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  1. Hello N-R.com family, Last you heard from me I was building a Red Sea Reefer 50 gallon reef tank, but I had to break down the tank when I moved and only recently had a chance to set it back up. Rather than going back to the 50 gallon reef tank, however, I turned that into a planted freshwater discus tank. My first love in reefing came from a smaller nano tank, and I lost some of the love as the tanks got bigger and more complicated. I finally convinced the fiancee to let me start another tank, and settled on a nano reef for my return. So pull up a seat and follow along.... Over the course of the last 10 years, I've had a number of tanks with varied success, and I hope to put all the lessons learned from those tanks together in this build. Rules of the road: Simplicity is king. 15 pieces of equipment just create more opportunities for failure. I am going to do the basics, and I'm going to do them well. Some (light) SPS. I like some SPS Corals, and I might try a frag or two that amuse me, but this tank will go back to my love of LPS, softies, and (hopefully) a clam. Fun, active, and healthy. I want my reef to thrive, the inhabitants to be healthy, and to have a tank that I can get lost staring at for hours. I settled on this tank and equipment after hours upon hours of extensive reading and research. I've tried complex systems like algae scrubbers, CO2 reactors, etc.... now I'm going back to the more time tested and proven techniques. That's not to hate on any of the other stuff.... it just became too complicated and removed the fun. My tank in college was very simple, it thrived, and it was a blast. Time to return to that....though with a little nicer gear too 😉 Equipment: Innovative Marine NUVO Fusion Pro Peninsula 20 Gallon tank Kessil A360X light with wifi InTank media basket Aqamai KPS Wavemaker pump eShopps Nano Protein Skimmer ZeoVit dosing schedule Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 75W heater Aqua Gadget Spin Stream Nozzle XP Aquatics Duetto ATO system Livestock: Pair of DaVinci Extreme Clowns Pair of Yasha Gobies Six Line Wrasse Pistol Shrimp Cleaner Shrimp Blue Maxima Clam Blue Porcelain Crabs (x3) Aussie Golden Eye Chalice Branching Cyphastera Green Acans Purple Favia Rainbow Acans Watermelon Acans Weeping Willow Toadstool Orange Ricordia Mushrooms Misc. Green & Blue Zoas Purple Hairy Mushroom Superman Monitor White Zombie Zoas Assorted Acropora and Millipora Green Texas Slimer Baby Blue Bowerbacki Neon Green Birdsnest 20lbs Fiji Pink Sand 20lbs Live Rock from KP Aquatics I also use Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt because I like that they use pharmaceutical grade materials in the salt. For filtration, I plan to run filter floss, carbon, and ZeoVit in the media basket. The hope is that I can talk my fiancee into setting up the tank at the end of our couch, so you can appreciate the full peninsula effect. Fingers crossed. I ordered everything from @BulkReefSupply this weekend and got notification that the gear will arrive Thursday, so pictures and more updates to come. I also need to build a stand for the tank, so it'll be a few weeks before we see water, but that's okay. Good planning leads to good results! Tank is Born, 18 March 2020: Full Tank Shot, 31 March 2020 Full Tank Shot, 14 April 2020 Full Tank Shot, 13 May 2020 Full Tank Shot, 15 June 2020 Full Tank Shot, 20 July 2020 Full Tank Shot, 8 September 2020
  2. 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!
  3. Updated FTS 8/21/2020 Hey Everyone ! Newish to the hobby here , have set up a few pico tanks prior to this one , one 5 gallon and one 2.5 gallon . I figured now I would upgrade to the IM 20g peninsula 😍 Got a great deal on this used tank my LFS had just taken in off trade, came home cleaned it up made it look brand new! Now finally I’ve gotten around to setting up the tank after the holidays. What I have so far : IM 20g peninsula MightyJet 326 gph return pump Cobalt 75w Heater Current USA Orbit Dual pro IC LED bluetooth ( replaced with Ai prime 16hd 8/14/20 ) Current USA 660 wave pump Live rock Fiji pink substrate added so far update 8/22/20: 2 ocellaris clown fish ( Charlie & Clarissa) 1 six line wrasse ( Walter ) 3 small blue hermit crabs tiger conch ( Connie ) 1 nassarius snail 3 bumblebee snails yellow colony polyp Duncan toadstool leathers RFA GSP pink waving hand anthelia pipe organ Now to wait for the tank to cycle .. trying to cycle naturally with the live rock. Any suggestions on if this is the best way? If not what are best products to use to speed up the process ? Also wanted suggestions/ feedback on what everyone thought about the rock work ?
  4. Just a little something to track my piece of the ocean. The Goal is to experiment and just have fun with the hobby. I’ve always been amazed by fully stable nano ecosystems and this is my attempt. SYSTEM : Tank: Innovative Marine NUVO 20 Peninsula Stand: IKEA SEKTION 30x15x30 Shelf Lights: Maxspec Razor R420 Return: Mighty Jet Nano Rocks: DIY Structure with Rubble Dry Rock Sand: Caribsea Fiji Pink Media: Intank Basket running Floss and Carbon Skimmer: NUVO Ghost DCSkim Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 75W (too long) Wavemaker: Just using return for now (IceCap 1k Gyre I got has too much flow- considering Aqamai KPS) ATO: Smart ATO Micro ZeoVit Experience CAPTAIN’S LOG : 6/3/20- Just started the process and excited to see the results of an Ultra Low Nutrients (ULN) system before my eyes and scientific approach to good reefing. Dosing is literally a few drops a day but there’s a serenity and simplicity to it. 6/8/20- Just continuing with the process. Debating if ZeoVit is still the path I want to take for the tank. I’m mostly keeping softies and lps while the tank ages and they like their dirty water. Going to be fun tong feeding the elegance and goby! LIVE STOCK: Fish: Two Clownfish (Black Snowflake and Snowflake) Considering (not all lols): Yasha-Pistol pair, Snarknose Goby, Small Blue Star Wrasse, Tailspot or Lawnmower Blenny Inverts: Just a few snails as tank doesn’t have enough food for shrimps and crabs to scavenge Will for sure have a Blood Red Fire Shrimp!! Corals: Different Zoanthids Duncan Firework Cloves Favia Avelopora FULL TANK SHOTS : 6/4- Just got the IKEA stand home and built. Moved the tank from it’s cycling location to its permanent home. Started the ZeoVit method with the base package. Got a few corals from some local buddies and put them temporarily on the rocks- watching to see how they react during the starting ZeoVit process 6/8- Added Elegance, Frogspawn and Yellow Clown Goby 6/25- Kinda gone overboard with the corals but everything is loving life 😅 got two fire shrimps also. Starting to see some algae but that was from over feeding so I can see the shrimps go nuts- will dial back feeding haha 7/05- Replaced the light with two Ai Primes and very happy with how well I mounted the lights above the tank.
  5. Coopdod50

