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20 Gallon nano reef build

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So the plans a 20 gallon nano reef LPS / softies

I made a DIY stand that i still have to paint

Im going to go with 20lbs live sand and 25 lbs LR, The LR is coming from my 55 gallon FOWLR tank which has been up for 7 months so the rock has some nice color coralline algae and bacteria and life all over it.

For lighting i got a DIY rapidleds, i got the solderless ones because im not versed in soldering and didnt want to take the risk on messing up. I got 6 Cree XP-G cool whites and 6 Cree XT-E royal blues, each set of 6 will be run on its own dimmable nano driver so i can tweak the colors and acclimate new corals. All of this will get thrown onto a heat sink from a past project. Im probably going to run them without optics but i do have 80 degree lenses if i choose to put them on. I plan to buy some more LEDs in the future since each driver can run up to 10 leds each, probably get some red/greens and a couple more cool whites and royal blues.

For filtration im running a HOB filter. I removed the inserts and im going to put some chemi-pure elite and some filter fiber to polish the water. I might add some refuge rubble that i have just for added filtration.

In terms of flow i bought 2 hydor koralia 240s on top of the HOB which is another 200gph. This will give me about a 34 turnover which should be more than enough but i have pumps laying around so i can add more in the future if needed.

Most of the stuff should be shipped by this week hopefully. I want to get this thing up and running. The one thing im not sure about is if i will even experience a cycle since im using new LS and my LR that has been sitting in my 55 FOWLR. Maybe ill have a mini cycle but im not really sure if someone could provide insight on that.

Other than that pics will come soon, im sitting here at work bored so decided to post now haha :lol:

Post if you got questions, comments or ideas for me and my project.
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Sounds good. You will probably have a full cycle, if not, a mini.
No pics for me :(
Nice corals.
WOW, love the plate coral!
Nice polyp colony!
The 40gb is nice. It has the same foot print as a 50, but is a little bit lower.
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