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  1. DailynJ

    Which tank to choose?

    Hi all! I'm new to saltwater aquariums but not new to freshwater. I've been keeping freshwater all of my life, from 150gals to having 10 tanks at once. Now I live on the third floor of an apartment complex with a 20gal long planted tank filled with shrimp and a betta. Basically I'm trying to say I have a good amount of knowledge on basic stuff. I've been trying to decide on what aquarium I should get for saltwater reefing. I've been looking at the Coralife Biocube 32, as I found a kit that comes with an ATO, protein skimmer, and wavemaker, all for around $700. So this would still allow me to buy all the other essentials like heater and ro/di system on my budget, and possibly upgrade the light if need be. But I have been told it's not the best tank because of the curved glass, which often cracks. I've been recommended innovative marine tanks and red sea tanks. The innovative marine tank that is 30 gallons is a lot longer than what I was wanting, and it with a stand costs as much as the biocube kit. So I would still need to get the protein skimmer and all of that. Now the Red Sea Max E-170 is absolutely gorgeous. It comes with a built in protein skimmer, and comes with amazing lights. It has two filter outputs, so I don't think I would need a wavemaker. But the tank and stand is $1,365, which is WAY more than I was planning on spending for the tank alone. So my dilemma is: is the biocube good enough? Should I save up for the innovative marine or red sea tank instead? Do any of you have experience with these tanks: good or bad? I would love to hear any opinions or advice. Thank you so much, Dailyn
  2. pricewayne

    IM lagoon 50g EXT \(0.O)/

    Deliberated between Red Sea and Waterbox for weeks and I've decided to go with an Innovative Marine lagoon 50 gallon EXT. Basic reasoning was with the IM tank I'll get all 50 gallons of water volume in my display tank and the diversity to customize my setup (stand/sump) more to my specific goals. I started my first SW/reef tank in January with a Fluval Evo (fluval on a husky cart link) and am also participating in the pico contest (pynk pico journal link). I've found a lot of joy learning about reef keeping and I'm really thankful for everyone on nano-reef and excited by how much more there is for me to learn! Lots to do before the lagoon will be up and running -- am going to try my damndest to take it slow. No doubt I'll need some help, especially when it comes time for plumbing. Below is where I'm at and what's still left to think through! Tank Specs Display: Innovative Marine Lagoon 50 gallon EXT (30"x24"x16") Rock: Ordered 60lbs of dry Marco Rock Substrate: TBD Sump: Trigger Systems Triton v2 (26"x13"x15") -- 20.4g total volume, with refugium chamber (6g) & skimmer section Heater: (2) Eheim TruTemp 100W heaters Heater Controller: TBD -- I haven't tried these yet, but it seems affordable and smart ATO: XP Aqua Duetto (container is TBD) Stand: TBD & probably DIY -- I'd like to widen my stand beyond the tank and have it double as a standing desk. I really like stands with simple metal frames and am looking at T Slot aluminum for my frame if I can swing it without breaking the bank. Lighting: TBD -- am thinking either dual Nanobox Duo or Nanobox Hybrid.. @DaveFason -- look out for an email 🤳 Refugium Light: TBD Plumbing: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Return Pump: TBD -- once I know plumbing I'll calculate GPH needed for return pump Powerhead: TBD Skimmer: TBD Test Kits: API SW Master kit + Red Sea Reef Foundation kit Salt: Aquatic Life 4-stage RO/DI + AquaForest Reef salt Fish livestock is still in progress and for the most part, I'd like it to be well thought out to avoid stocking issues. I may keep my clowns and BTA in my fluval and make it a low maintenance nem setup. I'd like mixed coral stocking, but SPS dominant. Projects for this week... - Stand: if anyone has tips/experience with T Slot aluminum stands, I'd love to chat! I'm in Los Angeles area so if anyone has any contacts, please reach out as well. - Scape: my rock will deliver on Wednesday. It honestly may take me a couple of weeks just to get my scape laid out/glued and dried. - Plumbing: want to get a better general understanding of options or how-to's. - QT Tank: figure out my purchase list and setup for QT. Think that's all I've got for now... always welcome tips//thoughts or feedback.
  3. glutton4punishment

