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  1. New 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!
  2. 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:
  3. 9/14/19 5/26/19 4/14/19 2/5/19 12/30/18 12/6/18 11/18/18 11/12/18 This is my new tank journal for my IM nuvo fusion 20. It is mixed reef system, with a focus on LPS. I also have most of my coral organized by species (torch rock, acan garden, trumpet rock, etc). I love getting advice, criticism, comments, or anything else you want to say about my tank. If you want my advice on anything reefing related, I'd be happy to help 😁. The livestock was all originally from my 65 gallon display; when I downsized. If you want to see my previous tank journal, you can find it here. Equipment: IM Nuvo Fusion 20 IM APS stand (upgraded open stand to fit my equipment) DJ 8 plug power strip Stock pump (Upgrade coming soon, too loud) 2 intank media baskets 200w Cobalt Neotherm heater Radion xr15w Gen 3 Pro Ecotech RMS mount mp10es with DIY anemone guard (QD driver soon) Submersible fuge light Tunze Nano Osmolator ATO Filtration: Filter pads on top of both media baskets (change out biweekly) Chemipure blue nano bags in left Intank (have 3 in cycle, replace 1 every month) Purigen bag in right Intank Tsp of GFO and 2 tbsp of ROX carbon in bag in right Intank (change monthly) 14 MarinePure spheres in the 2nd left chamber Refugium running chaeto in 2nd right 10lbs of live rock 1" sandbed Livestock Mackerelmore, the snowflake ocellaris clown Swim Shady, the black and white ocellaris clown Meek Gills, the yellow clown goby Lake, the Hector's goby Pom pom crab Red and brown RFA Green and pink RFA 6" Flame rose BTA Baby black widow BTA Clean Up Crew: Banded trochus snail 2 nassarius snails Ninja star snail Dwarf zebra hermit 3 scarlet leg hermits Tons of chitons Tons of mini brittle stars Asterina stars (haven't seen mamy lately) Corals: Neon green torch (5 heads) Dark green torch (~10 heads) Green bubble coral 24k gold leptoseris Green duncan (~50 heads) Neon green trumpet (~20 heads) Purple trumpet Green and purple trachyphyllia Green and orange lobophyllia Purple/brown stylophora 2 Purple and green, blue spotted discosomas Green seriatopora Auroral afterglow torch (Indo gold) Blue acropora Meteor shower cyphastrea Aussie purple tentacle, white tipped, and green base torch Pink micromussa lordhowensis Red micromussa lordhowensis Oregon tort acropora Miyagi tort acropora 7" Green cynarina Orange ricordia Yellow, pink, and green zoas Green star polyp Red planet acropora Purple haze encrustin montipora Tri-color valida acropora
  4. 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! October 2019 - IM 25 gallon fusion: September 2018: May 2017:
  5. UPDATE: Most Recent FTS 4/12/19 (***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
  6. Hello Everyone, I am new to the forum and new to the hobby. This is my first attempt at keeping a saltwater reef tank so I'm sure I will need lots of advice along the way. The tank was started on 9/7/2018 so it has been running for just over a week. Currently my setup is... Equipment: 20G IM Nuvo Fusion Orbit Marine Pro LED (Dual Fixtures) with Ramp Controller 75W Jager Trutemp Heater Tunze Turbelle Nanostream 6015 Powerhead 2X Spin Stream Nozzles Chaetomax Refugium Light Digital Thermometer Rock and Sand: 20 lbs live sand - Arag Alive West Caribbean Reef 20 lbs Liferock Dry Rock 2 lbs Live Rock (from LFS) Macro Algae: I purchased a clump of Chaeto from the local fish store for the refugium and got a couple a freebies buried inside. I believe they are Red Razor Bryothamnion and Gracilaria Hayi. FTS (9/10/18) : I am still playing with the settings on the ramp controller. If anyone wants to share their recommendation for a good light cycle on the Orbit Marine Pro that would be great. I look forward to sharing my progress and documenting the evolution of this tank.
  7. 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!
  8. SaltyTanks

