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  1. Reefstalker

    Brand new equipment FIRE SALE

    Hello folks, I was planning on setting up a new reef tank with a Nuvo Fusion 20, so I bought all these equipment brand new a couple of months ago. Well, it turns out that I'm now relocating from Chicago to Boston with a job that requires frequent travel, and so will have to shelve my plans indefinitely. Here's a list of the equipment I bought -- all brand new, unused, in their original unpacked/sealed boxes. I currently live in Lakeview area, Chicago, and preference would be local pick up. Thanks. Nuvo Fusion 20 stand only (black, anodized aluminum construction), $195 (bought for $300) Nanobox Duo Plus M (black, 9" gooseneck), $280 (bought for $425) Icecap Smart RO/DI (4 stage, 100 gpd), $260 (bought for $400) Tunze Osmolator 3155 ATO, $130 (bought for $200) Trigger System 5 gal ATO reservoir (Crystal color), $65 (bought for $100) Sicce Synra 1.5 (358 gph), $45 (bought for $70) Two (2) Cobalt Neo-therm 75w, $40 each (bought for $63) IM ChaetoMax 2-in-1 Refugium LED 9w, $45 (bought for $70) Two (2) IM Spin Stream Flow Nozzles, $13 each (bought for $20) If someone can take all the above, I'll sell for $1,000 even, which is basically almost 50% off what I paid for them. Again, all brand new in their original unopened boxes. Thanks, Ben
  2. TJ's Bust'em Up [and go] Custom Reef! Welcome to my build thread! Well, rebuild thread I suppose... or maybe upgrade thread? The Details: This thread is going to follow me taking my very new reef, and completely redo the guts of the aquarium. This will include the sump, plumbing, skimmer, fuge/frag lighting, etc. and I am going to go custom with all of it! Or nearly all of it. The sump is being built by Pro Clear Aquatics, the light by Dave @ Nano Box Reef, and I am going to use colored plumbing to match it all up and take the vanity side of this build to the next level. The Livestock: As with all of my builds, I am planning to go primarily with colorful sticks and clams. I really can't help myself... I just can't reef any other way and feel satisfied. The tank was originally set up with LPS and Softies to keep things simple and look full as fast as possible for a video shoot. With that concluded, I am moving over to sticks ASAP! As you read on through this thread you'll see I've already begun to move out softies and bring in SPS. Nothing too fancy just yet, but as things settle in I will get my hands on some more impressive pieces. I am not necessarily going to be chasing down "designer corals" because they tend to be heinously over priced, but rather just focus on getting some nice colors from the LFS or trade with other hobbyists for nice frags. For fish, the tank is currently home to a pair of Percula Clowns, Starry Blenny, and a [likely cyanide caught] Convict Tang. Details on the system can be seen in the original post below. ------------------------------ Original Post Below ------------------------------ Alright folks, I'm just going to leave this thread here... Lots to do before I start really posting about what is happening, but lets just say I have a new reef, its already set up, but I think I am going all out custom for the sump / plumbing etc. and will kick off the thread once everything arrives! And yes, I will probably go crazy with sticks like I did last time. This time I will hopefully avoid any mass die offs caused by acro specific viruses that can not be controlled... Sad times. THE FUN BEGINS IN 10, 9, 8... About the tank: European tank, low iron glass, holes drilled at the top of the rear panel, utilizes XAQUA INOUT overflow system, grey stand with removable front panel for a ton of access. Dimensions are 70 x 50 x 50 cm (roughly 27" x 20" x 20") About the scape: I used CaribSea Life Rock to give the corals something to grow on. Mix of the standard boulders and the branches paired with a bit of smashing, stacking, and putty eventually lead me to this scape. How far along is the build? So this reef was hastily assembled for a video shoot (not for a build series, but rather for a commercial of sorts to introduce a new product/line from a well known company) and was never intended to hang around. Once I got it up and running with corals and a few fish, my daughter became quite drawn to it, and my wife doesn't hate it, so I figured it should stay. Of course, I should have known that the second I set up a reef I'd be bitten by the bug... What are the plans? I am planning to change up most of the corals and go heavy on the SPS, but more importantly, I want to completely redo the guts of the system. I slapped this together with great equipment, sure, but I want to go custom and really make the system my own. I have already gotten in touch with Pro-Clear aquatics who have ordered my custom acrylic and will be building a sump for me based on a modified design I sent them yesterday (23/02/2017) and I will be getting some pretty plumbing to really turn this system into a hot rod (no flames though...) So, if you stick around, this thing should get pretty interesting relatively quickly! I assume the sump will be at my place in a few weeks, and that is when we can really kick things off!!!
  3. 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:
  4. Aquarium specs: Tank: UNS 3N (2.9 gal) Light: Nano-box reef Tide Filter: Azoo mignon 150 with surface skimmer attachment Heater: Marina Compact Heater Auto-top off: XPAqua Circulation: Hydor Pico evo-mag 180 Rock: Rubble from my RSR Nano, "shapes" rock Sand: Sand from RSR nano, pulse a small amount of dry special grade Dosing (weekly): 2ml Tropic Marin "All-For-Reef" 1ml Acropower 3 drops of Vibrant Inhabitants: Fish: Snow Onyx Clownfish Inverts: Red Mithrax crab Pom Pom Crab Rainbow Bubble-tip Anemone Mini-maxi carpet Anemone(s) Rock Flower Anemone(s) Various snails Various hermits Coral: Birdsnest Katopora Green acropora Orange setosa Red pocillopora Orange leptastrea Green Duncan x2 Dragon soul favia Zoanthids (random) Purple frilly gorgonian Blastomusa merletti Red Iridescent mushroom Orange Jawbreaker mushroom Assorted favia Assorted Chalice 9/21/19 8/22/19 4/25/19 4/20/19 4/17/19
  5. Tom@HaslettMI

