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Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Tue 16 Jul, 2013 9:28 pm

Introduction:
After years without a tank, I finally managed to convince both myself and the better half that we needed a tank. Needless to say, I was easier to convince than she was!

System Objectives: Was going to be FOWLR but has ended up with some LPS, soft corals, morphs etc.
System Type: Mixed Reef

Display System:
Strike up Date: 1st June 2013
Display Tank: Aqua One - AquaNano 40 All In One.
Display Tank Specs: 40cm Cube, approx 55L total volume.
Display Lighting: Naqua Reef Flare 30. 63watt full spectrum LED.
Heater: 150W.
Stand: Aqua One Stand.
Hood: Glass Lids - Usually left off.
Sump: AIO Built in back Sump Section consists of:
Skimmer in first section.
Heater in second section.
Return and GFO reactor pump in the last section.

Support systems:
System Water: Natural salt water.
Substrate: 2-3mm Coral Sand
Display Water circulation: Jebao WP-10.
Return Pump: Tunze Silence - 800LPH.
Skimmer: Tunze 9002.
Evaporation Top Up: DIY ATO.

Chemical Support:
Calcium and Alkalinity Addition: Water Change
Other Chemical Maintenance: Small amount of GFO in reactor. Helps keep PO4 under control.

Stock List:
Fish:
2x Black Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris var.)
1 x Lawnmower Blenny (Salarias fasciatus)
1x Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) - Gone to Fishy Heaven :angel:

Clean Up Crew:
Turbo Snails (Turbo sp.)
Nassarius Snails (Nassarius sp.)
Brittle Stars
1x Short Spined Urchin
1x Strombus Snail
1x Trochus Snail
1x Pistol Shrimp (see him every few days - hear him nightly)

Coral:
1x Button Coral (Cynarina lacrymalis)
1x Duncan (Duncanopsammia axifuga)
1x Candy Cane (Caulastrea furcata)
1x Pocillopora
1x Stylophora
1x Green Cup Coral
Green and Blue Morphs
Various Zoa frags and colonies

Future Plans:
Keep algae under control.

Last FTS: Jan 2016
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Aaron's AquaNano 40 Update

Postby 555combo » Tue 16 Jul, 2013 9:29 pm

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Empty in location on stand.

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Substrate in.

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Rock and Water in. This was with the original 5kg of live rock. There have been about 2 extra kg added since then to get to the current aquascape.

Now to let it sit and cycle.
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Aaron's AquaNano 40 Update

Postby 555combo » Tue 16 Jul, 2013 9:31 pm

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One little crab that didn't make it.

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Can anyone ID these little guys?

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Close Up.
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Aaron's AquaNano 40 Update

Postby 555combo » Tue 16 Jul, 2013 9:33 pm

Tank cycled in about 2 weeks before adding Clean up Crew and some frags from a mate, plus a Xenia and an elegance.
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Then after another week first fish were added. Pair of black Ocellaris Clownfish.
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Their names are Barnacles and Sharkbait.

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First Mostly Stocked Full Tank Shot.

Another week passes and with everything staying stable the Firefish goes in.
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His name is Tweak.

If you have young children you may have noticed a theme in the names, they are all from kids shows. Apparently the 19 month old has in influence in naming.
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Aaron's AquaNano 40 Update

Postby 555combo » Tue 16 Jul, 2013 9:35 pm

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Recently added some green morphs.

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Night Time Shot.

Spent part of the weekend making a home made Nano Surface Skimmer. Was using a casette case for the interim, but figured a proper black acrylic one looked better. Its made from 3mm acrylic, cut and glued then held in place with a 2 pack of Rubber Coated Replacement Magnets for a N52 MAG Rack.

Tank is now going to sit, grow and mature for a while. Auto Top Off will be finished once the parts get here from eBay.

Thanks for looking, please offer as much advice and as many suggestions as possible.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby NewyReefer » Wed 17 Jul, 2013 7:59 am

Looking good.

Yea they are Stomatella snails, Good guys :thumbsup:

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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby MattnJayne » Wed 31 Jul, 2013 9:46 pm

Following along as I too am about to set one of these up. Just need to buy all the bits needed to run a marine tank.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby Trentwalsh » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 11:06 am

I got my one up and running to realise theres a leak in the silicone to the back compartment so i cant do overflows n surface skimmming, very annoyed now, urs looks goood
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 10:25 am

Thanks guys,

Not much to report other than everything looks to be going well. Have 'played' with the rock layout and am finally happy with the layout.

