10 gallon nano build (HOB Refugium style)

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I wanted another reef tank but didn’t have a hole bunch of room so I decided to do a nano build. I followed inappropriate reefers nano build on youtube for my build. Before I got my supplies I had to get a stand. I decided I wanted to make the stand because it would be cheaper and would only take a day for it to be finished.
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I went and got all my supplies from amazon or petco and had some other aquarium supplies around the house.
•Aqua knight A030 light
•Fluval Aqua Clear 50
•25 watt heater
•10 pounds of live sand
•and all sorts of media/etc.
496EF299-8CD3-49BF-B532-509FC77483C7.jpeg

I made and over flow for the tank so it would skim the surface and the Aqua Clear filter wouldn’t suck up sand of other things off the bottom. Also it looks much better this way. Here the thread to show you how I made it.
DAB987B3-D1D6-4448-9072-A28CC00BCB0B.jpeg

Last night I bought 14 pounds of live rock and 10 gallons of Fritz saltwater and put it all together was still cloudy when I took a picture after I was done though.
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Many updates soon to come so be sure to follow along.
UPDATE:
All the sand settled so you can see the aquascape now.
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Update: 2/5/2020
The refugium is setup and CUC is going in this weekend.
1F41A42C-6EC8-4DCB-82F1-844C38E15403.jpeg

Update 2/16/2020:
This is how I run my hang of the back filter. Cheato/filter floss/poly filter pad/ GFO/ bio blocks.
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I also added my clean up crew about a week ago.
•2 blue leg hermits
•3 astrea snails
•4 nassarius snails
I also add 3 new corals. I’m going with a softie tank because I think it will looks better
•green singularia coral
•very small toad stool
•branching GSP
5F426A57-08C9-4534-891E-69D57AA6DA0D.jpeg

Update: 2/26/2020
I got lots on new corals and no fish yet. Here’s some pics.
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5/10/2020
It’s been a while since the last update, AI prime is going in this week and lots of new coral has been added. Here a top down pic.
285FA12B-434B-4C49-84BD-AE6AECB5907C.jpeg

5/15/2020
here’s the AI prime setup with some coral pics!
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update: 08/15/2020
Got some new coral today and I have lots of growth in my tank since I last posted! Take a look.
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Update: 9/08/2020
New coral and a Top look down view.
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Update 01/06/2021
A lot of growth since the last update. My secret is using crushed plankton balls and spot feeding coral.
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Great start to your build thread and great work on the stand!
 
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Great start to your build thread and great work on the stand!
Thank you this is my third tank and I’m really hoping to hit the nail on the head with this one. I have a good feeling about this tank. Also, thanks! That’s the first piece of furniture I’ve ever built.
 

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Thank you this is my third tank and I’m really hoping to hit the nail on the head with this one. I have a good feeling about this tank. Also, thanks! That’s the first piece of furniture I’ve ever built.

Wow! Even more impressive! If that is your first piece then I would encourage you to keep at it and see where it goes!
 
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Looking good nice setup that Ai Prime upgrade will really turn your build from sweet to awesome :cool:

I really look forward to inappropriate reefers vids popping up and Emily is such a good sport, like in his latest vid when he woke her up to move the mangrove tank
 
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Looking good nice setup that Ai Prime upgrade will really turn your build from sweet to awesome :cool:

I really look forward to inappropriate reefers vids popping up and Emily is such a good sport, like in his latest vid when he woke her up to move the mangrove tank
Thanks I got the AI up and running looking forward to seeing the difference!!
 
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I love inappropriate reefers vids he always influences me when it comes to livestock and equipment for my tank. Cool to see someone else be influenced by him and having a tank just like he had. Tank looks good already.
Thanks I loved the setup he put in. The aqua knight did grow my corals but I want to upgrade because I had the money so I got the AI prime. Favorite tank build so far! Hands down.
 
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Nice budget set up. What light are you using for the refugium. I just got a concept 2in1 20g tank (10g each tank) and I need 2 cheap refugium lights. Any suggestions?
Here’s the link to the light.
Disclaimer the light didn’t grow my cheato but it did grow lots of algae in the refugium which I think is good. Because there is zero trace of algae in the main display. I just used double sided tape and slapped it on the HOB filter.
 