    IM Nano 10 - back in the hobby

    So after a 3 years without a tank, I decided to jump back in with a IM 10g. I had a 37g LPS tank for 6 years and a 180g mixed reef for 5 years - went all out, fairly successful but had issues come up that made the hobby unsustainable at the time. Looking to try and keep this one uncomplicated. ! It is amazing to me the advancements in the hobby just in the last couple years. Any helpful comments or suggestions greatly appreciated. Getting live rock and water tonight and will just cycle for a while before adding anything.
  4. Tigahboy

    20g FTS 8-4-19

    Added a couple gorgs and some macroalgae.
  5. The Rainy Day Aquarium

    RDA's IM Nuvo 10

    After a hot minute I finally got up and running on a new nano reef tank! I'm new to this forum but not so new to the saltwater game (but still consider myself a beginner). Being that I live in a small town with an even smaller support for the saltwater hobby, I figured I could share my build and pick up some tips and experience along the way, as well as just document how my aquarium evolves. The tank itself is an Innovative Marine Nuvo 10. I'm not running anything special, as far as equipment goes I have a Fluval Sea Marine Nano for lighting and am utilizing a Hydor Koralia nano 240 and Cobalt NeoTherm 50w for heating and circulation in the aquarium. I am running the stock return pump on the tank for now, as well as keeping it stupid simple with filtration; using a generic filter mesh and some ceramic media for my mechanical and biological along with some carbon just to help polish the water). Being such a small tank, my main source of maintaining water parameters and nutrient export will be good old fashioned water changes. My stocking list is pretty minimal given I don't have one yet 😉 I was thinking about keeping a Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse with a Flaming Prawn Goby, but the jury is still out on that one. What I do know is that after the tank is cycled I'll be adding some simple corals like zoathids or maybe a mushroom or two to kick things off. I still have some tweaking to do, but until then I can sit back and watch my fabulously clean, empty tank 🤗 Thanks for stopping by and I'll keep you posted.
  6. Open but never used! Innovative Marine "Performance Pack for Desktop Aquarium" Includes: - Ghost protein skimmer - Minimax media reactor - Caddy Media Basket, Made specifically for fusion nano 10 & 20 but can fit other aquariums as well! - Spinstream flow nozzle - AccuDrip acclimator Retails for $340 new This is new, opened but never used! Asking for $220 including shipping Feel free to ask questions. Thanks!
  7. Having a really hard time deciding which tank will be best. I want to plan this setup to be well thought out and cohesive before I start making any purchases -- am thinking end of summer will be the earliest I'll start buying. My first tank is the Fluval 13.5g (started this February) and it's going strong & have a 2.5g pico as well. Quite new to the hobby, and yes, already obsessed! Looking in the 40-65g range for size -- Red Sea or Waterbox both *seem* to be the top contenders in both size categories. I do love Innovative Marine tanks -- but seems a better deal to go with RS or Waterbox since they come with cabinet & sump. For setup and stocking, I'm thinking... SPS dominant, but not exclusive NanoBox duo or double duo, if needed I'd like to have a tank that's plumbed for a sump in cabinet & would like to have a refugium in sump for pod population Predrilled tank... I may be handy, but drilling glass & gluing plumbing is a nope for me Fish & equipment specific planning is TBD, dependent upon which tank I decide on Questions haunting me in the dead of night... Red Sea tank glass is so sexy. You know it, I know it, we all know it -- but what are people's impression of Waterbox tank glass in comparison? Generally, is one considered better than the other and why (beyond "branding")? Are there other tanks I should be considering that I just don't know about? Quick tank specs... Red Sea Reefer 170 43g total volume (34g display) 24.5"x20"x20" Waterbox Marine 45.2 44.3g total volume (29.6g display) 24"x18"x18" Red Sea Reefer 250 (rectangular shape) 65g total volume (54g display) 35.5"x21"x20" Waterbox Marine 60.2 (cubed shape) 61.8 total volume (39.8g display) 24"x24"x18" Other tanks I should consider? Thoughts, advice & tips & tricks appreciated 😬
  8. AntsNanoReef

