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  1. Hey everyone! I am new to the forum and thought what better way to introduce myself than to start a journal for my nano! A little bit about me, I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan and will be graduating in 2019. I am originally from Chicago - hence the username! I have been in the hobby for about 10 years and have had tanks from FOWLRS to full blown reefs. I have always wanted to start a journal for one of my tanks but never really got around to it. As a graduate student this has made things a little more difficult. But I recently came across a deal I could not pass up that is perfect for my situation! The goal is to document everything in this thread. Let me introduce to you my new nano! It is an IM 10 gallon fusion with the following equipment: inTank Media basket (just made the switch from a custom IM media basket) MP10wes vortech Ghost Desktop skimmer Tunze nano ATO AI prime Cobalt heater with a finnex temp controller IM spin stream The tank currently has 2 clowns, a starry blenny and a mix of SPS and LPS. Here are a couple photos! Pardon my cell phone photos, I am working on getting a better camera.. Looking forward to meeting all of you! September 2018: May 2017:
  2. CarolinaShoreReef

    CSR’s Lucky Lagoon 25 - 1 Year!!

    I present to you all, The Lucky Lagoon!! 😁 Took us four hours to put back together. I lost a piece of some sps that got “fragged” off during the scaping by covering it up in sand... it was cool looking with a nice green color with red dots all over (probably a monti of some kind; Edit: it’s a rainbow monti and was a nice piece of it..). Maybe the snails will kick it up 🤷🏽‍♂️ Another awesome thing was that the sand was left in the tank when we were transporting it from the lfs and we found a yasha goby in it, I called up the store and they just said congratulations 😁 there’s also a pistol shrimp, that I found trying to kill me, to pair it with if they’re not already. It also came with a AA micro ato so that’s off the list now, I can’t believe it. I was really looked out for! I’ll make sure to keep you guys updated on everything. Currently, all of the coral have been moved to the tank and the sand was swapped out for 30lbs LS. I started using AV seed to help get the bacteria going again and will be using prime for the next week or so. The tank is running: -AI Prime HD -AA micro ATO -IM Minimax GFO reactor -1 cobalt MJ 1200 and 1 stock return pump into spin streams -2 240 koralia pumps -2 IM media caddy basket -AquaTop Ti heater -Jebao PP4 Wavemaker -ca. 20-25lbs Caribsea Liferock -ca. 30lbs Caribsea Fiji Pink LS Livestock: -Pistol Shrimp -Yasha Goby -Pair of Snowflake Clownfish -B&W Clown -Leopard Wrasse -Blood Shrimp -Tile star CUC: -Bunch of nassarius, ceriths, trochus, hermits (blue and red) and astrea snails -emerald crab -Peppermint shrimp(getting evicted soon) -sorry I couldn’t tell you for sure because they all came with the tank Coral: -Encrusting and capping montipora (Orange, pink, grape) -Duncan -Ricordeas -Bunch of Zoas -ORA Vargas Cespitularia -BTA -Ultra RFA -Green RFA -Bunch of acans -Green Clove Polyps -Palys -GSP -Watermelon Chalice -Blue and orange chalice -Rainbow Chalice The tank already cleared up but then when I realized that I buried that branch of rainbow monti, I tried to find it lol Lastly, here’s the thread explaining how I got this treasure box!
  3. Shorty Biggie's IM 20 Nano Reef Build Thread: Hello all, This is my first build thread and I am new to the community here. Mainly I am documenting this build thread for a few reasons. First and most importantly, I want to help those beginners or others who are still learning how to create functional and healthy reef tanks. I seek to document the entirety of my build, in order to help show the process rather than just the result. I know everything I have learned has been through researching others experiences online, so if this build is helpful to those in learning, this will be a success. With that being said I would not consider myself an expert or even advanced by any means. I have had experience with a 55 gallon, a 32 gallon, a 20 gallon, a 13 gallon, a 10 gallon and now back to this fusion 20. I have been able to have healthy tanks that did well, however I have never gotten far into corals. Ive bought corals in the LFS every once in awhile, but never took the time to learn how to properly test, supplement, care and grow corals, I pretty much have just thrown in the coral and let it be. Therefore, this will be a learning experience for me as well, and I hope documenting my build will bring others to this thread who can provide input and advice to further this build and not just help me, but others who use this thread as a guide to helping them build their ideal reef! With that being said lets get started! Background on this tank: Originally I planned a reefer 250 build, even saved up for it, and eventually had a change of heart. Since I had not dove deep into corals I decided to use a fusion 20 and all the equipment I had accumulated to set up a small tank with a larger budget and really take the time to focus on corals and learn before getting the reefer 250, so I didn't end up with an expensive tank full of rock with no money or experience for corals. I had a fusion 20 in the basement so I planned to use that, but once I pulled it out I noticed a large crack in the front right bottom corner, so I ordered another from BRS. Of course while emptying out the new tank from the leak test I bumped the bottom left back corner, however it was a small chip, not even 1/3 the way through the glass and only the size of the tip of a high lighter so I just went with it, thus far its totally fine, I'm