Mozby's Noob Nano Reef (Nuvo 20)

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  1. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Hi Guys, a tad overdue for a journal, so here goes....

    Sometime last year, I randomly wandered into an LFS on a lazy Sunday with my family. My 3yr old had shown an acute interest in marine life, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a look-see. While at the store, I was instantly reminded of my own childhood fascination with ocean life and the reefing hobby. We left the store with a betta fish for my kid, but the seed had already been planted for my soon-to-be reefing journey.

    In the following months, I started doing tons of research (still ongoing!) and began procuring equipment. By the time I joined BAR, the rock was curing in the bin and I had the necessary (and then some) equipment to start the tank.

    • Tank - IM Nuvo Fusion 20 gallon
    • Light - AI Prime HD
    • Heater - Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm 75W
    • Return Pump - Cobalt Aquatics MJ900
    • Powerhead - Hydor Koralia 425
    • Skimmer - IM Auqa Gadget Desktop Ghost Skimmer
    • Reactor - IM Auqa Gadget Minimax Desktop All-in-one Reactor
    • ATO - IM Auqa Gadget Hydrofill
    Ordered 14lbs of Pukani and Fiji Dry Rock from BRS (plus 2lbs of pukani rubble)

    Despite watching videos and learning about the rule of thirds, I had no clue on how to do the aquascape. I only knew that I wanted a tower/spire and a cave/tunnel effect. So I started with this...

    I wasn't satisfied with it, but started curing the rocks to move forward.

    After countless adjustments and modifications (even during the curing process), here is what my final aquascape looks like...
    2/6/18 - Tank is finally up and running!

    Tank Setup
    (1) Light and equipment in the back chamber. (2) Side with the ATO mounted.
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    (3) Power strip organization and ATO reservoir (aka 2.5g water dispenser lol).
    (4) Media basket with chaeto and pukani rubble in overflow chamber. (5) Chaeto grow light
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    Other details:
    • Rock - ended up using approx 12lbs of Pukani/Fiji.
    • Sand - 20lbs of CaribSea Special Grade Arag-Alive Reef Sand
    • Water - Saltwater and RO/DI from LFS at time of setup
    • Filtration - Left chamber: filter sock w/ chemi-pure blue, Right chamber: Media basket w/ filter floss, chaeto and rubble
    Stay tuned for first tank inhabitants in the next episode!!!
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2018
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  2. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Great start!

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  3. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    I have the same fish tank! I love it.
    How do you like having one of the chambers full of cheato? Do you run socks or media basket?

    -edit- reading back thru I noticed you have media basket! What do you use in it?

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  4. Nice tank. I love the IM tanks. I currently have the IM 120 and have also run the IM10 and IM 25 Lagoon. Let me know if you have any questions as you get things cooking.
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  5. scuba71

    scuba71 Supporting Member

    Nice setup and start. Love the aquascaping.

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  6. Gablami

    Gablami Guest

    Yeah I think the aquascape is pretty cool too. Good job.

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  7. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Yes, its a media basket. Right now it has filter floss on top, and chaeto/rubble rock in the body. I removed one of the shelves to give the chaeto room to grow. The jury's not out yet on whether this is a good idea. I'm told the amount of chaeto that can fit in the overflow chamber is insufficient to support the tank, so I might have to go a different route eventually. Its either more chaeto in a fuge basket in the secondary chamber, or an algae reactor (like the one you set up). How do you like yours?
  8. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    I really like it. It grows quick! Why I prune it often. Only down size is the mess it makes to remove some cheato. And the two little fishie reactor seems like cheap plastic because it is cracking all around the location of the led strip. Talked to some people and they have had similar issue. I just hope it doesn’t start a leak.

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  9. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Wow, IM120! Awesome! I always have tons of questions, so thanks for the offer as I will certainly take you up on it!
  10. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    It depends on your purpose of having the chaeto as to whether it will be sufficient or not. Are you using it to propagate pods? It will likely do fine for this. Are you using it for nutrient export? It will aid in this but probably won’t be able to handle 100% of it. It is possible if you feed the tank very little but that’s like feeding a couple pellets every other day. Most likely you’ll be utilizing your skimmer for the majority of your nutrient export and then wc’s if the skimmer and chaeto aren’t keeping up. Are you using it to limit the ph swing by lighting it opposite of your display? It will likely do very little in this regard.
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  11. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Yeah, I only think it'll have a noticeable dent if you load up each of the large sections on both sides of the rear sump. Together those areas will give you about 5-7% of total water volume.
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  12. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Bummer. If it ends up leaking, maybe try the Aquamaxx Fr-se Reactor Recommended by @RandyC.
  13. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Well said. My main purpose is nutrient export. I'm fine with it not being a 100% solution as long as it is aiding to a reasonable degree (i.e accomplishing more than a filter sock?).
  14. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    Think the filter sock is more for catching the solids.

    I honestly didn’t like the sock. Took it out and just use pads and throw away every 2 days. After I feed. So any extra food that wasn’t eaten gets caught and throw away before it breaks down.

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  15. Fish Boss

    Fish Boss Guest

    I got my first reactor, the somatic UF1, and set it up maybe 2 1/2 months ago. No issues so far, but I’m not sure about the longevity of it compared to other reactors. About $50 on brs, but I got mine for $40 from Brentwood reef supply. Think Andy still has some
  16. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Wanna donate your unwanted filter socks to me? :)
  17. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    Sure you can have both :)

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  18. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    Remind me before the swap and I’ll bring them. Or let me know if you happen to come by Walnut Creek.

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  19. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Sounds good! Thanks!

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  20. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Episode 2 - First tank inhabitants 2/11/18

    Picked up some frags: Chalice, Candy cane, Birds nest, and 3 zoas (pink zippers, rastas and scarface). Thanks @RandyC!

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    Sorry for the bad pics. I've since downloaded an app that will make the photos a little better. Might also get an aquariclip eventually.

    Other notes:
    • Skimmer was producing microbubbles all over the tank. Took 3 weeks for it to break-in and the micro bubbles have gone away.
    • Installed spin stream on one of the return nozzles. It had an annoying clicking sound in the beginning but also broke-in and has quietened down significantly.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2018

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