    Ultimate NUVO 10 | Aquascape

    Hey guys, I’m new to the “nano reef forum” community but not new to nano reef keeping. Follow me and the progression of my Innovative Marine NUVO 10 build. My goal with this tank is to ultimately keep a thriving “sps and zoa” dominate tank “most likely” (more on that as time goes on). Last night I spent a couple hours aquascpaing my tank and here the end result. I fixed all the rock work together with some putty. Let me know what you think! I kept the aquascape “low” to allow the sps to grow upward and fill in the empty space beautifully. I also left a lot of empty space on the bare bottom to allow corals to fill it. Thank you you for tuning in! I’ll keep updating the tanks progress as time goes on! Tips and tricks are always helpful! Enjoy the rest of your day!
  9. Hello everyone. I’m just rounding the 1 year mark of reefing. In that time I’ve gone from a Evo 13.5 to a Lagoon 25. There’s an old thread somewhere of my 25. In March I moved into a Lagoon 50. I’ve currently just finished up a custom stand in preparation for a hybrid fixture that Dave is finishing up for me. Here’s a bunch of photos and an equipment list 🙂 Lagoon 50Sicce 1.5 Main ReturnCobalt MJ1200 Reactor PumpEcotech MP-10Icecap Gyre 1kAquaMaxx Algae ReactorNeotherm 200w HeaterAuto-Aqua Micro ATOCadlights PLS-50 Elite IIMini-Max Pro (biopellets)Innovative Marine Media BasketIn-Tank Floss HolderChemipure BlueMarine Pure BlocksNanobox Hybrid (4x 3.1 Array and 2x T5, Full Spectrum Control)Inhabitants:Purple Fire FishLeopard WrasseMystery Wrasse Yellow Clown Goby Starry Blenny Pair of Dragon Face Pipe Fish Cleaner Shrimp Pair of Peppermint Shrimp Pair of Hermit Crabs Pom Pom Crab Standard CUC. Nassarius, Astrea, Turbo, Trocus LFS of choice - Diablo Corals - Concord, Ca Just after the move. It’s a steel side table reinforced with wood. I ended up further reinforcing it but can’t seem to find anymore photos. Probably because its was ugly lol And an FTS from 10/25/18
  10. Ckane2

    CKane’s IM Nuvo Fusion 10

    Excited to share that I will be upgrading from the Fluval Evo 5 to an IM Nuvo 10! Not sure when the tank will get wet, but I thought I’d start a tank journal for suggestions. Lighting: AI Prime HD (suggestions for light schedule?) Flow: aqueon 600 (from my 5g, 150GPH) and Current Orbit 660 wave pump Sand: thinking Caribsea’s special grade reef sand so no sand blows around the tank Rock: trying to decide if I should wait until I find the perfect rock or use epoxy to make my own rock, suggestions? Filtration: custom caddy with phosguard, filter floss, and chemipure blue nano Livestock: 1 ocellaris from my 5g and a small skunk cleaner shrimp, may pick up a small clown goby or other small fish corals: most of the corals in my 5g will be used in my 10g. I’d like the 10g to have a large zoa garden, and some more monti cap and digi. Considering making this an anemone tank with just an anemone and maybe zoas? The 5g was a great learning experience, made some rookie mistakes (not dipping coral frags) and have some nudibranchs and I believe a zoa parasite that’s causing one of my colonies to close up. Pictures are of the 5g currently and the new 10g. Any suggestions for the 10g are much appreciated!!!
  11. 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!
  12. CrazyEyes

    20g Nuvo (thread redo)

    Hey what's up everybody, just wanted to pop in and share my tank, it's just over 8 months now, it's mostly Lps with a few sps. EquipmentIM Nuvo 20IKEA kallax stand2x AI primeHD's Icecap 1k gyre 2x custom daddy's running floss and carbon Eshopps nano skimmerSmart ato micro DIY cheato reactor (TLF 150 reactor)For livestock I have 2 normal clowns1 2 spot hogfish Corals Medium size blue maxima clamGarf bonsai acroBali green slimer Scrambled egg zoasUnknown plate coral Hollywood stunner chalice Few other unknown chalices that I picked up from wwc. Unknown war coral Green monti cap Ricordea Florida Jason Fox burning banana Unknown purple acro That's about it for now, here are a few pics of the setup and a few coral shots, hope you all enjoy.
  13. 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.
  14. Manbearfish