    SaltyTank's 40G Mixed Reef

    Hello & welcome to my new reef journal! I’m a SoCal nano-reef enthusiast that’s been in the hobby 4 years, and I’m finally committing myself to starting this journal – mostly for my benefit, not yours😊 No seriously though, I need help holding my bad habits in check and hoping you will all help me achieve my goal. My goal is that 1 year from now my 40-gallon mixed-reef tank will be a living masterpiece, and so appealing to me that I will have no impulses to stick my hands in the water to move/add anything. That said, here’s some more background and visionary objectives: SETUP: Tank: 40-Gallon Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion (24” x 20” x 19”) Lighting: Radion XR15w Gen-4 Circulation: (1) IM stock return pump w/2 spin stream nozzles; and (2) Icecap 1k Gyre Heater: None (controlled room temp) Cooling: Desktop fan controlled by Inkbird thermostat/temp controller Mechanical Filtration: (1) Aquamaxx HOB 1.5 skimmer; (2) filter floss Bio Filtration: (1) RealReef dry rock; (2) Caribsea sand; (3) CerMedia Marinepure biofilter balls Chemi Filtration: RedSea carbon Top Off: Tunze Osmolator 3155 Dosing: manually, Brightwell Reef Code A + B & magnesium BACKGROUND: I’m a middle aged father whom loves to drink red wine while staring up-close at my fish tank excessively. I grew up by the ocean and first fell in love with tropical fish & corals when I got scuba certified in Indonesia circa 2000. Since then I’ve done many dives around the world and find myself more interested in biodiverse macro reef-scapes than shipwrecks and cageless bull shark feedings. Also, I’m a photo enthusiast and art aficionado, which I aim to incorporate into my reef keeping. My wife gifted me my first tank about 4 years ago (a 6-gallon JBJ AOI), and pretty sure it’s her biggest regret of our long-standing relationship. I'm now about 1 year into the current setup. VISION: If I were shrunk down to be a little 2 inch scuba diver and my wife threw me into my tank, I want to be surrounded by colors, contrasts, textures, movement, and dimension. I’ll want to swim down, up, around, through, under, and over copious amounts of corals, and be accompanied by a few fish friends that will join me without fearing they’ll bully or eat me. OBJECTIVES: Over the next 12 months, I’ll try to post progress updates every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, I’ll try to engage you all into helping me fill in the holes with new coral suggestions. Since I like to go to the local LFS’s frequently, maybe together we can make this an interactive team effort - although, let me try not to get ahead of myself here. So for now I’ll share some relevant pics and focus on following through with a 2nd post sometime soon. P.S. I have a lot of bad habits to work on... - hands in the tank frequently - impatiently making changes, expecting expedited results - providing poor instructions for friends to care for tank while on vacation - overfeeding and then underfeeding - vindictively taking vengeance on hungry hermits that snatch food from feeding acans
  9. AyeNick

    Bay Area Nuvo 10

    Hi all, and hi to the Nuvo 10 community! For the past year or so, I've been wanting a reef of my own, and I'm now addicted. I decided on the Innovative Marine Nuvo 10 for the compact size and transportability, given that I plan to take it to college eventually. As of the moment I am writing this, I currently have put the rock and sand into the tank, after cycling the rock for about 3 weeks in a 5-gallon bucket using Fritz Turbo Start. The sand is Fiji Pink, and the rocks are Walt Smith 2.1. I have the tank on the 10 gallon white JBJ Nano Cubey Stand, which looks really great with the tank. Equipment List IM Nuvo 10 Tank 10 Gallon White JBJ Nano Cubey Stand AI Hydra 26 HD (Modified AB+ Settings) Cobalt Neo-Therm 50 watt heater (best heater on the market) Sicce Syncra .5 Return Pump Vortech mp10wqd inTank Media Basket (Running inTank filter floss, 2 chemi pure blue nano packets, and 1 marinepure cube) Tunze Nano ATO (Not running a skimmer, I'm running 4 MarinePure cubes in the second chamber) Aquatic Life 100gpd RODI unit Tropic Marin Pro Reef salt (mixes extremely fast) Tank as of August 16, 2019. No light or ATO yet. Tank as of October 2, 2019. Hydra 26 with diffuser has been added. Snails, hermits, and goby have been introduced. No corals quite yet.
  10. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Hey everyone! I have been wanting to setup a reef tank for many years. Recently, my work allowed me to build a reef for a display (red sea 750xxl) and since then I have been eager to start my own. As a fairly new reefer, I cannot describe how important forums like this were for me so I have decided to become part of the community and document the progress of my new build: innovative marine 30l. Today I got a shipment of supplies from BRS (love this company, see picture below)! Very exciting but still have another shipment coming next month after my rock is finished curing. I got the 30l package from BRS but upgraded the sand and several other things from stock. I will be posting periodically as major updates occur. Please ask me any questions and provide any insight you can. Knowledge is power in this hobby! I also built my own stand using a vanity obtained from local hardware store and 2x4 construction. If you would like input on how to build a stand like this let me know.
  11. MrJDanP