not too concerned. This tank has been wet for 2 days, unfortunately I did not take pics of the set up, but im still very new in the process so most important info isn't missed Tank Info: Tank: Im Fusion 20 Light: Nanobox Duo Plus M (15 inch gooseneck) Stand: Ikea Besta Frame (I can post the specifics on every single part used if requested) Sand: Tropic Eden reefflakes, 1/2-3/4 deep, I like to stir the sandbed each water change Rock: CarribSea Life Rock roughly 14 pounds (already established from LFS store) Flow: Ecotech MP-10qd, Hydor Korilia 240, stock pump (may upgrade, please provide recommendations) x2 Spin stream nozzles Filtration: x2 InTank media baskets, running filter floss / purigen / chemipure elite in one, filter floss / Phosguard/ chemipure elite in the other Heater: Just an average aqueon heater; works well for me Top off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Top off Container: 3.5 gallon plastic top fin tank Possible Future Equipment: -Sicee 1.5 Return Pump -IM Media Reactor -either IM Ghost Skimmer or Reef Glass skimmer -Neptune Apex (the cheaper one) -Neptune DOS Stocking Plans: Fish: x2 Picasso Clowns, 1 Atlantic Pygmy Cherub Angel Inverts: Small clean up crew, 1 fire shrimp, maybe 1 starfish (thoughts) Corals: Wide range of flowing corals, isolated GSP, acans, Ricordia, other lps and maybe some sps, what other corals would work well on my elevated rock work? Modifications: -small piece of lexan in between the screws for nano box and rear tank wall (I overtightened the screws on fusion 10 and busted the glass) -used wood glue on all connecting pieces of Ikea stand when building it To get up to speed on everything thus far I will give a run down. I first set up the stand. It is an Ikea Besta frame that is white on the sides and a gloss white finish on the doors. It fits the length of the tank perfectly and is just about an inch or so deeper to allow room for equipment off the back. I really like this stand because you are able to customize the stand color and doors and you can change the height of the stand. Im a tall guy, about 73 inches so I used a higher stand than what was available. The stand itself is about 40 inches tall and with the tank the top is 53 inches, perfect for a guy my height, as I don't have to bend way down to look into it. The stand is basically 2 pieces stacked on top of each other, secured by 4 metal braces, some sticky pads and wood glue. It is very strong, and fits perfect. Aside from using wood glue no other modifications are needed. Like I said the stand can be customized in the height for what works for you. I can link the parts if requested. In total,it cost about 190 dollars, much cheaper than the one IM offers, its stronger and customizable as well. I I have gotten all the supplies ready, and the day before the tank arrived I purchased the live rock from the LFS. The LFS is about 15 mins away so there shouldn't be much die off. While constructing the aquascape I kept the rock in 5 gallon buckets with saltwater, heaters and flow. The rock was never out of the water for more than 20 minutes, and since the rock was already seeded and established in a tank, Im not expecting much if any of a cycle. The tank has been filled for 2 days, and I have been ghost feeding and still have no ammonia, no nitrite, no nitrate, perhaps maybe slight nitrate, no more than 1-2ppm, if any at all. I called the LFS and said I am still not seeing any ammonia, should I throw in a shrimp or something to kick off the cycle? He told me there may well not be a cycle, and had me come in to get dirty water... I know DIRTY water. Basically he took the sponge out of one of the store tanks and wrang it out in a bag, which made the water turn a really gross and really brown looking color. He told me to put this in the tank and monitor the levels. However, I am trying to be cautious with this build, so I did not end up putting that water in my tank, I wanted to hear yall's opinion on this? Essentially the idea isn't to use that water to put a bunch of beneficial bacteria in the water, but to put a bunch of gross water in to feed the cycle and really build up the population to break down the large amount of waste in the water. Not sure if this is a good idea or if it will lead to problems later on or cause my tank to have a bunch of crud in it. Since I have been ghost feeding and still have no ammonia. I will probably wait a week and if still no ammonia I will proceed with livestock. As for concerns with this build, mainly right now it is flow. I plan on stocking a mixed reef, with multiple hammers and torches, plenty of ridordia, acans, and many other lps as well as maybe a few sps. Due to the rock work, I had to move the mp-10 closer to the front of the tank, therefore I put in a korillia in the back corner to eliminate deadspots behind the tank. Im worried this may be too much flow and the korillia may blast the corals on the top right side rock too hard, what do you guys think? Also, I plan on upgrading the return pump to a Sicee 1.5, but Im worried I may be putting too much flow in and will just be blasting all my corals, I don't really know. My final concern with flow is that the left side spin stream is kind of blocked from the tall rock on the left. I basically rotated the spin stream upside down so that its more to the top, and now when the spin stream is at the bottom of its rotation about half the flow coming from the nozzle hits the rock straight on, and the other half grazes over the top, should this be a concern? Thats all for the first post, thanks for reading, please follow along and provide input, ideas, advice! I will be posting just about everything I do, I plan/add in, and the progression of this nano😁
  4. SliceGolfer

