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anaitari
12-29-2016, 11:51 PM
Getting back into the hobby after about 8 years out.....Thought I would start small.....Wow a lot has changed in the years.
Equipment:
IM Nuvo Fusion 40g
Eheim 100w Heater
hydor 425 circulation pump
Ecotech MP10
Maxspect Ehereal Lighting
25 pounds live sand
30 pounds of live rock
Running 2 filter socks at the moment , waiting for the media racks to come in.
Any suggestions on what I should run in the racks? Also a suggestion on a skimmer......It needs a pretty small footprint for the skimmer. Pics are a little cloudy as I just added the rock
Any and all suggestions or comments are welcome , Thanx in advance

Myka
12-30-2016, 03:43 AM
Yeah lots has changed! Everyone uses dry rock these days... :( Nice to see "old school" live rock! That's all I'll ever use in my own tanks too. :)

DKoKoMan
12-30-2016, 06:42 AM
Nice tank to setup and dive back in!

Moogled
12-30-2016, 07:43 PM
I always liked the IM tanks. Got a Nuvo 20 myself.

For the baskets, run filter floss, chemipure, and purigen in that order.

Since it's a dual chamber return, it's up to you what to run on the other side.

anaitari
12-30-2016, 10:23 PM
Noticed lots of evaporation in these tanks so I also prurchased a Tunze Osmolator 3155 .....Now to patiently wait for the cycle.....I Picked up some Chemipure elite and purigen for when the cycle is complete

catchandrelease
01-05-2017, 04:17 AM
Just set up a nuvo 10. Liking it so far. Cycled in two weeks with live rock. I run the ghost skimmer from IM and it seems to work well for the short period it has been running.

anaitari
01-05-2017, 05:07 AM
I'm still cyling......In the middle of a big Diatom bloom :(

catchandrelease
01-05-2017, 05:21 AM
Lights on during cycle?

anaitari
01-05-2017, 05:23 AM
Yes, just 4 hours.........should i turn them off?

anaitari
01-05-2017, 05:50 AM
Yes, just 4 hours.........should i turn them off?

kyl
01-05-2017, 06:54 AM
Nice coverage and profile on that Ethereal unit!

Should post your system on nano-reef, lots of IM owners if you're looking for ideas. For a skimmer you might want to look into the Tunze 9004, I know it's popular with many of the 40 builds there.

catchandrelease
01-05-2017, 02:03 PM
Bloom probably won't last long. I've read the tank has no use for lights during a cycle, and they increase likelihood of issues such as this and algae. But there are benefits to diatom blooms as well. I left mine off unil it was done.

anaitari
01-07-2017, 05:04 AM
Well , a few weeks into the cycle now...used fully cured live rock and some media from another tank......For the last 3 days my levels have been sitting at
Ammonia : 0
Nitrite : 0
Nitrate : 5PPM
PH : 8.2 to 8.4.... Colors so close on test kit hard for my eyes to tell hahhaha
Using API saltwater Master kit
Still have a Diatom bloom and starting to turn To green Hair Algae I think......Is this normal or could something be off??? I also hate filter socks and Ordered 2 InTank media racks.......I don't like the IM ghost Skimmer but found The CadLights PLS 50 Elite skimmer that will fit in that chamber.....Anyone used Cad Lights skimmers before????? I heard algae blooms are close to the end of the cycle.....Is this true??? will I be able to slowly add a cleanup crew soon??? I want to do this right so I appreciate the answers and advice

freeze
01-10-2017, 12:50 AM
I used a cadlight pls-100, was a little work horse. Little sensitive to set but once it was set, it was great. I added an air valve to the air intake line to help fine tune even more.

Moogled
01-10-2017, 04:13 PM
Add some pure ammonia to get a positive reading on your test kit and see if it goes down.

If it does, you're cycled.

Diatom blooms are typical when nearing the end of a cycle but also in new tanks in general. Be prepared for new-ugly-tank-syndrome for a couple months.

anaitari
01-15-2017, 12:52 AM
Upraded from vortech mp10 to Maxspect Gyre xf230!!!!! Absolutely love the flow!!! No more mp10 for me!!!!