    MrJDanP's Nano Reef Build

    This is my third tank! Started the cycle for the tank on June 22nd. Will be moving at the end of July so won't be adding any livestock to the tank until August. Using Indo-Pacific live sand, BRS Reef Saver rock, and Red Sea Coral Pro salt. Just added the light on July 8th. Diatoms are beginning to grow! Equipment List stock pump (slight noise doesn't bother me) - after breaking in the noise is equivalent to a quiet fan IM custom caddy with filter floss - chemi-pure blue, and live rock rubble Kessil A80 Tuna blue with gooseneck Kessil A series spectral controller Cobalt Neotherm 50w heater AutoAqua smart ATO micro
  12. pgrVII

    The Goon- New Bird

    Tank: IM Lagoon 25 Equipment: @inTankmedia racks with floss,and Chemipure Blue NanoBox Duo- Mixed Reef setting,with only Mints for the white channel use. Smart ATO micro Cobalt Neotherm 100w MP10 1st gen. Innovative Marine Mighty Jet Desktop Eshopps Nano Skimmer Livestock: Ocellaris Clownfish x2 Bubble Tip Anemone Cleaner shrimp Blue hermits(filter area cleanup) Astreas Zia Toadstool Hairy Green Monster Acro Purple Stylo. Orange Monti Scrambled Egg Zoas Devil Armor Palys Sunny D's JF Fairy Tale Zoas Liams Cloves Daisy Dukes Sour Lemons Vivid Stingers Rastas Rainbow Hornets Pacman Acro Green Birdnest Green Spongodes Red Planet Acro. Blue Slimer Current FTS 2/27/2019
  13. Hey Everybody! We’ve been lurking for a couple months and decided it was about time we started a journal. Background - We had a 75G mixed reef about 15 years ago. It was a ReefReady Oceanic with a refugium/sump, skimmer, and metal halides. It was a lot of fun but eventually the maintenance didn’t fit with our schedules and we decided to get out of the hobby for a while. About 5 years ago we got back in with a 5G Ecoxotic EcoPico. It was filtered by a MarinePure ROCK and a Koralia 240. We eventually bumped up against the constraints of that system and decided to get something a little bigger with some more flexible filtration options… and here we are. The ATO, heater, fan, and temp controller came over from the EcoPico. Everything else is new. We tried the MarinePure ROCK in the new tank but it was just really boring looking so we switched to the CaribSea Life Rock and put some MarinePure spheres in the fuge basket. Equipment: IM Fusion Nano 10 Asta 20 LED NanoBox Mini Tide Plus M IM MightyJet Desktop return pump IM Wavelink Desktop circulation pump InTank Media Basket InTank Fuge Basket IM NuvoSkim Desktop Eshopps Nano Skimmer Tunze Nano Osmolator ATO AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro 2.5 Gallon Aqueon as ATO reservoir Cobalt 25W Neo-Therm Arctic Breeze Mobile USB Fan Bayite Temperature Controller VCA Random Flow Generator IM Spin Stream CyberPower 1350 UPS ApexEL w/Breakout and homemade switch box Vertex Sensor-Mag XD Probe Holder Dry Goods: CaribSea Life Rock Shapes CaribSea Dry Aragonite Fritz RPM Salt Filtration: MarinePure Spheres (in the fuge basket) Filter Floss (in the media basket) Chemi-Pure Blue Nano (in the media basket) Fish: Benny the Tail Spot Blenny Not-Nemo the Clown Inverts: Snails (whatever is left of the 5.5G Crew from Reef Cleaners) Blue Leg Hermits Shrimpy the Blood Red Fire Shrimp Corals: Various Mushrooms GSP Candy Cane Toadstool Leather Various Zoas Bird’s Nest Torch 10/22/2018 - Serious disco ball in this one! I really need to glue some stuff to those rocks. Overall, everything seems pretty happy. 9/30/2018 - The giant green mushroom decided to relocate itself and the bird's nest fell over. I'll try to actually get it mounted this weekend. 9/15/2018 - You can see the leather in the reflection back in the corner. The ramekin has a loose mushroom in it that I'm trying to coax into attaching to a frag disk.
  14. Hi everyone, I have been posting sporadically on here asking question regarding my tank build but here is my official build thread! A little background, this will be my first attempt at my own reef tank but my parents have had one for years. I just finished graduate school a couple months ago and decided to take the plunge and get into reefing myself! My equipment list is as follows: IM Fusion 20 Gallon Custom Stand (still being made, counter-top will suffice for the cycle) Nanobox Duo plus M (waiting to receive, cycle will run without light on anyway) Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 100W heater IM Custom Caddy IM Spinstreams x2 (arriving today) 15lbs Pukani Live Rock 20lbs CaribSea Special grade sand I do not want to run a skimmer on this tank so I am still trying to decide what to do with the two inner chambers. I plan to eventually run chemipure blue and carbon in the custom caddy along with fliter floss. I will probably be purchasing another caddie and place filter floss and marine pure spheres in it for more biological filtration. I am also contemplating plumbing an algae reactor in my stand for nutrient export (pump in one of the two internal chambers) but that is still up in the air. Any thoughts on what I should put in the last chamber? I still have lots of rock work to do but I was trying to get everything setup and running last night and this is where I ended up. Before Water Just Filled After some rock work Like I said I am sure I will move the scape around a million times before I am settled on something I really like but I appreciate all thoughts and suggestions!!
  15. Pandy