    SliceGolfer's IM Nuvo Fusion 20

    FTS May, 2019: Hey Reefers! Super excited to be sharing my new build here at Nano-Reef. I’m a long-time follower of this community and have been a saltwater and reef hobbyist for over 30 years. With family, life, and career, I have been waiting for the right time to start a new tank build. My last tank was way back in 2005, with a JBJ NanoCube 12dx, from NanoTuners. Here’s a pic of 12 gallons of Softy Glory, all that it was: Fast forward to 2018. I’ve been fighting the reef bug for 3 years, and I just couldn’t shake it. Work relocated me and the fam to the great state of Minnesota, and I visited some of the LFS’s in the area. I walked into a reef mecca in Plymouth, MN and was immediately hooked. I knew I had to have a tank. My supporting wife says, “You work so hard, you deserve this!” That’s all I needed to hear. So, what does a recovering reefer 13 years sober do? Scour the forums, learn what’s hot ‘n not, and then shoot on over to BRS and pickup a car full of reefing gear. BRS is 20 minutes from my house, and that’s just too darn convenient. Enough with the backstory blah blah, here’s my build: Tank: Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 20 Stand: Bush Furniture computer armoire matching my office furniture Lights: (2) Aqua Illumination AI Prime HDs with rigid mounts, running BRS AB+ spectrum Return Pump: Innovative Marine MightyJet AIO Pump 538gph Heater: Cobalt 75w NeoTherm Control: Ink Bird ITC-308 ATO: AutoAqua AWC Auto Water Changer Plus ATO ATO Reservoir: Innovative Marine 5 Gallon Hydrofill Flow: (2) EcoTech Marine Vortech MP10WQD paired in Tidal Swell Mode (TSM) Filtration: (2) InTank Media Baskets, filter pads, and a bag of MarinePure Gems for biological Nutrient Export: AquaMaxx Media Reactor converted into DIY Cheato reactor and Cheato Testing: Hanna, Red Sea, Salifert Dosing: (2) Jebao DP4 Dosers BRS Soda Ash BRS Calcium Chloride BRS Magnesium Brightwell Aquatics NeoNitro Brightwell Aquatics NeoPhos Fish & Invertebrates: Two Black Ocellaris Clowns - "Ace & Gary" Tail Spot Blenny - "P-Blenny" Royal Gramma - "RG" Three Gold Ring Cowries Six Banded Trochus Snails SPS Corals: Green Spongodes Purple Digitata Forest Fire Digitata Tubbs Stellata Red Encrusting Montipora Red Dragon Red Planet Red Setosa Green Tenuis LPS Corals: Duncan Superman Blasto Rainbow Echinata Dragon Soul Favia Golden Eye Chalice Ice Blue Leptastrea Rainbow Acan Red Acan Red & Blue Acan Bizzarro Cyphastrea Zoas: Radioactive Green Dragon Eyes Rastas Halle Berry Black Hornets Eagle Eye Armor of the Gods Everlasting Gobstoppers Sunny D Green Dragon Eyes Blond Blue Eye Pink and Green Agent Orange History: The tank was assembled over Christmas, 2018. Water was added 01/01/2019, all gear tested and configured. Water was brought to temp (78F), specific gravity set at 35ppt. Live rock was added 01/03/2019, and the tank was fishless cycled with Dr Tim’s One and Only and ammonium chloride. The cycle finished in two weeks, which I attribute to the rock and the bottled bacteria. Once the tank could process 2ppm of ammonia in 24 hours, it was time for a 75% water change. Nitrates were floating around 50ppm at this point, so I was happy to oblige. Knowing I was a day or so from adding my first occupants to the tank fueled the water change excitement. Future: My plan moving forward is patience. There are lessons I learned on my own, and from those who post journals here. My hope is to avoid failures, mistakes, or overlooking