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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!
Hello Nano Reefers! I am in the process of updating my lights for my IM 20 nano reef with 2 Skkye 18w lights. I am running a LPS / Softy tank. I might decide to insert low light SPS in the future. I was leaning toward purchasing an AI Prime HD. The light has been well received and Jake from Reef Builders has previously raved about the light. I also consider a Kessil or Nanobox, but they are currently out of the budget at this time. I recently stumbled across a little-known LED fixture that appears to be somewhat promising. I am talking about the Coral Box Moon. I am now trying to decide between a Coral Box Moon or an AI Prime HD. I am interested in the Coral Box because it is slightly cheaper, comes with a mount, and has comparable specs. Does anyone on this forum have experience with both of these lights? I would like to hear from a few Coral Box owners. There are enough AI Prime owners that have provided glowing reviews, and I am open to hearing more reviews. Any suggestions? Coral Box Specs: WIDE MORE! COVER MORE PLACE! LED MORE! COLD MORE! To Come First Circle LED, up to 175mm x 175mm Cover all area on your tank, still thinner as 34mm 6.89" x 6.89" x 3.4" inch LED up to 59Watt 18 LED Chips Centralised Cross LED Wide Enough Lumen on Tank Moon LED using Aluminium with Plastic Cover Fast Cooling on the LED! No Burn smell with harmful in your home ENJOY 2 TYPES OF LENS Our Crystal Ultra Lens Maximum on your Lighting Range 90 Degree Lens strength Lighting on small tank without over burn of coral 120 Degree Lens Wide More for 24" inch Tank CROSS POWER SUPPLY 1 Power supply for 2 LED. Minimum on your power source SIZE Length 6.89in. (17.5cm) Width 6.89in. (17.5cm) Height 1.34in. (3.4cm) LED SPECIFICATION Channel 1 White: CREE XTE 5W 7000-8300K 4pcs Channel 2 Blue: CREE XPE 3W Royal Blue 450-465mm 5pcs Channel 3 :Epileds Purple 3535 420-430nm 3W 1PCS + Deep Ocean Blue 445-450nm 3W 1 PCS Channel 4 Moonlight Blue: CREE XPE 3W 465-485nm 2pcs Channel 5 Green: CREE XPE 3W 520-535nm 1pcs + Philips 3W Cyan 490-515nm Channel 6 Red: CREE XPE 3W 620-630nm 1pcs + Cree Amber 585-595nm 1pcs 3W