    IM 20 peninsula filtration

    Hello everyone! This is my first post on Nano-Reef and I'm in need of some opinions/advice/help. In September I bought the Innovative Marine 20 gallon Peninsula tank as a tank to keep me company and take with me to Oklahoma State in August. Right now i have just Zoas in there but I'm planning on getting some euphyllias and LPS once this quarantine is over. I feel like my filtration setup is ok but could be better and that's why I'm here. In the right chamber where the water comes in I've got the IM nano caddy with the shelves removed and Poly-fill stuffing inside acting as filter floss. In the middle chamber I've got the InTank refugium caddy filled with SeaChem Matrix for biological filtration and just the return pump in the third chamber. If any of you have suggestions or own the tank I would love some advice and feel free to drop photos of your filtration setups!
  6. Penguin Reef

    8 Gallon Peninsula

    Hey fellow Reefers, I'm Pedro but everyone calls me Chris! I've been in and out of the hobby for acouple years now and I recently got the reefer fever. I was looking for something small and bumped into the 8 Gallon JBJ Rimless desktop. The filter is moveable so I thought why not give a peninsula style reef a shot. JBJ 8 Gallon Rimless Desktop came with the Lyra Led Light, Removable Bio Filter, and Pedestal. Looking into upgrading the light soon. Any suggestions or tips?!?
  7. Hey Everyone ! Newish to the hobby here , have set up a few pico tanks prior to this one , one 5 gallon and one 2.5 gallon . I figured now I would upgrade to the IM 20g peninsula 😍 Got a great deal on this used tank my LFS had just taken in off trade, came home cleaned it up made it look brand new! Now finally I’ve gotten around to setting up the tank after the holidays. What I have so far : IM 20g peninsula MightyJet 326 gph return pump Cobalt 75w Heater Current USA Orbit Dual pro IC LED bluetooth Current USA 660 wave pump Live rock Fiji pink substrate Now to wait for the tank to cycle .. trying to cycle naturally with the live rock. Any suggestions on if this is the best way? If not what are best products to use to speed up the process ? Also wanted suggestions/ feedback on what everyone thought about the rock work ?
  8. Hi folks, I'm at the very beginning stages of setting up my 20g peninsula tank from IM. A problem I'm running into is finding a quality light source that is also aesthetically pleasing. A mentor told me not to skimp on lighting, and after reading some of the topics here it makes sense to spend the couple extra bucks on something that will last and also be able to go into an upgraded tank if/when that time comes. So he swears by the radion xr30, which wouldnt be a problem, but the mounting arm would take up chamber 2, where I'll have a skimmer. This seems to be my issue with the peninsula and a mounting arm (aesthetics). Any advice? How have you solved this problem? I'd like to avoid a hanging fixture if possible. Maybe something like the attached? Thanks!
  9. MrGlass1024