something obvious. I’m targeting mostly SPS in this build, but I’m sure Acans and Zoas will work their way into the tank along this journey. Current water parameters: 2019-05-06 Temp: 77.8F Specific Gravity: 35ppt Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 1.5ppm Phosphate: .03ppm Alkalinity: 8.5 DKH Calcium: 470ppm Magnesium: 1470ppm FTS February, 2019: FTS January, 2019: Setup: Live rock added and start of cycle: AquaMaxx Chaeto Reactor: Water Station & RODI: There’s a lot I’ve learned from this community. I want to start by saying thank you, seriously. Without your commitment to this hobby, and sharing information or lessons learned, there would not be this database of knowledge one can so easily tap into to build their vision of a perfect reef. Until next time!
  5. Hey guys, I'm quite new here and I've been having some troubles as to which tank would be the better buy and any recommendations of the two. So lately I have been wanting to get a new tank and as I walked into my LFS I noticed that they were setting up some newer nano tanks. This tank was the Aquatop Recife 24g tank and stand combo, it is an AIO that comes with a light and protein skimmer included for only $400. However, I have also been looking quite extensively at Innovative Marine's Fusion 25g lagoon tank AIO which is $250 but does not come with a stand, light, or skimmer, however, I would probably build the stand on my own. Now I have an Innovative Marine 10g Nuvo nano tank at the moment with a Kessil A80 tuna blue light on it as well as a fluval sea ps1 protein skimmer which I was thinking about maybe swapping over but I'm still not too knowledgeable when it comes to saltwater and the difference between some tanks. I plan on growing some corals and having fish in here as well. Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!! Recife ECO 24g: https://www.aquatop.com/products/recife-eco-24g-tank-stand-combo?variant=4697366691872 IM Fusion 25g: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/25-fusion-lagoon-aquarium-tank-only-innovative-marine.html
  6. Lugmos12

    IM Fusion 20

    Backstory: So I started my first reef tank in July 2017 with an EVO12. On January 31, 2019 I switched over to an Innovative Marine Fusion 20 gallon. I found the deal on CL (came with a stand, skimmer, reactor, ATO and a bunch of miscellaneous reef stuff). This thing cost me what I would ONLY pay for the tank itself. Not a bad deal in my opinion. Since then, I've added a few new zoanthids, leathers, and a piece of SPS. I'm also pretty sure I'm going to order a dosing unit so I can cut down on water changes and just dose to maintain Alk/Mag/Ca and give the corals more stability. Through testing I notice that my Alk decreases to a really low number over the span of just 1.5 weeks. I want to also get into more LPS so dosing will be necessary to maintain stability. I'm debating between BRS and B-Ionic. Breakdown: Tank: IM Fusion 20 gallon ATO: XP Aqua Duetto Light: AI Prime HD Skimmer: Reef Glass Nano Wavemaker: Aqamai KPS Doser: TBD Live stock: CORALS: montipora setosa green digitata pocillopora green star polyps duncan hammer toadstool leather green nepthea red goniopora ricordea red mushrooms Candy Cane Zoas and palys: Utter Chaos, Banana Munchers, Laser Lemons, Purple Hearts, Rainbow Incinerator FISH: frostbite clown misbar clown six line wrasse INVERTS: Nassarius Snail margarita snail astrea snail Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp scarlet hermit crab
  7. eslatts11

