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So I started a build thread for this tank, because I guess I'm going all out on this mini reef tank! Its in the front room, I've got a few things for it, and a AI prime 16hd coming next week.

Any and all pointers and tips welcome pls advise, thanks all

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The Ai prime 16 came in today, its absolutely beautiful, from the fixture to the prest lighting it starts with!

I am thinking about not messing with the settings on this light and just let the factory color settings go for a while, its a very nice color for the eyes!

I can see this 20 gallon long is going to require 2 AI primes to really balance out light, I can dial them back a bit I assume with 2.

I'm really enjoying this tank to mess around with, I've had a 20g tall before but this 20L is a cool look, im liking the nano, we will se right.
 

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So there's so much equipment in the tank, now I'm building a sump.

Not sure if I should put socks, i think it might be sockless no media just equipment and return pump. Its a 12"x12"x12" cube glass aquarium.

Any suggestions about the sump?
 

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So it took a little while, its 2x the work with 2 tanks this one is so quick to maintain tho I like it.
now with the sump I can tell it just got easier, I may downsize the main pump from a sicce 3.0 to a 2.0 or something in dc, its dailed way down and I cut more weirs in the overflow but still probably only getting 100gph somewhere around that its not much, the pump is way oversized but better than the hob's.
 

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I got the sump finished up with all the equipment installed, and hooked up redsea 2 head dosing pump w/AFR on a 5.5L resivor, it should last at least a year b4 refill :). I love the sump it was never the plan, it was supposed to be a very simple set up just fish and water. But I blame reef2reef!
 

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Nice set up, love 20 longs. They definitly need a sump though. I have another 20 long under mine for my sump.
I'm liking the 20L if I knew better I would have done some planning. A 20 sump would be nice with it. I only get maybe another 4.5 gallons of water volume with the sump i made, but I was limited by the stand space.

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I placed a couple montiporas and the Kenya tree was on the rock i didn't want it there but now its getting bigger im going to cut it down soon, I have another monti frag for the top, and a few favias and a cans. Im running the all for reef currently. So far I like the AFR powder but the separation of materials.

Tank is doing good so far, since the sump install there's no looking back!
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