Finally built the Auto Top Off. To anyone looking at one of these tanks using the stock return pump (and a surface skimmer mod), you will either need to top up daily or have an ATO. I missed a day or two and it started sucking air. Only takes about 300mL evaporation to drop the level in the back section enough that the pump is exposed.

Parameters are stable and added a couple more corals on the weekend. Keeping on top of it with regular water changes. Doing ~18L a fortnight, this works out to about 30%. The hardest part of this is making sure that the temp of the replacement water isn't too low to cause a massive swing.

The only thing I wish I had done before stocking was to block off the small slit in the tank divider at the bottom under the overflow. This makes it impossible to fully drain the rear section of the tank, not that I have needed too yet. But other than that I have found it to be a fantastic little tank.
Cheers,
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby MattnJayne » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 10:39 am

Thanks for the tip Aaron. :thumbsup:

I did wonder why that slit existed..will be siliconing that up then.

Haven't started my journal yet but I have added tube to my pump (with a cheap bunning retic 90 degree angle) so that the pump sits on the floor of the tank in the back section. I also changed the pump to a Eheim compact 600. In the UK they upgrade the pump to a compact 1000 which I though was overkill, hence why I have the 600.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby Gobzy » Wed 11 Sep, 2013 11:57 pm

Thanks for your help Aaron, beautiful tank so far and definitely one of my inspirations.. i lke your b&w clowns, i'm pulling my hair out deciding on a pair of them or orange.. there's always the best of both worlds with one of those designer clowns which look stunning but tend to have a price to match :/
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 2:56 pm

Got the new Reef Flare 30 from Naqua and built a hanging mount on the weekend. The corals absolutely love the new light and have opened about 30% more than they were before. Light is running at 50% on most channels for a short period at the moment to not shock anything. Will ramp that up over time.

Other than that there haven't been any major changes and water parameters have been stable, keeping up the 20l fortnightly water changes.

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Few of the corals under the new lights.

Elegance:
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Acan:
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Hammers:
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby MattnJayne » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 3:47 pm

What mod have you done so that the surface skims properly cause atm mine doesn't do it and I get build up on the surface of the water.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 4:13 pm

MattnJayne wrote:What mod have you done so that the surface skims properly cause atm mine doesn't do it and I get build up on the surface of the water.


Mine is made out of black acrylic and held in place with magnets.
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This then goes over the front of the built in overflow and causes the water in the display to be about 2cm (or whatever you set it to) higher than the water in the back section. This means that the scum (or most of it) flows into the back section and is captured by floss/skimmer/whatever is in the back etc.

There are quite a few post on this and many other forums for it.
This one explains the basics fairly well: http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/217443-d ... e-skimmer/
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby MattnJayne » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 5:40 pm

555combo wrote:
MattnJayne wrote:What mod have you done so that the surface skims properly cause atm mine doesn't do it and I get build up on the surface of the water.


Mine is made out of black acrylic and held in place with magnets.
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This then goes over the front of the built in overflow and causes the water in the display to be about 2cm (or whatever you set it to) higher than the water in the back section. This means that the scum (or most of it) flows into the back section and is captured by floss/skimmer/whatever is in the back etc.

There are quite a few post on this and many other forums for it.
This one explains the basics fairly well: http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/217443-d ... e-skimmer/

Is it noisy at all?

will have to hunt around to get one made then as my surface is quite foul.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 6:46 pm

MattnJayne wrote:Is it noisy at all?

will have to hunt around to get one made then as my surface is quite foul.


Can't hear it at all. It's only about 100mm across, so not a huge volume of water flowing across it.

I'm sure there should be someone locally that could make it for you - if you are handy with a jigsaw and superglue you could make your own.

The surface of my tank is usually fairly clean and I certainly noticed a huge difference after I started using it.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 9:51 am

Thought I would do a quick update (but apparently left it in the drafts folder) before moving the tank on the weekend, just in case everything goes to fishy heaven :angel:

Made it through Brisbane Summer without a chiller - having a new baby and using the air con most of the time ensured that the tank never even saw 28*C.

For the last 5 months all I've been doing: fortnightly 20L water changes, monthly changes of carbon and RowaPhos (or when required), cleaning the glass, feeding the fish and coral - and that's about it.

