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  1. Default experienced w/ Innovative Marine 30 Gallon Micro Nuvo Aquarium?


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    My husband & I are moving our architecture firm's office to a larger space. So my 3 month old Tetra 3 gal half moon kit in my home's den is being upgraded to the 30 Gal Micro Nuvo Aquarium:

    http://www.marinedepot.com/Innovativ...NCNTHH-vi.html

    Since I'm trained as a landscape architect & horticulturalist, going w/ live plants in modified iwugumi style focusing on rocks in a river gorge arrangement. Sensual but minimalism to go with the high tech office.

    AFTER cycling, moving my existing male betta & zebra nerite to the bigger tank with 1 or 2 schools of compatible, small mates (cory cats or the like). I'm still recovering from some spinal procedures, and I want to keep it pretty low in terms of #s of fish.

    Anybody have any recommendation regarding filters, heater, etc? (Still a newbie, but studying like crazy.)

    thx!

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    Underwater heater made of Ti, with an external temp control dial is best - offers best uniformity of heating and ease/safety of use.

    For a 30 gal, maybe an algae scrubber (I am currently testing one but others here use them with great success.) An algae scrubber will lower nitrates/phosphates resulting in smaller and less frequent water changes - an advantage if your back has issues. These have been used with saltwater tanks and fresh. As for filters for a marine tank, others will know far more.
    Last edited by Cermet; 06-26-2012 at 11:01 AM.

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    I will retain the 3G if possible or upgrade to a 5.5G for the betta. Because bettas usually is not for general community tanks, they're better alone in one tank.

    For filtration, I would recommend getting two AC50s. Not sure which heater is best, but i won't get a jager for this tank size, they're far too huge.

    As for fish, I think it is better to start fresh instead of putting the betta in for the purposes stated above. So, do you have any fish you would actually like to have?

    EDIT: if you're planning plants with this, i think you need to change the lighting.. or does this not come with the lights on the picture?
    Da name's Paul. Not Dave. ROFL

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    Quote Originally Posted by direlobo
    Anybody have any recommendation regarding filters, heater, etc? (Still a newbie, but studying like crazy.)

    thx!
    Yes, I recommend you look a bit closer at purchases you are considering...

    IE: Did you notice that this tank has a built in filtration system [Like an Eclipse tank].

    It has two overflows and uses 25w to pump 317gph [with no media I am assuming, Also has a heater hidey-hole, Get a Jager, It will fit.]

    Are you seeking additional filter suggestions because you did not notice this or because you want additional filtration?

    EDIT: Cermet, I doubt they want an algae scrubber in their office :-P - That price is tank only Paul, No stand, No lights.
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    I asked about filters because I've read repeatedly suggestions on AC where people don't care for the equipmt that comes w/ a kit or think it should be upgraded. Wanted to know if anyone thought Nuvo's filters weren't good or needed upgrades...just trying to learn as much as poss beforehand.

    Thx 4 heater rec's. will check out.

    LED light array shown on Nuvo link is for a reef or marine tank, not necessary for fresh water like I'll have. I figured after I designed / spec'd plants, then I'd look for right lighting.

    proceeding carefully after lots of discussion in the Betta forum on appropriate tank mates & how to introduce. As back-up, mañana I'm getting a new 5.5 gal for the betta boy because the 3 gal is just annoying for him (and me), but will put other fish in big tank to start so betta doesn't get first claim to territory.

    We'll design & build something custom for the base.

    Dumb ques time: so school of cory cats and a couple nerites will eat algae, & plants will absorb other pollutants that plants love to absorb -- why will algae scrubber be even needed?

    But sincerely, 850R, my architect husband appreciates yr sensitivity to design! ;>)

    Thanks guys!

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    Cory cats don't eat algae. Although nerites will eat some of the algae, if you don't have that many you still need to scrub the algae from the glass.

    And oh 850R, i didn't read much on the page LOL. Didn't know there was a filter already, thought there was just a slot for it.
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    I know this doesn't help but it's all I can do! - chrisfraser05 for all the wise advice you've given me - fishmommie Congrats on 2000th post! - andreahp Merry Christmas! - fishmommie Merry Christmas - Cliff 
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    When you ask "why will algae scrubber be even needed?" All I can say is I very much hope you always have occasion to say this - algae often appears and then spreads like wild fire. Preventing it from day one is a great way to enjoy your tank besides, a algae srcubber can remove other nasty organics and keep the fish healthy and happy with far, far less work for you. Fewer and smaller water changes, less cleanings of the filter and cleaner water. Just a suggestion. Many live fine without ever hearing of such a device.

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    going heavy planted from day one will be better than an algae scrubber on a tank like this imo....

    Considdering how much I love scrubbers that takes alot for me to say, but then I LOVE plants too lol


    This is how I planted my 80G when I started and never had an algae problem or a trace of nitrate.

    Used to try and keep track of my fish here.....

    Ran out of room and time!!!

    Instead I'll tell you the best piece of fishkeeping equipment ever....... Algae Scrubber :)

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    here's 6 months later lol



    Used to try and keep track of my fish here.....

    Ran out of room and time!!!

    Instead I'll tell you the best piece of fishkeeping equipment ever....... Algae Scrubber :)

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    Thx 4 all info. One magnetic algae scrubber coming up!

    Days like this when I realize again all I don't know re fish, want to give up on designing anything. But bought 12 gal Fluval edge 3 nights ago to replace 3 gal since it was largest volume currently have space for (only 17"wide & 14.3" from front to back but 22" tall). Yes I know it's a PITA to clean, but almost 2x gal as anything else I had room for. Will NOT overstock.

    Good news is husband has committed to 38, not 30 gal Nuvo when we move office.

    BTW, Crisfraser, beautiful planted tank.

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