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Well here it goes.....

 

 

To start of I got a used 20gal Nuvo Fusion from Paratore and heater. I understand that I am the 3rd owner of this tank.

I am using a combination of live rock and dead rock, about 25 pounds worth. This rock came from stylaster and Emerald525 thanks to the both of you!

I started the tank with cycled water from Roy's system, there is about 12 gallons of saltwater in my system after rock and sand displacement.

I have about 10-15pounds of Caribsea special grade reef sand from pdxmonkeyboy washed in tap water and then rinsed in saltwater. Thanks Brian!

 

The components are as follows....

 

20gal Nuvo Fusion tank

AI Prime HD light (white)

75W Cobalt Neo Therm Heater

Uniclife UL400 return pump(upgrade later)

Jebao PP-4 wave maker

Tunze Osmolator Nano 3152 ATO

IM Minimax Media Reactor

2 Spin Streams

2 IM Fusion In Tank Media Baskets

Vertex Cleaner Mag Duplex

IM Desktop Ghost Skimmer

 

It's going to be a mixed reef. Since I'm limited on room probably gonna focus on higher end corals. I want to have a zoa and shroom garden. I was thinking about putting GSP on the back wall of the tank, but we will see.

 

Fish list is kinda undecided yet for the most part. 1 fish that I know will be in my tank will be some sort of Mandarin Goby. I haven't decided which 1 yet but will probably be an ORA Tank Raised. My tank will be empty of fish for a while, I need to establish a pod population.

 

There will also will be a high end wrasse of some sort like Rhomboid, Flame, Mystery or labouti. I really like the Potters Wrasse but I think my tank will be to small for one of those.

 

Thinking about a Shrimp/Goby pair as well, just throwing ideas around at this point. Still have lots to research at this point.

Sand bed

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Pic of the tank before I bought it

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Aquascape

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I just want to give a big shout out to all those that helped me with pieces of this build.  Kim, Roy, Cody,  Brian and rbusta thank you all so much!!! 

 

 

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looking good man!

if it were me, i would get rid of that rock that is in the top middle. it will free up space to out things on and also make the tank look bigger.

the more open water, the bigger a tank looks.

best of luck!

and get a QT tank!! :)

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23 minutes ago, pdxmonkeyboy said:

looking good man!

if it were me, i would get rid of that rock that is in the top middle. it will free up space to out things on and also make the tank look bigger.

the more open water, the bigger a tank looks.

best of luck!

and get a QT tank!! :)

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Thanks Brian!  That rock on top actually makes a cave/bridge, I still might play around with it a little bit.  It's not like I don't have any time waiting for it to cycle. 😁

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Looking good so far!  I like your stocking ideas... mystery wrasse would be cool and they are fairly mellow.  I like the red possum as well as another option for a small, mellow wrasse although not as exclusive as a mystery.

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Looking good so far!  I like your stocking ideas... mystery wrasse would be cool and they are fairly mellow.  I like the red possum as well as another option for a small, mellow wrasse although not as exclusive as a mystery.
im thinking naso tang.... ;)

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10 minutes ago, pdxmonkeyboy said:

im thinking naso tang.... ;)

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Lmao yes a Naso with streamers would be great!  Hahaha 😁

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Tanks looking good! What kind of electric thermostat are you using and how often do you calibrate it? 

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Looks good so far!!


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56 minutes ago, Brian Tesch said:

Tanks looking good! What kind of electric thermostat are you using and how often do you calibrate it? 

Thanks  Brian! Honestly I just bought the cheapest one I could find on Amazon because I have so much money coming out for the tank build in the last couple of weeks.   The thermometer  is reading the same as the heater so I assume it' pretty close to the correct temp within a degree.

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Awesome restart Brandon!  This is going to turn out to be one nice tank

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1 hour ago, stylaster said:

Awesome restart Brandon!  This is going to turn out to be one nice tank

Thanks Roy!  Thanks again for your help to get me going!  

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Well after all the research I did I decided to go with the IM Desktop Ghost Skimmer. All the other skimmers I would have had to mod the return lines to get them to fit so decided on the ghost (no mods plug and play) There was a bunch of mixed reviews for this skimmer like noise, micro bubbles, didn't skim, and a bunch more. I found it on Amazon for $69 with prime so ordered it.

It does make a little bit of noise but my cheap return pump is definitely louder. There was some micro bubbles going in the tank but went away after a day of running it. So far so good, I'm happy. now we wait for the breakin to see how well it skims. I'm running it with the air valve wide open. I'll keep you updated!ff15728bc5d146412c9a3ef26822c10e.jpg

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Looking good, Brandon! Can't wait to see it all stocked up with corals!

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Thanks Dodge! You certainly helped me out with a great starter pack of frags for my reef, for that I thank you very much!!! The polyps on the birds best and month are already out and my crab is cleaning the frag plug lol. Thanks again!!4f554ef835e17517ca7a9098005df70f.jpg52f225615b8e3c409325c60d57804745.jpg3f91dacd65638deaab9cde1d8e31b089.jpg

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So I was supposed to wait for fish but you all know how the addiction is! I picked up a McCoskers Flasher Wrasse for the tank! Also picked up a couple blue leg hermits and a couple of red legs as well. Spotted an electric blue hermit crab I had to have to!a92e3ba5c79cdad7d80704beb4d162cf.jpg26937685cdb1b5d8473e1858608c0601.jpg87c0c3f3b78df13995d267ac14131847.jpg

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I got 1 of my chambers going as a refugium now. This was a bit challenging for me as the space was quite small. What light to pic choices, choices choices? Now rember this space in my nuvo is only 3"x4" and trying to find just the right light was a bit tricky. Jeremy aka TheClark made a suggestion for me of a led plant light, so I did some searching around. I came up with this light, 7 watt Oxyled plant grow light. It has 7 leds 5 red and 2 blue. I had to come up with a way of mounting this light to my AIO, so I made this mount that acts as a cover as well to block light bleed over, it basicly just rests on top of my tank and moves from side to side so I can adjust it. It was a bit challenging for me to glue it together as I had a mess going on and 2 part epoxy, well I had that every where. I am thankful for the black paint as it hides my poor glue job, it my not be the prettiest thing but if functional and that is all that matters. 57c797410d5505919856dab4e2c42c5d.jpgceac572bef5c409fcc5b3e9328fff4fd.jpg47bc0245af30a2cdf1066654c04dffdf.jpg5ddb42772e2b21ef20287b07328034b2.jpg0fcbc46127188b3c36fd4fe46f69cb94.jpgdadb16450a136a7715f2ae6026480b8f.jpg629a9adb2b8bc1987b0f45658ae1adcf.jpg6848b570f97d3c7142e8742b8af24ec9.jpg

 

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10 minutes ago, TheClark said:

Great idea, can we see it on the tank?

 

Yes sir.  I didn't have any pictures of it being lit up when dark. I will take a couple of shots when I get home tonight.

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