    Slatts' Lagoon 25

    Hey guys, new to nano-reefs.com. Have almost 3 years experience now in the hobby. Starting up a new build thread as I am in the process of moving and have to downsize to a smaller tank. My current tank that will be decommissioned here in a very few short weeks is the 75g Deep Blue Edge Rimless mixed reef drilled with the Synergy Reef 16" overflow with an ADHI 60g refugium sump. Before that I had a 60g Deep Blue Cube mixed reef with a 20g sump. Check my profile out if you want to see pics of either tank. Lagoon 25 Build Equipment thus far: Tunze Silence 1073.008 Tunze Comline DOC 9001 CustomCaddy Cobalt Neotherm 75w Lagoon 25 Equipment ill be re-purposing from my previous tanks: Kessil 360we Tuna Blue (2) Tunze Turbelle Nanostream 6040 Neptune Apex - VDM, DOS, DDR, AFS Tunze Osmolator Spectrapure 90 GPD RO/DI Avast K1 Kalk Stirrer Lets get on to it. Last weekend I built the stand for my 25 Lagoon. I used 2x3's for the structure, a nice piece of Aspen for the top, and some thinner paneling for the sides with a black stain:
  8. October 2018 FTS Well, here goes! After having been out of the reefing world since 2007, this past December I decided to start up a simple 10g tank... a few fish, some corals, nothing fancy. Of course I underestimated how much I love this hobby and couldn't resist the urge for something just a little bigger with a few more bells and whistles. Enter the IM 20 Fusion... the box was bigger than expected upon arrival, pretty sure the UPS man was cursing me while hauling it out of the truck at 830pm. Equipment - 20 gallon Innovative Marine Fusion (Actual volume ~14 gallons) - Stock return pump Since 1.5 Return Pump - Hydor Koralia 240 Powerhead x2 - Aqamai KPS powerhead - Finnex HMO 50W Heater - Smart Micro ATO - Nanobox Duo Plus - Apex Jr. - 2x BRS 1.1mL/min dosing pumps - Dosing BRS 2-part Filtration - Innovative Marine 200 micron filter sock (left chamber) - IM media caddy with filter floss and chemipure blue - Chaeto reactor - ~15lbs live rock - ~20lbs aragalive live sand Stocking - True Percula Clown x2 - Sixline Wrasse - High Fin Red-Banded Goby - Yellow watchman goby - Jawfish - tailspot blenny - Randalli Goby Not gonna fit down the hallway like this BRS did a great job with the exterior packaging and the tank itself was well secured within the interior box. Looks great on the stand I debated doing a full tank switch in one day, but opted for patience and decided to allow the 20g to cycle using water from the 10g and some of the established sandbed. The 20g is going where the 10 is currently sitting, going to have to perform some delicate moving to make room... With some help from the fiance' we got both tanks moved, now I just have to level up the stand and get some water in this thing, then going hunting for some additional live rock! Right now, everything is still stock on the IM20, debating upgrading the return pump for a little more flow any and all suggestions are welcome!
  9. Hi Nano Reef World! Most recent FTS: 10.20.18 Intro I have been reading and researching for over two years and am finally committing and taking the plunge! After multiple years of high tech planted tanks and I eventually found myself here looking at everyone's awesome nano reefs. The technical aspects and complexity of reefing hooked the nerdy scientist in me. I can't wait to see where this adventure takes me. After purchasing a IM Fusion tank and equipment almost two years ago I sat on it knowing that life wasn't quite stable enough to set up my little tank. After breaking down my old 46 gallon planted tank and moving to PNW I am finally ready to put all the stuff that has been gathering dust to work. Plus not having a tank is starting to bum me out. Equipment Tank: -IM Nuvo Fusion 10 Stand: -Ikea metal cabinet Light: -Nanobox Tide w/ Bluefish Filtration: -8 lbs uncured rock from KP Aquatics (after much back and forth in my head) -6-8lbs of BRS's reef saver rock -inTank Media Basket -Filter floss -Carbon -Once weekly 10-20% water change Flow: -Stock return pump Syncra Silent 0.5 pump -MP10 -Cobalt Aquatics MJ400 Multi purpose pump for salt mixing Salt: -Red Sea Coral Pro Sand: -10lbs Arag-Alive Special Grade Sand Heater: -Colbalt Aquatics Neo Therm 75w Heater -Extra 75 watt heater for water changes ATO: -Tunze Osmolator nano Controller: -Apex Neptune Jr RODI system: -BRS Universal Current livestock (8/27/17) -Tailspot Blenny -Green Banded Gobies x 2 -Sexy Shrimp x 2 Have some more goodies from BRS and Amazon coming in the next week. Hoping to get the all the tanks cables managed over the coming weekend and put rock in it the following week. I am planning on doing a soft cycle with the live rock. I plan on being super patient with the whole tank and probably won't be adding much till after the new year and only if tests and conditions allow. I would love to hear suggestions on the setup and live stock goals. I am pretty set on my live rock choice but I do have 10 pounds of dry rock in my possession. I would love to hear peoples experience's and opinions on dry vs live, especially for a first time reefer. I went back and forth on the topic for months. I had a hard time with the potential risk of introducing a potentially harmful or destructive pest species into the set up. The benefits of the introducing a complex mix of bacteria, invertebrates, and algae has pretty much convinced me to go with live rock. I feel super fortunate to have found Nano Reef as a resource. I have been immensely impressed by the discourse here and everyone's love of the hobby (and of course everyone's tanks). I look forward to sharing my experience and connecting with fellow reefers here! Cheers!
  10. sadley77

