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Old 04-07-2017, 6:18 PM   #1
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Nuvo 40 Gallon SPS Build

After 5 years out of the hobby I'm finally ready to get back in. This will be my fourth reef aquarium and by far the smallest. Not sure how many people are still around from when I posted here years ago.

I've learned a lot from my previous tanks so this build has been well thought out. I decided to do an Innovative Marine-AIO because I don't have much space but wanted to do something nice for my daughter. I'm confident that with the correct planning I can overcome the limitations of the setup to keep SPS.

I'm running a full zeovit setup and surprisingly the reactor works very well in this respect for both flow and ease of agitating the stones. I'll also be running two skimmers to hopefully control nutrients enough to keep picky corals. I'll also be running a Tunze Osmolator and Two Part Dosing Kit to stabilize water chemistry in the smaller setup (All of my previous builds were 200+ gallons).

The tank was cycled with Dry Carib-Sea Special Grade Reef Sand and Fiji Live Rock. I'm about a month past cycle now and I've got four fish and some corals, mostly acropora. Here is the equipment list along with a few pictures.

Radion G4-XR30W Pro with RMS
Ecotech Reeflink
Vortech MP10-QWD x 2
Reefkeeper Elite
BRS Two-Part Dosing Kit
Tunze 9004 DC Skimmer
Tunze Osmolator 3155
Innovative Marine Reactor
Innovative Marine Skimmer
Filter Sock with KZ Carbon
DD H2-Ocean Salt Mix

Zeovit Additives:

Zeovit Stones
Zeovit Bacteria
Zeofood-7
Zeovit Sponge Power
Zeovit Coral Snow
Zeovit Coral Vitalizer
Zeovit Pohl's Extra Special
Zeolife & Biomate

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Old 04-09-2017, 8:01 AM   #3
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I'm not good at posting pictures. Can anyone see the images from the photobucket links?

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Old 04-09-2017, 8:05 AM   #4
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I am able to see the 6 pictures in original post. Tank looks great. Good luck with the SPS focused tank.


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Old 04-22-2017, 8:03 PM   #5
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Here is an update with some pictures. The tank is progressing nicely and acropora are coloring well and showing new growth tips. The lemon peel and flame angel are problematic with LPS but leave the SPS and Zoanthids alone thus far.

Im battling a little brown bacteria slime that is common with zeovit but I'm having a little trouble beating it. I assume it should stabilize in time and patience is the key.

http://s89.photobucket.com/user/pnor...g.html?filters[user]=139847949&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=4

http://s89.photobucket.com/user/pnor...g.html?filters[user]=139847949&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1

http://s89.photobucket.com/user/pnor...g.html?filters[user]=139847949&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2

http://s89.photobucket.com/user/pnor...g.html?filters[user]=139847949&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=3

http://s89.photobucket.com/user/pnor...g.html?filters[user]=139847949&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=6

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Old 04-22-2017, 9:25 PM   #7
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Here are the pictures, should be easier than following links. Tank is just over one month now.

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Cycling:




Cabinet:



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Random Fire Shrimp:




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Old 05-18-2017, 5:00 PM   #8
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Here's an updated FTS. Corals all still healthy and looking good.




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Old 05-18-2017, 5:09 PM   #9
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Here's the livestock list so far:

Fish:

Flame Angel
Lemonpeel Angel
Orange Semi-Picasso Clown
Black Occelaris

Coral:

ORA Borealis
ORA Hawkins Echinata
ORA Blue Bottlebrush
ORA Pink Birdsnest
ORA Red Planet
ORA Pink-Green Acro
ORA Pink Stylophora
Garf Bonsai
Purple Millepora
Blue Millepora
Teal table Acro
Green Blue tip Slimer
Team Tortuosa
Strawberry Fields Montipora
Orange Montipora
Purple Montipora
Bright Green Tenius
Frogskin Acropora
Garf Bonsai
Green Star Polyp
Various Zoanthids
Green Star Polyp



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Old 05-21-2017, 9:47 AM   #10
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Lemonpeel with corals is RISKY BUSINESS! They are the worst coral pickers of the Centropyge genus IMO.

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Old 05-21-2017, 12:25 PM   #11
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Yeah I know - the wife loved him though and fish options are somewhat limited with this tank. Right now I'm okay with him pecking at zoanthids ocassionally. The acros have little polyp extension during the day and come out like crazy at night.

I'm assuming it's because of the lemonpeel but at this point it doesn't seem to impact the Coral too much as the growth has been great. If the behavior worsens or the sps become a problem, I will trade him in. Right now he's actually not too bad, but I know this can change.


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Old 05-30-2017, 9:06 PM   #12
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Here are some more pictures.

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Old 06-11-2017, 7:17 PM   #13
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Feel like I'm finally getting the dosers dialed in. I've had a little nitrate problem. It's gone from 0 up to 2.5 but I've upped zeostart dosing to hopefully bring it back down. Here is another FTS:




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Old 06-11-2017, 9:14 PM   #14
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