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Thanks I loved the setup he put in. The aqua knight did grow my corals but I want to upgrade because I had the money so I got the AI prime. Favorite tank build so far! Hands down.
Nice yea I wouldn't trust the aqua knight that much either. Make sure to update us on the tank in the future.
 

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I wanted another reef tank but didn’t have a hole bunch of room so I decided to do a nano build. I followed inappropriate reefers nano build on youtube for my build. Before I got my supplies I had to get a stand. I decided I wanted to make the stand because it would be cheaper and would only take a day for it to be finished.
57544126-B98A-40FB-91D1-96E5E4BCEAE5.jpeg

77096715-F072-4DF9-A229-7FFF97F06EE1.jpeg

I went and got all my supplies from amazon or petco and had some other aquarium supplies around the house.
•Aqua knight A030 light
•Fluval Aqua Clear 50
•25 watt heater
•10 pounds of live sand
•and all sorts of media/etc.
496EF299-8CD3-49BF-B532-509FC77483C7.jpeg

I made and over flow for the tank so it would skim the surface and the Aqua Clear filter wouldn’t suck up sand of other things off the bottom. Also it looks much better this way. Here the thread to show you how I made it.
DAB987B3-D1D6-4448-9072-A28CC00BCB0B.jpeg

Last night I bought 14 pounds of live rock and 10 gallons of Fritz saltwater and put it all together was still cloudy when I took a picture after I was done though.
0CCBB069-0378-4A9F-8C8C-2A04AFAE586F.jpeg

Many updates soon to come so be sure to follow along.
UPDATE:
All the sand settled so you can see the aquascape now.
1A08DFDD-6F2A-421F-9475-111F3A78487F.jpeg

Update: 2/5/2020
The refugium is setup and CUC is going in this weekend.
1F41A42C-6EC8-4DCB-82F1-844C38E15403.jpeg

Update 2/16/2020:
This is how I run my hang of the back filter. Cheato/filter floss/poly filter pad/ GFO/ bio blocks.
877D589E-258B-42F4-BA18-A137B044B83B.jpeg

CBF20447-AE56-48F3-B09B-B6904EBABD1D.jpeg

I also added my clean up crew about a week ago.
•2 blue leg hermits
•3 astrea snails
•4 nassarius snails
I also add 3 new corals. I’m going with a softie tank because I think it will looks better
•green singularia coral
•very small toad stool
•branching GSP
5F426A57-08C9-4534-891E-69D57AA6DA0D.jpeg

Update: 2/26/2020
I got lots on new corals and no fish yet. Here’s some pics.
2E8DA651-9856-441B-B655-5B2091FC02CF.jpeg

A5835E93-E99F-4943-86B1-0EC758B7F14D.jpeg

E33F1C85-15A3-469B-BF26-4B1EA7D474ED.jpeg

5/10/2020
It’s been a while since the last update, AI prime is going in this week and lots of new coral has been added. Here a top down pic.
285FA12B-434B-4C49-84BD-AE6AECB5907C.jpeg

5/15/2020
here’s the AI prime setup with some coral pics!
9D513EFD-A676-4581-A8E0-1174F763FEBC.jpeg

ABCA3B90-9C72-4297-A2E9-6FC309E47F87.jpeg

02593475-D5EB-4041-956F-7CD8AC8A77E6.jpeg

FFE4CA89-42F0-4D53-8F9C-54D6930C57A5.jpeg

update: 08/15/2020
Got some new coral today and I have lots of growth in my tank since I last posted! Take a look.
D637649F-FC5F-410E-ADC9-E33EC536D4D9.jpeg

03F7C8D5-C204-47B4-B80B-518BE60C6F66.jpeg

883683AB-2F38-4DFC-87EB-00C4C250FFCD.jpeg

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Update:
what light settings did you decide to go with?
 
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what light settings did you decide to go with?
Ai prime, defiantly worth the $200+. I’ve seen massive coral growth since I’ve put it in. I highly recommend it for a 10 gallon nano tank. If you have any questions how I set mine up on my tank just let me know.
 
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Nice yea I wouldn't trust the aqua knight that much either. Make sure to update us on the tank in the future.
Just letting you know I posted an update at the bottom of the original post if you want to take a look. Let me know what you think!
 

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