    Arch-Scape Reef

    Hello all. Finally starting a journal to share and document my reef. I’ve been a reef aquarist for a long time. I set up my first reef tank in the early 90’s, and I have had one ever since. This tank is an upgrade from a Marineland 25 gallon rimless tank. My goal for this thread is for pictures to do the talking... so I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum. Enjoy! May 2018. DIY stand being built. Empty tank just there to dream a bit. August 2018. The stand is mosty done. September 2018. Tank moved! Rock and coral just dropped in. Pile-o-rocks! October 2018. A peak under the hood. Wire organization mostly there. A de-rimmed 10 gallon as a temporary sump. November 2018. Arch complete! Thanks for looking! Tom
  6. 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
  7. Background: This is an upgrade from my Fluval Spec V. I have always struggled with the rock being too big in the Fluval Spec V. It makes it very hard to clean the glass on each side so lots of algae build up. I also wanted to get a bigger tnak for the clown fish. This clown fish has been with me for over 2 years now and survived through 2 leaks, 1 move, and other mishaps. It is also a total bully so I can't put it into my Red Sea Reefer 350. When I first saw ReefBuilder feature the Fluval Evo 12, I knew it will be my next tank. The dimension fits perfectly wherethe Spec V is now and the rock will look great with more space on each side. There are some questionable design choices with the tank such as the black honeycomb at the top of the tank (which I razored off) and the AIO chamber allows a lot of detritus to build up in the first and second chamber. The stock lighting and pump are good only for softies and low light LPS. But overall, the tank itself is pretty decent for the price. I do like it comes with surface skimmer and the return nozzle is already split into two. In additional, the raised design is very modern. My vision for this tank is a very natural tank with gorgonians, LPS, zoas, acans, and ricordeas. I will get another fish or two, something that can put up with the clown.
  8. I have taken down my tank and am looking o sell my DIY led/t5 hybrid light. This is a housing from a Coralife 4x 24" T5 lunar fixture. I removed 2 of the T5s, as well as the lunar LEDs, and mounted a 4 channel Nanobox Duo M inside of it. So total it has 2 24" T5s in the front and back each with individual reflectors, and a Nanobox Duo M (4 channels, moonlight channel, & lime LEDs) mounted in the middle. 4 channel Bluefish controlled with the t5s on a separate outlet. I'll also include the old nanobox duo gooseneck in case you want to restore it. The nanobox fan is burnt out. It is an easy fix, but works fine without it since the t5 has a fan and the housing is looser around the nanobox than the original housing. It also needs a cover for the nanobox fan hole I cut into the top. It also could use a better plexiglass protector, I couldn't find a single piece big enough. The mounts for the T5s are VERY rough, and it wasn't a finished project when I took it down. With a little TLC this could be a really clean fixture, but it's currently a bit rough around the edges. That being said, this thing works great for growing corals and has a great mix of flashy led and natural fluorescent spread. I really like the colors, and look of this light. I am selling because I have taken down the tank, sold all my stuff, and am moving across the globe.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!
  11. Current fts Yup another entry. My goal isn’t to crash this tank. Between 3 cats and 2 kids 4 and under I’ve got a pretty nice shot. Hell, I might manage to crash it myself. tank: Boring old rimmed 2.5 gallon aga equipment: a light, I’ll find something a heater, my basement doesn’t get very warm. I have a 75 watt cobalt or a 50 watt aqueon. We’ll see what ends up working. a filter, I originally bought a seachem tidal 55 butttt I had a mishap on my black water tank (little bit of a drip at the connection to the online heater. Tried to tighten it. Ended up shattering a lily pipe somehow. Managed to fry the Kessil power supply). Holy crap do I like the tidal though. This pico might not be good enough to purchase another one 😝. So I’ll find something laying around here eventually I don’t know about any other equipment. I will probably paint the back of the tank blue. Or stick a bunch of painters tape to the back. Livestock plans: not sure, I like soft corals. offical entry pic shout out Uber eats for my late night snack that I didn’t have to share with the family
  12. HippieSquirrel