    Filter Media in Nuvo

    Hello all! I was just wondering what all you IM fusion owners run as filter media on your tanks. I am currently cycling my IM10, and am currently only running poly filter in my media basket. Anybody run carbon? Also am thinking about buying the refugium and adding cheato.
  11. 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.
  12. dferrari13

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  13. After being out of the reefing hobby for a bit, got the bug again and decided to go nano! Wanted a smallish AIO and the IM Nuvo Fusion 10 fit the bill. Below is a link to a short video of me setting it up (including a serious brain-fart!) and a couple of pics. I'll post updates periodically. Â
  14. Will it Fit? Episode #6 - Fusion 10, Peninsula 14 & 20 Today we'll show you which items fit—and which do not—into the back chambers of Innovative Marine’s most popular tank, the NUVO Fusion Nano 10, along with the Peninsula 14, and Peninsula 20 gallon aquariums.
  15. Baugher1976

    Fusion 40

    Just wanted to share my Innovative Marine Fusion 40. Been up for a couple months now. Radion Xr30w Pro with diffuser, Mighty jet return pump, 2xmp10s, Hydrofill Ato.
  16. schleppey

    Sea of D IM 20 Reef

    Hello there, Welcome to the Sea of D Yo NanoReef, hope you are all doing well today. My name is Dominic and my goal is to make this the most stunning nano reef I have ever seen, while documenting from day 1. I am primarily into breeding freshwater caridina shrimp and keeping oddball fish. Fiend for the exotic.  Hardware: Innovative Marine 20 NUVO Fusion Sicce 1.0 Return Pump 1 CustomCaddy Media-Basket Reef Glass Protein Skimmer w/ Tetra 20 pump Tunze Osmolator 3152 ATO Aqueon Heater Jebao PP-4 Wavemaker AI Prime HD with Mount  Everything Else: 20 pounds Special Grade Arag-Alive by Caribsea 14.1 pounds of Real Reef Live Rock Seachem Matrix Seachem Purigen Filter Floss TwoLittleFishies Nano-Magnet Generic 20 gallon Amazon stand Generic Amazon Digital Thermometer  LiveStock: 3 Red Hermit Crabs from LFS  I will just go down the line and comment on what I need to. I was originally going to go with the IM 10 after being inspired by the thread on here but after a little research I quickly changed my mind. I wanted a respectable light that I could work from my phone. Most options I was looking at gave a 24 inch spectrum which is essentially wasted on the 12 inch IM 10 imo. For an extra 100 dollars I doubled my space and more efficiently utilized my hardware, no brainer there. I forgot that when I upgraded that I can get 2 media baskets so I basically just forgot the other one. I have recently found a new air pump as well I will probably end up using for the skimmer.The tetra can be loud when not wrapped in a shirt which looks like ass. Heaters are pretty meh to me as long as they do not break. There is a adjustment dial that I correspond with the digital thermometer for temperature. It has numbers on the dial but we all know how that goes. As for the PP-4 I have no idea what to mode to put it on. Right now I have it on wave-1 and the dial turned a little under half, it has my water rocking back and forth softly. Please assist me on that front if possible. The other big question mark I have is what to set my AI Prime HD at. I just asked the AI Prime facebook group but if someone out there with this tank help me out that would be king.  I saw so many debates on substrate I decided to not beat myself up about it and just get something solid. Hopefully this fits the bill. Luckily my LFS carries Real Reef Live Rock so I got to pick and choose and even set up my scape there. The Matrix is basically just going to fill the empty caddy once I get it and act as additional surface area for the long term. I am a little concerned about when the purigen will go bad and how I will know but that will be in the air whether it returns. I ordered chemipure blue right as amazon ran out so I am still debating whether I should refill that void, let me know if you think it is worth it. I like the tiny scrubber of the two little fishies magnet and the fact that it isn't made out of the same plastic as a 1993 mac like nano-mags really tipped the scale. Also one of these hermits does not look particularly red except for maybe his knees, felt worth noting.  