    Dirt Cheap DIY Pico Peninsula

    Dirt Cheap DIY Pico Peninsula How it happened: I've been keeping fresh water aquariums for an year now, mostly pico and nano planted tanks, while they are great fun they are now all mature and pretty much take care of themselves, so I've been looking for a new challenge. Since my house is pretty much strapped for aquarium space and we have a baby on the way the only option was a nano/pico reef. Luckily during a random trip to a big box hardware store I found the perfect little 2.5 gallon (10 litter) tank. Well 3 months of research and bargain shopping this is the result: The Gear (approximate price in dollars) Aquarium: 2.5 gallon (10 litter) 12$ Filtration: Old noname HOB that happened to fit the aquarium perfectly ~15$ Filter Media: Seachem Matrix leftovers from fresh water aquarium bought it bulk so i'd say it's about 3$ worth Lights: 2 noname white and blue led lights 6W each 18$ 1 strip of 18 high powered blue actinic leds 6$ Heating: Aquael Slim 25W 20$ Cooling: Single 60mm 12W pc fan 3$ Thermometer: JBL slim 3$ ATO: Airtight cereal box 3$ Air tubing & 2 valves 2$ Timers: 3 digital timers 15$ Aquascape; 2 small pieces of dry Zanzibar rock 8$ 2 litters of dry Zanzibar 3mm sand 5$ Other random bits & bobs: wires, plexiglass, super glue etc. 7$ GRAND TOTAL: ~120 $ The setup Lighting Since the 2 LED lights I found in a LFS didn't have blue and white channel controls and seemed a bit under powered, I decided to augment them a bit with a led strip I found in a hobby shop. The strip is SMD2835 12V and claims that each LED outputs 100 lumens also it's IP67 water resistant and comes with double sided tape pre-attached, should be more then suited to light this little tank. All I did is solder a power connector to the led strip made sure it's covered thoroughly with shrink wrap, plugged it in to a 12 power supply I had laying around. I've mounted them to a thin piece of transparent plexi (wish I had a white piece but what can you do), glued some standoffs and then glued the whole thing in between the two lights I already have. Job done, now I can have the blues on one timer and the whites on another. What I would have done differently is add a switch to the LED strip cable so I don't need to unplug it to turn it off and use a white piece of plexi to match the LED lights. ATO For an ATO I decided to go for a simple gravity fed drip system to keep the cost as low as possible. I got an airtight cereal box container, used my soldering iron make two holes the size of the air tubing. I threaded 2 pieces of tubing one that goes close to the boom and a short one that goes in about one inch into the container. Because the tubing tended to curl up I threaded the long one in a plastic straw to stiffen it up. After I made sure that the lengths of the tubing are right I super-glued around the holes to make a seal as air tight as possible. (inert silicone would have been a lot better but I didn't have any at hand) At the end of the tube that runs to the aquarium I put two valves for a more precise control of flow. In order to figure out how many drops per second I needed to keep up the evaporation I let the aquarium run for 24 hrs then measured how much it evaporated. As it turns out it evaporates exactly 0,5 litters... lucky me the maths will be easy. Assuming a drop is 0,05 ml I end up needing about a drop every 8,3 seconds roughly. That was the easy bit getting the valves closed just right took me about 45 minutes of trial and error, my phone timer never had as much use. The drip rate will most likely have to be adjusted as the seasons change and the light schedule will be set. After two days I'm satisfied with the results the level is pretty much unchanged. The container is big enough that I don't need to refill it for 4 day and It also has a handy dandy flip cap so I can re fill without removing the lid. What I would have done differently is get a "prettier" container as the wife doesn't approve of this (and I quote) "ugly ass bottle of water in between my beautiful plants" Cooling Since my house is basically a sauna all year around, a cooler is a must. I went with a small 12V, 60mm processor fan, as quiet as I could find. I cut a usb cable and spliced the fan the power cables to the USB cable again making sure to carefully shrinkwrap the finished product. Then all I did is plug it in in a old mobile phone usb power brick. Pro tip: use a 5V power supply the fan will work at approximately 40% speed and it is inaudible. I used double sided tape to fix the fan to the HOB filter with some hot glue added for extra safety. The fan is plugged into a timer after some fiddling with duration of on time I got stable temperature 26C (78F) with one hour on one hour off time, as with the ATO the schedule will have to change to account for seasonal temp fluctuations