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  1. 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.
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