As far as future goes I have plans on getting those spinstreams, the new air pump, and another light. When it comes to future livestock I have some ideas but have nothing set in stone so we will just have to see where the road takes us. If you follow along I will be doing my best to keep you entertained and updated through the trials and tribulations of the Sea of D.       Day 2 as I didn't get everything cleaned up after such a long day 1. Truly day 1`
  17. TheCrockers200

    New fusion 10 build updates!

    Hi everyone! I am going to be starting an official journal for our new fusion 10 build Quick background on us, we had a 75 gallon for about 4 years, bought a house and when the tank moved we lost almost everything over about 6 months and realized with the new house we didn’t have the time. Now that we’ve settled we have decided to try a nano tank and hope to re set up our 75 in the future. We started the tank cycling the end the end of December 2017. Cycle is complete and water parameters are good. Had a short stage of cyanoalgae but rearranged the rocks and added a powerhead for more flow and have not had any issues since. What we have as of now: im fusion 10 tank upgraded media basket caddy with filter floss and chemipure nano ghostmate desktop skimmer hydor nano powerhead 4 pounds of live rock with 1 large dry rock that has since been seeded 7lbs of Carib sea bahama oolite sand AI prime hydra light with flex arm mount LIVESTOCK 1 firefish 4 nasarius snails 2 turbo snails looking to add a black clown goby and a citron goby and some more cleanup crew We had a massive bloom of copepods which have since dwindled to a smaller amount. One morning I came out and the entire tank was full of them ? Will be slowly adding corals to the tank as well. We currently have one little favia frag that was pretty cheap and basically our test piece to see how it does. Thinking of doing mostly lps corals, but not really sure exactly at this point. We are looking into auto top off systems please give your recommendations! Also what other parameters should we be testing testing regularly besides ph, sg, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite? Thank you!!
  18. Hello Fellow Nano-Reefers, So I came across an amazing deal today on both of these tanks, convinced my wife I can "Upgrade" from my JBJ Nanocube 28. I am seeking out opinions on both of these tanks. I currently have an IM Nuvo 20 in my classroom, so I am fairly familiar with how they work. Why am I "Upgrading," really it's a personal liking of a "shallower" tank, I have a hard time with Maintenance in my JBJ Nanocube 28 because of how deep it is. And I really want a little larger footprint, I really don't think I would feel good having larger than a 30 gallon in my house, we live in a house that is 125 years old and I'm not sure I trust the floor with that much concentrated weight on it :-) I am also probably going to need at some point some help on lighting, I have a few in mind already (I won't be doing much SPS except lower light things like Birdsnest and Stylaphora.) But I will cross that bridge when it comes. For now help me out... What do you like about both of these tanks if you have them, if you have had both even better! Dimensions: IM 25 Lagoon - 24in X 20in X 12in(H) IM 30L - 36in X 15in X 13in(H) I realize I will lose 4in in Depth on each one for the AIO filtration, but again I am used to that in the 20 in my classroom. Help me out! TIA!
  19. Philg3