    Lagoon 25 | SPS Reef

    Hello everyone, I've been reading these forums for inspiration ever since I joined the nano world, and there are so many great threads that gave me plenty of ideas that I wanted to start my own, and hopefully - without being big headed - I can give someone else a little inspiration one day from this. For a little background on myself, I used to run a Reefer 525 on the KZ ZEOvit method until around 8 or so months ago. I shut that down due to mostly running costs, and I never felt like I was getting anywhere with it. My style of tank is definitely a deep (front to back) but shallow tank that has a nice aspect ratio - so I have no idea why I bought the Reefer because it wasn't any of those things at all. The Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 had been on my radar for some years now but being in the UK, we have only one or two suppliers I think. Right when I was shutting the Reefer down, the main supplier had stock of the Lagoons in on their first ever shipment, but I missed out on them because being an indecisive **** I didn't pull the trigger quick enough. I needed a tank to keep my clownfish and a few corals in because I wasn't prepared to let those go for sentimental reasons, so I ended up with a Fluval Evo 13.5. That lasted maybe 6 months until last week when that same supplier had their second shipment in. This time I didn't miss out and ordered the Lagoon straight away! So without further ado, here is my new setup which I intend to keep for a lot longer than the Fluval or the Reefer. I'll detail the planned upgrades and methods in a further post. Innovative Marine Lagoon 25 Aqua Illumination Prime HD GHL Profilux 4 Tunze 3152 ATO InTank Media Basket x2 Jebao OW-10 Schego 100w Titanium heater IKEA Stuva/Besta stand - heavily reinforced 14-4-2019 | Full Tank Shot by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview Face On by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Overview by Andy, on Flickr 14-4-2019 | Top Down by Andy, on Flickr Thanks for looking, Andy
  16. Greetings Nano-Reef.com - Started out with just an IM10 and quickly decided to add an IM25 Lagoon for a DT. The lagoon is a work in progress. When I bought the IM25 I purchased 10 lbs or dry rock and 20 lbs live sand. My plan is to move my 10.5 lbs of live rock from the IM10 into the IM25 after the new 10 lbs cure and cycle. I want to then convert my IM10 into a frag/qt tank using something like Seachem Matrix. I still need a light and some odds and ends for the IM25. Is it crazy to think the current A360WE will be discounted when the A360X comes out? Can hook the A360WE up to my spectral controller and i'm going to be hunting for that discount over the holidays. The IM25 will eventually sit closest to the couch and the IM10 will rest to the left from the direction of my pictures. My custom stand isn't quite done yet either. IM10 Equipment: Kessil A80 Tuna Blue w. Spectral Controller IM CustomCaddy Media Basket Sicce Syncra .5 Pump w. Spinstream Eheim Jaeger 50W Heater Tunze Nano Osmolator IM10 Filtration: Filter Floss (replaced every 2-3 days) 10 lbs Aquamaxx EcoRock .5 lbs live rock form LFS to help seed tank 10 lbs live sand Livestock: 1 Black Snowflake Clown Pistol Shrimp Blue Legged Hermit Crabs 1 Nassarius Snail IM25 Equipment: Sicce Syncra 1.5 Pump Eheim Jaeger 75W Heater Tunze Nano Osmolator Nanobox Duo Artfully Acrylic custom one-piece Lid IM25 Filtration: IM Media basket w filter pads And Seachem Matrix Chemi-pure Blue 10 lbs BRS Dry Rock 20 lbs live sand IM DC Skimmer Livestock: Bonded Pair of Extreme Helmet Picasso Clowns from Sustainable Aquatics Tailspot Blenny Trochus, Astrea and Nassarius Snails as well as Mexican red-legged Hermits *Should be adding a Yasha Goby and Pistol Shrimp withinthe next week or so Coral: Zoas, Palys, various euphyllia, acans, Duncan, fungia, scoly. More to come. FTS - 10/22/18 Built this stand myself. FTS - 9/29/18 FTS - 8/31/18 FTS - 8/19/18 7/1/19 or thereabouts:
  17. This will be a tank thread for the IM Nuvo Fusion 25 I just setup on Saturday (10/8/16) This will be my third reef tank but my first time with a nano. Very happy with the quality of these IM tanks. My plan is to keep things simple on this bedroom apartment tank and reuse some stuff I have around from my old 60g cube. Going without sand or a skimmer for now. I want to stock clowns and BTAs probably with some softies like gsp or xenia. Equipment List: IM Nuvo 25 Jebao PP4 Radion Pro Cobalt Neotherm 100w heater Tunze Osmolator Using ESV salt and a Spectrapure 90gpd RODI Setup and week 1 pics: [/u [/url] [/url] [/url] [/url]
  18. Welcome to my Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 20 build! Was out of the hobby for a bit but still had my 75-gallon tank running at my parent's place. Recently caught the reef bug and decided it was time to set one up in my apartment in NYC. If you liked what you saw in my 75g, wait till you see what I have in store for this 20g tank. Equipment List: Tank: IM Nuvo 20 gallon Stand: Innovative Marine Cabinet Stand Heater: Eheim Jager 50w Light: Viparspectra 165w LED with custom made stand. Pole is made out of 1/2" conduit and fastened to the back of the tank 100% Blue 9am - 10pm | 30% White 11am - 6pm Return Pump: MaxiJet 1200 2x Innovative Marine Auqa Gadget Spin Stream Powerhead: Jebao PP-4/ RW-4 Skimmer: Innovative Marine Auqa Gadget SkimMate MidSize Ghost Skimmer ATO: Tunze 3155 Cycle: DrTim's Aquatics One & Only + Ammonia Other: American DJ power switch Other: 2x Custom Media Basket made out of egg crate Other: RO/DI system through my shower What's in the tank: Clownfish pair: 1 Mocha Clownfish | 1 Phantom Clownfish Royal Gramma RIP Yellow Clown Goby RIP Bangai Cardinal Midas Blenny
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  20. thetonyage