and lighting schedule. What would I have done differently is spring for a 30$ JBL temp sensor to have precise control but unfortunately the sensor only supplies 12V so the fan would be considerably nosier. Filtration & Flow As it stands the filter witch is 400l(100gl)/h is over kill, I'm pretty sure even on the low setting it could easily provide flow for SPS, even on the lowest setting but I intend to fit in a filter pad and possibly a light over it to make it into a mini refugium which would slow down the flow considerably. Heating Heater barely fits in the HOB filter wohoooo! Aquascape I wanted to go for something very simple and that looks good on all sides because the pico-reef sits in between my wife and my desk, so I spent hours looking through the box of rock and measuring each piece till I found the combination we both liked. After I washed the sand and the rocks in RODI water I dried them thoroughly, mocked the layout and proceeded to use gel super glue to fix the rocks to the bottom of the aquarium again silicone would have been muuuuch better. The damn glue takes ages to cure, being a bit impatient and a colossal moron, I thought let's use my wife's blow-drier on blister hot to speed up things ... WRONG! ... Do not do this! not only did it not speed it up significantly, the hot air evaporated the glue making a irritating toxic fume, my eyes were watering and my sinuses were on fire for a couple of hours! Current Status (21.03.2019) Tank has been cycling using Seachem Stability, a bit of seeded Seachem Matrix and daily small ghost feedings for about 3 days. Ammonia is starting to show up so the sit and wait phase of the process is on it's way. It's the first time I use any bacteria in a bottle and I'm really curious if it has any impact. Chemistry: Salinity; 1.025 Ammonia: ~1ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 0 ppm Temp: 26C/78F I will start test alk/cal/ph as soon as my Saliferst tests arrive. Which reminds me... "Hidden" Costs: RO unit: Aquamedic 2,5gl/hr 50$ Various water tests: Salifert NH4 NO2 NO3 Calc Alk ~50$ Refractometer: Red Sea 50$ Salt: Red sea coral pro 7kg/15lb 25$ (should last me for ages even with 100% water changes) Total: 175$ Future Plans Make a Plexiglas lid, I already have some supports left over this should be easy to do. Make a mini refugium in the HOB filter, might need some further research for this, as I what I gathered it might have low to no impact in such a small space. Define a maintenance schedule: weekly water changes, ato refilling, glass cleaning etc depending on the stocking. Planed Livestock CUC: one blue legged hermit one snail (astrea?) one/two shrimp (I'm quite partial to the cleaners, wife likes the red ones with white dots) Coral: Zoas Mushrooms Palys GSP (on the back wall) Xenia (wife's favourite) Hammer (my favourite) That's about it, I'll make sure to update as things evolve and I'll leave you with a few more pics of the tank:
  10. 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:
  11. I have used this site so much in my research that I thought it would be best to chronicle my journey here. I am new to reefing and after half a dozen books and countless hours online I finally took the plunge and bought an IM Fusion Peninsula 20. For lighting I found a good deal on a Current Orbit Marine PRO 24" and so far I really like it (but then again, I'm new so not much to compare it too). I also swapped out the filter sock for an inTank media basket and changed the stock pump to an Eheim compact 1000 after a few days of dealing with the noise (this tank is on my custom built work desk). The tank has 20 lbs of live rock from the LFS and 10 lbs of CaribSea Ocean Direct sand. I also added a Jebao SW-2 powerhead to the back wall and an IM Hydrofill hooked up to a TOM Aqua Lifter for ATO. There is a 75w Cobalt Neo-Therm heater in the third chamber as well. Here it is the day I flooded it: I mixed my own salt with RO water from the LFS that I transported back to my house in truckload of Home Depot buckets. I used Tropic Marin Bio-Actif and did the mixing in a new Rubbermaid Brute 28 gallon recycle bin with a heater and cheap powerhead. I installed my new RO/DI system a few days later and my TDS is zero. I rigged it up so I could bypass the deionization if I wanted drinking water. Here it all is under the sink: It has an dual in-line TDS meter measuring both RO and RO/DI separately. I calibrated it to my handheld TDS meter and it reads true. Red hose is for fish, blue hose is for me. The tank I have been using to store RO/DI has an air release port that the water line fits into perfectly. I used a sharpie to make the measurement marks on the jug more visible from across the room. I have a 1/4" airline from my ATO pump running into the same hole when it is set up near the tank for that purpose.
  12. Jimmeh Lee