    Time for an upgrade: Progress is slow

    Current FTS: (updating as progress is made) I started reefing a little over a year ago, I’ve learned a lot, had plenty of failures and successes but I believe I’ve learned from most of not all of my mistakes. My first tank was a trial of sorts and I feel that it’s run it’s course, pico tanks just weren’t my thing so when I realized I had the space for a larger system I started planning. This is roughly what I decided I wanted to do differently: - legit QT - sump - fuge - change maintenance habits: vacuum sandbed, test more frequently/have monitors to do that for me, wc on a more consistent schedule - apex This started 4 months ago? And this is my progress lol The stand finally got set up a week ago so now I can actually start working on some stuff. The tank on the right is gonna be my “QT” I will have dedicated separate tools and such so that proximity shouldn’t be an issue and this way I can enjoy that tank too. Maybe I’ll turn it into a frag tank at some point. It’s a Waterbox 15 AIO with stock return, 50w or 75w eheim, mp10 from old 20g, and a nanobox led. I’ll be transferring some live rock from my tank to seed it and soon after all my critters so I can shut down my old tank. Obviously tons more more to do and I don’t even have a display tank yet!! I’m working backwards and it’s kind of bugging me but I needed the QT set up to shut down my old tank and rearrange some furniture. The current plan is something like a 80g shallow, the UNS 120S (~70g) is probably what I’m going with but I am looking at custom tanks so I don’t have to drill it myself and can get a slightly larger/longer tank for the same price but I’m not sure that route will pan out. So I still need: - a tank!!! - apex + a few modules - skimmer - a hanger for the lights This is still gonna be a long build but I’ll be showing steps of the actual set up, I won’t really be listing all the equipment till it’s finalized unless there’s questions.
  13. 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😁
  14. tanacharison

