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Tigahboy posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsNew project! After being out of the hobby for close to a decade, I came back in recently to participate in the current Pico Reef Contest with my volcano pico. I was actually also working on a custom 20g project at that time, which led me back to nano-reef.com in the first place, but that project never came to fruition and I ended up focusing all my efforts on my contest entry. If you want to check that out, here's my thread: Volcano Pico Thread. Anyway, my son has been asking for "Nemo" fish for quite some time now, so I thought this set-up would be another good project for us to work on together. Details: Tank: Innovative Marine Fusion Nuvo Pro 20g Peninsula (30" x 11.8" x 13") Stand: West Elm Buffet (40" x 19" x 27") Return Pump: MightyJet 326 gph w/ Controller (came stock with the tank) Circulation: 2 x Aqamai KPS Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 75w Lights: NanoBox Duo Plus M - Side Mounted (ordered) Some initial thoughts: 1. The IM tank is pretty sweet. This new version of the peninsula now comes with an upgraded pump and filter caddy, and it's great that it comes with a mesh lid and magnet cleaner. The manufacturer is local to me, so I just put in the order and picked it up yesterday. IM's customer service and responsiveness have been top-notch as well. 2. The West Elm stand is great because it fits with the rest of my home and it is the perfect height for my son. It's short enough for him to see everything in the tank. But still debating whether I need to reinforce it to support the tank (though it is super solid and made of real wood). 3. Not sure if I should do fuge or skimmer for the middle chamber of the tank. It's pretty small so not sure if a fuge is worth it. Theme: Minimalist and Sparkly Clean. I've always been a fan of super clean-looking and minimalist tanks, and I plan to keep it that way for this one (maybe even more so this time around). Probably keep the scape pretty minimal as well. Current Stocking Plans: 2 percs or ocellaris (haven't decided yet) and oodles and oodles of bounce and jawbreaker mushrooms. I want em all! Just kidding. TBD, but likely keeping my stocking pretty light as well. Also, everyone seems to have a BTA nowadays, so why not me? Feedback welcome. Thanks for stopping by!
At the end of December, I pulled off what I thought to be my greatest aquarium feat; I talked the tank keeper in to a much larger (for us) aquarium. We found someone getting out of the hobby that had an IM SR80 for sale, with all livestock and equipment. The arrangement we came to, was that the tank keeper got to restart the tank, and to get down to three tanks. With that being said, we’ve spent the better part of the last two months selling off livestock, donating corals to two school marine clubs, and planning the start of this new tank. Our goal was to get the tank broken down, by March 1st, and by golly, we made it(I didn’t account for leap year - thank goodness for the extra day!). Over the last month, with the help of many of you here, I was able to talk the tank keeper in to letting us join the AIO 365 Day Nano Reef Challenge. The tank keeper and I both like the looks of peninsula tanks, and I knew if I had a shot at joining this challenge, it’d have to be a peninsula tank I set my sights on. After a couple of discussions/begging/pleading/promising I ordered an IM NUVO 20 Peninsula, for this challenge. Today, we spent most of the day, moving the remaining livestock to holding tanks, and completely broke down, cleaned and moved the SR80. It is now back up and running, but we will not move any livestock back until we are happy with the aquascaping, and know that the tank is stable. I will be journaling both of the tanks in here, but I know that only the peninsula 20 is eligible for the competition. However, it did not stop us, from commemorating the day for us, by starting two new tanks. I present to you, Two Tanks, One Thread. An IM Nuvo SR 80, and an IM Nuvo Peninsula 20.