IM NUVO EXT 40 Reef Build

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Nice build! I'll be following along to see what you do with it. I started a Nuvo 40 (with the rear "sump" about a month and a half ago. Check out my build for ideas. Might be helpful.
 
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@Dana Riddle I see you're the light master. Correct me if I'm wrong but the inverse square law doesn't apply to light passing through water. Is there a similar simplified rule that can be applied? I imagine that each spectrum is affected differently but I've been looking for a guideline.
 
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Did you silicone it down? If not no issues floating at the corners?
I didn't use silicone. My reasoning is I'll have pretty good sized rocks within inches on all sides and hope this will be good enough.
 
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Nice build! I'll be following along to see what you do with it. I started a Nuvo 40 (with the rear "sump" about a month and a half ago. Check out my build for ideas. Might be helpful.
Thanks! I'll take a gander at your thread here in a bit.
 
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I found old photos of past tanks today. Some of what I'm about to share shows that I knew absolutely nothing about reef keeping at the time. Still it was fun to go through these because I had forgotten a lot of it.

This is my first reef tank in 2007. I think it was around 50 gallons with a HOB bio/protein filter and PC lights. If you look closely you'll see an assortment of ugly corals and a nem of all things. I eventually shut this down because we moved to another apartment and aquariums weren't allowed.
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Fast forward to 2010 and our first house. I got a 75 off craigslist and put a 20 below as a sump. I started with PC and later added a cheap par38 to try and keep corals. Later I replaced both with a T5 unit.
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After getting the T5 I had the bright idea of getting a Ritteri for my snowflake clowns ;Facepalm.
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In 2013 I shut the 75 down and setup a 20 long on my kitchen counter in hopes it would be easier to maintain with close proximity to the sink. I might have packed most of my LR in that little tank. I don't remember how long this lasted but eventually it was shutdown as well.
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I'll recap the pico cube in another post.
 
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My last few parts came today and I finished setting up the sump.

This is the sump which I received a few weeks ago.
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Today I got the return pump module, pump module filter, filter sock holder and RP-M.

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I’ve been impressed with how well Somatic packages their products.

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I added carbon to the pump module filter.
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The Reef Breeders RP-M is really nice so far. Puts out quite a bit of flow and is packaged pretty well. Looks easy to clean.
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Everything is up and running.

I need to get an ATO. I’m losing about 3/4 a gallon per day.

I’m also thinking about getting the Orphek OR 60 for lighting with an even spread.

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The skimmer is breaking in. I read it can take a few weeks for the bubble production to calm down. It’s already better and after 12 hours bubbles stopped making it to the DT.
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Here’s the final plumbing. No leaks on the first try :)
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I'm having an hard time getting correct colors out of my main camera. The primary problem is in the green/blue spectrum. Seems that when I get one correct the other is off. I think it's my lighting not having good enough CRI and the green/blue hues being very close to each other. In Lightroom the HSL sliders are adjusting close to the same colors. Example in the prior zoa photo I posted blues are too blue and should lean green but the green tips are correct. I ordered a yellow barrier filter but it's almost too strong for my lighting. Oh well I'll keep trying and I might order a brown gel since I can't find a brown threaded filter.

Here's one using the yellow barrier filter that looks correct.
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