    Tana's Custom 54

    Tank: American Aquariums Custom Acrylic 54 Gallon 36x22x18 Plumbing: Synergy Reef 16" Shadow Overflow, Blue 3/4" PVC return with RFG nozzles from Vivid Aquatics, WYE Check Valve Sump: Advanced Acrylics Custom 20x16x16 with 3 Filter Socks and small Refugium section ATO: Tunze Nano ATO in a Advanced Acrylics Black ATO 5x16x16 Lighting: Nanobox ATI Retro with 4 V3.1 Arrays, 2 T5 Bulbs ATI Aquablue Special and ATI Coral Plus Refugium Light: Nanobox Beam growing Caulerpa sp on live rock. Flow: Tunze Nanostream 6045, VarioS-4 Return pump Skimmer: Ice Cap K2-120 Reactor: Avast Marine Media Reactor, with Aquaforest Zeo mix, Bulk Reef Supply ROX Carbon Control: Apex Classic Controller Heater: 2x Eheim Jager 125watt Dosing: Aquamedic Evo 4 with Aquaforest components 1+,2+,3 and Acropower in containers Water: BRS 5 Stage RODI plus water saver and booster pump Salt: Red Sea Blue Bucket Biological Media: Brightwell Aquatics Xport-plate, Marinepure Spheres Daily: Pro Bio S and NP Pro from Aquaforest, Frozen Pe Mysis, Saki- Hakari Marine Carnivore, AF Phyto Every 2-3: Aquaforest Build, Energy, Vitality, Avast Marine Reef Jerky, Frozen Pe Calanus, Polyplab Reef Roids, Poly Booster, Coral Frenzy
  15. Some of you guys may recognize my old build thread, and remember that I was contemplating changing my system to a Reefer 170. I ended up going a different route, settling on a Ultum Nature Systems 60U. I've spent the past few weeks assembling a stand, building a new sump (with a frag compartment), and figuring out how to incorporate a doser system into my tank. I unfortunately suffered some coral STN/die-off after a huge bacterial bloom halfway into working on my new stand, but fortunately the bloom resolved and the corals are slowly recovering. Accidentally broke Mame, picked up ELOS MIDI as current tank. Stand: (45Lx24Wx30H) Assembled from 2x Ikea SEKTION Cabinets (Veddinge White) with Birch-White Washed Butcher Block Tank: Ultum Nature System 60U (~24x14x14) with frosted background ELOS MIDI Flow: -2 MP10s on Long Pulse Mode Sump: Repurposed Mr. Aqua 11.4G -Ice-Cap K250 -Sicce 2.0 Return Pump -Innovative Marine Desktop Reactor (80ml Carbon) -Tunze Nano ATO Frag Tank: De-rimmed 6Gallon Fluval Edge -El cheapo return pump and powerhead Lighting: -ATI 4x24W Powermodule: 2C+, 1B+, 1 Giesemann Super Purple -Nanobox Duo for Frag Tank (100% Blue, 33% White) -Nanobox Mini for Chaeto/Refugium (100% Blue, 30% White) Dosing: -Marine Magic Doser CoralBox Wifi Doser with Aquaforest Component 1, 2, 3 Tank: Reefer 170 Sump: Reefer 170 Sump Flow: 4 MP10s Filtration: Ice-Cap K250 Skimmer: Only on 8 hours a day Skimz Chaeto Reactor MBR127: 12 hour photoperiod Purigen Bag - Passive Filtration Live Rock Seachem Matrix Rubble Lighting: Nanobox-ATI Hybrid. 4x T5 bulbs and 4x NBR Arrays Doser: Coralbox Wifi 4 Headed Doser with the following liquids dosed throughout the day ATI Essentials Pro 1 & 2 EasyBooster Phyto NYOS Goldpods and NYOS Chromys Maintenance: Thanks to the NYOS Goldpods and NYOS Chromys, I no longer manually feed my tank. I've been autofeeding the tank with calanus and mysis for the past 3 months without issue. My main maintenance is to clean off the glass (every 1-2 days), empty the skimmer cup (every 1-2 weeks) and trim chaeto (every month or so). Otherwise, I just have to refill the ATO and replace the dosing solutions when they get low. The system is super low maintenance. Without further ado, here are the pictures: 5/11/2019 3/13/2018 1/21/2018 11/25/2017 Untitled by Xiaoxi Yang, on Flickr 11/8/2017 10/29/2017 Untitled by Xiaoxi Yang, on Flickr 10/24/2017 Untitled by Xiaoxi Yang, on Flickr 10/15/2017 IMG_1284 by Xiaoxi Yang, on Flickr IMG_1283 by Xiaoxi Yang, on Flickr IMG_1288 by Xiaoxi Yang, on Flickr
  16. DaveFason

