display. what you guys think about my idea ?
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