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    Nuggs' IM NUVO Fusion 20 Build

    With the recent addition of a second child, my families accommodations seemed to be lacking. Being that I'm in the Navy, I didn't relish the thought of trying to move to a new house, while managing two kids under two and trying to tear down a 150G reef and move it. With that said I decided to shutdown the 150G.

    Current Systems Specs.

    Fill Date: 5-Aug-2015

    Tank: Innovative Marine 20 Gallon NUVO Fusion Nano Aquarium
    Display Tank Dimensions: 24" x 15" x 13" (Display 24" x 12 x 13)
    Stand: Bathroom Vanity 24" x 21.5" x 35"
    Lighting: AquaIllumination Prime LED w/ Tank mount arm
    Return Pump: Jebao DC-2000
    Water Circulation: 2 x Jebao RW-4
    Skimmer: Innovative Marine Desktop Skimmer
    Reactor: Innovative Marine MiniMax Desktop All-In-One Media Reactor
    Heater: Fluval E-50 Electronic Heater
    ATO: Tunze Osmolator
    Tank Water: Red Sea Coral Salt Pro

    Tank At Its Current State: (30-Aug-2015)

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    The Current Stock-list: (Updated: 16-Sep-2015)

    Fish:
    1 x Purple Firefish
    1 x High Finned Banded Goby
    1 x Yellow Clown Goby


    Invertebrates:
    2 x Porcelain Crab
    1 x Tri Colour Hermit
    2 x Scarlet Reef Hermit
    1 x Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
    1 x Randall's Pistol Shrimp
    1 x Bumble Bee Snail
    2 x Banded Trochus Snail
    2 x Spiny Star Astraea
    2 x Cerith Snail
    2 x Nassarius Snail
    1 x Red Bubble Tip Anemone
    1 x Crocea Clam


    Corals:
    Green Trumpet / Candy Cane
    Hollywood Stunner Chalice
    Purple Torch
    Gold Torch
    Purple Frogspawn
    Green Star Polyps
    Blue Clove Polyps
    Aussie War Coral
    Aussie Lord Acan
    Red and Green Monti (Trying to grow them into a mixed piece)
    Duncan
    Rainbow Hornet Zoas
    Purple Hornet Zoas
    IA Rainbow Zoas
    Unknown Pink Zoas (Possibly Pink Flamingo)
    Alpha and Omega Zoas
    LA Laker Zoas
    Clementine Zoas
    Scrambled Egg Zoas
    Watermelon Zoas
    Tubb's Blue Zoas
    Orange Bam-Bam Zoas
    Blue Ringed Zoas
    Radioactive Dragons Eye Zoas
    Sunny Delight Zoas
    IA Rasta Zoas
    Fire and Ice Zoas
    Unknown Orange Paly
    Armour of God Zoas (I think)
    Candy Apple Red Zoas
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    now that is a sleak looking little tank! Really great packing too :) Can't wait to see once you get the stand built!
    What are you putting on this baby for lighting?
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    Well my new tank arrived yesterday.




    Shout out to the ReefSupplies.ca guys, great packing and free 2 day shipping. Just couldn't pass it up.




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    I was unsure what to do for a stand. The one from IM has really poor reviews.

    I did look at either building one myself, or reinforcing a 24" bathroom vanity.

    Then I found this little gem on Kijiji, needs a paint job :)

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    Lighting wise I probably hand an Evergrow temporarily, the plan is for an AI Prime
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    A paint job won't hurt haha....nice find though, fits perfect!
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    Unfortunately this stand isn't going to work. The measurements supplied to me were incorrect, and the tank overhangs in the back 5/8".


    I was considering adding 1/4 oak plywood to the top that would be 24" x 15" and supporting the overhang in the back. When mudded and painted you wouldn't even see it.


    I have one more stand option that popped up so I may go a different direction yet.

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    How's this?


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    Nice!

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    I like it :)
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    Yeah real wood and a granite countertop for $100 couldn't be beat.

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    Apologies for not keeping the thread up-to-date. I'm still in the process of shutting down my 150G and some issues on that side slowed me down.

    First my Gyre 150 controller died out of the blue. Lucking the guys at Distribupet (Maxspects Canadian Warranty support), hooked me up and 2 days later its back up and running.