    Tony's IM Nuvo 10 Reef Journal

    Welcome to my Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 10 build! Equipment List: Tank: IM Nuvo 10 gallon Stand: Fusion APS Cabinet Stand Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 50w Light: Ecotech Radion XR15w Pro G4 with Diffuser attachment, and RMS Tank Mount with custom riser Return Pump: Sicce Syncra 0.5 Powerhead: Ecotech Vortech Mp10w Quiet Drive Controller: Neptune Systems Apex EB8 Power Bar WXM for connecting to Radion and Mp10 LSM Lunar Sim Module (I dont think I will end up using this on a tank this small) pH, Temperature, and Salinity probes Breakout Box with Float switch controlling a second Sicce Syncra 0.5 ATO Pump (Breakout box also controls a LED light strip inside the cabinet triggered by a magnetic door sensor) DOS peristaltic dosing pump set to continuous water change of 1350 mL a day. Other: IM In Tank Media Basket Upgrade with Filter Floss in the top cage and a Chemi-Pure Blue Nano packet in each of the bottom 2. Livestock List: Clean Up Crew: Dwarf Cerith Snails, Nerite Snails, and Nassarius Vibex snails Female Yasha Hase Goby Red Banded Pistol Shrimp ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ It all started with this box of glass and this box of rocks: I decided to go with some Pukani Dry Live Rock and start out with as sterile of a system as possible. I soaked the rock in a diluted bleach and water solution for 2 weeks to remove any organic materials that might have been left over on the rock. After that I did a muriatic acid dip. I did about a 20 minute dip. I then let the rock cure in a bin in my garage for a few months in fresh water, doing 50% water changes every week or so. If I was going to do this again, I would dip for less time, with a more diluted solution. It is pretty crazy just how much the acid ate away from the rocks. I didn't take any pictures of this process, but to give you an idea of what I mean, here are some aquascapes I was playing around with before doing anything to the rock: And here is the first ever FTS: December 15, 2018 As you can see, the acid really opened up a lot of tiny little pores in the rock but it also ate away a good amount of the rock itself. I'm not saying I wouldn't do that again, but I'd definitely do it differently next time. Anyways, the tank finally got water in it, and got a Dr. Tim's fishless cycle going the first week of December 2018. Here's the Most recent FTS from the other day (sorry for dirty water, I had just finished doing a bit of scraping/cleaning): February 15, 2019 The first additions after the cleanup crew were a Female Yasha Goby and a Red Banded Pistol Shrimp combo I scored from Diver's Den. Here's a pic of the Yasha while she was being drip acclimated: I didn't get any pictures of the shrimp that were worth sharing unfortunately. And once they went into the tank they disappeared for 2 days. I'm happy to say though that today I was able to catch a glimpse of the goby coming out to snag a few Mysis shrimp I fed! She wouldn't let me get close enough to take a good picture without going into hiding, but I managed to snap this one: Well, that's pretty much all I have for now. I'll update with some more info tomorrow as far as future plans are concerned and hopefully some more pictures! I do apologize for the quality of the photos, I have a pretty old phone, and I'm not the best photographer to begin with - but I do promise to get better as I go. I know how much everyone loves pictures, and I'd like to have a nice photo documentary of this tanks progress. Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to post any questions/comments/concerns. I'm looking forward to being part of the Nano-Reef community!
  21. 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
  22. tonydahomie