A few months ago I was having a lot of hair algae. So I took almost everything out of the back sump section, built a media rack for the middle to hold the Carbon and RowaPhos and put come Chaeto in the first section with some underwater LEDs. Result - after removing most of the nuisance algae virtually none has returned after 4 months and it looks to be working well. NO3 ~ 5ppm and PO4 0.03-0.1

Am starting to discover the biggest issue (that I have had) with a nano. Lovely small corals grow fast and then aren't so small, but still very lovely. I have a torch that I bought as one head, slightly bigger than a golf ball when out - it now has at least 4 heads and is a softball. Going to have to start fraging or trading soon. It is great to watch things grow though, says to me that I'm doing it right. :thumbsup:

Built some egg crate frag racks to hold the small corals in preparation for the move, it's easy to get carried away when making things from egg crate - bit like a dodgy meccano!

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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 9:52 am

Moved on the weekend. In short, nothing died, yet, and I'm very happy with the new layout.

Only injuries were the FireFish has lost his dorsal fin:
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And the Candy Cane fell into the hammers for a day or so while we were away.
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Hopefully they both recover. They were both feeding well last night on frozen mysis.

The Move
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Everything out of the tank into its own separate bucket.

Took it slow and careful.

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Stand all neat and tidy (for the moment) with new RO tank in the bottom.

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Will do a nice FTS when every thing settles and opens nicely again.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby gnadymmij » Thu 20 Mar, 2014 10:45 am

Tanks coming alone nicely mate. What lighting are you utilizing?
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Thu 20 Mar, 2014 12:33 pm

gnadymmij wrote:Tanks coming alone nicely mate. What lighting are you utilizing?


It's the ReefFlare 30 from Naqua
http://www.naqua.com.au/collections/lig ... f-flare-30

It comes with tank mounting brackets - but I thought it looked heaps better hung. Also makes it easier to get into the tank.

Still trying to work out the colour mix, it's still a bit purple, or that could just be my colour-blindness!
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby gnadymmij » Thu 20 Mar, 2014 3:20 pm

555combo wrote:
gnadymmij wrote:Tanks coming alone nicely mate. What lighting are you utilizing?


It's the ReefFlare 30 from Naqua
http://www.naqua.com.au/collections/lig ... f-flare-30

It comes with tank mounting brackets - but I thought it looked heaps better hung. Also makes it easier to get into the tank.

Still trying to work out the colour mix, it's still a bit purple, or that could just be my colour-blindness!


Oh from Peter.. Yeah it looked very farmiliar that's why, how's it running over your tank?

I gotta admit. It is very purple.. Maybe tune down the purples more and it'd look more natural
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 10:06 am

gnadymmij wrote:Oh from Peter.. Yeah it looked very farmiliar that's why, how's it running over your tank?

I gotta admit. It is very purple.. Maybe tune down the purples more and it'd look more natural


That's the one. Looks great over the tank.

Have only recently put it up to full strength white and blue. Have only ever run the Red/Cyan at about 40% max and the Violet at up to 70%.

Turned down the Red/Cyan channel last night to about 30% and it took a lot of the purple out, maybe a bit more to go down yet, but I think some blue & violet will have to go as well to even it out - will just have to keep fine tuning it.

It looks better in person now, the pic doesn't really do it justice.
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Should really get the DSLR out soon and take some 'nice' pictures, rather than the phone pics.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby mason91 » Mon 14 Apr, 2014 5:38 pm

Fantastic result thus far, I had one of these up and running for about 12 months.
I found without a sump it was too time consuming to maintain properly, especially with a hectic schedule.

Will do a custom tank sometime in the future :)
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Wed 16 Apr, 2014 1:34 pm

mason91 wrote:Fantastic result thus far, I had one of these up and running for about 12 months.
I found without a sump it was too time consuming to maintain properly, especially with a hectic schedule.

Will do a custom tank sometime in the future :)


Thanks Mason, yours was one of the many tanks that I 'researched' to get the ideas and inspiration that I am using now.

It is a bit hectic at times. I have found so far that 20-25L fortnightly changes and running RowaPhos seem to be keeping things in check. I'm sure the Macro helps too.

I've been having issues with the stock 'return' pump since the move, so will be installing a Eheim Compact 1000 this weekend.