    NanoBox Lighting Guide

    We have been working on a lighting guide for months and now feel confident to share. The NanoBox Lighting Guide features four new presets that work extremely well for reef tanks. We hope the guide helps new to experienced reef keepers have successful aquariums using NanoBox lighting. The guide goes over... Overview Lighting Placement NEW NanoBox Presets Coral Care - Common NanoBox practices to reef keeping The presets work for all units ranging from the Tide to Hybrids. We want to thank @ninjamyst, @Justind823 @markalot for the incredible photos! Enjoy! -Dave
  17. Hello reefers, While i am slowly collecting everything for my reefer 170, I bought an im fusion 10 for a good price (not easy in europe) and thinking about setting it up as my first saltwater tank. I sold my freshwater tank and i'm officially fishless and it kinda sucks . Planning to run it skimmerless (like Gena, she does a wonderful job with her fusion 10) and just keep up with water changes. If i really need to use one i have an atb nano hob skimmer for backup. So what do i already have: Tank: im fusion 10 Stand: ikea kallax Pump: eheim compact 600 Skimmer: eheim skim marine 100 Heater: eheim thermopreset 50watt Water movement: mp10wqd Light: Nanobox mini tide plus m ATO: Tunze 3152 Now what ato should i get? Tunze nano osmolator 3152? Should i choose the prime hd or the kessil a80? I actually want a mini tide but it's to expensive to import it to Belgium Couldn't resist and bought a nanobox mini tide plus m, i wanted that light for over 2 years now. Figured it be worth the extra cost. Here are some pics: What do you think of this aquascape? Planning to only keep a few corals like a frogspawn or torch and some acans and zoas. i also want one fish to keep the bioload low. Not really sure which one to get. Perhaps a purple dottyback or a tailspot... Fts 01/04/2019 Cheers, Rory
  18. Current FTS 1-10-2019 Recently started working full time from home. Did a renovation on the home office and decided to downgraded and go back into an AIO which is more quiet and IMO a little more simple to maintain. Equipment List: Innovative Marine Fusion 30L Apex Classic with pH and temp probes Apex WXM module MP-10 QDW controlled with Apex Apex FMM module with 2 leak detectors Varios-2 return pump Custom Nanobox all LED hybrid unit 2 BRS Drew's Dosers Marinecolor 3 compartment dosing container InTank media basket InTank floss holder InTank fuge basket ACKE LED grow light fuge light 150w Finnex HMA-S heater (primary) 100w Aqueon Pro heater (backup) Hydrofill ATO controller Hydrofill ATO pump Your Choice Aquatics ATO reservior Red Sea Pro test kits (Alk, Ca, Mg, Nitrate, Phosphate) Premium Aquatics refractometer BRS 6 stage RO/DI Etek City digital food scale Dry Goods BRS dry rock Special Grade Arag-Alive! sand ESV Seawater System Salt Mix Filtration Chemi-Pure Blue Filter Floss Pad Cheato from a local reefer Dosing Seachem Aquavitro Fuel (5ml 2x per week) ESV B-Ionic 2 Part (2 ml per day) Livestock 1 Frostbite Clownfish 1 Purple Queen Anthias 1 African Flameback Angel 1 Green Chromis (the anemones have eaten 5-6 of their less intelligent cousins) 1 Longnose Hawkfish 1 Pajama Cardinal 1 Tiger Brittle Starfish 15 assorted hermits 1 Tiger conch 5 Astrea Snails 5 Margarita Snails Green/Purple Branching Frogspawn (split into 3 colonies) Green Wall Hammer Halloween Lepto Montipora Confusa Montipora Setosa WWC Emerald Platygyra Miner's Luck Acro Dragon Fruit Chalice Purple Lightning Favia Red Acans Green/Purple Acans Red Monti Capricornis Green Trachy LA Red Shortcake Acro ORA Ice Tort A pair of unidentified $20 Acros Duncan 4 Mini Maxi Anenomes Mixed Zoas (nothing fancy) 11-5-18 12-4-18
  19. 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:
  20. 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.
  21. MortalWombat

    8G Bio Reef

    Welcome! This is my "8 gallon" (probably closer to 5) softy reef. It's been running since about August I think. The goal was low-maintenance, no testing, just the occasional WC and salinity check. It has a Nanobox fixture, an ATO and a cheap-o airstone skimmer (for aeration, not intended to control nutrients). I keep a small bag with some AC that I change out every month or two. I do water changes (~1 gallon) once or twice per month, using IO salt. The focus of the tank is the bubbletip nem, but it features a variety of mushrooms, some zoas, a ribbon gorg and a lobophytum. The damsel is a recent addition from my now-defunct frag tank, he has been happily gorging himself on all the pods. There is also a brittle star and a bunch of cerith snails. That's pretty much it, happy reefing!
  22. mcs

    mcs shallow reef

    Returning reefer from australia. unfortunately our local forums are a bit dead as of recent years so i thought id jump on here. So after being out of the hobby for some time i had the urge to start another mantis aquarium. But at the same time i thought why not make it a basic shallow mixed reef. So i actually started this tank many months ago. It sat around running with nothing in it and no light for months. I was waiting to find a suitable mantis shrimp. After a few months i found a mantis and another few months added in the first corals. And now we are currently just letting it age maybe adding a coral once a month or slower. Tank is set up as a peninsular with a rear filter section. Dimensions are 400Lx600Wx250H Its a pretty basic setup with a eheim compact 1000 as a return pump. 2x 50w eheim jager heaters. And a Nanobox Tide M light custom drilled so it sits lenthwise on the gooseneck. Just have a bunch of marinepure plates for filtration. Minimal rock and shallow sand bed. So this is still very early, corals will be added slowly and will try and get photos of the mantis. For anyone interested it is a gonodactylus ternatensis
  23. Sparty