    tony’s 14g peninsula

    Hey! I’ve had some variation of this tank up and running for the past two years now - running with the same live rock since then that I got dry from BRS, some of the same corals & my skunk cleaner shrimp named Kevin who’s been with me through two moves and two subsequent tank transfers (my original IM 25 lagoon to a Fluval evo 13.5 to this IM 14 Peninsula). This has kept things interesting, and led me to going bare bottom as I will be moving again in July and it has just made things less complicated, although I may eventually add sand back in. Things have settled down for me a bit in the past few months though, and I’d really like to start posting here regularly just as a way to track my own progress with this tank. I’m hoping to start adding some more corals again soon and next week will be adding a Wyoming White clownfish (who my girlfriend has aptly named Alfredo) that I’m hoping my clownfish Bonnie will be nice to. EQUIPMENT LIVESTOCK Here’s some pictures:
  23. All just set up another nano! Can’t wait to see what this tank brings. Cant wait for this thing to finish cycling. Doing some power cable management tomorrow. Currently not running any filter media Here is my old tank Equipment: IM 20g peninsula IM top off reservoir IM tank stand Smart ATO AI prime IM Mighty Jet 40lbs live sand 20lb dry rock
  24. Top shot (Oct 2017) FTS (May 2017) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Yes...another IM 10 thread. Sorry folks. Brief history, I started with a pico reef in a Fluval spec lll which ran very well so I upgraded to an Eheim Aquastyle 9gal cube. The cube also ran very well and it was the first venture into sps and other stonies. From there, I went thru a shallow tank phase and went with an ADA 60f. After realizing the major benefits of having in-tank filtration system, I've decided to move over everything (yet again) to an IM 10 Fusion using all of my equipment from previous set ups. Teeny's reef also was a big inspiration. So here we go. The set up and equipment plan Innovative Marine Fusion 10 gallon Nanobox reef tide M Ecotech Vortech MP10 Jabeo 4 pump dosing system Smart ATO Micro Aqueon 50 heater Finnex 50 Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Skimmer by Mame Eshopps Nano Floss and chemipure blue Nature's ocean bio activ live aragonite (10 lbs) Dosing Bionic Calcium (daily) Bionic Alkalinity (daily) Reef Plus (weekly) Red Sea No3/phosphate remover (sometimes) Reefroids (weekly) Acropower (weekly) Tank came in a few days ago. I find the label kinda funny - some stock broker on the phone with reef on his desk Excellent quality tank. This sock filter thingy that it came with sucks and it just wont work. Don't see myself using this so I went ahead and ordered a custom caddy media basket. Here's the current ADA 8.6gal shallow with the inhabitants that I'm planning to transfer. It's a decent mix of acros, digitatas, caps, poscillaporas, pavonas and stylos along with some LPS and a couple of softies. FTS: October 1, 2016 Old tank shot from the Eheim cube. I think about 85% survived moves and are still with me today. FTS: February 25, 2016 Waiting for the stand to come in along with the skimmer and other stuff. Will keep you all posted. Thanks for visiting.
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