    Of course for those two days I was running a mishmash of powerheads in there. One of my old Koralias was moved in from my salt mixing setup. Of course when I went to adjust the angel, the ball joint was jammed with calcium sediment and it broke of in my hand. Completely my fault, just a piss off to an already ****ty day. But it did make me think of a use for it, more on that in a later post.

    And then to top it all of my driver went in one of my Chinese LEDs (full spectrum side). Another shoutout to Reefsupplies.ca, they've threw a new driver in my order that should arrive tomorrow. Thanks Ray!



    Anyway... back on track...

    I got the sand and water in 5 days ago. Decided to go with 15 lbs of CaribSea SeaFlor Special Grade, plus 1/4 cup of my old sand just to help seed it. I am a big fan of sand in a tank, looks more natural to me than bare bottom. I also can't stand that crushed coral look, too gravelly (Is that even a word?). In my last tank I went with Oolite, and although I loved the look, I could never run enough flow through it without creating sandstroms, and my Orange Spot Diamond Goby was always keeping just enough fine particles of it in the water column that the tank never looked completely clear. The SeaFlor Special Grade has a slightly larger grain size (1.0-2.0mm VS 0.1-1.0mm), and I can already tell it's going to work out much better.

    The following day I moved over about 13 lbs of Pukani from my 150G. A quick hacksaw here and a little bone cutter there and I came up with this:

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    I didn't really get much further, I had been ordered to recycle the box the tank had come in (APPARENTLY it had been "laying" around too long). So of course I did as ordered:

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    Love the rock work! And I agree on the sand, while I am sure bare bottom helps to keep things clean....it can also look dirtier if it is not kept up on!
    And great use of the box,it has a very lovely door bell haha
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    As far as the cycle goes. I've never seen Ammonia, Nitrite hit .25ppm the day after adding the rock and was gone the following day, and Nitrate is steady at 4ppm.

    I don't think I'm going to see any more of a cycle than I already have. Beyond the good liverock, and the slight sand infusion, I also cycled 1L of biomedia in a TLF-150 for 2 weeks in my old tank, and moved it over here temporarily until everything is solid.

    I keep pulling out the odd Asterina Starfish or Collonista Snail, not all of them mind you, just enough to prevent plague proportions.

    There is other life as well, I' counted about 4 "Micro" Brittle Starfish:

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Staceym Click here to enlarge
    Love the rock work! And I agree on the sand, while I am sure bare bottom helps to keep things clean....it can also look dirtier if it is not kept up on!
    And great use of the box,it has a very lovely door bell haha
    I'm still not satisfied with the rock, changes inbound.

    The doorbell rocks

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    Changed the rock a little bit.

    The shelf piece gives me a larger cave, more crevices and a little more zoa garden room.

    I'm pretty satisfied, barring any other spur of the moment changes in design I'll likely epoxy this together tonight.

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    I've always been a fan of the golden ratio two islands look.

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    Inverts:


    1 x Tri Colour Hermit
    2 x Scarlet Reef Hermit
    1 x Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
    1 x Bumble Bee Snail
    2 x Banded Trochus Snail
    2 x Spiny Star Astraea
    2 x Cerith Snail
    2 x Nassarius Snail


    Fish:


    1 x Hi Fin Red Banded Goby


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    All the Coral that I hope to move into the 20G. Sorry for the cell phone pic.


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    Got my box of stuff from Reefsupplies on Friday, just random bits, an ATO reservoir, and my new media baskets.


    My helpers take unboxing seriously...


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    They even test the packaging material to see that it meets my expectations.





    I was going to go with the InTank media baskets but with the price of the US dollar and the crazy shipping prices I went with the IM baskets instead. Still very happy with them.


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    Overall a much bigger and more robust basket.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Nuggs Click here to enlarge
    How's this?


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    Sweet find. Kiji?
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    I was walking through Kent, on my way to buy some oak plywood and start a stand build.

    Saw this bathroom vanity in the middle isle. Marked down on clearance because someone dropped a tool in the sink and cracked it.

    $100 from $400…

    25 x 20 x 35

    Perfect height for a nano tank. Granite counter top, and the holes for the faucet make great cable management.

    Just popped the underhung sink out of it and good to go.
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    A couple pics I snapped while acclimating stuff:


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