Svet's IM Nuvo 40

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Tank is a reboot after a 3yr fight with Ostreopsis dino. Focusing on micro fauna & biodiversity this round while still trying to minimize pests with good sourcing of livestock and QT when possible. Prefer more natural approach and less drastic ways of solving issues and exporting nutrients as a strategy.

Set up in Oct ’19. Currently going through tank uglies, adding additional fish & biodiversity packages (IPSF/AlgaeBarn/FloridaPets), and waiting for tank to mature enough for some easy corals in Spring.

Planned to be a mixed reef with mainly softies & LPS plus some rare and slow growing display macros & easy SPS which will all be left to grow from frags as long as possible.


Tank & Equipment:

40g Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion AIO tank (30g water vol / 24” x 20” x 19”)
25 lbs Marco Key Largo dry rock
Ocean Direct live sand (supplemented with IPSF & FloridaPets real live sand & muds)
Tropic Marin Pro Reef salt

Ocean Revive T247B LED (ch1 blue 28% 7h on, ch2 white 11% 5h on)
Ecotech MP10 wQD x 2 (opposite tank sides)
IM stock return pump 476gph
Eheim Jager 75w heater
Tunze 9004 skimmer
Tunze 3155 ATO
Apex Classic (pH & T probes, WXM module)
Seneye Reef PAR meter

inTank media basket
JBJ Nano-Glo 6500K LED light for fuge

BRS RO/DI - 4 stage value plus 75 gpd
BRS dosing pumps for 2 part


Livestock:

* Fish:

Ocellaris clownfish x 2
Banggai cardinalfish x 2
Royal Gramma

* Coral:
Ultra green polyp toadstool leather

* Macro/CUC/Other Inverts:
Hypnea Pannosa macro algae
2 dwarf zebra hermit crabs
Snails (8 Cerith, ~5 Nerite, ~5 Strombus, ~5 Littorinid)
Hawaiian mini stars & micro brittle stars
Bristle worms
Various pods

* Planned Livestock
Zoas
Frogspawn
Hammer
Acan Lords
Birdsnest
Stylophora
Sunset Monti

5 Nassarius snails
Maxima clam

Codium
Galaxaura
Bryothamnion
Nemastoma
Padina
Branching Coralline


Parameters & Maintenance:

Sg - 1.025 / 34 ppt (Refractometer)
Alk - 8.15-8.30 dKH (Salifert)
Ca - 425-440 ppm (Salifert)
Mg - 1260-1335 ppm (Salifert)
No3 - 12-20 ppm (Red Sea Pro/API)
Po4 - 0.10-0.17 ppm (Hanna ULR)
K - 390 ppm (Salifert)
I2 - 0.06 ppm (Red Sea Pro)
T - 78-78.7 F (Apex)
pH - 7.85-8.05 (Apex)
PAR - 100-150 sand - 300-350 top of rocks (Seneye)

* Testing - daily Alk; every couple of days Ca, Po4; weekly No3, Mg, Sg; monthly K, I2, Sr; planned ICP & AquaBiomics to watch for trends

* Maintenance - weekly 2g (7%) water change matching Sg, T, Alk to tank water

* Feeding - frozen LRS & mysis shrimp; occasionally NLS pellets, freeze dried brine shrimp

* Dosing - 2 part - Alk at day & Ca at night; Mg manually as needed

* Filtration - Skimmer (12h on); Ulva & Red Gracilaria macro algae in media basket running opposite tank lights cycle; Rox 0.8 carbon in mesh bag as needed
 
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Initial Log & Progression:

10/3/19 - tank filled with water; added Dr Tim’s One & Only bacteria & ammonium chloride to cycle
10/24/19 - tank fully cycled
11/1/19 - added Ocellaris clownfish bonded pair & 5 ceriths (all QTed)
11/2/19 - turned on light; added Purple Helix coralline algae from ArcReef
11/3/19 - one clownfish died
11/14/19 - start of diatom phase; added Tisbe pods from Algaebarn and started dosing live phyto
11/20/19 - start of green rock phase; added Hypnea Pannosa macro algae from AlgaeBarn
11/21/19 - added IPSF biodiversity package (live sand, wonder mud, 6 mini stars, 5 bristle worms, pods & amphipods, 5 nerite, 5 strombus, 5 littorinid snails, 2 zebra hermits, ulva & red gracillaria for fuge, bonus toadstool leather coral)
12/7/19 - set up Alk & Ca dosers to improve parameter stability
12/31/19 - added FloridaPets biodiversity package (3 cups live sand, 1 cup Keys sand, 1 cup live mud, 6 micro stars)
1/8/20 - added additional Ocellaris clownfish, 2x Banggai Cardinalfish, Royal Gramma & 5 Cerith snails (all QTed)
 

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Great reboot. My rocks also turned that lovely green at about 3.5 months. I have the same tank with less equipment.
 
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Great reboot. My rocks also turned that lovely green at about 3.5 months. I have the same tank with less equipment.
Thanks! Yeah equipment junkie here, definitely an overkill...
Love your Nuvos too, especially the simplicity of the 14. Was thinking of getting a nano just for my macro but didn’t want a second set of equipment. I travel twice an year for 2-3 weeks at a time and automation is a must in my case.
 

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Nice! I’m new to the hobby, what’s the stuff in your 1st photo (it’s purple, blue and green), and what’s the green and blue growth in your 8th photo?

I have some IPSF mini stars coming Friday! How are yours doing? Do you ever actually see them?

Again, nice tank and rock work. Thanks for sharing your setup and photos. Very helpful, especially for someone new like me.
 

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