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Good Afternoon all,

firstly thank you for allowing me to join this excellent forum and secondly a quick introduction from myself.

Having given up keeping marines in the late 80's due to a number of circumstances I am now dipping my toes back into the salty stuff and intend to build a nano reef  set up, however many things have changed in over thirty years and I look forward to catching up with all the advances within the hobby since that time.

I have opted for the Newa more reef 30 as my base tank as I really do not have the space for anything larger and my intention is to keep things as simple as possible to avoid mistakes and errors in the hope that I will in time produce a well cared for mini reef with a selection of corals, clean up crew and perhaps the odd fish or two.

I welcome any handy hints and advice regarding my choice of tank , good or bad and would be most grateful for any info regarding test kits for setting up & maintaining optimal water conditions prior to introducing any livestock.

Thanks folks and I look forward to diving into all the topics within the forum and increasing my knowledge.

Mark

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Reply #1

Hi, @MarkG

Welcome to ReefBase:glad:
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Welcome
Im personally not familiar with that tank but good luck!

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hello there
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Hi. I have also recently joined the hobby and funnily enough I have the exact same tank.
Ive been having some trouble sourcing filter parts and a new light power adapter. So if you have anywhere in the UK where you can get these from please let me know.
Ive not found anyone on this site with a nano tank as nano as ours so hopefully we can have some usefully hints and tips for each other.
Good luck with it all

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Thank you for all the positive comments and for making me welcome folks, both are very much appreciated. Its a comfort to know I am not the only one with this tank too Dr80, I purchased it due to the fact that it fitted in with my space requirements and that it looked aesthetically pleasing. I realise that it may be quite a challenge to keep everything balanced in such small confines but am prepared to be patient and look upon this setup as a baseline for my water keeping skills with already a view to in the future using this as a QT tank and set up a decent volume display tank in my office where I have adequate space.

With regard to the filter replacement pads I have located them at Charterhouse aquatics (although they are out of stock at the moment) but will grab some when they restock. Saying that while my tank is curing I am only running with the sponge filter, not sure if that's a good or bad thing folks so any advice would be most welcome.


Tank is now all setup, with 4.5 kg of caribsea Fiji pink live sand, 3.8 kg of caribsea life rock, and 18 litres of caribsea Sea-pure. Skimmer is working well after my initial over aggressive set up which resulted in the collection chamber overflowing overnight >:( , first lesson learnt  :glad: . temp stabilised at 25.5 Celsius however my SG taken by a refractometer is showing a steady 1.029   :scared: yet the SG of the Sea-Pure is between 1.022 - 1.025, I didn't have my refractometer to measure the sea pure prior to filling so I am thinking that my calibration of the refractometer may be slightly off and shall address that this evening and see what happens after that. Top ups have been with DI water for now until I get a reliable source of RO or even set up a unit myself  :umhum: Again any thoughts would be most gratefully received folks as it has been over thirty years since I last dipped my toes in the salty stuff, in fact not just salty but any wet stuff  :scared:

p.s how do I get my photos the right way up , have tried rotating the originals but it makes no difference so I apologise for the stiff necks folks  :|
Last Edit: Apr 24, 2019 10:16:27 pm by MarkG

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Reply #6

It looks great. I'm only running a sponge atm. I'll check out Charterhouse, thanks. I got some premixed water from Maidenhead so I have not done any tests at all. I've been running the tank for two weeks without lights, just filter heater and skimmer. Although I don't have the skimmer on full time as the tank is next to the sofa and fairly distracting when watching game of thrones! I was think of waiting 4 weeks then doing the first tests to see if it was at zero nitrite. Is that waiting too long?

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Just a quick update on how things are progressing in this very small set up now that we are 11 days since set up:-

Starting with the tank and assosciated equipment, volume wise this is very small and I am already thinking of using this tank as a QT in the not too distant future and getting a nano with more water volume  :s , Newa do a 50L Reef tank the bigger version of this, however although the tank does look pleasing on the eye, I am struggling to get a decent balance of air for the skimmer to do its duty its all or nothing and did lead to an over night overflow on the day of set up, I had it running well for a week but the last couple of days I just cant get the balance right  :(. The lights are very good and come with a timer mode which I need to look at programming soon. The impeller on the integrated pump is very noisy and the access lid to the filter medium is slightly warped but thankfully no water escape from this as of yet.

The massive spike on SG was down to the refractometer calibration  :| and is now ok. Levels for today are:-

Temp               26 degrees C
 SG                  30 / 1.022
Ammonia        1.0ppm
Nitrite              0.50ppm
Nitrate             10ppm

Topping up with R/O from my LFS now & the cycle given a kick with Dr Tims Ammonium Chloride & Evolution Aqua Pure Reef Balance  bacteria 3 days ago. Any comments re levels and my approach would be most welcome. Thanks all





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Hi. I watched a YouTube video yesterday and the guy said he would not bother with a skimmer for a nano tank as they take up to much room. He suggested a 20% water change every week and changing the filter media every 7 to 10 days and says this would do fine. I know the skimmer is built in with your tank so would it help to only have it on periodically?

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Thanks for that info Dr80, it is much appreciated and certainly something I will think about especially if it continues to misbehave  :grin:. how are you finding this Newa More tank and I hope all is going well.

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Yes, I tend to agree. It's so easy to do water changes, that you're better off using them to keep everything in line.
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Reply #11

Thanks HK, that's much appreciated  a weekly water change is no problem with the volume of this tank and will alleviate the uncertainty of what this skimmer is doing. Looks like I have a cunning plan. thanks again for the input folks.

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Latest readings from the tank :-

Ammonia     .25ppm
Nitrite          2.0ppm
Nitrate        10.ppm
Temp           24 degrees C
Salinity       1.024

15 days in since setup ,appreciate advice if am I going in the right direction or not folks

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Reply #13

Keep going. Another couple of weeks should complete the cycle. Are you going reef? I also do a carbon hardness test.

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Reply #14

Thanks DR80, I much appreciate your kind post, I am thinking of seeding the tank with a community of copeopods in a couple of weeks with phytoplankton. My plan is to go reef with some hardy corals, clean up crew, cleaner shrimp and goby , possibly a mandarin dragonet in the future but haven't done a carbon hardness test yet, will do one later today as I have the kit.

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