    Phil's Fusion 20

    Hey everyone. This tank has been running just over a year and is doing pretty well, seems like the right time to do a build thread. Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 20 Ecotech Radion XR30 (Gen1) Ecotech Vortech MP10 Digital Aquatics RK Lite DA SL2 w/ Temp/PH/Salinity Probes IM Desktop Ghost Skimmer IM Hydrofill Ti ATO w/ Aqualifter Eheim Jager 50W Heater I have IM custom caddy's on both sides with floss, bags of carbon, and Seachem Matrix in that order. I've started dosing Red Sea Foundation A,B,C by hand Pics! 2/25/17 3/29/17 built a conduit light mount 04/13/17 05/13/17 I moved over the summer and it was pretty rough on the tank. I ended up battling high Nitrate and Phosphate and lots of algae for a few months afterwards. 09/08/17 10/31/17 I changed up stands PEAK ALGAE 02/23/18 Tank seems like it's back on autopilot now, Nitrates undetectable using Red Sea kits, Phosphate hovers between .05 and .10 You can see my two fish in this last one, a Tailspot Blenny in the middle and a Rainfords Goby hiding in the bottom left Thanks for looking!
  20. TheReefingWolf

    ReefingWolf's 25G Fusion Lagoon

    Thought I would start a thread on my tank. Its been running for about a year and a half now. I've recently sold off most of my stock because I've decided i just want to do a Euphyllia dominant tank. This thread will be where I post update photos as well as brief updates on the status of the tank for my future reference. (Happy for you to follow along ) FUSION LAGOON 25G Ghost skimmer (Desktop) Smart ATO Micro 120W Black Box LED 1x Jebao WP-10 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25 LBS of Live sand (Fine Grain) 30ish LBS of Live rock ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chemi Pure Elite Purigen Wet Skimming at the moment -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  21. TheCrockers200

    Huge algae bloom after cycle HELP

    Hey everyone! So our nano IM fusion 10 that has been up and running for about 2 months now is going through a huge algae bloom. Water parameters are good as far as ph, salinity, nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia. We have added a few snails but didn’t want to go crazy if for some reason the water isn’t right. Is there something else I should be testing the water for now? A lot of people say this is a normal part of the process but I am wondering should we be turning the light down or off and adding more cleanup crew? What are so recommendations for the sand bed and keeping it clear? It is okay to now add filter media to the tank, just planning on filter floss and chemipure blue in the upgraded media caddy basket. Also what are thoughts on the ghost protein slimmer? We have it in the tank but it’s not on right now...
  22. TheCrockers200

    IM fusion 10 new set up

    Okay so this is our new IM fusion 10 set up that’s been running for about 5 weeks now. What do you all think? WeÂ’ve been in the hobby for awhile however this is our first nano tank. We would like some tips and pointers on powerheads, and filter media. We havenÂ’t put all of the gadgets to use yet as the tank is cycling.  currently,  fusion 10 tank AI hydra prime light with flex arm upgraded media caddy ghost desktop skimmer spin stream nozzle upgrade 7lbs of live bahama oolite sand 5lbs of live rock and a 3 lb dry rock     current readings for cycle ph 8.15 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10mg/dl  im noticing this sand likes to blow around easily, wondering if we should take some out or add some coarser sand to the sand bed ????        Â
  23. schgr.cube's Innovative Marine 25 Lagoon Current full tank shot: Changed up my aquascape again. November 1st, 2017
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