    Jimmeh Lee’s shiny new IM14

    I didn’t want the start this journal too early, while waiting for equipment and such, but now almost everything is together and running. Tech specs? IM 14 “Peninsula” Kessil A80 on 50¢ Analog timer Aqamai KPS Wavemaker Intank Media Basket Post cycle media -Floss -Chemipure Blue Nano/Polish Pad -Seachem Matrix Cobalt Neotherm 75w Heater Micro Smart ATO Stock pump Caribsea dry sand Reefcleaners and BRS Reef Saver Rock I am fairly certain I’m actually going to downgrade the stock return pump. The thing is noisy as noisy gets, and my MJ600 will put the filtration flow closer to 10x. This tank comes with the same pump as their 20, @211gph. Since I’m not relying on the return for actual water movement/flow, I don’t think I will miss the reduction. Currently the tank tank is being ghost fed, and as soon as I see some ammonia I’ll be giving it a bottle of dr tim’s over two daily doses like the last tank and see what happens. Is it picture time? Tank filled with equipment Vinyl backing I put on since it’s against the wall. Tank will be viewed more like a traditional rectangle. It came out smoooooth! Empty with my 40b reflection Opening up my reefcleaner’s rock! Big guy was very curious. All the rock. Top left was my left over BRS stuff. I’ll say that the RC rock has nicer characteristics in regards to holes/crevices, but I ended up with a lot of blocky/square pieces that I had a hard time getting to really “click” together. There was a lot of claw hammer time. I spent around 4 hours trying to make the pile of rocks not look like a pile of rocks. I’m pretty happy with where I left it. The A80 has a seriously attractive effect on the tank as well.
  13. Will it Fit? Episode #6 - Fusion 10, Peninsula 14 & 20 Today we'll show you which items fit—and which do not—into the back chambers of Innovative Marine’s most popular tank, the NUVO Fusion Nano 10, along with the Peninsula 14, and Peninsula 20 gallon aquariums.
  14. Jul15

    30 gallon long tank

    Hi guys !Still looking for my first tank to start the hobby.I've seen the Innovative Marine Fusion Peninsula (20 gallon) and definitely want a tank like this one.http://www.innovative-marine.com/nuv...insula-20.htmlI love long aquarium with the equipment room at a side and large vue in the other side.I know it's easier to start with bigger tank so I wanted to know if you have never seen something like the Peninsula but in 30 gallon? A thing like that actually : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqo7pg7NaREI've wrote to him to ask the name but no answer yet. So cool if you can helpThank'sJul
  15. Wassup everyone! First post & decided to start it off with a new aquarium journal and build. I previously owned a 60 gallon cube mixed reef with a 40 gallon display 'fuge a few years back, currently own an Tropheus only 100 Gallon tank and needed to dip my feet back into a reef tank lol. Equipment: IM 20 Gal. NUVO Fusion Peninsula AI Hydra 26 HD IM Auqa Gadget MiniMax Reactor (Desktop) NPX Bioplastics IM Auqa Gadget Ghost Protein Skimmer (Desktop) AquaMaxx NF-1 Nano Protein Skimmer Cobalt Aquatics 75W Neo-Therm Heater Marineland MJ1200 EM Vortech MP10QD (Not yet purchased) Auto Aqua Smart ATO Micro (Not yet purchased, thank you Indiana Reefer for the suggestion!) Livestock: 2 x Premium Blacker Ice Clownfish 2 x Helfrichi Firefish (Undecided) 1 x Yellow Watchman Goby 1 x Blue Spotted Watchman Goby 1 x Cleaner shrimp OR Fire shrimp FTS 03/21/18 FTS 03/05/18 FTS 02/10/18 (Startup)
  16. Pjanssen