    Sparty's IM 30L Reef

    Been a challenge-filled first 18 months, but after several algae blooms, a few cyano outbreaks, multiple lighting hurdles and lessons, A/C issues causing VERY high tank temps for most of a summer, and unexpected needs for equipment upgrades, I think I finally have the tank headed in the right direction. Most of my issues were the typical hurdles we all have to live through ourselves before the lesson sinks in. Overfeeding, LED settings, filtration needs, inadequate water changes, etc. are simple things you can warn a newbie about, but the lesson is really only learned when the consequence is experienced. (I do have something in common with my teenagers) One of my biggest early issues was a unique one, but my inexperience was a factor there as well. After hearing many wonderful things and recommendations for Nanobox LEDs, I went with a Quad+. I love the clean look and operation of the light. Unfortunately being my first reef setup with a quality light, it took me months to realize that the Royal Blue channel was not functional. Didn't make much of a difference at first but as I started to add coral it became evident something wasn't right. Fortunately, true to his reviews and reputation, Dave was GREAT and he repaired the issue quickly. It's been smooth sailing ever since and I am seeing significant growth for the first time over the last few months. Even toying with adding some SPS... Equipment Tank: IM Fusion 30L Stand: Custom Light: Nanobox Quad+ (Black with Nat. Cherry covers) ATO: Tunze 5017 (5 gal butter churn reservoir) Return Pump: Sicce Syncra-Silent 2.0 (568 GPH) w/ IM SpinStream flow nozzles Flow Pump: Tunze Nanostream 6040 Reactor: IM Auqa-gadget 7301 (w/ GFO) Heater: Aqueon Pro200 Skimmer: Fluval Sea Mini PS2 Filtration: IM Media baskets x2 w/ Top: Filter floss Middle: filter mat Bottom: Chemipure Blue sock Livestock Purple Firefish Royal Gramma Starry Blenny Six-line Wrasse Green banded Goby (currently AWOL but I'm hopeful he's hiding somewhere) Red Hermits Assorted snails Pincusion urchin Zoanthids (7-8 types) Blastomussa Duncan Acans (4 types) Rock flower Anenomes x2 Frogspawn Hammer coral (white... bleached?) Pulsing Xenia Maxima Clam Green Star Polyp island Florida Ricordia Cup Coral Have a move happening in the near future, so I am resisting the urge to add more coral or make large changes. Unfortunately the Mid-michigan coral swap is 2 months away... it will be a struggle to keep myself contained. I am thinking of taking advantage of the move to add a refugium and get rid of the GFO reactor. I have seen some with these tanks utilize one of the compartments with a light affixed to the back after the black covering is removed??? Any suggestions on how to proceed with that would be appreciated.
  24. Been using the light for a year now. Took it apart to clean and currently waiting for David to get back to me on how to rewire and add mint led. I have a defective laptop LCD display around took it apart Use the layers as light diffuser.
  25. DaveFason

    New NanoBox LED Color : Mint

    NanoBox is excited to introduce a new color to the NanoBox lineup, Mint. The color was discovered after switching to the Luxeon C LED on the V3.1 array. We have been using Lime for three years and have had incredible success. The mint spectrum nearly mimics lime however has a peak under the 450nm ( wavelength ). As you can see in the graph below marked with light pink. What does this mean for reefers? A better overall color, better blending and a more ideal spectrum. We have tested this spectrum for over a year with amazing results. Our original Lagoon 25, IM Drop Off , Fusion 10 and now our Red Sea 170 have used the mint spectrum. Along with many of our loyal NanoBox customers. The mint color has a "greenish" tone however once you blend with royal blue, blue, cyan and violet you will see how it shines. Mint Only : Mix : When will this be implemented in the NanoBox lineup? We made the switch back in November! We started to hear more and more people talk about the color looking better and glad we made the switch. Mint costs a few cents more but is well worth it. Will we be able to run the mint channel independently? Yes, if you would like. When ordering I would need to know. If you currently have a Plus M model we can change the wiring to separate the mint. Experiments? We have been running all of our tanks without any white supplementation for sometime. The results have blown us away. While there still needs to be true testing done ( spectrograph ) we believe this is a step forward. Creating a "reef" spectrum without white. If you look at 90% of the LED lights out there the white channel is marginally used. NanoBox will be sending a unit out to be tested utilizing only mint, royal blue, blue, cyan and violet. Rainbow Chalice Under Above : Have questions? Ask away! Happy reefing! -Dave
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