I would love to do a custom tank. Maybe when life settles down and I'm not moving ever again.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby mason91 » Wed 16 Apr, 2014 6:17 pm

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mason91 wrote:Fantastic result thus far, I had one of these up and running for about 12 months.
I found without a sump it was too time consuming to maintain properly, especially with a hectic schedule.

Will do a custom tank sometime in the future :)


Thanks Mason, yours was one of the many tanks that I 'researched' to get the ideas and inspiration that I am using now.

It is a bit hectic at times. I have found so far that 20-25L fortnightly changes and running RowaPhos seem to be keeping things in check. I'm sure the Macro helps too.

I've been having issues with the stock 'return' pump since the move, so will be installing a Eheim Compact 1000 this weekend.

I would love to do a custom tank. Maybe when life settles down and I'm not moving ever again.


Glad to hear my experiences were of some use :pirate:
My biggest issue with the tank was no sump and thus no decent room for skimmer, better macro etc. but I learnt a lot so I spose that's something :)
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40 belated 1st Birthday

Postby 555combo » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 10:33 am

Thought I would celebrate the belated 1st birthday of the tank with a few small upgrades. :cheers: It's been a good 12 months, no major crashes, no fish loss and very minimal invert and coral losses. So in celebration I installed the upgraded return pump, installed a new heater and rearranged the 'sump'.

After 12 months of skimerless, I decided to install the Tunze 9002 that I had, and it instantly (well almost) made a huge difference. It may be all in my head, but the tank looks clearer and everything looks happier. Was getting quite dark skimate for the first little white but after the skimmer fully broke in I managed to dial it in to be a bit wetter.
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Installing a skimmer meant that I had to move the macro. I thought I would experiment with a HOB refugium. I got a small HOB breeder box and pump water through it with the Cheato in there. It's not huge, but the macro grows enough to need to be trimmed each fortnight or so. It is also great fun to see all the little pods swimming around in there. My theory is if the macro is growing it is working and I'll keep with it to see what happens.
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I rebuilt my DIY ATO to make it more modular and make it easier to replace an individual faulty component.
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And finally I got a few new pieces of SPS to give a try and see how it goes.
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A few pictures of the birthday tank.
Newest Inhabitant:
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My hammers kept falling over so i attached them all to a flat piece of rock. The clowns love it when they are fully out and will often disappear into them:
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FTS:
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Sorry for the quality of the pictures - all phone pics. Will break out the good camera at some point and get some good pics.
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby Sookie » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 8:18 pm

I love your setup! I'm hoping to have my own one day!
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby mason91 » Fri 24 Oct, 2014 12:42 pm

How are the upgrades coming along, should have settled quite nicely now I should imagine?
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby 555combo » Fri 24 Oct, 2014 2:29 pm

mason91 wrote:How are the upgrades coming along, should have settled quite nicely now I should imagine?


You would think that, but there have been a few issues. I am really starting to see the whole - "bigger volume = more leeway for bad stuff" idea. I had a massive algal bloom, hair algae, cyano, generally a bit nasty. It's easy to see why people give up after a while. :wall:

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So lots of water changes, a revised lighting time schedule, lots of GFO and the algae is almost gone. Lost a couple of SPS frags as they were overrun with hair algae, and have lost a few hammer frags, I think, due to the clowns being rough. With all the die off, PO4 has been a up and down at times, but luckily more down than up. Everything else seems to be stable and kept in check with WC.

The skimmer is going well, the HOB refugium was a good idea but kept holding too much detritus and I am fairly sure this was causing more issues than fixing. So slowly, slowly gone back to a more simple design. Back sump is now just skimmer, heater, GFO and carbon in bags and return. Everything that could catch detritus has been removed.

Have also upgraded the Tunze 60145 for a Jaebo WP10. Gives a bit more water movement and a better motion look to the tank.

My pride and joy at the moment is the only piece of SPS that survived. A nice little pocci frag that I have had for about 9 months and looks to be growing nicely.

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Will take some after algae pics tomorrow when I do WC and maintenance.

Going to give it a little bit to fully stabilize and then look at trying SPS again.

Slowly Slowly :thumbsup:
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Re: Aaron's AquaNano 40

Postby MattnJayne » Fri 24 Oct, 2014 3:01 pm

Yeah I feel your pain with this tank.

Nitrates and PO4 are hard to control even with WC, hence why mine will be shut down in 2 weeks and my new 2ft cube with sump etc will be set up...

was great to learn off but time to go bigger... well as big as the boss would let me.. :)
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