dustinc's IM 38 reef


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I recently setup a new Innovative Marine Nuvo 38 reef after taking down my custom 120 gallon rimless. I am a retail manager and wasn't able to keep up with the larger SPS aquarium I had so I sold it and the equipment and started this reef. This will be a mixed reef and I am really happy with everything so far. I purchased a new IM Nuvo 38 in white and did a custom stand that I built myself. I am running an Ecotech Marine Radion XR30w, a Vortech MP10wES, and a Tunze ATO unit. I also built some custom light brackets to hang the lighting above the aquarium similar to the ones I built for my Rimless 120. Below are a few setup shots. I'll post more tomorrow of what the tank currently looks like. The photos below are from about 3 months ago. Thanks for reading.

Stand Frame
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Radion and Hanging Kit
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The Aquarium
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Getting Closer...
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Filled with water
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My current stocking list for fish and inverts is:

ORA Harptail Blenny
ORA Neon Goby
ORA Yellow Watchman Goby
2 x ORA Ocellaris
ORA Gold Maxima Clam
Red Stripe Pistol Shrimp
Anemone Crab

Below are a few photos I took yesterday morning shortly after the lights came on. The pictures look a little saturated because the only bulbs on were blue and royal blue but a lot of the coral color is pretty true to life.

Front Shot
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Right Side
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Left Side
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Couple of my chalices
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Scoly and Clam
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Entire Setup
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Here are a few shots I took today when the lights were at about "full sun" in their cycle.

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Left Side
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Right Side
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Scolly & Clam w/ Watchman Goby
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Misc. Chalice w/ Feather Dusters
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Goby & Miami Hurricane Chalice
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Miami Hurricane Chalice
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ORA Sprung's Stunner Chalice
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ORA Easter Egg Chalice
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No skimming. I'm just doing about 10% water change every week. Want it simple with this setup.