Chum's IM NUVO 30

Discussion in 'Nano Reefs' started by Chum, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Chum

    Chum RRMAS Supporter

    Finished up the basic cabinet work for the IM 30 I bought at the Fish Tank after the September meeting. I'm going to finish with a black lacquer and a some sort of fabric insert to set off the door - going for a Japanese look. I know I want some sort of suspended LED but figured that can wait. I need to pick up a power head or two but am open to suggestions. A skimmer would be nice but having something sticking up kind of breaks up the lines - possibly a canister filter?

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  2. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    IMO it would be a waste of your false wall and back chambers to use a canister. You can just but chemipure elite and maybe purigen in the back and let it run. Hydor makes a square skimmer that may keep the look you want. Can't wait to see how it ends up. I like a minimalist look.

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  3. whippetguy

    whippetguy Super Moderator

    Maxspect Razor LEd lighting would look sharp over it, as well.
  4. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    Haven't heard anything in a while on this, got an update?
  5. Chum

    Chum RRMAS Supporter

    NUVO 30 Update

    Finished rock & filled with aged water from my main tank and put some rock rubble from my sump in the rear chambers to help the cycle. Used a Razor (10K) for the light and an Ecotech MP10 for the powerhead. Right now I have the whites at 30% and the blues at 60% and it looks plenty bright. I discovered that satin black enamel is a pain to get a good finish as it shows every blemish in the surface below it. I should have done a skim coat of filler first (like auto body) instead of paint & sand, paint & sand, etc... Originally I was going to go bare bottom but opted for crushed shell. If the return pump doesn't settle in and get a bit more quiet then an upgrade may be in order. There is plenty of room for a skimmer if I opt for one.

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  6. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    Looks awesome Chris! What are you planning to keep in it?
  7. whippetguy

    whippetguy Super Moderator

    Cool looking set up!
  8. cabotreefer

    cabotreefer Guest

    Love the light.

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  9. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

    Cabinet work is amazing.
  10. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour Grouper

    Great looking tank!

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  11. roco

    roco Blenny

    Sweet !! The stand is awesome.
  12. Kim

    Kim Secretary Staff Member


    Looks really nice! Can't wait to see it stocked.

    Kim/Benton, AR
  13. Chum

    Chum RRMAS Supporter

    Made a couple of media baskets using the table saw & weld-on, one for rock and the other for assorted media. I'm just running rock, activated carbon & filter pads for now and it already has made a difference in water clarity. I may make a smaller one for bio-pellets to fit in an up-flow section.

  14. Uperepik

    Uperepik Administrator

  15. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    Wow Chris! Those look better than the ones IM sells! Where did you get your acrylic stock?
  16. Chum

    Chum RRMAS Supporter

    Home Depot sells various sizes of acrylic. It is not the best quality but works fine to make in-tank items. There are aftermarket baskets that sell for $40 each , I made two for $30 as I already had the weld-on glue from another project.

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