    The Pinnacle Peninsula

    Hello everyone! Some time has passed and I started to get that itch again. It happens to be some convenient timing too, now having graduated and started my career I don't face as many constraints on my setup, which is a nice feeling. This isn't my first reef nor my first nano, I tried to track progress on my last build here, but as you can see I didn't post very consistently. I had that setup setup running for about a year or so, but unfortunately had to break it down due to some financial constraints, aka being a broke college student. That said, I learned a lot of lessons. I'm hoping to carry some of these things to the new setup. My girlfriend and I just moved in together this past week, were in an apartment now so the tank had to be on the smaller side. I was really loving the new IM Pensinsula series, everyone was grabbing up the 14g, I liked the sleek look of the 20g so that's what I ordered. I had originally planned to set it up in a Peninsula format, but unfortunately once we got all the furniture in, I couldn't really find a spot I liked where I could set it up as a room divider. I have some equipment I saved from my last couple setups. Namely my AI Prime and my Jebao WP 10 which I will be carrying over to this build. I learned from the 24x24 that evaporation drives me crazy and topping off without an RODI and ATO is a major major pain. I learned my lesson this time and bought an RODI so I don't have to make constant runs for distilled water. I'll likely be ordering an IM ATO soon. A Reefkeeper Lite is on the radar as well, with hopefully an eventual upgrade to a gyre over the jebao. As far as the scape goes, I have some crappy phone pics that I quickly snapped this morning, I'll update with dslr pics when I get home. I'd like to try and keep a lagoon-style scape/livestock choice going because I liked the natural look of my last tank as everything grew in. My father's side of the family is from an island in Greece called Chios, easily one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. One of my favorite beaches on the island is named Vroulidia, and it was a bit of an inspiration for the scape. Initially I thought I had wanted to do two separate islands, but I came to like this one flowing mass. The rockwork also curves in from back to front, with the sand bed sloping up to the back right. I may plant a mangrove back rhere, we'll see. I definitely plan to stock in plenty of macroalgae. Let me know thoughts/opinions. Here's a pic I took of Vroulidia: Thanks for looking!
  15. vaughnking

    Yet Another IM20 Build!

    Hello All. Long time lurker...first time poster. I have kept saltwater tanks for a very long time. I mainly kept FOWLR in the past. This is my second nano build. The first was almost ten years ago. Needless to say...I am back in the game! I was able to pick up an Innovative Marine 20G Nuvo tank from one of my LFS (The Hidden Reef / Outside of Philly). They had a sale on tanks. I picked mine up with the 2 stock 18w lights for $279...much cheaper than the $399 retail price that I saw online. After I set up the tank and mounted the lights, one of the clamps snapped. Thank God that I had the cover over the tank...the light would have just plopped in. I emailed IM and Brian got back to me ASAP. After sending a few pics, they mailed out a new clamp. Great customer service! Here are my plans. Equipment: Tank - IM NUVO 20 Pump - Might keep the stock...I have noticed that a lot of people replace them. Flow - 1 Jebao SW 4 - picked it up from another LFS / ARS in Malvern...Mike is great and I picked it up for cheap...$20 cheaper than another LFS...and Mike appears to keep some of the best frags locally. Heater - 50W from old system Lights - 2 stock Skkye Lights 18W - will keep for now and consider upgrading around the Holiday. (Kessel or Prime HD LD) ATO - I am researching ATOs at the moment Skimmer - I am researching skimmers at the moment Filtration - Socks and chemi-pure blue Refugium - looking at using one of the chambers for a refugium Life: 12ish pounds of dry rock / 15lbs of sand Fish (I am thinking about 3 max) Orange Spotted Goby or Yellow Watchman Goby or Rainford's Goby (leaning towards the Rainford's) 6 Line Wrasse Tail Spot Blenny - picked him/her up after the cycle Midnight or Wyoming White...just don't know yet....maybe a Domino Corals (still determining what I want) Lords Leptoseris Chalice Scolymia Favia Frogspawn Leather Leptastrea Candy Canes COC Snails, hermits, mini brittle stars (as necessary) Maintenance: Weekly 10%-20% water change Dosing (maybe) I started the cycling process 2 weeks ago (shrimp and bacteria). Ammonia and Nitrites have spiked...picking up Nitrates...taking it very slowly... A few picks:
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