TANKandSPANK’s 20g Red Sea Max Nano 20g project

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Hey all,

I bought a used Red Sea Max Nano 20g and will be using this thread as a personal journal of sorts and hopefully getting some feedback on my set up.


Currently, it is sitting in the bathroom running a vinegar/water 1.5:18.5 mix through it. Using this to check for leaks, to clean the tank and sump, and hopefully to break down some of the tough calcium built up on the back wall. Planning to empty this weekend, rinse with freshwater and then get it into place on its stand.

It has been 3 days with no leaks and the return pump and protein skimmer pump both appear to work great!

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Here’s some pictures of the calcium I mentioned. If anyone has any ideas, let me know. Tried scrubbing with vinegar which didn’t do much.
 

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Now placing the tank into position in the stand. Unfortunately, it had to be on carpet. I bought a 3x4 foot plastic mat for office chairs to place underneath for spills and splashes. Also had to use some cardboard to get it perfectly level. I think I’m all set now.
Interestingly, the max nano is slightly larger than the stand so it kind of has to hang off a quarter inch on the front and back. Don’t think it’s an issue once there is 400+ lbs of water pushing it down into the stand, but was surprised.
 

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Hey! I just also purchased a used Red Sea Max nano a few days ago and I'll be setting it up soon. I am actually missing the two bolts that secure the power center box/ base of the lamp to the tank. I have searched online and had no luck finding replacement screws so far. Definitely following your build. I'm in MD as well!
 
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Hey! I just also purchased a used Red Sea Max nano a few days ago and I'll be setting it up soon. I am actually missing the two bolts that secure the power center box/ base of the lamp to the tank. I have searched online and had no luck finding replacement screws so far. Definitely following your build. I'm in MD as well!
Hey! That sucks about the screws. As you start setting yours up, link me your build thread so we can compare!
 
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Purchased 10lbs of Marcorock and Caribsea aragaonite special grade dry sand this weekend. Also checked out the LFS options. Planning to work on the scape this week and then wait to fill and begin cycling until after traveling for Thanksgiving. I am concerned about not being able to add ammonia during a cycle while I am away so trying to be patient and wait until I can watch the cycle.
 

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Hey! That sucks about the screws. As you start setting yours up, link me your build thread so we can compare!
I just got the screws from red sea. I will hit you up with my build thread once I get it going. I still need to scout the area for local stores. Only place I know so far is CTE aquatics.

BTW, did the vinegar help to break down the calcium on the back wall and filtration? I scraped most with a razor blade but there are some tough spots I can't get. I don't expect that to be an issue anyway. I got citric acid powder to fill up a bucket and run the skimmer and pump. Are you planning on modifying the filtration system at all or run it as is?
 
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