Nuvo 20: Halide Power

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I did it guys.
I finally stopped talking about and planning my next tank and just bought one.
It may not be the biggest, prettiest, or even most creative build thread but I want to be able to document it on this website that I know and love.
So a bit of a backstory: I became interested in reefing about a year ago. And by September I caved and converted my 10 gallon freshwater into a reef. I didn’t have a job then so I spent less than 200 dollars to set it up. I did add small upgrades through time. Such as switching to metal halides from black box leds. But it never really was fun for me because of the budget restrictions at the beginning.
But today, On my weekly LFS visit, I saw her. A slightly used IM nuvo 20. Equipped with filter media racks and a dirty glass. I decided to do what any good man would do took it home for a nice cleaning. There does appear to be a scratch on that the front glass but its not that distracting.
So stay tuned for my upgrade from this
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To this
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Stay tuned!
 

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what halide are you using?
The bulb is a 150w double ended 14k phoenix. I forget the fixture but I don’t believe that matters too much. I bought it from someone here on r2r.
Edit: it is also in the plans to find a 20k that I like or add an LED bar for pop. I’m gonna try making this a sps tank and I want to pull crazy colors, and the best growth I can get in a 20 gallon.
 

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I have a mogul 175w halide 14k I have been going back and forth on with my 40.

I am going to do a little experiment of sorts and do 175w halide on one side and a black box LED on the other.
I love my halide. Every coral it doesn't slaughter grows like crazy. I'm hoping that with better filtration and bigger volume will make this tank better for SPS.
Nice upgrade! That will be a ton of light for that tank.
Why thank you! That's the point really. The theme of this tank is overkill, I'm gonna try pushing over 100x flow and make it an insane sps system.
 

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I love my halide. Every coral it doesn't slaughter grows like crazy. I'm hoping that with better filtration and bigger volume will make this tank better for SPS.

Why thank you! That's the point really. The theme of this tank is overkill, I'm gonna try pushing over 100x flow and make it an insane sps system.
You may need a chiller more than a heater, LOL.

 

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Been building a stand for the past two hours. Here’s the outcome.
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I jumped around on it a bit and I’m sure it will take 200+ pounds of live weight just fine. Will be painting it a nice white tomorrow
 

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Tank and stand in place. (Almost).
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Next Week I’m going to move all my current stock to a qt tank. Put this tank where my ten gallon is and move everything I want in. Keep an eye on the livestock classifieds for some Acans, Zoas and a mushroom.
 

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I have a mogul 175w halide 14k I have been going back and forth on with my 40.

I am going to do a little experiment of sorts and do 175w halide on one side and a black box LED on the other.
Please tag me for it!!!
 

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Temporary holding tank is getting salt water as we speak. Decided to take some pics this afternoon before everything got irritated.

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Wow! Great pics. I just got a MH to play with. Please document well. I'll be learning from your tank.
 

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Btw, what light have those been under?
 
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Btw, what light have those been under?
I got all these corals pretty dull from under radions, I had some under black boxes for a bit which didn't improve the color. the blue light just made it more bearable. But i noticed a complete turn around after 1 or 2 month under my 150w pheonix 14k. My favorite example is of the third picture. The bright green skirts? Those were a deep brown.
 

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I got all these corals pretty dull from under radions, I had some under black boxes for a bit which didn't improve the color. the blue light just made it more bearable. But i noticed a complete turn around after 1 or 2 month under my 150w pheonix 14k. My favorite example is of the third picture. The bright green skirts? Those were a deep brown.
Is that your MH?
 

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Do you mind if I ask about your 150w 14k? I have been reading those and 20k apparently give more blue.
 

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