IM nuvo 20g build!

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Overview
So this is going to be my new build thread on a brand new Nuvo Fusion PRO (bundle kit).
I started a build thread on my 14g biocube but due to certain circumstances I had to break down the tank and get rid of it.
I have huge plans for this tank, it will be a mixed reef with zoanthids, mushroom, euphillia and sps. I am going to avoid cutting corners this time around and go with the best options I possibly can avoiding diy (minus the stand).
I am going to update this build as I go. The first update will be the initial setup and equipment selection.

Equipment
Light: AI hydra or 2 ai primes
Return pump: stock return pump with the kit
Powerhead: jebao ow-10 powerhead
Heater: cobalt neotherm 75 watt
Skimmer: undecided may rely on water changes
Dosing pump (for future): jebao 4 head dosing pump
Media: Filter sock and media basket with gfo and brs carbon.

First update will be a separate post immediately after this one.
 
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Stand
So this is the only place I decided to save money and go the diy route. I made the stand with tools I have no idea how to use and large chunks of 2x4 that were very intimidating. I've never made anything before so I was suprised with the outcome!
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The beginning where I was having no idea as to what I was doing at all. I decided to then switch to youtube on stand building.
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Little marley helping her dad build his stand. We have the frame done and have a flat top made of 1/2 inch plywood.
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Perfectly level! All the way around and in all points. Time to paint it.
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I decided on limousine leather black oil based paint in 2 layers and a finishing layer of waterproofing agent that slips my mind. Either way salt water beads up nicely on it and doesnt soak in.
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All painted up! Looking pretty sleek its weight tested and stable. I can stand on it and rock and the thing doesnt budge like a champ!

The Tank
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I threw the tank atop the stand to see if it would look nice and I am surprised with the results. Now Is the time to fill the tank with water. I'm unfortunatley out of salt at the moment so I have to wait for a few days to even get the rodi salty
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Tank is full of water so now the full weight is on the stand and luckily it doesnt budge at all! Please ignore the light it is a temporary light just to make it look less boring until I have my ai light on top.
 
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Hardscape
So for the hardscape I decided to go with a handfull of smaller rocks to stack in a sort of double arch style with the middle of the arches being the highest point for sps to grow. I am going to be adding a sand substrate soon I just have to wait for the shipment to come in. I decided on caribsea Fiji pink sand because it's a nice blend of large and small grains and I've had good luck in the past with it.
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Misc
Im going to order my light today which will be the ai prime 16hd but I'm not sure if I want to order from bulk reef supply or saltwater aquarium.
The cycle of the tank has started today as well I added the salt to the water, heated it up to temp, added a bottle of bacteria and a raw scallop.
 

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Looking like a nice build. Rock looking good.

i was thinking skip the dosing and skimmer and get a good water chang plan going. If you keeping sps though I would not recommend that and go with at least the doser.
 
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Looking like a nice build. Rock looking good.

i was thinking skip the dosing and skimmer and get a good water chang plan going. If you keeping sps though I would not recommend that and go with at least the doser.
I always start my tanks with weekly water changes. Both my nanos at this point consume .45 alk per day so weekly water changes dont cut it haha.
I will most likely do water changes for the first few months and see where it gets when I add some sps!
 
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So due to an unexpected financial issue arising I canceled my order for my ai prime light. I still plan on getting a prime set up on this tank just not at this moment until I can get my finances sorted.

Stocking
So for this tank I have decided I want to try out a watchman goby and pistol shrimp combo just as something new.
1 yellow watchman goby
1 pistol shrimp
2 percula clownfish (not decided on morph)
Mix of red and blue leg hermits
Nassarius snails
Astrea snails
 
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Cycle
The tank is well on it's way to being cycled. There is a drop in ammonia and a spike in nitrites now I just have to wait for the nitrites to drop and nitrates to exist

Misc
I finally added sand. I went with the caribsea live sand from chewy.com. I went ahead and added an ai prime 16hd to the tank and am running brs ab+ light setting.
We are entering the ugly phase of the tank as sell. Diatoms are here in full force.

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