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    New to Nano

    I had a 110 gal a few years back and sold it when I moved. I bought an Innovative Marine 25 gal about 7 weeks ago. I hated the substrate I had so recently changed it out to a finer sand. I'm sure I had a mini cycle but have been dosing prime and put in turbo start. I was wondering at what point I should turn my protein skimmer back on? About a month? Also I bought a wave maker and have it set on the lowest setting. Anyone else use a wave maker in a nano tank? It is good to be back!

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    Welcome back! I would start up that skimmer now. I wouldn't recommend not running one unless you do very frequent water changes. I used a wave maker in my 29gal. I wouldn't do it any different.
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    Welcome Back! I agree, would start your skimmer now.

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    In a Nano like that, I would recommend lightly stocking it and not using a skimmer at all. Under 40g you really dont need a skimmer. And even then, the first year is not that critical. Use macro algae as nutrient export. Be sure to vacuum the sand. If you run anything, do a GFO reactor. Just make sure not to strip the water too clean.
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    If you want an small footprint skimmer that seems to do a really good job you should look at the the Reef Glass skimmer. It's a wet skimmer unit that is rated for 30 up to gallons and is essentially a glass tube with a stopper on it. You connect an air pump to it and once dialed in it seems to perform pretty well. They are a little proud of them and you can probably make one like it yourself for about 1/2 the cost.


    Quote Originally Posted by reefling View Post
    In a Nano like that, I would recommend lightly stocking it and not using a skimmer at all. Under 40g you really dont need a skimmer. And even then, the first year is not that critical. Use macro algae as nutrient export. Be sure to vacuum the sand. If you run anything, do a GFO reactor. Just make sure not to strip the water too clean.

    Personally I wouldn't mess with the sand bed too much, especially if it's set up deep. I made that mistake once. My sand bed is 3" deep I did a 50% water change and heavily vac'ed the sand bed and triggered a mini cycle as a result. So now I do a 20% water change bi-weekly. I blow all the detrius off the rock work to get as much of that as I can and use the vacuum tube around the rock work suck up what my cleanup crew misses.

    As for the GFO reactor, I found that having the right mix of media in my canister is far less hassle than setting up a GFO reactor. I'm currently running BioHome Ultimate, SeaGel, and Chemi-pure Elite in my 306 works well for my 40g. This combo for me is doing so well that Nitrites, nitrates, and phosphates are all at 0 in a fully stocked tank and I have a bad habit of over feeding.

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    I use macro algae in my little 8 gallon nano. Unfortunately, the macro is in the actual tank. LOL!

    Welcome back!!! Good luck!
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