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  1. #1

    Default Jenn's 20G Nano Reef


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    I am stoked to downgrade my 55G...I am honestly tired of the scape and the old scratched up tank. Here is my checklist so far:

    *20G High SeaClear
    *Aragonite sand....from previous setups it will be cleaned well
    *Live Rock....will come from the 55G
    *Corals....will keep my large hairy mushrooms, red palys, clove polyps, and some of the yellow zoas
    *130watt fixture....I won a brand new Coralife 2x65watt on Ebay shipped for $40, it comes with a 10K and 420 actinic. Perfect for a polyp tank I think.
    *AC110....I am going to mod it as a Fuge, I have a clip on Tom Rapids light which I have used on my 8" cube for months. It will be ran reverse daylight to the tank. Ill Leave enough room for a bag of ChemiPure Elite and some Carbon tho.

    Tank is going to be skimmerless....I am also debating the benefits of a custom waterflow setup versus just using Koralias. One of the problems I have had with the 55G has been dead spots which I could never completely fix. I am hoping to eliminate this in the future.

    I have 2 Koralia 1s and a Koralia nano...I may or may not use them. I am also going to keep 3 of my fish....Female black Ocellaris, Royal Gramma, and the Damsel.

    Wont be setting the tank up for several weeks. I am having a stand built which will hold my new 30G acrylic and this 20G plus have a cabinet under both for canisters. I may toss the Fluval 105 on the 20G as well.

    What are some thoughts on an AC110 Fuge, think its worth the bother for a 20G?
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

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    My experiance is limited but the box on a 110 is pretty big. It should hold enough chaeto to work as a scrubber. I'm looking forward to seeing this tank take shape Jenn.

  3. #3

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    I've never had a fug either so I can't say for certain.

    But you certainly would get benefit from the reverse lighting long with the chemi-pure and carbon. The option for some cheato as Smaug mentioned should also help allot as well.

    I'm looking forward to following your journel
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  4. #4

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    They say as algae builds up on the modified screen it does somewhat act as an algae scrubber as well. I ran CPR HOB fuges many years ago when the 150 was a reef...but those are nearly as large as this tank. I have always had skimmers and no fuge, now I will have a fuge and no skimmer

    I am looking at something like this for circulation:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/180489727574...84.m1423.l2649

    It seems to have enough pieces to split into 2 spraybars...I also have various random stuff laying around to supplement. I would be using 2 smaller pumps hidden behind the rock. Something like that along with the AC110 and possibly the Fluval 105 would give me a great deal of circulation. If I do decide to use the Fluval 105 it would put longer lasting Chem. media in it. Probably scrape the ChemiPure to the canister along with Phosban and a load of Purigen.

    For those interested here is the DIY mod for the AC filter...
    http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/inde...&#entry2004830
    Last edited by MCHRKiller; 01-19-2012 at 01:56 PM.
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

  5. #5

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    I have decided to go bare bottom on the setup...and I bought some natural slate wall tiles from Home Depot. This should give a neat look to the tank and provide an awesome place for coraline to grow.
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

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    Bare bottom is THE way for you to go Jenn

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    Why thank-you - Cliff The grammar crab has you in its grasp! D: - Trillianne Thanks for the clarification - Mith A few clown for the fellow SW clowns. :D - ILuvMyGoldBarb sorry about your angelfish - smaug 
    Many cultures donw through the ages have known that Ice cream is the perfect band-aid for all occasions. ~  Sorry for your loss. - 850R Here's some Christmass Cheer, Happy Holidays Sheamurai - Cliff merry xmas, keep good care of him - genocidex Beer! The perfect gift for any occasion - Merry Chrismas! - 850R I'm glad your here and a active forum member - Cliff 
    penguin for a friend XD - genocidex Thanks for the help with that spammer !!! - Cliff Thank you for the kind words - Cliff Merry Christmas - Cliff To help you re-stock the tank - Cliff 
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    Just to confirm - the wall tiles are for the back glass? That will be cool. Might be an idea for the bottom glass too...protect the bottom from live rock.

    I didn't really like the look of the bare bottom tank that I ran for a bit...I could see the top of the stand thru it (seeing the screws bugged me)...and I'd want something on the bottom anyway to protect the glass...

  8. #8

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    I wish I would have set-up my 90 gallon without substrate. The more and more that I read about that, the better it sounds to me. You have to be careful to make sure you are going to have enough rock, but I would still like to try it one day. The only real draw back is that it can limit what you stock, ie,.. certain fish and some anemones.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing pics of your set-up Jenn
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  9. #9

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    The wall tiles are for the bottom of the tank. Home Depot either had 12x12 floor tiles or 4x4/6x6 wall tiles in the color range I wanted. I picked up a pack of 6x6 and 4x4 wall tiles. The back of the tank is black acrylic, and the sale is dark grey with copper hues...should be an interesting effect.

    I am going to work on modding an AC110 into a Refugium tomorrow...I will have a space for media and typical fuge things.

    I will use as much LR as I deem acceptable for the scape...at least 25-30lbs plus the macro/rubble in the fuge. I should be fine without sand, Ive never ran a deep sand bed anyway never more than 1/2" so I doubt it had much benefit outside of overtime becoming a nitrate sponge.
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

  10. #10

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    Why thank-you - Cliff The grammar crab has you in its grasp! D: - Trillianne Thanks for the clarification - Mith A few clown for the fellow SW clowns. :D - ILuvMyGoldBarb sorry about your angelfish - smaug 
    Many cultures donw through the ages have known that Ice cream is the perfect band-aid for all occasions. ~  Sorry for your loss. - 850R Here's some Christmass Cheer, Happy Holidays Sheamurai - Cliff merry xmas, keep good care of him - genocidex Beer! The perfect gift for any occasion - Merry Chrismas! - 850R I'm glad your here and a active forum member - Cliff 
    penguin for a friend XD - genocidex Thanks for the help with that spammer !!! - Cliff Thank you for the kind words - Cliff Merry Christmas - Cliff To help you re-stock the tank - Cliff 
    Discus and Beer! - Sandz To Discus Days!!! - JudiJetson For very clear advice! - houdini56 Happy Holidays! - Rue Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 

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    ah that really will be nice!

    I'd like to do without sand as well, can't wait to see what your set up looks like!

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