    INTO THE ABYSS

    Now that my busy work season has settled down a little it's time to give some serious consideration as to what to do with my contest win! I've talked the friend that helped me build the stand for the IM14 and he's going to help me build a stand for this one as well, probably similar in look as they are basically in the same room. I'm seriously considering going all out on this one, as I had a decent year business wise. So far the plan is to move all but the BTA's and clowns from the 29 and turning that into a anemone tank of some kind-still researching that. I'm looking at Hamilton Cebu Sun Lighting System Metal Halide and T5 HO Actinics combo, but not sure whether to go with 10,000K, 14,000K, or 20,000K-need some advise here. Also considering straight LED's-maybe a Nano Box. Would like a sump, but never had one so...Should I remove the back panel that makes this tank an AIO and have the bottom drilled, or is there a way to add a sump with less destruction/reconstruction? Anyway, just trying to move forward
  17. Marine Depot

    Red Sea - Check Out Our Staff Picks!

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  18. Current FTS 6-5-17 5-31-17 5-8-2017 4-29-2017 4-11-2017 4/7/2017 4/2/2017 3-20-2017 3-18-17 3-5-2017 1st FTS Just setting up Innovative Marine NUVO Peninsula 14 Daily Maintance Clean glass if needed Stir sand Dose 5 mL ESV B-ionic 1&2 (via BRS dosing pumps on digital timers) Dose 1 mL KZ Flatwormstop Dose 1 mL Acropower Weekly Maintance 5 Gallon Water Change w/ Fritz RPM Check Alkalinity level Check Salinity Double check water temperature with infrared thermometer Feed with misc coral foods Monthly Maintance Check NO3 Check PO4 Change 1 Boyd's Chemipure Blue Nano Equipment: Hamilton Technology 150W Bimini Sun HQI Metal Halide - Geissman 21,000+ Scicce 1.5 Return Pump - a huge upgrade over the stock pump AquaGadget Spin Stream inTank Media Basket - currently running filter floss and Boyds ChemiPure Blue AquaTop 150w Heater BioCube Skimmer Apex Jr. - 2 DOS, PM1, LSM, VDM, Breakout Box, EB8, WXM Tom's Aquatics Aqualifter - ATO Pump controlled by Apex Desktop Fan - for cooling controlled by Apex Ecotech Vortech MP10wQD - My Apex program below Live Stuff 12 lbs Live Rock 12 lbs Aggranite Sand SPS Tyree Pink Lemonade Bali Short Cake Purple Stylofora Sunset Encrusting Monti Orange Monti Digi Pink Millie Neon Green Birdsnest Turquoise Lovelli Zoa/Paly SunnyDs Gorilla Nipple Scrambled Eggs Gobstoppers Valentines Day Massacre Purple Puddle Blazing Horizon Orange Bam Bams Pink Aurora Rainbow Rhino Cornbred's Krakatoa God Bride of Chuckie Hawaiian People Eaters Candy Apple Red Not Tub's Blues Radioactive Dragon Eyes Broken Dominos Orange Laffy Taffy Utter Chaos Misc Multi Zoa Mini Colony Gorgonia Blue Bush Gorgonia Pink Gorgonia Live Stock Turbo Snails Nassarius Snails Trochus Snails Peppermint Shrimp Emerald Crab
  19. 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!
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  21. I purchased the 20 a while ago during the peninsula sale on BRS. I've been stalking everyone's tank builds trying to figure out my equipment and waiting on sales before purchasing. Also, I've been waiting on my gorgeous stand to be made. It's super shiny, and I am impressed with the job. From the start, I decided I wanted this to be a rock flower garden. I fell in love with those anemones after my mother won one on Halloween last year at a LFS costume party raffle event. I eventually decided on the following: 20 gallon IM peninsula kessil a160(with gooseneck and 90 degree adapter) Aquean 100 watt heater IM custom caddy for filter media IM ghost skimmer Dry Fiji rock from BRS upgraded the stock pump to an Eheim 1000 Smart ATO Micro MP10 Vortech with a small Jebao to supplement Mix of crushed coral and fine sand Livestock: 4 RFAs 2 frags of zoas 3 snails Polyps my dad snuck in while I was gone a weekend Plan: Whatever I steal/frag from The Beast (my 265 DT). I still plan to have at least 10-15 RFAs. Day 1:
  22. Tank Hacks: Easy Upgrades for Your Fusion Peninsula 20 We decked out the new Fusion Peninsula 20 aquarium with high-performance upgrades to show you just how easy it is to take a tank like this to the next level!
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