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Old 10-05-2014, 11:01 PM   #1
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IM 30L Nuvo Fusion- Rookie

Iím starting my first SW tank after having a few freshwater tanks for upwards of 10 years or so. I donít have friends into SW, so Iím counting heavily on you guys to lead me down the right paths, donít let me down.J
This is what I have purchased thus far after reading a few books but specifically your threads:

Tank: Innovative Marine Fusion 30 gallon long (36L x 15W x 13H)
Stand: Innovative Marine Stand for Fusion 30L
Sand: 40lbs of Carib-Sea Arog-Alive (2-20lb bags)

Powerhead: Vortech MP10 ES - Hydor Koralia Nano 425(for mixing Saltwater)
Heater: Colbalt Neo Therm 100w ĖEheim Jagar 75w (for mixing saltwater)
Filtration: All in one unit with 2 media baskets
Equipment: Refractometer, API Saltwater Master Test Kit
Salt: Instant Ocean RO/DI Unit: BRS 4 Stage Value Plus 75GP


Still Needed:
Live Rock (20 ish lbs), Lighting, ATO, Controller, Skimmer and Media Reactor.
This weekend I will purchase the live rock, make my saltwater and get started. Here are my initial questions:
1. Lighting Recommendation: Keeping in mind that this tank is shallow (13 inches high). I need a LED lighting fixture that I can attach to the tank that doesnít extend more than 4 inches high due to family pictures already on the wall. (Compromise with wife for getting that space to place the tankJ). I plan to start with a few fish then add ďbeginnerĒcorals (Mushrooms, Zoanthids, Soft Coral). I want to get a fixture that I can use if I venture to more advanced corals later, so, I donít have to buy new lighting. Iíve seen: AquaticLife EDGE LEDs and 20000K Reef Spectrum-XB. Any good?
2. Skimmer: How long into the cycling can I wait to add a skimmer and your recommendation? Iím leaning toward: IM Ghost Skimmer or Tunze 9002.
3. ?? I think I can wait on the other itemsÖright?
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Old 10-06-2014, 03:00 AM   #2
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I too switched from fw to sw last year & I have the IM Micro 30

For lighting i have the matching 92w Skkye Light, like it a lot except two things:
1) LED hi power fixtures can be loud(fans)
2) This model is not dimmable

As for the skimmer i went with the new 9001 from Tunze, after a couple of different configurations i got it dialed in! Its also dead quiet. Since you don't have much of a bioload you can hold off on the skimmer till just before stocking.

One important thing that you need to start off with before getting your tank wet is a quality RO/DI unit, trust me its worth it in so many ways!

I also did some other important upgrades that i think are a must imo:
1) InTank media baskets, stock ones are pita, also look at the custom caddy from IM, I have one on my IM Nuvo 8, almost as good & less expensive if you shop around. You can run the stock ones with the supplied sponge media till the cycle is done.
2) if u find a quiet light and you don't want to hear the tank @ all, Sicce 1.5 pump upgrade is worth it. With my dawn/dusk & moonlights only running all i can hear is a bit of water flow from the surface skimmer flowing into the baskets in the back chambers & that can be almost eliminated if you have the water level higher.
3) add a IM spin stream, the extra variable flow is nice & its a cheap add on.
4) media reactor, a must for gfo and or carbon. I have the Two Little Fishes Phosepan 150, works awesome, very inexpensive & if you did the pump upgrade you can either use the stock pump on it or add some extra plumming and tap off of the Sicce.
5) ATO is a must as i go through about 5 gallons of RO/DI per week. I have the Tunze Nano Osmolator, great for the price, comes with the pump with lots of head for the matching stand height and is easy to set up & is not expensive.
6) quality test kits for Nitrate, Phosephate, Alkilinity, Magnesium & Calcium. FW kits like API are not good enough if you plan on having a reef tank.
7) refractometer is needed, not a hydrometer as they are not good enough!

All of these upgrades really don't have to be done till the tank is cycled & your cuc go in so hou have some time to research & purchase a bit at a time.

The rest of your hardware looks great, enjoy the salty side!


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Old 10-06-2014, 03:12 AM   #3
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I too switched from fw to sw last year & I have the IM Micro 30

For lighting i have the matching 92w Skkye Light, like it a lot except two things:
1) LED hi power fixtures can be loud(fans)
2) This model is not dimmable

As for the skimmer i went with the new 9001 from Tunze, after a couple of different configurations i got it dialed in! Its also dead quiet. Since you don't have much of a bioload you can hold off on the skimmer till just before stocking.

One important thing that you need to start off with before getting your tank wet is a quality RO/DI unit, trust me its worth it in so many ways!

I also did some other important upgrades that i think are a must imo:
1) InTank media baskets, stock ones are pita, also look at the custom caddy from IM, I have one on my IM Nuvo 8, almost as good & less expensive if you shop around. You can run the stock ones with the supplied sponge media till the cycle is done.
2) if u find a quiet light and you don't want to hear the tank @ all, Sicce 1.5 pump upgrade is worth it. With my dawn/dusk & moonlights only running all i can hear is a bit of water flow from the surface skimmer flowing into the baskets in the back chambers & that can be almost eliminated if you have the water level higher.
3) add a IM spin stream, the extra variable flow is nice & its a cheap add on.
4) media reactor, a must for gfo and or carbon. I have the Two Little Fishes Phosepan 150, works awesome, very inexpensive & if you did the pump upgrade you can either use the stock pump on it or add some extra plumming and tap off of the Sicce.
5) ATO is a must as i go through about 5 gallons of RO/DI per week. I have the Tunze Nano Osmolator, great for the price, comes with the pump with lots of head for the matching stand height and is easy to set up & is not expensive.
6) quality test kits for Nitrate, Phosephate, Alkilinity, Magnesium & Calcium. FW kits like API are not good enough if you plan on having a reef tank.
7) refractometer is needed, not a hydrometer as they are not good enough!

All of these upgrades really don't have to be done till the tank is cycled & your cuc go in so hou have some time to research & purchase a bit at a time.

The rest of your hardware looks great, enjoy the salty side!


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Old 10-07-2014, 11:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info! Instant Ocean or Reef Crystals?


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Old 10-08-2014, 02:11 AM   #5
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I use to use io reef crystals but have recently changed to CoraLife scientific, mixes way faster & for me up here costs a lot less


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Anyone have feedback on Innovative Marine's dual strip LED?


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Old 10-14-2014, 10:48 AM   #7
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I have the double strip on my 30 gallon JBJ rimless. It is very nice. I like the dim able and I'm doing good with all types of corals
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Skkye Light seems to always have decent par figures for growing corals, even SPS but at its price their are other options imo unless you find one at a deal. I have the 92watt tablet, great growth, colors & aesthetics with mine but loud & non dimmable.


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This the rockwork I came up with. Feedback please...
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Looks good, if you have some basic tools drill some holes for frag as well as a hole for some rods to hold the rock together


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